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Krankshaft Kölsch - Metropolitan Brewing

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BA SCORE
87
very good

85 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 85
Hads: 296
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 7.77%
Wants: 24
Gots: 44 | 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: 85 | Hads: 296
Photo of Maninthearena
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Straw colored, head had fairly big bubbles that dissipated leaving a nice lace around the rim of the glass.

Nose- Some herbal notes, some wheat malt dominates with a little honey sweetness.

Taste-Again some wheat malt is pretty substantial. Maybe a little pear/orchard fruits. Would like a little more subtleties here. Slight spicy bitterness underneath.

Mouthfeel- Crisp, light, and dry without being too watery. Goes down nicely and makes you want another sip. Very much lager-like as one would expect. A pleasure to sip.

Overall- I thoroughly enjoyed the brew, but am a little partial to Kolsches and other wheaty beers and have had quite a few that stack up favorably to this. That being said, this was extremely refreshing and would likely pair with a great range of meals. (794 characters)

Photo of jayhass
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (349 characters)

Photo of Duesseldog
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the only American Koelsch I've ever had that actually tastes like Koelsch. It's got a light, fruity taste that hop-lovers might find insignificant, but that I find delicate and nuanced -- but you have to make sure they serve it to you in the right glass!!!!

In Cologne, you'll get it in little glasses that are shaped like beakers and hold just 0.2 liters with the top inch or so being foam, and there is a reason for that: it goes flat fast, and its flavor dissipates if you get it in a big glass, even one with a small lip. In the wrong glass, this stuff will have no flavor at all.

I've found most places don't have Koelsch glasses, but some do offer beer in a "taste" glass?!?!?!? These work well. I've also had it in a Jever glass, but that's still not the same. A more scientific reviewer than I will have to get into the whys, but I certainly do find that this beer -- like all Koelsch -- needs that time-tested little glass.

Note: Even in Cologne, some beer gardens serve it in 0.4 glasses because it's such a nuisance to keep bringing out those little ones, but you'll find the flavor just dissipates in those. It's a very delicate beer, and I encourage you to try a taste-test: drink some from a Koelsch-type glass, and some from a normal beer glass, and see if it tastes different. (1,306 characters)

Photo of iRollFlaccid
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I wholeheartedly wanted to love a Kolsch style beer that came out of Chicago. As many beers that come from Metropolitan. However, this beer is close to nothing that comes out of Cologne. Being that I've been in Cologne, Germany... this beer is lackluster.

The malt is what makes a Kolsch. And Metropolitan lacks in terms of this. There should be a clean finish of my palate that is lacking. Good effort for the brewery, but in likeliness... nothing that comes from Cologne.

A clean malt with German hops and so forth, however lacking in style and taste. Numerous times I've wanted this beer and tasted this beer to no avail. The firm and minute nutty taste that comes from a Kolsch is not here. (697 characters)

Photo of Chaney
3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
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. (580 characters)

Photo of tjsdomer2
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (284 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
1.96/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured into an Hannen Alt glass on 10/22/12

Hazy, pale, faded, watery looking dull golden yellow. Two and a half fingers of smooth, fizzy foam. One half finger retention and thick drapes of lace.

The aroma progresses as such: soap (and lots of it), herbal hops, pears, light fruits, grain dust and wheat. The grain bill seem ok, but there's some funny business going on otherwise. Ugh, the taste is thinnish and riddled with unpleasantries. Neutered hops, and a paltry grain bill. Far too much in the way of fruit notions. The finish is dirty and hollow. The feel isn't any better - weak and watery body with overly fuzzy carbonation.

There is a skeleton of an ok beer in here, but, as is, this is is disappointing and difficult to drink. (741 characters)

Photo of socon67
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (381 characters)

Photo of mfavoino
3.16/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy golden straw color with a bubbly head.

Smell: A bit of yeast, light malts, and some floral aromas. Nothing jumping out of the glass.

Taste: Lemon sweetness and very light malt flavor. Subtle grain and finishes crisp. Overall, fairly subdued.

Mouthfeel: Very light and crisp on the palate. Refreshing for warm weather.

Overall: Flavor was nothing to write home about. Not much to it. (406 characters)

Photo of hoody711
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first review of a beer style that I actively dislike. Expect bias.

A - poured from the bottle, vigorously, into my goblet. Pale yellow (urine?) with nice head that recedes quickly with little lacing. Carbonation and clarity are nice.

S - yeasty, a little malty, with some honey on the tail end. Damn this beer, it's making me like it before I've tried it. And I so want to hate it.

T - ok, back to disliking it now, but I think it's only because I really don't like kolsch style beers. Sweet up front, marked fruitiness (mostly lemon) that carries through, with a tart finish. Crisp and clean though.

M - crisp and light, the carbonation is nice. Feels a little too much like drinking a soda, but again, bias.

O - still not at all my style. Ugh. But it's complex and nice, if you're into this style. I hesitate to say "chick beer." I'll stick to my pale ales, but I could (very rarely) enjoy one of these in the spring or summer. A nice kolsch. (952 characters)

Photo of Treebs
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle served in a plastic cup at the Cubs vs. Sox game.

