Arc Welder Dunkel Rye
Metropolitan Brewing

Arc Welder Dunkel RyeArc Welder Dunkel Rye
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Munich Dunkel Lager
Ranked #7
Ranked #9,323
4.01 | pDev: 7.23%
Metropolitan Brewing
Illinois, United States
Very Good
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Photo of Franziskaner
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber hued with a fingernail of brown on top. Heavy lacing. The aroma is of caramel and chestnuts. I’m tasting caramel, chestnuts, and oak. The mouth is smooth and creamy.

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Photo of metter98
2.67/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

On-tap at Uncommon Ground on Clark, Chicago, IL

A: The beer is clear very dark red in color (reddish brown when viewed from afar) and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a narrow collar consisting of off white bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of cough syrup are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has stronger flavors of cough syrup.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found the aromas and flavors of cough syrup in this beer to be very off putting.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Binnys single shelf pick up....if only chicks were that poured a dark brown with off white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent is grainy and over prime. The taste was ok even thou the bottle was over primed. There was a good combo of caramel malt with German dunkel grain . The Mouthfeel is medium in body with huge carbonation. Overall it's ok....i would like to try this from the tap.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours brown with bronze highlights and an absolutely mammoth head of khaki froth. Pleasant aroma smells of roasted malt with suggestions of dark chocolate and rye.

The taste features a deft blend of milk chocolate, nuts, caramel, and noble hops. Rye spiciness is fairly mellow and appropriate. Medium body and fine carbonation make for a crisp, semi-creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a really nice, balanced, flavorful, drinkable lager from Metropolitan. Probably one of their best brews as far as I’m concerned.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: held to light reveals some dark ruby/copper red notes. Inch of rich light brown head on the pour. Light random lacing left behind after each sip.

Smell: spicy, peppery rye leads off on the nose. Roasty malt notes brings aromas of coffee, toast, and rich molasses and toffee. German and dark wheat malt warm the body and knock this hone as a beer from Metropolitan. Really wonderfully aromatic and an easy beer to sick your nose in.

Taste: warm dark wheat greets the drinker immediately. Rye opens up a bit on the body but stay wonderfully in balance with complimentary aspects of this beer. Crisp clean body isn't overbearing on the drinker and keeps you reaching for more. Toffee and some rye tingle linger on the palate.

Feel: per usual with Metropolitan beers, mouth feel and drinkability are perfect. Some huge flavor profiles find a way to not fatigue the palate but keep it begging for more. Carbonation is minimal allowing the rich malt notes to shine.

Overall: not even one of my top favorite Metropolitan seasonal offerings and it's still a marvelous beer. Always will admire the vision and structure on this brewery. They decided to master lagering back in the day now we all reap the beautiful rewards.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.69/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep molasses-colored body, clear, with a big lasting light tan head. Smell has a rich nutty toffee quality, a bit of wet stone. Tastes like dark malt, a bit of spice but not the intensity I would expect from a rye-powered beer. The bitterness is lacking, something Metropolitan usually nails. The mild sweetness suddenly becomes prominent. Body has a good warm weight to it.
Missed the mark this time. The flavor seemed undeveloped, leading to a monotone gustatory experience. I hope they tweak this one and unleash its full potential.

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Photo of joe1510
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle
$8.99 6-pack
Binny's - Willowbrook

Arc Welder is one handsome beverage. A crystal clear chestnut brown body sports some garnet highlights and really shines when backlit. Streams of carbonation shoot up through the dark body, as can be seen when backlit. The beige foam is silky and easily reaches over a finger in height before slowly falling to a respectable cap. Sticky, patchy lacing clings to the glass. Good start.

Ah, the nose is comforting. Both freshly cracked and damp grains both make an appearance to get things moving. Rich, still warm brown bread emerges in the middle, there's the comfort. The rye adds a nice spiciness and the backend brings with it a floral hop character that goes hand in hand with the spice. There is even a soft hazelnut quality and a splash of milk. Very good.

The flavor brings with it every delicious aspect of the nose. The rye spiciness hits upfront and remains a component through the finish. Again, both freshly cracked and damp grains are present and supremely clean. The brown bread is rich in the middle with the splash of milk and hazelnut coming along on the finish. One of the coolest aspects of the beer also shows up at the end, the floral hoppiness that is the perfect compliment to the spicy rye.

