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Sünner Kölsch - Gebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG

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Sünner KölschSünner Kölsch

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177 Reviews
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Reviews: 177
Hads: 366
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 18
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
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Gebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG visit their website

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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Photo of Beerlover
4.82/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best kolsch i have ever had, i don't consider myself a beer Expert or a kolsch expert for that matter. (i've only had 3 other kolsch "STYLE" ales) but considering the fact that this a legit kolsch (from none other than Koln/Colonge Germany itself) NOT a kolsch "style" but a real kolsch! (its... its alive! and its a real Kolsch!!!) i thought it was pretty dern good!

pleasant aroma and nice appearance, (which would have been better drinking from a glass raither than straight from a bottle - what was i thinking!) the taste was magnificent! if you like kolsch's which has become my one of my new fave styles nexter to pale ales, doulble ipas and porters - TRY THIS! i like this beer and it deserves a higher rating and im gonna help it achieve one...

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Photo of therica
4.8/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I suppose that I can echo much of what allboutbierge mentions, below, about its taste, head, and overall experience. I noted a hint of undertaste that I couldn't quite identify, and which I liked-- maybe a sort of cardamom taste (most readers are like, what the h*ll is that?!?!?-- a spice with a sort of musky apple/orange taste). It was quite subtle, however.

Sünner -- pronounced "zoo-nuh" in English pronounciation.

The head on my beers were firm, although they did begin to dissipate slightly after a minute or so (unlike the Pfaffen kolsch which seemed firm enough to walk on).

I discovered this kolsch while wandering around Deutz (pronounced doytz in English-pronounciation), the city across the Rhein from Koln/Cologne. It's a nice little city, the former "Jewish ghetto" of Cologne, also known as "the wrong side of the river." It has its own more down-to-earth ambience and day-to-day people than Koln. Groceries, fresh bakeries and other stores abounded, just within a few blocks on the main-street of town which leads back from the Rhein at the Deutz Bridge (next to the Chocolate Museum in Koln). Hint-- look for the glowing arch of the Koln Arena which is behind the old-town several-block area of Deutz.

The Sunner Kolsch seemed abundant in Deutz. My first experience was during lunch at a local corner-restaurant near the back-end of the main street from the river. You know it's a local restaurant when the elderly guy asks for his leftovers, and they bring them in a rubbermaid-style container for his return (heh). Numerous middle-aged to elderly locals seemed to be hanging out, some eating meals, some simply sipping one Sunner Kolsch after the next-- including the 60-something German woman seated by herself at a nearby table.

This kolsch simply blew me away, on my first sip! I liked it better than any other kolsch in the Koln area that I have tried, to date (give me another week here and we'll see!). It had full taste and body, a nice odor, nothing offensive in any area, a hint of aftertaste without being annoying, went well with my meal (which included fried eggs, ham, salad and coffee), and I just had to sit afterwards and enjoy a few more Sunner's.

As I walked back thru the main street of Deutz, I noted numerous Sunner signs hanging in doorways, and then I came upon what I believe was a Sunner restaurant, where we returned for our dinner that night. I still haven't located the actual Sunner Brauhaus, even trying their website (www.suenner.de) so I'm now on that quest.

Overall, I would drink this Sunner Kolsch any time, anywhere. Nothing overwhelmed me (good or bad), except the fact that it had a really full flavor that I haven't found in any of the other Koln kolsch's. Even my "beer-sampling but not beer-fanatic" wife thought that it was good (which is a huge statement!).

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Photo of branko7
4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very well balanced, tasty beer. A bit sweet at the outset, turning more sour at the end. I tend to prefer dark, malty brews, and was surprised that I liked this one so much. I found it more interesting and satisfying than some of the American versions of this style. Goes to show, go to the source!

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Photo of Kuaff
4.54/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into my tulip glass at cellar temperature.

Foam-wise, there's only a little centimeter-tall mass of white fizz that goes away instantly. Very pretty color, however. A brilliant golden sunset of perfect clarity.

The aroma is just awesome, bursting with rich, buttery bread. Add a little fruity touch of lemon or orange, some yeast, and light mineral-like grains, and it makes for a super-scrumptious smell.

Damn! What flavor! I can't explain it any better than as an exact representation of the aroma I just described. The bread, citrus, minerals, and grains just come together in a killer combo and then leave a crisp, clean finish of delightful mineral traces and yeast. Refreshing and delicious.

Killer feel, too. Light to medium in body, but with ample, lively carbonation.

While the kolsch is an ale by definition, this one walks a beautiful line between ale fruitiness and the clean minerals and grains of lagers. Masterful.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.51/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

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Photo of serapheus
4.48/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sünner Kölsch has a light grassy aroma, with a remarkably clean malty taste, subtle presence of "buttery" diacetyl compounds. Undertones of fruity esters which distinguish this as an ale. Minimal Hallertau hop bitterness which is slightly spicy garrisoned with a light carbonation. Mouthfeel is light but not watery.

