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Great Lakes The Wright PilsGreat Lakes The Wright Pils

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Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of spointon
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a couple six packs of this right from the GLBC gift shop while on a recent trip to Cleveland. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This lager poured a brilliantly clear pale gold color with a thin 1/4" white head. The head dropped fast to a thin ring and left just a few spots of lace.

S= Sweet grainy malt in the nose, as well as some light sulfur, noble hops, and a grassy/flowery note that is quite pleasant.

T= Started off with the lightly sweet malt base then quickly dried out with grassy notes and a modest but firm hop bitterness. Light mineral flavors midway and into the finish kept my taste rating from being higher. Finished dry and refreshing.

MF= Lighter bodied with a spritzy carbonation level that was just right.

D= A fantastically session-able beer that tastes good enough to want to... One of the better Czech pilsners I have had from the U.S.

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Photo of AnalogReigns
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yet another EXCELLENT American-made Pilsner! The Czechs and Germans better watch we're finally catching up (and improving?) on their classic beer.

Pilsner was to me personally, one of my last beer-tastes to develop. Of course I grew up knowing about the super-mild American-mega-brew "pilsners" and getting a headache from just one Bud. I cut my micro-brew teeth on Sam Adams...and they didn't do Pilsner until very recently. So, naturally, light-colored beer--assumed I--just wasn't good beer, right?

WRONG! I traveled to Germany and the Czech Republic, and read how Pilsner, when first developed there, was the epitome of the Brewer's art. To make a taste-filled, delicately hopped light colored beer, is really NOT EASY. Any brewer can do an OK IPA or dark ale. But GOOD pilsner, well, it takes a REAL pro to brew that!

The guys at Great Lakes clearly ARE real pros. This is a beautiful transparent light-golden beer with a generous head.

A faint aroma of Saaz hops is apparent, with the sold malt. Bohemian pils, vs. German pils has a more malt accent, or less of a hop bite (depending on your perspective). The differences are very subtle, like Pilsner is in general.

Pilsen the city of course is in Czech, but the Germans have always been very influential to the Czechs. When the major brewery in Pilsen looked for a new head brewer, they hired a German from Munich....who promptly invented what became known as "Pilsner-beer" copied all over central Europe (and eventually the world). So Pilsner is ultimately a Czech/German style...a joint development by both.

If you'd ever seen the barley fields in central Germany and Czech, you'd understand....

The Wright Pils is a DELICIOUS beer, one that both wise beer afficianados will appreciate...and can share with their be-nighted big-brew friends.

It's a SESSION beer, with delicate flavor, NOT an don't expect it to hit you in the face.

HIGHLY recommended!!!

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Photo of json83
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Pilsner. The taste is full of hops and settles nicely. 5.3% ABV and 159 calories are a nice combination. Got to support Cleveland for introducing this nice blend. Full hops with a dry present finish. This is a great combination in relation to cost, calories, and taste.

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Photo of Clydesdale
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
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 kels
4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
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 pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
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 brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a clear golden colored liquid topped by an inch of foam that fades away leaving a few drapes of lace

Smell: Lemongrass and grain

Taste: Surprisingly sweet, up front, with a flavor verging on graham cracker but the style quickly comes into focus with a grassy hop bite arriving by mid-palate; after the swallow, the lemony aspect complements the bitterness but there is a sweet undertone in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: Refreshing and flavorful and though the sweetness is a surprise it is a nice complement to the profile

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Photo of sitarist
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
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 largadeer
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks, Dyan. A Czech pils from Great Lakes? Sign me up.

Pours a clear pale gold topped by a big frothy white head. The nose is remarkably fragrant, very floral and doughy with a touch of cooked corn and citrus zest. The yeast profile is decidedly Czech, being more buttery and creamy than sulfuric. Palate is very nice, with floral and grassy hop flavors up front, followed by doughy, creamy, soft pils malt flavors. DMS and diacetyl are present at a low level, signature of Czech pilsner, giving the beer a softer character than the German counterpart. Finishes mildly bittersweet. This beer is hard to put down - Great Lakes continues to impress me with their lagers.

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Photo of JAramini
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the Cleveland airport brewpub when a flight home from Thanksgiving was delayed.

Pilsener is certainly not my favorite style but this one was impeccably executed.

Abridge golden yellow with a touch of lacing left behind on the glass.

