Dynamo Copper Lager | Metropolitan Brewing

BA SCORE
85
very good
217 Ratings
Dynamo Copper LagerDynamo Copper Lager
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
217
Reviews:
76
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
9.97%
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
33
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 217 |  Reviews: 76
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of nmann08
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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 emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle code: 9259 ... about 3 months old.

This is probably my 10th bottle of this, but I haven't sat down to review it until now. It's a nice session beer, clean and malty, fairly simple.

Color is a light caramel amber. A finger of foam rises and fades, leaving a ring and skim across the top. Lightly sweet and bready, with a mild hint of fruitiness. Toasty grain an apricot hints. Very smooth and malty, some honey and bread in the aftertaste. Easy to drink and not overly sweet. Versatile with food, a sixer always disappears too fast. Always a solid option on tap around Chicago also...

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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 jlindros
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got to try another Metropolitan thanks to paco1029384756, a great trader.

A: A quick rising 2+ finger head with lots of fluffy thick foam and big bubbles, as it fades semi quickly and leaves a lacing. This is clearer with a very slight hazy and a golden orange color.

N: A nice bright lager aroma, with some sweet malts, some toasty malts, a nice wheat aroma, and some light grassy hop aromas.

T: Lots of toasty and wheat flavors, some fruits actually, a little sweet malts, definite lager flavors, that sticky chewy pale like flavor as well, and adds a little biscuit too. Some spicy hop characters and a little grassy flavor.

M: Slightly chewy, a little creamy, decent carbonation.

F: A very slight pale bitterness, it has that bitterness found in some real ales, especially from U.K. Slightly dry but a little sticky. Overall a decent lager with some interesting hop characteristics as well as malt and lager flavors.

Thanks again Frank for giving me the chance to try these two Metropolitan beers.

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

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours clear copper in the glass, with a finger of smooth eggshell-white head. This hangs with a solidly rich retention, which leaves some nice thick foamy swathes of lacing behind. The aroma is an even mix of spicy hops, earthy fruit, and toasted bread. Pretty cut and dry overall, with a tight and flavorful presence in the nose.

The taste pretty much exactly matches the aroma here, with a crisp snap of earthy hops, which lay a tingle of spice and green citrus all over the mouth. This is well balanced by a backing of bready feeling caramel sweetness, before things finish with a quick shot of earthy grit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisp carbonation and a fairly clean feel throughout. This sits with a touch of heft in the mouth but still stays very smooth and quaffable for the most part.

Wow, another solidly crafted Lager from these guys, with its well balanced flavors and smooth body really helping out with drinkibility of this. Well done.

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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 BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 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 jgunther71
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of BeerOps
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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

Pours a clear, copper color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, yeast, slight grain, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of a Vienna Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight hops, sweet malt, yeast, hint of pale malt, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, good appearance, body, and blend.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of krome
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of enelson
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of sweemzander
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

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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Dynamo Copper Lager from Metropolitan Brewing
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