Reissdorf Kölsch | Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf

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86
very good
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Reissdorf KölschReissdorf Kölsch
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf
Germany | website

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 11-15-2001

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Photo of jibjib513
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: Bottle to stange like glass.

Appearance (4.0): light golden and very clear. Upon pouring has a solid white head and nice carbonation action. However, the head does dissipate somewhat quickly.

Smell (4.0): Smells similar to a dortmunder, in that it has a slight white wine smell to it.

Taste (3.5): Taste good but maybe slightly underwhelming. I'd consider it session-able in that the taste would go with most anything.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Nothing wrong here.

Overall (3.5): Though most of my categorical scores were 4.0, I feel like this one only deserves a 3.5. Everything is solid but it seems to be a bit underwhelming.

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Photo of acelin
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a stange from the bottle, may have been slightly old. No skunk flavor, so at least it was taken care of.

Pours a crystal clear yellow with a large head that dissipated quite quickly.

The fragrance of this beer was lacking, but appropriate for a Kolsch. Pale malts, noble hops. Nothing more, nothing less.

Taste is sweet, with a slight bitter noble hop taste initially, and the beer finishes dry. Very refreshing. A great summer beer.

I imagine on tap the mouthfeel would be far better, or in a newer bottle. Great beer, great light taste. Basically a pilsner ale.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle

Reissdorf Kolsch poured a clear pale gold with a short white head that produced minimal lacing. The nose is mild, and clean with aroma of light fruit. The flavor is; pleasant, crisp, clean and refreshing. Light fruit, pears and green apples dominate with a hint of hops in the background. Mouth feel is very light and crisp with effervescent fizzy bubbles.

Reissdorf Kolsch is a very easy drinker that before you realize you have consumed the entire bottle.

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Photo of ckollias
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a clear golden hue with a 3-finger, white, frothy head that slowly dissipates down the glass and ends in a solid lace.

S: Crisp and clean malty aroma with a slight hop scent.

T: Malty flavor with a slight tart bitter hop flavor. Finishes on the dry side of tart.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Not a huge fan of Kolsch but this was by far the best I have tried. Wouldn’t grab it again but glad I tried it.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
4.97/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful, crystal clear, golden wheat color topped by an egg-shell white head that has a soft texture and a perfect consistency. Served in a strange glass.

The aroma is a gentle hop aroma filled with fresh grass and herbs, followed by a hay-like malt aroma, which is simple yet elegant at the same time.

Reissdorf Kolsch is a perfectly-balanced beer with Noble hops up front, with a slightly bitter finish and sweet biscuit malts in the aftertaste.

Texture is excellent with a creamy mouthfeel and a lively carbonation. Finishes really smooth.

This has got to be the pinnacle of the kolsch style. Just a fantastic beer, and I wish that this was something more available in our area. I think this beer is a must try for any true beer lover. Just amazing!

Pair this beer with pretzels, landjagers and any kind of wursts!

Purchased at the Wine Source in Baltimore, MD.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Parkbrau Pils glass on 8/23/12

Shiny, clear golden yellow with a two finger head of bright white foam. The foam doesn't last for terribly long; a diminished layer remains after only a few minutes. Hardly any lace. Still, it was a sharp looking beer for a short spell.

The aroma strikes me as interesting - it's not nearly as grainy as I would have figured. Instead, there are floral and grassy notes, lemon, honey and delicate light fruit notions. Swirling the glass draws out crackers and buttered biscuit.

Hmm. Tastes hoppier than I might expect, too. The front end is awash in grassy hops with citric bite in the middle and mild bitterness lingering on the finish. Neat. The hops are rounded out with toasty, fairly neutral grains. This tastes just fine to me.

Crisp and fast seem sufficient to describe the feel. The body is light and geared toward drinkability. All the while carbonation is bubbly, carrying the beer off with astounding ease.

Dang, I want more of this. Multiple pints, please.

