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Great Lakes The Wright PilsGreat Lakes The Wright Pils
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States | website

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-16-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
197
Ratings:
722
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
21.56%
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
90
For Trade:
2
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Photo of Gavage
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: light yellow in color with a 2" head that lasted a while. Some moderate lace painted the glass.

Smell: some light grass and lemons is hard to detect but noticeable.

Taste: a mild grainy malt base with some grass, a bit of lemon, and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: light in body. Very crisp throughout. Relatively clean aftertaste.

Overall: this beer was very light, refreshing, and easy to quaff on a hot summer day. A bit mild in flavor but it hit the spot.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is pilsener malt with a lot of grassy hops. The flavor is grassy hops and lighter malts with some low bitterness. The beer is very drinkable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice American-made pilsener.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A bottle into a pint glass. Been waiting to try this one, but still have yet to see Rye Of The Tiger.

The Wright Pilsner glides into the glass with a yellowish golden look in color and nothing in terms of bubbles. I poured this hard and only managed some bubbles around the side of the glass that die off, no lace. Smell is pretty bright with fresh German style hops, Noble I presume. Some perfume and some pale malt, standard pilsner scents, but bold and pungent. Taste is off the charts with bold pilsner vibes, noble hops, some grass, slight florals and some pale malt in the end keeping things in check. Very crisp on the mouth, while the look suggests no carbonation, the feel is far from dead. Light bodied refreshing and goes down easy. I knew this would be a hit, Great Lakes always does German beer wright.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, best before 9/9/12.

Pours a clear straw golden color with a retentive fluffy white pillowy head and ample clumps of lace. Miley sweet aroma of bread malt, noble hops, grass and lemon. Grainy and biscuit flavor gives way to a light lemon and earth dryness and a mild floral hop bitterness in the finish. Light diacetyl mid palate adds a pleasant smoothness to the well carbonated, soft medium body. Nothing too bold but no complaints, another lovely lager from GLBC.

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Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bright yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is grassy, malts, grains. Taste is smooth, malty, grains, grassy hops at the finish providing a mild bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing and highly sessionable beer.

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Photo of corby112
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale, clear golden yellow color with a half finger white foam head that quickly settles into a thin lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lace left behind.

Floral hop aroma with hints of grass and straw followed by light fruit and pale malt. Pretty earthy with a grainy, soil like pine presence along with some apple, pear, bread and biscuit.

Medium bodied with a crisp, spicy hop bite that lingers over the sweeter notes and pale malts into a slightly dry finish. The hop character is really nice with the perfect amount of dry bitterness that doesn't overpower the other notes. Earthy and slightly funky with a sticky, grassy feel giving off subtle pine and straw flavor. This is countered by sweet light fruit notes, especially apple and pear as well as some bread, biscuit and pilsner malt. Well balanced, refreshing and easy to drink. Doesn't look or smell all that great but it's a pretty nice beer.

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Photo of jbaker67
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle: pours a clear pale golden with a stringy-lacing white head. Has a lightly sweet and slightly grainy malty nose with some spicy noble hops. Starts with a mild pale malty sweetness with assertive earthy and peppery noble hop flavor and bitter balance before a drier clean finish. True to style and very drinkable.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to Due South pint glass on 6/23/12
*From notes

A: Clean lemon skin to pale golden in hue. A generous pour yields a bone white 2.25 head that lingers. Proper lacing and collar follow.

S: Bready citrus and cereal. Like the best bowl of cheerios, garnished with a fresh lemon wedge.

T: Slightly off-dry up front, with a pleasant malt backbone to it. The hops are more of
an herbaceous sidekick. It dries out on the mid to finish, and it ends with a citric biscuitiness. Really pleasant and tasty.

M: The feel is really top notch. It's crisp yet dense, complex yet bubbly. I could put more then a few of these back in a sitting.

O: A very good beer. When compared to Great Lakes reigning lager king, their Dortmunder Gold, it falters a bit. But on it's own, this is top notch American brewed, Czech-style Pilsner. Yet again, Great Lakes flexes their lagering muscles. One I had at the brewery in January and loved - I'm stoked to finally have plenty of this chilling in my fridge. Big thumbs up.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a tulip. best by 8/28/13

Pours a light golden color with a half inch white head. Smell is crisp and refreshing. Earthy and light citrus. Good example of the style. Taste has a bit more hops than a traditional pils, but i'm not complaining. Refreshing and easy to drink. Simple beer but enjoyable. Lighter side of medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall a good summer beer that would be hard to dislike for anyone who likes beer. Wont be anyones favorite but hey, it's a pils!

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Photo of spinrsx
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from CJ's Potsdam NY for 2$

Appearance – Clear yellow/amber colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a solid amount of carbonation and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/wheat, lemon, hops, honey

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste grains/bread mixed with lemon, hops, and a grassiness. There is also a caramel sweetness and corn syrup sweetness. It ends with a slightly bittersweet aftertaste.

