Flywheel Bright Lager - Metropolitan Brewing

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Flywheel Bright LagerFlywheel Bright Lager

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BA SCORE
85
very good

227 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 227
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.98%
Wants: 21
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Metropolitan Brewing visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 01-15-2009

The kinetic beauty of spicy hops grabs you by the nose and lets you know: this is German-inspired beer. A mild, bready malt sweetness greets you at the lips, smoothing the crisp hop flavors. Flywheel is meant for bombastic celebrations of singing voices and clamoring mugs. But then, that first contented moment of happy hour is uniquely celebratory as well.

45 IBU
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Ratings: 227 | Reviews: 92
Reviews by JLeege:
Photo of JLeege
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft- into a pint

Appearance- Clear golden color with a dense white head. A little lace is left behind.

Smell- Earthy sided hops, a hint of semi sweet malt, and slightly grainy.

Taste- Earthy and grassy throughout. A hint of lemon and fairly zesty in the hop character. A nice slightly bready malt balance.

Mouthfeel- Light body with medium carbonation, highly sessionable. Crisp.

Overall- A nice real pilsner. Had a little Coors Light on the side for comparison sake, NO Comparison. A nice easy drinking beer from a local brewer, can’t beat that.

More User Reviews:
Photo of weatherdog
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brixies in Brookfield IL. Poured into a shaker pint glass

It pours a really pale crystal clear straw color. A two finger bright white head tops the beer. An intricate layer of lacing is left behind on the glass walls.

The nose is nice and crisp with hints of pilsner grains and some yeast. It's a great crisp smell and I'm digging it.

With the flavor there is a lot of crisp bready/grain flavors with an nice spicy addition either from some hops or the yeast. It's pretty full bodied and creamy for a light lager and I'm really liking that. This beer instantly reminded me of something I would like to drink while sitting outside in the summer. A really well made lager.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #48 (Jan 2011):

Clear golden and bubbly, thin but sticky lace from a moderate-sized head. Grassy, doughy malt nose, fresh with an herbal and berry hop edge. Clean and crisp with a well-toned, moderate-sized body. Graininess comes in strong but clean, with a light biscuity character. Hop bitterness is aggressive but not boisterous; a bit of oily resin and a lot of fresh herbal flavors. Clean palate throughout. Pleasing dry finish that begs for the next sip. Spot-on for style and extremely drinkable, this is a Pilsner to seek out for sure.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy yellow-orange pour with a nice full inch of creamy white bubbly head on top. Good retention. Aromas of crisp pale malts mingling with spicy, somewhat grassy hops. A bit of an earthy cereal accent as well. Pretty clean and balanced.

First sip brings crisp malts and cereal accents that moves into spicy, grassy hops with some earthy flavors as well. Mild bitterness on the finish. Mellow.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with stable carbonation. Goes down easy and refreshing. A pretty tasty pilsener that would work well on a hot summer day or after mowing the lawn, but not something I would actively seek out. I look forward to seeing what else Metropolitan brews up in the future.

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours a clear gold with some pure white foam.
The nose is lots of biscuit and warm bread, a little bit of spice and maybe a hint of citrus?
Good tasting brew with nice, bready malts, a little sweetness, some spice and a hint of lemon.
Mouthfeel is medium, crisp and clean.
Overall, I wouldn't mind drinking a couple of these.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a flute)
A- The crystal clear copper hued body has a lumpy snow-white head that last for a long while. There is a slow moving sea of microbubbles that glide to the surface.
S- The soft clean flinty aroma has notes of raw grain and a faint herbal greenness in the finish.
T- The slightly sweet hint finishes with a smooth blend of sulfur and spicy green hops. As the beer opens up there is a carbonic acid note and a green cinnamon quality to the hops. There is a very light tartness to the hops aswell.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a clean fizz and no alcohol heat.
D- This beer has some nice subtle complexity and is very crisp and easy to drink. This is a good session beer especially in the warm months.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As far as lagers go this one is very pretty. A strong straw yellow with a tough head that rises cleanly above the beer. Very unclean as it crashes back into the liquid, leaving coral shaped lace all over the glass.

The nose is crisp but not very compelling. It's mostly grain but has hints of fruit that point towards the off flavors of a beer fermented too high a temp. Not the crisp, clean beers I've come to enjoy on several trips to Germany.

