Reissdorf Kölsch - Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf
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3.93/5 rDev +1.6%
I was at Mediterraneo in Hermosa Beach, CA last weekend, looking for something light and quenchable to round out an evening's drinking. I came across Reissdorf in the menu and, having heard of the Kolsch style but never having tried it, I ordered one.
The beer presented with a straw/honey color and a one-finger head. Head retention was decent. Pleasing malt and distinct but subdued fruit notes were most prevalent on the nose. Putting glass to mouth, I again encountered a pleasant malt character and some light fruitiness, this time paired with a very mild, if not implied, hop presence. The mouthfeel was more substantial than I anticipated, not as watery as many light ales tend to be.
I am a big hop-head, which means that I tend to shy away from lighter fare but with this beer the kolsch style has a new fan. Simple, honest, and good, this is a "lawn mower beer" for the person whose fridge is otherwise filled with Dogfish Head 60 or 90 minute IPA and Pliny the Elder.
08-04-2011 22:33:27 | More by alexolit
3.68/5 rDev -4.9%
Reviewed from notes; originally 7/30/11.
A-Pours a clear golden color with two fingers of white foam.
S-Slight butterscotch and green notes with some light grain.
T-Follows the nose with tart green apples and butterscotch with some bready malt and yeast esters.
M-Light bodied with low, yet prickly carbonation.
D-Very tasty and drinkable; perfect on a hot day after a trip to the DMV.
08-04-2011 18:09:33 | More by samie85
3.65/5 rDev -5.7%
On tap Sat night at Penguin Pizza. Served in a standard pint glass. Bright yellow color with a lot of carbonation and a fluffy white head. Smell had a distinct aroma of citrus and lemon, which I liked. The taste was very light on both the hops and the malt. I would say this beer is light bodied, but that's a given. Very smooth body and low in alcohol. This beer was made specifically so you could drink a few, and I could have easily.
08-02-2011 02:45:20 | More by morebeergood
2.88/5 rDev -25.6%
Poured chilled in ale glass
A: golden yellow, very clear, abundant, creamy head, modest carbonation
S: malty and a bit stale not very inviting
T: at front, pleasant, with hints of cherry and apricot; yields quickly to metallic taste; hard to get past that to what is, on par, a decent kolsch
A decent beer, but not the best rep from Germany, or of this style.
07-31-2011 01:16:09 | More by Arithmeticus
4.05/5 rDev +4.7%
Tried this on tap @ Magoun's served in a branded cylinder glass.
Crystal clear golden, well carbonated and a nice head. Tad fruity in the aroma.
Noticed the heavy malt up front. Backed up by fruity tastes, a bit bready too. Hops are subdued in the finish and clean everything up for a dry, crisp finish. Incredibly drinkable.
Terrific sessionable beer. I really enjoyed it and will drink it again some time.
Good to try an authentic Kolsch and see that most US brewers are poseurs at this style.
07-30-2011 14:37:01 | More by SunDevilBeer
3.55/5 rDev -8.3%
From 07/22/11 notes. Had at the beer garden Standard in DC. Served in a stange.
a - Pours a cloudy dark yellow color with one inch of white head and low carbonation evident. No head retention or lacing on the glass.
s - Smells of grain, wheat, and very light fruits. Not a ton going on, but light and nice.
t - Tastes of wheat, grain, bready malts, and light fruit malts. Hints of apples.
m - Light body and moderate carbonation, pretty easy to drink and crisp.
o - Overall a pretty decent Kölsch. Light and easy to drink, with a little bit of light fruit to it. Would give it another shot.
07-26-2011 17:16:46 | More by mdfb79
4/5 rDev +3.4%
on-tap at Armsby Abbey, Worcester MA
I had this for before a Sunday brunch at the Abbey. Filled up into a 0.5L tall mug labeled Kulmbacher Premium Pils. It pours a very distinct golden pale color, arguably lighter than a Pilsner. The head is characteristically foamy, with medium to high carbonation. Not much to smell here; the faint smell of lemon zest lightly dresses the grain/hoppy aroma. Definitely restrained on fruitiness.
