Generator Doppelbock
Metropolitan Brewing

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Metropolitan Brewing
Illinois, United States
Bock - Doppelbock
Ranked #91
Ranked #19,661
3.83 | pDev: 10.18%
Jun 09, 2022
Nov 17, 2009
Very Good
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Notes: 25 IBU
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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

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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4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by REVZEB from Illinois

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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3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by Beginner2 from Illinois

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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3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jrc1093 from Connecticut

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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3.34/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

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
3.74 by EdFed from Illinois on Jan 12, 2019
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4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by ssimpson89 from Illinois

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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3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jeffdr123 from Florida

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
4.45 by maz from Illinois on Mar 30, 2018
Photo of cheeseheadinMinneapolis
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by cheeseheadinMinneapolis from Minnesota

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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3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by SlowKatz from Illinois

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
4.77 by Zeppo_R from Illinois on Feb 22, 2018
4.14 by RobinLee from Wisconsin on Feb 20, 2018
3.79 by novamat from Illinois on Feb 13, 2018
4.19 by MeIquiades from Illinois on Feb 09, 2018
3.75 by cryptichead from Illinois on Sep 17, 2017
3.73 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin on May 10, 2017
4.25 by Gotti311 from Wisconsin on Mar 23, 2017
Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

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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4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by ExploringStars from Illinois

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
4.38 by Aaron_Kerkvliet from Wisconsin on Jan 31, 2017
3.78 by zaraspook from Illinois on Dec 17, 2016
3.9 by telescifly from Colorado on Dec 03, 2016
3.94 by Nurt20 from Illinois on Apr 11, 2016
4.15 by mychalg9 from Illinois on Feb 23, 2016
3.75 by MaxOhle from Illinois on Feb 22, 2016
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3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Chaz from Minnesota

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
3.33 by Sweffin from Wisconsin on Feb 12, 2016
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3.29/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by MaximalC from Illinois

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
3.79 by Hendrick24 from Wisconsin on Jan 20, 2016
4 by bpfrush from Wisconsin on Jan 11, 2016
Photo of Ri0
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Ri0 from Wisconsin

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
3.94 by MidwestBA from Illinois on Jan 03, 2016
3.92 by donnie_vendetta from Wisconsin on Dec 30, 2015
4.15 by EuellGophar from Illinois on Dec 20, 2015
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3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
by Sleepy_Cecy from Illinois

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
4.35 by JVan from Illinois on Dec 17, 2015
3.5 by nathanmiller from New York on Jul 16, 2015
3.5 by MattMorin from Illinois on May 13, 2015
3.94 by DrewShalvoy from California on May 04, 2015
Generator Doppelbock from Metropolitan Brewing
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 110 ratings