Iron City Beer | Pittsburgh Brewing Co.

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Iron City BeerIron City Beer

Brewed by:
Pittsburgh Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Sammy
2.55/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Way too sweet-dextrose? Makes plain lager drinkable though. Artificial candy aroma. Appropriately carbonated.Thin mouthfeel. Not worth finishing bottle or quality ingrediants to cook with - rare drain pourout.Like the aluminum bottle, will bounce! Inexpensive.

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Photo of metter98
2.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is clear yellow and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that quickly vanished and left some delicate lacing and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of adjuncts--smells of rice and corn stand out in particular.
T: Flavors of adjuncts are also present in the taste, although there are also some notes of grainy malt and sweetness. There are some hints of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied, and somewhat thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer isn't very interesting, but it wasn't a drain pour because it has enough flavors and body to keep it from being watery.

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Photo of emerge077
2.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Single from Marianos, no freshness dating.
Transparent anemic yellow color, thin layer of white foam on the surface. Feeble broken ring around the edges.

Light and inoffensive aroma, slightly fruity with sweet pear or apple notes.

Thin and astringent, harsh metallic tang, perceptible alcohol. Slightly fruity aftertaste, but not enough to redeem it. Papery, wet, mealy, soggy crackers. The astringency is awful, and a real dealbreaker here. Not real sure why this is Iron City's flagship beer, it's terrible.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Aluminium bottle: Poured a pale yellow lager with a medium white bubbly head with good retention. Aroma of corn is clearly noticeable and very little else seems to pop out. Taste is refreshing with some malt presence and crisper hops then expected. Just above your average pale lager.

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Photo of zeff80
2.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at my brother-in-law's house.

A - Poured out a clear straw yellow color with a quickly disippating head. No lace.

S - It smelled of corn and grain adjuncts. A little metallic smell too.

T - This really tasted like most American Macro Lagers - corn, grain adjuncts and bitterness.

M - It was realatively crisp and sharp. Very fizzy and light bodied.

D - This isn't the best lager but certainly ins't the worst.

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Photo of oberon
3.2/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I will say this beer sux ass,but one of my good buddies it P-town took me to a Steelers game and I tailgated all day drinkin this stuff,not good but drank at least 16 and I cheeredon the Steelers (even though Iam Lions fan).Better than AB products,a classic in the Iron city.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clear, yellow-gold body reveals average-sized bubbles rising quickly beneath a short but frothy head of bright white foam. The retention is as might be expected and it drops readily to a wide collar and whispy surface covering. The nose offers some sweet, lightly grainy malt with a light hint of floral hops mixed in. The body is medium; and it's lightly crisp in the mouth. Sweet, lightly grainy malt dominates the flavor, although the same hint of hops found in the nose also tries to make its way through towards the swallow. Bitterness is kept at a minimum, but there's just enough there to balance it; and it finishes drying with a note of malt who's sweetness fades although its graininess lingers. Average.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.61/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a crystal clear pale to medium yellow in color with heavy amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass along with some faint light golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy bright white head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of cereal grain malts with light amounts of grainy sweetness and some corn adjuncts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of cereal grain malts with light to moderate amounts of grainy sweetness and just a hint of corn adjuncts as well. Almost no noticeable hops present, just the faintest hint of floral hops with no bitterness present.

M: Just heavier than light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: It is not as bad as some of the other offerings in the style (especially the BMC offerings). I could easily put back a couple of these when tailgating with grilled foods but not really interesting enough to have regularly.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow body with a wispy, white head.

Smell: Grainy, slightly sweetish, cereal aroma with one single drop of lemon.

Taste: Cereal, corn fleck taste. Medium sweetness. Faintest floral hops and bitterness. More of the same till the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: So-so. Much to my surprise, I found I.C Light to be, okay, maybe not better, but more tolerable.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.33/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bright yellow-amber with few miniscule particulates. The lid is a half shade darker than pure white and has a little gumption. At least it doesn't fall to nothingness within the first minute or two. The foam looks tacky enough to result in a little lace, but doesn't.

The nose is of untoasted grain with a whiff of flowery hops and a barely noticed fetidness that reminds me of a macro adjunct lager. Thankfully, it doesn't cross the line into offensiveness.

I wouldn't call the flavor nasty, but unpalatable is fair game. It tastes like sour, cooked vegetables. While not overpoweringly bad, it's bad enough to keep me from ever buying it again. Although I don't plan on drinking any more once it gets to that temperature, my advice is to never drink this beer above 55 degrees.

Amazingly, ICB still isn't as bad as some of the offerings from BMC. At least I can drink it without breaking into an involuntary grimace. Thin, almost watery in the mouth. Yeah, like that matters at this point.