The body, weight wise, sits around moderate. The bubbles are dialed in so well that that moderate weight takes on a plush, velvety feel on the tongue that's pure luxury. The finish is fairly dry upfront and a few seconds later it's like The Sahara. That dryness leaves behind a spicy rye bite, which I believe the hops may have a hand in as well. This is straight up pleasurable to quaff.

Arc Welder is really great. It's superbly clean. Each flavor takes its place while the spicy rye and floral hops go back and forth. The body and drinkability are nearly unbeatable. This is keg worthy beer and probably my favorite beer from the fine folks at Metropolitan and that's one fine stable of German styled beer.

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Photo of Tone
3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark brown color. One inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, slight oatmeal, hint of yeast, and a hint of alcohol. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, hint of yeast, slight alcohol, hint of oatmeal, and slight rye. Overall, this beer is too roasted, sweet, and too much alcohol, to be a good Munich Dunkel Lager, but it is still a very tasty brew.

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Photo of Ri0
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured 12oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Mahogany with a 1 finger khaki head. Slow fading into a collar with some rings of lacing on my glass.

S - Roasted malts and bready, pumpernickel and dark rye. Some grains and earthy notes with a few spice aromas.

T - Very bready, as in a slice of pumpernickel on top of a slice of dark rye. The roasted malts keep it from becoming sweet, but there is grain flavor. Some earthy and wooded flavors that end with a bit of spice.

M - Smooth and creamy with a medium feel. Carbonation is soft.

O - A delicious Dunkel that you could drink anytime of the year.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
L - mahogany with a thin beige head that dissipates quickly
S - chocolate, spice, rye, earth, yeast
T - nice meld of flavors: spicy rye, chocolate, caramel, nutty grain, faint roasted barley, earthy spicy hops
F - creamy light-to-medium body, finishes dry with the spicy rye lingering
O - I really dig this one. I'll have to get more if I see it again. Excellent flavor profile; the rye adds some depth to the familiar dunkel flavors. Really good!

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Photo of innersanctum
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hands down, one of the most flavorful lagers.

As we often see on this forum, "not familiar with this style", and the Dunkel Rye is not a style seen or tasted before. Personal experience has been with dunkel weisse, and that is just half of the Arc Welder. Arc Welder, is this a metaphor to combine of two styles, maybe?

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle from Metropolitan 6 pack, this brown unremarkable appearance, light head and thin retention offers a unique flavor. The front resembles an accessible dunkel weiss, yet less sweet, more malt, and resembling pumpernicle bread. The back is balanced with a backbone of rye and spice, not heavy nor overpowering; purely balanced, exceptionally flavorful.

Consider pairing with food; Arc Welder with a pastrami sandwich from Manny's, a thurenger from Hot Doug's, or a sausage pie from Lou Malnatis, weld these flavors together!

Arc Welder is a page turner

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at Beer Bistro North.

A Munich dunkel brewed with rye? Hit me! It pours a dark russet-garnet topped by a finger of tan froth. The nose comprises toasted rye bread, very light cocoa, light roasted malts, and a touch of vanilla bean. The taste brings in more of the same, with some more rye and some toasted sourdough added to the proceedings. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a nice little dunkel, nothing mind-expanding, but something I'd be glad to have again.

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Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The House Pub in St. Charles, IL.

Served in a pint glass, it was a dark brownish black, or blackish brown, depending on the light. Towards the end of the glass some light bled through, and the beer was a transparent dark brown. Lasting head of khaki tan foam that left behind plenty of spotty lacing in the glass.

Aroma was grainy and had a light spice, multigrain bread impression, not especially sweet.

Flavor was similar, some dry husky grain and nuttiness, alongside a full malty body, and some woody notes. Clean and dry finish with a lingering aftertaste of complex malts. Not overly sweet like many euro Dunkels. A good candidate to bottle as a fall seasonal (hint hint), it's definitely sessionable.

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Arc Welder Dunkel Rye from Metropolitan Brewing
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 76 ratings