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Flywheel Bright Lager - Metropolitan Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

185 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 185
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 18
Gots: 9 | 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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sneefcity

Illinois

3/5  rDev -20.8%

01-17-2012 21:57:54 | More by sneefcity
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whartontallboy

New York

4/5  rDev +5.5%

01-16-2012 03:08:30 | More by whartontallboy
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.5%

01-08-2012 19:04:31 | More by imperialking
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geoffhotchkiss

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.5%

01-02-2012 06:19:57 | More by geoffhotchkiss
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Holland

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-14-2011 15:47:10 | More by Holland
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TTAmod

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle with 10 Apr 2012 expiration date poured into pint.

A: Bright, vibrant, clear gold with a thick white head and loads of carbonation.

S: Fresh cut grass, light hops, and grains.

T: Fairly ample hop bitterness, grains, buttered biscuit, finished off by a hoppy/flowery/grassy bitter flavor.

M: Light, prickly...very nice.

O: Metro really nails these lagers extremely well. Pretty much spot on for the style in every aspect. What's great about these guys is that the beer ALWAYS tastes so fresh. With a very traditional pilsener, it's hard to find one fresh outside of Germany...but these guys nail the tradition German pilsener AND it tastes super-fresh.

This is really a flagship for the style, in my opinion, and it's done by an American brewer. Huge kudos to these guys. I love every one of their four beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 04:11:22 | More by TTAmod
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barnzy78

Illinois

3/5  rDev -20.8%

11-28-2011 04:44:47 | More by barnzy78
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brandoman63

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

11-22-2011 03:21:09 | More by brandoman63
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cadaugherty

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-15-2011 17:52:57 | More by cadaugherty
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sbricker

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

11-14-2011 19:11:45 | More by sbricker
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tchaos

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-14-2011 11:05:09 | More by tchaos
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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Eleven City Diner in Chicago. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a light sunshine yellow, crystal clear. Brought to me with little head, but what there is is thick and fluffy. Fades fairly quick, but leaves a surprising amount of sticky lacing, all the way up the glass.

Smells light and crisp, mostly noble hops and some lightly spiced lager yeast. Malts are like light bread. A little thin, but nice.

Taste is similarly crisp, with a tangy streak. Finish is quick.

Light body, high carbonation. Feel is quite nice and goes well with everything else. Quicky dry finish, just like it should be. Refreshing.

A surprisingly tasty, refreshing pils. Could use some more zing or complexity to the flavor, but pretty good as is.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2011 03:34:35 | More by zeledonia
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blind Beer #6

Thanks to Kirk (Florida9) for sending me this in Round #5 of the Blind Beer BIF.

12 oz. bottle poured into a 4oz tasting glass while brewing. A nice clear golden color with minimal head. Initial aroma strikes me as a saison, lots of lemon and grassy notes. Taste is very much aligned with the aroma, lemon and herbally, but the yeast is lacking the brett dryness.

Gotta go with some form of lager, probably pilsner.

The reveal: Flywheel Bright Lager from Metropolitan Brewing. This place is starting to win me over. Two solid offerings so far!

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 01:40:38 | More by neorunner
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tempest

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

2.15/5  rDev -43.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2011 03:20:49 | More by curtiswvu
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Every time I see this beer on the shelf, I get reminded of how crappily my car runs. Oh well. Regardless, it pours a clear golden straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises grass, light lemon zest, and a touch of sweet flowers. The taste doesn't alter this formula much, though the lemon is a tad stronger (not all that much at all, mind you). The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a crisp, clean finish. Overall, a solid pils, nothing outstanding, but eminently drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 02:34:05 | More by TMoney2591
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JLeege

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2011 23:02:42 | More by JLeege
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Miller's Pub, Chicago, IL

I rarely find pilsners that I like, but I did like this one. Poured a clear straw color with a small white head, and a bit of lacing. Light grains and grassy hops in the nose. More of the same on the taste, with crisp, fresh grains coming through, grassiness, slight citrus zest, and a light hop bite that gives a bitter finish. Light mouthfeel, crisp, and pleasant to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2011 21:23:53 | More by Rifugium
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Number 3 in my tour of the Metro beers, and the second lager. Labeled as a German Pils by BA, but the Metro label only says "a German-inspired beer."

A -- Clear, pale straw-gold color with a long-lasting, sudsy white head.

S -- Doughy, yeasty nose with the slightest of DMS. Mild spicy to lemony hops. Not at all overpowering in its citrus character, just refreshing. Mildest of crackery biscuit malt back.

T -- Spicy hops up front that blend into a clean, bready malt character then finishes with spicy bitter hops -- leaving a lingering bitterness with a touch of citrus and that bready malt in the aftertaste. After a second bottle the balance of the hops, just a little bigger than the crackery malts, really shines to style for a German Pils. Very nice.

M -- Mouthfeel is crisp to soft with a light body and finishes clean and dry.

O -- I agree with the German Pils assessment, and a very fresh example. Though the malt character could be a bit stronger, this is a fine representation of the style -- and did I mention fresh? Metro's biggest strength is that they are serving us some great to-style beers the way they should be enjoyed -- a glassful begs for another.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 21:30:37 | More by steveh
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DovaliHops

California

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, bright, golden color with a medium, white head that disappears quickly. Scent is a bit grassy with some nice, suble hoppiness. Hints of citrus as well. Taste is very nice and refreshing! Subtle hoppiness with hints of spiciness and grass. Nice German malt flavors and a bit of citrus. Mouthfeel is crisp and well-balanced. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this is a fantastic example of this style. Not my favorite style, but an awesome beer with tremendous drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 08:08:56 | More by DovaliHops
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed at Finnegan's in Plainfield, IL. Served in a Dogfish head pint glass.

Pours a clear golden straw with a tight white head. Head slowly drops leaving some nice lacing.

Aromas of grainy malt and earthy hops. Very nicely done. Good balance.

Flavors of rich malt, some graininess, earthy noble hops. Light citrus zest. Faint bitterness lingers.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp. Medium/light bodied, easy drinking Pils.

Highly drinkable beer, very quaffable. Outstanding sessionable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2011 12:14:51 | More by JamnesCameron
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Imbibed at Finnegan's in Plainfield, IL 02/13/2011.

Appearance -- Pours a lightly hazed golden straw hue with a slim cap of creamy white head. Great head retention.

Smell -- Not much to report on, honestly: husky grain and grassy hops. Nothing offensive, just not especially aromatic.

Taste -- Pale husky malt, gentle plum esters, gentle lemon, and grassy hops. Lingering flavors of barley husks and earthy hops.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with moderate prickly carbonation.

Drinkability -- Not bad, though not nearly as good as Dynamo. A pleasant, easy-drinker. Had zero problems putting this one back.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2011 04:39:28 | More by yeahnatenelson
Flywheel Bright Lager from Metropolitan Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.