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Reissdorf Kölsch - Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf

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1,001 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,001
Reviews: 547
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 51
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf visit their website

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 11-15-2001)
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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dense, bright white head. Barely hazy, pale straw colored beer. Faint aroma is a bit grainy and barely sweet. Slightly sweet grainy malt flavor and a pinch of lemon up front. Hops provide enough bitterness to balance out the mild sweetness from the malt. A nice, light, refreshing beer.

HappyHourHero, Apr 22, 2005
Photo of Shultzerdugen
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear golden color with a small white collar of froth.

The smell had something going that was hard for me to pin down, but I would associate it with summer sausage encrusted with herbs. Light biscuit aroma, and a zest of lemon.

Light and creamy on the palate. Superb noble hop taste. Mellow carbonation, light fruit tastes. Slightly vinous, fruit tastes come out more as it warms.

My first good example of the style.

Shultzerdugen, Apr 19, 2005
Photo of OatherS
3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from a four pack purchased at John's Grocery. Red labeled bottle.

Appearance: Very clear golden color. One finger head that faded somewhat quickly.

Smell: Somewhat of a normal "beer" smell. Nothing extroidanary.

Taste: Similar to the taste it does not bowl me over with the "Kolsch" flavor I expect.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and somewhat foamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Since it is difficult to want to have another one of these since you are expecting and hoping for the Kolsch flavor, I realy am not that impressed.

This Reissdorf is interesting because I had another one of these that was much better and much more Kolsch like. Interesting.

OatherS, Apr 15, 2005
Photo of Wonka
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml

The bottle shape turned my usual pour that I figured would be adequate into a rough one. The bottle has a sharper angle where the neck meets the body when compared to the site pic.

Appearance – clear gold, almost straw body, soap-bubbly, pure white head that’s strong to start but closes weak; some lace

Smell – big wheat; muted spice; smells much like a pilsner

Taste – predominantly grains; opens and closes with a bit of hops

Mouthfeel – light body; crisp carbonation but its held back by a slight oily sensation

Drinkability – clean; easy drinking; not overly sweet or bitter or overly dry in close; the palate setup is good

There’s nothing remarkable or exciting here but it’s a clean, simple beer that I enjoyed with a turkey sub. I have a feeling that I'm missing the kolsch boat here until I try more within the style.

Wonka, Apr 06, 2005
Photo of pentathlete
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous golden color in the collins glass. Plenty of bubbles and a large rocky head dominate the view. Nice crisp sweet odor. The taste started clean and sweet (but not cloying) and then a balance of hops hit without destroying the malt goodness. The finish was crisp and dry. Mouthfeel was light to medium as expected for the style. An exceptionally easy quaff. When I can find it, I'll have some on hand as an excellent alternative to the big or hoppy beers. Refreshing and tasty.

pentathlete, Mar 14, 2005
Photo of maxpower
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy bright golden with a nice white head that leaves some lacing in my glass, bready apple aromas. Apple, pear, lemon and cracker flavors. Medium bodied with a crisp, carbonated mouthfeel, finishes clean. This may be the best of this style I have ever tried, very drinkable.

maxpower, Mar 04, 2005
Photo of Hhawk06
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice 16.9 oz bottle to perfectly fill my grolsch glassware. It poured with a well formed, well sized, and cloudy head. The body is very clear and very light golden. The nose can best be described as fresh and certainly malty. The mouthfeel is crisp and clear cut, a refreshing edge. There is a big juicy malt taste that gives you just enough of a grainy side to improve the texture. The finish brings a little more balance with just enough hop bitterness (that was lacking in the body) to please the palate. Finally, the final essence remaining in the mouth is a pleasant floral bouquet. A solid kolsch.

Hhawk06, Feb 26, 2005
Photo of ADR
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Out of a bottle at The Muddy Pig, St. Paul, MN...

Light and clear yellow appearance, less than gold but bright on a sunny afternoon. Nice head, lasts at 1/2 an inch for a good amount of time. Ample but simple laces. Bracing aroma, cider-like in apples and less-than-ripe pears. Light body, carbonation is crisp but not getting excessive. Flavor is nice, dry as baking powder biscuits before the butter, cracker-like and featuring cutting hop aridity. If the hops were more pointedly sharp, this brew would be almost Pilsner-like. Finishes with a snap and a message something like "this beer just balanced itself -- try it again and see"...really drinkable.

ADR, Feb 13, 2005
Photo of oggg
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A gentle pour into a schooner gave me a fluffy white head that recedes quickly to half a fingerbreadth, holds there for a while, and finally fades to wisps and circles. Deep golden and not pale yellow. Crystal clear. German noble hops, slightly floral. Hint of sweetness. On the tongue, moderate carbonation is followed by long drawn out clean maltiness with a touch of caramel sweetness. Mild fruitiness -- pear? Finishes clean and mildy dry.

