Dynamo Copper Lager
Metropolitan Brewing

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Lager - Vienna
Ranked #17
Ranked #27,898
3.81 | pDev: 9.97%
Metropolitan Brewing
Illinois, United States
Very Good
Dynamo Copper LagerDynamo Copper Lager
Notes: 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
Reviews: 84 | Ratings: 243 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a pint glass. A clear amber color with a modest white head. Slightly sweet malt on the nose with faint floral hops. Taste followed. A clean slightly sweet malty flavor that embodied Vienna malt. Bitterness was there but restrained. Delicious.

Jul 11, 2019
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JoeWalsh from Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice head and has a gorgeous copper-red color. This is one flavorful, smooth lager. Metropolitan seem to have perfected the art of the balanced brew, with a bit of hoppy bite and a developed malty body. This is my "go to" beverage to have with meals because it doesn't try to knock your taste buds out, but instead gets them ready for the main event. Call it the sparring partner beer.

Apr 23, 2019
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defunksta from North Dakota

4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a beautiful copper orange color that is bubbly. A massive foamy head that lingers and lingers.
Aroma: Aroma of toasted dark rye bread with cherries.
Flavor: The flavor follows the aroma with even stronger dark toasted rye bread with cherry, black cherry, fig, and more dark fruit. It has a dark syrup rum flavor, No roast or caramel. Little to no bitterness.
Finish: Extremely carbonated, Doesn't finish too sweet. Finishes moderately dry, but the dark rye flavor lingers on the tongue.

Compared to other ambers, this Vienna lager has much more of a dark fruit: cherry, fig, plum. The fruity sweetness is recognizable. Less bitter than an Altbier. Less caramel.

Overall: This is one of my first impressions on a Vienna lager. The Vienna malts are defined. The toasted rye bread flavor with dark fruit is unique and delicious. The carbonation on this beer is absolutely stunning. Much more carbonation than I had expected. First appearance I've ever rated a 5/5. Pour yourself a glass of this and let the cherry run wild.

Apr 13, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Really nice golden brown pour with a thin white head, lacing as you go, almost perfect vienna lager appearance. Smell is a little muted, but the signature malts, grains, yeast and toasted caramel are all present. Taste is heavier than expected, but the flavors are well balanced and not overwhelming at all: toasted caramel, toffee, bread, some herbal hops, and earthy undertones. Feel is a little heavy, but I like the chewy nature, but could see how others might be put off. Solid work

Apr 12, 2019
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bristol2120 from Illinois

3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

pours with a generous white head - beer is a really nice deep copper orange - aroma is a bit too subdued with a standard malty presence - taste features malty, bready notes with a very subtle undertone reminiscent of sweetcorn of all things - there also a presence of toffee and caramel in the aftertaste - mouthfeel is nice and full with a nicely subdued level of carbonation - overall a really nice beer that I would think would pair with a wide variety of foods or just on its own as a great example of a vienna lager - another winner from Metropolitan

Jan 12, 2019
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ordybill from Georgia

3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at Beer Head Pub in Schaumburg, IL. The appearance is a clear copper color with a small white head. The aroma is caramel and bread. The taste follows the nose.

Aug 19, 2018
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laketang from Arizona

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice copper in color.
The head wasn't big and reduced to a ring
Spice and malt on the nose
Rather malty sweet side with a low hop taste
Creamy smooth and thin

Nov 12, 2017
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Qbdoo from Illinois

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.

Oct 31, 2016
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WoodBrew from Ohio

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.

Sep 10, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

5/9/18 re-taste and re-rate... and glad I did
I've only Had 5 from Metropolitan and not visited their brewpub (my bad). But, I've given all these beers above average ratings and all have been in the regional German traditions. So being a non-mainstream sort of guy, I must like Metropolitan.

Dynamo is a good-Looker: clear amber/copper whose foam gets out of the way quickly to show off its good looks.
Smells are crisp... mostly malt, bready and biscuit. Tastes are the same balanced by only 29 IBU; so, there is no effort at cheap thrills. While medium bubbles are normal, this after-taste is not (comes from either hops or an off-taste, not sure.)
Went fine with bread and a Swiss cheese before dinner... a limited pairing than as advertised in BA Notes.

OA: Probably will have again and pair it with a lunch sandwich. A nice Vienna. Glad to see Metropolitan sticking to their knitting of Germanic regionals and doing such a good job.

May 01, 2016
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Stevedore from Oregon

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.

Feb 04, 2016
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Back_in_the_Saddle from Vermont

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.

Nov 19, 2015
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Ben_Swartz from Illinois

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.

Sep 11, 2015
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Kurmaraja from California

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.

Sep 10, 2015
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jwc215 from Arizona

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!

Jun 04, 2015
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Ri0 from Wisconsin

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.

Jun 02, 2015
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SD-Alefan from South Dakota

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.

Nov 22, 2014
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pudgym29 from Illinois

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.

Aug 02, 2014
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KFBR392 from Illinois

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.

Jul 02, 2014
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Redrover from Wisconsin

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.

Apr 17, 2013
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Durtdiggler from Illinois

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.

Mar 27, 2013
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Mikes-Soft-Lemonale from Illinois

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.

Mar 06, 2013
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brentk56 from North Carolina

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

Feb 26, 2013
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dhannes from Wisconsin

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.

Feb 20, 2013
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CliffBrake from New Hampshire

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.

Jan 28, 2012
Dynamo Copper Lager from Metropolitan Brewing
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 243 ratings