Reissdorf Kölsch
Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf

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Style:
German Kölsch
Ranked #25
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
87
Ranked #14,549
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 11.57%
Reviews:
645
Ratings:
1,374
From:
Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf
 
Germany
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
87
Very Good
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Photo of Hatchjaw
4.77/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One smooth-ass, tasty Kölsch, likely one of the greats? Reminds me of climbing the Kölner Dom and cursing whoever invented staircases and accessible spires. Would've been nice to have one of these right at the top, God high-fiving you and handing you cool mug of this fine, fine beer.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.36/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear straw yellow with large fluffy white head.
The aroma is grain, white bread, grass, and honey
Flavor, holy shit is this a good kolsch, big white bread, some honey, a light white grape and a perfected crisp bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is super slick with medium carbonation.
Overall it’s phenomenal.

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Photo of nebula1999
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Much cloudier than expected. Very nice aroma. Clean like a lager. Sharp on the tongue but not harsh totally quaffable. Hot weather beer. A classic for sure.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(500 ml can, L19007; purchased cold single at Shangy's... split poured between a fluted goblet and a fat tulip - no stange on hand)

L: polished-clear gold liquid; white foam builds high on pour and slowly recedes... spread collar remains, as well as cap islands; actually some nice streaky lace rings

S: bready pils malt, hint of honey, hint of hay; little hop or yeast aromatics; overall potency light/weak

T: apple juicy acidic bite up front; cereal-like, bready finish; subtly-floral bitter-spicy aftertaste... subtle honeyish sweetness builds after a few sips; floral essence also builds; love the lingering spice... relatively white-bready malty

F: clean and lean up front, delicate frothy fuzz in the finish; bit of a shapeless body... the alcohol and spice elements do ignite a small flame in the center of the palate

O: I've had this dozens of times on draft and from a bottle - this would be my first can... this isn't revelatory, doesn't smack you in the mouth with flavor; a creeper for sure... I really gotta grab a variety of the imports to remind me which one I liked best: been awhile (1621)

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Photo of jrc1093
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottom of can shows 'L19162' (presumably canned on 6/11/19)

Pours a crystal clear deep bronzed gold and consistently effervescent body; a tight, nearly creamy few fingers of white head shows great retention, eventually resulting in a collar of sticky froth climbing tentatively from the surface along with a dense layering of lacing caking the walls of the glass.

Aromas open honeyed, grassy, and light, building to rounded notes of pumpernickel bread crusts, earthy spice, and dried hay; light herbs add a deft, bitter touch to close.

Taste brings a familiarly light start, with semi-sweet straw and wet moss holding prominence until a bready spice appears over the mid-palate, and more pumpernickel, grass, and lightly honeyed malt into the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a rounded, full carbonation in consistent balance throughout; crisp and flaky along the mid-palate, along with an airy presence of hoppy bittering and malty grit; light, semi-wet swallow.

A Kölsch strong in its depth of both aroma and flavor, and in seamless tandem with the expected clean, sessionable drinkability; this is simply a straightforward glimpse at the next level, the upper echelon of the style, and an import I'd take pleasure in returning to.

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Photo of beertunes
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

16oz can poured into 14oz teku. Poured a sparklingly clean, clear, bright light gold color with under a half-inch of white head that had low retention and very light lacing.

The aroma had a nice grainy malt base, with some floral and earthy hops popping in the front.

Pretty similar on the tongue, just better defined.

The body was light, smooth, and crisp, and had a semi-dry finish.

Drinkability was excellent, I could drain a bunch of these.

Overall, a very nice brew. A must try if you see it.

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Photo of DrBeergood
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours light and clear. Carbonation is lively.

S: Smells like a lager. A bit of tang from the yeast, sweetness from the malts, and grassiness from the hops.

T: Sophisticated. Crackery malts. Soft. Enough hops are there to check over-sweet notes, and it's ever-so-mildly sweet. A subtle woodiness on a clean finish. I've heard this called "German Budweiser." Reissdorf Kolsch is FAR beyond Budweiser.

