Reissdorf Kölsch | Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf

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Reissdorf KölschReissdorf Kölsch

Brewed by:
Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 11-15-2001

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

16 oz. Can

Mellow gold color. A formidable white crown forms, falls pretty quick. Plenty of thin lace left over.

Classic Kolsch nose: sour bready and dry wheat scented malt, sour mash, green veggie salad and slightly herbal hops with cream o corn.

The flavor is classically Kolsch, a very mild but sour malty taste, with corn and wheat
Very subtle hops that have a grassy, herbal effect, clean malt has some wheat aspects, nothing too complex but very effective. I have had more interesting and complex versions, this one comes across as a bit "thin" overall in flavor. Perhaps suffering from a bit of "import itis" . ....maybe not as fresh as it could be. It is in a tall boy can, so you would think the travel might be easier.....(?)

The feel is as light as it gets, very gentle with a long, malty finish that never gets dry. Pretty relaxed, not really crisp with a ling, malty end.

This is a nice change of pace from the big, local Vermont hop bombs I've been into lately. A classic and Authentic German standout. Not a complex or deep brew, but sooo damn easy to drink. The simplicity and balance is the virtue here.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Crisp, but not totally dry. A prominent apple sweetness. Really clean flavor profile nonetheless, with a very slight lingering hop bitterness.

Overall an easy drinker that's somewhat of an apple bomb. Hops help to balance the sweetness and deliver an overall pleasant experience.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap in a half-liter dimpled mug.

Clean and clear yellow, slightly golden, color with a fluffy 1F white cap. Lots of bubbles.

Grassy and floral hop aromas. Herbal and earthy.

Fruity and flavorful. Pale malt, light yeast. Some funk that's tempered by biscuit malt flavor.

Light body with a clean finish and no aftertaste.

I like this style of light ale and this is the real deal.

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Photo of JRed
4.69/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Transparent golden in body with white head. Fresh aroma of grass, grain, light honey, some floral, pine. Tastes of cereal, honey, grass, cornbread. Light bodied with medium carbonation. World class

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Photo of retry4z
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Category #, (a-f), Subcategory (spell out)
5B, Kölsch
Reissdorf Kölsch
Aroma 8/12 Comment on malt, hops, esters, and other aromatics
Moderately high grainy malt aroma with moderate bready and doughy notes.moderate hop aroma with moderate low grassy and floral notes.
Appearance 2/3 Comment on color, clarity, and head (retention, color, and texture)
Light yellow in color, clear with small parts of yeasty sediment. Quarter-inch persistent white head.
Flavor 14/20 Comment on malt, hops, fermentation characteristics, balance, finish/aftertaste, and other flavor characteristics
Moderately high bitterness dominates with moderate floral and spicy hop flavor. Low grainy, bready, and biscuity malt character. Balance is towards the hops, but the malt provides a nice support. Slight oxidation shows through as the beer warmth.
Mouthfeel 4/5 Comment on body, carbonation, warmth, creaminess, astringency, and other palate sensations
Medium-light body with moderately high carbonation. No alcohol warmth detected. Slight chalky astringency that may be due to oxidation.
Overall Impression 7/10 Comment on overall drinking pleasure associated with entry, give suggestions for improvement
Overall a pale, clear, crisp and refreshing beer that encourages drinking with its assertive hop flavor carried by a light malt graininess. The oxidation can be moderated by avoiding splashing the wort and proper bottling techniques.
Overall score 36/50

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Photo of allswells
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I've had this beer both on tap and canned. On tap, it's exceptional and pairs really well with a burger and fries. The canned version was less stellar, but it is still a relatively strong, delicious beer.

Look: Pours a very clear gold with a pretty large head that settles into a thin layer of foam on top. Low to moderate lacing.
Smell: Very biscuity/malty, with the slightest hint of white grape.
Taste: Just like it tastes; lots of biscuit and malt on the onset. It also leaves a delightful, surprisingly strong white grape aftertaste.
Feel: Slightly tacky mouth-feel, but it's what I've come to love!

All in all, a solid beer. Exceptional on tap, but even canned it still offers a really strong showing. Relatively cheap too!

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Photo of jrsqc7
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light head quickly fades leaving little lacing
Bright light malt and sunshiny hops
Soft edges with a good crunch once you get into it
Very good
Very good

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Photo of MattyG85
4.41/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of white head which settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A crisp and bready malt forward aroma with a scent of biscuit, fruit, and floral hops. Bready malt scent of biscuit, cracker, and grains along with lager yeast. Mild fruit hints of apple and grapes. Earthy and spicy hints of German hops. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a crisp and bready malt driven taste with notes of biscuit, fruit, and German hops. Upfront bready malt notes of biscuit, grains, and cracker with some lager yeast. Subtle dried fruit notes of apple and white grape. Earthy and fairly spicy notes of Noble hops. A very nice crisp taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and very smooth.

Overall: A very good German Kolsch. Good crisp biscuit malt flavor with some nice subtle fruit notes.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bavarian Lodge - Lisle, IL
A - crystal clear and golden with a thinner white head that slowly fades to a foam leaving some sticky lacing on the glass
S - grassy hops, white grape & apple, pale malt & a bit of yeast but not much else
T - grassy & spicy hops, pale malt is wheat-like, faint yeast with some faint apple, white grape & peachy flavors on the finish
M - light bodied, ample carbonation, finishes very dry and clean
O - very good Kölsch here. I like it for what it is, but not so sure I'd order it again.
*I hate to tinker with ratings, but after reading more about this beer, it deserved a better score, so I upped it a bit.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a stange.

