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Reissdorf Kölsch - Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf

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965 Ratings

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Ratings: 965
Reviews: 543
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 47
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf visit their website

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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Photo of wheatyweiss
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a slender bulb shaped glass.

Pours a golden straw with a nice initial head that fades to a thick cap.

Aroma is of light malt and noble hops. Grape-like aroma with a hint of sour citrus and apricot. Pineapple aroma with a bit of a yeasty dust, slight.

Flavor is of very well attenuated malt. The malt is bready and assertive on the front. The middle comes grapey and almost reisling like. The grap flavor yields to hops and finishes dry. There is a slight metallic flavor soewhere in between the Front and middle and in between the middle and finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp, carbonation good and surprisingly dry despite the sweet citrus and grape flavors.

Good refreshing beer.

wheatyweiss, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of rfgetz
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Brauhaus Schmitdz

A- Clear golden straw, fluffy, pure white head.

S- Slight spicy hop notes, very mild malt, rather clean.

T- Light grains, light hops, a little earth and fruity "funk" to it preventing me from being 100% in love with it.

M- Soft, light crisp. Ample carbonation

D- I understand that each brewer needs to differentiate their product from other brewers, but the little "funk" to my kolsch prevented me from getting that full clean, crisp taste i was looking for.

rfgetz, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of TwinSox33
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a soapy golden yellow; quickly fading head.

S: Clean wet grain, there is a hint of sweetness in the smell.

T: Sweet clean grain, dry breadiness, followed by a mingling of fruity esters. (apples, citrus?) A nice tinge of noble hop in the end bite.

M: Prickly carbonation, light and smooth.

D: Hell Yeah!

This is a nice little summer quaffer. I would like to have it on hand more often, but it is not widely available where I am.

TwinSox33, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of EliottJW
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

After a recommendation coming from one of my most trusted BA friends, I decided I had to try this beer. It's my first kolsch and I have to agree with him when he says that "you can drink buckets of the stuff".

This really is a great looking beer. looks sooo appetizing on this, the hottest day of the year so far (that's actually why I decided to pull it out of the fridge). poored into a tumbler, it's got a stark white, 1 finger head that disappears quickly and sticks at nothing more than a rim around the edge of the glass. I normally would have given a beer that looks like this a 1.5 due to my aversion to light lagers... but on a hot day like this, in the middle of the allstar game, it looks amazing. it's apparent that this beer is QUITE carbonated and even as I'm looking at it from a foot and a half away, I can begin to pick up its deeelightful esters.

it's nice and fruity from the get go. apples... pears... and grilled hot dogs... wait no, my room mate just put the hot dogs on... scratch that. let's stick with apples and pears... a just clap your hands.

it wasn't until I took my first sip of this beer that I realized that this is exactly what I've been waiting for all day! sooo light and refreshing! the esters proved to be a preview to the taste; light and fruity. after the first swallow and 10 seconds or so to see where the aftertaste went, a nice, light, bready yeast introduces itself. it's not overly bready though... really refreshing!

I could drink this beer aaall day long. put this in my had instead of a coors light at an A's game and I'll be in heaven!

EliottJW, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of tronester
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with a small white head. Smells a hint of yeasty phenols. Taste is light and dry, a Koln yeast strain, crackery malt with a nice amount of bitterness in the finish. Finish is also quite clean. Mouthfeel is good, slightly high carbonation. Drinkability is also good, one of the best Kolsch's I have had, recommended.

tronester, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of MojoGR
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good all around Kolsch. Pours a light golden color with good head that dissipates in a short time. Carries a sweet smell as well as a floral accent. Crisp, clean taste with a well balanced hop/ malt flavor and a light fruity character (white grapes?). Despite the 500ml bottle, this stands as a great session beer in my book.

MojoGR, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

0,5l bottle served in a 0,4l Reissdorf Kölsch glass.

Clear yellow color with lots of carbonation bubbles and a foamy white head that thinned out but could be revived with a swirl of the glass.
The aroma is mostly all malt with a touch of earthy hops.
The taste is well balanced.
It's light, crisp and refreshing.
A very easy drinking beer.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jul 02, 2009
Photo of SFLpunk
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz brown glass pry-top. No freshness date.

Appearance: Orange amber, crystal clear, with .5 inch of bone-white lager head. Leaves sheeting.

Nose: Earthy lager nose. Some lemon oil and concrete. Yup, you heard me.

Palate: Bright, round, crisp and lemony. Light bodied is an understatement. Flavors are refreshing and citrusy. Moderate length finish for such a light beer.

Notes: Like a lemon pilsner. Tasty and refreshing. Light like a macro, but with class and style, and the subtlety to stand out.

SFLpunk, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle into .2L Reissdorf glass.

