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Sunbru Kölsch-Style Ale - Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery

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Sunbru Kölsch-Style AleSunbru Kölsch-Style Ale

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BA SCORE
79
okay

116 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.16%
Wants: 7
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery visit their website
Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 06-17-2005

A very light golden ale that is malty sweet, almost honey-like in the nose. This ale has a light to medium body and a very delicate flavor. Easy drinking, it has very low bitterness and a soft dry finish.

17.3 IBU
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Ratings: 116 | Reviews: 36
Reviews by swthomas55:
Photo of swthomas55
3.16/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewpub, in a 4oz sample.

App - straw yellow, clear, some head.
Aroma - I get a slight honeyish character, which is not out of sle for a Koelsch.
Flavor - light malt, but it's missing that indefinable Koelsch character, and the bitterness is a bit high.
Mouthfeel - light and fizzy.
Overall - an enjoyable beer, clean, but not quite up to snuff style wise.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #55 (August 2011):

Clarity is fine; pale golden color. Smells of fermented pears, fresh-baked crackers and light floral hops. Malt palate is near immaculate and intensely smooth. Mild bite of apple within, but the dry graininess is the real show here. Balance from the hops with a pinch of flavor in the finish. Long dry finish, the aftertaste is very clean, which makes this beer extremely refreshing ... the taste buds ask for another sip. Nailed it for the style, and nailed it for being so damn drinkable.

Photo of Auraan
4.06/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clear gold with a thin ring of nice white head. Beautiful German lager appearance. Scents of German yeast, some hoppy notes and crystal malt. What I expect in a kolsch. Flavor is malty sweet, good crystal malt sweetness and bready flavors, this is balanced with a nice German hop presence which keeps it from being too sweet and bready. Quite nice. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, easy to drink, nice and refreshing. This is a good kolsch, worth drinking. It's one of the better Four Peaks offerings, behind their stout and IPA.

Photo of LXIXME
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A pretty decent sized white head takes its time to settle into a nice lacing above this clear pale yellow golden colored beer.

Soapy lemony sour citrusy aroma with some grain malt attributes as well.

Light dry malted grain mixed with an almost sweet citrusy hops taste.

A drying aftertaste with just a tiny bit of the taste sticking around with this light bodied beer.

An alright tasting lighter beer, I'd like to have a cooler full of these on a really hot summers day, whether I being golfing, fishing, or just kickin' back.

Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Scottsdale location (brewed in Tempe). Fresh smell, light yellow and very lacey. A mild bitterness. Hits the mark, as they mostly do,batting average rather than home run hitters, showing skill. Average mouthfeel. A good start, and nicely drinkable at lunchtime.

Photo of russpowell
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap a Magpies Pizza in Tucson on a warm April day

Poured golden with a slight pearl white head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Slight bready notes

T: Some grainy notes & lemony hops. A bit of breadyness & peppery hops as it warms. Finishes with citric hop snap, Barely eeked out the 3.5

MF: Light bodied with lively carbonation

Drank easy, but just a run of the mill Kolsch

Photo of Vonerichs
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy but vibrant yellow color with a huge frothy stark white head with longevity.

Grainy aroma with white grapes and a little fruity.

The flavor is less fruity, more grainy. There's a metallic aftertaste in the finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp, light, and refreshing.

It's a pretty decent kolsch and an easy drinker.

Photo of Anthony88
2.97/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- This is a nice colored light beer with some haze.

S- smelled extremely floral

T- a bit hoppy but a decent tasting beer. It had a strong floral taste, but not overpowering.

M- watery on the mouth. One of those beers you would lose count if you started drinking.

D- this beer would be a good one to sit with some friends and kickback on a hot day. I can almost tell that the flavor would change dramatically with the outside temperature.

Photo of digitalczech
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm rating this beer pretty high because I just simply liked it. And it was hot out and this really hit the spot.

S - Can! I love that it's in a can. Awesome!

A - Hazy but seemed appropriate. A very pale straw off white.

S - Citrusy but yeasty.

T - It's very light with some citrus to it. But it was well balanced.

M - Very light. It pours with a nice head but doesn't seem that carbonated.

D - A very drinkable beer. Especially on a hot summer day. These go down quickly! I shared a 12 pack with some friends. I would purchase again for sure.