The taste redeems the smell with a nice hoppy bite and clean malt flavor. Slightly grassy hops with a hints of lemon and honey praise the sweet grains.

The finish is dry and peppery, which is a nice change from the sweet crisp start. Light bodied and simple. Very nice but that is all.

Photo of curtiswvu
2.3/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I love to support my Chicago beers but this to me is just bad. Tastes like a dirty bowl of Corn Flakes with a dash of bad Market Day bread. Very good look and mouthfeel for the style. Nice two fingers of clear white and clingy head but I will never order this again. Can't deal with the rusty corn, sorry.

Photo of nicnut45
2.49/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A-Pours a hazy neon yellow color, not a lot of head and it settles to a fine layer. Off white lacing coats the glass as I sip. Pretty hazy for a lager I might add too.

S-Lemon, hay, soil like. I have to go searching for this. Nothing really pops out at me.

T-Uneventful. The flavors are fighting. This reminds me of a witbier when I take a sip then this annoying flat bitterness clashes with it. It is bitter just to be bitter. I get some hints of lemon in the background. The bitterness does not harmonize with any of the other flavors.

M.F.-Average carbo, clears the palate well and leaves behind nasty bitterness.

Drink-I would drink 2 max. I wont buy again.

Photo of hopman333
2.06/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Ok, I hate to be negative about a beer, especially a local one as I live in Chicago.

The appearance is nothing to write home about...

There is really no smell whatsoever, unless you really dig deep.

And the taste is really REALLY BLAND AND BORING. Starts out with a virtually non existent malt character, ( where is the cracker and bread like character that everyone on here is mentioning ). Maybe some slight hints of grass and hay, but thats about it. The Hop flavor is very muted, ( extract maybe )Nahh but it sure taste like it. And a bitter finnish that just does not have any counterpoints to reference it.

All in all, a very lackluster beer. And this is coming from a guy that loves Pilseners and lagers. It kind of reminds me, and a friend of a dumbed down Bitburger pils. And at $9.99 a sixer, definately a deal breaker. Do not waste youre money. There are way too many better Lagers out there. Hell, I'll even take a PBR over this.... Sorry...

Oh and I almost forgot, I recently tried a Krankshaft Kolsh on tap at a local bar and that was not very impressive either.

I do wish this Husband and Wife couple the best of luck, and their going to need it with their current lineup.

I'm really sorry but again, I do not know where all of these great reviews came from. And I hate to be a naysayer about a beer, but this is really no better than some adjunct Lagers.

I will have to stick with Victory, Capital and Lakefront for my German Lager fix...

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Excellent white foam and superb lacing. Very bubbly. Murky golden, very unique for a pilsener. Top of the line look.

Smell: Mostly lemon with a hint of pine. Fairly subdued, but refreshing.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Excellent lemon crispness provides a good mouthfeel. Smooth finish. Flavors consist of a hint of lemon tartness initially and strong pine hops in the finish. The finish in particular sneaks up on you.

Overall Drinkabilty: A very pleasant surprise.

Photo of GDBEERMAN
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Thick white head with good retention. Slight hazer with a light amber body.

S: Mild aroma, which shows light lemon zest.

T: Lemon off the start, which finishes with a smooth orange spice on the finish.

M: Spice brings crisp taste that hold slight lingering taste. Spice on the finish as well.

D: Crisp and refreshing, the last taste is a bit heavy for the style, with a un-easy lager heaviness

Photo of WoodBrew
3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was at Ben Pao"s (Chicago) the other night, interviewing a candidate for a job. They had this beer available so I says...why not!!! Bonus points to the interviewee who tried it as well. This beer was cloudy golden with white head a decent lacing. not much on the nose. The taste was OK nothing great. I would not consider this a typical pilsner...not like a Becks or Urquel....something different. The mouth feel was ok. I could session this...but would prefer not too. Not sure I would order it again.

Photo of beertooth
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz mug. This was bottled today, about three or four hours ago.

This beer pours a bright clear pale yellow with tons of cascading bubbles that form two fingers of white head that sticks around for most of the glass.

The nose is packed with dry bready pale malts, grassy saaz hops, there is a tiny bit of some spicy yeast as well. It's making my mouth water.

