RATINGS: 266   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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

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Morey (46) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2012
INFORMATION: Great Lakes Brewing Co finally decided to release this one in bottles for distribution this year. I’ve had this at a couple of beer festivals before, but I’m excited to sample this fresh bottle. Onto the review!

APPEARANCE: Poured into a pilsner glass, this is pale yellow in color with really nice clarity. Plenty of carbonation bubbles streaming upward within my glass. The white head stood just over a finger tall and hung around throughout the entire beer.

AROMA: Toasted Grains, Hops, Grass, and there’s also a subtle malt sweetness in there as well.

TASTE: Follows the nose…I’m getting a nice combination of grain and grassy hops up front. The hops are rather subtle and the grains really take control about mid-palate. There’s a nice lightly toasted malty sweetness towards the back end. The finish is clean, but not as crisp as I was anticipating.

MOUTHFEEL: Light body with moderate carbonation.

MOREY’S BOTTOM LINE: Honestly, I was expecting more hops. This is a good pilsner for sure, but Great Lakes usually isn’t shy when it comes to bitterness and flavor. A nice and refreshing beer for summer drinking though. I’m partial to hoppy pilsners myself, but if you’re not quite ready for Prima Pils, then this would be a good first step up from Macro Beers.

Serving type: bottle

Travlr (26276) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 4, 2012
Draft. Clear golden color, small white head, decent lacing. Aroma of straw and subtle white pepper. Taste is clean and crisp bitter hay with a dash of pepper. Not bad.

bluejacket74 (1995) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2012
12 ounce bottle, surprisingly there wasn’t a best by date printed on the label of any of the bottles in the 6 pack I just bought. But since this just came out in bottles recently, I can’t imagine it’s very old at all. Served in a pilsener glass, the beer pours a clear gold color with a half inch white head. Head retention is good, and there’s a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is grainy malt, along with some grassy and spicy hops. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there’s also some slight floral hops noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is light, it’s crisp and refreshing and very easy to drink. I think this is a good overall brew, at just $8.99 a 6 pack I’d certainly buy this again.

BigBeer45 (1573) - Michigan, USA - JUL 2, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2013 Bottle,
this beer had a clear straw gold pour and made a more than one finger white head that receded to a thin cover and ring, the glass had medium carbonation or a little less, it left some spots and small rings of lacing on the sides of the glass,

there were aromas of light pils malt, light bread, faint crisp lemon, faint grass hops, and little sweetness if any,

it had flavors of pils malt, bread, very little sweetness, a lemon like tartness, and the finish had a nice bitterness,

the mouth feel was light, crisp and dry,

a nice drink.

rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JUL 2, 2012

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear light gold with a half finger white head. Lots of little carbonation bubbles rising up through the beer.

Smell is very grainy along with some lemon and a touch of hay.

The taste has a nice biscuit note to go along with the graininess noted in the aroma. A tiny bit of lemon tartness along with some light grassy hops that are a lot less prominent than in other pilsners I have had. Bitterness is moderate and leads to a crisp dry finish.

Overall, while this beer is far from being groundbreaking, it is an excellent example of the style. A wonderful thirst quencher and a great summertime brew that I wish more breweries would make. Another great beer from Great Lakes.

Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 1, 2012
Bottled. Poured crystal-clear, bright golden with a fairly short-lived white head. The aroma picked up a delicate blend of honey and soft bready notes accented by lemon zest and fresh grains.. smelled like it was going to be refreshing. The flavor found similar stuff the whole way through.. crisp bread and a kiss of honey at the core, with lemon zest and fresh herbal bitterness around.. crisp and refreshing finish. Lighter-bodied and a touch grainy on the palate.. moderate carbonation.. very good feel and flow. This was mighty easy-drinkin’.

steelhead3686 (270) - Jacksonville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 1, 2012
Tasted this during Brew Week in Athens Ohio 2012. Pours a clear gold with a thin white head. Smells of a typical pilsner grassy hops and bread malt. Light bitterness. Light to medium body with a sweet clean finish. Nothing special about this beer at all.

BelgianBeerGal (4175) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUN 30, 2012
Draft at the brewery...despite trying to find this elsewhere multiple times. It was a very well made pils for me. Fairly classic but had some character to it and didn’t seem boring. Good.

michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2012
Draught at TJ’s: Very faint pils malt, grain, and hops. Poured yellow/gold in color, with a large, loose, white head diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Flavor is slightly bitter and slightly sweet. Tastes of Pils malt, slight hops, and light grain. Light body. Dry texture. Average carbonation. Slightly sweet, slightly bitter, Pils malt, grain, hop finish.

Macegan75 (854) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2012
draft at CAH. pours a golden yellow with little head. nose is mild with german low alpha acid hops. first sip is a nice balance of sweet malt and mild hops, no bite at finish which makes this beer. good pils

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