Generator Doppelbock
Metropolitan Brewing

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Metropolitan Brewing
Illinois, United States
Ranked #96
Ranked #19,481
3.83 | pDev: 10.18%
Feb 11, 2023
Nov 17, 2009
Very Good
Generator DoppelbockGenerator Doppelbock
Notes: 25 IBU
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Rated: 3.59 by loch8534 from Illinois

Feb 11, 2023
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Reviewed by ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pours a watery light brown with some reddish highlights, khaki head faded away quickly, no lacing. Nose gets some caramel, dark fruit and some warm bread notes, tastes buds get all too. A bit thin, not much in the carbonation area, but damn tasty for sure!
Jun 09, 2022
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Mostly opaque brown body with a tan head, spotted lacing. Smell and taste are the same: toasted caramel, dark fruit galore, with an earthy yeast finish, but then in the taste a final wave of dark fruit lingers on the palate as a long aftertaste. On the sweeter side of the style spectrum. Feel is malty and smooth, medium-light bodied, with some residual sweetness and yeast finishing. The wife liked it
Mar 30, 2022
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
I'm the only the 2nd BA'er in 2 years to review Generator. Further research reveals this release has 4 check-ins a day this month of 3/21 at UnTappd. Bought as part of a build-your-own-sixer at Trader Joes, this indicates that national chain's commitment to local brews.

Generator (a clever name) pretty much only has slightly above average Looks; a pretty, dark amber, but not enough bubbles or foam. Smells announce a mostly malt doppel, but are muted. However, Tastes are malty rich and balanced by sufficient hops and make me want a Generator again. In my mouth, a pleasant sit to contemplate the lousy winter quickly passing.

I don't have a micro-review of Metropolitan... and I should because of their quality. My basic avoidance is priorities: the German tradition is third on my list. But, Metropolitan brews stick pretty close to the various German traditions (north and south) and deserves more attention from me. Hence, they will get it... hopefully before they re-release this next season. Prost, Metropolitan !

1/16/22 Bought another copy and see that not one BA'er in the last 10 months heeded my call to get closer to this doppel. But UnTappd is as they have produced 31 in the last 30 days. So just to show you shirkers, I'm keeping count over at UnTappd. Prost !
Mar 14, 2021
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Reviewed by jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
No bottling date; consumed on 1/14/21

Pours a clear, deep mahogany with subtle maroon accents and topped with a half-finger of rich, creamy, pale beige foam; head recedes quickly to a spotty, paper-thin layer of cap, a moderate, frothy collar, and and limited array of firm, webby in spots along the walls of the glass.

Aroma begins with hints of dried caramel welcoming sweeter toffee and figs over time as a rich malt base is balanced by breadier tones, drying over the olfactory middle to rounded sugar plum and candied prune on the back end of the bouquet.

Taste shows notes of toasted brown bread and hints of roasted clove upfront, proceeding cooly into plum and fig over the mid-palate; a candi sugar sweetness on the back end evolves into stiff yet distant tinge of grassy bitterness cut by rich plum and hints of burnt bread crusts.

Mouthfeel features a medium body and a carbonation slightly above moderate, which dissipates cleanly over a slick mid-palate to a lush, silky back end; spritzy dryness on the finish yields a warmth lingering past the swallow.

A doppelbock leaning sweet and with an unconventional, bitter edge, finding unusual harmony with the beer's richer malt profile; additionally, a slick, easy body has this brew drinking approachably and true to its strong lager style origins; steady and overall pleasant.
Jan 15, 2021
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.34/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Unknown vintage; drank 2/9/16 @ the Yarchives.

See-through brown/purple appearance.

A rough pour yielded a small tan head; frothy lace.

Caramel, plum & cane sugar notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Caramel & plum flavors up front; mild cane sugar & faint pickle notes on the finish.

Lots of flavor, but the mix didn't work for me; kinda odd?!
Mar 31, 2019
Rated: 3.74 by EdFed from Illinois

Jan 12, 2019
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Reviewed by ssimpson89 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Looks like a clean amber ale, with a reddish tint when held to the light. Malty, Carmel aroma, with a faint hint of dried cranberry or raspberry, and a touch of cocoa.

Taste is sweet, with nice malt and a somewhat dry ,slightly boozy finish. This is a very good beer which reminds me that I need to revisit it and others of the style. Classics never go out of style.
Dec 25, 2018
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Reviewed by jeffdr123 from Florida

3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap at Hopleaf in Andersonville. Pours a lovely toffee brown. Not much in the nose but lots of flavor. A little heavy in the sweet malt for the genre, but it's a good sipper.
Aug 12, 2018
Rated: 4.45 by maz from Illinois

Mar 30, 2018
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Reviewed by cheeseheadinMinneapolis from Wisconsin

4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Ordered a pint at a bar/ jug filling station, had them fill a crowler for home.
Great Dark fruit/stone fruit/plum flavor. Sweet Caramel too with some toasted bread ta boot.
Smooth, sweet, malty and syrupy. A Hint of brandy on the finish. Impressive beer.
Mar 15, 2018
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Reviewed by SlowKatz from Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Excellent beer that showcases the brewery's capacity to create great and diverse lagers. The look is gorgeous, a deep dark caramel color with a charming off-white foam. The aroma is very subtle, not much to write about there but you don't crack open a beer to smell it. Flavorful, drinkable, and deceptively strong. The sweetness up front balances the bitter elements very smoothly and the flavor post-sip develops very nicely which encourages an appropriate savoring. Some beers with a high abv encourage nursing by simply being too overwhelming to gulp, but this beer does it by tasting too good to drink quickly.
My only real complaint is that it isn't more widely available, since it's possibly Metropolitan's best offering.
Mar 04, 2018
Rated: 4.77 by Zeppo_R from Illinois

