Afterburner | Metropolitan Brewing

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Average: 3.93 | pDev: 8.14%

Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 111

#17 ranked German Märzen / Oktoberfest | 6.10% ABV

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Metropolitan Brewing
Illinois, United States

Notes: Fall availibility. Smooth, toasty, and festive. Oktoberfest is one of the best beers in the world, for one of the best parties in the world.
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Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 111
Photo of dukeandduke
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11/21/18 (Chicago): $6 Pint glass draft pour at Fountainhead. Amber pour, light off-white head and lacing. Light malt aroma. Nice bread and malt taste, floral sweetness backing. Light mouth feel, thin texture. Overall nice Marzen pour.

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Photo of JScrip
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had a glass at Life Kitchen in Chicago on N State. Wonderful taste. Smooth feel. A clear non cloudy copper-amber color. I enjoyed it with my meal quite a lot. Will look for it in New Jersey after the TCOM conference.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

28098 1520736 on the bottom of the bottle ? Date code?
12oz bottle poured into a dimpled mug shows a clear amber body and briefly floats a short, but almost fluffy, head of whitish foam.

Aroma and flavor is bready malt and toffee.

Mouthfeel leans lighter medium and finishes clean.

Overall a solid festbier choice.

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Photo of HoppyStyles
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Very vibrant Oktoberfest. More flavor than I expected, it just popped. I got almost a fruity sweet vibe at first and then settled on a toffee and bready character. Pours a gasoline color, but very refreshing!

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful, crystal clear copper. A picture perfect white pillow rests on the surface and clings to the sides of the dimples in my trusty Krug.

Well toasted sweet bread is surrounded by caramelized sugar in both aroma and flavor, and traces of herbs and spice linger on the taste buds.

A rich and slick medium feel is wonderfully balanced . There is a slight sticky residue left, but is still quite easy to indulge in frequent tastes.

This Oktoberfest beer is more in the vein of the sweet and toasty US style, but an awesome, and perhaps the best example of them that I have had. In a world of confusing Oktoberfest and Maerzens out there, this one stands out as one I would be happy to rely on annually during my favorite time of the year. Prost, and thank you Joe!

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

Had on tap at a local oktoberfest event, all around really good stuff. Great caramel malts with a bready body for a base, with floral, lemon zest, and slight hops accents. Strong carbonation, but body holds up well. Really no weaknesses, but no key strengths to set apart either

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Photo of Beginner2
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid and unexciting.
This is what an O-fest should be. Well-built with a pleasantly blended malt backbone. Sweet and softly satisfying in the mouth. Nothing screams. No cheating with some extra hops or alcohol. Everything knows its place... (kinda of how German culture moved forward for the last seven decades.)

Which brings me to my second review of two Chicago crafters' O-fests in two days. Both revealed to me that each brewer sticks to their knitting in the German tradition and they have learned to produce good stuff. Keep that lesson for a while.

10/10/18 Had again in O-fest season. Still among my favorites. Balance.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous clear copper body with a thin light tan head that fades to a ring and leaves wisps of lace around the glass, carbonation rises lazily from different source points. The nose offers hearty, sweet, caramel and toasted malts and nothing more. The flavor is like a biscuit, with those toasty sweet malts leading the charge and a little hop bitterness, like tea, coming in on the finish. The body is supremely light and drinkable, but the bready flavor makes it seem a smooge heavier than it is.
As far as straightforward German-style beers go, this was good. Oktoberfest styles have never been a favorite of mine, but this made nearly pure malt flavor as good as it can be. Powerful but light, simple but balanced, and very easily put down the hatch, I could spend a whole fest with this guy alone.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Unknown vintage; drank 11/23/15 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Semi-opaque orange/brown appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice eggshell head; nice lace.

