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Krankshaft Kölsch - Metropolitan Brewing

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very good

242 Ratings

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Ratings: 242
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 21
Gots: 22 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

alostplot, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of sweethome
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

sweethome, Oct 03, 2009
Photo of BeerNDoggerel
4.5/5  rDev +19%

BeerNDoggerel, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of lstokes
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

lstokes, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of Joel12
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

Joel12, Jul 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

Guinnsslvr, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of readbaron
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

readbaron, Mar 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

ariceclemson, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of trbergman
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

trbergman, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of yaksurf
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

yaksurf, Nov 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

BrewClint, Dec 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Thedaver4220, Nov 19, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

MouthfulOfchris, May 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

Antnyd82, Jan 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

DMB, Dec 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

JMurphy41, Oct 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Mick-e-d, Jul 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

ifixufly, Apr 04, 2014
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5/5  rDev +32.3%

prisoner1572, May 10, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev +7.9%

Aaron_Kerkvliet, Sep 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Eman17, Aug 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Daktah, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of Hophead101
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

vitters03, Jan 06, 2012
Krankshaft Kölsch from Metropolitan Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.