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Reissdorf Kölsch - Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf

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902 Ratings

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Ratings: 902
Reviews: 536
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 45
Gots: 25 | 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 DogFood11


3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wow this is totally transparent, highly filtered and pale. Massive amounts of carnonation support a slight head but it does leave trace lacing with each pull.

For such a light colored beer I wasn't expecting the solid malted backbone but it delivers a soft bready profile. Hops are at least enough to grab my attention, smooth. A light fruity presence slips its way past the hops for a second. Some grainy qualities exist as well. Nice crisp dry and clean finish.

I could session this for the right price. I'll drink it in Germany.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2005 02:54:20 | More by DogFood11
Photo of rebel1771


3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale gold color, crystal clear and moderate head. Bready smell with slight hop notes. This brew has a light crisp taste that is very dry all the way through. Sweet malts dominate flavor with dry floral hops rounding out the end. This is a decent kolsch, but I've had better and strangely enough from an american brewery (Indian River).

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2005 02:13:27 | More by rebel1771
Photo of Domingo


3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty solid Kolsch.
Pours a golden color...slightly darker than what you'd expect from a typical lager, but still relatively light on the beer spectrum. It's typical of the other Kolsch brews I've had.
Smell is non-hop floral. Light grain highlights.
Flavor is a little bitter, but in a good way. I'd call it non-typical. Reminds me a bit of the Sam Adams Summer brew honestly. Some other flavors mixed in that I can't quite place. A little hops mixed in, but they don't stand out.
Head was a little lighter than I'd expect. Everything dissipated rather quickly.
A solid warm weather brew. Nothing I'd really hunt down again (I prefer Good Island's take personally), but certainly still a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2005 23:59:25 | More by Domingo
Photo of shbobdb


4.8/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ahhhh, now this is the gold standard. Don't listen to other people when they say that Frueh is the way to go -- Reissdorf is where it is at. Nice, sweet and clean, this beer is impossibly inoffensive and wonderfully drinkable. On-tap or in the bottle, this beer is fantastic.
Having said that, this isn't a challenging beer either. While there is nothing not to like about this beer, many people might not find something TO like either. So, if you want to go out with some buddies and just knock back a few, this is the beer for it; if you want to sit back and appreciate something complex, get something else.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2005 18:54:02 | More by shbobdb
Photo of joecast


3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. same design as that pictured. no best before date.

pours a clear golden color. medium carbonation with a thin white foam collar clinging to the sides of the glass. dont mean ot generalize, but its very lager-like in appearance. eh, ill blame the style.

light malty sweetness on the nose. gives a hint of a very refreshing beer.

again, a light maltiness to the taste. dryness in the finish with a light mouthfeel.

this is a beer that would fit in just fine as a warm weather session beer. not sure on the age of this one (as its come a long way) but would like to try it fresh. easily drinkable as it is.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2005 08:20:08 | More by joecast
Photo of Quaffer


3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle.

Appearance: This beer poured a pale, golden yellow. When lit from behind, it had a washed-out look to it and showed a slight haze. The white head rose up easily to multiple fingers and settled at a slow pace. It was coarse and rough, becoming slightly rocky as it sank. A steady bead of bubbles fueled a couple of isolated patches of foam that lingered on top of the brew. A few small flecks of foam were all that was left behind on the side of the glass.

Smell: Light sulpher right after the pour gave way to coarse grains and grasses and spicy hops and yeast. The aroma had a nice bite to it. Wild flowers peaked through at times.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and thin. I expect that from the style, but it came off as watery at times. However, there were other times that it was a little chewy along the sides of the tongue. I never knew what I was going to get from one drink to the next. Crisp, firm carbonation was nice.

Taste: Light, sweet grains, grasses, and malt hit the tip of the tongue immediately. The beer quickly dried out with the flavors of husky grains and spicy hops and yeast. Some honey-like sweetness came back in the aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2005 01:56:32 | More by Quaffer
Photo of tavernjef


4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very clear light straw gold. Thin white cap of loosely placed foam sits on top. Keeps a thin collar and very light skim. Lacing is lightly placed in a spotty pattern.

