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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: 66 | 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 biergeniesser
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This .5l bottle of Reissdorf Kölsch poured a brilliantly crystal clear light straw color. An almost fizzy, thick, foamy, pure white head dissipated slowly and left a slight lacing. Tiny bubbles evolved quickly and constantly from the sides and bottom of my stange.

The aroma of Reissdorf Kölsch was dominated by light clean malt. In the background were sweet malt aromas and a slight frutiness, reminiscent of sweet apples or pears. A very slight noble hop aroma is far in the background.

The flavor of Reissdorf Kölsch is quite delicate and crisp. It has a slight malt sweetness, which fades to a pleasant light grainy/bready flavor. Hop bitterness is present but in the background and hop flavor is not noticeable at all.

As might be expected, Reissdorf Kölsch has a light body with a very slight mouth coat. It has a crisp, clean carbon dioxide bite.

It is rare to find an actual Kölsch from Köln, at least in these parts, this one is the only example I’ve found. As far as I can tell, Reissdorf Kölsch is a benchmark of the style and if you like light, refreshing flavorful lager like ale… or if you’d like to see what the American Micros are trying to copy… pick up some Reissdorf... they brew one thing and they brew it well.

Photo of walleye
3.26/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

from the 500ml bottle. poured a yellow, with a medium sized white head that left no lacing. aroma, a mild yeast and malt aroma with some sour citrus and a hint of skunk but not bad. flavor sweet, malt, and hops, a slight bitterness, and the good thing no skunk. this was a very easy to drink before I knew it it was gone

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

Purchased at Hi Time Wine in Costa Mesa, CA. in February, 2006; price not recorded.

Pours a straw yellow with a nice frothy white head that quickly drops to a slight cover- the cover is fed for a while by a steady stream of carbonation.

Aroma is malts, grains, breads and grass. A bit of hop bite is there too.

Flavor follwos through- nothing intense or complex, pleasant malt and wheat grains, a slight herbal/grassy tone tied with weak oily hops. Very basic, but solid.

Mouthfeel is moderate for this family of beer styles, and the carbonation leaves a nice creaminess. Drinakility is quite good- I could easily see sitting around a picnic table with some frineds on a warm day just enjoying these.

A good choice as a macro alternative.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Understandable why this Kolsch ranks amoung BA's top beers. A great granny smith apple with lemon-lime citrus characters in the nose and flavors. Lightly malty and lightly grainy, but not to distract. Moderately bready and yeasty. A light, but round and complete body. A crystal clear straw color with bleached white, less-than-fizzy head. Lightly minty in the finish, very clean and refreshing. Hard to find a better summertime beer.

Photo of Matthew
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of the bottle if pours a light golden yellow with a nice medium bodied head to top it off.
Lots of grainy malt, slight hints of watered down tea, a bit of fruit and light hops.
Nice crisp dry body consisting of a nice malt body, a nice pale grain base followed by a slightly bitter hoppiness that just barely comes through. There is a hint of a fruit tinge that I cant quite put my finger on.
Very drinkable and quite refreshing. This is a pretty good kolsch and would pick it up again.

Photo of dgallina
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

OK, the bottled sample I had over a year ago was definitely old and soured. A very different beer fresh on draft.

Arrived a crystal-clear golden yellow with moderate creamy head and no lace. Smells grainy, hoppy, faintly minty and honey-like. Nice but restrained flavors. Dominated by grainy malt and hops and balanced with honey sweetness and slight mint notes. Big carbonated and quenching lightness in the mouth. An easy drinking and a pleasant way to start an evening. Have it before your other selections since they will completely overwhelm the delicate lightness of this beer.

Photo of PeatReek
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Brilliantly clear yellow starting off with a dense bright white head.

Aroma: slightly sulphury, crisply malty with undertones of a very mellow, round sweetness.

Taste & mouthfeel: tons of crips malt upfront (well complemented by the carbon bite), with a more substantial body than I'd expect from the color and clarity. The malts give way to a fizzy but subtle bitterness and very floral hop flavor, which combines with the slight residual sulphur to make the taste just very substantial. Eggy? Maybe a bit. But yummy.

Drinkability: Relatively dry with a clean palate, yet a bit more substantial and smooth than a standard pils; this is a decent session beer.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.66/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Straw gold with a small head that vanished in a minute and no lacing.

S - A little malt and nothing else. It was really barren in odor.

T - Sweet light malt with a bit of floral character and a slightly bitter finish.

M - Thin and only a little refreshing.

D - Okay. Good for both food pairings and sessioning. However, it is a mediocre beer at best. I am not a huge koelsch fan, but this has little to no character.

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

Big, foamy white head with good retention; plastering to the sides of the stange. Light, spotted lacing that doesn't hold. Crisp and clean golden in color with noticeable carbonation.

Clean wheat with lightly toasted oat aromatics. A very light mustiness that lingers. A very slight skunkiness.

Driving, semi-sweet wheat flavor with tones of toasted oats. No mustiness/astringency detected at all. Notes of lemon zest and orange peel. A light touch of honey and cream, but no diacetyl. Finish is smooth with a creamy, toasted oat aftertaste.