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Photo of dfillius
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass
A: 1.5 finger of fizzy white head with good retention. Would be better if it was more pillowy. Crystal clear pale wan yellow. Decent, not 100% enticing. Good for the style, sans the head. No head remains after a bit.
S: Grain and slightly skunky hops. Metallic aroma detracts. No esters/yeast aroma. Maybe some apple must aroma, a nice addition!
T: Clean, slightly bright apple, no off flavors. Apple juice is strong, some herbal hops are present. Hard to get more than that...My gut tells me that it's a fine representation of the style.
M: Smooth, silky, refreshing
O: Fine quality. I'd love another. Great warm day beer. I'd buy 6 of these.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked out this beer to pair with barbeque, as well as a last hurrah for summer. Kolsch's just remind me of the warm summer months.

On the pour I get a golden yellow with about two fingers of light foam. This was less foam than I expected, but that didn't affect my scoring.

On the pour I picked up a little grape off the top. As the beer I smell some redder grape flavor. It is pretty sweet.

The flavor has more of the European hop presence. I also pick up some of the graininess.

This is a very easy to drink beer. I recommend it for the last outdoor occasions until you have to put your shorts away (until next summer).

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Photo of gpogo
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Clearish light yellow body. Large white head that dissipates to a respectable ring and foam top.

A- Grainy sweetness. Something grassy or herbal though?

T- Sweet and slightly bitter with a mostly dry finish.

M- Light body with a moderate to high carbonation.

D- A very enjoyable Kölsch.

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Photo of rudzud
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the moan and dove in Amherst. Poured into a slender.

A - Poured a nice crystal clear straw with a one finger head that fades to leave a thin blanket and light side lacing.

S - Aromas of light grains and bready malts with some slight sweetness and grassyness.

T - Taste isn't bad. More of those grassy hops with nice bready notes as well as a slight metallic taste though. It comes right after the bread and before the sweetish floral hops.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and crisp ans clean. Goos carbonation for a kolsch.

O - Overall I felt this was a solid kolsch offering. Nice pleasant aromas and flavours along with a solid appearance. Jolly good.

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Photo of rdacey
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: slightly grainy and sweet, little to no hop aroma, no esters, no diacetyl

Appearance: beautiful thick white lasting head, straw/ golden color, great clarity

Flavor: Fruity pear esters up front, slight pilsner malt, no diacetyl, little to no hop flavor, finish is moderately dry

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium/high carbonation provides a slight "spritzy" feeling on the tongue, smooth medium dry finish

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, grass, and hay. Taste is much the same with a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is easy to drink and pretty tasty.

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Photo of beergoot
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good medium-gold colored body with a nice white head; some lacing on the glass as the beer disappears. Aroma emits grass-like notes with a hint of cereal and grain; slightly zesty. Bread-like taste, with a tangy bitterness. Overall soft mouthfeel; clean and dry.

A very good German ale, refreshing and quenching.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 8/2010 notes. Poured into a kölsch glass. Pours a pale yellow amber, thick long lasting head and lacing. Strong hoppy, light malt aroma. Wheat flavors, light malt, hops, sweetness and light bready flavors with a hoppy, dry finish. A bit of a skunky flavor at the end, but it fits with the overall flavor. Refreshing. This is a reminder of the tragedy of our adjunct beers and that a brewery can make a light, low ABV beer that is flavorful and a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle
Served in a strange glass

A - It is golden colored and topped with three inches of white head.

S - I has a slight skunky smell to it. I find that all kolsch beers have a certain degree of it. I also get some grain. Crisp, clean finish.

T - I get grain and some lemon zest.

M - Moderate to thin

O - As far as I'm concerned this is the kolsch that all others are judged by. I have always liked this beer.

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Photo of articode
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Bright, clear, and golden, with a thick but quickly collapsing head
S: Grassy and bready yeast
T: Round palate, slightly sour, grainy, overall has a nice balance
M: Fine-bubbled but light carbonation
O: No sharpness (in a good way - round sensation) leaves a pleasant and warm aftertaste

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

33cl Bottle, best before 10th Oct 2012: poured twice into my 'Gaffel Kolsch' glass on 6th July 2012.

Looks the part: pale gold, bright, clear and clean. Large white head from each pour, usual fade to a wispy covering and collar after two sips.

Sweet corn smell and a sweetish taste too: an OK Kolsch, but I've always struggled to appreciate the style to be honest.

