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Reissdorf Kölsch - Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf

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1,036 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,036
Reviews: 552
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 58
Gots: 66 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 1,036 | Reviews: 552
Photo of farrago
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pure bone white head that dissolves into a patchwork quilt across the surface, the lacing holds on in a spotty manner too. Bright yellow color with a green streak, while fully transparent there's nothing that makes you think it is pale or dilute. Very fresh and open nose, sliced white bread, golden wheat, green corn husk, orange infused spring water, while on the hops side of things there's nothing bitter nor biting about the nose, just a gentle unfolding of "beer" inside your nostrils. Medium-bodied, with feeling carbonated it swells inside the mouth and takes up as much space as possible, just not pushing down into the tongue. Moderately sweeter with elements of pink grapefruit, orange citrus and pineapple, nectarine, peach fruit. None of which dramatically change the overall dry and crisp character of the beer for here the hops are indeed bitterer and add a nice vibrancy to the mouthfeel. There's a toasted, powdery quality to the malts like sticking a wet finger into malted milk powder. Flavor is not what this beer is about, it's texture, movement and quenching your thirst.

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

this beer poured nice with about one inch of head. good steady light carbonation. nice aroma of malts. good refreshing thirst quencher. this would be a very good summer beer if you wanted to surprise your friends with a good tasting lighter beer that they likely have never heard of.

suckem up and movem out.


Photo of droomyster
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A wonderful classic. Pours as clear as they come, golden yellow with tons of carbonation and pure white head. A grainy, sweet nose with a fresh, lively hop. Fresh summer fruit bowl flavor, with a sparkling spice element that is pleasantly surprising for a beer this light. Crisp, dry finish. A nearly perfect beer. Excellent choice for light cuisine, warm weather, sessions, or as a session-starter. A light thirst quencher that should be on everyone's required drinking list.

An important aside: the whole Kolsch style seems to be very underrated here on BA. Let's keep in mind that Kolsch is a fairly simple, straightforward style as we rate them, and not knock their grades down because they lack the mystique and complexity of a Belgian Quadruple.

Photo of tmoneyba
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured clear amber with a huge creamy white head that was lasting and produced good lacing.

Heavy grass citrus hoppy aroma.

Medium body with a slick texture.

Well balanced flavor with a medium bitter finish of average duration.

Refreshing brew and very good for style.

Photo of trbergman
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500mL bottle poured in increments into a Collins glass (makeshift stange).

A - Straw-colored beer with lively carbonation and two fingers of pillowy, bone-white head.

S - Very clean and dry. Somewhat grainy and vinous. Earthy, spicy hints of noble hops.

T - Dry, cracker-like malt with vinous flavor. Restrained bitterness - just enough to balance the beer - lingers in the background from the start through the short finish.

M - light, but not watery. Like a liquid Carr's water cracker, if that makes sense.

D - I suspect I'd enjoy this beer a lot more if I had several over the course of a night out with friends. It's the sort of beer you can drink all day without really thinking about it. No real complexity to speak of, but endlessly refreshing.

Photo of mullenite
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a branded stange, clear pale golden color with a two finger white head that went down moderately and left a little bit of light lacing on the glass.

Smell was... well, it was beer. A little biscuity but that's about it.

Taste was very non-offensive and a little woody, I would like to call it oaky but I'm not sure that's what I'm looking for.

Mouthfeel was good and clean, crisp carbonation and light body.

Easy to drink beer, would gladly sit down and session these things.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chock this one on the list of beers I've been passing over at the store for far too long.

500mL bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

Pours a crystal (and I am not hybolizing either) clear, pale gold but really more along the line of faded straw. Imagine if blonde could be transformed into a liquid then carbonated and bottled. Two finger thick head is quite bubbly which seems to hasten its descent into a thin ring around the glass. Little lacing outside of some rather soapy looking hangers on.

Very light, very grassy with a mix of mild estery fruitiness. Lemon zest seems to be the biggest of the fruit aromas going on right now in this beer. Lifted directly under the nose this even smells a bit like a shandy.

Again on the light and bright side, though I feel I may have an older bottle as there appears to be the slightest bit of skunk added in with the other, more traditional Kolsch flavors. Lemon grassiness is the first few sips then finishes with a grainy, clinging, graininess. This beer begins to open up a bit when it warms up to the proper serving temperature. The mouthfeel becomes less harsh, which is to say the carbonation dies down to a more manageable level and the beer's sweetness begins to compliment the estery hop bitterness. Still though the most notable and by that I mean, what the beer seems to take upon itself to make not of, is a rather abbrasive graniness that seems to overshadow some of the softer aspects of this beer. While I can pick up on a wonderful combination of lemony grassiness that balances nicely with the sweeter, maltier aspects of this beer, but again the graininess that seems to override the rest of these flavors, knocks down the overall joy of taste in this beer.

