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Reissdorf Kölsch - Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf

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1,036 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,036
Reviews: 552
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 58
Gots: 67 | 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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Ratings: 1,036 | Reviews: 552
Photo of Sammy
3.05/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bit of cheesy aroma greets you on a pale yellow lager with moderate head. Fair taste, a tad sweet and dry but satisfying. Smooth somewhat creamy and drying mouthfeel, I have had much creamier kolsch and want something hoppier as well. At 4.8% a session ale and a good summer lawnmower choice.

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

Typical genuine Kolsch style beer, pale bronze/gold colour, pours crystal clear though not much head retention, with the dryish grassy hoppy aroma, with maybe a hint of sweetness from the malts. It is maybe just shade drier in taste than some Kolsch beers from Cologne, and does not have quite the complexity and depth of flavours of the best (for that you have to be in Cologne and have the Paffgen, Pfaffen, Malzmuhle and Fruh from the barrel!) An easy to drink thirst quencher, good session beer, but not an outstanding example of the style. No bottled Kolsch comes up to the real thing from the wooden barrels in Cologne!

B'ham UK

Photo of IceAce
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a straw body witha clean white foam collar with 20% lacing. Clarity is very good and the nose is crisp with malt-forward and clean with a lemony hop presence.

Entry is calm and the midtaste dominated by smooth, clean malts. The finish is a spicy hop bite followed by a citrus frutiness. Very clean and refreshing.

I wish this were available on draught nearby as it is really a quality session beer...

Photo of dherling
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a light yellow crystal clear body with a nice bone white head. The nose is clean with faint dry and slightly sweet pale malt note. Lots of fresh grain here. The taste is hard to describe unless you've had Kolsch. It's likefresh grain and stale grain mashed together with some fruityness and some bitterness. the mouthfeel is bright fresh and crisp. Very drinkable.

Photo of nortmand
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours yellow gold, with a slightly amber hue and a white, soda like head.

Floral pine and a little grassy.Not alot there, but pretty decent.

A bit grainy, fairly dry, some bitterness on the back of the tongue. A bit of skunky flavor.

Light bodied and pretty dang drinkable. More suitable for summer, but good enough whenever.

Photo of dpool
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the first time I have ever tried a Kolsch style of beer and I loved it. It first smell to me a little like bread and the beer was filled with tons of tiny bubbles. The taste was great and tasted a little nutty and sweet. Great beer, and I'm sure I will have it again.

Photo of jettjon
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presented from the 500ml bottle with no freshness date. Into the pilsner, a nice transparent reddish-orange-gold color with moderate, sparkling carbonation. Two-finger white head, moderate fade to a thin cap and spotty lace. Pretty good looking. Nose of ale-like malt and light hops. Tastes quite good; it’s hoppy up front (noble?) followed by a sweet malty flavor and a lightly bitter, dry finish. Mouth is watery and slick with moderate-light carbonation. Drinkability is good overall; it’s got a decent flavor and it’s satisfying.

Overall: A pretty decent brew, though nothing remarkable. Worth a try.

Photo of theopholis
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear straw color with decent, very white head. Some retention, but not an enormous amount. Some lacing.

Aroma- Very clean malt nose with a clean grainy undertone. Not much in the way of hops. No off-oders.

Taste: Wow. Initial taste is mostly sweet malt with an excellent mix of hops. The best thing is, the sweetness last though-out, and is very refreshing. Not cloying or overpowering. An amazingly complex, yet pleasant taste.

Mouthfeel- Very good. Excellent body for the style, good carbonation level. The mouthfeel does nothing but accentuate the truly excellent taste of this beer.

Drinkability- I'm not a big fan of this style, but I LOVE this freaking beer.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I just picked up this beer at a little liquor store in Missouri called Macadoodles.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear pale straw color with a 1/4" head of small white bubbles. The head stuck around for about 30 seconds or so before it was noticeably falling back into the beer. There was a pretty thick ring left a few minutes after the pour.

Aroma: I initially got a clean grainy and noticeably sweet backbone to this beer. There was also a clean floral hop presence in there. I don't really even get any esters from here, and it comes across as a clean Helles as much as anything.

Taste: This beer is super clean and refreshing. There is noticeable malt, and I wouldn't even guess that this was from an Ale yeast. The flavor has a soft hop presence, but the malt is the one calling the shots. The mouthfeel is light with ample carbonation. This beer comes across as light as a sparkling water, yet as refreshing as Gatorade for adults. The finish has no alcohol apparent, and just leaves you with a subtle sweetness to linger.

