Magnetron | Metropolitan Brewing

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4.02/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Metropolitan Brewing
Illinois, United States
metrobrewing.com

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TTAmod on 11-23-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,568
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
118
pDev:
8.71%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
25
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Ratings: 118 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of GreenBayBA
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FBarber
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish tinged dark brown color. Opaque due to the hue, but then when held to the light you can see the beer is clear. Thin tan head dissipates steadily.

Aroma is quite bready - more akin to a doppelbock than a schwarzbier. Lacks much in the way of the roasted maltiness you'd expect. Aroma is bready with dark fruit notes. Light cocoa comes through with some earthy hops on the back end.

Taste follows the nose - dark bread, dark fruits, some light bakers chocolate, a hint of toasted malts, but nothing like you'd want from a schwarzbier. Earthy hops on the finish provide some light bitterness.

Feel is medium bodied. Mild carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

Overall this is really lacking the nice roasted maltiness of the best examples of a schwarzbier. It come across much more like a doppelbock. I appreciate what Metropolitan is doing, but I'd love to see this one with a much more roasty character.

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Photo of Half-full
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jgunther71
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jonoesh5
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Finleyandhayden
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dannycohen62
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Grinky
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of scootercrabb
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beerucee
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As good as any black beer. Finally found it at Sweetwater tavern, Chicago.

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Photo of Aaron_Kerkvliet
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AuntBea
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Davit
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm starting to like Metropolitan more and one of the biggest reasons is they try to do less.
And the quality shows. What they focus on (only 10 active beers and all in German regional traditions) helps them produce above average beers.
Put this Schwarzbier next to a good one from the Motherland, and Magnetron stands up.
While not a good-looker, I did like the caramel and darker malts wafting up offering their sweetness.
The taste was the same, but not as sweet; balanced nicely with modest hops.
In the mouth, it did its job with a lunch of a hearty soup.
I am going to spend more time with Metropolitan.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark roasty chocolate pour with a very unique looking sombrero shaped head that's domed in the middle. Egg foam colored. Lots of carbonation in this bottle.

Aromas of roast malts, chocolate shavings, and sour lactose.

Flavors of mild chocolate, roast malts, and some slight sourness from other caramel/crystal malts.

Feel is roasty and smooth, with a generous roast on the finish.

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Photo of telescifly
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Shafaegalo
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hopyard57
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of REVZEB
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of WoodBrew
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Binnys single shelf pick up. It poured an opaque dark with off white head that is not leaving much of a lace. The scent had faint roast. The taste was evenly balanced and easy to drink. There is a slight roast and caramel sweetness. The Mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a solid beer and worth a shot.

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Photo of Eman17
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MaximalC
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky chestnut color with a moderate head of variegated khaki foam. Straightforward aroma smells of salted caramel with a touch of roasted malt.

The taste features nuts, caramel, noble hops, and a hint of apple peel. Roasted malt and milk chocolate peek through on the back end. Light body and fine carbonation make for a delicate, airy mouthfeel.

Overall, this is smooth, gentle schwarzbier that lands south of the roastier territory I prefer for the style. With that said, it remains very drinkable with no off flavors.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.51/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cd34
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Magnetron from Metropolitan Brewing
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 118 ratings