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Reissdorf Kölsch - Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf

Reissdorf KölschReissdorf Kölsch

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856 Ratings

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Ratings: 856
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 11-15-2001)
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pils glass.

3.5 A: Clear medium yellow color. Two fingers of frothy white head. Retention is good, but not much in the lacing department.

4.5 S: Sweet and grassy, but the sweetness has surprising depth. Indeed, this is surprisingly complex while being simple. It's hard to explain so I'll just say that this smells great.

4.5 T: Taste is much like the nose. Super clean with a grassy sweetness that is powerful, yet elegant.

3.5 M: Light to lighter medium body. Carbonation is a tad low for the style, but still reasonable. Could use a bit more creaminess though.

4.0 D: This is probably the best tasting kolsch I've ever had. This truly is a great style that seemingly always gets overlooked.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 02:17:28 | More by DavoleBomb
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3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle that pours out clear straw yellow fizzing carbonation from the bottom. White thin head leaves minimal lacing on the glass. Smells like sweet light fruits and bready malt backbone. I didnt get any hops from the nose but on the palate it makes its appearance as the end with a touch of bitterness. Sweet, light, balanced & my first Kolsch - I'll be back for more.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 15:46:26 | More by hoptualBrew
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3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw color with excellent clarity and a tall pillowy white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles visible. Decent head retention and lacing.

A nice aroma of honey, lemon and green apple. Wine-like grape notes with pale malts and a subtle hop accent.

Quite complex for a lighter beer. Bready, sweet malt with some fruitiness. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with high carbonation...a bit grainy with a dry pils-like finish that sticks to the palette.

Maybe the best Kolsch I've tasted. Highly sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 19:29:05 | More by BeerGut4Life
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3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pale golden with good clarity and no visible effervescence, topped by half an inch thin white head that slowly dissipates to a delicate veil.
Nose is mild Pils malt with apple & pear and faint sulphury aroma.
Taste is an interplay of attenuated Pils malt, faint apple/pear-like fruitiness and hop-bitterness leading to a dry finish with sulphury notes.
Medium-light body is soft yet crispy on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

Delicate and subtle but not my kind of style hence the low overall impression. (330 ml, BB date 04-29-2012, into tulip.)

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 20:17:11 | More by crnipeter
Photo of TheCorkStopsHere


3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Inspired by another beer blogger, The BrewThusiast, I decided to crack open a Reissdorf Kölsch. When I started asking my sales reps a few months ago about quality imported brews, in four-packs and six-packs, this was one of the first brews suggested. The Kölsch is a great summer style brew, that doesn't get nearly the attention it deserves.

This Reissdorf comes in four-packs of 330mL bottles. It pours out a gorgeous clear lemon yellow color, with a medium thick white foam. There's a decent amount of foam at first, but it subsides pretty quickly, leaving behind only very little lacing. I give it a firm swirl, and some foam rises, but again fades back quickly.

The aromas are crisp, clean, simple, and perfect. I detect just a tiny touch of hops, but not IPA-style hops. The hops here is very soft, smooth, subtle; you barely even know they're there. There's a touch of grassy, or almost citrusy notes, but overall it's a very soft, clean nose.

On the palate there's a bit more complexity, but not a ton. The Kölsch is giving me exactly what I expected, just good beer. There's almost no detectable malty sweetness, and there's just the slightest bit of hops on the backside of my tongue. It's very dry, mouth-watering, and straight-forward.

I once heard Kölsch beers described as "the light, easy-drinking, girly beer" when a German doesn't want a big heavy brew. Not that I'd use those exact words, but the basic concept was right on the money. The Reissdorf Kölsch is great: simple, elegant, refreshing, balanced. It's everything I want from a Kölsch, and it's executed perfectly.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 17:05:56 | More by TheCorkStopsHere
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North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ive heard about Kolsches, and how good they are. I wanted to try a German one before any American attempts.

Pours a very light, transparent yellow straw-like color. Light white head, fed by light, bubbly carbonation.

Smells very light and refreshing. the noble hops used were almost entirely aroma. hints of sweet malt and corn.

Taste is exactly like it smells, except a bit of a twang added. Aroma hops are there and are nice and floral. Malt is light with a touch of bittering hops just for good measure. Very light and balanced. I like it.

Im excited for this style, lets hops Americans can do similar!

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 20:08:23 | More by VncentLIFE
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3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light and golden with head that sticks around for awhile

S: Light malt and yeast with a touch of vanilla that grew on me with each progressive sniff

T: mild grass, straw, bread

O: my beer guy at whole food recommended this and he was right

Sessionability - very yes

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 04:30:23 | More by Nordstrand
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New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice darker yellow, and the head completely dissipates leaving no lacing behind.

