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Krankshaft Kölsch - Metropolitan Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

259 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 259
Reviews: 82
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)
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Photo of jlindros
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of corby112
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of Agold
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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.

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%

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

Had on tap at Paddy Long's

Bright yellow with a good white head, this beer has pleasant light malt flavors with good yeast presence leading to an almost fruity profile. Very clean and crisp on the finish, with a slighly thicker mouthfeel thank I was expecting.

Very drinkable, matching well on its own in summer or fall with lighter foods.

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.

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 spointon
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this one on tap at Kasey's Tavern on 1/23/2010.

A= Poured a slightly hazy but very pale yellow, with a 3/4" white head. The head settled to a thin skim and left just minor lacing behind.

S= Smelled like bakery malt sweetness, faint sulfur, esters, and nothing else. Probably a bit more estery than it should be but still very nice.

T= Pretty sweet but in a good way, with a nice bready quality and a kiss of sulfur. Maybe a bit of those fruity esters coming through as faint citrus. Finish was pretty clean.

MF= Lighter bodied with a fairly modest carbonation level.

D= Extremely drinkable and tasty too. Would make an ideal session beer. Easily my favorite Metropolitan beer to date.

Photo of Hophead101
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jake melnicks. 7-13-10
Golden color pours nice and clear.
Off white head, not real big and didn't last long. ok lacing.
Not much smell what was there was slight maltiness.
Great kolsch flavor, really nice for the style. Crisp mouthfeel. Light, malty, a little bit of hops. Super drinkable.

Photo of Duff27
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%

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 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 damuts222
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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 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 PhillyStyle
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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 ifixufly
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of qwertyiop
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of EuellGophar
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of ssimpson89
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of JasonEdelson
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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

Krankshaft Kölsch from Metropolitan Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.