Iron City Beer
Pittsburgh Brewing Co.

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Style:
American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #420
ABV:
4.7%
Score:
61
Ranked #48,905
Avg:
2.52 | pDev: 27.38%
Reviews:
280
Ratings:
567
From:
Pittsburgh Brewing Co.
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  95
SCORE
61
Poor
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Photo of jadpsu
2.69/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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jadpsu from Georgia, Mar 16, 2020
Photo of brutalist
2.78/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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brutalist from Pennsylvania, Feb 20, 2020
Photo of Foyle
3.5/5  rDev +38.9%
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.

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Foyle from North Carolina, Mar 30, 2019
Photo of ajm5108
2.16/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania, Mar 20, 2019
Photo of Buckeye55
2.5/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Buckeye55 from North Carolina, Jan 24, 2019
Photo of Beginner2
2.89/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Beginner2 from Illinois, Oct 30, 2018
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2.94/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Boto
1.93/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz can: This one pours a faint, clear lighter golden color. A bit of a frothy white head that didn't linger or leave any lacing. Not much of an aroma. Faint grain and that's about it. The taste is very bland. A bit of the grain, actually a touch of bitterness. A lingering aftertaste that really isn't that good. Tastes like the rusty steel city water they make it from....................

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Boto from Connecticut, Dec 28, 2017
Photo of OldSchoolMike
2.94/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I purchased this at Total Wine, just to try something not otherwise available locally. Either I got a bad batch, don't appreciated the Pittsburgh vibe, or it is as below average, even for the style, as others attest.

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OldSchoolMike from North Carolina, Dec 13, 2017
Photo of BlackBeerPirate
2.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Taste: crisp, grain and malt, some hop character. Nose is mild, fermented cereal grains. Gold, clear, some foam head with delicate lace. Lite body. Old fashioned slightly water beer.

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Photo of DeaconWhite82
1.81/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

The beer I grew up with. We use to drink it in the woods from the " pumper", which was a plastic beer keg . The smell is worse than the taste. I always get one a year at PNC Park to remind me what I am not missing. When in Pittsburgh you have to have one. It is traditional.

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DeaconWhite82 from Pennsylvania, Mar 17, 2017
Photo of GreatHammerhead
3.3/5  rDev +31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Look: Pale golden yellow with a fizzy 1.5 finger white head. Head quickly collapses until it is just covering the top or the beer.

Smell: The typical adjunct grains and corn. Clean, no skunky-ness or off odors.

Taste: Clean and well pronounced for an adjunct although it only consists of cereal grains. Gets a bit watery on the swallow.

Feel: Thin with a high carbonation that feels like it is trying to fill in for something.

Overall: One of the better adjuncts I've had but still not a very good beer.

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GreatHammerhead from Pennsylvania, Feb 01, 2017
Photo of IronLover
2.76/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Orangish yellow in color with good clarity. Poured with a short soapy white foam with moderate retention. Corn and grainy malt aromas with light fruit notes. No hop aromas. Medium light bodied with medium high carbonation. No creaminess with an acidic bite near the end. Medium grainy malt up front with corn notes through the middle. Medium light hop bitterness through the middle along with over ripe green apples. Finished semi-dryly with a light crispness. A staple in the 'Burgh.

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IronLover from Pennsylvania, Dec 28, 2016
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1.52/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Whoa. This may be the worst beer I've had since college, and that was 32 yrs ago! The awful, almost seweragy aroma and watered-down horrible taste leaves you thinking they pulled the water straight from one of the 3 rivers, just downstream from waste discharge, unfiltered.

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StevieTheH from Connecticut, Jun 01, 2016
Photo of rodbeermunch
2.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

A little stronger than straw yellow. Flimsy thin white head 1/6". So much metallic corn up in this aroma.

Taste had plenty of corn syrup like sweetness. Hops lacking. Water and corn pops.