At 4.8% ABV this is one fine and drinkable beer. Would love to get a fresher bottle into my hands as I am sure it would be fantastic. An excellent replacement for a BMC lawnmower beer. I couldn't imagine what would be better on a hot day than a fresh one of these.

Photo of ATPete
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle

Pours a clear yellow color with a soapy sticky white head. Corny pale malt in the nose with a slight bitter hop twang, light but very balanced and inviting. This beer is the definition of 'clean', fresh flavor, roasted pale malt, light grassy-ness and bitterness from the hops. Light in body, great carbonation and extremely high drinkability. I think i just found my new lawn mower beer without a doubt.

Photo of SirSketch
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has a very translucent yellow color with head that has the consistency of soda pop fizz. The smell is mainly of corn husk and grains. The taste has more corn husk characteristics and a decent amount of malty sweetness. Very light in body, crisp, and refreshing.

Photo of kshankar
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden yellow/straw color, not much in the way of foam. Very clear. Bubbles and carbonation are seen. Intense

Aroma: Somewhat grassy, and malts. Subtle with the hops, but its noticeable.

Taste: Crisp taste, naturally from the carbonation. Otherwise it follows the aroma fairly well. Somewhat of an apple bite to it as well.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and is great. Goes down well, crispness, and there is a "thickness" as other reviewers have pointed out.

Drinkability: Light on the ABV, good body, good taste...great for session

Photo of deg
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice golden/yellow color. The smell was light and hard to detect. I was hoping to smell something but couldn't. The taste was dry and had a nice hop bite to it. Not overpowering, very easy to drink. I did detect a little sweetness to the beer, it was almost not noticeable.

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

A crystal clear bright gold color. Inch of light foamy white head faded over a minute. Only a single bubble rises occasionally.

Malt is quite earthy. A mainly hay body with a bit of a note of fresh cut grass clippings. Hops are sharp but subdued. A light white fruit was mainly of pear scents.

Flavors were as crisp as the scents. A very nice mix of apple and pear was the backbone to a main taste of hay. A light bit of plastic taste at the very end of the mouthful.

Decent thickness for the style. Carbonation is only barely present on the surfaces.

A decent brew. Would work well with a summer salad. Worth the try if your looking for something outside of pale ales or stouts. A great style.

Photo of gonzo46and2
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark golden color with a big white head that retained nicely and laced a bit.

Smell was big on the pale malt with a bit of grassy funk.

Taste was very clean refreshing and full of pale malt with a bit of hops on the finish to dry things up.

Mouthfeel was light and full of carbonation. Very refreshing lager.

Drinkability is very high. This would be a good replacement for many of the BMC drinkers' stand-by beer.

Photo of jushoppy2beer
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice kolsch beer that has a deep rich golden color and a spectacular white foamy head that produces exceptional lacing. A nice subtle malty nose leads into a great mild sweet malt on the palate, with just the right hint of hops at the finish. The mouthfeel is superb; this silky brew flows across the tongue with a great thick smoothness that makes it good drinking in warm or cool weather. This is a good session beer, hightly drinkable as it satisfies while not being too heavy.

Photo of Bankrobber77
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a .5 liter bottle into my trusty .5 liter Spaten glass stein.

A - Not straw colored. Not quite golden-colored either. When poured, presented a 2-finger frothy head, eggshell white, which dissipated quickly, leaving some nice lacing and a very thin collar. Don't take this the wrong way, but the overall appearance after the head dissipated was very comparable to the sample I provided to the nice drug-testing people when I got my last job.

S - I took a strong whiff of this and was transported back to early childhood - right around age 3, I remember swiping my Pop's can of Lowenbrau off of the picnic table and taking a big swig, much to everyone's consternation. This beer (aside from smelling like Lowenbrau, apparently) has a very summer-meadow smell...like the smell you get when you're driving on Cape Cod past the median strips that have the sign "endangered wild-flowers - do not mow!"

T - Starts off crisp and bitter. Only way I can describe the taste is the way I described the smell...grassy/weedy/flowery, but quite pleasing. Finishes with a sourness/acidity you definitely feel on sides of tongue. Not quite citrus/lemon acidity, though, more like green grape.

M - Crisp, light, no filminess. The carbonation feeling is definitely refreshing.

D - This is serious "easy listening" beer: an utterly inoffensive, down-the-hatch-chief! summertime refresher. I imagine that if you were to replace the local frat-boy yah-dudes' keg of Miller High Life with a keg of this, you wouldn't slow them down a bit, but they might not notice much of a difference either. The acid/sour finish might turn some folks off, but I found it made the beer all the more interesting.

Would drink again. Soon.

