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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 189 | Ratings: 393
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

4.8%ABV 500ml bottle: best before Apr 2013. Poured into three thin, tall Kölsch glasses @ home during a random tasting evening on 24 Nov 2012.

Looks like your typical Kölsch: clean, clear, bright and light gold in colour, huge head of snow white bubbles on each glass, as usual they faded away very swiftly.

The nose and taste were delicate with a sweeter than normal aroma and taste. Fine blend of hops and maltiness, both understated yet clearly in evidence from the start. Slight dry bitter finish, which helped to balance out the sweetness nicely.

I'm begining to enjoy this style again after far too many average brews of tastelessness.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
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 mick303
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
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 Hoppsbabo
3/5  rDev -20.8%
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 Steedee
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brings back great memories of sipping suds at the Imbuss in Germany. Nice light traditional German Kolsch... with just a fine bit more bitter flavor than a usual German Pils. Very little after taste. I might purchase again, but with so many to choose probably not.

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Photo of xylophonica
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly orange/pale straw colour with a finger of head. Plenty of carbonation bubbles as well.

S - Variety of lemon/citric spices at first. Quite dusty with a wheaty presence.

T - A touch of sweetness but also with something fairly tart. Mixture of malt, wheat and the faintest of citric elements.

M - Not much happening; there's a mildly spicy overtone coming through with some gentle bitterness but otherwise it's non-descript.

O - Fairly simple in its design, it's basically a good example of a Kolsch. Nice drinkable lager with some crisp, clean flavours that leave the drinker feeling refreshed.

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Photo of Beerlover
4.82/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best kolsch i have ever had, i don't consider myself a beer Expert or a kolsch expert for that matter. (i've only had 3 other kolsch "STYLE" ales) but considering the fact that this a legit kolsch (from none other than Koln/Colonge Germany itself) NOT a kolsch "style" but a real kolsch! (its... its alive! and its a real Kolsch!!!) i thought it was pretty dern good!

pleasant aroma and nice appearance, (which would have been better drinking from a glass raither than straight from a bottle - what was i thinking!) the taste was magnificent! if you like kolsch's which has become my one of my new fave styles nexter to pale ales, doulble ipas and porters - TRY THIS! i like this beer and it deserves a higher rating and im gonna help it achieve one...

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Photo of bmwats
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured form 500 ml bottle into a stange.

A: Light hay colored hue. Continually rising, light carbonation. Pours about a quarter finger, bubbly, white head. Settles quickly, leaving a slight white blanket on the surface. Very sporadic lacing.

S: Pungent combination of sourdough and lemon citrus. Floral notes reminiscent of lavender.

T: A soft but biting pungent combination of sourdough and lemon. Tastes like it smells.... really.

M: Light, and crisp body. Pungent aftertaste lingers.

D: Goes down easy, very refreshing quality.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Light hue, slight head, and sporadic lacing. Nose is fuller than the appearance suggests, with a pungent grainy and citrus tone. Flavor follows suit, with a light and crisp combination of sourdough bread and lemon citrus with a biting pungent finish. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of McStagger
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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 smcolw
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear and pale straw color. Good head for the style. Settles slowly and in a rocky fashion, leaving some strings of lace.

Grainy aroma with a mild sourness and no hop.

Comes perilously close to being a lawn mower beer. Tastes like the smell except for the low presence of hops. The swallow has a creamy flavor and body.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
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 StJamesGate
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

White gold with fluffy snowy head that's gone fast. Mild bread dough sweetness and hints of flowers - not much doing.
Cream cracker malts definitely make an appearance but just as quickly step aside for arugula and cardamom hops.
Nectar finish and tingly bitter linger. Crisp, dry and light.

Note: labeled 4.8%

Doesn't show for much to start, but strong baseline of sweetness, assertive hop bitterness and seriously lean body. What a kolsch should be, in other words. As always, wonder what it's like on tap, or even fresher (3/12 exp date here.)

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Photo of smakawhat
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a tall brown bottle, into a stange glass.

A very light straw body, but gives to some light buttery gold color, with lots of rising fast carbonation. Crystal clear bodied, and a foamy head that forms quite uniform with pinhead size, giving to some large bubbles later on. Good retention and staying power on this also.

Real nice crisp malt on this, with a light toasty grain. Sharp yeast and a good dry sense. Pretty solid, nothing mouthwatering or jumping out at me for a Kolsch.

Palate though when hitting in the taste is kind of lacking. Grainy sense doesn't come out that much. Mouthfeel hits nicely but nothing is drawn out in the malt or bringing much forward. Toned down crispness and malt, small hop presence.

