The Wright Pils | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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The Wright PilsThe Wright Pils

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

Style: Bohemian Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

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Reviews: 199 | Ratings: 726
Photo of Philfromakron
3.06/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out bright gold. Very little head, and it didn't stick around long.

Smelled like a beer. Nothing really popped out to set this apart from any other beer.

Taste was ok. Not much flavor to it. Easy to drink. Nothing seemed special about this one. It disappointed me because I usually look forward to a GL.

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Photo of Stigs
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from the brewery, served in a tall GLBC pilsen glass

A - pours with about half an inch of loose, fluffy bright white foam. the beer is incredibly clear, pale gold in color. thin and wet lacing is left behind after every sip.

S - a small amount of roasted corn and veggies, grains, lemon rind, and grass. lightly sweet biscuity malts underneath.

T - begins a bit sweet, with dominating sweet biscuity malts. grainy through the end, with hints of buttered corn and diacetyl. very mild, grassy hops add a touch of bitterness through the finish.

M - light body, with moderate carbonation yet takes on a slightly syrupy quality as well. crisp and oily finish with lingering graininess.

D - eh. veggies and corn is strong here, also a bit sweet which mostly hides a pleasantly subtle hop bite. refreshing and thirst quenching, though not too appealing on the palate.

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Photo of capra12
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

reviewed solo served out of a short pilsner glass.

Appearance: Poured a white and coarse head 1/2 finger head, yellow and wheat in color, clear.

Smell: I get light grains and pilsner yeast.

Taste: This opens mild with light grains, the classic pilsner yeast profile. I get a citrus hop profile in the end along with the light grains leaving a tangy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, moderate carbonation and one dimensional.

Drinkability: This is a one and done for me. I recommend this to those seeking a classic pilsner with mildly hoppy and citrus finish.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Grabbed this on a recent visit to the brewery and brew pub. Pours a clean golden yellow with a white head. No a whole lot of aroma going on except for some slight hops and grapefruit notes. Clean and crisp flavor. Some citrus notes. Has a nice lingering bitterness to it. Very good and refreshing overall for a pils.

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Photo of adamette
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from one of the 6 12 oz. bottles that I bought at the brewery last Saturday for $9.89, the only place to buy this one in bottles, a "gift shop exclusive." Poured into (what else?) a Pilsener glass, in this case one from Second City in Chicago. "For freshest taste, please enjoy by 9/13/10" stamped on the lower right side of the label.

A Ultra clear sparkling body under a 1 cm head that hangs around for a minute before dissipating down to a single layer on the top of the body. Rather typical look for the style. 3.0

S Nice floral bouquet of smells of a classic pilsener. 3.0

T Well, they have nailed the style with the barley in the front, backed with some hops of a variety that I am not aware but shows up often in Great Lakes beers. Solid and better than average for the style. 3.5

M Nice and full with a softness that I do not always get with this style. There is also a bit of effervescence as the beer dances on the tongue. 4.0

D At least good as the style is often quite drinkable, a session beer. 4.0

Notes: A special treat to have this "giftshop exclusive" in bottles from Great Lakes. It was available on tap inside the brewery as well but I did not get the chance to enjoy it there. This is a solid American craft pilsener.

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Photo of Clydesdale
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A full, brassy-gold color, with a modest white head. Retention is decent even though the head is never very robust to begin with.

S: A bready/doughy and moderately grainy malt aroma - unmistakably a pilsner in the nose. Noble hops are prominent, lending floral, lemony, and lightly dusty notes to the beer.

T: A firm malt presence up front. Dry, crackery graininess up front, with a nice underlying bready sweetness. Hop presence is noticeable, with a firm bite and a classic noble hop profile of floral and herbal flavors. A faint soapy/lemony flavor is also present.

M: Rather hefty for a pilsner - full bodied, with medium carbonation. Dry and refreshing, but definitely not a lighter version of this style.

D: A very pleasant, easy drinking pilsner from Great Lakes. It was certainly refreshing on a hot afternoon, and this is a welcome summer seasonal in my book.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"The Wright brothers' first flight was shorter than a Boeing 747's wing span."

--interesting fact

Brilliant golden honey with borders of lemon yellow and diamond-like clarity. A wonderful looking crown of piano key ivory occupies the upper third of the glass, hangs around forever, and leaves a fair amount of clingy lace when it eventually fades.

The nose is incredibly fresh and bright, despite the fact that the 'best by' date is 7-26-10. The beer smells grassy, musky and lemony, exactly like noble hops should. That might not sound like much, but believe me, it's incredibly aromatic and is absolutely classic for the Czech Pilsner style.

Great Lakes is not one of my favorite breweries for nothing. These guys do almost every one of the classically German styles right. Righter than right. First impression: it tastes and feels like every one of the original 40 IBUs is still alive and kicking.