A firm hoppy character gives it a dry, bitter finish. It's clean, crisp, and very refreshing - probably experiencing the crispness due to its bubbly concoction. Light in taste and soft on the palate, I was pretty pleased with this German Ale. The low ABV makes this beer highly drinkable, even for brunch.
07-24-2011 23:19:44 | More by alee42
4/5 rDev +3.4%
Appearance: Pours a pale golden with a solid and fluffy white head. Carbonation rises from beneath the head to keep up th ehead retention.
Aroma: Breadiness, with a touch of dryness in the nose along with malts that only yield a minor sweet aroma. Hops send off a fruity aroma somewhat like a pear or peach.
Taste: Mouthfeel is crisp but too crisp. There are fruit notes a little like pears. Malts to let out a little bit of a dry finish. Grassy and grain towards the back end as well.
Notes: A rather tasty beer and very drinkable great on a summer night or day. Cheers.
07-11-2011 02:20:45 | More by horshack7
4.08/5 rDev +5.4%
A-pours light golden/yellow color with excellent transparency, two finger widths white head and fades into a thin white lace around the rim. Pretty low head retention.
S-Very subtle, a slight green apple and straw aroma
T-sweet malt with a slight pear flavor that ends with a soft bitterness that leaves a clean flavor on the palate.
M-Light to medium bodied
O- Great example of a kolsch, slight fruit flavors in the aroma and flavor with balance and crispness. A very enjoyable and drinkable beer.
07-10-2011 00:27:21 | More by atr2605
4.97/5 rDev +28.4%
A- Straw golden yellow with a moderate amount of foam.
S- lemon citrus scent with a moderate amount of grain and light bread.
T- very bready with a citrus taste in the background very enjoyable. A really light summer brew with a slight hop bitterness in the back not intense.
M- Moderate/highly carbonated with a crisp clean mouthfeel.
O- Highly recommended one of my favorite beers ever.
07-09-2011 00:21:56 | More by balzern
3.7/5 rDev -4.4%
Frothy, white head atop of a clear light yellow. Notes of grain and malt in the nose.
Clean and crisp, and true to style, this is a bready, fruity kolsch with a little zip of bitterness in the finish. Cereal and fresh apple notes. A bit grassy. Clean finish. Light bodied and a bit heavy handed on the carbonation. Given these factors, it makes for an insanely refreshing summertime choice.
So refreshing by itself -- a great lawnmower beer. A nice thing to offer your friends who are less open to ales, as it is a nice upgrade from your conventional adjunct lager.
07-08-2011 20:49:25 | More by Zraly
2.8/5 rDev -27.6%
Poured a 2" white soap suds head. Clear straw yellow in color. Not really any smell at all, and not just when cold but even after the sample warmed. Simple BMC taste profile and although some other reviews I'd read mentioned apple and other things I didn't get any of that. Watery. There is sort of a melted ice water after taste. Hey, at least there was no skunking.
07-08-2011 08:41:05 | More by MoreThanWine
2.85/5 rDev -26.4%
Reissdorff kolsch, 4.8% abv, Kolsch
A: This appears hay yellow with some light middle carbonation. There’s some light lacing and golden hues.
S: There is a some vegetable smell and overall a sweet crispness. It smells like a powered down saison. There’s some mild grassiness but nothing really worth being overt about.
T: People always rave about how this is a summer beer, but I don’t think that it is worth the hype. Particularly given the bevy of other styles available. That being said, it tastes like a milder Belgian ale that has been forgiveably boiled lightly or mildly hopped. There’s a breadiness to it, well as much as such a thin ale can present, but some breadiness nonetheless. Finally there’s a hint of grass notes.
M: This is so incredibly light that the coating is more of a resonance than a taste. You cannot unring a bell and likewise you can untaste a kolsch simply by drinking it quickly. Of course it is light, of course it is meant for light weather. You know all that, but you need to really feel the Kolsch, get all up in it.
