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Reissdorf Kölsch - Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf

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BA SCORE
87
very good

928 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 928
Reviews: 538
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 45
Gots: 35 | 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)
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Whiteweasel

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pale yellow body, with an almost greenish tint. Carbonation is intense and bubbles in the head are large.

S: Grainy, corny and hoppy. Sweet and light. Not terribly interesting but decent.

T: Corny and light. Low hoppiness. Very refreshing but like the smell, not very interesting. Maybe a little wheat as well. A little hint of white wine after it gets closer to room temperature. Nice

M: Smooth on the attack and the aftertaste. Lots of carbonation. No real alcohol taste, as expected.

D: Very refreshing and decent tasting. Nothing special but would be nice to drink when you've got something else going on. Decent sessioner if it were more complex, but perhaps that's not the strong suit of a Kolsch.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 05:29:34 | More by Whiteweasel
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bierschmecktgut

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brilliantly clear straw color with thick clean white head that lasted for a bit then dropped to an average thin line. Carbonation is small and steady

Distinct hop aroma with a hint of metallic/copper in there which kinda makes my mouth water. slightest of malt/grain aromas behind the hops.

The hops are up front and in the back and leave a slight metallic aftertaste on the top of the tongue. The malt is very light and similar to the smell, is hidden way under the hoppy bitterness. Crisp flavor.

The body is light and leaves no puckering or astringency.

First time for the this style and very impressed, will recommend and get again.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 00:58:45 | More by bierschmecktgut
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 14:34:18 | More by Stinkypuss
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SacredBeverage

Florida

4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a slender Euro-style bottle.

A: A great looking gold straw-like color, perfect clarity and very crisp looking with a nice thin head.

S: An aroma of hops, barley, and a slight fruity smell of lemons. Again, very crisp and refreshing.

T: A nice refreshing bitterness of hops, with some notes of fruit and grain. Crisp, clean, and refreshingly light and smooth. Awesome finish.

M: The mouthfeel is very smooth. Great for the style and for beer period.

D: I could definitely sit and have 3 or 4 of these, great drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 02:44:32 | More by SacredBeverage
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MrMcGibblets

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into a .5 L hofbrau stange. No bottle date noted. straw gold w/perfect clarity. Decent white head dissipates to a nice collar and lacing.
S: fruitiness jumps out-lemony? Also some spicy hops and doughy/bready malts. Spot on for style.
T: superbly balanced, the light bready pale malt sweetness is gently washed out by a very smooth hop bitterness and co2. Finish is crisp and begs another sip. After posting and reading the review below mine, I am totally getting the grape-like taste, and I like that juicy/fruity aspect.
M: perfectly carbonated. Just over light-bodied. Effervescent mouthfeel but not too light, prickly, and unsubstantial if that makes sense.
D: I could have a few of these, the nice german pale malts and fruity esters from the yeast, the kiss of balancing hops...very nice, especially at only 4.8% abv.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 06:01:55 | More by MrMcGibblets
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minishfinish

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straw gold color. Passes the classic consumme test of being able to read a coin date through it. Great head that hangs around the whole time.

Smell is somewhat subtle, with nice bits of bread, light malts, and a sweet almost fruitiness.

Flavor is simple, some bread, pale malts, with a grape, almost wine like flavor.

Mouth-feel is light. Drinkability is high, and this is a very refreshing beer. Carbonation is active, and works well. It not the kind of over carbonation you might see in more domestic examples of this beer, it right were ti needs to be, not overly assertive.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 14:48:31 | More by minishfinish
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wcintula

New York

3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks very nice poured in it's own Kölsch glass. Golden clear body with 2 fingers of head. Not a lot of activity in there, though. Smells up front very grainy and bready, it's pleasant. The taste matches this but I'm getting a tinge of metal. Nice light bodied beer. I'll try this again in the summer though.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2011 14:32:07 | More by wcintula
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Sachsenfreude

Germany

4.68/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance; everything a Kölsch should be. Pours a pale, exceptionally transparent, straw yellow. Decent head that stays thoughout the drink, leaving beautiful lacing, looks like ichthyosaur fossils in a quarry wall. Alert carbonation, making this a perfect pick.

smell; white chocolate malts with a slight grape tartness. Some stale bread blends nicely with toned down hops.

taste; mild unripe fruit sweetness upfront. Some citrusy hops without a rind bitterness. Heavy malts in the finish are most noticable. Grassy notes show up from time to time that balance nicely with the malts.

mouthfeel; loose with perfect carbonation. Only the slightest bit of sting and alcohol burn is present. Very light bodied with a tea-like gentleness in the finish.

drinkability; super drinkable, need I say more, can not be better. One of the best examples of the style that I have ever had, nearly perfect.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 03:57:34 | More by Sachsenfreude
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womencantsail

California

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a clear straw color with a thin white head.

