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Sünner Kölsch - Gebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG

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301 Ratings
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Ratings: 301
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 14
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Gebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG visit their website

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 steveh
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

steveh, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of tai4ji2x
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. back label has notching scheme:
L|1|2|4|8|10 with the "1,2,4" being marked. tasted in mid-may 2009.

pale golden straw. almost clear but for some "dusty" particles. creamy, foamy 1-finger head fades to wisps and ring. very splotchy but consistent lace.

aroma: bready malt, hint of white grape and trace of white peach, balanced by noble hops. very lager-like, though with a vinous hint in back.

taste: sweet pale malts and bread with fruity tones of grape and hint of apple, balanced by light noble hop bitterness. touch of fusel? otherwise clean.

light but smooth feel, only slightly watery. trace resins in the finish, then smoothing out again. gentle to moderate carbonation can also be spritzy.

tai4ji2x, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of Halcyondays
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a golden yellow with a light white head, fair retention.

S: Notes of husky malt, grape.

T: Good bready malt and some fruit ale complexity, white grapes. Light grassy, earthy noble hop bitterness, quite flavourful.

M: Smooth, light-bodied, crisp, easy drinking as a Kolschbier should be.

D: I don't know why so few Kolsches are exported, this is only the 2nd Cologne made one I've had, an under the radar style, especially for the summertime.

Halcyondays, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of atsprings
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint-glass a crisp bubbly yellow with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is a decent blend of crisp hops and sweet malts. The taste is a nice subtle blend of hops and malts, a bit on the bland side, but undertoned and fitting to the style. The beer is quite light, crisp and refreshing. This is a very enjoyable version of the style.

atsprings, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of JamnesCameron
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL.

Presented as crystal clear, light straw in color and a light foamy head that dissipates quickly. Effervescent.

Aromas are faint, some malt, floral hops, very clean, nothing off.

Taste was crisp, maltly, very slight bitterness. Easy drinking beer.

Mouthfeel is thin, and crisp, with a bit of a snap in the taste.

Good drinkability, good session beer, not filling.

Good beer to drink when the conversation is more important than the beer.

JamnesCameron, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of deg
2.7/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had a 16.9 ounce bottle and poured the beer into a half liter glass. A nice pale yellow color with a little head. I could barely smell anything, I think there was a faint grass smell. I could not taste anything, the beer was almost tasteless. There was no aftertaste, and only a little hop bitterness. It was almost like drinking water, so I'd consider this as a good thirst quencher.

deg, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep yellow color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of bready but light malts, grain and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is also very bready with flavors of grain and a light malt character that also brings some sweetness. There's also a background flavor of citrus. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice lighter beer with enough substance to make it worth drinking for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into an imperial pint.

A: Light straw slightly golden body topped by a white, somewhat dense head. Body is clear with a slight haze (might be too cold)

S: Very slight sweetness, smell of grain and very slight alcohol. Fruitiness I would describe as grape or apple maybe when disturbed.

T: Up front is grainy and sweet, followed by a slight metallic bitterness. Light as expected, with a slightly acidic finish. Fruity after taste lingers.

M: Not much to say, its carbonated slightly low for my taste (or maybe I poured it too hard). Otherwise its fairly crisp but could lose some sweetness.

D: Highly drinkable as per the style and very tasty.

51mmz0rz, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of vrazionale
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 fl. oz. bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a translucent bright golden body. The one-finger head fades to a thin layer across the top with bunches along the edge.

S - Crisp, bitter hops with a lemony kick.

T - Very crisp and clean profile, with a well-crafted balance between brisk hops, citrus fruit, and sweet grass. A touch of fruity (sweet orange?) sweetness on the finish.

M - Surprisingly effervescent. Very light-bodied, but the carbonation and the complex interaction between dry and sweet flavors elevate the body a bit.

D - A very well-crafted Kolsch. It holds the balance between dry and sweet flavor profiles very well. This is a great summer brew - a cooler full of these on the beach sounds pretty damn good.

vrazionale, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of rjimlad
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to admit that Kolsch is pretty unfamiliar to me due to the difficulty in getting it where I live. So here goes...
This beer poured a light straw colour with a white fluffy head. Nice floral aroma initially with some lemon notes.
Flavour was very dry with a crisp, clean and very lightly sour character. The label says it is sweet but I found it sour as if wild yeast were involved. This is a lovely dry beer that would/should be a winner in the Australian summer. There's a depth of aromatic interest and lip-puckering goodness that would shame the disgusting dry macro lagers that proliferate here. These interesting flavours and soft/sparkly mouthfeel make it a real winner. Should be more of it.

rjimlad, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of mcsquint
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into large dimpled mug:
A - Straw in color with pristine white, 1 finger head. Head dissipates very quickly. Minimal lacing on glass.
S - Lemony, grassy.
T - Nice malty flavor upfront followed by slight lemon flavor. Finishes with a decent crisp hop bite.
M - Light and crisp. Finishes very clean
D - This has become one of my favorite summer beer styles. It's a very good example of what Kolsch should taste like. I recommend this highly.

mcsquint, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear pale yellow with a soapy, bright white cap. A bit of clumpy lace, decent head retention. Floral hop aroma, crackers, light lemon. Light bitterness, malt, bit of hop spice and lemon. Nice balance. Light bodied, on the crisp side. A good kolsch, light and refreshing but with some flavour.

