Sünner Kölsch - Gebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG

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334 Ratings
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Ratings: 334
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 14
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Gebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: allboutbierge on 11-13-2003

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Ratings: 334 | Reviews: 172
Photo of sjccmd
4.46/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet grain aroma, fairly subtle. Graham cracker pils. Slightly fruity esters, pear and apple. Some spicy hops are notable. Grassy and crisp.

Pours light gold with white head. Clarity is quite good. Lacing is okay.

Much more fruit and hop character in the flavor. Pear and lemons. Spicy and floral hops. Soft, slightly sweet malts finishing with toasted bread. Hop bitterness is moderate. Nice mineral water character. Crisp clean and refreshing.

Medium light/light body with medium high carbonation. Mineral water character adds a nice complexity, almost feels acidic on the palate.

Very clean and easy drinking. Really dig the minerally flavors.

Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle says best before 2/15, but still seems fresh.

Look - Pours a light honey golden color with a frothy white head. Very effervescent, small bubbles, very good distribution, good retention.

Smell - Bits of honey, straw, bread, steely noble hops. Subtle fruitiness.

Taste - Honey and straw again with a slightly bitter finish. Slight bit of peach and strawberry.

Feel - Very light and crisp, promotes salivation. Tingle on whole tongue.

Overall - An excellent easy drinking beer ideal for warm weather.

Photo of HamdenHector
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle was a little skunky; what I could get other than that seemed pretty good;

Photo of jzlyo
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is pale malts and slightly perfumed. The flavor is fruit, pale malts and a slightly bitter finish.

Photo of SHODriver
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

A: poured into a Stange to a light yellow with a two finger dense white head that retains well and leaves no lacing
S: smells of light malts, apple skin and some spicy hops
T: taste is light malts, some grapeyness, and some hop bitterness. swallow is a little pale malt, more grape and some spicy hop
M: light in body with prickly carbonation and a slightly drying finish
O: A nice and light beer with some good flavors and complexity. the grapeyness is a bit of a surprise but it fits the style and it kind of tastes like fruity pebbles.

Photo of JLSIV
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a pint bottle into Kolsch glass, clear bright golden color, 2 finger head, light lacing decent retention tight bubbles, excellent carbonation

Aroma had a nice malty slightly grassy, with just a hint of some european hoppiness

Taste had a white grape fruitiness with some grains, very slight bitterness of hops in back

Crisp clean and refreshing mouthfeel that finishes with a slight hop at the end. Very pleasing.

Overall, this is an outstanding example of the true German version of this ale, and not a hint of skunkiness in my bottles. Proper importing is key to these types, and they can't sit forever. Buy them from a store that keeps them in the dark and you will be rewarded. Go out and look for this one.
Prosit

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a fluted pilsner glass.

Look: Pure golden colored body. Foamy white head with decent retention. Light soapy lacing.

Aroma: Malt grains, slight grassiness, and a bit of a tangy note.

Taste: A clean grain beginning, a hint of lemongrass, tea tang finish.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp, clean.

Overall: Just a slight skunky note about this that keeps it from being fantastic. Very clean and refreshing though.

Photo of patre_tim
4.41/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden copper clear filtered with lots of fine bubbled carbonation, a finger of yellowish white head that fades fast.

S: White grapes, white wine or grape juice, lightly toasted malts.

T: Deep rich lightly toasted malts and dough, light white grapes and grape juice. Light bitter hopping on the end.

M: Light body, lots of carbonation, dry finish.

O: Awesome standard for this style. The best kolsch I’ve ever had. Dry and smooth, nice vinous scents and doughy taste. Drank at Turkey Creek June 28, 2014 on my daughter’s second birthday.

Photo of barczar
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brilliant golden, lingering white, frothy head.

Floral, grainy, sweet.

Grainy, somewhat tart/metallic, banana, light cardboard oxidation , fairly bitter finish.

Body is a little full, with modest carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

Served too warm. Would like to taste fresh and cold.

Photo of seedyone
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

06/17/14 Served in a pint glass but I wish it was smaller at Rattle n Hum, NYC. As a Kolsch, this needs to be consumed very, very cold. Very enjoyable & true to style. Why mess with success?

04/24/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. So nice I did it twice. Very pleasant. All things going for this one. Inviting is the word that comes to mind. I'm partial to klosch brews & this one hit the spot. If its warm & sunny, lay down your money for Sunner Klosch.

