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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
illiniphil (134) - Nashotah, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2012
Just an excellent rendition of the Kolsch style. Hats off to Metropolitan for mastering such a difficult style to master. Sehr gut!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 26, 2012
Originally reviewed: 2/22/11. 12oz bottle poured into a stange glass. Pours a very cloudy yellow/gold. A small white head caps it off right away, but then dissipates quickly. Lots of sticky lace left behind. The nose is fresh with aromas of grass clippings, lemon-lime, spring, floral tones. The body is crisp and clean. Carbonation level spritzes it up, without fizzing the mouth up. Lots of lemon tartness, mild hop presence, slight earthy quality. This is a splendid "tame" beer. Perfect for the warmer months, but just fine any other time. Tasty, refreshing beer. Recommend.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatDane1632 (683) - USA - DEC 21, 2014
Rated based on notes taken on 17 Mar 2012 -- I think this is a great example of a Kolsch. Very refreshing, nice malt flavor, super sessionable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jstraw (1942) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - OCT 4, 2010
Draught at small bar division. Clear gold with a very nice creamy white head that leaves great lacing. A perfectly presented pint. Sweet malty aroma with some floral and spicy honey. Hops are relatively subtle on the nose but add a nice touch. Sweet and malty with very light banana and peach. Lightly bitter through the finish with a nice spicy hop touch. Medium-light body and tight carbonation. Very well balanced and fermented perfectly. A great kolsch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brian60625 (742) - Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2012 12 ounce bottle. Kolsch is a new style for me and it’s a strange breed. I like this one though. I was impressed by the absolutely clear gold appearance, but it still held an unabashed taste that reminded me of apples and bananas. It’s not cider-like though. The smell fits in line with the taste. Overall it’s really good stuff, lively palate feel and warm on the tongue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (8675) - Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Draft at Norse bar. PAle golden color, pleasant malt and hops, everything a koelsch should be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - OCT 21, 2013
I was quite impressed with this lighter offering. Had good sweetness to it. Lots of cereal notes. But not deadening at all. Very spry. I want to try the other variations now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
dumontn (529) - St. Joseph, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2012
Pours pale clear gold with visible streams of effervescence that replenish a head that stays for the whole glass. Aroma is grassy, clean malt. Taste is buttered bread, grass, and some minor fruitiness. Body is light to medium, active carbonation, dry clean bready finish. Overall, fabulous. These guys are really killing it-- haven’t had a bad one from them yet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6368) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 6, 2012
Bottle and served in a pint glass: Pours a clean straw hue with a fizzy but lasting head and had spotty lace. The aroma has notes of pale grain, some wheat and white bread dough, hint of lemongrass and some light hop bitterness. Just a hint of "corny" DMS, not all that noticeable however. The taste is clean pale grains and a nice light handed noble hop finish. Slight acidity lemon and herbal twang. A bit heavier than both the Kolsch biers I had before it, I think that is the wheat adding body and mouth feel. For the genre, the mouth feel is way above average. Overall, color me surprised for I expected this to be the least favorite of the three (Short’s 45 and Schlafly Kolsch) but it ended up being my favorite... Note, I have had this once before but that was clearly a skunked bottle, so glad this one was not.

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