Nice aroma. Pleasingly clean, crisp, and malty with a favorable grassy herbal quality as well as a good bready notion. Kinda sweet underneath with a bit of gummi/chewy dough and melonness.

Taste is about right for a kolsch. Crisp, clean, semi malty, semi sweet, mildly present with those aspects at first then picks up a good nudge into the finish where more of the herbal grassy hops and mixed grain maltyness takes a welcome turn adding to the overall palate as it goes. Finish really pulled it through for me. Quite a nice bunch of flavors there.

Feel is super clean, intially crisp, malts grasp within the main part of its character. Body is light but malt laden and plainly adequate in carbonation. Even though the malts make for nice flavors and character, they don't seem to help add that extra edge of body you think it should and just comes a bit short for me. Although it does tend to carry a light creamyness to its middle and finish. Finish also has the nice touches of herbal grasses and grains as the malts still hold there place.

Overall a pretty solid kolsch. I'd have another no prob and is quite an easy drinker and very sessionable if need be. Better for those warmer days, but works any Ol' time too.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2005 03:10:50 | More by tavernjef
Photo of ppoitras


3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle purchased as a single from Rick's Wine & Gourmet, Alexandria, VA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" off-white head above the golden brew. Head fades at a reasonable pace, with sticky average to good lacing. Aroma is lightly of pale malt and fruity hops, but fleeting. Taste is upfront with quick sweetness, then giving way to somewhat characterless hops bitterness, but still reasonably balanced. Mouthfeel is a bit above average, and drinkability is as well, although most representatives of the style are nicely drinkable too. This one just left me wanting a bit more, but nothing detrimental in this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2005 21:28:57 | More by ppoitras
Photo of Vancer


3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very good summer brew! Bright lemon yellow pour, a slight aroma of a citrusy malt for the nose. Well balanced in the quaff, just enough hops to provide a slight kick in the finish. Medium bodied and very refreshing out on the deck in the 85+ temperature.

Looking forward to some local American versions as the summer winds down.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2005 12:54:46 | More by Vancer
Photo of cubedbee


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

Pours a bright golden straw, crystal clear, with a nice sized white head that settles slowly to a small cap. Smell is a subtle floral hop scent over a slightly earthy pale malt. Taste definitely leans towards the sweet malts with a strong earthy and slightly nutty flavor coming through as the beer warmed up a little and a very delicate floral hop finish. Very clean and dry with almost no aftertaste . This is a very nice Kölsch, flavorful enough to keep you interested, but simple enough to be a nice refreshing session beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2005 16:58:37 | More by cubedbee
Photo of steinlifter


4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this poured med.-golden, white sudsy head, that clung to the glass all the way down.
slight grain smell, hop whiff, apple.
taste was similar to smell nice hop balance,slightly peppery, mouthfeel was light and creamy, well carbonated.
Nice easy drinking beer, would be a nice session beer. I would drink this again, I've had a couple of other Kolsch's, but this is the best example I've tried so far.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2005 21:22:18 | More by steinlifter
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium marigold topped by an eggshell colored cap that is soft, creamy and persistent. No more than a few small spatters of lace end up on the glass. Apparently, stickiness isn't one of the head's strong suits. A clean look, all things considered.

The nose consists of hop-flecked grain. I wonder if pils malt has been used and I'm betting that at least one member of the hop bill is Saaz. It's a well-balanced aroma that puts me in mind of a less hoppy pilsener.

Reissdorf Kolsch is light and refreshing with just enough flavor to grab and hold my interest. It's ably malted with the same fresh graininess that was evident in the nose. The hops still have a floral quality, but herbal is gaining fast and is causing that pilsener comparison to fade in my rear beer mirror.

