Flywheel Bright Lager | Metropolitan Brewing

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Flywheel Bright LagerFlywheel Bright Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Metropolitan Brewing
Illinois, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
95
Ratings:
247
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
21.48%
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
33
For Trade:
0
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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 emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottles just hit the streets, so here goes a bottle review...

Served at 40º in a stange glass. Very pale canary gold, puffy head that rises above the rim of the glass and stands proud for a few minutes. It leaves rings of webby lace all around, and never breaks it's fine surface. Clean crackery malt nose.

Bready, crisp noble hop bite, hint of popcorn. Dry and light with residual herbal hop flavor. Nice and dry, true to style. Perfectly simple session beer, just in time for spring & summer barbecues... this will be great for pairing with spicy or grilled foods. Also a good candidate for converting macro-dependent friends.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

G: Pilsner Urquell pilsener glass.

A: Strong head--had to pull back on the pour to make sure the glass didn't overflow. Good rush of visible carbonation post-pour, and there are quite a few "moon bubbles" on the top of the foam and along the sides of the head. The beer itself is almost completely clear, and is a light gold. Good lacing.

S: Slightly grainy/grassy. Nothing special

T: Very good. A slight hoppiness comes on as it lingers. Ever-so-slightly sweet.

M: Smooth, yet crisp. Decent carbonation felt on the tip of the tongue, and very little alcohol as it goes down. Very refreshing.

D: Super-drinkable. Each sip leaves me wanting another. This one truly has "drinkability." If you're going for one of the two brews from Metropolitan, I'd recommend this over the Dynamo, but try both if you get the chance.

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Photo of jlindros
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

More interesting beer to try thanks to one of many trades with paco1029384757.

A: A very fluffy fizzy 1 finger head forms and slowly fades, over the hazy pale wheat orange straw-yellow color.

N: A little yeasty actually, but has some lager aromas, a little toasty malt, straw, and a touch of sweet malts.

T: Pretty light, again with some toasty malts and straw. A little yeasty but not too much. Some sweet malts and lager flavors. Clean and crisp as well as refreshing. A decent flavor for being pretty light still. A very light touch of hops.

M: Pretty light but nice body otherwise, good carbonation.

F: Finishes pretty clean, but not perfect. A slight lingering sweet malt so not as dry as it could be. A little spicy straw hop character on the finish. Overall a pretty well balanced beer, pretty light, lager, crisp and refreshing, while maintaining a nice flavor profile. I personally would have liked a little more pronounced hop character.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from pochman, courtesy of BA Secret Santa 2009 so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of lager yeast, light caramelized malts, some citrus and some hops.

T: The taste is nicely balanced. There are sweet flavors of citrus and light malts up front that are quickly tempered by a lager yeast breadiness and a mild but complementary hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice pounable beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice extra that I received the other week. It has been sitting in my fridge waiting for me ever since. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 12/24/2009.

Pours out a nice bright golden color with amazing clarity and really nice carbonation that bubbles towards the surface reinforcing a rich, bright head of white. Aroma is light grasses, hints of apples, apricots and light grain. Clean. First sip is crisp and contagious as it starts to go down like water with the quickness. Light bodied and a nice light profile are more then welcomed this afternoon. Light grassy flavors and a light fruit tartness are right up front and make for a light and very refreshing beer. Each sip is more clean then the preceding and the whole bottle disappears quickly.

Overall about as solid as it gets for the style. I would have no issue with going here again any day.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.47/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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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 TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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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 MasterSki
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to d0b for throwing me a bottle of this brew. Served in my pilsener glass - couldn't make the German pub walk today, but I'll raise a German-style brew in toast to my buddies who are doing so.

A - Two fingers of egg-white foam that dissipates quickly at first, then settles to a slow-dissolving one-finger cap with some nice sticky lacing. Slightly hazed golden straw color that is significantly darker near the top of the glass. Plenty of visible carbonation in this one. Nice head but I'm not nuts over the color or the plethora of bubbles on the side of the glass.

S - Lemon zest and spice, likely from the noble hops, twangy yeast, and a light malt sweetness. Not my favorite collection of scents, and not a style I really enjoy to begin with.

T - Lots of grain flavor to the taste - almost like multi-grain bread or crackers. The hop spice is a lot more understated here, and the brew finishes with a light toffee malt sweetness. I actually like the taste a little more than the smell - better balance.

