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Reissdorf Kölsch - Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf

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564 Reviews

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Reviews: 564
Hads: 1,100
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 8.59%
Wants: 73
Gots: 95 | FT: 0
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Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf visit their website

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 beerthulhu
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
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. (517 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours clear golden with small bubbles. The tall crystal white head is thick and rather compact. Slow dissipation leaves nice lacings.

S: Clean mild malt, a little sweet. Bitter hops balances. Light fruity (apples) and a bit metallic. Bready.

T: Bready rich maltyness, almost a bit creamy. Bitter hops are present, but mild. Green apples and still that metallic taste you get from Kölsch and Altbier.

M: Long lovely aftertaste, mild bitterness. Body is light and very gulpable while carbonantion is rich but still smooth.

O: A well balanced Kölsch. Very easy to drink, especiall today - a warm summers day. (615 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Fluffy white foam caps this clear, light gold brew. Some chunky lace and decent head retention. Light apple fruitiness in the aroma, along with some spicy hops and mild malt. Light bitterness, spicy hops. Finishes with some fruity esters. Light body, medium carbonation, crisp and clean. A decent beer that seems appropriate for summer. (336 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
2.97/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden yellow color with a thin white head. The aroma is clean grainy malt and some slightly spicey hops. The taste is more of the grainy malt and slightly metallic with a mildly spicy hop finish. Overall, this is just an average beer that doesn't possess any qualities that make me want to have another. (318 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Crystal clear straw gold, smallish head of foam but dang, it won't go away entirely.

Corny, hoppy in a Noble Pils kind of way. Smells like what a desert would smell like if it was a beer.

Lovely grainy corn applied to this Koelsch. The hops have a nice dry and bitter bite to it. Funny that I look at corn as a negative in the macro lagers but here, it works fine.

Light bodied, medium carbonation.

A classic for a reason, me thinks. (438 characters)

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

Ah...my first authentic Kolsch from Cologne.

Crystal clear straw color with a nice looking white head sitting on top. The nose is very inviting. The malt subtleties really play a tune for my nose. And seemingly, some noble hop accents. I like the soft malt tones on the tongue. Pilsner-like maltiness, but not as heavy. Some minor fruitiness is noted. A tanginess from some wheat malt perhaps. And very subtle hop flavor from what I believe is a Hallertau or something similar. Surprisingly big body. At least medium-full. Creamy texture on the tongue allows this one to slide down with ease. Pretty enjoyable, but not the grand experience I was in search of. (662 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.39/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 500 ml. bottle. Sampled on June 6, 2010. It pours an excitably carbonated pale yellow with a short-lasting fizzy head. The aroma was malty although more skunky than I would have liked. It was a turnoff. The taste was somewhat better with bit of grainy malt, thin hops but a great body. (294 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden color with a two-finger head that fades down to a one-finger head in my fluted glass.

Aroma is full of sweet, grainy malt with a hint of hops in the nose. A bit unremarkable.

Taste is full of sweet, grainy malt with the mentioned hop bitterness peeking out in the middle.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering grainy malt and sweetness with a somewhat harsh mouthfeel that doesn't right for the style. I must be imagining things but I was expecting something different.

A bit middle-of-the-road here. I've had better. Not hard to drink but not impressive. (573 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a straw gold color with about a half inch white head. Head retention and lacing is OK. Aroma is grassy, biscuity and lemony, but light. Taste is the same as the aroma, but it's stronger than the aroma is. Mouthfeel/body is light, with good carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. Drinkability is pretty good, it's refreshing and easy to drink. Pretty sessionable, too. Overall I think this is a good beer. If you're looking for something on the lighter side, this is a pretty good choice. (547 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Clarkston Union north of Detroit. It was served in a pint glass (not proper, not proper at all) and smelled malty. A subtle beer style, but I like the funky maltiness in this interpretation. Light, but addictive taste.

The body and color were dead on for the style, being watery and clear yellow color.

I used to think this style was too light and bland to be interesting. But now I can own up: I like Kolsch and I don't care who knows it. (472 characters)

Photo of glid02
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at Mac McGee's in Decatur, GA.

