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Krankshaft Kölsch - Metropolitan Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

249 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 249
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.98%
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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Ratings: 249 | Reviews: 81 | Display Reviews Only:
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.

JohnnyChicago, Jan 21, 2012
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.

quinnsi, Nov 23, 2009
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 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.

StoneTSR, Jun 25, 2014
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.

spointon, Jan 24, 2010
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.

Hophead101, Jul 14, 2010
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.

jayhass, Sep 02, 2013
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 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 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 PhillyStyle
4/5  rDev +5.5%

PhillyStyle, Aug 24, 2013
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.

BeerFMAndy, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of ifixufly
4/5  rDev +5.5%

ifixufly, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of qwertyiop
4/5  rDev +5.5%

qwertyiop, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of EuellGophar
4/5  rDev +5.5%

EuellGophar, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of ssimpson89
4/5  rDev +5.5%

ssimpson89, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of JasonEdelson
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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

JasonEdelson, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of Bushwacker393
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Bushwacker393, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of Aeroscorp
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Aeroscorp, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of jmtpi
4/5  rDev +5.5%

jmtpi, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of dillon_1005
4/5  rDev +5.5%

dillon_1005, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of cadaugherty
4/5  rDev +5.5%

cadaugherty, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of tchaos
4/5  rDev +5.5%

tchaos, Nov 14, 2011
Krankshaft Kölsch from Metropolitan Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 249 ratings.