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Reissdorf Kölsch | Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf

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86
very good
583 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
583
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3.84
pDev:
17.19%
 
 
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Reissdorf KölschReissdorf Kölsch
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf
Germany | website

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 11-15-2001

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Reviews: 583 | Ratings: 1,181
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.

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Photo of FLima
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bright golden color with apparent carbonation and a fluffy three finger head with medium retention and leaving laces.
Aroma of floral and grassy hops and malt sweetness.
As expected, an assertive and simple taste, but that is rather pleasant. Very clean and refreshing, biscuit malt notes with a perfect balance on herbal hops. Completely absent of off-flavors. Extra dry with a medium bitterness aftertaste.
Light body with a medium but still crisp carbonation.
This beer is perfect for a sunny day like today, round with excellent drinkability and not as “boring” as some Kolsch, you can feel its hops drying your palate forcing you to the next sip. If I would judge it just among Kolsch, I would have given higher grades.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.39/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours out a bright golden straw color with a thin whisp of head. Trying to pull more out of the nose, but it's faint. Pale malts and a touch of grain. Taste is about the same. No off tastes whatsoever, but I'm having a hard time picking things out in the flavor. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. This is, far and away, ahead of all of the poor American kolsch attempts I've tried, but I'd take a Sunner over this any day of the week.

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Photo of Dope
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No idea as to the age.

A: Pours a clear light gold. Very tall and quite fizzy/fluffy white head. Head fizzes fast but slows down after the initial fading. Good head retention. Moderate little fluffy tidbits of lacing.

S: A little noble hops - primarily grass I'd say. Mild cereal grain malt. Maybe the lightest hint of citrus.

T: Again, some mild grass up front. Sweet cereal grain, almost like corn actually now that I think of it. A little wheaty maybe? Not sure what they use but it's quite sweet. Touch of grassy bitterness on the back end.

M: Nicely smooth and medium-light bodied.

O: My first Kolsch and pretty much what I expected. Pretty plain, simple and goes down like water. This is what the BMCs/summer session beers of the world SHOULD be.

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Photo of Huffs
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a sam adams glass, great pure white head developed which was thick and creamy in appearance, great retention and good lacing. Appearance was a clear, golden straw color. Aroma was mild with notes of grain and grass. Taste was clean and smooth with grain and mild hop flavors. Mouthfeel was medium to full with a dry and clean aftertaste. Great beer.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a stange.

A: Clear straw golden color. Two fingers of rocky white head retain well in the narrow glass. Lacing clings to the glass in coarse clumps.

S: Grain, touch of dough, and cracker. Delicate, vague fruitiness. Hay. Soft grassy hopping with just a hint of leafy herbs. Very clean.

T: Lightly toasted grains, cracker, and biscuit. Hops are grassy and show more of a spicy herbal edge than the nose suggested. Hint of grape skin fruitiness. Very clean. Grain and herbal hop in the quick dry finish.

M: Light bodied. Aggressive and sharp scrubbing carbonation. Soft creamy texture.

O: This is the measuring stick by which all other Kolsch beers should be judged. Flawlessly brewed.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at The Owl House in Rochester, NY.

Pours a clear golden yellow, with a quarter inch fizzy head, and a little bit of lacing down the glass.

Smells slightly grassy, a bit of hay, and some indistinct sweet fruitiness.

The taste is similar. Slightly bready, with a touch of fruity yeast flavors, some light green apple, some grassy hops, and a slight metallic kick.

Light bodied, crisp, clean lager mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Very drinkable.

This is a classic Kolsch, and required drinking for anybody interested in the style.

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Photo of BWED
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Clear golden straw body, with some very active carbonation. Bubbly white head. Poor retention, but still looks decent.

S- Pale malt, a bit of staleness. A bit of a fruity nose as well.

T- Crisp malt, not stale one bit, a bit of a fruity tang.

M- Light body. Only a little drying. Pretty clean.

O- Good, clean, and crisp.

