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Reissdorf Kölsch - Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf

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915 Ratings

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Ratings: 915
Reviews: 536
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 45
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf visit their website

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 11-15-2001)
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Photo of Naugros

New Jersey

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

A beautiful pale yellow, crystal clear beer with a 3 finger wide, egg white head on top. Bubbles of carbonation also affix themselves to the side of the glass (a .2L kolsch glass), like barnacles. This does not repeat itself when the glass is refilled. Some lace is left behind in clumps, but the remaining head shortly reclaims most of its colonies...a few stay rogue.

Floral and spicy on the nose with wafting odors of sourdough bread.

Surprisingly, the taste does not mirror the smell. It's very subtle in flavor, very dry. A wee bit of lemony citrus at the back with a slim sense of salt on the sides of the tongue. There is a biscuity feel up front, without much of a corresponding flavor.

Very crisp, very clean. If there is an aftertaste it only lasts a second or so. The carbonation level is perfect.

Exceptionally drinkable. All the lightness of a light American lager in an ale without bitterness or other harsh flavors. This is a very refreshing beer that can be enjoyed like a session beer to quench a massive thirst.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 01:19:30 | More by Naugros
Photo of Kaiser777


4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Very clear golden yellow with a thick rich pearl white head, with little bubbles slowly floating to the top, and a beautiful lace that hugs the glass and let's you know it's staying there.

S- It is slightly malty with an almost pilsner smell to it.

T- It is light but very delicious, with a slightly malty taste and a dry finish, and an awesome hoppy after taste.

MF- Coats the mouth very well, light carbonation, with a dry finish.

D- In my book I could drink this beer all the time, very refreshing and delicious, not to heavy and not to light, with a pilsner fell that is lighter then your average pilsner, so two thumbs up from me, satisfiying to the last drop.

Hats off to the fellows in Germany that brewed such a wonderful beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2010 21:24:40 | More by Kaiser777
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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I enjoyed this one much better on tap than in bottle

A- sparkly clear golden amber with fine rising bubbles. Creamy dense white head leaves this curtains of lace. Foam never completely dissipates and th lace forms nice hard rings as it dries. Served in an authentic reissdorf stange.

S- bready sweet and malty like a very clean Helles or lightly hopped pils. Some grassy and floral nots and a bit of apple skin and banana.

T- a tiny touch of bubble gum at the very start then grassy herbal hop flavor followed my very fresh lightly toasted malt. Much better than the bottle I had a few years ago. Near the finish the hops are more like tea or very light tobacco with some tart lemony characteristics and the toasty crackery cereal flavors far outlast the bitterness long into the crisp finish.

MF- light and lively, an excellent refreshing thirst quencher. Carbonation is aggressive and prickly and gves the brew a cool menthol feeling. Very clean on the palate with no residual anything except a light fresh barley aftertaste and a moderate dryness.

D- incredible summer brew, having this on tap has definitely
renewed my faith in this style. I'm a born again kolschstian. Easy going dryness makes this one hard to put down and the attractve cylinder showng a golden beer in all it's glory is equally alluring.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2010 19:07:13 | More by hustlesworth
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3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: cask

05-25-2010 23:35:54 | More by glid02
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3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a very pale yellow, topped by a half inch of white fizzy foam that fades immediately to a ring. aroma is pleasant but light. Light general fruitiness among a sort of husky grain aroma. I am not sure I get any hop here. Flavor is better than decent, more of the same with more hop. Bitterness is almost balancing, could be 10-20% higher and be better IMO. Still a bit fruity in the hop area, slight herbal. Not a pilsner-type spicy to my palate. Drying on the tongue in the finish, along with slight lingering bitter and plenty of carb. body is light but not thin, carb refreshing, no off flavors...and at the same time nothing to write home about. Nicely fills the gap between pilsner and golden ale.
I've had it before and will have it again, but doubt I'll ever seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 19:19:30 | More by udubdawg
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3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a clear pint glass at Mellow Mushroom (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Clear golden with 1-finger average off-white head with mid-pack retention and lacing.

S: Grainy, herbal aromas that characterize the hybrid of ale and lager that this style represents.

T: Flavor is much huskier and grainy than any ale yet still hits the fruity, herbal notes very well. I have learned not to expect much from a kolsch, but this brew delivers a lot of light fruity, ale flavor with a solid malt backing.

M: Clean and dry with a short husky grain aftertaste. Body is light-to-medium but more towards light.

D: A great standard by which to judge the style as this brew delivers all of the classic style features and is a joy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2010 03:26:47 | More by argock
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District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2010 02:00:37 | More by Huhzubendah
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale gold with a thick head that quickly thins to a soapy sheen.

Aroma is grainy pale malt. Grassy, and musty with a light citrus character.

