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Krankshaft Kölsch - Metropolitan Brewing

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Krankshaft KölschKrankshaft Kölsch

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BA SCORE
85
very good

265 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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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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4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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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.

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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

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4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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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.

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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.

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Krankshaft Kölsch from Metropolitan Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 265 ratings.