Pours a clear golden-straw color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of sweet and slightly grainy light malts with mild amounts of earthy and leafy hops. The hop aromas turn more floral as the beer warms.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Crisp light malt flavors kick things off and sweeten midway through the sip. Good amounts of floral and earthy hop flavors join in to temper the sweetness and carry through to a crisp and mildly bitter ending.

Overall I thought this tasted almost identical on cask as it did on tap, the carbonation was a bit softer and the hops seemed sharper. This may be due to the fact that it was allowed to drop bright and I didn't get very much yeast. Anyways, a solid beer worth a shot from any medium, likely better if it's fresh. (870 characters)

Photo of claspada
1.86/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a deep gold in color with a moderate white head, fair retention and lace.

Aromas of grainy malts and faint grassy hops. Not much depth in the nose.

The tastes are flat and boring to be perfectly honest. Unappealing depth in malt character, hop flavor and yeast characteristics. A real cereal and corny blah finish. The finish really kills this one; it lingers and actually gets worse with each sampling.

If this is a good Kolsch, it will be my last of the style that's for sure. Really reminds me of an adjunct lager that just so happens to be an ale. Pass... (571 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the moan and dove in Amherst. Poured into a slender.

A - Poured a nice crystal clear straw with a one finger head that fades to leave a thin blanket and light side lacing.

S - Aromas of light grains and bready malts with some slight sweetness and grassyness.

T - Taste isn't bad. More of those grassy hops with nice bready notes as well as a slight metallic taste though. It comes right after the bread and before the sweetish floral hops.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and crisp ans clean. Goos carbonation for a kolsch.

O - Overall I felt this was a solid kolsch offering. Nice pleasant aromas and flavours along with a solid appearance. Jolly good. (662 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer after its separation from the 500ml brown bottle set in the glass the quintessential unclouded gold with a dinosauric sized head that is spumescent in texture, the color a brilliant white as it ever so slowly dematerializes, the lace then forms a satin sheet to lie upon the glass. The nose is fresh, crisp, clean with nice malt sweetness, and the start quite sweet with a pleasant malt profile, the top is prototypical in its light feel to the palate. Finish has a fair to middling acidity, the hops apropos to the style, spicy but pleasant to the palate, very dry and lingering aftertaste, a real refreshing change of pace from the over the top hopped beers I normally favor, quite drinkable and a nice Arizona summer beer. (734 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: subtle malt and fruit esters, pils malt, fruits are like pear or other light fruit. Appearance: Pale gold, 2” fluffy head dissipates slowly leaving cathedral window lacing clinging to the glass as you drink it. Flavor: Balance of pils malt, subtle fruit esters, hops, nothing is overpowering or over stated, soft round palate is key, malt is well attenuated, fruity sweetness is very subtle, medium low bitterness lingers into the finish and after taste with the malt, delicately dry, nothing harsh, low noble hop flavor. Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, medium light body, clean, crisp. Overall: everything is subtle but very well balanced, drinkable and well put together. (681 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear consistency. There was about a quarter inch of long-lasting creamy head. Good lacing.

S: Strangely, there was a slightly skunky quality to this beer. Other than that, I could smell hops and some citrus.

T: Tasted of citrus up front, with a hoppy, grainy quality going down. Also, the aforementioned skunkiness was there as well.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: On the whole, this is a decent beer. Not my favorite thing in the world, but a good beer. (579 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

500ml bottle poured into my hefeweizen glass

A: Light gold with TONS of carbonation - it's beautiful. One finger thick white head

S: Dortmunder-like with biscuit, grass and lemon zest. Mild cinnamon sweetnes in the back.

T: There isn't much to discern here apart from the dry biscuit malt (or rather, I can't) but the finish is dry with a noble hop (Saaz?) bite.

