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Reissdorf Kölsch - Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf

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Reissdorf KölschReissdorf Kölsch

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952 Ratings

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Ratings: 952
Reviews: 542
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 48
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf visit their website

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 11-15-2001)
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Photo of claspada

New Jersey

1.83/5  rDev -52.7%

Pours a deep gold in color with a moderate white head, fair retention and lace.

Aromas of grainy malts and faint grassy hops. Not much depth in the nose.

The tastes are flat and boring to be perfectly honest. Unappealing depth in malt character, hop flavor and yeast characteristics. A real cereal and corny blah finish. The finish really kills this one; it lingers and actually gets worse with each sampling.

If this is a good Kolsch, it will be my last of the style that's for sure. Really reminds me of an adjunct lager that just so happens to be an ale. Pass...

10-04-2010 15:29:11 | More by claspada
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1.9/5  rDev -50.9%

Appearance is very lagery, standard golden. Some early carbonation for an average sort of head that goes quickly. Unimpressed so far.

It's not very aromatic but there is an okay smell anyway. No fruit but curiously a nutty character. It's quite nice but it's nowhere near pungent enough to really wow me. Or even make me think it's horrible. Again, unimpressed.

Taste is also somewhat nutty. In fact it's odd, I mean I expected (not sure why) some sort of fruity characters, at least a hint, based on the appearance. But there's nothing, I mean it's the slightest bit hoppy and slightly beer-nutzy flavoured. But it's more watery than anything else. I have to say I'm disappointed. This is dull and flavourless.

05-09-2006 11:56:52 | More by laituegonflable
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North Carolina

2/5  rDev -48.3%

01-25-2012 09:40:44 | More by tatums1984
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New York

2/5  rDev -48.3%

01-25-2012 21:59:51 | More by GrindFatherBob
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2.1/5  rDev -45.7%

Genuinely unimpressed. I was looking forward to this beer all day after hearing a podcast on the subject on Kolsch beer recently, and this didn’t deliver the goods. To be fair, I think this particular sample might be a bit on the old side.

Aroma is malty but unremarkable. Kolsch is not a pilsner (bottom fermenting) , but looks like a Pilsner Urquell going into the glass. Sadly, the taste in the first sip made me wishing for a Pilsner Urquell! Taste is malty but flat. I would try again if I were Cologne...until then, I’d need some kind of inducement to get me to give it another try.

500ml bottle.

04-14-2006 02:04:01 | More by BeerBelcher
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2.28/5  rDev -41.1%

33 cl bottel poured into ly tulip glass

Pours a Clear golden liquid with small white head that dosn't stay very long
Aroma is malt/ grain and a little hops. Flavour is malt, hops , grains , little sweet, little hay, little metallic and medium bitter.
Nothing else to say really , a bit to watery , not much going on !

04-15-2012 13:08:01 | More by beerpirates
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2.38/5  rDev -38.5%

A tired old bottle or an uninspired beer? Can’t say for certain as there is no bottling date on the label. The body is pale yellow, essentially clear but with a few stray flocs swimming about. The airy white head collapses quickly leaving a tart, cidery aroma.

This is not an especially flavorful beer. The taste is blasé and nondescript with no lace and no real character. Just a drab grainy puddle of yellow stuff with bubbles. At best it’s inoffensive, but overall a letdown.

08-18-2005 04:55:39 | More by RedDiamond
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New Jersey

2.42/5  rDev -37.5%

Reissdorf Kolsch Ale

saw this one at the local liquor store, never heard of it, so I had to buy it. I stumble across more bad beers this way!

Appearance- Light yellow, heavily carbonated, and with a fizzy white head that lasted as long as a cup of coca-cola.

Smell- sweet malt. and I mean sweet.

Taste- very sweet malt, and a tinge of alcohol.

Mouthfeel- very bad. stingy and reminisent of rubbing alcohol. Nasty aftertaste and burps!

Overall- Reissdorf Kolsch Ale was a weak attempt at a German-made PBR! PBR is much better!!!

02-27-2004 21:22:48 | More by NJpadreFan
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New York

2.45/5  rDev -36.7%

App: Looks kind of like a budweiser. Which overall, was my impression of this beer, a better version of Bud.

Smell: Lagerish, nothing that jumps out.

Taste: Tastes like a high quality budweiser. Smooth, but no real flavor to it.

Mouthfeel: Easy on the mouth, with a mild zesty bubblyness.

Drinkability: Goes down easy, but no real flavor that stays in the mouth to make it memorable.

09-21-2007 18:19:45 | More by Amalak
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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

04-24-2012 02:53:14 | More by avisong
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New York

2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

07-29-2013 01:03:55 | More by Noelito76
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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

07-29-2014 14:49:54 | More by suckaj
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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

09-05-2013 01:01:51 | More by ygtbsm94
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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

10-19-2012 20:38:25 | More by skaboom420
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2.6/5  rDev -32.8%

Very disappointing. Pour is nice, with a clear golden yellow tone and a nice one finger pure white head that sticks around for a couple minutes and never goes below a decent sized ring around the glass. Leaves some lacing. Smell is pretty faint, get some cereal, grains, and a slight citrus note.

