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Sünner Kölsch - Gebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG

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Sünner KölschSünner Kölsch

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Reviews: 176
Hads: 363
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 18
Gots: 22 | 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 Evil_Pidde
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The clear pale golden beer holds small bubbles. The light white head is medium tall and leaves poor lacings.

S: Rich maltyness together with dry bitter hops. Citric notes as well as grass and nettles. Crisp.

T: Very crisp. Somewhat dry bitter hops, together with the rich maltyness. A rather humble beer, but still complex. Citric notes, grass and nettles.

M: A bit sour bitter aftertaste lingers. The body is light while carbonation is rich, but not aggresive.

O: A nice Kölsch, true to the style. The light sour twist was quite nice.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving type: 500 ml bottle. There is no easily discernable freshness date. There is a “Best before End:” space on the back label, but nothing printed there.

Appearance: Served in a Stange. The beer is a light straw color and topped with a thick, white, meringue-like head that settles very slowly and unevenly, leaving foam stuck to the glass.

Smell: Crisp and very floral. It has that barnyard or freshly cut hay aroma. It also has nice esters, too — strawberry, apple, and even a little banana — and a splash of citrus.

Taste: Crisp, clean, and dry. It mostly mirrors the smell, though the floral bitterness really shines. Hay loft, pale malts, some esters, a splash of zest, and a really nice bite.

Drinkability: Light, tasty, and refreshing. This is good stuff.

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Photo of BrownNut
3.29/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I think this is only my second kolsch but I have to say that this unfortunately tastes a lot like high school beer with a German twist. Initialy it's got that metallic taste you'd like to forget. Later it's a bit sweeter in the malty way but tastes similar to the various mainstream German import pilsners like St. Pauli Girl or Beck's or Warsteiner. Occasionally there's a hint of vague fruit. There's a faint hint of bitterness in the aftertaste.

It's not bad but not memorable or distinct. In fairness, I have no idea how old it is. It didn't look like a big mover at the store. It's not a beer I'd buy again because it doesn't seem to have much of an identity - so there's no real reason to. If it was what was available for a session with friends, fine. No problem. You'd forget the name by the next day.

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Photo of bump8628
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 L bottle. Pretty basic Kolsch appearance, but it's really nice nonetheless - clear straw gold with a pure white head that drops a nice sheet of lace. Mild husky grain, hops give a nice balance and add some pleasant grassiness and a hint of lemon peel. Bit of muskiness gives a rustic feel to it. A faint herbal bitterness lingers on the palate along with a slight soapiness.

An enjoyable Kolsch that hits all of the style requirements. I drank this right after a Fruh Kolsch and preferred Fruh for its more refined and brighter flavors along with the lower ABV. That said, Sunner is plenty enjoyable on a spring day and I would gladly drink it again.

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Photo of BigBarley
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, gold/yellow. Head is white and large, and lasts quite awhile.

Smells similar to noble hops and crystal malt. Sweet honey and mild biscuit. Delicious and bright aroma!

Taste is similar to a pilsner, but a little less bright with a more pronounced bitterness. None of the honey detected in the nose is present in the flavor, but the hops and malt are pretty close to a pilsner. I don't know, it's just like a different side of the same ingredients. That's a terrible description... but it's tasty!

Refreshing and crisp! A good summer beer, easy drinker.

All around delicious, and satisfying representation of the Kolsch style. I'd drink er again!

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.51/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sünner Kölsch has a medium-to-thick white head, a somewhat hazy, bubbly, golden appearance, with a bit of lacing left behind and little white specs suspended throughout. The aroma is of pungent, sweet, bready, malt, and the flavor is the same, with a light hop bitterness and some biscuit aspects as well. The mouthfeel is light to medium, and Sünner Kölsch finishes crisp, clean, refreshing and dry- like a lager. Overall, this is very good and enjoyable. Check it out!


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Photo of magictacosinus
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glad to finally find this, as I've been wanting to find a newfound appreciation for kölsch beer. Poured out of a 22oz bottle into a stange glass. I believe the freshness date is 4/13, although I can't really tell with how it's formatted.

Pours a golden yellow color with several fingers worth of head at first, and lots of lively carbonation. The head eventually dies down next to nothing, even with help from the stange. However, carbonation does fight pretty boldly at the sides of the glass, almost giving champagne-like tendencies. No alcohol legs at all, but there is a little bit of lacing, and some slight thickness revealed in swirling. Bubbles actually rest at the bottom of the glass as well, which is interesting. Looks pretty solid when rated to style, but it's by no means a showy beer.

The aroma is surprisingly chock-filled with skunky phenols found often in pilsners, such as dried pears, apricots, and grapes, all covered over slight textured crisp graininess. Really nice sugar cane laden flavors, which give the fruity texture more full bodiedness. Slight booziness creeps in, although it's far more subtle. The aroma definitely lingers after each whiff, which is definitely surprising and enjoyable. Really great and pleasant!

Assuming this is a kölsch on its way to getting past its prime, as it shows aspects that may indicate deterioration, such as muted hoppiness and syrupy sweetness, this is still remains well balanced but very flavorful overall. Large white grape and apple flavors abound, combined with crisp malts and slightly faded yet still persevering zesty hops. Definitely pretty "skunked" in flavor, although the funk melds well with the dried fruit flavors and makes the mouth salivate for more. There's a slightly bitter finish, which cancels out any excessive sweetness. It's slightly watery in body, but the fruit and grain flavors make up for it.

