Sünner Kölsch - Gebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG

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Reviews: 171
Hads: 346
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 16
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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Gebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG visit their website
Germany

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 StaveHooks
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours light golden straw, very clear, 2 fingers of white foam doesn't go out of it's way to impress.

S - Clean straw, lots of white bread, honey, hints of acidic fruit - lemon and berry. Mild grassy hop aroma.

T - Sweet cereal grain, straw, lemongrass, notes of chalk, has a light pepper spice, green grassy hops round it out.

M - Medium bodied, slick, fine bubbled carbonation, dries out on the finish.

Great aroma on this one. Fuller body at first but lightens up and finishes dry at the end. Nice simple sweetness with mild but green hop flavors. I could drink this all night. (589 characters)

Photo of gazeboar
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 19-02-2012
Freshness: Unknown
Packaging: 500ml bottle
Glassware: Weizen Glass

This is a Kolsch from the oldest family owned brewery in Cologne, Germany. The label reads “It is an Ale with a stylish character derived from lagering”.

A – This beer is a light golden/straw colour with a high clarity. The carbonation is on the low side, accompanied with a decent one finger head and some delicate lacing.

T – Exceptionally light flavour profile with some prominent biscuity malt flavours. This is paired with a slight sweetness. The overall flavour is very refreshing, and the finish imparts a subtle bitterness which lingers for some time. I couldn’t notice any abrasive esters or alcohol phenols at all. A subtle arrangement of flavours all coexisting harmoniously to create a very well balanced beer. This beer has a huge drinkability.

S – Quite a soft and sweet biscuity smell coming through, a nice subtle aroma of grains is also noticeable.

M – A medium mouth feel with lasting subtle hop bitterness – as much as I could say this is a light bodied beer, I wouldn’t say it was at all too watery and exhibits a nice balance for the hops.

O – This is only the second time I’ve had a Kolsch so I’m by no means a well-rounded critique. After reading the label, I now understand the Kolsch to Germany is the Champagne to France and is something to be revered and protected. It’s an interesting hybrid of ale fermentation and lagering techniques. I can really respect the subtleties of this beer. It could easily get dismissed for mediocrity or ‘nothing greatl’, but I suspect the execution of such a well-balanced yet subtle and light beer could be of greater difficulty than brewing something more robust. Drinkability is a massive factor with this beer. This would be brilliant and very session-able on a hot ‘Sunners’ day. (Excuse the pun) (1,892 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow with a finger tall frothy white head. The beer exhibited moderate head retention and moderate amounts of lacing. Just a hint of visible carbonation.

S: Light aroma of vinous with hints of grain. Slight sweetness in the smell as well.

T: Flavors have a hint of vinous with biscuit malts and very little bitterness with some sweetness.

M: Smooth and slightly creamy, just shy of medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Very refreshing and easy to drink - an excellent example of a Kolsch. Would be great on a hot summer day - would gladly have this one again (and possibly many of them in an afternoon in the sun). (658 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is pale yellow in color and has a slight haze and a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Aromas of grapes are present in the nose—similar to those you smell next to wild grapes ripening on the vine in late summer.
T: The taste has vinous flavors along with notes of biscuit and grainy malts. There are some hints of sweetness.
M: it feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No dryness is noticeable.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has some refreshing properties. I would have no problem drinking a few of these on a hot summer day. (719 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a translucent medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention sticky lacing.

The smell featured a grainy malts, fruity esters and a soft sweetness.

The taste consisted of grainy malts and a light caramel with an earthy noble hop and slight esters.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a coating sweetness.

Overall a tasty and easy drinking kolsch. (399 characters)

Photo of shambeano
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a light golden, with about 1 cm of head that subsides quickish, leaving a thin film on top. looks pretty effervescent.

S- sweet malts upfront, some herbalish hops, pleasant but not a whole lot going on.

T- sweetish malts, not as sweet as it was on the nose, same herbally hops and a rounding bitterness that stands out as there isnt a whole lot else happening, tastes a little better than i was expecting after the nose.

M- Light prickly carbonation, bitterness rests at the back of the tongue, its a light bodied, easy drinker.

O- Overall, its nice, i dont mind it, and is as good as, if not better than the few other kolsch's i have tried. (704 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

1 pint .9 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a N'Ice Chouffe glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average. My bottle's label puts the ABV at 5.30%. Best before date is 05/2012.

A: Pours a one finger head of merely light cream, decent thickness, and good retention. Colour is a clear yellow-gold.

Sm: Straw, with light hop content and hints of bright fruit. A mild strength aroma, and a pleasant one.

T: Creamy barley as the foundation, with light hops in the climax joined by late hints of light fruit esters - perhaps peach and apple. An enjoyable pleasant beer, if a simple one. It's well balanced but largely unremarkable inasmuch as the style is concerned. There's nothing new going on here, but as a beer of tradition it holds up well.

