Sünner Kölsch
Gebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG

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Style:
German Kölsch
Ranked #70
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
85
Ranked #27,986
Avg:
3.78 | pDev: 11.64%
Reviews:
204
Ratings:
451
From:
Gebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG
 
Germany
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  21
Gots
  47
SCORE
85
Very Good
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Photo of garymuchow
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice European yeast aroma. Fresh and backed by pale malt and light German hops, with some grass and and soft herbs.
Brilliantly clear and yellow/gold. Dense very white head. Classic look.
Fully carbonated with sharp prickly and intense bubbles that bombard the mouth on intake. Then a clean malt before the hops kick in with a soft green, spicy taste, followed by a kicking bitterness that hangs on and on. A clean earthy character with a strong pale malt taste. Light alcohol makes it easy to drink once the carbonation tones down.
I do like German Kolsch more than most American ones. I think it's the strong yeast character.

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Photo of Zorro
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Clear yellow colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smells Fruity with an unexpected apple scent. Toasted grain and a strong biscuit malt scent. Scent of banana.

Starts out slightly bitter. Tastes fruity with a taste of banana. Quite dry for the beer style.

Mouthfeel is light.

Overall a mild easy to drink beer.

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Photo of dertyd
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours out a crystal clear medium golden color, with 2 fingers of off white head------- the aromas are of breadiness, lemon/lime, floral/ grassy notes and lesser grapefruit--------- the flavors are of sweet melon, banana, breadiness and biscuit dough, the beer has a medium mouthfeel with a smooth finish--------- overall this beer was good - this was my first kölsch from Germany and it was an odd one, the aroma and the flavors did not match at all, I got predominately citrus on the nose and melon and banana on the taste, it was still refreshing and easy drinking--

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Photo of agbesq
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I discovered Sunner Kolsch at the German restaurant in Raleigh, NC. Menus price: $9 (16 oz). Great with German cuisine. Later, I ordered a case (20 bottles) @ $80 + tax from my wine store. Also ordered two .2L "strange" glasses from Sunner, Ghmb. Great taste & presentation!

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Photo of cardfan212
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a glass.

Look - Beautiful clear orange-gold with a small short-lived white head. Strong streams of visible carbonation constantly shot upwards.

Smell - Wheat, cut grass, cilantro, light citrus. A great bouquet of light scents to welcome this warm weather.

Taste - Crisp and light, but a bit boring.

Feel - Carbonation is strong but fitting. The thin body makes it incredibly easy to drink.

Overall - A fine beer, I could see myself drinking a few of these on a warm summer day, but not interesting enough to carry itself for me.

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Photo of LBKMcRae
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Apart from look and smell (which isn't anything special and way too easy to get past) I don't see how anyone cannot like this beer. Great taste without being flat or watered down and a great year round drink.

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Photo of drmeto
3.26/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L:
-pours a slightly hazy straw golden with a medium,foamy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-spicy,fresh grain,soapy,slight lemon,nutty,hay
T:
-Follows the nose
-medium bitterniss for the style
F:
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
O:
The overt soapiness is a bit offputting,otherwise a middle of the pack Kölsch.

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

The appearance was a clear golden yellow color and leaves the same color body with a one and a half fingered white foamy head that leaves some lightly clingy lacing. There is some light carbonation that is seen rising at a nice pace. The smell is light and grassy with a kinda herbal malty and corn combine sweetness. The taste is sweet, crisp, and light. There isn’t any aftertaste or finish. The palate is light on the body, and very sessionable. Carbonation sits just right for a Kolsch. Overall, I got this beer for a dollar and thought it was more than worth the price as it was refreshing enough to have with its respected food and be an awesome beer on my backporch in the summer.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This kolsch pours a fairly light yellow color with a medium foamy white head that leaves a nice lacing. The smell is a bit yeasty, with a light citrus, and some grains. The taste is the same, it is very biscuity, a bit sweet, but light like any good kolsch. The finish is not dry at all, which I would say is the main divergence between this and many other kolschs that I’ve had. The body is light. Overall a nice kolsch, with clean flavors. Very refreshing and great drinking in the summer.

