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Flywheel Bright Lager | Metropolitan Brewing

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Flywheel Bright LagerFlywheel Bright Lager

Brewed by:
Metropolitan Brewing
Illinois, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

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

Added by emerge077 on 01-15-2009

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Photo of FBarber
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Crystal clear light amber body, plenty of fine streams of bubbles, lush creamy white head. Fantastic. Nose and flavor are pure ingredients; grainy, toffee, earthy, slightly spicy pilsner malt accentuated by moderately vegetal/spicy hops. Dry with moderate, spicy bitterness. Medium/full body with that fluffy head, fine prickly carbonation.
All-around classic flavor profile is great balance between the robust pilsner malt and dynamic hops. Classic ingredients, big tasty *crafted* flavor. Another winner from Metropolitan.

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Photo of AsaPhelps
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love this one from Metro, great light straw color and really nice clarity. The flavor has some bready malt quality, with some hop spice and nice yeasty notes.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a light lemon yellow body, cloudy and unfiltered, two finger white head, perfect amount of head, retention and a bit of lacing and collar. Smells of mild lemon (not in an acidic way), biscuit, a bit of honey, bread, minerals. Flavour is a nice well-rounded yeast, mineral, bread, biscuit, mild honey sweetness with a bit of earth and lemon to round things out. It's clean and mildly bitter. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a bit lower carbonation, but refreshing and bright, a slight drying finish. Overall, a solid pilsner that would kick ass on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden, brilliant, modest head, filmy lacing. Great aroma - alfalfa, clover, dried flowers, fresh rising bread. Crisp with a medium body. Lightly toasted bread, a bit resinous, flower / herbs almost like herbs de provence. So drillable.

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Photo of Ri0
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale light yellow with a 1.5 finger white head. Very aromatic lemon zest and citrus hops with a cracker malt, not too grainy. Flavor is very clean and bright with zesty citrus profile. Malt and yeast are mild. Feel is very smooth and creamy. Excellent summer style lager.

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Photo of ARoman
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap, poured into an imperial pint glass. The beer is a brilliant, sparking yellow gold with with dense, white foam head that retains well and leaves a decent amount of web lace. The aroma is a stone / mineral quality with a spritzy, zesty citrus and tonic water note. As it warms up a hint of bread dough enters the nose as well. The beer is a medium sweet and medium bitter in phases, initially its more sweet up front, with a light bitter finish, but towards mid-glass, the sweetness mellows and the bitter finish takes over. The beer is oily, and maybe a touch syrupy in texture with a fuzzy and prickly carbonation. The medium light body has a bright lemon with club soda character and a touch of roasted grains and honey that finishes with a citrus zest, grass, and that stone/mineral quality. The aftertaste is a clean clove with toast and, specifically, bread crust. A rather refreshing brew.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

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Photo of KFBR392
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Straw yellow color with some darker accents of orange. Half a finger of head on the pour which dissipated quickly to a thin layer across the top. Very light random lacing left behind. Active carbonation is a touch low for the style.

Smell: Butter and dough blast out on the front. A full bodied nutty malt profile that I always expect from a good german pils. Some light fruits and lingering bright yeast notes shine on the body. A touch of pepper finishes this one off.

Taste: Smooth, creamy malts on the front really pull the drinker in. Peppery noble hops are dynamic on the body of this beer. The yeast has a very clean profile on the body with accents of butterscotch, prairie grass, and grains. The finish is a compilation of all the accents found in the body easily settling into the palate.

Mouthfeel: Full body with the creamy, buttery malts being the biggest player. Carbonation is a touch low but makes for a very easy drinking lager.

Overall: my favorite beer of all time. Man it is just perfect. The spicy hop character plays in perfect union with an impossibly clean and rich malt profile highlighted by butter and breadiness. The wonderful guys and gals at Metropolitan have made the perfect Pilsner and I am forever in their debt. Thank You.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From: Binny's, Schaumburg, IL
Date: Best by 2014-03-15
Glass: Ayinger pilsner glass

Metropolitan's Flywheel is a satisfying German pilsner that features many of the classic flavors found in fresh German examples of the style. There's an interesting malt base below a complex mixture of hops that makes nearly all aspects of drinking this rewarding and enjoyable from a flavor perspective. One I will enjoy again.

Pours a 3cm tall head of white foam, made up of small-sized bubbles that yield a frothy appearance. Retention is above average, the foam lasting around two minutes in a decline to a thin cap of lace atop the body of the beer for the duration of the drink. Lacing is excellent, with heavy, thick patterns, lines, and dots clinging to the walls of the glass. Beer is a moderately dark golden yellow color, with light bringing out pale yellow hues. Carbonation visible through the slightly hazy body (10% opacity), low in number, moderate in activity.

