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Krankshaft Kölsch - Metropolitan Brewing

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Krankshaft KölschKrankshaft Kölsch

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very good

88 Reviews

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Reviews: 88
Hads: 307
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 27
Gots: 47 | 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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Reviews: 88 | Hads: 307
Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a clear pale golden color capped by whipped egg white foam; good lacing

Smell: Crackery and lemony

Taste: Taste follows the nose, with a rather lemony, slightly acetic balance to the cracker malt; just a hint of tart apple on the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: Refreshing and flavorful

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ordered this bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a pilsner glass.

Pour brings a slightly-dark golden color; it's a bit too dark for the style. White head that lasts for a short while before falling without too much lacing. Very thin collar throughout. Nose is bready and faintly pleasant with a fairly-large amount of fruity notes for the style. The taste is more toward the bready end of the spectrum with a bit of fruit and a very mild bitterness in the finish. Body is light but more toward medium than it should be. Carbonation is a tad bit low. Drinks pretty well overall, but is just good, not great.

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Photo of emerge077
4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from pochman, courtesy of BA Secret Santa 2009 so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, some hops and a touch of citrus.

T: The taste starts out bready with a light but grainy malt character. Then some sweetness comes in along with a mild lemon flavor. The hops presence is mild but complementary and provides some balance. The after taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's a beer that you can pound down but there are better ones in the style that I would pick first.

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Photo of russpowell
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
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

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Photo of drabmuh
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle gifted by Thorpe. Thanks. Beer served in a stange glass. Beer is clear with a big white head and some lacing on the glass. Carbonation moderate.

Surprisingly strong aroma. A little vegetal but grainy and sweet also.

Beer is sweet and light in body. There is a strong graininess and an unfortunate aftertaste. It's not the best Kolsch I've had. I doubt i would have it again.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.25/5  rDev -41.4%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of aasher
1.66/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I had this one on tap while in Chicago yesterday. I hadn't heard of it before so I thought I'd give it a try. It was a huge disappointment. It arrived a very pale gold in color with a light white head. It was very clear. It smelled of a skunked dortmunder lager and didn't have much "kolsch" to it at all. I was really disappointed. The flavor too, of skunked dortmunder. Bummer! It drank light but I hated it. Luckily the manager came by and asked us how our meal was and brought me a fresh Lagunitas IPA to replace it. Amazing and courteous gesture!

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Photo of corby112
3.8/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Streeter's Tavern. This is a pretty authentic tasting and looking Kolsch - its straw colored to gold, brilliant, light foamy white collar, fruity and light.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.86/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I drank this on tap at GI.

The beer is a super clear straw with about a finger and half of white head. Decent retention, ok lacing.

The aroma us super light, hardly gives off anything at all.

The taste is super light as well, all water pretty much. There is a light skunk finish.

The feel is super light.

The beer is very easy to drink, but its like drinking a glass of water, why would you want to drink it?

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of popery
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to stace for the bottle.

I can't say that I've had all that many different examples of this style, but this is a good beer, refreshing and summery. It pours a somewhat hazy pale yellow, somewhere between maize and madder yellow. Head is sudsy, relatively small and white. The aroma is pale malt-sweet with a mild vinous character. I'd prefer a bit more grape, but it's a minor complaint. A tiny bit of butterscotch sneaks in as it warms. Flavor is fairly sweet, but there's a nice grassy noble hop bite in the finish. This is a refreshing beer that doesn't try to overwhelm you with flavor. Good for a hot day. Mouthfeel is appropriately light and a touch slick. Good beer though I'm still not entirely won over to the style.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Blue Moon in Madison, Wisconsin. Served in a pint glass.

Appears lighter golden bodied, clear and bubbly, one finger white head with great retention time, plenty of lacing. Smells bready, a bit of honey, toasted whole grain, noble hop aromas, a bit of lemon citrus. Flavour is bread and grain sweetness, toasted, a bit of sugary malt, mild lemon, mild floral bitterness. Mouthfeel is thinner-medium bodied, good carbonation, mildly bitter finish that isn't too hard to drink. Overall, a decent, drinkable kolsch that won't knock your socks off.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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!

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Photo of Chaney
3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this on-tap at Hackney's at the Printer's Row section of Chicago.

Served in a pint glass.

A: Poured a clear straw color with about a 1.5 finger head. Nice, classic Kolsch look.

S: VERY strong barley and grain scent... much more potent than I'm used to in this style. Still, not bad.

T: I bit more sugar-laced than most Kolschs on the market for sure, but still not bad, and the bitter finish was a bit off to my mind.

M: This certainly got a bit cloying after a while, which is not a good thing in the Kolsch world. Lots of lacing.

O: Meh, didn't care much for this one.

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Photo of Redrover
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of matjack85
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Krankshaft Kölsch from Metropolitan Brewing
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