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Dynamo Copper Lager - Metropolitan Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

70 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 70
Hads: 185
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 6.28%
Wants: 19
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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Reviews: 70 | Hads: 185
Photo of EddieTheTrooper
5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This might just be my all-time favorite beer. I normally tend to favor ales over lagers, but something about the Dynamo commands my respect-- no, my reverence. I happened across this gem in a biker bar in Chicago and fell instantly in love with it. It is perfectly balanced and quite flavorful. It feels so smooth and tangy, which i realize are conflicting adjectives, and yet the Dynamo can pull it off. If this beer were a country I would go to war and die for it. If this beer were a band I would be its roadie, groupie, and number one fan. As it is with all beers there is something in the body that is lost in translation from tap to bottle, but the Dynamo still tastes and feels great regardless of the medium by which it is consumed. I only wish i could replace my blood with it. (786 characters)

Photo of pudgym29
4.89/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

As somebody who prefers lagers, to have this brewery dedicate itself to Germanic styles, including lagers, elevates it above other Chicago craft breweries. I enjoy the thick, slighty chewy malt notes in here. Hops are present, but they only support, not dominate. When I go out, I try to find a venue that has this beer, especially on tap. I should have this beer more often. (375 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
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. (786 characters)

Photo of OutsidersAlmanac
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pouring a gorgeous, dirty orange into my tulip glass the carbonation is not terribly strong and the head is moderate. This kind of confidently crafted restraint carries through to the taste with a gently toasted flavor that is incredibly crisp and drinkable. If it's possible for a lager to be both bold and restrained at the same time than, for the love of Pete, that is exactly what's going on here.

Metropolitan promises to "invite a little balance to the party" of the, at times, garish nature of craft beers. With Dynamo, they deliver with an easy, laid-back confidence that offers the finest in beers best seductions. And, if that's not enough, the bottle for Dynamo even gives you the firm instruction on use: "Drink me now".

I will abide. (748 characters)

Photo of matjack85
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
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. (1,106 characters)

Photo of beertooth
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
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. (783 characters)

Photo of steveh
4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one goes out to "nobodyimportant" after our discussion on Metropolitan beers over in the Great Lakes Forum.

A -- Very dense, long-lasting light tan head with a clear copper color.

S -- Mild spicy hop nose with DMS peaking through. Some mild bready malts fighting to be recognized.

T -- Mellow, rich and bready malt up front that lingers into the mildest spicy hop balance and finishes nutty. Mildest of bitterness in the aftertaste balanced with toasty malt. There's the slightest fruitiness in the aftertaste, but it's not at all distracting and tastes more of rich malt than warm-fermented yeast or hops.

M -- Very soft to almost creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish. Light medium body.

O -- This beer just about nails the Vienna Lager style -- in fact, I'll probably revisit this review in a couple days, after I've sampled a couple more, because it could be just about perfect, but for the low aroma characters. The flavor of the beer is complex and mellow at the same time -- very much as you'd expect in the style. (1,028 characters)

Photo of marcobrau
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (628 characters)

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (809 characters)

Photo of Ri0
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (617 characters)

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%

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. (405 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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... (594 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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! (294 characters)

Photo of jampics2
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

The beer looks decent in the glass except for the head retention. We have a dark copper colored body with some amber and orange and gold notes around the edges. There's some spottly lacing and very little active carbonation visible through the clear liquid.

The smell is nice. Some subtle noble hops bring some flowery and slightly spicy notes to the mix. But the malt is clearly the star of the show. Sweet bready malt notes with a touch of caramel and a hint of toast are appetizing and very pleasant. It could be a touch more defined or expressive, but this is a good smelling vienna lager.

The taste is also very pleasant. Malt sets the stage with some biscuit notes and sweet hints of caramel. There's a touch of bright, sweet fruit as well. The hops are subdued but that should be the case here - they add just enough flower and earthiness to make the experience enjoyable. A nice hop zing at the end makes this just really, no, very good. I'm a Cleveland boy and I think Great Lakes makes just about the best Vienna Lager I've had in Eliott Ness, and this is just as well-executed. But I prefer a bit more toast in the malt bill. Still very good!