Smooth, a touch sweet, floral, and a tiny bitter bite on the finish. This offering needs to find wider distribution. I live in a market that gets all of the GL bottled offerings but haven't seen this one before. I'd low to be able to get this in bottles. It would be the perfect gateway baby step for a BMC drinker looking to get into craft whole providing enough interest to appeal to a seasoned beer geek.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
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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Photo of mkeckjr
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have this in front of me at The Great Lakes Brewing Company in Cleveland.

Appearance: poured into a pint glass with a finger of white head, which quickly dissipates. Beer is light straw and very clear. Lacing remains from head.

Smell: a very in-style nose; a bit floral and a bit grassy. The smell of the malt comes through as bready. All are present but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: light and crisp carb.

Taste: very standard taste. Malty upfront which fades to a slightly higher than average bitterness at the end of the palate. The hops provide a grassy flavor.

Overall: a standard Czech Pils, very drinkable and fit for this August day. Would prefer a bit more hop flavor but still very tasty.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
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 samie85
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
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 trxxpaxxs
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
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 mothman
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
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 Jimmys
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into hardywood tulip. for freshest taste enjoy by 9/9/12.

A: very clear, bright gold. bright white head. bubbly. retention is fair as is the lacing.

S: very eggy nose. sweet and dry. practically champagne like.

T: sulfur, bready and rich. sourdough to be more precise. a minor hop throughout. finish is a little sweet, slightly corny, and doesnt linger long.

M: a lively, but not overbearing carbonation on a light body.

D: i could drink a lot of this stuff. a pretty tasty czech style pils. clean and well lagered.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.11/5  rDev +7%
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 superspak
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pilsener glass, best by 8/29/2012. Pours a fairly crystal clear golden straw color with a nice 1-2 finger dense white head with very good retention; that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some good spotty lacing clings to the glass, with a good amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of lemon, apple, herbal, grass, bread, floral, and light pepper. Very nice and pleasant aromas with good balance. Taste of lemon, biscuit, pear, floral, pepper, bready grain, and herbal spiciness. Light spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, bread, floral, pepper, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance of flavors with a good amount of flavor as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very nice crisp and clean mouthfeel.. Alcohol is well hidden with almost no warming noticed at all. Overall this is an excellent pilsner. Good flavor robustness and balance; and extremely easy to drink. Highly enjoyable and spot on to style.

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Photo of ndekke39
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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 Chaney
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was looking for a crisp, cool brew to enjoy during these dog days of summer.

Served in a DFH fancy-schmancy glass.

A: Poured a clear as hell gold color with a soft white head to boot.

S: Sweet bread through and through... no, not of the testicle variety.

T: Crisp, clean, and with a nice sour dough bread-like flair that was just plain awesome. Nice bitter slap on the end.

M: Infinitely drinkable through and through. Perfectly carbonated.

O: This is going to be my new fridge staple during this time of year.

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Photo of Yangzang
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
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 oberon
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner a light golden with a thinner frothy white head that sticks well,quite sprtitzy in its looks.Aromas have a bit of leafy hops but more toasty malt,a tinge of iron comes into play as well.Flavors of what a pilsner should be,toasty with a shot of leafy/spicy hops in the finish,I like the toast most of all.A great pilsner with real flavor,it's toasted with a shot of noble hops.

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Photo of IronLover
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden yellow in color with perfect clarity. Poured with a short, dense, white foam that quickly reduced to a wispy cap. Sweet bready malt and floral hop aromas with earthy grass, lemon zest and toasted malt notes. Medium bodied with assertive, tangy, crisp carbonation and a clean semi-dry finish. Bready, biscuity malt flavors up front followed by tangy, herbal hops through the middle. Hop bitterness gradually intensifies from the middle to the end as this finished semi-dry with lingering hop bitterness and biscuity notes.

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Photo of fitrock2112
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured The Wright Pils into a Belgian Tulip.

A - Pours a transparent golden color with two fingers of white head.

S - Getting a light citrus, faint hops, very light bread qualities. Some sourness in their as well.

T - Some more fresh baked bread flavor in there. Sour, almost skunkiness in there too. This fits in there pretty nicely. Light hop flavor to balance things out.

M - Smooth beer, a little heavier than expected for a Pils. Medium carbonation.

O - A decent Czech Pilsener, hits all the notes. Great Lakes again does a good job.
Recommended! Cheers!

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