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Krankshaft Kölsch - Metropolitan Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

238 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 238
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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Photo of drabmuh
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle gifted by Thorpe. Thanks. Beer served in a stange glass. Beer is clear with a big white head and some lacing on the glass. Carbonation moderate.

Surprisingly strong aroma. A little vegetal but grainy and sweet also.

Beer is sweet and light in body. There is a strong graininess and an unfortunate aftertaste. It's not the best Kolsch I've had. I doubt i would have it again.

drabmuh, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ordered this bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a pilsner glass.

Pour brings a slightly-dark golden color; it's a bit too dark for the style. White head that lasts for a short while before falling without too much lacing. Very thin collar throughout. Nose is bready and faintly pleasant with a fairly-large amount of fruity notes for the style. The taste is more toward the bready end of the spectrum with a bit of fruit and a very mild bitterness in the finish. Body is light but more toward medium than it should be. Carbonation is a tad bit low. Drinks pretty well overall, but is just good, not great.

Thorpe429, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of wmtxbb
2.25/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle poured into glass

Appearance: Clear yellow with a very light layer of lacing.

Smell: Crunchy malt, almost hay-like with strong corn scent.

Taste: Corn, wheat and barley malts with a little bitterness and some alcohol flavor.

Drinkability: Having more than one is a struggle I'm actually giving away the rest if I can, if I can't I'm just going to dump the beer and save the bottles for my homebrewing. This is one of the worst local brews I've had. I haven't gotten the chance to try any other metropolitan beers. I hope metropolitan can put out a better product than this.

wmtxbb, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of jampics2
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

The beer pours a straw color with yellow and gold hints. There is little head but nice retention and lace. It's unfiltered but clear with no active carbonation. This is a good looking Kölsch beer!

The smell is full of sweet pale malt, slightly bready grain and a nice amount of noble hop aroma. The hops are flowery and slightly spicy and the malt is not too grainy with a touch of straw. Also present is a touch of lemon tartness that lightens things up. The smells are pleasant but are not expressive enough to vault this into the upper echelon of Kölsch beers.

A very clean taste epitomizes the pleasant drinking experience this beer offers the drinker. There is a nice amount of sweet malt, accompanied by some mild bread, a touch of toast, some straw and lemon tartness. The best part of the beer is the clean finish with noble hop bitterness. The hops add just enough to the mix. Krankshaft lacks the crackery grains that my favorite Kölsch beers feature, but it does have a hint of tartness and nice hop integration. Certainly one of the better American takes on the style.

The mouthfeel is light bodied with adequate carbonation, which does hide out before exploding along my tongue. There is a watery aftertaste that just falls short of being full-flavored. The drinkability, however, is high due to the pleasant mix of flavors and lack of any noticeable alcohol. I would happily enjoy this beer again. It's not up there with the excellent COAST Kölsch, but it's still quite nice.

jampics2, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass, with a big thanks to Jeff for coming through with a local example of one of my favorite styles, period.

Pours a very pale straw color, hazy, with a white, fluffy one-finger head. Settles into a dense half-inch cap with excellent retention and some nice delicate lacing.

Nose is quite delicate, but very nice - floral hops and a nice bit of cereal grain sweetness, and just a hint of sulfur on the finish. Probably a 4.2.

Taste is nice too. A delicate grainy pilsner malt sweetness is the primary aspect, with just a bit of hops that are floral and just a bit soapy. crisp finish strikes a perfect balance. Very well executed, I'd say a solid 4.3 that I'm rounding up.

Mouthfeel is light in body, with a flavor that's big enough to bely that, and a nice, moderately aggressive carbonation.

Nicely drinkable. Overall, this is a very good example of the style, though I'd like to see it just a wee bit drier. Falls just short of the best German examples, which is fairly high praise.

JohnQVegas, Oct 30, 2010
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 Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a German stange glass.

Pours an initially hazed straw gold that clears out quite nicely, topped with 2-3 fingers of bright-white head. This settles down into a light ½ finger frothy cap, which leaves back some thick and sticky swathes of lacing. The aroma is fresh and bright; with a straight up pop of lemon zest, along with some leafy and spicy floral notes. Sweet bready grains sit in the back of the nose; mixing with fruit flavors to impart a pleasant smelling tang. This is quite nice, with a flavorful and breezy feel to it.