Photo of Premo88
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz. bottle poured into craft beer glass (wide-mouthed stick)

L: yellow-gold water, so clear you think it's a mirror; nice 1-inch head of white foam that's sticking nicely at the top; keeps a light skin of foam and a thick collar considering very few bubbles are floating up in the column; lacing also some on the way down, not a ton

S: bread malt ... wow ... like bread dough and baking bread and every other kind of bread; fruitiness showing up as we go; butter

T: plenty of bread malt sweetness with also some very light fruitiness ... peach, apple -- just hints of those but there's some definite fruity sweetness to it, almost like an English pale ale; next to no hop presence of any kind, only the slightest of slight hint of earth or black pepper

F: soft ... feels under-carbonated and watery ... perfect for summer drinking but just a bit flat

O: yummy and very drinkable but nothing overly remarkable; a good kolsch, not necessarily great, mainly because it feels so soft/flat

Photo of rangerred
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a mug.

Pours a crystal clear deep good with a fluffy two finger white head. Head retention is awesome as some sort of head lasts all the way through the drink. Lacing leaves a bit to be desired, though.

Aroma is very bready with some light touches of caramel along with floral notes from the hops. Very soft and delicate and true to the style.

The flavor is also quite bready with touches of biscuit. Grass from the hops is subtle but noticeable. Bitterness is on the light side with a very soft, silky mouthfeel. The finish is a touch sweet but drinkability is still high.

Overall, this is a very nice kolsch and a great lawnmower beer. If this were readily available and cheap I would drink it constantly.

Photo of NewMexicoBeerLover
3.32/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

a: perfect for style; light straw, brilliant clarity with a finger+ of snow white head that left no lace.

s: skunky; definite flaw. Under that the promise of Kolsch wonderment.

t: OK. Pretty well balanced and hint of the malty sweetness the style is known for. A trifle thin and a tad over-hopped? Here the flaws of this beer were totally exposed when tasting back to back against homebrews. Skunky and bitter--maybe a tad sour--when pitted against homebrewed exemplars.

m: As a lawnmower high 40's low 50's kind of beer not much to say.

0: I disagree that this is a very good beer. If you have never experienced the magic of Kolsch this is definitely a must try. If you know Kolsch it's pretty lame as Kolsch is fragile and best drunk young before even minor amts of oxidation turn it into just another quickly forgotten thirst quencher.

Photo of WunderLlama
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into glass

Pours a clear, golden yellow with a steady stream of carbonation that creates a a billowy, white two finger foam cap. Settles to a white layer with very nice lacings.

Aromas of grassy, herbal and sweet malt.

Crisp , light , active carbonation. Grassy hops, a hint of sweetness from the malts.

Nice light refreshing beer. Ideally suited for a hot. Sweltering summer day.

Photo of GreenThumb
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I love this style and drink Sunner everytime I see it on a menu. American breweries haven't nailed a good kolsch yet.

This is a light yellow beer with a white head and medium carbonation. Aroma is sweet grain and noble hops (grassy, herbal). Flavors are sweet grain upfront and some noble hop flavors. I also get some subtle apple or pear-like fruitiness from the yeast. Mouthfeel is crisp with a dry finish..

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a kolsch stange from a small keg. Pours light straw amber with a healthy two finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of biscuit malt with slight wheat and citrus. Flavor is also dominated by biscuit malt, with faint apple juice, lightly tart. Finishes crackery with light grassy hops. Light to medium bodied. An unusual opportunity to try a relatively fresh kegged kolsch. The style is not intensely flavored so this fresh version was not noticeably an improvement on the bottled versions, but it was interesting to be able to drink it fresh from the tap. I nice, classic kolsch that was a pleasure to drink.

Photo of tronester
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A light yellow in color with a thin white head. Aromas of fresh grain and a hint of sulfur. Taste begins with a clean zesty, spicy hop flavor, followed by a cracker malt middle, and clean dry finish. Mouthfeel is good. Overall a good Kolsch that I would get again.

Photo of Flounder57
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a golden straw yellow color with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: bready and pale malts followed by some grassy hops.

Taste: Pretty tasty beer. Chewy pilsner malts, sweet pale malts, grassy hops, and slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, crisp, refreshing, a little dry, chewy, and very enjoyable.

Overall: One of the originals and very enjoyable. More people should have an opportunity to try this beer out.

Photo of biboergosum
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle, 4.8% ABV. Wow, this might very well be my first Kölsch, from, you know, Köln.