Taste is what the nose lead me to expect. Grainy pale malt with residual sweetness. Hops bring a lemony crispness. Finishes dry and a little chalky, with lingering yeasty funk and light fruit notes.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied.

This is a great example of the style. Grainy sweetness, funky, grassy light fruit, and a crisp finish. This isn't a style that I would normally seek out, but this is one of the better Kolsh I've had to date.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 22:57:42 | More by Blakaeris
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New York

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

A: It poured perfectly clear and straw yellow in color with a medium sized head that died down quickly into a thin layer of bubbles on the surface. There's a moderate level of carbonation.
S: There are light aromas of grainy malts with notes of lemons.
T: The taste is very clean and is well balanced between the malt and hops; it also has some notes of grapes.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with lots of crispness and dryness.
D: It's very easy to drink this beer, which quenches your thirst and is very refreshing. This is very sessionable, especially on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 01:02:36 | More by metter98
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4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is only the second Kolsch I have ever had. So bare with me.

A: Lively golden in color, with an amazing white head that slowly fades.

S: Very light smelling in the way of hops, maybe a slight floral scent.

T: Taste similar to what I smell, very light tasting, crisp and clean. The last bit is a hint of some fruit and hop.

M/D: Very light, with spot on carbonation. This seems like a great summertime beer to me. Always saw people say this, but seems session worthy to me.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 12:47:26 | More by kylehayworth
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3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a crystal clear yellow with a fizzy white head, very typical US Macro Looking.

Had a light corny smell.

The flavor was light and slightly sweet with a bit of light grassy hops.

The mouthfeel is light and crisp with a long dry finish.

Decent, but nothing real exciting, its like a better done version of of your standard US Macro Lager.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 02:05:15 | More by bashiba
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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= golden yellow, nice foamy head when poured and dissipating to continual rimming, some lacing. Plenty of carbonated bubbling.

S= let it set for a few minutes to find it, otherwise it's not strong but still nice. At first, just some light hops florals. Then malts are very easy to find, esthers, Noble hops.

T= grassy dry up-front but not overly bitter, nice sweet malts, balanced carbonation, very enjoyable.

M= dry, a bit dusty, some grassy notes.

D= very drinkable, possibly even a Bud fan might enjoy it for a "real beer treat." Traditional Koln Kolsch, a bit more dry than some of the popular ones around the city. Should be great with anything that goes well with a Lager or Pils.

If you like more dry beers, this would be a great example of Kolsch for you. I prefer slightly more evident hops florals and a touch more sweet malts but this one is great and if I were back in Koln and this was the featured beer I'd be sessioning.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 22:41:03 | More by therica
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3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.5l on tap poured into a large German glass.

Pours a ver clear yellow with a small white head that faxes quick with no lacing. Nose is light and rich but fairly plain.

Taste is wheaty and sweet but really light. It's good but pretty plain and dull. A decent session ale but still a good beer worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2010 05:08:01 | More by kingcrowing
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4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoying this at home on a nice Spring-like Monday night in California. Poured into a tumbler in the low 40 degrees range.

Body is straw yellow with good clarity and little bubbles rising to the top forever. Bright white good amount of head tops it off, with some small traces of lacing and an okay ring sticks around.

Smells of hay, fresh cut grass, crackers, and fresh baked bread. I get a little lemon and some floral stuff, but it's very muted. I wish I could smell more of the hop qualities here.

Tastes very nice. A delicate balance of sweet bready malts that give way to a very nice grassy, floral quality and some beautiful fruity-ness. I am pleased. Finish is bone dry and satisfyingly bitter.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing, surprisingly smooth and not too prickly...

Can't beat the drinkability. I love the dry finish and it just seems like the ideal beer for barbecuing outside or drinking after mowing the lawn. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 03:48:40 | More by Bubba83
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3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2010 02:25:10 | More by Cyberkedi
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4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice clear bronze/brass color with a massive foamy head that sticks to the side of the glass. Astringent grassy yeasty sweet malty carmel aromas. Taste mimicks the aroma almost exactly but with a metallic finish. Perfect creamy texture and good body and carbonation. Easy drinking.

Serving type: cask

03-08-2010 20:39:36 | More by berserker256
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New York

4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I"m a big fan of Kolsh and this is among the better ones i've had. I tried this a few times in the bottle and it was always great and the draft version is both fresher and mellower.

Amazing golden color with great carbonation, awesome yeast aroma and an overall perfect beer to enjoy on a warm afternoon.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2010 19:23:34 | More by david18
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3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

*this is my first time having a kolsch in general.

