Sonnenschein
Gneiss Brewing Company

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Style:
Kölsch
Ranked #28
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
87
Ranked #15,039
Avg:
4.09 | pDev: 5.38%
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
17
From:
Gneiss Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  1
Gots
  4
SCORE
87
Very Good
Notes:
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 17 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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sethmeister from New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a can with no visible freshness date.

Not quite clear straw gold body with a bright white foamy head. Some lace present.

Scent is very light citrus/herbal hops, biscuit and cracker.

Taste is crisp and clean with lemon, cracker and biscuit notes and a really nice dry herbal hop bitterness on the finish. Slightly spicy as the hops build with each successive sip. A subtle bready flavor.

Drinkability is exceptional. Each sip leaves me wanting another.

LIghtly carbonated body is light to medium with a clean crisp finish.

Understated, well executed and eminently drinkable.

Sep 16, 2020
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SABERG from Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on draft today at the Lady Killegrew, 16 oz pour into a shaker pint glass
A - Dark straw color, a touch of haze, excellent carbonation, feeds a frothy tight white cap
S - earthy grains, grassy hops, cut lawn, a touch of lemon verbena.
T - Follows the nose well, not much deviation
M - Excellent feel, crisp, quick to dry, hard water and perfect carbonation.
O - A very good take on the style, color was a bit dark, beyond that well done

Aug 31, 2019
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digboy from New Hampshire

4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lightly hazy deep gold color with a thin white head that disappears.

Aroma is a little yeasty, a bit sweet with a weak citrus blossom to it.

The flavor seems well balanced with the light breadiness coming through very pleasantly, a bit of floral and a light sweetness.

Feel is a little soft with some pepper in the mid-taste. Moderate fizz and very low bitterness. It is a thin beer but not watery tasting.

This is a very light and refreshing pale that seems like a great summer ale. Gneiss knows their stuff and it shows with this one.

Aug 30, 2019
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow color with a greenish hue. Superb lasting lace which leaves a blanket of lace after each sip. Light haze.

Fresh malty start to the smell. Very much like the beers poured on tap in Cologne Germany.

This is the closest thing to the real thing. This is an awesome Kölsch. I don't think I could tell the difference from the originals. This is a style that appeals to me. Lots of pale, pale malt, fairly dry with a richer than average body and a correspondingly higher carbonation.

Overall, I think this may be superior to the brews from Cologne -- true to style yet with a better appearance and fuller flavor.

Feb 10, 2018
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illpass78 from Maine

4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pint on draft in a house pint at Hella Good in Portland.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow/straw with a ring of lace.

Aroma: Dry, yeasty. Some piney accent.

Taste: Dry, lemony, with a sharp hop bite. Very nice. Slight white grape note.

Mouthfeel: Super (uber?) sessionable.

Overall: Terrific kolsch. A winner from the Gneissters. One of the better summer offerings I've had so far.

Jun 24, 2017
Sonnenschein from Gneiss Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 17 ratings