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Reissdorf Kölsch - Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,036 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,036
Reviews: 552
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 58
Gots: 65 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 11-15-2001

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of HURTemHIZZY
2.66/5  rDev -31.3%
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.

Photo of claspada
1.86/5  rDev -51.9%
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...

Photo of dasenebler
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  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

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.18/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of KDeLibero
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of schlazzgraft
4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

Photo of BeerNinja007
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on June 26th 2010 at Novare Res in Portland ME. Served in a 400mL heavy glass mug for $6. Review transcribed from notes.

Clear thin yellow pilsner-color with a thin white head that clings to the glass. Light aroma of light malts, lemon and grass hops, hint of honey sweetness. Feel is thin and crisp, refreshing, clean. Light malts and lemongrass hops. Crisp carbonation generates some belching, but isn't offensive. A hint of skunk. A great german Kolsh and a great end to my heavenly tasting session at Novare Res.

Photo of mrgrinch
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - This beer has a beautiful dark yellow color with very rapid and plentiful carbonation. I poured it into a large Kölsch-Stange and it developed a frothy head that remained. The beer itself is clear and looks like gold. The active carbonation calls to me.

Smell - The smell is sweet and reminds me of candy, or sweet rolls.
Taste - Taste is sweet but like bread that is only slightly sweet--not like a pastry.

Mouthfeel - Though the beer is clear in its appearance, the feel of it is more full and almost creamy. Almost heavy in texture, but not overly so. I bet that is why they usually serve it in .2L glasses. It is like a gourmet treat. I enjoyed the carbonation.

Drinkability - A very easy drink, but full of flavor and texture. I feel that it has a bit of a heaviness to it that may limit one from consuming too many of these like some lighter, summer beers. Did I say 'creamy?'

Photo of woodychandler
4.56/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Transcribed from undated notes.

This was poured for me and the server produced two fingers' worth of quickly dissipating bone-white head. The beer was a beautiful golden-yellow color with NE-plus quality clarity. The nose was faint with Saaz hops. Mouthfeel was medium with a very dry quality on the tongue. Finish was Zephyr wind-dry with a lingering taste of Saaz hops. For those who have heard me rave about Bryan "Lil Guy" Selders' Kolsch at Neversink just before it sank - this was as close to it as I have found. Very impressive!

Photo of Reaper16
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

served on-tap at Flying Saucer, Kansas City, MO, into a pint glass

Pours a perfectly clear pale-ish gold. It does not look far off from, say, a maibock. A tiny cap of 1/2 a finger's white foam sits on top (bartender's fault, no doubt) that gives adequate lacing. Not much to say about the appearance. It seems right on the money for the style.

Loads of apple juice hit the nose first; I thought for a few seconds that I had been mistakenly served a pint of craft cider. Past the apple juice madness is a bit of nutty cheese, traces of grassy hops, and a bready/biscuity malt profile. I talk up the apple juice like it is strong but really the beer is an exercise in restraint and subtlety, so don't fear.

This is the best tasting Kolsch that I've had. Light apple juice flavors blend very well with the dry biscuit maltiness. There is a definite nutty flavor here, delicate yet rich. Maybe some tiny, tiny traces of vanilla here and there. Everything is malt-forward, light and very subtle -- but still flavorful enough to make for a worthwhile session.

Mouthfeel could be improved. The lightness is nice for a subtle beer but it is actually too light. A bit of a creamier feel on the tongue would better carry home those nutty flavors. I can't deny the supreme drinkability of this Kolsch. It is super-light in ABV at 4.8% and its flavors are such that you can taste them all night and not get tired of them or bored of them.

This is a worthwhile beer. In this age of extreme beers it is reassuring to know that there are lovely examples of classic, simple styles that you can fall back on if need be.

Photo of jeffthecheff
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Reissdorf stange glass, this has a picture perfect appearance. The clear yellow color and one finger white head made an eager feeling, and the lace left on the glass was impressive.

The nose is lightly fruity and clean with an aroma similar to apples or strawberries. As it warms, some brediness comes through as well.

