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Reissdorf Kölsch - Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf

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999 Ratings

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Ratings: 999
Reviews: 547
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 51
Gots: 45 | 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 MrMonkey
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

MrMonkey, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of froghop
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

froghop, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of Jwale73
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Jwale73, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of beerkittycat
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

beerkittycat, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of morimech
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

morimech, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of Kyle987
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Kyle987, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of roadhouse
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

roadhouse, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of Beastdog75
3.33/5  rDev -14%
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.

Beastdog75, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of Pauly2X
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Pauly2X, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of atigerlife
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

atigerlife, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

beerthulhu, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of Durge
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Durge, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of saintwarrick
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

saintwarrick, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle, for lack of a proper stange poured into my trusty DFH shaped pint glass, yields an exceedingly clear, pale-golden straw-colored body with a nice little finger-thick cap of shockingly-white foam that retains only at a thin band and leaves a few speckles of lacing.

Smells dryly malty with herbal hops and the faintest tinge of citrus.

Taste is crisp and lightly fruity with a nice dry finish. Flavors of light malt, at once both dry and syrupy, are cut nicely by a complimentary citric tang. Lingering biscuity malt richens the aftertaste as excellent carbonation lends a creamy character that finishes crisp.

Very tasty and undoubtedly smooth, this authentic Kolsch is a delight to drink and enjoy.

cvstrickland, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of Hokies
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a pale straw yellow with a slight white head that disappears quickly. The beer gives off a light aroma of biscuit and citrus. The taste is very complex with it starting off on a citrus note then the grainy taste takes over and and finishes with a nice light hop bitterness to it. The feel on this beer is nice and light with low carbonation. This beer is easily a nice session beer.

Hokies, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

330ml brown bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester. Pours a very light straw yellow with a half inch of off-white head that quickly dissipates. Smells slightly biscuity and fruity. Tastes fruity - some citrus, maybe peach? Notes of grassy hops. Great sweet aftertaste. While the flavors are fairly subtle, it's complex enough to keep things interesting and aid heavily in the drinkability. Very light in body with light carbonation. Possibly the most drinkable beer I've ever had. Perfect for a long hot summer day.

MrHurmateeowish, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of BlueStoneBrew
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What makes this beer special is it's outstanding balance. It is what I would consider, a wonderful "session beer."

Pouring with a straw to golden color, the clean white head disappears quickly. The gentle aroma starts with citrus and wood, eventually finishing with a smooth scent of wheat.

During a taste, again the tang of citrus is what begins the experience, but the grainy and then hoppyness both come through at just the right time to create a flavor that is wonderfully complex, but in no ways overpowering.

Relatively light mouthfeel that holds it's carbonation well, despite the quick fading of the head. The alcohol flavor is medium throughout, always lingering but never too much.

The aftertaste is dry and crisp, almost wine like. Not an extremely clean finish, with some cereal flavor lingering, but overall an absolutely wonderful beer.

BlueStoneBrew, May 29, 2008
Photo of birchstick
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear yellow, with a small head that vanishes quickly. Smells a bit bland, with some strange candy sweetness and a tad bit of hops. Tasted of grain, clovers, a sweet taste that I couldn't put my finger on, and a touch of hops at the end. It was somewhat carbonated, but not enough to be a distraction. Overall, this was an excellent Kolsch and I will pick this up again for sure.

birchstick, May 25, 2008
Photo of nickfl
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Decent sized white head with good lace and retention. Clear, straw colored body.

S - Malty and grainy with a slightly sulphury aroma of pilsner malt. A light, spicy hop aroma in the background.

T - Light malt flavor, slight sulphur/ sour grain note. The finish is dry with low bitterness and some earthy hop flavor.

M - Light body, medium carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Light and smooth with a nice, but mild hop character. Easily drinkable, but not overly interesting.

nickfl, May 25, 2008
Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fairly careful pour into my 25cl tulip glass yields an initially, almost three-finger thick, pale, just off-white colored head. The beer is brilliantly clear with a rich golden hue. The aroma smells predominantly of clean, sweet grain that reminds of honey and a soft floral influence. A touch of herbal hop character seems to round things out as does some light, pale malt notes of saltine crackers and light biscuit notes.

Somewhat dry, though it does have a light grain sweetness to it, the beer does not have nearly the sweetness that the aroma was suggestive of. This actually has a fair amount of perceptible bitterness: at the beginning of each sip it is a light herbal bitterness through to the finish where it is a light, clean, crisp bitter note. A touch of floral honey character is more noticeable as a flavor than a sweetness. At the start of each sip a dry, malt driven flavor of crushed saltine crackers is noticeable as a flavor that is accentuated through the oral nasal; this note tends to stick around as well, even continuing on through the long finish. While light and quaffable this beer still maintains a presence and mouthfeel along with slightly viscous heft that perfectly compliments the clean malt character.

This has survived far better during the export process than I was expecting, it is missing perhaps a bit of vibrancy in the hop character, but I find it quite nice how simple and clean the flavors are here. Obviously as a Kölsch, no one flavor jumps out here, this is a subtle experience, but there is a depth of flavor here and the amalgam of flavors really work towards a harmonious whole.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Gueuzedude, May 25, 2008
Photo of scottg
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stange glass at My Place in Newtown, CT.

Pours a clear golden color with a one finger white head that dissipates slowly with no lacing. Light fruit and malt aromas. Up front taste of malt, banana, and grass with a clean finish with mild lemony hops. Light, crisp mouthfeel leads to easy drinkability. Excellent Kolsch.

scottg, May 19, 2008
Photo of AZTEX
4.78/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My first Kolsch and I poured into a glass from a bottle. This beer had a beautiful foamy head that quickly filled half the glass until it settled down. The color was a very light amber and there was a lot of good carbonation. The beer had a bready, yeasty smell, with a touch of citrus and hops. The taste was exceptional. Good malty, sweet flavor up front that became citrusy (almost sour) in the middle before finishing with a soft hoppiness. This was a medium bodied beer and extremely drinkable! I will definitely drink some more of these!

AZTEX, May 17, 2008
Photo of pwoods
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Comet.

16oz. pint

A: Pale straw color. Short head leaves a skim and some lacing.

S: Subtle aroma, light grains and tart grapes.

T/M: More of the same. Light, maybe husky grains. Some tart green grapes. A touch on the yeasty side. Hops are light and on the spicy side. Body is light and carbonation is controlled.

D: Easy to drink, great for summer. Not overly complex, though.

pwoods, May 16, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into glass stange.

A - Bright, pale yellow with small head that recedes to thick cap. Some lacing, bubbles coming from the bottom.

S - Intense spicy hop aroma followed by some toasted malt. A little skunky almost. Baked bread and crackers follow.

T - Different from what I thought. Clean, lager-like taste of light bread and cereal grain, though the spicy hops come in the background, finish is bitter with an interesting sweet, almost phenolic quality.

M - Highly carbonated and a little thick. A little strange.

D - The cereal-like quality makes it feel too much like a macro, which makes me a little bored and little sick after awhile. This is an interesting beer overall, but the 1/3 or so that's so lager-like really knocks out the drinkability for me.

PatrickJR, May 15, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

TheManiacalOne, May 10, 2008
Reissdorf Kölsch from Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf
87 out of 100 based on 999 ratings.