Just as brevity is the soul of wit, so is it the soul of this ale. As long as there's beer in the mouth, flavor abounds. Immediately after the swallow, flavor departs. As if it wasn't already obvious, the finish is clean and dry. The light, fluffy mouthfeel reinforces the notion that this is a supremely quaffable summertime beer.

I can't believe Reissdorf Kolsch is anywhere near the gold standard for the kolsch style, but it's a drinkable little thirst quencher that makes no missteps on its journey from bottle to glass to mouth to points beyond. Enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2005 13:57:44 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of RedDiamond


2.38/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A tired old bottle or an uninspired beer? Can’t say for certain as there is no bottling date on the label. The body is pale yellow, essentially clear but with a few stray flocs swimming about. The airy white head collapses quickly leaving a tart, cidery aroma.

This is not an especially flavorful beer. The taste is blasé and nondescript with no lace and no real character. Just a drab grainy puddle of yellow stuff with bubbles. At best it’s inoffensive, but overall a letdown.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2005 04:55:39 | More by RedDiamond
Photo of scooter231

New York

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden color with a slight amount of head, and no lacing to be found. An interesting looking sudsy pattern persists on the top layer of the beer through the drinking duration.
Smells floral and sweet, slightly earthy. Maybe a tich of hops coming through, very subtle though.
Taste is full of sweet malt and subtle fruits. Some hops in the background, nothing overpowering though. Overall is sweet but dry, with some more earthy/pineyness going on. At the end there's a slight ickyness that I don't like- not sure what it is, but it takes away from the beer overall.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, smooth, bubbles throughout. Overall a drinkable beer, easy and light, but that aftertaste just kills something for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2005 08:05:48 | More by scooter231
Photo of DunkelFester


3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale gold. Effervescent up front. Loose foamy head settles to a thin, tight layer of off-white. Nice balance of malt and subtle hops in the aroma. Lightly metallic. I detect some definite white grape overtones. Somewhat dry, though the malt is never lost. Hints of hay, and a nicely bitter finish. Grapes coming through again. Carbonation seems to fade quickly as this warms up.

Clean, classic German ale. In a word? Subtle and quaffable. Oh, crap...that was 3 wasn't it? Oh well...you get the point.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2005 23:28:26 | More by DunkelFester
Photo of TheLiterati


3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color like a lager, which scared me a bit at first, but the mildly hoppy, woodsy aroma with hints of citrus intrigued me. This kolsch ale has a crisp mouthfeel and a smooth, “laid back” taste. It’s not a full-flavor, full-bodied beer, but it held my interest much longer than a lager would. Surprisingly refreshing, though. Perfect for a hot, dry afternoon or evening. Serve on the colder side...not an ale to be had at "cellar" temps.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2005 00:47:17 | More by TheLiterati
Photo of marcobrau


4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in the classic tall cylinder at the Map Room in Chicago, that I believe the Germans refer to as a "cartridge". A very light, blonde Kolsch that is rather dry with mineralish notes hidden among toasted malt and slightly spicy hops. Not much an aroma. A very drinkable beer, with a subtle complexity. It took a great effort to let his beer warm up a bit too notice its personality. I really liked sort of slightly slate-like mineral component in this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2005 02:56:16 | More by marcobrau
Photo of horndecker

New Jersey

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

Clear pale gold with a fervent bright white head, very sticky suds, long-lasting. Very inviting look to it.

The first whiff has piney hops, a hint of something floral, and a subtle citric fruitiness.

The taste is nice round bready malt hand in hand with mildly bitter hops from start to drying finish. Smooth and balanced, with a sturdy and persistent carbonation. Wonderfully drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2005 15:36:59 | More by horndecker
Photo of whynot44


3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear pale gold color with a brief fizzy head that disappears fairly quickly with only a trace of lace.

The aroma is mild toasted malt with just a hint of citrus and fresh mowed grass.

