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Reissdorf Kölsch | Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf

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BA SCORE
86
very good
580 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
580
Ratings:
1,165
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
16.93%
 
 
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Reissdorf KölschReissdorf Kölsch
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf
Germany | website

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 11-15-2001

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Reviews: 580 | Ratings: 1,165
Photo of laketang
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

clear straw with some carbonation and a fluffy white head
I get a subtle hop aroma and a nice dry taste.
I get great sweet biscuit and honeydew flavors from the yeast
thin mouthfeel that is crisp and smooth
very drinkable! this is one of my favorite styles

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Photo of NilocRellim
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a darker yellow colour. Smells malty and slightly sweet, dark-grain smell to it. Tastes clean and crisp, not much to it, light malt taste, bitterness throughout. Very typical Kölsch.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Creamy 1 finger head pale yellow

Nice lemonesque tartness and clean maltiness, no real hops in the nose

Pleasant 2 row pale malt followed by a mild citrus and wheaty tartness

Clean and a tad dry but only subtly

Not the perfect beer for all occasions but absolutely perfect for what it is. Clean, zesty, and light but flavorful I can honestly say I wouldn't change a thing about this beer

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Photo of Beginner2
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had it twice here in the States (notes indicate too carbonated and dry/crisp for me.)
Then last summer, had it on tap in Cologne and the carbonation was OK and the flavors stood out more.

This beer is listed in the "1001"
MJ's 1999 edition gave it 2.5 stars of 4 "has a minty hop aroma; vanilla-like malt flavors and a crisply cedar finish."

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1/30/16 Chicago (500 ML bottle poured into Kolsch glass). Bright gold read pour, mild carbonation lingers for minutes. Nominal white head. Very pleasant aromas of malt, bread, herbs and hops. Nice mixture of bitter hops and somewhat sweet taste. Carbonation retained, crisp with medium to heavy texture and easy going down. Presence much stronger than expected for a 4.4% ABV. Happy to have picked this up, and look forward to future pours.

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Photo of PEESHALEODEJANARO
3.34/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

notes from my experience back in Aug 2011...had one summer evening...hit the spot. Nice and cold...these beers go down easy ladies and gentlemen. I could crush a bunch and be ready for more! Light and mild, but clean and crisp. Very refreshing.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into cylinder glass. It pours a golden yellow with a frothy bright white head and lacing that didn't dissipate. It smells of bready malt with a slight hoppiness. The taste is yeast with a hint of lemon and apple and a nice dry hoppy finish. It's a nicely carbonated, low ABV ale that is very sessionable. Overall, it is a nice, light but flavorful ale.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.39/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, no date. Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright gold with three fingers white frothy foam. Retains quite well, and leaves a substantial, but not remarkable spotty lacing. Initially aggressive small-bubble carbonation lingers in a steady stream of Champagne-like bubbles.

Smell: Definitely can smell that this is an ale, and not a lager. Smells quite like an American blonde ale, with a very bready, slightly sour (not in an unpleasant way - like fresh white bread). Mild noble hoppiness is present, but this is a pils-malt driven beer, for sure.

Taste: Quite mild arrival; lacking the hefty pils malt I associate with lighter German lagers. Aley-nes builds across mid-palate, and the Kolsch character is recognized. Followed by some noble hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, good mouth-filling. heavier side of lightweight. Drinks heavier than 4.4% ABV, but still a light beer. Has that lingering ale slickness, not a lager crispness.

Overall: A fine, quaffable Kolsch. I really enjoyed Sierra Nevada's offering more for its crispness and hoppiness, and Gaffel seemed to me to have more of the fruity characteristics I would think would be typical of the style. This is okay, I suppose; just lacking in crispness and complexity of flavor. BJCP says they have a short shelf life, and I think this has suffered for that.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L-A beautiful clear straw. The pour is aggressive and leads to a full 2 inch white fluffy head.
S-a light bready malt presence.
T-Light crisp and clean malts with hints of sulfur. True to style it is crisp, clean, and well balanced.
F- the mouthfeel is light with modest carbonation.
O-an excellent example of one of my favorite styles. The kind of beer you could drink all day cheering on your favorite sports teams, which I am.

