Krankshaft Kölsch
Metropolitan Brewing

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Ranked #58
Ranked #24,909
3.82 | pDev: 13.09%
Metropolitan Brewing
Illinois, United States
Very Good
Krankshaft KölschKrankshaft Kölsch
Notes: 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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metter98 from New York

3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at The Publican Tavern, ORD Airport, Chicago, IL

A: The beer is crystal clear golden yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with minimal head and left a thin collar of white bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of green grapes are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of green grapes along with hints of biscuity malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink but isn't especially flavorful.

Serving type: on-tap

Aug 01, 2019
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.24/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a pale brown, clear color with nearly zero head.
Aroma: Initially noble hops followed by a dark grape/berry aroma and then a lighter white vinous aroma with some pale bread malts underneath.
Flavor: Pale pilsner malts mixed with some german malts. There is a blue-raspberry flavor underneath.
Finish: Flat and undercarbonated. Little to no tartness or bitterness.

Overall: Not very impressed. However, I think I got an old bottle, and this style does not age well. The hops and fruit characteristic have been completely attenuated, and this drinks like a helles lager with only the malts left. Forgive the rating, but will have to try a more fresh version.

Apr 10, 2019
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Bright gold pour with excellent clarity and very thin white lacing. Carbonation is minimal.

S - Light citrus, honey, and grainey malt.

T - Light honey malt from start to finish with just a hint of cereal grain, and ends with with light lemon citrus.

M - Heavy medium body with delicate carbonation pricklies on the tongue. Leaves some granular coating in the mouth.

O - Thicker than expected but overall pretty good.

Mar 23, 2019
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joe1510 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$6.99 6-Pack (sale)
Binny's - Joliet, IL

Krankshaft is a good looking beverage. It's pale golden and bright with exceptional clarity. Each and every bubble can be seen rushing to the surface to bolster the foam. The head was easy to conjure up to a finger in heaight on the pour, it's pure white and creamy. After a couple minutes in the glass it settles to a thin cap with some patchy lacing here and there.

The nose is straightforward and rather simple but clean and comforting. Freshly cracked grains get it going along with a touch of cereal sweetness. It's bready throughout. The hop profile is perfectly complementary with a soft floral quality and a nice backing of spice. Nicely put together play between malt and hops.

The maltiness is vibrant with the freshly cracked grains and a softly sweet backing of cereal grains. A touch of lemon brightness runs throughout before the floral and subtly spiced hop profile kicks in. The malt profile is hearty but fresh while the hop profile adds the appropriate counterpoint. This is some good suds.

The body is moderate in weight with a rather plush roundness. Carbonation is soft and appropriate creating a velvety feel on the tongue. A mild, balancing bitterness and fairly dry finish make this beer an easy on to put away. Drinkability is off the charts high.

Krankshaft is a delicious libation that I have been fortunate enough to imbibe for quite a while now. It's clean and crisp with a hearty maltiness and a well defined hop profile. It's quenching and delicious, an easy beer to put away.

Dec 02, 2018
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ghwolf from Illinois

5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lean back, close your eyes and imagine you are sitting on the Rhine river in Köln, Germany. Take a few swigs of this clean, crisp beer and you'll be as close to heaven as possible. Krankshaft is always consistent and a good go-to for a night of debauchery.

Sep 27, 2018
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GreenDragonPurse from Idaho

1.13/5  rDev -70.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

Huge pure-white head, pale champagne colored liquid. Urine-y odor. Nearly flavorless - tastes like every beer in a red solo cup I had at a frat party in college. Awful.

Sep 03, 2018
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bret717 from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look- pours a slightly clloudy pale golden straw color with a dense white head and spotty lacing

Aroma- very subtle crackery malt, honey-like sweetness and floral hops

Taste- crackery malt with a mild slightly sweet honey note, floral and earthy hops, along with slightly tangy note that sort of morphs into a mild bitterness

Feel- medium light bodied with prickyly carbonation; finishes a bit dry and with a little bitterness

Overall- very enjoyable kolsch with subtle malt and hop notes that are nicely balanced

May 07, 2018
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Buck89 from Tennessee

3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap into a pint glass. Clear golden color with a modest white head. Interesting fruity aroma with apple and pear notes. The taste was on par with a sweet fruity aspect and a clean grainy backbone. Medium bodied.

