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Sünner Kölsch - Gebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG

Sünner KölschSünner Kölsch

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BA SCORE
85
very good

258 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 258
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.9%


Brewed by:
Gebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG visit their website
Germany

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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Tone

Missouri

3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, straw color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of grain, pale malt, hint of wheat, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of hops. Fits the style of a Kolsch. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong grain, pale malt, slight sweet malt, slight hops, and a hint of metallic. Overall, decent Kolsch, with no outstanding features.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 13:13:09 | More by Tone
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 12:02:48 | More by avalon07
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largadeer

California

3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt, served in a 0.2L kolsch glass. Golden amber with brilliant clarity and a sticky white head. Mild but clean pale malt aroma, slight stone fruit, corn and buttered white bread. Palate is rather mild as well, malty with a trace of diacetyl that prevents this from being as crisp as some of the better Kolsch out there. It has a trace of hops in the finish, but it's not as bitter or firm as I'd like. Pretty enjoyable, but not stellar.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2010 20:32:20 | More by largadeer
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2010 14:43:56 | More by twiggamortis420
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.49/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

500 ml bottle poured into a Hinterland stange.
5.3% ABV, Best before end: 2 13 notched.

A - Vibrantly clear, this Kölsch pours a shining pale golden color with a persistent white head. The lumpy pile of foam lowers slowly, shrouding the slender glass in chunky patterns of lace.

S - Sünner Kölsch has an inviting aroma of light pale malt and delicate notes of pear and green apple from a warmer fermentation. Subtle water minerals and sulfur finish out this crisp aroma prefacing a sure-to-be-drinkable brew!

T - As delicate as the aroma suggests, this beer offers a simplistic flavor profile of dried straw and grainy pale malt with a lingering kiss of minerals and soft undertones of pear fruit esters from fermentation.

M - Crisp and refreshing indeed! This beer has the perfect level of carbonation, dancing on the tongue without a harsh bite on the finish, all while livening up the dry, light body. A kiss of noble hop bitterness crosses the palate along the back end of this beer.

O - An excellent example of the style, this light beer perfectly marries ale and lager characteristics with notes of fruit while remaining crisp, clean, and exceptionally drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 23:46:58 | More by BeerFMAndy
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle, mine says 5.3% ABV. Best before end 1 14 notched on back label. Served in a stange glass, the beer pours a clear pale gold color with an inch and a half white head that stays around for a very long time. There's a decent amount of lacing. Bubbles continually flow from the bottom of the glass to the top, even long after the initial pour. The brew smells like hay, bready malt, and some light grassy hops. Taste is mostly like the aroma, but there's also a bit of fruitiness and green apple flavor noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's refreshing and easy enough to drink. It's also well carbonated. Not a bad brew at all, $2.99 a bottle. At that price I'd pick this up again.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 00:09:15 | More by bluejacket74
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flagmantho

Washington

3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass. Bottle indicates 5.3% ABV rather than the above-noted 5.4%.

Appearance: light golden hue with a very slight haze and two fingers of frothy white foam. Looks pretty decent to me.

Smell: light malt with a clean but very pronounced grain aroma. Not my favorite, but passable.

Taste: there's a continued graininess in the flavor, especially toward the finish, but there's also a nice, light, sweet malt in the mix which I rather like. Hops are very light and their character is a bit earthy. Not too bad.

Mouthfeel: pretty light body with a fair bit of carbonation. Too light to be creamy, this is still a lightly refreshing beer.

Drinkability: Kölsch is a pretty drinkable style overall, and this beer is no exception. I wish it had a little less pronounced grain character, though.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 00:36:15 | More by flagmantho
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a kolsch stange from a small keg. Pours light straw amber with a healthy two finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of biscuit malt with slight wheat and citrus. Flavor is also dominated by biscuit malt, with faint apple juice, lightly tart. Finishes crackery with light grassy hops. Light to medium bodied. An unusual opportunity to try a relatively fresh kegged kolsch. The style is not intensely flavored so this fresh version was not noticeably an improvement on the bottled versions, but it was interesting to be able to drink it fresh from the tap. I nice, classic kolsch that was a pleasure to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2013 04:45:05 | More by LiquidAmber
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champ103

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden/yellow color. A One finger bubbly white head forms, and recedes in a minute. Light lace is left behind.
S: Dry biscuit malt. Some grassy and citrus aromas. Very basic, but decent.
T: Dry biscuit malts again. Light citrus, grass, and some dried fruits. Enjoyable.
M/D: A light to medium body that is perfectly crisp, and dry. Not watery at all. So easy to drink. All day with this one.

I really enjoy this. Very simple, but this is pretty much what a Kolsch should be. If you are looking for a lighter beer with some more flavor, this is it. Something I would recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2010 02:09:22 | More by champ103
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 04:48:27 | More by TurdFurgison
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 23:16:59 | More by drpimento
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok, looks good. Pale golden pour, nice frothing head about 1 1/2 fingers. Pretty

Aroma is subtle. Biscuit and light toast come through, a hint of spice and pear. Soft

Taste is mostly light malt. Some bread and unripe banana. Hops are a bit weak in this one. The crispness and spice doesn't really come through. In effect it's a light malt centered beer. Doesn't have that zip at the end, not at all. It's good, just not to style, imo.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2010 20:42:54 | More by Mebuzzard
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale golden colour with steady trails of bead feeding a snow-white head, dense and foamy but fizzling out slowly. Lace is mostly non-existent. Okay, it's non-existent. Not a bad-lookin' beer but not wonderful.