Taste is meh. Biscuity, with cereals and grains, rounds into a (very) slight citrusy hop profile. Finishes like nothing at all; literally no lingering flavors besides the dry cereal. Refreshing? I guess. Boring? Most certainly. I think if you put this brew inside a bud light bottle the ratings would go from a B+ to a D. Nice mouthfeel, though. Light, crisp, medium amount of prickly natural carbonation.

10-06-2010 13:34:59 | More by HURTemHIZZY
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South Carolina

2.63/5  rDev -32%

This was different... clear straw brew poured into a big glass, with a lingering, foamy white head that covered the surface of the beer. Smelled honey and sweet malts, also some sort of odd peat notes... a bit smoky... hmm.

Taste was sweet malts, a tiny amount of hops, and that weird peat moss flavor again. Reminded me a bit of a smoky scotch. Also a little starchy. I found it too watery. Finish was dry and mildly sour.

Didn't much care for this one. By all accounts it's a good representation of the style, but it was my first Kolsch, so maybe I'm just need to know what to expect. Think I'll try it again... in a few years.

05-02-2006 14:57:43 | More by kkipple
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2.65/5  rDev -31.5%

Deep gold in color with a moderate white head, fair retention and lace. Smells of grainy malts and faint grassy hops. Not much depth in the nose. Tastes vinous with an unappealing strength, cereal and corny finish. The finish really kills this one. Light bodied with a medium level of carbonation to it. Not so nice, really, tastes like an adjunct lager that just so happens to be an ale. Recommend against.

01-31-2010 03:38:34 | More by vacax
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New Jersey

2.7/5  rDev -30.2%

A - Straw gold with a small head that vanished in a minute and no lacing.

S - A little malt and nothing else. It was really barren in odor.

T - Sweet light malt with a bit of floral character and a slightly bitter finish.

M - Thin and only a little refreshing.

D - Okay. Good for both food pairings and sessioning. However, it is a mediocre beer at best. I am not a huge koelsch fan, but this has little to no character.

01-20-2006 05:11:35 | More by mrasskicktastic
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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

01-07-2013 00:45:28 | More by Fuzzycuffs
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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

Pours a light golden yellow with a small to medium fizzy head. Aroma is mostly malts with some definite toasted grains and a little bit of unpleasant skunkiness as well. Taste is light-bodied, a tad watery with the sweet bready maltiness and grassy hops as the predominant flavors. Finishing is wheaty with a slight sugary taste. Not my favorite Kölsch but certainly a good representative of the style.

12-01-2010 22:34:51 | More by kjc51478
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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

06-17-2012 23:44:06 | More by Cyhops
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2.79/5  rDev -27.9%

Consumed October 12th, 2010 at Tony's Darts Away, Burbank, CA.

Very effervescent clear golden brew with a thin skin of white foam.

Not particularly aromatic: slight grainy, husky aroma.

Flavor barely registers. Soft, indistinctly sweet and grainy. Slight fruitiness isn't substantial enough to identify.

Medium mouthfeel, mostly unremarkable.

Nothing wrong with this, except it has virtually no flavor.

10-27-2010 05:13:46 | More by charlzm
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2.8/5  rDev -27.6%

This was my first Kölsch beer, and I must say that I'm not really impressed. I didn't know what to expect when I opened the bttle, but the taste of a watered down Heine was not what I had in mind. It looked pale in the glass, and had a decent head. Not bad if you like Heine, but not worth the effort of finding.

I suspect that my bottle of Reissdorf may have been skunked; afterall, I bought it in Williamsburg, VA, and there's no telling how long it had been sitting on the shelf. If I'm ever in Köln, I'll give this beer another try.

05-07-2003 21:27:28 | More by WMBierguy
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North Carolina

2.8/5  rDev -27.6%

[Best served in a Kölsch/Altbier glass]

Poured a light clear yellow with a large white frothy head that was mostly lasting and had excellent lacing. The aroma was light of grain malts, herbal hops and a leathery yeast with notes of citrus. It tasted very light and slightly bitter form beginning to end with the finish being rather light in flavor with a hint of lemon. Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a soft carbonation. Overall a very mild brew with not much taste.

03-01-2011 15:26:41 | More by KajII
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2.8/5  rDev -27.6%

Poured a 2" white soap suds head. Clear straw yellow in color. Not really any smell at all, and not just when cold but even after the sample warmed. Simple BMC taste profile and although some other reviews I'd read mentioned apple and other things I didn't get any of that. Watery. There is sort of a melted ice water after taste. Hey, at least there was no skunking.

07-08-2011 08:41:05 | More by MoreThanWine
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Reissdorf Kölsch from Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf
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