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Reissdorf Kölsch - Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf

Reissdorf KölschReissdorf Kölsch

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857 Ratings

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Ratings: 857
Reviews: 532
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.4%

Brewed by:
Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf visit their website

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 11-15-2001)
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Photo of DCon


3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on-tap @ the iTap House in Chesterfield, MO for $5. Tapped from the an Unknown Looking Handle (I was not @ the bar anymore at this time) into a 200ml Reissdorf Kolsch Stange Glass.

Aroma- Very weak aroma... Light malts (maybe?) and a bit of grains. Might have a hint of some sweetness but man, had to stick my nose in the glass making myself look like a dumbass in front of my friends.

Appearance- Received without a head here... Not sure what was up with this! Was the lightest golden color body you could get with clarity beyond normal (almost could compare to water). Couple of suds were left behind but definitely no lacing.

Flavor- Easy wheat taste from the beginning with light malts. Almost has an apple taste that is light again. Very clean tasting and doesn't have any type of bitterness whatsoever.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, Weird amount of Carbonation here (was light I felt in the beginning but then seemed highly carbonated...), Smooth, and very poundable. Nothing comes to mind here but a nice, classic pilsner but lighter bodied.

Overall Impression- If I were to take my friends to iTap that only usually drink BMC product, I would suggest this one to them because it was boring and could drink the shit out of it. Really wasn't my cup of tea but I will still call it average. Had even a hint of apple that was interesting but too light to even pick up any ingredient list from this brew.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2011 05:29:33 | More by DCon
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3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Thin head with lots of lacing on a clear golden body. Aroma is light with light malt and sweet corn. Flavor is more of the same. Not boasting a very strong flavor but consistent with the style. Light bodies and high carbonation. Drinkable and fuller than most in the genre.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2012 00:33:12 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of stcules


3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden limpid, clean appearance, with the typical white and compact head.
The smell is quite light, tending on the malty side, and less to the hoppy one.
Anyway, fresh, even if a bit less than others kölsch, less dry.
And a not great drinkability.
Well, it is still a vry good beer.
Some more bitterness in the aftertaste.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2010 21:15:44 | More by stcules
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden color with a slight amount of head, and no lacing to be found. An interesting looking sudsy pattern persists on the top layer of the beer through the drinking duration.
Smells floral and sweet, slightly earthy. Maybe a tich of hops coming through, very subtle though.
Taste is full of sweet malt and subtle fruits. Some hops in the background, nothing overpowering though. Overall is sweet but dry, with some more earthy/pineyness going on. At the end there's a slight ickyness that I don't like- not sure what it is, but it takes away from the beer overall.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, smooth, bubbles throughout. Overall a drinkable beer, easy and light, but that aftertaste just kills something for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2005 08:05:48 | More by scooter231
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3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

from the 500ml bottle. poured a yellow, with a medium sized white head that left no lacing. aroma, a mild yeast and malt aroma with some sour citrus and a hint of skunk but not bad. flavor sweet, malt, and hops, a slight bitterness, and the good thing no skunk. this was a very easy to drink before I knew it it was gone

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2006 20:42:24 | More by walleye
Photo of KeefD


3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear macro yellow color with a decent three finger head that recedes quickly leaving behind very little lacing. Strong aroma of skunk and and husky, grassy grains. Smells a little over-cooked. I'm not sure how old this bottle is but it doesn't smell very fresh. Tastes of grainy malt, slightly bitter, a little fruitiness, some lemon zest, and hints of honey. Very grassy and slightly spicy hops. Smooth and creamy on the tongue, not much in the way of carbonation. I would like to try a fresher bottle, as this one seems to have some age on it, but it's pretty tasty and easy to drink, nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2008 15:52:07 | More by KeefD
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3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has a very translucent yellow color with head that has the consistency of soda pop fizz. The smell is mainly of corn husk and grains. The taste has more corn husk characteristics and a decent amount of malty sweetness. Very light in body, crisp, and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 00:26:03 | More by SirSketch
Photo of froghop


3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

purchased at haggen's in burlington, washington.

pours a clear pale yellow with a thin white head.

smell is of grain, citrus, light corn.

taste is crisp, tad sweet grain, corn syrup, bit on the hoppy side, ends nicely sour.

overall i nice brew and was enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 02:58:58 | More by froghop
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South Carolina

3.29/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the 2013 Atlanta German Bierfest

Clear light gold with plenty of rising carbonation bubbles. Topped by a proportionate and very durable head.
Appealing but very light aroma with hops and light malt in balance. More hop presence in tasting.
Light body with medium carbonation.

O: Good representative of this very mild style beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2013 01:33:15 | More by chinchill
Photo of DogFood11


3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wow this is totally transparent, highly filtered and pale. Massive amounts of carnonation support a slight head but it does leave trace lacing with each pull.

