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Sunbru Kölsch-Style Ale | Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery

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Sunbru Kölsch-Style AleSunbru Kölsch-Style Ale

Brewed by:
Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery
Arizona, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A very light golden ale that is malty sweet, almost honey-like in the nose. This ale has a light to medium body and a very delicate flavor. Easy drinking, it has very low bitterness and a soft dry finish.

17.3 IBU

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Photo of tzieser
4.24/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass.

L- golden in color with a very subtle haze. fluffy white head with very good lacing.

S- notes of biscuit and baked bread with some fruity esters thanks to that nice kolsch yeast. subtle herbal hop aroma. quite nice and true to style.

T- sweet malted barley with more bready notes. aforementioned fruity esters are back adding nice complexities with a bit of pear. herbal hop bitterness is subtle and balances the beer nicely.

F- clean, dry mouthfeel. on point.

O- an authentically brewed kolsch-style bier in the middle of the Sonoran Desert? yes please. these go down like water on a 120 degree afternoon in Chanlder, AZ by the pool (i tested just to make sure). They also go down like water whilst hiking the gorgeous Santa Catalina mountains in Tucson whether it's 110 at the bottom or 70 at the summit of Mt. Lemmon (i also tested it there......just to make sure. i'm looking out for you guys, don't you know?). the bottom line is, this is a light, refreshing and tasty kolsch-style ale and anyone who says otherwise (esp. those "tastes like cheap beer" dopes) just does not understand the style. four peaks best beer IMO. recommended.

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Photo of AgentMunky
2.69/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the brewery. From notes. Reviewed 9 January 2016.
Looks like a cheap lager.
Smells like a grainy cheap lager.
Tastes! like a grainy cheap lager. Ugh. Gross.
Consistency of dishwater.
This is not a nice beer. Not recommended.

ABV: 5.2%
IBU: 17.3
SRM: 2
Malts: Two-row, White Wheat
Hops: Magnum, Tradition

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Photo of banjos_beauties_beers
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The smell of this beer makes me think of a well groomed German chick who doesn't shave her armpits, and I love it (subtle floral and pleasant funk). This is Kölsch-style and typical of Four Peaks brews has bold flavors that don't suck. The clarity isn't scrubbed like some Kölsch's and a tinge dark, but like I said, I don't want her to shave. This beer is well balanced and easy to drink, a welcome and refreshing beer for a long 115 degree Arizona day. Nice to have cans for tubing the Salt River. The head pours big and comes and goes quickly with very little lacing. My favorite Four Peaks beer.

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Photo of JackiO
4.35/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Low malty sweet character, almost like honey. Very low apple ester and just a hint of spicy hops.

Appearance: Good clarity, straw yellow. Long lasting, lacy, dense head.

Flavor: Honey-like malt sweetness just like it smells. Lightly fruity. Just enough hop bitterness to balance the malt. Finishes slightly dry.

Mouthfeel: Low body, effervescent.

Overall: Very refreshing! Beautiful balance, not too bitter, not too malty sweet. All of the flavors blend in harmony. The honey-like quality is very interesting without distracting. Definitely impressed.

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Photo of arizcards
3.65/5  rDev +4%

Picked up a sixer from Bevmo in mid-July for $9.49. Canned 6/11/14.

Beer poured straw with an OK head that disapated quickly.

Nose is grainy with really no hint of hops presence.

Taste is light grains that is slightly sweet. Hop presence is enough to keep the brew refreshing.

Mouthfeel is light, well carbonated, refreshing - probably the best part of the brew.

Overall this is a very nice light beer made for the brutal Arizona summers. Definitely worthy of a try.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy. Visible carbonation, but little head.

Somewhat musty, grassy, and mildly citrusy. Needs to be brighter. More crisp.

German malts with barley and some wheat malt flavors. Vaguely lemony. Kind of cluttered in taste. Almost mucky.

Feels alright. Somewhat thin. Mild carb.

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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear goldenstraw with a modest head that delivers just a few splashes of lace

Smell: Grainy, with a hint of apple

Taste: Just a touch of shortbread in the malt, a hint of apples and hops and a slightly grainy finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation
Overall: Not much to talk about here but a refreshing quencher for the hot days in Arizona, no doubt

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A can from Tempe to Orange County. On to the beer:

Golden hay colored with a little haze, topped with a head which retains decently, leaving spotty lace around the walls of the glass. The aroma is grainy, hay, a kiss of fruit, simple and straightforward. The flavor is as well, though it meets the standard for a kolsch. It's crisp and clean with hay and a snap of hops, done in a way where it's flavorful as well. It's light bodied and very refreshing, pushing the beer on course as a Kolsch-styled beer that I would recommended.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy but vibrant yellow color with a huge frothy stark white head with longevity.

