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Reissdorf Kölsch - Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf

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very good

571 Reviews

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Reviews: 571
Hads: 1,124
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 16.88%
Wants: 84
Gots: 108 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf visit their website

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 11-15-2001

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Photo of Sammy
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, grass, and hay. Taste is much the same with a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is easy to drink and pretty tasty.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.21/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: It poured perfectly clear and straw yellow in color with a medium sized head that died down quickly into a thin layer of bubbles on the surface. There's a moderate level of carbonation.
S: There are light aromas of grainy malts with notes of lemons.
T: The taste is very clean and is well balanced between the malt and hops; it also has some notes of grapes.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with lots of crispness and dryness.
D: It's very easy to drink this beer, which quenches your thirst and is very refreshing. This is very sessionable, especially on a hot summer day.

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Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a clear golden color and a modest head that leaves a few strands of lace

Smell: A bit of grain but not much else is discernable

Taste: The malty elememnts of this beer are slightly sweet and bready, up front, with a grainy, lemony bitterness that develops by mid-palate; at the same time, a fruity character from the yeast adds complexity; after the swallow, the crispness finishes off the flavors quickly, with just a lingering floral element

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation

Drinkability: Crisp and clean with a nice hint of fruitiness; good example of the style

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Understandable why this Kolsch ranks amoung BA's top beers. A great granny smith apple with lemon-lime citrus characters in the nose and flavors. Lightly malty and lightly grainy, but not to distract. Moderately bready and yeasty. A light, but round and complete body. A crystal clear straw color with bleached white, less-than-fizzy head. Lightly minty in the finish, very clean and refreshing. Hard to find a better summertime beer.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.

A: Pours a clear pale yellow under a one-inch thick pillowy white head which fades to a thin cap and rim leaving semi-rings and spots of lace.

N: Yeast, slight farmhouse, lemony citrus, bready malt is faint and not sweet.

T: Slightly metallic, crisp, yeasty with clean malts, faintly fruity.

M: Light body and medium carbonation. Finishes dry and yeasty.

O: Clean and crisp and refreshingly simple.

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Photo of zeff80
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden color with a white, one-finger head. Highly carbonated.

S - It smelled of corn and grain adjuncts.

T - It tasted of grains and some sweet malt.

M - It was crisp and dry. A light-bodied beer.

D - A pretty good Kolsch. It isn't incredibly flavorful but it tastes good.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium marigold topped by an eggshell colored cap that is soft, creamy and persistent. No more than a few small spatters of lace end up on the glass. Apparently, stickiness isn't one of the head's strong suits. A clean look, all things considered.

The nose consists of hop-flecked grain. I wonder if pils malt has been used and I'm betting that at least one member of the hop bill is Saaz. It's a well-balanced aroma that puts me in mind of a less hoppy pilsener.

Reissdorf Kolsch is light and refreshing with just enough flavor to grab and hold my interest. It's ably malted with the same fresh graininess that was evident in the nose. The hops still have a floral quality, but herbal is gaining fast and is causing that pilsener comparison to fade in my rear beer mirror.

Just as brevity is the soul of wit, so is it the soul of this ale. As long as there's beer in the mouth, flavor abounds. Immediately after the swallow, flavor departs. As if it wasn't already obvious, the finish is clean and dry. The light, fluffy mouthfeel reinforces the notion that this is a supremely quaffable summertime beer.

I can't believe Reissdorf Kolsch is anywhere near the gold standard for the kolsch style, but it's a drinkable little thirst quencher that makes no missteps on its journey from bottle to glass to mouth to points beyond. Enjoyable.

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Photo of oberon
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw cior with a pretty good fluffy head,aroma is malty with some fruitiness with the German-like iron aroma.Flavor is softly malty with some nice light fruitiness with a delicate floweriness to it.High quality and easy to drink I would recommend this on a warm summer day for sure

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – Poured a nice bright golden yellow with a large three inch of more head of sudsy fizzy foam on top. This faded almost immediately and left behind just the tiniest bit of lace on the top. Lots of carbonation could be seen streaming up from the bottom of the almost crystal clear liquid that was before me. No real noticeable side glass lace, but I was not really expecting any. It had the look of a very nice and refreshing clear lager.

