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Generator Doppelbock - Metropolitan Brewing

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54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Metropolitan Brewing visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
25 IBU

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 11-17-2009)
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5/5  rDev +33%

sneefcity, Jan 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the hop leaf. Speaking of leavers the beer is tobacco red with a tan head that lasts a good amount of time. One of three small 30 barrel batches of doppelbock from metropolitan brewing I'm told.

Smells like freshly roasted grains with a touch of sugared coffee. The nose is extremely fresh which might have something to do with the brewery being less the 0.5 miles down the street.

Taste is sweet, caramelized and is a fresh crushed grain bomb. Coffee mixed with nutty coco and a nice steady bitterness that seems to come from the coffee but is more likely from subtle hop additions. Very smooth and very tasty.

An almost perfect mouthfeel. The hops bitters enough to compliment the sweeter rich kilned grains. Lightly carbonated with a touch of dryness in the finish. I'm said to hear that this is a seasonal and only available locally. Cheers to metropolitan brewing for tackling all those traditional German styles. I hope there is still some around next time I'm up in Chicago.

jbphoto88, Dec 13, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

ChicagoShakeAndBake26, Feb 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

bainard, Jan 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

JuniperJesus, Jan 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

brandoman63, Nov 22, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

olafphysics, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of beertooth
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Maproom. Served in a goblet/tulip glass. $5 for the 14.75oz pour.

This beer is a crystal clear glowing orange. There is a finger of white head that fades to a thin collar and layer of bubbles. Streams of bubbles come rising up to the top. It looks very inviting.

The nose is full of roasted malts and a little booze.

The first sip follows with a large dose of roasted pale malts and some earthiness and nuttiness come through as well, Very warming and the abv% is hard to pick up on. It's extremely clean and straight forward.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lively level of carbonation. Sticky and semi-dry.

Kudos to Metro for brewing a great dopplebock. I could really cozy up to this beer this winter. I look forward to many more glasses.

beertooth, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 batch, 12-13 oz. tulip pour at Paddy Longs.
Nice creamy cap of khaki foam that lasts for the whole glass. As the glass tilts, it leaves a perfect collar of lacing around the edges. Color appears dark brown at first, but its shot through with glinting ruby in the light.

Fruity and malty aromas of dried fruit, plum and raisin, dark bread. Flavors are similar, big malt complexity with a light fruitiness and a little residual sweetness. Very smooth and sippable. A perfect mid-winter beer to erase the winter blahs with. This batch seems more finely tuned and flavorful than the last time I had it.

03-21-2010/ 4.05
On tap at Black Rock.

Into a cheater 12-13 oz. pint, it was a brilliant copper color, with a stiff cap of white foam. Visible rising carbonation provided some appeal.

Nutty aroma, some level of dried fruits also. Mildly sweet with some yeast presence.

Rich nutty flavor, some yeast and dried apricot or golden raisin. Dominant malt character. Full bodied, deceptively so, in contrast to the light color and seemingly easy-drinking appearance. Overall very enjoyable, a little strong to session. Good for the colder Chicago months for sure (even a snowy March weekend)!

Solid locally made Doppelbock that I hope to see in bottles next fall. Maybe even 4-packs like Celebrator... wink wink hint hint

emerge077, Feb 21, 2012
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4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$10.99 6-Pack
Four Seasons Liquor - Morris, IL

Generator proudly shows of a brilliantly clear, mahogany body that shimmers with ruby highlights when backlit. Forming of the head took a hard pour but eventually made it to a finger in height with khaki foam. A little fizzle and crackle brings the head to nothing but a thin ring in short order. The quickly diminishing head takes away from the looks of this doppelbock.

The nose is big, malty, and complex. Toasted grains upfront with a little sweetness. Caramel picks up quickly along with a sweet neutralizing freshly husked graininess. Slightly bready toward the backend with a touch of both floral and spicy hops. Very mild fruity esters add yet more depth, soft plum mostly.

The flavor profile basically follows the nose step by step. Lightly roasted grains are fairly sweet upfront. Rich caramel washes through the middle before brown bread brings up the rear. The sweetness is very evenhanded and well done. Floral hoppiness wraps the malt in it's loving embrace. Good shit!

A full, robust, roundness weighs along the tongue. The finish is semi-dry and works well with the lingering, but soft, floral bitterness. The carbonation is firmly in the middle of the spectrum, a little tingling left along the tongue.

Generator is an excellent doppelbock right from my backyard. It's well rounded, clean, complex, and dangerously drinkable. Not often do you find expertly crafted German styles in the United States but Metropolitan manages to brew incredible, clean, crushable, German styles again and again.

joe1510, Apr 06, 2014
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4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excited to find this new addition to Metropolitan bottles. Their German-styles have been pretty spot-on to style and I have high hopes that this one will be no less.