The taste is well balanced here, with light toasted doughy sweetness enveloping and evening out hoppy notes of earth and bitter citrus rind. That lemon twang runs the whole way through the profile and melds nicely with the character of the malts. This finishes with plenty of lingering bready sweetness and spices. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied, with crispness to the carbonation that snaps the flavors across the tongue, yet this still also stays exceptionally easy and smooth. Just a perfect feel for the profiles that are involved.

Nice. Just a well made Kölsch here. Well balanced, flavorful, and extremely easy drinking, I'm glad that I picked up a full sixer of these when I was last out in Chicago. Metro hasn't let me down yet!

Kegatron, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of RDHerm
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light orange / yellow color with extremely light (almost clear) yellow highlights. Has a thin white head that dissipates pretty quickly, leaving a ring that holds throughout.

Very faint aroma. There is a certain tartness to it, reminiscent of champagne. Light notes of malts and yeast, with hints of hops and fruit.

Starts off tasting sweet, with notes of malt and fruit, sort of a combination of white grape and pear. There finish has a very slight hoppy bitterness to it, with just the lightest bit of spice.

Light body, with a perfect carbonation level. There's an excellent crispness to it, and it doesn't leave the palate too dry.

Good taste, light body, and an near perfect mouthfeel. You could drink this all night long.

RDHerm, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of Bubba83
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In my possession thanks to Kegatron. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler at about 45 degrees. Chill haze light straw yellow with a lot of effervescent bubbles rising into a bright white thin ring of head with excellent retention and lacing for the style. Looks impressive.

Smells like hay, straw, plain crackers, earthy lager yeast, and some grassy german hops. Pleasant and about what I have come to expect from the style.

Some crackery, bready malts up front. Freshly cut grass, ripe pears, and hay follow. This style is really quite simple, and I find it hard to find differences in flavor profiles between good Kolsches. This is a good Kolsch. I generally can only pick out differences if there is something wrong. There are no flaws here... I have tasted more subtleties before though in some of the best examples. Maybe I'm looking for a bit more floral character for a higher taste rating.

I think they hit the nail on the head with the mouthfeel. The consistency is medium-thin but not watery, and the carbonation level is high and vibrant which is where a Kolsch should be. Finishes super dry. The whole experience is bright and refreshing, and takes me back to drinking on the patios of little brew pubs along the Rhine... If I only had a stange...

Overall another well made german beer from Metropolitan. Super refreshing and delicious. This brewery and I are getting along well.

Bubba83, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of AleWatcher
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes--
Served in pint glass.

This a really nice light color-- looks a bit like a Berlinner Wiesse a bit-- a light golden color with a little bit of haze, possibly chill haze? Definitely translucent, almost transparent, certainly not murky at all! Fine micro-bubbles form a 3 finger white head that glistens and sparkles as it cascades down the side in sheets of lace that don't hang out for very long, but leave some spots behind.

The smell has a little light malts, like cereal grains- very little noble hops, and then a nice fruity and yeasty note that comes across with apricots pulling a lot of weight.

A light toast-like malt holds a little sweetness before a slightly spicy hop note hits. The fruity taste reminds me of pears and apple juice and apricots. Nice light body is almost effervescent with plenty of carbonation. The drinkability is insanely high-- it is so delicious, so light, and so easy to drink that I am floored.

This was my first beer from Metropolitan, and I must say that I am impressed!

AleWatcher, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of Brenden
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was very generously included by JimboHD2005 when he graciously sent me some GL Lake Erie Monster after I missed the release and it had sold out. Many thanks again and cheers to him. Notes are a few nights old.

