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Flywheel Bright Lager - Metropolitan Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

194 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.55%
Wants: 20
Gots: 10 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 01-15-2009)
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Reviews by jmarsh123:
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.38/5  rDev +15.9%

Pours a light gold color with a small white head.

Smells of some floral notes from hops and a slight bready grainy quality from malts.

Taste is spot on for a German pils. Some light spicy hops up front with a little bready malt coming through in the middle of the palate, finishing with a light dry spicy hop bitterness.

Body of this beer is very light with good carbonation levels leading to a nice crisp finish.

I love a good German pilsner and this one is done perfectly. Not quite enough to unseat Polestar Pils, but not many others I've had that I like better than this.

08-09-2011 08:54:51 | More by jmarsh123
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weatherdog

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

04-16-2010 20:59:39 | More by weatherdog
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

03-23-2011 14:39:05 | More by BeerAdvocate
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

06-18-2009 01:43:54 | More by orbitalr0x
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sgn4779

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

06-16-2014 21:05:44 | More by sgn4779
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MajorDizaster

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.8%

02-25-2014 04:26:49 | More by MajorDizaster
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luketwelve19


3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

11-01-2012 01:19:55 | More by luketwelve19
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vfalstad

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.8%

04-26-2012 17:43:13 | More by vfalstad
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.8%

(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.

07-28-2010 15:36:52 | More by rhoadsrage
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jbphoto88

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

11-25-2009 22:52:03 | More by jbphoto88
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curtiswvu

Illinois

2.15/5  rDev -43.1%

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.

06-09-2011 03:20:49 | More by curtiswvu
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nicnut45

Illinois

2.42/5  rDev -36%

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.

11-25-2009 03:38:35 | More by nicnut45
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hopman333

Illinois

2.05/5  rDev -45.8%

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...

05-23-2010 17:51:10 | More by hopman333
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +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.

10-12-2012 21:08:49 | More by tjsdomer2
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GDBEERMAN

Colorado

3.43/5  rDev -9.3%

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

06-16-2010 12:44:24 | More by GDBEERMAN
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schmidtmattsays

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -14%

09-07-2013 02:42:49 | More by schmidtmattsays
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -18%

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.

04-18-2011 00:50:55 | More by WoodBrew
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beertooth

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +17.2%

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!

11-25-2009 02:28:18 | More by beertooth
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

06-11-2011 21:48:01 | More by tempest
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kristenrae8

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

09-11-2013 12:40:21 | More by kristenrae8
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Acubflem

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

08-12-2014 01:24:18 | More by Acubflem
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.97/5  rDev +31.5%

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!

01-28-2012 05:04:15 | More by russpowell
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Hardcore

Hawaii

4/5  rDev +5.8%

08-13-2014 06:53:17 | More by Hardcore
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

06-15-2010 16:36:48 | More by Kegatron
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menacho1

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

03-17-2013 06:16:51 | More by menacho1
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Flywheel Bright Lager from Metropolitan Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.