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Reissdorf Kölsch - Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf

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1,017 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,017
Reviews: 549
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 55
Gots: 53 | 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 kimcgolf
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle to a nice golden yellow, with some carbonation, and a little white head that floats on top, but no lacing. Although this looks like a BMC pour, it actually has an aroma of faint nuts and honey, and a tasty flavor that ends with a smooth finish. This was not a great beer, but actually was not too bad, and it would make a good session beer.

Photo of JanM
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When I recently visited the Köln area I took the opportunity to try and sample as many varieties of kölsch that I could find. Reissdorf ranks # 1 on BA so my expectations were high. I opened the bottle and it poured with a nice straw yellow color and a finger of foam. The smell was not so pronounced, but I could sense the hops, some dishrags, and citrus. The taste, like in some other kinds of kölsch, was bitter and sour, followed by bread and some sweetness. In the aftertaste I could make out some herbs as well. The bottled Reissdorf does not measure up to the draught version. Personally, I rank Gaffel a little higher.

Photo of keeperchaos
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This brew I picked up a bottle to taste. Its nothing complex, which on a hot summer day is good as is any Kolsch.
This one had some light carbonation, not much head and as it sits even less. Though, head not a character id be lookng for in this brew.
The taste is actually quiet interesting and subtle. I get a smooth light comforting wheaty/rye with a slight butter taste after its down the hatch. With the wheat Im finding a boiled peanut flavor which is really interesting here and would love to share with others just to see if they pick it up.
All in all a great beer to share with others, very easy and very enjoyable. the Taste here is what would have me try it again with others of course.
Enjoy! The taste and finding flavors here is what this beer is about!

Photo of edbeered
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to admit that I prefer ales over lagers. However, if this beer is any indication, kolsches are almost ale-like in their flavor profiles. This beer was on tap at Barley John's in New Brighton, MN, poured into glassware from the Reissdorf brewery. The color was a clear dark yellow, with a minimal head and a small amount of lacing on the glass.There is a faintly grassy smell. The taste is soft and creamy, with a pleasant fruitiness and an assertive grassiness. The creamy texture imparts a nice richness to the mouthfeel. This is a perfect light summer thirst quencher. Very well done!

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Clarkston Union north of Detroit. It was served in a pint glass (not proper, not proper at all) and smelled malty. A subtle beer style, but I like the funky maltiness in this interpretation. Light, but addictive taste.

The body and color were dead on for the style, being watery and clear yellow color.

I used to think this style was too light and bland to be interesting. But now I can own up: I like Kolsch and I don't care who knows it.

Photo of vancurly
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale yellow/straw. Fine bubbled white head, not much bubble in the body.
Aromas of puffed wheat or puffed rice, touch of marmalade toast. Smells like breakfast...
Grainy, very caramel. Is there a touch of wheat in this ? Little hop evident.
Nice mouthfeel, touch of grainy cloyingness. Mildly refreshing.

Photo of goodbyesoberday
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Clear and very light with a low but lingering head. Very low aroma, estery, cidery and almost slightly solventlike. A soft and light malt flavour with a fruity/winey finish, no percetible hopping. Mouthfeel is smooth yet dry, crisp and clean. Medium carbonation.

Very fresh and light beer with a crisp finish and some light but interesting fermentation flavours.

Photo of Hibernator
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reissdorf Kolsch
16.9 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a light yellow with a cloudy backdrop. Spotted trails of sticky lacings on the side of the glass.

Very light nose with faint whiffs of grains and hops. Not much to smell.

The mouthfeel is very soft, crisp and refreshing. Some flavors of grain come through with hints of light fruits like pear. The finish has just a touch of hop presence. Pleasantly dry and unassuming. Extremely drinkable and very thirst quenching on this hot August afternoon.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a Pokal)

A- This beer has a light yellow crystal clear body with a thin white head of foam. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles that slowly rise through this beer.

S- The clean faint dry pale malt has a slight sweet fresh grain note. There is a faint hint of noble hops as this beer warms but it is very light.

