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Reissdorf Kölsch - Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf

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564 Reviews

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Reviews: 564
Hads: 1,102
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 74
Gots: 98 | FT: 0
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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 kaszeta
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the 2003 Art of Beer Festival: Stammtisch.

Poured with a clear golden body and a thin lacy white head. It has a malty nose with just a hair of fruitiness, and a bit of grass. The flavor was more reminiscent of a bock than a kolsch, with a very malty flavor, with hints of caramel and wheat. Smooth, warm mouthfeel, with a fair bit of body, and a bit of a dry aftertaste. Pleasantly drinkable. (406 characters)

Photo of cretemixer
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first authentic Kölsch. Pours a clear yellow-gold with a pure white, compact head. It settles to a solid, thin layer fed by steady, moderate carbonation.
Clean, malty aroma with a hint of fruit...apples or pears maybe.
The flavor is almost all malt. The hops are gentle and slightly citric. Clean and smooth from start to the dry finish. Medium body, slick in the mouth with gentle carbonation.
There is nothing overpowering about this beer, it's just a refreshing, thirst quenching, highly drinkable beer. Everything a Kölsch is supposed to be. (553 characters)

Photo of hotstuff
3.12/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There was nothing all that special that stood out with this beer.It was just an easy drinking beer with no outstanding characteristics to rave about.It was just another beer.It poured a small sized white head with fine-medium sized bubbles that quickly dissipated.The body was clear with slowly rising carbonation with a straw yellow hue.The nose was malty and hoppy and some fruit notes?The flavor a little bit acidic with some hops notes.It had a thin, watery texture to it and it was also smooth and light bodied.There was virtually no lacing. (546 characters)

Photo of bditty187
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant, clear light-gold hue, bubbly white head that reached a smidge over a finger’s worth, good retention, spotty lace. The nose is lightly malty (with very light fruitiness) lacks in potency and depth, it did “improve” as it warmed. Mediocre, at best. Shockingly malty palate, tremendously tasty! Slight graininess, caramel hints too… the hops bitterness is very mild with some grassy flavors added… distant whispers of sweet vanilla. Somewhat dry. Minimal malty aftertaste. Damn good. Medium-body, mild carbonation, pleasant mouthfeel. Very drinkable… lovely. This completely changes the way I look at Kölsch beers, for the better. Recommended. (658 characters)

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

Completely clear with light golden straw color. A substantial fine, white head with minimal lacing but a bit of persistent carbonation. Smell is more pleasant and strong than expected in a beer that looks so light. Crisp grains rule the day with some breadiness and a dash of spice. Grainy taste that doesn't vary a great deal from start to finish, though the latter gets dires a bit. A hint of fruit is present too, though I can't pin it down. Eminently soft mouthfeel with a little crispness to make it interesting. (517 characters)

Photo of marburg
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Heidelberg! Limply -- but not unattractively -- pale gold in color. Very, very clear -- not the slightest haze. Well-carbonated as evidenced by quite the swirl of bubbles dancing around in my glass. Head is decent and pure white but fades reasonably fast.

Lightly fruity aroma is slammed by a more basic, grain-like nose. All malt and fruit in the flavor. Sweet hints of apples, peaches, and perhaps wet wood. As it warms, the flavor shifts towards the finish, which is grassy and herbal tea-like. Dry. Understated hop bitterness. A little on the thin side of medium-bodied. God-friggin-damn drinkable. (619 characters)

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A crystal clear golden body topped by a rather thin white head that creates moderate lacing. The nose is mostly malt with hints of fruit that portray a lightness that really isn't isn't present in the taste. This is a very nice Kolsch that imparts lovely crispness in the finish. I found this to be a thoroughly refreshing late summer beer with good feel and drinkability. (372 characters)

Photo of UnionMade
3.06/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer arrived looking a slightly hazy golden yellow, with a thick frothy white head. The head died down fairly quickly, leaving only a thin ring around the edges.
Aroma is malty, with a solid german hopping. Clean, with little esters. Simple, but everything was in it's right place.
Flavor is initially malty, with hops appearing about halfway through the sip and finishing the beer crisp and clean. Almost no aftertaste, save a touch of pale malt. Well carbonated and refreshing. Kolsch is a wonderful style, when it's done correctly... (542 characters)