The color is the very pale yellow-gold appropriate for the style. There's good activity, and a white head forms at just about one finger, maintains its form well, and leaves a bit of patchy lacing behind.
The aroma is soft but it isn't subdued. Clean, dry malts bring up a bit of toast or crackers, grains linger in the back, a light sweetness and tartness as if from green grapes, and a soft hops presence are all evident.
Crisp, clean dry malts make the backbone with more of the green grape evident in the flavor. A light hops presence makes itself known underneath the grains as well.
Along with the tart grape-like notes in the aroma and flavor, this one really seems like champagne given the light body and ample, bubbly carbonation. There's a bit of a tingle in the mouth and a crisp bite on first sip, yet it also remains smooth.
I have to say I, like most, am a fan of bigger, bolder styles, flavors, etc. However, I haven't lost my love for softer, more subtle styles and their intricacies. That said, I've had a few Kolsches before, but I also have some experience with what's intended of the style and what it should be. I've seen how homebrewers are supposed to make it, style guidelines, that sort of thing. I think that this brewery I'd never heard of before this beer came in my box may have made the best Kolsch to style that I've witnessed.

Brenden, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Samuel Adams Summer Ale stange. No date or info.

Thanks to emerge077 for this summer refresher

A - Brilliant clarity shows off Krankshaft's inner workings; strong carbonation turning the brew machine! A tight white head sits above the golden yellow beer with good retention and patchy lace.

S - Smooth pale malts open the aroma with a soft start and move right into a dry straw, husky aroma. Clean and refreshing but somewhat adjunct-y like.

T - Nice and malty with pilsner and pale leading the way into a grainy straw-like adjunct flavor. Crisp and clean, it doesn't hide much.

M - Mild sweetness adds a little bit of body to this light-medium beer. Lots of sharp carbonation finishes out the slightly dry and crisp kölsch.

D - A little less sweetness and this would make for a great summer refreshing beer. Still good regardless, it went down very nicely.

BeerFMAndy, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: straw/pale gold, slight chill haze, nice dense white head and lacing.
S: light fruity notes and doughy biscuity pale malts.
T: lightly sweet bready malts are well-balanced by smooth underlying hop bitterness. finishes clean.
M: smooth, light bodied.
D: solid example of the style.

MrMcGibblets, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of bristol2120
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass. Medium head quickly subsides, leaving a thin layer of foam. Minimal lacing present. Nice aroma featuring grainy notes, and subtle bitterness underneath. Very clean and crisp taste, with graininess and notes of hay in the forefront, which really come out in the aftertaste. A slightly "grapey" sourness lurks in the background. The mouthfeel features a pleasant bite of carbonation, though it does seem a bit thin. I admit I'm not very familiar with this style, but this beer would probably be best enjoyed in the warmer weather.

bristol2120, Jul 16, 2010
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
Photo of popery
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to stace for the bottle.

I can't say that I've had all that many different examples of this style, but this is a good beer, refreshing and summery. It pours a somewhat hazy pale yellow, somewhere between maize and madder yellow. Head is sudsy, relatively small and white. The aroma is pale malt-sweet with a mild vinous character. I'd prefer a bit more grape, but it's a minor complaint. A tiny bit of butterscotch sneaks in as it warms. Flavor is fairly sweet, but there's a nice grassy noble hop bite in the finish. This is a refreshing beer that doesn't try to overwhelm you with flavor. Good for a hot day. Mouthfeel is appropriately light and a touch slick. Good beer though I'm still not entirely won over to the style.

popery, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a strange)
A- This beer pours a crystal clear straw yellow body with a sea of carbonation supporting a thick cloud of snow white head that soon fades to a ring but sticks to the glass with each sip.
S- This beer has a very clean slightly sweet pale malt flavor with a Noble hop hint in the finish. There is a faint alfalfa note that comes through in the finish as it warms.
T- The soft pale malt flavor has a note of field corn, there is a slightly sweet quality to the malt. The finish is a slightly sulfury mellow green hops with a faint hop bite lingering for a brief moment.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with an airy quality. The fizzy finish makes the mouthfeel more full.
D- This beer is very drinkable with a full malt flavor for a Kolsch. The sweetness is a bit strong to drink to many in a row.

rhoadsrage, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of AJacob81
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tapered pilsener glass.

A - Golden straw-colored and crystal clear, bubbles rising consistently and forming a 1-finger white head that leaves thin lacing on the inside of the glass.

S - White wine is surprisingly the overriding odor here, also some general beery notes of yeast and barley. Interesting nose, but not that impressive.

T - Crisp, slightly citrusy lager, with moderate balance from the hops. The white wine from the nose is also present, but as more of a grace note.

