Reissdorf Kölsch - Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf

Not Rated.
Reissdorf KölschReissdorf Kölsch

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
87
very good

1,015 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,015
Reviews: 549
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 55
Gots: 51 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf visit their website
Germany

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)
View: Beers (1) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Reissdorf Kölsch Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,015 | Reviews: 549 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of nickfl
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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!

Photo of drabmuh
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle without a date into a tulip. Beer is yellow and completely clear. Carbonation is mild but steady and made up of big bubbles. Head is diffuse and broken and made up of white bubbles. The head leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is a slight wheat and some pilsner sweetness. Overall weak.

Lots of carbonation in the mouth but overall the body is thin, which is fine. There is a wheaty aftertaste and a forward sweetness. Its a good kolsch, not many examples. Drinkability is high. Mouthfeel is fine.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cast in a clear,light golden hue, possessing a big, creamy white head that slides assuredly down to a slim ring.
Aroma is mild,spare, green apples and pears, grassy, lemony, but anything else would be a reach.
Taste: nice, tasty hop appearance at the fore, with a definite citric snap, then fading, though giving a nice glide off of the palate. Pears and apples again in the flavor,light,dry fruits, crisp and subtle. Kolschs are such a light, delicate style that it is sometimes difficult to discern the differences between authentic examples. This is a nice one, but not top of the heap. Superlative thirst-quencher, though, easy to appreciate in the dog days of August!

Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of mdfb79
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of WesWes
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Photo of jwc215
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle:

Pours light golden yellow with a thin white head that becomes a thick ring.

The smell is of sweet grain with floral, hoppy notes.

The taste is of sweet grain with oily, herbal/floral Continental-type hops. A touch of vanilla comes through in a cedary, dry finish.

It's appropriately light-bodied and refreshingly dry.

An easy-drinking, classic Kolsch, with a nice hop and cedary touch. I liked this one more from the bottle than from the tap I had a few months ago. Overall- stands out for the style.

Photo of smcolw
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice chaulky white head that leaves a touch of lace. Straw yellow color with absolute perfect clarity.

Smells a bit like an orange popsicle, but less sweet. Nice malt base. No discernible hop.

Slight sourness to the flavor. Refreshing and clean. Strong grassy flavors. Light hop. Low body as would be expected. Ditto on the carbonation which is slightly high.

For those of you who might think that Bud, Miller or Heinekin is a flavorful beer, as a first step, try a Kolsch like this one. The improvement may astound you. This is not, however, my favorite Kolsch.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of kojevergas
3.03/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fairly careful pour into my 25cl tulip glass yields an initially, almost three-finger thick, pale, just off-white colored head. The beer is brilliantly clear with a rich golden hue. The aroma smells predominantly of clean, sweet grain that reminds of honey and a soft floral influence. A touch of herbal hop character seems to round things out as does some light, pale malt notes of saltine crackers and light biscuit notes.

Somewhat dry, though it does have a light grain sweetness to it, the beer does not have nearly the sweetness that the aroma was suggestive of. This actually has a fair amount of perceptible bitterness: at the beginning of each sip it is a light herbal bitterness through to the finish where it is a light, clean, crisp bitter note. A touch of floral honey character is more noticeable as a flavor than a sweetness. At the start of each sip a dry, malt driven flavor of crushed saltine crackers is noticeable as a flavor that is accentuated through the oral nasal; this note tends to stick around as well, even continuing on through the long finish. While light and quaffable this beer still maintains a presence and mouthfeel along with slightly viscous heft that perfectly compliments the clean malt character.

This has survived far better during the export process than I was expecting, it is missing perhaps a bit of vibrancy in the hop character, but I find it quite nice how simple and clean the flavors are here. Obviously as a Kölsch, no one flavor jumps out here, this is a subtle experience, but there is a depth of flavor here and the amalgam of flavors really work towards a harmonious whole.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Photo of wrightst
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ, the only true Kölsch I've ever seen in CA,

A: Pours a bright and clear golden yellow, with a smallish white head, good head retention, light lacing.

S: Bready malt, get a husky grain component, hint of white wine.

T: Full on bready malt, cereal grain. Definitely an ale, though; the beer has a sure fruity character, white grape juice, light sugary component.

M; Pretty much picture perfect for a light golden beer. Crisp and clean, with a spot on amount of biting carbonation, not watery at all, great dry finish.

D: A beer on first taste I didn't think all that much of, but it certainly grows on you. Would make a fantastic warm weather beer, or a hot 2nd day of fall beer.

Photo of Gavage
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow in color with a nice 1.5" head. Light lacing developed. Very clean malty aroma. The flavor was of grainy malt with a light bitterness. Very simple and basic, but for some reason this really tasted good. Large carbonation bubbles stick to the lower part of the glass.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, and the malt lasts on the tongue for a bit after swallowing. Lighter bodied and refreshing. Extremely drinkable.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

33cl Bottle, best before 10th Oct 2012: poured twice into my 'Gaffel Kolsch' glass on 6th July 2012.

Looks the part: pale gold, bright, clear and clean. Large white head from each pour, usual fade to a wispy covering and collar after two sips.

Sweet corn smell and a sweetish taste too: an OK Kolsch, but I've always struggled to appreciate the style to be honest.

I've reviewed/rated a few: drank many in Koln before the internet arrived but can't say I'm a big fan of them even fresh in their brewhouses or beergardens. They do however taste better in bright, warm sunlight compared to indoors on a wet and windy evening in the UK.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear pale straw yellow with light amounts of visible carbonation. There is a finger tall white foamy head which dissipates quickly leaving about a quarter of a finger tall layer of bubbles (not as thick as the original head). Light lacing is observed.

S: Aromas of sweet & pale malts with some grassy hints. More complex than I expected. Also some faint hints of apple and pear.

T: Very refreshing, well balanced with subtle complexity. Flavors are sweet and pale malts up front followed by some apple and pear and finishes with grassy hints.

M: Light to medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Very good example of the style and a very enjoyable, very sessionable beer. Brings back memories of visits to the northern parts of Germany on a warm fall afternoon.

Photo of woodychandler
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Transcribed from undated notes.

This was poured for me and the server produced two fingers' worth of quickly dissipating bone-white head. The beer was a beautiful golden-yellow color with NE-plus quality clarity. The nose was faint with Saaz hops. Mouthfeel was medium with a very dry quality on the tongue. Finish was Zephyr wind-dry with a lingering taste of Saaz hops. For those who have heard me rave about Bryan "Lil Guy" Selders' Kolsch at Neversink just before it sank - this was as close to it as I have found. Very impressive!

Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev +9%
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.

Reissdorf Kölsch from Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf
87 out of 100 based on 1,015 ratings.