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Reissdorf Kölsch - Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf

Reissdorf KölschReissdorf Kölsch

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BA SCORE
87
very good

861 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 861
Reviews: 532
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.4%


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)
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superspak

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 05:25:27 | More by superspak
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sajaffe1

Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Clear, faded pale amber color, large head that disappears relatively quickly, fair amount of lacing on the glass

S- Smells like white wine, a bit of hops, not a huge amount of malt character

T- Tastes like a sparking chardonnay with a touch of malt, fairly dry hop character and finish, pretty lager-like for an ale, pretty dang refreshing

M- Sparking, a bit foamy, dry, very clean taste

O- Not bad at all. It has a very refreshing taste and goes great with a warm sunny day.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 21:40:43 | More by sajaffe1
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reissdorf Kölsch has a thick, foamy, slightly off-white head, a clear, bubbly, golden appearance, and some pretty thick lacing left behind. The aroma is of pungent barley malt and generalized beer. Taste is of sweet bread, barley malt, a dash of hearty hops, and clean water. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Reissdorf Kölsch finishes crisp, refreshing, mild, and delicious. Overall, this is quite good, and I strongly suggest checking it out.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 23:48:04 | More by RonaldTheriot
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jibjib513

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: Bottle to stange like glass.

Appearance (4.0): light golden and very clear. Upon pouring has a solid white head and nice carbonation action. However, the head does dissipate somewhat quickly.

Smell (4.0): Smells similar to a dortmunder, in that it has a slight white wine smell to it.

Taste (3.5): Taste good but maybe slightly underwhelming. I'd consider it session-able in that the taste would go with most anything.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Nothing wrong here.

Overall (3.5): Though most of my categorical scores were 4.0, I feel like this one only deserves a 3.5. Everything is solid but it seems to be a bit underwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 21:56:58 | More by jibjib513
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acelin

Kansas

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

Poured into a stange from the bottle, may have been slightly old. No skunk flavor, so at least it was taken care of.

Pours a crystal clear yellow with a large head that dissipated quite quickly.

The fragrance of this beer was lacking, but appropriate for a Kolsch. Pale malts, noble hops. Nothing more, nothing less.

Taste is sweet, with a slight bitter noble hop taste initially, and the beer finishes dry. Very refreshing. A great summer beer.

I imagine on tap the mouthfeel would be far better, or in a newer bottle. Great beer, great light taste. Basically a pilsner ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 05:37:40 | More by acelin
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bushbeer75

Michigan

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

500ml Bottle

Reissdorf Kolsch poured a clear pale gold with a short white head that produced minimal lacing. The nose is mild, and clean with aroma of light fruit. The flavor is; pleasant, crisp, clean and refreshing. Light fruit, pears and green apples dominate with a hint of hops in the background. Mouth feel is very light and crisp with effervescent fizzy bubbles.

Reissdorf Kolsch is a very easy drinker that before you realize you have consumed the entire bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 18:44:29 | More by bushbeer75
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ckollias

Maryland

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

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a clear golden hue with a 3-finger, white, frothy head that slowly dissipates down the glass and ends in a solid lace.

S: Crisp and clean malty aroma with a slight hop scent.

T: Malty flavor with a slight tart bitter hop flavor. Finishes on the dry side of tart.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Not a huge fan of Kolsch but this was by far the best I have tried. Wouldn’t grab it again but glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 02:07:30 | More by ckollias
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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

4.98/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful, crystal clear, golden wheat color topped by an egg-shell white head that has a soft texture and a perfect consistency. Served in a strange glass.

The aroma is a gentle hop aroma filled with fresh grass and herbs, followed by a hay-like malt aroma, which is simple yet elegant at the same time.

Reissdorf Kolsch is a perfectly-balanced beer with Noble hops up front, with a slightly bitter finish and sweet biscuit malts in the aftertaste.

Texture is excellent with a creamy mouthfeel and a lively carbonation. Finishes really smooth.

This has got to be the pinnacle of the kolsch style. Just a fantastic beer, and I wish that this was something more available in our area. I think this beer is a must try for any true beer lover. Just amazing!

Pair this beer with pretzels, landjagers and any kind of wursts!

Purchased at the Wine Source in Baltimore, MD.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 03:11:14 | More by MusicaleMike
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Ryan011235

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Parkbrau Pils glass on 8/23/12

Shiny, clear golden yellow with a two finger head of bright white foam. The foam doesn't last for terribly long; a diminished layer remains after only a few minutes. Hardly any lace. Still, it was a sharp looking beer for a short spell.

The aroma strikes me as interesting - it's not nearly as grainy as I would have figured. Instead, there are floral and grassy notes, lemon, honey and delicate light fruit notions. Swirling the glass draws out crackers and buttered biscuit.

Hmm. Tastes hoppier than I might expect, too. The front end is awash in grassy hops with citric bite in the middle and mild bitterness lingering on the finish. Neat. The hops are rounded out with toasty, fairly neutral grains. This tastes just fine to me.

Crisp and fast seem sufficient to describe the feel. The body is light and geared toward drinkability. All the while carbonation is bubbly, carrying the beer off with astounding ease.

Dang, I want more of this. Multiple pints, please.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 04:54:47 | More by Ryan011235
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dfillius

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass
A: 1.5 finger of fizzy white head with good retention. Would be better if it was more pillowy. Crystal clear pale wan yellow. Decent, not 100% enticing. Good for the style, sans the head. No head remains after a bit.
S: Grain and slightly skunky hops. Metallic aroma detracts. No esters/yeast aroma. Maybe some apple must aroma, a nice addition!
T: Clean, slightly bright apple, no off flavors. Apple juice is strong, some herbal hops are present. Hard to get more than that...My gut tells me that it's a fine representation of the style.
M: Smooth, silky, refreshing
O: Fine quality. I'd love another. Great warm day beer. I'd buy 6 of these.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 01:53:23 | More by dfillius
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked out this beer to pair with barbeque, as well as a last hurrah for summer. Kolsch's just remind me of the warm summer months.