Light bodied; clean, crisp, and smoothly mellow on the palate.

First of all, I'm not a big fan of the style, but this one is light, flavorful, and worth a try. Too bad all Kolsch's aren't as clean and well rounded as this one.

Photo of DogFood11
3.27/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wow this is totally transparent, highly filtered and pale. Massive amounts of carnonation support a slight head but it does leave trace lacing with each pull.

For such a light colored beer I wasn't expecting the solid malted backbone but it delivers a soft bready profile. Hops are at least enough to grab my attention, smooth. A light fruity presence slips its way past the hops for a second. Some grainy qualities exist as well. Nice crisp dry and clean finish.

I could session this for the right price. I'll drink it in Germany.

Photo of rebel1771
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale gold color, crystal clear and moderate head. Bready smell with slight hop notes. This brew has a light crisp taste that is very dry all the way through. Sweet malts dominate flavor with dry floral hops rounding out the end. This is a decent kolsch, but I've had better and strangely enough from an american brewery (Indian River).

Photo of Domingo
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty solid Kolsch.
Pours a golden color...slightly darker than what you'd expect from a typical lager, but still relatively light on the beer spectrum. It's typical of the other Kolsch brews I've had.
Smell is non-hop floral. Light grain highlights.
Flavor is a little bitter, but in a good way. I'd call it non-typical. Reminds me a bit of the Sam Adams Summer brew honestly. Some other flavors mixed in that I can't quite place. A little hops mixed in, but they don't stand out.
Head was a little lighter than I'd expect. Everything dissipated rather quickly.
A solid warm weather brew. Nothing I'd really hunt down again (I prefer Good Island's take personally), but certainly still a good beer.

Photo of shbobdb
4.78/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ahhhh, now this is the gold standard. Don't listen to other people when they say that Frueh is the way to go -- Reissdorf is where it is at. Nice, sweet and clean, this beer is impossibly inoffensive and wonderfully drinkable. On-tap or in the bottle, this beer is fantastic.
Having said that, this isn't a challenging beer either. While there is nothing not to like about this beer, many people might not find something TO like either. So, if you want to go out with some buddies and just knock back a few, this is the beer for it; if you want to sit back and appreciate something complex, get something else.

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

330ml bottle. same design as that pictured. no best before date.

pours a clear golden color. medium carbonation with a thin white foam collar clinging to the sides of the glass. dont mean ot generalize, but its very lager-like in appearance. eh, ill blame the style.

light malty sweetness on the nose. gives a hint of a very refreshing beer.

again, a light maltiness to the taste. dryness in the finish with a light mouthfeel.

this is a beer that would fit in just fine as a warm weather session beer. not sure on the age of this one (as its come a long way) but would like to try it fresh. easily drinkable as it is.

Photo of Quaffer
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle.

Appearance: This beer poured a pale, golden yellow. When lit from behind, it had a washed-out look to it and showed a slight haze. The white head rose up easily to multiple fingers and settled at a slow pace. It was coarse and rough, becoming slightly rocky as it sank. A steady bead of bubbles fueled a couple of isolated patches of foam that lingered on top of the brew. A few small flecks of foam were all that was left behind on the side of the glass.

Smell: Light sulpher right after the pour gave way to coarse grains and grasses and spicy hops and yeast. The aroma had a nice bite to it. Wild flowers peaked through at times.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and thin. I expect that from the style, but it came off as watery at times. However, there were other times that it was a little chewy along the sides of the tongue. I never knew what I was going to get from one drink to the next. Crisp, firm carbonation was nice.

Taste: Light, sweet grains, grasses, and malt hit the tip of the tongue immediately. The beer quickly dried out with the flavors of husky grains and spicy hops and yeast. Some honey-like sweetness came back in the aftertaste.

Photo of tavernjef
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very clear light straw gold. Thin white cap of loosely placed foam sits on top. Keeps a thin collar and very light skim. Lacing is lightly placed in a spotty pattern.

Nice aroma. Pleasingly clean, crisp, and malty with a favorable grassy herbal quality as well as a good bready notion. Kinda sweet underneath with a bit of gummi/chewy dough and melonness.

Taste is about right for a kolsch. Crisp, clean, semi malty, semi sweet, mildly present with those aspects at first then picks up a good nudge into the finish where more of the herbal grassy hops and mixed grain maltyness takes a welcome turn adding to the overall palate as it goes. Finish really pulled it through for me. Quite a nice bunch of flavors there.

Feel is super clean, intially crisp, malts grasp within the main part of its character. Body is light but malt laden and plainly adequate in carbonation. Even though the malts make for nice flavors and character, they don't seem to help add that extra edge of body you think it should and just comes a bit short for me. Although it does tend to carry a light creamyness to its middle and finish. Finish also has the nice touches of herbal grasses and grains as the malts still hold there place.

Overall a pretty solid kolsch. I'd have another no prob and is quite an easy drinker and very sessionable if need be. Better for those warmer days, but works any Ol' time too.

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
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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
2.37/5  rDev -38.8%
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
3.26/5  rDev -15.8%
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
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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