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Reissdorf Kölsch - Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf

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1,013 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,013
Reviews: 548
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 55
Gots: 49 | 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Reissdorf Kölsch from Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf
87 out of 100 based on 1,013 ratings.