M - Light, refreshing, with moderate carbonation, and a velvety creaminess to it. Good stuff here - spot-on for the style.

D - This stuff goes down super-fast, and with the moderate carbonation and low ABV it can definitely serve as a inexpensive yet tasty substitute to those other "pilseners".

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.05/5  rDev -22%
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.

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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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Photo of Tone
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, grain, hint of hops, and slight yeast. Fits the style of a German Pilsner. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight pale malt, slight grain, slight yeast, and slight hops. Overall, good aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to alldeybrewin for the extra. Yay, a craft lager! On to the beer:

Pour it in a stange, and get yourself a slightly hazed, sundrop yellow beer with an inch thick head intially, dropping to maybe 1/2 inch and still holding on top with rich, creamy head. Lots of pilsner goodness in the nose. There is plenty of straw, raw grain, and grassy hops....and a touch of oxidation.

Raw grain and hop bitterness greet the palate at first. Lemon pepper is noticed. A bit of biscuit. The beer seems to get more sweet, tangy pale malt as I drink more of it, or the few pieces of parmesan cheese I'm nibling on has something to do with the effect. Smooth and easy on the palate with a biting carbonation.

What a pleasant surprise! This beer wasn't even on my radar. For all the pilsner fans out there, put this beer on your radar.

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

(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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
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 scruffwhor
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright white one finger head after the pour. Very bright straw color with only a tiny bubble or two. Creamy toasted pilsner malt nose mix with just a balancing note of grass. The taste i creamy and dry grainy. I must admit, I don't really care for this flavor combo. The heavy grainy flavor almost comes off as musty. Maybe if they added a litle more hops to the boil, their would be a better balance and crispness. Very grainy palate. Not bad pilsner, just not my kind of pilsner.

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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 jrallen34
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I drank this from the bottle.

I drank it out of the bottle at a bar so I can't describe it.

The aroma is light notes of hops, like your typical lager but stronger and absent any skunk.

The tatse is very good which is surprising, I'm not a lager fan at all. It has strong and crisp and enjoyable with light taste of hops.

Mouthfeel is decent very drinkable.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. No date or info.

A - It's certainly bright! Brilliant clarity to the pale straw yellow color with a dense white head. Strong carbonation maintains the firm stature while wispy lace covers the glass as it sinks.

S - Lightly citrus-based noble German hops pour from the aroma on the pour. Very open and crisp. Pale and pils malts back it all up nicely with a little grainy hint and a slight mineral touch.

T - Smooth and crisp right off the bat, it's filled with mild pils malts that are balanced nicely by a good, mellow citrusy hop flavor that seems to shine after the swallow. Grain hints and a touch of mineral flavor in there.

M - Bright and crisp clarity with strong carbonation that finishes with a tingle. Smooth and very refreshing with a tiny hop bitterness.

D - Perfect drinkability, this could go down by the 6 pack. It's a good pilsner that you could use to replace a BMC in people's hands but stands up very well to the craft drinker. Good clarity, nice finish, it's one hell of a session beer.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kegatron for providing me with a 12oz. bottle, which I consumed on 5/1/10.

A - Poured a clear, bright yellow body with a bright white head that was quick to recede, leaving virtually no retention or lacing at all.

S - Biscuity malt with some sweet notes, but very grainy overall. Some light herbal hops also creep into the mix.

T - Biscuity and sweet with light hop notes and an apparent grainy malt character. Some fruity, lemony notes add a bit of zing to the flavor profile.

M - Light to medium bodied with a light oily texture and crisp mouthfeel.

D - Pretty solid representation of the Euro Pils style. Tasty and non-offensive, although not overly hoppy.

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Photo of Deuane
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kegatron for a bottle of this.

A-Brilliant (bright) clear golden yellow. A small bright white head reduces to a thin cap and leaves spotty lace.

S-Bright aroma of fresh cut McIntosh Apple and a nice floral waft. Touch of lemon zest and biscuit malt in the background.

T-Bright and crisp spicy floral hop bite with a pleasant fruitiness supporting nicely. Lightly toasted biscuit malt adds support but does not overwhelm. Touch of biting lemon zest in the background.

M-Medium-light body fairly bright, sharp and crisp with a building dryness.

D-Is this beer "Bright"? Hell yeah! An excellent adjective for this beer. Plenty of flavour, crisp with a low ABV to boot this one is a very refreshing and easy drinking. A very solid summertime BBQ brew!

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