Mar 29, 2018
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Gregaroo from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6/19/17 - On tap at Sweetwater restaurant on Michigan Ave in Chicago. Served ice cold in a tall goblet. Clear yellow with snow white head. No lacing. Went down fast. Easy drinking and refreshing. I had a second.

Jun 21, 2017
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argock from Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a willi at Miller's Pub (Chicago, IL).

A: Slightly hazy lemon yellow with solid 1/2-1 finger white frothy head with good retention and lacing.

S: Delicious grainy pils, slightly tangy probably from wheat and spicy and lightly floral hopping

T: Flavor definitely outdoes the subdued aroma with blasts of grainy, moderately sweet and tangy pils maltiness followed by floral, lightly spicy, and more lemony hops which works great with the tangy maltiness. It is not sour but brushes up against it to provide a full flavor. Light bitterness.

M: Crisp and clean with tanginess that adds to the body without hurting the dryness in the finish.

O: I had been kicking around the idea of doing a kolsch for summer, and after tasting my most recent and disappointing hop experiment APA, I may take a shot at something more refreshing and clean.

May 09, 2017
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.27/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$ 6.54/12 oz bottle ($ 0.545/oz) at B Restaurant, Oak Brook, Il
Undated bottle at hotel bar temperature into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma – wet grain, light hops
Head average (Maximum 3.5 cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to an irregular five to fourteen mm lacy ring and a partial layer
Lacing – basically none other than a little drag from the irregular ring
Body – light yellow, clear, effervescent
Flavor – odd. Some wheat, sweet on the tongue but dry on the hard palate. Slight hops, slight malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate – light, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3.25, Palate 3, Overall 3

Nov 04, 2016
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very pale, clear color with a rapidly diminishing head of 2 fingers. Mossy pond scum on top after it fades.

Fresh, crisp golden delicious apples, light dry spice, cider.

Flavors of picked apples out front, followed by stiff grains, spice rack, and cured apple. Some dry, sour bread dipped in apple cider vinegar on the finish. The flavor just grows old and painful as it continues to warm degree by degree.

Feel is the most impressive thing here by far, it starts out wet and carbonated, and just scrapes the tongue dry as it finishes and fades on the palate.

Overall, it's not half bad. I am mainly knocking out some of these beers to see which ones I should go back for tomorrow. This one I'll pass on when I revisit Binny's again.

Oct 01, 2016
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projektyle from Indiana

3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clean and crisp with an astringent, slightly salty finish. At Publican Tavern in O'Hare airport. Chose the beer then decided what to pair it with. Chicken sandwich was a good choice.

Aug 28, 2016
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bowzer4birdie from Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first time trying this style. First beer from Metropolitan as well. Poured into stange glass which I rarely use. Clean, crisp and refreshing! Color is a light apple, pear-ish color with faint, tart fruit in the finish. Nice beer.

Aug 05, 2016
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GrumpyGas from Illinois

4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I took a whiff and said "wow"
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass shows a straw colored body floating an aggressive soapy-bubble head.
Aroma is a clean fresh orange citrus with an almost apple hint.
Flavors include a bread-like touch to the fruit.
Feel is medium and falling heavy, but the fruit keeps it clean and a wet finish.

Aug 05, 2016
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c014572 from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very effervescent. Nice head and very light color. Aroma is slightly citrus. Flavor is some initial malt up front, quickly followed by hops then covered up by dryness/astringency. This is spot on for style. Very refreshing on a summer day, easy to session this one.