The simple (which is as it should be) flavor profile consists of crackery pils malt on the bottom end and a still somewhat buzzsaw-like rush of noble hop bitterness on the top end. Lemon zest plays second fiddle to a pilsner symphony of grassy, musky and even spicy.

The mouthfeel is rock solid too. That's no surprise, since GLBC is one of the best in that department. It's more full than most and has the tingly, lightly stinging carbonation that goes well with lower-ABV, hop-focused beer.

If Great Lakes is looking for a new summer seasonal, they need look no further than The Wright Pils. This should be the blueprint for any U.S. craft brewer who wants to compete with the best that Germany and The Czech Republic have to offer. Thanks to my brother for giving up his only bottle so that I could do a review.

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Photo of kels
4.26/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to sliverX for this excellent and unexpected extra (that was a lot of xs in one sentence!).

Pours a bright golden yellow with exceptional clarity. Loads of bubbles sit like little beads on the bottom of the glass. They regularly break from the bottom and rise to the surface, meeting a soft, white skim that results from the quick fade of the initial 1 1/2 finger fizzy head. Not much lace to speak of.

Aroma is basic, clean and crisp. Grains are a little sweet and dry.

Taste is very crisp and more full than expected. Nice toasty grains that are hearty while still being light fill the palate. Light lemony citrus adds a bright highlight. Feel is well-carbonated and crisp with a little stickiness in the aftertaste that perpetuates the tastiness.

Exceptional drinkability. Very, very tasty while still being light, crisp and refreshing. Can I have another?

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Photo of mothman
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kbutler1 for sharing this one.

Pours a 1/2 finger of white head. Color is a clear straw yellow.

Aroma: Lemongrass, some grassy hops, pale malts Pretty nice aroma for a pils.

Taste: Has some wheat flavors which I find odd. Light lemon flavors again. Grassy hops. A very interesting pils with the fruit citrus flavors. It also has an odd peanut flavor in the background.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, smooth, refreshing. Light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and hoppy.

Overall, a very solid pils. One of the better pils I have had. Very drinkable and well to the style.

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Photo of pwoods
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kels for sharing this bottle with me.

12oz. Brown bottle poured into a pint.

A: A very pale golden yellow with good clarity. Moder head with a bit of retention. Small lacing.

S: Light aroma with some cereal and very light biscuity grains. Light noble hop aroma.

T/M: Nice bitterness from the hops with a nice spicy edge. The malts are nice with a bit of huskiness and a light sharpness. Body medium light and carbonation is nice and high.

D: Drinks very easily and is pretty interesting for a pilsner.

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Photo of kwjd
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a straw-yellow with small, tight white head and very little lacing. Smells of grassy hops and almost like whole wheat bread. Lots of bready flavour to go with the grassy hop bitterness. Nice mouthfeel and a great drinker. Doesn't seem to be a lot going on with this, but it is a very well made pilsner. If this was available near me, I may buy it more.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a strange glass. Beer is yellow and clear with a huge thick head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is low and made up of large bubbles that rise slowly.

Clean bland aroma. Smells fine but overall a little weak.

Thin beer with a slight aftertaste. Mild sweetness up front and not a lot of carbonation in the mouth. Overall I think its OK but not great. Second taste, quite drinkable. Some mild bitterness at the back but the aftertaste it gone. Again, a mild sweetness and a nice finish. I rather like this beer.

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Photo of mdotgunter
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color and smell is typical of the style except for a light floral and sweet scent almost reminiscent of their Grassroots Ale. When the brew hits the tongue, you get a malt taste that is not so common in the style. The Wright Pils is well balanced but still has that pilsner fizziness that you'd expect. This medium bodied brew leaves you with a finish that thirsts you for more.

For a regular pilsner, you aren't going to find many beers better than this. It has all the characteristics of a great pilsner plus some malt happiness thrown in there for good measure. However, it is a pilsner- and pilsners are middle of the road and made for your average beer drinker. The craft spirit is alive in The Wright Pils so let's hope this keeps them on the wright track. How about Imperial Black and Wright Pilsner? Just a suggestion....

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Photo of sitarist
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served cold and fresh.

Pours a clear, pale, golden yellow. About an inch of head fades fast. A small amount of lacing, and a steady stream of bubbles.

Smells sweet with hints of bread, grass, honey, and flowery hops.

Taste follows the nose, sweet, grassy, with a peppery finish.

Light body with the right amount of carbonation along with the light flavors make this beer enjoyable and refreshing.

The drinkability is 100%. Each sip leaves you wanting another. This is what a pilsner should be.

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Photo of shivtim
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this one at the pub.
It's a very clear yellow. Surprisingly translucent, and not very dark. Tiny head. To style.
Nose is very mild. Slight must, gentle Euro hops.
Taste is a well done pilsner. Small tastes of farmy malts. Mild yeast strains and grainy hops. Slight hints of a grassy sweetness.
Good mouthfeel; highly drinkable.

