Flywheel Pilsner
Metropolitan Brewing

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German Pilsner
Ranked #50
Ranked #18,714
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 nas5755
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A reddit BIF extra, thanks stacecom

A clear straw colored beer, looks crisp. nice head, nice retention and lots of bubble lanes shotgunning up the glass. The aroma is crisp grassy hops, a tad of citrus. The taste is clean, crisp, some hop bitterness on the finish, some biscuit notes and. The mouthfeel is real nice, it's a malty lager with some syrupy goodness. Not syrupy in the extreme beer sense, syrupy and dense in the sense of the lager not being a marco-lager. The drink-ability is quite awesome, I could drink these all day during the summer

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Photo of Khazadum
2.7/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had to pick up a final bottle for my BIF and needed to fill out the quantity of four. What better way than to try a Chicago brew? 12 ounce bottle at a World Market poured into a brandy snifter.

Initial pour left a one finger head of pure white head. Quickly dissipated leaving no lacing whatsoever. The color of the liquid reminds me of lemon cough drops. When held to the light it shifts to match commercial fake apple juice.

There is not much to enjoy from this brew. Its a one noter. Faint hops and nothing else. Digging deep, really really deep, brought out a faint lemony scent but its almost impossible to keep. Very unsatisfying.

Flavor Profile
First sip revealed very little. Almost half-way through the bottle led me to find what exactly this beer is trying to present itself as. It has a mild bready-ness, if you will, that has a clean finish most of the time. Every few sips the bitterness will come through and linger for a few moments. The hops showing up, I suppose. All in all it was mildly entertaining, but nothing extravagant.

Oral Sensations
For such a bland beginning, I expected the body to be watery and unappealing. However, this one wasn't horrible. That isn't to say it was amazing, but it surprised me in this area for matching my original expectations before I even cracked the bottle. It had texture that allowed it to linger, possibly this is what made up for the taste.

Not my favorite, not my most hated brew of all time. Would I purchase again? Maybe for my friends who I want to introduce to Craft Brewing. For my friends who have experience? Definitely not at the top of my list. Give it a shot, but don't expect the world from it.

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Photo of matjack85
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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 Bubba83
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler at 45 degrees. Thanks go to Kegatron for sending the bottle to me!

Appears a straw colored yellow with a bright white 2 finger width head. Appears pretty bubbly and coarse. Decent lacing and retention.

Smells like crackers, grass, hay, and sweet bread. A little bit of lemony zest is in there too, but I found the hops to be mostly floral/grassy in nature.

Taste is pretty good for the style, a nice bready sweetness up front, with some crackery flavors, followed up by a refreshing amount of grassy flavors accentuated by a hint of lemony zing.

I'm really digging the feel. As others have said, it is not really thin, which I actually loved. Somehow despite not being super-thin, it pulls off a refreshing feel still, but has some substance to it which is a nice change of pace for a pils. Pops in the mouth.

Drinks well too, like I said, it's refreshing, so I could easily drink this on a hot summer day to quench my thirst. The mouthfeel makes does wonders for the drinkability, and I thought this was a pretty good example of the style overall.

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3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Thick white head with good retention. Slight hazer with a light amber body.

S: Mild aroma, which shows light lemon zest.

T: Lemon off the start, which finishes with a smooth orange spice on the finish.

M: Spice brings crisp taste that hold slight lingering taste. Spice on the finish as well.

D: Crisp and refreshing, the last taste is a bit heavy for the style, with a un-easy lager heaviness

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Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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 ChadQuest
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is as good as a Lager can possibly look! Massive chunky head that has amazing retention with a bleached bone white color, and a clean and clear golden body with jets of carbination bubbles constantly rushing to the surface. This is the Duvel of Lagers for me.

The aroma & Flavor has subtle hops, biscuit and baked bread, clean grassy notes, romaine lettuce and celery, and light fruit.

The mouthfeel is great with a medium to crisp carbination, and a medium to light body.

This is as refreshing as it gets, i really wish i had a seconed bottle so i could extend this review but i drank it so fast! I am not a Lager guy normally so i only bought one of these, and i made quite an error. Outstanding Summer Lager.

Might i add that now that my glass is empty, one entire side is covered in a sheet of lacing. wow.

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Photo of hopman333
2.06/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Ok, I hate to be negative about a beer, especially a local one as I live in Chicago.

The appearance is nothing to write home about...

There is really no smell whatsoever, unless you really dig deep.

And the taste is really REALLY BLAND AND BORING. Starts out with a virtually non existent malt character, ( where is the cracker and bread like character that everyone on here is mentioning ). Maybe some slight hints of grass and hay, but thats about it. The Hop flavor is very muted, ( extract maybe )Nahh but it sure taste like it. And a bitter finnish that just does not have any counterpoints to reference it.

All in all, a very lackluster beer. And this is coming from a guy that loves Pilseners and lagers. It kind of reminds me, and a friend of a dumbed down Bitburger pils. And at $9.99 a sixer, definately a deal breaker. Do not waste youre money. There are way too many better Lagers out there. Hell, I'll even take a PBR over this.... Sorry...

Oh and I almost forgot, I recently tried a Krankshaft Kolsh on tap at a local bar and that was not very impressive either.

I do wish this Husband and Wife couple the best of luck, and their going to need it with their current lineup.

I'm really sorry but again, I do not know where all of these great reviews came from. And I hate to be a naysayer about a beer, but this is really no better than some adjunct Lagers.

