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

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Photo of kbub6f
3.12/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A small, fast, fizzy, level, white head dies to a film quickly. The beer is ultra clear, pale gold with impatient carbonation. Smell is sweet/tart... like apple juice, with some nuts and sugar. The beer starts fruity and a little bitter, then turns sweet, with more apple juice and a fairly solid body. The finish gives major nuts and nicely fresh bitterness. It gets a little chemically at temperature, but overall it's not bad. Some pleasant flavors in there.

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Photo of Gusler
3.1/5  rDev +22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Iron City was once a mainstay in my fridge, of course this was some twenty years ago, and I still like to sample one now and again, if nothing else for the memories.

The beer pours from the 355ml aluminum bottle (can), a clear gold with a smallish bright white head that is semi-creamy in texture, with the left over lace a fine film to conceal the glass. Nose is the prototypical malt lager with a fresh crisp sweetness, start is lightly sweet and nicely malted, top is light in feel. Finish is strongly acidic, the hops light but pleasant and the aftertaste dry and lingering, a drinkable lager as lagers go.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.1/5  rDev +22%
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 BeerWithMike
3.1/5  rDev +22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampling right now on 7/31/14. Never had this one before but heard about it. Paid $1.29 for the bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a flute glass.

Pours a hazy honey yellow in color with a thin white head. Some spotty lacing was seen with each sip but settled back down the sides of the glass. The aroma is of sweet corn for the most part. The taste is about the same and actually surprised how sweet this beer is! Sweet corn and grains for the most part. Very slight dry finish. Overall, it was just OK.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.09/5  rDev +21.7%
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 tjsdomer2
3.08/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Apperance: Standard golden yellow. Decent carbonation, a bit on the heavy side. Lacing is nice too.

Smell: Pretty clean with a mineral background. A hint of hops.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste is same as smell. Mouthfeel is pretty good. Well-carbonated.

Drinkability: A prototype of this style.

Overall: Neither bad nor good, but leaning towards the good side.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.08/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz aluminum bottle purchased as a single somewhere in NoVA, either WF/Vienna, WF/Annadale, Norm's, or Rick's.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1" of white head above the clear straw brew. Head lasts reasonably well for the style, settling to about 1/8" while I was off answering the phone and calming my daughter for 5 minutes. Lacing is spotty but still not horrible for the style. Aroma is sweet adjucty heaven, or hell, depending on your viewpoint, I guess. Taste is starts with slight adjunct sweet as indicated by the nose, a light citrus hops bite int he middle, and closes plainly. Mouthfeel is really watery, and the flavors don't seem to meld all that well, although drinkability on this one, assuming you are down with the flavor, is probably quite high.

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Photo of Tallboy
3.08/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Firstoff let me say it is not as bad as ppl may claim...and if you live in and around Western Pa it is more than likely your mainstay at your local bar.

A. Pours a pale straw color with hardly any head,with a few bubbles around the edge.
S. A slightly strong hoppy/grainy mix but not skunky enuff to ruin your day.
T. Pretty much this is like any other lager, starts fruity,then becomes a lil bitter as it finaly sweetens at the end.
M. Smooth ,full , and not wattered down.
D. Slightly better than most macros----and Alluminum bottles FTW!!!

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Photo of drewbage
3.08/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled in Florida, straight from the bottle, ice, ice cold at Frogger's in my hometown of Apopka, FL. What can I say? The girl was getting her nails done and I wanted a beer.

Aroma is of corn and a light DMSy sulfur quality. Not quite the cooked creamed corn and cabbage aroma that can be found in Rolling Rock, but enough to let you know that it's there.

While ice cold, the IC is exactly that, icey with a bite of carbonic acid and a light grassy hop that's quickly separated by a pull of strong corny sweetness and a dms slick oiliness.

Inoffensive when cold this beeer is definately no great shakes when it warms up!

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Photo of Redrover
3.07/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz aluminum can. I know its trendy, but it is a very cool package!

The beer pours a light gold with a decent initial head. Just a skimming after a minute or so.

The nose is better than I expected. I get some sweet malt, corn and a slightly peppery smell that I’m assuming is from the hops. No cheap vegetable smell that many adjunct lagers have.

The taste is sweet with just a bit of flower taste as well. The hoping is very light, I’m guessing about 10 IBUs here. A slight increase in hoping would improve the taste. Still, there are no off or artificial tastes at all.

The carbonation is a little understated, but the beer has a smooth feel. Easy enough drinking lager. Would be easy to pair with spicy food.

This is not a bad regional and I would choose it over a BMC product anytime. It reminds me of Grain Belt or a Leines.

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Photo of Johnwf110
3.05/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

This beer is a comfort beer for me. I grew up around Pittsburgh and Iron City was alway supporting the local sports teams (Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins). I like it because it reminds me of my favorite city, Pittsburgh!, or should I say Sixburgh.

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Photo of Brad007
3.03/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear yellow color with a one-finger head into my pint glass. About right for the style.

Aroma is thick with adjuncts, especially corn. Has a bit of a hop bite but not much. Sweet as well.

