Welcome to BeerAdvocate!

Looking to talk, rate or trade beer? Join today by creating your free account.

Dismiss Notice
Curious about recent updates to the site and app? Check the Announcements forum for updates.
Dismiss Notice
Love Belgian Beer?

Join us Sep 17 in Portland, Maine for Return of the Belgian Beer Fest, featuring hundreds of authentic Belgian beers and Belgian-inspired offerings.

Tickets + more: beeradvocate.com/belgian

Sünner Kölsch | Gebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
85
very good
186 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Sünner KölschSünner Kölsch
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Gebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG
Germany | website

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by allboutbierge on 11-13-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
186
Ratings:
386
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
16.67%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
30
For Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 186 | Ratings: 386
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.

 399 characters

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The clear pale golden beer holds small bubbles. The light white head is medium tall and leaves poor lacings.

S: Rich maltyness together with dry bitter hops. Citric notes as well as grass and nettles. Crisp.

T: Very crisp. Somewhat dry bitter hops, together with the rich maltyness. A rather humble beer, but still complex. Citric notes, grass and nettles.

M: A bit sour bitter aftertaste lingers. The body is light while carbonation is rich, but not aggresive.

O: A nice Kölsch, true to the style. The light sour twist was quite nice.

 546 characters

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.

 829 characters

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.

 177 characters

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear and bright golden yellow colour, very light, but with a frothy and boisterous head of German-style foam. Lacing is spongey and good, sticking with good alacrity to the glass. Surprisingly good body to it, in fact it leaves a bit of static carbonation when swirled, which is very pleasant. It's a very good looking beer all up. Perfectly in style.

Nose is redolent with noble hop aromas and German yeast characteristics, giving it an earthy and organic hue. Crisp nuttiness and a sharpness that is subservient to the more round notes of earth and undergrowth. Quite fresh, and really very classically German. Decent.

Taste is very light, almost to the point of nothingness. Clear and light grain gruel flavours on the front, with a light smack of noble hop freshness, but very little else. To be honest, I'm not overly enamoured of it, and it really strikes home where the style can fall down into being rather bland and insipid. Feel is light and thin; it matches the flavours, but that's not much of an endorsement.

Not a great beer, but a light, clean and pretty drinkable one. I guess it's more the style itself that I have a problem with, but this does seem to be a below par example, even stylistically.

 1,225 characters

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

A: Bright, clear golden color. Poured a 2 finger fizzy white head that dissipated quickly to a broken ski,. Laced in spots.

S: Hay and grass. Sweet, bready malts.

T: Lightly sweet, bready malts. Hint of green apples. Peppery bitter in the long finish. Crisp and dry; very well-balanced.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Good malt/hop balance. Crisp, dry and refreshing.

D: Easily drinkable. Good example of the style.

 422 characters

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.

 359 characters

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

 852 characters

Photo of bluejacket74
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle, mine says 5.3% ABV. Best before end 1 14 notched on back label. Served in a stange glass, the beer pours a clear pale gold color with an inch and a half white head that stays around for a very long time. There's a decent amount of lacing. Bubbles continually flow from the bottom of the glass to the top, even long after the initial pour. The brew smells like hay, bready malt, and some light grassy hops. Taste is mostly like the aroma, but there's also a bit of fruitiness and green apple flavor noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's refreshing and easy enough to drink. It's also well carbonated. Not a bad brew at all, $2.99 a bottle. At that price I'd pick this up again.

 695 characters

Photo of barczar
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brilliant golden, lingering white, frothy head.

Floral, grainy, sweet.

Grainy, somewhat tart/metallic, banana, light cardboard oxidation , fairly bitter finish.

Body is a little full, with modest carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

Served too warm. Would like to taste fresh and cold.

 290 characters

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

Clear pale yellow with a soapy, bright white cap. A bit of clumpy lace, decent head retention. Floral hop aroma, crackers, light lemon. Light bitterness, malt, bit of hop spice and lemon. Nice balance. Light bodied, on the crisp side. A good kolsch, light and refreshing but with some flavour.

