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Sünner Kölsch - Gebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG

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85
very good

330 Ratings
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Ratings: 330
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 14
Gots: 19 | 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: 330 | Reviews: 170
Reviews by barczar:
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Greensboro.Poured into a standard pint glass a clear lighter golden with a thinner white head atop,aromas are of toasty grain and a bit mown grass mainly.A lighter to medium feel to the beer wich is good for the style,flavors have a real toasted quality and the hops give a good crispness to the finish.It seems lighter than the ABV.,it goes down very easily, a nice warm weather brew thats delicate but flavorful.

Photo of Mora2000
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a clear light yellow color with a small white head. The aroma is floral hops, grapes and wheat. The flavor is dominated by wheat as well as flowery and spicy hops. You also get some green grape flavors in the aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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 appenzeller
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ah, what a relief. In this era where American craft brewers are marketing thick apple juice as kolsch, it's nice to quaff the real thing.

Pours a ripe gold, thin head. Smell is subdued, flowers on top and bitterness beneath. Taste is similar, a light crisp and almost pilsner like consistency. Mouthfeel is exceedingly crisp and clean. Drinkability is huge.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautifully clear and crisp looking pale yellow with a very slight light orange tint and a stark white head that retains ok for the style and leaves decent lacing.

The nose is full of crisp lager-like grain with slight sweetness, but not that old german lager sweetness, legit sweetness. The hop presence is noticeable but quite grassy and european in nature. Not a bad thing, just a thing.

Hmmm. Quite the interesting kolsch here. Very similar to the german lagers were all used to, but the sweetness is indeed a little fruitier, but IMO, not quite fruity enough for the style. The hop presence is as described in the nose. The finish is less crisp than i would like, but is still ok. A little kiss of hop bitterness is there. Sweet malt lingers a bit in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good carbonation wise, but is just a touch too viscous for the style. I would like the finish to be a little bit dryer as well. The combination of these things do not help to balance the slight sweetness in the malt profile.

Drinkability is solid, but again, could be better for the style. Could easily put a few away, but it could be easier as well, haha.

Overall, this is very close to being an incredible kolsch. It's just a matter of a few little things that combine to make it less than amazing, but certainly above average. A great summer lawnmower beer with a little more flavor than your average hot day swill. A good beer that fits into the unique and underappreciated niche of the Kolsch.

Photo of BeardedRiker
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It'd been awhile since I had a Kolsch so I picked up Sünner's since it's supposed to be as close to a traditional Kolsch as can be.

The head on it was a strong two fingers and bubbly white. Color was extremely clear golden/yellow and I knew it would go well with the pizza I was going to eat!

It smelled of hops, barley and a hint of fruitiness but none of it was strong and all was balanced well.

The same can be said of the taste. It was very refreshing, very light, had a barley taste, a bit of hops and only a bit fruity at the end. This was a very light and balanced beer.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sunner Kolsch is quite possibly the best example of the style that I've ever tasted. It pours the expected clear golden body beneath a two-finger thick head of white foam. The head retention is very good, and it leaves some very nice lacing about the glass. The aroma displays a sweetish, straightforward malt, a hint of yeasty fruitiness, and notes of floral hops. And the flavor follows suit, but in a fuller way. It's sweetish at first, then fruity, and finally florally hoppy with a light touch of spiciness as the bitterness rises. Somehow it comes to a balance before it leaves the mouth, and then it dries even more as the malt quickly erodes, leaving behind a gentle but solid bitterness and hints of floral, grassy, and spicy hops. Remarkably drinkable!

Photo of ElGordo
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 500ml bottle into a Stella stem glass. Body is a bright straw color with lively carbonation, topped by several fingers of fluffy white head that slowly dissipates to a thin coating over the course of a few minutes. Aroma of light, bready malt, mild ale yeast, and light, citrusy hops.
Palate is light, refreshing, and well-balanced. Slightly sweet, bready malt up front, with a nice dose of light, citrusy hops. Finish is crisp and dry. The body is well-carbonated, but not fizzy, and light enough to match the more subtle flavor profile of the style. Definitely a drinkable, refreshing beer, but still a notch or two below Reissdorf in the hierarchy of German kolschs.

Photo of californiakebab
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A kolsch direct from the source = awesome. Except there's sediment all through the bottle and a good chance this baby's skunked, oh well. The pour went smoothly, thick cloudy head with nice lacing down the pint glass to reveal an brilliantly clear, golden color. Not much in the nose, maybe a bit of malty sweetness. Taste shows no signs of being oxidized or any off-flavors, just straightforward crisp, malty, smooth. I feel like a kolsch is drank more for the mouthfeel than the flavor - smooth, dry, refreshing. Sunner invented this style of beer, and delivers on this aspect.