S: I smelled some grain/ bread/ wheat, and some malt.

T: Crisp and some fruit up front with grains and the malt, finish is very strange, can't describe it.

M: Not quite medium bodied, but close. High drinkability, with a good amount of carbonation.

O: I would enjoy more than one and overall its a good beer. However I've had several other Kolsch's that I enjoyed more.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 03:42:50 | More by JMWEB2
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3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: golden yellow color. Very, very clear. Tons of action from carbonation. Really big fluffy white head. Great retention

S: pale malts. Smells really... Fresh I guess. Lightly hoppy and slightly fruity

T: sweet malts. Very bready. Some light fruitiness with a grassy hop finish.

M: very light and dry. Nice carbonation

O: very, very drinkable and refreshing. Extremely crisp finish. For my first kolsch I was pleasantly surprised!

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 02:57:01 | More by tony223366
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4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gotta grade this for its style and its pretty good.

Pours a clear, light yellow with a big creamy head that fades fast but leaves ok lacing.

The aroma has a nice touch of herbal hops with a light, clean grain background. Fruity hints accent.

The flavor is clean and bready with a touch of grassy hops and herbal flavors that balance nicely with faint juicy fruit notes.

Thin, crisp, light and refreshing.

Overall, easy to drink and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 18:41:44 | More by JayS2629
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New York

3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Light clear yellow, with a medium white head that dies out right away.

S- Lots of grainy malts, some banana like aroma, light corn. Somewhat muted.

T- Full on malt foward bill. A backlash of light spicy hops.

M- Pretty thin, highly carbonated.

O- Excellent brew to quaff the day away.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 01:39:03 | More by foogerd
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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 ounce bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a clear light-to-medium gold color with a 2 finger billowy, cloud-like snow white head. Nice head retention and lacing.

Smell: Sweet grainy notes with a touch of grassy hops.

Taste: Grassy notes up front followed sweet malt in the middle before ending with a light amount of hoppy bitterness at the finish. Aftertaste is light, dry and just a little bitter.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Goes down smooth.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. You could knock back several of these without any problem.

Overall: Good beer overall. This seems to be a beer that would be perfect on a hot summer day. I will be buying more. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 14:17:41 | More by adam42381
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3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Completely clear, dark hay in color, some carbonation visible and a nice fluffy white head.

S: This beer, like some other Kölsch's that I've had, has no real smell besides a slight grain/bread-like aroma.

T: Liquid bread, period. This tastes just like bread if you were to liquify it. There is a slight bitter note on the finish and the after-taste is a non-sweet, non-sour candy-like taste.

M: Light bodied and moderately carbonated, this beer has those scrubbing bubbles that help cleanse the palate for another sip.

D: Quite quaffable (QQ), I think this would be a wonderful lawnmower beer for those hot summer months.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 02:20:09 | More by tlazaroff
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Has a pale straw color with a huge frothy head on it.

S - Nothing but a nice spicey aroma from the hops.

T - A very light, crisp, and refreshing malt flavor with a hint of hop spicyness.

M - very dry, light bodied.

O - A very refreshing beer. I wouldn't mind drinking a few of these on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 22:37:45 | More by clint1019
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4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An excellent Kolsch! Probably the best I've had. These beers have a light and smooth feel, but a good one really does have a rich flavor and smell to boot. This one delivers. It's a bit pricey around these parts, but if you're feeling good on a particular day and want something refreshing and flavorful, check Reissdorf out!

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 03:15:33 | More by TheRealBigC
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4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Medium light gold with truly brilliant clarity. Moderately tall white head with moderate retention.

Aroma-Light, bready Pils malt aroma forms the foundation for a nice ester profile of orchard fruits, featuring primarily pear with some cherry and a hint of apple. Very low noble hop aroma. Smells fantastic.

Flavor-Crisp, fresh, and easy drinking. Moderate pils malt sweetness opens, followed by moderately low noble hop flavors. Esters from aroma are less pronounced here, with just the suggestion of light pear. The beer opens lightly sweet, which quickly dries as it moves into the finish. Bready malt expands in the finish along with medium low bitterness and slight noble hop flavor, and as the aftertaste goes on, some light cherry notes appear. Also, as the beer warms, the pear and cherry notes come through a bit stronger.