I've reviewed/rated a few: drank many in Koln before the internet arrived but can't say I'm a big fan of them even fresh in their brewhouses or beergardens. They do however taste better in bright, warm sunlight compared to indoors on a wet and windy evening in the UK.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A great example of the style, maybe my favorite kolsch I've had in my limited experience appreciating the style.

The beer pours a nice golden clear and clean gold, with some bubbles rising from the bottom of the tulip glass like champagne. A healthy white bubbly head tops it off, some nice lacing left.

The smell is nice and clean, sme nice bright light fruit notes and german style yeast, and just a touch of sweetness. Not a big aroma, but I don't expect that with this style.

The taste has a lot of flavor for the style, nice hearty bread notes and yeast pop nicely, some apple flavors too. It's pretty rich across the palate, very refreshing and also very tasty. Dry and grapey too like a nice white wine with malt flavors.

The feel is nice and light, great carbonation that is sort of tingly but not annoying, it's great.

Overall great.

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Photo of haddon
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear straw color with a thin white head.

Smells like sweet malt and grain with some bready malt flavor. The hops are floral with a bit of earthiness.

grain and bread flavor with some mild sweetness. There's some floral and earthy hops with just a bit of grass and bitterness.

The body is light to medium with a medium carbonation.

light and easy to drink, like you would expect from a kolsch. good beer.

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Photo of AlexanderSelby
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Perfectly Golden and clear. Simple head. Smells of candy fruit flovors, not in that it is over sweet, but there is no bitter or crisp edge that an actual pear or apple has. Palate is malty, and almost grainy like grits, there is also a touch of fruitiness. There is far more flavor and maltiness here than I would expect from such a clean look. I love it, but do wish for just a touch more hops to cut that corn or grain flavor.

Far more grainy flavor that I was expecting and I love it. Great lighter session beer not devoid of some serious fruity malty flavor.

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Photo of jsisko01
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a clear golden color with an inch thick head that dissipates after 2 minutes. Has very nice lacing.

Smell - Very feint consisting of grains and corn.

Taste - Sweet with grains, corn, and pale malts. This actually tastes like a pale pilsner to me..

Mouthfeel - Medium body with high carbonation.

Overall - This is one of the best Kolsch beers I've tried.

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Photo of Barnabas
4.64/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is a great beer ! the beauty of this style and this brand in particular, is the bitter flavor is not overbearing , the taste is simple and yet delicious, the smell is that of the greatest hops, It smells like beer my dad used to drink,or the aroma I smelled when I was around rohrbachs brewery growing up.I've tried other brands of kolsch , including sunner and gaffel, have to give gaffel another try,but so far reissdorf has this import on lockdown tastewise for me.

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Photo of beerpirates
2.3/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

33 cl bottel poured into ly tulip glass

Pours a Clear golden liquid with small white head that dosn't stay very long
Aroma is malt/ grain and a little hops. Flavour is malt, hops , grains , little sweet, little hay, little metallic and medium bitter.
Nothing else to say really , a bit to watery , not much going on !

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.21/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Thin head with lots of lacing on a clear golden body. Aroma is light with light malt and sweet corn. Flavor is more of the same. Not boasting a very strong flavor but consistent with the style. Light bodies and high carbonation. Drinkable and fuller than most in the genre.

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Photo of MONKandTUCK
3.04/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- A birght straw color, amazing clarity. Delicate lacing. Thick foamy, persistent head. Clearer than my windshield mirror. The perfect image of beer.

A - Confusing. This is very bready. It's clean, not much yeast. Still, I pick up the scent of fresh-from-the-oven rolls. There's no hops - as expected. And not yeast - very unexpected. Kinda throws the perception of something chewy and malty.

T - Some grassy Pils flavor followed by the taste of pear jam or cobbler. This finish is oddly fruity. This beer doesn't have the baking-dough quality of English Ales, but it finishes as fruity as a street bazaar. This ale is almost closer to a Wit than anything British.

M - Drinkable. It's less than 5% alc and not terribly carbonated. I cannot complain about the body. Still, I don't find it favorable.

O - Nice to try, but I am not sure it was worth the price. The fruitness of it didn't win me over. I would welcome this beer in the summer months, but beyond the un-aspiring qualification of thirst-quencher, this beer offers little.

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Reissdorf Kölsch from Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf
86 out of 100 based on 579 ratings.