Krankshaft Kölsch | Metropolitan Brewing

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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

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
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

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.57/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of projektyle
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
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 c014572
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of FBarber
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of DaneBramage
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
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

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Photo of Tone
3.21/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of Bmunge
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
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!

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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 Ri0
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle into Weizen glass.

Golden ray of sun clear with a stream of micro bubbles. Two finger white head with some webbed lacing on glass. Aromas of some grain, bread, light citrus or fruit notes. Flavor is quite grainy with some buttered bread flavor and some lemon or pear. Light body that is refreshing.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Blue Moon in Madison, Wisconsin. Served in a pint glass.

Appears lighter golden bodied, clear and bubbly, one finger white head with great retention time, plenty of lacing. Smells bready, a bit of honey, toasted whole grain, noble hop aromas, a bit of lemon citrus. Flavour is bread and grain sweetness, toasted, a bit of sugary malt, mild lemon, mild floral bitterness. Mouthfeel is thinner-medium bodied, good carbonation, mildly bitter finish that isn't too hard to drink. Overall, a decent, drinkable kolsch that won't knock your socks off.

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Photo of EErler
3.16/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured and split in 2 tasting glasses
Purchased from Binny's (Mix 6)

A - very light golden straw color, 1 finger of white head that dissipated very quickly
S - slight aroma of cut grass, floral notes present as well
T - a little white grapey (what I normally pick up in Kolsch-style biers) metallic finish
M - sweet finish lingers on the palette, not dry!
O - an OK bier. didn't knock my socks off, but it was extremely drinkable and thirst quenching

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Acquired a single bottle of this stuff as part of a mixed six pack at the local Jewel.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a nice hazy golden yellow body with two fingers of soft frothy white head that stays for a while and leaves behind good fat lacing on the glass. Looks very nice.

S - A light aroma - sweetened grains, with a kiss of herbal / piney hops in the background. Doughy, yeasty, floral, and a touch citrusy.

T - The taste follows the nose - crisp, sweetened wheat / grains, lightly herbal, citrusy, piney, & spritzy.

M - The feel is smooth, crisp, & clean. Light-bodied and very easy drinking.

Overall, a very nice representation of the style from Metropolitan Brewing. Definitely something I would drink again and often, especially during the summer months.

Metropolitan Brewing Krankshaft Kölsch -----4/5.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.07/5  rDev +6%
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 StoneTSR
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: A giant, foamy head immediately rises up, filling about half the pint glass I pour this beer into. In fact, I can't pour the remaining six ounces of this beer until the head settles. The bubbles underneath are going nuclear; they're crazy - erupting from the bottom of the glass through the pale, straw, straight yellow colored beer. This beer is exploding with life.

SMELL: A huge biscuit aroma kicks things off, a little graham cracker provides some backbone and a hint of banana rounds it out.

TASTE: A subtle banana leads each sip with a big, biscuit-like background. Some light, citrusy hops come through the middle and then the end of each sip before a dry, wheat finish.

MOUTHFEEL: This is a sweeter beer than expected, but the light body makes it supremely drinkable. A slight dryness comes through at the end of each sip, but this is a light, sweet, easy-drinker.

OVERALL: A little sweeter than I would have preferred from Metropolitan, but still very nice. I always looks forward to a couple of these when I come back home to Chicago.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

From: Binny's, Schaumburg, IL
Date: Best by 04/2014 on bottom of six-pack
Glass: Founders snifter

Krankshaft is a decent kolsch, a bit harsher and more raw than other examples of the style, indicating that it probably needs a bit more conditioning time than the brewers at Metropolitan allow it (or at least this batch). While not exactly "refreshing," as it's a bit too substantial in flavor to be considered that, this was definitely an easy-drinking beer that would be good to have a few of at the bar.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of white foam, made up of small-sized bubbles, yielding a frothy appearance. Retention is below average less than one minute, the head fading to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass and a small island of lacy foam resting atop the body of the beer. Lacing is good, with some thick and large dots, lines, and patterns clinging to all sides of the glass. Body is a bright, medium-dark golden yellow, with light bringing out bright golden yellow hues. Carbonation visible through the slightly hazy body (10% opacity), moderate in number and moving at a medium-pace.

Aroma is pleasant, of musty hay, slight apple and pear esters (reminding one that, after all, Kolsch uses an ale yeast), slight lemon citrus from hops, and a background of light pale malt sweetness.

Front of palate is of wet hay, lemon citrus, apple and pear ester, slight acetaldehyde, and a hearty pale malt sweetness. Mid-palate of grain, white bread, hearty pale malt sweetness, mild acetaldehyde, and grassy and lemon-like hops. Back of palate features wet hay, yeast, slight graininess, lemon-like and grassy hops, and acetaldehyde. Aftertaste of lemon, slight graininess, and mild bitterness.

Beer is medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, leading to a slightly fizzy, then foamy (3/4) and smooth (1/4) mouthfeel that's a bit overcarbonated for both this beer and the style. Closes dry, with light stickiness clinging to the palate and lips.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a clear pale green lemon yellow with faint white head.
S: Sweet and light caramel malt. Bananas and grass.
T: Very pleasant and stronger version of aroma. Bananas, hint of clove, lemongrass, sweet light caramel malt.
M: Light body. Silky smooth, soft, and slightly sticky sweet. Nice lingering on the palate too!
D: Extremely drinkable...the definition of a good session beer. This one surprised me in a big way...started out unassuming and finished extremely strong. Thanks to Kris for bringing this one back!

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Photo of Maninthearena
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Straw colored, head had fairly big bubbles that dissipated leaving a nice lace around the rim of the glass.

Nose- Some herbal notes, some wheat malt dominates with a little honey sweetness.

Taste-Again some wheat malt is pretty substantial. Maybe a little pear/orchard fruits. Would like a little more subtleties here. Slight spicy bitterness underneath.

Mouthfeel- Crisp, light, and dry without being too watery. Goes down nicely and makes you want another sip. Very much lager-like as one would expect. A pleasure to sip.

Overall- I thoroughly enjoyed the brew, but am a little partial to Kolsches and other wheaty beers and have had quite a few that stack up favorably to this. That being said, this was extremely refreshing and would likely pair with a great range of meals.

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Photo of jayhass
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slight hazy straw color with a big white head that stays leaving spotted lace.
Aroma light cherry and banana with a sweet bread aroma and floral notes
Taste- light sweet malt with cherry and banana lightly on the tongue. Wheat actually comes through with a touch of bread. Earthy floral and slight spiciness from the hops as this beer ends semi dry.

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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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Krankshaft Kölsch from Metropolitan Brewing
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