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Sünner Kölsch - Gebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG

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Ratings: 325
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 14
Gots: 18 | 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 stephens101
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
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
3.52/5  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
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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
2.51/5  rDev -33.2%
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
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
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
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
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
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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
4.07/5  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
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
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
3.27/5  rDev -13%
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.

Photo of phillipzayas
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
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
3.78/5  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
3.77/5  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
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
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 -4.8%
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
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
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
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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
2.7/5  rDev -28.2%
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
3.12/5  rDev -17%
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 +18.4%
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 +6.4%
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
3.01/5  rDev -19.9%
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
4.48/5  rDev +19.1%
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
3.97/5  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
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Sünner Kölsch from Gebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG
85 out of 100 based on 325 ratings.