Sünner Kölsch | Gebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG

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Sünner KölschSünner Kölsch

Brewed by:
Gebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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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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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L-An aggressive pour shows a clear golden brew with a 1 inch fluffy white head. This recedes to a thin film with little lacing.
S-subtle aroma of bready malts and maybe a hint of grassiness. Clean.
T- clean bready malt, grass, and a mineral component share the spotlight and are present throughout.
F- excellent carbonation level gives this beer a light dry mouthfeel.
O- This is a fantastic example of the style which I'd highly recommend trying if you want to know what a good Kolsch is all about.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.54/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into my tulip glass at cellar temperature.

Foam-wise, there's only a little centimeter-tall mass of white fizz that goes away instantly. Very pretty color, however. A brilliant golden sunset of perfect clarity.

The aroma is just awesome, bursting with rich, buttery bread. Add a little fruity touch of lemon or orange, some yeast, and light mineral-like grains, and it makes for a super-scrumptious smell.

Damn! What flavor! I can't explain it any better than as an exact representation of the aroma I just described. The bread, citrus, minerals, and grains just come together in a killer combo and then leave a crisp, clean finish of delightful mineral traces and yeast. Refreshing and delicious.

Killer feel, too. Light to medium in body, but with ample, lively carbonation.

While the kolsch is an ale by definition, this one walks a beautiful line between ale fruitiness and the clean minerals and grains of lagers. Masterful.

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

On tap into a stang.
Nice 1/2 finger white crown of tiny white bubbles on top of a clear gold, fairly faint nose with some apple, some grain and crackers, a little yeasty spice, some fresh cut grass, in the taste the flavors in the nose come out much more clearly, and it is very tasty. Mouthful is great: soft but crisp, ends dry. Very refreshing and tasty.

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Photo of puck1225
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful clear yellow with a clean floral smell and taste. Taste is very pleasant, fruity, mild, and crisp. It went very nicely with grilled salmon. I look forward to drinking it again.

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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

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Crystal clear body, high carbonation. Slightly darker than a larger, though similar. Pours a decent head that dissipates quickly.
S: Very mild, some flowery hop. Some bready malt.
T: Excellently balanced brew. Nothing overtakes the palate, but there is a nice malt body, honey graham cracker like flavor, nice hop floral notes. Definately a nice sweetness to this one that is rounded out by the hops. Simple, refreshing, and balanced.
F: Crisp, light body with a delicate bitterness. Bubbly
O: Highly enjoyable, probably very sessionable. There is a enough flavor here to satisfy any advocate while also having an approachability. Likewise this beer is highly refreshing.

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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 sjccmd
4.46/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet grain aroma, fairly subtle. Graham cracker pils. Slightly fruity esters, pear and apple. Some spicy hops are notable. Grassy and crisp.

Pours light gold with white head. Clarity is quite good. Lacing is okay.

Much more fruit and hop character in the flavor. Pear and lemons. Spicy and floral hops. Soft, slightly sweet malts finishing with toasted bread. Hop bitterness is moderate. Nice mineral water character. Crisp clean and refreshing.

Medium light/light body with medium high carbonation. Mineral water character adds a nice complexity, almost feels acidic on the palate.

Very clean and easy drinking. Really dig the minerally flavors.

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Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle says best before 2/15, but still seems fresh.

Look - Pours a light honey golden color with a frothy white head. Very effervescent, small bubbles, very good distribution, good retention.

Smell - Bits of honey, straw, bread, steely noble hops. Subtle fruitiness.

Taste - Honey and straw again with a slightly bitter finish. Slight bit of peach and strawberry.

Feel - Very light and crisp, promotes salivation. Tingle on whole tongue.

Overall - An excellent easy drinking beer ideal for warm weather.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

A: poured into a Stange to a light yellow with a two finger dense white head that retains well and leaves no lacing
S: smells of light malts, apple skin and some spicy hops
T: taste is light malts, some grapeyness, and some hop bitterness. swallow is a little pale malt, more grape and some spicy hop
M: light in body with prickly carbonation and a slightly drying finish
O: A nice and light beer with some good flavors and complexity. the grapeyness is a bit of a surprise but it fits the style and it kind of tastes like fruity pebbles.

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Photo of JLSIV
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a pint bottle into Kolsch glass, clear bright golden color, 2 finger head, light lacing decent retention tight bubbles, excellent carbonation

Aroma had a nice malty slightly grassy, with just a hint of some european hoppiness

Taste had a white grape fruitiness with some grains, very slight bitterness of hops in back

Crisp clean and refreshing mouthfeel that finishes with a slight hop at the end. Very pleasing.

Overall, this is an outstanding example of the true German version of this ale, and not a hint of skunkiness in my bottles. Proper importing is key to these types, and they can't sit forever. Buy them from a store that keeps them in the dark and you will be rewarded. Go out and look for this one.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a fluted pilsner glass.

Look: Pure golden colored body. Foamy white head with decent retention. Light soapy lacing.

Aroma: Malt grains, slight grassiness, and a bit of a tangy note.

Taste: A clean grain beginning, a hint of lemongrass, tea tang finish.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp, clean.

Overall: Just a slight skunky note about this that keeps it from being fantastic. Very clean and refreshing though.

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