Photo of Jon
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is what the Kolsch style should taste like. On draught, this pours a light golden straw with a frothy, white head that leaves rings of lace down the glass. Although it does need occasional agitation, the head sticks around for the duration of the brew. Aroma is a pleasant blend of almost spicy, relatively bitter hops and a fresh, yeasty profile as well. This is a flavorful brew, with a sweetish, full malt character that melds well with the predominantly bitter, but overall mild German hops. Oddly enough, notes of oak/wood seem present, as well. The mouthfeel is quite smooth with mild carbonation. As the brew warms up a bit, it becomes almost syrupy, but in a good way. Incredibly drinkable, this would be an excellent summer thirst quencher -- all that a Kolsch should be! Definitely worth a try, especially if you can locate it on draught. (853 characters)

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

When I think of just a plain old beer, simple yet tasty, this would be it. It poured a nice golden yellow, with a good head. Slightly bitter, but not very. Clean tasting, almost to a point of refreshing. A slight "gruff" taste of rawness as it slides down your throat. Very good indeed. (286 characters)

Photo of taez555
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle

This beer poured a very clear golden yellow body with a small white finger sized head. Very tiny fine bubbles floated to the top very quickly through the body.

The nose was simple. A classic german pilsner smell. Almost reminisant of bud or other american macro type beer.

The taste was very light. Smooth with a simple light bitterness. There were some soft buttery flavors as well a light woodsy taste. The hops were very mellow, never coming to the forefront. You could deffinatly taste the subtleness of the german noble hops, giving it an almost minty/earthy quality.

The beer finished slightly dry with a lot of lingering bitterness.

Overall it's a very simple and refreshing beer. This is almost what I would imagine bud tasted like before it got mass produced. (797 characters)

Photo of Sixpack595
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A very clear almost yellw color with very little head. Aroma was slightly bready and spicy. Taste showed a good bit of grain as well as hop bitterness. Very crisp and drinkable. Looking at my score, I realize I enjoyed the beer more than the numbers reflect. Is it a great beer? No, but I will buy it more often than some beers I've given higher reviews...it just so damn drinkable. (382 characters)

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

Grain aromas with a slight sweetness. Grain carries through to the flavor where other malt flavors come through but are quite subdued. Not much bitterness at all. Beer poured a clear gold in color with a fine bubbles coming from the well carbonated brew. (254 characters)

Photo of Darkale
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light, clear-yellow body -- one of the clearest beers I've ever poured. White head is fizzy and dies down fast, then holds at about a quarter-inch for most of the life of the beer. Very slight lacing.

Aroma is pungent and acrid. When I compare my notes with those of other reviewers, I find that I must be missing something with the aroma, because to me it was the least appealing aspect of this otherwise very excellent beer.

Taste is astringent, crisp, and dry, like a fine white wine. Hints of apple. Sweet at the end, and then unaccountably spicy. Carbonation is full and adds to the dryness of the taste.

Aftertaste is slightly spicy with more apple, and then finally slick like butter in the mouth. Lingering aftertaste is a combination of spice and butter. Very nice.

This is my first foray into the world of Kolsch beers, and I am impressed and eager for more. Can't believe this is an ale. A wonderful beer to sip, a great mix of flavors. (960 characters)

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

Tall 500 mL (16.9 oz), brown bottle, capped. No date.

This Kölsch poured a clear, straw-yellow color with creamy, thick white foam that eventually settled but did not leave much lace. The smell was mild: slightly sweet malt and grain. The taste was very malty (slightly sweet) with a hint of hops and biscuit. The mouthfeel was a bit thin (medium-light body) with low carbonation feel, but was smooth. The drinkability was decent: very easy to drink. I found the tap version a bit more tasty. (496 characters)

Photo of Indybeer
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle. Pours a straw yellow with a nice white head, that receded fairly quickly. Smell of the malt and hops is present but not overpowering. Decent carbonation, a pleasing taste. This would make a great session beer. I could definetly drink this all night. (263 characters)

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

This Kolsch proves that subtle can still be great. Reading some of the other reviews, it would seem that people expect this to have over-the-top, smash you in the face flavor simply because it is an ale. But the beauty of a Kolsch is in its simplicity. Refreshingly simple, but still clean and tasty. Remember it is a lot more difficult to brew a subtle beer than it is to add a few more bales of hops to the kettle.

This Kolsch pours an amazing pale golden color with a generous puffy white head that rises with the abundant carbonation.

The aroma is a sweet blend of clean malt sweetness with a slight fruity backdrop with floral notes.

