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This bright and pleasant beer features wheat malt to round out and mellow a firm Tettnang hop flavor. With Krankshaft, we lift our glasses to the Midwestern gardener. After a satisfying day of spiffing up your back yard, we invite you to cool your palate and kick off an evening of well-earned relaxation. Throw some whitefish and veggies on the grill. This beer compliments a hearty, healthy meal.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerBunker (831) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2010
12oz bottle. Pours golden clear with a foamy white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles. Aroma is of malt, corn, wheat, some hops, and grass. Taste is of corn, wheat, and grass. Has a lightly hopped taste to it as well. Biscuity malt backbone evens the beer out. Mouthfeel is light and very carbonated. Lingering taste of grassiness. Very easy drinking, and not too bad of a taste either. I enjoyed it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2010
Found this one bottled at Binny’s in St. Charles, Illinois. Hazy, light yellow pour with a bubbly white head, grassy citrus nose, mild citrus flavor, mild all around, and very sessionable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrnkMcDermott (2879) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2010
12 oz. bottle. The Krankshaft finally made it our to the burbs, so I can claim all of Metro’s primary brews. Warm, malty beer smell as soon as I pop the crown. Pours a hazy straw color, with a steady stream of bubbles feeding a slightly fizzy white head. In the glass, there’s a slight fruity smell of a warm ferment. Fruit is more prominent in the first sip. A nice biscuity malt body that’s easy drinking. Spicy hops (the label now refers not to Tettnang, but Santiam, an American hybrid with Tettnang in its lineage). Stands up well against the more established Goose island Summertime. Taste is fresh and sunny, and goes down easy, even if it’s just a little gassy afterward.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2010
pours very pale yellow almost like a wit aromas and taste are very light of pale malts and hops but i did like it very much for a rather light style

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kseecs16 (1209) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2010
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy pale straw color with just a few whisps of off-white head. Aroma is very floral and lightly sweet. Flavor is a light sweetness upfront with a slightly metallic malt body, finishes with a fruity tartness. Lively carbonation, light bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
guerinfbfan (110) - Elmwood Park, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2009
The pour on this beer looks as if you just opened up a can of lemonade with an extremely thin white head. You get large aroma of citrus, specifically lemon. The taste was dominated by lemons, but also gave a shot of wheat and honey. Very drinkable beer, but I would have enjoyed it more if it wasn’t 15 degrees out and snowing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - NOV 30, 2009
This beer pours deep gold with a fine white head. Flavor is grassy and sweet. The mouthfeel is thicker than many other lagers. I’m not as familiar with the Kolsch type, but it’s not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (6163) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2009
bottle, slight cloudy broomstraw color, good bright white foam, aroma of hoppy lemons, flavor is a little sweet, white grapejuice and lemonade

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
msante79 (2212) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2009
12oz bottle from Orland Park Binny’s singles rack. Pours clear light golden yellow with foamy white head. Aroma is grainy with some sweet malts. Flavor is grains, banana, vanilla, bready malts, and smidge of grassy hops. Crisp and refreshing. Fizzy carbonation. Good beer for a hot summer day. Unsure why they released it in the fall but this only their 3rd release so oh well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
17thfloor (2436) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2010 On tap at The Map Room. Pours a clear golden with a sudsy white foamy head. Lightly nutty aroma, sweet malty, a bit creamy full, some vanilla. Flavor is a bit chalky and yeasty, seemingly wheaty, touch of honey, fairly dry. Crisp body, a bit gritty, smaller soda carbonation.

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