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 latackbeer
3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had to try this beer one for I live in Chicago and I believe in drinking local. Two I have had their Pils and loved it but this lager was average at bests. Poured a finger head with some lacing. Smell of some sweet malts and lemon. I thought at times I was drinking a Miller Light! Nothing about this beer blew me out of the water.

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Photo of DownDaHatch
3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing really special about this beer. Drinks like an immature Lager. I think it may be a bit misnamed. Thought it would have a bit more color for a copper lager. It drinks easy and pours with a nice head and lacing. Simply an average beer both inn mouth feel and drinkability. There are so many other, better beers available to drink.

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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 ThaBobfather
3.11/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours fairly dark almost penny cored with a very thin halo of off white.
Smells lighty of bread and light sweet malts.
Taste is light and crisp sweetness of malts and bread.
Finish is quick it shoots through a caramelyafter taste.
Drinks well and smoothly in hot weather.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.24/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Big frothy head with lots of lacing and an amber hue thats not opaque at all, you can almost clearly read a paper on the other side of the glass.

S: Very average. Smells like any regular old lager or mass produced beer out there, yet i can't shake the aroma of an orange already in the beer, it seems like shock top almost.

T: Taste has a little more body and complexity than the aroma, but still has a kind of corn or riceish edge you'd taste in a BMC beer. And that citrus is there, I swear i didn't put any fruit in there.

M: Good, D: Good

Nothing special here and nothing worth buying unless you want something just a small step above an 18 rack of Miller.

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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 Soneast
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, light brown to copper color with a 1/2 inch off-white colored head. The head dissipates fairly quickly, but forms a pretty dense mat of bubbles leaving a pretty good amount of lace on the glass.

The aroma is pretty sweet, some malt character for sure, earthy with maybe a hint of brown sugar and some mild toasted malt aromas.

The flavor is also malt heavy, particularly in the toasted malt category, with a touch of caramel and a decent bitterness towards the end, which is definitely needed due to the sweet character of the beer.

Medium-light body with a good amount of carbonation. I found this beer to be fairly tasty, but too sweet overall almost as if it were under attenuated.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle on 4-7-10.

A - Pours a light orange with a layer of fine bubbles

S - not alot of aroma, some light malts and yeast

T - light malts, hints of citrus, it has an interesting flavor that I can't quite place

M - light-medium bodied with good carbonation

D - easy to drink, its a unique flavor that makes it interesting to drink, i'll have to try another.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served to me in a 22 ounce glass mug.

A - Very nice coppery color on this one, hint of red. No head on it, assuming that is because of how the bartender was trying to make it.

S - Very complex smell to this one. Sweeter and more fruity than I'm expecting for a Vienna.

T - Definately get the sweet taste there of caramel. Some spice more spice and sweetness than I was expecting. Decently grainy.

M - Light to medium bodied, good carbonation pumped through on the tap.

D - Pretty easy to drink, could do a few of these.

Overall it's solid, but not great. Was excited to just stumble onto this on tap, but felt a little let down.

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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 jwinship83
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- clear lightish amber colored body with a small stream of carbonation under a half finger of white head. no lacing left on the sides of the glass, and the head reduces to a skin on top of the beer.

S- small dose of sweet caramel malts and some bread.

T- about the same as it smells. very mild and sweet.

M- crisp with a high level of carbonation.

D- nice to see another chicago brewery with bottles on the shelves, but this one isnt anything spectacular.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

G: Poured into a Pilsner Urquell pilsener glass.

A: Pours a transparent gold, typical pilsner color. The head is typical of the style, although slightly reddish, and measures about a finger and a half. Large rush of carbonation. Decent lacing as it goes down.

S: Grainy and slightly sweet. A little grassy.

T: Slightly grainy and sweet, following up on the nose. Not much at all of a hop presence, though it is slightly bitter.

M: Starts out smooth with mild carbonation. No alcohol bite. A very light mouthfeel.

D: In a style that is quite drinkable, although not the best tasting variety that I've had. It's nice to support a local up-and-comer, and I really like the idea of the lager-only brewery, so I'll probably go with this one from time to time.

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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 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 vishneda
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a mug

Dynamo pours a copper color with a short white head. The brew is clear and clean like dark glass. Lacing was minimal.

The aroma is sweet and fruity with some light floral notes. It almost has a cinnamon apple quality to it. On the first few sips the beer also tastes pretty sweet. There is some piney bitterness to balance that out on the finish. Though not cloying, this beer's most dominant characteristic is that sweetness. It has a tiny bit of roasted grain flavor as well. I would not classify the flavor as complicated.

