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Reissdorf Kölsch - Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf

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973 Ratings

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Ratings: 973
Reviews: 544
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 50
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 Mitchster
2.83/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Brilliantly clear, straw golden forming a tenuous white head atop medium-sized bubbles. Retention is just ok, and lacing is sparse. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is faint with dry, grassy hops, a whiff of sulfur, oolong tea, and (like Putnam notes) milk that is starting to turn sour. Mouthfeel is bright upon the back of the tongue with a thin body. Initially grassy flavors up front with a hint of yeast and straw, unpleasant sulfur and vegetable notes in the middle, followed by a lightly dry, champage-like cedary finish with a light dose of bittering hops and subtle graininess. This brew is akin to a US domestic macrobrew in every way. If I were blinded, I would guess it was an A-B product. There is no real substance or appealing qualities to this beer. Although it is average in every respect, I have no desire to drink one ever again.

Mitchster, Mar 22, 2003
Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
2.85/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reissdorff kolsch, 4.8% abv, Kolsch

A: This appears hay yellow with some light middle carbonation. There’s some light lacing and golden hues.

S: There is a some vegetable smell and overall a sweet crispness. It smells like a powered down saison. There’s some mild grassiness but nothing really worth being overt about.

T: People always rave about how this is a summer beer, but I don’t think that it is worth the hype. Particularly given the bevy of other styles available. That being said, it tastes like a milder Belgian ale that has been forgiveably boiled lightly or mildly hopped. There’s a breadiness to it, well as much as such a thin ale can present, but some breadiness nonetheless. Finally there’s a hint of grass notes.

M: This is so incredibly light that the coating is more of a resonance than a taste. You cannot unring a bell and likewise you can untaste a kolsch simply by drinking it quickly. Of course it is light, of course it is meant for light weather. You know all that, but you need to really feel the Kolsch, get all up in it.

D: This is, in my opinion one of its only really redeemable aspects. The flavor isn’t exceptional, and the finish isn’t ridiculous; but you can drink it all day. For better or worse. For me that just isn’t enough to carry the day.

Narrative: “SIIICK ELIMINATOR BROTORCH!” Ah shit, they brought this guy again, god damn Tevin Jacobs. “Ahhh can’t wait to load this up with sick girls, grills, shots, schwaaaazeee-” He’s is trailing off again with what is debatably not even a real word. Why do they always bring this guy around? He is so irritating. “And THEN I WAS ALL LIKE this-” Oh great, now he is grinding all over my dad’s speedboat. They always say he’s great to have around at parties but just a few minutes of this Tevin and I am already sick of him. “SO I ALWAYS TELL CHICKS LIKE OK THINK ABOUT IT, you could never get PREGNANT ON ANOTHER PLANET BECAUSE THE gravity is all different, it would straight pull it down and-” I just, I can’t sit here and listen to this butchering of science. “Yo bro, can you hit me with a Michelob Ultra? Tryna hit up the gym sitch later!”

SubpoenaDeuces, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of DrewSnyc667
2.88/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap served in a shaker pint

A - Light straw to pale amber, light head with little retention, no retention, looks pretty refreshing

S - Light malt, sour apples and pears, almost no hops

T - Very sweet, fruit is upfront and tart, almost no hops, very light body, sweetness is heavy and gets a bit tired

M - Needs more carbonation to cut the acidic sweetness of the fruits

O - Just too sweet for me. I'll likely pass on this one in the future

DrewSnyc667, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of Arithmeticus
2.88/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: golden yellow, very clear, abundant, creamy head, modest carbonation
S: malty and a bit stale not very inviting
T: at front, pleasant, with hints of cherry and apricot; yields quickly to metallic taste; hard to get past that to what is, on par, a decent kolsch

A decent beer, but not the best rep from Germany, or of this style.

Arithmeticus, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of cjgator3
2.93/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden yellow color with a thin white head. The aroma is clean grainy malt and some slightly spicey hops. The taste is more of the grainy malt and slightly metallic with a mildly spicy hop finish. Overall, this is just an average beer that doesn't possess any qualities that make me want to have another.

cjgator3, May 29, 2007
Photo of OWSLEY069
2.95/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean yellow color with a off white head. In the aroma, a small hop presence and basically a standard lager smell. In the taste. small hints of earth and fruitiness, but still standard lager kind of taste. A small bite, but mainly smooth and a light bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry to clean, light maltiness in the aftertaste. I like it, but kind of standard Euro light lager.

