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Reissdorf Kölsch - Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf

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929 Ratings

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Ratings: 929
Reviews: 538
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 45
Gots: 37 | 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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3/5  rDev -22.3%

02-01-2012 03:02:09 | More by mhaugo
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New York

3/5  rDev -22.3%

05-19-2013 16:41:19 | More by nzerbe
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

07-20-2014 21:31:46 | More by Krame1bt
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New York

3/5  rDev -22.3%

01-18-2014 03:06:59 | More by TechBrew
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

11-14-2011 17:15:02 | More by Jspriest
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

05-19-2012 18:19:44 | More by TimH
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -22.3%

04-29-2014 17:51:41 | More by Belittle
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

07-28-2014 05:50:34 | More by alejandro016
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

02-10-2014 14:28:25 | More by NorbertB1974
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -22.3%

06-25-2013 18:26:55 | More by petermethot
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

02-25-2012 21:52:45 | More by jriggins6
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New Hampshire

3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a one-finger white head, fades quickly but leaves some lace. Clear, golden amber color with a faint hoppy nose. Medium carbonation, starts with a balance of hops and malt and makes a hoppy finish. Clean and light bodied. $2.50 for a 500ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2004 01:21:35 | More by jdhilt
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3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a tulip at Beachwood BBQ. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and bad retention. Colour is a clear yellow.

Sm: Barley and straw - that's it. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Straw, full barley, light cream, and slight hops. Not real complex by any means, but pleasant. Pretty well balanced and built.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and sharp. Substandard for the style.

Dr: Very drinkable. Good quality. I won't have it again, but it's enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2011 05:18:46 | More by kojevergas
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3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a golden straw color. The head starts off a little over one finger high, with a white shade; it ultimately fades to a thin film after a couple of minutes.

S: There's not only a subtle sulfur note here, but also a mineral quality as well. There's also a slight presence of stone fruit esters here. Not much here, good or bad in general - however, this is by no means the freshest bottle, so it's hard for me to decry the (lack of) aroma.

T: I really wish this was fresh(er), but I knew exactly what I was getting into buying this. Thankfully, it's held up acceptably. There are still enough hops clustered on the front end to balance the sweetness of the malts (and likely, cereal grains) near the finish. Fruit esters are very subtle; I'd enjoy it if they were more prevalent here. Faintly buttery at times, also.

M: Can't fault the body here: it's light, crisp, and easy to drink. It's also well carbonated without being over the top. My only nitpick is that the finish could be a little drier.

O: Just as I said, I bought this not expecting a top-caliber kolsch, but wondering how good this could still be after being on the shelf for over a year. It's held up enough to where it's still a competent (if unimpressive) example of the style. I plan on re-reviewing this.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 21:43:24 | More by ThisWangsChung
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3.05/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

App - Very pale gold, brilliantly clear. Moderate sized white head, creamy and with good retention.

Aroma - a bit of noble hop aroma, and some subtle malt. Very slightly fruity (apple), but overall quite clean.

Flav - A disagreeable bitterness from the start, with a bit of copper penny late. Finishes dry and bitter, and a bit papery (oxidation)

MF - Medium body and carbonation. Some definite oxidation character felt on sides of tongue

D'ability - Not sure how long this beer sat on the shelves in Boulder, but clearly not fresh. Age of samples makes flavor and MF reviews potentially not representative. I poured out the last half of the 500 mL bottle - enough said.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2008 21:39:18 | More by mpyle
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New York

3.05/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Pours a clear pale gold with a half inch of white head that leaves behind tiny lace as it settles slowly.


Crisp and clean with a faint amount of malt presence. Hops are not detectable.


Very macro beer like. No flavors jump out and proclaim themselves. It is clean, and drinkable, with a whiff of floral flavor on the finish, preceeded by bland uninspiring malts. Not worth a second glance.


I haven't had a German brew in a while, and I'm beginning to think the 1516 Bavarian law has boxed them into making beers just to style, but with no inspiration. There was nothing at all special about this beer. It wasn't that it was bad, it just was...