DrJay, May 22, 2009
Photo of colts9016
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour this beer into a stange at 42 degrees.

Appearance: A pale straw color with touch of amber yellow hues. There is a 3 finger steady white head that is foamy and bubbly. There is a lot of effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is clear and brilliant. The head left lacing on the glass.

Nose: A lite apple, bouquet of flowers and some citrus. There is a low malt aroma and some yeast in the background.

Taste: A nice soft roundness in the beer with delicate flavors. There are apples, lite floral, citrus, and some yeast. The malt that is presented in the beer is supple.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer soft, clean, lightly carbonated, and almost crisp. The body of the beer is light and the finish is nil. I never have like the American version of the Kolsch, it is not delicate and rough on the palate. I am glad that the German Kolsch's are a whole lot better.

colts9016, May 19, 2009
Photo of nocheinsbitte
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this bier out of a 1/2 litre bottle. First time having this bier.

A: Pours a nice golden yellow color that is crisp and clear. Mod head that dissipates fairly quickly, minimal lacing. A good looking bier.
S: A typical kolsch smell. Negligible sweetness, mod tartness.
T: A crisp kolsch taste. Very clear and crisp taste. Mild dryness in the after taste but not overwhelming. Other people have mentioned mild watery flavor, I would agree but it is still a good taste.
M: No problems here.
D: I enjoyed this bier a lot. This is an easy bier to put down and in fact, I will have at least 2 more tonight.

Overall, I like this bier. It isn't the best kolsch out there, but it is a damn good one. Do yourself a favor and have this bier. Prosit!

nocheinsbitte, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of juju7
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having only ever had a couple "real" Kolschs in my life I am a little hesitant to go hard on it, not being too sure how good (or not) these beers can be. Anyway, it is pale straw colour with a weak head and not a great deal going on nose-wise. Starts off fresh with a slight apple aroma but goes sulphury quite quickly as it warms. This may well explain why they are served in small glasses in Koln. Still, it is a refreshing beer with a little sweetness but an essentially dry finish. Tis good and drinkable but reserving judgement on calling this style "classic".

juju7, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of sliverX
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured a bright golden straw, very small bubbly head that faded down to nothing more than a ring around the edge
smell was light grassy grain with a hint of banana
taste light juicyfruit like, grassy, finishes with a nice banana like flavor
mouthfeel is light and smooth, no visible carbonation but you can feel it on your tongue
drinkability - well my only slight on this is its abv at 5.4% its just a bit too high for something that's so sessionable...

sliverX, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very pale sunburnt straw hue with white head that instantly dissipates. Little carbonation and no sediment, resulting in a completely crystal clear appearance.
Mmmm... very lager-y, with 1 dimensional grainy malt. Also the cardboard aroma that seems to be prevalent in beers that use hops extract. A slightly sweet white wine-like character is noticeable upon further inspection. Would have liked more fruit.
Wow - taste is pretty damn refreshing. Sweet bready malt, with very short-lasting bitterness. Slight white wine. Very short duration. Look up 'delicate' in the dictionary and there'll be a picture of this beer there.
Very light body, with low carbonation (would have expected more from a kolsch.
Sooo refreshing! Especially considering its 28deg C inside at the moment!

CrazyDavros, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1pt 0.9oz bottle purchased at Eagle Provisions in Brooklyn (just over $3). The beer is pale golden colored, crystal clear, with a thin wet foam. The aroma is subdued like all good Kolsches, a little musty or funky but really in a light way. The taste is slightly sweet and malty, maybe a little estery fruit flavors (not much). The definition of drinkable at 5.3% ABV with a light body.

TurdFurgison, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of Macca
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not much of head, only a centimetre or so, and this quickly disappears. A very persistent carbonation though. Straw coloured.

Very grainy/bready aroma.

Again the graininess. A little sweet. A bit fruity. Not really doing it for me.

Finishes dry and crisp. Quite refreshing.

This the second time I have drunk this. The first time I found it a bit more fruity. I might have to revisit.

Macca, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of LittleCreature
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 3.5
Poured a foamy two fingers of white head over a clear straw yellow body.

Smell - 3.5
A very subtle aroma of sourdough bread, husk, toasted seeds and grains.

Taste - 3.5
Like most beers of this style, everything is subtle on the palate. Slightly sweet, slightly savoury, slightly malty, slightly fruity, slightly bitter and a little husk. The only thing it has lots of are dryness and refreshingness (is that a word?).

Mouthfeel - 3.5
Light to moderately carbonated, feels quite heavy in the mouth - this is where it is most obvious that this is an ale not a lager.

Drinkability - 4.5
Very easy to drink, sessionable, and interesting enough to come back to.