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Photo of ndekke39
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at the GLBC brewpub. Menu said it was 5.1% ABV. Served in a pint glass. Appearance is pale yellow, with a thin white head. Very good retention. Overall, very floral nose, with a little spike of hops. Great balanced flavor: honey sweet plus sweet and citrusy hops. VERY drinkable beer. Could easily down 2-3 of these in the spring or summer.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - a bright, sunny straw pour into the etched SA glass. A thin white cover of foam threatens to break apart on the surface, but a steady feed from underneath keeps it mostly together for a bit.

Aroma - grainy but clean, a light general sweetness in support with just a kiss of citrus.

Taste - a nice crackery grain opening with some light but supportive sweetness. The hops are classic pilsner style and certainly at their peak of freshness. A breath of floral soapiness, very light, hits at the swallow along with just the right amount of hop balance. Finishes clean, a bit dry with a noble hop finish.

Mouthfeel - light of medium in body, nicely crisp and right on style.

Drinkability - delicious and easily sessionable, though I will understand if those at the GL pub move on to other offerings after this. Much thanks is in order to Greg who brought me a sixer of these. He's not a BA (not even a beer drinker), but has the spirit of one and was nice enough to hook me up with these, and wouldn't even let me pay him! I should have asked for a growler of Rackhouse, huh? ;-)

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Photo of boatshoes
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stopped up in Cleveland for dinner and a drink. Had the opportunity to try two new beers, this one included, and was very excited.

Appearance- Comes off the type a bright golden translucent straw yellow. Some mild beading up the glass and the thinnest sheet of white head that immediately completely disappears.

Smell- Smells mildly of grass and hay, with just a touch of skunky hops. Not a whole lot going on but pleasant enough.

Taste- More of the same. Some nice grassiness, a little bit of cereal graininess, and some very mild skunky hops. Again, pleasant but not hitting anything out of the ballpark.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is rather thin though okay for the style. Drinkability is pretty decent as well as this one is nice enough to go down easy.

Overall, I can't say that a whole lot was going on with this beer but it was a pretty good representation for the style. If this is your type of beer I could easily see this being sessionable.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the pub in the Cleveland airport. Pours a vibrant gold color, very clear. White fluffy head disappears after a minute.

Simple aroma, a bit grainy, light cereal grain, with a touch of floral hops in the back.

Clean, slighty bready malt. Just a touch of sweetness up front with some spicy floral bitterness at the end. Pretty clean, but not quite as crisp as I hoped.

A bit full for the style, with lower carbonation. Pretty easy to drink. Enjoyable.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
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 nrbw23
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a crystal clear gold color with a thin white head. Head leaves some spotty lacing down the glass. Mine was also served in a flute.

S- Not a whole lot going on here a touch of malts, floral hops and a bit of spice.

T- A lot like the nose with a bit more hops than I expected. Its good just not a whole lot going on.

M- Very clean and crisp. Everything seems about right on.

D- Very easy to drink and a good example of the style.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new beer from Great Lakes. Another on-tap only "pub exclusive." It will apparently be released in 6 packs sometime this year though. Served in a pint glass, this beer is a clear medium golden color with a white head about 1/2 inch when served to me, settling to a nice thick ring lining the inside of my glass along with a nice surface coating. Good lacing too. Has a nice malty aroma with some noble hops and maybe a slight hint of spice and not anything else. The taste pretty much is the same, perfect balance of hop bitterness and malt with a bit of caramel sweetness. Not very complex, but a very good, solid beer that is spot on for the style. Has a crisp, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink. Seek this out once it comes out in 6 packs if you are fan of this style.


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Photo of samie85
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes. Originally consumed 12/21 at the Great Lakes brewpub.

A- Pours a golden yellow color with little to no head in a pilsener glass.

S-I got a whiff of spicy hops and sweet pils malt.

T-Follows the nose with a light hop bitterness upfront followed by sweet almost caramel-ly malt.

M- Light bodied and well carbonated. Spot on for the style.

D-It really is a very easy drinking beer. I went over to the gift shop to try and pick up a six pack of this, but they didn't have them yet. Easily one of my favorite examples of a pilsener.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on-tap at the GLBC brewpub. Poured into a pilsener glass.

A- Pours a crystal, clear yellow. Produced two fingers width of white head. Lots of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Not much going on here. Small amount of faint hops and some malt.

T- Very nice. The use of hops blended in perfectly. Thoroughly enjoyed the malt sweetness in the wasn't overwhelming, but just enough to provide flavor in the finish.

M- Clean, crisp. Perfect amount of carbonation.

D- Beer doesn't get much more drinkable than this.

Overall, I won't lie, pilseners aren't my favorite and I have had a lot of shitty ones. This one was done very well and had a lot of flavor...definitely unexpected. Another great beer from GLBC.

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