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Reissdorf Kölsch - Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf

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BA SCORE
87
very good

925 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 925
Reviews: 537
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 45
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf visit their website
Germany

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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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light and sweet malts along with some hops. It's very simple but very nice.

T: The taste is very straight-forward and simplistic, which is want you look for in a Kölsch. It starts out with bready malts and a slight sweetness. Then some spice and hops come in and provide a good balance. The after-taste is bready.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, excellent representation of style, this is a very good beer to drink for a whole evening.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 17:07:08 | More by TheManiacalOne
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fitzy84

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Moan and Dove. The beer had a light gold appearance with a medium sized head. Stay in appearance pretty much until it was gone. Grassy hops perfumed from the drink giving it a very full aroma. Taste-wise, I felt the low bitter sweet flavors of citrus and hops made this very clean but also very well-rounded taste. Carbonation from the mouthfeel helped make this crisp and light. This was watery in a good, refreshing way. Great light drink to begin the night.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2008 16:26:36 | More by fitzy84
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Portertime

Florida

3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was the first Kolsch style beer I have had. Enjoyed it well chilled in a pint glass. Poured a very clear gold color with many little bubbles and a nice white head. Smell a good mix of hops and mild malts. Taste was very crisp with the slightest hint of mint and vanilla as well as fresh hops and a little malt. A very good variety. Very dry finish yet still crisp on the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2008 18:52:45 | More by Portertime
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jarmby1711

Australia

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A well balanced beer.
Has enough sharpness from the bittering hops to counteract the maltiness.
It is easy drinking and not to demanding on the taste buds but certainly refreshing in style and execution
ideal for a summer afternoons relaxing before moving onto some more weighty beers

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2008 08:02:19 | More by jarmby1711
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bluejacket74

Ohio

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

330 ml bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a straw gold color with about a half inch white head. Head retention and lacing is OK. Aroma is grassy, biscuity and lemony, but light. Taste is the same as the aroma, but it's stronger than the aroma is. Mouthfeel/body is light, with good carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. Drinkability is pretty good, it's refreshing and easy to drink. Pretty sessionable, too. Overall I think this is a good beer. If you're looking for something on the lighter side, this is a pretty good choice.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 01:03:22 | More by bluejacket74
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ewright

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured this kolsch into a pilsner glass. The beer is a bright yellow, the color American lager wishes it could be. The head forms about 2" tall on a moderate pour, then recedes quickly to a thin layer of fine bubbles.

S: Lightly toasted malts, faint hints of lemon and a touch of noble hops.

T: Crisp and clean with none of the aftertaste that I don't like about pilsners. Far less of the fruity esters often associated with ales. The malt is forward, but rather light. There is just enough of a hop bite to balance the sweetness.

M: As I said before, a great balance between overly dry and astringent light lagers and overly fruity ales. Carbonation that just won't quit keeps this beer from ever feeling heavy.

D: This is a nice break from the heavy ales I've been drinking. This would be a great gateway beer for the BMC crowd.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 16:57:17 | More by ewright
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SpencerT

Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured aggressively from a 330 ml bottle yielded a thick foamy egg white colored head that lasted surprisingly long. The body was crystal clear with attractive carbonation bubble that would make an American Pils or Lager green with envy.
The scent of Apricots and sweat bready malts were present. The sweet fruity flavors came through the malts with a nice dryness left at the end. The smoothness can only be described as silky but not heavy.
This is one of the most drinkable beers I have ever had. It was hard to put down and just kept getting better as it came to temp. Well worth the $9.99 tag for the 4 pack. Your non-BA buds would enjoy this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 02:12:11 | More by SpencerT
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DefenCorps

Oregon

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

500ml bottle poured into my hefeweizen glass

A: Light gold with TONS of carbonation - it's beautiful. One finger thick white head

S: Dortmunder-like with biscuit, grass and lemon zest. Mild cinnamon sweetnes in the back.

T: There isn't much to discern here apart from the dry biscuit malt (or rather, I can't) but the finish is dry with a noble hop (Saaz?) bite.

M: Very crisp with extremely lively carbonation

D: Off the charts. Very good stuff, this

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2008 17:37:48 | More by DefenCorps
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Greggy

Minnesota

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

Appearance- Pours into a pilsner (don't have a strange) leaving a 1 finger head that quickly recedes into some sparse lacing.

Smell- A touch of skunkiness hits me right off the bat (light damage?), but some light hop aroma seems to stick out with some light lime. To be honest, the smell is pretty hard to detect.

Taste- A nice dlry taste greets my palette with a distinct mineral taste that has a nice long finish. The hop taste seems to balance out the light malts just right. I couldn't detect much beyond this, but this seems to be a less is more.

Mouthfeel- At the beginning, the carbonation is pretty high but recedes rather quickly into a spritzy, zesty and refreshing aspect.

