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Krankshaft Kölsch - Metropolitan Brewing

Krankshaft KölschKrankshaft Kölsch

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BA SCORE
85
very good

192 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 14.21%


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)
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CitizenRay

Indiana

4.78/5  rDev +25.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 05:23:00 | More by CitizenRay
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inhoc00

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Saw a sixer at whole foods and had to give it a try.

A - very light yellow, with a white fluffy head that quickly fades.

S- Slight lemon almost orange

T- Amazingly simple yet quite complex. The slightest bit of hops balanced with lemon flavor. What is so good is the initial aftertaste is an amazing cereal like quality. Very good.

M- Very light with good carbonation.

D- Coming out in the fall when all I want is big hops and looking forward to stouts and barleywines and yet this is so refreshing. I could drink so many of these. This is a huge contender to my summer favorite Gumballhead. Really well done, Metro. I'm a fan again.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 00:37:47 | More by inhoc00
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stace

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer has replaced Oberon as my favorite summer beer. I find it a very good example of the style, and an immensely drinkable beer. If you consider a 5% beer a session beer, this is it.

Crisp, clear appearance, the right nose, mouthfeel is great, but the flavor is where it's at. There's a lot going on in this beer. It has a surprisingly full malt profile, but not beyond the style's norm.

If you can get it, do it. It's great on tap as well.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2010 20:22:15 | More by stace
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steveh

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The last of my sampling of the Metropolitan beers. The 3 previous styles were as near to perfection as any German beer consumed at its origin, so the Krank Shaft has a lot to live up to!

A -- Clear, pale straw color with a dense, white head that holds well through the duration and leaves light lacing.

S -- Juicy malt with mellow citrus characters finishing with spicy noble hops in good balance.

T -- Mmm. Bready malt up front that folds into mellow fruit characters then finishes with light, spicy & bitter hops. The malt makes a great backbone throughout the beer leaving a great, sweet bready character in the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft to crisp across the palate, finishing dry and the body is light.

O -- Overall impression? Another style home run -- not to mention delicious, to Metropolitan. I'm glad I looked past the price tag on these beers to find that they are so spot on for the styles - and so fresh that they will give anyone the true character of German style beers. Don't know what Aasher was drinking, but I'm guessing it may have been the first pour of the day and he should have requested a fresh glass.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 21:01:06 | More by steveh
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emerge077

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2009 05:50:35 | More by emerge077
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Duesseldog

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2013 04:19:21 | More by Duesseldog
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mckajd03

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Translucent straw color with a foamy white head that sticks around for a good while. Brilliant clarity. Lacing down the glass adds a nice visual touch.
S - Light corn, a bit of apple, and a touch of noble hops on the nose. Very pleasent and true to style.
T - The dry finish makes it immensely refreshing. Just enough hop character to make it interesting.
M - Light and well carbonated.
O - This is a highly drinkable beer- one that I would offer to any Bud/Miller/Coors drinker without hesitation. A great offering by one of the newer and better local breweries in the Chicago area.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 23:43:32 | More by mckajd03
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sweethome

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2009 02:23:53 | More by sweethome
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trbergman

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A - Clear, bright pale straw with ample carbonation and one finger of dense, sticky head. Plenty of gorgeous lacing all the way down the glass.

S - Subdued aroma of saltines or water crackers, very little hop aroma -- maybe a bit grassy.

T - Spot on. Very nice cereal flavor without being sweet. Assertive hop bitterness with a hint of lemon zest and a little leafy. Finishes quite dry.

M - Light and soft body with a subtle zip of fine-bubbled carbonation.

D - I wouldn't call this beer complex. But if you're going to make a simple beer, you can't make any mistakes, and Krankshaft doesn't have any major flaws. Enjoyable from start to finish, and probably through several more bottles. I can't recommend this beer highly enough.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 03:55:02 | More by trbergman
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robbyc1

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Fluffy 2 finger white head, clear pale off lemon color, very unique. Great lacing.

