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Krankshaft Kölsch | Metropolitan Brewing

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3.8/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Metropolitan Brewing
Illinois, United States
metrobrewing.com

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

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

Added by emerge077 on 07-07-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#15,742
Reviews:
100
Ratings:
364
pDev:
12.63%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
69
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 364 |  Reviews: 100
Reviews by Northsider:
Photo of Northsider
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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!

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Photo of KFBR392
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clean clear body with a straw yellow color. Half a finger of head on the pour dissipated to a thin layer across the top while drinking. Active carbonation seems low for the style. A touch of sticky lacing left behind.

Smell: Sweet biscuits really shine on the front. A touch of cloves and medium bodied fruits show up on the body. Malts come off well on the body which are grain forward with some yeast evening out on the back end. Bright buttery notes ride this one out.

Taste: Malts blast onto the front, coming off a touch dry wheat. Straw and grassy front transitions into a body that really smoothes out with accents of cloves and buttery yeast. The finish is easy with some fruity hop notes popping through.

Mouthfeel: Great transitions from a dry front to a creamy, semi sweet finish. Lower carbonation really allows the layers of this brew to shine.

Overall: Another excellent offering from Metropolitan. There simply aren't enough good Kolsch beers out there so I would seek this one out if you are a fan.

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Photo of Duesseldog
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the only American Koelsch I've ever had that actually tastes like Koelsch. It's got a light, fruity taste that hop-lovers might find insignificant, but that I find delicate and nuanced -- but you have to make sure they serve it to you in the right glass!!!!

In Cologne, you'll get it in little glasses that are shaped like beakers and hold just 0.2 liters with the top inch or so being foam, and there is a reason for that: it goes flat fast, and its flavor dissipates if you get it in a big glass, even one with a small lip. In the wrong glass, this stuff will have no flavor at all.

I've found most places don't have Koelsch glasses, but some do offer beer in a "taste" glass?!?!?!? These work well. I've also had it in a Jever glass, but that's still not the same. A more scientific reviewer than I will have to get into the whys, but I certainly do find that this beer -- like all Koelsch -- needs that time-tested little glass.

Note: Even in Cologne, some beer gardens serve it in 0.4 glasses because it's such a nuisance to keep bringing out those little ones, but you'll find the flavor just dissipates in those. It's a very delicate beer, and I encourage you to try a taste-test: drink some from a Koelsch-type glass, and some from a normal beer glass, and see if it tastes different.

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Photo of ajkiser12
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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!

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Photo of csmartin6
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Guinnsslvr
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of sgn4779
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Streeter's Tavern. This is a pretty authentic tasting and looking Kolsch - its straw colored to gold, brilliant, light foamy white collar, fruity and light.

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Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DeThCo
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of damuts222
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
4.22/5  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.

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Photo of wmtxbb
2.3/5  rDev -39.5%
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.

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Photo of mcgoof23
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Dinobambam
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of rossracing
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tjsdomer2
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Murky straw yellow with excellent foam and lacing.

Smell: Musky fruitiness. Strong yeast. A bit like a Belgian ale.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Subtle lemon dominates the flavor. Nice crisp mouthfeel. Very bubbly and refreshing.

Overall Drinkability: A very good American Kölsch.

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Photo of socon67
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy straw color with a bubbly foam head. Minimal lacing.

S - Smells of fresh grain, acidic fruit, and spice.

T - Has a dry finish. Flavors of grain and lemon zest. Has a slight astringent bite to it.

M - Pretty typical for the style. Leaves a dry feel similar to a pinot grigio.

O - I liked this one. Not many good Kolsch from domestic brewers. This was an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.23/5  rDev -15%
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.

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Photo of beertooth
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

This beer pours a clear pale straw yellow. It had a finger of white head that fades to a collar and leaves some nice lacing.

The nose is very clean. Bready pale malt, slight fruity esters, some hop spice. Very spot on for the style.

The taste follows the nose. Lot's of fresh bread crust upfront with a hint of grassy noble hops, lemon zest, and crackers in the finish.

Mouthfeel is is medium to low bodied with a good level of prickly carbonation.

A great example of an American made kölsch. I usually like this style in the summer, but it's still hitting the spot on this cold night. I'll have no problem finishing the other four bottles.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.37/5  rDev +15%
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 nodyflosting an aggressive soapy-bubble head.
Aroma is a clean fresh orange citrus 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.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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Krankshaft Kölsch from Metropolitan Brewing
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 364 ratings
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