Iron City Beer
Pittsburgh Brewing Co.

Iron City BeerIron City Beer
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From:
Pittsburgh Brewing Co.
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Style:
American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #242
ABV:
4.7%
Score:
61
Ranked #28,566
Avg:
2.57 | pDev: 28.02%
Reviews:
297
Ratings:
600
Status:
Active
Rated:
Aug 05, 2023
Added:
Feb 01, 2002
Wants:
  12
Gots:
  99
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Reviewed by JZH1000 from Colorado

3.38/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
12oz bottle

On a hard pour, 1 finger of white head forms then dissipates to a sporadic covering on top of a clear golden yellow body. Lacing attempts to form but fades to nothing. Average to decent AAL.

Aroma is surprisingly malty with some corn and a mineralic crispness. Not a craft lager but for 9.00 a sixer this is decent. Not all that interesting but solid for the style and price.

Taste is again better than expected, with the American lager yeast character being present but not offensive. Maltiness and corn is more subdued than expected from the aroma. Very clean but a bit boring. Super smooth.

The feel is verging on light but that's what this beer is. There is a surprisingly medium-long finish. The beer is relatively dry and very drinkable.

Overall I'm glad the first time I've tried IC Lager they brew in their own facility. This is a good relatively cheap American adjunct lager.

Long live Pittsburgh, the "Paris of Appalachia"
Aug 05, 2023
 
Rated: 1.53 by Scoop183 from Pennsylvania

Jul 16, 2023
 
Rated: 3.55 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Jun 30, 2023
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Reviewed by BubbleBobble from New York

2.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5
Pours a clear sunset yellow, brief fizzy head formation and retention or lacing. Nose is slightly sweet with some cooked vegetable vibes; cheap caramel candy as well. Taste is slightly better, though there is a very distinct metallic note. Finish continues adds a little sweetness and hop bite, the main flavor I get is metal, which is appropriate for the name. Feel is light without and without much punch to the carbonation. Certainly drinkable, but not too much going on here.
Jun 17, 2023
 
Rated: 4.44 by ThePold from Virginia

Jun 05, 2023
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Reviewed by dcotom from Iowa

3.74/5  rDev +45.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a stemmed glass goblet. Crystal-clear dark amber, with a center pour yielding a couple of fingers of pillowy white head that settled in short order. They call this "The Beer Drinker's Beer," and not without good reason. Looks like a beer, tastes like a beer. Toasted grain on the nose and palate, with notes of herbal hops, grass, and Granny Smith apple. Rather light in body, with a slightly oily finish. I could see pairing this with cookout fare, which I'd guess is not a novel idea by any stretch. A pleasant departure from insipid macro swill. Recommended.
May 06, 2023
 
Rated: 2.29 by Rainintheface from Florida

May 02, 2023
 
Rated: 2.03 by JayRoot from New Jersey

Apr 30, 2023
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Reviewed by shadyside from Georgia

3/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Had not had an Iron City for a long time until last week. It was my first time drinking this beer since Iron City Brewing opened their new facility outside of Pittsburgh. No longer brewed by a contract brewery, but made on premises, it was very good. Those who remember Iron City as a trash beer should give it a second chance.
Mar 27, 2023
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Reviewed by TRevDrRonT

5/5  rDev +94.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
A great overall lager made by Union workers who have a vested interest in the beers. I would put this up against any German lager or Pilsner. Has just the right amount of bitterness for a lager.
Mar 25, 2023
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Reviewed by joeagain from New Jersey

1.22/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5
Sorry Pittsburgh's Iron City fans, but this just is not a very good beer.
Pours bubbly and with very little head. Head goes flat quickly. No aroma, taste to match. No detectable hops... or much malt for that matter.
More like a soda as opposed to a beer.
Had this years ago in the mid-seventies. It was passable then, but it's gone downhill.
Dec 19, 2022
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Rated by baumstadt

5/5  rDev +94.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Was in town to see Brothers Koch perform live. Tried Iron City. Solid in the throat. Lil putrid in the nose. Yins give it a try.
Oct 31, 2022
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Reviewed by Vejlska

5/5  rDev +94.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
This beer embodies the culture and history of Pittsburgh. Sure it may taste, smell, and drink like any other local lager. But it’s not about the beer, it’s about the city. It is perfectly “solid” and “yeah that’s alright.” But truer yet, it is the beating heart of the city. Cheers to Pittsburgh, the Paris of Appalachia!
Oct 30, 2022
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Reviewed by jeffdr123 from Florida

3.08/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
On tap at Primanti Brothers in Pittsburgh. I'm not sure how to describe the taste. Something other than malt or hops. Kind of sour cardboard. Didn't finish. Luckily, the burger was amazing.
Oct 14, 2022
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Reviewed by DrOfGolf from Delaware

2.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5
Another beer from my Brother in Ohio. Wow! This beer takes me back to my high school years when we used to drink this every chance we had. Not as good as I remembered. Surprised it's still available. Oh well, I gave it a try.
Oct 08, 2022
 
Rated: 3 by JLaw55 from Missouri

Sep 19, 2022
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

4.12/5  rDev +60.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
16oz can stamped 0732 (about 5 months old) poured into a becher glass at fridge temp, no ABV listed on can. The beer pours bright, light amber in color with off white head. The head recedes to a thin ring and single layer of bubbles. The aroma is mild and beery. Notes of pale malt and mineral mostly. The taste is semisweet pale malt with a hint of corny tang. Mild bitterness. The mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Cleanly lagered. Overall, very good AAL. I would definitely keep this around if it was local and fresh.
Aug 17, 2022
 
Rated: 3 by trevorpost from Pennsylvania

May 17, 2022
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Reviewed by Rayadorob

4.71/5  rDev +83.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
As much as I like Yuengling lager, Iron City has it beat. A cool refresher that serves well in the heat of summer and pleases on cold winter nights. Great with food--especially Mexican, pizza or chili--or by itself.
Jan 25, 2022
 
Rated: 2.79 by Eman17 from Illinois

Oct 23, 2021
Iron City Beer from Pittsburgh Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 61 out of 100 with 600 ratings