Photo of xhcadamx
4.6/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - pale golden beauty. white fluffy head and some really nice lacing

S - bready malts

T - super clean bready malts and a harmonious amount of bittering hops

M - light and smooth

D - I was in Arizona and granted it was only spring but it was hot (to me) and this was a perfect beer. Session defined.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.41/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Can thanks to drabmuh. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a very clean light yellow color with a big white head that is quite bubbly and leaves a bit of lacing. The nose is quite plain with just a bit of grain. Plain, but fairly average for a kolsch. Taste is pretty gross and somewhat teeth. This goes along with a bit of light grain. Feel is quite light and semi-offensive. Drinkability is poor and a few ounces was quite enough for me.

Photo of woodychandler
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I CANnot thank bennetj17 enough for our recent trade in which he superloaded The CANQuest (TM) with enough ArizonCAN beers to make even the least bashful CANFan blush! Way to go and many, many thanks.

From the CAN: "Pack It In - Pack It Out"; and "Tribute".

The Crack & Glug was a welcome relief from all of the bottles that I was opening at my aunt & uncle's place last week! I had a fizzy finger of bone-white head that exited like the place was on fire and it was a cool evening (finally), following some much-needed rain. Color was a pale lemon-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Greg Koch beer for sure! Nose had a lemon zesty-citrus quality and I was ready to drink. Mouthfeel was medium and between the biscuit malt and the lemon zest, I could have closed my eyes and envisioned biting into a lemon tart. I am not big on sweets as a general rule and I usually eschew chocolate, but when a lemon or cherry tart is offered up, I am the first in line. This beer really played its strengths to my weaknesses. Finish was more lemony than malty, but that is not to say that it was sour or in any way overbearing. This would be an excellent CANdidate for the cooler for mowing the lawn or heading for the beach and I will make a note of it. Yum!

Photo of mvd_beer-drinker
4/5  rDev +15.6%

A very good Kolsch Style beer. Would recommend trying Sunbru.

Photo of PhxHorn
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Nellos's in Mesa. Color is a pale yellow, with a very slight head. Aroma was very light, like you'd expect for a summer beer; some malt and maybe a bit of spice. Tasted lightly of malt, bread, and some bitter hops, leaving a strong bitter aftertaste. Fairly drinkable, but not as intense as some other Kolsch beers I've had. I miss Rio Salado's.

Photo of Vollkornbrot
4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

If I don't feel like going to Total Wine and More to buy Gaffel Kölsch, then this what I buy. Very good Kölsch-Style brew, and its local.

Photo of Stoneman78
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at the Tempe brewery
A- Clear straw hue, wisps of head and lacing
S- Pale malts, vaguely lager-ish, not much going on with the aroma
T- Clean and crisp ale reminiscent of a light lager, initial taste is pale malts and bread malts, finishes bitter, unimpressive
M- Light-bodied, watery texture, moderate carbonation
D- Easy drinking and smooth at 5%abv, not much flavor or body, I am not a big fan of the style and would unlikely seek this out again in the future

Photo of tayner
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

an aggresive pour left a large head that was foamy, dissipated slowly but laced the glass

light grassy citrus hop smell

not alot of flavor right up front, mild lawnmower beer for a beer novice... on the back end there are slight herbal hops, not at all bitter or strong in any way.

mouthfeel is light.

as for drinkability, in the arizona summer this is great.. a great "lawnmower beer" for when it is 110 outside. This is refreshing and light. This would also be a great "starter beer" for someone trying to get into microbrews... i wouldn't travel to get it, but if someone handed me a glass i would drink it.

Photo of Lucklys
3.14/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The Sunbru poured a very light, clear straw yellow (not properly represented in the photograph, apologies) and barely formed a thin collar or ring of foam that left no lace. Not very impressive from the starting gates.

The first thing I smelled was peanut butter. Weird, right? It didn't last more than a few sniffs, and maybe it was more peanutty, but either way, I'm now closer to being convinced that my nose is crazy. The scents that stuck around through my drinking of the beer were more convincing, being a mixture of some sweet malts, very faint lemon, and light metallic hops that also caused it to smell mildly spicy.

