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Magnetron - Metropolitan Brewing

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34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | 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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Reviews by chanokokoro:
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4.24/5  rDev +1%
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.

chanokokoro, Mar 31, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of JuniperJesus
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

JuniperJesus, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.2/5  rDev -23.8%
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

beatenbyjacks, Dec 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

beersdmf17, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of emerge077
4.16/5  rDev -1%
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.

emerge077, Jan 04, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

jsh420, Today at 01:45 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

enelson, Nov 29, 2013
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4.2/5  rDev 0%

bejohnso, Nov 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

cnbrown313, Jan 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Hopheadjeffery, Jan 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

mcc1654, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of haveaduff2
5/5  rDev +19%
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.

haveaduff2, Jan 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Joel12, Dec 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

harrylee773, Jun 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Docrock, Sunday at 10:43 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

brandoman63, Dec 17, 2013
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5/5  rDev +19%

WestHam973, Today at 03:38 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

superdoopersauce, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of knepper
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
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...

knepper, Dec 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

MrMcGibblets, Jan 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

jabo134, Feb 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

mic718, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of TTAmod
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

TTAmod, Nov 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Thedaver4220, Feb 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

ccozzi, Jan 22, 2014
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Magnetron from Metropolitan Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.