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Krankshaft Kölsch - Metropolitan Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

258 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 258
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.98%
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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Photo of cadaugherty
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of sbricker
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of tchaos
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of mckajd03
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Photo of osusullins
2.85/5  rDev -24.8%
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.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.45/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
2.28/5  rDev -39.8%
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.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of Northsider
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a bottle at the French Market in Chicago. I was offered a plastic cup, so I opted to drink straight from the bottle; I can only assume the appearance was 'good'.

Kölsch is quickly become my favorite summer drink. This beer was very light and refreshing. Nice an bready and not too hoppy. Great beer, not much to say. I will definitely get it again, the brewery is so close to me.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crank it up Gees!!! Trying the Krankshaft Kolsch...the appearance is ok....very yellow with no head, clear. The smell is mostly grain with some hints of citrus. The taste is powered by grain that is somewhat burnt. There are some hints of citrus, but this beer is really not to my liking. Mouthfeel...its light and somewhat easy drinking. but not one that I would choose unless the alternative was a typical American Adjuct from macro breweries. Worht a try sure....worth a revisit....i dont know.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden beer with a nice white cap.

S - A little bit of bready malt, some minerality. Just nice.

T - Spot-on flavor. Bready malt, mineralilty and a pristineness that makes it extremely refreshing.

M - Nice soft effervescence.

O - I would drink this all the time, were it available in my market.

Photo of steveh
4.6/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The last of my sampling of the Metropolitan beers. The 3 previous styles were as near to perfection as any German beer consumed at its origin, so the Krank Shaft has a lot to live up to!

A -- Clear, pale straw color with a dense, white head that holds well through the duration and leaves light lacing.

S -- Juicy malt with mellow citrus characters finishing with spicy noble hops in good balance.

T -- Mmm. Bready malt up front that folds into mellow fruit characters then finishes with light, spicy & bitter hops. The malt makes a great backbone throughout the beer leaving a great, sweet bready character in the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft to crisp across the palate, finishing dry and the body is light.

O -- Overall impression? Another style home run -- not to mention delicious, to Metropolitan. I'm glad I looked past the price tag on these beers to find that they are so spot on for the styles - and so fresh that they will give anyone the true character of German style beers. Don't know what Aasher was drinking, but I'm guessing it may have been the first pour of the day and he should have requested a fresh glass.

Photo of uberez8
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Hay market, a fantastic brew pub in Chicago everyone should visit when given the chance. This beer came out with a thin head and clear gold body but what really grabbed my interest was the smell; very floral and alluring. The taste was amazingly clean and smooth but not wimpy, strong tones of wheat and a zest of lemon followed each swig. Didn't expect much but this is now my go to session beer when found on tap.

Photo of aasher
1.6/5  rDev -57.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I had this one on tap while in Chicago yesterday. I hadn't heard of it before so I thought I'd give it a try. It was a huge disappointment. It arrived a very pale gold in color with a light white head. It was very clear. It smelled of a skunked dortmunder lager and didn't have much "kolsch" to it at all. I was really disappointed. The flavor too, of skunked dortmunder. Bummer! It drank light but I hated it. Luckily the manager came by and asked us how our meal was and brought me a fresh Lagunitas IPA to replace it. Amazing and courteous gesture!

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #48 (Jan 2011):

Sizable plume of white head tapers to a clinging lace; pale yellow color has a great clarity to it. Smells of fresh- baked shortbread, hint of lemon zest and subtle wildflowers. Deep-planted crispness presents the lighter body in a lush manner. Dry from start to finish, the lightly toasted cracker maltiness holds more flavor than expected. Lemon herbal hoppiness lends more than enough bitterness to get by. Ghostlike sulfur. Clean grainy finish. Obviously someone got their homework right here--this is more proof that smaller brewers can brew extremely flavorful, pale-colored beers. Kudos to Metro!

Photo of readbaron
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crisp, light golden yellow with a hint of haze and about a finger of white foam that quickly thins into a ring with decent lacing.

S - Lemon, grassy, floral funk and a bit of malt. Very nice. Better than I expected.

Taste agrees with the smell - crisp and refreshing - some floral yeast, some lemon, a decent dose of malt, and a smooth finish. An excellent summer beer, but not too shabby in winter time.

Mouthfeel is crisp and not quite light bodied. A tad bit sticky, and well carbonated.

Highly drinkable. I'm impressed by this one.

Photo of Onenote81
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another great bottle received from readbaron. Thanks!

12oz bottle poured into a stange glass. Pours a very cloudy yellow/gold. A small white head caps it off right away, but then dissipates quickly. Lots of sticky lace left behind. The nose is fresh with aromas of grass clippings, lemon-lime, spring, floral tones.

The body is crisp and clean. Carbonation level spritzes it up, without fizzing the mouth up. Lots of lemon tartness, mild hop presence, slight earthy quality. This is a splendid "tame" beer. Perfect for the warmer months, but just fine any other time. Tasty, refreshing beer. Recommend.

Photo of LacquerHead
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a light hazy golden color with a snowy white head.

S: it reminded me of a Heineken or Grolsch, but without the skunk smell.

T: Clean was the first thing that came to mind. I want to say it had light citrus taste. At times I tasted metal, but it wasn't offensive or distracting. This had refined crisp flavor.

Conclusion: My overall impression was fairly good. It was clean, nothing that was offensive. Mostly I prefer darker more assertive beers, and I don't typically reach for lagers, but this was good. It was a simple professional tasting kolsh.

Photo of matjack85
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The last of the three Metropolitan brews I got to try. The Dynamo and Flywheel offerings are pretty easy to find on most local store shelves, but no one seemed to carry the Krankshaft Kolsch. Finally found it in 12oz bottle form at Quencher's Saloon in Chicago for $5 a bottle.

The beer poured a pale yellow/gold color that was totally clear. It produced a 2-finger white head that lasted about 2 minutes leaving decent lacing behind.

This has a really heavy fruit smell to it - very grape-y, like wine. Under the fruit there is also a bready malt smell.

The beer is on the sweet side with the beady malt and fruits providing the main flavor, but there is also a small degree of grassy hop presence for balance. Well made.

Despite the sweetness, they managed to keep this light to medium bodied. It's smooth with moderate carbonation.

Very drinkable and enjoyable.

Photo of mjhorn
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this out of a bottle poured into a pint. Poured a light golden yellow, just a touch darker than you see with a BMC type beer. Thin head that disappeared quickly. Not a lot to the aroma, a bit of grass/hay and a tad of sweetness that I couldn't place. Flavor was nice and refreshing. Malty and bready up front, finishes with a hint of honey. Nice and crisp, good carbonation level and goes down easy. Could definitely put a few of these away pretty quickly. It's the dead of winter right now, but this would be a great beer for a hot summer day at the beach.

Photo of drabmuh
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of wmtxbb
2.25/5  rDev -40.6%
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.

Photo of jampics2
4.13/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Krankshaft Kölsch from Metropolitan Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.