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Reissdorf Kölsch - Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf

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911 Ratings

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Ratings: 911
Reviews: 536
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 45
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
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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 Halcyondays


4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ, the only true Kölsch I've ever seen in CA,

A: Pours a bright and clear golden yellow, with a smallish white head, good head retention, light lacing.

S: Bready malt, get a husky grain component, hint of white wine.

T: Full on bready malt, cereal grain. Definitely an ale, though; the beer has a sure fruity character, white grape juice, light sugary component.

M; Pretty much picture perfect for a light golden beer. Crisp and clean, with a spot on amount of biting carbonation, not watery at all, great dry finish.

D: A beer on first taste I didn't think all that much of, but it certainly grows on you. Would make a fantastic warm weather beer, or a hot 2nd day of fall beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2008 20:24:21 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of Walken


4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reissdorf: Kolsch
16.9 oz. bottle: poured into a flute.
Appearance: Brilliantly clear gold with bubbles rushing to the top of the glass, a one finger head is slow to form on a soft pour, it settles down into a fluffy one inch cap on top of the beer with a solid coating around the edges.
Odor: Candied bread and grain husk in the forefront, moderately assertive lemon grass and spice aroma with some sulfur in the background.
Consistency: Firm medium body, very effervescent with a smooth malt palate. Slightly acidic in the finish.
Flavor: Clean bready malt stays in the background but certainly carries the beer, acting as a vehicle for the lemon zest and spice flavors. Finish is clean and crisp as the malt fades away with a snap of citric tartness.

This is a very well executed, straight-forward beer. Qualifies as a truly exceptional lawnmower beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 19:10:12 | More by Walken
Photo of mcsquint


4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a 20oz mug
A - Poured a nice golden color with 1-2 finger foamy head which quickly dissipated. Light lacing.
S - Faint malty aroma
T - Malty taste with a nice, lightly hopped, crisp finish
M - Good mouthfeel for this type of beer
D - Excellent beer for a hot summer day
Overall, this is a good example of this style.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2008 23:09:57 | More by mcsquint
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear consistency. There was about a quarter inch of long-lasting creamy head. Good lacing.

S: Strangely, there was a slightly skunky quality to this beer. Other than that, I could smell hops and some citrus.

T: Tasted of citrus up front, with a hoppy, grainy quality going down. Also, the aforementioned skunkiness was there as well.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: On the whole, this is a decent beer. Not my favorite thing in the world, but a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2008 12:55:21 | More by avalon07
Photo of Tucquan


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

Had this from a 500ml bottle from Strasburg, VA poured in Columbia, PA

The beer pours a pale, clear yellow with a very white, 3 finger head into a Kosch glass.

The smell is of light yeast and citrus.

The initial taste is of grain, , white wine and citrus with a following stronger grain taste. There is a bit of lingering, mild hop bitterness. There's a little alcohol warming and a clean finish.

It has a light mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

This a very refreshing, session beer; perfect for a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 17:09:26 | More by Tucquan
Photo of Otacon


3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22.oz bomber into a stange.

Look: pale golden honey in color with a sudsy 2 finger head that dissipates into a small ring around the glass and leaves some scattered lacing

Smell: a definite wine-like smell with hints of white grape.

Taste: smooth mellow flavor with a lot of the winey grape flavor coming through, a bit of hops bitterness at the very end.

Mouthfeel: smooth and mellow, bit dry in the finish

Drinkability: this would make an excellent beer for those lazy summer afternoons

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 02:30:16 | More by Otacon
Photo of dacrza1

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A bubbly yellow gold body supports a pure white fluffy head in an Ayinger altbier glass... a bit of hops and a bit of wheat to aid the smoothness with little complexity, as per the style-- this is one SUMMER SLAMMING beer! Slightly creamy, soft, medium-bodied offering--I like its presenceand the subsequent effortless drinkability... strong metallic malts, almost pilsneresque... slight fruitiness, but not overt... a bit bready too... as Michael Jackson calls this a "delicate" style, I too find little difference between this and others, whether it be Gaffel or Saranac... but this isn't a bad thing, knowing the style's limitations and the pleasant drinking rewards...