Overall – A good beer, but I was expecting more of a noble hop presence. Still very drinkable and worth trying, just a little boring.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant straw under a persistent 2” bone white foam collar that clings to the side of the glass
S: Hop spice, very light grains, no butter or sulfur aromas.
T: Dry, light grainy malt, hints of graham cracker, no fruit,
F: Very creamy, refreshing, clean and crisp, medium light body, medium to medium high carbonation.
O: A flavorful, refreshing, well done Czech Pilsner.

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Photo of barczar
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant golden yellow with half inch white head that leaves wispy lacing.

Cracker-like malt, grain, and light floral hops comprise the aroma. Fairly bready.

Flavor is initially crisp, with a dry finish. Somewhat short, and fairly bitter. Touch of lemon pith undertone emerges. Grainy malt throughout. Floral hops emerge late.

Body is moderate with moderate carbonation and a touch of astringency.

Overall, a refreshing beer, more citrus character than anticipated, and less cracker flavor. More bitter than most.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, surprisingly there wasn't a best by date printed on the label of any of the bottles in the 6 pack I just bought. But since this just came out in bottles recently, I can't imagine it's very old at all. Served in a pilsener glass, the beer pours a clear gold color with a half inch white head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is grainy malt, along with some grassy and spicy hops. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also some slight floral hops noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's crisp and refreshing and very easy to drink. I think this is a good overall brew, at just $8.99 a 6 pack I'd certainly buy this again.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours as expected for a pils. Light bright yellow with a full half inch of sticky white head.

S - Smell is excellent with dank balanced hops, pilsner malts, and a touch of sweet grains.

T - Quite a good beer, it's light on the palate but has a great hop profile that caries to the finish yet the sweet malts keep it in check. Yeast is fruity and balanced with only a mild dry hoppy finish.

M - Light bodied, full of flavor and easy to drink.

Overall if I am in the market for a Pils I will buy this again. Great summer beer.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, best by 19 August 2012. With a best by dating of 3 months, that makes this about a month old. I've long wanted this, and despite TurdFurgison's generosity, I never got to try this before.

Beautiful straw yellow with a brilliant clarity, a dense, white head with excellent retention and nice lacing, this looks great. As an aside, this beer makes me wish I had my Trumer Pils glass handy. The nose is great. It is soft, doughy, lightly bready with a delicate hop profile. There is a touch of sulfur, though. The hop profile is exquisite in its subtlety. I am informed it's a blend of US Hallertau and Czech Saaz, and it shows. Earthy, a little dusty, not particularly lemony, this is pretty nice.

The palate opens very nicely, with a soft, doughy malt character. There really isn't much of a pilsner malt flavor (or aroma) here. Again, I do get a mild sulfur note, coupled with a mineral character that seems strange, both for the style and the flavor profile. It almost tastes like there's some sulfate in here. But back to the beer - it does have a very nice hop character, earthy and mildly lemony in quite a nice balance. Drying, lightly bitter with an excellent hop flavor on the finish, this beer is quite nice on the palate with a light body and moderate carbonation. Enjoyable, eminently drinkable, but given that I consider Great Lakes to be among the top lager brewers in the country (alongside New Glarus), this beer is a little disappointing. Still, I have no regrets grabbing a six pack of this.

**Edit** Two days later, I'm definitely not getting any of that mineral character, and I think this is a better beer than my original score suggests. Upping T by 0.5.

**Edit** Two months later, there isn't any sulfur, and there is a low level of diacetyl that lends a mild fruitiness. This beer is better, upping my overall score to 4.0

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Photo of Bung
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. clear gold pour, thin layer of white head.

Aroma, Plenty of biscuity malts. Some herbal type hop notes. That standard "lager" smell.

Taste, Semi-sweet bready malt, some toasted malt and walnut. Balancing bittering herbal notes, citrus and pine to a lesser extent.

At the far side of the light end of the spectrum. Good carbonation. About spot on along with the taste. Excellent drinker.
A fine example of a style not so easy to find well done in the US.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Bluephies in Madison, Wisconsin. Served in a shaker pint 10/28/2014.

A- Clear golden-yellow body that is on the slightly darker side of the yellow spectrum. Half finger white head that dissipates quickly. No lacing. [3.5]

S- Crisp earthy, grassy hops along with a crackery biscuit malt sweetness, a bit of yeasty mineral flavours. Not complicated, but it comes together quite well. [3.75]

F- Biscuits, lightly toasted malt, minerals, grassy hops; clean sweet malt flavour finished off by a mild earthy bitterness. [3.75]

M- Crisp, on the thinner side but about right for the style. Nice and dry, refreshing finish that is a lingering earthy bitterness. Very easy to drink if it is a warm night. [3.75]

O- Very solid czech pils. On the earthy-slightly skunked side, nice mouthfeel and refreshing; about what I expected from GLBC. [3.75]