For such a light colored beer I wasn't expecting the solid malted backbone but it delivers a soft bready profile. Hops are at least enough to grab my attention, smooth. A light fruity presence slips its way past the hops for a second. Some grainy qualities exist as well. Nice crisp dry and clean finish.

I could session this for the right price. I'll drink it in Germany.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2005 02:54:20 | More by DogFood11
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light pale malt scent along with a mild hop bitterness and a dry yeast aroma. The taste is average. It has a light pale malt flavor with a dry musty finish. It's slightly bitter with a crisp, clean aftertaste. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an easy drinking beer, but nothing great. It's light and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2006 22:22:44 | More by WesWes
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a straw-gold with a sparse, patchy white layering. Visible carbonation was very light.

S: a subtle and mile noble hoppiness with fresh grains and a mild dry fruitiness.

T: a spicy and sweet malting before yielding to a dry floral and light citrus hopping. There was a light herbal grassiness and fresh grain husks as well.

M: light, crisp, dry with a light floral bitterness hop fade.

D: A dry, crisp, and clean kolsch with a fair and moderate drinkability. Didn't really leave an impression though.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2008 22:24:27 | More by beerthulhu
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3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle

This beer poured a very clear golden yellow body with a small white finger sized head. Very tiny fine bubbles floated to the top very quickly through the body.

The nose was simple. A classic german pilsner smell. Almost reminisant of bud or other american macro type beer.

The taste was very light. Smooth with a simple light bitterness. There were some soft buttery flavors as well a light woodsy taste. The hops were very mellow, never coming to the forefront. You could deffinatly taste the subtleness of the german noble hops, giving it an almost minty/earthy quality.

The beer finished slightly dry with a lot of lingering bitterness.

Overall it's a very simple and refreshing beer. This is almost what I would imagine bud tasted like before it got mass produced.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2003 09:50:21 | More by taez555
Photo of ViveLaChouffe


3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale gold with a creamy white head. Smell is lightly bitter and grassy.

Some citrusy hop persistence in the background but the flavor profile is mostly crisp, pale malt. Lightly fruity and grassy. SOme fizz and just a hint of skunk. Very crisp and clean with a lightly bitter aftertaste. Very easy to drink. Know what this tastes like? Ballantine XXX. I thought this was my first foray into kolsch but it is just like Ballantine, one of my favorite cheap standbys. Think I'll stick with a sixer of Ballantine cans, this doesn't show me much else to warrant import prices. Maybe I'll save kolsch for a future trip to Cologne...

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2004 00:27:52 | More by ViveLaChouffe
Photo of Bierguy5


3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the bottle pours a bright golden clear liquid with a white foamy head. The head stayed for a long time, and there was a decent amount of lace on the glass. Smell was slightly floral and somewhat skunky, almost stale. Taste was pretty sewwt in the front followed by a dryness with a modest amount of hop bitterness. It had a slightly floral finish, but was also slightly sour. Light body and high carbonation. Overall, I think I may have an old bottle. I have had this before from the tap and when it was fresher it was quite good. I would be willing to try again with a fresher sample, because I can see this would be good and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2004 02:03:01 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of DaPeculierDane


3.33/5  rDev -14%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2006 17:21:07 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of Keitherduder


3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle into a pint glass. This looks clearer than what i expect from the kolsch style. That's just my opinion though. The head didnt last long at all. It has a nice light hop aroma, the typical german crisp smell. At this point before my first sip I feel as if this beer seems more like a pilsner than a kolsch. But the taste did bring the clean wheaty taste I expect. Very refreshing, very easy to drink. For a Kolsch I must say that I expect a bit more cloudiness and a bit more body. Maybe a little more complexity in the flavors. However it's still a nice refreshing summer time beer and next time I'm walking off the sand V-ball court It'll be nice to have one of these.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2007 00:56:45 | More by Keitherduder
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3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light Gold pour with a medium lasting white head in a kölsch glass. Typical grassy, pale malt and lightly earthy hopped smell. Light to medium body with a nice clean refreshing crisp flavor. About as good as kolsches get, from what I've had so far. Great easy drinking beer, but nothing crazy.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 18:43:00 | More by JDV
Photo of Beastdog75

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I don't beleive I've had any prior experience with the Kölsch style, so this should be a first for me. From what I gather Reissdorf Kölsch is supposed to be one of the best examples of the style. We shall see, won't we?