S: Smells like sweet malt and grain with some white grape juice, in terms of the sweetness, with just a bit of bready malt flavor. The hops are floral in nature with perhaps just a touch of earthiness.

T: A good clean grain and bread flavor with some mild sweetness. There's a fair amount of floral and earthy hops with just a bit of grass and a moderate bitterness.

M: The body is light to medium with a medium to high level of carbonation.

D: Really light and easy to drink, like you would expect from a kolsch. No complaints here.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 07:23:54 | More by womencantsail
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mikeg67

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle. Pours golden, with a large white head and soda like carbonation. Aroma of pear, light perfume hops and some malt. Medium, crisp body with light perfume hops, juicy malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Practically no finish. Should be good, refreshing, not memorable, summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 20:36:40 | More by mikeg67
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PintPiner

Minnesota

3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clean malty aromoa plus a touch of fruit.

Finger-width cream white head.

Very pale with lots of bubbles.

Moderate to high carbonation.

Very light, dry mouthfeel.

Crisp fresh malt, very slightly bready, soft bitterish finish. Clean, refreshing, well balanced ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 23:14:33 | More by PintPiner
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kjc51478

Germany

2.75/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden yellow with a small to medium fizzy head. Aroma is mostly malts with some definite toasted grains and a little bit of unpleasant skunkiness as well. Taste is light-bodied, a tad watery with the sweet bready maltiness and grassy hops as the predominant flavors. Finishing is wheaty with a slight sugary taste. Not my favorite Kölsch but certainly a good representative of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 22:34:51 | More by kjc51478
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bigrzman

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is the quintessential Kolsch. Appearance and smell were the only detractors to this beer. It poured out with a lighter color than most Kolsch beers. It was a pale straw color with plenty of medium sized bubbles moving the top. Head was there and then it wasn't. I expected some more head and retention. The smell was clean and had hints of grain and grass...kinda boring.

Tastes like a spring meadow, very grassy grains with a grassy hop backing it. Malty sweetness is well balanced with the grassy hops.

Mouthfeel is correct to style, thin and wet. Drinkability is superb and is good for all seasons a great Kolsch.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 14:18:27 | More by bigrzman
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 17:51:52 | More by WVbeergeek
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boss302

Florida

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Clear and golden in color. Nice fine bubble head. Beautiful inviting beer.

S Sweet malty aroma. No estery aromas, no off aromas, which is pretty impressive from such a delicate beer from so far away.

T Clean, no estery flavors, no old flavor, just good fresh tasting Kolsh. Like a Kolsh, nothing standsout, light delicate and refreshing.

M Thin with high carbonation.

D Very drinkable, a good repeatable beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 01:50:10 | More by boss302
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean yellow color with a off white head. In the aroma, a small hop presence and basically a standard lager smell. In the taste. small hints of earth and fruitiness, but still standard lager kind of taste. A small bite, but mainly smooth and a light bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry to clean, light maltiness in the aftertaste. I like it, but kind of standard Euro light lager.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 12:38:27 | More by OWSLEY069
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charlzm

California

2.79/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Consumed October 12th, 2010 at Tony's Darts Away, Burbank, CA.

Very effervescent clear golden brew with a thin skin of white foam.

Not particularly aromatic: slight grainy, husky aroma.

Flavor barely registers. Soft, indistinctly sweet and grainy. Slight fruitiness isn't substantial enough to identify.

Medium mouthfeel, mostly unremarkable.

Nothing wrong with this, except it has virtually no flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 05:13:46 | More by charlzm
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BeerAndBourbon

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours a very pale yellow with a billowing three finger head that leaves lots of residual clinging.

S. Grainy with a light sweetness.

T. Sweet grains and maltiness. Simple, but solid.

M. Lots more body than expected - medium body with low to medium level of carbonation.

D. Very good - very drinkable; I'd have it more if it wasn't so expensive.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 04:38:13 | More by BeerAndBourbon
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HURTemHIZZY

Virginia

2.6/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Very disappointing. Pour is nice, with a clear golden yellow tone and a nice one finger pure white head that sticks around for a couple minutes and never goes below a decent sized ring around the glass. Leaves some lacing. Smell is pretty faint, get some cereal, grains, and a slight citrus note.