I bought this bottle of Iron City Beer because of nostalgia. Even though I don't believe I've ever had it before, I remember hearing about it and seeing it on the shelves during my youth in Ohio. Well, my curiosity was satisfied. What is it that they say about curiosity and the cat?

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Photo of mikesgroove
2/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This was just not fun. I actually traded for this just to try it. Served ice cold and poured into a pint glass, this was consumed on 08/22/2010.

The pour was abysmal with a dull golden color that was just crustal clear and full of carbonation but lacked any type of retention or lacing what so ever. Light aroma of corn, rice, hints of grain and that was about it but it was dominated by just this wet cardboard, overdone mess of a profile. Light body, light flavor, everything just so light you could barely taste it.

Overall this was just the kiss of death for my night, no more for me.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.17/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I tried this from the bottle chilled in a mug.

The color is a beautiful golden with very good clarity with thick white head that settles to a ring with no lace and fine bead. The smell is faintly sweet and mildly mineral with a gentle corn-pop scent. The feel is light and high in carbonation with mild sweetness in the middle and mostly dry finish with carbonic acid giving the perception of spice in the back.

The taste is ordinary - mildly malty with a slight sweetness of cereal adjunct is noticeable with almost no bitterness and light metallic aspect. This is pretty standard as far as the style goes - middle of the road. Not a bad industrial lager but as far as taste it is bland.

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Photo of Jason
2.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck twist off bottle with no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Pale golden and very clear with large bubbles racing to the top that struggle to hold a thin white lace.

Smell: Cooked veggie aroma, some husky grain and that is all in the nose.

Taste: Mild crispness from a medium level of carbonation in a light body. Very slim on the malt, lots of grain and husky flavours with vague astringencies. Hops are brash but small and only help to enhance the astringent flavours. Light lemony hop seems out of place. Touch of cooked veggie and corn grit flavour, finishes dry with a lingering faded veggie flavour.

Notes: Not very clean at all, better off just sticking with a Bud, Miller or Coors than tangling with this brew. A sub-premium American Lager that is not worth my time.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.38/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I've been circling this one like an uninterested ticking vulture (an endangered species) for a while now, only now getting around to actually trying it. Gotta love mixed sixers, amiright? This stuff pours a clear straw topped by a finger of relatively short-lived off-white foam. The nose comprises sweet corn, lightly funky wheat, and hard water. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a strange twinge of lemon-like fruit that just seems out of place and enhances a heretofore low-lying metallic quality. The body is fairly light, with a light moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, a limp little beer, one that just makes me wonder why I'm not just drinking water.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.97/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

First off, let me say that I have pretty studiously avoided reviewing macros because I just cannot see the point. They are not very well made, they usually do not score well, and lots of people have tried them, so it's not as if I am imparting new information.

That said, let me now say how much I love drinking Arn (that's Pittsburghese, the local dialect for Iron, or Iron City). I grew up and remain a life-long resident of Lancaster, almost 300 miles from Da Burgh, but I have been a die-hard Pittsburgh sports fan for over thirty years. Going out there means three things to me: 1) a sporting event of some sort; 2) a Primanti Brothers' sammich; and 3) some Arn, no matter whether bottle, can, or draft. When I was stationed out in California, I used to ship cases out when home on leave. In Da Burgh, the place to have an Arn is on Stillers gameday at the 222 Bar, or the Three Deuces, or the Deuces. It is a great dive joint that Buk would have love in his prime and man, do they move the Arn! Ask for Jerry and Heide and tell 'em Woody said to give you an Arn Jump Start. You'll get Arn in some form, whichever is most handy at the moment. That said, howzabout a review, eh?

This poured with a thin head, despite a vigorous pour, then just evaporated to wispiness. The nose is light, smelling vaguely of malt and alcohol, but nothing in particular jumps out. The mouthfeel has an interesting tang. The finish has a light maltiness. This did not improve with warming. Instead, some sharp, off-putting flavors began to appear and these forced me to finish it quickly.

OK, back to Woody's Soapbox. So it wasn't any great shakes, so what? Does it invoke memories of sitting with my departed Pops as a kid, watching Bucs and Stillers games? Hell, yeah! Will it remain my lawnmower beer of choice until, Heaven forbid, PGH BC closes its doors or is bought out? Hell, yeah! Will I continue to bring cases, sixes, 40's, et al to tailgates? Hell, yeah!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.09/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Forty of Iron City, this was and continues to be a staple of my hometown. I have found myself low on cash as of lately, and I figured what better times to go back to my roots. Pours a true golden tone with a highly carbonated thick white head that could be compared to the billowing smoke clouds that that left the steel mills of Pittsburgh's past. Everything about this beer says it's classic, you have to love the old school label. The aroma is a very faint bitterness with some sweet tones hidden in there. The taste however is the true reason to throw back this beer, it is a crisp American lager not too watered down, definitey packs some flavor. The sweetness of corn and rice adjuncts is the backbone with some mild hop bitterness here to form one great summertime lawnmower beer. Not an all grain beer but much better than the adjunct ridden garbage Anhueser Busch throws at us. I will definitely "drink local and think globally" in this situation. A light to medium body that is true to it's American lager profile. I will always keep a place in my heart for this historic beer of the city I was born in.

