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Krankshaft Kölsch - Metropolitan Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

253 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 253
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.98%
Wants: 21
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Metropolitan Brewing visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 07-07-2009)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 253 | Reviews: 81 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by botham:
Photo of botham
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the Publican in Chicago. pours a straw color with two fingers of white head with moderate lacings and good retention.

aroma is lightly floral and mildly malty with pale malts and a touch of yeast and munich malts as well. fresh and flavorful in the nose.

taste follows the nose with a healthy note of lager yeast and a crisp finish of residual bread and a touch of floral yeast.

mouthfeel is light bodied, crisp, and mildly effervescent with a crisp finish and a wonderfully fresh profile. an excellent kölsch from Chicagoland.

drinkability is good. for a kölsch, this is a good, fresh example with a solid character and drinakble aura. cheers!

botham, Oct 13, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of ajkiser12
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

ajkiser12, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #48 (Jan 2011):

Sizable plume of white head tapers to a clinging lace; pale yellow color has a great clarity to it. Smells of fresh- baked shortbread, hint of lemon zest and subtle wildflowers. Deep-planted crispness presents the lighter body in a lush manner. Dry from start to finish, the lightly toasted cracker maltiness holds more flavor than expected. Lemon herbal hoppiness lends more than enough bitterness to get by. Ghostlike sulfur. Clean grainy finish. Obviously someone got their homework right here--this is more proof that smaller brewers can brew extremely flavorful, pale-colored beers. Kudos to Metro!

BeerAdvocate, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of csmartin6
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

csmartin6, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of Guinnsslvr
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Guinnsslvr, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of sgn4779
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

sgn4779, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of damuts222
4/5  rDev +5.5%

damuts222, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a strange)
A- This beer pours a crystal clear straw yellow body with a sea of carbonation supporting a thick cloud of snow white head that soon fades to a ring but sticks to the glass with each sip.
S- This beer has a very clean slightly sweet pale malt flavor with a Noble hop hint in the finish. There is a faint alfalfa note that comes through in the finish as it warms.
T- The soft pale malt flavor has a note of field corn, there is a slightly sweet quality to the malt. The finish is a slightly sulfury mellow green hops with a faint hop bite lingering for a brief moment.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with an airy quality. The fizzy finish makes the mouthfeel more full.
D- This beer is very drinkable with a full malt flavor for a Kolsch. The sweetness is a bit strong to drink to many in a row.

rhoadsrage, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of Brenden
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was very generously included by JimboHD2005 when he graciously sent me some GL Lake Erie Monster after I missed the release and it had sold out. Many thanks again and cheers to him. Notes are a few nights old.

The color is the very pale yellow-gold appropriate for the style. There's good activity, and a white head forms at just about one finger, maintains its form well, and leaves a bit of patchy lacing behind.
The aroma is soft but it isn't subdued. Clean, dry malts bring up a bit of toast or crackers, grains linger in the back, a light sweetness and tartness as if from green grapes, and a soft hops presence are all evident.
Crisp, clean dry malts make the backbone with more of the green grape evident in the flavor. A light hops presence makes itself known underneath the grains as well.
Along with the tart grape-like notes in the aroma and flavor, this one really seems like champagne given the light body and ample, bubbly carbonation. There's a bit of a tingle in the mouth and a crisp bite on first sip, yet it also remains smooth.
I have to say I, like most, am a fan of bigger, bolder styles, flavors, etc. However, I haven't lost my love for softer, more subtle styles and their intricacies. That said, I've had a few Kolsches before, but I also have some experience with what's intended of the style and what it should be. I've seen how homebrewers are supposed to make it, style guidelines, that sort of thing. I think that this brewery I'd never heard of before this beer came in my box may have made the best Kolsch to style that I've witnessed.

Brenden, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of wmtxbb
2.25/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle poured into glass

Appearance: Clear yellow with a very light layer of lacing.

Smell: Crunchy malt, almost hay-like with strong corn scent.