Feb 22, 2018
Rated: 4.14 by RobinLee from Wisconsin

Feb 20, 2018
Rated: 3.79 by novamat from Illinois

Feb 13, 2018
Rated: 4.19 by MeIquiades from Illinois

Feb 09, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by cryptichead from Illinois

Sep 17, 2017
Rated: 3.73 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

May 10, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by Gotti311 from Wisconsin

Mar 23, 2017
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Reviewed by BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Taste: semi sweet deep caramel malt with some noted spiced, boozy notes. Barley, earthy, nose. Mahogany/Copper color, clear, tan foamy head with some lace. Medium body. A mellow version of the famous Celebrator Doppelbock. 25 IBUs
Mar 14, 2017
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Rated by ExploringStars from Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
What a great, wonderful drinkable beer. Could drink this all day stand alone. Some malt beers are in need if food, but this, no way.
Feb 05, 2017
Rated: 4.38 by Aaron_Kerkvliet from Wisconsin

Jan 31, 2017
Rated: 3.78 by zaraspook from Illinois

Dec 17, 2016
Rated: 3.9 by telescifly from Colorado

Dec 03, 2016
Rated: 3.94 by Nurt20 from Illinois

Apr 11, 2016
Rated: 4.15 by mychalg9 from Illinois

Feb 23, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by MaxOhle from Illinois

Feb 22, 2016
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Reviewed by Chaz from Minnesota

3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a dark brown/cola in color, with excellent clarity, and topped with a darker tan head.

Nose seems to indicate a "fresh" beer of this style; Ripe, dark-skinned fruits (plum, cherry, and a lighter blackberry-raspberry blend). "Ale-like", with lighter melanoidin malt character.

Sweetish and very lightly tangy-bitter on the first sip, with very well defined malt character (dry, biscuit malt, and sweet / rich dark malt). Some light cheese / dairy notes (from yeast or lactose sugar?) along with light cocoa. Very-low bitterness.

Soft, smooth, very creamy mouthfeel -- almost as if it was nitrogenated. A medium-full bodied beer, otherwise.

In terms of American / Craft breweries, this is just about as good as it gets for the style, and it's definitely worth seeking out if you like appreciate and truly enjoy a good dunkel doppelbock.
Feb 19, 2016
Rated: 3.33 by Sweffin from Wisconsin

Feb 12, 2016
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Reviewed by MaximalC from Illinois

3.29/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Pours a transparent garnet color with a skim of fine, beige foam. Aroma smells of caramel, banana bread, and faint, earthy hops.

The taste is clean and straightforward, featuring caramel, bread, and the aforementioned earthy hops. Mild, fruity esters bordering on bubblegum are the closest thing to complexity I can distinguish. Medium body and fine carbonation afford a crisp, semi-creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a fairly tame, sessionable doppelbock that comes across more like a bock than a doppel. There’s nothing objectionable here, but there are plenty of more inspiring representations of the style about.
Jan 25, 2016
Rated: 3.79 by Hendrick24 from Wisconsin

Jan 20, 2016
Rated: 4 by bpfrush from Wisconsin

Jan 11, 2016
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Reviewed by Ri0 from Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
poured 12oz bottle into pint glass. Dark amber/brown with a 2 finger khaki head. Fades to a thick collar and leaves behind a bit of lacing. Nice and malty with chocolate,caramel, brown bread and dark fruit. Chocolaty and bready with the roasted malts. Some dark fruits and molasses to go along with toffee, caramel. Medium and sticky with a good amount of carbonation. This is a delicious dopplebock!
Jan 03, 2016
Rated: 3.94 by MidwestBA from Illinois

Jan 03, 2016
Rated: 3.92 by donnie_vendetta from Wisconsin

Dec 30, 2015
Rated: 4.15 by EuellGophar from Illinois

Dec 20, 2015
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Reviewed by Sleepy_Cecy from Illinois

3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
L: Beautiful deep red brown pour with a nice little half-inch dollop of foam. Reminded me of a gem--you look inside and gain depth rather than being blocked by opacity or seeing straight through in complete clarity.

S: Difficult to get out of the glass. Had to stick my nose far into the glass, but I did get hints of molasses and allspice.

T: Boston brown bread, sweet figs, and spicy rye. Not particularly complex, but solid, pleasing flavors. Great acidity that attacks your gums.

F: Smooth. Carbonation well matched for the flavors, but there is a surprising zip on the end that makes the brew seem lighter than it is.

Overall: I wanted to like this a lot more than I did. It was easy to drink and pleasant, but did excel or expand its category, and I certainly did not feel like this was a "liquid bread" as befits the style. Nice, but unremarkable.
Dec 19, 2015
Rated: 4.35 by JVan from Illinois

Dec 17, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by nathanmiller from New York

Jul 16, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by MattMorin from Illinois

May 13, 2015
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