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Photo of MNAle
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L1-2-4-816 500 ml bottle.
Grassy aroma with a hint of hefe-like banana and buscuit. Aroma is a bit faint, though. Pale gold-yellow, very vigorous pour results in a tall white head, very attractive carb bubbles rising through the gold. Head recedes fairly quickly with lots of thick, creamy-looking lacing lagging behind and untimately slipping down the glass. All the looks you'd expect from a German lager. Smooth and somewhat thick feel. Mild initial taste is all malts: buscuit with the banana aroma still coming in as you drink (I used an English style pub imperial pint glass... nonic ... you might miss the aroma if you used one of those skinny stanges). Malts are balanced by the hops in the middle and finish with notes of floral, grass, and very slight bittering. Clean finish. Very refreshing beer.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden/dark straw color with a modest head. It soon disapates and leaves an ultra thin ring that doesn't retain for so long.
In the nose there is at first a slightly metallic aroma, followed by a Hefeweizen like banana. The toasted malts are ornamented by a light herbal spice.
Sweet and malt forward at first. Soon, however, a moderate grassy and herbal hops presence adds balance. Nice lemon zest in the mouthfeel. The finish is semi dry. Medium to light in body with a moderate and tingly carbonation which adds crispness.
Solid and refreshing all around.

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Photo of jlindros
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Haven't had anything from this brewery before, so I figured this was worth a shot.

Pours a decent fizzy bubbly smaller head that fades at a med pace, decent lacing, very clear golden honey color.

Nose light sweet malt, floral malty aroma, sweet corn, toasted grains, straw, golden malt and a little wheat-ish, a touch of grassy hop, a little fruity esters.

Taste more straw and toasted lager malts, grainy a little husky, straw and hay notes, grassy as well both malts and hops, with some sweet flavors, a little sweet corn and fruity yeast ester notes, soft and crisp but a hint of minerality. Finish is dry and crisp but a touch more of the minerality, not so quite "clean" kolsch finish, touch grassy hop.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, some crispness, decent carb.

Overall I feel like this would be better in Germany, and seems to have gotten some lesser desirable characters in it's trip here, btu still a decent beer.

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Photo of FBarber
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours completely clear and crisp gold color. Frothy white head dissipates steadily leaving behind no residual lacing and just some spots of foam on top of the beer.

Smell is very mild and subdued - whiffs of biscuit malts and some floral hops. Touch of honey like sweetness.

Taste has some cracker/biscuit malts with some slightly bitter grassy almost floral hops. There is a definite sweetness to the beer with some honey and green apple notes. Pretty dry finish. Some metallic notes are noted at various points. Keeps the score from being higher.

Feel is very light, crisp and incredibly drinkable. Mild to medium carbonation.

Overall this is a fine example of a kolsch - one of the originals.

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Photo of machineglen
4.61/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Kolsch glass from a 500ml bottle. Appearance is brilliantly clear golden, looks like a pilsner but with a bit more head, althoug it didn't last. Nice malt aroma, biscuts and bread, no hop aroma. Taste is malt forward, but exceptional ballance. I know there's some hops in here, but I couldn't tell you much about them. Not sweet or dry, just malty delicious. I really enjoyed this one

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Photo of josanguapo
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From Costco, part of the beer advent calendar. In Teku glass. After dinner. Very refreshing and drinkable. Some pleasant sweetness with fresh grassy hops.

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Photo of Milkl_Pilkl
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring the Kölsch, a nice foamy head bubbled up and then qyickly dispersed, which brought with it a light smell of malt and fruit. The foam disapated as quickly as the aroma. The flavor was malty, dry, and with a lingering grassy bitterness which reminded me of some of the grass/wildflower schnapps a friend brought from Germany to taste. This beer was much dryer, but very drinkable. Definitely a working man's beer.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another pleasant Kolsch from another family brewery. How traditional !
This style is sessionable, particularly on a lazy Sunday as today. Good with a snack.
Looks like a lager, because it is lagered. Sunner's smells a bit faint, but the taste comes in maltier and quite soft.
MJ's 1999 "Guide" gave it 3 of 4 stars and called it "creamy, peachy, spicy."
I get the creamy and the hops are balanced. But, no peaches for me.
If you like the style and have not had Sunner's, try it.

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

I will take an entire palate of this all for myself. I cannot believe how fast I drank this beer and I think that chugging got started because of this style.

