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Magnetron - Metropolitan Brewing

Not Rated.

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very good

10 Reviews
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Reviews: 10
Hads: 64
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 20.87%
Wants: 10
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Metropolitan Brewing visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TTAmod on 11-23-2013

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Reviews: 10 | Hads: 64
Photo of spacecake9
3.69/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a good beer. But I'm struggling to describe it. I can't tell you the last time I had a black lager or Schwarzbier. Something different, definitely a change of pace for me.

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Photo of joe1510
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
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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Photo of chanokokoro
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
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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Photo of barnzy78
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of falloutsnow
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From: Binny's, Schaumburg, IL
Date: None on bottle, late 2013 release
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Metropolitan's Magnetron is a fairly true-to-style schwarzbier, with no over-the-top flavors, just an excellent blend of medium to low-level flavors that are smoothed to near perfection by appropriate lagering. Having enjoyed many schwarzbiers, I can say that this is one of the more flavorful and sessionable black lagers I have tried. Glad I was able to enjoy this during the winter months, hope it returns next year. Also a pleasure that it was in six-packs for $11.

Pours a 1cm tall head of beige-colored foam, made up of small-sized bubbles, frothy-looking, with above average retention of about two minutes. The head falls to a thin cap of residual lace atop the body of the beer, thicker around the edges of the glass. Lacing is good, with some large dots and blotches clinging in moderately dense patches across all sides of the glass. Body is a very dark amber brown color, bordering on black, with light bringing out slightly brighter amber brown hues. Carbonation visible through the transparent, though dark, beer, moderate in number and activity.

Aroma of pleasant light caramel sweetness, with depth of character in charred toast, mild vanilla, cocoa, toasted bread, nuts, and biscuit. The scents really come through as the beer warms, becoming surprisingly substantial and delicious.

Taste of moderate mild caramel sweetness accentuated by smooth, charred toast and cocoa, a bit of toasted biscuit, and faint vanilla. Front of palate tastes smooth caramel-like sweetness, slight roasted malt and resulting cocoa, vanilla, and slight toasted nuts. Mid-palate of toasted bread, hints of charred crust and cocoa, faint vanilla, toasted nuts, all atop a mild caramel-like sweetness. Back of palate tastes lightly roasted malt with carmel-like sweetness and a faint hint of bitterness from roasted malt or hop usage. Aftertaste is of toasted bread, caramel-like sweetness, toasted nuts, and slight cocoa.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, leading to a mouthfeel that is fairly well-balanced between foaminess (4/7) and smoothness (3/7), just bordering on fizziness at times, but never reaching it. Closes dry, with light lingering stickiness clinging to the palate and lips.

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Photo of haveaduff2
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Upfront, let me say that I'm a /big/ fan of Metropolitan, so maybe I'm biased. I'm also a big fan of schwarz's. I think this may be the best I've had in the states. My old favorite, Black Bavarian by Sprecher, is now in second place. I drank Kostritzer in Germany and have tried various incarnations throughout the world, but this tops them all. Sweet balanced by roast with a dry, clean finish. Perfect.

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a pint at Lizards.

Dark brown pour and black in the glass, there's two fingers of billowing foam and copious irregular rings of drippy lacing. When held to the light it has a ruby glow.
Great head retention, the foam never breaks.

Nutty aroma, slight roasted grain, a little faint and subdued but pleasant.

Very smooth and supple feel, creamy texture. Nutty malt and light coffee roastiness. Slight yeast presence, but the subtle roasty malt dominates, with a dry nutty aftertaste.

Overall this is a great schwarzbier, one of the best local ones in recent memory.

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Photo of knepper
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown to black with a white head. Taste is smooth roast, wheat toast, and fresh grains. There is a slight sulphur note and some acidity to balance everything out. This is a tasty beer - these guys are killing it. Love the beers coming of Metropolitan lately. I've never been so excited to go grab the next lager release...

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Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.22/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured this into a pint glass

Appearance - dark brown with a dark caramel head with little lacing

Smell - dark chocolate and roasted malts. Bitter smell at the end

Taste - lots of chocolate and a bit malty at the end

Mouthfeel - very smooth and easy to drink. Malty taste left in our mouth

Overall - not my typical style at all, but easy drinking beer

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Photo of TTAmod
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is the new release from Metropolitan Brewing, a great little brewery in Chicago that focuses on lagers and lagering.

This bottle was poured into a pint glass. No visible date stamp.

A: Very dark brown, not quite black. Clear with a thick, tan head that sticks around for awhile.

S: Smell is primarily of dark chocolate, a bit of coffee, and roasted malts. Slight acidic smell and sweetness.

T: Very roasty and nutty. Starts off with slightly sweet chocolate and coffee. Really hard hitting near the end with the roasted malts and hazelnuts. Slight hop bitterness, metallic twang, and coffee-like acidity near the end.

M: Very smooth. Body is medium, yet feels nice and full. Very easy-drinking like a good schwarz should be.

O: Another good beer from Metropolitan. Haven't had many Schwarzbiers, but this is one of the better ones I've had. Very strong taste, but good mouthfeel and drinkability that the style deems necessary.

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Magnetron from Metropolitan Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.