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Dynamo Copper Lager - Metropolitan Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

165 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 20
Gots: 17 | 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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Photo of qwertyiop
5/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of EddieTheTrooper
5/5  rDev +32.3%
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.

Photo of pudgym29
4.9/5  rDev +29.6%
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.

Photo of EvolutionAles
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

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 mic718
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of OutsidersAlmanac
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Photo of matjack85
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
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 beertooth
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Photo of steveh
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Photo of jsh420
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of DevinK
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of WestHam973
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of coz
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Al_Rico_Rod
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of bgoblue2
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of EGolfer4
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of NewGlarusFan
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of skubas86
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
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 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 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 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...

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Dynamo Copper Lager from Metropolitan Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.