Krankshaft Kölsch | Metropolitan Brewing

very good
362 Ratings
Krankshaft KölschKrankshaft Kölsch

Brewed by:
Metropolitan Brewing
Illinois, United States

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

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Ratings: 362 |  Reviews: 99
Photo of prisoner1572
5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of WestHam973
5/5  rDev +30.2%

The best Kolsch I have ever tasted. This is my very favorite beer for hot days and spicy food.

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5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of aggiedobbs07
4.92/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of CitizenRay
4.8/5  rDev +25%
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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Photo of c_law
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of Hawkinst
4.73/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of inhoc00
4.72/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Saw a sixer at whole foods and had to give it a try.

A - very light yellow, with a white fluffy head that quickly fades.

S- Slight lemon almost orange

T- Amazingly simple yet quite complex. The slightest bit of hops balanced with lemon flavor. What is so good is the initial aftertaste is an amazing cereal like quality. Very good.

M- Very light with good carbonation.

D- Coming out in the fall when all I want is big hops and looking forward to stouts and barleywines and yet this is so refreshing. I could drink so many of these. This is a huge contender to my summer favorite Gumballhead. Really well done, Metro. I'm a fan again.

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Photo of stace
4.71/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

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Photo of steveh
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

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Photo of briantullis1
4.59/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MooseBoose
4.56/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very authentic smelling and tasting Kolsch. The closest American kolsch I have had to Reissdorf. I thought it was excellent.

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Photo of Guinnsslvr
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
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 mcgoof23
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of Duesseldog
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
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 BeerNDoggerel
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of Joshuafzylatra
4.49/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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Krankshaft Kölsch from Metropolitan Brewing
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