The first gulp follows the nose. Tons of slightly sweet cracker and bready malts, grassy spice from the hops. It's very clean as per the style. It finishes a tad dry and leaves me wanting more and more. Very refreshing and the freshness is unbeatable.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied. Creamy carbonation up front that leads to some nice bubble bite in the end.

One of the best by the book American made Pils out there. Insanely sessionable and delicious. Thanks Doug and Tracy!

Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd been looking forward to trying this beer and it certainly was interesting (and tasty). I first noted a very cool earthy, mineral German undertone that only a few American brewers seem to be able to match.

Now it's not your standard German pils, or a hopped up US-take on the style. Instead there's that classic German background with softer, floral hops for a easy-to-drink lager that's unlike any other I've tried. Find this beer.

Photo of russpowell
4.97/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this from Monsone, cheers Eric!

Pours an effervescent straw color with a thumb of pearl colored head. Great lacing & good head retention

S: Perfumy & grassy, floral with grainy bready scents

TL Follows the nose, light crackery notes with oh so subtle white grape up front, a touch lemony hop goodness as well. Herbal & grassy hops mix with bready notes as this warms, some dryness here as well. Finishes with lovely perfumy & floral hops, some lemon, crackery notes

MF: Medium bodied, crisp, soft carbonation, just a bit of grainyness, perfect balance

Classic German Pils drinkability, this is better than many tried in my three years living in Germany. Let me amend that, easily one of the best Pils I've had period!

Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a Pils glass.

Pours a crystal clear gold, with a 2 fingers of bright-white frothy head. This retains with a creamy 1/4 finger of richness that throws a creamy cascade of lace up on the sides of the glass. The aroma is bright and full in the nose, with floral and spicy hops floating up effortlessly into the nostrils. Lemon zest and sweet malt give this a grainy and fruity smelling backing tanginess.

The taste is crisp from those spicy hops, which seems to snap across the tongue at times. Fruity citric lemon and sweet toasty malts splash across the back of the palate before this finishes with a dry earthy spiciness that hangs on the roof of the mouth. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with a firm carbonation that dances around in the mouth. Just very easy and smoothly drinkable here, with that 5% ABV guaranteeing that you can at least have a couple in a sitting.

Well balanced, tasty, crisp, and refreshing, "Bright" is a good way to describe this, as it just popped in the mouth with flavor at times. A very easy drinking and well made Lager from Metro. Perfect for summer.

Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Best by: Jun 30 2009. Into a Schlitz Pilsner Glass...

A - Pale yellow body with perfect clarity. Two fingers of white head with good retention and lacing. A very attractive beer.

S - Apricot, grass, and lavender are all donated to the aroma by the noble hops. Good balance of sweetness from the malt, has that EKU maltiness to it. Exactly what I look for in this style.

T - Classic German pale malt sweetness, with sweetness that always reminds me of custard, bread pudding, and banana. Quite minerally. Hops balance out the beer excelently, leaving the beer dry, grassy, and clean.

M - Has a great soft, full mouth feel, what I imagine people are talking about when they say "round."

D - Great local lager, very sessionalble. Great balance, wonderful, delicate compexity. Just a great beer, with no real flaws.

Photo of scootny
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice German style pilsner. A pale straw gold with a decent head and lacing. A vigorous carbonation. Smell is a sweet malt and bakery breads. A grassy clean freshness and a spicy saaz.
Taste is a good light malt backbone and with a white grape and apple fruitiness. Peppery bitterness in the clean dry finish. Toasted crackers and multigrain breadcrust linger. Feel is crisp, effervescent, and lightly creamy. Highly drinkable. Very quenching and refreshing. A super session beer. Thanks to Pudge43 for this one.

Photo of marcobrau
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear faint yellow with plenty of carbonation that forms a very delicate bright white head. Sticky bits of foam are left behind on the sides of the glass as the foam recedes. Sheets of lace form with bigger sips. Nice. Peppery, spicy hop nose. A bite of carbonation before a malty middle that is at first mellow, then becomes more cracker-like crisp before a spicy and moderately bitter finish. Decent mouthfeel; fairly soft. I'd like it a touch drier with a little more bracing bitterness, but it's still tasty lager. A super easy drinkin' pils, which could get expensive at $10 a six-pack.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Giving some love to some local brews, have the copper lager in the fridge and will get to it shortly.

