Iron City Beer | Pittsburgh Brewing Co.

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Iron City BeerIron City Beer

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Pittsburgh Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by maxpower on 02-01-2002

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Ratings: 547 |  Reviews: 273
Photo of GeoffRizzo
2.03/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pale golden hue, tiny strings of carbonation; your macro-typical nose offerings in the way of husky grain and the much desired cooked veggies. Up front, rather weak bodied, some light hop detection, corn and husky flavorings. Watery and metallic in the body, worsens as it warms; don't hurt yourself searching for this one.

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Photo of AsburyParkJMH
2.43/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

i figured since i was in pittsburgh (well, west virginia really), i'd drink what the locals drank. i've had thuse brew before and been underwhelmed and was once again, though less so than before. pours a light golden color with virtually no head. typical macro smells and tastes here: low on hop, malt and grain characteristics, high on corn and watery ones. not as bad as a macro but not much better. would i get it again? sure, because unless your in the city of pittsburgh, i've found that it's hard to come across anything else but the macros and maybe a heineken here and there in that area of the country.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
2.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A better than average pale lager that satisfies in an inexplicable way. I found this light beer quite enjoyable on an October afternoon. There was really nothing to dislike; the look was golden with a single finger white head that lasted reasonably well, even if it did not do much lacing.

The nose is very light and nondescript, but the flavor is full and provided more hop bitterness to balance the malt base than I would have ever suspected.

All in all, not a bad beer at all.

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Photo of moulefrite
2.48/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is simply cheap beer that is drinkable. That is all. The beer is pretty much water and filler-alot of that corn flavor thing going on. If I was a broke factory worker in need of some decent refreshment after a long hard day, I could find some semblance of comfort in an Iron City. A decent mass produced softie that will whet your whistle, and leave your wallet be. That is all.

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Photo of yosh
2.21/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured a pale yellow in color with little aroma. It's typical for a light beer such as bud light, but had a little more color to it. It went down rather smooth much like water. I drank this beer because it was the only option at a church picnic in PA. Probably would not have had it otherwise and probably won't have it again.

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Photo of jackndan
2.6/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Iron City: this beer, apparently bought on a lark was not as big a disappointment as I had expected. It poured a pale yellow, although it had a lot more color than a Bud. The aroma was fairly weak, and predominately adjuncts. The beer, as is absolutely typical for the style, was perfectly clear. The taste was surprising smooth for an American style macro, on the other hand, the corn taste overwhelmed everything else in the brew. The beer did taste fresh, however, and the aftertaste was not unpleasant. Above average for the style, below average overall.

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Photo of Loki
1.75/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Man, o-man. I am glad I don't live in PA where you have to buy a case or pay $10 a six pack at a bar, because I would have returned the unused portions for a refund. I don't know quite what to say about this beer.

It pours an a pale yellow, like a fading sun with little to know head and carbonation that faded faster than champaigne poored into a tub. If there was a head I must have blinked and missed it. The smell screams of adjucts. Corn, rice, corn, maybe old vegetables, corn, corn husk, and did I mention corn? Tastes of corn (imagine that), little malt, and some third world hops (Maybe Botswana or Penang). The mouth feel is medium, but fast fading carbonation. Taste better than Keystone Light, but Keystone light doesn't have much taste.

Could this be a bad Bud clone? Please sir, no more.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.09/5  rDev +23.1%
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 aaronh
2.57/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

16 oz stubby "fireplug" bottle.

Pours a medium gold color topped by a slightly off-white head. This beer maintains a thin layer of foam atop the beer, but not quite as well as IC Light. The fairly light aroma is very grassy with a slight sweet grain note. The taste has a noticeable sweetness followed by a bit of bitterness. There is a slight harshness in the mid-taste. The aftertaste is a lingering sweetness. The mouthfeel is solid, especially for a macro. Carbonation mixes well with the body of the beer, so you actually can tell there is something in your mouth. And it feels good. The drinkability is pretty much average. You can drink a few of these, and you might want to if you're in the right mood. Between this and IC light, the IC light would be in my glass. But what can be better than drinking a cold "Arn" on a rainy day while the Pirates are on TV? Obviously, I couldn't think of anything, because that's my afternoon. If you see Iron City, give it a try.

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Photo of 44ouncer
2.6/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Used to collect beer cans as a kid -- and had a gazillion different Iron cans.

As for the beer, this was a 16 oz silo bought at a South Side bar. The outside temp was about 10 degrees -- so the product was plenty cold by the time I got back to my grandmother's house.

Nothing really jumps out about this product. Decent head, died out pretty quickly. The taste was like somebody hit my tongue with a blunt instrument. And the smell was rather cheap in nature.

