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 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 matjack85
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's in Glen Ellyn, IL for $1.69. I never heard of this brewery before and I've lived in the Chicago area all my life, so I'm looking forward to trying this local brew. There is no freshness date on the label - just a command that says "drink me now".

The beer pours a hazy golden-orange color but it made only a ½ finger head that lasted less than 30 seconds and left only minimal lacing.

This is the most unusual and most pleasant smelling lager that I ever had the pleasure to inhale. It has that good Vienna malt smell along with honey, some fruitiness, spicy hops, and a touch of sweet butterscotch. I loved it.

There are lots of flavors here for your tongue to enjoy. It starts with a nice spicy hop bite, but then the roasted Vienna malts and honey/butterscotch flavors kick in, followed by fruit, and then more hops again. The best part is nothing over dominates. It's not too sweet, it's not too hoppy, it's not too fruity - it's just right.

The body is light to medium with plenty of carbonation to keep it lively. I could drink lots of these.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a dimple mug)
A- This slightly hazy copper orange body has a sea of microbubbles swirling around supporting a spongy sticky antique white head that last longer than the beer.
S- The soft dolomite aroma gives way to a dry honey malt aroma and a sulfury quality that blends into a soft green resiny hop finish.
T- The soft fruity quality gives way to a dry lightly toasted biscuit malt flavor and a soft cream hint underneath. The soft dry green bite is a nice way to finish.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a soft fizz that compliments the hops.
D- This beer has a great freshness and a nice depth while still remains a smooth rich lager. It has just enough sweetness and dryness to really make it fresh and give it a good depth. Great for a session brew aswell.

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Photo of scootny
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A smooth malty lager. Light copper with a decent head and lacing.

Smell is very malty and with a touch of butterscotch. A light fruitiness.

Taste is much like the nose with a mild hop floral. Light caramel and toasted grains. A crisp dryness in the finish that is mildly bitter and quite clean. Feel crisp and smoothly carbonated medium weight.

Quite drinkable. Goes down easy. Good session beer.

Not a standout but a good solid beer. Pretty true to style I believe. Thanks to Pudge43 for this one.

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Photo of koopa
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received in an extra from a generous BA thanks!

Apppearance: Pours a light honey orange that is fairly translucent. The beer has a 2 finger soft white crown that shows a touch of retention and lace.

Smell: simple notes of caramel, lager yeast and earth.

Taste: Not the best mxi...a tangy quality with a touch of bitter hops over sweet malt

Mouthfeel: thin side of medium bodied and quite crisp

Drinkability: sessionable

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Photo of EddieTheTrooper
5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This might just be my all-time favorite beer. I normally tend to favor ales over lagers, but something about the Dynamo commands my respect-- no, my reverence. I happened across this gem in a biker bar in Chicago and fell instantly in love with it. It is perfectly balanced and quite flavorful. It feels so smooth and tangy, which i realize are conflicting adjectives, and yet the Dynamo can pull it off. If this beer were a country I would go to war and die for it. If this beer were a band I would be its roadie, groupie, and number one fan. As it is with all beers there is something in the body that is lost in translation from tap to bottle, but the Dynamo still tastes and feels great regardless of the medium by which it is consumed. I only wish i could replace my blood with it.

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Photo of OutsidersAlmanac
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pouring a gorgeous, dirty orange into my tulip glass the carbonation is not terribly strong and the head is moderate. This kind of confidently crafted restraint carries through to the taste with a gently toasted flavor that is incredibly crisp and drinkable. If it's possible for a lager to be both bold and restrained at the same time than, for the love of Pete, that is exactly what's going on here.

Metropolitan promises to "invite a little balance to the party" of the, at times, garish nature of craft beers. With Dynamo, they deliver with an easy, laid-back confidence that offers the finest in beers best seductions. And, if that's not enough, the bottle for Dynamo even gives you the firm instruction on use: "Drink me now".

I will abide.

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Photo of trbergman
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a shaker pint.

A - Copper with one finger of dense, off-white head.

S - Crusty bread, some caramel, an earthy quality -- not much in terms of hop aroma.

T - Well balanced, with plenty of rich melanoidin flavor. There's a hint of sweetness in the middle, though it's never cloying and it's kept in check by spicy hop flavor and bitterness in the background. The finish is clean and balanced, of moderate length.

M - Medium body, lightly carbonated, with a creamy mouthfeel. Very nice.

D - I have to say, I really like what Metropolitan has done here. I find myself liking this beer more with every sip. I would gladly have another... or several more.

