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Reissdorf Kölsch - Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf

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Ratings: 1,020
Reviews: 549
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 57
Gots: 58 | FT: 0
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Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf visit their website

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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Photo of tlinner
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of jneiswender
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of animal69
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
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...

Photo of BrewnZ
3.22/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of Amalak
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

App: Looks kind of like a budweiser. Which overall, was my impression of this beer, a better version of Bud.

Smell: Lagerish, nothing that jumps out.

Taste: Tastes like a high quality budweiser. Smooth, but no real flavor to it.

Mouthfeel: Easy on the mouth, with a mild zesty bubblyness.

Drinkability: Goes down easy, but no real flavor that stays in the mouth to make it memorable.

Photo of Homerbag
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clean, straw color with thin head that quickly disappears. Mild citrus smell that is not overpowering, but noticable. I was taken back that a beer this clear could have hop flavor like that. It is not a potent as an IPA, but it lets your palate know its there. Under the hops is a good white wine grape taste, that is very dry but welcome. This beer is very carbonated, much like a white wine, and pops across your tounge. A very good Kolsch keeping Germany proud.

Photo of brendan13
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Light golden colour with a couple of centimetres of white head that persists. Lots of carbonation bubbles racing to the top. Little bit of lace.
S - Smell is quite fruity & floral.
T - The fruity and floral notes are also present in the taste but ther is also a nice dry, bready maltiness that compliments it well.
M - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Slightly bitter, dry finish which leaves the mouth begging for more.
D - A highly drinkable beer. Flavourful, well balanced and a lowish ABV% make this a pretty good session beer.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear yellow body with a medium-sized, sudsy head.

Smell: Light aroma of pale malt with a hint of citrus and straw.

Taste: Sweet pale malt flavor with some straw, some citrusy lemon. Slight spicy hop bitterness. Finishes seomwhat sweet and clean.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: When the mood is right, like a gross, muggy day in Georgia, this beer is a life saver.

Photo of Jmamay22
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First Kolsch and I'm always excited to try a new style. This one pours a golden straw color with a white foamy head. Looks very much like your standard mass produced BMC crap.

Smells clean with a hint of malts with a floral hop background, but there isn't much to pick out, maybe a hint of apples. Tastes the same as the smell with a little but more of a hap snap and some apples, but altogether a delicate, light subtle brew.

Thin light mouthfeel and a highly drinkable beer. A decent summer beer, but there's not a whole lot to grab at with this one. For a first time Kolsch this one comes off as a wit and pilsner hybrid to explain the style to someone who hasn't tried it.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

light golden color. some head, but dissapates quickly. no lace to speak of, although maybe because i've poured into a conical pub glass instead of a more traditional vertical/cylindrical shape.

aroma has light malty notes. the taste is clean, very lager-like, but with a slight malt finish that's almost "wheaty". mild bitterness that finishes clean. crisp mouthfeel. refreshing.

i'm told this is what a kölsch is supposed to be, and i can't really complain.

Photo of Gmann
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw color with a nice soapy white head that dissipated into a small cap. The smell is slightly grassy and some hints of fruity esters. The brew has a biscuit-like malt base with hay/grassy hops, slightly metallic (copper?). The feel is light but not watery, slightly dry, slighly bitter, well carbonated. A fine lighter style brew that is satisfying. A great beer to try before the summer ends.

Photo of illidurit
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Not much head, but that can be blamed on the bartender. A bit of a sickly yellow-gold color, completely transparent. A bit of white foam sticks around on the top.

Not really all that much to the aroma. Some clear floral hop notes and some grain.

Nice grainy malt base with some floral and vaguely bitter hops to balance. Soft and mellow, a bit sweet.

Nice light and airy body with perfect carbonation.

Crisp and clean, a little dry. A perfect choice for refreshment; really easy to drink.

Photo of Keitherduder
3.34/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle into a pint glass. This looks clearer than what i expect from the kolsch style. That's just my opinion though. The head didnt last long at all. It has a nice light hop aroma, the typical german crisp smell. At this point before my first sip I feel as if this beer seems more like a pilsner than a kolsch. But the taste did bring the clean wheaty taste I expect. Very refreshing, very easy to drink. For a Kolsch I must say that I expect a bit more cloudiness and a bit more body. Maybe a little more complexity in the flavors. However it's still a nice refreshing summer time beer and next time I'm walking off the sand V-ball court It'll be nice to have one of these.

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

Nice chaulky white head that leaves a touch of lace. Straw yellow color with absolute perfect clarity.

Smells a bit like an orange popsicle, but less sweet. Nice malt base. No discernible hop.

Slight sourness to the flavor. Refreshing and clean. Strong grassy flavors. Light hop. Low body as would be expected. Ditto on the carbonation which is slightly high.

For those of you who might think that Bud, Miller or Heinekin is a flavorful beer, as a first step, try a Kolsch like this one. The improvement may astound you. This is not, however, my favorite Kolsch.

Photo of Damian
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank on-tap at Redbones Barbecue, Somerville, MA

Poured a clear, very pale, yellow-amber with a small white head that quickly faded to a clingy ring of lace.

The aroma was malty, yet subtle. Biscuity malts were apparent along with a touch of grain.

The taste was similar to the aroma. Bready, German malts were noticeable up front with sweet, ripe fruits following mid-palate. The finish was crisp, moderately hoppy and a touch dry. This beer demonstrated the snappiness of a pilsener along with the fruity overtones of an ale.

Mouthfeel was creamier than expected with a lively, effervescent carbonation.

Drinkability was quite impressive. For a lighter-styled, summertime beer, this was both quaffable and fairly flavorful.