Sweet corn, malt vinegar & cream soda notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Malt vinegar, cream soda & sweet corn flavors; bold but cloying. Not great.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, served in a snifter glass. Pours a medium orange-brown body, one finger white head, lots of lacing, decent retention. Smells of rich biscuit, bread, light zestiness, caramel and noble hops. Smells great. Flavour is hefty on the malt, good caramel sweetness, biscuit, but there is a fair bit of astringency on the finish that bothers me a fair bit. Noble hops on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, astringent caramel nuttiness on the finish which doesn't seem to work here for me.

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Photo of Bartleby91
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another nice traditional oktoberfest from a brewery that has a focus on lagers.
The appearance is a nice amber color with a bit of haze to it.
The aroma is sweet toasted malt, caramel malt, earthy and spicy hop notes.
The tastes are sweet toasted maltiness, caramel malt, earthiness and some spiciness as well. The tastes meld nice and smooth.
The palate is medium-light with a nice mix of malty sweetness and earthy hops lingering pleasantly.
Overall this is a nice drinkable oktoberfest that is smooth and still has pretty big flavor.

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Photo of FBarber
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange tinged brown color. Dark for a marzen. Thin off-white head dissipates to a thin ring of bubbles along the outside of the beer with a patch of bubbles in the center. Some bubbly lacing is left on the glass.

Smell has notes of nutty malts, toasted bread, some hints of caramel, and a touch of spicy hops.

Taste is nutty and malty with a hint of a musty flavor. Some sweet caramel is noted on tieback end along with some light spicy hops.

Feel is light and drinkable but the body carries some weight to it. Mild to moderate carbonation.

Overall a solid American example of the style - certainly one of the better ones out there.

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Photo of Tone
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of pale malt, slight sweet malt, yeast, hint of earthy malt, slight hops, and a hint of caramel malt. Fits the style of a Marzen / Oktoberfest. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of hops, slight caramel malt, and a hint of yeast. Overall, good appearance and feel with a decent aroma and body.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent brass color with a moderate head of fluffy, off-white suds. Mild aroma is very bready, with hints of Bavarian hops and caramel.

The flavor is similarly mild, featuring bread, caramel, and a vague juiciness that tastes better than it sounds. Very mild bitterness is just potent enough to lend balance. Despite the delicacy of the flavors, they meld exceedingly well, such that the overall effect is greater than the sum of the parts. Rumors of toasted breadcrust emerge deep into the finish. Light body and mild carbonation make for a light, drinkable mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a well-executed, no-frills Oktoberfest that represents the style well.

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Photo of ARoman
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, poured into a wide tulip. The aroma is earthy with malty notes of molasses, maple, and caramel, as well as a bit of bread dough. This turns toward apple pie / apple juice by the middle of the drink. It pours a brilliant dark honey / light caramel hue with a light effervescence and topped by a white, sudsy and foamy head that has moderate retention and a light runny lace. The taste is a medium, malty sweet with a medium light bitter spice. It's smooth and oily with a soft foamy carbonation and a medium light body that hits the palate with flavors of caramel, molasses, some spice, honey, and a bit of a vegetal / earthy hint. The finish is smooth with caramel, apple juice, and a bitter clove spice. The aftertaste is somewhat cloying with a syrupy character and a woody spice as well as apples.

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Photo of Drank
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I generally do not like Marzens as they are often sweet, coppery-tasting or both. This one is relatively light, dry and has no copper taste. Having said that the flavor is very good and complex. Really good to drink. I enjoyed this beer quite a bit and look forward to having it again.

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Photo of Ri0
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Hazy light amber with a 2 finger khaki head. Excellent retention with some good lacing on the boot. Toasted malts with a nice biscuit and caramel aroma. Noble hops help contain the sweet aromas. Very pleasant flavor for an Oktoberfest that is not overly sweet. Doughy and bready with crisp, earthy hops. Medium in body and carbonation with a drier finish make this a joy to drink. Burn on!

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Photo of kodt
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice copper color, with foamy light tan head.

Smells malty and bready.

Lots of malt flavor, with the right amount of hop bitterness. Clean, but bold. Drinks nice.

