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

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

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #48 (Jan 2011):

Pours a clear copper color with enough lacing for the duration of this session. Toasted bread and a faintness of caramel in this immaculate nose. Refreshing crispness reaches new levels here; a wonderful mouthfeel. Uniform toastiness, on the dry side, though there is a quick touch of caramel in the middle. Hops have a quick sting of bitter- ness with some raw herbal flavors. Dry, toasted-grain ending. A solid brew, very easy to drink with a smattering of well-placed complexities to make it interesting.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

3.0 A: Clear copper orange color. One and a half fingers of white head falls quickly and leaves no lacing.

3.5 S: Grainy with a strong cidery sweetness. Hops are grassy, but aren't very powerful. The apple cider flavor, despite being considered a flaw, works very well in this one.

4.0 T: Grainy again with underlying caramel tones. The cider in the nose is only barely detectable in the taste. Again, grassy hops. Simple, yet tasty.

3.5 M: Light body. Good moderate carbonation. This could have a thicker body and be creamier, but not too bad.

4.0 D: Easy going down and refreshing. If this was meant to be super flavorful and complex, then they screwed up, but if this was meant to be a good thirst quenching beer, then they did just fine.

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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 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 JohnQVegas
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into Sam Adams lager glass, with another nod to th efine gentleman that is Alewatcher. Thanks, Jeff!

Pours crystal clear bright copper, with a long lasting off-white creamy head. Nice lacing as well.

Nose is toasty, bready, underlying caramel, earthy hops, faintly metallic.

Taste is a step up - bready, toasty malt body carries notes of caramel and the fruity, faintly metallic ring of crystal malt. Earthy hops balance and support, add a bit of substance and weight to the malt body without shining on their own.

Mouthfeel is smooth, light, soft carbonation is almost sensed more than felt, medium-full body.

Drinkability is pretty good - feels like a bigger beer than it is, which is neither bad nor good really; certainly nice to that full in flavor, but it's got enough presence that you really notice it. Quite enjoyable, a great beer to keep around the fridge if it was available in my area consistently - holds up well to the benchmarks in the style (Brooklyn, Sam Adams).

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Photo of portia99
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. After a bit of searching, doesn't look like there is any date info on the bottle or label.

A - Pours, not surprisingly a deep copper color, albeit one with a fair amount of particulates floating in it. Thin head that fizzes a bit and dies fairly quickly to a thin collar and a swirling mass of bubbles in the center of the glass.

S - Malty, caramelly with some earthy hops in the mix. A hint of metallic aromas creep in too.

T - Smooth and malty with lots of bread at the base, light yeastiness, dirtlike earthiness, caramel malt, and a pinch of roastiness. Nice mix of flavors, well blended and balanced.

M - Thin to medium in body with a medium/high carbonation level. Carbonation gives it a very tingly long lasting foaminess in the mouth. A bit of a sweet but overall metallic flavor (which I seem to be especially sensitive to) is left behind after the swallow.

D - Pretty good little session beer. Well balanced and approachable for the newbie. Well crafted - not going to have the hardcore craft drinker running to the brewery, but a solid offering that I could easily go back to again.

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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 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 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 Star80
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I saw this beer was a new arrival at my local lousy liquor store and bought it because it was fresh, and the it had NO freshness date. It pours out a well, copper color into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Nice deep rich copper, a shade richer than your more familiar vienna lager, with a kinda thin quickly fading head. Some light lacing. The smell of this beer is clean, like a good lager should, with accents of spicy/herbal German hops and some toasty caramel malts. It isn't quite as floral as some which slightly disappoints. Nice toasty, almost caramel maltiness and some slightly herbal, drying hops in the aftertaste. So well balanced, and goes down very easy. This is well crafted beer, a nice departure from the infinite malt bombs / hops bombs out there. I would like to buy more of this beer and feel fortunuate it is available in my area, but I willl likely shy away in the future because the freshness will always be questionable. There are no categories for "freshness", so I guess I will take it off of drinkability, even though my fresh sample is extremely drinkable ;-(

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Photo of jampics2
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

The beer looks decent in the glass except for the head retention. We have a dark copper colored body with some amber and orange and gold notes around the edges. There's some spottly lacing and very little active carbonation visible through the clear liquid.

The smell is nice. Some subtle noble hops bring some flowery and slightly spicy notes to the mix. But the malt is clearly the star of the show. Sweet bready malt notes with a touch of caramel and a hint of toast are appetizing and very pleasant. It could be a touch more defined or expressive, but this is a good smelling vienna lager.

The taste is also very pleasant. Malt sets the stage with some biscuit notes and sweet hints of caramel. There's a touch of bright, sweet fruit as well. The hops are subdued but that should be the case here - they add just enough flower and earthiness to make the experience enjoyable. A nice hop zing at the end makes this just really, no, very good. I'm a Cleveland boy and I think Great Lakes makes just about the best Vienna Lager I've had in Eliott Ness, and this is just as well-executed. But I prefer a bit more toast in the malt bill. Still very good!

The mouthfeel pairs a light to medium body with light carbination. The aftertaste is sweet caramel that lingers and teases me to take another sip. The only thing is I'd love just a touch more carbonation. This beer is very drinkable. This is the second beer I've had from Metropolitan and they're now on my list of beers to try. If you can make these simple styles so fresh, pleasant, and true to style you're A-OK in my book. Nice job!