Gives an elegant and very soft pour with a cream colored head of cottony cloud like foam. grainy, a bit of earth form hops and a barely perceptible fruity ester from yeast. banana.

On the palate the malt is soft and graceful. Fully breaddy. As soon as you swallow there is a faint little tang. It accents the steadfast malt so well and brings all the flavor together in compliment with a subtlety that is no trick. It's simply an omission. Light sulfur. A touch of malt richness that shows the delicate complexity but does not bring it to you too powerfully. Restrained malt. As it lingers breaddy in the aftertaste you feel like you could drink the whole glass in one easy gulp. Crisp clean no diacetyl. This one is actually quite hoppy or quite fresh as compared to some. Hop herbal gives a wink at the finish and then as you drink and start to notice more flavor it's like soft yellow grasses. Almost hay. Dry, soft not bubbly. Bitterness that is understated at first but does last a little. That choice for carbonation really allows the malt to be expressive and expansive. Hop floral was always there and now it's time to laugh because this was beer not bread and an ale. A not too sweet flower petal.

It's as though you looked down and saw a golden flower. So you ate it and made it you feel hearty and then you laughed.

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Photo of zeppedled
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This beer has that terrific and iconic golden pilsner color. A medium head with a nice clear appearance. Mild aroma and has that smooth, sweet and not overpowering saaz hops flavor and aroma.

Overall, this is an I excellent beer with all of those iconic Kölscg characteristics you would expect, but aren't easy to find.

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Photo of BongRattlingBass
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had the unfiltered version on tap at Howell and Hood's.

Look - Hazy and glowing with blonde ambition

Smell - I get the aroma of laying down in a bed of grass and taking the landscape in. Bready and a slight hint of lemon teases the nose. Nice malt presence

Taste - Nice malty nudge to get your attention followed by grassy/biscuit touch that accompanies the subtle green apple character. A gentle finish of bitterness that soothes the senses. Fucking nice!

Feel - Dry and bitter carbonation

Overall - This is the beer I have been waiting for and finally had my shot to try it. I will seek you out again my friend!

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Photo of ordybill
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear light amber color with a small white head. The taste has some citrus and is dry.

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Photo of beergoot
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sharp and clear gold colored body; lots of lively carbonation; thick, sudsy head. The aroma emits a mild, crystal malt sweetness; caramel; faint grass and herbal character. Mild malt sweetness; biscuit and bread crust; nice hop bitterness. Light body; crisp; dry finish.

A light, dry, refreshing German ale that should satisfy anyone looking for such things in a beer. Fairly malty upfront but with a subtle flair. The bitterness balances things nicely. Well done, overall...

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

16.9 ounce bottle poured into a tall, gold-rimmed lager glass. The beer is dark gold with a fluffy white head.

Smells crisp and grainy, much more like a traditional German pils than what I usually find in a Kolsch, but I'm hardly an expert.

Tastes great. Cereal grain up front, mild noble hops in the middle and finish, zero esters. Very clean finish.

Nicely brewed all around, probably the freshest German-made Kolsch I've ever had. Much more flavorful and intricate than American versions, which are often indistinguishable from blonde ales.

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Photo of Myotus
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured at 42°F from a 500ml bottle (best before April 2016) into a stange. Consumed on 20Jan16.
LOOK: A fingers worth of white foam is formed after pouring and halves itself after 50 seconds. Gold in color with a massive amount of medium-sized rising bubbles. This leaves me wondering as to why the foam head isn't bigger. Lacing is moderate in quantity and both thin and thick in various areas.
SMELL: Strong aromas of pale malts entangle with mild aromas of sweet bread and biscuits along with subtle lemony zest and spicy, earthy, and bitter hop aromas.
TASTE: Mild pale malt and biscuit flavors first enter onto the palate and are immediately followed by mild sweet bread and subtle lemony zest flavors. Biscuit flavors grow stronger as subtle spicy, bitter, and earthy hop flavors enter lastly.
FEEL: Light-bodied and highly carbonated. Goes down rough. Finishes extremely crisp.
NOTE: This was a pretty standard Kölsch. I can't say that it stood out from others of the same style. It's definitely worth trying if you like the style.

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Photo of rapayn01
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Felt like branching out at a German restaurant and had a Kolsch. Not my favorite style, but this was a good example of the style. It tasted kind of buttery to me.

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