S – Aroma was very light, and at first seemed almost non existent. But it was there, light grain or corn almost with a touch of some light yeast. A decent bready like quality seemed to make up the bulk of it and served as a good solid start to the session. There was a slight touch of apple or something to the effect and a decent earthy, grassy, and grainey type of feel to it.

T – The taste was very light, very crisp, and extremely refreshing. The first notes were of light cereal like grains. These would be the predominant tones here and set the stage so to speak for some of the light earthier flavors that were hiding underneath. A very nice yeasty presence could be found that bounced around with some pears and the ever so slightest touch of euro hops. Nice clean finish, did not linger long but gave enough of an aftertaste to make you wanna come back and have a little bit more.

M – Very nice here. It was super light and crisp, excellent carbonation really started to show here, as it was still flowing with bubbles well into the end of the session and this really served to keep the lively light and refreshing nature about it bouncing around and continuing on. There was a good amount of texture die to the carbonation and it seened fit nicely for a warm afternoon.

D – Outstanding, this was one of those brews that you do not even realize you finished until it was gone. It had a great flavor profile, ample carbonation, low ABV, and was very cold. Need I say more, You could have this one several times over before getting bored, or even realizing that it was gone.

Overall I was very nicely surprised by this one. Now I shouldn’t be because I love the style, however it is always nice when I get one I never heard of and it turns out well for me. I was definatly interested and would really love to have this one again. With the weather finally turning cooler it will be a challenge to enjoy these light summer brews much longer, but I will still pick this one up again, definitely recommend for sure.

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Photo of nickfl
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Decent sized white head with good lace and retention. Clear, straw colored body.

S - Malty and grainy with a slightly sulphury aroma of pilsner malt. A light, spicy hop aroma in the background.

T - Light malt flavor, slight sulphur/ sour grain note. The finish is dry with low bitterness and some earthy hop flavor.

M - Light body, medium carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Light and smooth with a nice, but mild hop character. Easily drinkable, but not overly interesting.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a clear straw color with a thin white head.

S: Smells like sweet malt and grain with some white grape juice, in terms of the sweetness, with just a bit of bready malt flavor. The hops are floral in nature with perhaps just a touch of earthiness.

T: A good clean grain and bread flavor with some mild sweetness. There's a fair amount of floral and earthy hops with just a bit of grass and a moderate bitterness.

M: The body is light to medium with a medium to high level of carbonation.

D: Really light and easy to drink, like you would expect from a kolsch. No complaints here.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear yellow body with a medium-sized, sudsy head.

Smell: Light aroma of pale malt with a hint of citrus and straw.

Taste: Sweet pale malt flavor with some straw, some citrusy lemon. Slight spicy hop bitterness. Finishes seomwhat sweet and clean.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: When the mood is right, like a gross, muggy day in Georgia, this beer is a life saver.

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Photo of jlindros
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Max's Taphouse Baltimore.

Light fizzy head, crystal clear pale golden color.

Nose light toasted malts, light fruits, very light overall

Taste light lager-like fruits, clean crisp for an ale, light malts, light sweetness to start, drier finish, light noble floral his on finish.

Mouth is lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall nice clean crisp beer for an ale, a bit too light even for a Kolsch.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Loreley in NYC on 3 August 2008:

Appearance: Clear golden body. Short white head. Average retention. Minimal lacing.

Aroma: Straightforward maltiness with a touch of floral, grassy, and mildly spicy hops. Clean. Very mild notes of fruitiness. Nothing that hasn't been observed in a standard lager. Some apples.

Taste: Crisp, clean, refreshing. Straightforward beer. Well balanced malt-hop-bitter. The hops are more pronounced than they are in the nose. Slightly herbal. Yeasty fruitiness is basically non-existant. Very much a standard lager - not a pils (not bitter enough), not a helles (not malty enough)... yet still an ale. Finishes short... rounded and drying with a hint of malt, a touch of hops, and a smear of bitterness.

A very well-done Kolsch. Very drinkable.

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Photo of kojevergas
3/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light and sweet malts along with some hops. It's very simple but very nice.

