Metropolitan Brewing

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German Schwarzbier
Ranked #12
Ranked #7,773
4.02 | pDev: 8.46%
Metropolitan Brewing
Illinois, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 124 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by wisrarebeer:
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4.51/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a pint at Lizards.

Dark brown pour and black in the glass, there's two fingers of billowing foam and copious irregular rings of drippy lacing. When held to the light it has a ruby glow.
Great head retention, the foam never breaks.

Nutty aroma, slight roasted grain, a little faint and subdued but pleasant.

Very smooth and supple feel, creamy texture. Nutty malt and light coffee roastiness. Slight yeast presence, but the subtle roasty malt dominates, with a dry nutty aftertaste.

Overall this is a great schwarzbier, one of the best local ones in recent memory.

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Photo of haveaduff2
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Upfront, let me say that I'm a /big/ fan of Metropolitan, so maybe I'm biased. I'm also a big fan of schwarz's. I think this may be the best I've had in the states. My old favorite, Black Bavarian by Sprecher, is now in second place. I drank Kostritzer in Germany and have tried various incarnations throughout the world, but this tops them all. Sweet balanced by roast with a dry, clean finish. Perfect.

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Photo of knepper
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown to black with a white head. Taste is smooth roast, wheat toast, and fresh grains. There is a slight sulphur note and some acidity to balance everything out. This is a tasty beer - these guys are killing it. Love the beers coming of Metropolitan lately. I've never been so excited to go grab the next lager release...

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Photo of joe1510
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle
$9.99 6-Pack
Binny's Willowbrook

Magnetron has a coffee black body with chestnut highlights running up the glass when backlit. A sturdy mocha cap forms on the pour and instantly becomes immensely creamy. The staying power of the foam is impressive, never disappearing throughout the drink. Impressive sheet lacing remains plastered to the glass. Looks about as good as you can get.

That foam makes it a little tough pulling out the nose but what's there is right on. Brown bread maltiness comes in mass quantities. The roast is minimal with a lick of anise. Faint earth runs throughout along with some nuttiness. A softly spicy hop presence rounds everything out nicely.

Ah yes, the flavor profile follows the nose closely but is even more expressive and clean. Bread-y notes galore from front to back accompanied by soft roast and a whisper of anise mid-palate with a touch of brown sugar on the finish. Noble hops add a touch of pepper spiciness to balance the virgin clean malt bill. Even handed and delicious.

I like both rich, fuller bodied schwarzbiers and their lighter, easier drinking brethren. Magnetron falls in the middle of the spectrum. It's not chewy but there is some texture. The body sits firmly at moderate in weight, as does the carbonation. The finish is spicy, without being bitter, and nice and dry, aiding drinkability. One simply isn't enough.

Metropolitan, in my not so humble opinion, is one of the best, if not the best, German-style breweries in the United States. Magnetron is clean and crisp with a great depth of flavor. There are no hard lines here, everything segues perfectly into the next. Another home run by those fine folks on Ravenswood.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Midnight body, light tan creamy head that lasts, good lacing. Aroma is lightly roasted malt, slightly perfumey, something je ne sais quoi. The taste continues this mysticism; toasty cereal that borders on roasted, beechwood, wet stone, a bit of soil in a great way, all of which transitions to semi-dry caramel on the finish with mild bitterness. Everything is very delicate, each individual flavor like a fragile snowflake that combine to form a beautiful, solid blanket of white (er, taste). Light body, airy, smooth, with lively carbonation.
This is a great beer. Unique flavors and aromatics; I think I identified them correctly, some for sure, but I'm still searching for exactly what they were. Regardless, it was well balanced and delicious, and dare I say refreshing; dark-ish flavors fit the mood for the winter, but the light body make it a summer option as well.

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Photo of bschmidt_37
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - The beer was black in color with an off-white head crowning the top of the glass.

Smell - There was a smooth maltiness with hints of hop bitterness to come.

Taste - My first thought was this was more bitter than the style generally is. The hop profile was a little high for the style with the malts were a hair too burnt. The smooth creaminess I would expect was there but did not quite cover the other flaws.

