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Krankshaft Kölsch - Metropolitan Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

268 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 268
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.72%
Wants: 21
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Metropolitan Brewing visit their website
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: 268 | Reviews: 83
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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!

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.

Photo of Brenden
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of wmtxbb
2.3/5  rDev -39.3%
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.

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 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 WoodBrew
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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.

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 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!

Photo of osusullins
2.83/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of uberez8
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Hay market, a fantastic brew pub in Chicago everyone should visit when given the chance. This beer came out with a thin head and clear gold body but what really grabbed my interest was the smell; very floral and alluring. The taste was amazingly clean and smooth but not wimpy, strong tones of wheat and a zest of lemon followed each swig. Didn't expect much but this is now my go to session beer when found on tap.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Heard many a good thing about this beer on this very sight and had to seek it out for myself. 12oz bottle poured into a Maui Brewing Co. pint glass.

A: The color certainly is right, just about the palest pale yellow I can see, if you didn't smell it or ignore the fact that this beer at least leaves some semblance of a head after the beer is poured, it might be possible to mistake this for a MGD or a Bud. Thankfully though this is not the case.

S: If you were led astray by the color the aroma is what reels you back in, fresh baked biscuit and bread crusts, a light floral Noble hop presence. Does not give a sense for what really lays in store in the taste department.

T/MF: Decidedly fruity upfront but quickly moves into the doughy/bready aspects that were hinted at in the first few whiffs of this beer. Body is a bit thinner than the Dynamo, which I suppose it to be expected, but it's as crisp as a cracker if you are judging by how chewy the mouthfeel is and is something that I am really digging right about now. Finish is incredibly toasty, not like a burnt or roasted kind of flavor, but more along the lines of fresh rye or sourdough bread with a bit of apricot preserves on the side.

D: I'd say this beer lives up to the ratings here. Goes down incredibly smooth while still offering up a lot of complexity to ruminate on, if ruminating is your thing. This beer is not just one things, that is, one main aroma, one main flavor, etc. each sip you can pick up something you may have missed before. A superb effort from another great local brewery.

Photo of LacquerHead
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a light hazy golden color with a snowy white head.

S: it reminded me of a Heineken or Grolsch, but without the skunk smell.

T: Clean was the first thing that came to mind. I want to say it had light citrus taste. At times I tasted metal, but it wasn't offensive or distracting. This had refined crisp flavor.

Conclusion: My overall impression was fairly good. It was clean, nothing that was offensive. Mostly I prefer darker more assertive beers, and I don't typically reach for lagers, but this was good. It was a simple professional tasting kolsh.

Photo of emerge077
4.48/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Delicate. That would be my one word review. This is quite a fresh Kölsch, and full of light, delicate flavors. Score is with style in mind.

Pours an ultra pale canary yellow into a stange glass. Bone white foam, a pillar of white bubbles leaves random lacing along the sides. A quick swirl snaps the head back into place.

Aroma is vaguely bready biscuit with a trace of flinty wet stone minerality.

Crisp and snappy, light breadiness and white grape essence. A bigger swig brings on a dry noble hop bitterness, with a soft bready blanket wrapping things up. Damn, if this isn't the freshest Kölsch i've ever had. Airy feel, like fragile crystalline cobwebs. Pairs with food well and drinks like a champ. Super clean and delicious.

Metro date stamps their six packs (3 months out), so there's really no reason to drink or review old bottles... get it fresh! Looks like there are plenty of reviews that have no concept of what a Kölsch is, kind of sad really.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a Samuel Adams Summer Ale stange. No date or info.

Thanks to emerge077 for this summer refresher

A - Brilliant clarity shows off Krankshaft's inner workings; strong carbonation turning the brew machine! A tight white head sits above the golden yellow beer with good retention and patchy lace.

S - Smooth pale malts open the aroma with a soft start and move right into a dry straw, husky aroma. Clean and refreshing but somewhat adjunct-y like.

T - Nice and malty with pilsner and pale leading the way into a grainy straw-like adjunct flavor. Crisp and clean, it doesn't hide much.

M - Mild sweetness adds a little bit of body to this light-medium beer. Lots of sharp carbonation finishes out the slightly dry and crisp kölsch.

D - A little less sweetness and this would make for a great summer refreshing beer. Still good regardless, it went down very nicely.

Photo of smakawhat
2.25/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a tumbler.

What an incredibly pale straw color and hazy body. This looks so weak looking with a white head that does not stick around, but keeps a small puck. I have never seen a Kolsch this light ever this looks weak.

Nose is sour, and smells like bile/vomit. NASTY! There is a hint of yeast and bread but I can't get past this bad nose. Hints of lemon pledge.

Taste improves a bit but does not help much, has an incredibly tart and sour hints on the finish and alcohol drying in the palate. Cotton mouth aftertaste in the finish bordering on malt liqour taking away malt and crisp. No sense of bread either.

Overall, wow this might be the worst Kolsch I have ever had.

Photo of matjack85
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The last of the three Metropolitan brews I got to try. The Dynamo and Flywheel offerings are pretty easy to find on most local store shelves, but no one seemed to carry the Krankshaft Kolsch. Finally found it in 12oz bottle form at Quencher's Saloon in Chicago for $5 a bottle.

The beer poured a pale yellow/gold color that was totally clear. It produced a 2-finger white head that lasted about 2 minutes leaving decent lacing behind.

This has a really heavy fruit smell to it - very grape-y, like wine. Under the fruit there is also a bready malt smell.

The beer is on the sweet side with the beady malt and fruits providing the main flavor, but there is also a small degree of grassy hop presence for balance. Well made.

Despite the sweetness, they managed to keep this light to medium bodied. It's smooth with moderate carbonation.

Very drinkable and enjoyable.

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 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 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.

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 nickynick
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Krankshaft poured a super pale slightly cloudy yellow, with a large white fluffy head. The smell was of yeast, and a lemony citrus hint. Taste was crisp citrusy flavor. Very refreshing even if a bit light. Mouthfeel was right for the style. Drinkability was good as well. This was a nice beer from a promising new brewery. I will keep my eye for this one again.

Photo of sweethome
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Saw a single bottle at local Binny's and jumped on it.

Pour is tradition - hazy golden color, very light, fine lacing of perfect white. Head dissipated a little too quickly. Overall, the look is of traditional Cologne Kolsch.

Nose is sweet malt, refined, noble hops. Pretty significant aroma hops - not overpowering - again - refined.

Soft entry on the palate, spreads out on the tongue. Gentle sweet maltiness with hint of lemongrass, yeast and just a touch of noble hop flavor.

Smooth and easy drinking, yet flavorful and satisfying. This is well done.

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Krankshaft Kölsch from Metropolitan Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.