Sünner Kölsch | Gebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by allboutbierge on 11-13-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
415
Reviews:
197
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
11.64%
 
 
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Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour for the 4th Annual LA Beer Week Beer Festival at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear light yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

great price on this baby, under 4 bucks for a large bottle. pours a very very light looking clear sunshine yellow colow with very bright carbonation and a 3 inch white head that clings to the sides of my pilsner glass. smells like light munich malts and bittereing hops in excellent balance. flavor has the same profile but its just so light. very refreshing and drinkable, but terribly unexciting. feel is nice though, with good bubbles and a very light body. its a good example of the style in its traditional sense, but i tend to prefer some of the bigger american versions with a more complex malt palate. overall though a well made brew that serves its purpose.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is pale yellow in color and has a slight haze and a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Aromas of grapes are present in the nose—similar to those you smell next to wild grapes ripening on the vine in late summer.
T: The taste has vinous flavors along with notes of biscuit and grainy malts. There are some hints of sweetness.
M: it feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No dryness is noticeable.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has some refreshing properties. I would have no problem drinking a few of these on a hot summer day.

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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 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?

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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 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 dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of largadeer
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt, served in a 0.2L kolsch glass. Golden amber with brilliant clarity and a sticky white head. Mild but clean pale malt aroma, slight stone fruit, corn and buttered white bread. Palate is rather mild as well, malty with a trace of diacetyl that prevents this from being as crisp as some of the better Kolsch out there. It has a trace of hops in the finish, but it's not as bitter or firm as I'd like. Pretty enjoyable, but not stellar.

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

500 ml bottle into pint glass, 5/2012 date notched on the back. Pours slightly hazy golden straw color with a nice 1-2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, pear, apple, cracker, floral, grass, bread, and light earthy hop spiciness. Damn nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity. Taste of lemon, apple, pear, cracker, white bread, floral, grass, light pepper, and light hop earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, bread, floral, grass, light pepper, and earthiness on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance of bready malt and fruity esters; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Very clean tasting. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Kolsch style. Very nice balance of flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable and easy drinking offering as expected.

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

Sunner Kolsch is quite possibly the best example of the style that I've ever tasted. It pours the expected clear golden body beneath a two-finger thick head of white foam. The head retention is very good, and it leaves some very nice lacing about the glass. The aroma displays a sweetish, straightforward malt, a hint of yeasty fruitiness, and notes of floral hops. And the flavor follows suit, but in a fuller way. It's sweetish at first, then fruity, and finally florally hoppy with a light touch of spiciness as the bitterness rises. Somehow it comes to a balance before it leaves the mouth, and then it dries even more as the malt quickly erodes, leaving behind a gentle but solid bitterness and hints of floral, grassy, and spicy hops. Remarkably drinkable!

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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.

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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 TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep yellow color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of bready but light malts, grain and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is also very bready with flavors of grain and a light malt character that also brings some sweetness. There's also a background flavor of citrus. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice lighter beer with enough substance to make it worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow with a finger tall frothy white head. The beer exhibited moderate head retention and moderate amounts of lacing. Just a hint of visible carbonation.

S: Light aroma of vinous with hints of grain. Slight sweetness in the smell as well.

T: Flavors have a hint of vinous with biscuit malts and very little bitterness with some sweetness.

M: Smooth and slightly creamy, just shy of medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Very refreshing and easy to drink - an excellent example of a Kolsch. Would be great on a hot summer day - would gladly have this one again (and possibly many of them in an afternoon in the sun).

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

Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of smithj4
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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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Sünner Kölsch from Gebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG
3.78 out of 5 based on 415 ratings.
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