Overall a simple refresher, but I am waiting for that real bread and baking character, but it's just not coming. I could have this again but I'd grab a different Kolsch if I had a choice. uh oh what a sec, bottle best before March 2012... hmmm I would most definitely try this again.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a hazy golden color. The head is about 1 finger of white foam with moderate retention. No lacing. Lots of fruit and grains in the nose. Getting some apricot, orange, white grape, apple and wheat. Also picking up some pleasant floral hop notes in there. Again very fruity. Tons of apple and apricot and the wheat gives in a nice smooth finish. Carbonation is very refreshing. First time having this one. Never been a fan of Kolsch style beer but damn this stuff is tasty. Not bad at all. Very thirst quenching.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
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 Infamous7100
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy gold with a billowing two finger head. Very well done and looks great.
S: a lot of pale malt and breads on the nose but interestingly the are notes of sweet smelling fruits, maybe apple?
T: the fruit aroma on the nose gives way to a bit of spicy bite in the taste. Love the great balance of biscuity flavors and citrus notes from the hops.
M: crisp, refreshing, medium bodied. Nice aftertaste.
O: great beer for any time of year. Highly quaffable.

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Photo of Chappie519
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, 500ml, chilled from fridge

A - Pours a lovely clear straw like colour with nice white head

S - Hints of apples and honey with grassy hops

T - Slight sweetness, really refreshing and clean, slight lingering bitterness

M - Good mouthfeel, goes down easy

O - Very impressive, could drink a good few of these

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours light golden straw, very clear, 2 fingers of white foam doesn't go out of it's way to impress.

S - Clean straw, lots of white bread, honey, hints of acidic fruit - lemon and berry. Mild grassy hop aroma.

T - Sweet cereal grain, straw, lemongrass, notes of chalk, has a light pepper spice, green grassy hops round it out.

M - Medium bodied, slick, fine bubbled carbonation, dries out on the finish.

Great aroma on this one. Fuller body at first but lightens up and finishes dry at the end. Nice simple sweetness with mild but green hop flavors. I could drink this all night.

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Photo of gazeboar
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 19-02-2012
Freshness: Unknown
Packaging: 500ml bottle
Glassware: Weizen Glass

This is a Kolsch from the oldest family owned brewery in Cologne, Germany. The label reads “It is an Ale with a stylish character derived from lagering”.

A – This beer is a light golden/straw colour with a high clarity. The carbonation is on the low side, accompanied with a decent one finger head and some delicate lacing.

T – Exceptionally light flavour profile with some prominent biscuity malt flavours. This is paired with a slight sweetness. The overall flavour is very refreshing, and the finish imparts a subtle bitterness which lingers for some time. I couldn’t notice any abrasive esters or alcohol phenols at all. A subtle arrangement of flavours all coexisting harmoniously to create a very well balanced beer. This beer has a huge drinkability.

S – Quite a soft and sweet biscuity smell coming through, a nice subtle aroma of grains is also noticeable.

M – A medium mouth feel with lasting subtle hop bitterness – as much as I could say this is a light bodied beer, I wouldn’t say it was at all too watery and exhibits a nice balance for the hops.

O – This is only the second time I’ve had a Kolsch so I’m by no means a well-rounded critique. After reading the label, I now understand the Kolsch to Germany is the Champagne to France and is something to be revered and protected. It’s an interesting hybrid of ale fermentation and lagering techniques. I can really respect the subtleties of this beer. It could easily get dismissed for mediocrity or ‘nothing greatl’, but I suspect the execution of such a well-balanced yet subtle and light beer could be of greater difficulty than brewing something more robust. Drinkability is a massive factor with this beer. This would be brilliant and very session-able on a hot ‘Sunners’ day. (Excuse the pun)

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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 metter98
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
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 plaid75
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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 shambeano
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a light golden, with about 1 cm of head that subsides quickish, leaving a thin film on top. looks pretty effervescent.

S- sweet malts upfront, some herbalish hops, pleasant but not a whole lot going on.

T- sweetish malts, not as sweet as it was on the nose, same herbally hops and a rounding bitterness that stands out as there isnt a whole lot else happening, tastes a little better than i was expecting after the nose.

M- Light prickly carbonation, bitterness rests at the back of the tongue, its a light bodied, easy drinker.

O- Overall, its nice, i dont mind it, and is as good as, if not better than the few other kolsch's i have tried.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
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 PhillyStyle
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint .9 oz. bottle, best buy 3/12:

The beer poured a nice, clear, full yellow color that produced a nice white, foamy 2+ finger head, as expected from a Kolsch. The head was well maintained a finally settled into a thin cap that lasted throughout the beer and left some nice lacing. Also, noticeable was a constant stream of carbonation rising to the top of the glass.

The beer produced a nice aroma, bread and yeast aroma mainly. The aroma could have been a little more robust, but still a quality aroma.

The beer had a very good taste, again, like the aroma, bready and yeast notes. The beer was well balanced, clean, crisp and very enjoyable.

The beer had a light feel to it and had a nice dry finish to it. The beer was well carbonated and extremely easy to drink. Overall, this is a very good beer and the low ABV really added to the enjoyment. This is a very good example of the style and I will try to keep this one in my beer fridge more often.

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