Palate-wise this beer was medium bodied and maybe a little creamy. I also felt it was somewhat filling; something a lot of people seem to say about Viennas but something I never experience in this class of beer.

Dynamo is a decent beer, definitely worth trying a few times if you are in Chicago. I hope to get an opportunity to have it off tap next. Its a nice compliment to the Vienna class even if it is not quite representative of the group.

(From tasting notes on 25 Jun 2009)

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Photo of rowew
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, nice looking label with an industrial feel to it. No date or ABV.

Appearance: Copper colored with a nice sized off white head.

Smell: Not much going on here, but the base aromas are there - a bit of bready malt and some floral hops.

Taste: Again, nothing outstanding - but good basic flavors. There is a nice amount of malt with just enough hops to keep things from being too sweet. After a couple the sweetness does come through a bit too much though.

Overall impression: Just a bit too sweet, but not a bad basic session beer.

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Photo of IchabodcraneIpa
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried this one out of the bottle.

Was in the bottle so I could only assume the color might have been a coppery dark color.

The smell of this lager was of pennies and reminded me of the smell of a wishing well at your local mall.

The taste of this one was immediately striking to me and it surely was a taste of copper and pennies mixed with a watery lager flavor that ran down the tongue.

The mouthfeel of this one was slightly watery to me, but I still found it enjoyable.

The drinkability on this is decent for me as I found the flavor of this beer to be very intriguing and fun.

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Photo of mrquartetman
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: As advertised: copper-gold in color, medium head

S: Hop aroma, malt as well.

T: It's a lager, maltier than most, hoppier than some other microbrewed lagers.

M: Good flavor, fairly persistent

D: Refreshing, good for a hot day.

This lager goes beyond mass market lagers, in that it has actual good flavor, characterized by actual malt and real hoppiness. It's higher in alcohol than most lagers, and that's good.Other than that, it's not really a big beer.

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Photo of LacquerHead
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The smell reminded me of pennies and bitter vegetables. The taste was similar. At first I didn't like it. I got through half of my first beer and set it aside, neglecting it while I surfed the BA website, feeling burned by my purchase. I drank it every now and again, but I started to notice the flavor was improving.

The first beer I drank came right out of the freezer and was very cold when I started drinking it. Apparently this beer taste much better at warmer temps. I discovered that I quite liked it when the beer was between 50-60 degrees. I let the second bottle warm up before I drank it and found that my experience with this beer had improved.

It had a carbonated bite with a quasi-caramel flavor. There was a bit of dryness at times which seemed to keep the caramel flavor from dominating. The flavor was well balanced, but on the mellow side. It also had a gritty texture, sort of earthy.

Drinkability: easy to drink, but filling. By the third beer, I was getting full. I was sipping the beer by the fourth and fifth.

Overall: Likes it's brother, Krankshaft, I would describe this beer as "clean." It had an "every man's beer," quality - or "woman's". It was good, and while I probably wouldn't purchase a 6pck, I would definitely have this at a bar, especially towards the end of the night.

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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 Vdubb86
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

The beer pours the vienna lager traditional orange red color with a white half-finger of foam. The smell was a bit bready and corny for my liking. It didn't make it foul it just seemed similar to an adjunct aroma than a barley aroma. The taste was decent, there was a bit of bready earthiness that was pleasant, but there was really no hop flavor to help assist in the flavor, it left me wanting. The mouthfeel was good nothing overly exciting. It is drinkable, I think it's just a regular old lager, nothing bad to say about it, but nothing really good to say about it.

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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 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 MrMcGibblets
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

clear amber with a nice creamy head. lightish nose is caramelly, bready, with grassy, spicy hops underneath. taste follows suit, with the lightly sweet malts gently washed out by the supporting smooth hop bitterness. nice frothy carbonation helps with mouthfeel and drinkability. light-bodied and sessionable.

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Photo of Buebie
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pub glass. semi rigerous pour producing an inch or so of off white head.
A frothy cap and good lace.
Redish amber color, transparent.

Aroma is quite the malt bomb, sweet upfront, honey malt, caramel, fruity esters, mild floral/ grassy hops.
Semi sweet malt upfront with a tangy balance of toasted malt, almost rye like with the tangy flavor. Mild earthy hops on the finish with a drying of the beer. A bit of alcohol in the taste.
Great Vienna lager. Sessionable easy going flavors, but flavor still present.

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