Too bad, heard Pittsburgh Brewing Company is behind on its payments to the city of Pittsburgh. Was hoping for a better product. Hope it doesn't become another victim of the big 3 -- but it'll have to do a better job of defending itself.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.45/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very good session beer.....light to medium golden colour with a matching body....aroma is crisp. The taste and mouthfeel is what really got my attention.....Well balanced and clean....Not a great brew, but a very good brew, and for the money, an exellent value. I could drink gallons of this.....and probobly will....

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Photo of allboutbierge
3.2/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

In all honesty, this is an average beer with good drinkability. Its taste is nothing to brag about, nor is its appearance or smell all that alluring. But they are not bad either. I grew up on this beer. My grandfather only drink 'Arn pounder returnables'; he's done so for 20 years and probably will so for the next 20 years. One advantage that Pittsburgh Iron drinkers have over drinkers who don't live in or around the city is that we get it fresh always. There is nothing to dislike in this beer and on the same hand nothing to love other than its price and easiness in drinking quite a few of. Like their old promotional slogan used to read
"Its a Burgh thing" and from outside the culture of Pittsburgh you probably wouldnt understand :)
In Pittsburgh its cheap, drinkable, and fresh.

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Photo of yen157
2.05/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

During my trip out to Pittsburgh I had to give this one a try. I was not surprised one bit by this one. It had all of the makings of a macro, but as a relatively local brand.

It was pale yellow with no sustainable head. It kind of smelled like corn and grain to me. On tasting, there was only a tiny bit of malt and hops, but mainly grain and a little vegetable. It was quite light in body. I wouldn't say this is a good beer, but I do love that it a regional brew deeply connected with the city.

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Photo of marc77
2.63/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Crystal clear straw hue topped by a typically meager head indicative of ample adjunct use. The relatively clean, but unenticing aroma is comprised of sweet corn, a touch of DMS, and a barely perceptible floral hop nose. The bland flavor is dominated by corn, but corn sweetness and cooked cabbage thankfully aren't as overbearing as other American lagers. Husky 6 - row notes are assertive, but aren't astringent & provide the only noteable malt character of this brew. The hop bitterness is above the norm compared to the mundane American lager, & when coupled with the sharp carbonation, this beer is almost biting in mouthfeel. Finishes bittersweet from corny sweetness and light hop bitterness. Iron City is bland and expectedly adjunct - laden, but is perhaps a notch above other domestics.

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Photo of Jason
2.2/5  rDev -12.4%
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 Wildman
2.6/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured a verly pale yellow color and formed no head and no lace. An aroma of hops and grain. A flavor of grain and some dough aspects. Finish was extremely light and some bite present. I am not a big fan of this beer, but have had a chance to try it on many occasions. I find it to be no better than the other smaller macrobrews like Rolling Rock. But the cult following of this is amazing. I went to a party in college and all the people who lived there were Iron City drinkers. We were all drinking the usual keg swill and they were walking around with bottles of Iron City. Went upstairs and they had filled the bathtub with ice and filled it with Iron City.

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Photo of psugrad98
1.4/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This beer focuses on marketing and promotions but should instead change their recipe. First glimpse is of a pale, sickly yellow brew. What little head there is is weak and artificial. Smell is weak and not fresh, and is reminiscent of cooked corn. Slight sweet malty overtones with too little hops. Corn and rice adjuncts are almost overpowering and get worse as the brew warms up. Tastes chemical like. Must almost be drunk at near freezing temperatures to remain palatable.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
2.23/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Hmmm, seems like fdoosey has a point, as our sample of Iron City wasn't particularly metallic. Pours with a small white head. Has a clear bright yellow color. Smells faintly salty, sour, but not much. Tastes watery malty, slightly salty. Sour aftertaste. Surprisingly medium-light body. Might be a good lawnmower beer, but not much else.

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Photo of inebrius
2.55/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Light to medium yellow. Mildly grainy nose. Almost discernible hop bitterness. A slightly sweet underlying flavor makes what would be a typical american lager actually taste like something other than carbonated water.

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Photo of oberon
3.2/5  rDev +27.5%
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 ADR
1.83/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

VERY metallic to the point of distracting the assessment of what little flavor the lager would have anyway...color clear straw, smells lightly of pine...bars that tend to have this on tap also tend to maintain their tap system very poorly, not adding to the beer's appeal...and Pittsburgh Brewing contract brews Samual Adams...historically, I think Iron City was one of the first canned beers (I think with pull-off tabs?)...

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Photo of John
1.7/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

There haven't been many beers that I didn't care to finish, however this was one of them. Had this from a 12 oz. long leck bottle. The flavor was astringent and metallic to the point that I felt it was stripping the enamel off my teeth.

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Iron City Beer from Pittsburgh Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 2.51 out of 5 with 547 ratings