Opinion: This is a really good beer, and must be a pretty darn fresh example as this is the best example of this beer that I have had. As the beer warms, you realize how complex it is, and to come across this balanced and refreshing is an achievement. This is a hard style to make, and this is a great example. I will certainly drink this beer again, and I can only hope that it is as fresh as this one is.

Photo of scoobybrew
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass. It's very clear and has a light gold straw color with a nice head that is fairly well retained. The scent is malty, but with noticeable hop notes. The flavor is primarily mildly hoppy, but it is extremely well balanced with the thin malt and has a modest hop finish. The body is light with low carbonation.

This is a good Kolsch from one of the authentic Kolsch breweries, so it really should define the style. However, I can't help but really appreciate what American brewers have done and how they've seemed to improved upon the original character of this German style.

Photo of amstelcat
2.95/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown .5l bottle by the bartender into a pub glass. Pale yellow/gold color with very minimal head. Some hints of citrus aroma with some garbagy off-scents. A little bit of candied fruit and cane sweetness in the taste, not much else. Fairly dry finish.

Not much to write home about with this beer. Maybe okay for a session beer, but too expensive in the US for that.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a .5l bottle to a big glass mug. The liquid is a nice clear straw yellow with medium carbonation. The head is 3 fingers white and leaves no lace.

The smell is so very faint, Could be a little malt.

The taste is bready and nutty.

The mouthfeel is good, a clean fresh easy drinking brew.

The drinkability is good, very refreshing, prosit, MK

Photo of wavz
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- very similar to a regular pilsner in color. Light non cloudy straw color.

S- Light malt and light hoppy smell.

T- reminds me of a light warstiner or another light pilsner.

M- A head that doesnt stick around for $#(^. Nice carbination though.

D- Easy drinker as long as your not paying 3.25 a beer.


Photo of CH3CH2OH
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant, light gold with a white head that settles quickly. A biscuity malt aroma with a faint fruitiness. Taste of delicate malt with a subtle fruity ester and a dry, almost metallic finish. Thin and drinkable; true to style. A good session beer with more interest than most.

Photo of surcorx
3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is rich yellow with a slight foamy head that quickly dissipates. It is exactly what one would expect for this style. The smell is more complex than one might expect however. It is filled with subtle tones of herbs, cheap chardonnay, fruit and medicine. It's taste is not much different. But that is not such a bad thing. It is a refreshing drink. You could drink several of them on a warm day. It reminds me of most American beer. It is clean, refreshing, watery and very drinkable. The only problem I have is that it has an odd taste of mold buried in the mix that I find obviously objectionable. I would drink another though if it presented itself.

Photo of ultralarry2006
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 ml. bottle. Leaves a one finger pure white foam head that quickly disappears and doesn't leave much lacing. Body is a clear beautiful gold. Looks really good.

Smell - grassy, herbal hops, and faint saltine cracker and malt biscuit.

Taste - same as the smell. Not too strong taste of herbal and grassy hops over a very faint saltine cracker and biscuity malt. A mild, almost bland taste overall.

Mouthfeel - medium to thin bodied, somewhat fizzy.

Drinkability - this is decent, but not great. This holds down drinkability for me.

Photo of neonbrown82
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a damn good beer. This is the best of a very subtle and delicate style. Pours to an impossibly clear yellow color, bejeweled by carbonation. Has very thick effervescent white head that sticks around for quite some time, though it doesn't lace too well. Looks quite impressive, that is if you aren't offended by clear beer.

The smell is quite wonderful as well. Has a nice flowery, herbal hops bouqet. Very clean. No esters, but a very light and fine malt aroma. Has a bit of a vegetal lager aroma to it as well.

The taste is good, as one would expect from the nose. Very clean. No esters, only a very subtle dry pale and pilsener malt flavor. A very nice crisp floral hops bitterness provides most of the flavor.

The body is very light, like drinking a carbonated water. The taste is very clean, washing the flavors away quickly. Quite a drinkable beer for those who can truly appreciate subtlety.

Photo of Kulrak
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light straw color with frothy white head that fades away to nothing pretty quickly. Smells slightly of yeast and not much else. Tastes very light but balanced, a little sweet. Mouthfeel is a little creamy and a little fizzy. Very true to style and very drinkable.

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

Appearance: clear , golden color , with a large white head and steady carbonation rising.

Smell: bit of minty hop , slight maltiness , clean

Taste: nice maltiness , slight vanilla , mild fruity flavor , clean and dry , slight cedar, nicely complex taste to this brew.

Mouthfeel: slightly dry finish

Drinkablity: A very drinkable ale , nice and refreshing. Interesting aroma and flavors. Pleasant complexity.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.32/5  rDev -14.2%
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 -8.8%
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
3.33/5  rDev -14%
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
4.18/5  rDev +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
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
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
3.89/5  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.

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