Overall: my first German kolsch, this is definitely a work of art.

oggg, Jan 30, 2005
Photo of Tballz420
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew is a somewhat hazy, paler-gold color, nice big bubbly white head on the top. Some lace trails. Light sweet malt nose, some lemon elements. Taste is nice sweet malt front, some fruitiness to the beer. Hops light as to be expected, but not completely silent. Pretty crisp mouth. I like this style, a nice light refreshing brew. This is a good one.

Tballz420, Jan 26, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The price was right on this beer, so it came home with me tonight. It pours a nice brilliant yellow color with slight golden hues, and a nice billowing 3 finger head that seens to want to stay around. The nose is nicely balanced between some noble German hops (saaz or hallertau, not sure which) and a clean sweet malt, slightly honey-like, but not overwhelming. The flavor is not bad either. There is a slight sweetness that quickly moves to a grainey, but not harsh, flavor. The hop is light on the finsih, but it is fitting with the rest of the beer. This one is nice and refreshing, with a moderate body and lively carbonation. Overall, a very fine beer. Its not a style I have often, but one I may visit more often after this one.

kmpitz2, Jan 21, 2005
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

$2.69 16.9oz bottle

I have been waiting to get my hands on some Kolsch. This is a very interesting beer with a extremely refreshing taste. The body is almost cider-looking with a sticky head that left nice lacing down my glass. The aroma some dry, rotting-fruit hints. That may sound bad, but it blends nicely with the hop aroma. I would like to know what hops are used in Kolsch to use in a homebrew. The mouthfeel is a little off-balance. There is a medicine aftertaste accompanied by a dry, rough finish. I don't see this a medal-winning beer, but it is definately an interesting take on a german ale.

ALESwhatCURESya, Jan 19, 2005
Photo of nogoodreason
4.83/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

World class stuff.

Pours a clear gold, with steady, rising carbonation and a white, fizzy head.

Nose is crisp and clean, straw-like aromas (not funk) and a slight sweet maltiness are apparent. Nothing overpowering, but it's surely inviting.

At first, the taste is simple and with a straw-like dryness that rounds to a white grape finish... At little further in, the beer develops a hint of vanilla sweetness and a slightly limey aspect to the bitterness. Finishes sweet, with white grape juice and vanilla.

My review can't do this beer justice. It's great stuff.

nogoodreason, Jan 18, 2005
Photo of shirfan
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Half-litre bottle with a simple red oval label.

Appearance: Standard gold with a quickly vanishing, large-bubbled and thin head.

Aroma: Bready malt, pears, a bit of noble hops.

Taste: Light malt, hints of under-done toast, a little sweet, mild floral and grassy notes. All flavors are delicate without being overly thin.

Appropriately light, this would be best suited as something to have a pint or 3 of with dinner; tasty and refreshing without demanding much attention. A very nice change of pace from American hop-bomb IPAs and malt-monster stouts.

shirfan, Jan 17, 2005
Photo of Redrover
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz brown bottle with the cool minimalist label.

Bright light gold with a classic white head. Nice lacing.

The beer has a fresh aroma of flowers, lightly roasted grains and honey.

The taste is slightly sweet with more than a bit of honey and plum taste. There is a slight peppery taste and the beer becomes more floral (hops) as you drink more.

Very soft mouthfeel that is accented by crisp effervescent carbonation. Extremely easy to drink. Wonderful session type beer.

This will go great with simple dishes liked grilled chicken, shrimp or soups. I know many people think of Kolsch as a summer type beer, but this one is wonderful year around. A winner here folks!

Redrover, Jan 14, 2005
Photo of Skidz
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first ever Koelsch, surprised to find that I acutally had proper glassware for this guy. Poured out into a 200mL Kolsch-Stange, courtesy of Beefeater's Gin.

Pours out pale straw and sits bright, light gold in the glass with a large, soapy white head. Fizzles down to light skim and builds up around the sides, no real lacings to speak of.

Smells nice and fruity with ripe apples, golden raisins and canned pineapple seeping through. This beer is all about the sweet, fruty nose, only a hint grassiness in the background. Mouthwatering (period)

Tastes fruity as well, no surprise. Grapes, pure white apple flesh, orange pulp and pears all present and accounted for. Mild grainy presence, accentuated by a solid hop bitterness giving off a few flavors of fresh, green grass. Finishes with said bitterness and a good send-off with lingering fruity flavors.

Nice and smooth in the mouth, good carbonation with an easy-going personality. Refreshing is one of those words that couldn't describe this beer any better.

