Sünner Kölsch - Gebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG

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Ratings: 315
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 14
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of phillipzayas
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very light yellow color. Decent head retention

S - noble hops and crisp malt with a honey note and a nearly grassy note as well

T - dry, clean, crisp maltiness that is almost biscuity with a good hop presence showing floral and faintly citrus notes, the honey note is present as well

M - firm malt edge, dry

D - quite drinkable, refreshing

Photo of Brad007
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright yellow color with a one-finger head into my glass. Certainly a hallmark of the kolsch.

Grassy hops greet the nose followed by a grainy texture from the malt. Light-bodied and light in aroma as well.

Lots of grassy hop character upfront. Not too strong. Buttery, grainy malt to greet the tongue. Easy to drink.

Mouthfeel has a lot of lingering grainy malt and hop character. I can't really think of much else to describe except that it's very enjoyable.

Pick it up, especially if you enjoy kolschs.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale golden colour with steady trails of bead feeding a snow-white head, dense and foamy but fizzling out slowly. Lace is mostly non-existent. Okay, it's non-existent. Not a bad-lookin' beer but not wonderful.

Smells quite grainy and earthy. Fair bready character with wheat and a pumpkin seed note. Fresh cut grass backing up and some rich earthy notes. Slight buttery malt hiding at the back. Overall decent. I generally associate Kölschen with "bubblegum" aroma which I hate, so its absence here is very welcome. Second to this, given the 'tradition' and history that this beer credits to itself, it leads me to believe that the bubblegum aroma is perhaps a mistake of other attempts at the style, and maybe this is just what a Kölsch is meant to smell like.

Taste is crisp and bitter throughout. Slight grainy notes on the front that return in small doses for the finish. Quite bready with mild rye and wheat sourness. Palate is overall bitter, largely herbal with a nod to phenolic, but largely crisp and clean with only a few duff notes here and there - a slight soapiness on the back and an aspirin astringency on the mid-palate. But apart from those this is a well-handled crisp beer - an 'ale' according to the bottle? Well, whatever. It's the lageriest ale I've ever drunk.

Has a body on the assault, but it disappears early on to leave a wafer-thin texture. Fairly poor.

Notwithstanding the texture or lack thereof, it does add to one's ability to just tip this crisp, refreshing drop right down. Great stuff.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium yellow with a fizzy white head that dissipates to a ring. Some surprising lace. Tons of bubbles in the glass, good clarity, but chunks of yeast and floaties everywhere, even with a careful pour.

Dry grain and light malt aromas, some light hop leaf.

Wanted a bit more of the grape-vine funk in this one. There is a touch, but just barely that. Light malt that has some light sweetness at first. The beer dries on the palate, turning to mild bitterness and white bread and a little sweet grain kernal in the flavors in the finish.

Light bodied and aggressively carbonated.

Very smooth beer for sure, but nothing that makes it stand out. I like the structure, and the flip flop you get as it works its way thru your palate from dry-bitter-sweet...back and forth. A quencher for sure, but this one would be dominated by food. Decent, but not outstanding.

Photo of eric5bellies
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Stella tulip glass

A - Pours a golden clear colour with a larg head that dies quickly.

S - A little honey with plenty of grain.

T - Dry biscuit flavours that are well balanced with soem sweet grains.

M - Light body and medium to full carbonation.

D - I haven't had too many Kolsch's but I like this brew.

Photo of champ103
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden/yellow color. A One finger bubbly white head forms, and recedes in a minute. Light lace is left behind.
S: Dry biscuit malt. Some grassy and citrus aromas. Very basic, but decent.
T: Dry biscuit malts again. Light citrus, grass, and some dried fruits. Enjoyable.
M/D: A light to medium body that is perfectly crisp, and dry. Not watery at all. So easy to drink. All day with this one.

I really enjoy this. Very simple, but this is pretty much what a Kolsch should be. If you are looking for a lighter beer with some more flavor, this is it. Something I would recommend.

Photo of kjc51478
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light yellow color with quickly diminishing head. Aroma is sweet with distinct grass and wheat flavors. Taste is surprisingly sweet on the front end with almost a sour apple flavor. Finishing is bitter hops with very strong wheat and cereal notes.

Photo of dasenebler
3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

.5L, Germany, best by 1/11. 4.8 percent ABV.

Yellow-gold, not as crystal-clear as some Kölsch. Tight little head with decent lacing.

Aroma is quite good for a Kölsch, with a strong note of earthy Noble hops.

Flavor is a bit stale. Not bad, just nothing special. Decent amount of buttered biscuit, but not nearly as clean or refreshing as other Kölsch. Above-average hop flavor helps keep things respectable, but in the end, this is not a nice Kölsch. Mouthfeel was bordeline-harsh and chalky, though the carbonation was at a good level.

Really an average Kölsch overall. Give me Mühlen or Reissdorf any day over this stuff.

Photo of gkunkle
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.

Photo of nezelrac
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - slightly hazy amber-blond nice fluffy two finger head

S - noble hops and crisp malt with a honey note and a nearly grassy note as well

T - dry, clean, crisp maltiness that is almost biscuity with a good hop presence showing floral and faintly citrus notes, the honey note is present as well

M - firm malt edge, dry

D - quite drinkable, refreshing

Photo of cigardave
2.98/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Have recently purchased this beer for the first time at two different locations. Every bottle has "floaties"! Wazup wid dat? This is a Kolsch beer; it's NOT bottle-conditioned.

I thought a Kolsch was supposed to be clear, like a lager. It poured a nice head, kept the lacing in the glass, but the bottle and the glass maintained the "floaties" throughout. They never really settled on the bottom. I also left appx 1-inch of beer in the bottle... just like pouring a home-brewed beer!