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2004 21:03:50 | More by cbl2
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Ontario (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bit of cheesy aroma greets you on a pale yellow lager with moderate head. Fair taste, a tad sweet and dry but satisfying. Smooth somewhat creamy and drying mouthfeel, I have had much creamier kolsch and want something hoppier as well. At 4.8% a session ale and a good summer lawnmower choice.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2007 21:33:29 | More by Sammy
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3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer arrived looking a slightly hazy golden yellow, with a thick frothy white head. The head died down fairly quickly, leaving only a thin ring around the edges.
Aroma is malty, with a solid german hopping. Clean, with little esters. Simple, but everything was in it's right place.
Flavor is initially malty, with hops appearing about halfway through the sip and finishing the beer crisp and clean. Almost no aftertaste, save a touch of pale malt. Well carbonated and refreshing. Kolsch is a wonderful style, when it's done correctly...

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2003 05:34:05 | More by UnionMade
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3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is rich yellow with a slight foamy head that quickly dissipates. It is exactly what one would expect for this style. The smell is more complex than one might expect however. It is filled with subtle tones of herbs, cheap chardonnay, fruit and medicine. It's taste is not much different. But that is not such a bad thing. It is a refreshing drink. You could drink several of them on a warm day. It reminds me of most American beer. It is clean, refreshing, watery and very drinkable. The only problem I have is that it has an odd taste of mold buried in the mix that I find obviously objectionable. I would drink another though if it presented itself.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2006 08:44:29 | More by surcorx
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3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reissdorf Kölsch. Brown Bottle. Red Oval Germanic looking main label. 500ml.

Appearance: A very light, straw golden color. The exceptionally clear presentation coupled with its pale aura may put some off with its overall “watered down” look. Very thin white head that surrenders quickly to a clinging scum covering.

Smell: Dominated by a toasted biscuit malt, but by no means strong. Quite light in strength. I keep inhaling – but there is not much else.

Taste: Again, it has a malt characteristic with some toasted aspects. Dry and short lived, the taste finishes with a delicate fruitiness. Laid back, a little too laid back for my preference.

Mouthfeel: Astringent but very thin, unassuming presence which lacks confidence. Crisp and Clean.

Drinkability: Highly quaffable, due more to its light character rather than its attractive taste profile. It makes a good, very refreshing bier for the hot Southern Californian afternoons.

Overall: Whilst I appreciate that this is a Kölsch Bier, I feel that it is just a little too delicate, I would have liked it to have a bit oomph in both the Nose and the Taste. Still, it is not a bad offering.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2003 20:34:53 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Never had this style but it seems just like any German lager to me. Does have a sight hop presence in the aroma but only slightly bitter tasting. Kind of bland for an ale with little flavor. Fresh tasting none the less and a good thirst quencher that went well with a German style lunch.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2003 22:17:19 | More by BierReise
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3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 23:14:33 | More by PintPiner
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3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Bright gold, white persistant head - served in a straight sided Reissdorf Kolch glass.

Smell: Soft malt the signature of kolch yeast.
Taste: Mellow malt followed by mineral - chalky middle and kind of a harsh finish. Some lingering, unpleasant hop bitterness with oxidized character.

M: Light bodied

Drinkability: Not nearly as drinkable as the beers I sampled in Koln. It is apparent there has been some damage done in transport - but I tend to hold import to the high standard of consuming them in the country of origin.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2007 19:36:37 | More by BrewnZ
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3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from a four pack purchased at John's Grocery. Red labeled bottle.

Appearance: Very clear golden color. One finger head that faded somewhat quickly.

Smell: Somewhat of a normal "beer" smell. Nothing extroidanary.

Taste: Similar to the taste it does not bowl me over with the "Kolsch" flavor I expect.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and somewhat foamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Since it is difficult to want to have another one of these since you are expecting and hoping for the Kolsch flavor, I realy am not that impressed.

This Reissdorf is interesting because I had another one of these that was much better and much more Kolsch like. Interesting.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2005 02:14:22 | More by OatherS
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3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear straw yellow with a decent fluffy white head - average, but not off-putting. Aroma is average strength, malty and just a tad watery. However, the aroma is this beer's weakest aspect. Flavor is strong, crisp and malty with a fruity overtone. Texture is smooth, lively and fizzy.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2010 02:25:10 | More by Cyberkedi
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