Mouthfeel-Crisp, well-attenuated, and thirst quenching. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

An incredibly awesome German Kölsch-one of my all time favorites. I could drink a shit-ton of this beer, all summer long.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 03:05:05 | More by plfahey
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New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden pale yellow with a nice fluffy white head. Aroma and Taste of caramel malt, yeast, some sweet fruity esters and a light grassy note, with some light hops. Light body and carbonation on the palate. Finish is sweet malt, some biscuit and yeast, and light hops on the ending give it nice balance. Overall a good easy drinking and refreshing brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 23:03:04 | More by Samp01
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3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a stange. The color is gold with a hint of amber. Three fingers of thick, buttery head dissipated slowly, leaving trails of foam on the glass, a thin lacing, and a ring around the edge.

Smell: A very nice bouquet of malts and fruit. Sweet malts, caramel, tart apple, strawberry, peach, and very inviting grassy hops.

Taste: Very lager-like for what is technically an ale. The taste does not offer as much sweetness and fruit, but that is perfectly fine with me. It is very malty and there is no dominant flavor. The mouthfeel is dry and each sip ends a tad bitter from grassy hops.

Drinkability: Good stuff. I am now convinced my German ancestors were not big beer drinkers. If they were, they must have emigrated due to crushing economic or social pressures.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 05:37:48 | More by TheQuietMan22
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4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 08-09-2011
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 330 ml brown bottle
Glassware: Stange
Purchased: Single from Chuck's, Bowling Green, KY

A bright, clear golden color with lots of lively carbonation. Retention and lacing are good after a pour of a lush head of 4 fingers high. The aroma is crisp but light, and has elements of fruit (grapes), floral and earthy smells. The malt aromas are similar to a pilsner but muted.

Very clean taste, with light fruit flavor that is not sweet, but rather dry. Bitterness is light and I also get a small salty, or mineral flavor. Has a pilsner-like character but is less bold and bitter. The light body and high carbonation make this a smooth, easy-drinking summer beer, with a nicely balanced finish.

I would recommend this beer, especially in the hot summer.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 04:13:59 | More by sommersb
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4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I felt like being authentic old world a bit today (I am a German speaking 1st generation). Das ist gut. I don't write it well. My 23 year old son called the flavor round. When he sniffed the bottle he went wow. It is a good finishing hops, my favorite aspect of these beers.

It has a crisp, moderate bite. Just right. This is what they asire to. I don't necessarily need to drink this over and over, though. Hopefully I can get to Germany (bucket list item) and get some on tap some day.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 23:34:08 | More by schoolboy
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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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 01:16:09 | More by Arithmeticus
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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pale golden with a solid and fluffy white head. Carbonation rises from beneath the head to keep up th ehead retention.

Aroma: Breadiness, with a touch of dryness in the nose along with malts that only yield a minor sweet aroma. Hops send off a fruity aroma somewhat like a pear or peach.

Taste: Mouthfeel is crisp but too crisp. There are fruit notes a little like pears. Malts to let out a little bit of a dry finish. Grassy and grain towards the back end as well.

Notes: A rather tasty beer and very drinkable great on a summer night or day. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 02:20:45 | More by horshack7
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New York

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-pours light golden/yellow color with excellent transparency, two finger widths white head and fades into a thin white lace around the rim. Pretty low head retention.
S-Very subtle, a slight green apple and straw aroma
T-sweet malt with a slight pear flavor that ends with a soft bitterness that leaves a clean flavor on the palate.
M-Light to medium bodied
O- Great example of a kolsch, slight fruit flavors in the aroma and flavor with balance and crispness. A very enjoyable and drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 00:27:21 | More by atr2605
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4.97/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Straw golden yellow with a moderate amount of foam.

S- lemon citrus scent with a moderate amount of grain and light bread.

T- very bready with a citrus taste in the background very enjoyable. A really light summer brew with a slight hop bitterness in the back not intense.

M- Moderate/highly carbonated with a crisp clean mouthfeel.

O- Highly recommended one of my favorite beers ever.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 00:21:56 | More by balzern
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3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Frothy, white head atop of a clear light yellow. Notes of grain and malt in the nose.

Clean and crisp, and true to style, this is a bready, fruity kolsch with a little zip of bitterness in the finish. Cereal and fresh apple notes. A bit grassy. Clean finish. Light bodied and a bit heavy handed on the carbonation. Given these factors, it makes for an insanely refreshing summertime choice.

So refreshing by itself -- a great lawnmower beer. A nice thing to offer your friends who are less open to ales, as it is a nice upgrade from your conventional adjunct lager.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 20:49:25 | More by Zraly
Reissdorf Kölsch from Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf
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