 293 characters

Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a kolsch glass. Had a pale yellow color and a clear consistency. There was a big, creamy, long-lasting head. Fair lacing.

S: Smelled of malt, with some traces of grass, too.

T: Tasted of malt, a little lemon, and a grassy/grainy quality. This latter part of the flavor was (as it always is) a bit off-putting. Not a bad flavor, but uneven.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a crisp, dry finish. Light-bodied.

O: While this beer isn't terrible, it definitely does have its fair share of flaws.

 522 characters

Photo of Brad007
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright yellow color with a one-finger head into my glass. Certainly a hallmark of the kolsch.

Grassy hops greet the nose followed by a grainy texture from the malt. Light-bodied and light in aroma as well.

Lots of grassy hop character upfront. Not too strong. Buttery, grainy malt to greet the tongue. Easy to drink.

Mouthfeel has a lot of lingering grainy malt and hop character. I can't really think of much else to describe except that it's very enjoyable.

Pick it up, especially if you enjoy kolschs.

 516 characters

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1pt 0.9oz bottle purchased at Eagle Provisions in Brooklyn (just over $3). The beer is pale golden colored, crystal clear, with a thin wet foam. The aroma is subdued like all good Kolsches, a little musty or funky but really in a light way. The taste is slightly sweet and malty, maybe a little estery fruit flavors (not much). The definition of drinkable at 5.3% ABV with a light body.

 400 characters

Photo of drpimento
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer. Straight forward good beer. Nothing special, just good beer. Poured with a medium off white head and a tiny bit of lace. Color is a clear amber. Aroma is just plain, fresh common beer, more of a world lager than anything spicy. Flavor is similar but sweeter, although not too sweet. Soft body and good carbonation. Nice clean bittersweet finish. Session beer.

 365 characters

Photo of champ103
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden/yellow color. A One finger bubbly white head forms, and recedes in a minute. Light lace is left behind.
S: Dry biscuit malt. Some grassy and citrus aromas. Very basic, but decent.
T: Dry biscuit malts again. Light citrus, grass, and some dried fruits. Enjoyable.
M/D: A light to medium body that is perfectly crisp, and dry. Not watery at all. So easy to drink. All day with this one.

I really enjoy this. Very simple, but this is pretty much what a Kolsch should be. If you are looking for a lighter beer with some more flavor, this is it. Something I would recommend.

 602 characters

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.51/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

500 ml bottle poured into a Hinterland stange.
5.3% ABV, Best before end: 2 13 notched.

A - Vibrantly clear, this Kölsch pours a shining pale golden color with a persistent white head. The lumpy pile of foam lowers slowly, shrouding the slender glass in chunky patterns of lace.

S - Sünner Kölsch has an inviting aroma of light pale malt and delicate notes of pear and green apple from a warmer fermentation. Subtle water minerals and sulfur finish out this crisp aroma prefacing a sure-to-be-drinkable brew!

T - As delicate as the aroma suggests, this beer offers a simplistic flavor profile of dried straw and grainy pale malt with a lingering kiss of minerals and soft undertones of pear fruit esters from fermentation.

M - Crisp and refreshing indeed! This beer has the perfect level of carbonation, dancing on the tongue without a harsh bite on the finish, all while livening up the dry, light body. A kiss of noble hop bitterness crosses the palate along the back end of this beer.

O - An excellent example of the style, this light beer perfectly marries ale and lager characteristics with notes of fruit while remaining crisp, clean, and exceptionally drinkable.

 1,177 characters

Photo of StJamesGate
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
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.)

 550 characters

Photo of Durge
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another import found on tap at the Black Forrest Inn in Minneapolis, this one shows a pale but clear gold with a fair white head and minimal lacing. The aroma hints at mild wheat and vague citrus. A bit lame perhaps. It's very crisp feeling and delivers on the flavor much the same as the aroma, generally closer to cereal than any hop character. It's light bodied, well carbonated and highly drinkable, but it is not very memorable for the flavor. Needs a little more on the malt & citrus side to make the grade, but not a bad thirst quencher on a hot afternoon.

