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Kölsch - Brauhaus Sion

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82
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42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 18.16%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauhaus Sion visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: allboutbierge on 11-08-2003)
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4.75/5  rDev +32.7%

BanrionMAB, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of jmn5082
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

jmn5082, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of therica
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first taste of Sion (zee-own in English pronounciation) was in bottle-form, from the Cologne hotel room "courtesy bar" (which courteously charged me E$4.50). I was a bit taken a-back, the taste was much more hops/pilsner than I'd expected. I went out into the old-town and tried some at a few taps, and found the bottled form rather consistent with the tap (although you just can't beat a tap with a bottle).

This kolsch reminded me a lot of the good old now-gone Pittsburgh German beers. It has that nice hopsy-bite and odor, a good zing, not overly carbonated, a modest but tasty head which collapses fairly quickly, a short-lived hop aftertaste but not bitter, and a nice non-offensive belch following.

I've tried on several occasions to detect the slight undertones of the taste. I can only say possibly something like yellow buttered-corn or something, very complementary and somewhat distinctive as far as kolsch undertones go. Plus, a modest malt-taste in the head, the beer and also in the pleasant aftertaste.

I stumbled upon the Sion Brauhaus shortly thereafter! The tap beer at the Brauhaus was consistent with the others around-town. I returned later with my wife and my daughter. We enjoyed a sumptuous dinner, with great service (2 servers keeping an eye on us, for instance), no problems getting seating during dinner-hour. There are plenty of tables and they're not crowded together. The Sion Kolsch went fairly well with the meal, but was better afterwards, since the hop/pilsner taste did compete with some of the food tastes. All of our dinner items were top-notch. The Sion even mixed well with the outstanding cups of espresso coffee which followed my meal.

My daughter opted for local Reisling rather than the kolsch. My wife tried the kolsch but was not overjoyed-- definitely not a "ladies' beer."

On several other occasions in Cologne, we were waiting for a table at other brauhauses. People would walk in, see the long waiting-line, look at each other and say simply, "Sion," and off they went to the Sion Brauhaus.

Overall, I suppose I was more impressed with the Sion Kolsch than the reviewers before me. It seems to be, from my experience, a less-typical kolsch beer, but it sure moved to the top of my list in its own unique category, and one kolsch that I will seek out and be excited to see its name hanging over any doorway.

therica, Dec 07, 2005
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

carrollmel7, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of GoBrewOrGoHome
4.38/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- clear straw yellow, white head, great head retention
S- little bready, low aroma, black pepper,
T- bready, light sweetness, long lasting noble hop bitterness, vanilla,
M- med-light body, medium carbonation
D- very drinkable beer, the mellow carbonation makes this kolsch quite quaffable

GoBrewOrGoHome, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of 77black_ships
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

200 ml. draft @ Brauhaus Sion. Pours a clear golden with a creamy white head. Nose is nice, clean, crisp, lightly hoppy, hay, light grass & mellow yeast. Taste is light grass hops, hay, crisps, touch sweeter yeast, faint honey, slightly sweet, faint bread. Very clean, light, absolutely no off-flavours hear. Creamy, flavourful, highly enjoyable, great stuff & overall probably my favourite of the different Kölsch’s I tried in Cologne. Loved it.

77black_ships, Dec 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

selator, Apr 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

IRONRakkasan, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of cobrarax
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale straw yellow. Large, fizzy bubbles. The foam is thin and doesn't stay around for long.

S: Fresh, slightly metallic, some hop aroma. Hints of malt and some fruity yeast tones.

T: Clean and crisp. Some sweetness balanced by a distinct and simple bitterness. Small hints of grain. The aftertaste is dry and bitter. Very refreshing.

M: Thin liquid. The liquid behaves a little bit like champagne; it bruises up a little bit in my mouth. As with every other thing in this beer, the mouthfeel is fresh.

O: Deliciously refreshing. One of the best kölsch in the whole Cologne. Perfect for hot summerdays, and I wish the Swedish Systembolaget would import them.

cobrarax, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of lstokes
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this from a tap in Berlin--maybe the taste improves with travel across the country?

