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Krankshaft Kölsch - Metropolitan Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

248 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 248
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 21
Gots: 23 | 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)
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Photo of corby112
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale golden yellow color with a very slight haze and some lighter clear golden banana yellow notes when held to a light source. Two finger frothy white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring.

Slightly earthy aroma with hints of bready yeast, crisp light fruit notes, mostly apple and banana, as well as some grass, straw and earthy hops.

Surprisingly full bodied for the style and considering how pale it is. Crisp spiciness up front with a nice bit of floral hops followed by a yeasty bready body with hints of pilsner malt and light crisp fruit notes, mostly apple and banana. Also, there is a bit of earthy grass and straw presence that compliment the sweetness of the light fruit and malts as well as the slightly earthy hops. Very easy drinking and flavorful. Recommended.

corby112, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of Agold
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Have seen this sitting on the shelves forever and never picked it up until today. This beer is a bright crystal clear golden color topped off with a half inch of white fluffy head that recedes to a film an leaves nice lacing. Aroma is grainy and mildly bready, mild grassy earthy herbal hop aroma. The initial pour yields a bit of bread yeast aroma as well. Taste has a bit of makeovers with more breadiness and grainy flavor. Light fruityNess emerges as the beer warms a bit. Mouthfeel is nice and light and refreshing. Good carbonation. Very good beer.

Agold, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of jlindros
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first Metropolitan, thanks to paco1029384758.

A: A bleached white fizzy 1.5 finger head rises up and fades at a medium pace. The hazy clear white-pale-yellow-straw color reveals many bubbles rising up.

N: Very light crisp lager, almost ale aromas. A little bit of slight malts and definite kolsch like aromas, and a slight yeasty aroma.

T: Pretty light, but with distinct lager flavors. Some lighter malts, a little sweet malty flavors with hints of syrup. Some interesting grassy flavors, almost hints of hops. It also has this strange toasty flavor I can't put my finger on a descriptor.

M: Pretty light and tons of carbonation.

F: Semi dry and a hint of bitterness. Light lingering malt and Kolsch flavors. Would be a pretty goo light summer drink, but I've had better Kolsch beers.

jlindros, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of AgentZero
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden brown colored beer with a bit of a white head that didn't stick around long but left some great sheets and stick on the side of the glass.

S - Bready, decent bit of yeast, slight sweetness.

T - Bready taste with a bit of grain character and some lightly sweet malts. There is a slight bit of balancing hop bitterness that evens it out.

M - Crisp, lighter side of medium bodied. Good carbonation.

O - Nice little beer here. Easy to drink, goes well with food, not a bad take on the style. Could drink more than one.

AgentZero, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of LacquerHead
3.78/5  rDev 0%
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.

LacquerHead, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of nickynick
3.78/5  rDev 0%
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.

nickynick, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of Treebs
3.78/5  rDev 0%
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.

Treebs, Jun 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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Krankshaft Kölsch from Metropolitan Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 248 ratings.