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Sünner Kölsch - Gebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG

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85
very good

294 Ratings
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Ratings: 294
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 14
Gots: 6 | 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:
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(Beer added by: allboutbierge on 11-13-2003)
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5/5  rDev +32.6%

xmorgan, Jul 29, 2013
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astrayan, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of Beerlover
4.85/5  rDev +28.6%
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...

Beerlover, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of therica
4.83/5  rDev +28.1%
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!).

therica, Dec 07, 2005
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4.75/5  rDev +26%

optimaul, Aug 19, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +26%

jngrizzaffi, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of branko7
4.65/5  rDev +23.3%
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!

branko7, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of serapheus
4.55/5  rDev +20.7%
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!"

serapheus, Oct 26, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

MooseBoose, May 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

kuestegg, Sep 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

phishbone23, Jan 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

cruzbay, Mar 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

afsdan, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.49/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

BeerFMAndy, Apr 21, 2013
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4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

paterlodie, Feb 13, 2005
Photo of Reagan1984
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Reagan1984, Jun 27, 2010
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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
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4.45/5  rDev +18%
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.

gkunkle, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of Dracula
4.44/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Dracula, Mar 02, 2013
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4.44/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

acevenom, Jan 31, 2013
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4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

SkeeterHawk, May 10, 2010
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4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

Offa, Sep 22, 2009
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4.41/5  rDev +17%
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.

patre_tim, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of PhillyStyle
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

PhillyStyle, Dec 22, 2011
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Sünner Kölsch from Gebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG
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