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Kölsch - Brauhaus Sion

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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:
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(Beer added by: allboutbierge on 11-08-2003)
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Photo of Keffa
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Live review.

6oz plastic taster at Disney's Wine and Food Festival, German booth.

A: Bright golden yellow, small white head settles very quickly to a tiny ring. No real lacing.

S: Very grainy, lemony citrus, and earthy/spicy hop.

T: Similar to the aroma, but sweeter malt, cracker like, light lemon, slight spice and earthiness. Very clean finish and alcohol is decently hidden.

M: Surprisingly medium body, very nicely done carbonation, and lightly oily on the palate.

O: Not bad. Was expecting worse. Easily drinkable, and went well with the 85+, 85% humidity. I'd drink it again, but don't see it happening anytime soon.

Keffa, Oct 12, 2011
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 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
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
Photo of jneiswender
2.15/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had this beer at the restaurant of the Koln Holiday Inn. Served on tap in the strage glass cool.

A-bright white cap, gold body.

S-metallic, slight veggie.

T-muted flavors, watery, bitter aftertaste

M-light and very wet tasting

D-I think there are better representations of this style out there. The flavors of the beer are all around very muted.

jneiswender, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a bottle of this on a train from Cologne to Munich (brought from Cologne, not served on the train). This was the day after a night of trying as many Kolsches as possible in Cologne. So this is the last one reviewed from my compressed Kolsch experience.

Sion seemed to be everywhere in Cologne, and in fact was stocked in my hotel's mini-bar too. The beer is pretty middle-of-the-road amongst Kolsches, at least in my estimation. It was muted in aroma and flavor, tasting more malty than anything else but really neutral. No fruity esters or musty funk, either of which would give me something to look forward to in a return tasting. A solid Kolsch but nothing to search out again.

TurdFurgison, Apr 25, 2010
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 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
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 Bierschenker
2.3/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a « Stein »
Bought at a city centre supermarket in Köln.

While pouring in my stein, I couldn't get a real head. Just some sparkling bubbles. No lacing, just a clear see trough golden liquid. A few bubbles touching the surface.
Only a minute malt scent noticeable.
Taste is a bit foul. I can remember drinking Sion on tap in Köln. On tap it wasn't too bad, but this bottle tastes like dirt. A strong malt sensation curves over the tongue. Overall it's surprisingly sweet.
The after taste resembles mud.
Mouthfeel is dry.

I've had better kölsch

Bierschenker, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of seanyfo
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

0.4l serving at Biermuseum in Koln

A- Pale blonde, with 2 finger head that disappates quickly, giving moderate lacing.

S- very very faint malts, no hop aroma

T- bland and watery, some maltiness there, but pretty lifeless overall

M- spritzy, medium carbonation

D- so boring, not refreshing, not flavourful, pass!

seanyfo, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of JBogan
2.08/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had this in Cologne at a restaurant. Came in the usual Kolsch style glassware, with a pale to medium gold color and a thick white head. Nice to look at.

Almost no smell to speak of. Perhaps a bit grassy, but that's all I could pick up.

Tasted of a little malt, but otherwise rather bland. Not much going on here.

Rather watery and flat in the mouth. Again, nothing exciting happening.

This beer was a disappointment. After looking at it I expected a bit more, and one glass was enough. No thanks.

JBogan, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of dherling
2.78/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Another kolsch from my tour of Cologne during Karnival. Sion might be the most advertised of the kolsches around here, except for maybe gaffel. It is also the most mediocre. Poured out golden like all the other but the bone white head had poor retention. The taste was bland and cloying, the nose nearly nonexistent. Soe faint grain and hop notes. Not an enjoyable beer. This was the only kolsch I had that failed to mask a meager 5% alcohol.

dherling, Feb 20, 2007
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
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 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
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Kölsch from Brauhaus Sion
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