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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: 49
Gots: 40 | 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 oelergud
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
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, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of jongullotti
4.22/5  rDev +9%
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.

jongullotti, Feb 28, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.33/5  rDev -14%
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.

JDV, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of fdrich29
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

fdrich29, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of ojclark
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

ojclark, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of Gehrig
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Gehrig, Feb 15, 2008
Photo of botham
4.18/5  rDev +8%
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!

botham, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

JohnGalt1, Feb 04, 2008
Photo of hoegaardenhero
3/5  rDev -22.5%
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

hoegaardenhero, Feb 04, 2008
Photo of drperm
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

drperm, Jan 28, 2008
Photo of joepais
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
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

joepais, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of jwc215
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

jwc215, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of mpyle
3.05/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

mpyle, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of BeerTaster
4.18/5  rDev +8%
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.

BeerTaster, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of orangemoustache
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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!

orangemoustache, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of Drew966
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reissdorf Kolsch pours a lemon yellow color with a white head from a brown 330 ml bottle. There is a mild grainy aroma. The body is quite light. The flavor is mostly grainy with a touch of noble hops. Better than a macro lager anyday, yet just as drinkable.

Drew966, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a Reissdorf Kölsch glass at J. Timothy's, Plainville, Conn.

A: Poured a very pale, straw yellow with a small, dense head of white foam. Carbonation looked good, but overall, it kinda just looks like a Bud.

S: Smells slightly sweet and grainy, with some faint floral hops in the nose. Not too complex.

T: Tastes of sweet malted corn and wheaty grains. The malt character is more prominent than the hop backbone, however slight it may be. Hops are slightly drying. The taste isn't overly impressive.

M: Mouthfeel is crisp, dry and a little sweet, like a pinot grigio or dry chardonnay.

D: This would be a great session brew for anyone who likes Kolsch beers, or just lighter beers in general.

I should learn to stop drinking Kolschs myself. I'm not a huge fan of the style, but this one from Reissdorf us likely to be named a classic for the style. I'd likely get something else again, but it was alright.

Gambrinus1184, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw gold with a white head that rises well off an aggressive pour but falls fast. Nose is malty, slightly sweet, and overall mild. Flavor is slightly sweet with a grainy tone to it. Smooth and even. Feel is good with a low carbonation and a decent mix of ingredients. Definitely drinkable. If you want to try a kolsch for the first time, this is a decent enough one to do it with.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of Dogbrick
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

5L keg at our Septoberfest party. Pours a clear pale yellow color with noticeable bubbles and a medium white head that dissipates steadily. Small patches of lacing. The aroma is grassy hops with mild malt. Light, clean body with hops, straw and sweet malt flavors. The finish is moderately hoppy with a sweet malty aftertaste. Decent all around, although I am not sure it justifies the higher price tag given other domestic Kölsch choices are just as good.

Dogbrick, Dec 13, 2007
Photo of MillRat
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clean straw yellow with a fluffy white head that slowly dissipates. Aroma is subtle, mainly clean malt with a little grassy hops. The flavor is malty leaning toward a fresh grain flavor with a high carbonation level that keep it all very clean on the palate. Hops are in the background but work well with the malt character of this lighter weight beer. A very sessionable beer, and worked well as an appetizer for a heavy meal of Deutsch pork shank and spaetzle. Perked up the taste buds without tiring them.

MillRat, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of tlinner
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is what American macro lagers like Budweiser and Miller ought to taste like. Light, easy-going but with enough taste (read: not watered down) that it never gets boring. But it isn't really that complex, and nothing jumps out at you that makes it special. Mouthfeel is the highlight here, as it sits on the tongue like liquid silk. If you want a nice smooth beer to enjoy with a couple friends while watching a ballgame, Reissdorf is your beer, my friend.

tlinner, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of jneiswender
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer served in the traditional tall cylinder glass (on tap) at the Brick Store in Decatur Georgia.

Great straw yellow color, perfectly clear. The head looks like stiff egg whites were placed on top of the beer.

sweet malty smell with some sulfur.

The taste is great. Substantial for a light color beer. Sweet malts. Feels thick on the palate. Incredibly drinkable.

I wish more light beer drinkers would drink more of this. Its a great style and This beer is a great representation of it.

jneiswender, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of animal69
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

my first kolsch, i think ; pours a pale golden-straw color into my weizen glass w/ a fluffy white head which dissapates quickly leaving a moderate amount of lacing ; not a strong smell, some hop aroma w/ a slightly vinous & fruitish undertone ; more of the same here, a slightly thin flavor, crisp w/ some hop flavor, hard to define the malt flavor, it's too weak, some fruitiness comes through as well, but too covered up by the hops to identify ; a dry, light-bodied beer, almost too thin, though, it's borderline 3.5/4 on the BA scale ; it's quite quaffable though, w/ it's dryness & a 4.8 ABV, i could drink a gallon of it...

animal69, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of BrewnZ
3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Bright gold, white persistant head - served in a straight sided Reissdorf Kolch glass.

Smell: Soft malt the signature of kolch yeast.
Taste: Mellow malt followed by mineral - chalky middle and kind of a harsh finish. Some lingering, unpleasant hop bitterness with oxidized character.

M: Light bodied

Drinkability: Not nearly as drinkable as the beers I sampled in Koln. It is apparent there has been some damage done in transport - but I tend to hold import to the high standard of consuming them in the country of origin.

BrewnZ, Oct 15, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – Poured a nice bright golden yellow with a large three inch of more head of sudsy fizzy foam on top. This faded almost immediately and left behind just the tiniest bit of lace on the top. Lots of carbonation could be seen streaming up from the bottom of the almost crystal clear liquid that was before me. No real noticeable side glass lace, but I was not really expecting any. It had the look of a very nice and refreshing clear lager.

S – Aroma was very light, and at first seemed almost non existent. But it was there, light grain or corn almost with a touch of some light yeast. A decent bready like quality seemed to make up the bulk of it and served as a good solid start to the session. There was a slight touch of apple or something to the effect and a decent earthy, grassy, and grainey type of feel to it.

T – The taste was very light, very crisp, and extremely refreshing. The first notes were of light cereal like grains. These would be the predominant tones here and set the stage so to speak for some of the light earthier flavors that were hiding underneath. A very nice yeasty presence could be found that bounced around with some pears and the ever so slightest touch of euro hops. Nice clean finish, did not linger long but gave enough of an aftertaste to make you wanna come back and have a little bit more.

M – Very nice here. It was super light and crisp, excellent carbonation really started to show here, as it was still flowing with bubbles well into the end of the session and this really served to keep the lively light and refreshing nature about it bouncing around and continuing on. There was a good amount of texture die to the carbonation and it seened fit nicely for a warm afternoon.

D – Outstanding, this was one of those brews that you do not even realize you finished until it was gone. It had a great flavor profile, ample carbonation, low ABV, and was very cold. Need I say more, You could have this one several times over before getting bored, or even realizing that it was gone.

Overall I was very nicely surprised by this one. Now I shouldn’t be because I love the style, however it is always nice when I get one I never heard of and it turns out well for me. I was definatly interested and would really love to have this one again. With the weather finally turning cooler it will be a challenge to enjoy these light summer brews much longer, but I will still pick this one up again, definitely recommend for sure.

mikesgroove, Oct 02, 2007
Reissdorf Kölsch from Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf
87 out of 100 based on 965 ratings.