I will have to stick with Victory, Capital and Lakefront for my German Lager fix...

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Photo of ffejherb
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
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 weatherdog
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brixies in Brookfield IL. Poured into a shaker pint glass

It pours a really pale crystal clear straw color. A two finger bright white head tops the beer. An intricate layer of lacing is left behind on the glass walls.

The nose is nice and crisp with hints of pilsner grains and some yeast. It's a great crisp smell and I'm digging it.

With the flavor there is a lot of crisp bready/grain flavors with an nice spicy addition either from some hops or the yeast. It's pretty full bodied and creamy for a light lager and I'm really liking that. This beer instantly reminded me of something I would like to drink while sitting outside in the summer. A really well made lager.

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Photo of jlindros
4.12/5  rDev +7%
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 KeefD
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at State and Lake. Pours a translucent pale yellow color with a small white head that left little lacing. Aroma is of pale pilsner malts, lightly hoppy, mild. Taste is pretty standard for a lager. Light sweetness, herbal hop quality, very well-balanced. This is extremely well-made lager. Everything balances perfectly, and even become slightly hoppy and bitter on the finish as it warms. Nice, drinkable lager.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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 +6.5%
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 scootny
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice German style pilsner. A pale straw gold with a decent head and lacing. A vigorous carbonation. Smell is a sweet malt and bakery breads. A grassy clean freshness and a spicy saaz.
Taste is a good light malt backbone and with a white grape and apple fruitiness. Peppery bitterness in the clean dry finish. Toasted crackers and multigrain breadcrust linger. Feel is crisp, effervescent, and lightly creamy. Highly drinkable. Very quenching and refreshing. A super session beer. Thanks to Pudge43 for this one.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As far as lagers go this one is very pretty. A strong straw yellow with a tough head that rises cleanly above the beer. Very unclean as it crashes back into the liquid, leaving coral shaped lace all over the glass.

The nose is crisp but not very compelling. It's mostly grain but has hints of fruit that point towards the off flavors of a beer fermented too high a temp. Not the crisp, clean beers I've come to enjoy on several trips to Germany.

The taste redeems the smell with a nice hoppy bite and clean malt flavor. Slightly grassy hops with a hints of lemon and honey praise the sweet grains.

The finish is dry and peppery, which is a nice change from the sweet crisp start. Light bodied and simple. Very nice but that is all.

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Photo of nicnut45
2.49/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A-Pours a hazy neon yellow color, not a lot of head and it settles to a fine layer. Off white lacing coats the glass as I sip. Pretty hazy for a lager I might add too.

S-Lemon, hay, soil like. I have to go searching for this. Nothing really pops out at me.

T-Uneventful. The flavors are fighting. This reminds me of a witbier when I take a sip then this annoying flat bitterness clashes with it. It is bitter just to be bitter. I get some hints of lemon in the background. The bitterness does not harmonize with any of the other flavors.

M.F.-Average carbo, clears the palate well and leaves behind nasty bitterness.

Drink-I would drink 2 max. I wont buy again.

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Photo of beertooth
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
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 DoubleJ
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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 jrallen34
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
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 trbergman
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A - More amber-gold than straw in color, with a towering, bone-white head that sticks around and leaves plenty of lace. A slight chill haze, perhaps, with vigorous bubbling carbonation.

S - Bready, biscuit-like malt, herbal and floral hop aroma, some grass.

T - Again, bready, maybe a touch of sweetness, with noble hop flavor and a refreshing, spicy bite. Bitterness lingers on the palate.

M - I think this is where the beer falls short. For the style, it seems a bit flabby.

D - This is a solid pils, but I think it could be even better with a tweak of the hop/malt ratio, to give it a more spritely character with a lighter body. As it is, I'd still call it a good candidate for a session.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: A not crystal clear pale straw color with an airy but fairly substantial 1.5 finger head that settles to around .5 finger.

S: Distinctive pilsner hop profile, very clean aroma, with some hints of grass.

T: Slightly mellower and smoother hops than some other pilsners, makes it distinctive from a czech pilsner. Again a very clean taste. A little malty breadiness balances nicely.

M: Good, smoother than I expected from a pils. Not thin either.

D: I have found the elusive "drinkability", and it is from a pilsner, go figure.

Notes: It starts from the pour and goes all the way to the last drop. This is what a light pilsner should be. Super light look, clean aroma and taste, which won't let the brewer hide any imperfections. Everything is in balance. A really good all around beer. Big time thanks to beerad666 for throwing this extra in. It turned out to be awesome.

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Photo of haveaduff2
4.73/5  rDev +22.9%
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 malcontent
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice golden hue although the huge level of chill haze detracts from what should be a bright (hey, it's even named for it!), vibrant liquid. Head is minimal.

Bread with honey, hint of tree fruit (apricots? in a lager?!?), barely any trace of noble hops. Smell decent but not exactly what I'm looking for.

Man, this yeast is just way too fruity for a lager, especially a German-inspired one at that. Hops are at least present on the palate but there's a weird, doughy effect through the interplay of the yeast and metallic hop twinge.

Mouthfeel is appropriate but I'm just not seeing this as a go-to session lager. I was really hoping for something more because a) I love trumpeting all things Chicago and b) new session beers (and local ones at that) are hard to come by. Oh, well, it wasn't bad enough for me not to give the brewery another shot.

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Photo of BDLbrewster
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
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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Flywheel Pilsner from Metropolitan Brewing
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 272 ratings