Dynamo Copper Lager - Metropolitan Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

183 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 183
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 20
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Metropolitan Brewing visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 01-15-2009

If malt and hops are the two poles of brewing, this beer is the gently spinning sweet spot between them. First, you’ll notice the spicy aromas of Vanguard and Liberty hops. Then - wipe the foam off the tip of your nose - dive into the toasty flavor of Vienna malt. Dynamo starts strong and finishes crisp and smooth. The balanced flavors, aromas, and even the coppery-red tones of this beer go great with everything. Fear no pairing. The best time to enjoy Dynamo is when you’re thirsty.

29 IBU
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #48 (Jan 2011):

Pours a clear copper color with enough lacing for the duration of this session. Toasted bread and a faintness of caramel in this immaculate nose. Refreshing crispness reaches new levels here; a wonderful mouthfeel. Uniform toastiness, on the dry side, though there is a quick touch of caramel in the middle. Hops have a quick sting of bitter- ness with some raw herbal flavors. Dry, toasted-grain ending. A solid brew, very easy to drink with a smattering of well-placed complexities to make it interesting.

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%

Copper Lager, appropriate to the name, pours a beautiful copper color with a nice and foamy white head.
The aroma is loaded with cracker, biscuit and toffee notes with a hint of spicy and floral hops.
The taste is creamy malt -- sweet and crackery with some spicy hop notes behind.
Mouthfeel is medium and remarkably smooth and a bit bubbly.
Overall, this is an outstanding lager. Balanced and beautiful.

Photo of mrquartetman
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: As advertised: copper-gold in color, medium head

S: Hop aroma, malt as well.

T: It's a lager, maltier than most, hoppier than some other microbrewed lagers.

M: Good flavor, fairly persistent

D: Refreshing, good for a hot day.

This lager goes beyond mass market lagers, in that it has actual good flavor, characterized by actual malt and real hoppiness. It's higher in alcohol than most lagers, and that's good.Other than that, it's not really a big beer.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a dimple mug)
A- This slightly hazy copper orange body has a sea of microbubbles swirling around supporting a spongy sticky antique white head that last longer than the beer.
S- The soft dolomite aroma gives way to a dry honey malt aroma and a sulfury quality that blends into a soft green resiny hop finish.
T- The soft fruity quality gives way to a dry lightly toasted biscuit malt flavor and a soft cream hint underneath. The soft dry green bite is a nice way to finish.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a soft fizz that compliments the hops.
D- This beer has a great freshness and a nice depth while still remains a smooth rich lager. It has just enough sweetness and dryness to really make it fresh and give it a good depth. Great for a session brew aswell.

Photo of dirtylou
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, scooped at Binny's Schaumburg a few weeks ago...one bottle left over from a sixer taken tailgating

appearance: served in an offshore shaker pint, rich copper-amber body, light off-white film

smell: subtle aromas - sweet caramel malts, toasted grain

taste: sourdough, apple, sweet caramel, a touch woody, clean malts, grassy hops. Nice straightforward lager

mouthfeel: medium-light, clean, light bitterness

drinkability: good

Photo of beertooth
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A two day old bottled served in a nonic pint glass.

This beer is a wonderful maple amber color with a creamy two fingers of eggshell head. The foam fades to a lofty layer and leaves spotty lacing as I sip.

The nose smells great. Slightly sweet and spicy bread mix with subtle noble hop notes. Clean and doughy with a little cinnamon and some fruit jam.

The taste follows the nose closely. Doughy sweet malts make themselves known before a mild hop bitterness cuts in. Toasted crust, brown spice, and a bit of jam. It's really hitting the spot after a hard day at work. Absolutely delicious!

The mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation.

Insanely drinkable and enjoyable beer from the folks at Metro. My first glass was empty in about ten minutes.

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours clear copper in the glass, with a finger of smooth eggshell-white head. This hangs with a solidly rich retention, which leaves some nice thick foamy swathes of lacing behind. The aroma is an even mix of spicy hops, earthy fruit, and toasted bread. Pretty cut and dry overall, with a tight and flavorful presence in the nose.

