Iron City Beer | Pittsburgh Brewing Co.

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Iron City BeerIron City Beer

Brewed by:
Pittsburgh Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
2.74/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Pint Shaker glass. Very light looking lager. Light straw color. Clear. Head dissapated fast to nothing. No lacing.

Aroma smells like bud or any other major BMC product.

Taste is also the same as most BMC products. Maybe a bit of malt liquor taste.

Mouthfeel is dry and crisp.

Overall I will probably never buy this again. Just bought it because I've always seen it and heard of it. I would rather buy a cheaper BMC product.

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Photo of salvo
1.36/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I was thrilled when a friend brought one back from Pittsburgh for me and just saddened and depressed when we opened it.

Poured almost clear yellow with big carbonation bubbles with a hard, foamy head that collapsed into a faint ring almost immediately.

Smell was metallic and sharp; corn and sugar. Yup: litter-box adjunct wafting cat-pee smell makes this unpleasant in the nose.

Taste is sharp and strong of adjunct lager. Lightness and astringency from the rice? Sweet and tangy and somehow unbeer like. I've been spoiled by good beer.

Mouthfeel: did I just drink something? Overall: this is what I left behind when I started drinking craft beer, and it's good to be reminded why I won't accept any crap on tap.

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Photo of Beejay
2.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Crystal clear, and chardonnay in color. Starts with a nice full white head, but it dissipates to a thin ring.

S: Sweet at first with a touch of malt. Perhaps just a kiss of hops and a touch of rice. Some CO2 smells coming out as well. There is a bit of vegetable smell in there as well.

T: Sweet, and classic american adjunct lager flavors. almost a fruity bit in the finish, with a touch of bitterness and an off flavor I can't quite put my finger on. The flavor is very light, which is appropriate for the style, but I have certainly had beer of this style that are more interesting. The warmer this gets the more the off flavor is present, and the more offensive it becomes.

M: Fairly light, the carbonation actually seems a touch low for the style. Fairly clean.

D: Overall not a beer I would buy again, except perhaps for the novelty of it, like if I was in pittsburgh, or wanted to punish someone.

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Photo of iRoy
2.91/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, for a beer of this type it's pretty good. A lot beefier in terms of taste than other Adjunct Lagers. It pours a nice yellow color but the smell I'm not crazy about. Drink is alright, drinkable but not something I would seek out in the future.

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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 AdamBear
3.1/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drinking this beer in honer of my team during the super bowl. hopefully the team scores better than the beer!

A-light gold with a lot of bubbles. thin white head

S-smells like honey and buttered corn. smells very malts. fairly strong scent

T-hits with a surprisingly smooth and impressive taste of malted corn. the after-taste has a malted feel to it. unlike how i remember it, this is not a bad beer. its in the "bottom of the barrel" list but that has to be a mistake because i'm enjoying this!

M-medium to high carbonation with a decent smoothness to it. has a crisp, okay finish

D-this goes down easily. i do not regret getting an entire 6-pack for the game, but seeing how this game is progressing...i might need to upgrade to something stronger.

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Photo of Adamthome1
2.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at a beer tasting in honor of the upcoming Super Bowl; Pittsburg's Finest apparently.

Pours a very clear beer with a discipating head

Little flavor involved, hope you're not expecting more, tastes a lot like an unflavorful Asian rice heavy beer

On the plus side there are some hop notes and the malt is sweeter than many cheap beers, well balanced for a cheap beer.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.3/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Usually drink this when I visit Pittsburgh. Apperance is actually good for this type of lager light golden with a half inch thick creamy,frothy white head..that actually sticks around. Aroma however is the usual sour corn mash cardboard mess!! Taste is better than the aroma..the corn is there in abundance but mt so sour and the malts actually seem nice and present.Nice semi sweet finish. Good on the palate, that is above average for style. Goes down well.Overall a nice American lager..reminds me a bit of Full Sail's Session..simple traditional American beer.

