Great Lakes The Wright Pils | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes The Wright PilsGreat Lakes The Wright Pils
BEER INFO

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

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

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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 JimmyFlatRock
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Mitchster
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$1.69 for a 12oz single @ Bevco. Brewed with Harrington 2-row and wheat. Hopped with Hallertauer and Czech Saaz.
OG=13P, 35 IBU's, 5.3% ABV.

Pours out to a sparkingly clear bright golden, forming a tall whipped and creamy bone white head with amazing retention and beautiful lacing. Moderate carbonation, ~2.5 or so. Appears filtered. Very clear. The aroma is wonderful...a beautiful balance between the flowery bouquet of Czech Saaz and the delicate pils malt huskiness. Wonderful aroma..clean, simple, and sophisticated. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean with a light body. The taste is wonderful as well...a beautiful showcase between the pils malt with nuances of freshly mown hay and light clover honey mingling with a expertly balanced spicy bitterness which lingers just enough to make you want to drink more. I've never heard of a pils brewed with wheat, but it works wonderfully. There is a delicate saltine cracker note. A very crisp and dry finish makes it very thirst quenching.

This is an expertly brewed pils, and I would highly recommend you try it. Right up there with Avery, Victory, and Lagunitas as my favorite pils. I'd much rather drink these ultra-fresh pils from these brewers than skunky Urquell or hop extract Bitburger.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours out a very light straw-gold color with an initial half-inch head. Nice flowery hop aroma, quite big. Definitely on the hoppy end of the style, the taste greets you with a high bitterness, and lots of noble hop flavor. Really, this feels more like a German than Czech pils. Malt is light, as is the body, with a very dry finish. This is a good quaffing pils. Very nice.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is pale gold with white head that retains nicely and leaves a thick layer of lacing. Nose is full of fresh Czech hops which provide a grassy green aroma. This is paired with sturdy cereal grains, stone wheat, and a slight hint of caramel. Taste is rather bitter with bready grain all over. The finish is dry and bitter earthy flavors. Mouthfeel is crisp, light, and well carbonated. Overall, this is another well crafted lager from Great Lakes with a firm hop presence.

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Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Kerrie
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of BeerLover99
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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

Light gold in color with some grainy surface foam.

Light, almost milky, aroma. Kiss of German hops and a slap of citrus.

Clean and refreshing without that rigid bitterness that I love in a true pils. Herbal hoppy character. Finishes a little tangy.

Thinner body but a rip-roaring carbonation. Lotta spritz in the bite.

A pretty average pilsner. Nothing too distinct about it. Enjoyed my pour.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
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 Exiled
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of BB1313
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a flute. I've had this one many times. Pours a crystal clear transparent pale golden, huge fluffy white head, very sticky lacing. Nice aromas. Very floral and earthy. Hints of lemon and fresh grass. I'm also picking up some pear, white grapes and green apples. The flavors match, with a nice lingering bitterness. There's a touch of black pepper, giving it a subtle spiciness. Finishes dry. Great carbonation which active and smooth. Light and extremely easy to drink. Very enjoyable and leaves you wanting more. Refreshing and great for outdoors.

This is pretty straight forward. Nothing flashy, but very well executed. Traditional. Pilsener fans should enjoy. Quaffable stuff here.

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

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden tan, yellow, almost like a macro on steroids with a 1/2 inch creamy head.

Smell - Lots of florla hops, some malts, yeasts, some spices, pepper, sugars, not overly strong smelling.

Taste - Loads of sweet yeasts, sugars, malts and some nice floral hops. Very sweet and spicy mixed with some caramel malts. A nice lemon kick also. A grassy, herbal flavor comes at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light, smooth and tasty, a great summer beer for sure. Tounge gets the yeast, malts and floral hops, were the palate gets yeast and more spices. Finish is dry, malty, and bold.

Overall - Excellent pils for sure. Sweet, flavorful, easy to drink and low alcohol make this a summertime winner. Very glad this is now avaible outside the cleveland area. A welcomed addition to the strong lineup. One of the better pils out there.

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

Great Lakes is well qualified to attempt a beer like this and they pull it off. The ambition of a perfect simulation is achieved.

I had this on tap yesterday at the Grog Shop (The Whiskey Daredevils and Dick Dale performing). There are differences with the bottled but they are extremely subtle.

The draft had a little bit hoppier feel to it, the bottled a little darker somehow, but very similar. Overall, this is what I would call robundant - especially for the style - it feels full bodied and more authentic than the real thing.

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Photo of rydev24
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Hendrick24
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of misternebbie
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%

Photo of micromaniac129
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The wright pils pours golden in color and is quite clear. An average size head is present and is rocky but quickly fades. Carbo's are quite light.The aroma I get is mostly of bready malts. Hints of spicy hops are more in background.
Taste is pretty malty with bread or wet grains. Some sharp tangy hops too.
A liitle disappointed with this one fells flat on the palette and quite boring.
A good beer but really a little boring. There's nothing to grab you and reel you in.

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Photo of Jspriest
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Chaney
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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 SmellsofMahagony
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of BT_Bobandy
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of matjack85
4.52/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL as part of a build-your-own 6 pack for $9.99, making this single 12oz brown bottle $1.67. As always, Great Lakes puts a best before date on the back label.

The beer poured a clear, light, golden color and produced a long lasting 2-finger white head. Even after the head faded, it left a thin rim of white foam on top. It didn't produce much lacing however, just a light sprinkling of small spots.

Nice flowery bouquet with some pale malt sweetness and a touch of yeast.

This is a well balanced and well made beer. The main flavor comes from sweet bready nalt and yeast with a delicate bitterness and spiciness from the noble hops. Despite the sweetness in the mouth it finishes clean and dry.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

This is one delicious Czech style pilsener.





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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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