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Sünner Kölsch - Gebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG

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Sünner KölschSünner Kölsch

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177 Reviews
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Reviews: 177
Hads: 366
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 18
Gots: 23 | 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 Vancer
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sünner Kölsch has a medium-to-thick white head, a somewhat hazy, bubbly, golden appearance, with a bit of lacing left behind and little white specs suspended throughout. The aroma is of pungent, sweet, bready, malt, and the flavor is the same, with a light hop bitterness and some biscuit aspects as well. The mouthfeel is light to medium, and Sünner Kölsch finishes crisp, clean, refreshing and dry- like a lager. Overall, this is very good and enjoyable. Check it out!


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Photo of allengarvin
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a wide chalice glass (yes, I know it's not the proper kolsch glassware), this bight gold beer forms a small head that quickly fades away. The nose presents a light graininess, with little hops. Flavor is unexciting: grainy malt, sweet, with very little bitterness. A bit of fruitiness is all that separates this from a generic helles. Finish is sweet. Nicely carbonated body, appropriate mouthfeel.

Kolsch is not a style that travels well. At its freshest, it can be interesting. This is a weak example of the style, though.

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Photo of Redrover
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!

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a Michelob pilsner glass.

Sünner pours a glassy golden body with highlights of pale straw. Hazier than I like my kölsch's, but the carbonation is on-point, as several visible trails supply a thin topcoat of white foam. Nose is nice; subtle, but nice. White whine spritzer, pale & pilsen malt breadiness, floral/grassy hops. Hints of pear and apple juice in the background. All the usual suspects are there, but the overall effect is slightly muted in comparison to other beers within this style.

Minerals and bleached cracker crust hit the palate first, followed by bread dough and a delicately bitter bite from the grassy hops. Crisp, clean finish leaves behind only the slightest hint of lemon peel and soapiness. Great mouthfeel--light and bubbly without getting so carbonated that the flavor suffers. All in all, a decent-to-good, drinkable kölsch. Not something I'll make a habit of purchasing, but Sünner definitely holds up well in the scorching Austin heat.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a golden straw yellow color with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: bready and pale malts followed by some grassy hops.

Taste: Pretty tasty beer. Chewy pilsner malts, sweet pale malts, grassy hops, and slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, crisp, refreshing, a little dry, chewy, and very enjoyable.

Overall: One of the originals and very enjoyable. More people should have an opportunity to try this beer out.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.41/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden copper clear filtered with lots of fine bubbled carbonation, a finger of yellowish white head that fades fast.

S: White grapes, white wine or grape juice, lightly toasted malts.

T: Deep rich lightly toasted malts and dough, light white grapes and grape juice. Light bitter hopping on the end.

M: Light body, lots of carbonation, dry finish.

O: Awesome standard for this style. The best kolsch I’ve ever had. Dry and smooth, nice vinous scents and doughy taste. Drank at Turkey Creek June 28, 2014 on my daughter’s second birthday.

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Photo of atsprings
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from "Le Souffleur de bières" and tasted in 2012.

Appearance : pale golden color, with white foamy head.
Smell : malty and grainy aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : hops fruity flavours, leading to a bitter finish.
Drinkability : an avergae beer in the German style Kolsh.

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Photo of Offa
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a crisp, yet tasty, characterful kolsch.

Bright, deep gold, it has a medium white head that slowly shrinks to a ring and wisps, leaving no real lace.

The aroma is a lot of grain, a hint of dough, with a little pear, peach, ripe applie. It's light and aromatic but fairly full-bodied.

The taste is similar, with a full grain character, some hay, hints of mineral, pear, peach. It settles into a soft , fruity grain finishing with a dryish, slightly spicey, crisp finish with dry hints of peach and pear.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
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.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a stange glass. Pours a slightly cloudy pale gold with a very thick creamy white head on top. Excellent retention; left lots of sticky lace. Scents of lemon zest, corn, and fresh-cut grass.

The body is crisp, but still retains some smooth creaminess. I like that. Flavors of light tart citrus, some faint grassy hops, and some sharp grains. There is a bit of a metallic twang to it right off, but as I continue to drink this fades. Maybe I'm used to it? All in all, this is a good representation of the style. I'd have it again for sure. Quite refreshing.

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Photo of Beerlover
4.82/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best kolsch i have ever had, i don't consider myself a beer Expert or a kolsch expert for that matter. (i've only had 3 other kolsch "STYLE" ales) but considering the fact that this a legit kolsch (from none other than Koln/Colonge Germany itself) NOT a kolsch "style" but a real kolsch! (its... its alive! and its a real Kolsch!!!) i thought it was pretty dern good!

pleasant aroma and nice appearance, (which would have been better drinking from a glass raither than straight from a bottle - what was i thinking!) the taste was magnificent! if you like kolsch's which has become my one of my new fave styles nexter to pale ales, doulble ipas and porters - TRY THIS! i like this beer and it deserves a higher rating and im gonna help it achieve one...

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Photo of Rayek
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Gold with a slight haze. A dense white head starts out big and never subsides past a 1/4" cap of dense foam. Small bits of swirling lace are left behind.

S: Fresh cut flowers are bolstered by lemon and grass.

T: A very light flavored beer; which makes sense given the style. Starts out with a sugary sweetness. Bitterness comes on with a light flower and lemon quality. Sweet/bitter balance is excellent. Finishes very clean.

M: Light body has just the right amount of fizz.