The flavor and mouthfeel made me question the freshness on this beer just a bit. It seemed a bit flat, which took away from the beer. Otherwise, it's very light and clean on the palate, with a light sweetness and some decent fruit notes. Bitterness is very low. Higher carbonation would have really tied this all together.

This was a quick, thirst quenching glass that was easy to drink. I probably would have ordered another if it was in better condition.

Photo of rlshep
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Apple and pear come through. Some sulfur.

Appearance: Big fluffy white head. Very clear. Straw color to light gold. Good lacing.

Flavor: Clean pils malt flavor. Apple and pear flavors carry through from aroma. Medium bitterness. Alcohol not noticeable. Crisp dry finish. Sulfur in aftertaste, ok for style.

Mouthfeel: Light body. High carbonation. Very dry. Some slickness coating the tongue.

Overall: Well balanced and very refreshing. I'll be seeking this one out again. Great for a hot summer day.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Cannery Row Brewery.

Appearance- clear yellow color

Smell- faint aroma, citrus

Taste- citrus

Mouthfeel- light to medium bodied

Drinkability- It was pretty good. I enjoyed it. First Kolsch for me and I did like it. I would like to try it again sometime.

Photo of wd40
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Perfectly clear, yellow straw appearance.

The smell is almost like a lager, even though it's an ale.

Slight taste of plastic. Not hoppy or bitter. Not too watery. Decent full flavor I suppose, but not my preferred style.

Mouthfeel is fine.

Pretty drinkable.

Not a particularly outstanding beer for my tastes, but a quality product. Just not a style i particularly love, but I think it's pretty well done for what it is.

Photo of Beerfayce
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap into a shaker pint-

A: Golden clear, full head began with a full inch and stayed around 1/2 inch throughout the beer with substantial lacing. Very nice looking.

S: Grainy and slight sweetness with hints of citrus

T: Grainy and malty with hops bitterness and a citrus presence; substantial flavor and quite well balanced. I am really enjoying this beer.

M: Not heavy at all despite the full flavor, well carbonated and moves easily.

D: This is the best Kölsch that I have drank, and could easily spend a day with this beer alone. I will be sure to drink it when I can find it on tap, especially during the warm months.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.32/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a 30cL stange glass.

A: Clear, pale goldenrod. Light chunky head has decent retention. No visible carbonation.

S: Grainy kölsch scent differentiated from others of the style by an unexpected skunkiness.

T: Good initial taste puts it ahead of other kölsch -- Reissdorf isn't as ephemeral. It has a more lasting taste, vaguely floral with a hint of barley. There is a strange fruity/citrus burst in the middle. Unfortunately, the aftertaste has a strange sulphuric tinge tasting of rotten egg. As long as I'm drinking it, it's good. But when I stop, I cringe.

M: More body and taste than most kölsch. Citrus is pleasing on the tongue and carbonation makes itself known.

D: A good beer and great kölsch, but I can't get past the sulphur.

Photo of Liverpool08
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice pale yellow with a nice sticky white head. Aroma is clean and metalic. Flavor is great. Very smooth with that nice crisp bitter bite at the end. Its at first almost a little sweet, but then smooth outs to the bitter bite you want from the style. SUPER drinkible! I wish I could find these in bottles to keep in the fridge this summer.

Photo of puboflyons
3.39/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 500 ml. bottle. Sampled on June 6, 2010. It pours an excitably carbonated pale yellow with a short-lasting fizzy head. The aroma was malty although more skunky than I would have liked. It was a turnoff. The taste was somewhat better with bit of grainy malt, thin hops but a great body.

Photo of sixerofelixir
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on draft 6/3/10. This is the 'keep the glass' draft special at Winking Lizard this month. Nice 0.4L kölsch glass from which to drink.

Poured light golden with a white, sticky head. Smell was clean, malty, with hints of dried fruit. Taste is deliciously smooth and slightly sweet, but bitter after the sip. An easily drinkable brew.

Photo of Naugros
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of Kaiser777
4.72/5  rDev +22%
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.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.71/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

Photo of glid02
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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