A: Pours a clear golden yellow with a fluffy, long lasting white head forming on the pour. It leaves some sticky sheets of lace behind as I drink.

S: Pretty standard. Lagery yeast with a clear, crisp hop profile. Grassy and slightly malty as well.

T: The taste is a step up as this has a more fruity hop profile than the nose. The finish is nice and clean with a pale malt body.

M: Light bodied, very refreshing with a nice ample carbonation.

O: Well rounded with a good taste and high drinkability. What more could you ask for at a ball park. (612 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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 (354 characters)

Photo of Etan
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Pours a hazy sunshine yellow with a fluffy head of coarse, sticky bubbles. Great retention and lacing.

S: Thick, slightly soapy yeast, herbal, bright sweet pale malt, a bit of citrus and stone fruits from the hops and malt.

T: Mildly medicinal esters pop up first - floral and a little fruity - followed by big fresh grain and yeasty pale malt.

M: What a great mouthfeel. Soft, creamy, great carbonation.

O: Nice to taste a good, fresh rendition of a kolsch. (514 characters)

Photo of CitizenRay
4.8/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Golden and very clear. Lot of carbonation bubbles visible and a pretty persistent head.

S: Grainy sweetness, toffee, and very slight hop aroma. Nice light-malt aroma.

MF: light bodied, and amply carbonated.

T: A bit of grainy sweetness, just a touch of bitterness, some sweet malts through the middle with a faint caramel taste and a clean finish.

O: This is a great beer, and an excellent warm weather beer, very crisp and clean. Perfect examples of this style. (469 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
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 (407 characters)

Photo of OttoBomb
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz (355m l) bottle into a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint glass (January 26, 2012). The best before date of "APR 20 2012" is printed on the bottom of the sixpack.

Apparently this is brewed with a small addition of wheat to the mash, which should help reduce bitterness and smooth out the flavor.

Eyes: Pours a super clear golden straw color. A clean near-white head. Near perfect for the style.

Nose: Appetizing hints of grain, bread, while undertones of lemon/citrus.

Tongue: Follows the nose with mild malt and a lemon zest finish. A bit lighter than I might like, but very solid all around.

Mouth: Lively and spritzy, but not enough to overwhelm the palate.

Libation: Very easy drinking and flavorful.

The only small issue I have is that I would prefer a bit more heat on the flavor profile, but not enough to seriously detract from this great brew. The addition of the wheat does a great job increasing smoothness. Easy drinking, smooth, this is a great example of the style. (995 characters)

Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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. (599 characters)

Photo of TTAmod
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass. Served with sweet apple smoked chicken sausage with brown rice and steamed vegetables.

A: Very pale, yet slightly cloudy yellow. Fairly thick, frothy white head crowns the beer. Pretty much spot-on for the style.

S: Smells grainy, bready, slightly fruity (lemon?), and has floral overtones.

T: Starts off with a lemony and crisp grass twang. It fades into a slight, short hint of flowers, and finishes really bready and grassy.

M: Medium body. Really easy drinking. The beer just continually begs you to take another sip.

O: Pretty much excellent in every aspect. I'd maybe suggest adding a more assertive hop note at some point, as the brew was not as bitter as I'd like in a kolsch (35-40 IBU would be amazing, in my opinoin.) This is more of a finishing touch suggestion, though, as everything else is top-notch. (859 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (531 characters)

Photo of Agold
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (554 characters)

Photo of mckajd03
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Translucent straw color with a foamy white head that sticks around for a good while. Brilliant clarity. Lacing down the glass adds a nice visual touch.
S - Light corn, a bit of apple, and a touch of noble hops on the nose. Very pleasent and true to style.
T - The dry finish makes it immensely refreshing. Just enough hop character to make it interesting.
M - Light and well carbonated.
O - This is a highly drinkable beer- one that I would offer to any Bud/Miller/Coors drinker without hesitation. A great offering by one of the newer and better local breweries in the Chicago area. (587 characters)

Photo of osusullins
2.83/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is an ok Kolsch style lager. Pours clear and light golden color. Nice white head. Bitter, but not overpowering. Very drinkable beer, however I am not a fan of this style. A slight metallic after taste. I know quite a few people who love this beer, so I feel bad not giving it a higher review. That said, in my opinion this is an average beer at best. It's better than coors light, but not by much. I love supporting local breweries so I will continue to try everything that Metropolitan produces, but this is not my favorite. (530 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to htomsirveaux for this extra.

Appearance: Pale wheat gold. Super pale. Head is bright-white. Some lacing. Thin cap on the beer. Lively carbonation pulls from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Slight wheat tang. Some grassy notes. Lemon zest in the back. Pale malts as well. Floral notes from the hops. Delightful.

Taste: Wheatier and tangier than I would expect from the style. Nice touch of lemon pulls form the back. A little sweetness. Floral hops round the whole thing out. Very delicate flavor. Slight sulfur taste flits through the back.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean. Slightly grainy. Smooth. Carbonation is spot on. Dry, but not overly so.

Overall: Easy drinking and packed with flavor, especially for such a pale beer. (737 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
2.25/5  rDev -41.7%
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. (702 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (431 characters)

Krankshaft Kölsch from Metropolitan Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.