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Reissdorf Kölsch - Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf

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1,033 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,033
Reviews: 550
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 56
Gots: 61 | FT: 0
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Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf visit their website

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 Kendo
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got it on tap at Wolff's Biergarten in Albany on 12-1-09.

A: Served in a 1/2-liter mug. Clear golden yellow body with a small white head. Nice presentation of rising bubbles. Small amount of lacing.

S: Faint grainy malt with a touch of floral hops.

T: First impression: the word "crisp." It's a clean and refreshing lighter ale. Cereal grains and slightly grassy hops provide the flavor and are nicely balanced. Finishes clean and crisp with some hop bitterness lingering.

M: Light in heft, good carbonation.

D: Very good.

Photo of Lldeegan
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours nice golden straw with a sudsy white head with little retention. Very refreshing and delicious looking beer for a late afternoon. Has a grainy nose, oddly enough it reminds me exactly how Rolling Rock smelled to me as a kid when my parents drank it, and had my first tastes of beer. Some citrus and sweet malt, can't really detect any hops. Has some sweet malt upfront, oat, then citrus, and viney twang and a bitter hop bite on the back. Very crisp on the palate with nice carbonation. This is a very refreshing, light bodied beer, good for a warm day session.

Photo of stmboyd
4.85/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I possess the DNA marker that amplifies bitter perception; hence, most beers taste like bug spray. This was the first beer that I and my siblings tasted and said "WOW!!! Beer can taste like that?!" Smooth, light carbonation, can be served slightly less than room temp. but not too cold.

Photo of TheSarge
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Decent head production, but not much retention. The body is crystal clear, and light gold in color.

Aroma is light, metallic, and a bit lemony.

Taste is lager like (a bit of lemony hops and grainy sweetness), except for a hint of fruitiness.

Mouth feel is thin, crisp, prickly and refreshing.

Photo of bret27
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

German hefe glass on tap @ the red.

Appearance: Pale yellow, crystal clear, minimal head, very fizzy w/lots of active bubbling.

Smell: Honey, sweet light malts, little citrus, light hopping of mild hop

Taste: Sweetness and honey, malts, light fresh end hopping.

Mouth: Pretty full mouth for such a light style. Very dry finish. The only problems is the intense carbonation. Drinks like seltzer water where if you drink too fast carbonation almost tastes salty/burns.

Overall: Good for style except for carbonation which is most likely not the German's fault in this case.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light gold with a white foamy head and some light lacing.

Some light grain and malt aromas, with a little grapey edge. Some light spice if you hunt for it. It is what I'd expect from a Kolsch.

Good clean flavors here. Light grain, some grass-like notes, but no true sweetness. Finishes with some light bitterness, but overall ends with a clean palate.

Lighter bodied and decently carbonated, but enough there to swish around in your mouth.

Overall, this was one that went down pretty good. I expected more out of this one though, and have had some others in the style that I liked alot better. Dry, clean, and a decent summer brew. Not something I'd grab often, but I will revisit again.

Photo of mwa423
2.94/5  rDev -24%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass, this is about as boring of a beer as you can get. I have no idea how the appearance is above a 2. It is lighter then coors and thin white head. The taste is lots of cereal and malt and that's all.

mouthfeel is watery and bland. I think this is about germany's budlight

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle dispensed into a stange cylinder glass. Emerges clear and golden and is topped with a sizeable, two finger sized head. A touch of lacing but nothing over the top. Head becomes a sort of soapy looking froth.

Aroma is light and grainy with a touch of hops and slight fruitiness. Grassy and slightly lemony.

Fruity flavor that is light and easy on the palate. Grainy, husky, lemony and a bit of cardamom. Fruitiness resembles earthy berries with a touch of lemon peel.

Very clean on the palate. Quite crisp and quite delecious. Certainly an easy drinker and a beer that is easily sessionable and quite frankly, I would recommend many sessions of this.

Photo of m1ked
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- clear golden yellow with a creamy looking white head clinging to the edges. Lots of streamers racing to the service.

S-sweet grains with some floral hops....all very subtle.

T-sweet grains with light fruitiness and finishing with those light floral hops.

S- light bodied, crisp carbonation, dry finish. Refreshing.

D- Not my favorite style, but very refreshing and easy to drink.

Photo of DannyS
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a 20 oz. beer mug.

A - One of the best pours I've done yet yields a perfect pillow of head that reaches 1.5 inches or so right to the brim of the glass, a crystal clear, very pale amber brew sitting below it. The head dissipates quick and the color is almost TOO light, but when it first filled the glass, it looked picturesque.

S - Non-offensive light skunk aroma backed up by lots of grain and a hint of hay, grass, and lavender.

T - There's not a whole lot to the taste, but it's got a crisp floral upfront taste with fresh grain to back it up, also carrying a slightly bitter hoppy taste. Just enough bite to lend some zip to the otherwise very light taste.

M - Holds up well with a light yet somewhat substantial body, and fine yet fizzy carbonation. Delicate is the operative word.

D - Let's see:
Modest ABV? Check.
Pleasant yet not overpowering flavor? Check.
Not overpoweringly bitter? Check.
I'd say this is a session brew.

Overall: An excellent summer choice if your craving a tall glass of refreshing brew.

Photo of boatshoes
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at a recent lunch with Papollo and his son at Deep Ellum. Thanks again!

Appearance- Comes out in a half liter glass stein with a solid two or three fingers of puffy white head. The beer itself is a straw yellow with lots of carbonation bubbling up. The head retains well but gradually dies down to a ring as I drink. Not really any lacing but the carbonation stays throughout.

Smell- Hmm, not a whole lot going on here for me. A touch of hay or freshly mown grass along with a lot of corn and grain. Not particularly strong smelling, but nothing terribly out of place, making it slightly above average overall.