Grassy, malty, fresh nose, very light smelling, pale malts in perfect harmony, fruitiness abounds. Peaches, apples, i love the nose for a kolsch.

Flavor has the freshness from the nose, the malt hits, then fruity apple, peach esthers, then a dry finish, very nice.

It's highly fizzed, maybe a bit too much carbonation. Heavier than expected. A great drinker and a sessionable beer. This is my second six pack and one to keep around year round if you live in Chicagoland, yeah!

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 19:10:06 | More by robbyc1
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AleWatcher

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes--
Served in pint glass.

This a really nice light color-- looks a bit like a Berlinner Wiesse a bit-- a light golden color with a little bit of haze, possibly chill haze? Definitely translucent, almost transparent, certainly not murky at all! Fine micro-bubbles form a 3 finger white head that glistens and sparkles as it cascades down the side in sheets of lace that don't hang out for very long, but leave some spots behind.

The smell has a little light malts, like cereal grains- very little noble hops, and then a nice fruity and yeasty note that comes across with apricots pulling a lot of weight.

A light toast-like malt holds a little sweetness before a slightly spicy hop note hits. The fruity taste reminds me of pears and apple juice and apricots. Nice light body is almost effervescent with plenty of carbonation. The drinkability is insanely high-- it is so delicious, so light, and so easy to drink that I am floored.

This was my first beer from Metropolitan, and I must say that I am impressed!

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 03:13:53 | More by AleWatcher
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 01:48:11 | More by russpowell
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bluemoonswoon

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2009 03:02:33 | More by bluemoonswoon
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Redrover

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz brown longneck with a neat label and some brewer's notes.

poured into a glass, the beer is a very light straw color with a nice & tight white head. Nice lacing adds to the look.

I got a whiff of this beer as soon as I poured it. Fresh grains, sun ripened plums and bit of perfumy hops.

The taste is great. Its delicate in the best sense. Pears, fresh grains, a bit of straw and some apples in the aftertaste. Fresh made breakfast biscuits and more pear. This is great.

The mouth has very active carbonation which would help this beer stand-up to food.

So extremely drinkable. Another winner from Metropolitan.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 22:20:05 | More by Redrover
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a sixer in Chicago, $9.99. I wasn't sure which Metropolitan beer to go with for this purchase, but over the years I've become a fan of Kolsch and so here we are. The beer is pale yellow color with a thin 1-finger wet-looking foam that diminishes to the thinnest of films. The aroma is faint, understated clean malts and bread, really good for the style. I don't get any of the light non-tart funk I get from some of my favorites (Reissdorf, Gaffel), more smooth like Fruh. The taste is a little grainy up front, but has a nice yeasty and bready aftertaste that lingers.

Light carbonation, light and somewhat creamy body. Very drinkable, I could go through a lot of these quickly. A new favorite for me in Chicago. I foresee many of these in my belly in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 23:51:48 | More by TurdFurgison
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass, with a big thanks to Jeff for coming through with a local example of one of my favorite styles, period.

Pours a very pale straw color, hazy, with a white, fluffy one-finger head. Settles into a dense half-inch cap with excellent retention and some nice delicate lacing.

Nose is quite delicate, but very nice - floral hops and a nice bit of cereal grain sweetness, and just a hint of sulfur on the finish. Probably a 4.2.

Taste is nice too. A delicate grainy pilsner malt sweetness is the primary aspect, with just a bit of hops that are floral and just a bit soapy. crisp finish strikes a perfect balance. Very well executed, I'd say a solid 4.3 that I'm rounding up.

Mouthfeel is light in body, with a flavor that's big enough to bely that, and a nice, moderately aggressive carbonation.

Nicely drinkable. Overall, this is a very good example of the style, though I'd like to see it just a wee bit drier. Falls just short of the best German examples, which is fairly high praise.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 21:35:20 | More by JohnQVegas
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dukedevil0

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single from Famous Liquors in Lombard, IL.

