Flywheel Pilsner
Metropolitan Brewing

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German Pilsner
Ranked #50
Ranked #18,680
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 ClockworkOrange
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
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 -1.3%
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 +7.8%
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 -7%
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 -3.6%
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 +1.3%
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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Photo of spointon
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This lager poured a pale straw piss yellow color with an initial 3/4" white head. The head dropped fast and left zero lace behind.

S= Aromas of light sweet malts, grassy hops, some citrus, and a touch of sulfur.

T= Nice bready malt up front with a surprising but soft sweetness. The hops were light, grassy, and very tasty. Not complex in any way but still very compelling. Finished lightly dry and frefreshing.

MF= Light bodied with a modest carbonation level and clean feel.

D= After this one warmed a bit, the flavors became much more cohesive and tasty. Easily sessionable.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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 robbyc1
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this during the Binny's sale for around $8 a 6 pack, good deal. It sure is bright, the lightest color I've seen in a while, very light straw with a nice 2 inch white head. Good lace as it goes down.

Smell is fresh grass, maybe smells of a lemon right at your nose, very light malt.

Grassy, bready malt, lightly hopped, really nice for a german pilsner, very fresh that helps. Not much depth, but very tasty. Slight sweetness at the end.

A bit chalky in the mouth, with perfect carbonation and good body. A fabulous drinker, a sessionable beer to keep around. Soft and luxurious, great new find. I'm gonna miss it at the discounted price.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
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 dukedevil0
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single 12oz bottle from Famous Wines in Lombard, IL.

A: Pours a pale golden yellowish color with a couple fingers of white bubbly head that settles to a nice froth and leaves good lacing on the glass.

S: smells like normal pilsner malt, with a mild floral aroma, straw, some yeast, grassy, lots of grains

T: Very similar to the smell, pilsner malt, straw, grain, grass, slight yeast, some peppery characteristics

M: a nicely balanced carbonation gives this a full bodied feel

D: Very drinkable because it's quite refreshing and easy on the palate as well as low ABV

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light yellow color with a short foamy white head.

Scent of grain, malt, and some honey. A light, well balance and unoffensive aroma.

Taste of grain, a hint of honey and a light fruitiness. A tasty and easy to drink lager.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with crisp carbonation.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear bright straw yellow with a big frothy white head. Excellent retention and chunky lacing. Very good looking pilsner.

S - Big spicy hop aroma dominates the nose. A light sweetness lingers underneath and the faintest hint of grains.

T - Light grain driven sweetness initially. A very nice spicy noble hop taste dominates the drink though.

M/D - Light and crisp. Excellent carbonation and very drinkable. Pilsners are far from my favorite styles but this is a very nice version.

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Photo of PerzentRizen
4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

WOW got this from Pudge43 and I'm damn impressed. This is a highly and I mean highly drinkable beer. I'm not usually down with too many lagers but this one is amazing! This is my new favorite lager. This has amazing flavor and depth. I'm convinced that the big macro breweries could produce something of this quality if they would leave the adjucts alone and stick with malted barley.

The appearance is a cloudy straw colored minimally frothy beer that quickly reduces to almost no lacing. Head or no head this beer is beautiful in color.

The taste is really different than I would ever expect. It's like Goose Island's Matilda or a lighter version of Duvel. There is a touch of spicyness that quickly gives way to the malt. There is a touch of carbonation that hits the palate hard then softens to give way to a buttermilk biscuit flavor then the hops ride off into the sunset with your imagination. While drinking this I'm imagining soft colored sunsets and waves of grain in the slightly rolling plain.

Mouthfeel is perfect for the style. There is a touch of body up front but the finish is really clean and well balanced. There is everything you want in a lager and much much more!

Drinkability - this is the most drinkable beer I've ever had PERIOD. I could and would drink this all day and night. I'd be like Sam-freakin' a house, with a mouse, on a train...

My advice - go out and get yourself a case of this and then send me 12 of them. If you don't like the first beer I'll let you send me the other 11. But seriously JUST SEND ME THIS BEER!

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Photo of cadizkyguy
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
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 +5.7%
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 +0.8%
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 -7.3%
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 +1%
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 +9.1%
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 +3.4%
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 +14.3%
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 +17.9%
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 -6.5%
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 +6.5%
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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Flywheel Pilsner from Metropolitan Brewing
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 272 ratings