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RATINGS: 261   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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Customers have spoken and GLBC has listened! On Thursday, December 17, 2009 (the 106th anniversary of the first fixed-wing flight), GLBC’s Brewpub will release The Wright Pils, a classic pilsner style beer with a flowery bouquet and elegantly dry finish. Named after the brothers Wright who built the world’s first successful controlled airplane, this pilsner, like these local heroes, has all the Wright stuff! In early 2010, expect to see The Wright Pils in 6-packs in the GLBC Gift Shop, as well as on draft in Concourse C at Cleveland Hopkins Airport! TYPE/STYLE: Pilsner. Until the 1840s, most Bohemian (now Czech Republic) beers were top-fermented, dark and cloudy, although Bavarian brewers had begun experimenting through "lagering" beer in cool caves using bottom-fermenting yeasts, which improved the beer’s clarity, flavor, and shelf-life. The Burgess Brewery recruited the Bavarian brewer Josef Groll who, using new techniques and the newly available paler malts, created the first batch of modern pilsener on October 5, 1842. The combination of pale color from the new malts (aided by the Bohemian city of Plzen’s remarkably soft water), noble hops and Bavarian-style lagering produced a clear, golden beer which caused a sensation. Improving transport and communications also meant that this new beer was quickly available throughout Central Europe, and its style was soon widely imitated. FOOD COMPLEMENTS: Works well as an aperitif and with salads, salmon, tuna and marbled meats

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5364) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2014
Straw golden color with a small, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of toast, pale malt, and grassy hops. Taste is bread, grass, toast, crisp finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
berkshirejohn (4574) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2014
12oz bottle from Wegman’s, West Seneca, NY. Pale straw with a ring of white head; grassy aroma; crisp grainy body with a touch of citrus; and a crisp grassy finish. A rather good pilsner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
lukedarock (170) - Howell, Michigan, USA - AUG 29, 2014
This is definitely a good choice when it comes to pilsner style, great feel like a pilsner should have, I could see this being a beer I drink multiple of in one sitting

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ilovedarkbeer (2300) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 28, 2014
Pours a dark golden color with a small foamy head. Notes of earth, sweet corn, grass, catty hops, and bitter grains. Nice

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (6563) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 27, 2014
Bottle. Malty, crackery nose, biscuits, grassy noble hops. Brilliant pale golden color with a relatively low head. Bready, crackery malts, crisp hops, nice bitterness. Crisp, clean body. Good, reliable pils.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rondphoto (2083) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - AUG 24, 2014
on tap @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Clear light amber with a fluffy white head, clouds of lace. Taste is clear malt that grows smoothly into the palate, adding citrus hops (which goes a little against traditional floral hops in German Pilsners), but it all works very well, kind of an "American Pilsner." It is fun to drink, quite satisfying, and would be great for sessions.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
radio_nowhere (875) - Maryland, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Bottle into pilsner glass, golden yellow color with off-white head. Aroma of pale malt sweetness, citrusy/floral hops and slight pepperyness. Taste adds notes of grain, bread, grass and slight spiciness. Light body, moderate carbonation, crisp, dry with very minimal earthy bitter finish. Pretty good pils.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (2929) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2014
I say you cannot go wrong w/ a good pilsener and this surely qualifies as a good, if not great pilsner. It is not perfectly authentic---too much citrus--but I really could care less. It is clear golden in color w/ a small white head and little patches of lace. Nose is of fresh cracked pale malt and a touch of honey floral notes. This is a medium bodied beer and slightly sweet, fat and malty which brings out a fairly strong orange and lemon citrus character. The carbonation is vigorous which helps dry it out and keep it drinkable. It finishes crisp w/ just a touch of lingering bitterness and sweetness. I don’t know if I would quite call this a world class lager--malt character just isn’t quite there for one--but definitely I could down a sixer of this every night for a weekend and not get sick of it so it works well enough for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (4502) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 14, 2014
pours hazy straw yellow with a creamy white head, good retention and lacing. pils and lightly sweet grains - fresh, floral grassy-citrusy, sulfur, lemon, pepper - the usual suspects, also hint of sweetness- honey and lightly sweet white wine, hint of dust. moderately low carbonation - slighlty lacking perhaps, light body - fairly oily, lightly astringent and assertive woodsy-grassy-herbal-citrusy finish. very nice pils.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Guerde (1175) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - AUG 11, 2014
(bottle) Pours a clear light gold color with a thin white head that leaves webby lacing. Aroma holds big time GL house yeast, with a character I always associate with peanuts for some reason. Smells quite similar to the great Dortmunder Gold, but holds a bit more snap and zest in the aroma than the aforementioned beer. The snap and zest components are composed of fresh cut grass, hay, light must (so slightly wet hay), and little stabs of lemon zest that amp up the freshness factor fivefold. Malty undercurrents are at play here too, and instead of the dry, crackery, scents I associate with some pils, there exists a more rounded, doughy aroma here. Perhaps a bit of honey. Really pleasant to nose. This thing smells a lot like a field. Flavor holds a bit more snap and crispness, with a good kick of mineral character that’s coupled with more of the lemon zest and grassy hops. The malty undercurrent present in the aroma holds its position here in the fore and mid palate, but asserts itself just a little bit towards the finish with some baked bread like components presenting themselves upon exhalation. This sensation is very slight as the zip and crisp components really clean things up on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium and carb is a little lively. I bought this and noticed that it has a best by date of 08/14/14 which means this is probably getting a bit long-in-the-tooth, but if a less than fresh sampling of this beer creates an impression this pronounced, I can only imagine what an incredibly fresh example would yield. Hopefully I can come across one at some time, as I’ll definitely be seeking this out again.

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