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Magnetron - Metropolitan Brewing

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.96%
Wants: 6
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Metropolitan Brewing visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TTAmod on 11-23-2013)
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Photo of DeutschesBier
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really great example of the style. And the label is just perfect. Great beer.

Photo of joe1510
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Magnetron has a coffee black body with chestnut highlights running up the glass when backlit. A sturdy mocha cap forms on the pour and instantly becomes immensely creamy. The staying power of the foam is impressive, never disappearing throughout the drink. Impressive sheet lacing remains plastered to the glass. Looks about as good as you can get.

That foam makes it a little tough pulling out the nose but what's there is right on. Brown bread maltiness comes in mass quantities. The roast is minimal with a lick of anise. Faint earth runs throughout along with some nuttiness. A softly spicy hop presence rounds everything out nicely.

Ah yes, the flavor profile follows the nose closely but is even more expressive and clean. Bread-y notes galore from front to back accompanied by soft roast and a whisper of anise mid-palate with a touch of brown sugar on the finish. Noble hops add a touch of pepper spiciness to balance the virgin clean malt bill. Even handed and delicious.

I like both rich, fuller bodied schwarzbiers and their lighter, easier drinking brethren. Magnetron falls in the middle of the spectrum. It's not chewy but there is some texture. The body sits firmly at moderate in weight, as does the carbonation. The finish is spicy without being bitter and nice and dry, aiding drinkability. One simply isn't enough.

Metropolitan, in my not so humble opinion, is one of the best, if not the best, German-style brewery in the United States. Magnetron is clean and crisp with a great depth of flavor. There are no hard lines here, everything segues perfectly into the next. Another home run by those fine folks on Ravenswood.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +15%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of chanokokoro
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into an unbranded mug

Pours a dark chocolate brown capped by a light beige two finger head. Average retention, splotchy lacing. Husked grain, biscuity notes, toffee accents, and just a touch of cocoa powder. Opens with toffee and just a touch of cocoa. Biscuity malt joins in with just a touch of almond and finishes with hints of caramel and grassy hops. Heavier side of light bodied with a fairly high level of lively carbonation. A really nice, easy drinking black lager. Nice to see Metropolitan brewing a schwarzbier. Overall, it's a German style that is sometimes overlooked, and considering Metropolitan's past history with other German styles it's no surprise that this brew is another winner.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L - cola-like colored beer with a creamy tan head that leaves some stickiness on the glass
S - cream, roasted malt, caramel, yeast
T - very creamy, chocolate, roasted barley, earthy hops toward the finish
F - smooth and creamy, medium body, finishes semi-dry
O - drinks kind of like a milk stout and is different than some other Schwarzbiers out there. This is a good one. It's easy drinking and definitely sessionable.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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Magnetron from Metropolitan Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.