Dynamo Copper Lager | Metropolitan Brewing

very good
76 Reviews
Dynamo Copper LagerDynamo Copper Lager

Brewed by:
Metropolitan Brewing
Illinois, United States

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

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

Added by emerge077 on 01-15-2009

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Photo of Qbdoo
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A very solid beer in a category that's not my style. Nice copper color, mild biscuity scent. Taste is bready biscuity, with a hint of sweetness. A relatively light texture. Very easy drinking.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this beer up from the Binnys single shelf. It poured a nice clear copper with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had faint bread. The taste was evenly balanced and easy to drink. There was nice biscuit quality with slightly sweet malt base. The Mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a good beer probably my favorite from metropolitan.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a dark copper body, as the appearance states. One finger offwhite head, fair retention, some lacing. Smells of bread, biscuit, noble hops, a bit of earth, toffee. Flavour is similarly bready, sweet toffee, noble hopped bitterness, a bit of tapioca sweetness. Its a very nice Vienna lager, and very nicely constructed. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but not too hefty, nice creamy sweetness on the finish that is balanced with the earthy bitterness. A damn tasty Vienna lager. A far cry from Sam Adams, in the best way possible.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ex cousin in law gave me a bottle.
This was poured into a pilsener glass.
The appearance was a ruddy looking hazy brown color with a one finger white foamy head that quickly dissipated. Light messy lacing roamed all around the glass.
The smell, very reminiscent of a Sam Adams, had the sweet caramel/toffee tones up front running into light grassy to a semi-herbal aroma.
The taste was malty sweet with a score of the grassy hops to make an effort for some bitterness. It's not bad, but to some people, it could be construed as fairly weak. Since I'm treating this as a Vienna lager, I see nothing wrong.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionable feel to it. Carbonation seemed to run right for the style and for me - nice and light.
Overall, as a Vienna lager, it works and when you're in Chicago, ya just gotta. Me, I was lucky and got a bottle sent to me. Still, I'd have again, preferably with pizza.

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Photo of Ben_Swartz
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass. Can't find any bottling info.

L: Poured around a half finger of white head. Good head retention. Copper color. Lots of bubbles. Nice lacing.

S: Mild hop aroma hits first, then some toasted grains.

T: Sweet malty body. Slightly bitter at the end. Maybe some caramel malt added in.

F: Smooth and silky. Good carbonation

O: Metropolitan nailed this beer. Super smooth, tasty, and well balanced. I will definitely have more of this beer in the future.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Killer example of the style. Copper - duh - with a nice ivory head. Killer lacing. Sweet bready, malty smell balanced with spicy / earthy hops. Toffee tones without excess sweetness, hop backed for balance. Creamy with a round mouthfeel.

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Photo of jwc215
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Milwaukee Burger Company, Franklin, WI:

The smell is of toasted grain, nuts, a touch of floral hops.

The taste is of lightly toasted grain (a bit of caramel mixing in), nuts - sweetness balanced by a floral, dry, crisp finish.

Very smooth/silky.

Very drinkable and very-enjoyable!

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Photo of Ri0
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured 12oz bottle into Pils glass.

A - Lives up to its name, copper colored with 2 finger off white head. Beautiful webbed lacing all over the glass.

S - The malts on the front are toasty and semi sweet with hints of caramel and toffee. A touch of grain and a nice Nobel hop aroma. Doughy bread with a bit of butter.

T - Sweet and satisfying with just a bit of hop bite. It has a nice bready character, almost buttery, with just a bit of toasted malt. Caramel sweetness with some toffee.

M - Very clean, yet creamy and light bodied. A nice soft carbonation.

O - An excellent Vienna that is a very nice treat.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

Copper Lager, appropriate to the name, pours a beautiful copper color with a nice and foamy white head.
The aroma is loaded with cracker, biscuit and toffee notes with a hint of spicy and floral hops.
The taste is creamy malt -- sweet and crackery with some spicy hop notes behind.
Mouthfeel is medium and remarkably smooth and a bit bubbly.
Overall, this is an outstanding lager. Balanced and beautiful.

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Photo of pudgym29
4.89/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

As somebody who prefers lagers, to have this brewery dedicate itself to Germanic styles, including lagers, elevates it above other Chicago craft breweries. I enjoy the thick, slighty chewy malt notes in here. Hops are present, but they only support, not dominate. When I go out, I try to find a venue that has this beer, especially on tap. I should have this beer more often.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper, light brown burnt orange color. Finger worth on head on the pour which the active carbonation continued to regenerate. Active carbonation is above average for the style.

Smell: Vienna malts on the front with accents of caramel and molasses. A touch of grassy hops show up on the body. Some slightly nutty malts with doughy buttery yeast round this one out.

Taste: Amber malts shine on the front. A touch of caramel sweetness really pulls the drinker in. Toasted nuts, warming malts, and airy grains compose the body. A touch of hops and continuing semi sweet caramel and molasses really pull this one through.

Mouthfeel: Pleasant cleanliness on the palate with lingering malt sweetness to keep you pulling on it. Carbonation is right on.

Overall: Metropolitan is certainly a premier brewery if you are looking for lagers. Impressive flavors produced with that cleanliness I always look for in a lager. Great stuff.

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Photo of Redrover
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is one of my go to options and can’t believe I have yet to review it. Poured into SA pint glass, the beer is a dark yellow with amber highlights. It has a thick and sticky white head.

Nose of grains, floral and herbal hops. It is fresh and inviting.

Light malts add a bready and cracker taste. The beer is well balanced by some bright floral hop notes. Slight red apple and honey in the finish.

The mouth is medium with a great calibrated level of carbonation.

This is an easy beer to session and very easy to pair with food. Perfect beer to give someone who says they don’t like lagers.

