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Sünner Kölsch - Gebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG

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325 Ratings
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Ratings: 325
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 14
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 oberon
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of Avagadro
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: straw in color and impressively clear, Sunner holds impressive lacing covered by an acceptable head.

S: bouquet is malt oriented and somewhat faint, consisting mainly of base malt. It would be nice of a couple more things were going on here.

T: this brew is fairly dry, and, as with other kölschs, has an extremely suppressed fruit profile. Since Sünner is equally void of hops, the flavor is depending on the grain bill for complexity. I detect pale malt and possibly flaked barley. All in all, I wish Sunner followed Reissdorf's lead and depended on hops a little more to give a more rounded character.

M: light and crisp, with a clean mouthfeel and tons of carbonation.

D: although it is a decent representative of one of my favorite styles, Sünner is a tad under-hopped and seems a bit monotone compared to Gäffel and Reissdorf. Nonetheless, Sünner delivers a crisp and refreshing brew that still has much more flavor than other brands competing in this market.

Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from Bottle into Nonic glass.

Pours golden with a slight haze and a light white head that quickly dissolves. Aroma is light pilsner malt and musty. The flavor is light malt with some noble hop flavor. Its light modied and has a nice prickly carbonation. I don't have much experience with Kolsch's but I thought overall this was drinkable but nothing exciting which to my understanding is kind of what the style is about anyways.

Photo of ThirstyBird
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at E&O Tap in Providence RI. Poured into a pint glass.

It appears golden yellow in color with a nice white head. The smell is delicate and floral, sweet light malt and a little peppery. It smells fresh ant tasty. The flavor is slightly sweet and crisp. Delicate and subtle as the smell would indicate. Slight bitterness which was nice.

The Body was light and refreshing. The carbonation was active yet smooth. Pretty nice. Overall a very drinkable brew that I wish I saw on tap more frequently!

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Flying Saucer in Houston. Served in a 20 oz pilsner glass with a finger and a half of stark white foam that fades pretty slowly and leaves a bit of lace behind.

Nose has some nice fruity and spicy (almost like pickling spices) notes with a grainy, slightly sweet malt bill. A touch of flowery hops rounds out this good smelling kolsch.

Taste is more "lager"-like than many American versions with not quite as many yeast esters coming out. Light grainy malts are the dominant flavor. There is a mild cardboard flavor in here that I usually only get out of a bottle, but that is a very minor complaint. There is some nice hop bitterness that adds some snappy crispness to the beer. Drinkability is very good with this beer, carbonation is just right and has an excellent creamy texture. I have not had many German-made kolsches before, but this one is a bit milder compared to most of the American versions. Very nice kolsch, I could drink a few of these.

Photo of drpimento
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer. Straight forward good beer. Nothing special, just good beer. Poured with a medium off white head and a tiny bit of lace. Color is a clear amber. Aroma is just plain, fresh common beer, more of a world lager than anything spicy. Flavor is similar but sweeter, although not too sweet. Soft body and good carbonation. Nice clean bittersweet finish. Session beer.

Photo of allengarvin
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a wide chalice glass (yes, I know it's not the proper kolsch glassware), this bight gold beer forms a small head that quickly fades away. The nose presents a light graininess, with little hops. Flavor is unexciting: grainy malt, sweet, with very little bitterness. A bit of fruitiness is all that separates this from a generic helles. Finish is sweet. Nicely carbonated body, appropriate mouthfeel.

Kolsch is not a style that travels well. At its freshest, it can be interesting. This is a weak example of the style, though.

Photo of MisterClean
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared a bottle at the shack.

A - Poured a clear, straw yellow, with 1 finger of white head. Dissipates fast and leaves little lacing.

S - Honey, perfumy, and nectar esters. No hops present.

T - Honey, very crisp malts, light nectar and lightly bitter hops.

M - Moderate bodied, malt dominated, sweet, and lightly dry.

D - Really good example of a session beer.

