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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: 58
Gots: 56 | 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 ppoitras
3.6/5  rDev -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.

Photo of Vancer
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of cubedbee
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of steinlifter
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.83/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of RedDiamond
2.38/5  rDev -38.5%
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.

Photo of scooter231
3.25/5  rDev -16%
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.

Photo of DunkelFester
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of TheLiterati
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of marcobrau
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of horndecker
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of whynot44
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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

Photo of Sigmund
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of ddarden
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Photo of LuckySevens82
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of ypsifly
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of whartontallboy
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of TongoRad
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 0.2L straight Kolsch glass- clear yellow with a tall rocky white head, a fine stream of bubbles rising up from the bottom.

Aroma is of spicy/grassy hops with a solid touch of malt and some citric notes in the background along with some biscuity grain characteristics.

Crisp yet smooth on the palate, with a good complement of bitterness. The malty and spicy flavors carry through from the nose. Finishes with a lingering bread-like quality.

This is a light yet elegant beer, a really nice example of the style. I could drink a ton of these.

Note: the BA with whom I traded for this beer was kind enough to include the proper glass in the trade and I believe it made a difference in how this beer came across.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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