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Sünner Kölsch - Gebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG

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85
very good

315 Ratings
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Ratings: 315
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 14
Gots: 12 | 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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Photo of PaBeerLover
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of stevoj
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Exiled
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a kolsch glass. Had a pale yellow color and a clear consistency. There was a big, creamy, long-lasting head. Fair lacing.

S: Smelled of malt, with some traces of grass, too.

T: Tasted of malt, a little lemon, and a grassy/grainy quality. This latter part of the flavor was (as it always is) a bit off-putting. Not a bad flavor, but uneven.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a crisp, dry finish. Light-bodied.

O: While this beer isn't terrible, it definitely does have its fair share of flaws.

Photo of iLovehops23
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
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 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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of Boto
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Busch Gardens: This one pours a clear, straw yellow color. There was a small white head that leaves some lacing. There is a nice nose to this one. Floral and grassy notes. Some malts and maybe a touch of fruit. The taste is also good. Very smooth. Earthy, malts and a touch dry. Nice.

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.

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.

Photo of mmmbeer
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL skinny German bottle with no freshness date; 5.3%. Pours a clear bright gold, highly-carbonated, with a thick finger of white head that laces well and retains a nice cap of fine lather. Smells sweet, grainy, metallic, almost corn-like - like an American lager at first blush. Becomes more malty and hoppy as it warms, with something powdery/medinical that fades with time. Lemons and pale malt on the palate, lightly sweet, with a bit of spicy/floral hops that contribute a mild bitterness; another dimension is doughy/biscuity with grass and fresh hay. Overall very smooth and soft. The body is light/medium, with fine, drying carbonation and a medium finish. A great example of the style that arrived here in good shape. Delicious, well-brewed, and worth a try if you are just getting to know the style.

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 2" white head which dissipated completely. Very light clear straw yellow color. Smells of malt and grain. Taste and mouthfeel have just a slight advantage over standard BMC. Not much of a finish to it. Although I'd prefer this to standard BMCs, and I was grateful it wasn't skunked, it just didn't excite me.

Photo of WYVYRN527
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a golden hue with a finger-thick white head that quickly settles to a thin surface film. Lacing is decent, but a bit less than I expected. The smell up front is malty, with hints of honey and biscuit. Hops lend a grassy note in the background. Flavors start of a bit salty, with some cracker and honey notes. Slightly fruity in the middle, ending with a grassy, dry hop finish.

This light to moderate bodied brew is a perfect example of the style. Easy to drink, balanced, and very crisp all at the same time. Nice to see this one available in my market. I'll be seeking it out again in the near future.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of stephens101
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As anyone who knows me can attest, I am easily bored, even with the extreme. So this summer I'm making an effort to get to some of the more obscure beer styles, and I figured the Kolsch was as good a place to start as any.

Hazy at first due to a huge burst of bubbles that quickly clear to reveal a transparent brassy brew. Off-white head fades quickly but leaves some bubbles around the glass amongst a smattering of lace.

Grass and lemon to the nose with some sweet malt and spice at the end. Malts and fresh cut grass up front with another big squirt of lemon that is infused into a palate of various ripe fruits (green grapes, apples).

A bit deeper in body than expected, but still crisp where it counts. Smooth and easily downed, but I recommend you take your time and enjoy this one.

Damn fine summer drinking and confirmation that in my zeal for the extreme I've completely missed some of the great beers of the world.

Photo of rsdaugherty
3.53/5  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 samie85
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a pale golden color with two fingers of quickly dissipating white head.

S-Green apple notes upfront with some crackery light malt.

T-More of the green apple with light malt notes and clean bitterness on the finish.

M-Light bodied with very prickly carbonation and a drying feel.

D-Highly drinkable and balanced, but not a lot to this one. I prefer other Kolsch's I've had.

Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
2.53/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sunner kolsch 5.4% abv

A: Very thin mild yellow tones with apple cider and minimal carbonation. I purchased this at a high-end pizzeria and was disappointed while the waiter incorrectly poured this disappointment with aplomb. No lacing, no need.

S: Some sweetness liked cooked fruit or sweet vegetables, just a crisp sweetness that disappears instantly.

T: It just felt mildly grassy and had some interesting, albeit fleeting. The sweet notes were not resounding and were ultimately grasping at relevance like The Green Mile.