F: The filteration is excellent, very clean taste from pure ingredients. I'll have another, thank you.

Ö: It's Kölsch from Cologne (Koln). The dots above the Ö mean it's pronounced as a long O. The same way that Prosecco is made in Italy, and Champagne is made in France, Kölsch comes from Cologne.

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Photo of arizcards
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a 400 ml draft serving at Nocturnem Draft house in Bangor, ME on 8-26-19 for $7.00.

Beer was served pale gold with a nice white head with the original pour.

Nose was grainy and of noble hops.

Taste was a nice combination of pilsner and other pale malts and noble hops leaving that lovely grainy fruity finish on the palate.

Mouthfeel was light, clean, and refreshing.

Overall a lovely representation of the Kolsch style, glad i got to try one!

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Photo of BJB13
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into a stange.

Pours brilliantly clear and pale gold. The bright white head is fizzy and short lived but re-generates with every movement of the glass.
Aroma is slight as per the style and feature sweet bread malt.
Taste is full for such a light beer, bread malt, light floral hops and some slight mineral flavor.
Feel is mostly soft but opens crisp and has a dry finish. Body is light with lowish carbonation.
Easy drinking, refreshing and seems to me to be with in the guidelines for the style.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden straw with a one finger white, creamy head.
Smell of biscuit, yeast and hop. A little toast.
Wonderful taste with bread, cracker and grain combine almost perfect. Good hop bull to round off. This is amazing!
Great mouthfeel! I have seen several times and finally bought. Lives up to hype! Could drink all day.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

if there is a more crushable example of the style in the world, someone bring it to me, because this one is a total ripper. i cant believe its taken me until now to review this, ive seen this around a million times, must have just never properly gotten acquainted with it. in any event, its stellar, perhaps the quintessential example of the style, clear and not as yellow to me as some are, more of a brassy hue, with a tall white head from the pint can, radiant in its own glassware. it smells like minerals, bready lager-esque yeast, and simple, earthy, fresh german malt. i like the crispness of the flavor, less yeast in the taste than i can smell i think, and very dry without being too abrupt at the end, refreshing but not vanishing, great carbonation on it too, and super clean overall. the fermentation is complete, the vibe is mellow, and overall, this is about as much as you can ask of a classic kolsch. i think its a step up from many of its peers, and i could drink about a dozen of these before i even blinked if left alone with a bucket of them. as easy drinking a german beer as there is, but still with lots of flavor. excellent for a patio session on a nice summer night!

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Photo of 57md
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw color with a finger of white head. The nose is grassy. The flavor is crackery with a crisp, dry finish. This is a classic example of the style.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml brown bottle. No bottling date information found.
Mostly clear, straw/pale gold colored body. One finger of white head, which quickly disappears and leaves an island and ring. No lacing.
Aroma of cereal malts and spicy/floral hops.
Taste is mild with crackery malts and slightly spicy and floral hops. Dry finish.
Thinner mouth feel, with a metallic touch. Good carbonation.
Easy drinking session beer that rewards with a quick, refreshing shot of a malt/hop combo and then goes dry.

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Photo of Buck89
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a hotel glass. A clear golden-straw color with a smallish white head. The aroma was faint with grassy and floral notes and crackery grain. Same on the taste. A fairly clean malt profile with cracker and white bread. Mild to moderate bitterness with floral and grassy notes. Light on the palate and easy to drink. Nice.

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Photo of gvickery
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 500ml bottle. Solid white head, two fingers from an aggressive pour. Clear medium gold color. Not a lot of smell, faint grainyness. I don’t have a good nose though. Tastes dry, very little sweetness from the malts. Probably some form of European 2-row since it has no Pilsner qualities. I don’t really detect any fruityness with this. The hops are present but there’s no lingering bitterness. It’s interesting but not something I will seek out or crave. It’s almost like there’s something missing. Overall it’s pretty good. Nothing offensive. Cheers

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Photo of RockHop
2.94/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

On tap at Prohibition in Charleston, SC. Likely the tap situation, but little carbonation, no head and no retention. Pale gold. No aroma. Crisp, with grain sweetness and clean quick hop finish. Too bad this beer presented so poorly. It was just what I wanted and was satisfying, just missed many marks.

