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:
246
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
21.48%
 
 
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24
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Photo of ChadQuest
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
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 -47.3%
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 -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 weatherdog
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
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 +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 KeefD
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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 -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 scootny
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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 -9.7%
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 -36.3%
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 +12.5%
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 +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 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 trbergman
3.48/5  rDev -11%
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 +9.5%
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 +21%
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 -10%
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 +10.2%
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 ClockworkOrange
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kpruim01 for sending me this bottle. A 12 ounce bottle poured into my Blue point shaker glass. The lager appears a hazed muted straw yellow color with a good two fingers of creamy bone white foam. Nose and flavor consist of fresh, lightly toasted grain, mildly spicy, hint of black pepper, fruity, earthy hops with a decent amount of malt to pull it all together. Fresh, crisp, and pleasantly bitter. Medium in both body and carbonation. An excellent stab at the pilsener style. Perfect for a warm humid day.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap @ the Map Room

Pours a pale yellow, very clear, with a nice 1-2cm white head that left decent lacing. Looks like a nice, normal lager. The smell is almost of pure pilsener malt, quite a bit of the melanoids in the nose here. With a slight presence of spicy, herbal, almost earthy hops. Again about what I would expect - maybe better, but not quite impressive. First, there's a more complex maltiness than you would expect from this. Starts out a bit like crackers, also there's a kind of powdery, husky taste, all backed with a nice sweetness - almost a hint of light syrup. There are some earthy - nearly dirty, leafy tastes, which I can only assume is from the hops. Not bitterness, not lingering, clinging resins. Better than average, but I wonder what a little more aroma hops would do, maybe some (more) dry hops are in order. The carbonation level was kind of moderate, no sting, but you could feel it. It was actually quite full tasting, almost syrupy feeling because the carbonation didn't quite bite. Still pretty light though, just not watery. The drink is pretty good. More flavorful than the average lager, especially on the malt side of things, but nothing really incredible. Just a pretty solid lager.

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

12 oz brown longneck with no freshness dating. I like the label and notice that the bottle does not have a neck label.

Poured into my SA pint glass, the beer is a light yellow with a terrifically thick white head. There is a slight chill haze and nice lacing.

Inviting aroma of fresh hops and grains. The hops are a bit spicy in the nose.

Fresh tasting and well balanced. The hops a add a bit of white pepper and lemon rind. There is some sweetness from the malts and nice bit of graininess.

Crisp carbonation paired with a slick & hefty mouth add to the enjoyment. Very well made and dangerously easy to drink. Well done!!

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy yellow-orange pour with a nice full inch of creamy white bubbly head on top. Good retention. Aromas of crisp pale malts mingling with spicy, somewhat grassy hops. A bit of an earthy cereal accent as well. Pretty clean and balanced.

First sip brings crisp malts and cereal accents that moves into spicy, grassy hops with some earthy flavors as well. Mild bitterness on the finish. Mellow.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with stable carbonation. Goes down easy and refreshing. A pretty tasty pilsener that would work well on a hot summer day or after mowing the lawn, but not something I would actively seek out. I look forward to seeing what else Metropolitan brews up in the future.

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Photo of csmiley
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Color is light yellow and crystal clear. Very light yellow. The white head tops out at a little over one inch and sticks around for a while. It becomes rocky after a couple minutes and then slowly recedes to a thick cap. Lacing is actually very impressive for this brew.

S - Aroma is light. A little pale malt and grain are evident on the front end. Could be some pine that finishes it off. That is pretty much it.

T - Flavor is a little better than the aroma. Some sugary pale malt flavors hit the palate first. That really makes this one start out smooth. A little bit of grain and cereal show up in the middle and both disappear quickly. Nice crisp pine on the very end.

M - Light body with a mildly active carbonation. I actually could have used a little move carbonation in this one. Finish is nice and smooth. It all gets rounded out by a nice bitter sting that sticks around for a few.

D - Drinkability is pretty good with the Flywheel. It is refreshing and flavorful. The crisp bitterness on the end is pretty much what I would expect from a good pilsener. This beer does have its flaws but none of those would be deal breakers for me. Aroma - really needs some work. Even with great effort, I could barely get anything. I would also say it's undercarbonated but just barely. I would have this brew again if it were available.

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Photo of drunkmonk
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy pale straw color. Nice eggshell head clears to thin lace. Husky malt aroma, some corn and cracker. Some vegetable, and corn notes as well. Nice crisp grainy biscuit malt base. Some mineral and grassy hop notes drop in. Finishes with a cereal like malt, and lemon zest fade. Before I knew, it my glass was empty. This is a nice pils, that is definatly a notch above the average. It doesn't demand much attention flavor wise, but a nice one to session with a few friends around the grill.

Thanks for the opportunity on this one Dave, Prost!

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Flywheel Bright Lager from Metropolitan Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.
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