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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Ratings: 183 | Reviews: 72
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 brentk56
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a modest head capping the amber colored liquid; lacing is sporadic

Smell: Malt forward, with caramel tones

Taste: Caramel flavors, up front, with some graininess building in the middle; the finish is rather sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: Pretty typical for an Amber Lager; too sweet for my palate with minimal bitterness; I really enjoyed the crisp mouthfeel, however

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 TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

Another beer I'm trying for the first time after passing it by all the time at the store. It pours a clear light brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises buttery caramel, very light lemon zest, flowers, and light sweetgrass. The taste holds notes of toffee, very mild cocoa, flowers, grass, greens, and what seems like some toasted malts. The body is a hefty light, with a very light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a fairly solid Vienna, though the nose is pretty weak and the flavors just don't seem to meld all the way (if that makes any sense anymore).

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

Pours a clear, copper color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, yeast, slight grain, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of a Vienna Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight hops, sweet malt, yeast, hint of pale malt, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, good appearance, body, and blend.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ring of foam atop a hazey rust and copper colored amber brew. Faint spicey hops mix with toasted malts that give gariny carameled bread aromas. Toasty, vibrant malts dance on the tip of the tongue. Dry as well as sweet malt flavors balanced with Hallertau hops and their touch of spice. Dry ad malty palates make for a flavorful session lager.

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 ccrida
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle (thx MacDomer!) poured into a Murphy's nonic, Dynamo is a chill hazed burnt gold with a small white head that leaves scattered lace.

Smell is sweet bready malt, and a bit yeasty as it warms from fridge temp, some herbal hops as well.

Taste is similar, all about the exceptionally clean malt, munich I gather. On the sweet side, with minimal bitterness, but not cloying. Simple but enjoyable, well executed.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, not helped by the low carbonation.

Drinkability is good, this is a very tasty Vienna lager. A little more snap to it on the finish and a touch more hops would make it perfect.

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.

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 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 Florida9
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Unsurprisingly copper in color. Clear. Forms a small, but very stable, off-white head that sits on top of this beer for the entirety of the glass. Some very visible carbonation.

S: Mild caramel and earthy maltiness. Some light hops, though nothing for which I can distinguish.

T: Very clean malt flavor. Some caramel, some grain, a slight nuttiness, and an almost non-existent bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium with just enough body. Very clean feeling.

D: A light, clean, user-friendly beer, presumably brewed for the macro cross-over drinker. A quality beer that I found enjoyable, though not overly memorable.

Photo of Deuane
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kegatron for a bottle of this.

A-Bright, clear copper with a thin off-white head that reduced to a thin veil and then vanished. No lacing whatsoever.

S-Rather aggressive pop of spicy hops, some apple/pear notes with a pleasant backing of toasted malt.

T-Palate profile follows the aroma with a sharp zip of hop spiciness with a pleasant pop of light fruitiness. The toasted malt backing is comes in as a well balanced and lightly sweet addition.

S-Medium bodied, fairly sharp and crisp with a nice clean, lightly dry, finish.

D-A totally solid, pleasurable drinking with nothing fancy going on beer. This would be an excellent local go to beer to have on hand at all times.

Photo of koopa
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received in an extra from a generous BA thanks!

Apppearance: Pours a light honey orange that is fairly translucent. The beer has a 2 finger soft white crown that shows a touch of retention and lace.

Smell: simple notes of caramel, lager yeast and earth.

Taste: Not the best mxi...a tangy quality with a touch of bitter hops over sweet malt

Mouthfeel: thin side of medium bodied and quite crisp

Drinkability: sessionable

Photo of emmasdad
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured a clear tarnished gold with a small lasting white head. Aromas of honey, straw and a hint of spice. Palate was light bodied and smooth with a watery finish. Flavors of honey, straw and light earthiness with a smooth watery honey finish.

Photo of Redrover
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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 jampics2
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
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!

Photo of portia99
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. After a bit of searching, doesn't look like there is any date info on the bottle or label.

A - Pours, not surprisingly a deep copper color, albeit one with a fair amount of particulates floating in it. Thin head that fizzes a bit and dies fairly quickly to a thin collar and a swirling mass of bubbles in the center of the glass.

S - Malty, caramelly with some earthy hops in the mix. A hint of metallic aromas creep in too.

T - Smooth and malty with lots of bread at the base, light yeastiness, dirtlike earthiness, caramel malt, and a pinch of roastiness. Nice mix of flavors, well blended and balanced.

M - Thin to medium in body with a medium/high carbonation level. Carbonation gives it a very tingly long lasting foaminess in the mouth. A bit of a sweet but overall metallic flavor (which I seem to be especially sensitive to) is left behind after the swallow.

D - Pretty good little session beer. Well balanced and approachable for the newbie. Well crafted - not going to have the hardcore craft drinker running to the brewery, but a solid offering that I could easily go back to again.

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

I poured this one from a 12ox brown bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This lager poured a deep orange color with gold highlights around the edges. The all-white head rose just 1/2" and then very quickly settled to a broken skim. No lace to speak of.

S= Sweet malts, biscuit, nuttiness, caramel. Simple but decent.

T= This beer tasted like an ale, much like Fat Tire actually. Lots of caramel malt, and a big nutty slightly toasty flavor dominated. The middle showed very faint hops of undeterminable variety and the finish was moderately dry.

MF= To the light side of medium bodied with a moderately crisp carbonation feel.

D= I like ales better than lagers, so for me this was a great lager because it didn't meet the style guidelines very well. All that aside, it was easy drinking and sessionable, and tasted good enough to want more than one.

Photo of Soneast
3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, light brown to copper color with a 1/2 inch off-white colored head. The head dissipates fairly quickly, but forms a pretty dense mat of bubbles leaving a pretty good amount of lace on the glass.

The aroma is pretty sweet, some malt character for sure, earthy with maybe a hint of brown sugar and some mild toasted malt aromas.

The flavor is also malt heavy, particularly in the toasted malt category, with a touch of caramel and a decent bitterness towards the end, which is definitely needed due to the sweet character of the beer.

Medium-light body with a good amount of carbonation. I found this beer to be fairly tasty, but too sweet overall almost as if it were under attenuated.

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