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Sünner Kölsch | Gebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG

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Brewed by:
Gebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG
Germany
suenner-koelsch.de

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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

BEER STATS
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189
Ratings:
395
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
16.93%
 
 
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Reviews: 189 | Ratings: 395
Photo of Reagan1984
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Never heard of this before and now saw it twice within a 5 day period in two different parts of the country. Monday evening I was at the Falling Rock Tap House in Denver and was suggesting some gateway beers for Bud Light drinkers. This seemed like a good option and as I tried it, I was pleased. Not a reviewing moment for me. Five days later I am at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Va and hoping to find a decent beer amongst the A-B marketing wonderland. I couldn't believe that they had this on tap at the German bier hall. Funny how perspective is everything. At Falling Rock this was a safe beer for a newbie. At Busch Gardens it was an oasis in a desert of Bud Light Lime. With that as a back drop, this is a very good beer and I continue to believe that Kolsch is an under appreciated style.

There was a thin white foamy head that essentially remained as a cap on the beer. Slightly hazy straw color. Decent lacing remains.

Aroma is a mix of grape, grass and bread tones. Fresh and inviting.

Flavor is rather fruity with a mild hop bitterness. Funny to say this.... it tastes like beer. By that I mean the classic quality beer flavor we grew up with before understanding all the styles in the craft world. Nice and bready with some light yeast notes.

Medium/light body with some light prickly carbonation. Very refreshing. Not quite crisp... but just below that.

Excellent for the summer heat. Very good representation of this style. A perfect gateway beer for those that want to step into the craft beer world. This style has it's place and this is a very good choice.

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

Sünner Kölsch has a medium-to-thick white head, a somewhat hazy, bubbly, golden appearance, with a bit of lacing left behind and little white specs suspended throughout. The aroma is of pungent, sweet, bready, malt, and the flavor is the same, with a light hop bitterness and some biscuit aspects as well. The mouthfeel is light to medium, and Sünner Kölsch finishes crisp, clean, refreshing and dry- like a lager. Overall, this is very good and enjoyable. Check it out!

RJT

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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 Boto
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Busch Gardens: This one pours a clear, straw yellow color. There was a small white head that leaves some lacing. There is a nice nose to this one. Floral and grassy notes. Some malts and maybe a touch of fruit. The taste is also good. Very smooth. Earthy, malts and a touch dry. Nice.

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Photo of ADZA
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pale see thru straw colour with nice carbonation that leaves a fast vanishing one finger head with average lacing,the aromas are grape,doughy malts and some honeydew,it has a nice silky mouthfeel to it with hints of sweet lemony citrus that finishes very nicely dry and crisp,a very refreshing beer that could drink alot of on a nice hot summers day.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a golden straw yellow color with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: bready and pale malts followed by some grassy hops.

Taste: Pretty tasty beer. Chewy pilsner malts, sweet pale malts, grassy hops, and slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, crisp, refreshing, a little dry, chewy, and very enjoyable.

Overall: One of the originals and very enjoyable. More people should have an opportunity to try this beer out.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.41/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden copper clear filtered with lots of fine bubbled carbonation, a finger of yellowish white head that fades fast.

S: White grapes, white wine or grape juice, lightly toasted malts.

T: Deep rich lightly toasted malts and dough, light white grapes and grape juice. Light bitter hopping on the end.

M: Light body, lots of carbonation, dry finish.

O: Awesome standard for this style. The best kolsch I’ve ever had. Dry and smooth, nice vinous scents and doughy taste. Drank at Turkey Creek June 28, 2014 on my daughter’s second birthday.

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

This looks to be a good grilling beer in the early fall. Pours a clearstraw yellow into the Bitburger pilsner glass, plenty of white head for everyone. And good lace too, almost get a ring per sip.

Sharp aroma of grassy hay, and even a pop of euro skunk. Crisp and clean taste of sunshine in the grass, and enough spicy hop in the finish to balance it out well.