Pours a crystal clear straw color, lots of effervescence, with a fluffy, pure white head that doesn't stick around too long. Some soapy suds sit on top for a while after.

Nose is a bit fruity, lots of apples, some very light non-descript hops and a bit of sweet grainy malt.

Taste has a great fruitiness up front (apples and maybe a hint of crisp white grape) and all the way through, on top of some nice cereal grains and a light, crisp hop dryness towards the finish. Finish is light, hints at hops and a bit of grain on top of the fruitiness. Lovely.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, crisp but not overdone carbonation never masks the flavor, and drinkability is, as is to be expected of this style, superb. This one more than many others I've tried. Possibly my #1 favorite summer style. Beautiful beer.

JohnQVegas, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a well-carbonated golden body with a one-finger head that slowly receeds. A biscuity and fruity (like grape) smell. Light-bodied, tad slick and smooth. Has a pils-like crispness with that faint smoke veg effect for dryness. Balanced with a good amount of fruit flavors like grape and tropical along with some sweet malts make this an easy-drinking and very enjoyable beer. I haven't had too many of this style but is growing upon me; this particular beer was a perfect complement to my Sunday brunch.

clayrock81, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of jmalex
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It was awesome getting to try fresh Kölsch from the source in Cologne. I can now try the versions available back home with a new perspective.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Prima Pils pilsner glass a crystal clear pale straw yellow with a 2-finger high bright white head. It shrinks to a full white cap which is constantly refreshed by the cascade of bubbles coming up to it.

SMELL: A light and clean pale malt aroma is accentuated by just the slightest fruitiness. Hop aroma is virtually nothing. Other than that, there isn't a whole lot going on, but that seems pretty appropriate for style.

TASTE: It's remarkable to me that these beers aren't lagers. A reasonably sweet pilsner malt base is pretty much all there is to this beer. Fruitiness is much lower in the taste but still barely present. Any hop flavor comes on the finish coupled with the slightest surfury taste. There isn't much to the beer, but that's okay. It tastes really good anyway.

MOUTHFEEL: The body is light, but it doesn't feel as dry as it should be. A bit of residual sweetness is left behind that maybe shouldn't have been. Carbonation is medium-high which is appropriate.

DRINKABILITY: Low ABV and light body always seems to equal good drinkability. This one is no different. I'm thankful that today's serving size is .5L rather than the .2L that this would usually come in.

Not bad, and from all indications this beer traveled pretty darn well. I never expected to introduce any Kölsch into my normal beer buying patterns, but it may be time to make room - especially for the summer.

jmalex, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of peabody
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very clear and effervescent. Fine bubbles make up the two fingers of suds that adorn the top of the pour for a minute or two.
Smell is yeast and malt with mabey a slight skunkiness.
Taste is a little watery and dirty tasting. The aftertaste is better and this is a thirstquenching cold brew. As it warms it has more flavor. Drink this one a little warmer.
Would be a fantastic session beer out of the keg.

peabody, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of robbyc1
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Rogers Park version of Hop Haus, a Leona's spin off version of a sports bar, this was one of only 6 drafts, probably the best choice.

Came in a nice tall kolsch glass, nice clear golden yellow with a fluffy head. Decent lace.

Nose is fruity from the yeast ethers and light hit of hops.
Taste is the same, very light and refreshing, my wife said it didn't taste like beer (which for her is a good thing) so I think it hits the style spot well, no lingering aftertaste, just balanced and quaff-able. Not very complex but very nice and light on the palate, an easy drinker, a very session type beer. Very fresh from the tap, don't know if a bottle from across the ocean would go so well.

robbyc1, May 16, 2009
Photo of anchordrinker
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Crystal clear, pale golden color, with a little head that dissipates quickly.

S- Fruity and spicy aromas dominate, with a hint of underlying sweetness.

T- Floral, spicy, fruity tones, with a dry, slightly bitter finish.

M- Relatively thin mouthfeel, with medium to high levels of carbonation.

D- Extremely drinkable/session-able due to the low ABV and enjoyable, but never overpowering flavor.

anchordrinker, May 13, 2009
Photo of mltobin
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at My Place Restaurant in Newtown, Connecticut.
Appearance is a light golden color with a two finger white head. The smell is light, a little sweet, with some other faint scents.
Taste is ... delicious, not much else to say, what a great session beer ! Mouthfeel is not incredibly complex, but very enjoyable nonetheless. Drinkability is very much here. A perfect beer to have several of on a warm summer day at a BBQ with light fare.

mltobin, May 10, 2009
Photo of UDbeernut
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap poured into pint glass

a: light straw color, fizzy head that has good renetion. nice bubbling carbonation

s: not much aroma, what exsists is malt and spicy noble hop. clean

t: begins slightly sweet on the tounge. Gives way to hop bitterness/spice. Well balanced

m&d: light bodied, carbonation gives a good mouth. Excellent Session beer, would deffinatly recomend.


