Sünner Kölsch
Gebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG

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Style:
German Kölsch
Ranked #67
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
85
Ranked #26,962
Avg:
3.78 | pDev: 11.38%
Reviews:
204
Ratings:
451
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Gebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG
 
Germany
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  21
Gots
  46
SCORE
85
Very Good
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Reviews: 204 | Ratings: 451
Reviews by Hophazzard:
Photo of Hophazzard
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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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 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 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 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 plaid75
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a translucent medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention sticky lacing.

The smell featured a grainy malts, fruity esters and a soft sweetness.

The taste consisted of grainy malts and a light caramel with an earthy noble hop and slight esters.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a coating sweetness.

Overall a tasty and easy drinking kolsch.

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Photo of rjp217
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A classy Kolsch beer with an elegant balance of malt crispness, floral hops, and high drinkability. One sip reveals an unmistakable authentic German taste.

Pouring a bright and brilliant light gold color, the light streams of carbonaiton are plenty to fuel a stark-white head character of foam and fluff. Remarkable how the retention and lace hold up for such a lightly malted and hopped beer.

Zesty, floral, and with a mild honeyish sweetness, the beer carries a light boquet of honeysuckle and freshly picked herbs. Straight forward, the beer's balance of malt and hop aromas alternate without either claiming the forefront for long.

Medium sweet to start with a part-malt, part-grain flavor that quickly releases from the grain character and into a waffer-like, crips light bread taste. Herbal hops turn zesty with light pepper, soft grasses, and flowery taste. Again, the balance is quentessential and duel right down to the fleeting taste in finish.

Moderately low body seems to carry a bit of richenss due to the initial grain sweetness. But after that gives way, the beer turns quickly toward a very clean, crisp, and refreshing finish with a light grassy, minty taste.

A highly drinakble hybrid beer with exquisite balance of cracker malts, floral-spicy hops, and a mild estery reinforcement of apple and pear- all without the sulfur character that usually plagues German lagers. Ideal for hot summer afternoons.

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Photo of heerboth
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of emerge077
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft at Fountainhead, served in it's own .3L branded stange glass.

Golden with bright clarity, pale in color with a slight orange tint. Slim cap of white foam. Skunky and mildly sulfurous, with a faint honey-like malt sweetness. Not the most pleasing aspect of this beer.

Flavor was mostly cracker and honey, with some mild floral and apple hints. The skunk had moved on, but there was some mild papery oxidation in there which led me to believe this wasn't at it's peak. Body was light and airy, with just enough carbonation to keep it from being watery. Great drinkability, but the overall package didn't really lend itself to having another.

For my money, local brewer Metropolitan makes a superior Kölsch that will always be fresher and tastier, unless i'm drinking this in Germany.

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Photo of dedhd
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Mebuzzard
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.

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Photo of johnbifulco
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of russpowell
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at mid-town in Tulsa

Pours a very effervescent straw/gold with 1 finger of eggshell white head into a kolsch beaker/glass . above average lacing & some head retention

S: Grassy & crackery notes

T: Grassyness, plus floral hops & lemony notes up front. Lemony hops mix with metallic hops & a touch of cardboard as this warms, plus crackery notes. Finishes with slight pear fruittyness, slight lemony hops & plus some herbal hops, plus grassy hops

MF: Light & crisp with subtle carbonation, finished a tad watery

Drinks alright, this one seems a bit tired from its Atlantic crossing, I remember this being better in Germany. Most American versions are better than the average import due freshness, plus care & handling

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Photo of k3ve
2.51/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of cigardave
3.01/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Have recently purchased this beer for the first time at two different locations. Every bottle has "floaties"! Wazup wid dat? This is a Kolsch beer; it's NOT bottle-conditioned.

I thought a Kolsch was supposed to be clear, like a lager. It poured a nice head, kept the lacing in the glass, but the bottle and the glass maintained the "floaties" throughout. They never really settled on the bottom. I also left appx 1-inch of beer in the bottle... just like pouring a home-brewed beer!

Anyone got any input here? Please reply to [email protected]

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Photo of Pug
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of TurdFurgison
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.

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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 McStagger
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a vibrant pale straw with one and a half finger bleached white head. Carbonation is ample. Beer is slightly hazy.

S: Crackery malt, zesty noble hops. However, the distinctive Kolsch scent is definitely present. Softer, less astringent, with definite fruity notes.

T: Crispy, crackery malts that are met with an herbal and spicy hop presence. This quickly gives way to the beer's true nature. Soft, fruit forward notes combine with an almost butter like taste and texture. Floral notes come into play and I'm left with a very faint hint of bubblegum.

M: Excellent. The softer, more supple nature of this beer definitely benefits from the moderate levels of carbonation. This increased body gives you a longer, smoother finish without the dry and crisp aspects of a German Helles or similar light German lager.

O: In my admittedly limited tastings of Kolsch, this has come closest to the "true style". A paragon of its breed, Sunner Kolsch is an awesome beer for late spring or early fall. Prost!

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Photo of TexasMartin
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of mithrascruor
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly pale yellow-gold color. Good foamy white head, but not too light.

Smell: Good fresh aroma of grasses and some sweet malts. There's a bit of yeast too.

Taste: Nice mix of hay, grasses, malt, and yeast. There's definitely some sweetness there, but not too much. Some apple and grape in the finish, followed with a hint of hops into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and somewhat smooth. A bit grainier than I expected. Nice, solid carbonation.

Drinkability: Typical ABV and easy to drink.

One of the better Kölsch beers I've had. The sweetness is kept in check here, and it is crisper than others. Nothing special, but still good.

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Photo of MidloRapid
3.25/5  rDev -14%

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

I picked this beer up at Spec's a couple days ago and I have no intention of cellaring this one. Here we go...

Appearance: Pours a clear yellow color with a slight golden hint to it. It has a small head of mixed size bubbles after a relatively fast pour, but that amount of head sticks around for quite some time being maintained bu a bunch of bubbles rising.

Aroma: I initially got some bready malt mixed with some subtle floral hops. As the beer sits for a few minutes, the breadiness fades into a more toasty malt character.

Taste: Lots of nicely subtle malt complexity mixed with a mild hop presence in the flavor. The hops are really only there as a "garnish" as the malt is in charge the whole time. The beer is very well attenuated so that it comes across the palate rather dry with a noticeable wheaty edge to it. The beer is well carbonated which (along with the attenuation) makes the beer come across the palate like a bat out of hell. It goes down stupid smooth.

Opinion: This is an excellent example of the style. I drank WAY too many of these at a renaissance festival in Koln once and this totally takes me back there. It is light and refreshing and very easy to drink. So easy, you can put away enough to make you goofy without realizing it. I plan to give this beer high marks as it is a good example of the style.

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Photo of kuestegg
4.5/5  rDev +19%

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