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Photo of Swimsum
2.8/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I hope this is the right beer for this review. The bottle says it's brewed by Iron City Brewing Co. but when I type this into BA nothing comes up but this. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours out the lightest straw yellow. Once in the glass, settles to a light golden color. A small white fizzy head emerges and quickly settles to virtually nothing. Body is clear and can see bubbles floating from the bottom of the glass. No lacing is left on the glass.

Smells a lot like a macro. Sweetness is really the only thing that comes through for me. Not very interesting.

Hmm, I actually like this when compared to other beers from this style (looking at you macros). Like the smell, there is some sweetness that more or less dominates the taste and some biscuit notes that comes though at times. It is complex by any means but it's not bad.

Body is medium-light and actually isn't as thin as I was expecting it to be. Not fizzy either. This actually feels pretty smooth going down.

I would much prefer this to most any macro product out there. I haven't had to many "craft" adjunct lagers but hopefully I can try more of those soon. I bought this because it reminded me of the Steelers and I needed to finish a mix 6 pack (was looking for stuff I haven't had). Will I buy this again? Doubt it but was worth a try

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Photo of secondtooth
3.34/5  rDev +32%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A clear, pale gold complexion, with a medium head. Looks and feels a lot like it's mainstream lager cousins, as the scent and flavor are grainy, with hints of corn and honey. Light-bodied, but crisp nonetheless, with a malty adjunct feel. Not spectacular or memorable, but a solid light lager that more than holds it's own against the corporate beers.

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Photo of SickGnar
1.88/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Bright, totally clear very pale yellow with a few bubble and a small head that falls fast and leaves no lacing.

S: Very faint - Mostly grainy adjunctness. Hunting around turns up some vaguely malty grain and a light hint of weakly floral lageresque something.

T: Palate is a lot like the smell but relatively stronger. Though that is not necessarily good. There is a thinly fruity/floral edge to the sweetness and some faint lightly malty grain. But mostly it is dms cooked corn turned to 11. Don't really notice any hops at all.

M: Medium light body with average carbonation that seems brisk without much of any heft behind it, but it works for what it is and contributes to a drying finish.

D: Alright for a lawnmower beer, but not by much. Overly adjunct/cooked corn sweetness. Not enough balance (no noticeable hops, very little malt character). I would almost rather have a BL lime.

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Photo of jsdunlop
1.55/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a light golden color with a fast receding head that fades just as quickly as it forms, leaving just bubbles on the surface of the beer. Aromas of faint, faded malts make their way into the nose, along with notes resembling creamed corn from the can, a bit of lime or citrus, sweetness and some spicyness. This beer is overly sweet, while at the same time lacking a decent malt presence to balance it out. Their is a faint hoppiness that is hardly noticeable, while definite adjunct notes are present. Alcohol is just barely noticeable in the taste. Very light body with a decent carbonation profile. Overall, this beer is way too sweet and very unbalanced. Avoid.

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Photo of projectflam86
2.65/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a completely clear yellow color with a thin white foam head that quickly fades away. A few suds left on top.

S- Not a ton of aroma but a bit of corn and stale sweetness.

T- A soapy flavor intially with some sweetness and cooked cereal. Can't find any flaws but there also is quite a lack of taste all together so I'm not sure if that is really a plus?

M- Clean and crisp with decent carbonation.

D- These Adjunct lagers are what they are. Easy to drink but lacking in flavor.

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Photo of WhistlingBird
1.45/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Picked this up as a testing beer while brewing my 3rd batch of beer. My friend is from Pittsburgh so we gave it a try. We were not impressed. It was lighter than expected, sort of had a funky smell similar to that of Steel Reserve. Not the worst beer I've ever had, however the remaining bottles from the 6 pack will probably sit in my beer fridge until I finally decide to pour them out. When poured into a glass it did not retain much head and very little streaking on the sides of the glass.

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Photo of Reidrover
2.96/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought at 'Lifesource" Salem. 12 oz single. Apperance is actually good for this type of lager light golden with a half inch thick creamy,frothy white head..that actually sticks around. Aroma however is the usual sour corn mash cardboard mess!! Taste is better than the aroma..the corn is there in abundance but mt so sour and the malts actually seem nice and present.Nice semi sweet finish. Good on the palate, that is above average for style. Goes down well.Overall a nice American lager..reminds me a bit of Full Sail's Session..simple traditional American beer.