Mouthfeel - The feel was just about right, quite smooth.

Overall - Overall, this is not a bad beer. It just seems to miss the mark by a bit.

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Photo of Redrover
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. brown longneck poured into a pint glass. The beer is a black with brown and ruby highlights. There is a decent brown head.

It has a fresh aroma of roasted malts, dark fruit and a something floral..

The beer leads with nicely roasted malts that have a hint of dark chocolate and coffee. Not overly charred malts seem to be just right. There is a touch of sweetness like a slowpoke sucker and them a bit of bitterness at the end of the sip. Everything works really well together.

The mouth is medium with active carbonation.

This is an easy drinker. Extremely easy to pair with food like a grilled Havarti and ham sandwich or grilled meats.

This will be a serial repeater!

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of falloutsnow
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From: Binny's, Schaumburg, IL
Date: None on bottle, late 2013 release
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Metropolitan's Magnetron is a fairly true-to-style schwarzbier, with no over-the-top flavors, just an excellent blend of medium to low-level flavors that are smoothed to near perfection by appropriate lagering. Having enjoyed many schwarzbiers, I can say that this is one of the more flavorful and sessionable black lagers I have tried. Glad I was able to enjoy this during the winter months, hope it returns next year. Also a pleasure that it was in six-packs for $11.

Pours a 1cm tall head of beige-colored foam, made up of small-sized bubbles, frothy-looking, with above average retention of about two minutes. The head falls to a thin cap of residual lace atop the body of the beer, thicker around the edges of the glass. Lacing is good, with some large dots and blotches clinging in moderately dense patches across all sides of the glass. Body is a very dark amber brown color, bordering on black, with light bringing out slightly brighter amber brown hues. Carbonation visible through the transparent, though dark, beer, moderate in number and activity.

Aroma of pleasant light caramel sweetness, with depth of character in charred toast, mild vanilla, cocoa, toasted bread, nuts, and biscuit. The scents really come through as the beer warms, becoming surprisingly substantial and delicious.

Taste of moderate mild caramel sweetness accentuated by smooth, charred toast and cocoa, a bit of toasted biscuit, and faint vanilla. Front of palate tastes smooth caramel-like sweetness, slight roasted malt and resulting cocoa, vanilla, and slight toasted nuts. Mid-palate of toasted bread, hints of charred crust and cocoa, faint vanilla, toasted nuts, all atop a mild caramel-like sweetness. Back of palate tastes lightly roasted malt with carmel-like sweetness and a faint hint of bitterness from roasted malt or hop usage. Aftertaste is of toasted bread, caramel-like sweetness, toasted nuts, and slight cocoa.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, leading to a mouthfeel that is fairly well-balanced between foaminess (4/7) and smoothness (3/7), just bordering on fizziness at times, but never reaching it. Closes dry, with light lingering stickiness clinging to the palate and lips.

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Photo of deac83
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tone
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of roasted malt, slight sweet malt, hops, slight chocolate, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of a Schwarzbier. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, hops, hint of yeast, hint of alcohol, and slight chocolate. Overall, the chocolate notes help balance the body noticeable bitterness; a decent Schwarzbier.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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 322wingedfoot
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of enelson
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of jsh420
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of paco1029384756
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep burgundy with a short creamy head. Scent of toasted grain, earth, mild brown sugar, and a hint of coffee. Taste of sweet dark malt, subtly earthy hops, brown sugar, and the same hint of coffee. This one sits well.

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Photo of spycow
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of barnzy78
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L - cola-like colored beer with a creamy tan head that leaves some stickiness on the glass
S - cream, roasted malt, caramel, yeast
T - very creamy, chocolate, roasted barley, earthy hops toward the finish
F - smooth and creamy, medium body, finishes semi-dry
O - drinks kind of like a milk stout and is different than some other Schwarzbiers out there. This is a good one. It's easy drinking and definitely sessionable.

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Magnetron from Metropolitan Brewing
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 124 ratings