Grainy aroma with white grapes and a little fruity.

The flavor is less fruity, more grainy. There's a metallic aftertaste in the finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp, light, and refreshing.

It's a pretty decent kolsch and an easy drinker.

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Photo of Auraan
4.06/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clear gold with a thin ring of nice white head. Beautiful German lager appearance. Scents of German yeast, some hoppy notes and crystal malt. What I expect in a kolsch. Flavor is malty sweet, good crystal malt sweetness and bready flavors, this is balanced with a nice German hop presence which keeps it from being too sweet and bready. Quite nice. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, easy to drink, nice and refreshing. This is a good kolsch, worth drinking. It's one of the better Four Peaks offerings, behind their stout and IPA.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A pretty decent sized white head takes its time to settle into a nice lacing above this clear pale yellow golden colored beer.

Soapy lemony sour citrusy aroma with some grain malt attributes as well.

Light dry malted grain mixed with an almost sweet citrusy hops taste.

A drying aftertaste with just a tiny bit of the taste sticking around with this light bodied beer.

An alright tasting lighter beer, I'd like to have a cooler full of these on a really hot summers day, whether I being golfing, fishing, or just kickin' back.

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Photo of nickfl
3.97/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with Small head of white foam that dissipates quickly and leaves light lace. The body is clear and golden.

S - Sweet, rich honey malt with a touch of spicy hop character.

T - Sweet, grainy malt with spicy hops in the middle and a note of honey that lingers into the finish.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A surprisingly nice kolsch for an American brewery. The malt character is rich and balances well on the finish.

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Photo of downhilldrift
4.47/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Easily in my top three favorites of the Four Peaks brews, the Sunbru is great from the tap or a can. It has a lighter yellow appearance, and and the flavor this beer packs is tough to rival. The sharp citrus flavor along with the light feel of this beer make it tough kolsch to rival.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #55 (August 2011):

Clarity is fine; pale golden color. Smells of fermented pears, fresh-baked crackers and light floral hops. Malt palate is near immaculate and intensely smooth. Mild bite of apple within, but the dry graininess is the real show here. Balance from the hops with a pinch of flavor in the finish. Long dry finish, the aftertaste is very clean, which makes this beer extremely refreshing ... the taste buds ask for another sip. Nailed it for the style, and nailed it for being so damn drinkable.

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Photo of mactrail
3.21/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A touch of sweetness in the initial taste. Light body and light color. Rather fragrant but without the perfume of some versions. Hop flavor is moderate. Nice creamy head and it makes for an adequate quaff. More just a beery taste and reminds me too much of a Mexican lite.

Perfectly drinkable light beer, but there seems to be a lot of competition in this style. I've enjoyed some tasty examples from American craft brewers but this wasn't one of the best.

Update 06/30/2013: From the 12 oz can, it never occurred to me this was supposed to be a Kölsch, since it's missing anything like perfumey aromas and hops. Aroma of damp grain and a slight doughy taste. Totally inoffensive light lager, however. The can says 5.1%.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.72/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I CANnot thank bennetj17 enough for our recent trade in which he superloaded The CANQuest (TM) with enough ArizonCAN beers to make even the least bashful CANFan blush! Way to go and many, many thanks.

From the CAN: "Pack It In - Pack It Out"; and "Tribute".

The Crack & Glug was a welcome relief from all of the bottles that I was opening at my aunt & uncle's place last week! I had a fizzy finger of bone-white head that exited like the place was on fire and it was a cool evening (finally), following some much-needed rain. Color was a pale lemon-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Greg Koch beer for sure! Nose had a lemon zesty-citrus quality and I was ready to drink. Mouthfeel was medium and between the biscuit malt and the lemon zest, I could have closed my eyes and envisioned biting into a lemon tart. I am not big on sweets as a general rule and I usually eschew chocolate, but when a lemon or cherry tart is offered up, I am the first in line. This beer really played its strengths to my weaknesses. Finish was more lemony than malty, but that is not to say that it was sour or in any way overbearing. This would be an excellent CANdidate for the cooler for mowing the lawn or heading for the beach and I will make a note of it. Yum!