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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.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear, pale gold, with every rising bubble (and there are many of them) visible. Head is nearly white, 3 fingers high, and tenacious; lacing is good.

S: Freshly milled grain dominates. Also hay, a faint whiff of apple, and a hint of pepper.

T: Grain flavors are strong, malty sweetness is not. There's a little fruity tartness in the middle, and clean, bitter hops in the finish, but grain is the star.

M: Dry and crisp, but very refreshing. This ones almost too easy to drink.

O: The very epitome of a German session beer. Not my favorite style, but a fine example of the style nonetheless.

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Photo of toddicus13
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to Boddington's tulip pint glass.

A- 3-4, clear yellow. White, foamy, quickly-receding though lasting head w/some lacing.

S- Grainy/yeasty malt smell w/underlying fruity sweetness. Subtle.

T- Dry, grainy, smooth malt flavor. Underlying sweetness comes through, especially in the finish. Occasional astringency. Refreshing.

M & O- Moderately high carbonation. Initially dry & somewhat flat w/sweet finish. Very well balanced. I want more!

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Photo of hackmann
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: light golden crystal clear body with a one finger white head that did not stay around long and leaves some lacing on the glass

Aroma: dusty grains, grassy, fresh biscuit, hint of floral

Flavors: white bread, light grains, sharp sea grass

Mouthfeel: light body; lightly dry feel; refreshing, crisp, fairly clean; grassy twang on the palate; light grassy aftertaste;

To the Point: a true Kolsch; drink it fast for the flavors break down fairly quick as it warms; I would buy this again;

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.02/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a golden straw color. The head starts off a little over one finger high, with a white shade; it ultimately fades to a thin film after a couple of minutes.

S: There's not only a subtle sulfur note here, but also a mineral quality as well. There's also a slight presence of stone fruit esters here. Not much here, good or bad in general - however, this is by no means the freshest bottle, so it's hard for me to decry the (lack of) aroma.

T: I really wish this was fresh(er), but I knew exactly what I was getting into buying this. Thankfully, it's held up acceptably. There are still enough hops clustered on the front end to balance the sweetness of the malts (and likely, cereal grains) near the finish. Fruit esters are very subtle; I'd enjoy it if they were more prevalent here. Faintly buttery at times, also.

M: Can't fault the body here: it's light, crisp, and easy to drink. It's also well carbonated without being over the top. My only nitpick is that the finish could be a little drier.

O: Just as I said, I bought this not expecting a top-caliber kolsch, but wondering how good this could still be after being on the shelf for over a year. It's held up enough to where it's still a competent (if unimpressive) example of the style. I plan on re-reviewing this.

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

Tasted in a Reissdorf Kolsch glass from a 12 oz bottle. Look is clear bright gold, two finger head and lingering lacing. Smell is fruity with light hop aromas and a hint of mint. Taste is delicate fruit, a hint of vanilla and sweet malt notes. Feel is light in body with a crisp dry finish. One of the pioneers of the style and should be considered as a classic.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: The clarity is brilliant, the color is pale gold. Topping it off is a thick and persistent pure white head.

Smell. A slight sulfuric aroma is delivered some first aid via a healthy a dose of noble hops. Grainy malt wafts in the background.

Taste: A puckering, tart character that is typical for the style is accompanied by grainy malts and noble hops with low-medium bitterness. A slightly mineral character to the water can be detected.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light mouthfeel and medium carbonation keep things crisp and light. The finish depicts a happy medium between smooth and dry.

Overall: Objectively speaking, the beer appears to be true to style. Subjectively speaking, this is a beer with a mineral quality and an astringency that I just can't get behind. Reminds me of a cheap light lager. Of course, I'm fairly certain that if I was in Germany and was having a fresh bottle, I'd be happier with this beer.

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Photo of Libationguy
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light straw color with some gold hues. White fluffy head with moderate retention.