This is one drinkable beer due to the slightly dry finish, reminiscent of a Czech or German Pilsener. "I can't believe it's not lager!"

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Photo of paterlodie
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasting it yesterday from keg and today from botle with exp date 25-7-05 can only come to one conclusion: great brew. What you want of you order a Koelsch. Nice appearance with white head that lasts quiet ok. Very malty nose and wheat noticeable. Further good and clean yeast, and a hoppy nose though this botle version has not as much as the sampled kegbeer had. Full and clean taste also; malty, just litle sweet and nice and dry hopfinish. Mouthfeel is great, and a beer thats a perfect sessionbeer in my eyes so drinkability is more then just ok too! By the way 4.8% ABV.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.46/5  rDev +18%
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.

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Photo of gkunkle
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy gold color with a tall white head that recedes to a foam on top of the beer. Smells of grain with a crisp apple sweetness. Taste is very crisp and fresh and its a very full taste. Most predominantly there is a light sweet malt taste with a bit of grassiness and hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium with average carbonation. Drinkability is great, its an easy-drinking beer with a reasonable ABV. This would be a great summer evening beer to share with a couple pals.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Never heard of this before and now saw it twice within a 5 day period in two different parts of the country. Monday evening I was at the Falling Rock Tap House in Denver and was suggesting some gateway beers for Bud Light drinkers. This seemed like a good option and as I tried it, I was pleased. Not a reviewing moment for me. Five days later I am at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Va and hoping to find a decent beer amongst the A-B marketing wonderland. I couldn't believe that they had this on tap at the German bier hall. Funny how perspective is everything. At Falling Rock this was a safe beer for a newbie. At Busch Gardens it was an oasis in a desert of Bud Light Lime. With that as a back drop, this is a very good beer and I continue to believe that Kolsch is an under appreciated style.

There was a thin white foamy head that essentially remained as a cap on the beer. Slightly hazy straw color. Decent lacing remains.

Aroma is a mix of grape, grass and bread tones. Fresh and inviting.

Flavor is rather fruity with a mild hop bitterness. Funny to say this.... it tastes like beer. By that I mean the classic quality beer flavor we grew up with before understanding all the styles in the craft world. Nice and bready with some light yeast notes.

Medium/light body with some light prickly carbonation. Very refreshing. Not quite crisp... but just below that.

Excellent for the summer heat. Very good representation of this style. A perfect gateway beer for those that want to step into the craft beer world. This style has it's place and this is a very good choice.

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Photo of plfahey
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

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Photo of Dracula
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden/light straw with nice head that dissipated rapidly. Slight lacing, but not to extreme.

S: Wheat, slightly peppery with mild citrus undertones..

T: Crisp, wheat with some citrus in the back, perhaps a little sulfur.

M: Good carbonation, coats the mouth, crisp, and clean.

O: Pretty good, nice and refreshing on a warm day. It is well balanced and true to it's style.

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Photo of acevenom
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stange glass. Pours clear golden with a thick white head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving splotchy lacing on the side of the glass. There are plentiful tiny bubbles rising in the beer. The aroma is of slightly sweet and bready malt with some faint fruity notes that are almost cider like. The aromas are not strong, but smell pretty clean. The tastes are mild and follow the nose. There's light breadiness with some faint sweetness from the malt. There are some herbal notes from the hops and that faint fruitiness is just present. The body is light with strong carbontion. The finish is crisp and dry and there is just a slight aftertaste. This beer is very drinkable and refreshing. This is an excellent beer.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.41/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I picked this beer up at Spec's a couple days ago and I have no intention of cellaring this one. Here we go...

Appearance: Pours a clear yellow color with a slight golden hint to it. It has a small head of mixed size bubbles after a relatively fast pour, but that amount of head sticks around for quite some time being maintained bu a bunch of bubbles rising.

Aroma: I initially got some bready malt mixed with some subtle floral hops. As the beer sits for a few minutes, the breadiness fades into a more toasty malt character.

Taste: Lots of nicely subtle malt complexity mixed with a mild hop presence in the flavor. The hops are really only there as a "garnish" as the malt is in charge the whole time. The beer is very well attenuated so that it comes across the palate rather dry with a noticeable wheaty edge to it. The beer is well carbonated which (along with the attenuation) makes the beer come across the palate like a bat out of hell. It goes down stupid smooth.

Opinion: This is an excellent example of the style. I drank WAY too many of these at a renaissance festival in Koln once and this totally takes me back there. It is light and refreshing and very easy to drink. So easy, you can put away enough to make you goofy without realizing it. I plan to give this beer high marks as it is a good example of the style.

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Photo of Offa
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a crisp, yet tasty, characterful kolsch.

Bright, deep gold, it has a medium white head that slowly shrinks to a ring and wisps, leaving no real lace.

The aroma is a lot of grain, a hint of dough, with a little pear, peach, ripe applie. It's light and aromatic but fairly full-bodied.