Photo of plfahey
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Pale gold and brilliant clarity. Moderate white head has decent retention.

Aroma-Initially pours with a slight must to it. Fruity esters are medium low with pear in the forefront, followed by light cherries. Light bready malt and almost imperceptible noble hops linger in the background.

Flavor-Barely sweet from the outset with bready pils malt up front with a bit of almost corn-like flavor. Very low pear esters. Moderately low noble hop flavor with moderately low hop bitterness creeping up in the finish. Almost a slightly mineral crispness in the finish. As it warms, fruity esters increase to moderate, with some cherry in addition to the pear.

Mouthfeel-Medium light body with high carbonation. Well-attenuated, superbly crisp and thirst quenching.

A fantastic kölsch to be sure. Not as much fruit character as some, but enough to be quite delcious. I love it, and it's fantastic in the summer.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A finger of head on a clear, golden colored body with lots of bubbles coming up.
The aroma is a strong grain, hay and barnyard with a touch of lemon.
The taste is mild overall with a mild lemon bitterness and grain flavor.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Here's a perfect outdoor drink on a warm day to watch the world go by.

Photo of russpowell
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at mid-town in Tulsa

Pours a very effervescent straw/gold with 1 finger of eggshell white head into a kolsch beaker/glass . above average lacing & some head retention

S: Grassy & crackery notes

T: Grassyness, plus floral hops & lemony notes up front. Lemony hops mix with metallic hops & a touch of cardboard as this warms, plus crackery notes. Finishes with slight pear fruittyness, slight lemony hops & plus some herbal hops, plus grassy hops

MF: Light & crisp with subtle carbonation, finished a tad watery

Drinks alright, this one seems a bit tired from its Atlantic crossing, I remember this being better in Germany. Most American versions are better than the average import due freshness, plus care & handling

Photo of Infamous7100
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy gold with a billowing two finger head. Very well done and looks great.
S: a lot of pale malt and breads on the nose but interestingly the are notes of sweet smelling fruits, maybe apple?
T: the fruit aroma on the nose gives way to a bit of spicy bite in the taste. Love the great balance of biscuity flavors and citrus notes from the hops.
M: crisp, refreshing, medium bodied. Nice aftertaste.
O: great beer for any time of year. Highly quaffable.

Photo of WOTO97
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright golden body beneath a fading fluffy head marking the glass with some spotted lacing

Pleasant crisp pear accompanied by a great yeast profile, other clean fruit notes (red apple, white grape), faint spice profile from the yeast, some very mellow lemon citrus

Similar notes as those mentioned on the nose, significantly more pronounced lemon, nice subtle but very noticeable malt breadiness, lots of that clean fruit up front

Crisp mouthfeel with a very clean finish, sufficient body--not overly thin

This is a great summer beer, incredibly refreshing, enough of a malt backbone to keep it interesting while not getting to heavy in the body.

Photo of nickhiller
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: hazy straw colored with particulates floating around, fleeting bubbly head is gone in a flash, solid carbonation and no lacing.

S: lager yeast, honey, honey suckle, clean and crisp smelling.

T: honey, strong, well balanced malty character with a bitter backbone. Great dry/bitter finish.

M: crisp, clean, and dry while still managing to be thirst quenching.

D: all around great Kölsch. It tastes like the real deal, true to form. Would be great to have a sixer of these on a hot summer day.

Photo of EagleTalon
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a thin white had with minimal lacing and gold color with some floaties. Aroma is slightly fruity with sweet grainy malt and spicy hops dominating. Flavor is a complex blend of pale malt, spicy hops and other interesting hints of wood-aging,fruits (grapes?), and spices. Finishes dry and crisp much like a white wine. I don't know how they do that, it must be the yeast. Mouthfeel is spot-on for the style and overall, a great tasting beer that is different enough to make it a nice departure from German and Czech lagers. Think of Kölsch as an ale that has strong-lager-like tendencies.

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint .9 oz. bottle, best buy 3/12:

The beer poured a nice, clear, full yellow color that produced a nice white, foamy 2+ finger head, as expected from a Kolsch. The head was well maintained a finally settled into a thin cap that lasted throughout the beer and left some nice lacing. Also, noticeable was a constant stream of carbonation rising to the top of the glass.

The beer produced a nice aroma, bread and yeast aroma mainly. The aroma could have been a little more robust, but still a quality aroma.

The beer had a very good taste, again, like the aroma, bready and yeast notes. The beer was well balanced, clean, crisp and very enjoyable.

