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Reissdorf Kölsch - Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf

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Reissdorf KölschReissdorf Kölsch

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BA SCORE
86
very good

564 Reviews
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Reviews: 564
Hads: 1,101
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 73
Gots: 98 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 11-15-2001

No notes at this time.
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Reviews by PhillyStyle:
Photo of PhillyStyle
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served on-tap at Brick Store Pub:

Clear pale yellow with big light white head that was retained well.

Aroma was light but with a definite grain/bready aroma, but also a hint of sweetness to it, possibly a fruit aroma from the malt and also a hint of hops.

Good malt/grain flavor, clean with the slightest touch of hops. Simple, but excellent flavor.

Well carbonated, light, crisp and easy to drink with a nice dry finish. I was really surprised that I liked this one as much as I did. Overall, this is a very good refreshing beer and one that may be better enjoyed during the hot summer months. (600 characters)

More User Reviews:
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! (219 characters)

Photo of J_Snax
4.36/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of the best Kolschs you can buy (35 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw cior with a pretty good fluffy head,aroma is malty with some fruitiness with the German-like iron aroma.Flavor is softly malty with some nice light fruitiness with a delicate floweriness to it.High quality and easy to drink I would recommend this on a warm summer day for sure (290 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Extremely light orange, more like clear with an orangish tint, and a nice, big, foamy head.

Smell – Very light, fruity hop aroma with some out of place notes of grain. This smells like a bad macro.

Taste – The grain is still there but takes a huge step back from the nose, leaving a nice, light hoppy flavor with subtle hints of fruit. Light strawberries (like you licked them but didn’t eat them) and maybe green apples come to mind.

Mouthfeel – Light carbonation and light-bodied. Everything about this ale is soft and subtle.

Drinkability – This was nice to drink if you plug your nose.

Comments – This authentic Kolsch ale, brewed in Köln, had some characteristics of a very good example. I thought the appearance was right on target, and the soft fruits playing with the light hops was terrific. It missed the mark in other areas though, especially the aroma. A near miss in my book but a good effort nevertheless. (955 characters)

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Maduro in Madison, WI. Pale straw color, thin white head. Aromas of englsih muffins and straw. Slight fruitiness (pears and apples I think) in the flavor, plenty of bisquits, and just a touch of spice. Very mild and mellow. Easily downable. Wonderfully refreshing. Can’t wait to sit on the patio at Maduro and drink this come July! Would make an excellent aperitif. It seems to clean and awaken the palate. (417 characters)

Photo of Zakk
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of PintPiner
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clean malty aromoa plus a touch of fruit.

Finger-width cream white head.

Very pale with lots of bubbles.

Moderate to high carbonation.

Very light, dry mouthfeel.

Crisp fresh malt, very slightly bready, soft bitterish finish. Clean, refreshing, well balanced ale. (267 characters)

Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of SanFranJake
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into an Imperial Pint glass

Pour produced a crystal clear pale yellow brew with about two fingers of soapy pure white foam. Head dissipates after several minutes leaving a thin layer of bubbles. Good lacing throughout.

Very light maltiness with an undertone of faint grassy herbal notes, presumably hops. The aroma is pleasant, but light.

Initial taste is crisp & clean, light of body, and rather enjoyable. Flavors include yeasty bread notes and light malt. Bitterness is relatively light and very nicely balanced to the malt. Carbonation is also crisp and seems to match everything well. Finish is quick and clean, with a bit of very pale malt in the beginning and a slight herbal bitterness in the linger.

Overall, this is a nice brew. I don't have a lot of experience with the Kolsch style, but this is very crisp and refreshing. Nice brew! (876 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 500ml bottle from Chris at Ebenezer's Pub. A great summer beer. Clear yellow, with a small head. Aroma was mostly grain, with a little fruitiness. Grainy taste, again a little fruit, and a nice sharp hops presence. Just the right amount of sharpness. A very pleasant beer to drink.

11/7/07: recently had this on draft at a local restaurant. Would only add that the beer looked great in a stange. (398 characters)

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

@ Redbones BBQ, Somerville, MA.

Crystal clear golden, active carbonation and a nice and tight white lace. Mild tropical fruit in the nose. Nice, big, malty palate and unusual for such a light looking beer, but welcomed. Dextrin and fruity sweetness run side by side. Fruit notes are tea-like, a bit peachy? Crisp mouthfeel. Hops are present, but not upfront. Light bread flavours, some grain dryness in the finish.

This is one of THE traditional Kölsch beers out of Germany. You can't really say more than that. (518 characters)

Photo of chip26
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SunDevilBeer
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried this on tap @ Magoun's served in a branded cylinder glass.

Crystal clear golden, well carbonated and a nice head. Tad fruity in the aroma.

Noticed the heavy malt up front. Backed up by fruity tastes, a bit bready too. Hops are subdued in the finish and clean everything up for a dry, crisp finish. Incredibly drinkable.

Terrific sessionable beer. I really enjoyed it and will drink it again some time.