Photo of Redrover
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed a couple of pints of this while visiting the Fly & Saucer in Houston. The beer is a straw yellow with a slight chill haze. Bone white head.

It has a perfumy nose backed by grains. It is fresh and inviting.

I like the taste. It is sweet with some lemon rind, grains and plum. The flavors are well integrated. Kolschs seem more delicate, but this the beer seems to have traveled very well.

The mouth is crisp with good carbonation. It is a very easy drinker & a great beer with lighter non-spicy food. I will be on the lookout for this one in Chicago. A great example of the style!

Photo of Onenote81
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a stange glass. Pours a slightly cloudy pale gold with a very thick creamy white head on top. Excellent retention; left lots of sticky lace. Scents of lemon zest, corn, and fresh-cut grass.

The body is crisp, but still retains some smooth creaminess. I like that. Flavors of light tart citrus, some faint grassy hops, and some sharp grains. There is a bit of a metallic twang to it right off, but as I continue to drink this fades. Maybe I'm used to it? All in all, this is a good representation of the style. I'd have it again for sure. Quite refreshing.

Photo of MrStark
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a pilsener glass as I do not own a stange glass.

Appearance is a somewhat hazy pale gold with a two finger white foamy head that slowly dissipates.

Smell is a little grainy with some slightly sweet malts. A bit of hops as well but overall a fairly faint sent.

Taste is mostly malts and grain, similar to pils. Not a bad flavor however, there is a prominent metallic taste in there that is pretty off putting.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is just ok. Nothing really specials to want me to have another and that metallic taste doesn't really help either.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

A - Pours a beautiful pure golden color with a nice white 1.5 inch head that is very active. Carbonation is lively and loud even. The head recedes at a medium rate and there is somewhat of a sticky lacing on the glass.

S - Very grainy and malty hints. Grains all over with some nice grape-y hints as it is customary for this style. There is some mild hop dryness but this Kolsch is all about the grains.

T - Very similar to the smell. Grains all over the place and a sharp grape like flavor with some sour hints. Very crisp and clean refreshing taste. There is some hop dryness t the end as well as some bitterness but its a pretty straight forward bready malt taste all the way through.

M - light and crisp with very high drinkability.

Photo of crossovert
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle similar to the Reissdorf one, but with a green label.

Pours into my Stange with a deep gold, it isn't too pale. The bright white and foamy head billows up and stays for awhile before receding with some nice lacing.

As is the case with most Kölsches, this one is lacking a bit in scent. It is only a minor inconvenience and isn't the reason why so many enjoy this style. It is light and grainy with a pinch of medicinal hops. It smells suprisingly good for a Kölsch.

It is the flavor of summer in this glass, with a kiss of floral, grassy, ever so slightly bitter hops and pale malts. It is light bodied and easy drinking.

This is a good Kölsch, though it isn't the best one I've had. It seems a bit harder to find than Gaffel or Reissdorf, and those are the only two I have seen here in the US. It is a decent brew, but suitable mainly for Summer or during a vacation to Köln.

Photo of vurt
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a half-liter bottle into a traditional 0.2 liter stange.

Very pale gold, and slightly hazy. A cap of bright white, finely beaded foam tops the pour but reduces to a thin skin after a few minutes. Attractive lacing.

Grainy with a bready and mildly sweet maltiness. Soft fruitiness that reminds me of applesauce, canned pears, white grape juice. Minerals and floral hops in the finish. Very clean.

Less sweet than it smells, with a good dry malt flavor. A gentle fruitiness follows, very similar to the nose with an ephemeral citrus note. The citrus doesn't linger, but provides a great transition to the floral hops in the finish. Ends with a firm, pilsener-like bitterness and a prominent mineral note. Ends with a light, bready sweetness.

Nicely crisp, quenching, and drying. Body actually seems a little heavy for the style. Good level of carbonation.

Seriously easy to drink. Refreshing and nicely textured with a firm bitterness. Not my favorite kölsch, but a fine example of this delicate and highly drinkable style.

