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Sünner Kölsch - Gebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG

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Reviews: 176
Hads: 361
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 17
Gots: 22 | 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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour for the 4th Annual LA Beer Week Beer Festival at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear light yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable and refreshing. (518 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is pale yellow in color and has a slight haze and a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Aromas of grapes are present in the nose—similar to those you smell next to wild grapes ripening on the vine in late summer.
T: The taste has vinous flavors along with notes of biscuit and grainy malts. There are some hints of sweetness.
M: it feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No dryness is noticeable.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has some refreshing properties. I would have no problem drinking a few of these on a hot summer day. (719 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

great price on this baby, under 4 bucks for a large bottle. pours a very very light looking clear sunshine yellow colow with very bright carbonation and a 3 inch white head that clings to the sides of my pilsner glass. smells like light munich malts and bittereing hops in excellent balance. flavor has the same profile but its just so light. very refreshing and drinkable, but terribly unexciting. feel is nice though, with good bubbles and a very light body. its a good example of the style in its traditional sense, but i tend to prefer some of the bigger american versions with a more complex malt palate. overall though a well made brew that serves its purpose. (666 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A classy Kolsch beer with an elegant balance of malt crispness, floral hops, and high drinkability. One sip reveals an unmistakable authentic German taste.

Pouring a bright and brilliant light gold color, the light streams of carbonaiton are plenty to fuel a stark-white head character of foam and fluff. Remarkable how the retention and lace hold up for such a lightly malted and hopped beer.

Zesty, floral, and with a mild honeyish sweetness, the beer carries a light boquet of honeysuckle and freshly picked herbs. Straight forward, the beer's balance of malt and hop aromas alternate without either claiming the forefront for long.

Medium sweet to start with a part-malt, part-grain flavor that quickly releases from the grain character and into a waffer-like, crips light bread taste. Herbal hops turn zesty with light pepper, soft grasses, and flowery taste. Again, the balance is quentessential and duel right down to the fleeting taste in finish.

Moderately low body seems to carry a bit of richenss due to the initial grain sweetness. But after that gives way, the beer turns quickly toward a very clean, crisp, and refreshing finish with a light grassy, minty taste.

A highly drinakble hybrid beer with exquisite balance of cracker malts, floral-spicy hops, and a mild estery reinforcement of apple and pear- all without the sulfur character that usually plagues German lagers. Ideal for hot summer afternoons. (1,426 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt, served in a 0.2L kolsch glass. Golden amber with brilliant clarity and a sticky white head. Mild but clean pale malt aroma, slight stone fruit, corn and buttered white bread. Palate is rather mild as well, malty with a trace of diacetyl that prevents this from being as crisp as some of the better Kolsch out there. It has a trace of hops in the finish, but it's not as bitter or firm as I'd like. Pretty enjoyable, but not stellar. (460 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
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? (1,242 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (794 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (447 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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! (762 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep yellow color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of bready but light malts, grain and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is also very bready with flavors of grain and a light malt character that also brings some sweetness. There's also a background flavor of citrus. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice lighter beer with enough substance to make it worth drinking for a long time. (753 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
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 (737 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

1 pint .9 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a N'Ice Chouffe glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average. My bottle's label puts the ABV at 5.30%. Best before date is 05/2012.

A: Pours a one finger head of merely light cream, decent thickness, and good retention. Colour is a clear yellow-gold.

Sm: Straw, with light hop content and hints of bright fruit. A mild strength aroma, and a pleasant one.

T: Creamy barley as the foundation, with light hops in the climax joined by late hints of light fruit esters - perhaps peach and apple. An enjoyable pleasant beer, if a simple one. It's well balanced but largely unremarkable inasmuch as the style is concerned. There's nothing new going on here, but as a beer of tradition it holds up well.

Mf: Everything's in order: it's smooth and wet as it should be, with perchance a touch too much thickness for the relative lack of flavour.

Dr: Very drinkable, but not the most drinkable kolsch I've had. It's a pleasant beer brewed to tradition. What you expect is exactly what you get, and there's certainly nothing wrong with that. I might try it on draught, but honestly there are better, more innovative kolsches out there. (1,255 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear and pale straw color. Good head for the style. Settles slowly and in a rocky fashion, leaving some strings of lace.

Grainy aroma with a mild sourness and no hop.

Comes perilously close to being a lawn mower beer. Tastes like the smell except for the low presence of hops. The swallow has a creamy flavor and body. (329 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sunner Kolsch. Brewed according to the German Purity Law of 1516. "Brewed and bottled by Gebr. Sunner Gmbh & Co. KG, Cologne, Germany, Est. 1830."
Ale, i pint, 0.9 Fl Oz. Alc. 5.3% by Vol.
"Sunner is a kolsch style ale, which is unique to Koln, (Cologne) Germany. Like Champagne (Appellation Controllee) it is protected by law so that only ales brewed in that region can bear the name. It is an ale with a stylish character derived from extended layering. "…and, blah, blah, blah…let's open and drink up!

Wait, some of that blah, blah was important, It seems that Sunner is the oldest brewery in Koln, and has been family owned and operated for six generations. That's, like, serious stuff to know!

Okay, now, we drink up. In a Reissdorf Kolsch glass, because I have no Sunner kolsch glasses. Maybe some day…

Clear, light golden color, straw, under prodigious head, hearty, and lasting. Fierce carbonation.

Bit of a cereal note in the nose, more lager-y than ale-like. Not skunky, though I'm tempted to say that. But not what I'd expect from a top-notch kolsch. No, it's not giving it to me, sorry.