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Photo of velosuds
1.96/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Saw this recently for the first time at my local natural foods store. Was curious so I bought a single for $.99. Not curious anymore. Poured into a clear pint glass, but might have been better to poor down the drain, or use as slug bait.

A-Pours a very clear, pale golden color with a one finger, loose bright white foamy head with modest retention and lacing.

S-Grainy malt, corn, and slight wet grass. I don't remember BMC smelling this bad.

T-Almost awful. The first sip was revolting. It doesn't get much better. Just not shocked any longer. Tastes worse than BMC, which I didn't think was possible.

M-Light and thin. Nearly flat after it warms. Is this beer?

D-No thanks. I was surprised to see there is one "want" for this beer.

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Photo of tjsmith910
2.7/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good tail gating beer at Steelers Games. Nothing Special about this beer though other than its name in my opinion. Fun to drink, but it will leave you wanting your comfort beer. The taste is crisp but a tad bitter in the after taste. The apperance is bland. But hey, Go Steelers. Definately worth a taste in my opinion.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.36/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear bright yellow color with a fizzy white head that leaves little lacing.

Smells of grainy sweetness with some citrus.

Tastes of the grainy malt with a layer of floral and citrus hops. Grainy malt is plenty sweet. Bitterness is low. I like it compared to BMC.

Mouthfeel is medium with a crisp amount of carbonation.

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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 Dodo2step
2.43/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

P- Monkey Bar in Pittsburgh

A- dull straw color with little head and carbonation.

S- metal and corn

T- corn and wheat, light wheat.

M- metal and watery

D- i always have at least one in Pittsburgh but other than that its not a great beer. easy to throw back though but no flavor.

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

Poured with a straw color and a non existent head. Sporadic carbonation. Smells like metal and corn....not pleasing. Tastes like corn flakes, hay, and a nickle all at the same time. Very sweet and thin. Its adjunct lager and it passed the mouthfeel test for this style. You can drink this at a football game particularly the steelers.

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Photo of biglite351
1.96/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I am a Pittsburgh born and raised guy... so it seems fitting that I should review this... brew.

A - cheap ginger ale thinned with some water, has a tight pure site head that leaves some lacing. The head is all that saves this from a 1.

S - a very weak sweet corn hoppiness with a touch of metallic bite. Maybe a bit of old bar tag thrown in... but that might be because most of my bar experience has rags with Iron City in them.

T - almost no flavor, like a watered down Miller or other macro.

M - basically like a Crystal Light drink with a tingle on the front sides of the tongue.

D - you could probably drink this in place of water as there is no actual "bad" flavor, but why bother?

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.83/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It pours a straw yellow, small but decent head of foam.

The smell has sweet notes, corn, and grain.

The taste is sweet, has some corn, and a light bitterish finish. Nothing really offensive, just a typical taste for the style.

Light bodied, medium carbonation, decent drinkability. I bought the sixer in Colorado and will finish the other cans but there's no reason to revisit.

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Photo of BDJake
2.5/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I think I only picked up a bottle due to the fact that one of my best friends is from Pittsburgh, but I probably won't again, and here's why:

A- much like any other macro

S- ditto

T- a little better, but not by much

M- fizzy and yellow... notice a trend?

D- pretty much the high point- and only point in buying- as with any run of the mill BMC

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Photo of jonziefle
3/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a light brown amber, clear. One finger white, bubbly head the diminishes immediately. Visible carbonation. No lacing.

Smell: Smells like a malty apple juice.

Taste: Not overly flavorful. Mild biscuit malts with some apple flavors. Very clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium bodied with a nice carbonation nice. Smooth enough.

Drinkability: An unobjectionable, smooth and clean lager. Not much flavor, but not a bad drinker when you need something really simple.

Buy Again? Only in Pittsburgh.

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Iron City Beer from Pittsburgh Brewing Co.
2.53 out of 5 based on 526 ratings.
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