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Krankshaft Kölsch - Metropolitan Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

271 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 271
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.72%
Wants: 21
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 07-07-2009

Brewed in homage to the beer of Cologne, Krankshaft is a pale straw hued smile in a glass. We throw in a little wheat malt to round out an easy Santiam hop bitterness. There are no Köbes to serve them up, but you should feel free to have as many as you like.

28 IBU
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Ratings: 271 | Reviews: 83
Photo of EErler
3.16/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured and split in 2 tasting glasses
Purchased from Binny's (Mix 6)

A - very light golden straw color, 1 finger of white head that dissipated very quickly
S - slight aroma of cut grass, floral notes present as well
T - a little white grapey (what I normally pick up in Kolsch-style biers) metallic finish
M - sweet finish lingers on the palette, not dry!
O - an OK bier. didn't knock my socks off, but it was extremely drinkable and thirst quenching

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Acquired a single bottle of this stuff as part of a mixed six pack at the local Jewel.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a nice hazy golden yellow body with two fingers of soft frothy white head that stays for a while and leaves behind good fat lacing on the glass. Looks very nice.

S - A light aroma - sweetened grains, with a kiss of herbal / piney hops in the background. Doughy, yeasty, floral, and a touch citrusy.

T - The taste follows the nose - crisp, sweetened wheat / grains, lightly herbal, citrusy, piney, & spritzy.

M - The feel is smooth, crisp, & clean. Light-bodied and very easy drinking.

Overall, a very nice representation of the style from Metropolitan Brewing. Definitely something I would drink again and often, especially during the summer months.

Metropolitan Brewing Krankshaft Kölsch -----4/5.

Photo of WestHam973
5/5  rDev +31.9%

The best Kolsch I have ever tasted. This is my very favorite beer for hot days and spicy food.

Photo of JasonEdelson
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Awesomely subtle backend fruitiness and well representative of how a Kolsch should be.

Photo of KFBR392
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clean clear body with a straw yellow color. Half a finger of head on the pour dissipated to a thin layer across the top while drinking. Active carbonation seems low for the style. A touch of sticky lacing left behind.

Smell: Sweet biscuits really shine on the front. A touch of cloves and medium bodied fruits show up on the body. Malts come off well on the body which are grain forward with some yeast evening out on the back end. Bright buttery notes ride this one out.

Taste: Malts blast onto the front, coming off a touch dry wheat. Straw and grassy front transitions into a body that really smoothes out with accents of cloves and buttery yeast. The finish is easy with some fruity hop notes popping through.

Mouthfeel: Great transitions from a dry front to a creamy, semi sweet finish. Lower carbonation really allows the layers of this brew to shine.

Overall: Another excellent offering from Metropolitan. There simply aren't enough good Kolsch beers out there so I would seek this one out if you are a fan.

Photo of StoneTSR
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: A giant, foamy head immediately rises up, filling about half the pint glass I pour this beer into. In fact, I can't pour the remaining six ounces of this beer until the head settles. The bubbles underneath are going nuclear; they're crazy - erupting from the bottom of the glass through the pale, straw, straight yellow colored beer. This beer is exploding with life.

SMELL: A huge biscuit aroma kicks things off, a little graham cracker provides some backbone and a hint of banana rounds it out.

TASTE: A subtle banana leads each sip with a big, biscuit-like background. Some light, citrusy hops come through the middle and then the end of each sip before a dry, wheat finish.

MOUTHFEEL: This is a sweeter beer than expected, but the light body makes it supremely drinkable. A slight dryness comes through at the end of each sip, but this is a light, sweet, easy-drinker.