Tasty is another one too. I wouldn't mind sucking down a dozen of these, 200 mils at a time. A new-found joy in a new-found style.

Skidz, Jan 11, 2005
Photo of BierManVA
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bier pours an amazing whiter than white head. it disapates a little quickly but the bier is by no means 'flat tasting'. Aroma wise, light green apple and straw are most predominant. The taste is crisp and clean. Indeed, this style is where "Ale meets Lager". A very unique finish to this bier, dry, crisp and slightly hoppy.

This bier is pleasant and dinkable.


BierManVA, Aug 08, 2004
Photo of TinusTime
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light gold with a tight white head. Poured into a 6 oz straight sided glass to try to repoduce the kolsch glass. Smell is of a bit of grain and friut and not much of hops.. It is a clean crisp smell. Taste is the same. A bit of gain but more just of smooth true beer with a bit of drying hops at the end. Bretty bubbly and carbonated, but If one is looking for a session brew.. Here is your Ticket... drinkable from dawn til dusk or visa versa!!

TinusTime, Aug 07, 2004
Photo of BeerBuilder
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a somewhat hazy straw-yellow color with a white head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is crisp, with a spicy German hop smell, and a biscuity aroma. The flavor is clean and crisp with a spicy, peppery hop flavor and a biscuity German malt flavor. It is light in body, easy drinking and refreshing.It is a very clean, crisp beer. I do believe this is my first true Kolsch. Very nice indeed.

Sampled 5/13/04

BeerBuilder, Aug 06, 2004
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cast in a clear,light golden hue, possessing a big, creamy white head that slides assuredly down to a slim ring.
Aroma is mild,spare, green apples and pears, grassy, lemony, but anything else would be a reach.
Taste: nice, tasty hop appearance at the fore, with a definite citric snap, then fading, though giving a nice glide off of the palate. Pears and apples again in the flavor,light,dry fruits, crisp and subtle. Kolschs are such a light, delicate style that it is sometimes difficult to discern the differences between authentic examples. This is a nice one, but not top of the heap. Superlative thirst-quencher, though, easy to appreciate in the dog days of August!

feloniousmonk, Aug 05, 2004
Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at Hallo Berlin in NYC. Light pissy yellow, with a crisp looking white head with not much retention observed, minimal lacing. Nose of hops. Crisp tasting. Clean malt notes, nice and refreshing for a summers evening. Fairly dry and snappy hop fueled finish. Nice quaffer

Billolick, Jul 21, 2004
Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer after its separation from the 500ml brown bottle set in the glass the quintessential unclouded gold with a dinosauric sized head that is spumescent in texture, the color a brilliant white as it ever so slowly dematerializes, the lace then forms a satin sheet to lie upon the glass. The nose is fresh, crisp, clean with nice malt sweetness, and the start quite sweet with a pleasant malt profile, the top is prototypical in its light feel to the palate. Finish has a fair to middling acidity, the hops apropos to the style, spicy but pleasant to the palate, very dry and lingering aftertaste, a real refreshing change of pace from the over the top hopped beers I normally favor, quite drinkable and a nice Arizona summer beer.

Gusler, Jul 05, 2004
Photo of cbl2
3.05/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Pours a clear pale gold with a half inch of white head that leaves behind tiny lace as it settles slowly.


Crisp and clean with a faint amount of malt presence. Hops are not detectable.


Very macro beer like. No flavors jump out and proclaim themselves. It is clean, and drinkable, with a whiff of floral flavor on the finish, preceeded by bland uninspiring malts. Not worth a second glance.


I haven't had a German brew in a while, and I'm beginning to think the 1516 Bavarian law has boxed them into making beers just to style, but with no inspiration. There was nothing at all special about this beer. It wasn't that it was bad, it just was...

cbl2, Jul 02, 2004
Photo of filabrazilia
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw yellow with a small white head. Good lace.

A peppery nose mixes with a pronounced grain element.

There is a slightly malty taste that characterizes this bland beer. There is not as much flavor or character to this beer.

Pretty thin and crisp with a bit of a dry finish. This is a refreshing beer to drink.

Not bad, but a little too one dimensional. This is not the first example of the style I would grab.

filabrazilia, Jun 24, 2004
Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled in a German/American restaurant with some good, authentic German food, so I'm sure this favorably colored my perception of the beer. Poured a bright, slightly hazy golden. Aroma was a touch bready. Solid mouthfeel, a bit lively on the tongue. Edges a little toward sweetness, with some well-refined grain notes. Very clean, yet no dryness. Not particularly distinctive on its own, but then this style is pretty low-key.

Brent, Jun 14, 2004
Reissdorf Kölsch from Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf
87 out of 100 based on 1,001 ratings.