DrnkMcDermott (2776) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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
kseecs16 (1192) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
guerinfbfan (110) - Elmwood Park, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - NOV 30, 2009
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, slight cloudy broomstraw color, good bright white foam, aroma of hoppy lemons, flavor is a little sweet, white grapejuice and lemonade
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
17thfloor (2429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2009
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.