D: This is, in my opinion one of its only really redeemable aspects. The flavor isn’t exceptional, and the finish isn’t ridiculous; but you can drink it all day. For better or worse. For me that just isn’t enough to carry the day.
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07-06-2011 08:16:54 | More by SubpoenaDeuces
4.1/5 rDev +5.9%
Pours with a thick white head thats loose in structure, fading fast.
Clear and nicely carbonated. It has a light honey color.
Aroma is clean with a sutle pilsner malt nose.
A refreshing malt taste that finishes with a ceral or bread taste.
Soft and refreshing semi dry beer. Its clean with no aftertaste.
An easy drinking beer that you could pound at a barbaque or just loafing about on a warm summer's day.
06-19-2011 16:57:49 | More by micromaniac129
3.95/5 rDev +2.1%
Appearance- Pours a clear golden color, with a fluffy white head. Some steady rising carbonation bubbles, decent retention and lacing left behind.
Smell- Cereal grains with some earthy/grassy hops.
Taste- Cereal grains again, but it doesn’t have a gritty feel, just the flavor. A distinct grassiness and somewhat floral, slightly tart lemon towards the finish. Tastes better than the aroma would suggest.
Mouthfeel- Very crisp and has a nice clean finish.
Overall- A very solid, yet relatively simple beer. You could drink a lot of these on a warm summer day and not get sick of it.
06-13-2011 23:31:07 | More by JLeege
4.22/5 rDev +9%
on tap in tall pils glass
A- pours a clear golden yellow with a brilliant white 1 finger head that recedes to a fresh collar
S- is floral noble hops with baked bread and wet grass herb.hop smell
T- is noble hops first crisp and pure ,followed by a wet grassy and lemon/spice taste..baked bread notes follow
M- is crisp clean and dry..well carbonated with nice floral hop bite
O- very good reminded me of a czech pils ,,very tasty
06-11-2011 23:03:47 | More by gatornation
4.68/5 rDev +20.9%
Pours a lovely golden color with big white head(almost two fingers) The beer is almost see though with alot of notes of earthly malts. It smells very crisp and clean with good hop sense on the nose. The taste is perfect for this style of beer with just enough balance of hops and almost fruit like quality. goes down very easy and would be a stable during hot summer months. Overall a great beer that i would recommend to anybody that is a fan of the kolsch style of german beers. Cheers
06-09-2011 18:33:12 | More by dankster
4.63/5 rDev +19.6%
A- Pours a clear golden color, high carbonation, forming a fluffy white head.
S- Nice light bread-like malt, with a hint of citrus hops.
T- Starts with a slightly earthen maltiness, with the hops lending well-balanced citrus and pine flavosr; finishes dry with a great balance of malt & hop flavor.
M- High carbonation makes this a very crisp, clean, drinkable and refreshing beer.
Fantastic example of the Kölsch style. Truly a reminder as to why I love German brews. To date, this one of my all-time favorites. I picked up a few .5L singles at Total Wine in town, as part of a sample pack of German beers. Highly recommended!
06-08-2011 19:53:49 | More by Trambo
4.35/5 rDev +12.4%
Poured on tap into a mug at Pizza Paradiso DC.
Like out of the bottle a simple white head is given and slowly rising carbonation from the body. Gold and lemony almost shiny polished brass and crystal clear. Some minimal lacing left while drinking and leaves a solid puck all the time, looks great.
Bouquet is small malt and a little bit of sweetness and grain sense. Good, solid, and simple.
Mild bitter at first but once again that huge white bread finish on the swallow, with a crisp tangy feeling. Much like out of the bottle but better, the bread taste is bolder, and there is even an almost canatalope melon aftertaste as well.
Overall this is a fantastic summer brew and an ultimate beat the heat thirst quencher. Love it, great!
06-02-2011 18:10:12 | More by smakawhat
3.95/5 rDev +2.1%
appearance - clear straw color w/ frothy white head
smell - wheat, citrus, ginger, clove
taste - wheat, citrus, coriander, ginger
mouthfeel - crisp and refreshing, light bodied, amply carbonated, dry finish
overall - this is a good representation of the style, really good beer for those warm summer nights, wish these were available in six packs and at a slightly more reasonable cost
04-30-2011 03:26:18 | More by keithmurray
3.95/5 rDev +2.1%
My first time trying a Kölsch so take this for what its worth.
