Review of Great Lakes The Wright Pils

07 Oct
Hi guys.  For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be trying the Great Lakes The Wright Pils produced by the Great Lakes Brewing Company located in Cleveland, Ohio.

I tried this brew a few months ago and am just now getting around to writing the review.  I know it’s getting cooler and Pilsners might not be the preferred style right now, but what the heck.  It’s my understanding that this was a new seasonal release for the Spring of 2012 also. 

From the website,, we find this description of The Wright Pils.

Classic pilsner style with a flowery bouquet and elegantly dry finish.

Simple enough.  Let’s drink.

This brew comes in a 12 oz. bottle and it has an ABV of 5.3%.

It poured a very clear, golden/straw color.  A very smooth, bright white head adorned the top of the liquid.  It was a touch soapy and the size was mostly “so-so”, but the retention time was ok and the lacing looked decent enough.

The nose was comprised of a clean and crisp bready malt.  Crackers and wafers along with some grassy hops and some lightly toasted grain.  I did, however, receive a slight waft of corn.  I’m not a bit fan of that, although it wasn’t strong enough to be distracting or “cheap” smelling.

The taste released a hint of fruity pear.  More of the grassy/grainy hops, which added a touch of bitterness as well as more of the bread and cracker savors too.  The corn reared its head again, but as it was in the aroma it wasn’t too much that I couldn’t enjoy the beer.  Very clean tasting all the way through.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied.  Dry, crisp, smooth, refreshing and thirst quenching.  The carbonation was good and a fair amount of flavor was left behind on the palate after each sip.

Overall, I thought this was a decent Pilsner.  A super easy drink that could be enjoyed thoroughly during warmer weather.  It’s straight forward and well made without being overly complicated or confusing, although enough aroma and flavor were discovered for contemplation.  This is a brew that a person can just turn up and drink in my opinion.  I’d pick it up again for sure.  I’d suggest you guys do the same next Spring when it rolls back around.  So, with that being said, give the Great Lakes The Wright Pils a go and see what you think.

Thanks for reading and commenting everyone.  I really appreciate it.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  3.7 out of 5
Grade:  B

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Posted by on October 7, 2012 in Country: USA, Great Lakes


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