Aroma is very rich, of spicy, floral, herbal, and slightly peanut-like hops, which I find to be fairly common in fresh, quality German pilsners.

Overall flavors are of colorful hops that contribute spicy, floral, herbal, and somewhat lemon-like characters along with a sweet and occasionally grainy and biscuit-like malt flavor. Front of palate tastes floral, grassy, and spicy continental hops with an underlying pale malt sweetness. Mid-palate experiences moderate hop bitterness with fairly bright, lemon-like, dried herbs and grasses, floral, and spicy hop combinations; modest peanut and grape ester; a bit of pale malt sweetness and bread-like flavors rounds the experience out nicely. Back of palate tastes of dried grass and herbs with underlying notes of flowers, moderate to medium-high hop bitterness, and a slight peanut flavor and pale malt sweetness. Aftertaste of grainy and biscuit-like pilsner malts with moderate residual bitterness, and spicy, floral and lemon-like hop characters.

Beer is medium-light to medium in body, with carbonation of medium to medium-low intensity, leady to a mostly foamy (4/5) and slightly smooth (1/5) mouthfeel that fits the beer itself well, and is in line for the style. Closes dry, with medium amounts of stickiness lingering on the palate and lips.

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Photo of zrbeer1579
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into pilsner glass

Appearance: Transparent golden-straw with a one finger white head. Lots of lacing.

Aroma: A doughy smell with bits of sulfur. Grassy/herbal, hay, and little citrus with some floral notes. A touch of spicy hops. And some sweet grains.

Taste: Does not have that doughy taste in the beginning like last time. But there's a little sulfur-like taste. Start off with grassy, hay, with some herbal and floral. Light spiciness and some citrus. A real nice sweet biscuity malts and some grains. Hops are not all overpowering; some good balance to the beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Well carbonation and crisp. A pleasant mild spicy herbal bitterness in the finish. Just a touch dry as well.

Overall: As said before, I think this is really a fantastic lager. Refreshing, flavorful, and has incredible drinkability. A great lager from a local brewery.

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Photo of jayhass
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a light golden hue with slight very slight haze to it. One inch white head that fades quickly but keeps a light cover on top.
Aroma- Grassy nose with sweet bready malt with some light spice and herbal notes.
Taste- Pilsner malt graininess and sweetness that is crisp and clean. Hop bitterness is there with herbal and grassy notes the give a balance to the malt and finishes pretty dry making you feel like you need another drink.

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Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: The clear golden liquid arrives at the bar with a reasonable head that leaves a bit of lacing behind

Smell: A hint of the biscuit and plenty of grain and grass

Taste: Biscuity malts lay down the backbone and the grassy hops add a nice bitter tone; very clean in the finish in a way that shows off the Noble hops well

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation; could be crisper

Overall: This is a very fine example of a US brewed pilsner; not often that I come across one that is this good

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.91/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 16 oz pilsner glass.

A- pours a light lemon color with a 2" thick white head. Blotches and trails of lacing remain on the glass.

S- light grains, bread, citrus

T- sweet light caramel malts, grapes, citrus. Slightest hint of pine at the finish.

M- medium body andcarbonation. Nice creamy feel.

O- didn't expect much from this beer, but really enjoyed it. Great beer as I sit outside in the sun.

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Photo of marcobrau
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.97/5  rDev +27.1%
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!

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Photo of OttoBomb
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz (355m l) bottle into a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint glass (January 26, 2012). The best before date of "MAY 3 2012" is printed on the bottom of the sixpack.

Eyes: Pours a clean, clean golden straw with a short lived white head.

Nose: Fresh grass, fresh grain.

Tongue: A significant hop statement, mild bittering, grain, soft biscuit malt, with a pleasant grassy finish.

Mouth: Light, crisp, and perfectly carbonated. High marks here.

Libation: This is a good pilsener, A fantastic fresh flavor profile, with good body that is extremely drinkable. One of the better examples of the style that I've had.

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Photo of KDawg
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
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

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a seidel mug.

A: Crisp, pale, golden-straw with a fluffy white head.

S: Cut hay, spicy noble hope, lemon rind and a hint of sulfer.

T: Mineral bitterness and very light malty sweetness. The hop flavour isn't as big I had hoped.

D: No doubt, this is a drinkable brew. I finished this in no time at all and I'm glad I had another. Mouthfeel is light and appropriate; balance is keen.

Overall: Its a pretty good pils, but not great. I would have liked more of a hop presence. Something in line with what you get in very fresh imported pils, but its a minor complaint. Good brew and no major flaws.

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Photo of TTAmod
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of neorunner
3.95/5  rDev +1%
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!

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Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Flywheel Bright Lager from Metropolitan Brewing
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