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Photo of aleigator
3.01/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours a crystal clear golden color, with a froth, huge white head.

Smells of wheat, wet hay, grainy bread and garden herbs. Smells pleasantly fresh, while not being able to provide too much depth on the nose.

Has a creamy mouthfeel with a lively, refreshing carbonation, highlighting perfectly the beers light body.

Tastes of wet white bread, sweet hay, from which a soft toffee sweetness evolves and a mineralic note. There is a faint hop accent, which almost gets completely swallowed by the far more prominent malts.

This stays refreshing due to its bubbly carbonation, while it finishes one dimensional, with an almost complete hop absence. Extremely light bodied.

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Photo of ricke49
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perfect simple Kolsch pleasure. Couldn't be 'cleaner'. Nice malt lingering after taste. Flavors are subtle but excellent. Only potential downside is that I've no idea about the freshness of this 500 ml bottle. Best solution is to buy domestic Kolschs' - but few match the near perfect aroma/taste/feel of this German delight.

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Photo of dd43
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great golden straw appearance, brilliantly clear and aromas were pretty on target but the taste was underwhelming. I'm fully aware that the kolsch style is one of subtlety, but based on some of the reviews I read I guess I was expecting something more profound. Aromas of field grass, honey, a little wildflower and perhaps some apple. Flavor had an almost skunky Czech Pilsner quality which wasn't bad but wasn't super appealing either. Mouthfeel is appropriately crisp and thirst quenching, finishes dry with minimal hop bitterness. I will try this again to make sure my drinking experience is repeatable.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.11/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Finally trying this sucker out! $3.99 at Beertopia, let's hope this is good!

A : Pours a golden yellow color with a slight haze, dwindling the transparency down to 80%. The head starts off large at 3 fingers and then when given time to settle, stops at about 1/2 finger. It's a very creamy looking ring right now, very appealing. There is lace on the sides of the glass.

S : Yum. Lots of Bartlett pear and crisp Fuji apple, with a touch of honey and a faint grassiness behind it. It's actually making my mouth water it smells so good. This is what a true Kolsch should smell like, has the appropriate volume, and is a shining example for the style. I'm giving a generous 5 here. Time to dig in.

T : The taste is much less appealing. Sour malts mix with straw and dead grass, leaving off on a pasty hop barnyard note. There's faint apple in the taste, but it's so faint, it could just be my nose picking it up again. My palate is clean, I just can't believe how disappointing this is.

F : Refreshing and clean, as a Kolsch should be, medium bodied, and ends crisp and dry, but leaves a pasty coating on the mouth not unlike flour or chalk.

O : I hate it when the first two categories build up to something so incredibly mediocre and depressing. I've had better Kolsches and they were less than half the cost of this one. I was expecting a total home run once I got to the nose, but by golly it deceived me. It's like going into a bakery, smelling fresh baked bread and they give you burnt toast instead. Disappointing.

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Photo of Beermanic
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very light straw colour with a very nice white as snow head.

S:Classic sweet pilsner aroma, but a touch of hop is noticeable. May be shipping/mishandled

T: The flavor more bready than sweet pilsner flavor. Has a clean dry, crisp finish.

M: Nice higher carbonation, with a dryish lager finish.

O: My second favorite Kolsch in America, more easy to find, and much cheaper.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Pours a clear, bright golden color. Poured this one into a Kolsch style glass so the head is thick. Mild aroma but extremely on point. A bit of honey and sweet cereal. A nearly lager yeast. Pale malt. Very mild hop presence that almost isn't there. Flavor is soft and delicious. Pale breadiness, sweet grain, a light floral and earthy flavor. A bready, semi-dry finish. Light bodied. Awesome on a 95 degree day. Really becoming a fan of this style. More. This one tastes timeless.