Note: The label indicates that Sünner Kölsch is 5.3% ABV. This is a bit unusual, as every other true German kölsch I've ever tried has been 4.8%.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +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!

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.32/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautifully clear and crisp looking pale yellow with a very slight light orange tint and a stark white head that retains ok for the style and leaves decent lacing.

The nose is full of crisp lager-like grain with slight sweetness, but not that old german lager sweetness, legit sweetness. The hop presence is noticeable but quite grassy and european in nature. Not a bad thing, just a thing.

Hmmm. Quite the interesting kolsch here. Very similar to the german lagers were all used to, but the sweetness is indeed a little fruitier, but IMO, not quite fruity enough for the style. The hop presence is as described in the nose. The finish is less crisp than i would like, but is still ok. A little kiss of hop bitterness is there. Sweet malt lingers a bit in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good carbonation wise, but is just a touch too viscous for the style. I would like the finish to be a little bit dryer as well. The combination of these things do not help to balance the slight sweetness in the malt profile.

Drinkability is solid, but again, could be better for the style. Could easily put a few away, but it could be easier as well, haha.

Overall, this is very close to being an incredible kolsch. It's just a matter of a few little things that combine to make it less than amazing, but certainly above average. A great summer lawnmower beer with a little more flavor than your average hot day swill. A good beer that fits into the unique and underappreciated niche of the Kolsch.

Photo of branko7
4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very well balanced, tasty beer. A bit sweet at the outset, turning more sour at the end. I tend to prefer dark, malty brews, and was surprised that I liked this one so much. I found it more interesting and satisfying than some of the American versions of this style. Goes to show, go to the source!

Photo of Vancer
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This looks to be a good grilling beer in the early fall. Pours a clearstraw yellow into the Bitburger pilsner glass, plenty of white head for everyone. And good lace too, almost get a ring per sip.

Sharp aroma of grassy hay, and even a pop of euro skunk. Crisp and clean taste of sunshine in the grass, and enough spicy hop in the finish to balance it out well.

Seems like a fresh bottle, which could be a problem with the import delays. Not to bad of a price - $2.50 for the 500ml. Tasty enough brew to try again.

Photo of ADZA
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pale see thru straw colour with nice carbonation that leaves a fast vanishing one finger head with average lacing,the aromas are grape,doughy malts and some honeydew,it has a nice silky mouthfeel to it with hints of sweet lemony citrus that finishes very nicely dry and crisp,a very refreshing beer that could drink alot of on a nice hot summers day.

Photo of Offa
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a crisp, yet tasty, characterful kolsch.

Bright, deep gold, it has a medium white head that slowly shrinks to a ring and wisps, leaving no real lace.

The aroma is a lot of grain, a hint of dough, with a little pear, peach, ripe applie. It's light and aromatic but fairly full-bodied.

The taste is similar, with a full grain character, some hay, hints of mineral, pear, peach. It settles into a soft , fruity grain finishing with a dryish, slightly spicey, crisp finish with dry hints of peach and pear.

Photo of russpowell
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
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

Photo of illidurit
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle poured into a pint glass. Budweiser colored, which I suppose is typical, with a creamy white cap of head. Aroma is grainy and lightly floral with a touch of lemon tartness. Flavor is a little less substantial. Some sweet bready grains, a whisper of citrus, and a crisp mineral finish. Thin, refreshing body, perfect on a scalding California summer day.

Photo of steveh
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A new offering at the local good beer store. Never had the opportunity to try this one before.

A -- Clear, pale straw color with a dense white head.

S -- Subtle spicy noble hop character with some mild citrus fruit coming through.

T -- Very nice sweet, bready Pils maltiness up front that quickly turns dry and mildly citric and spicy in balance. Hop bitterness dominates the aftertaste, but is not heavy.

M -- Light body with a crisp mouthfeel.

D -- A very good, thirst-quenching quaffer -- just as a good Kölsch should be.

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