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Krankshaft Kölsch - Metropolitan Brewing

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very good

256 Ratings

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Ratings: 256
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 21
Gots: 26 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

IronTom, Aug 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

jgunther71, Aug 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

rabbitguy, Aug 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

krome, Aug 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Keith_R, Aug 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

kendrid, Aug 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

vikinghorn, Jul 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

kodt, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of Duesseldog
4.5/5  rDev +19%
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.

Duesseldog, Jun 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

kylehay2004, Jun 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

asafarc2, Jun 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Caskaway, Jun 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

jmtpi, Jun 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Davit, Jun 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

stortore, Jun 08, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

brez8791, Jun 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Pyjack, Jun 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Zimm, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of iRollFlaccid
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

iRollFlaccid, Jun 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

Ebf, May 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

BeerLover99, Apr 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

GuzzLah, Mar 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

t0rin0, Mar 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Sparky44, Mar 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

leprechaunandfatman, Mar 05, 2013
Krankshaft Kölsch from Metropolitan Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.