Jun 24, 2016
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FBarber from Illinois

3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light straw yellow, almost clear. Champagne-like with tons of bubbles coursing upward reveal lots of carbonation. Thick four finger head initially, then dissipates leaving a bit of sticky lacing along the glass and a layer of foam on the top of the beer.

Smell has notes of lemon and citrus with cracker malt undertones. Bit of a metallic undertone to the smell.

Taste is initially very carbonated, but as that clears you get notes of cracker malts, lemon zest, prominent hop character comes through. Some floral notes from the hops. Not bitter, but certainly hoppy with a noticeable cut grass flavor. Honey-like sweetness throughout. Definite metallic taste on the aftertaste. Not sure that flavor is supposed to be there.

Feel is extremely light, crisp, with an almost harsh finish. Lots of carbonation provides a noticeable tingle on the tongue. Very drinkable and light.

Overall a decent beer. Pretty true to the style. Was off put by the metallic flavor, but Im going to assume that was an issue with the bottle and not a usual flavor. I'll have to give this one a try again at some point to see if that metallic flavor is still there.

May 18, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I like Metropolitan. They stick to their knitting in the German tradition and this kolsch, in particular, shows that they've done their homework.

Poured into a stange, I think I've never had a beer that was over half foam (but it settled down.) Paler than I expected.
Delicate Smells, mostly malts and some citrus... let's call it lemon since it's the same color.
Tastes like it Smells, but also adds a very nice dryness lingers. And crisp.

I will have Krankshaft again and it simplicity has given me incentive to try Metropolitan's other offerings; like some darker malts.

May 01, 2016
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DaneBramage from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: nearly transparent light yellow/gold
S: bready and grainy with a hint of citrus
T: sweet, similar to a German Wheat
F: not heavy at all
O: a very drinkable summer beer, although I drank it in the dead of winter

Jan 27, 2016
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Tone from Missouri

3.21/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy, straw color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of wheat, slight pale malt, slight hop, and a hint of citrus. Fits the style of a Kolsch. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of wheat, slight pale malt, slight hop, and a hint of citrus. Overall, lacking in body, but the hop presence was oddly too strong.

Nov 29, 2015
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JLaw55 from Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very nice, refreshing kolsch. This hit all the right notes, with floral hints throughout. Extremely drinkable. Not my absolute favorite of the style though, as this was slightly on the sticky side in regards to mouth feel.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

Oct 25, 2015
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1000lbgrizzly from Illinois

3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

CLEAR pale yellow, champagne head, tons of bubbles. More like tinted sparkling water than beer. Bad art, but sex-looking beer. Nose and flavor are mostly semi-floral white grape and lemon juice with some sourdough breadiness/tartness. Dry, no hop flavor or detectable bitterness. Light bodied and highly carbonated, which produces plenty of burps and re-tastings.
Fantastic example of the style, my first vision into why people might enjoy this variety of beer. For such a light beer it packs plenty of flavor, which admittedly can take some time to get into, but the super-light body and high carbonation keeps it refreshing and easy to take another sip.

Oct 08, 2015
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Bmunge from Illinois

3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden straw color with some light white head that quickly dispersed. The nose is heavy with malt and grains. The taste is grain and malt flavors with some hints of lemon and citrus. Finishes clean with refreshing carbonation.

Overall I wasn't blown away but it's a good beer. Personally I found the grain and malt flavorings almost too strong but if this is your style it's a very enjoyable well-made beer.

Sep 12, 2015
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Barnoloid from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a really well done Kolsch from Metropolitan. Pours a light yellow/straw color with a light crackly head that falls off quick. Honey sweetness on the aroma through to the first sip. Light bodied with medium carbonation. A refreshing summer sipper!

Jul 27, 2015
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laketang from Arizona

3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium straw, and has a white bubble head that diminishes quickly. Sweet bready notes, lemon and or lime. Just okay hop notes but a nice malt sweetness. Crisp drinking and refreshing. Somewhat underwhelming tho compared to other kolsches.

Jul 10, 2015
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