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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: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Gebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG visit their website

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: allboutbierge on 11-13-2003

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Photo of tronester
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A light yellow in color with a thin white head. Aromas of fresh grain and a hint of sulfur. Taste begins with a clean zesty, spicy hop flavor, followed by a cracker malt middle, and clean dry finish. Mouthfeel is good. Overall a good Kolsch that I would get again.

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 stevoj
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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 therica
4.8/5  rDev +27.7%
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!).

Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.25/5  rDev +13%
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.

Photo of akttr
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Photo of SHODriver
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

A: poured into a Stange to a light yellow with a two finger dense white head that retains well and leaves no lacing
S: smells of light malts, apple skin and some spicy hops
T: taste is light malts, some grapeyness, and some hop bitterness. swallow is a little pale malt, more grape and some spicy hop
M: light in body with prickly carbonation and a slightly drying finish
O: A nice and light beer with some good flavors and complexity. the grapeyness is a bit of a surprise but it fits the style and it kind of tastes like fruity pebbles.

Photo of herrburgess
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of zenithberwyn
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of heerboth
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of mattparsons
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of WYVYRN527
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of seanyfo
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Gravity poured 0.2l into stange at Sünner im Walfisch in Koln.

A- Straw blonde body with excellent clarity. Poor head retention and lacing.

S- Minimal, slight sulphur notes

T- Slight pils malt flavours with a delicate hopped dry bite finish.

M- Medium body, a little sticky, doesnt feel clean on the palate

D- Certainly easily drinkable with the standard kolsch smell/flavour structure, unfortunately just not the cleanest Kolsch i have had

Photo of Andreji
3/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Photo of DbbC
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of gshak
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of IanSpindler
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of LittleCreature
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of KimenTshom
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of bccocx
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of heytomcat
3/5  rDev -20.2%

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