The taste pretty much exactly matches the aroma here, with a crisp snap of earthy hops, which lay a tingle of spice and green citrus all over the mouth. This is well balanced by a backing of bready feeling caramel sweetness, before things finish with a quick shot of earthy grit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisp carbonation and a fairly clean feel throughout. This sits with a touch of heft in the mouth but still stays very smooth and quaffable for the most part.

Wow, another solidly crafted Lager from these guys, with its well balanced flavors and smooth body really helping out with drinkibility of this. Well done.

Photo of scootny
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A smooth malty lager. Light copper with a decent head and lacing.

Smell is very malty and with a touch of butterscotch. A light fruitiness.

Taste is much like the nose with a mild hop floral. Light caramel and toasted grains. A crisp dryness in the finish that is mildly bitter and quite clean. Feel crisp and smoothly carbonated medium weight.

Quite drinkable. Goes down easy. Good session beer.

Not a standout but a good solid beer. Pretty true to style I believe. Thanks to Pudge43 for this one.

Photo of marcobrau
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Whoa. A massive amount of foam (about half a half-liter mug) with this one. Pours a brilliant copper, almost red color. The foam settles, leaving behind little sticky bits on the sides of the glass. It's difficult for me to pin down what this beer smells like; fresh grain is sort of buried under another aroma, perhaps toasted marshmallow? It's not huge, but I think it's there. This one drinks like a Marzen: it's all about caramel and toasted malt that almost gets a bit tawny in the finish, which has probably just the right amount of hearty malt and bitter hops in the finish. Quite tasty, fresh and ridiculously drinkable.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had one bottle left over from a sixer of this from a month or two ago, just getting around to reviewing this guy now. The first five went down fast the last one has been chilling for a bit.

A: Like the color, the head is a bit boring, the same fizzy white that I see in a lot of beers like this, though the head does stick around longer than expected. Nice golden copper, clear, crisp and clean, an iced tea brown with some nice ropes of carbonation coming up from some imperfections in the glass.

S: Solidly malty, earthy, soft fruitiness lets you know that the hops are here but not really the focus. This beer wants you to pay attention to the way the malts are working and it does not let you forget it.

T/MF: Caramel crustiness, low hop bitterness that is really more evident in the finish, more evident in feel than taste. Yes yes I realize you can't taste bitterness I mean there are no citrusy or piney hop resin and really why should there be. Tastes almost a bit like a brown ale in the roastiness this beer displays but without the dry finish and grasping hop bitterness.

D: Good, I like Flywheel better, but it's nice to see a brewery focus on lagers, not something you see much of these days, especially in American brews.

Photo of dhannes
3.09/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought at Binny's in Chicago last month; poured into a Sam Adams' Perfect Pint and let warm up for about 5 minutes.

A=Definitely not a copper color...a medium dark yellow, but an appealing white 3 finger head. Still, the appearance was very typical for a lager.

S=Faint aroma of honey, with a faint essence of uric acid. Not appealing.

T=The "Vienna" flavor was present, but much less intense than a Boston Lager. Also a sweetness. A few sips had an off taste to it.

M=Less body than a Boston Lager; a bit of slickness to it as well.

O=Not a horrible beer, but not nearly comparable to a Boston Lager or Sprecher Amber. Won't buy again.

Photo of LacquerHead
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The smell reminded me of pennies and bitter vegetables. The taste was similar. At first I didn't like it. I got through half of my first beer and set it aside, neglecting it while I surfed the BA website, feeling burned by my purchase. I drank it every now and again, but I started to notice the flavor was improving.

The first beer I drank came right out of the freezer and was very cold when I started drinking it. Apparently this beer taste much better at warmer temps. I discovered that I quite liked it when the beer was between 50-60 degrees. I let the second bottle warm up before I drank it and found that my experience with this beer had improved.

It had a carbonated bite with a quasi-caramel flavor. There was a bit of dryness at times which seemed to keep the caramel flavor from dominating. The flavor was well balanced, but on the mellow side. It also had a gritty texture, sort of earthy.

Drinkability: easy to drink, but filling. By the third beer, I was getting full. I was sipping the beer by the fourth and fifth.