On the pour I get a golden yellow with about two fingers of light foam. This was less foam than I expected, but that didn't affect my scoring.

On the pour I picked up a little grape off the top. As the beer I smell some redder grape flavor. It is pretty sweet.

The flavor has more of the European hop presence. I also pick up some of the graininess.

This is a very easy to drink beer. I recommend it for the last outdoor occasions until you have to put your shorts away (until next summer).

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 22:37:54 | More by ummswimmin
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gpogo

California

4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Clearish light yellow body. Large white head that dissipates to a respectable ring and foam top.

A- Grainy sweetness. Something grassy or herbal though?

T- Sweet and slightly bitter with a mostly dry finish.

M- Light body with a moderate to high carbonation.

D- A very enjoyable Kölsch.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 21:31:42 | More by gpogo
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2012 00:47:36 | More by rudzud
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rdacey

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: slightly grainy and sweet, little to no hop aroma, no esters, no diacetyl

Appearance: beautiful thick white lasting head, straw/ golden color, great clarity

Flavor: Fruity pear esters up front, slight pilsner malt, no diacetyl, little to no hop flavor, finish is moderately dry

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium/high carbonation provides a slight "spritzy" feeling on the tongue, smooth medium dry finish

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 02:20:43 | More by rdacey
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2012 03:00:47 | More by UCLABrewN84
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beergoot

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good medium-gold colored body with a nice white head; some lacing on the glass as the beer disappears. Aroma emits grass-like notes with a hint of cereal and grain; slightly zesty. Bread-like taste, with a tangy bitterness. Overall soft mouthfeel; clean and dry.

A very good German ale, refreshing and quenching.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 20:05:43 | More by beergoot
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 17:29:03 | More by LiquidAmber
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buschbeer

Ohio

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

500ml bottle
Served in a strange glass

A - It is golden colored and topped with three inches of white head.

S - I has a slight skunky smell to it. I find that all kolsch beers have a certain degree of it. I also get some grain. Crisp, clean finish.

T - I get grain and some lemon zest.

M - Moderate to thin

O - As far as I'm concerned this is the kolsch that all others are judged by. I have always liked this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 00:24:30 | More by buschbeer
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articode


3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Bright, clear, and golden, with a thick but quickly collapsing head
S: Grassy and bready yeast
T: Round palate, slightly sour, grainy, overall has a nice balance
M: Fine-bubbled but light carbonation
O: No sharpness (in a good way - round sensation) leaves a pleasant and warm aftertaste

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 00:00:41 | More by articode
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 20:19:51 | More by BlackHaddock
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A great example of the style, maybe my favorite kolsch I've had in my limited experience appreciating the style.

The beer pours a nice golden clear and clean gold, with some bubbles rising from the bottom of the tulip glass like champagne. A healthy white bubbly head tops it off, some nice lacing left.

The smell is nice and clean, sme nice bright light fruit notes and german style yeast, and just a touch of sweetness. Not a big aroma, but I don't expect that with this style.

The taste has a lot of flavor for the style, nice hearty bread notes and yeast pop nicely, some apple flavors too. It's pretty rich across the palate, very refreshing and also very tasty. Dry and grapey too like a nice white wine with malt flavors.

The feel is nice and light, great carbonation that is sort of tingly but not annoying, it's great.

Overall great.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 23:26:08 | More by Dreadnaught33
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haddon

Kentucky

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

pours a clear straw color with a thin white head.

Smells like sweet malt and grain with some bready malt flavor. The hops are floral with a bit of earthiness.

grain and bread flavor with some mild sweetness. There's some floral and earthy hops with just a bit of grass and bitterness.

The body is light to medium with a medium carbonation.

light and easy to drink, like you would expect from a kolsch. good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2012 00:20:00 | More by haddon
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AlexanderSelby

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Perfectly Golden and clear. Simple head. Smells of candy fruit flovors, not in that it is over sweet, but there is no bitter or crisp edge that an actual pear or apple has. Palate is malty, and almost grainy like grits, there is also a touch of fruitiness. There is far more flavor and maltiness here than I would expect from such a clean look. I love it, but do wish for just a touch more hops to cut that corn or grain flavor.

Far more grainy flavor that I was expecting and I love it. Great lighter session beer not devoid of some serious fruity malty flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 02:37:51 | More by AlexanderSelby
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jsisko01

Michigan

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a clear golden color with an inch thick head that dissipates after 2 minutes. Has very nice lacing.

Smell - Very feint consisting of grains and corn.

Taste - Sweet with grains, corn, and pale malts. This actually tastes like a pale pilsner to me..

Mouthfeel - Medium body with high carbonation.

Overall - This is one of the best Kolsch beers I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 05:11:30 | More by jsisko01
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Barnabas


4.68/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is a great beer ! the beauty of this style and this brand in particular, is the bitter flavor is not overbearing , the taste is simple and yet delicious, the smell is that of the greatest hops, It smells like beer my dad used to drink,or the aroma I smelled when I was around rohrbachs brewery growing up.I've tried other brands of kolsch , including sunner and gaffel, have to give gaffel another try,but so far reissdorf has this import on lockdown tastewise for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 20:19:47 | More by Barnabas
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