M - Smooth, excellent carbonation levels and a wonderful thin-to-medium body. Outstanding.

D - This actually has the drinkability that the macro lagers all claim to have. Easy to gulp.

AJacob81, May 30, 2010
Photo of samie85
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Pours a hazy color that's reminiscent of pear juice with a two finger white head.

S-Very sweet smelling grain with some wheat and some floral hops.

T-Sweet grain upfront with maybe a hint of wheat and a nice herbal, bitter hop finish.

M-Really smooth and low side of medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D-Wow, this is the first kolsch to really get my attention. Really solid, flavorful beer that happens to be lighter bodied and insanely drinkable.

samie85, May 04, 2010
Photo of stace
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer has replaced Oberon as my favorite summer beer. I find it a very good example of the style, and an immensely drinkable beer. If you consider a 5% beer a session beer, this is it.

Crisp, clear appearance, the right nose, mouthfeel is great, but the flavor is where it's at. There's a lot going on in this beer. It has a surprisingly full malt profile, but not beyond the style's norm.

If you can get it, do it. It's great on tap as well.

stace, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
2.9/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I drank this on tap at GI.

The beer is a super clear straw with about a finger and half of white head. Decent retention, ok lacing.

The aroma us super light, hardly gives off anything at all.

The taste is super light as well, all water pretty much. There is a light skunk finish.

The feel is super light.

The beer is very easy to drink, but its like drinking a glass of water, why would you want to drink it?

jrallen34, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a sixer in Chicago, $9.99. I wasn't sure which Metropolitan beer to go with for this purchase, but over the years I've become a fan of Kolsch and so here we are. The beer is pale yellow color with a thin 1-finger wet-looking foam that diminishes to the thinnest of films. The aroma is faint, understated clean malts and bread, really good for the style. I don't get any of the light non-tart funk I get from some of my favorites (Reissdorf, Gaffel), more smooth like Fruh. The taste is a little grainy up front, but has a nice yeasty and bready aftertaste that lingers.

Light carbonation, light and somewhat creamy body. Very drinkable, I could go through a lot of these quickly. A new favorite for me in Chicago. I foresee many of these in my belly in the future.

TurdFurgison, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of jlindros
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first Metropolitan, thanks to paco1029384758.

A: A bleached white fizzy 1.5 finger head rises up and fades at a medium pace. The hazy clear white-pale-yellow-straw color reveals many bubbles rising up.

N: Very light crisp lager, almost ale aromas. A little bit of slight malts and definite kolsch like aromas, and a slight yeasty aroma.

T: Pretty light, but with distinct lager flavors. Some lighter malts, a little sweet malty flavors with hints of syrup. Some interesting grassy flavors, almost hints of hops. It also has this strange toasty flavor I can't put my finger on a descriptor.

M: Pretty light and tons of carbonation.

F: Semi dry and a hint of bitterness. Light lingering malt and Kolsch flavors. Would be a pretty goo light summer drink, but I've had better Kolsch beers.

jlindros, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from pochman, courtesy of BA Secret Santa 2009 so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, some hops and a touch of citrus.

T: The taste starts out bready with a light but grainy malt character. Then some sweetness comes in along with a mild lemon flavor. The hops presence is mild but complementary and provides some balance. The after taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's a beer that you can pound down but there are better ones in the style that I would pick first.

TheManiacalOne, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of spointon
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this one on tap at Kasey's Tavern on 1/23/2010.

A= Poured a slightly hazy but very pale yellow, with a 3/4" white head. The head settled to a thin skim and left just minor lacing behind.

S= Smelled like bakery malt sweetness, faint sulfur, esters, and nothing else. Probably a bit more estery than it should be but still very nice.

T= Pretty sweet but in a good way, with a nice bready quality and a kiss of sulfur. Maybe a bit of those fruity esters coming through as faint citrus. Finish was pretty clean.

MF= Lighter bodied with a fairly modest carbonation level.

D= Extremely drinkable and tasty too. Would make an ideal session beer. Easily my favorite Metropolitan beer to date.

spointon, Jan 24, 2010
Krankshaft Kölsch from Metropolitan Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.