Reissdorf Kölsch pours a bright, slightly golden yellow color. Two fingers of foam form and last for about 2 minutes before dissipating into some soapy remnants. Aroma isn't too bad, just some standard maltiness with some light fruit aromas that brought to mind some banana, pear, and citrus. The mouthfeel is resonably crisp, with a moderate level of carbonation. The flavor, much like the aroma is pretty average. You have your malts present along with the aforementioned light fruitiness. There is a decent citric/herbal hoppiness present, and it gives the aftertaste quite a decent level of lingering dryness while some of the light fruits linger on as well. The brew concludes with no alcoholic warmth.

It was almost hard for me to believe that this was an ale. In a blindfold test I probably would have thought this to be a pils. The beer really didn't wow me, but in the end it was a pretty refreshing outing.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 00:24:54 | More by Beastdog75
Photo of AgentMunky


3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a 30cL stange glass.

A: Clear, pale goldenrod. Light chunky head has decent retention. No visible carbonation.

S: Grainy kölsch scent differentiated from others of the style by an unexpected skunkiness.

T: Good initial taste puts it ahead of other kölsch -- Reissdorf isn't as ephemeral. It has a more lasting taste, vaguely floral with a hint of barley. There is a strange fruity/citrus burst in the middle. Unfortunately, the aftertaste has a strange sulphuric tinge tasting of rotten egg. As long as I'm drinking it, it's good. But when I stop, I cringe.

M: More body and taste than most kölsch. Citrus is pleasing on the tongue and carbonation makes itself known.

D: A good beer and great kölsch, but I can't get past the sulphur.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2010 03:55:06 | More by AgentMunky
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New Jersey

3.34/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: The clarity is brilliant, the color is pale gold. Topping it off is a thick and persistent pure white head.

Smell. A slight sulfur aroma is aided by a dose of noble hops. Grainy malt can be detected in the background.

Taste: A puckering, tart character that is typical for the style is accompanied by grainy malts and noble hopes with low-medium bitterness. A slightly mineral character to the water can be detected

Mouthfeel: Medium-light mouthfeel and medium carbonation keep things crisp and light. The finish depicts a happy medium between smooth and dry.

Overall: Objectively speaking, the beer appears to be true to style. Subjectively speaking, this is a beer with a mineral quality and an astringency that I just can't get behind. Reminds me of a cheap light lager. Of course, 'm sure if I was in Germany and was having a fresh bottle, I'd be happier with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 20:17:42 | More by BethanyB
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3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml

The bottle shape turned my usual pour that I figured would be adequate into a rough one. The bottle has a sharper angle where the neck meets the body when compared to the site pic.

Appearance – clear gold, almost straw body, soap-bubbly, pure white head that’s strong to start but closes weak; some lace

Smell – big wheat; muted spice; smells much like a pilsner

Taste – predominantly grains; opens and closes with a bit of hops

Mouthfeel – light body; crisp carbonation but its held back by a slight oily sensation

Drinkability – clean; easy drinking; not overly sweet or bitter or overly dry in close; the palate setup is good

There’s nothing remarkable or exciting here but it’s a clean, simple beer that I enjoyed with a turkey sub. I have a feeling that I'm missing the kolsch boat here until I try more within the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2005 18:46:42 | More by Wonka
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3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle to a nice golden yellow, with some carbonation, and a little white head that floats on top, but no lacing. Although this looks like a BMC pour, it actually has an aroma of faint nuts and honey, and a tasty flavor that ends with a smooth finish. This was not a great beer, but actually was not too bad, and it would make a good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2006 13:00:45 | More by kimcgolf
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3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

my first kolsch, i think ; pours a pale golden-straw color into my weizen glass w/ a fluffy white head which dissapates quickly leaving a moderate amount of lacing ; not a strong smell, some hop aroma w/ a slightly vinous & fruitish undertone ; more of the same here, a slightly thin flavor, crisp w/ some hop flavor, hard to define the malt flavor, it's too weak, some fruitiness comes through as well, but too covered up by the hops to identify ; a dry, light-bodied beer, almost too thin, though, it's borderline 3.5/4 on the BA scale ; it's quite quaffable though, w/ it's dryness & a 4.8 ABV, i could drink a gallon of it...

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2007 22:56:58 | More by animal69
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3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pale yellow body, with an almost greenish tint. Carbonation is intense and bubbles in the head are large.

S: Grainy, corny and hoppy. Sweet and light. Not terribly interesting but decent.

T: Corny and light. Low hoppiness. Very refreshing but like the smell, not very interesting. Maybe a little wheat as well. A little hint of white wine after it gets closer to room temperature. Nice

M: Smooth on the attack and the aftertaste. Lots of carbonation. No real alcohol taste, as expected.

D: Very refreshing and decent tasting. Nothing special but would be nice to drink when you've got something else going on. Decent sessioner if it were more complex, but perhaps that's not the strong suit of a Kolsch.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 05:29:34 | More by Whiteweasel
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