Drinkability- A solid kolsch, and @ 4.8%, quite sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 03:49:38 | More by Greggy
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear golden color. The head is an inch and a half in height, and recedes rather slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of bready malt with a moderate grassy, spicy hop character. The taste is like the aroma, but with a wonderful mineral tone in the finish. The mouthfeel is light bodied with lively, refreshing carbonation. Overall, this is a very good beer. While living in Germany for nearly four years I noticed a distinct mineral character in the beers from a lot of small local German breweries. I haven't experienced that characteristic much since moving back to America, but this beer has it. I will certainly drink this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2008 17:16:14 | More by KarlHungus
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oelergud

Virginia

3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown 11.2oz glass bottle, pry-off cap and a red and gold label.
Clear transparent straw golden body. White small to medium bubbled head with good retention and lace.
Sweet white bread and grain scent, mild and light.
Lightly hopped bread flavor. Good. hoppy and harsh aftertaste.
Medium body and a dry finish.
Good drinkability. A mild and easy to enjoy brew.

-Oelergud

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 23:06:51 | More by oelergud
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jongullotti

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

True-to-style light golden color with lots of bubbles. Faint aroma of yeast and hop. Very well balanced between malty smoothness and crisp, refreshing, clean drinkability. Pleasant lingering grainy hop finish. Great Kolsch. Would probably be great with many foods - enough flavor to complement food and crisp and clean enough to refresh the palate. Fairly inexpensive makes it a great value. I'll drink it again and recommend it to others.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2008 21:21:10 | More by jongullotti
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JDV

Texas

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

Light Gold pour with a medium lasting white head in a kölsch glass. Typical grassy, pale malt and lightly earthy hopped smell. Light to medium body with a nice clean refreshing crisp flavor. About as good as kolsches get, from what I've had so far. Great easy drinking beer, but nothing crazy.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 18:43:00 | More by JDV
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fdrich29

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I received this 500 ml bottle following Beer Advocate's German Beer Festival 2007.

The bottle proudly states "Reissdorf Kolsch-The Classic Kolsch"
Two websites are given-reissdorf.de and bunitedint.com.

Appearance: Some creamy, white head floating atop clean, golden straw. I'm reminded how infrequently I enjoy a nice Kolsch.

Smell: Full, crisp and clean malty aroma

Taste: Tasty malt that lingers, quite pleasant

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, coats the mouth and stays with you a bit.

Drinkability: I'm having visions of Friday night, a Sox game on TV and several of these to enjoy throughout the evening. A very tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 22:20:55 | More by fdrich29
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ojclark

California

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very clean, slightly grainy aroma. Light yellow/gold color with a thin layer of head and touches of lace. Clean flavor leaning toward sweetness. Aftertaste was a good balance of grain, sweetness, and hops. Restrained carbonation, medium bodied with a very good mouthfeel. Overall, a very light and delicate, easy drinking beer Well balanced and executed.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 17:26:21 | More by ojclark
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Gehrig

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I grabbed this at Hiller's market in Northville, MI, and it finished off my salmon dinner rather well, providing a smooth, clean taste to salmon with cajun spices and garlic. Three big fingers of off-white head top a clear golden body. The smell oozes malt, a few whiffs of hops, and a hint of orange peel, but not much else emerges. The taste is enhanced by a very good mouthfeel, with the smooth texture working well with the malt to produce a crisp, clean taste.

Not the most complicated German beer I've had, this nonetheless makes good company. It's straightforward but solid, somewhat basic but refreshing and smooth. Easy to enjoy and grab another to follow.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2008 02:06:48 | More by Gehrig
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botham

New York

4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a stange. pours a deep straw color with a few fingers of tight, frothy white head.

aroma is light and citrusy, with a malt character mainly of pale malts. slightly grainy overall, alongside subtle fruit notes of apple and grape. overall profile is light, yet still well concentrated.

taste is similar than the aroma, only with a more pronounced fruit character, and less malts. overall the profile is mildly sweet, and the citrus, apple and grape come together to create a solid brew. very refreshing.

mouthfeel is light bodied, with a light bite from CO2 and a clean finish.

drinkability is good. this is a lighter brew, but there is enough here for the palate to warrant another bottle or two. damn good for a lighter brew! cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 00:41:33 | More by botham
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

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

16oz picked up at the Coop last week for abou $3.25.. enjoyed tonight from my small weizen glass.

Short lasting white head.. no lacing atop a crystal straw/lite gold brew.

Aroma is all fruity aroma and low pale malts.. green apple and under-ripe pear.

