Sünner Kölsch | Gebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG

BA SCORE
85
very good
415 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Sünner KölschSünner Kölsch
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Gebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG
Germany
suenner-koelsch.de

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by allboutbierge on 11-13-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
415
Reviews:
197
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
11.64%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
39
For Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 415 |  Reviews: 197
Reviews by Vancer:
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.

 517 characters

More User Reviews:
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.

 808 characters

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.

 926 characters

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.

 1,487 characters

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!

 618 characters

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

On tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Greensboro.Poured into a standard pint glass a clear lighter golden with a thinner white head atop,aromas are of toasty grain and a bit mown grass mainly.A lighter to medium feel to the beer wich is good for the style,flavors have a real toasted quality and the hops give a good crispness to the finish.It seems lighter than the ABV.,it goes down very easily, a nice warm weather brew thats delicate but flavorful.

 447 characters

Photo of SanFranJake
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcurrin
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of kaiyote
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Guinnsslvr
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Mora2000
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a clear light yellow color with a small white head. The aroma is floral hops, grapes and wheat. The flavor is dominated by wheat as well as flowery and spicy hops. You also get some green grape flavors in the aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

 276 characters

Photo of Janeinma
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma: Faint fruit esters with the malt combines with a slight hop aroma, low pils malt with slight gain, subtle fruit, very low hop, slight sulfur from the pils malt. Appearance: Rocky off-white slightly gold tinted 2” head that slowly melts and leaves thick ledges of lace on the glass as you drink it. Brilliantly clear pale straw gold, very fine bubbles. Aroma: German pils malt and grain finishes dry. The malt has a slight toast to biscuit combined with faint sulfur and lingers through the finish into the aftertaste. Soft rounded palate with a delicate flavor balance between the soft malt, slight fruit, medium low hop bitterness, finishes dry. Mouthfeel: fine textured feel from the carbonation, smooth, clean and crisp, medium light body, and medium carbonation, nothing harsh or astringent. Overall Impression: Clean, crisp, well balanced

 852 characters

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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

Photo of valkyre65
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of tallfellapgh
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Dface
2.83/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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

500ml bottle, 4.8% ABV. Wow, this might very well be my first Kölsch, from, you know, Köln.

This beer pours a crystal clear, pale golden yellow colour, with two broad fingers of puffy, tightly foamy bone-white head, which leaves a few stellar arrays of honeycombed lace around the glass as it gently fades away.

It smells of grainy, lightly biscuity pale malt, a somewhat tart apple and pear fruitiness, a bit of mineral spa natural chemical astringency, and a dry earthy, dead leaf hoppiness. The taste is kind of gritty, bready cereal malt, more generally unsweetened drupe fruitiness, an increasing flinty minerality, one with Sulphur Mountain (Albertans should at least get that) written all over it, and static earthy, dry leafy hops.

The carbonation is a bit frizzy, and definitely frothy, the body just on the lee side of medium weight, and sort of low-brow in its smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the grainy cereal malt keeping it tight, while the minerality and hops, well they don't exactly fade to black either.

A pretty tasty, and enjoyable version of the style, and with a certain street cred, given its origins, but not the best Kölsch I've ever had - those new world brewers can just be a bitch to the establishment, eh?

 1,242 characters

Photo of javlin624
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of appenzeller
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ah, what a relief. In this era where American craft brewers are marketing thick apple juice as kolsch, it's nice to quaff the real thing.

Pours a ripe gold, thin head. Smell is subdued, flowers on top and bitterness beneath. Taste is similar, a light crisp and almost pilsner like consistency. Mouthfeel is exceedingly crisp and clean. Drinkability is huge.

 358 characters

Photo of dankabier1
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Pours a beautifully clear and crisp looking pale yellow with a very slight light orange tint and a stark white head that retains ok for the style and leaves decent lacing.

The nose is full of crisp lager-like grain with slight sweetness, but not that old german lager sweetness, legit sweetness. The hop presence is noticeable but quite grassy and european in nature. Not a bad thing, just a thing.

Hmmm. Quite the interesting kolsch here. Very similar to the german lagers were all used to, but the sweetness is indeed a little fruitier, but IMO, not quite fruity enough for the style. The hop presence is as described in the nose. The finish is less crisp than i would like, but is still ok. A little kiss of hop bitterness is there. Sweet malt lingers a bit in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good carbonation wise, but is just a touch too viscous for the style. I would like the finish to be a little bit dryer as well. The combination of these things do not help to balance the slight sweetness in the malt profile.

Drinkability is solid, but again, could be better for the style. Could easily put a few away, but it could be easier as well, haha.

Overall, this is very close to being an incredible kolsch. It's just a matter of a few little things that combine to make it less than amazing, but certainly above average. A great summer lawnmower beer with a little more flavor than your average hot day swill. A good beer that fits into the unique and underappreciated niche of the Kolsch.

 1,497 characters

Photo of slacker79
2.25/5  rDev -40.5%

Photo of tdm168
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Sünner Kölsch from Gebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG
3.78 out of 5 based on 415 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.