OVERALL: A little sweeter than I would have preferred from Metropolitan, but still very nice. I always looks forward to a couple of these when I come back home to Chicago.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

From: Binny's, Schaumburg, IL
Date: Best by 04/2014 on bottom of six-pack
Glass: Founders snifter

Krankshaft is a decent kolsch, a bit harsher and more raw than other examples of the style, indicating that it probably needs a bit more conditioning time than the brewers at Metropolitan allow it (or at least this batch). While not exactly "refreshing," as it's a bit too substantial in flavor to be considered that, this was definitely an easy-drinking beer that would be good to have a few of at the bar.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of white foam, made up of small-sized bubbles, yielding a frothy appearance. Retention is below average less than one minute, the head fading to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass and a small island of lacy foam resting atop the body of the beer. Lacing is good, with some thick and large dots, lines, and patterns clinging to all sides of the glass. Body is a bright, medium-dark golden yellow, with light bringing out bright golden yellow hues. Carbonation visible through the slightly hazy body (10% opacity), moderate in number and moving at a medium-pace.

Aroma is pleasant, of musty hay, slight apple and pear esters (reminding one that, after all, Kolsch uses an ale yeast), slight lemon citrus from hops, and a background of light pale malt sweetness.

Front of palate is of wet hay, lemon citrus, apple and pear ester, slight acetaldehyde, and a hearty pale malt sweetness. Mid-palate of grain, white bread, hearty pale malt sweetness, mild acetaldehyde, and grassy and lemon-like hops. Back of palate features wet hay, yeast, slight graininess, lemon-like and grassy hops, and acetaldehyde. Aftertaste of lemon, slight graininess, and mild bitterness.

Beer is medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, leading to a slightly fizzy, then foamy (3/4) and smooth (1/4) mouthfeel that's a bit overcarbonated for both this beer and the style. Closes dry, with light stickiness clinging to the palate and lips.

Photo of mwilbur
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a clear pale green lemon yellow with faint white head.
S: Sweet and light caramel malt. Bananas and grass.
T: Very pleasant and stronger version of aroma. Bananas, hint of clove, lemongrass, sweet light caramel malt.
M: Light body. Silky smooth, soft, and slightly sticky sweet. Nice lingering on the palate too!
D: Extremely drinkable...the definition of a good session beer. This one surprised me in a big way...started out unassuming and finished extremely strong. Thanks to Kris for bringing this one back!

Photo of Maninthearena
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Straw colored, head had fairly big bubbles that dissipated leaving a nice lace around the rim of the glass.

Nose- Some herbal notes, some wheat malt dominates with a little honey sweetness.

Taste-Again some wheat malt is pretty substantial. Maybe a little pear/orchard fruits. Would like a little more subtleties here. Slight spicy bitterness underneath.

Mouthfeel- Crisp, light, and dry without being too watery. Goes down nicely and makes you want another sip. Very much lager-like as one would expect. A pleasure to sip.

Overall- I thoroughly enjoyed the brew, but am a little partial to Kolsches and other wheaty beers and have had quite a few that stack up favorably to this. That being said, this was extremely refreshing and would likely pair with a great range of meals.

Photo of jayhass
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slight hazy straw color with a big white head that stays leaving spotted lace.
Aroma light cherry and banana with a sweet bread aroma and floral notes
Taste- light sweet malt with cherry and banana lightly on the tongue. Wheat actually comes through with a touch of bread. Earthy floral and slight spiciness from the hops as this beer ends semi dry.

Photo of Duesseldog
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the only American Koelsch I've ever had that actually tastes like Koelsch. It's got a light, fruity taste that hop-lovers might find insignificant, but that I find delicate and nuanced -- but you have to make sure they serve it to you in the right glass!!!!

In Cologne, you'll get it in little glasses that are shaped like beakers and hold just 0.2 liters with the top inch or so being foam, and there is a reason for that: it goes flat fast, and its flavor dissipates if you get it in a big glass, even one with a small lip. In the wrong glass, this stuff will have no flavor at all.

I've found most places don't have Koelsch glasses, but some do offer beer in a "taste" glass?!?!?!? These work well. I've also had it in a Jever glass, but that's still not the same. A more scientific reviewer than I will have to get into the whys, but I certainly do find that this beer -- like all Koelsch -- needs that time-tested little glass.

