Iron City Beer
Pittsburgh Brewing Co.

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From:
Pittsburgh Brewing Co.
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Style:
Lager - Adjunct
Ranked #241
ABV:
4.7%
Score:
61
Ranked #31,736
Avg:
2.54 | pDev: 27.17%
Ratings:
581
Status:
Active
Rated:
Oct 23, 2021
Added:
Feb 01, 2002
Wants:
  10
Gots:
  96
SCORE
61
Poor
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2.79 by Eman17 from Illinois on Oct 23, 2021
 
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2.26/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25
by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

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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2.9/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Kubishark from Maryland

Tastes very metallic. Almost like iron, true to the name. Honestly worse than most other cheap lagers.

Oct 08, 2021
 
2.85 by Jcal2023 from Pennsylvania on Sep 18, 2021
 
3.34 by biteme398 from Virginia on Aug 17, 2021
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4.18/5  rDev +64.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

(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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1.9/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
by pgm554 from California

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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4.36/5  rDev +71.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Pittsburghpaul55

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
 
3.21 by DanWar from West Virginia on Mar 07, 2021
 
2.96 by beerrat from Virginia on Feb 25, 2021
 
3.04 by Danzifer from Ohio on Jan 31, 2021
 
2.61 by BigMike from Pennsylvania on Dec 26, 2020
 
2.75 by Paddy-loves-beer from Pennsylvania on Oct 16, 2020
 
4.58 by gorby67 from Pennsylvania on Apr 24, 2020
 
2.58 by Blogjackets from Ohio on Mar 29, 2020
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2.69/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
by jadpsu from Georgia

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
 
3.48 by TonyStarks2231 from New York on Mar 14, 2020
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2.78/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75
by brutalist from Pennsylvania

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
 
1.09 by TheIPAHunter from Pennsylvania on Jan 18, 2020
 
2.52 by Phoodcritic from Michigan on Dec 30, 2019
 
2.85 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio on Dec 29, 2019
 
2.71 by tpeters from Michigan on Oct 16, 2019
 
2.8 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Sep 13, 2019
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3.5/5  rDev +37.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Foyle from North Carolina

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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2.16/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
by ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

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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2.5/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
by Buckeye55 from North Carolina

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
 
3 by warpedrevolution from Illinois on Nov 27, 2018
 
2.75 by cryptichead from Illinois on Nov 10, 2018
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2.89/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5
by Beginner2 from Illinois

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
 
2.84 by Emperur from Pennsylvania on Oct 27, 2018
 
3.2 by RyanKininger from New York on Sep 03, 2018
 
3.33 by Rhettroactive from Pennsylvania on Sep 02, 2018
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3.69/5  rDev +45.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by John-Richey from Pennsylvania

A Pittsburgh staple

Aug 22, 2018
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3.01/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by Ixchel from Pennsylvania

Nothing special, but still good in my opinion. Cheap too, which always is a win for me.

Jun 07, 2018
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2.94/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Richie_C_Johnson from Minnesota

this is the beer i grew up on. Probably being a bit generous for the sake of nostalgia. Not the worst hometown lager but certainly not the best. Simple.

Mar 06, 2018
 
2.84 by Chinaskifan1 from Pennsylvania on Mar 05, 2018
 
3.31 by alexrsea from Washington on Feb 02, 2018
 
2.4 by caahare from West Virginia on Jan 30, 2018
 
2.85 by curlybird from Pennsylvania on Jan 07, 2018
Iron City Beer from Pittsburgh Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 61 out of 100 with 581 ratings