T- The light dry crisp flavor has a slight pale malt and that distinctive Kolsch flavor that is not really licorice and not really fresh grain but something like that. There is a slight sulfur note in the finish that really enhances the malt flavor.

M- The mouthfeel is very light and dry.

D- This is the pinnacle of the style. It has good dry malt flavors that stand out even though they are pale malts with that distinctive Kolsch flavor that so few beers have.

Photo of beakerboy
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A selection from Liquor Barn's Ultimate Brew Crew July '06- Summertime Beers

A: Poured a thick head which quickly dissipated leaving no lacing. The color is a very pale yellow.

S: Good hop aroma.

T: Flavor dominated by hops with a very dry finish.

M: Medium body.

D: A good beer that I'd love to drink again.

Photo of beckje01
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Reissdorf Glass

A- Gold with lots of carbination and about a half inch of head

S- Very crisp and hoppy

T- Light with a slight hop end that gives it a bit of a tang overall

D- Very refreshing light would really be great on a hot day, I would have another if the mood struck me.

Notes: This was my first Kolsch and I will be tring more, but take that into consideration when reading my review.

Photo of bklynbeerbaron
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz. (500 ml) bottle into a Reissdorf glass.

Apperance: A light golden color and a nice, pillowy head to start.

Smell: Really faint. I get hints of malt and fruit but that's about it.

Taste and mouthfeel: A very mild, bready malt flavor up front, with a hint of fruit - grape skin, perhaps? Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with plenty of carbonation. Finishes dry with almost no aftertaste.

Drinkability: The crispness alone makes it very drinkable and the alcohol was barely noticeable.

Notes: A refresher on a hot day, but don't know if I'd go back to it that often. Not enough punch for me, flavor-wise.

Photo of clemtig76
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

16.9 oz (500ml) brown bottle with no freshess date. Pours a beautiful crystal clear golden straw color with a nice fluffy head that hangs around. Crisp, clean aroma of green apples and pale malt. Taste is clean, dry and refreshing with just the right amount of carbonation. Goes down almost too easy. The gold standard for the style. On a hot summer day in the Carolinas, it just doesn't get much better that this folks.

Photo of mcallister
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale yellow, no head, no lacing. Wouldn't call this the prettiest beer in the world but the bartender had a pretty shitty pour.

Slight lemon zestyness, with toasty aromas, and the smell of carbonation, sweet malt, with very little if anything in the way of hops.

Clean, refreshing, rightly carbonated mouth. Lemon basil, ripe flowery aspects, toasty yeast flavors, with a bit of malt.

Not a great beer, but good to drink as a sessioner on a hot summers day.

Photo of DrJay
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Fluffy white foam caps this clear, light gold brew. Some chunky lace and decent head retention. Light apple fruitiness in the aroma, along with some spicy hops and mild malt. Light bitterness, spicy hops. Finishes with some fruity esters. Light body, medium carbonation, crisp and clean. A decent beer that seems appropriate for summer.

Photo of WesWes
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light pale malt scent along with a mild hop bitterness and a dry yeast aroma. The taste is average. It has a light pale malt flavor with a dry musty finish. It's slightly bitter with a crisp, clean aftertaste. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an easy drinking beer, but nothing great. It's light and refreshing.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours pale gold with a slightly imperfect clarity. Fizzy one and a half finger head, decent retention but no lacing. Pale and pilsener malt nose, with a whiff of white wine. Pilsener malt and tart vinous flavor upfront, followed by mild noble hop aftertaste like hallertau and saaz. Dry mouthfeel, very-well balanced and fully attentuated. Light bodied with a crisp carbonation. Very refreshing with a superb drinkability, this is the right choice for humid summer nights on the porch.

Photo of kdmorse
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The original Kolsch in a Reissdorf Stange from a 500mL bottle.

A: Pale yellow. Pile of fluffy white head. Tons of carbonation.

S: Sweet, almost grapey, malt. Light and fruity.