Overall: Likes it's brother, Krankshaft, I would describe this beer as "clean." It had an "every man's beer," quality - or "woman's". It was good, and while I probably wouldn't purchase a 6pck, I would definitely have this at a bar, especially towards the end of the night.

Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle code: 9259 ... about 3 months old.

This is probably my 10th bottle of this, but I haven't sat down to review it until now. It's a nice session beer, clean and malty, fairly simple.

Color is a light caramel amber. A finger of foam rises and fades, leaving a ring and skim across the top. Lightly sweet and bready, with a mild hint of fruitiness. Toasty grain an apricot hints. Very smooth and malty, some honey and bread in the aftertaste. Easy to drink and not overly sweet. Versatile with food, a sixer always disappears too fast. Always a solid option on tap around Chicago also...

Photo of Erish
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

A: bright coppery amber, the one finger head falls quickly into a very skinny cap, average lacing.

S: roasted malt, some earthy funkiness.

T: bright acidity right up front, and then nicely balanced malty sweetness, some earthy funk, floral notes, and the finish features very gentle floral hops and a tingly acidity.

M: light-light/medium bodied, silky, abundant carbonation, perfect for the style.

D: this is a great beer on its own or with a wide variety of food. Perfect session brew.

Photo of matjack85
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's in Glen Ellyn, IL for $1.69. I never heard of this brewery before and I've lived in the Chicago area all my life, so I'm looking forward to trying this local brew. There is no freshness date on the label - just a command that says "drink me now".

The beer pours a hazy golden-orange color but it made only a ½ finger head that lasted less than 30 seconds and left only minimal lacing.

This is the most unusual and most pleasant smelling lager that I ever had the pleasure to inhale. It has that good Vienna malt smell along with honey, some fruitiness, spicy hops, and a touch of sweet butterscotch. I loved it.

There are lots of flavors here for your tongue to enjoy. It starts with a nice spicy hop bite, but then the roasted Vienna malts and honey/butterscotch flavors kick in, followed by fruit, and then more hops again. The best part is nothing over dominates. It's not too sweet, it's not too hoppy, it's not too fruity - it's just right.

The body is light to medium with plenty of carbonation to keep it lively. I could drink lots of these.

Photo of Dohdaman
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy amber color, 1/4" off white head quickly dissapates leaving a little laceing.

S: Slight hops and malts, nothing really stands out.

T: Slight malt, hops flavor. Not bitter.

M: Kind of a medium body beer, not creamy at all.

O: A solid enjoyable beer, could drink several in one setting. A good lager.

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a seidel mug.

A: Pours..well...copper. With a full white head that sticks around till the end.

S: Toast and earthy hops upfront, with some honey and raisons in the background.

T: Very tasty! There is a very pleasant melanoidin presence that gives this a rich, smooth taste throughout. Spicy hops finish this dry and crisp.

D: Drinkability is spot-on and I would love to see this in bigger formats (like mini-kegs) because this would be a great 'one beer-all day' brew.

Overall: This is one of the few lager styles that Americans seem to do pretty damned well. Hoppier versions like SABL are on one end; this is on the other. It relies on perfect balance and expert malt development to deliver the flavour. No room for flaws in this beer, and there really aren't any at all.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

3.0 A: Clear copper orange color. One and a half fingers of white head falls quickly and leaves no lacing.

3.5 S: Grainy with a strong cidery sweetness. Hops are grassy, but aren't very powerful. The apple cider flavor, despite being considered a flaw, works very well in this one.

4.0 T: Grainy again with underlying caramel tones. The cider in the nose is only barely detectable in the taste. Again, grassy hops. Simple, yet tasty.

3.5 M: Light body. Good moderate carbonation. This could have a thicker body and be creamier, but not too bad.

4.0 D: Easy going down and refreshing. If this was meant to be super flavorful and complex, then they screwed up, but if this was meant to be a good thirst quenching beer, then they did just fine.

Photo of Ri0
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured 12oz bottle into Pils glass.

A - Lives up to its name, copper colored with 2 finger off white head. Beautiful webbed lacing all over the glass.

