Sünner Kölsch | Gebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG

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Sünner KölschSünner Kölsch

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Gebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Lukie
2.4/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured out straw yellow with a nice foaming white head that dissipitated well into loose lacing around the rim. Almost looks like a macro lager.

Very light smell. Almost zesty citrus characters and some slight malts. Almost rice like in quality aswell.

Very light flavour. Sweet malts, and some slight hoppy characters. Almost tastes like drinking Budweiser or Miller, which is not a good thing.

It is quite easy drinking, but is almost watery. I have never really been a huge fan of kolsch, and I think this has turned me off even more. Very watery, almost a lighter taste similar to heineken.

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Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
2.51/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sunner kolsch 5.4% abv

A: Very thin mild yellow tones with apple cider and minimal carbonation. I purchased this at a high-end pizzeria and was disappointed while the waiter incorrectly poured this disappointment with aplomb. No lacing, no need.

S: Some sweetness liked cooked fruit or sweet vegetables, just a crisp sweetness that disappears instantly.

T: It just felt mildly grassy and had some interesting, albeit fleeting. The sweet notes were not resounding and were ultimately grasping at relevance like The Green Mile.

M: This felt pretty good on the old mouthfeel front, it just delivered enough not to have me relegate it to a Bitburger purgatory. I can see Europeans with their flawed commercial tastes enjoying this like an episode of Piers Morgan. Overall, this is boring and I would rather have a cheaper, more flawed brew like Rolling Rock. I just said that.

D: This is exceptionally drinkable but the question lingers, would you really? The type of people in possession of this are the same as a car collector who could buy a limited VW GTI and just never drive it. It doesn’t do anything well enough that you would seek it out and just being drinkable is not enough. I can make a really drinkable beer by cutting any beer with .33 water. That does not make it good. This is not a deal, it is not your confidant, it just, as ancient Arabic philosophy notes “A Place Holding Zero.”

Narrative: “Oh great, another argument about this? I feel like this happens way too often.” The chief cheese sommelier for Kraft American singles found himself rolling his sleeves up far too often. “Oh you think you are just gonna SIT IN SEAT 19b? I’m sorry Mr. Fancy Cheese maker!” He sighed, knowing the extent of the marketing campaign, the extent of foodies’ irrational hatred, and the monicre that the merger with Nestle had imparted. “Listen, I am not trying to be a fancy anything, I just want to check my bags and” he could see their eyes all leveled at him, screeching childhood obesity epithets, their spiteful glances, the forthcoming envelopes full of frightening white powder. “OK OK ENOUGH! I am a cheese. Maker. That is it, I don’t aspire to be the best, I am mediocre and I recognize that, who among you can admit their mediocrity?” The eyes of the cabin all leveled, checking themselves, except one errant Korean man who proudly declared “why can you has to making cheese? I AM 19B!” The hoi polloi nodded in approval of this reproach.

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Photo of kjc51478
2.7/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light yellow color with quickly diminishing head. Aroma is sweet with distinct grass and wheat flavors. Taste is surprisingly sweet on the front end with almost a sour apple flavor. Finishing is bitter hops with very strong wheat and cereal notes.

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Photo of deg
2.74/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had a 16.9 ounce bottle and poured the beer into a half liter glass. A nice pale yellow color with a little head. I could barely smell anything, I think there was a faint grass smell. I could not taste anything, the beer was almost tasteless. There was no aftertaste, and only a little hop bitterness. It was almost like drinking water, so I'd consider this as a good thirst quencher.

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Photo of Andreji
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tan-ta-taaaan (thats supposed to be an onomatopoeia.) Welcome to the land of mediocre; population, like 15 different kölsches.

Went out of my way to get this one. Well, not really, it was at the market in the Schildergasse kaufhof so I got it and, whoop-dee-doo, alongside most other kölsches, this one fits your sharp golden pour some carbonation small head that fades sorta description. visually.

Smell? blech, all the same. still. And the taste ranges from a watery sort of pils with a bit extra wheat that doesn't really do it for me. really. nothing exciting about it.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear light gold. Looks and pours like a lager. Big white head.

S: Inoffensive lager.

T: Strewth, it's like Becks in a different bottle, but slightly more bitter. Clean with absolutely no character. Has that typically flat hop/malt combination common in mass produced European lagers. Unlike a lot of them though it's very clean. I'm not getting any fruit at all.

