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Dynamo Copper Lager - Metropolitan Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

146 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 19
Gots: 11 | 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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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -8.7%

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.

03-09-2009 23:39:10 | More by Thorpe429
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.59/5  rDev -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

02-26-2013 22:26:11 | More by brentk56
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -6.1%

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).

04-23-2011 00:14:46 | More by TMoney2591
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emerge077

Illinois

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...

12-31-2009 03:02:03 | More by emerge077
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

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.

06-15-2010 17:04:16 | More by Kegatron
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev 0%

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.

03-05-2010 02:53:11 | More by jlindros
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

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.

12-02-2009 22:13:54 | More by rhoadsrage
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.8%

08-13-2014 03:38:15 | More by Gonzoillini
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

11-22-2011 03:21:05 | More by brandoman63
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Tone

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

08-27-2010 15:07:24 | More by Tone
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-10-2012 17:24:31 | More by liamt07
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dirtylou

Washington

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

10-31-2010 21:42:52 | More by dirtylou
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

05-20-2009 06:21:33 | More by scruffwhor
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ccrida

Oregon

3.93/5  rDev +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.

07-11-2010 23:36:47 | More by ccrida
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

08-02-2013 02:40:13 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -12.7%

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.

08-25-2009 03:43:48 | More by AgentZero
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KAF

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

07-07-2014 01:23:50 | More by KAF
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barnzy78

Illinois

3/5  rDev -20.6%

11-28-2011 04:44:35 | More by barnzy78
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sweemzander

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

05-22-2013 13:41:11 | More by sweemzander
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whartontallboy

New York

4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-16-2012 03:08:33 | More by whartontallboy
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enelson

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-31-2012 01:08:04 | More by enelson
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

11-15-2011 03:00:42 | More by bpfrush
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

03-06-2011 07:06:27 | More by DavoleBomb
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

07-27-2010 18:23:03 | More by Deuane
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Florida9

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

04-13-2011 01:53:42 | More by Florida9
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Dynamo Copper Lager from Metropolitan Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.