Seems like a fresh bottle, which could be a problem with the import delays. Not to bad of a price - $2.50 for the 500ml. Tasty enough brew to try again.

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

Poured into a wide chalice glass (yes, I know it's not the proper kolsch glassware), this bight gold beer forms a small head that quickly fades away. The nose presents a light graininess, with little hops. Flavor is unexciting: grainy malt, sweet, with very little bitterness. A bit of fruitiness is all that separates this from a generic helles. Finish is sweet. Nicely carbonated body, appropriate mouthfeel.

Kolsch is not a style that travels well. At its freshest, it can be interesting. This is a weak example of the style, though.

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Photo of Redrover
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed a couple of pints of this while visiting the Fly & Saucer in Houston. The beer is a straw yellow with a slight chill haze. Bone white head.

It has a perfumy nose backed by grains. It is fresh and inviting.

I like the taste. It is sweet with some lemon rind, grains and plum. The flavors are well integrated. Kolschs seem more delicate, but this the beer seems to have traveled very well.

The mouth is crisp with good carbonation. It is a very easy drinker & a great beer with lighter non-spicy food. I will be on the lookout for this one in Chicago. A great example of the style!

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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 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 wagenvolks
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a Michelob pilsner glass.

Sünner pours a glassy golden body with highlights of pale straw. Hazier than I like my kölsch's, but the carbonation is on-point, as several visible trails supply a thin topcoat of white foam. Nose is nice; subtle, but nice. White whine spritzer, pale & pilsen malt breadiness, floral/grassy hops. Hints of pear and apple juice in the background. All the usual suspects are there, but the overall effect is slightly muted in comparison to other beers within this style.

Minerals and bleached cracker crust hit the palate first, followed by bread dough and a delicately bitter bite from the grassy hops. Crisp, clean finish leaves behind only the slightest hint of lemon peel and soapiness. Great mouthfeel--light and bubbly without getting so carbonated that the flavor suffers. All in all, a decent-to-good, drinkable kölsch. Not something I'll make a habit of purchasing, but Sünner definitely holds up well in the scorching Austin heat.

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

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint-glass a crisp bubbly yellow with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is a decent blend of crisp hops and sweet malts. The taste is a nice subtle blend of hops and malts, a bit on the bland side, but undertoned and fitting to the style. The beer is quite light, crisp and refreshing. This is a very enjoyable version of the style.

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Photo of Beerlover
4.82/5  rDev +27.5%
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 Onenote81
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a stange glass. Pours a slightly cloudy pale gold with a very thick creamy white head on top. Excellent retention; left lots of sticky lace. Scents of lemon zest, corn, and fresh-cut grass.

The body is crisp, but still retains some smooth creaminess. I like that. Flavors of light tart citrus, some faint grassy hops, and some sharp grains. There is a bit of a metallic twang to it right off, but as I continue to drink this fades. Maybe I'm used to it? All in all, this is a good representation of the style. I'd have it again for sure. Quite refreshing.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
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 Offa
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a crisp, yet tasty, characterful kolsch.

Bright, deep gold, it has a medium white head that slowly shrinks to a ring and wisps, leaving no real lace.

The aroma is a lot of grain, a hint of dough, with a little pear, peach, ripe applie. It's light and aromatic but fairly full-bodied.

The taste is similar, with a full grain character, some hay, hints of mineral, pear, peach. It settles into a soft , fruity grain finishing with a dryish, slightly spicey, crisp finish with dry hints of peach and pear.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium yellow with a fizzy white head that dissipates to a ring. Some surprising lace. Tons of bubbles in the glass, good clarity, but chunks of yeast and floaties everywhere, even with a careful pour.

Dry grain and light malt aromas, some light hop leaf.

Wanted a bit more of the grape-vine funk in this one. There is a touch, but just barely that. Light malt that has some light sweetness at first. The beer dries on the palate, turning to mild bitterness and white bread and a little sweet grain kernal in the flavors in the finish.