The taste is light, refreshing, malty with some fruitiness, but amazing clean.

This is a great summer beer. I wish more of its cousins from Cologne were available in the States. (828 characters)

Photo of cokes
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Misty straw bodied below a sizzling and rapidly descending white cap. Streams of tiny CO2 bubbles.
Pale malty nose. Minorly bready with undercurrents of peanuts and parched grass hop notations.
Simply complex and complex in its simplicity. Very dry, yet underscored by the perfect amount of fleeting sweetness. Loads of pils malts. Betraying the pale exterior, this is a malt-leaning brew, for sure. Plain donut breadiness. Hopping imitates the long-bladed, dessicated stalks of the grassland in drought season.. Hay bails under the early September sun.

Solidly built. Perfectly built, in fact. Sturdy yet delicate.
Downable by the bucket-full.
Awesome Kölsch. (670 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 WMBierguy
2.82/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was my first Kölsch beer, and I must say that I'm not really impressed. I didn't know what to expect when I opened the bttle, but the taste of a watered down Heine was not what I had in mind. It looked pale in the glass, and had a decent head. Not bad if you like Heine, but not worth the effort of finding.

I suspect that my bottle of Reissdorf may have been skunked; afterall, I bought it in Williamsburg, VA, and there's no telling how long it had been sitting on the shelf. If I'm ever in Köln, I'll give this beer another try. (541 characters)

Photo of PatandDavid
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This review is based on a bottle, although I have had it on tap.

Such a golden color! Nice head when poured, but where'd it go? Not an ounce of lace either. Not much to smell.

This had a very easy drinkablity to it, and at that abv, you could make this an all day session beer...which I would. I thought it had a slight honey/citrusy flavor, nothing overwhelming. Dry finish.

Would get again and drink lots of. Good stuff, I would say slightly tastier and more pleasing on tap.

pat (493 characters)

Photo of ElGuapo
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a clear golden color with a big foamy head on top that sticks on the side of the glass as it dies down. Sweet malty smell with some floral hops to balance it out. Not much to it, but it keeps your nose interested.

The flavor starts out sweet with a nice pale malt content, it then gets joined with a nice hoppiness. A little bit of fruits. Very crisp start that smoothes to an almost creamy feel. Good session beer, and it accompanies a meal very well. (465 characters)

Photo of goindownsouth
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Package: A georgeus 16.9 fluid ounce (500ml) bottle, from a case supplied to me by Shangy's, "The Beer Authority," here in the Lehigh Valley, PA..

Appearance: So golden in color, it is scary. Very attractive looking brew from the pour. The each foams up early, yet disippates to a random lace throughout the serving.

Smell: Extremely pristine. A good bit of malt earthiness. This bier leaves a good grainy aroma in my nose and on my mind.

Taste: A body that could be condisered medium. This is one crisp and refreshing brew. A little earthy sweetness in the flavor, perhaps maple. I cannot help but think about the grainy sensation this beer gives me. That's a good thing. A very slight hop bitterness.

Notes: I drink this brew and I feel as if I could be in Germany. This one is a classic. Extremely drinkable and palate-cleansing.

This is just my opinion, but as far as pilseners from Germany go, there is Jever as my top. As far as Kolsch-style biers, this one could well be it.

Prost! (1,009 characters)

Photo of inebrius
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A cross-dressed ale. Pours a bright streaming golden under a wafer cap of white sticky fur. Nose of strawberry-hop jam on a burnt match cracker. Mellow flavor runs toasty sweet wrapped in romaine. Easily drained, but a smidgen too sulfurous for pounding. (254 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
2.83/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Brilliantly clear, straw golden forming a tenuous white head atop medium-sized bubbles. Retention is just ok, and lacing is sparse. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is faint with dry, grassy hops, a whiff of sulfur, oolong tea, and (like Putnam notes) milk that is starting to turn sour. Mouthfeel is bright upon the back of the tongue with a thin body. Initially grassy flavors up front with a hint of yeast and straw, unpleasant sulfur and vegetable notes in the middle, followed by a lightly dry, champage-like cedary finish with a light dose of bittering hops and subtle graininess. This brew is akin to a US domestic macrobrew in every way. If I were blinded, I would guess it was an A-B product. There is no real substance or appealing qualities to this beer. Although it is average in every respect, I have no desire to drink one ever again. (846 characters)

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