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 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 Bubba83
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an oversized pint glass at 50 degrees. The body is a light yellow straw color, with a lot of little bits of yeast everywhere. I tried to keep that out on the pour, but it was impossible unless I wanted to lose 5-6 ounces of liquid by leaving it at the bottom. The head is a nice bright white and has good retention and lacing. It's too bad the yeasty bits floating around are hampering the look for me.

Lovely aroma of freshly baked bread, grass, flowers, and hay. Slight amount of earth there too. Soft notes, but wonderfully complex for the style.

The flavor is much like the aroma, first a crackery bread quality, then a fresh field of grassy quality that has good range. Not quite as complex as I had hoped based on the nose, but still good.

Mouthfeel is about spot on for the style, lots of carbonation makes it sparkle on my palate, The head has a nice soft quality to it, and the body is light and goes down well without seeming watery. Finishes quite dry.

A really good Kolsch. A lot of times I feel like this is a much underappreciated style, and I love to pick up Kolsches that I've never had before. For me they are like a nice refreshing lager, but with more complexity and they just feel softer to me, likely due to the ale yeast. I can't wait to go back to Germany sometime and drink them again on hot summer days am Rhein.

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Photo of Flightoficarus
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type - Bottle into glass

A - Pours a fairly transparent, golden hue, with some bubbly head quickly giving way to a thin lacing.

S - sweet malts, grains, pears. Pretty subtle, but it's there.

T - Light, sweet malts, with some grassy hops and light pear/citrus notes. Has a crisp, dry finish.

M - Moderately carbonated, and somewhat light-bodied. Goes down very easy.

D - A highly quaff-able beer, this one goes down like nothing. Could drink a lot of this.

Overall - This is a perfect brew for a hot summer day, as it's quite drinkable and refreshing, but manages to pack more flavor in than a run-of-the-mill lawnmower beer, making it more interesting. This could also be a great gateway beer to introduce non-craft beer drinkers to something new.

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Photo of rsdaugherty
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into pint glass
A – Light golden straw color, very clear, robust carbonation, 1+ finger white head reduced quickly with no lacing 3.0
S – Grassy, grainy, lemon, with a slight spice and sweetness 3.5
T – An overall light tasting beer, light grains with yeast and a honey/fruit sweetness that is strong than it’s scent 3.5
M – A dry finish with a crisp drink/finish, substantial but not overdone carbonation 4
O – A good tasting & quenching summer beer, something I would pick up again for a large group, worth a try but I personally won’t seek it out. 3.5

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

This review is for the bottle version sampled here in Australia, despite having previously enjoyed it from the barrel at the Brewhouse in Cologne.

I observed the characteristics of a kolsch - slightly bitter undertones, grassy nose, and what I call the backwards pilsner character! However in this version, it was nice but just too soft. The character was very restrained. I remember it being a lot sharper from the barrel in Cologne (what good memories!)

The bottle was good until late in 08, but I think a fresh version would be sharper! This seems to be the case with a lot of german beers.

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Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from Bottle into Nonic glass.

Pours golden with a slight haze and a light white head that quickly dissolves. Aroma is light pilsner malt and musty. The flavor is light malt with some noble hop flavor. Its light modied and has a nice prickly carbonation. I don't have much experience with Kolsch's but I thought overall this was drinkable but nothing exciting which to my understanding is kind of what the style is about anyways.

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Photo of xylophonica
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
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 BeardedRiker
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It'd been awhile since I had a Kolsch so I picked up Sünner's since it's supposed to be as close to a traditional Kolsch as can be.

The head on it was a strong two fingers and bubbly white. Color was extremely clear golden/yellow and I knew it would go well with the pizza I was going to eat!

It smelled of hops, barley and a hint of fruitiness but none of it was strong and all was balanced well.

The same can be said of the taste. It was very refreshing, very light, had a barley taste, a bit of hops and only a bit fruity at the end. This was a very light and balanced beer.

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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 shambeano
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
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 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 rjimlad
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to admit that Kolsch is pretty unfamiliar to me due to the difficulty in getting it where I live. So here goes...
This beer poured a light straw colour with a white fluffy head. Nice floral aroma initially with some lemon notes.
Flavour was very dry with a crisp, clean and very lightly sour character. The label says it is sweet but I found it sour as if wild yeast were involved. This is a lovely dry beer that would/should be a winner in the Australian summer. There's a depth of aromatic interest and lip-puckering goodness that would shame the disgusting dry macro lagers that proliferate here. These interesting flavours and soft/sparkly mouthfeel make it a real winner. Should be more of it.

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Photo of vrazionale
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 fl. oz. bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a translucent bright golden body. The one-finger head fades to a thin layer across the top with bunches along the edge.

S - Crisp, bitter hops with a lemony kick.