 563 characters

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Flying Saucer in Houston. Served in a 20 oz pilsner glass with a finger and a half of stark white foam that fades pretty slowly and leaves a bit of lace behind.

Nose has some nice fruity and spicy (almost like pickling spices) notes with a grainy, slightly sweet malt bill. A touch of flowery hops rounds out this good smelling kolsch.

Taste is more "lager"-like than many American versions with not quite as many yeast esters coming out. Light grainy malts are the dominant flavor. There is a mild cardboard flavor in here that I usually only get out of a bottle, but that is a very minor complaint. There is some nice hop bitterness that adds some snappy crispness to the beer. Drinkability is very good with this beer, carbonation is just right and has an excellent creamy texture. I have not had many German-made kolsches before, but this one is a bit milder compared to most of the American versions. Very nice kolsch, I could drink a few of these.

 978 characters

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

Very pale sunburnt straw hue with white head that instantly dissipates. Little carbonation and no sediment, resulting in a completely crystal clear appearance.
Mmmm... very lager-y, with 1 dimensional grainy malt. Also the cardboard aroma that seems to be prevalent in beers that use hops extract. A slightly sweet white wine-like character is noticeable upon further inspection. Would have liked more fruit.
Wow - taste is pretty damn refreshing. Sweet bready malt, with very short-lasting bitterness. Slight white wine. Very short duration. Look up 'delicate' in the dictionary and there'll be a picture of this beer there.
Very light body, with low carbonation (would have expected more from a kolsch.
Sooo refreshing! Especially considering its 28deg C inside at the moment!

 778 characters

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.

 550 characters

Photo of Fatehunter
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A finger of head on a clear, golden colored body with lots of bubbles coming up.
The aroma is a strong grain, hay and barnyard with a touch of lemon.
The taste is mild overall with a mild lemon bitterness and grain flavor.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Here's a perfect outdoor drink on a warm day to watch the world go by.

 342 characters

Photo of laituegonflable
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale golden colour with steady trails of bead feeding a snow-white head, dense and foamy but fizzling out slowly. Lace is mostly non-existent. Okay, it's non-existent. Not a bad-lookin' beer but not wonderful.

Smells quite grainy and earthy. Fair bready character with wheat and a pumpkin seed note. Fresh cut grass backing up and some rich earthy notes. Slight buttery malt hiding at the back. Overall decent. I generally associate Kölschen with "bubblegum" aroma which I hate, so its absence here is very welcome. Second to this, given the 'tradition' and history that this beer credits to itself, it leads me to believe that the bubblegum aroma is perhaps a mistake of other attempts at the style, and maybe this is just what a Kölsch is meant to smell like.

Taste is crisp and bitter throughout. Slight grainy notes on the front that return in small doses for the finish. Quite bready with mild rye and wheat sourness. Palate is overall bitter, largely herbal with a nod to phenolic, but largely crisp and clean with only a few duff notes here and there - a slight soapiness on the back and an aspirin astringency on the mid-palate. But apart from those this is a well-handled crisp beer - an 'ale' according to the bottle? Well, whatever. It's the lageriest ale I've ever drunk.

Has a body on the assault, but it disappears early on to leave a wafer-thin texture. Fairly poor.

Notwithstanding the texture or lack thereof, it does add to one's ability to just tip this crisp, refreshing drop right down. Great stuff.

 1,539 characters

Photo of illidurit
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle poured into a pint glass. Budweiser colored, which I suppose is typical, with a creamy white cap of head. Aroma is grainy and lightly floral with a touch of lemon tartness. Flavor is a little less substantial. Some sweet bready grains, a whisper of citrus, and a crisp mineral finish. Thin, refreshing body, perfect on a scalding California summer day.

 366 characters

Sünner Kölsch from Gebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG
85 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Return of the Belgian Beer Fest

    BeerAdvocate Brings its All-Belgian Fest to Portland, Maine on September 17, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.

    Learn More
  • Get the Mag

    Become a BeerAdvocate magazine print subscriber today.

    Subscribe