Iron City Beer
Pittsburgh Brewing Co.

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From:
Pittsburgh Brewing Co.
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Style:
American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #252
ABV:
4.7%
Score:
61
Ranked #30,402
Avg:
2.56 | pDev: 27.73%
Reviews:
291
Ratings:
299
Status:
Active
Rated:
Dec 19, 2022
Added:
Feb 01, 2002
Wants:
  12
Gots:
  98
SCORE
61
Poor
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Reviewed by joeagain from New Jersey

1.22/5  rDev -52.3%
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 +95.3%
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 +95.3%
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 +20.3%
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 -3.5%
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 +60.9%
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 +84%
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
 
Rated: 3.75 by TrueRobby

Oct 21, 2021
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Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

2.26/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25
My punishment for losing a bet to a Steelers fan. Clear pale yellow appearance with a small white head and a little lacing. Grassy, sweet malt aroma, light on the hops, slightly vegetal. Crisp taste, fairly dry, but the adjuncts sink this one. Light bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel with a short lived finish. Just don’t let it warm up.
Oct 11, 2021
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Rated by Kubishark from Maryland

2.9/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Tastes very metallic. Almost like iron, true to the name. Honestly worse than most other cheap lagers.
Oct 08, 2021
 
Rated: 2.85 by Jcal2023 from Pennsylvania

Sep 18, 2021
 
Rated: 3.34 by biteme398 from Virginia

Aug 17, 2021
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +63.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
(16 oz can, 0391 2002; purchased cold sixer from Mineo's Pizza in Pittsburgh... poured into my newly-acquired 9 oz Genesee taster glass... reviewed from the Cortland Motel, Cortland, NY)

L: crystal-clear, pale bronze colored liquid; persistent white cap... collar keeps; laces a bit

S: caramel cookie hot from the pop, kinda Dortmunder golden... corn muffin develops and persists; great presence

T: dry underbelly up front, but expansive, apple tart overtone rushing out... the corn kernel soon takes shape - Miller-like, but more overtly, brashful-y corny - and provides a surprising dimension and depth to its basic

F: slippery, silky smooth texture; mild rolling viscosity; subtle acidic-biting carbonation... perhaps a touch too much plush up front for some; ultimately dynamic and stimulating... certainly appropriately cut and dry

O: their IC light, which I had at a Bucs game a couple nights ago, bore a diluted resemblance to this, but maintained that grainy overbite... pretty solid adjuncted lager, tickling my cornhole, light but greasy... happy with the purchase, and drafting a raincheck for a revisit (1795)
Aug 14, 2021
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Reviewed by pgm554 from California

1.9/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
I remember buying this at 25 cents a quart when Pabst was 30 and Budweiser was 32.
When you're underage ,there is a price point of catching a buzz vs economics.
This was that price point.
Highly carbonated and bitter were my memories of this brew.
Drinking a quart on a cold December night was always a trip back in the day.
Aug 03, 2021
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Reviewed by Pittsburghpaul55

4.36/5  rDev +70.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I was born and raised in Pittsburgh. Iron City was always my choice of beer. I now live in Florida and I'm fortunate that I can purchase it down here.
Jun 25, 2021
 
Rated: 3.21 by DanWar from West Virginia

Mar 07, 2021
 
Rated: 2.96 by beerrat from Virginia

Feb 25, 2021
 
Rated: 3.04 by Danzifer from Ohio

Jan 31, 2021
 
Rated: 2.61 by BigMike from Pennsylvania

Dec 26, 2020
 
Rated: 2.75 by Paddy-loves-beer from Pennsylvania

Oct 16, 2020
 
Rated: 4.58 by gorby67 from Pennsylvania

Apr 24, 2020
 
Rated: 2.58 by Blogjackets from Ohio

Mar 29, 2020
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Reviewed by jadpsu from Georgia

2.69/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Native Pa person here, rating a old classic Pittsburg, Pa brew from the days where the steel mill workers made this a city favorite.
LOOK: Pours a crystal clear pale straw yellow/gold with a small white head that settles quickly before disappearing.
AROMA: Grass, corn husk and grain.
TASTE: Actually feel I detect a little caramel. vanilla.
OVERALL: While not a terrific beer by any stretch, IMO not as bad as many here rate it.
Mar 16, 2020
 
Rated: 3.48 by TonyStarks2231 from New York

Mar 14, 2020
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Reviewed by brutalist from Pennsylvania

2.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75
Someone else brews this for this brand. Can looks nice and bright. Not much smell. Taste is just plain terrible, mostly sour corn. Unnatural aftertaste. Some carbonation. I don’t like it. Have a PBR instead.
Feb 20, 2020
 
Rated: 1.09 by TheIPAHunter from California

Jan 18, 2020
 
Rated: 2.52 by Phoodcritic from Michigan

Dec 30, 2019
 
Rated: 2.85 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio

Dec 29, 2019
 
Rated: 2.71 by tpeters from Michigan

Oct 16, 2019
 
Rated: 2.8 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Sep 13, 2019
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Reviewed by Foyle from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. A thin white head drops quickly with little to no lacing. Color is clear gold with mild streaming carbonation. Aroma is mild with grain and water dominating. Mouthfeel is light with a dry finish. Flavor is also mild just some sweet toasted grain and light hop presence. Overall: a decent beer for eating with a burger or pizza, but nothing exciting here.
Mar 30, 2019
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Reviewed by ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

2.16/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
Downed a few at a Pittsburgh Pens game cause, hey, when in Rome, but it is even on the lower scale of adjunct lagers. No flavor besides some watery corn and dead hops.
Mar 20, 2019
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Reviewed by Buckeye55 from North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Another one that I haven't had in 3 decades plus. I do recall being able to get Steeler cans back in the day. The beer is not as fondly remembered. Kind of a gritty, dirty beer. Rates below average.
Jan 24, 2019
 
Rated: 3 by warpedrevolution from Illinois

Nov 27, 2018
 
Rated: 2.75 by cryptichead from Illinois

Nov 10, 2018
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

2.89/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5
You have to be a malt-head to like this lager. (I find it refreshing and almost decent, but this has a very low average rating.)
I also don't think a brewer cheats me when they put in other cereals such as corn or even rice.
Finally, Iron City is a survivor from the 19th Century in a town that survived and prospered again in the 21st Century. For that, I got to give them a hug... even if I find this beer below my average for lagers.
Oct 30, 2018
 
Rated: 2.84 by Emperur from Pennsylvania

Oct 27, 2018
Iron City Beer from Pittsburgh Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 61 out of 100 with 590 ratings