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Krankshaft Kölsch - Metropolitan Brewing

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247 Ratings

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Ratings: 247
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 21
Gots: 23 | 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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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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

larbush, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of Treebs
3.78/5  rDev 0%
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.

Treebs, Jun 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

ironyisoverrated, Jun 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

tdmccarthy, May 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

BeerOps, May 27, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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

brentk56, May 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

KimbarkBrewCrew, May 11, 2012
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5/5  rDev +32.3%

prisoner1572, May 10, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

MouthfulOfchris, May 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

EddieJoe, May 06, 2012
Photo of Etan
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Etan, May 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

thewimperoo, Apr 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

antoines15, Apr 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

StevieDavie, Mar 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

matthageman, Mar 27, 2012
3.25/5  rDev -14%

THEOPTIMATOR88, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of CitizenRay
4.78/5  rDev +26.5%
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.

CitizenRay, Mar 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

Antnyd82, Jan 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

damuts222, Jan 29, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
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

russpowell, Jan 27, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

OttoBomb, Jan 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

madman45, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

JohnnyChicago, Jan 21, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

TTAmod, Jan 18, 2012
Krankshaft Kölsch from Metropolitan Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.