This beer pours a crystal clear, pale golden yellow colour, with two broad fingers of puffy, tightly foamy bone-white head, which leaves a few stellar arrays of honeycombed lace around the glass as it gently fades away.

It smells of grainy, lightly biscuity pale malt, a somewhat tart apple and pear fruitiness, a bit of mineral spa natural chemical astringency, and a dry earthy, dead leaf hoppiness. The taste is kind of gritty, bready cereal malt, more generally unsweetened drupe fruitiness, an increasing flinty minerality, one with Sulphur Mountain (Albertans should at least get that) written all over it, and static earthy, dry leafy hops.

The carbonation is a bit frizzy, and definitely frothy, the body just on the lee side of medium weight, and sort of low-brow in its smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the grainy cereal malt keeping it tight, while the minerality and hops, well they don't exactly fade to black either.

A pretty tasty, and enjoyable version of the style, and with a certain street cred, given its origins, but not the best Kölsch I've ever had - those new world brewers can just be a bitch to the establishment, eh?

Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden color with a finger width foamy and carbonated head. Head retention is okay. Lacing is decent. There is quite a bit of carbonation as well. Has typical lager grainy aroma. Slight hints of fruit. Has a very nice smooth taste. Not overly carbonated. Very malty up front with more of a straw like taste in the back. Light bodied. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Decent beer, although not really my style.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle, mine says 5.3% ABV. Best before end 1 14 notched on back label. Served in a stange glass, the beer pours a clear pale gold color with an inch and a half white head that stays around for a very long time. There's a decent amount of lacing. Bubbles continually flow from the bottom of the glass to the top, even long after the initial pour. The brew smells like hay, bready malt, and some light grassy hops. Taste is mostly like the aroma, but there's also a bit of fruitiness and green apple flavor noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's refreshing and easy enough to drink. It's also well carbonated. Not a bad brew at all, $2.99 a bottle. At that price I'd pick this up again.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The clear pale golden beer holds small bubbles. The light white head is medium tall and leaves poor lacings.

S: Rich maltyness together with dry bitter hops. Citric notes as well as grass and nettles. Crisp.

T: Very crisp. Somewhat dry bitter hops, together with the rich maltyness. A rather humble beer, but still complex. Citric notes, grass and nettles.

M: A bit sour bitter aftertaste lingers. The body is light while carbonation is rich, but not aggresive.

O: A nice Kölsch, true to the style. The light sour twist was quite nice.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving type: 500 ml bottle. There is no easily discernable freshness date. There is a “Best before End:” space on the back label, but nothing printed there.

Appearance: Served in a Stange. The beer is a light straw color and topped with a thick, white, meringue-like head that settles very slowly and unevenly, leaving foam stuck to the glass.

Smell: Crisp and very floral. It has that barnyard or freshly cut hay aroma. It also has nice esters, too — strawberry, apple, and even a little banana — and a splash of citrus.

Taste: Crisp, clean, and dry. It mostly mirrors the smell, though the floral bitterness really shines. Hay loft, pale malts, some esters, a splash of zest, and a really nice bite.

Drinkability: Light, tasty, and refreshing. This is good stuff.

Photo of BrownNut
3.29/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I think this is only my second kolsch but I have to say that this unfortunately tastes a lot like high school beer with a German twist. Initialy it's got that metallic taste you'd like to forget. Later it's a bit sweeter in the malty way but tastes similar to the various mainstream German import pilsners like St. Pauli Girl or Beck's or Warsteiner. Occasionally there's a hint of vague fruit. There's a faint hint of bitterness in the aftertaste.

It's not bad but not memorable or distinct. In fairness, I have no idea how old it is. It didn't look like a big mover at the store. It's not a beer I'd buy again because it doesn't seem to have much of an identity - so there's no real reason to. If it was what was available for a session with friends, fine. No problem. You'd forget the name by the next day.

Photo of bump8628
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 L bottle. Pretty basic Kolsch appearance, but it's really nice nonetheless - clear straw gold with a pure white head that drops a nice sheet of lace. Mild husky grain, hops give a nice balance and add some pleasant grassiness and a hint of lemon peel. Bit of muskiness gives a rustic feel to it. A faint herbal bitterness lingers on the palate along with a slight soapiness.

An enjoyable Kolsch that hits all of the style requirements. I drank this right after a Fruh Kolsch and preferred Fruh for its more refined and brighter flavors along with the lower ABV. That said, Sunner is plenty enjoyable on a spring day and I would gladly drink it again.

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Sünner Kölsch from Gebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG
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