Sünner Kölsch - Gebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG

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Reviews: 176
Hads: 363
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 18
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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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 deg
2.74/5  rDev -27.5%
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.

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Photo of rjimlad
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of vrazionale
3.97/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of nezelrac
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - slightly hazy amber-blond nice fluffy two finger head

S - noble hops and crisp malt with a honey note and a nearly grassy note as well

T - dry, clean, crisp maltiness that is almost biscuity with a good hop presence showing floral and faintly citrus notes, the honey note is present as well

M - firm malt edge, dry

D - quite drinkable, refreshing

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Photo of appenzeller
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ah, what a relief. In this era where American craft brewers are marketing thick apple juice as kolsch, it's nice to quaff the real thing.

Pours a ripe gold, thin head. Smell is subdued, flowers on top and bitterness beneath. Taste is similar, a light crisp and almost pilsner like consistency. Mouthfeel is exceedingly crisp and clean. Drinkability is huge.

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Photo of mcsquint
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of vurt
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
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%.

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Photo of WOTO97
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright golden body beneath a fading fluffy head marking the glass with some spotted lacing

Pleasant crisp pear accompanied by a great yeast profile, other clean fruit notes (red apple, white grape), faint spice profile from the yeast, some very mellow lemon citrus

Similar notes as those mentioned on the nose, significantly more pronounced lemon, nice subtle but very noticeable malt breadiness, lots of that clean fruit up front

Crisp mouthfeel with a very clean finish, sufficient body--not overly thin

This is a great summer beer, incredibly refreshing, enough of a malt backbone to keep it interesting while not getting to heavy in the body.

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Photo of nocheinsbitte
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

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Photo of puck1225
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful clear yellow with a clean floral smell and taste. Taste is very pleasant, fruity, mild, and crisp. It went very nicely with grilled salmon. I look forward to drinking it again.

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Photo of jerryjeff
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly delicate (or would it be called faint) scent, some slight hoppiness in the nose with maybe a bit of pear

Pretty highly carbonated, not really much regarding body with a little more heaviness than water.

Pale straw and poured to around 1/4" head which is kind of hanging around with a little bit of lacing.

Rather nice, light flavor. Getting a bit of pear with some hints of the hops. Somewhat bitburger like overall, actually

Rather, this is a session beer and definitely fits the bill. No real aftertaste to offend even non real beer drinkers.

Great flavor and is light on the palette. While not my favorite style this is good for what it's meant to be, a sessionable beer and originally a competitor for light lagers.

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Photo of kjc51478
2.7/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light yellow color with quickly diminishing head. Aroma is sweet with distinct grass and wheat flavors. Taste is surprisingly sweet on the front end with almost a sour apple flavor. Finishing is bitter hops with very strong wheat and cereal notes.

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Photo of phillipzayas
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very light yellow color. Decent head retention

S - noble hops and crisp malt with a honey note and a nearly grassy note as well

T - dry, clean, crisp maltiness that is almost biscuity with a good hop presence showing floral and faintly citrus notes, the honey note is present as well

M - firm malt edge, dry

D - quite drinkable, refreshing

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Photo of iLovehops23
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Crystal clear body, high carbonation. Slightly darker than a larger, though similar. Pours a decent head that dissipates quickly.
S: Very mild, some flowery hop. Some bready malt.
T: Excellently balanced brew. Nothing overtakes the palate, but there is a nice malt body, honey graham cracker like flavor, nice hop floral notes. Definately a nice sweetness to this one that is rounded out by the hops. Simple, refreshing, and balanced.
F: Crisp, light body with a delicate bitterness. Bubbly
O: Highly enjoyable, probably very sessionable. There is a enough flavor here to satisfy any advocate while also having an approachability. Likewise this beer is highly refreshing.

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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 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 branko7
4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
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!

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Photo of californiakebab
3.26/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of GreenThumb
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I love this style and drink Sunner everytime I see it on a menu. American breweries haven't nailed a good kolsch yet.

This is a light yellow beer with a white head and medium carbonation. Aroma is sweet grain and noble hops (grassy, herbal). Flavors are sweet grain upfront and some noble hop flavors. I also get some subtle apple or pear-like fruitiness from the yeast. Mouthfeel is crisp with a dry finish..

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Photo of serapheus
4.48/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sünner Kölsch has a light grassy aroma, with a remarkably clean malty taste, subtle presence of "buttery" diacetyl compounds. Undertones of fruity esters which distinguish this as an ale. Minimal Hallertau hop bitterness which is slightly spicy garrisoned with a light carbonation. Mouthfeel is light but not watery.

This is one drinkable beer due to the slightly dry finish, reminiscent of a Czech or German Pilsener. "I can't believe it's not lager!"

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Photo of NewMexicoBeerLover
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

a: perfect for style; light straw, brilliant clarity with a finger+ of snow white head that left no lace.

s: skunky; definite flaw. Under that the promise of Kolsch wonderment.

t: OK. Pretty well balanced and hint of the malty sweetness the style is known for. A trifle thin and a tad over-hopped? Here the flaws of this beer were totally exposed when tasting back to back against homebrews. Skunky and bitter--maybe a tad sour--when pitted against homebrewed exemplars.

m: As a lawnmower high 40's low 50's kind of beer not much to say.

0: I disagree that this is a very good beer. If you have never experienced the magic of Kolsch this is definitely a must try. If you know Kolsch it's pretty lame as Kolsch is fragile and best drunk young before even minor amts of oxidation turn it into just another quickly forgotten thirst quencher.

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Photo of cigardave
3.01/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Have recently purchased this beer for the first time at two different locations. Every bottle has "floaties"! Wazup wid dat? This is a Kolsch beer; it's NOT bottle-conditioned.

I thought a Kolsch was supposed to be clear, like a lager. It poured a nice head, kept the lacing in the glass, but the bottle and the glass maintained the "floaties" throughout. They never really settled on the bottom. I also left appx 1-inch of beer in the bottle... just like pouring a home-brewed beer!

Anyone got any input here? Please reply to [email protected]

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Photo of gazeboar
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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)

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Photo of Chappie519
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, 500ml, chilled from fridge

A - Pours a lovely clear straw like colour with nice white head

S - Hints of apples and honey with grassy hops

T - Slight sweetness, really refreshing and clean, slight lingering bitterness

M - Good mouthfeel, goes down easy

O - Very impressive, could drink a good few of these

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