S - The malts on the front are toasty and semi sweet with hints of caramel and toffee. A touch of grain and a nice Nobel hop aroma. Doughy bread with a bit of butter.

T - Sweet and satisfying with just a bit of hop bite. It has a nice bready character, almost buttery, with just a bit of toasted malt. Caramel sweetness with some toffee.

M - Very clean, yet creamy and light bodied. A nice soft carbonation.

O - An excellent Vienna that is a very nice treat.

Photo of Durtdiggler
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pour from 6 pack bought at Binnys into pilsner glass.

Pours a light copper with 1 finger head with slight lacing on the glass. Beer is very clear with slight effervescent.

Smell is grain like with some darker bread, slightly toasty and tad sweet. The bread is real pungent. A lot of malt.

Tastes is extremely balanced. Clean bitterness at the end, hops not as earthy for this style but with slight caramel overtones to start. Definitely toastiness in the middle. A lot going on thebtonguenin the tasting.

Mouthfeel is awesome. Medium bodied but very drinkable.

I don't really drink a lot of lagers but this beer is fantastic. Very sessionable but has a lot going on with hops, malt, tad sweetness that balances out. The Vienna really shines. Local too.

Photo of jwc215
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Milwaukee Burger Company, Franklin, WI:

The smell is of toasted grain, nuts, a touch of floral hops.

The taste is of lightly toasted grain (a bit of caramel mixing in), nuts - sweetness balanced by a floral, dry, crisp finish.

Very smooth/silky.

Very drinkable and very-enjoyable!

Photo of samie85
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a pale, golden copper with a white, one-finger head

S-Toasty, and really pronounced caramel malt with an understated spicy hop characteristic.

T-Really sweet caramel malt with a mildly bitter finish.

M-Crisply carbonated with a medium body.

D-Easy drinking yet full-flavored lager that I could see being a summer staple.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

G: Poured into a Pilsner Urquell pilsener glass.

A: Pours a transparent gold, typical pilsner color. The head is typical of the style, although slightly reddish, and measures about a finger and a half. Large rush of carbonation. Decent lacing as it goes down.

S: Grainy and slightly sweet. A little grassy.

T: Slightly grainy and sweet, following up on the nose. Not much at all of a hop presence, though it is slightly bitter.

M: Starts out smooth with mild carbonation. No alcohol bite. A very light mouthfeel.

D: In a style that is quite drinkable, although not the best tasting variety that I've had. It's nice to support a local up-and-comer, and I really like the idea of the lager-only brewery, so I'll probably go with this one from time to time.

Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got to try another Metropolitan thanks to paco1029384756, a great trader.

A: A quick rising 2+ finger head with lots of fluffy thick foam and big bubbles, as it fades semi quickly and leaves a lacing. This is clearer with a very slight hazy and a golden orange color.

N: A nice bright lager aroma, with some sweet malts, some toasty malts, a nice wheat aroma, and some light grassy hop aromas.

T: Lots of toasty and wheat flavors, some fruits actually, a little sweet malts, definite lager flavors, that sticky chewy pale like flavor as well, and adds a little biscuit too. Some spicy hop characters and a little grassy flavor.

M: Slightly chewy, a little creamy, decent carbonation.

F: A very slight pale bitterness, it has that bitterness found in some real ales, especially from U.K. Slightly dry but a little sticky. Overall a decent lager with some interesting hop characteristics as well as malt and lager flavors.

Thanks again Frank for giving me the chance to try these two Metropolitan beers.

Photo of AgentZero
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served to me in a 22 ounce glass mug.

A - Very nice coppery color on this one, hint of red. No head on it, assuming that is because of how the bartender was trying to make it.

S - Very complex smell to this one. Sweeter and more fruity than I'm expecting for a Vienna.

T - Definately get the sweet taste there of caramel. Some spice more spice and sweetness than I was expecting. Decently grainy.

M - Light to medium bodied, good carbonation pumped through on the tap.

D - Pretty easy to drink, could do a few of these.

Overall it's solid, but not great. Was excited to just stumble onto this on tap, but felt a little let down.

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Dynamo Copper Lager from Metropolitan Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.