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 16:00:31 | More by dacrza1
Photo of albern


4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a fine representation of the style. I'm not a huge Kolsch fan, but the Reissdorf will make a convert of anyone. The beer is light, spritzy, with lots of efforvescence. It is a refreshing beer that sets itself apart by the unmistakeable white grape skin vinous character of the brew. This is about as close to pouring a chardonnay in a beer as you will find. There is also a bit of a champagne like quality to the beer, albeit with a lot less efforvescence. The mouthfeel is very light and it is just a great refreshing summer time beer, very sessionable. L'Chaim.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 23:44:29 | More by albern
Photo of tempest


3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Boqueria in NYC

A fine summer beer, served in a cylindrical 12 oz. glass. Appears a clear gold with a short, white head. The aroma and then following flavor immediately remind me of white grape juice, oh man. There's then a drier, light toast barley note for balance and a hint of spicy hops. There was also a slight, white wine-like acidity to this one, which didn't detract so much as just make it more interesting. Worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2008 21:06:05 | More by tempest
Photo of nickynick


4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reissdorf Kolsch poured extremely light yellow, one of the lightest I have ever seen. Smell was of sea weed. Taste was of sea salt upfront then loads and loads of lemon, and other citrus flavors. Mouthfeel was crisp and refreshing. Nice. Drinkability was very nice as well. I enjoyed this beer a great deal.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2008 15:38:00 | More by nickynick
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Loreley in NYC on 3 August 2008:

Appearance: Clear golden body. Short white head. Average retention. Minimal lacing.

Aroma: Straightforward maltiness with a touch of floral, grassy, and mildly spicy hops. Clean. Very mild notes of fruitiness. Nothing that hasn't been observed in a standard lager. Some apples.

Taste: Crisp, clean, refreshing. Straightforward beer. Well balanced malt-hop-bitter. The hops are more pronounced than they are in the nose. Slightly herbal. Yeasty fruitiness is basically non-existant. Very much a standard lager - not a pils (not bitter enough), not a helles (not malty enough)... yet still an ale. Finishes short... rounded and drying with a hint of malt, a touch of hops, and a smear of bitterness.

A very well-done Kolsch. Very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2008 01:23:52 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of philipquarles


3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a kölsch glass, the head disappears quickly and leaves little to no lacing. Perfect clear gold, as with every other kölsch

Smells of pilsner malt, straw, and very slight sugars. The sugars come out a bit more in the tasting--actually the sweetest kölsch I've tried, which is not really a good thing.

Mouthfeel is watery, but that's pretty average for this style. Still a very drinkable beer, but not the best in a style that is already pretty mediocre.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 20:37:56 | More by philipquarles
Photo of MrMonkey

New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear pale gold with a massive three-finger creamy head that crests the top of the stange. Incredible retention, but no lacing.

Smell is a little weak, but there is some toasted bread and grassy noble hops.

Taste follows the nose, with some toasted bread, doughy biscuit and grassy, floral hops. Finishes semi-dry.

Crisp, light-bodied mouthfeel.

Really good drinkability. A wonderful summertime session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2008 16:20:19 | More by MrMonkey
Photo of froghop


3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

purchased at haggen's in burlington, washington.

pours a clear pale yellow with a thin white head.

smell is of grain, citrus, light corn.

taste is crisp, tad sweet grain, corn syrup, bit on the hoppy side, ends nicely sour.

overall i nice brew and was enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 02:58:58 | More by froghop
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in my Reissdorf stange. Poured a crystal clear pale yellow with lots of tiny bubbles in solution. Half-inch white head dissipated into a thread-like white band that coalesced around the perimeter of the glass. Clean, grassy nose. Grain is the dominant flavor with a sweet character at the finish. Mouthfeel was light-bodied without being watery and mildly effervescent. Easy drinking and refreshing, but a little too simple for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2008 00:59:03 | More by Jwale73
Photo of beerkittycat


4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is clear yellow-orange with a nice off-white that is rather restrained but settles into a thin ring around the edge of the glass for the duration. Aroma is a complex mixture of flowery noble hops and malt that reminds me of graham crackers or crunchy ginger snaps. Taste is bursting with that same yummy malt that dances nicely with the noble hops. Medium mouthfeel also has a "mineraly" feel to it that leaves a semi-dry finish but the malt and hops still linger long enough for me to savor these wonderful flavors. Hop bitterness is also medium which put everything together spells balance. Right were a kolsch should be. With a restrained ABV of under 5% this makes a great session brew for hot summer days on the lake or beach. I've enjoyed this brew from a bottle many times but it's really something special on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2008 17:49:01 | More by beerkittycat
Photo of morimech


3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pale straw yellow with a large white head that had good retention. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass.

It has a grainy and faint noble hop aroma. Overall fairly weak.

Taste is like a watered down German Pilsner with the noble hops being the predominant flavor. Finishes crisp and clean.

Very light body with nice carbonation. It somehow excites the beer without being harsh.

