Flywheel Pilsner Bier
Metropolitan Brewing

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Metropolitan Brewing
Illinois, United States
German Pilsner
Ranked #222
Ranked #20,880
3.8 | pDev: 13.68%
Nov 24, 2022
Jan 15, 2009
Very Good
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Notes: Formerly Flywheel Bright Lager

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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Rated: 3.79 by snowmageddon from Massachusetts

Nov 24, 2022
Rated: 4.2 by uncleotis from Illinois

Nov 07, 2021
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Reviewed by barnzy78 from Illinois

3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
12oz bottle
no apparent freshness date
L: clear golden bier; foamy eggshell colored head
S: grassy & herbal hops, biscuity Pilsner malt, slight skunk
T: assertive bitterness: grassy, spicy, herbal; biscuity Pilsner malt
F: medium body, moderate carbonation, clean finish with some modest bitterness lingering a bit
O: better than I remember; I’ll have to get a can and see if the mild skunk persists…my presumption is no
Aug 31, 2021
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Reviewed by MNJR from Illinois

2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
There is a chalky bitterness to this pilsner which lingers and somewhat ruins the good points. I've had three cans over the course of two days form a six pack with an "best of" date 2 months away, so it isn't old. I can't put my finger on it but there is something in the aftertaste like bitters, which is gentian root, a very odd taste in the beer. Or cleaning fluid. Just weirdly bitter or chemical. It has very good flavors to begin with, spicy, crisp, lemony, and feels great going down, good carbonation, but then this aftertaste creeps in from each sip and I just can't say I would ever buy this again. I have never experienced this odd flavor in any other beer. Sorry Metropolitan but that's what I taste. Maybe I got clunky batch. Purchased a couple miles from the brewery March 3 2021.
Mar 04, 2021
Rated: 3.96 by TwilightBeerCareer from Illinois

Feb 14, 2021
Rated: 3.61 by stanale from Illinois

Sep 19, 2020
Rated: 4 by trek7000 from Illinois

Jul 24, 2020
Rated: 4.15 by runlikeakenyan from Indiana

Jul 07, 2020
Rated: 4.08 by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

Apr 21, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by jschott75 from Illinois

Jan 08, 2020
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Reviewed by michaelsmith11 from Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
This beer poured a light gold color with a little bit of a head. The smell was like a bread with a little bit of something spicy and a touch of citrus. The taste was nice and light and crisp with some sweetness to the malt. Very nice beer.
Oct 02, 2019
Rated: 4.18 by jstern from California

Sep 17, 2019
Rated: 3.33 by Chilmer from Iowa

Jun 27, 2019
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Reviewed by JoeWalsh from Illinois

2.3/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25
This light yellow beer pours with a substantial, sudsy head. Hops dominates the flavor profile. They taste a bit spicy, almost lemony. But not too bitter. Yet, for all that, I don't find the flavor appealing. I've had much more enjoyable pilsners.
May 04, 2019
Rated: 4 by -Andrew- from Michigan

May 03, 2019
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A pilsner with a grainy and sneaky hoppy bite in the taste, goes decently with underlying malts, yeast, lemon, and flowers. Pale gold with white foam. Smell is grain forward with classic pilsner malts backing, along with some grass. Feel is bready, then sharp and crisp to finish. Solid
Apr 22, 2019
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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Appearance: A golden, slightly hazy, light to moderate head that leaves behind a lacing.
Aroma: Aromas of slight orchard fruit that is taken over by fresh doughy and bread.
Flavor: Initially hay and grassy hop flavors followed by a pale and grainy pilsner malt flavor. Ends with a mild hop bitterness that lingers appropriately.
Finish: Medium bodied mouthfeel. Decent carbonation. Appreciable bitterness is left on the tongue.

Overall: Well done for a German Pilsner. Slightly more bitter hops and less malts than I was expecting. The hop bitterness is pronounced and cleans the palate quite well. A noticeable bitterness difference from the Czech counterpart.
Apr 13, 2019
Rated: 3.34 by nickles from Illinois

Feb 16, 2019
Rated: 2.07 by Fear from Illinois

Oct 08, 2018
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Rated by Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
On-draught @ Metropolitan:

Low B / GOOD
Jul 31, 2018
Rated: 3.99 by novamat from Illinois

Jun 30, 2018
Rated: 3.85 by Half-full from Illinois

Apr 14, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by bpfrush from Wisconsin

Jul 14, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by cryptichead from Illinois

Jul 08, 2017
Rated: 3.02 by kambei70 from Missouri

Jun 30, 2017
Rated: 4.4 by MostlyNorwegian from Illinois

Jun 07, 2017
Rated: 3.79 by cbcrunch from Wyoming

May 25, 2017
Rated: 4.36 by scootercrabb from Illinois

May 22, 2017
Rated: 3.69 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

May 02, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by Beerhemoth from Illinois

Apr 08, 2017
Rated: 3.83 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois

Mar 19, 2017
Rated: 4.14 by Aaron_Kerkvliet from Wisconsin

Jan 31, 2017
Rated: 2.38 by Eman17 from Illinois

Dec 22, 2016
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Reviewed by GrumpyGas from Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
12oz bottle poured a hazy straw colored body with only whisps of a white head and ring.
A touch of citrus rind aroma and fresh cut grass.
Flavor is more complex adding a nice malt balance.
Crisp clean feel and dry, almost sticky, finish.
Perfect with my cream of poblano soup.
Oct 31, 2016
Rated: 3.77 by Rimbimhoot from Illinois

Sep 23, 2016
Rated: 3.56 by cd34 from Illinois

Jul 22, 2016
Rated: 3.94 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

Jun 09, 2016
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Reviewed by FBarber from Illinois

3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a clear crisp bubbly light gold color - looks like champaign. Hundreds of little bubbles course upwards in the beer. Thick frothy three finger white head dissipates rather quickly leaving a thin foamy head on the beer with plenty of sticky lacing.

Smell has aromas of lemon zest, a slightly herbal note and some floral notes. Its a very nice smell. Bit of malty undertones shine through as well.

Taste is very light and sweet with notes of lemon, lemongrass, floral notes and an herbal note something like sage initially. Hoppy bitterness comes through as the flavors develop along side a nice prominent cracker malt. Although initially sweet, it finishes dry cutting the sweetness.

Feel is extremely light and crisp. Almost too light for my tastes. Otherwise really nice and crisp. Dry finish is perfect.

Overall a really nice pilsner. Very light, crisp and drinkable. This is the perfect beer to introduce someone who isn't a craft beer to craft beer.
May 18, 2016
Rated: 3.99 by beer_bottle from Colorado

May 07, 2016
Rated: 3.94 by drstalker from Illinois

Apr 30, 2016
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