A: Pours a super pale straw yellow color with a finger of white head that settles down to just a little froth, but laces the glass on the way down.

S: Smells like straw, wheat, kinda fruity, lemon, grassy, floral and earthy

T: Similar to the smell; straw, wheat, slight fruity notes such as lemon citrus, grassy, earthy, floral

M: Mouthfeel is outstanding on this beer, super full bodied, lots of carbonation and bite

D: The beer has really good but subtle flavor and is light and smooth as it goes down the hatch. A great session beer! Strongly recommended for anyone that likes the style and something I'd try even if not a fan of this type of beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 04:16:08 | More by dukedevil0
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beertooth

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 03:14:43 | More by beertooth
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Brenden

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 13:19:21 | More by Brenden
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samie85

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Pours a hazy color that's reminiscent of pear juice with a two finger white head.

S-Very sweet smelling grain with some wheat and some floral hops.

T-Sweet grain upfront with maybe a hint of wheat and a nice herbal, bitter hop finish.

M-Really smooth and low side of medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D-Wow, this is the first kolsch to really get my attention. Really solid, flavorful beer that happens to be lighter bodied and insanely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 23:01:35 | More by samie85
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Bubba83

California

4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In my possession thanks to Kegatron. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler at about 45 degrees. Chill haze light straw yellow with a lot of effervescent bubbles rising into a bright white thin ring of head with excellent retention and lacing for the style. Looks impressive.

Smells like hay, straw, plain crackers, earthy lager yeast, and some grassy german hops. Pleasant and about what I have come to expect from the style.

Some crackery, bready malts up front. Freshly cut grass, ripe pears, and hay follow. This style is really quite simple, and I find it hard to find differences in flavor profiles between good Kolsches. This is a good Kolsch. I generally can only pick out differences if there is something wrong. There are no flaws here... I have tasted more subtleties before though in some of the best examples. Maybe I'm looking for a bit more floral character for a higher taste rating.

I think they hit the nail on the head with the mouthfeel. The consistency is medium-thin but not watery, and the carbonation level is high and vibrant which is where a Kolsch should be. Finishes super dry. The whole experience is bright and refreshing, and takes me back to drinking on the patios of little brew pubs along the Rhine... If I only had a stange...

Overall another well made german beer from Metropolitan. Super refreshing and delicious. This brewery and I are getting along well.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 06:05:51 | More by Bubba83
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OttoBomb

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 08:46:36 | More by OttoBomb
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mwilbur

Minnesota

4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 02:45:49 | More by mwilbur
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jampics2

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

The beer pours a straw color with yellow and gold hints. There is little head but nice retention and lace. It's unfiltered but clear with no active carbonation. This is a good looking Kölsch beer!

The smell is full of sweet pale malt, slightly bready grain and a nice amount of noble hop aroma. The hops are flowery and slightly spicy and the malt is not too grainy with a touch of straw. Also present is a touch of lemon tartness that lightens things up. The smells are pleasant but are not expressive enough to vault this into the upper echelon of Kölsch beers.

A very clean taste epitomizes the pleasant drinking experience this beer offers the drinker. There is a nice amount of sweet malt, accompanied by some mild bread, a touch of toast, some straw and lemon tartness. The best part of the beer is the clean finish with noble hop bitterness. The hops add just enough to the mix. Krankshaft lacks the crackery grains that my favorite Kölsch beers feature, but it does have a hint of tartness and nice hop integration. Certainly one of the better American takes on the style.

The mouthfeel is light bodied with adequate carbonation, which does hide out before exploding along my tongue. There is a watery aftertaste that just falls short of being full-flavored. The drinkability, however, is high due to the pleasant mix of flavors and lack of any noticeable alcohol. I would happily enjoy this beer again. It's not up there with the excellent COAST Kölsch, but it's still quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 16:01:05 | More by jampics2
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 19:32:09 | More by Kegatron
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Krankshaft Kölsch from Metropolitan Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.