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

12oz single, scooped at Binny's Schaumburg a few weeks ago...one bottle left over from a sixer taken tailgating

appearance: served in an offshore shaker pint, rich copper-amber body, light off-white film

smell: subtle aromas - sweet caramel malts, toasted grain

taste: sourdough, apple, sweet caramel, a touch woody, clean malts, grassy hops. Nice straightforward lager

mouthfeel: medium-light, clean, light bitterness

drinkability: good

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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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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 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 Deuane
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kegatron for a bottle of this.

A-Bright, clear copper with a thin off-white head that reduced to a thin veil and then vanished. No lacing whatsoever.

S-Rather aggressive pop of spicy hops, some apple/pear notes with a pleasant backing of toasted malt.

T-Palate profile follows the aroma with a sharp zip of hop spiciness with a pleasant pop of light fruitiness. The toasted malt backing is comes in as a well balanced and lightly sweet addition.

S-Medium bodied, fairly sharp and crisp with a nice clean, lightly dry, finish.

D-A totally solid, pleasurable drinking with nothing fancy going on beer. This would be an excellent local go to beer to have on hand at all times.

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Photo of Erish
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

A: bright coppery amber, the one finger head falls quickly into a very skinny cap, average lacing.

S: roasted malt, some earthy funkiness.

T: bright acidity right up front, and then nicely balanced malty sweetness, some earthy funk, floral notes, and the finish features very gentle floral hops and a tingly acidity.

M: light-light/medium bodied, silky, abundant carbonation, perfect for the style.

D: this is a great beer on its own or with a wide variety of food. Perfect session brew.

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Photo of ccrida
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle (thx MacDomer!) poured into a Murphy's nonic, Dynamo is a chill hazed burnt gold with a small white head that leaves scattered lace.

Smell is sweet bready malt, and a bit yeasty as it warms from fridge temp, some herbal hops as well.

Taste is similar, all about the exceptionally clean malt, munich I gather. On the sweet side, with minimal bitterness, but not cloying. Simple but enjoyable, well executed.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, not helped by the low carbonation.

Drinkability is good, this is a very tasty Vienna lager. A little more snap to it on the finish and a touch more hops would make it perfect.

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Photo of Bubba83
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received from the ever-generous Kegatron.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler at around 45 degrees. Medium clear copper body with a fairly bright white head. Good lacing and retention, spiderwebbing down the glass.

Smells very malty, with notes of caramel, toffee, heavy bread, and random grains. There's a pretty significant biscuity component here too, and maybe a faint citric quality in the back.

Starts off with a sweet bready flavor which transitions into some toffee and finally ends up with some biscuit and a somewhat noticible lemony component with a little bit of spicy clove.

Pretty abrasive mouthfeel, yet the head feels smooth and creamy. I like the consistency, it seems spot on. The carbonation level is rather high as far as how bubbly it feels on my tongue.

Overall I thought this was a well made Vienna Lager. I hate to post the exact same score as Kegatron, who I received the bottle from, but I felt exactly the same way about this beer. It's pretty easy to drink, I don't taste any alcohol and the flavor is easy-going and malt-dominant.

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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 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 beertooth
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A two day old bottled served in a nonic pint glass.

This beer is a wonderful maple amber color with a creamy two fingers of eggshell head. The foam fades to a lofty layer and leaves spotty lacing as I sip.

The nose smells great. Slightly sweet and spicy bread mix with subtle noble hop notes. Clean and doughy with a little cinnamon and some fruit jam.

The taste follows the nose closely. Doughy sweet malts make themselves known before a mild hop bitterness cuts in. Toasted crust, brown spice, and a bit of jam. It's really hitting the spot after a hard day at work. Absolutely delicious!

The mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation.

Insanely drinkable and enjoyable beer from the folks at Metro. My first glass was empty in about ten minutes.

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Photo of samie85
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a pale, golden copper with a white, one-finger head

S-Toasty, and really pronounced caramel malt with an understated spicy hop characteristic.

T-Really sweet caramel malt with a mildly bitter finish.

M-Crisply carbonated with a medium body.

D-Easy drinking yet full-flavored lager that I could see being a summer staple.

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

Obtained a 12oz bottle via extra on a trade. Great to have the chance to try these types of beers.

Appearance - Hazy yellow in presentation, a lively head formed upon the pour. Mild/light carbonation feeds an ample ring that retains as the head falls. Some nice lacing as well.

Smell - Some breadly malt aroma. Bright nose with some honey sugar present. A bit of spice as well. Light overall.

Taste - Interesting. I was expecting a very light lager but there is some depth here. Nice malty backbone, lively carbonation, nice sweetness in the finish. Not much of a hop presence.

Mouthfeel - Lagers are not stouts, so don't expect a "chewy" experience here. A thin, but refreshing mouthfeel. An excellent lager. Not overly carbonated, not over done. Solid.

Drinkability - Kick up the BBQ grill, throw on the brats, break out this beer. A nice drinker. Wish it was available in SC.

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Dynamo Copper Lager from Metropolitan Brewing
3.81 out of 5 based on 217 ratings.
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