The beer had a light feel to it and had a nice dry finish to it. The beer was well carbonated and extremely easy to drink. Overall, this is a very good beer and the low ABV really added to the enjoyment. This is a very good example of the style and I will try to keep this one in my beer fridge more often.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle into a Franziskaner Weizen.

A: It pours golden-yellow with a finger of white head. Typical German pilsner look.

S: Herbal, medicinal, and bready flavors with some faint fruitiness here and there.

T: Light citrus, wet bread, and herbal notes.

M: The body is medium-light with average carbonation.

O: This is okay but a little too advil-like.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very pale sunburnt straw hue with white head that instantly dissipates. Little carbonation and no sediment, resulting in a completely crystal clear appearance.
Mmmm... very lager-y, with 1 dimensional grainy malt. Also the cardboard aroma that seems to be prevalent in beers that use hops extract. A slightly sweet white wine-like character is noticeable upon further inspection. Would have liked more fruit.
Wow - taste is pretty damn refreshing. Sweet bready malt, with very short-lasting bitterness. Slight white wine. Very short duration. Look up 'delicate' in the dictionary and there'll be a picture of this beer there.
Very light body, with low carbonation (would have expected more from a kolsch.
Sooo refreshing! Especially considering its 28deg C inside at the moment!

Photo of emerge077
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft at Fountainhead, served in it's own .3L branded stange glass.

Golden with bright clarity, pale in color with a slight orange tint. Slim cap of white foam. Skunky and mildly sulfurous, with a faint honey-like malt sweetness. Not the most pleasing aspect of this beer.

Flavor was mostly cracker and honey, with some mild floral and apple hints. The skunk had moved on, but there was some mild papery oxidation in there which led me to believe this wasn't at it's peak. Body was light and airy, with just enough carbonation to keep it from being watery. Great drinkability, but the overall package didn't really lend itself to having another.

For my money, local brewer Metropolitan makes a superior Kölsch that will always be fresher and tastier, unless i'm drinking this in Germany.

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 BeerFMAndy
4.51/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

500 ml bottle poured into a Hinterland stange.
5.3% ABV, Best before end: 2 13 notched.

A - Vibrantly clear, this Kölsch pours a shining pale golden color with a persistent white head. The lumpy pile of foam lowers slowly, shrouding the slender glass in chunky patterns of lace.

S - Sünner Kölsch has an inviting aroma of light pale malt and delicate notes of pear and green apple from a warmer fermentation. Subtle water minerals and sulfur finish out this crisp aroma prefacing a sure-to-be-drinkable brew!

T - As delicate as the aroma suggests, this beer offers a simplistic flavor profile of dried straw and grainy pale malt with a lingering kiss of minerals and soft undertones of pear fruit esters from fermentation.

M - Crisp and refreshing indeed! This beer has the perfect level of carbonation, dancing on the tongue without a harsh bite on the finish, all while livening up the dry, light body. A kiss of noble hop bitterness crosses the palate along the back end of this beer.

O - An excellent example of the style, this light beer perfectly marries ale and lager characteristics with notes of fruit while remaining crisp, clean, and exceptionally drinkable.

Photo of rsdaugherty
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into pint glass
A – Light golden straw color, very clear, robust carbonation, 1+ finger white head reduced quickly with no lacing 3.0
S – Grassy, grainy, lemon, with a slight spice and sweetness 3.5
T – An overall light tasting beer, light grains with yeast and a honey/fruit sweetness that is strong than it’s scent 3.5
M – A dry finish with a crisp drink/finish, substantial but not overdone carbonation 4
O – A good tasting & quenching summer beer, something I would pick up again for a large group, worth a try but I personally won’t seek it out. 3.5

Photo of smakawhat
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a tall brown bottle, into a stange glass.

A very light straw body, but gives to some light buttery gold color, with lots of rising fast carbonation. Crystal clear bodied, and a foamy head that forms quite uniform with pinhead size, giving to some large bubbles later on. Good retention and staying power on this also.

Real nice crisp malt on this, with a light toasty grain. Sharp yeast and a good dry sense. Pretty solid, nothing mouthwatering or jumping out at me for a Kolsch.

Palate though when hitting in the taste is kind of lacking. Grainy sense doesn't come out that much. Mouthfeel hits nicely but nothing is drawn out in the malt or bringing much forward. Toned down crispness and malt, small hop presence.

Overall a simple refresher, but I am waiting for that real bread and baking character, but it's just not coming. I could have this again but I'd grab a different Kolsch if I had a choice. uh oh what a sec, bottle best before March 2012... hmmm I would most definitely try this again.

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Sünner Kölsch from Gebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG
85 out of 100 based on 330 ratings.