Photo of sleazo
4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a glear golden colour with a bigfluffy pillowy head that pushes slightly above the rim of my stange. A torrent of medium sized bubbles pour up from the bottom keeping that fluffy head in place. Lacing is strong. This is what a commercial beer should look like.

S-lovely bitter grassy hops with a twinge of yeasty bread.

T-Slightly fruity, with a pleasing grassy hop bitterness throughout. A very clean taste but not as much as corresponding lagers. the bready/yeast taste that comes through in the aftertaste is a testimony to that. A superior Kolsch

M-Light bodied but with a nice creaminess from that everpresent head. the carbonation is no harsh but sort of soft and beguiling.

T-This is a high quality beer. I find myself really loving a good Kolsch on a hot summer day. As somewhat of a seasonal drinker this one is always welcome during the dog days.

Photo of rohrbachsfan
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal clear yellow with a good head. Nice lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Malt and grain, some sweetness.

Taste: Malt sweetness balanced with hop bitterness. Bold flavors on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Nice crisp carbonation.

Drinkability: Very nice beer. The overall taste is that of a pilsner but with the complex overtones of an ale.

Photo of livin4jc
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at The Firkin, Libertyville, Illinois - On tap May 16, 2007. Reviewed from notes. Served in a Reissdorf .4L glass. According to the waiter this beer was aged for several years.

Appearance: The beer was very clear and had a rich clear golden color. There was not a lot of head when it arrived on my table, but it did have a nice delicate lace.

Smell: Very clean. I could smell some malt and almost a peppermint hop like smell. However, the bulk of the smell was a thick grain.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Refreshing, crisp, and moderate bodied. The beer had a good amount of carbonation, but not too much allowing it to go down smoothly. It had a quite complex flavor with hints of mint, pine, vanilla, and maple flavors on top of a sweet malt flavor.

Drinkability: I was quite surprised with the complexity of this brew. I didn't expect it to be quite as refreshing as it was. It is a beer for a refined pallet. You couldn't just stop with one.

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

Poured a pale golden with a foamy white head that quickly fades to a ring. Some spotty lacing. The smell is light, sweet, and grainy. The taste is relatively crisp, very slightly sweet, and with bready malt. Quite rounded in flavor. Refreshing and fairly light in both body and abv. Could be a little crisper, but a nice summer beer nevertheless. Very clean as well.

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

A 500ml bottle from Chris at Ebenezer's Pub. A great summer beer. Clear yellow, with a small head. Aroma was mostly grain, with a little fruitiness. Grainy taste, again a little fruit, and a nice sharp hops presence. Just the right amount of sharpness. A very pleasant beer to drink.

11/7/07: recently had this on draft at a local restaurant. Would only add that the beer looked great in a stange.

Photo of Weizenmensch
3.06/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Although two breweries in my town provide their interpretation of the Kölsch style, it's nice to have a real German one once in a while, even if it is exactly eight months past the mindestens haltbar bis date (15.10.06). Also, I'm drinking from a 0,33L bottle, not the halbe Liter bottle pictured above.

A: Clear straw body with a head of very fine bubbles, low-moderate carbonation (also very fine), strong lacing but fairly low head retention. I would have hoped it would hold a head a little bit better.

S: As soon as I started pouring this brew, the strong, distinctive, sweet smell of pear hit me. Pear esters are unusual and pleasing. In the glass, there are aromas of dried apple, slightly grassy-and-skunky Hallertau hops, and possibly date. More fruity than I expected, and quite different from the two locally-brewed Kölsches!

T: This doesn't taste as interesting as it smells. This is clearly a beer that's better consumed fresh - perhaps that's why there's a law in Germany that you can't brew a Kölsch more than 50km from the Cologne Cathedral - so more people will drink it on tap or at least on site.
Anyway, I'm unhappy with this. Based on others' reviews, I'll try it again, but not the way out of date imported variety.

M: From the first sip, the mouthfeel is disappointingly flat. Maybe it's the beer's age, or maybe it tastes like that normally. A pity.

D: It goes down all right, if they all tasted like this I'd probably be sick of Reissdorf after two or three - hopefully I can go and live in Cologne one day and give this ale a more thorough review there!

Photo of eberkman
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a crystal-clear light gold with a billowing white head that reduces fairly quickly leaving behind little lacing. Tremendous bubble activity. Perhaps the clearest, cleanest-looking beer I've ever seen. The bouquet is primarily bready, doughy, vaguely fruity malts. The taste is as clean as the appearance -- exceptionally smooth with a yeasty but fruity and tart flavor that gives way to a dry, subtly hoppy finish. Very light-bodied with a crisp, spritzy mouthfeel. It's lightness and relatively low alcohol content makes this a beer you spend an entire afternoon with -- the hotter the day, the better. Amazingly refreshing. It also seems to be crafted with utter discipline and precision -- very characteristic of its German origin for better (in the case of beer, cars and electronics) or for worse (I won't go any further...).

Photo of HotterThanHell
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reissdorf Kolsch is an excellent although not quite perfect (Fruh Kolsch) example of a Kolsch. For those of you who like lighter but flavorful beers this is the style for you. Can be consumed ice cold like many Americans drink their beer but is better around 50 degrees fahrenheit. Very clear, and smooth. An excellent summer beer if you live somewhere hot like me. No distinguishable aftertaste and moderate alcohol content 4.8%. Little head retention and not much lace. Overall, I would buy this beer over and over and of course drink it too!

Photo of cjgator3
2.97/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden yellow color with a thin white head. The aroma is clean grainy malt and some slightly spicey hops. The taste is more of the grainy malt and slightly metallic with a mildly spicy hop finish. Overall, this is just an average beer that doesn't possess any qualities that make me want to have another.

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