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RATINGS: 98   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrnkMcDermott (2776) - 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.

3.4
   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

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kseecs16 (1192) - 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.

3.1
   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.

3.5
   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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (5999) - 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

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
msante79 (2210) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
17thfloor (2429) - 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.

3.3
   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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drewbeerme (3879) - 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.


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