Flavor is soft pilsner malt combined with appropriate lite bitterness... sorta dry finish.. alot less yeasty fruitiness in this one than the nose would signify... This is a fantastic Kölsch.. I certainly would consider it a benchmark for any brewery and any reviewer... I probably would rate this alot higher in the heat of summer... but right now, even with 6" of snow on the ground, it is dead to rights for what a Kölsch is.

A Kölsch is supposed to be soft around the edges.. just enough of everything to make it special and the "special quality" is damn hard to achieve for brewers.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2008 08:27:06 | More by JohnGalt1
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hoegaardenhero

California

3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: nice gold color with decent movement but very minimal head

s: light sweet malt scents with a very delicate hop afterthought

t: pretty subtle, tastes of straw and sweet grains

m: a little syrupy with medium carbonation

d: not amazing but definitely pretty decent for a style that is overall uninspired

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2008 06:12:40 | More by hoegaardenhero
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drperm

Virginia

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

500 mL bottle, poured into a Pilsner glass (I didn't have a Stange handy!).

Appearance: Light golden color, much like a macro international Pilsner, but much lovelier. "Spun gold" is an apt descriptor. A nice, small head, and lots of carbonation-bubbles.

Nose: The aroma of summertime. Fields of grain, wonderful smell of hay, and a nice modest hop aroma. I would call the overall aroma sensation, "beer."

Taste: A lagerish-ale. Nice notes of grain, a pleasant smooth-bite, reserved hops (quite refreshing), with a lovely grassy finish that reminds me I'm drinking a traditional ale and not some bland mass-produced Thing. Very subtle throughout.

Palate: smooth, smooth. Refreshing, no complaints.

Overall: Remember this one for summertime! This would be great for a summer afternoon, although it fit the bill on this warm January day. G. Oliver is apt in calling it a "lawnmower beer." It's not a knock-you-off-your-socks distinctive brew, but its overall agreability serves it quite well. Reissdorf would be a wonderful introduction for your Miller/Bud/Coors friends into the wider world of beer.

With food, veggie quesadillas, good pizza, and lighter grilled fare would fit the bill perfectly.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2008 19:29:17 | More by drperm
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joepais

Maine

3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Walked into my local beer store and it buy a beer get a glass
So a 500 ml bottle poured into a proper glass poured a pale golden yellow with a thin white head

Strong yeasty banana aroma fills your nose

Mouthfeel is full and creamy just the right amount of carbonation hit your tongue.

Is this what a Miller lite suppose to taste like? that’s what it reminds me of

Well It’s the first Kölsch that I tried I think it would be a good beer to turn someone on to the thrills of imported beer that drank Miller

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2008 01:34:50 | More by joepais
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jwc215

Wisconsin

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

500 ml bottle:

Pours light golden yellow with a thin white head that becomes a thick ring.

The smell is of sweet grain with floral, hoppy notes.

The taste is of sweet grain with oily, herbal/floral Continental-type hops. A touch of vanilla comes through in a cedary, dry finish.

It's appropriately light-bodied and refreshingly dry.

An easy-drinking, classic Kolsch, with a nice hop and cedary touch. I liked this one more from the bottle than from the tap I had a few months ago. Overall- stands out for the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2008 17:07:49 | More by jwc215
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mpyle

Maryland

3.05/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

App - Very pale gold, brilliantly clear. Moderate sized white head, creamy and with good retention.

Aroma - a bit of noble hop aroma, and some subtle malt. Very slightly fruity (apple), but overall quite clean.

Flav - A disagreeable bitterness from the start, with a bit of copper penny late. Finishes dry and bitter, and a bit papery (oxidation)

MF - Medium body and carbonation. Some definite oxidation character felt on sides of tongue

D'ability - Not sure how long this beer sat on the shelves in Boulder, but clearly not fresh. Age of samples makes flavor and MF reviews potentially not representative. I poured out the last half of the 500 mL bottle - enough said.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2008 21:39:18 | More by mpyle
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BeerTaster

New York

4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This beer was golden straw in color and formed a nice head leaving plenty of lace on the way down. The aroma had just a hint of mint and the taste had a tuch of vanilla and a nice malt flavor with a dry cedary finish. All in all a very nice beer and one that I could definitly have more than one of especialy on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2008 00:38:45 | More by BeerTaster
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orangemoustache

Illinois

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

A-pours very pale yellow,with a thick white head,very little lacing,the cascading carbonation is a rather nice visual,like a miniature version of those bubble pillars they sell at the Sharper Image,it continues till the last sip

S-some light grainy tones,very crisp smelling

T-buiscuity,a little butter even,more malts than hops,but they are there giving a very clean finish

M-very light feel,great carbonation,a bit dry

D-this is a very simple ale,at the same time it has a great quality taste(nothing generic tasting)Goes down like water...but tastes much better!

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2008 05:40:31 | More by orangemoustache
Reissdorf Kölsch from Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf
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