T: The taste is very straight-forward and simplistic, which is want you look for in a Kölsch. It starts out with bready malts and a slight sweetness. Then some spice and hops come in and provide a good balance. The after-taste is bready.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, excellent representation of style, this is a very good beer to drink for a whole evening.

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Photo of Jason
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 16.9 oz (500 ml) tall slender Euro style bottle with a simple bright red label that really catches the eye. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pale golden straw colour with an intense clarity and a bubbly appearance. Head retention holds its own and after a semi-hard pour it yielded a fully white froth then subsided to a delicate lace leaving occasional rings down the glass.

Smell: Clean aroma, some pale malt breadiness with an extremely clean applely vinous note. Thick soft graininess is the bulk of the nose though a faded peppermint like hop comes through.

Taste: Moderate body with a refreshingly crisp mouth feel from the medium high carbonation. Sweet pale malt with a little fresh cut hay and apple woodiness as well as a bit of minty or pine most likely from the hops. Vague suggestion of vanilla and maple. Flavours are meshed with an unbreakable complexity for such a light coloured brew. Dry pretty much from the get go with a full grainy palate. Crispness keeps the mouth clean, hop bitterness is lightly assertive and enhances the dryness. Dry malt character rides far into the finish with remnants of a piney hop.

Notes: Beyond drinkable, this brew is a great way to wet the appetite whether it is before a meal or the beginning of an all night session of drinking.

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Photo of russpowell
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours golden & effervescent with a thon white head that drops to a thin film quickly. No head retention or lacing

Smell: Light malt & floral hops, almost perfumy. I'm impressed, smells the way I remember this in Koln!

Taste: Faint Fruittiness. sweet grain, & refreshing slight hoppiness. Finishes sweet & quinching

MF: Lightly balanced within the style & good carbonation

Super drinkable & a very good example of style that isn't a favorite, but sure hits the spot on a warm day. Big beer addicts may not like, but that would be their loss!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw gold with a white head that rises well off an aggressive pour but falls fast. Nose is malty, slightly sweet, and overall mild. Flavor is slightly sweet with a grainy tone to it. Smooth and even. Feel is good with a low carbonation and a decent mix of ingredients. Definitely drinkable. If you want to try a kolsch for the first time, this is a decent enough one to do it with.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly crystal clear golden straw color with a 2 finger dense white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, pepper, floral, grass, cracker, bready grain, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and strength of malt, hop, and light yeast ester notes; very clean. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, floral, pepper, grass, cracker, bready grain, and floral earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, floral, grass, light pepper, bread, and light earthiness on the finish for a bit. Great flavor balance of malt, hop, and light fruitiness; with an extremely clean flavor profile and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Kolsch! Great clean and balanced flavor profile, with plenty of flavor for 4.8%; and extremely smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a pale golden straw color with a bright white tight bubbled foamy head. Fine scattered lacing clings to my 1/2 liter mug perfect for the 500ml bottle. Aroma has a light herbal citrus note with a clean pale malt profile, a bit of mineral water very clean notes. Super clean great drinking session German ale, I could picture myself sitting in a Koln bierhall drinking from a kolsch glass being served by a kolbe for the better portion of a sunny afternoon. It's nice when just tasting a beer can give you that experience in your mind. Flavor is very much built around pale cereal grains and light herbal hops with a touch of fruitiness from the ale yeast strain. This is what most American brewers attempt when formulatnig an American Blonde ale, few succeed the way this beer does. Mouthfeel is clean crisp light bodied effervescent carbonation. Drinkability overall is excellent like I said it's pure refreshment, perfect for mass consumption too bad it's 4.50 for a half liter in the Pittsburgh market.

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Photo of chinchill
3.29/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 07/22/11 notes. Had at the beer garden Standard in DC. Served in a stange.

a - Pours a cloudy dark yellow color with one inch of white head and low carbonation evident. No head retention or lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of grain, wheat, and very light fruits. Not a ton going on, but light and nice.

t - Tastes of wheat, grain, bready malts, and light fruit malts. Hints of apples.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation, pretty easy to drink and crisp.

o - Overall a pretty decent Kölsch. Light and easy to drink, with a little bit of light fruit to it. Would give it another shot.

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Reissdorf Kölsch from Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf
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