bhiner41 (194) - Darien, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2010
Excellent beer from an up and coming brewery. Reddish in color with complex flavor and some lasting after taste. Best paired with heavier meals. chillyw144 (2) - - AUG 20, 2012 does not count
Metropolitan makes some great beers. Caramel, citrus, nuts... nice blend/balance of hop & malt. notalush (5955) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2013
Thanks to Eugene for sharing - clear gold - frothy lace - lovely nose of honeyed maltiness, grassy and floral hops, bright fruitiness, melon rind - moderately frothy carbonation in the mouth - light, crisp - crackery malts, moderate minerality, floral, medium bitter hops - some clean honey-ish sweetness in the finish - light Vienna toastiness throughout - there is a very mild huskiness on the tail end that is the only drawback - otherwise this is quite a nice lager. drdisque (899) - Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2010
Beautiful copper color. Caramel flavor with nutty notes and very restrained but noticeable hoppiness. Slightly roasted notes as well. Somewhat dull but pleasing finish. brian60625 (756) - Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2012
12 ounce bottle. Bright amber color. Crisp, medium bodied. Long lasting malty flavor with a lively, bubbly palate. An excellent lager with a stepped up and durable variation of a traditional lager flavor. It’s one of the better lagers I’ve had recently.
ads135 (5207) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 10, 2012
Metropolitan knows how to do lagers. This is, sadly one of the lesser varieties. A slightly funky aroma , though its barely discernible. The flavor is lemongrass and wheat. Bulk_Carrier (6064) - Vermont, USA - JUN 18, 2014
Reviewed from notes as I just found this next to the previous beer I just reviewed from my brother in law who lives in IL.
The three beers I had of this was poured into pilseners every time.
The appearance was a nice looking amber to copper color with a decent half fingered white foamy head that died practically immediately.
The smell had a decent looking roasted malt to bitter hops, it seemed well balanced to me. As it warms, there’s even a slight spiciness to it.
The taste had a nice sweet yet crisp maltiness running about my tastebuds. It seemed like the aftertaste had a long sweet roastiness running about it. There was a quick yet crisp dry finish.
On the palate, this one sits about a medium in body and shows a decent sessionability about it.
Overall, is this an altbier or a Vienna lager? Uh...kinda like the commercial description, I honestly don’t care as I’d have this again and would love to have it with some pepperoni and mushroom pizza. jayzz (480) - Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Enjoyable light tasting beer without a lot of bitter in the long finish. Clear, cold and foamy. fidemaster (336) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2017
Aroma is caramel, and spicy hops. Beautiful Amber color. Starts off sweet, caramel, honey, malty. Following is spicy, grassy, bitter taste. Has clean finish, and creamy. Excellent Lager! TAR (2802) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - JUN 29, 2017
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2017 Clear rust. Wispy collar of eggshell foam. Aromatically malty, with polished notes of fallen leaves, poundcake, molasses, jelly cookies, marzipan and honeysuckle and candied fennel seeds (Hallertauer). Unabashedly malty and rich with chewy browned biscuit notes and a zingy hop licorice hop tickle. Flavorsome oily hops ensue and boost the hefty yet clean and vivid maltiness. An artfully incorporated splash of orangey fruitiness provides brightness and induces saliva, before a palate-cleansing mineralic firmness and lager-yeast snap confidently arises. Vibrantly sappy residual sugars give a maple sugar effect which dovetails beautifully with the earthy dried leaves and nut skin malt. Very cleanly fermented though and not at all overly sweet. Exemplary malt definition. A lightweight dusting of hay rises above the sturdy browned biscuit notes and ripe poundcake malt, which almost suggests the mouthwatering succulence of melanoidins. Hallertau-derived honeysuckle and herbal shades elegantly pervade and maintain balance with a nectarlike sweetness. A glimmer of hop spiciness and hop leaves seamlessly fuse with dried leaves as poundcake, cookie and hay dust linger. Even in in Franconia it’s very rare to find maltcentric lager with this kind of refinement, but the brewers have done exactly that with this lovely Vienna. While this is a full-on pastry-rich malt bomb, it offers a little bit of everything, namely a delectable punch of orangey fruitiness and German hop sparkle to complement the intricate maltiness and to attain harmonious balance. Perhaps a touch more cleanness and a snappier, more mineral-rich body to assist with the residual sugars would take this closer to 4.0 level, but all in all this is a refreshingly unpretentious and solid example that does nothing wrong.