Light bodied and aggressively carbonated.

Very smooth beer for sure, but nothing that makes it stand out. I like the structure, and the flip flop you get as it works its way thru your palate from dry-bitter-sweet...back and forth. A quencher for sure, but this one would be dominated by food. Decent, but not outstanding.

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Photo of rangerred
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a mug.

Pours a crystal clear deep good with a fluffy two finger white head. Head retention is awesome as some sort of head lasts all the way through the drink. Lacing leaves a bit to be desired, though.

Aroma is very bready with some light touches of caramel along with floral notes from the hops. Very soft and delicate and true to the style.

The flavor is also quite bready with touches of biscuit. Grass from the hops is subtle but noticeable. Bitterness is on the light side with a very soft, silky mouthfeel. The finish is a touch sweet but drinkability is still high.

Overall, this is a very nice kolsch and a great lawnmower beer. If this were readily available and cheap I would drink it constantly.

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

A: Gold with a slight haze. A dense white head starts out big and never subsides past a 1/4" cap of dense foam. Small bits of swirling lace are left behind.

S: Fresh cut flowers are bolstered by lemon and grass.

T: A very light flavored beer; which makes sense given the style. Starts out with a sugary sweetness. Bitterness comes on with a light flower and lemon quality. Sweet/bitter balance is excellent. Finishes very clean.

M: Light body has just the right amount of fizz.

D: This is a very nice Kölsch that left me wanting more. The light body makes it very drinkable.

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Photo of stephens101
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As anyone who knows me can attest, I am easily bored, even with the extreme. So this summer I'm making an effort to get to some of the more obscure beer styles, and I figured the Kolsch was as good a place to start as any.

Hazy at first due to a huge burst of bubbles that quickly clear to reveal a transparent brassy brew. Off-white head fades quickly but leaves some bubbles around the glass amongst a smattering of lace.

Grass and lemon to the nose with some sweet malt and spice at the end. Malts and fresh cut grass up front with another big squirt of lemon that is infused into a palate of various ripe fruits (green grapes, apples).

A bit deeper in body than expected, but still crisp where it counts. Smooth and easily downed, but I recommend you take your time and enjoy this one.

Damn fine summer drinking and confirmation that in my zeal for the extreme I've completely missed some of the great beers of the world.

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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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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

A - Pours a beautiful pure golden color with a nice white 1.5 inch head that is very active. Carbonation is lively and loud even. The head recedes at a medium rate and there is somewhat of a sticky lacing on the glass.

S - Very grainy and malty hints. Grains all over with some nice grape-y hints as it is customary for this style. There is some mild hop dryness but this Kolsch is all about the grains.

T - Very similar to the smell. Grains all over the place and a sharp grape like flavor with some sour hints. Very crisp and clean refreshing taste. There is some hop dryness t the end as well as some bitterness but its a pretty straight forward bready malt taste all the way through.

M - light and crisp with very high drinkability.

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Photo of crossovert
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle similar to the Reissdorf one, but with a green label.

Pours into my Stange with a deep gold, it isn't too pale. The bright white and foamy head billows up and stays for awhile before receding with some nice lacing.

As is the case with most Kölsches, this one is lacking a bit in scent. It is only a minor inconvenience and isn't the reason why so many enjoy this style. It is light and grainy with a pinch of medicinal hops. It smells suprisingly good for a Kölsch.

It is the flavor of summer in this glass, with a kiss of floral, grassy, ever so slightly bitter hops and pale malts. It is light bodied and easy drinking.

This is a good Kölsch, though it isn't the best one I've had. It seems a bit harder to find than Gaffel or Reissdorf, and those are the only two I have seen here in the US. It is a decent brew, but suitable mainly for Summer or during a vacation to Köln.

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Sünner Kölsch from Gebr. Sünner GmbH & Co. KG
3.78 out of 5 based on 395 ratings.
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