D: This is a very nice Kölsch that left me wanting more. The light body makes it very drinkable.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

A - Pours a beautiful pure golden color with a nice white 1.5 inch head that is very active. Carbonation is lively and loud even. The head recedes at a medium rate and there is somewhat of a sticky lacing on the glass.

S - Very grainy and malty hints. Grains all over with some nice grape-y hints as it is customary for this style. There is some mild hop dryness but this Kolsch is all about the grains.

T - Very similar to the smell. Grains all over the place and a sharp grape like flavor with some sour hints. Very crisp and clean refreshing taste. There is some hop dryness t the end as well as some bitterness but its a pretty straight forward bready malt taste all the way through.

M - light and crisp with very high drinkability.

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Photo of crossovert
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle similar to the Reissdorf one, but with a green label.

Pours into my Stange with a deep gold, it isn't too pale. The bright white and foamy head billows up and stays for awhile before receding with some nice lacing.

As is the case with most Kölsches, this one is lacking a bit in scent. It is only a minor inconvenience and isn't the reason why so many enjoy this style. It is light and grainy with a pinch of medicinal hops. It smells suprisingly good for a Kölsch.

It is the flavor of summer in this glass, with a kiss of floral, grassy, ever so slightly bitter hops and pale malts. It is light bodied and easy drinking.

This is a good Kölsch, though it isn't the best one I've had. It seems a bit harder to find than Gaffel or Reissdorf, and those are the only two I have seen here in the US. It is a decent brew, but suitable mainly for Summer or during a vacation to Köln.

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Photo of bmwats
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured form 500 ml bottle into a stange.

A: Light hay colored hue. Continually rising, light carbonation. Pours about a quarter finger, bubbly, white head. Settles quickly, leaving a slight white blanket on the surface. Very sporadic lacing.

S: Pungent combination of sourdough and lemon citrus. Floral notes reminiscent of lavender.

T: A soft but biting pungent combination of sourdough and lemon. Tastes like it smells.... really.

M: Light, and crisp body. Pungent aftertaste lingers.

D: Goes down easy, very refreshing quality.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Light hue, slight head, and sporadic lacing. Nose is fuller than the appearance suggests, with a pungent grainy and citrus tone. Flavor follows suit, with a light and crisp combination of sourdough bread and lemon citrus with a biting pungent finish. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of bump8628
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 L bottle. Pretty basic Kolsch appearance, but it's really nice nonetheless - clear straw gold with a pure white head that drops a nice sheet of lace. Mild husky grain, hops give a nice balance and add some pleasant grassiness and a hint of lemon peel. Bit of muskiness gives a rustic feel to it. A faint herbal bitterness lingers on the palate along with a slight soapiness.

An enjoyable Kolsch that hits all of the style requirements. I drank this right after a Fruh Kolsch and preferred Fruh for its more refined and brighter flavors along with the lower ABV. That said, Sunner is plenty enjoyable on a spring day and I would gladly drink it again.

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Photo of rangerred
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a mug.

Pours a crystal clear deep good with a fluffy two finger white head. Head retention is awesome as some sort of head lasts all the way through the drink. Lacing leaves a bit to be desired, though.

Aroma is very bready with some light touches of caramel along with floral notes from the hops. Very soft and delicate and true to the style.

The flavor is also quite bready with touches of biscuit. Grass from the hops is subtle but noticeable. Bitterness is on the light side with a very soft, silky mouthfeel. The finish is a touch sweet but drinkability is still high.

Overall, this is a very nice kolsch and a great lawnmower beer. If this were readily available and cheap I would drink it constantly.

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Photo of mick303
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fluffy white head, light gold colour. Leaves pretty good lacing and a few mm of film which sticks around, and has a really active carbonation.

Aroma is quite light and fresh, pretty crisp minerality and malt character. Fresh grass, light fruitiness. Really nice character.

Taste has a medium hop bitterness with a vineous note. Coats the mouth with a bittersweet malt character. A bit of sweetness to the end. Nice balance of malt and bitter hops, makes for a good balanced profile

Mouthfeel is nice full feel initially. Carbonation is good, provides crispness. Good rounded body, with a very drinkable profile, very refreshing. Aftertaste is mildly bitter and dry.

Enjoyable beer, refreshing and tasty. Slightly sweet but balanced. Good traditional kolsch.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a fluted pilsner glass.

Look: Pure golden colored body. Foamy white head with decent retention. Light soapy lacing.

Aroma: Malt grains, slight grassiness, and a bit of a tangy note.

Taste: A clean grain beginning, a hint of lemongrass, tea tang finish.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp, clean.

Overall: Just a slight skunky note about this that keeps it from being fantastic. Very clean and refreshing though.

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Photo of paterlodie
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

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Photo of stephens101
4.12/5  rDev +9%
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.

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

Poured from the 500ml bottle into a Stella stem glass. Body is a bright straw color with lively carbonation, topped by several fingers of fluffy white head that slowly dissipates to a thin coating over the course of a few minutes. Aroma of light, bready malt, mild ale yeast, and light, citrusy hops.
Palate is light, refreshing, and well-balanced. Slightly sweet, bready malt up front, with a nice dose of light, citrusy hops. Finish is crisp and dry. The body is well-carbonated, but not fizzy, and light enough to match the more subtle flavor profile of the style. Definitely a drinkable, refreshing beer, but still a notch or two below Reissdorf in the hierarchy of German kolschs.

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Sünner Kölsch from Gebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG
85 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.