Taste- Again, pretty one dimensional but pretty decent overall. Lots of grain and pretty heavy corn flavors up front. Even less present but still there is touch of grass is the flavor. That is really about it, but it did do well to hit the spot on a hot day.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Pretty highly carbonated and a bit thin but not overly so on either account. Quite drinkable, and I'd be able to have a few of these, though I think the corn flavor would eventually be a little offputting. Good for a hot day.

Overall, I didn't find anything particularly spectacular here, but nothing particularly bad either. Worth a try, and a pretty good thirst quencher.

Photo of Brad007
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden color with a two-finger head that fades down to a one-finger head in my fluted glass.

Aroma is full of sweet, grainy malt with a hint of hops in the nose. A bit unremarkable.

Taste is full of sweet, grainy malt with the mentioned hop bitterness peeking out in the middle.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering grainy malt and sweetness with a somewhat harsh mouthfeel that doesn't right for the style. I must be imagining things but I was expecting something different.

A bit middle-of-the-road here. I've had better. Not hard to drink but not impressive.

Photo of jgasparine
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Was poured from the tap into a pint glass, which produced a very thin flim-like head, which quickly vanished, leaving no lacing behind. The body was a clear straw yelow, with no visible carbonation...

S- Honey and cracker-like aromas are the most prominent on the nose, along with some restrained pale malt. Hop aroma is undetectable, but there are some hints of straw somewhere in the nose...

T- Sweet pale malt and honey dominate the palate. Further engagement reveals prominent buttery biscuit-like flavors (diacetyl?). Again, there is no notable hop flavor here... and a long clean sweet finish. Lovely.

M- Light in body, but certainly more substantial than your average macro-brew... feels a bit oily in the mouth, and some nice soft carbonation works well with the delicate flavors.

D- Super drinkable. A wonderful restorative after a 90 degree day, and a great way to precede a meal.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into an Imperial Pint glass

Pour produced a crystal clear pale yellow brew with about two fingers of soapy pure white foam. Head dissipates after several minutes leaving a thin layer of bubbles. Good lacing throughout.

Very light maltiness with an undertone of faint grassy herbal notes, presumably hops. The aroma is pleasant, but light.

Initial taste is crisp & clean, light of body, and rather enjoyable. Flavors include yeasty bread notes and light malt. Bitterness is relatively light and very nicely balanced to the malt. Carbonation is also crisp and seems to match everything well. Finish is quick and clean, with a bit of very pale malt in the beginning and a slight herbal bitterness in the linger.

Overall, this is a nice brew. I don't have a lot of experience with the Kolsch style, but this is very crisp and refreshing. Nice brew!

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

Served in a pub-style pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a clear brilliant yellow/gold color with a ¼" cottony white head that recedes to a layer of foam that soon disappears. Sipping leaves minimal lacing sticking to the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma has some spicy fruitiness and some sweet floral character along with traces of light malt and breadiness.

Taste: The flavor, which is crisp, light and refreshing, contains fruitiness, fresh bread from the light malts, along with some grassy, herbal, spicy notes from the hops.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with light and persistent carbonation. The finish is short and clean and dry

Drinkability: This is an enjoyable, refreshing, easy to drink beer that would be easy to consume more and more of either with food or for an evening of good conversation over several beers.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear fizzy yellow with a nice white head that retains for a little bit, and leaves ok lacing.

Nose is, as the label states, classic kolsch.

Taste is maltier than i excpected, although there is an ok euro hop presence. Not much of a spice profile.

Mouthfeel is creamier than expected, but still lager thin.

Drinkability is pretty solid, could put away more than a few.

Overall a decent kolsch. Very accurate to the style, but just not alot of spunk. A good brew.

Photo of crossovert
4.51/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poures from a 500ml bottle into an official Reissdorf Kölsch jumbo cylinder glass, one of my favorite glasses. It is a crystal clear straw color with magnificent tiny bubbles rapidly floating to the top and a nice foamy white head that leaves some really nice lacing.

Smell is pretty quaint, a bit of breadiness with very subtle hop.

Taste is crisp and delicious, Kölsches are just the most drinkable brew I swear it is like drinking liquid gold. It has a good medium body that is offset with its brilliant carbonation which equates in my opinion to extremely high drinkablility. Its a great malty beer, and it's got the perfect balance of hops as well. Definitely a bit of bready green apple in here, it ends with a nice dry but bitter hop finish.

I'd say the drinkability on this is even higher out of its "own" glass. These things go down like candy on a hot summer day.

Overall just a wonderful masterfully crafted brew out of Köln brewed in the Kölsch tradition with passion and full attention.

Photo of cptierney
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a .2 liter Reissdorf Kolsch thin glass.

Excellent head on the pour with long sustained lacing. The beer had a beautiful clear straw color characteristic of light German Lagers.

The nose of the beer is, as expected, not overwhelming. Though a nice floral aspect and citrus notes do come forth if you really put your schnozz into it.

Fantastic mouthfeel, with consistent carbonation. This beer is not heavy, this cannot be emphasized enough.

The taste is sooo refreshing. On a summer day, this beer is like manna from heaven. With its minimal hop profile, and crisp, not dry, flavor this would be a great beer to take to a ball game or drink at a barbeque.

Overall, this beer is so complimentary that it is easy to overlook. Standing as an strong example of the Kolsch style. The light, refreshing character of Reissdorf, coupled with its low ABV, make for one heck of a session brew.

Photo of wheatyweiss
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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.

Photo of TwinSox33
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of EliottJW
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
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!

Photo of tronester
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.45/5  rDev +15%
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.

Reissdorf Kölsch from Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf
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