Great Lakes The Wright Pils | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-16-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
725
Reviews:
198
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
11.17%
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
90
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 725 |  Reviews: 198
Photo of damndirtyape
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (best by 08/19/12) poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear golden yellow. Initial white head dies down to a ring on top and an occasional strand across the top as well. Persistent small strands and islands of lacing noted all the way down to the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Faint noble hops, not a lot else going on here.

Taste: Clean malt quickly balanced/countered by the noble hop bitterness (earthy, spicy). Simple but very tasty and just right.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, just right thickness underneath. Crisp and dry finish as one would expect of a good pilsner.

Overall / Drinkability: For what it lacks in aroma, it makes up for in taste and drinkability. I could easily have another of these and it went quite well with a meal (fish + potato cakes) as well. A good Czech pilsner.

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Photo of vrbulldog22
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

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 wedge
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a sparkling straw gold color under a pure-white, frothy head. Drippy sheets of lace, but no head towards the end of the glass. Clean aromas of spicy, grassy hops, hay, and cracker-like grain. Softly sweet cereal malt flavor with a bitter grassy/herbal hop finish. Crisp and snappy in the mouth...light bodied and refreshing. I think the malt could be a bit richer to counteract the hops, but a nice take on the style that I'll revisit this summer I'm sure.

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Photo of gabedivision
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a pilsner glass from a 12 oz bottle.

Pours a crystal clear and clean straw golden yellow, with a 1 finger white fluffy head that forms a thin lace. Smells of sweet grain, a tinge of floral hop like character coming through on the end, nothing exciting. Boiled grains and sweet sugary lemons on the tongue. A sweet bready malt base leaves a tad tart with a slightly bitter and dry finish. Light bodied moderate carbonation, sweet dry and a bitter finish. Overall; this beer is far from exciting (not unlike all pilsners), just a pretty standard pils.

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Photo of Listers
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of patreely12
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of stewart124
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass this is straw yellow with little to no head.

Strong smells of straw and bread come through with a floral note.

Taste has plenty of malt character and a trace of sweetness to go with a big noble bite of hops. Spicy notes and a pils malt really bring this around to reflect the style. Possibly some DMS traces but really a good Czech pils.

Easy to drink with a good amount of carbonation and background bitterness. Dry finish with just a touch of grape character left on the tongue.

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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 Yangzang
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pilsner pours a light gold hue with a short head and minimal lacing. Head is much shorter than what is typical for Great Lakes beers.

Smell: This is definitely a strong suit of the beer. Scent of bread and flowers, and from the smell you know it's going to be dry.

Taste: Dry hops with a flowery taste--it's both very fresh and dry, and while it could use more malt presence to balance things out, there's a lot of good flavor here.

Mouthfeel: Very dry and not quite enough carbonation (for my liking). It goes down quite easy for how dry it is but it's far from a session beer.

Overall: As a fan of Great Lakes, I'll say that this isn't their best, but it certainly has a lot to offer die-hard Great Lakes drinkers.

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

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish Head pint glass (sorry, I hate drinking out of pilsners). The beer pours out a nice clear golden color, but the carbonation is far too low and I don't get much of a bloom at all. It has a faint nose with nice floral notes and just a hint of nutty, bready maltiness.

The flavor is nearly spot-on. There's a soft, semi-sweet grainy flavor up front (with a mild buttery note) followed by a nice hop accompaniment. Everything works together well here and nothing overwhelms. You get flavors of tea, wheat, lemon, and herbs. Wonderfully refreshing. Sadly the finish, while dry, lacks just a bit of that ``stony dryness'' I like in a pilsner.

I'm not much of a fan of pilsners, but this beer could make me one. It is very drinkable and refreshing and extremely well-balanced. I think all it really needs are a few more bubbles. I bought a single of this and I think I'll go back to the bottle shop for a six-pack. Heck, I might even drink one out of a pilsner. Cheers!

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Photo of steveh
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've never been a big fan of the GL lagers to-style, but they're always well-made and enjoyable, so when I was in the mood for something light and saw this, thought I'd give it a go.

12 ounce bottle six pack, best by 8/27/12 clearly stamped on the label, $10.

A -- Clear, light gold color with a dense white head.

S -- DMS and light, spicy hops.

T -- Sort of a dry graininess up front with bitter, herbal hops in the middle and finishing with a mellow breadiness. There is some light citrus character in the aftertaste and the hop bitterness lingers to the end.

M -- Smooth to crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish and medium light body.

O -- A pretty standard micro-brewed Pilsner -- which is to say much better than any macro-brewed light lager, but lacking in a good Pilsner malt base that would round things out nicer. The dryness can become palate-fatiguing and a touch of sweeter malts would help that.

Looking at the grain bill from GL and I'm pretty surprised to see that there is no Pils malt listed at all. A little odd for a style originating from the malt itself.

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Photo of Dkanz
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of bootsdomino
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of SouthernBuckeye
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of CaptainHate
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of leinie13
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of alexgash
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle. Best by 08/29/12.

Pours a very clean and clear lemon gold. Small finger of eggshell white head. Good lacing, though. Crisp, clean lemon and citrus hop notes dance above a bready, honeyish base of malts. Nice and refreshing nose.

Mineral water bitterness up front, along with some grainy flavors. Herbal hops blend with peppery and lemony notes. Lightly toasted bready malt, with a hint of nuttiness. Slight honey note as well. Sea air noble hop wallop as the finish nears. Dry, crisp and refreshing, with latent lemon pepper hop bitterness. Moderate body with a crisp, lively feel. A delicious and very quaffable summer seasonal that I would drink year-round if it was available!

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Photo of outsider
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of OriolesFan1008
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of MP72
2.93/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- gold with 1/4 inch white head.No lacing

S-Grains

T-Grains

M-medium bodied

O- Overall I was not impressed and I was truly excited to try this one too. There is a graininess to all the GL lagers that is odd to me. I'll stick to Victory for my lagers or the Germans. Sad because I love Great Lakes for most other things.

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Photo of TruaxMJ
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Blueribbon666
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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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Great Lakes The Wright Pils from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
3.85 out of 5 based on 725 ratings.
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