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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 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 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 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 rtepiak
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

an ameriican protein yeast flavored lager that has a pretty consistent body. a golden copper with a decent head and solid carbonation. something about he presents of the 'american october fest' quality that doesn't suit me. nose is crisp and light of apple. light bready yeast. palate of some walnuty malt and a slight acidic quality... not really prevalent but creates a dry quality that makes the beer quite dry... some bitter in the finish. some apple fruit to accompany the slight sour. not bad.

very happy that one of the biggest cities in the US is finally on the map for beer. i just don't liike the fact that each brewery has to find a niche to become palatable to the general public in this city... but i suppose they are just starting out. look forward to some different styles. i really respect the fact that they are going through the act of making a beer that is accessible to the public that isn't easier to produce... whereas most are 'craft beer' typical that steers away from drinkable and are more preoccupied with making the ultimate hop geared beer. i look forward to their ventures.

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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 dukedevil0
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer from Binny's Lakeview in Chicago, IL.

A: Pours a slightly yellowish golden shade of amber with a finger of white head that settles down and leaves a little lacing on the glass.

S: Smells like pilsner malts, breadiness, grains

T: Tastes like light malts and grains, not quite as much pilsner in the flavor

M: Very full bodied with a good amount of carbonation

D: Decent enough flavor and goes down easy makes this a solid drinkable beer...just nothing that really sticks out and makes this stand out.

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

I poured this copper colored lager into a pint glass. There was a medium head with a little bit of lacing. The nose is mostly caramel with a little bit of nuttiness. The taste is refreshing, not too sweet, well balanced. Mouthfeel is fairly viscus for a lager, pretty smooth. I could drink quite a few of these in a sitting, seems like a good shoulder season drinker. I think this a good example of a style rarely brewed by American craft brewers. That said, I don't know if I would pay $10 for a six pack of this too often.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had one bottle left over from a sixer of this from a month or two ago, just getting around to reviewing this guy now. The first five went down fast the last one has been chilling for a bit.

A: Like the color, the head is a bit boring, the same fizzy white that I see in a lot of beers like this, though the head does stick around longer than expected. Nice golden copper, clear, crisp and clean, an iced tea brown with some nice ropes of carbonation coming up from some imperfections in the glass.

S: Solidly malty, earthy, soft fruitiness lets you know that the hops are here but not really the focus. This beer wants you to pay attention to the way the malts are working and it does not let you forget it.

T/MF: Caramel crustiness, low hop bitterness that is really more evident in the finish, more evident in feel than taste. Yes yes I realize you can't taste bitterness I mean there are no citrusy or piney hop resin and really why should there be. Tastes almost a bit like a brown ale in the roastiness this beer displays but without the dry finish and grasping hop bitterness.

D: Good, I like Flywheel better, but it's nice to see a brewery focus on lagers, not something you see much of these days, especially in American brews.

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

I poured this one from a 12ox brown bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This lager poured a deep orange color with gold highlights around the edges. The all-white head rose just 1/2" and then very quickly settled to a broken skim. No lace to speak of.

S= Sweet malts, biscuit, nuttiness, caramel. Simple but decent.

T= This beer tasted like an ale, much like Fat Tire actually. Lots of caramel malt, and a big nutty slightly toasty flavor dominated. The middle showed very faint hops of undeterminable variety and the finish was moderately dry.

MF= To the light side of medium bodied with a moderately crisp carbonation feel.

D= I like ales better than lagers, so for me this was a great lager because it didn't meet the style guidelines very well. All that aside, it was easy drinking and sessionable, and tasted good enough to want more than one.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ring of foam atop a hazey rust and copper colored amber brew. Faint spicey hops mix with toasted malts that give gariny carameled bread aromas. Toasty, vibrant malts dance on the tip of the tongue. Dry as well as sweet malt flavors balanced with Hallertau hops and their touch of spice. Dry ad malty palates make for a flavorful session lager.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange color with a small white head.

Scent caramel, malts, and a bit of spice. Not particularly potent, but far from offensive.

Taste of caramel, some spices and malts. Not my first pick for a Vienna Lager, but I wouldn't mind having it again.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and smooth with good carbonation.

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Photo of monkeyego
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I am normally not a fan of Lagers, but since I am a Chicago transplant I thought I would give this beer a try. The actual brewery isn't more than a 10 minute bus right from my house.

Anyway, this is good. Plain and simple. Not challenging, not robust, not even all that interesting. Just Good. And on a hot day that is enough for you to be happy with your purchase.

If you want to taste what I image most Lagers should taste like, try this beer. Even though I am not a fan of Lagers in general, I would get Dynamo again.

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

Whoa. A massive amount of foam (about half a half-liter mug) with this one. Pours a brilliant copper, almost red color. The foam settles, leaving behind little sticky bits on the sides of the glass. It's difficult for me to pin down what this beer smells like; fresh grain is sort of buried under another aroma, perhaps toasted marshmallow? It's not huge, but I think it's there. This one drinks like a Marzen: it's all about caramel and toasted malt that almost gets a bit tawny in the finish, which has probably just the right amount of hearty malt and bitter hops in the finish. Quite tasty, fresh and ridiculously drinkable.

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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 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 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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Dynamo Copper Lager from Metropolitan Brewing
3.81 out of 5 based on 213 ratings.
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