Taste is sweet and bready with a slight of hops and not much else. Normal for the style.

It's not too watery but there's still not much there to savor. Sweet, bready flavor lingers.

Not horrible but not too impressive either. I can see it going ok with a pizza or on a warm day full of yard work. Otherwise, steer clear of this.

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Photo of SargeC
3.03/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear yellow with a soda-like head.

Smell: Funky hops.

Taste: Tough taste. Begins to taste better the more you plow through. Faint hop and malt character.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body. Pretty fizzy.

Drinkability: Good regional brew. Fits where it comes from. I enjoy this type of beer to keep it all in perspective.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.02/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours pale gold with thin white head that does not last.

Nose has a sterile metal component, dry corn & malt aroma.

Palate is ordinary malt lager. Minimally hopped, minimally malt flavored, & goes down like water.

If created a "premium" version of the domestic macro non-craft beers is what they're after, then they've achieved it.

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Photo of tdm168
3/5  rDev +18.1%
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 NeroFiddled
3/5  rDev +18.1%
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 tone77
3/5  rDev +18.1%
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 Pegasus
3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Medium golden color, quite clear, with a small off-white head, scattered patches of foam, and slight carbonation.

Aroma: Fairly tart malt, with a slight honey note, little or no hops noted. The aluminum bottle precludes this beer being light struck, short of it being shot into the sun.

Taste: Tart corn malt, throughout, with a bit of cooked vegetables, and a slightly sweet note. The finish is a bit dry.

Mouth feel: Smoth and fairly full, reasonably pleasant, with slight carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A decent lawnmower beer, better than most macro lagers.

Presentation: Packaged in an aluminum bottle, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of flagmantho
3/5  rDev +18.1%
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 jcm8756
3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Iron City is brewed in (near) Pittsburgh, I live in Pittsburgh, therefore I drink Iron City...sometimes. How's that for an inference?

This beer is as average as it gets for the style. There is nothing that stands out in any way. It pours a clean yellowish color with little or no lacing. Smells like corn and every other macro produced beer. It tastes like corn and every other macro produced beer. Its mouthfeel and drinkability are a little higher than average simply because it is on the ligher end.

I buy this for Steeler's parties and the like as it is from near the burg and is usually really cheap. If I am looking for a better local beer (usually), I buy Yuengling or something from the Curch.

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Photo of pootz
3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I hadn't tried an "IC" since I used to make the Pirates games in the 70s ( mostly for the tail-gaters and bars). Iron City was everywhere in those days..hard to find a corner pub in the Penn state where either this or Rolling rock wasn't on tap.

This new packaging may be an attempt to revive sales and position IC for national distribution. It is one of the better American Macros.

Poured a crystal clear gold with a smallish rocky cap that vanishes quickly to a small ring and light lace. Moderate carbonation is welcome in these macro pale adjunct lagers. Nose picks up a strong, grainy, boiled husk aroma and vegital adjuct smells with olfactions of dextrin sweetness. Mouth feel rather watery, distinct grainy husk/corn grit tastes ...sweet, mealy but thin on malt...light dry finish with the green, dry burn you get with rice in a beer.The hops are non distinct in the falvor profile until the finish where they appear as a light citrus note.

Good stuff to wash your teeth with watching a live sports event but you'd have to be a real tar to actually buy it to enjoy at a pub or at home.

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Photo of nukem5
3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can't believe I don't have this one reviewed yet this and Straub are very common in the area so take them both for granted.

A: Pours a golden color with a decent head but rapidly dissipates to nothing and no lacing from this lager.

S: Smell is of malts and adjunct with some hops thrown in the back.

T: Taste is that of cereal and adjunct sweet and very little hop flavor.

M: Mouthfeel is average a light to medium body with a smooth taste.

O: Overall a good beer to drink at ball games and local sporting events or where ever

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Photo of jonziefle
3/5  rDev +18.1%
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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Photo of SkeeterHawk
2.98/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours very clear and pale with a slight orange hue to the golden. There was an active 1/4" head of white foam at first, but this was gone within about 30 seconds.

Aroma: Some sweet malt with a tad of toastiness in there to add some complexity. I only get a faint amount of hops in here as a floral contribution. There is a good bit of corn aroma here that actually adds a bit to the sweet impression as it warms.

Taste: The flavor has a pronounced sweetness as well. There is a bit of the vegetal tasting corn thing going on in the flavor as well. This dominates the flavor and it seems that there is only a tad of hops here to challenge the malt. The attenuation gives as much of an impression of dryness as the bittering hops. Slight buttery flavor that sits on the palate for a few minutes after the sip.

Opinion: This beer really isn't too bad when you put it beside so many others in this category. There is a malt flavor here...and yes I said flavor. Of course I like my beer with a bit more flavor, but this beer still isn't too bad, and I would drink it again if I had it to pick over any of the Budmilloors.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.97/5  rDev +16.9%
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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Iron City Beer from Pittsburgh Brewing Co.
2.54 out of 5 based on 531 ratings.
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