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Photo of thesherrybomber
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A thick, white head sticks around forever. Pretty run of the mill in terms of color and smell. Light grain sweetness, citrus undertones, and smooth finish. Reminiscent of Anchor Steam, but that could be due to having it recently and not much experience with Kolsch beers. Didn't blow me away, but definitely pleasant and something I could see myself buying again as a standby or session.

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Photo of Nass
2.85/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Sort of bland tasting but nothing inoffensive, yeah I can see why this is not a popular beer style. I prefer German lagers over this style of beer. Decent beer that's worth a try if you have not had a kolsch before. Cheers! C

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Photo of MarkCoon
2.67/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Had it on tap at Swans Market (Rochester, N Y) and really enjoyed it, so I was disappointeed in this 500 ml bottle from Beers of the World. Went flat quickly, slight cereal small, blah taste. Did i get an old bottle? Will try again some other time bc i know this is normally a high rated Kolsch.

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Photo of leantom
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good Kolsch. Not as good as Fruh, but still quite enjoyable. Here goes:

A: Clear, golden color. Head is initially substantial, but it recedes quickly and leaves no lacing. Few bubbles in the body.

S: Somewhat fruity; also somewhat of a banana-bread-like smell. Overall, though, it's quite mild. I can't detect any definitive flavors.

T: Fruity with some yeasty bread notes. Wheat and some cereal grains complement the flavor profile. Herbal flavors also lend some spiciness, too.

F: Loved it.

O: A good brew. Not as good as Fruh, but would easily have again.

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Photo of Jbbdrinker
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours with a floral, slightly sour aroma and short head that quickly fades. This brew is copper colored and has a mild, but sharp carbination. Flavors of fruity hops and vanilla push forward with a bitter, peppery finish

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Photo of WickedBeer
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No idea when this was canned, stamp reads:
L17 254 12:17

The pour is a darkish gold, with a small amount of frothy white head that hangs around for a second and then quickly retreats back into the body of the beer. No lace.

The nose gives off a lot of coriander and bread , not unpleasant but with a distinctly Belgian quality (although it’s German), but is predominantly sweet and lightly fruity.

The sweetness continues in the flavors, again bready and lightly fruity. The coriander returns as well, albeit not as strong as on the nose. You can tell this has been sitting in the can for a bit too long, with a lightly earthy, somewhat metallic quality. It’s not necessarily unpleasant if you’re not looking for it, but it is definitely noticeable.

The mouthfeel is fine, medium bodied and weighty, with a crisp, smooth feel to it. Undoubtedly heavy after your second or third.

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle. Clear golden color with a half finger of white head. Smells of straw. Light prickly feel. Tastes of grassy hops, spice, with a little malty sweetness. A classic, refreshing and very drinkable.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don’t know, you know? Like, this beer is so average, Raul don’t even want to write a review. But nah, I got this. It’s clean - like my baby mama. It’s smooth - like Raul. But there is this lingering sweetness that’s just there. Like a booger needing to be picked, that sweetness is just hanging there. Unwanted. Like ketchup on a hot dog.

Raul won’t be back.

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Photo of mushroomcloud
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle no visible code for freshness
Pours out a clear, clean straw gold with a 1/2" white head that has very good retention. Spotty lace.
Soft pilsner malt aromas, hay/grass hops.
Lightly grainy malt, bready flavors. Grassy hops that linger for a bit...touch of spice. Sweetness apparent late that isn't a good thing for me.
Soft mouthfeel, low to mid carbonation. Thin body. Decent length finish.
Good not great.

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