Flywheel Pilsner
Metropolitan Brewing

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German Pilsner
Ranked #50
Ranked #18,701
3.85 | pDev: 13.51%
Metropolitan Brewing
Illinois, United States
Very Good
Flywheel PilsnerFlywheel Pilsner
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
Reviews: 101 | Ratings: 272
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 +13%
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 +2.9%
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 +13%
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 +2.6%
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 +3.9%
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 curtiswvu
2.3/5  rDev -40.3%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -7%
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 JLeege
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
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 WoodBrew
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
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 steveh
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
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 JamnesCameron
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
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 yeahnatenelson
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to readbaron for this tasty bottle!

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy deep gold. There's a bit of white foam on top, but not much. What little ring there is leaves lots of sticky lace though. The nose is really dry with notes of husk, grain, lemon zest, and grass. There's an odd veggie scent in there as well.

The mouth is crisp and clean. Very refreshing. Good amount of carbonation. The flavor is really clean as well. Good crisp hops that are light in bitterness, but full in flavor. A lemon sweetness comes through and finishes dry and earthy. Good refreshing pilsner here. I'd reach for this most any day.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into shaker pint, with a big thanks to Jeff (Alewatcher) for his endless supply of tasty beer!

Pours golden, bit of chill haze, with a thin fluffy white head on top.

Nose is grainy, bit on the sweet side, with mild floral quality. Big and surprisingly bold, I like it.

Taste has a grainy sweetness to it, mildly herbal, floral, finish carries another dose of cereal grains and a light balancing floral bitterness that disappears cleanly. I think this one is miscategorized - certainly closer to a Helles than a German Pils, and a very well done one at that. Nice subtlety to the whole affair, what's simple and quite tasty at first hides a bit of complexity that emerges as the glass empties.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, medium-light carbonation is soft and whisks along the tongue instead of scrubbing it. Perhaps just a hair on the heavy side, but still beautifully drinkable. Would love to see just a bit more of a grassy hop presence, but that's generally my stance on most pale lagers. A very good beer in all respects.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint Glass

This beer looks like a slight slight haze on a golden body with a sterile white froth on the surface. There is a bit of the distinct pilsner sour, but it's much more subtle than most. There is a hint of green apple and honey on the nose as well. The body is light and crisp with really subtle flavors. There is an off bready bitterness that I don't much care for, but it's not overwhelmingly bad. The mouthfeel is fairly decent for the style and it's nice and drinkable.

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Photo of samie85
2.59/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A-A vigorous pour shows a golden straw color with a two-finger, dense, white head.

S-Light pilsner malt with some faint aromas of spicy, herbal hops.

T-Crisp, light bitterness that fades into light malt and finishes a little watery and with a the faintest hint of bitterness.

M-Prickly, low carbonation with light medium that feels a little thin and watery on the finish.

D-Honestly, the finish reminds me a little too much of something like Miller Lite. Not sure if this is an old beer, as there's no dating info., but this is not a beer I would buy again.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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 AleWatcher
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes--
Served in pint glass.

Pours a kind of chill hazed bright copper/orange with a glowing yellowness. Weird ? Nope! Nice head and retention. I really like the color too.

Very faint malt and some hops-- perhaps of a noble variety? The nose is pretty faint. The yeast is doing something that I can't quite put my finger on... This is a subtle beer that is really putting me to the test. It tastes good, but I'm having a hard time pinpointing why. There is a light hint of oranges...

Body is very light-- and very easy drinking. Smooth feel with solid carbonation. The taste is really good... a mild sweetness with some spicy floral hops... A good touch of bitterness.

The subtle beers are much harder for me to review!

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Photo of Tone
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
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 Deuane
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Flywheel Pilsner from Metropolitan Brewing
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 272 ratings