M: This felt pretty good on the old mouthfeel front, it just delivered enough not to have me relegate it to a Bitburger purgatory. I can see Europeans with their flawed commercial tastes enjoying this like an episode of Piers Morgan. Overall, this is boring and I would rather have a cheaper, more flawed brew like Rolling Rock. I just said that.

D: This is exceptionally drinkable but the question lingers, would you really? The type of people in possession of this are the same as a car collector who could buy a limited VW GTI and just never drive it. It doesn’t do anything well enough that you would seek it out and just being drinkable is not enough. I can make a really drinkable beer by cutting any beer with .33 water. That does not make it good. This is not a deal, it is not your confidant, it just, as ancient Arabic philosophy notes “A Place Holding Zero.”

Narrative: “Oh great, another argument about this? I feel like this happens way too often.” The chief cheese sommelier for Kraft American singles found himself rolling his sleeves up far too often. “Oh you think you are just gonna SIT IN SEAT 19b? I’m sorry Mr. Fancy Cheese maker!” He sighed, knowing the extent of the marketing campaign, the extent of foodies’ irrational hatred, and the monicre that the merger with Nestle had imparted. “Listen, I am not trying to be a fancy anything, I just want to check my bags and” he could see their eyes all leveled at him, screeching childhood obesity epithets, their spiteful glances, the forthcoming envelopes full of frightening white powder. “OK OK ENOUGH! I am a cheese. Maker. That is it, I don’t aspire to be the best, I am mediocre and I recognize that, who among you can admit their mediocrity?” The eyes of the cabin all leveled, checking themselves, except one errant Korean man who proudly declared “why can you has to making cheese? I AM 19B!” The hoi polloi nodded in approval of this reproach.

Photo of bruachan
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

heavy upward bubblage...looks like inverted snow! nice rocky froth over pale gold

mild floral and grassy hop aromas emitted from the suds, mixed with pils malts

very spicy--pepper and allspice--flavors, perhaps from warmer-than-usual fermentation. plenty of hop flavor: lemon and cork or barrell

more dynamic than i'd expect of a kolsch, but thoroughly enoyable on a warm spring day!

Photo of rootbeerman
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

first experience with this style of beer.

A: pours very clear straw yellow. has a short lived finger thick head
S: lightly grassy hop with a light almost minty aroma.
T: dry and lightly grassy, malt is also a little grainy.
M: smooth medium carbonation.
O: style wise its not a favorite, i think i would rather have a pilsner.

Photo of jerryjeff
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma
Fairly delicate (or would it be called faint) scent, some slight hoppiness in the nose with maybe a bit of pear

Mouthfeel
Pretty highly carbonated, not really much regarding body with a little more heaviness than water.

Appearance
Pale straw and poured to around 1/4" head which is kind of hanging around with a little bit of lacing.

Taste
Rather nice, light flavor. Getting a bit of pear with some hints of the hops. Somewhat bitburger like overall, actually

Drinkability
Rather, this is a session beer and definitely fits the bill. No real aftertaste to offend even non real beer drinkers.

Overall
Great flavor and is light on the palette. While not my favorite style this is good for what it's meant to be, a sessionable beer and originally a competitor for light lagers.

Photo of keithmurray
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - beer pours a clear straw color, some white head

Smell - I'm picking up wheat and some citrus on this

Taste - Im getting wheat, bread, lemon zest, this is crisp and refreshing

Mouthfeel - light body, medium carbonation, slightly bitter in the finish, smooth

Drinkability - this goes down pretty easily, I coul deasily drink 4-5 of thse in one sitting. A well done beverage that would go really well on a hot summers day

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.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: poured into a .5 L hofbrau stange. Clear straw gold, pure white head quickly diminishes to a thin collar and spotty lacing.
S: lemony, fruity, grassy, w/ sweet doughy malts.
T: light to medium sweet crackery malt is not quite washed out by the smooth spicy underlying bitterness. Maybe a bit more co2 would have helped. Finishes cloyingly sweet rather than crisp and dry.
M: light to medium body; slick and viscous, again would've liked more co2 for a frothier, cleaner mouthfeel.
D: I've had better versions w/ lower abv.

Sünner Kölsch from Gebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG
85 out of 100 based on 315 ratings.