I have never seen a beer that was so clear that it actually sparkled. It poured a golden/straw color with a white 1 inch head receding to a thin coating.
The smell and flavors were spice, citrus, and some butter. Somewhat reminded me of a Belgium white.
It was light to medium body, very refreshing, and quite drikable at 4.8%ABV.
I don't know the calorie count on this but it was like a light beer with a whole lot more flavor and mouthfeel. Nice and makes me want to try more from the style.
04-24-2011 19:55:29 | More by BelgiumBill
3.73/5 rDev -3.6%
Oh my this company's websites smacks of BMC...
The basics: $4.29/500ml bottle (ouch) and 4.8% ABV.
Got the classics playing: Thin Lizzy and Journey...Some playoff hockey (wtf is up with my Sabres??? The flyers STINK..how can we not be thrashing them??!!)...and this brew....
One of the single clearest pours in the history of beer - it pours as clear or clearer than the Pacifico...The color mutates from piss yellow to a muted amber...kinda neat actually...Nice, crispy, frothy head. Some decent lacing...Not bad looking actually...
Very malty aromas...Almost malt-liquor-ish...Some citrusy stuff - like lemonade - also in there. Also somethin akin to Hawai'ian sweet bread dough...Kinda cool...
Flavor is very vibrant and upfront...A nice citrusy tang...The carbonation is a little too much, but it's cleansing. The middle has a nice malt component. It's like the bread dough, in truth...Finish is long and has nice malt, but seems to carry a tiny bitterness, probably from yeast...Not as bad beer at all but robust beer enthusiasts will be unimpressed as this fails to pack a robust punch. The flavor is much more impressive than it looked like it would be, however. The price keeps this from being a must find to a "try it if you see it"...Very "Summertime"...
What I like most: The vibrant flavor profile.
What I like least: The price and lack of overall robustness (but it is to style)
Verdict: Good, not great and not spectacular...
04-20-2011 01:37:12 | More by SolomonGrundy
3.9/5 rDev +0.8%
A- Perfectly clear golden color, very carbonated, produces a fluffy white head.
S- Pretty simple, lots of grainy, light bready malts, a bit of citrusy hops.
T- Somewhat similar to the nose, grainy, slightly barnyard-esque malts, hops lend a bit of pine resin and citrus, finishes bone dry with a nice blend of grainy and piney malt/hop flavors.
M- Lots of carbonation on this one, gives it a very crisp, clean feel, totally drinkable and very refreshing, went great with dinner.
04-18-2011 04:43:35 | More by WillCarrera
2.8/5 rDev -27.6%
[Best served in a Kölsch/Altbier glass]
Poured a light clear yellow with a large white frothy head that was mostly lasting and had excellent lacing. The aroma was light of grain malts, herbal hops and a leathery yeast with notes of citrus. It tasted very light and slightly bitter form beginning to end with the finish being rather light in flavor with a hint of lemon. Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a soft carbonation. Overall a very mild brew with not much taste.
03-01-2011 15:26:41 | More by KajII
3.35/5 rDev -13.4%
Poured from a 500mL bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pale yellow body, with an almost greenish tint. Carbonation is intense and bubbles in the head are large.
S: Grainy, corny and hoppy. Sweet and light. Not terribly interesting but decent.
T: Corny and light. Low hoppiness. Very refreshing but like the smell, not very interesting. Maybe a little wheat as well. A little hint of white wine after it gets closer to room temperature. Nice
M: Smooth on the attack and the aftertaste. Lots of carbonation. No real alcohol taste, as expected.
D: Very refreshing and decent tasting. Nothing special but would be nice to drink when you've got something else going on. Decent sessioner if it were more complex, but perhaps that's not the strong suit of a Kolsch.
02-26-2011 05:29:34 | More by Whiteweasel
Reissdorf Kölsch from Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf
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