The taste was faint. I would even go so far as to say it was a bar above flavorless. There were a few lemony hops and a mellow herbal-ness, not to mention it ended slightly bitter, but I think most of what I tasted was due in large part to the aroma as I had the glass to my mouth (aka: under my nose). It went past thin into watery, a place I thought I'd never toss a microbrew, and I was vaguely disappointed. I've come to expect better things from craft beers, but this one might be considered a novice beer for someone starting to get into microbrews - which was me a month ago. And I hate to say it, but a month ago, I probably would have gladly drank this beer without a second thought. I'm just glad I jumped in head first and never looked back, because I will not be picking this one up again. Sorry Four Peaks, I'll stick with your darker beers.

Photo of mactrail
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A touch of sweetness in the initial taste. Light body and light color. Rather fragrant but without the perfume of some versions. Hop flavor is moderate. Nice creamy head and it makes for an adequate quaff. More just a beery taste and reminds me too much of a Mexican lite.

Perfectly drinkable light beer, but there seems to be a lot of competition in this style. I've enjoyed some tasty examples from American craft brewers but this wasn't one of the best.

Update 06/30/2013: From the 12 oz can, it never occurred to me this was supposed to be a Kölsch, since it's missing anything like perfumey aromas and hops. Aroma of damp grain and a slight doughy taste. Totally inoffensive light lager, however. The can says 5.1%.

Photo of bigbelcher
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good starter beer, very easy to drink. I think this is just an slightly different version of their Fools Gold which is also an easy to drink starter beer. Sunbru is good for the non microbrew drinkers as an introduction to real beer. Light straw/gold color. Almost no hops. Some hop bitterness but appropriate for the style, a little bit more than a pilsner but not overpowering. Is a great lawn mower beer for the Arizona heat. Nice name.

Photo of Phelps
3.66/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the tap at Four Peaks, poured into a shaker pint.

Brilliantly clear light straw in color -- this is a watery-looking brew. A one-finger head of fluffy white fizzles away quickly, leaving thin jagged lines of lace and a soapy top layer. Nice lace, good color.

Not much aroma to speak of. Lightly grainy, with crackers, sourdough, apples and a very, very subtle lactic tang. It's very light and hard to pick up.

The flavor: apples, apricot, and saltines. Fruity, lactic flavors dance about at first, then a sweeping dryness comes in. Fruit emerges as it warms. This finish is awesomely crisp, leaving a light lingering cracker malt flavor.

Medium-light body and medium carbonation, producing a good amount of fizz as it moves.

So crisp and fairly flavorful for such a light beer, SunBru would be good for a summer day.

Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear goldenstraw with a modest head that delivers just a few splashes of lace

Smell: Grainy, with a hint of apple

Taste: Just a touch of shortbread in the malt, a hint of apples and hops and a slightly grainy finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation
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Overall: Not much to talk about here but a refreshing quencher for the hot days in Arizona, no doubt

Photo of DoubleJ
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A can from Tempe to Orange County. On to the beer:

Golden hay colored with a little haze, topped with a head which retains decently, leaving spotty lace around the walls of the glass. The aroma is grainy, hay, a kiss of fruit, simple and straightforward. The flavor is as well, though it meets the standard for a kolsch. It's crisp and clean with hay and a snap of hops, done in a way where it's flavorful as well. It's light bodied and very refreshing, pushing the beer on course as a Kolsch-styled beer that I would recommended.

Photo of unclejimbay
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kolsch 4/4/4/4/4.5 on tap @ the Brewery in Tempe
Clear pale straw, minor ring/collar
Mild aroma, light malts.
Taste as it smells with clean lager profile and subtle hop support, mild fruityness sneaks in...
Mouthfeel is medium body, high carbo.
Drinkability is great for a nice flavored clean Kolsch.

Photo of mikereaser
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass from a 12 oz. can. This blind beer is courtesy of Phelps as part of the Blind BIF 4

It pours a very light straw yellow with an inch of white foam that eventually faded to a layer of bubbles.

Aroma is faint but some light grains. There isn't alot going on with this one and nothing is really jumping out at me.

Flavor follows the aroma, very mild tasting, light grains, a bit watery with a small amount of hops.

light bodied with some lively carbonation. It finishes dry and it leaves your mouth fairly quickly. Its really easy to drink and goes down fast. I really have no clue so lets just rip off the paper bag...

Four Peaks Sunbru Kolsch. Nice, another new brew. I'd gladly pack this one for a weekend camping trip. Gotta love those cans.

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Sunbru Kölsch-Style Ale from Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery
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