M: Very crisp with extremely lively carbonation

D: Off the charts. Very good stuff, this (457 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a well-carbonated golden body with a one-finger head that slowly receeds. A biscuity and fruity (like grape) smell. Light-bodied, tad slick and smooth. Has a pils-like crispness with that faint smoke veg effect for dryness. Balanced with a good amount of fruit flavors like grape and tropical along with some sweet malts make this an easy-drinking and very enjoyable beer. I haven't had too many of this style but is growing upon me; this particular beer was a perfect complement to my Sunday brunch. (507 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Hinterland stange.
4.8% ABV

A - Reissdorf's long-lasting rocky white head crumbles away to a pile of creamy foam leaving chunky lace adorning the glass above the crystal clear golden yellow beer.

S - Subtle hints of noble hop varieties and their light floral characteristics greet the nose in tandem with soft mineral water accents which brighten the clean pale malt base. A pinch of apricot and dried mango add just the slightest fermentation character to the finish of this Kölsch.

T - Red apple slice and juicy Bartlett pear take the nose's fruit nuances to a new level, opening the flavor with a surprising punch. The pale malt base is soft and sweet, almost more pilsner-like than grainy base malt.

M - Soft and smooth, this Kölsch almost feels like wheat is in play with it's velvety feel. It's not crisp and clean like many other varieties. Instead, it lingers with an understated dryness and moderate carbonation tickle.

O - Between the bold fruit attributes of this Kölsch and it's softer Bohemian pilsner-like feel, this Kölsch exemplifies the difference each brewery has for this style but I personally enjoy the more crisp, clean versions a little more. (1,203 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear straw yellow with a decent fluffy white head - average, but not off-putting. Aroma is average strength, malty and just a tad watery. However, the aroma is this beer's weakest aspect. Flavor is strong, crisp and malty with a fruity overtone. Texture is smooth, lively and fizzy. (291 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Pours a clear, bright golden color. Poured this one into a Kolsch style glass so the head is thick. Mild aroma but extremely on point. A bit of honey and sweet cereal. A nearly lager yeast. Pale malt. Very mild hop presence that almost isn't there. Flavor is soft and delicious. Pale breadiness, sweet grain, a light floral and earthy flavor. A bready, semi-dry finish. Light bodied. Awesome on a 95 degree day. Really becoming a fan of this style. More. This one tastes timeless. (488 characters)

Photo of Durge
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very light golden color kolsch with a firm whte head and fair lacing. The aroma is extremely crisp, clean wheat and cereal. Very nice. The flavor brings light and refreshing wheat and rice that again jumps out as clean and crisp. Real easy drinking for sure, perhaps a bit too aqueous but it is great with food or as a quencher on those hot summer days. I would enjoy a little more body to this but it is still a nice choice. (435 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Brauhaus Schmitdz

A- Clear golden straw, fluffy, pure white head.

S- Slight spicy hop notes, very mild malt, rather clean.

T- Light grains, light hops, a little earth and fruity "funk" to it preventing me from being 100% in love with it.

M- Soft, light crisp. Ample carbonation

D- I understand that each brewer needs to differentiate their product from other brewers, but the little "funk" to my kolsch prevented me from getting that full clean, crisp taste i was looking for. (491 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in my Reissdorf stange. Poured a crystal clear pale yellow with lots of tiny bubbles in solution. Half-inch white head dissipated into a thread-like white band that coalesced around the perimeter of the glass. Clean, grassy nose. Grain is the dominant flavor with a sweet character at the finish. Mouthfeel was light-bodied without being watery and mildly effervescent. Easy drinking and refreshing, but a little too simple for my tastes. (445 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle pours an uber-clear straw color with an ample cap of white head. Nice retention and even better lacing...very impressive looking brew.

Nose is crisp and grainy with a light fruity yeast presence. Not as much yeast influence as other koelsch offerings, but pleasant nonetheless.

Taste is crisp and malty with a light floral hop flavor. Everything comes together really nice and smooth here, a hell of a drinker. I couldnt imagine something else combining the refreshing qualities with full flavor like a good koelsch, and this one does it very well. Not as much yeast presence as I would like to see, but other than that it is top-notch. (652 characters)

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