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Generator Doppelbock - Metropolitan Brewing

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18 Reviews
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Reviews: 18
Hads: 73
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Metropolitan Brewing visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 11-17-2009

25 IBU
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Reviews: 18 | Hads: 73
Photo of elNopalero
2.24/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This was an odd brew and based on my experience with it I left wondering if it was in fact infected.
On tap at Clark St. Ale House in Chicago.

It poured with a slight tint of dark red. Had a strong, off-putting aroma. Some sour cherries in the nose underneath the nastiness. Thin bodied, slightly sour flavored with a lot of phenolic notes. I felt like this beer went from a sour to tart to rotting flavor of dark cherries.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.65/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I had this on tap into a traditional pint glass.

The beer is very light and clear, almost amber with a very light tan head. The retention and lacing are ok.

The aroma and tasty are very malty, way to sweet for my liking for this style. Its also very one note and boring.

The feel is bad very watery, not drinkable at all, couldn't even finish my pint.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.9/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Much lighter than I was anticipating for a doppelbock. One finger off-white head, with a little bit of lacing.

S - Lots of malts, sweet and roasted. Fitting the style, but somewhat blah.

T - It's a very sweet, malty beer. It's good if you're in the mood for a nice caramelly tasting brew, but it's kind of boring.

M - Too thinned out, would guess this is medium bodied but seems like they cut this one with a little bit of water or something.

D - Not real hard to drink, but for the style this should be easier to do, it's an okay beer, but not going to try to find this again.

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Photo of TTAmod
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in 12 oz. bottle. No date, but they just started bottling this, so it can't be that old. Poured into pint glass.

A: Pours clear, dark amber. Head is medium-hued tan, tight, dense, and two fingers thick. Head sicks around for a bit. Carbonation is pretty low.

S: Malty, grainy smell. Some dark fruits (prune, raisin, etc.) A bit of alcohol comes out of it, as well. Touch of spice is present, too.

T: Strong, bready malt up front. A bit of dark fruit after that. Noble hop presence, metallic bitterness, and graininess brings up the rear. Low bitterness at the end with a touch of alcohol.

M: Low carbonation, medium to heavy mouthfeel. Very smooth and easy to drink.

O: Not enough esters for a dopplebock, in my opinion. Still very, very good, though. Could use a bit more fruit, and it would be on par with some of the best German doppelbocks.

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Photo of Kylito87
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at Uncommon Ground today for easter brunch.

Appearance- light copper body with a half finger of white head. Some lacing along the glass.

Aroma- Very sweet roasted malt aroma. Sort of nutty and fruity. No hop aroma here but with this style that seems fitting.

Taste- Very sweet and bready. I nice finishing bitterness. Slight roasty and caramelly near the end.

Mouthfeel- Nice carbonation feel. Not too heavy, actually a little thinner than I would expect for the style.

Drinkability- Seriously? This beer went down so well. I didn't even know that it was a 8plus ABV beer until I got home. They didn't give the alcohol or gravity ratings for any of there beers. The alcohol was hidden so well a few of these and you would be buzzed. I would love to see this in bottles soon but for now if I see this on a draft list I will definitely reach for it again.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

L - brown hued with a nice ruby glow when held to light, creamy beige head sticks around for a bit
S - malty nose with caramel, toffee, brown sugar, grain, spicy aromatic hops
T - sweet toasted grain, brown sugar, burnt caramel, spicy grassy hop
F - creamy and smooth, finishes dry with a bite of pepperiness
O - very good American brewed doppelbock. A bit rough around the edges as I find the finish a bit more harsh than I'd like, otherwise it's solid.

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Photo of weatherdog
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of MickeyBeer
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of KDawg
3.88/5  rDev +4%
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

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Photo of hawks10
3.88/5  rDev +4%
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...

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Photo of RJUGA03
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of AJacob81
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a deep chestnut beauty w brilliant dark crimson highlights. Minimal head and lacing. The nose is fruit and nuts and an abundance of roasted grains. The flavor adds a touch of buttery caramel and tea leaves to the above. Finishes w a hint of semisweet cocoa and burnt toast. The feel is smooth w high carbonation, just right for the style. An exceptionally well-crafted American take on my favorite German style.

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Photo of steveh
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
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...

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Photo of joe1510
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of beertooth
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
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

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Photo of jbphoto88
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

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Generator Doppelbock from Metropolitan Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.