Note: Even in Cologne, some beer gardens serve it in 0.4 glasses because it's such a nuisance to keep bringing out those little ones, but you'll find the flavor just dissipates in those. It's a very delicate beer, and I encourage you to try a taste-test: drink some from a Koelsch-type glass, and some from a normal beer glass, and see if it tastes different.

Photo of iRollFlaccid
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I wholeheartedly wanted to love a Kolsch style beer that came out of Chicago. As many beers that come from Metropolitan. However, this beer is close to nothing that comes out of Cologne. Being that I've been in Cologne, Germany... this beer is lackluster.

The malt is what makes a Kolsch. And Metropolitan lacks in terms of this. There should be a clean finish of my palate that is lacking. Good effort for the brewery, but in likeliness... nothing that comes from Cologne.

A clean malt with German hops and so forth, however lacking in style and taste. Numerous times I've wanted this beer and tasted this beer to no avail. The firm and minute nutty taste that comes from a Kolsch is not here.

Photo of Chaney
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this on-tap at Hackney's at the Printer's Row section of Chicago.

Served in a pint glass.

A: Poured a clear straw color with about a 1.5 finger head. Nice, classic Kolsch look.

S: VERY strong barley and grain scent... much more potent than I'm used to in this style. Still, not bad.

T: I bit more sugar-laced than most Kolschs on the market for sure, but still not bad, and the bitter finish was a bit off to my mind.

M: This certainly got a bit cloying after a while, which is not a good thing in the Kolsch world. Lots of lacing.

O: Meh, didn't care much for this one.

Photo of tjsdomer2
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Murky straw yellow with excellent foam and lacing.

Smell: Musky fruitiness. Strong yeast. A bit like a Belgian ale.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Subtle lemon dominates the flavor. Nice crisp mouthfeel. Very bubbly and refreshing.

Overall Drinkability: A very good American Kölsch.

Photo of Ryan011235
1.96/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured into an Hannen Alt glass on 10/22/12

Hazy, pale, faded, watery looking dull golden yellow. Two and a half fingers of smooth, fizzy foam. One half finger retention and thick drapes of lace.

The aroma progresses as such: soap (and lots of it), herbal hops, pears, light fruits, grain dust and wheat. The grain bill seem ok, but there's some funny business going on otherwise. Ugh, the taste is thinnish and riddled with unpleasantries. Neutered hops, and a paltry grain bill. Far too much in the way of fruit notions. The finish is dirty and hollow. The feel isn't any better - weak and watery body with overly fuzzy carbonation.

There is a skeleton of an ok beer in here, but, as is, this is is disappointing and difficult to drink.

Photo of socon67
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy straw color with a bubbly foam head. Minimal lacing.

S - Smells of fresh grain, acidic fruit, and spice.

T - Has a dry finish. Flavors of grain and lemon zest. Has a slight astringent bite to it.

M - Pretty typical for the style. Leaves a dry feel similar to a pinot grigio.

O - I liked this one. Not many good Kolsch from domestic brewers. This was an enjoyable beer.

Photo of mfavoino
3.16/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy golden straw color with a bubbly head.

Smell: A bit of yeast, light malts, and some floral aromas. Nothing jumping out of the glass.

Taste: Lemon sweetness and very light malt flavor. Subtle grain and finishes crisp. Overall, fairly subdued.

Mouthfeel: Very light and crisp on the palate. Refreshing for warm weather.

Overall: Flavor was nothing to write home about. Not much to it.

Photo of hoody711
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first review of a beer style that I actively dislike. Expect bias.

A - poured from the bottle, vigorously, into my goblet. Pale yellow (urine?) with nice head that recedes quickly with little lacing. Carbonation and clarity are nice.

S - yeasty, a little malty, with some honey on the tail end. Damn this beer, it's making me like it before I've tried it. And I so want to hate it.

T - ok, back to disliking it now, but I think it's only because I really don't like kolsch style beers. Sweet up front, marked fruitiness (mostly lemon) that carries through, with a tart finish. Crisp and clean though.