Mf: Everything's in order: it's smooth and wet as it should be, with perchance a touch too much thickness for the relative lack of flavour.

Dr: Very drinkable, but not the most drinkable kolsch I've had. It's a pleasant beer brewed to tradition. What you expect is exactly what you get, and there's certainly nothing wrong with that. I might try it on draught, but honestly there are better, more innovative kolsches out there. (1,255 characters)

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint .9 oz. bottle, best buy 3/12:

The beer poured a nice, clear, full yellow color that produced a nice white, foamy 2+ finger head, as expected from a Kolsch. The head was well maintained a finally settled into a thin cap that lasted throughout the beer and left some nice lacing. Also, noticeable was a constant stream of carbonation rising to the top of the glass.

The beer produced a nice aroma, bread and yeast aroma mainly. The aroma could have been a little more robust, but still a quality aroma.

The beer had a very good taste, again, like the aroma, bready and yeast notes. The beer was well balanced, clean, crisp and very enjoyable.

The beer had a light feel to it and had a nice dry finish to it. The beer was well carbonated and extremely easy to drink. Overall, this is a very good beer and the low ABV really added to the enjoyment. This is a very good example of the style and I will try to keep this one in my beer fridge more often. (959 characters)

Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a standard yellow with a nice cap of white foam which left adequate lacing down the glass. The aroma is a mixture bread malt and some apricot fruitiness from the yeast. On the palate it comes alive with crisp clean flavors. The malt is a subtle blend as it moves swiftly into the dry center and finishes with a tangy snap of hops. This beer is well balanced and a beautiful example of the style, from the source. (428 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a kolsch glass. Had a pale yellow color and a clear consistency. There was a big, creamy, long-lasting head. Fair lacing.

S: Smelled of malt, with some traces of grass, too.

T: Tasted of malt, a little lemon, and a grassy/grainy quality. This latter part of the flavor was (as it always is) a bit off-putting. Not a bad flavor, but uneven.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a crisp, dry finish. Light-bodied.

O: While this beer isn't terrible, it definitely does have its fair share of flaws. (522 characters)

Photo of iLovehops23
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (498 characters)

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle into a Franziskaner Weizen.

A: It pours golden-yellow with a finger of white head. Typical German pilsner look.

S: Herbal, medicinal, and bready flavors with some faint fruitiness here and there.

T: Light citrus, wet bread, and herbal notes.

M: The body is medium-light with average carbonation.

O: This is okay but a little too advil-like. (359 characters)

Photo of californiakebab
3.26/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A kolsch direct from the source = awesome. Except there's sediment all through the bottle and a good chance this baby's skunked, oh well. The pour went smoothly, thick cloudy head with nice lacing down the pint glass to reveal an brilliantly clear, golden color. Not much in the nose, maybe a bit of malty sweetness. Taste shows no signs of being oxidized or any off-flavors, just straightforward crisp, malty, smooth. I feel like a kolsch is drank more for the mouthfeel than the flavor - smooth, dry, refreshing. Sunner invented this style of beer, and delivers on this aspect. (579 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sunner Kolsch. Brewed according to the German Purity Law of 1516. "Brewed and bottled by Gebr. Sunner Gmbh & Co. KG, Cologne, Germany, Est. 1830."
Ale, i pint, 0.9 Fl Oz. Alc. 5.3% by Vol.
"Sunner is a kolsch style ale, which is unique to Koln, (Cologne) Germany. Like Champagne (Appellation Controllee) it is protected by law so that only ales brewed in that region can bear the name. It is an ale with a stylish character derived from extended layering. "…and, blah, blah, blah…let's open and drink up!

Wait, some of that blah, blah was important, It seems that Sunner is the oldest brewery in Koln, and has been family owned and operated for six generations. That's, like, serious stuff to know!

Okay, now, we drink up. In a Reissdorf Kolsch glass, because I have no Sunner kolsch glasses. Maybe some day…

Clear, light golden color, straw, under prodigious head, hearty, and lasting. Fierce carbonation.

Bit of a cereal note in the nose, more lager-y than ale-like. Not skunky, though I'm tempted to say that. But not what I'd expect from a top-notch kolsch. No, it's not giving it to me, sorry.

Taste: Light, clean, easy-going…I'm holding back on "crisp", because it's not, there's no hoppy snap, it's rather soft, and lacking any spark. Some fruit flavors slowly unfurl, some green apple, some pear, it's starting to taste a little more kolsch-like, from what I've known of other true German bottling.
Those, that I had years ago, that informed my understanding of the style, were delivered directly from Germany by a friend. Maybe some damage has been done here in the transport, all the way across the Atlantic.

There's some hoppy play on the palate, there's the delicate malt flavor, and, hey, yeah, I am liking this more. It's growing on me, getting to resemble more of what I wanted it to. Getting better and better, a little more hops, great texture, excellent consumability. Some of those delicate, lighter flavors are showing at last, though they were quiet in the nose. It all holds together quite well, plenty of flavor, though delicate, plenty of taste, plenty of drinking.