An interest mix of aromas. Some light fruity notes mixed with gentle citrus and then deep base notes of wet mineral and sulphur. Pushing up from underneath are notes of cat pee and flint. While it might be an odd combination, it certainly wasn't boring.

A gentle bitterness is balanced nicely with the malt. While the front end shows more of the mineral, while the finish brings back the fruitiness that lingers for a bit. A light hoppyness holds it all together.

Mildly creamy on the palate with just a touch of wateriness at the edges.

A very interesting beer that has you putting your nose in the glass several times. Things were evolving, showing new facets, and developing all the way to the bottom of the glass.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours straw gold with a tall head of thick white foam that fell slowly leaving lots of lace behind and a cap and ring. Exceptional clarity and brilliance. Nose has a good sour bite from the yeast up first then a clean and mildly fruity smell. Apples and some faint spice. Pale malt with a honey sweetness. Light grain. Earthy. Taste is perfection. Refreshing with the apple as it comes over the palate fruity and sweet with plenty of smooth bread underneath. A touch of floral and even a little mint. The body is feather light and smooth. It 's supple and rich. There is a deep earthy quality to the malt that I find spectacular in it's straightforward simplicity. It's dry overall and leaves with a touch of pine and a small bitter. There's no lingering aftertaste except for the taste of minerals. It's superbly clean. Very refreshing and a stellar example of the style.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Straw-gold; slightly cloudy; effervescent; small head

Aroma: Slightly sweet; bready; faint alcohol; grassy

Taste: Slightly sweet on start; leads to slightly dry, hoppy flavor; not overpowering; smooth overall, but not overly complex; refreshing, though

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of WoogityBoogity
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a brilliantly clear golden straw color. White head dissipates quickly.

S - Low Pils malt aroma. No hope aroma. Very faint sulfur odor. Faint fruity esters present when aerated, but don't retain.

T - Balance is quite neutral, with attenuated malt profile and mild bitterness. Finish is dry and complimented with a pleasant 'tangy-ness'. Noticeable mineral character.

M - Very crisp finish, medium-light body. Above average carbonation. No warming from alcohol.

O - An excellent Kolsch. Pure and true to its heritage. You can't help but feel this is what many domestic brewers have attempted to copy. Drinkability is excellent.

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Photo of DerAtomsmasher
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Feels like this was the original from which every other adjunct American macro lager was Xeroxed & Xeroxed & Xeroxed.

Crystal clear & golden with a nice bit of quickly dissipating head.

Malty grains in the nose with a sort of hay-ness that crosses over into the first sip. Crisp with bitter tea-like astringency and and a little peachy. I feel like the constellations of ingredients are aligned in this Kölsch perfectly. Wish I could find it in 6 packs.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright pale golden color with great clarity and a bright white head. Grainy nose with some earthy hop.

Lighter bodied brisk carbonation faintly fruity upfront, Apple's pears and citrus rind, herbal earthy hop backing cuts clean and dry. Nice malt body clean and crisp, goes well with mild cheeses.

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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.

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Photo of Treb0R
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly amazed at how tasty and smooth this beer is. Any BMC drinker would be completely blown away by Reissdorf Kolsch because it's somewhat similar to the flavors found in your typical cheapo Adjunct Lager, but a million times better. T

The richness and balance of flavor is truly superb. The color is brilliantly light yellow with a nice head, and the flavor/aroma is full of rich grain and smooth hops. High carbonation and light body. The drinkability is perfect. A very fine example of a Kolsch and really, awesome brewing in general .

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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.

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Photo of jonb5
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Half Litre bottle, poured into pint glass.

A: Golden colour, clear, one finger head which didn't hang around too long. Looked lively.

S: Chardonay and cork, more hop content than other Koelschs.

T: Grape, wine gum, rubber, less bitterness than some Koelschs, wheaty finish.

M: Crisp texture, light body, well carbonated.

O: Hard to find fault, balanced, crisp, reasonable depth.

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Reissdorf Kölsch from Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf
86 out of 100 based on 583 ratings.