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Krankshaft Kölsch - Metropolitan Brewing

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Krankshaft KölschKrankshaft Kölsch

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very good

265 Ratings

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Ratings: 265
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.72%
Wants: 21
Gots: 36 | 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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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.

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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!

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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.

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I've had this a few times on tap at the U of C pub, and it honestly has yet to wow me.

Very light beer in appearance, but with a nice enough head, and smells like pale malts and a little bit of grass/straw. The taste picks up delicate notes of nutty malts and apple/pear.

It's a very delicate beer, really, as it should be, and the mouthfeel is very prickly and drying, almost too drying. It's a solid effort, I just don't think it's quite as flavorful as your best German Kölsches.

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Pours a crisp, light golden yellow with a hint of haze and about a finger of white foam that quickly thins into a ring with decent lacing.

S - Lemon, grassy, floral funk and a bit of malt. Very nice. Better than I expected.

Taste agrees with the smell - crisp and refreshing - some floral yeast, some lemon, a decent dose of malt, and a smooth finish. An excellent summer beer, but not too shabby in winter time.

Mouthfeel is crisp and not quite light bodied. A tad bit sticky, and well carbonated.

Highly drinkable. I'm impressed by this one.

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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.

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Krankshaft Kölsch from Metropolitan Brewing
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