T/M: Light, sweet, and fruity. Solid amount of carbonation. Dry and refreshing taste. Perfect for the summer.

D: So drinkable that I can't tell that I'm drinking it (if that makes sense). The glass is empty, full, and empty again before I even notice. Refreshing and perfect.

Photo of Cresant
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500 ml undated bottle into a Reissdorf Kolsch glass.

Created a tall head with a vigorous pour. Clear straw color.

Fresh delicate aroma. Mildly metallic. I got a whiff of "feet" as it warmed.

Crisp "puckery" flavor. Nicely balanced. Smooth dry finish.

Mildly "prickly" mouthfeel. Smooth slippery swallow.

Very drinkable. Refreshing, cleansing.

Photo of orfeu
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #150. 500 mL bottle, no "Best Before" date. Consumed briefly after purchase out of a cooler. Pours a golden straw color with a fluffy and smooth looking bright white head. Nose is certainly less than assertive, with grassy hop notes and a vinous berry aroma. Taste is quite subtle as well, with a slight bitterness from grassy/floral hops, an extremely understated malt middle, and a pear and strawberry juice finish (but nothing too sweet). Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, thin to medium body.

I know little about this style, but from what I can tell, this one hits all the right notes in at least an adequate, if not impressive, fashion. And the drinkability of this beer is undeniable. I hope this is still on sale next week when I'll have my next chance to snap up a few more.

Photo of haz77
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear straw colour with a frothy head which drops to a thin layer quite quickly. Carbonation looks to be high.

S - Very delicate smell of bread and apples

T - Taste is also delicate and matches the smell. Light bread malts up front with mildly bitter hops, which don't linger. Very refreshing and thirst quenching.

M - Light body and medium carbonation.

D - Very, very drinkable. Perfect on a hot day and so refreshing it hurts.

Photo of plaid75
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very light golden hue with a finger of foamy head. There was good retention and very good sticky lacing.

The smell was very subtle. Malty undertones were present as was a grassy hop aroma.

The taste was very clean. A good amount of maltiness for such a light looking beer. As such, there was a nice light biscuity finish.

The mouthfeel was suoer clean. There was excellent carbonation. A delicious anti-big beer.

Excellent drinkabilty. I drank mine ice cold and in a a pilsner glass - excellent.

Photo of laituegonflable
1.9/5  rDev -51%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is very lagery, standard golden. Some early carbonation for an average sort of head that goes quickly. Unimpressed so far.

It's not very aromatic but there is an okay smell anyway. No fruit but curiously a nutty character. It's quite nice but it's nowhere near pungent enough to really wow me. Or even make me think it's horrible. Again, unimpressed.

Taste is also somewhat nutty. In fact it's odd, I mean I expected (not sure why) some sort of fruity characters, at least a hint, based on the appearance. But there's nothing, I mean it's the slightest bit hoppy and slightly beer-nutzy flavoured. But it's more watery than anything else. I have to say I'm disappointed. This is dull and flavourless.

Photo of kkipple
2.63/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was different... clear straw brew poured into a big glass, with a lingering, foamy white head that covered the surface of the beer. Smelled honey and sweet malts, also some sort of odd peat notes... a bit smoky... hmm.

Taste was sweet malts, a tiny amount of hops, and that weird peat moss flavor again. Reminded me a bit of a smoky scotch. Also a little starchy. I found it too watery. Finish was dry and mildly sour.

Didn't much care for this one. By all accounts it's a good representation of the style, but it was my first Kolsch, so maybe I'm just need to know what to expect. Think I'll try it again... in a few years.

Photo of rajendra82
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer came in a 11.2 oz. longneck brown bottle. When poured out looked pretty similar to a Pilsner, with a pale yellow clear body, and a foamy, white head. The aroma was clean, and lemony and didn’t have much else going on. The taste was a bit more complicated that a Pilsner, with delicate sourness being the primary taste, followed by a hint of lemon rind, and a subtle fruity sweetness. The body was thin, but the beer was as refreshing as they get.

Reissdorf Kölsch from Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf
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