Iron City Beer | Pittsburgh Brewing Co.

Iron City BeerIron City Beer
536 Ratings
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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Added by maxpower on 02-01-2002

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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 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 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 zeff80
2.58/5  rDev +2.8%
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 LiquidBread219
2.58/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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. The nose just didn't smell that good at all.

T- Taste was pretty bad, it seemed like a light lager to and didn't really have anything going on in it.

M-Light and thin. Nearly flat after it warms.

D-No thanks, don't have to try this again it is a big beer in Pittsburgh but I can do with out trying this one again.

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Photo of chasmandocharles
2.58/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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 Schmidts
2.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I always Liked Iron City till tonight when I drank a bottle of the stuff now being Made in Latrobe.
From a Bottle very Pale yellow used to be dark yellow. Small quick leaving Head.
Smell is sort of Skunky with Corn nothing like the stuff from a year and a half ago.

Taste is Weak and watery light corn How it could be so different now it is made in Latrobe I have no clue but it is completely different.
Feels like friz water now
You can drink allot but there is no reason to want to.

It seems to me that now they are making it in Latrobe they have compeltely changed it for the worse and I hate that as I compared a can of the Old with the new tonight and the Old was wonderful and like drinking good sweet corn and this is nothing like the Iron City I drank for many years Sadly. Someone Has competely Changed its makeup.

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Photo of Kingdom4aPint
2.55/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into plastic cup at spring training home of Pittsburgh Pirates in Bradenton. Pours gold with minimal head. Grassy aroma. Taste average, pretty much just tasted sprizzly if that makes any sense. Refreshing enough for roasting in the Florida sun at the ballpark but will stick with Budweiser for this sort of scene going forward.

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Photo of Sammy
2.55/5  rDev +1.6%
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 wingman14
2.55/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a straw gold with a white head. Not to much smell going on, similar to your run of the mill macro. Taste is similar, watered down with no huge flavors. Just an average offering, the mouthfeel is ok, decent carbonation. It is a balanced beer but lacks flavor. You could drink these all day if you are looking for the average beer and want a taste of Pittsburgh. Compared to the macros it isn't the best, but also not the worst.

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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 Beejay
2.53/5  rDev +0.8%
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 firkingroovin
2.53/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Barraclou
2.53/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Adjunct, adjunct, adjunct. I had this once and I won't buy it no more. I got caught by the name and I thought that it was a local micro. Yes, it was a local brewery, but the product is very typical of macros. Have a Bud or this one and you won't see much difference. It is just another yellow fizzy and corny beer. That's all about it.

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Photo of riversider76
2.53/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours golden. Not much head retention,or lace.Smell was light but sweet. Mouthfeel was light and carbonated. This beer has a bit of a sour edge to it. Sour,not bitter. It's not awful. I would put it in the same catagory as Pabst, Schmidts,and the like.

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Photo of bjm2133
2.53/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of cswhitehorse
2.53/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The Iron City Beer comes in a cool bottle. It poured like a lager clear straw color, small foam head that disappeared quickly. No lacing.

The aroma was a faint malt smell. The taste was Big brewery lager not much in the flavor category. I would of probably indulged in many of these if I would have grown up around the PA area. Not much feel and overall that is what you expect for a 1.29 for a pint.

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Photo of fisherman34
2.53/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Gold on colour with medium carbonation and a fast head. Some malty aromas to this one, along with a touch of corn. Fairly malty in flavor as well, with some faint notes of caramel and earthy hops. It’s basically a half-step up from your typical North American macro, but nothing worth celebrating. Cool aluminum bottle though.

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Photo of bpfrush
2.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of Rootdog316
2.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Iron City Beer pours nicely and generated an ENORMOUS amount of HEAD. A surprisingly pleasant pale amber color appeared as the head slowly gave way to liquid. The surface tension of the head was stout and held the pull tab for a period of time. There was an overabundance of carbonation nose felt as if it was getting rained on as I brought the glass up for a drink. This is what really made Terry Bradshaw go bald.

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Photo of seakayak
2.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Mpenders
2.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of cliff1066
2.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of JamLand
2.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Iron City Beer from Pittsburgh Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 2.51 out of 5 with 536 ratings
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