The taste is similar, with a full grain character, some hay, hints of mineral, pear, peach. It settles into a soft , fruity grain finishing with a dryish, slightly spicey, crisp finish with dry hints of peach and pear.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared a bottle at the shack.

A - Poured a clear, straw yellow, with 1 finger of white head. Dissipates fast and leaves little lacing.

S - Honey, perfumy, and nectar esters. No hops present.

T - Honey, very crisp malts, light nectar and lightly bitter hops.

M - Moderate bodied, malt dominated, sweet, and lightly dry.

D - Really good example of a session beer.

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Photo of JasonPrivler
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer a while back and enjoyed very much. Has a nice golden yellow color when poured with a light to medium body head that disepates relatively quickly (less than a minute). Has a typical lager/dry ale aroma but is slightly more pronounced in that regard. Has a nice clean taste that entails slight fruity notes, moderate malt and hop taste with slight but well balanced dry lingering bitterness which lends to its crisp overall character. Make sure to have it ice cold and in a tall glass. A good beer for persons desiring moderation in aroma, sweetness and feel. I enjoyed it, and would recommend it.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Flying Saucer in Houston. Served in a 20 oz pilsner glass with a finger and a half of stark white foam that fades pretty slowly and leaves a bit of lace behind.

Nose has some nice fruity and spicy (almost like pickling spices) notes with a grainy, slightly sweet malt bill. A touch of flowery hops rounds out this good smelling kolsch.

Taste is more "lager"-like than many American versions with not quite as many yeast esters coming out. Light grainy malts are the dominant flavor. There is a mild cardboard flavor in here that I usually only get out of a bottle, but that is a very minor complaint. There is some nice hop bitterness that adds some snappy crispness to the beer. Drinkability is very good with this beer, carbonation is just right and has an excellent creamy texture. I have not had many German-made kolsches before, but this one is a bit milder compared to most of the American versions. Very nice kolsch, I could drink a few of these.

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Photo of rjimlad
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to admit that Kolsch is pretty unfamiliar to me due to the difficulty in getting it where I live. So here goes...
This beer poured a light straw colour with a white fluffy head. Nice floral aroma initially with some lemon notes.
Flavour was very dry with a crisp, clean and very lightly sour character. The label says it is sweet but I found it sour as if wild yeast were involved. This is a lovely dry beer that would/should be a winner in the Australian summer. There's a depth of aromatic interest and lip-puckering goodness that would shame the disgusting dry macro lagers that proliferate here. These interesting flavours and soft/sparkly mouthfeel make it a real winner. Should be more of it.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma: Faint fruit esters with the malt combines with a slight hop aroma, low pils malt with slight gain, subtle fruit, very low hop, slight sulfur from the pils malt. Appearance: Rocky off-white slightly gold tinted 2” head that slowly melts and leaves thick ledges of lace on the glass as you drink it. Brilliantly clear pale straw gold, very fine bubbles. Aroma: German pils malt and grain finishes dry. The malt has a slight toast to biscuit combined with faint sulfur and lingers through the finish into the aftertaste. Soft rounded palate with a delicate flavor balance between the soft malt, slight fruit, medium low hop bitterness, finishes dry. Mouthfeel: fine textured feel from the carbonation, smooth, clean and crisp, medium light body, and medium carbonation, nothing harsh or astringent. Overall Impression: Clean, crisp, well balanced

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a standard yellow with a nice cap of white foam which left adequate lacing down the glass. The aroma is a mixture bread malt and some apricot fruitiness from the yeast. On the palate it comes alive with crisp clean flavors. The malt is a subtle blend as it moves swiftly into the dry center and finishes with a tangy snap of hops. This beer is well balanced and a beautiful example of the style, from the source.

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Photo of JLSIV
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of Bubba83
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an oversized pint glass at 50 degrees. The body is a light yellow straw color, with a lot of little bits of yeast everywhere. I tried to keep that out on the pour, but it was impossible unless I wanted to lose 5-6 ounces of liquid by leaving it at the bottom. The head is a nice bright white and has good retention and lacing. It's too bad the yeasty bits floating around are hampering the look for me.

Lovely aroma of freshly baked bread, grass, flowers, and hay. Slight amount of earth there too. Soft notes, but wonderfully complex for the style.

The flavor is much like the aroma, first a crackery bread quality, then a fresh field of grassy quality that has good range. Not quite as complex as I had hoped based on the nose, but still good.

Mouthfeel is about spot on for the style, lots of carbonation makes it sparkle on my palate, The head has a nice soft quality to it, and the body is light and goes down well without seeming watery. Finishes quite dry.

A really good Kolsch. A lot of times I feel like this is a much underappreciated style, and I love to pick up Kolsches that I've never had before. For me they are like a nice refreshing lager, but with more complexity and they just feel softer to me, likely due to the ale yeast. I can't wait to go back to Germany sometime and drink them again on hot summer days am Rhein.

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Sünner Kölsch from Gebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG
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