OWSLEY069, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of amstelcat
2.95/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown .5l bottle by the bartender into a pub glass. Pale yellow/gold color with very minimal head. Some hints of citrus aroma with some garbagy off-scents. A little bit of candied fruit and cane sweetness in the taste, not much else. Fairly dry finish.

Not much to write home about with this beer. Maybe okay for a session beer, but too expensive in the US for that.

amstelcat, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of mwa423
2.95/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass, this is about as boring of a beer as you can get. I have no idea how the appearance is above a 2. It is lighter then coors and thin white head. The taste is lots of cereal and malt and that's all.

mouthfeel is watery and bland. I think this is about germany's budlight

mwa423, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of yesyouam
2.95/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reissdorf Kölsch is a very clear light yellow beer with a small white ring for a head. The aroma is a little pretzely, wooden and, most of all, fruity. It sure smells German. It is light bodied, prickly on the tongue, but quite smooth. The finish is a little metallic, but clean. It tastes lightly sweet and lightly bitter. It's pretty quenching-- not that dry. This is squarely in the session realm.

yesyouam, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of Weizenmensch
2.98/5  rDev -23%
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!

Weizenmensch, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of MONKandTUCK
2.98/5  rDev -23%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- A birght straw color, amazing clarity. Delicate lacing. Thick foamy, persistent head. Clearer than my windshield mirror. The perfect image of beer.

A - Confusing. This is very bready. It's clean, not much yeast. Still, I pick up the scent of fresh-from-the-oven rolls. There's no hops - as expected. And not yeast - very unexpected. Kinda throws the perception of something chewy and malty.

T - Some grassy Pils flavor followed by the taste of pear jam or cobbler. This finish is oddly fruity. This beer doesn't have the baking-dough quality of English Ales, but it finishes as fruity as a street bazaar. This ale is almost closer to a Wit than anything British.

M - Drinkable. It's less than 5% alc and not terribly carbonated. I cannot complain about the body. Still, I don't find it favorable.

O - Nice to try, but I am not sure it was worth the price. The fruitness of it didn't win me over. I would welcome this beer in the summer months, but beyond the un-aspiring qualification of thirst-quencher, this beer offers little.

MONKandTUCK, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of squezey
3/5  rDev -22.5%

squezey, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of LeroyJenkins
3/5  rDev -22.5%

LeroyJenkins, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of matjack85
3/5  rDev -22.5%

matjack85, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of djcira
3/5  rDev -22.5%

djcira, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of MrJoshua2477
3/5  rDev -22.5%

MrJoshua2477, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of AleWatcher
3/5  rDev -22.5%

AleWatcher, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of mikeg67
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle. Pours golden, with a large white head and soda like carbonation. Aroma of pear, light perfume hops and some malt. Medium, crisp body with light perfume hops, juicy malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Practically no finish. Should be good, refreshing, not memorable, summer beer.

mikeg67, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of Andreji
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Its become unavoidable, in this week's visit to Köln, for me to believe the word kölsch as a synonym with mediocre. That's my opinion when I think of this brew which rather impersonates a simple, light bodied lager like brew with a hint of a refreshing acidity to it. However, it is in itself rather flat despite the head; rather tasteless despite the properties, and without even an overdoing in the hops- which is a general way to pick them up the ground. I'm done with reissdorf for a while or a lifetime, even if coming back to cologne.

Andreji, Jan 23, 2004
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

sparx1100, Jun 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

YeastEnthusiast, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of IchLiebeBier
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Straw-gold; slightly cloudy; effervescent; small head

Aroma: Slightly sweet; bready; faint alcohol; grassy

Taste: Slightly sweet on start; leads to slightly dry, hoppy flavor; not overpowering; smooth overall, but not overly complex; refreshing, though

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

IchLiebeBier, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of hoegaardenhero
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: nice gold color with decent movement but very minimal head

s: light sweet malt scents with a very delicate hop afterthought

t: pretty subtle, tastes of straw and sweet grains

m: a little syrupy with medium carbonation

d: not amazing but definitely pretty decent for a style that is overall uninspired

hoegaardenhero, Feb 04, 2008
Photo of plato
3/5  rDev -22.5%

plato, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of mhaugo
3/5  rDev -22.5%

mhaugo, Feb 01, 2012
Reissdorf Kölsch from Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf
87 out of 100 based on 973 ratings.