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Photo of Durtdiggler
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pour from 6 pack bought at Binnys into pilsner glass.

Pours a light copper with 1 finger head with slight lacing on the glass. Beer is very clear with slight effervescent.

Smell is grain like with some darker bread, slightly toasty and tad sweet. The bread is real pungent. A lot of malt.

Tastes is extremely balanced. Clean bitterness at the end, hops not as earthy for this style but with slight caramel overtones to start. Definitely toastiness in the middle. A lot going on thebtonguenin the tasting.

Mouthfeel is awesome. Medium bodied but very drinkable.

I don't really drink a lot of lagers but this beer is fantastic. Very sessionable but has a lot going on with hops, malt, tad sweetness that balances out. The Vienna really shines. Local too.

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Photo of Mikes-Soft-Lemonale
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Ok this beer has ALWAYS been my go-to. I love that I can get it anywhere. It's got this really pretty copper color, and it's persistent head stays pretty the whole way down.

Dang, sons. Can I drink this every day? I think I could.

They do a good job of consistency, which helps. I know I can always trust in buying a solid beer from these guys.

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Photo of brentk56
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of dhannes
3.09/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought at Binny's in Chicago last month; poured into a Sam Adams' Perfect Pint and let warm up for about 5 minutes.

A=Definitely not a copper color...a medium dark yellow, but an appealing white 3 finger head. Still, the appearance was very typical for a lager.

S=Faint aroma of honey, with a faint essence of uric acid. Not appealing.

T=The "Vienna" flavor was present, but much less intense than a Boston Lager. Also a sweetness. A few sips had an off taste to it.

M=Less body than a Boston Lager; a bit of slickness to it as well.

O=Not a horrible beer, but not nearly comparable to a Boston Lager or Sprecher Amber. Won't buy again.

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Photo of CliffBrake
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to immobilisme for the extra. You know what I like Bro!

Light copper color, absolutely bright, with a small fine head that leaves good lacing.

Graham cracker and a bit of herbal hops on the nose - very inviting. The flavor is light but complex enough to keep up the interest. Crisp bready malts with just the right hop twang. A bit of sweetness resolves with a light puckering bitterness.

Crisp light body. If I could only use a few words to describe this beer, crisp and refreshing come to mind.

For all you extreme ale drinkers out there (me included), this is a great lager to bring you back to earth - very refreshing and a reminder of how interesting a lighter beer can be.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a seidel mug.

A: Pours..well...copper. With a full white head that sticks around till the end.

S: Toast and earthy hops upfront, with some honey and raisons in the background.

T: Very tasty! There is a very pleasant melanoidin presence that gives this a rich, smooth taste throughout. Spicy hops finish this dry and crisp.

D: Drinkability is spot-on and I would love to see this in bigger formats (like mini-kegs) because this would be a great 'one beer-all day' brew.

Overall: This is one of the few lager styles that Americans seem to do pretty damned well. Hoppier versions like SABL are on one end; this is on the other. It relies on perfect balance and expert malt development to deliver the flavour. No room for flaws in this beer, and there really aren't any at all.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured a clear tarnished gold with a small lasting white head. Aromas of honey, straw and a hint of spice. Palate was light bodied and smooth with a watery finish. Flavors of honey, straw and light earthiness with a smooth watery honey finish.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I tried this for the second time, but this time on tap at Hollywood Stadium inside the Joliet Hollywood Casino. It was a pint glass for $5.25.

Poured a clear pale golden yellow. Since this was brought out to me by a waitress there was no noticable head or lacing left by the time it got to my table. Has a nice wheat scent mixed with some floral and citrus hints. Has a slightly dry start with a crisp and clean finish. The finishing taste was a lot better than the beginning taste. I had completly forgot I had tried this beer before out of a bottle. I'm always one to say beer is better on tap but in this case I really didn't think so.

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Photo of Dohdaman
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy amber color, 1/4" off white head quickly dissapates leaving a little laceing.

S: Slight hops and malts, nothing really stands out.

T: Slight malt, hops flavor. Not bitter.

M: Kind of a medium body beer, not creamy at all.

O: A solid enjoyable beer, could drink several in one setting. A good lager.

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Photo of rmalinowski4
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a crystal clear light copper color with two finger light head. Head recedes slowly leaving some lacing on the glass. can see bubbles dancing up the glass.

Smell is sweet malts with very little hop profile.

Taste is ver clean and light. Great malt profile, slightly sweet, slight bitter hop finish. crisp and smooth.

The mouthfeel is perfect, good carbonation, light body, creamy and very easy to drink. Everything I would want froma lager.

Overall this is one of the best American lagers I have had. It is clean, crisp, flavorfull, and easy to drink. Miller and Bud wish they tasted this good.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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).

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Photo of Florida9
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of steveh
4.26/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one goes out to "nobodyimportant" after our discussion on Metropolitan beers over in the Great Lakes Forum.

A -- Very dense, long-lasting light tan head with a clear copper color.

S -- Mild spicy hop nose with DMS peaking through. Some mild bready malts fighting to be recognized.

T -- Mellow, rich and bready malt up front that lingers into the mildest spicy hop balance and finishes nutty. Mildest of bitterness in the aftertaste balanced with toasty malt. There's the slightest fruitiness in the aftertaste, but it's not at all distracting and tastes more of rich malt than warm-fermented yeast or hops.

M -- Very soft to almost creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish. Light medium body.

O -- This beer just about nails the Vienna Lager style -- in fact, I'll probably revisit this review in a couple days, after I've sampled a couple more, because it could be just about perfect, but for the low aroma characters. The flavor of the beer is complex and mellow at the same time -- very much as you'd expect in the style.

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Dynamo Copper Lager from Metropolitan Brewing
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