A -- Pours a clear, deep copper color with bright garnet highlights and a dense, long-lasting, light tan head.

S -- Earthy malts and peppery alcohol. There's some vague sulfur lingering and bready yeast.

T -- Taste is a little hot from alcohol up front, but there's great dark bread crust maltiness making up a rich backbone to this beer. Spicy, rather bitter for the style -- but not overly, hops balance out in the finish, along with peppery alcohol, but the good breadiness controls the aftertaste. Some mellow, slightly tart, dark fruit characters become apparent in the aftertaste as well and balance nicely with the sweetness of the malt.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a dry finish and full body.

O -- Where Sprecher's Premium Reserve Doppelbock flaunted its high ABV to the point of harshness, the Generator lets you know it's around, but puts up a sweet and flavorful front that lulls you into one more taste... and another, and...

steveh, Feb 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Azpittil57, Aug 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

cadaugherty, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

JMurphy41, Jan 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Thedaver4220, Feb 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

AlCubbage, Feb 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

773-F-I-B, Feb 08, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from tap into a pilsner glass. Pours a medium brown color that is see through and with a very good head

good complexity on the aromas, but they seem a bit shy. Good aromas of grains, malts and caramel.

Medium bodied with a really smooth and polished feel. Good depth with flavors of malts, caramel and some bits of cereal grains

A quality dopplebock. Very enjoyable with good malts across the board

KDawg, Feb 06, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Poor Phils in Oak Park tonight...

Pours a dark ruby brown, nice clarity with a one finger white head that sticks around and leaves some lacing as I drink...

Smell is sweet, roasted malts...

Taste is pretty sweet up front, malty with a slight bittering in the finish to balance things out. Very typical straight forward Doppelbock taste, Metro did a good job brewing to style...

Mouthfeel is thinner than expected but warming and malty enough for me. Carbonation is present throughout, very good all around...

Drinkability is high, alcohol starts to show the more you drink but it is hidden pretty well. Medium bodied with good carbonation...

hawks10, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of RJUGA03
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Brixie's $4.50/pint.
A-Transparent deep browny-amber body. It held a minimmally laced outter ringed head.
S=Sweet, Roasted, and very doppel bock typical.
T-Very bock traditional sweet and spiced on the draw with a hopped finish.
M-Full viscious start with a pleasing dry finish.
D-This is one that I am going to continue to enjoy in the future and can't wait untill it's in bottles.

RJUGA03, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a shaker pint glass at Sheffield's.

Coulda used a generator and portable heater during my walk to Sheffield's today... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunset garnet-amber topped by a finger of glowing off-cream foam. The nose comprises sourdough, rye bread, light dried maple syrup, toffee, and a hint of mandarin orange syrup. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a hint of cream. The result is almost akin to some sweet bread. Nice. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a fluid feel, and a sorta/kinda dry-ish finish. Overall, a generally enjoyable d-bock, one I could see enjoying regularly if given the opportunity.

TMoney2591, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of MickeyBeer
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap at the Tavern in Libertyville

A- Pours an amber color with one finger of light tan head and a little bit of lacing.

S- Smell is sweet with caramel aromas and roasted sugars. Pleasant, but it doesn't blow me away.

T- Sweet up front with flavors of dried fruit and a roasty finish. Nice malty flavors as well as a bit of nuttiness. Alcohol is well covered here. I would have never guessed it was 8.2% ABV.

M- A smooth and tasty brew that is medium bodied and pretty light on carbonation. A good sipping beer that does not exhaust the taste buds. Would have no problem drinking a few of these.

O- Good beer that I wouldn't mind having again. Doesn't blow me away with aromas or complex flavors, but very tasty nonetheless.

MickeyBeer, Feb 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Brixies in Brookfield IL, served in a shaker pint glass

It pours a nice burnt orange/ copper with not much head and what was there disappeared quickly

Smells of sweet malts wit just a hint of roasted malt and dark fruit like plum.

The taste was very sweet, almost overly so with lots of bready character and a little bit of roasted burnt malts. It's kind of one dimensional and lacks complexity, some alcohol tastes present and the residual sugars are a little over the top for my tastes.

The mouthfeel is light which I like and has medium carbonation. Drinkability was fairly high to me and even with such sweetness it was no problem finishing the pint and it was refreshing.

weatherdog, Apr 06, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Guinnsslvr, Jan 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

stortore, Jan 24, 2014
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Generator Doppelbock from Metropolitan Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.