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Photo of do_ob
2.69/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottle into a pint glass at Primanti Bros. in Oakland Park, FL. Light gold body, fizzy white head, lots of carbonation - looks like your standard All-American AAL. Grains, grass, and a touch of citrus on the nose. Tastes like Bud only a little better. Sweeter than I would've guessed. Pretty standard. I'd drink it over some of the others, but wouldn't ever seek it out. It's a good beer to pair with a burger & fries.

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do_ob from Kentucky, Mar 24, 2016
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3.17/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pittsburgh Brewing Co. - Iron City Beer. 4.5% ABV. 12oz bottle into pint glass. Bottled on 12/21/15 (code 3455).

Look: Pale golden body with a half finger sized white, foamy head.

Smell: Standard grain and corn sweetness on the nose,along with a tiny bit of hops.

Feel: Thin and light bodied, with a lot of lively carbonation. Easy drinker, finishes dry.

Taste: Crisp grain taste, with a little corn sweetness, and some faint hops.

Overall: Had a bottle of this to pair with a Primanti Bros sandwich down in Florida. This is a standard AAL, but is a little bit better than the rest. Has some hop flavor and a dry feel to it. I like it better than Budweiser.

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Bonkinishwa from Kentucky, Mar 23, 2016
Photo of Extol
3.56/5  rDev +41.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - gold in color, typical. Smell - smell is like the typical lager, but a slightly more depth. Taste - same as the nose, not bad. Overall - not bad. Easy drinking. Girlfriend said it tastes like any other beer but no after taste.

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Extol from Georgia, Mar 22, 2016
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5/5  rDev +98.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my go to beer at the bar. This taste like a beer. By that I mean if someone never had a beer and wanted to know what a beer tastes like I would hand that person an Iron City. It's not a weak tasting beer like light beer. It's not a strong tasting beer like an IPA. It just taste like a good ol'fashion beer.

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MorbidPenguin from Pennsylvania, Mar 03, 2016
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3.69/5  rDev +46.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

30 pack at Beer Arena in Belle Vernon, Pa for $15. This is a solid American Lager. Smells like beer and tastes like a beer. Obviously, it does not compare to craft brews (see price), but it is still decent enough to palate.

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brobbable from Virginia, Jan 02, 2016
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2.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

On a trip to Pittsburgh I thought it a requirement to be a good faux Yinzer tourist person and try Iron City beer while at Primanti Bros scarfing down a sandwich with Fries and Slaw on top. The sandwich was so/so. The Iron City beer was one of the worst of the AAL's I've had. Best to avoid and go with your BMC of choice or any other watery swill and you'll do yourself a favor.

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bubseymour from Maryland, Nov 07, 2015
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2.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

A-Pours a straw color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has slight malt hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a slight malt flavor
M-A light bodied well carbonated beer
O-A decent lager

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VABA from Virginia, Aug 16, 2015
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2.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

This is almost like a poorly done Budweiser. It has a clear urine yellow hue. Smells sweet of antifreeze. Pithy white head. Tastes sweet and cant even mask its 4.5%abv. Ive had 9% beers that are smoother than this. It tastes like antifreeze too. Poorly done rice piss.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.53/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Iron City Beer brewed by Pittsburgh Brewing Co., with an ABV of 4.50% This brew pours out a nice amber color, with a nice a nice white head. This brew has the look of most American Larges on the market. Not saying that is a bad thing. The smell of Iron City is rich with grain, malts and a hit of hops. There is nothing bad so far. Now for the taste, it is bold with flavors. You pick up on grains and malts. the mouthfeel of Iron City is smooth and rich. There is nothing bad about this brew, but nothing great. It is a nice drinking brew. Iron City has a nice balance to it. Overall I'm giving Iron city a 3.50 out 5. I would buy this brew again. Pittsburgh Brewing Co., did a nice job with brew. It is not the worst but not the best I have had.

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Photo of Pennd002
3.18/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A widely available beer here in WV, ICB is somewhat popular here and there throughout the state. It seems to be hit or miss for most people since many I know don't like it, but it's my wife's favorite. I give it a slightly better than average rating as I think it's smoother and has a better aftertaste than most big names out there. It's worth a shot, especially at a Pirates game.

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Pennd002 from West Virginia, May 30, 2015
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