Taste: Light, clean, easy-going…I'm holding back on "crisp", because it's not, there's no hoppy snap, it's rather soft, and lacking any spark. Some fruit flavors slowly unfurl, some green apple, some pear, it's starting to taste a little more kolsch-like, from what I've known of other true German bottling.
Those, that I had years ago, that informed my understanding of the style, were delivered directly from Germany by a friend. Maybe some damage has been done here in the transport, all the way across the Atlantic.

There's some hoppy play on the palate, there's the delicate malt flavor, and, hey, yeah, I am liking this more. It's growing on me, getting to resemble more of what I wanted it to. Getting better and better, a little more hops, great texture, excellent consumability. Some of those delicate, lighter flavors are showing at last, though they were quiet in the nose. It all holds together quite well, plenty of flavor, though delicate, plenty of taste, plenty of drinking.

Tastes great, this one, and urges more consuming. Hail, hail, Sunner Kolsch. Not the greatest Kolsch, but one of the best. (2,231 characters)

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into pint glass, 5/2012 date notched on the back. Pours slightly hazy golden straw color with a nice 1-2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, pear, apple, cracker, floral, grass, bread, and light earthy hop spiciness. Damn nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity. Taste of lemon, apple, pear, cracker, white bread, floral, grass, light pepper, and light hop earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, bread, floral, grass, light pepper, and earthiness on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance of bready malt and fruity esters; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Very clean tasting. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Kolsch style. Very nice balance of flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable and easy drinking offering as expected. (1,106 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow with a finger tall frothy white head. The beer exhibited moderate head retention and moderate amounts of lacing. Just a hint of visible carbonation.

S: Light aroma of vinous with hints of grain. Slight sweetness in the smell as well.

T: Flavors have a hint of vinous with biscuit malts and very little bitterness with some sweetness.

M: Smooth and slightly creamy, just shy of medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Very refreshing and easy to drink - an excellent example of a Kolsch. Would be great on a hot summer day - would gladly have this one again (and possibly many of them in an afternoon in the sun). (658 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (276 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (1,016 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a golden yellow with a light white head, fair retention.

S: Notes of husky malt, grape.

T: Good bready malt and some fruit ale complexity, white grapes. Light grassy, earthy noble hop bitterness, quite flavourful.

M: Smooth, light-bodied, crisp, easy drinking as a Kolschbier should be.

D: I don't know why so few Kolsches are exported, this is only the 2nd Cologne made one I've had, an under the radar style, especially for the summertime. (484 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

4.8%ABV 500ml bottle: best before Apr 2013. Poured into three thin, tall Kölsch glasses @ home during a random tasting evening on 24 Nov 2012.

Looks like your typical Kölsch: clean, clear, bright and light gold in colour, huge head of snow white bubbles on each glass, as usual they faded away very swiftly.

The nose and taste were delicate with a sweeter than normal aroma and taste. Fine blend of hops and maltiness, both understated yet clearly in evidence from the start. Slight dry bitter finish, which helped to balance out the sweetness nicely.

I'm begining to enjoy this style again after far too many average brews of tastelessness. (646 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle to go with beef barley soup. On to the beer:

Golden straw color, carbonation bubbles racing through tht body, sizeable white head on top with solid retention describes how this beer looks. The nose features some sweet pale malt, but also some steeley corn sweeteness note I couldn't figure out. Fortunatley, its taste, although light, was refreshing without major off-flavors. There's a kiss of honey, a little bready malt, touches of husky malt, with sweet pale malt making the base flavor. The beer is light in the mouth, crisp, carbonation bubbles are teeny tiny, and a little sweetness lingers in an other wise dry finish. A gulpable beer overall, and a good alternative to all the German lagers. (715 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok, looks good. Pale golden pour, nice frothing head about 1 1/2 fingers. Pretty

Aroma is subtle. Biscuit and light toast come through, a hint of spice and pear. Soft

Taste is mostly light malt. Some bread and unripe banana. Hops are a bit weak in this one. The crispness and spice doesn't really come through. In effect it's a light malt centered beer. Doesn't have that zip at the end, not at all. It's good, just not to style, imo. (436 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear and bright golden yellow colour, very light, but with a frothy and boisterous head of German-style foam. Lacing is spongey and good, sticking with good alacrity to the glass. Surprisingly good body to it, in fact it leaves a bit of static carbonation when swirled, which is very pleasant. It's a very good looking beer all up. Perfectly in style.

Nose is redolent with noble hop aromas and German yeast characteristics, giving it an earthy and organic hue. Crisp nuttiness and a sharpness that is subservient to the more round notes of earth and undergrowth. Quite fresh, and really very classically German. Decent.

Taste is very light, almost to the point of nothingness. Clear and light grain gruel flavours on the front, with a light smack of noble hop freshness, but very little else. To be honest, I'm not overly enamoured of it, and it really strikes home where the style can fall down into being rather bland and insipid. Feel is light and thin; it matches the flavours, but that's not much of an endorsement.

Not a great beer, but a light, clean and pretty drinkable one. I guess it's more the style itself that I have a problem with, but this does seem to be a below par example, even stylistically. (1,225 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a translucent medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention sticky lacing.

The smell featured a grainy malts, fruity esters and a soft sweetness.

The taste consisted of grainy malts and a light caramel with an earthy noble hop and slight esters.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a coating sweetness.

Overall a tasty and easy drinking kolsch. (399 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up today at the COOP.. Paid about $3.. poured into MNFG.

Nose is pretty light pils sweetness with some very background fruity esters.. malty with some bread dough.

Flavor begins and pretty much finishes with pils malt.. a bit of yeasty fruitiness toward the front that goes away quickly with a quick finish with wheat malt and a bit of metal.

I was damn happy to see this one, but I would expect that this was no where near close to fresh.. the Metal began to really build as it warmed up a bit...

Really very drinkable though.. I like it for what it is, but I've had waaaay better examples of the style. (623 characters)

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Sünner Kölsch from Gebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG
86 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.