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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by allboutbierge on 11-13-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
415
Reviews:
197
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
11.64%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
39
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Photo of smcolw
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
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 atlbravsrno1
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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

Photo of tdm168
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of imbibehour
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
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 krome
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Tone
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, straw color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of grain, pale malt, hint of wheat, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of hops. Fits the style of a Kolsch. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong grain, pale malt, slight sweet malt, slight hops, and a hint of metallic. Overall, decent Kolsch, with no outstanding features.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sunner Kolsch. Brewed according to the German Purity Law of 1516. "Brewed and bottled by Gebr. Sunner Gmbh & Co. KG, Cologne, Germany, Est. 1830."
Ale, i pint, 0.9 Fl Oz. Alc. 5.3% by Vol.
"Sunner is a kolsch style ale, which is unique to Koln, (Cologne) Germany. Like Champagne (Appellation Controllee) it is protected by law so that only ales brewed in that region can bear the name. It is an ale with a stylish character derived from extended layering. "…and, blah, blah, blah…let's open and drink up!

Wait, some of that blah, blah was important, It seems that Sunner is the oldest brewery in Koln, and has been family owned and operated for six generations. That's, like, serious stuff to know!

Okay, now, we drink up. In a Reissdorf Kolsch glass, because I have no Sunner kolsch glasses. Maybe some day…

Clear, light golden color, straw, under prodigious head, hearty, and lasting. Fierce carbonation.

Bit of a cereal note in the nose, more lager-y than ale-like. Not skunky, though I'm tempted to say that. But not what I'd expect from a top-notch kolsch. No, it's not giving it to me, sorry.

Taste: Light, clean, easy-going…I'm holding back on "crisp", because it's not, there's no hoppy snap, it's rather soft, and lacking any spark. Some fruit flavors slowly unfurl, some green apple, some pear, it's starting to taste a little more kolsch-like, from what I've known of other true German bottling.
Those, that I had years ago, that informed my understanding of the style, were delivered directly from Germany by a friend. Maybe some damage has been done here in the transport, all the way across the Atlantic.

There's some hoppy play on the palate, there's the delicate malt flavor, and, hey, yeah, I am liking this more. It's growing on me, getting to resemble more of what I wanted it to. Getting better and better, a little more hops, great texture, excellent consumability. Some of those delicate, lighter flavors are showing at last, though they were quiet in the nose. It all holds together quite well, plenty of flavor, though delicate, plenty of taste, plenty of drinking.

Tastes great, this one, and urges more consuming. Hail, hail, Sunner Kolsch. Not the greatest Kolsch, but one of the best.

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

The appearance was a clear golden yellow color and leaves the same color body with a one and a half fingered white foamy head that leaves some lightly clingy lacing. There is some light carbonation that is seen rising at a nice pace. The smell is light and grassy with a kinda herbal malty and corn combine sweetness. The taste is sweet, crisp, and light. There isn’t any aftertaste or finish. The palate is light on the body, and very sessionable. Carbonation sits just right for a Kolsch. Overall, I got this beer for a dollar and thought it was more than worth the price as it was refreshing enough to have with its respected food and be an awesome beer on my backporch in the summer.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a kolsch stange from a small keg. Pours light straw amber with a healthy two finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of biscuit malt with slight wheat and citrus. Flavor is also dominated by biscuit malt, with faint apple juice, lightly tart. Finishes crackery with light grassy hops. Light to medium bodied. An unusual opportunity to try a relatively fresh kegged kolsch. The style is not intensely flavored so this fresh version was not noticeably an improvement on the bottled versions, but it was interesting to be able to drink it fresh from the tap. I nice, classic kolsch that was a pleasure to drink.

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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 Mebuzzard
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok, looks good. Pale golden pour, nice frothing head about 1 1/2 fingers. Pretty

Aroma is subtle. Biscuit and light toast come through, a hint of spice and pear. Soft

Taste is mostly light malt. Some bread and unripe banana. Hops are a bit weak in this one. The crispness and spice doesn't really come through. In effect it's a light malt centered beer. Doesn't have that zip at the end, not at all. It's good, just not to style, imo.

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Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle to go with beef barley soup. On to the beer:

Golden straw color, carbonation bubbles racing through tht body, sizeable white head on top with solid retention describes how this beer looks. The nose features some sweet pale malt, but also some steeley corn sweeteness note I couldn't figure out. Fortunatley, its taste, although light, was refreshing without major off-flavors. There's a kiss of honey, a little bready malt, touches of husky malt, with sweet pale malt making the base flavor. The beer is light in the mouth, crisp, carbonation bubbles are teeny tiny, and a little sweetness lingers in an other wise dry finish. A gulpable beer overall, and a good alternative to all the German lagers.

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Photo of Nichols33
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dar482
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a light gold color and clear.

The beer hits of honey and grainy sweetness. This is balanced with some delicate grassy hops. The finish is crisp and dry, with a medium minus floral bitterness on the finish. The body is medium minus as the beer dries out quite well after that initial light bready sweetness up front with hints of fruitiness.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a clear light yellow color with a small white head. The aroma is floral hops, grapes and wheat. The flavor is dominated by wheat as well as flowery and spicy hops. You also get some green grape flavors in the aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass. Bottle indicates 5.3% ABV rather than the above-noted 5.4%.

Appearance: light golden hue with a very slight haze and two fingers of frothy white foam. Looks pretty decent to me.

Smell: light malt with a clean but very pronounced grain aroma. Not my favorite, but passable.

Taste: there's a continued graininess in the flavor, especially toward the finish, but there's also a nice, light, sweet malt in the mix which I rather like. Hops are very light and their character is a bit earthy. Not too bad.

Mouthfeel: pretty light body with a fair bit of carbonation. Too light to be creamy, this is still a lightly refreshing beer.

Drinkability: Kölsch is a pretty drinkable style overall, and this beer is no exception. I wish it had a little less pronounced grain character, though.

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Photo of plaid75
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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 Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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