A good example of a somewhat restricted style, and a nice, easy drinking beer.

LittleCreature, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of Lukie
2.38/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured out straw yellow with a nice foaming white head that dissipitated well into loose lacing around the rim. Almost looks like a macro lager.

Very light smell. Almost zesty citrus characters and some slight malts. Almost rice like in quality aswell.

Very light flavour. Sweet malts, and some slight hoppy characters. Almost tastes like drinking Budweiser or Miller, which is not a good thing.

It is quite easy drinking, but is almost watery. I have never really been a huge fan of kolsch, and I think this has turned me off even more. Very watery, almost a lighter taste similar to heineken.

Lukie, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of foles
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review is for the bottle version sampled here in Australia, despite having previously enjoyed it from the barrel at the Brewhouse in Cologne.

I observed the characteristics of a kolsch - slightly bitter undertones, grassy nose, and what I call the backwards pilsner character! However in this version, it was nice but just too soft. The character was very restrained. I remember it being a lot sharper from the barrel in Cologne (what good memories!)

The bottle was good until late in 08, but I think a fresh version would be sharper! This seems to be the case with a lot of german beers.

foles, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of therica
4.83/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I suppose that I can echo much of what allboutbierge mentions, below, about its taste, head, and overall experience. I noted a hint of undertaste that I couldn't quite identify, and which I liked-- maybe a sort of cardamom taste (most readers are like, what the h*ll is that?!?!?-- a spice with a sort of musky apple/orange taste). It was quite subtle, however.

Sünner -- pronounced "zoo-nuh" in English pronounciation.

The head on my beers were firm, although they did begin to dissipate slightly after a minute or so (unlike the Pfaffen kolsch which seemed firm enough to walk on).

I discovered this kolsch while wandering around Deutz (pronounced doytz in English-pronounciation), the city across the Rhein from Koln/Cologne. It's a nice little city, the former "Jewish ghetto" of Cologne, also known as "the wrong side of the river." It has its own more down-to-earth ambience and day-to-day people than Koln. Groceries, fresh bakeries and other stores abounded, just within a few blocks on the main-street of town which leads back from the Rhein at the Deutz Bridge (next to the Chocolate Museum in Koln). Hint-- look for the glowing arch of the Koln Arena which is behind the old-town several-block area of Deutz.

The Sunner Kolsch seemed abundant in Deutz. My first experience was during lunch at a local corner-restaurant near the back-end of the main street from the river. You know it's a local restaurant when the elderly guy asks for his leftovers, and they bring them in a rubbermaid-style container for his return (heh). Numerous middle-aged to elderly locals seemed to be hanging out, some eating meals, some simply sipping one Sunner Kolsch after the next-- including the 60-something German woman seated by herself at a nearby table.

This kolsch simply blew me away, on my first sip! I liked it better than any other kolsch in the Koln area that I have tried, to date (give me another week here and we'll see!). It had full taste and body, a nice odor, nothing offensive in any area, a hint of aftertaste without being annoying, went well with my meal (which included fried eggs, ham, salad and coffee), and I just had to sit afterwards and enjoy a few more Sunner's.

As I walked back thru the main street of Deutz, I noted numerous Sunner signs hanging in doorways, and then I came upon what I believe was a Sunner restaurant, where we returned for our dinner that night. I still haven't located the actual Sunner Brauhaus, even trying their website (www.suenner.de) so I'm now on that quest.

Overall, I would drink this Sunner Kolsch any time, anywhere. Nothing overwhelmed me (good or bad), except the fact that it had a really full flavor that I haven't found in any of the other Koln kolsch's. Even my "beer-sampling but not beer-fanatic" wife thought that it was good (which is a huge statement!).

therica, Dec 07, 2005
Photo of paterlodie
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasting it yesterday from keg and today from botle with exp date 25-7-05 can only come to one conclusion: great brew. What you want of you order a Koelsch. Nice appearance with white head that lasts quiet ok. Very malty nose and wheat noticeable. Further good and clean yeast, and a hoppy nose though this botle version has not as much as the sampled kegbeer had. Full and clean taste also; malty, just litle sweet and nice and dry hopfinish. Mouthfeel is great, and a beer thats a perfect sessionbeer in my eyes so drinkability is more then just ok too! By the way 4.8% ABV.

paterlodie, Feb 13, 2005
Photo of Andreji
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tan-ta-taaaan (thats supposed to be an onomatopoeia.) Welcome to the land of mediocre; population, like 15 different kölsches.

Went out of my way to get this one. Well, not really, it was at the market in the Schildergasse kaufhof so I got it and, whoop-dee-doo, alongside most other kölsches, this one fits your sharp golden pour some carbonation small head that fades sorta description. visually.

Smell? blech, all the same. still. And the taste ranges from a watery sort of pils with a bit extra wheat that doesn't really do it for me. really. nothing exciting about it.

Andreji, Jan 24, 2004
Sünner Kölsch from Gebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG
85 out of 100 based on 301 ratings.