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Flywheel Pilsner | Metropolitan Brewing

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3.8/5
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259 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Metropolitan Brewing
Illinois, United States
metrobrewing.com

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by emerge077 on 01-15-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#16,468
Reviews:
96
Ratings:
259
pDev:
13.68%
Bros Score:
4.22
 
 
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23
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Ratings: 259 |  Reviews: 96
Photo of KFBR392
5/5  rDev +31.6%
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 russpowell
4.97/5  rDev +30.8%
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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4.75/5  rDev +25%

Photo of haveaduff2
4.73/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beer pours with a thick head that lasts. Aroma is fresh, bready. Taste is slightly malty with a pleasant bitter finish that disappears pretty quickly. It has characteristics of both German and a Czech pils, and I'm fine with that. Personally, I love this beer.

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Photo of PerzentRizen
4.65/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

WOW got this from Pudge43 and I'm damn impressed. This is a highly and I mean highly drinkable beer. I'm not usually down with too many lagers but this one is amazing! This is my new favorite lager. This has amazing flavor and depth. I'm convinced that the big macro breweries could produce something of this quality if they would leave the adjucts alone and stick with malted barley.

The appearance is a cloudy straw colored minimally frothy beer that quickly reduces to almost no lacing. Head or no head this beer is beautiful in color.

The taste is really different than I would ever expect. It's like Goose Island's Matilda or a lighter version of Duvel. There is a touch of spicyness that quickly gives way to the malt. There is a touch of carbonation that hits the palate hard then softens to give way to a buttermilk biscuit flavor then the hops ride off into the sunset with your imagination. While drinking this I'm imagining soft colored sunsets and waves of grain in the slightly rolling plain.

Mouthfeel is perfect for the style. There is a touch of body up front but the finish is really clean and well balanced. There is everything you want in a lager and much much more!

Drinkability - this is the most drinkable beer I've ever had PERIOD. I could and would drink this all day and night. I'd be like Sam-freakin'-I-AM...in a house, with a mouse, on a train...

My advice - go out and get yourself a case of this and then send me 12 of them. If you don't like the first beer I'll let you send me the other 11. But seriously JUST SEND ME THIS BEER!

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Photo of bainard
4.54/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - A transparent, pale golden yellow with a fluffy white head. Almost looks like it belongs in a Kölsch cylinder.

S - Grass and bread with a little bit of lemony sweetness, probably from the hops. The citrus really comes through on the second whiff. Nice.

T - With a breadiness that comes through considerably after some warmth, this is very hoppy for a lager of this sort, and it works. Orange blossom honey is a dominant flavor here, as well as a hint of lemon and heavily pollenated summer air. Usually this would make me sneeze, thankfully this is not the case.

M - Light and refreshing without being too thin. Strong carbonation makes it feel like a very gourmet soda.

D - After my first sip, I thought, "this is my summer barbecue beer." I would pair this with Indian or Japanese food in a heartbeat. A hoppy German mild lager is exactly what the market needed, and this one pretty much nails it.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

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Photo of Riik3
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KingBiscuit
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of DrD
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of BeerNDoggerel
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Windigstadt
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

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Photo of OttoBomb
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
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 psoriasaurus
4.44/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bitterbill
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got this bottle in a trade with joe1510. Thanks Joe!

It pours a bright straw yellow colour with a huge head of foam.(chilled for 1/2 hour in fridge) That really is a magnificent head of foam...very billowy.

The smell has that nice German Pilsener smell of hoppy bitterness and sweet maltiness in near perfect balance.

The taste is also near perfect balance with the grassy hop bitterness complimenting the malty flavour very nicely. Yum. I love it when I get a tasty Pils like this one and lately, I've been very lucky...jeez, the more I sip the more I like it and it's getting slightly more bitter as it warms but I'm not enjoying it any less.

Medium bodied with a fairly low level of carbonation, it finishes dry and crisp.

Drinkability? No kidding, I could drink this beer all day long as it literally screams "I am a sessionable beer!" and... head retention is awesome. Metropolitan has hit a homer with this one!

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Photo of AsaPhelps
4.41/5  rDev +16.1%
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 beertooth
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
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!

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmarsh123
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
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 TTAmod
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
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 matjack85
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's in Glen Ellyn, IL fir $1.59. No marked freshness date that I could find.

The beer poured a slightly hazed pear yellow color with a nice 2-finger white head that hung around awhile and left plenty of clingy lacing.

The smell had a light but nice combination of bready malts, spicy hops, and a touch of lemon.

The taste followed the smell exactly. Nice balance between sweet and bready malts with spicy hops. Add a touch of lemon on the side and you've got a really good beer.

Clean, crisp, and refreshing mouthfeel with a light body and fairly high level of carbonation.

After tasting this, it has now become my #1 favorite lager. Exceptional drinkability.

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Photo of BDLbrewster
4.31/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a surprisingly hazy apricot, yellow with obvious amber hues. Pillowy white head that dissipates leaving sheets of light lacing.

The smell is light and fragrant, pils malt is the first and most noticeable smell this brew emits. I also pick up an odor of spicy and somewhat floral hops along with a hint of yeasty sweetness.

Wow, sweet, earthy and almost fruity malts rear their head instantly upon contact with my tongue. The malt character is very pronounced without being cloying. The very mild spice of the hops along with the aforementioned floral tones clean this one up well. The finish is so refined and crisp, for a lack of a better word, perfect.

The mouthfeel follows the style guidelines very well. Light bodied, moderate carbonation and slick on the tongue, no gripes here.

I was very surprised by this brew. A random extra from a brewery that I have never heard of has made a big fan out of me. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
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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Flywheel Pilsner from Metropolitan Brewing
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 259 ratings
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