Anyone got any input here? Please reply to [email protected]

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!"

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

Found at a local liquor store for $1.99. Best before says L4 11, I'm guessing it was bottled sometime this year.

A: Pale yellow, massive head on the initial pour, and insane carbonation. Head didn't stick around though. Weak lacing left on every sip.

S: Grassy, lemons, white grapes, and honey. Very nice.

T: The honey flavor really sticks out. I'm reminded of white wine while drinking. The hops add a dirty earthiness on the aftertaste that is surprisingly pleasant.

M/D: The carbonation really makes this easy to drink. Nothing really complex tasting, but worth trying out if you're in a easy drinking kind of mood.

Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first Kolsch style beer and was a lighter malty session type beer.

Good sized head but faded quickly while leaving a good amount of lacing. A darker good or yellow color to it.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side but had good carbonation to it and all together went down very smooth.

There was little hop pressence but a nice biscuty malt background.

It was a good beer but not something I would run out and always get but mostly because personally I enjoy more bold flavors.

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

A: hazy straw colored with particulates floating around, fleeting bubbly head is gone in a flash, solid carbonation and no lacing.

S: lager yeast, honey, honey suckle, clean and crisp smelling.

T: honey, strong, well balanced malty character with a bitter backbone. Great dry/bitter finish.

M: crisp, clean, and dry while still managing to be thirst quenching.

D: all around great Kölsch. It tastes like the real deal, true to form. Would be great to have a sixer of these on a hot summer day.

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

A: Gold with a slight haze. A dense white head starts out big and never subsides past a 1/4" cap of dense foam. Small bits of swirling lace are left behind.

S: Fresh cut flowers are bolstered by lemon and grass.

T: A very light flavored beer; which makes sense given the style. Starts out with a sugary sweetness. Bitterness comes on with a light flower and lemon quality. Sweet/bitter balance is excellent. Finishes very clean.

M: Light body has just the right amount of fizz.

D: This is a very nice Kölsch that left me wanting more. The light body makes it very drinkable.

Photo of megahurts4
3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sünner Kölsch (Sunner Kolsch)

Appearance: Golden-yellow with some lacing and a large head.

Smell: Honey, apple, and grains.

Taste: Grains, slight malt, minerals form the water used, a hint of apple, and slight corn.

Mouthfeel: Light and refreshing.

An average Kolsch. Smell is greater than the taste. It would make a good session beer. I must note that when I exhale after drinking, I can taste corn.

Photo of Tone
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, straw color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of grain, pale malt, hint of wheat, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of hops. Fits the style of a Kolsch. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong grain, pale malt, slight sweet malt, slight hops, and a hint of metallic. Overall, decent Kolsch, with no outstanding features.

Photo of EagleTalon
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a thin white had with minimal lacing and gold color with some floaties. Aroma is slightly fruity with sweet grainy malt and spicy hops dominating. Flavor is a complex blend of pale malt, spicy hops and other interesting hints of wood-aging,fruits (grapes?), and spices. Finishes dry and crisp much like a white wine. I don't know how they do that, it must be the yeast. Mouthfeel is spot-on for the style and overall, a great tasting beer that is different enough to make it a nice departure from German and Czech lagers. Think of Kölsch as an ale that has strong-lager-like tendencies.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to John for the bottle.

Very light yellow body.

Aromas of pear, spice, cracker, light yeast notes.

Flavors are simple and light with great balance. Lemon, light toasted grain, soft bitterness in the finish.

Very crisp with lively carbonation.

Simple but very good. Great Summer bottle.

Photo of Durge
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another import found on tap at the Black Forrest Inn in Minneapolis, this one shows a pale but clear gold with a fair white head and minimal lacing. The aroma hints at mild wheat and vague citrus. A bit lame perhaps. It's very crisp feeling and delivers on the flavor much the same as the aroma, generally closer to cereal than any hop character. It's light bodied, well carbonated and highly drinkable, but it is not very memorable for the flavor. Needs a little more on the malt & citrus side to make the grade, but not a bad thirst quencher on a hot afternoon.

Photo of largadeer
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of flagmantho
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass. Bottle indicates 5.3% ABV rather than the above-noted 5.4%.

Appearance: light golden hue with a very slight haze and two fingers of frothy white foam. Looks pretty decent to me.

Smell: light malt with a clean but very pronounced grain aroma. Not my favorite, but passable.

Taste: there's a continued graininess in the flavor, especially toward the finish, but there's also a nice, light, sweet malt in the mix which I rather like. Hops are very light and their character is a bit earthy. Not too bad.

Mouthfeel: pretty light body with a fair bit of carbonation. Too light to be creamy, this is still a lightly refreshing beer.

Drinkability: Kölsch is a pretty drinkable style overall, and this beer is no exception. I wish it had a little less pronounced grain character, though.

Photo of wagenvolks
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a Michelob pilsner glass.

Sünner pours a glassy golden body with highlights of pale straw. Hazier than I like my kölsch's, but the carbonation is on-point, as several visible trails supply a thin topcoat of white foam. Nose is nice; subtle, but nice. White whine spritzer, pale & pilsen malt breadiness, floral/grassy hops. Hints of pear and apple juice in the background. All the usual suspects are there, but the overall effect is slightly muted in comparison to other beers within this style.

Minerals and bleached cracker crust hit the palate first, followed by bread dough and a delicately bitter bite from the grassy hops. Crisp, clean finish leaves behind only the slightest hint of lemon peel and soapiness. Great mouthfeel--light and bubbly without getting so carbonated that the flavor suffers. All in all, a decent-to-good, drinkable kölsch. Not something I'll make a habit of purchasing, but Sünner definitely holds up well in the scorching Austin heat.

Sünner Kölsch from Gebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG
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