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Photo of AlleywayRover
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In tap at the Four Peaks Brewpub on Tempe.
Pours clear and gold. Slight head that goes away rather quick like.
Not picking much of anything on aroma. Some slight malts and that's it.

Taste is similar. Light malts some sweetness off the top but otherwise nothing much to speak of.

Good drinkable beer. SOmething to enjoy with friends on a night out,

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Photo of GPHarris
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a - poured a two-fingers thick white bubbly head into a pilsner glass that settles into a thin ring and sheet that disappears quickly. the body was bright golden and bubbly.
s - metallic, yeasty, lemony. overall muted aroma.
t - lemon and yeast.
m - dry, thin.
o - not as lively and bright as a kolsch should be.

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Photo of swthomas55
3.16/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewpub, in a 4oz sample.

App - straw yellow, clear, some head.
Aroma - I get a slight honeyish character, which is not out of sle for a Koelsch.
Flavor - light malt, but it's missing that indefinable Koelsch character, and the bitterness is a bit high.
Mouthfeel - light and fizzy.
Overall - an enjoyable beer, clean, but not quite up to snuff style wise.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass from a 12 oz. can. This blind beer is courtesy of Phelps as part of the Blind BIF 4

It pours a very light straw yellow with an inch of white foam that eventually faded to a layer of bubbles.

Aroma is faint but some light grains. There isn't alot going on with this one and nothing is really jumping out at me.

Flavor follows the aroma, very mild tasting, light grains, a bit watery with a small amount of hops.

light bodied with some lively carbonation. It finishes dry and it leaves your mouth fairly quickly. Its really easy to drink and goes down fast. I really have no clue so lets just rip off the paper bag...

Four Peaks Sunbru Kolsch. Nice, another new brew. I'd gladly pack this one for a weekend camping trip. Gotta love those cans.


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Photo of Phelps
3.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the tap at Four Peaks, poured into a shaker pint.

Brilliantly clear light straw in color -- this is a watery-looking brew. A one-finger head of fluffy white fizzles away quickly, leaving thin jagged lines of lace and a soapy top layer. Nice lace, good color.

Not much aroma to speak of. Lightly grainy, with crackers, sourdough, apples and a very, very subtle lactic tang. It's very light and hard to pick up.

The flavor: apples, apricot, and saltines. Fruity, lactic flavors dance about at first, then a sweeping dryness comes in. Fruit emerges as it warms. This finish is awesomely crisp, leaving a light lingering cracker malt flavor.

Medium-light body and medium carbonation, producing a good amount of fizz as it moves.

So crisp and fairly flavorful for such a light beer, SunBru would be good for a summer day.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.26/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can. Poured into a tall Allagash glass a slightly hazed straw golden color with a bone white 1 finger head. Head recedes slowly and leaves some lace. A sweet cereal type note in the nose along with some lemon zest and white grape. Light mouthfeel with some carbonation. Starts lightly sweet and moves to a drawn out lingering bitterness. It's a light drinking beer that is easy to drink. Overall, probably a good summertime beer. Seems this is a tough style to emulate here in the states but I would drink this again on a hot day.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
2.91/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can received from drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

A: Crystal clear, light yellow, with a healthy level of carbonation and effervescence present. The white cap is nearly an inch thick and leaves ample lacing on the pint glass.

S: Sweet pils malt and grain. Smells OK for the style.

T: The beer is not bad, but lacks any sort of depth and/or complexity, even for a kölsch. The beer is a bit too sweet and just seems uninspired.

M: Thin body, moderate carbonation. Sweetness present throughout.

D: A mediocre example of a kölsch. I don't see myself revisiting this brew.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.41/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Can thanks to drabmuh. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a very clean light yellow color with a big white head that is quite bubbly and leaves a bit of lacing. The nose is quite plain with just a bit of grain. Plain, but fairly average for a kolsch. Taste is pretty gross and somewhat teeth. This goes along with a bit of light grain. Feel is quite light and semi-offensive. Drinkability is poor and a few ounces was quite enough for me.

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Photo of Anthony88
2.97/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- This is a nice colored light beer with some haze.

S- smelled extremely floral

T- a bit hoppy but a decent tasting beer. It had a strong floral taste, but not overpowering.

M- watery on the mouth. One of those beers you would lose count if you started drinking.

D- this beer would be a good one to sit with some friends and kickback on a hot day. I can almost tell that the flavor would change dramatically with the outside temperature.

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Sunbru Kölsch-Style Ale from Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery
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