The taste is also primarily lightly sweet malt with a touch of lemon or orange and a mildly spicy touch of hops at the finish.

Crisp and refreshing. Very easy to drink. Light bodied but not at all watery. Very nice to cool off while grilling outside on a hot summer day

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2005 04:57:08 | More by whynot44
Photo of Sigmund


3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle, at the foreign beer bar of the 32nd Cambridge Beer Festival. (Was also available on draught there, but not when I decided to sample it.) This was my first Kölsch ever, as far as I can remember. Moderate head, yellow colour. Looks like a pilsener or a helles, smells like a decent pilsener: grass, hints of tropical fruits. Flavour nearly like a decent helles or one of the better pale lagers, but a slight yeastiness betrays its origin. Decent, but did not impress me.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2005 21:32:42 | More by Sigmund
Photo of ddarden


3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I drank this beer on one of the first hot days of the year and it was very refreshing. It poured pale yellow with a thin white head. It actually looked a lot like most macro beers. The smell was nothing that special. I could pick up a slight malt aroma and a very small hint of lemon. The taste was very clean without tremendous amount of flavor and the mouthfeel was thin. The carbonation was nice making this a very refreshing and drinkable beer. A definite step up from an adjunct lager lawnmower beer, but I prefer styles with a little more backbone. Also, I enjoyed this beer most when it was good and cold...around 40 degrees.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2005 15:14:55 | More by ddarden
Photo of LuckySevens82


3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle.
Pours a very clear, very pale orange with a whispy white head and marginal lacing.
Smell is faint grains, a soft floral scent, and just a little bit of fruitiness to it.
Taste is sweet malt, a slight bit of german hops, a little citrusy, some other fruit in there as well (green apples, peaches, etc.), and just a bit of seltzer in the finish.
Mouthfeel is good, could do with a bit more carbonation, but overall not bad.
Overall, not a bad beer, certainly easy drinking, flavor is nice and subtle and there are no off flavors in this one. Not really much else to say about it. It's a Kolsch.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2005 00:59:37 | More by LuckySevens82
Photo of ypsifly


3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz into a pokal...I don't have a stange on hand, but this seemed like the most logical choice given what was available.

Pale gold with a thin white head, very little lacing.

Smells grainy with light notes of malt and some hop. Clean, but nothing impressive.

Nice pairing of malt and hop in the taste. Overall light in nature, but I like it. It has flavor, but is delicate with a clean finish of hops that don't linger.

Light in the mouthfeel, but that adds to the delicate nature of this brew. The drinkability is where this beer scores best. The bite from the hops is quick and clean, which makes it a good beer to wash down dinner. That quick bite is good for clearing the palate between bites.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2005 01:30:18 | More by ypsifly
Photo of whartontallboy

New York

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tall 500 mL bottle. Pours into a straight-sided glass with a thin fizzy head on a straw-colored body. Nice little head that sticks around.

Aroma is delicate malt graininess with just a tiny bit of orange peel in the nose, I think.

Taste is about ideal for a kolsch. Light toasted grains, a bit of malt sweetness, and a little bit of a clean grassy flavor. Extremely crisp and thirst-quenching.

I'm starting to like kolsch a lot more, and I think this is one of the better ones I've had. Definitely a nice example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2005 02:09:09 | More by whartontallboy
Photo of BeerResearcher


4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz brown bottle. No freshness date.
It pours a clean straw/golden color with a foamy, slow-fading snow-white head and some trailing and patchy lacing.
A mildly fragrant dry malt smell is noticed upon a fairly hard pour. A faint aroma of cut hay lasts.
A surprisingly sweet and firm malt body lives within its rather weak appearance. The delicate hop profile has a light lime-like quality with just a hint of a metallic tang.
This is a brew that requires a more careful examination to identify subtle flavors and fragrances. Nothing except the appearance profile jumps out as obvious or easy to characterize.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2005 14:00:13 | More by BeerResearcher
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