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Photo of tdm168
3/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale gold with 1/4" of soft, foamy head. There are a good deal of bubbles rising to the top. The smell is faint grains with a light grassy hop aroma. The taste is grainy and grassy with a faint metallic note in the finish. The mouthfeel is light, crisp, and smooth.

This is my first Iron City since leaving PA. I can see why I had so many of these in college. For the style, it's better than most.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
1.36/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

It's shaped and capped like a bottle, but formed of aluminum..."alumabottle"?
"can'bottle"?...yet I can't crush it, nor will break when dropped...huh!

Clear, clean, pale yellow hue, small head disappears instantly.

Aroma: faint, yet still foul. Cooked corn, spoiled grain...not pleasant in the least. Sweet, yet putrid. I fear to drink it...

Taste: hollow, wet, no taste to speak of, no flavor, no character, any trace of the above vanishes immediately. What little taste there is holds no appeal, even cannot be redeemed by the lightness, follows through in the finish.

Not good.
If were stuck on a desert island with nothing but this beer, I'd try my best to grow gills and get away!

("thanks" to Chaz!)

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Photo of GClarkage
2.82/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

08/16/05- Received via a trade with Connecticutpoet.

Presentation- 12oz aluminum bottle/can, whatever you want to call it. No best by or born on date. Poured into my Trout Slayer pint glass.

Appearance- Pee yellow pour with a 1/4 head that shrivels to nothing in seconds. The tinyest bit of laing to be found.

Smell- Very grainy and has that typical macro skunk smell.

Taste- Lots of harsh grain and very little malt. Has a odd lemon taste as well. Don't expect that in my macro. Although, it was a different change of pace.

Mouthfeel- Well carbonated.

Drinkability- Lines right up there with most of the macro brews. Not horrible, but may take this over BM or C.

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Photo of tone77
3/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some hints of corn. Taste is crisp, some corn and malts. Feels light in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this beer is the definition of mediocre, in every catagory.

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Photo of WesWes
3.85/5  rDev +52.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry pale malt scent along with a lager yeast aroma. I guess there are adjuncts present, but it seems maltier than most macros. The taste is good. It has a smooth, crisp pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and clean. It has good flavor for a macro lager. It's not at all watery. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good lager. Everyone always jokes about this beer, but I like it. It's a good drinker.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A. Served in a 20 oz. mug. Clear yellow with some foamy head.

S. Mostly malt and some adjuncts.

T. A crisp malt feel with the ever slightest bittering hop action. A bit of corn and astringency is noted. Average for the style, and better than its contemporaries (bud, miller).

M. Very slick and watery on the palate.

D. Like most beers in this style (and water), very drinkable. Good to wash down a big meal, but I'd rather not drink much of this.

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Photo of plaid75
2.13/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a light straw hue with a one finger foamy head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell was sweet and grainy.

The taste was sweet and grainy as well with a mild and unpleasant lemony twang.

The mouthfeel is slick and the sweetness coats the tongue.

Overall an overly sweet macro. Not recommended.

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Photo of flagmantho
3/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz can into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance: pale straw hue with a bit of haze to the body and a fair amount of effervescence. Head is a thin layer of creamy white foam. Average.

Smell: light, sweet malt with a hint of grain and some light noble hops. Not bad, but not terribly interesting.

Taste: light malt flavor with some grain and a little bit of sourness. Actually not too bad, but not very good either.

Mouthfeel: light texture with an OK level of carbonation. It wasn't insipid, but it wasn't creamy or interesting, either.

Overall: this is a plain-Jane lager. It is better than a lot of adjunct lagers I've had, but it is not a particularly good or exciting beer.

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Photo of Zorro
2.7/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

In the glass this is yellow in color with a thin white head, looks like any other Macro Lager.

The smell is on the sweet side and a little musty. Corn aroma is present. The hop contribution is a little flowery but there is grassy and woody scent to.

The taste begins slightly sweet and a little yeasty. There are some lemon and Nobel hop flavors present and a slightly stronger than average bitterness for a beer of this type. The slight tartness seems to be from both the carbonation and the hops.
The mouthfeel is on the thin side.

Well this beer is what it is; a mass-produced chugging beer. Can't say I really can recommend it though.

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