A: beautiful golden hue with a decent head that fell quickly.
S: smells good. can't put my finger on what i'm smelling.
T: Tastes alot like a pilsner which I find interesting. It's the missing link between ale's and lagers. Kind of has a little bit of fruity esters in the after taste.
MF: decent carbonation in the mouth feel.
D: obviously a very refreshing beer that would be perfect in the summer after a long day of work.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2010 01:49:19 | More by rmolledo
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4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Half liter bottle poured into the closest thing to a Kolsch glass that I could find. I've always love the simplicity and elegance of many of Germany's labels, and this doesn't disappoint. Served cold, straight from the refrigerator.

A- Pours a pale straw to straw with perfect clarity. Two or three streams of beads float to the top with metronome-like timing. The striking part about this beer is the consistency of the head. Similar in density to frothed milk, the head clings to the steep sides of the glass as it falls down to a thin foam that completely covers the surface of the beer. Kolsch as it should be.

S- Abundant malt and minerals that reminds me of fresh bagel dough. A touch of yeast fruitiness and an underlying noble hop character that gives the aroma a distinct crispness. So clean and so refreshing that you know this is going down quick.

T- The malt character up front is simple and does not interfere with any other part of the beer. The noble hops are more prevalent in the taste than in the aroma and recognizable from beginning to end. The yeast is fruity and shows itself mostly near the end. A subtle bitterness provides a drying finish with a grainy aftertaste.

M- Medium to high carbonation with a light body and a dry finish. Certainly falls within style, but is the low point of the beer, leaving something to be desired.

D- A more drinkable beer may not exist. Not only is this fairly low in alcohol, but the flavors are so subtle that my palate could handle liters before tiring. A fine example of an under-appreciated style. Kolsch is too viewed as an alternative for the non-initiate instead of a style capable of high regard.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 19:04:44 | More by Pecorasc
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4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I love Kolsch. It is my favorite lager-esque beer.

A – Big golden body with a rich white tower of foam that sticks around proudly.

S – Clean sweet German malt, and light esters.

T – This brew has the distinct German taste, presented in a big, rich, full manner and avoiding the sweatiness. A surprising banana nut bread tone is found in the finish. A great ambassador of the Kolsch style of lager (not actually lager, I know...)

M – Feel is on the full side of medium-bodied, well-carbonated.

D – This is immensely drinkable; delicious as a stand alone or paired.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2010 21:48:02 | More by ktrillionaire
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3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden yellow with a two-finger super creamy head. Dissipates to a single finger quickly and leaves its mark on the glass. Recedes too quickly, yet laces well.

S: Malt... not aromatic enough to get anything else.

T: You got your lager in my ale! Crisp malt which is very lightly hopped, but not much else here for complexity. The salsa I had a few hours ago is enough to overpower just about everything in this beer. This is a good beer considering the style. The finish feels a bit "cheap". There is a certain apple/grapeish undertone to the malt at hand.

M: Creamy, good carbonation, and very good overall considering the style.

D: Easy to drink, but it could be a little boring as long as the hop aromatics remain lost.

O: This style is too easy going for me... and $4 for a bomber? never again!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 00:37:24 | More by icetraxx
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3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 01:50:05 | More by drabmuh
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4.78/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml into Bicentennial Mason Jar.

A: 2 finger white head over a nice copper-golden body. Bits of lacing here and there.

S: Bready and floral. Nice grapey malts.

T: Very refreshing. an almost grape bubblegum, lemony notes. Super smooth and refreshing malts that give way to nice dry mouthfeel of floral hops. an almost green tea ending.

M: A one. Light to medium-light bodies. Just the right carbonation.

D: This type of beer and ones similar are becoming my favorite brews in the world. The second time I've had this. And after the first sip I cannot believe that I forgot about it so quickly. One of my top brews now, try one on it fits nicely.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 00:34:08 | More by baos
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3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours clear and golden with a huge fluffy white head that exhibits excellent retention and leaves tons of crisp white lace on the glass.

S - Bready. Saltine cracker and sea salt. Toasted wheat crackers.

T - Cracked wheat, honey, and a very light touch of caramel. Reminds me of Wheat Thins.

M - Light, but slightly creamy. The carbonation is top notch, and some mineral water touches give this a firm feel.

D - Nothing too special. This is a good warm weather session candidate. Slightly creamier and more honey-focused than others of the style. Not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 21:48:07 | More by pmcadamis
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2.65/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Deep gold in color with a moderate white head, fair retention and lace. Smells of grainy malts and faint grassy hops. Not much depth in the nose. Tastes vinous with an unappealing strength, cereal and corny finish. The finish really kills this one. Light bodied with a medium level of carbonation to it. Not so nice, really, tastes like an adjunct lager that just so happens to be an ale. Recommend against.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 03:38:34 | More by vacax
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