Sion Kölsch – one of Cologne’s traditional beer brands!
Sion Kölsch is as famous in Cologne as other Kolsch style beers such as Früh, Reissdorf, Gaffel or Sünner. Therefore, it is essential to review Sion Kölsch when dealing with this specific German beer style.
In Germany, only such beers are allowed to be sold as “Kölsch” when they are brewed within the boundaries of Cologne, a city with a population of one million, located at the Rhine river. Sion Kölsch is one of these beers closely linked to the long tradition of an old brewery in the “Domstadt” (“Cathedral City”). Sion is the name of a brewer’s family from the nearby Eifel region. In 1912, the brewer Jean Sion bought a very old brewery with pub in the core city of Cologne. This location had been home to a brewery since the Middle Ages. After the total destruction of the brewery, Hans Sion rebuilt the pub and named it Brauhaus Sion. Ever since, Sion Kölsch was not brewed there anymore, but via license brewing by other local breweries. Besides Kolsch beer on draught, the Brauhaus Sion also offers typical local dishes such as Halvn Hahn and other German food.
Hans Sion had been one of the driving forces promoting the top-fermented beer style, now known as Kölsch. This beer style became most popular in the 1960s, and is linked to the City of Cologne in a way only the cathedral and the Rhine river can compete with.
Sion Kölsch – The Data.
- Alcohol content: 4.8 % ABV
- Calories: 56 kcal / 100 ml
- Ingredients: Water, Barley Malt, Wheat Malt, Hops, Hops Extract
Sion Kölsch - Our Review
It was sunny, warm and the best time to have a beer in the late afternoon. A 0.5l bottle of Sion Kölsch was poured into two Kölsch Stange beer glasses – one for each of us. As usual for Kolsch beers, Sion's froth is very inconsistent, but the color is very nice. Have a look at that very golden beer color! Nevertheless, Sion tasted very neutral and we both experienced only a medium degree of bitterness accompanied by hardly any preliminary carbon dioxide. Somehow, Sion Kölsch seems to be a bit bland. Not our kind of beer, but no beer you would totally regret either.
*We tasted this beer with 2 persons and the rating reflects only our personal impression, which we discussed after tasting the beer. The beer was cooled to the recommended temperature for the relevant beer type prior to testing. You may have a different taste and come to other results.