A: Pours clear as it should bright golden orange straw with a quarter inch of a cap help up by lazy ropes of carbonation.

S: Wonderfully rich maltiness out of such a light beer is quite a nice surprise, just the slightest bit husky sweetness and noble hop leafiness, just clean and refreshing.

T/MF: Opens with a great complexity. First touch is doughy, slightly thick sweetness then quickly becomes grassy and mildly bitter. Mouthfeel moves into the crisp, slightly biting, a gentle nip at the back of tongue and throat. Finishes light with a crusty, bready sweetness balanced by an earthier over fruitier hop bitterness, though a subtle lemon/grassiness does come through in the finish and for a bit afterward.

D: Wonderfully drinkable, crisp, clean and refreshing. Complex but not demanding, would love to see what other beers this brewery could come out with in the future.

Photo of Windigstadt
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy, pale yellow. While it's called a bright lager, this one did not appear to be filtered. As this was literally one of the first three kegs to leave Chicago's newest brewery, I'll assume that future offerings will indeed be bright (though personally I don't mind it unfiltered).

S: A very inviting mix of bready pils malt and herbal noble hops, with a bit of earthy, sulfury yeast aroma thrown into the mix to give it a bit of an edge.

T: Surprisingly for German-style lager, a bit of hop flavor greets the tongue, though this quickly gives way to a full but not sweet pils malt profile. Nice and bready with, again, a hint of sulfur that's just enough to give it a mineral bite without becoming obtrusive. It finishes with a nice noble hop bitterness that's neither sweet nor dry but right in the middle.

M: The carbonation was a bit low for a typical German lager, seeming more reminiscent of a Kellerbier on cask. Again, being the first offering from the brewery I wouldn't be surprised if the carbonation was upped in the future.

D: A any good German lager should be, this definitely fits the bill as a session beer. It's full-bodied and full-flavored but never heavy.

Overall: This is a hard beer to categorize... It's too hoppy to be a Helles but too malty to be a Pils and too low in ABV to be a Dortmunder. Since this one appeared to be unfiltered, I would actually consider it an excellent Kellerbier. Regardless, this beer is exactly what I would hope for from a craft brewery focusing on lagers. It's very approachable for beer newbies but offers plenty of flavors for craft drinkers. The extreme beer crowd may find it a bit boring, but those who appreciate the subtleties of a good lager should definitely try it.

Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottles just hit the streets, so here goes a bottle review...

Served at 40º in a stange glass. Very pale canary gold, puffy head that rises above the rim of the glass and stands proud for a few minutes. It leaves rings of webby lace all around, and never breaks it's fine surface. Clean crackery malt nose.

Bready, crisp noble hop bite, hint of popcorn. Dry and light with residual herbal hop flavor. Nice and dry, true to style. Perfectly simple session beer, just in time for spring & summer barbecues... this will be great for pairing with spicy or grilled foods. Also a good candidate for converting macro-dependent friends.

Photo of KDawg
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pilsner glass. Pours a clear straw color with a small head

nice and balanced aromas of grains, crackers, lemons and some straw aromas too.

lighter bodied with fresh flavors of grains, lemons and fresh picked citrus. Balanced but lacking a slight bit on the back and mid

A refreshing pilsner. A nice feel, but it's just slightly lacking a bit of depth that would make this great. Still a quality pilsner that is really enjoyable to drink

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. No date or info.

A - It's certainly bright! Brilliant clarity to the pale straw yellow color with a dense white head. Strong carbonation maintains the firm stature while wispy lace covers the glass as it sinks.

S - Lightly citrus-based noble German hops pour from the aroma on the pour. Very open and crisp. Pale and pils malts back it all up nicely with a little grainy hint and a slight mineral touch.

T - Smooth and crisp right off the bat, it's filled with mild pils malts that are balanced nicely by a good, mellow citrusy hop flavor that seems to shine after the swallow. Grain hints and a touch of mineral flavor in there.

M - Bright and crisp clarity with strong carbonation that finishes with a tingle. Smooth and very refreshing with a tiny hop bitterness.

D - Perfect drinkability, this could go down by the 6 pack. It's a good pilsner that you could use to replace a BMC in people's hands but stands up very well to the craft drinker. Good clarity, nice finish, it's one hell of a session beer.

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Flywheel Bright Lager from Metropolitan Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.