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Reissdorf Kölsch - Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf

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564 Reviews

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Reviews: 564
Hads: 1,102
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 74
Gots: 98 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 11-15-2001

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (1,118 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.29/5  rDev -14.3%
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. (341 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (520 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (524 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
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. (808 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
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. (474 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Transparent, very light yellow, nice white fluffy head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Pilsner malt, corn, slight grape?

T: Refreshing and clean. This is a tasty beer. Very easy to drink. Non-challenging. This is a good choice for a hot summer day, or perhaps paired with some spicy brats and sauerkraut.

M: Thin, slightly watery, smooth, goes down easy.

D: A solid example of the style from the city in which it originated. Good stuff. (443 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.56/5  rDev +18.8%
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! (536 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (425 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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 (1,670 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at Hallo Berlin in NYC. Light pissy yellow, with a crisp looking white head with not much retention observed, minimal lacing. Nose of hops. Crisp tasting. Clean malt notes, nice and refreshing for a summers evening. Fairly dry and snappy hop fueled finish. Nice quaffer (276 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a mug at Pizza Paradiso DC.

Like out of the bottle a simple white head is given and slowly rising carbonation from the body. Gold and lemony almost shiny polished brass and crystal clear. Some minimal lacing left while drinking and leaves a solid puck all the time, looks great.

Bouquet is small malt and a little bit of sweetness and grain sense. Good, solid, and simple.

Mild bitter at first but once again that huge white bread finish on the swallow, with a crisp tangy feeling. Much like out of the bottle but better, the bread taste is bolder, and there is even an almost canatalope melon aftertaste as well.

Overall this is a fantastic summer brew and an ultimate beat the heat thirst quencher. Love it, great! (739 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (711 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (636 characters)

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

On-tap at Wurstkuche in LA, on to the beer:

It's gold, has some carbonation bubbles in the body, and has some lacing sticking to the glass. Aroma is fruity...if you fruit skins and pears, your nose should be happy. Taste is more pilsneresque, but it's not often I drink kolsch. Sweet pilsner malt is obvious. Hay and wood notes dominante the background of the beer. Is this a pils? No, it isn't, but I did enjoy it. Went well washing down an awesome brat at Wurstkuche. (470 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Boqueria in NYC

A fine summer beer, served in a cylindrical 12 oz. glass. Appears a clear gold with a short, white head. The aroma and then following flavor immediately remind me of white grape juice, oh man. There's then a drier, light toast barley note for balance and a hint of spicy hops. There was also a slight, white wine-like acidity to this one, which didn't detract so much as just make it more interesting. Worth a try. (441 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reissdorf Kolsch

Appears bright gold in color with a bone white head and little lace. Aroma full of bready malts. Very clean flavors, definately some liquid bread/loafy moments. Noble hops are there with a light presence and bitterness. Balance is perfect. Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied. Smooth and crisp. Easy to consume, would certainly have it again. A very good example of the style. (406 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a pale golden with a foamy white head that quickly fades to a ring. Some spotty lacing. The smell is light, sweet, and grainy. The taste is relatively crisp, very slightly sweet, and with bready malt. Quite rounded in flavor. Refreshing and fairly light in both body and abv. Could be a little crisper, but a nice summer beer nevertheless. Very clean as well. (366 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a yellow bordering on gold clear brew.

Smell is grainy and grassy with a nice floral smell. Malt shows up too.

Taste is mildly sweet with a clean hay flavor to it. A floral flavor is present too. Hops are present and give just the right amount of bitterness. There is a slight sweet after taste to this.

Mouthfeel is good, not heavy just full.

Super drinkable brew. (383 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a Pokal)

A- This beer has a light yellow crystal clear body with a thin white head of foam. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles that slowly rise through this beer.

S- The clean faint dry pale malt has a slight sweet fresh grain note. There is a faint hint of noble hops as this beer warms but it is very light.

T- The light dry crisp flavor has a slight pale malt and that distinctive Kolsch flavor that is not really licorice and not really fresh grain but something like that. There is a slight sulfur note in the finish that really enhances the malt flavor.

M- The mouthfeel is very light and dry.

D- This is the pinnacle of the style. It has good dry malt flavors that stand out even though they are pale malts with that distinctive Kolsch flavor that so few beers have. (813 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
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. (257 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very light golden hue with a finger of foamy head. There was good retention and very good sticky lacing.

The smell was very subtle. Malty undertones were present as was a grassy hop aroma.

The taste was very clean. A good amount of maltiness for such a light looking beer. As such, there was a nice light biscuity finish.

The mouthfeel was suoer clean. There was excellent carbonation. A delicious anti-big beer.

Excellent drinkabilty. I drank mine ice cold and in a a pilsner glass - excellent. (516 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz picked up at the Coop last week for abou $3.25.. enjoyed tonight from my small weizen glass.

Short lasting white head.. no lacing atop a crystal straw/lite gold brew.

Aroma is all fruity aroma and low pale malts.. green apple and under-ripe pear.

Flavor is soft pilsner malt combined with appropriate lite bitterness... sorta dry finish.. alot less yeasty fruitiness in this one than the nose would signify... This is a fantastic Kölsch.. I certainly would consider it a benchmark for any brewery and any reviewer... I probably would rate this alot higher in the heat of summer... but right now, even with 6" of snow on the ground, it is dead to rights for what a Kölsch is.

A Kölsch is supposed to be soft around the edges.. just enough of everything to make it special and the "special quality" is damn hard to achieve for brewers. (845 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 8/2010 notes. Poured into a kölsch glass. Pours a pale yellow amber, thick long lasting head and lacing. Strong hoppy, light malt aroma. Wheat flavors, light malt, hops, sweetness and light bready flavors with a hoppy, dry finish. A bit of a skunky flavor at the end, but it fits with the overall flavor. Refreshing. This is a reminder of the tragedy of our adjunct beers and that a brewery can make a light, low ABV beer that is flavorful and a pleasure to drink. (477 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle purchased as a single from Rick's Wine & Gourmet, Alexandria, VA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" off-white head above the golden brew. Head fades at a reasonable pace, with sticky average to good lacing. Aroma is lightly of pale malt and fruity hops, but fleeting. Taste is upfront with quick sweetness, then giving way to somewhat characterless hops bitterness, but still reasonably balanced. Mouthfeel is a bit above average, and drinkability is as well, although most representatives of the style are nicely drinkable too. This one just left me wanting a bit more, but nothing detrimental in this bottle. (644 characters)

Reissdorf Kölsch from Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf
86 out of 100 based on 564 ratings.