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Sünner Kölsch - Gebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG

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85
very good

301 Ratings
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Ratings: 301
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 14
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Gebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: allboutbierge on 11-13-2003)
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Reviews by dansmcd:
Photo of dansmcd
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Very light golden colour, bubbly like a champagne. Small head audibly fizzes away to nothing within 30 seconds. No lace.

S - A very subtle earthiness. Some lemon.

T - Nothing bold about this. Some low hops, dried apricot and green apple. Pleasant but pretty plain.

M - Light, crisp and dry. Highly carbonated.

O - A basic but perfectly sessionable lager. One dimensional but just the thing for a hot summer evening.

dansmcd, Aug 16, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

oberon, May 06, 2010
Photo of dcurrin
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

dcurrin, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of Guinnsslvr
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Guinnsslvr, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Mora2000, May 27, 2010
Photo of Janeinma
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Janeinma, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of HopsForBrains
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

HopsForBrains, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of valkyre65
4/5  rDev +6.1%

valkyre65, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of tallfellapgh
4/5  rDev +6.1%

tallfellapgh, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.76/5  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?

biboergosum, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of javlin624
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

javlin624, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of appenzeller
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

appenzeller, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

AKBelgianBeast, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of slacker79
2.25/5  rDev -40.3%

slacker79, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of BeardedRiker
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

BeardedRiker, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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!

NeroFiddled, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of ElGordo
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

ElGordo, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of californiakebab
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

californiakebab, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of plfahey
4.45/5  rDev +18%
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.

plfahey, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of Fatehunter
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Fatehunter, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of russpowell
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
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

russpowell, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of Infamous7100
4.1/5  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.

Infamous7100, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of Serick507
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Serick507, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of PaBeerLover
4/5  rDev +6.1%

PaBeerLover, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of WOTO97
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

WOTO97, Jun 22, 2010
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Sünner Kölsch from Gebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG
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