Taste: Corn, wheat and barley malts with a little bitterness and some alcohol flavor.

Drinkability: Having more than one is a struggle I'm actually giving away the rest if I can, if I can't I'm just going to dump the beer and save the bottles for my homebrewing. This is one of the worst local brews I've had. I haven't gotten the chance to try any other metropolitan beers. I hope metropolitan can put out a better product than this.

wmtxbb, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of mcgoof23
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

mcgoof23, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of Dinobambam
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Dinobambam, Sep 05, 2014
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.

tjsdomer2, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of socon67
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

socon67, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of WoodBrew
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crank it up Gees!!! Trying the Krankshaft Kolsch...the appearance is ok....very yellow with no head, clear. The smell is mostly grain with some hints of citrus. The taste is powered by grain that is somewhat burnt. There are some hints of citrus, but this beer is really not to my liking. Mouthfeel...its light and somewhat easy drinking. but not one that I would choose unless the alternative was a typical American Adjuct from macro breweries. Worht a try sure....worth a revisit....i dont know.

WoodBrew, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of beertooth
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

This beer pours a clear pale straw yellow. It had a finger of white head that fades to a collar and leaves some nice lacing.

The nose is very clean. Bready pale malt, slight fruity esters, some hop spice. Very spot on for the style.

The taste follows the nose. Lot's of fresh bread crust upfront with a hint of grassy noble hops, lemon zest, and crackers in the finish.

Mouthfeel is is medium to low bodied with a good level of prickly carbonation.

A great example of an American made kölsch. I usually like this style in the summer, but it's still hitting the spot on this cold night. I'll have no problem finishing the other four bottles.

beertooth, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Gonzoillini, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of Acubflem
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Acubflem, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of russpowell
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
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

russpowell, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a German stange glass.

Pours an initially hazed straw gold that clears out quite nicely, topped with 2-3 fingers of bright-white head. This settles down into a light ½ finger frothy cap, which leaves back some thick and sticky swathes of lacing. The aroma is fresh and bright; with a straight up pop of lemon zest, along with some leafy and spicy floral notes. Sweet bready grains sit in the back of the nose; mixing with fruit flavors to impart a pleasant smelling tang. This is quite nice, with a flavorful and breezy feel to it.

The taste is well balanced here, with light toasted doughy sweetness enveloping and evening out hoppy notes of earth and bitter citrus rind. That lemon twang runs the whole way through the profile and melds nicely with the character of the malts. This finishes with plenty of lingering bready sweetness and spices. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied, with crispness to the carbonation that snaps the flavors across the tongue, yet this still also stays exceptionally easy and smooth. Just a perfect feel for the profiles that are involved.

Nice. Just a well made Kölsch here. Well balanced, flavorful, and extremely easy drinking, I'm glad that I picked up a full sixer of these when I was last out in Chicago. Metro hasn't let me down yet!

Kegatron, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of ironwill54
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

ironwill54, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of osusullins
2.85/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is an ok Kolsch style lager. Pours clear and light golden color. Nice white head. Bitter, but not overpowering. Very drinkable beer, however I am not a fan of this style. A slight metallic after taste. I know quite a few people who love this beer, so I feel bad not giving it a higher review. That said, in my opinion this is an average beer at best. It's better than coors light, but not by much. I love supporting local breweries so I will continue to try everything that Metropolitan produces, but this is not my favorite.

osusullins, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of falconxman
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

falconxman, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of Vonerichs
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color is a dull straw yellow and the head is white and fizzy.

The smell is floral perfume, lemon zest, and heavy on the bread.

The taste has a perfume-like characteristic and lemon zest. The malts appear grainy in the flavor.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Carbonation is prickley.

This is a solid beer but without a lot of depth. It's very refreshing, though, and is a good example of the style and a great summer beer.

Vonerichs, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of PatrickKlopfenstein
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%

PatrickKlopfenstein, Sep 20, 2014
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Krankshaft Kölsch from Metropolitan Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.