The mouthfeel pairs a light to medium body with light carbination. The aftertaste is sweet caramel that lingers and teases me to take another sip. The only thing is I'd love just a touch more carbonation. This beer is very drinkable. This is the second beer I've had from Metropolitan and they're now on my list of beers to try. If you can make these simple styles so fresh, pleasant, and true to style you're A-OK in my book. Nice job! (1,625 characters)

Photo of Durtdiggler
4.05/5  rDev +6%
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. (775 characters)

Photo of Redrover
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is one of my go to options and can’t believe I have yet to review it. Poured into SA pint glass, the beer is a dark yellow with amber highlights. It has a thick and sticky white head.

Nose of grains, floral and herbal hops. It is fresh and inviting.

Light malts add a bready and cracker taste. The beer is well balanced by some bright floral hop notes. Slight red apple and honey in the finish.

The mouth is medium with a great calibrated level of carbonation.

This is an easy beer to session and very easy to pair with food. Perfect beer to give someone who says they don’t like lagers. (603 characters)

Photo of CliffBrake
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to immobilisme for the extra. You know what I like Bro!

Light copper color, absolutely bright, with a small fine head that leaves good lacing.

Graham cracker and a bit of herbal hops on the nose - very inviting. The flavor is light but complex enough to keep up the interest. Crisp bready malts with just the right hop twang. A bit of sweetness resolves with a light puckering bitterness.

Crisp light body. If I could only use a few words to describe this beer, crisp and refreshing come to mind.

For all you extreme ale drinkers out there (me included), this is a great lager to bring you back to earth - very refreshing and a reminder of how interesting a lighter beer can be. (691 characters)

Photo of samie85
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (333 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper, light brown burnt orange color. Finger worth on head on the pour which the active carbonation continued to regenerate. Active carbonation is above average for the style.

Smell: Vienna malts on the front with accents of caramel and molasses. A touch of grassy hops show up on the body. Some slightly nutty malts with doughy buttery yeast round this one out.

Taste: Amber malts shine on the front. A touch of caramel sweetness really pulls the drinker in. Toasted nuts, warming malts, and airy grains compose the body. A touch of hops and continuing semi sweet caramel and molasses really pull this one through.

Mouthfeel: Pleasant cleanliness on the palate with lingering malt sweetness to keep you pulling on it. Carbonation is right on.

Overall: Metropolitan is certainly a premier brewery if you are looking for lagers. Impressive flavors produced with that cleanliness I always look for in a lager. Great stuff. (941 characters)

Photo of trbergman
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a shaker pint.

A - Copper with one finger of dense, off-white head.

S - Crusty bread, some caramel, an earthy quality -- not much in terms of hop aroma.

T - Well balanced, with plenty of rich melanoidin flavor. There's a hint of sweetness in the middle, though it's never cloying and it's kept in check by spicy hop flavor and bitterness in the background. The finish is clean and balanced, of moderate length.

M - Medium body, lightly carbonated, with a creamy mouthfeel. Very nice.

D - I have to say, I really like what Metropolitan has done here. I find myself liking this beer more with every sip. I would gladly have another... or several more. (671 characters)

Photo of monkeyego
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I am normally not a fan of Lagers, but since I am a Chicago transplant I thought I would give this beer a try. The actual brewery isn't more than a 10 minute bus right from my house.

Anyway, this is good. Plain and simple. Not challenging, not robust, not even all that interesting. Just Good. And on a hot day that is enough for you to be happy with your purchase.

If you want to taste what I image most Lagers should taste like, try this beer. Even though I am not a fan of Lagers in general, I would get Dynamo again. (523 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (565 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (1,002 characters)

Photo of Erish
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (544 characters)

Photo of Bubba83
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received from the ever-generous Kegatron.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler at around 45 degrees. Medium clear copper body with a fairly bright white head. Good lacing and retention, spiderwebbing down the glass.

Smells very malty, with notes of caramel, toffee, heavy bread, and random grains. There's a pretty significant biscuity component here too, and maybe a faint citric quality in the back.

Starts off with a sweet bready flavor which transitions into some toffee and finally ends up with some biscuit and a somewhat noticible lemony component with a little bit of spicy clove.

Pretty abrasive mouthfeel, yet the head feels smooth and creamy. I like the consistency, it seems spot on. The carbonation level is rather high as far as how bubbly it feels on my tongue.

Overall I thought this was a well made Vienna Lager. I hate to post the exact same score as Kegatron, who I received the bottle from, but I felt exactly the same way about this beer. It's pretty easy to drink, I don't taste any alcohol and the flavor is easy-going and malt-dominant. (1,077 characters)

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Dynamo Copper Lager from Metropolitan Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.