Very refreshing and an easy drinker. Nice on a hot day. A nice Kolsch but not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2008 22:39:39 | More by morimech
Photo of Kyle987


3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Has a pale yellow color, very little head. Very clear, of course. Aroma is weak, but not bad at all. Very nice mouthfeel; light but not watery, and with a pleasant amount of carbonation. Flavor is also light and easy, with a touch of fruit. Extremely drinkable brew.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2008 03:21:36 | More by Kyle987
Photo of roadhouse


3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 500 ml bottle into a tall cylindrical glass.

Appears a crystal clear pale straw yellow. Two finger bubbly white head sinks down to nothing. No lacing.

Aroma is slightly fruity, grainy, a bit of noble hops.

Taste is right on par with the aroma, a bit better though. A slightly tart citric-like finish along with some noble hop bitterness.

Light bodied mouthfeel, crisp carbonation. Refreshing.

This is my first go at the Kölsch style and I didn't really expect much. It's pretty mild and refreshing, but certainly not something I would say is a must try.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 22:09:16 | More by roadhouse
Photo of Beastdog75

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I don't beleive I've had any prior experience with the Kölsch style, so this should be a first for me. From what I gather Reissdorf Kölsch is supposed to be one of the best examples of the style. We shall see, won't we?

Reissdorf Kölsch pours a bright, slightly golden yellow color. Two fingers of foam form and last for about 2 minutes before dissipating into some soapy remnants. Aroma isn't too bad, just some standard maltiness with some light fruit aromas that brought to mind some banana, pear, and citrus. The mouthfeel is resonably crisp, with a moderate level of carbonation. The flavor, much like the aroma is pretty average. You have your malts present along with the aforementioned light fruitiness. There is a decent citric/herbal hoppiness present, and it gives the aftertaste quite a decent level of lingering dryness while some of the light fruits linger on as well. The brew concludes with no alcoholic warmth.

It was almost hard for me to believe that this was an ale. In a blindfold test I probably would have thought this to be a pils. The beer really didn't wow me, but in the end it was a pretty refreshing outing.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 00:24:54 | More by Beastdog75
Photo of Pauly2X


3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Bright yellow with a greenish tinge, one and a half finger head with decent staying power.

S- Grassy hop aromas with bready malt undertones.

T- Very well balanced, neither the malt or hops dominate the other. Subtle bready taste throughout.

M- Tangy carbonation, very crisp.

D- I gotta try to find a clone recipe for this stuff.

One of the "forgotten" styles. This would be fantastic on a warm day.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2008 22:28:27 | More by Pauly2X
Photo of atigerlife


3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in the correct glassware.

Pours a clear golden with light carbonation seen rising. 2-finger white head that lasts quite a while.

Aroma is crisp, light malts, grainy and hops.

Taste is crisp, clean, fruity. Mild.

Mouthfeel is light, slightly dry.

Overall, this is a good first brew of the night. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2008 04:22:19 | More by atigerlife
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a straw-gold with a sparse, patchy white layering. Visible carbonation was very light.

S: a subtle and mile noble hoppiness with fresh grains and a mild dry fruitiness.

T: a spicy and sweet malting before yielding to a dry floral and light citrus hopping. There was a light herbal grassiness and fresh grain husks as well.

M: light, crisp, dry with a light floral bitterness hop fade.

D: A dry, crisp, and clean kolsch with a fair and moderate drinkability. Didn't really leave an impression though.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2008 22:24:27 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of Durge


4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very light golden color kolsch with a firm whte head and fair lacing. The aroma is extremely crisp, clean wheat and cereal. Very nice. The flavor brings light and refreshing wheat and rice that again jumps out as clean and crisp. Real easy drinking for sure, perhaps a bit too aqueous but it is great with food or as a quencher on those hot summer days. I would enjoy a little more body to this but it is still a nice choice.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2008 22:36:10 | More by Durge
Photo of saintwarrick

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale gold with a thick lacy head. Could look like a typical American macro or a German pilsner to the naked eye. Aroma is very nice, reminds me of a pilsner but with even more of a malt backbone, very malty and sweet, bready with apples thrown in. The style guide lists the taste as usually "vinous" and that pretty accurate as a good amount of grape comes through, not quite winey or resembling a grape soda - just good and subtle. Refreshing on the palate but dry on the finish.

A good brew, the first time I tried this it was obviously a tad stale, but this was clearly a fresh version. I wish we had more of this style down this way to compare and contrast, but until then this is as good a choice as any.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2008 07:18:44 | More by saintwarrick
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