Good to try an authentic Kolsch and see that most US brewers are poseurs at this style. (500 characters)

Photo of generallee
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 500 ml bottle into a tall pilsner glass. There appears to be no abv printed on the label.

Appearance: The body is very clear with some visible carbonation and it has a bright golden yellow color. This is topped off with an average white foam head. The fades quickly leaving a wispy thin film layer that sets up at the edge of the glass and makes some lacing.

Smell: As I was pouring I was getting lots of floral and botanical hop notes with just the slightest touch of citrus. This is backed up by light pilsner like maltiness.

Taste / Palate: The flavor matches the aroma but with the light bready/cracker like maltiness up front and the hops finishing up. Overall it’s fairly clean and crisp. It finishes dry and the palate is light and refreshing. (803 characters)

Photo of bishopdc0
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of Fcip78
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Jason
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 16.9 oz (500 ml) tall slender Euro style bottle with a simple bright red label that really catches the eye. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pale golden straw colour with an intense clarity and a bubbly appearance. Head retention holds its own and after a semi-hard pour it yielded a fully white froth then subsided to a delicate lace leaving occasional rings down the glass.

Smell: Clean aroma, some pale malt breadiness with an extremely clean applely vinous note. Thick soft graininess is the bulk of the nose though a faded peppermint like hop comes through.

Taste: Moderate body with a refreshingly crisp mouth feel from the medium high carbonation. Sweet pale malt with a little fresh cut hay and apple woodiness as well as a bit of minty or pine most likely from the hops. Vague suggestion of vanilla and maple. Flavours are meshed with an unbreakable complexity for such a light coloured brew. Dry pretty much from the get go with a full grainy palate. Crispness keeps the mouth clean, hop bitterness is lightly assertive and enhances the dryness. Dry malt character rides far into the finish with remnants of a piney hop.

Notes: Beyond drinkable, this brew is a great way to wet the appetite whether it is before a meal or the beginning of an all night session of drinking. (1,306 characters)

Photo of merlin48
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle pours a clear amber body, with a thick, 2 cm offwhite head. Minimal lacing. Aroma has fresh grass and lemony hops, on top of a smooth malt sweetness. A hint of spearmint is picked up in the background. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. Taste is mostly hoppy lemon and fresh mown hay. The malt is soft and understated, but provides good balance. A decent Kolsch, overall, but I'm not a big fan of this style. Nicely drinkable. (456 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at Hallo Berlin in NYC. Light pissy yellow, with a crisp looking white head with not much retention observed, minimal lacing. Nose of hops. Crisp tasting. Clean malt notes, nice and refreshing for a summers evening. Fairly dry and snappy hop fueled finish. Nice quaffer (276 characters)

Photo of fdrich29
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I received this 500 ml bottle following Beer Advocate's German Beer Festival 2007.

The bottle proudly states "Reissdorf Kolsch-The Classic Kolsch"
Two websites are given-reissdorf.de and bunitedint.com.

Appearance: Some creamy, white head floating atop clean, golden straw. I'm reminded how infrequently I enjoy a nice Kolsch.

Smell: Full, crisp and clean malty aroma

Taste: Tasty malt that lingers, quite pleasant

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, coats the mouth and stays with you a bit.

Drinkability: I'm having visions of Friday night, a Sox game on TV and several of these to enjoy throughout the evening. A very tasty beer. (627 characters)

Photo of Weizenmensch
3.06/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Although two breweries in my town provide their interpretation of the Kölsch style, it's nice to have a real German one once in a while, even if it is exactly eight months past the mindestens haltbar bis date (15.10.06). Also, I'm drinking from a 0,33L bottle, not the halbe Liter bottle pictured above.

A: Clear straw body with a head of very fine bubbles, low-moderate carbonation (also very fine), strong lacing but fairly low head retention. I would have hoped it would hold a head a little bit better.

S: As soon as I started pouring this brew, the strong, distinctive, sweet smell of pear hit me. Pear esters are unusual and pleasing. In the glass, there are aromas of dried apple, slightly grassy-and-skunky Hallertau hops, and possibly date. More fruity than I expected, and quite different from the two locally-brewed Kölsches!

T: This doesn't taste as interesting as it smells. This is clearly a beer that's better consumed fresh - perhaps that's why there's a law in Germany that you can't brew a Kölsch more than 50km from the Cologne Cathedral - so more people will drink it on tap or at least on site.
Anyway, I'm unhappy with this. Based on others' reviews, I'll try it again, but not the way out of date imported variety.

M: From the first sip, the mouthfeel is disappointingly flat. Maybe it's the beer's age, or maybe it tastes like that normally. A pity.

D: It goes down all right, if they all tasted like this I'd probably be sick of Reissdorf after two or three - hopefully I can go and live in Cologne one day and give this ale a more thorough review there! (1,598 characters)

Photo of henryclay_
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

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Reissdorf Kölsch from Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf
86 out of 100 based on 564 ratings.