Taste is meh. Biscuity, with cereals and grains, rounds into a (very) slight citrusy hop profile. Finishes like nothing at all; literally no lingering flavors besides the dry cereal. Refreshing? I guess. Boring? Most certainly. I think if you put this brew inside a bud light bottle the ratings would go from a B+ to a D. Nice mouthfeel, though. Light, crisp, medium amount of prickly natural carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2010 13:34:59 | More by HURTemHIZZY
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claspada

New Jersey

1.83/5  rDev -52.6%
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...

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 15:29:11 | More by claspada
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dasenebler

Maine

3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.5L bottle, German distribution. Best by 1/7/11.

Pours an impeccably clear yellow-gold, with a bright white head. Good lacing.

The aroma is grainy, with the faintest earthy hop note.

The flavor is excellent: very light and clean. There's thin biscuity malt, along with a subtle hop spice. Not sweet or bitter, just light and non-intrusive. The finish is awesomely clean, with a crispness you just don't get with American interpretations of German styles. The mouthfeel was light, with lively, spritzy medium carbonation.

This is a very well-made Kölsch. An ideal warm-weather or session beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 19:45:50 | More by dasenebler
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a clear golden color and a modest head that leaves a few strands of lace

Smell: A bit of grain but not much else is discernable

Taste: The malty elememnts of this beer are slightly sweet and bready, up front, with a grainy, lemony bitterness that develops by mid-palate; at the same time, a fruity character from the yeast adds complexity; after the swallow, the crispness finishes off the flavors quickly, with just a lingering floral element

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation

Drinkability: Crisp and clean with a nice hint of fruitiness; good example of the style

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2010 23:51:47 | More by brentk56
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WYVYRN527

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle.

A: Crystal clear pale straw color, with a fast-settling white head. Carbonation is lively and lacing falls off quickly.

S: Not a whole lot on the nose. Some grainy malt, and a slight grapey, floral character. There are some notes of piney hop in the backround.

T: Begins with bready, grainy malt, followed with fruity undertones. Hops lend a crisp, dry finish that only lasts a few seconds, as to be expected witht this style.

Reissdorf is truly the standard when it comes to Kolsch. Clean, light-bodied, and very pairable with many types of food. It's extremely sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 05:04:43 | More by WYVYRN527
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KDeLibero

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A true Kölsch is the local brew specialty in the city of Cologne, Germany. There are just fourteen breweries that produce Kölsch in Cologne, Reissdorf being one of the most significant. It is an ale made with its own yeast that is top-fermented at warmer temperatures, then "lagered," meaning aged and mellowed just above the freezing point. This results in a refreshing beer that can be enjoyed throughout the heat of the summer.

Poured into a tall, thin glass, the Reissdorf Kölsch is a lively yellow straw color with mellow aromas of fruit and floral hops. This beer is crisp and delicious! The slight hoppiness is complemented by the hint of bitter in the finish. It's flavor is subtle, but reminiscent of sweet fruit and toasted bread. The beer gets interesting with a slight herbal, spiciness followed by a clean, dry finish. This is a very attractive, easy drinking Kölsch, which is true to the tradition and style.

The simplicity of Reissdorf Kölsch means that it will pair well with various foods. It is important, however, to choose foods that will not overwhelm the delicacy of the beer. Try it with a summer salad of fresh greens, grilled beets and your local goat's milk cheese. It would also drink well with a vegetable frittata, or shellfish. It is a great substitute for Riesling or Gewurztraminer in any kind of food pairing. With this in mind, try it with a light, nutty cheese such as Piave Vecchio, which is made from cow's milk in Northern Italy.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 17:57:57 | More by KDeLibero
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schlazzgraft

New York

4.7/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle poured into a glass (i wish i had the RIGHT kind of glass, but anywho...)

A - very, very clear and light; pours with a decent head with not too much retention - fades to a small bubbly foam

S - Pretty mild, slight malts but mostly clean lemony hop scent

T - Fruity up front, but then fading to a nice clean bitterness. Probably one of the cleanest/most refreshing finishes i've experienced.

M - Creamy, but still light and refreshing.

D - Great for a summer night, and one sip leaves you coming back for more

Overall a great beer, and my first Kolsch. I hope to try others in this category someday, although they seem pretty hard to come by.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 22:41:26 | More by schlazzgraft
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