T - Very crisp and clean profile, with a well-crafted balance between brisk hops, citrus fruit, and sweet grass. A touch of fruity (sweet orange?) sweetness on the finish.

M - Surprisingly effervescent. Very light-bodied, but the carbonation and the complex interaction between dry and sweet flavors elevate the body a bit.

D - A very well-crafted Kolsch. It holds the balance between dry and sweet flavor profiles very well. This is a great summer brew - a cooler full of these on the beach sounds pretty damn good.

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

A - slightly hazy amber-blond nice fluffy two finger head

S - noble hops and crisp malt with a honey note and a nearly grassy note as well

T - dry, clean, crisp maltiness that is almost biscuity with a good hop presence showing floral and faintly citrus notes, the honey note is present as well

M - firm malt edge, dry

D - quite drinkable, refreshing

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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.

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

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into large dimpled mug:
A - Straw in color with pristine white, 1 finger head. Head dissipates very quickly. Minimal lacing on glass.
S - Lemony, grassy.
T - Nice malty flavor upfront followed by slight lemon flavor. Finishes with a decent crisp hop bite.
M - Light and crisp. Finishes very clean
D - This has become one of my favorite summer beer styles. It's a very good example of what Kolsch should taste like. I recommend this highly.

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Photo of vurt
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a half-liter bottle into a traditional 0.2 liter stange.

Very pale gold, and slightly hazy. A cap of bright white, finely beaded foam tops the pour but reduces to a thin skin after a few minutes. Attractive lacing.

Grainy with a bready and mildly sweet maltiness. Soft fruitiness that reminds me of applesauce, canned pears, white grape juice. Minerals and floral hops in the finish. Very clean.

Less sweet than it smells, with a good dry malt flavor. A gentle fruitiness follows, very similar to the nose with an ephemeral citrus note. The citrus doesn't linger, but provides a great transition to the floral hops in the finish. Ends with a firm, pilsener-like bitterness and a prominent mineral note. Ends with a light, bready sweetness.

Nicely crisp, quenching, and drying. Body actually seems a little heavy for the style. Good level of carbonation.

Seriously easy to drink. Refreshing and nicely textured with a firm bitterness. Not my favorite kölsch, but a fine example of this delicate and highly drinkable style.

Note: The label indicates that Sünner Kölsch is 5.3% ABV. This is a bit unusual, as every other true German kölsch I've ever tried has been 4.8%.

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Photo of WOTO97
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright golden body beneath a fading fluffy head marking the glass with some spotted lacing

Pleasant crisp pear accompanied by a great yeast profile, other clean fruit notes (red apple, white grape), faint spice profile from the yeast, some very mellow lemon citrus

Similar notes as those mentioned on the nose, significantly more pronounced lemon, nice subtle but very noticeable malt breadiness, lots of that clean fruit up front

Crisp mouthfeel with a very clean finish, sufficient body--not overly thin

This is a great summer beer, incredibly refreshing, enough of a malt backbone to keep it interesting while not getting to heavy in the body.

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

had this bier out of a 1/2 litre bottle. First time having this bier.

A: Pours a nice golden yellow color that is crisp and clear. Mod head that dissipates fairly quickly, minimal lacing. A good looking bier.
S: A typical kolsch smell. Negligible sweetness, mod tartness.
T: A crisp kolsch taste. Very clear and crisp taste. Mild dryness in the after taste but not overwhelming. Other people have mentioned mild watery flavor, I would agree but it is still a good taste.
M: No problems here.
D: I enjoyed this bier a lot. This is an easy bier to put down and in fact, I will have at least 2 more tonight.

Overall, I like this bier. It isn't the best kolsch out there, but it is a damn good one. Do yourself a favor and have this bier. Prosit!

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Photo of jerryjeff
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly delicate (or would it be called faint) scent, some slight hoppiness in the nose with maybe a bit of pear

Pretty highly carbonated, not really much regarding body with a little more heaviness than water.

Pale straw and poured to around 1/4" head which is kind of hanging around with a little bit of lacing.

Rather nice, light flavor. Getting a bit of pear with some hints of the hops. Somewhat bitburger like overall, actually

Rather, this is a session beer and definitely fits the bill. No real aftertaste to offend even non real beer drinkers.

Great flavor and is light on the palette. While not my favorite style this is good for what it's meant to be, a sessionable beer and originally a competitor for light lagers.

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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 phillipzayas
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very light yellow color. Decent head retention

S - noble hops and crisp malt with a honey note and a nearly grassy note as well

T - dry, clean, crisp maltiness that is almost biscuity with a good hop presence showing floral and faintly citrus notes, the honey note is present as well

M - firm malt edge, dry

D - quite drinkable, refreshing

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Sünner Kölsch from Gebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG
3.78 out of 5 based on 404 ratings.
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