Smells quite grainy and earthy. Fair bready character with wheat and a pumpkin seed note. Fresh cut grass backing up and some rich earthy notes. Slight buttery malt hiding at the back. Overall decent. I generally associate Kölschen with "bubblegum" aroma which I hate, so its absence here is very welcome. Second to this, given the 'tradition' and history that this beer credits to itself, it leads me to believe that the bubblegum aroma is perhaps a mistake of other attempts at the style, and maybe this is just what a Kölsch is meant to smell like.

Taste is crisp and bitter throughout. Slight grainy notes on the front that return in small doses for the finish. Quite bready with mild rye and wheat sourness. Palate is overall bitter, largely herbal with a nod to phenolic, but largely crisp and clean with only a few duff notes here and there - a slight soapiness on the back and an aspirin astringency on the mid-palate. But apart from those this is a well-handled crisp beer - an 'ale' according to the bottle? Well, whatever. It's the lageriest ale I've ever drunk.

Has a body on the assault, but it disappears early on to leave a wafer-thin texture. Fairly poor.

Notwithstanding the texture or lack thereof, it does add to one's ability to just tip this crisp, refreshing drop right down. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 01:25:01 | More by laituegonflable
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2009 06:13:22 | More by CrazyDavros
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Durge

Connecticut

3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another import found on tap at the Black Forrest Inn in Minneapolis, this one shows a pale but clear gold with a fair white head and minimal lacing. The aroma hints at mild wheat and vague citrus. A bit lame perhaps. It's very crisp feeling and delivers on the flavor much the same as the aroma, generally closer to cereal than any hop character. It's light bodied, well carbonated and highly drinkable, but it is not very memorable for the flavor. Needs a little more on the malt & citrus side to make the grade, but not a bad thirst quencher on a hot afternoon.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2010 21:24:51 | More by Durge
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Vancer

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 21:17:08 | More by Vancer
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ADZA

Australia

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 11:53:46 | More by ADZA
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Boto

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2011 19:49:24 | More by Boto
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illidurit

California

3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 04:08:10 | More by illidurit
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StJamesGate

New York

3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

White gold with fluffy snowy head that's gone fast. Mild bread dough sweetness and hints of flowers - not much doing.
Cream cracker malts definitely make an appearance but just as quickly step aside for arugula and cardamom hops.
Nectar finish and tingly bitter linger. Crisp, dry and light.

Note: labeled 4.8%

Doesn't show for much to start, but strong baseline of sweetness, assertive hop bitterness and seriously lean body. What a kolsch should be, in other words. As always, wonder what it's like on tap, or even fresher (3/12 exp date here.)

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 19:22:34 | More by StJamesGate
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Never heard of this before and now saw it twice within a 5 day period in two different parts of the country. Monday evening I was at the Falling Rock Tap House in Denver and was suggesting some gateway beers for Bud Light drinkers. This seemed like a good option and as I tried it, I was pleased. Not a reviewing moment for me. Five days later I am at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Va and hoping to find a decent beer amongst the A-B marketing wonderland. I couldn't believe that they had this on tap at the German bier hall. Funny how perspective is everything. At Falling Rock this was a safe beer for a newbie. At Busch Gardens it was an oasis in a desert of Bud Light Lime. With that as a back drop, this is a very good beer and I continue to believe that Kolsch is an under appreciated style.

There was a thin white foamy head that essentially remained as a cap on the beer. Slightly hazy straw color. Decent lacing remains.

Aroma is a mix of grape, grass and bread tones. Fresh and inviting.

Flavor is rather fruity with a mild hop bitterness. Funny to say this.... it tastes like beer. By that I mean the classic quality beer flavor we grew up with before understanding all the styles in the craft world. Nice and bready with some light yeast notes.

Medium/light body with some light prickly carbonation. Very refreshing. Not quite crisp... but just below that.

Excellent for the summer heat. Very good representation of this style. A perfect gateway beer for those that want to step into the craft beer world. This style has it's place and this is a very good choice.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2010 14:46:11 | More by Reagan1984
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atsprings

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2009 03:09:58 | More by atsprings
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Sunnanek

Sweden

3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The clear pale golden beer holds small bubbles. The light white head is medium tall and leaves poor lacings.

S: Rich maltyness together with dry bitter hops. Citric notes as well as grass and nettles. Crisp.

T: Very crisp. Somewhat dry bitter hops, together with the rich maltyness. A rather humble beer, but still complex. Citric notes, grass and nettles.

M: A bit sour bitter aftertaste lingers. The body is light while carbonation is rich, but not aggresive.

O: A nice Kölsch, true to the style. The light sour twist was quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 15:36:55 | More by Sunnanek
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Redrover

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2010 20:49:09 | More by Redrover
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium yellow with a fizzy white head that dissipates to a ring. Some surprising lace. Tons of bubbles in the glass, good clarity, but chunks of yeast and floaties everywhere, even with a careful pour.

Dry grain and light malt aromas, some light hop leaf.

Wanted a bit more of the grape-vine funk in this one. There is a touch, but just barely that. Light malt that has some light sweetness at first. The beer dries on the palate, turning to mild bitterness and white bread and a little sweet grain kernal in the flavors in the finish.

Light bodied and aggressively carbonated.

Very smooth beer for sure, but nothing that makes it stand out. I like the structure, and the flip flop you get as it works its way thru your palate from dry-bitter-sweet...back and forth. A quencher for sure, but this one would be dominated by food. Decent, but not outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 01:22:38 | More by OtherShoe2
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