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

8.0 oz serving poured into a champagne flute at J. Betski's in Raleigh, NC.

Waiter brought me a clear ale with goldenrod and straw hues. Well-carbonated, and the light eggshell head retained nicely, leaving a few small rings of lacing down the glass. Aroma brought out layers of fresh grass, clover honey, and floral hops. The malts were biscuity and light, with a hint of sweetness.

Flavor was dry and crisp with a healthy, yet clean bitter dose saved for the finish. Not much sweetness or honey to the malts, just lightly toasted biscuits and a soft graininess. The hops were equally as gentle, delivering a delicate floral bitterness to the back of the palate. Mouthfeel is excellent, with a light body and livid carbonation level that leaves the tongue dry and, at the same time, quenched. I'd gladly have this again, and was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed it during a cold November's eve. Hooray for the Kölsch style!

Photo of babaracas
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle, pours a crystal clear light gold with sudsy head, not much retention, but nice lacing. Smell: light malts, granny smith apples, green grapes. Medium to light bodied, bready, white grape juice, not quite ripe nectarine. Ends a bit dry, with a hard-water feel.

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

L: Pours a very light golden yellow with a small and thin white colored head that leaves alot of lacing down the glass.
S: Smells of very nice lightly toasted malts, and some very subte hops at the end of the nose. Really light smelling but with a nice refreshing aroma.
T: Very lightly toasted malts and then a very light and subtle hop character at the end. None of the tastes are overpowering and blend very well together.
M: Very light, crisp, refreshing, with the right amount of carbonation that makes it a very drinkable beer.
D: Exceptional. Up there with the most drinkable beers I've ever had.

Photo of TKempe
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden yellow qua colour, slightly dark, with an average size head and moderate carbonation.

This beer has a very solid malt base, giving a doughy, straw-like character to both taste and smell. A subtle and very spicy hop note and a couple of fruity (apple, grape) touches, along with a buttery note finish it off. The flavor is just a little bit more sour than the aroma and has a refreshing character that is supported by a mineral quality. A small trace of hops enlivens the finish, paving the way for a beautiful, long-lasting after-taste which is a bitter-dry and grainy one without losing the fruitiness. Great!

Carbonation is pleasantly strong and gives a good punch to the medium body and smooth feel. A terrific beer.

Photo of mortarit
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Kolsch is starting to be my go to beer when it comes to eating.

I saw this one on the shelf and thought I would give it try with some CHICKEN TETRAZZINI.

Bottle: It mentions that it's a classic kolsch so it should be the real thing.

Color: Golden

Taste: Milder than what I have had in the past. Carbonation this that strong but there to it's job.

Head: Very light if any which I prefer anyway.

Overall: Kolsch are easy drinking and could not turn any of them away. So give it a try.

Photo of bpwatl
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this beer at a festival in Germany about 35km from Cologne. Of course, goes w/out saying that the draft in Germany is better than the bottles here in the states.

I find the bottled version to have a bit more bite to it than the draft version. Also, one of the finer kolschs that I've had.

Photo of Murchmac
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger head, pale yellow, lots of carbonation. Is this a fizzy yellow beer?

Sweet fruity smell, white grapes by Liz Taylor.

Great fruity taste. Bready malts, crisp clean velveteen.

This has a beer aftertaste. This is a fruity beer, and a manly beer. It's a fruity manly beer.

Photo of KeefD
3.24/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear macro yellow color with a decent three finger head that recedes quickly leaving behind very little lacing. Strong aroma of skunk and and husky, grassy grains. Smells a little over-cooked. I'm not sure how old this bottle is but it doesn't smell very fresh. Tastes of grainy malt, slightly bitter, a little fruitiness, some lemon zest, and hints of honey. Very grassy and slightly spicy hops. Smooth and creamy on the tongue, not much in the way of carbonation. I would like to try a fresher bottle, as this one seems to have some age on it, but it's pretty tasty and easy to drink, nonetheless.

Photo of Offa
4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is simply an excellent kolsch - full of flavour and character, yet refreshing, crisp, and exceedingly drinkable.

Dark straw-gold, it has a medium white head which shrinks steadily to a permanent thin top. It leaves some decent lace.

The aroma has a lot of grain and hay with apple peels, honey, bread, grapes, and a hint of banana.

The taste is very crisp and clean, full of flavours of bread, hay, apple, white grape juice, lemon, hints of honey and vanilla. It's slightly on the dryish side, lively, with a light tartness in the finish.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a clear gold with quickly fading thick white head.

Aroma of malts and wheat with a tinge of sweet white wine.

Tastes of white wine grapes, citrus hops, and bread. Finishes with a note of bitterness.

Medium bodied, smooth, and moderately carbonated.

I quite enjoyed this kolsch out on my patio this evening. Easy to drink and enjoy.

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