This is a great kölsch, without a doubt. When I was in Cologne years ago I don't think I had this one, but then again, I don't think I've ever had a kölsch in this caliber! And again, this isn't an imperial IPA or saison or anything explosive, but I believe weeks after drinking extreme beers non-stop, my palate is thanking me very much for something this flavorful yet extremely easy and mellow to drink. This is definitely a beer to pair with food, but honestly, after a long day of work or a warm day, this does the trick for being as flavorful as most good quality pilsners, yet lighter in character. Looking for a top quality kölsch when rating to style? This is the one.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A finger of head on a clear, golden colored body with lots of bubbles coming up.
The aroma is a strong grain, hay and barnyard with a touch of lemon.
The taste is mild overall with a mild lemon bitterness and grain flavor.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Here's a perfect outdoor drink on a warm day to watch the world go by.

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Photo of Dracula
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of acevenom
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

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Photo of JasonPrivler
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer a while back and enjoyed very much. Has a nice golden yellow color when poured with a light to medium body head that disepates relatively quickly (less than a minute). Has a typical lager/dry ale aroma but is slightly more pronounced in that regard. Has a nice clean taste that entails slight fruity notes, moderate malt and hop taste with slight but well balanced dry lingering bitterness which lends to its crisp overall character. Make sure to have it ice cold and in a tall glass. A good beer for persons desiring moderation in aroma, sweetness and feel. I enjoyed it, and would recommend it.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of mick303
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fluffy white head, light gold colour. Leaves pretty good lacing and a few mm of film which sticks around, and has a really active carbonation.

Aroma is quite light and fresh, pretty crisp minerality and malt character. Fresh grass, light fruitiness. Really nice character.

Taste has a medium hop bitterness with a vineous note. Coats the mouth with a bittersweet malt character. A bit of sweetness to the end. Nice balance of malt and bitter hops, makes for a good balanced profile

Mouthfeel is nice full feel initially. Carbonation is good, provides crispness. Good rounded body, with a very drinkable profile, very refreshing. Aftertaste is mildly bitter and dry.

Enjoyable beer, refreshing and tasty. Slightly sweet but balanced. Good traditional kolsch.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear light gold. Looks and pours like a lager. Big white head.

S: Inoffensive lager.

T: Strewth, it's like Becks in a different bottle, but slightly more bitter. Clean with absolutely no character. Has that typically flat hop/malt combination common in mass produced European lagers. Unlike a lot of them though it's very clean. I'm not getting any fruit at all.

O: I suppose it's refreshing in that it's a drinkable liquid which doesn't taste of tar water but otherwise it's nothing. I'm sure that there are people who'd enjoy it a lot, but as a Brit who's fed up with the multiplicity of soulless European lagers on tap I wouldn't recommend this to anyone, ever.

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Photo of Steedee
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brings back great memories of sipping suds at the Imbuss in Germany. Nice light traditional German Kolsch... with just a fine bit more bitter flavor than a usual German Pils. Very little after taste. I might purchase again, but with so many to choose probably not.

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Photo of xylophonica
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly orange/pale straw colour with a finger of head. Plenty of carbonation bubbles as well.

S - Variety of lemon/citric spices at first. Quite dusty with a wheaty presence.

T - A touch of sweetness but also with something fairly tart. Mixture of malt, wheat and the faintest of citric elements.

M - Not much happening; there's a mildly spicy overtone coming through with some gentle bitterness but otherwise it's non-descript.

O - Fairly simple in its design, it's basically a good example of a Kolsch. Nice drinkable lager with some crisp, clean flavours that leave the drinker feeling refreshed.

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Photo of Beerlover
4.82/5  rDev +27.5%
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...

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Photo of bmwats
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured form 500 ml bottle into a stange.

A: Light hay colored hue. Continually rising, light carbonation. Pours about a quarter finger, bubbly, white head. Settles quickly, leaving a slight white blanket on the surface. Very sporadic lacing.

S: Pungent combination of sourdough and lemon citrus. Floral notes reminiscent of lavender.

T: A soft but biting pungent combination of sourdough and lemon. Tastes like it smells.... really.

M: Light, and crisp body. Pungent aftertaste lingers.

D: Goes down easy, very refreshing quality.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Light hue, slight head, and sporadic lacing. Nose is fuller than the appearance suggests, with a pungent grainy and citrus tone. Flavor follows suit, with a light and crisp combination of sourdough bread and lemon citrus with a biting pungent finish. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of McStagger
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a vibrant pale straw with one and a half finger bleached white head. Carbonation is ample. Beer is slightly hazy.

S: Crackery malt, zesty noble hops. However, the distinctive Kolsch scent is definitely present. Softer, less astringent, with definite fruity notes.

T: Crispy, crackery malts that are met with an herbal and spicy hop presence. This quickly gives way to the beer's true nature. Soft, fruit forward notes combine with an almost butter like taste and texture. Floral notes come into play and I'm left with a very faint hint of bubblegum.

M: Excellent. The softer, more supple nature of this beer definitely benefits from the moderate levels of carbonation. This increased body gives you a longer, smoother finish without the dry and crisp aspects of a German Helles or similar light German lager.

O: In my admittedly limited tastings of Kolsch, this has come closest to the "true style". A paragon of its breed, Sunner Kolsch is an awesome beer for late spring or early fall. Prost!

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Photo of smcolw
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

White gold with fluffy snowy head that's gone fast. Mild bread dough sweetness and hints of flowers - not much doing.
Cream cracker malts definitely make an appearance but just as quickly step aside for arugula and cardamom hops.
Nectar finish and tingly bitter linger. Crisp, dry and light.

Note: labeled 4.8%

Doesn't show for much to start, but strong baseline of sweetness, assertive hop bitterness and seriously lean body. What a kolsch should be, in other words. As always, wonder what it's like on tap, or even fresher (3/12 exp date here.)

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