UDbeernut, May 09, 2009
Photo of beerorRIP
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bottle to a reissdorf stange: yields a fizzy one finger head that quickly reduces to a tiny ring of foam. the body is extremely clear golden yellow. if you didn't know better you'd think it was a macro. bubbles race to the surface, and tiny soapy lace barely shows up.

smells of slight cereal malt, grainy for sure. some spicy noble hop smell as well. not much though.

the taste is nice. the malt and hops are in good balance with one another. starts a bit sweet with the pils malt, then switches to some hop flavor and bitterness. but the bitterness is only complimentary, not mouth puckering or overpowering. light in flavor.

the carbonation is prickly in this one, and it quickly dances over the tongue and moves the light bodied beer out. i suppose it would be odd for it to have a very thick body for a rather delicate beer.

this is a great session beer. it flows down easy, and the subtle / delicate characteristics make for something that can be repeated more than once (the 5L mini-keg is a good example of this).

with friends, the mini-kegs go down fast... a little too fast really.

beerorRIP, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of chiapete
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a large , thick, foamy head which lasts as a thick cap with nice spot lace down the entire glass.
A bright , golden - yellow color , with lots of tight carb bubbles.

aroma releases with a flowery , spicy , citrus , grainy smell.

a little bite to the first drink but not off putting. a nice smooth , well balanced drink. a clean refreshing finish.

overall a nice well balanced drinkable beer.

chiapete, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of KTCamm
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass. Pour is a brilliant golden yellow with creamy white foam. The beer laces well down the side throughout.

I found the smell to be unremarkable. Slight grain, but otherwise not distinctive.

Taste was clean, crisp - a tad watery - but not so much that it diminished the experience. Moderately carbonated.

Very drinkable - a classic kolsh done really well. Very light, easy to drink, but not without taste.

KTCamm, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of thekevlarkid
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of a bottle this beer was a clear, gold color. The head was pure white, displayed good retention as a thin skim and left pretty good lacing. The aroma was dry and grainy with pleasant floral hops and pale malt notes. The flavors were an excellent example of a traditional Kolsch; I tasted a great balance of floral hops, dry grains and hints of sweetness from the pale malt. Acidic, very refreshing and totally sessionable. The body was light, the carbonation medium and the mouthfeel average. Very spring-like, just as a Kolsch should be.

thekevlarkid, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of CMW
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden straw yellow with heavy carbonation. There is a small white head formation that leaves a decent amount of thin lacing.

S - Biscuit malt, fresh grains, and grass. Extremely earthy.

T - Much like the nose. Very earthy. Light buscuit malts and fresh brown bread. Crisp hop profile. Well balanced.

M - Highly carbonated and light.

D - Nice and light, great summer beer.

CMW, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of sacredduck
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Straw color with good clarity. Small, porous head, like a thin layer of pumice.

S - Very nice and spicy. Appealing for sure.

T - Reminiscent of an American lager, but with exceptional sweetness. I actually tasted this side-by-side with a PBR, and found there was very little difference other than a very pleasant sweetness throughout. Aftertaste is negligible.

D - I could drink this one all night without much thought.

Overall, a great beer for the beer drinker who doesn't want to be caught with an American lager.

sacredduck, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of steveh
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed to style:

A -- Clear straw to golden color with a thick white head that settles nicely with fine lacing.

S -- Spicy noble hops up front with mild cereal graininess back.

T -- Lightly ready and grainy, lightly sweet -- not harsh, up front, finishes with a balanced hop bitterness. Maybe some vague sulfur back, but nothing distracting.

M -- Soft mouthfeel with a light body.

D -- Stunning. How about that?

Again, what American macros only dream of being.

steveh, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of DoubleJ
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Wurstkuche in LA, on to the beer:

It's gold, has some carbonation bubbles in the body, and has some lacing sticking to the glass. Aroma is fruity...if you fruit skins and pears, your nose should be happy. Taste is more pilsneresque, but it's not often I drink kolsch. Sweet pilsner malt is obvious. Hay and wood notes dominante the background of the beer. Is this a pils? No, it isn't, but I did enjoy it. Went well washing down an awesome brat at Wurstkuche.

DoubleJ, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of yesyouam
2.95/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reissdorf Kölsch is a very clear light yellow beer with a small white ring for a head. The aroma is a little pretzely, wooden and, most of all, fruity. It sure smells German. It is light bodied, prickly on the tongue, but quite smooth. The finish is a little metallic, but clean. It tastes lightly sweet and lightly bitter. It's pretty quenching-- not that dry. This is squarely in the session realm.

yesyouam, Mar 04, 2009
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