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Dynamo Copper Lager - Metropolitan Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

149 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.32%
Wants: 19
Gots: 12 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 01-15-2009)
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Reviews by marcobrau:
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4.2/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

marcobrau, Apr 02, 2009
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

BeerAdvocate, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of mrquartetman
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

mrquartetman, Mar 27, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.5/5  rDev +19%

(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.

rhoadsrage, Dec 02, 2009
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Dinobambam, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of dirtylou
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%

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

dirtylou, Oct 31, 2010
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4.38/5  rDev +15.9%

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.

beertooth, May 14, 2010
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3.8/5  rDev +0.5%

WillDecker1983, Aug 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Gonzoillini, Aug 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

kristenrae8, Apr 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

Kegatron, Jun 15, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

falconxman, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of scootny
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

scootny, Nov 25, 2009
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3.9/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

bluemoonswoon, Jun 09, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

dexterk1, Nov 24, 2011
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3.11/5  rDev -17.7%

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.

dhannes, Feb 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

oso, Mar 18, 2014
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3.53/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

LacquerHead, Feb 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

george42, Mar 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Basoos1, Saturday at 05:16 AM
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4.1/5  rDev +8.5%

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...

emerge077, Dec 31, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

jsh420, Jul 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

1point5, Mar 06, 2014
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4.03/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

Erish, Jul 27, 2010
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Dynamo Copper Lager from Metropolitan Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.