Flywheel Pilsner | Metropolitan Brewing

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Flywheel PilsnerFlywheel Pilsner

Brewed by:
Metropolitan Brewing
Illinois, United States

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

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Ratings: 262 |  Reviews: 97
Photo of cadizkyguy
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was looking for something different to try. And, having read about Metropolitan being an up and coming brewery in Chicago, I was lucky to find this brew at Santori's Liquors in Lansing, IL on April 12. The price tag ($10.99) was a bit high, but I figured it was worth it, to support a local brewery. Anyway, here it goes. Pours into pint glass and had quite the fluffy white head. I had read somewhere that it compares favorably with Victory Prima Pils. I've never had that Victory offering, so I just shrug off that comparison and dive right in. Wow, tastes wonderful. Spicy, Hoppy, Refreshing. This would be a great backyard beer when you fire up the grill and wait for the coals to get hot. It smells better out of the bottle, but still not all that bad out of the glass. Mouthful and drinkability are very high. I would recommend this Metropolitan brew to anyone looking for something a bit different. Chicagoans should embrace this brewery. I look forward to other offerings from Metropolitan.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Giving some love to some local brews, have the copper lager in the fridge and will get to it shortly.

A: Pours clear as it should bright golden orange straw with a quarter inch of a cap help up by lazy ropes of carbonation.

S: Wonderfully rich maltiness out of such a light beer is quite a nice surprise, just the slightest bit husky sweetness and noble hop leafiness, just clean and refreshing.

T/MF: Opens with a great complexity. First touch is doughy, slightly thick sweetness then quickly becomes grassy and mildly bitter. Mouthfeel moves into the crisp, slightly biting, a gentle nip at the back of tongue and throat. Finishes light with a crusty, bready sweetness balanced by an earthier over fruitier hop bitterness, though a subtle lemon/grassiness does come through in the finish and for a bit afterward.

D: Wonderfully drinkable, crisp, clean and refreshing. Complex but not demanding, would love to see what other beers this brewery could come out with in the future.

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Photo of joe1510
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle
$9.99 6-Pack
Binny's Orland

Flywheel Bright Lager is a Pilsner of the German variety. The body of this brew is incredibly clear and light in color. I'd call it straw golden but it's actually lighter than that at times and manages to take on the palest of yellows I've seen in a beer at times. A fluffy white head rose to a height of two fingers on the pour and shows good staying power. The carbonation rushes to the surface from multiple points of the glass and keeps the head strong. Big, sticky half sheet lacing is left here and there.

The nose shouts pilsner with a mild floral hoppiness intertwined with a dry grassiness. The malt backing is clean grain with a touch of creamy sweetness. The malt balances the hoppiness perfectly while both aspects stand out in the aroma. The floral quality takes on a touch of soapiness at times but that never interferes.

The flavor follows the aroma closely; all that was in the nose is here on the tongue. The dry, grassy hoppiness tends to stand above the floral qualities and leaves a mild lingering bitterness washed over my tongue. Clean grain and a soft sweetness bring up the rear and balance out the hop profile. The sweetness is touch higher than I'd fully enjoy but that's just a small complaint on my part since this really is a well made, enjoyable pils.

Flywheel sports a medium body with an active but soft carbonation. The carbonation keeps the beer moving at a good clip but never becomes prickly or overwhelming. A mild bitterness establishes itself on my tongue and in the back of my throat.

This pilsner disappears in a flash. I can and happily have put away a few of these in a sitting without a problem and will be picking up a few more sixes come summertime.

To tell the truth; I wasn't very fond of this beer as I drank my first bottle. Every bottle I have drank after have been excellent. It's a good pilsner and a treat to find one local of this quality and freshness. I'm looking forward to trying some of Metropolitan's brews once they get rolling.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
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 Thorpe429
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
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 emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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 jwinship83
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- very light colored yellow body that is indeed bright. small fleeting white head, lots of rushing carbonation.

S- sweet bready malts and lemony/grassy hops. well balanced and inviting.

T- bready and sweet upfront. lots of hoppy zip at the end. lemon, grass, and maybe a light stone fruit.

M- thicker feeling that i would imagine. tons of carbonation. makes me wish i was hanging out in the sun somewhere.

D- very easy to finish with a sessionable, low ABV. a nice initial offering form the starting up brewery. ill be drinking plenty of this come summertime.

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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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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 MillySox
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great to see more American craft brewers starting produce lagers. Pale yellow color with a solid white head. Excellent noble like hoppy aroma with all sorts of grassy and citrus tones. Light and creamy feel with little carbonation for the style. Hop flavor is also relatively strong for a lager.

A great change of pace from all the typical ale styles that are more regularly consumed and reviewed. Big hops have a different feel in a lager. I'm anxiously awaitng more from Metropolitan Brewing.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at Risque Cafe 2/1/09. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Served a hazy/unfiltered pale gold color that was topped by a tiny, bright-white head that left no lace.

S: Bright and clean aromas of tangy citrus and toasty malt.

T: See above. Noble hops figure largely in the flavor as does the tidy toasted malt.

M: Dry, crisp, and very clean.

D: This beer accomplishes its' mission of being a hoppy session lager. I have a feeling that this beer is going to be killer during the hot Chicago summer. Very refreshing!

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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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Flywheel Pilsner from Metropolitan Brewing
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 262 ratings