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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 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 (6051) - 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 (2434) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2009
Pours a pale golden yellow color with a very slight haze and some lighter clear golden banana yellow notes when held to a light source. Two finger frothy white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Slightly earthy aroma with hints of bready yeast, crisp light fruit notes, mostly apple and banana, as well as some grass, straw and earthy hops. Surprisingly full bodied for the style and considering how pale it is. Crisp spiciness up front with a nice bit of floral hops followed by a yeasty bready body with hints of pilsner malt and light crisp fruit notes, mostly apple and banana. Also, there is a bit of earthy grass and straw presence that compliment the sweetness of the light fruit and malts as well as the slightly earthy hops. Very easy drinking and flavorful. Recommended.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drewbeerme (3880) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2009
draft at the maproom. poured slightly hazed and very pale straw color with foamy head. the aroma had a soft earthy quality, grassy sazz hops and big lager yeast smell. the flavor was a bit of a let down, lacking the noble hop character, lots of lager yeast and some sour lemon zest to it. a good example of a kolsch, although when summertime is $20/24pk and this is $10/6pk, I don’t see myself drinking this often.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2009
Draft at Sheffield’s. Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a white head. It smells and feels bigger than a kolsch, I’ve had better from Chicago. Nose is malty with light Continental hops. Taste is a bit sweet and rich, distant malt flavors in the background and no hop taste. Decent beer, would drink it a lot but it’s the third best beer they brew. Still, quality.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 25, 2009
I picked this up at Binny’s Beverage Depot in Orland Park, Illinois. It poured an extremely pale yellow body with a tall, firm head and left some spotty lace. The aroma was light - grainy with a honey sugar sweetness and a touch of fresh grasses. The flavor was likewise light and has the addition of a lemon twist. Not a bad warm weather brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (3558) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2009
Pours the palest yellow possible with a bit of chill haze and a nice white creamy head on top. Flowery, yeasty nose with a spritz of lemon. Lightly tart, refreshing lemon flavor with bready notes. Spitzy carbonation, nice mouthfeel. Another winner by Metropolitan, this blows most attempts at a Kolsch out of the water.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jstraw (1939) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 17, 2009
Very pale yellow with big, foamy white head / Yeasty, lemon nose / Light body, creamy with modest carbonation, with good balance and smooth, lightly tart finish / Flavors of bread dough, lemon, and wheat / A delicious, summer session beer.

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