O: I suppose it's refreshing in that it's a drinkable liquid which doesn't taste of tar water but otherwise it's nothing. I'm sure that there are people who'd enjoy it a lot, but as a Brit who's fed up with the multiplicity of soulless European lagers on tap I wouldn't recommend this to anyone, ever.

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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 MrStark
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a pilsener glass as I do not own a stange glass.

Appearance is a somewhat hazy pale gold with a two finger white foamy head that slowly dissipates.

Smell is a little grainy with some slightly sweet malts. A bit of hops as well but overall a fairly faint sent.

Taste is mostly malts and grain, similar to pils. Not a bad flavor however, there is a prominent metallic taste in there that is pretty off putting.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is just ok. Nothing really specials to want me to have another and that metallic taste doesn't really help either.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.1/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

1 pint .9 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a N'Ice Chouffe glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average. My bottle's label puts the ABV at 5.30%. Best before date is 05/2012.

A: Pours a one finger head of merely light cream, decent thickness, and good retention. Colour is a clear yellow-gold.

Sm: Straw, with light hop content and hints of bright fruit. A mild strength aroma, and a pleasant one.

T: Creamy barley as the foundation, with light hops in the climax joined by late hints of light fruit esters - perhaps peach and apple. An enjoyable pleasant beer, if a simple one. It's well balanced but largely unremarkable inasmuch as the style is concerned. There's nothing new going on here, but as a beer of tradition it holds up well.

Mf: Everything's in order: it's smooth and wet as it should be, with perchance a touch too much thickness for the relative lack of flavour.

Dr: Very drinkable, but not the most drinkable kolsch I've had. It's a pleasant beer brewed to tradition. What you expect is exactly what you get, and there's certainly nothing wrong with that. I might try it on draught, but honestly there are better, more innovative kolsches out there.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.12/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

.5L, Germany, best by 1/11. 4.8 percent ABV.

Yellow-gold, not as crystal-clear as some Kölsch. Tight little head with decent lacing.

Aroma is quite good for a Kölsch, with a strong note of earthy Noble hops.

Flavor is a bit stale. Not bad, just nothing special. Decent amount of buttered biscuit, but not nearly as clean or refreshing as other Kölsch. Above-average hop flavor helps keep things respectable, but in the end, this is not a nice Kölsch. Mouthfeel was bordeline-harsh and chalky, though the carbonation was at a good level.

Really an average Kölsch overall. Give me Mühlen or Reissdorf any day over this stuff.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from "Le Souffleur de bières" and tasted in 2012.

Appearance : pale golden color, with white foamy head.
Smell : malty and grainy aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : hops fruity flavours, leading to a bitter finish.
Drinkability : an avergae beer in the German style Kolsh.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.17/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sünner Kölsch (Sunner Kolsch)

Appearance: Golden-yellow with some lacing and a large head.

Smell: Honey, apple, and grains.

Taste: Grains, slight malt, minerals form the water used, a hint of apple, and slight corn.

Mouthfeel: Light and refreshing.

An average Kolsch. Smell is greater than the taste. It would make a good session beer. I must note that when I exhale after drinking, I can taste corn.

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Photo of Macca
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not much of head, only a centimetre or so, and this quickly disappears. A very persistent carbonation though. Straw coloured.

Very grainy/bready aroma.

Again the graininess. A little sweet. A bit fruity. Not really doing it for me.

Finishes dry and crisp. Quite refreshing.

This the second time I have drunk this. The first time I found it a bit more fruity. I might have to revisit.

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Photo of drpimento
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer. Straight forward good beer. Nothing special, just good beer. Poured with a medium off white head and a tiny bit of lace. Color is a clear amber. Aroma is just plain, fresh common beer, more of a world lager than anything spicy. Flavor is similar but sweeter, although not too sweet. Soft body and good carbonation. Nice clean bittersweet finish. Session beer.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 2" white head which dissipated completely. Very light clear straw yellow color. Smells of malt and grain. Taste and mouthfeel have just a slight advantage over standard BMC. Not much of a finish to it. Although I'd prefer this to standard BMCs, and I was grateful it wasn't skunked, it just didn't excite me.