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Photo of bwood06
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A - Rich, creamy 2 finger khaki colored head that is somewhat slow to dissipate. Some noticeable sediment with a moderate carbonation. Brownish copper in color. 3.75/5
S - Malt, malt, and more malt with a hint of earthy hops. Caramel sweetness with a bit of white toast. 4.25/5
T - Malt forward. Caramel. Grainy. Floral hops. Toast. Honey. Every so slight spicy/peppery note. Just a touch of bitterness on the finish. 4.5/5
M - Medium body in the beginning and middle with a very dry finish. Leaves the mouth feeling very dry. Lingering bitterness. 4/5
O - Excellent flavors out of this Oktoberfest. Taste follows the nose nicely and more complex than most Oktoberfests that I have tried. 4.25/5

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Photo of barnzy78
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
A 4 - copper colored beer with a creamy ivory head that holds excellent retention
S 3.75 - spicy noble hops, yeast, toasty grain, caramel, toffee
T 4 - caramel, toasted grain, toffee, yeast, nice moderately bitter spicy finish
M 4.5 - smooth, fuller body, pleasant carbonation, clean finish
O 4 - one of the best American brewed märzens I've had. Bold flavors, yet very well balanced and very easy to drink.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%

Appearance: Pours with half a finger of sticky head. The color is a darker amber brown. Active carbonation is above average for the style.

Smell: Biscuit and sweet toffee jumps out on the nose. Plenty of oak opens up on the body with lingering sweet bready malts and caramelized sugars on the body. Slightly vegetal aromas are picked up on the back end.

Taste: Cereal and biscuit immediately warm on the palate. A touch of rye compliments some nutty malt flavors very well. Toffee and caramelized sugars pick up mid palate and really carry into the finish and linger after drinking.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is kept in check, making this a very drinkable brew.

Overall: This will never be a style I'm crazy about, but this one is very well put together. Definitely on the sweeter side which I look for out of a good Marzen. Metropolitan continues to pump out great beers, looking forward to more from them.

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Photo of maxcoinage
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip glass with a solid inch and half head that took it's time to settle down. Color is a fairly clear golden/orangish .

Aroma - a bit weak - caramel, bready,

Taste - honey, rye, malty sweetness

Mouthfeel - pretty strong carb, light to medium body, crisp finish

Overall - a good Marzen, easy drinking. Enjoying this on the first day of fall while watching some football!

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Photo of steveh
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Available in bottles this year -- hooray!

Metro has always been a favorite when it comes to German-style beers, I've always wanted to try this and their Doppelbock -- hope it doesn't disappoint.

A -- Clear, deep orange-amber bordering on copper, with a dense, long-lasting, off-white/very light tan head.

S -- Mild DMS and spicy hops, lightly bready and nutty notes.

T -- Nutty and roasted characters up front with some light breadiness at the end and spicy hops in the aftertaste. Very clean finish.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a light-medium body.

O -- Overall, I'm just a little disappointed that this beer is taking on more of an American Oktoberfest character than a German Oktoberfest character -- especially considering the Metro Helles is very German-like. It's definitely a well-made, highly quaffable beer, but I was hoping for Munich more than Margate Park.

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Photo of harrylee773
4.9/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The first two stores I tried to buy this from had sold out, was happy to find it at the third. Poured in to a stein.

A: Finger and a half of bubbly, dense head, amber/copper appearance with a decent lace throughout

S: Toasted caramel nose

T: Big doughy, malty taste, a little more than medium bodied, with warming spice in the aftertaste

O: Great beer, from start to finish, a prime example of the style.

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Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bright amber, strong clarity with a soft layer of creamy foam on the surface. A bit of spindly lace around the edges of the glass, rising trails of carbonation visible.

Softly nutty, bready, and slightly floral aroma.

Smooth feel, mellow and supple, toasted malts, nutty and bready as in the aroma. Apple and walnuts, a slight bitterness in the aftertaste. A light to medium bodied feel, soft carbonation, very agreeable. Easy to have a few at a time, and pair with food. Glad they finally bottled this.

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Afterburner from Metropolitan Brewing
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 111 ratings