Final score: 3.74

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crisp Golden pilsner with a nice bouquet of Czech hop aroma. 5.1% ABV, 40 IBU. Crystal clear golden color, standard pilsner appearance. The aroma is very well crafted and hoppy, spicy saaz. Same with the taste, grassy style hops, a little hops bitterness in the aftertaste, excellent as a summer beer. Not sure why the six packs are a pub exclusive. I'd guess it would sell well in distribution.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, pours a pale golden color with a tall foamy, white head. Good head retention with a little lacing. Aromas are grassy, floral noble hop, pilsner malt. Tastes are appropriately sharp and crisp, grassy, biscuity, finishes clean and dry. Body is thin with moderate to high carbonation. Overall, good example of the style, but I probably wouldn't get it again.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a crystal clear golden color with a one finger white head and tons of little carbonation bubbles streaming up through the brew. The head has a decent retention fading over about a 3 min time period to leave a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a bready and grainy smell mixed with some lighter hop smells. The hop are mainly of a grassy and herbal smell, which overall when mixed with a light fruity smell produce a nice crisp aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and malty flavor with a lighter fruit taste of lemon and apple. As the taste advances, hop flavors and a bit more fruit come to the tongue. The fruit are largely of the same nature that they were upfront, with the lemon getting stronger in flavor. The hop flavors that come to the tongue more toward the middle are of a grassy and earthy nature. These grow stronger to the end, combining with the malty and lightly fruity tastes to leave a crisper and slightly more bitter hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is average to slightly above average. The slightly higher carbonation and slightly thinner body are rather nice for producing a crisp tasting beer and match well the combination of hop, sweet and malty flavors.

Overall – A rather nice crisp and easy drinking yet nicely hopped pilsner.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Super clear pale yellow with about a half finger of head that dissipates quickly. No lacing as it drinks.

S: Clean and crisp. Smells like an adjunct lager, but with a touch more lemony citrus and hop aroma.

T: Lemon up front, and then is moves more to the sweet side. It has a nice slight sweet malt linger in the middle. The finish is back to lemon with a touch of cream.

M: Light bodied beer. Starts crisp and clean and finishs smooth and creamy.

O: This is a great pilsener. In my opinion, it ranks up there with Sunshine Pils and Prima Pils. Nice work by Great Lakes. I'd grab a case of this every summer if they start to make it more regularly.

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Photo of maximum12
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to sproser for dropping this in as an extra in a beautiful swap of worthy brews. Popped open while stirring up a batch of pasta & crescent rolls for la familia.

Pours a pale, never-seen-the-sun yellow. Distinct pale malts coat the nose, with just a hint of flowering hops.

The Wright Pils does the style up right. Lemony, more distant flowery hopping, grassy, perhaps a little bready, too. Finishes with a gentle, gummish bite of hops & a sprinkling of mild spices. Smoooth. Easier to sip than water after a long hike.

A pils that's defined by it's best characteristic - one could drink these by the six-pack without complaint. Good, solid beer.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
5.3% ABV, Best Served at 45°F, Enjoy by 08/29/12

A - Shimmering pale straw yellow in color, The Wright Pils has brilliant clarity and very little carbonation streaming upwards. The head stays aloft though, slowly gliding lower while leaving vapor trails of foam in it's wake.

S - The Wright Pils has an unmistakable Czech pils aroma from the get-go, pushing off with a soft water scent that's captivating and revolving, tying the hops and malts together wonderfully. Floral and spicy noble attributes overlap the smooth pilsner malt which adds a pinch of graininess along with balancing sweetness.

T - Not quite as adventurous as the aroma, The Wright Pils' flavor plays it safe and climbs from the hard deck. Hoppy lemon citrus peeks out, all but abandoning the noble-imparted floral and spicy attributes the nose offers, in turn letting malt take over. Biscuity, bready sweetness becomes the dominant attribute of the flavor.

M - Opening with a soft, smooth sweetness and moderate carbonation level to even things out, The Wright Pils has a lingering sweetness not-so-akin to the crisp lager and moderately bitter finish of usual Czech pilsners. Good, but running off the landing strip a bit.

O - The Wright Pils is a damn fine beer over all, but when it comes to a Czech pilsner, this one is flying a different pattern. It's got the nose of a classic Czech, but it just doesn't follow through with moderately bold noble hops and the soft floral, spice, and bitterness they impart. Quite refreshing and drinkable regardless.

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Photo of ZAP
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Yellow color....nice lacing on glass.

S-Pilsner malts..grainy...floral hop notes

T-The aroma leans maltier than the flavor...oh the malt is just fine but there is a more pronounced hop impression on the taste...dryish....grassy....

M-Tight body....crisp...easy drinking....dry finish.

O-No surprise here....another top notch lager from GL...not as hop forward as Prima Pils or Noble Pils but a nice drinker and a rock solid Pils

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Photo of rlee1390
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Clear yellow, nicely carbonated, one finger head.

S-Wheat, straw, yeast, grass, lemon very slight floral hops.

T-Rather sweet, yet balanced. Straw, wheat with grass and lemon. Very slight bitterness that works. Some floral notes. But not as good as it warms.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation and very crisp.

O-The main knock is that it should be consumed cold. But one of the better pils out there.

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