It looks like apple juice with a small head, so the look is not particularly impressive, and the nose is pretty weak, but it tastes nice and drinks well.

I really enjoyed the interplay of the lemon-floral hop bite, the musty honey-and-grape-like malts, a little bit of caramel, and the very clean finish.

The mouthfeel is a little watery, so I have to mark that down, but I happily ordered three of them, and may go back to that bar, just because.

lstokes, Nov 13, 2009
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

mentaltraveller, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

stampfler07, Aug 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

codynevels, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of drpimento
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this at Cologne (Köln) Central Station as my first Kolsch in Cologne and enjoyed it very much. It was served with a small head and no lace. Color was a clear yellow. Very aromatic, lemony, grainy, and fresh. Flavor was similar, balanced and had a slight bitter finish. Good body and carbonation. Easy session beer.

drpimento, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of paterlodie
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sion Koelsch tasted from 0.5 l botle best before 12-07-05. Nice poorout but no great head and darkgolden beercolor. Nose is malty but also fruity for a Koelsch, sweet but fresh overal arome. Taste is full malty with litle caramel, fruity and a proper bitterness thats litle hanging. Mouthfeel is smooth and delicate but could be just a litle more. Drinkability is ok but I love to have just that litle extra that this one just doesn't have in my opinion.

paterlodie, Feb 13, 2005
Photo of allboutbierge
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sion is a fairly easy to find Kölsch on tap, but nearly impossible in bottles. Reviewed at the Brauhaus.

Sion's color is a pale but vibrant gold. Its completely transparent and offers a huge head with exremely heavy lace. Fairly attractive.

Its aroma is very floral and offers notes of dry hops. Fairly strong aroma compared to other Kölsch beers. Its flavorl is very malty for Kölsch but strikes a strong balance with its hop characteristics. No fancy or suprisingly flavors here.

Sion seemed slightly watery. Not as full as Mühlen, Päffgen, or even Reissdorf. Something wasn't there. Regardless, this beer would make one hell of a summer sipper.

allboutbierge, Nov 08, 2003
Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at Brauhaus Sion, Köln, Germany

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color with a finger high white head. A very light amount of carbonation is visible in the form of rising bubbles.
S: There are light aromas of flowery hops on the nose along with some notes of bready malts.
T: The taste is relatively balanced between light amounts of malty flavors and mild bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels extremely light-bodied on the palate and is very smooth, crisp and refreshing. A light to medium amount of carbonation is perceptible.
D: The beer is very thirst quenching and sessionable. I could easily drink these all night.

metter98, Oct 23, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Durandal_777, May 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

whatsgoody, Nov 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

t0rin0, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of tjd25
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed at the brauhaus.
Soft dense and creamy head, lasting on a transparent yellow color body. It looks still. The smell I found hard to tell, as there was lots of food around me. The taste was malty and grainy with some pilsner features. Some roasted notes and a dark caramel character. Some enjoyable sweet malty notes get almost fruity. Some citrus. Mouthfeel is light, although not thin. Hops were fine and balanced. Enjoyable and drinkable, although not exceptional.

tjd25, Apr 09, 2005
Photo of DoubleJ
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Sion itself, on to the beer:

Golden colored like any other kolsch and topped with a thick head that's two finger's thick. Good lacing sticks around the glass as the beer is consumed. The aoma is somewhat fruity, adn there's a note of vague pale malt. The maltiness picks up in the beer's taste, where there's a slight grain, a kiss of honeydew and "plain" cereal notes. It's light bodied with carbonation that is somewaht gentle.

Pleasant kolsch from Sion. Good for cooling down during warmer weather.

DoubleJ, May 26, 2013
Photo of cpanossian
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First time in Cologne.
Crystal clear pale yellow. Very light sweet, light flower aroma. Sweet aquaous mouth feel and taste. No active carbonation while sitting but each sip bring a light effervesence on the tongue. Mellow barley wort flavors with a basic hop balance. Very simple and unassuming beer style that seems designed to quench thirst first. Fun place too - old dark panelled restaurant hall with a lot of action.

cpanossian, Sep 28, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Dinkel, Feb 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

DirkNachbar, Oct 29, 2013
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Kölsch from Brauhaus Sion
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