Tastes great, this one, and urges more consuming. Hail, hail, Sunner Kolsch. Not the greatest Kolsch, but one of the best. (2,231 characters)

Photo of Boto
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Busch Gardens: This one pours a clear, straw yellow color. There was a small white head that leaves some lacing. There is a nice nose to this one. Floral and grassy notes. Some malts and maybe a touch of fruit. The taste is also good. Very smooth. Earthy, malts and a touch dry. Nice. (294 characters)

Photo of plfahey
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Pale gold and brilliant clarity. Moderate white head has decent retention.

Aroma-Initially pours with a slight must to it. Fruity esters are medium low with pear in the forefront, followed by light cherries. Light bready malt and almost imperceptible noble hops linger in the background.

Flavor-Barely sweet from the outset with bready pils malt up front with a bit of almost corn-like flavor. Very low pear esters. Moderately low noble hop flavor with moderately low hop bitterness creeping up in the finish. Almost a slightly mineral crispness in the finish. As it warms, fruity esters increase to moderate, with some cherry in addition to the pear.

Mouthfeel-Medium light body with high carbonation. Well-attenuated, superbly crisp and thirst quenching.

A fantastic kölsch to be sure. Not as much fruit character as some, but enough to be quite delcious. I love it, and it's fantastic in the summer. (960 characters)

Photo of dansmcd
3.27/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Very light golden colour, bubbly like a champagne. Small head audibly fizzes away to nothing within 30 seconds. No lace.

S - A very subtle earthiness. Some lemon.

T - Nothing bold about this. Some low hops, dried apricot and green apple. Pleasant but pretty plain.

M - Light, crisp and dry. Highly carbonated.

O - A basic but perfectly sessionable lager. One dimensional but just the thing for a hot summer evening. (423 characters)

Photo of mmmbeer
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL skinny German bottle with no freshness date; 5.3%. Pours a clear bright gold, highly-carbonated, with a thick finger of white head that laces well and retains a nice cap of fine lather. Smells sweet, grainy, metallic, almost corn-like - like an American lager at first blush. Becomes more malty and hoppy as it warms, with something powdery/medinical that fades with time. Lemons and pale malt on the palate, lightly sweet, with a bit of spicy/floral hops that contribute a mild bitterness; another dimension is doughy/biscuity with grass and fresh hay. Overall very smooth and soft. The body is light/medium, with fine, drying carbonation and a medium finish. A great example of the style that arrived here in good shape. Delicious, well-brewed, and worth a try if you are just getting to know the style. (812 characters)

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 2" white head which dissipated completely. Very light clear straw yellow color. Smells of malt and grain. Taste and mouthfeel have just a slight advantage over standard BMC. Not much of a finish to it. Although I'd prefer this to standard BMCs, and I was grateful it wasn't skunked, it just didn't excite me. (317 characters)

Photo of WYVYRN527
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a golden hue with a finger-thick white head that quickly settles to a thin surface film. Lacing is decent, but a bit less than I expected. The smell up front is malty, with hints of honey and biscuit. Hops lend a grassy note in the background. Flavors start of a bit salty, with some cracker and honey notes. Slightly fruity in the middle, ending with a grassy, dry hop finish.

This light to moderate bodied brew is a perfect example of the style. Easy to drink, balanced, and very crisp all at the same time. Nice to see this one available in my market. I'll be seeking it out again in the near future. (621 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A classy Kolsch beer with an elegant balance of malt crispness, floral hops, and high drinkability. One sip reveals an unmistakable authentic German taste.

Pouring a bright and brilliant light gold color, the light streams of carbonaiton are plenty to fuel a stark-white head character of foam and fluff. Remarkable how the retention and lace hold up for such a lightly malted and hopped beer.

Zesty, floral, and with a mild honeyish sweetness, the beer carries a light boquet of honeysuckle and freshly picked herbs. Straight forward, the beer's balance of malt and hop aromas alternate without either claiming the forefront for long.

Medium sweet to start with a part-malt, part-grain flavor that quickly releases from the grain character and into a waffer-like, crips light bread taste. Herbal hops turn zesty with light pepper, soft grasses, and flowery taste. Again, the balance is quentessential and duel right down to the fleeting taste in finish.

Moderately low body seems to carry a bit of richenss due to the initial grain sweetness. But after that gives way, the beer turns quickly toward a very clean, crisp, and refreshing finish with a light grassy, minty taste.

A highly drinakble hybrid beer with exquisite balance of cracker malts, floral-spicy hops, and a mild estery reinforcement of apple and pear- all without the sulfur character that usually plagues German lagers. Ideal for hot summer afternoons. (1,426 characters)

Photo of stephens101
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (931 characters)

Photo of rsdaugherty
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
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 (575 characters)

Photo of samie85
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (384 characters)

Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
2.51/5  rDev -33.8%
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. (2,487 characters)

Sünner Kölsch from Gebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG
85 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.