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Photo of SABERG
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a modified tulip glass.
A - super clear, light straw colored, gentle carbonation fed a thin cap.
S - Light toast, herbal grass notes, hint of citrus.
T - A citrus lead, a wonderfully light biscuit, and fine hint of lemon.
F - Delicate, and fun. Quite lofty in its feel. Carbonation is delightful.
O - Near perfect on this summer day, a hard style to hide any imperfection. Delightful.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: subtle malt and fruit esters, pils malt, fruits are like pear or other light fruit. Appearance: Pale gold, 2” fluffy head dissipates slowly leaving cathedral window lacing clinging to the glass as you drink it. Flavor: Balance of pils malt, subtle fruit esters, hops, nothing is overpowering or over stated, soft round palate is key, malt is well attenuated, fruity sweetness is very subtle, medium low bitterness lingers into the finish and after taste with the malt, delicately dry, nothing harsh, low noble hop flavor. Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, medium light body, clean, crisp. Overall: everything is subtle but very well balanced, drinkable and well put together.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: yellow straw, crystal clear, bubbles stream; finger of head slimmed to a fuzzy cap in my stange

S: clean, fresh grain aromas complemented by fruitier accents, almost wine-like suggestions of grape

T: the fruits and grains meld and impress me again with something wine-like in the presentation; hops are delicate and allow the malts to breath

F: light and smooth, medium carbonation, some faint vinegar on the finish, slightly tart and dry

O: a nice brew, expectedly representative of the style. Worth a try.

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Photo of drmeto
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L:
-pours a clear golden with a medium,frothy ,white head
-high carbonation visible
S:
-bready,floral,parfumy,honey,oranges
T:
-honey,lemon,slightly bready,oranges,slightly spicy
F:
-light body,medium carbonation
O:
This is a great Representation of the Style.
Absolutely destroys the Gaffel and Früh Kölsch

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Photo of brother_rebus
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The malts shine through almost like hops would. So fresh, toasty, grainey. Almost like chewing on rice-puffed Kashi cereal covered in a watered down simple syrup (in a good way). Perfect carbonation too. So refreshing. Could down twelve of these before breakfast. Yum.

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Photo of Cervisaphile
4.59/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This Kölsch is a prime / premiere example of the style. It deserves its high BA rating, and compared with two other German examples sampled today, it is head & shoulders above them. Seek this beer out whenever you can!

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Photo of Anacross
4.94/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very refreshing and light. Medium carbonation, malty but not too overporwering, just the right amount of hops for the style and no bitter after taste.

A wonderful example of what a great kolsch beer can offer and a great introduction to the style for newbies.

I could just drink this all day long.

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Photo of mkh012
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kolschs aren't the most complex so I wasn't expecting too much with this one. This is a solid drinkable beer..good if you're trying to knock a few back on a hot summer day. A pretty good balance of floral hoppiness and bready sweetness. I enjoyed this beer but wouldn't seek it out again. I'd much rather a good hefe if I'm going for drinkable.

I can admit that I must not appreciate the style. It tastes a bit like some American macros to me...

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Photo of DevAJ
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was incredibly satisfying and easy to drink. I don't even know what else to say about it. I've only had Schlafly's and Reissdorf's Kölsch and while obviously Reissdorf is brewed in Cologne, Schlafly's Kölsch is a recipe straight from Cologne using a German yeast strain. So while I've yet to explore the Kölsch style from other brewers, I have a hard time believing anything can beat these two.

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Photo of timontheroad
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden color, half-inch white head that faded to a thin film, minimal lacing. Aromas of light grain, some sour citrus fruityness and bready yeast. The flavor is bready and somewhat sweet up front, but with a nice bitter dry finish. The mouthfeel was thin and lightly carbonated - felt just right. Overall, this is a very good beer, light and highly drinkable - this is nearly the perfect summer afternoon beer.

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