M - crisp and light, the carbonation is nice. Feels a little too much like drinking a soda, but again, bias.

O - still not at all my style. Ugh. But it's complex and nice, if you're into this style. I hesitate to say "chick beer." I'll stick to my pale ales, but I could (very rarely) enjoy one of these in the spring or summer. A nice kolsch.

Photo of Treebs
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle served in a plastic cup at the Cubs vs. Sox game.

A: Pours a clear golden yellow with a fluffy, long lasting white head forming on the pour. It leaves some sticky sheets of lace behind as I drink.

S: Pretty standard. Lagery yeast with a clear, crisp hop profile. Grassy and slightly malty as well.

T: The taste is a step up as this has a more fruity hop profile than the nose. The finish is nice and clean with a pale malt body.

M: Light bodied, very refreshing with a nice ample carbonation.

O: Well rounded with a good taste and high drinkability. What more could you ask for at a ball park.

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a clear pale golden color capped by whipped egg white foam; good lacing

Smell: Crackery and lemony

Taste: Taste follows the nose, with a rather lemony, slightly acetic balance to the cracker malt; just a hint of tart apple on the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: Refreshing and flavorful

Photo of Etan
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Pours a hazy sunshine yellow with a fluffy head of coarse, sticky bubbles. Great retention and lacing.

S: Thick, slightly soapy yeast, herbal, bright sweet pale malt, a bit of citrus and stone fruits from the hops and malt.

T: Mildly medicinal esters pop up first - floral and a little fruity - followed by big fresh grain and yeasty pale malt.

M: What a great mouthfeel. Soft, creamy, great carbonation.

O: Nice to taste a good, fresh rendition of a kolsch.

Photo of CitizenRay
4.8/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Golden and very clear. Lot of carbonation bubbles visible and a pretty persistent head.

S: Grainy sweetness, toffee, and very slight hop aroma. Nice light-malt aroma.

MF: light bodied, and amply carbonated.

T: A bit of grainy sweetness, just a touch of bitterness, some sweet malts through the middle with a faint caramel taste and a clean finish.

O: This is a great beer, and an excellent warm weather beer, very crisp and clean. Perfect examples of this style.

Photo of russpowell
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with a thumb of ivory colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Floral & perfumy

T: Grainy, lemony, golden delicious apple, some crackery dry notes up front. Lemons & pears mix as this warmms with some mineral hoppyness. Finishes crisp & crackery with nice lemony notes with pear nuances

MF: Light, crisp, very nice balance indeed

Drinks so easy, a very well done & refreshing Kolsch

Photo of OttoBomb
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz (355m l) bottle into a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint glass (January 26, 2012). The best before date of "APR 20 2012" is printed on the bottom of the sixpack.

Apparently this is brewed with a small addition of wheat to the mash, which should help reduce bitterness and smooth out the flavor.

Eyes: Pours a super clear golden straw color. A clean near-white head. Near perfect for the style.

Nose: Appetizing hints of grain, bread, while undertones of lemon/citrus.

Tongue: Follows the nose with mild malt and a lemon zest finish. A bit lighter than I might like, but very solid all around.

Mouth: Lively and spritzy, but not enough to overwhelm the palate.

Libation: Very easy drinking and flavorful.

The only small issue I have is that I would prefer a bit more heat on the flavor profile, but not enough to seriously detract from this great brew. The addition of the wheat does a great job increasing smoothness. Easy drinking, smooth, this is a great example of the style.

Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a seidel mug.

A: Pours golden and spritzy with a full, pure, white head.

S: Bready and funky with some orange marmelade and toast notes. Interesting...

T: Pretty funky here to. Almost in a Belgian way(?) Hop bitterness is pretty low and malt is pretty restrained, but theres room to move in this style, so no problems there.

D: Damn drinkable (like all Metro's beers) and suprisingly complex for the low ABV.

Overall: This was unlike any Kolsch I've had. That being said, it definitely imprinted itself in my memory and I look forward to purchasing it again soon.

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Krankshaft Kölsch from Metropolitan Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.