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

A kolsch direct from the source = awesome. Except there's sediment all through the bottle and a good chance this baby's skunked, oh well. The pour went smoothly, thick cloudy head with nice lacing down the pint glass to reveal an brilliantly clear, golden color. Not much in the nose, maybe a bit of malty sweetness. Taste shows no signs of being oxidized or any off-flavors, just straightforward crisp, malty, smooth. I feel like a kolsch is drank more for the mouthfeel than the flavor - smooth, dry, refreshing. Sunner invented this style of beer, and delivers on this aspect.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.27/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: poured into a .5 L hofbrau stange. Clear straw gold, pure white head quickly diminishes to a thin collar and spotty lacing.
S: lemony, fruity, grassy, w/ sweet doughy malts.
T: light to medium sweet crackery malt is not quite washed out by the smooth spicy underlying bitterness. Maybe a bit more co2 would have helped. Finishes cloyingly sweet rather than crisp and dry.
M: light to medium body; slick and viscous, again would've liked more co2 for a frothier, cleaner mouthfeel.
D: I've had better versions w/ lower abv.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.27/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Very light golden colour, bubbly like a champagne. Small head audibly fizzes away to nothing within 30 seconds. No lace.

S - A very subtle earthiness. Some lemon.

T - Nothing bold about this. Some low hops, dried apricot and green apple. Pleasant but pretty plain.

M - Light, crisp and dry. Highly carbonated.

O - A basic but perfectly sessionable lager. One dimensional but just the thing for a hot summer evening.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear and bright golden yellow colour, very light, but with a frothy and boisterous head of German-style foam. Lacing is spongey and good, sticking with good alacrity to the glass. Surprisingly good body to it, in fact it leaves a bit of static carbonation when swirled, which is very pleasant. It's a very good looking beer all up. Perfectly in style.

Nose is redolent with noble hop aromas and German yeast characteristics, giving it an earthy and organic hue. Crisp nuttiness and a sharpness that is subservient to the more round notes of earth and undergrowth. Quite fresh, and really very classically German. Decent.

Taste is very light, almost to the point of nothingness. Clear and light grain gruel flavours on the front, with a light smack of noble hop freshness, but very little else. To be honest, I'm not overly enamoured of it, and it really strikes home where the style can fall down into being rather bland and insipid. Feel is light and thin; it matches the flavours, but that's not much of an endorsement.

Not a great beer, but a light, clean and pretty drinkable one. I guess it's more the style itself that I have a problem with, but this does seem to be a below par example, even stylistically.

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Photo of stevoj
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle picked up on swing through Koln. Decent kolsch, pale straw yellow with thick, foamy head, Very malty, biscuity. Light palate and thin mouth feel, A true kolsch from Koln.

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Photo of BrownNut
3.29/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I think this is only my second kolsch but I have to say that this unfortunately tastes a lot like high school beer with a German twist. Initialy it's got that metallic taste you'd like to forget. Later it's a bit sweeter in the malty way but tastes similar to the various mainstream German import pilsners like St. Pauli Girl or Beck's or Warsteiner. Occasionally there's a hint of vague fruit. There's a faint hint of bitterness in the aftertaste.

It's not bad but not memorable or distinct. In fairness, I have no idea how old it is. It didn't look like a big mover at the store. It's not a beer I'd buy again because it doesn't seem to have much of an identity - so there's no real reason to. If it was what was available for a session with friends, fine. No problem. You'd forget the name by the next day.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.29/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours clear golden with a big creamy white head. Weak grainy and fruity aroma, some hay and weak grass as well. Taste is mild grainy and sweet with a light crisp herbal finish. Clean and good.

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Photo of juju7
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having only ever had a couple "real" Kolschs in my life I am a little hesitant to go hard on it, not being too sure how good (or not) these beers can be. Anyway, it is pale straw colour with a weak head and not a great deal going on nose-wise. Starts off fresh with a slight apple aroma but goes sulphury quite quickly as it warms. This may well explain why they are served in small glasses in Koln. Still, it is a refreshing beer with a little sweetness but an essentially dry finish. Tis good and drinkable but reserving judgement on calling this style "classic".

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

first experience with this style of beer.

A: pours very clear straw yellow. has a short lived finger thick head
S: lightly grassy hop with a light almost minty aroma.
T: dry and lightly grassy, malt is also a little grainy.
M: smooth medium carbonation.
O: style wise its not a favorite, i think i would rather have a pilsner.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up today at the COOP.. Paid about $3.. poured into MNFG.

Nose is pretty light pils sweetness with some very background fruity esters.. malty with some bread dough.

Flavor begins and pretty much finishes with pils malt.. a bit of yeasty fruitiness toward the front that goes away quickly with a quick finish with wheat malt and a bit of metal.

I was damn happy to see this one, but I would expect that this was no where near close to fresh.. the Metal began to really build as it warmed up a bit...

Really very drinkable though.. I like it for what it is, but I've had waaaay better examples of the style.

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