Deep gold color with a tall, fluffy, white head. Great clarity. Nose is subtle with soft fruit (apple) and spicy hops. Clean, balanced flavor with a touch of white grapes and acidity that helps to cause the beer to finish dry. Very smooth and easy to drink.

Whenever I'm at a biergarten and a friend asks for a recommendation but I know they don't love lagers I steer them towards a kölsch. More often that not it's Reissdorf and that person is always happy with the choice.

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Photo of safaricook
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought in a supermarket near Köln and poured into a stange glass
Crystal clear yellow with stable fluffy head
Spicy hops in the aroma paired with yeast aromas like kiwi and pears, also straw, crackers, hint of butter and even smoke. Surprisingly complex
Crackery malt flavor with spicy hops, super dry, bitterness subdued and very late, crisp
Medium body with prickly refreshing carbonation
I never liked this style before, but this one is really fine

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Photo of Julesburn
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

14 oz tulip Pours very clear, brassy yellow

Smells bready malt with apple juice and Pear

Tasting sweetness of whole wheat bread, apples and pears. Hops are subtle crisp and savory, a whiff of onion. They meter the sweetness and dry the back. Finishes with a nice balance of crackery malt and delicate (forgive me) floral hops.

surprisingly rich for such a clear beer. Medium carbonation. The slightest oily quality but not unpleasant. Easy drinking yet full bodied, ideal Kolsch paradox.

Damn fine.

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Photo of Czequershuus
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a pale straw with a very large head. The aroma start with a base of crackery malts, and then a burst of yeast fruit notes - kiwi, passionfruit, gooseberry - and some spice, green apple, and dusty flowers. The flavor leads with a soft fruitiness - white grape, gooseberry - and soft crackery malts. There is even an odd undertone of blueberry present. The flavor is very light and crisp. Overall, this is a spectacular beer - so layered, complex, and yet also refreshing. The fruity yeast tones are varied and enormously entrancing. This is my first true German Kolsch, and it lives up to and beats the American expressions I have had. Easly one of my favorite styles, and a brilliant example thereof.

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Photo of teromous
4.85/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From the bottom of the can: "L16155 03:57"

Appearance: Crystal clear beer with a light golden body. Ample carbonation supports a very large pure white fluffy head. Perfect head retention. Decent lacing.

Aroma: It has a wonderfully fresh smelling spicy hop aroma with a deep herbal aroma and a bit of a decomposed leaf scent. Very characteristic of noble hops. Impressively fresh smelling especially given that this is imported.

Taste: It has a wonderful sweet grainy flavor that just lingers from start to finish. It supports a light bitterness and delicate herbal character that is fantastic. It balances the sweetness of the beer with this light herbal hop character with surgical precision. It is to the point where I would say it is in perfect balance. There is nothing I can think of to improve the flavor of this beer.

Mouthfeel: This beer is very easy to drink and it compromises nothing to achieve it. It has just enough bitterness to cut through the light sweetness and it has just enough carbonation to keep it alive without being too fizzy. It is light bodied but interesting. The beer is clean and it finishes a hair away from dry. It makes you want to drink it more.

Overall: A fantastic beer. it is the kind of beer that I shake the can a bit to see if there is anymore left. It is interesting and most of all it survived the import process! I would highly recommend this beer if you can find it in a can. I don't have any experience with the bottled version of this beer so I can't speak to that. I highly recommend this beer if you are a fan of light beers but enjoy noble hops. If you want a refreshing enjoyable beer this will hit the spot.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fresh, floral aroma. Crackery malts, somewhat doughy. Sweet smelling. A touch fruity, pear-like. Grassy hops.

Pours light gold with white head. Ok retention and lacing.

Fresh bitter hops upfront followed quickly by sweet doughy malts. Crisp, clean, elegant. Pears and grass. Snappy bitterness. A tinge of minerality.

Light body with medium light carbonation. A hint of creaminess. Finish is dry and minerally.

Great. Light, refreshing with a certain subtle complexity.

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Photo of larryi86
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle poured into a pint

A- Clear golden straw color with a two finger white head.

S- Bread, spicey/earthy hops, hint of light fruits, just enough sweetness fron the malts.

T- Bready, touch on the sweet side, fruity, mainly light fruits, hint of peaches and grapes, just enough floral and earthy hops to balance the beer.

M- Smooth, crisp, light.

O- When I first opened it, it smelled like a crappy mass prodoced lager, but as it warned a little and the head went down the smell really changed to something special. Very easy to drink, great summer beer!

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Photo of Taybeh
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a single into a willibecher, this pours a clear pale yellow, lots of bubbles, with a very good thick white head, good retention, good lacing...looks enticing! Very clean nose, with pale malts and very light toasty grains, the promise of a little mineral earthiness, and some sweet perfumey apple orchard-like notes (both the fruit and the woody smell). The taste and mouthful are quite nice: creamy graininess, some more wood and delicate floral fruitiness, moderate and soft body, fairly high carbonation, crisp finish. Pretty faint with respect to the hops, especially the more spicy notes...more earthy and delicately fruity. What a fabulous summer brew: always intrigued by this style. A decent number of American breweries are putting out a version these is good to be reminded of a hallmark of the style.

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Photo of mickmanhattan
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love this beer. When it's 90 f and humid outside, this is what I order at my snooty watering hole. Completely refreshing. More satisfying in flavor than most kolsch beers. The smell doesn't really exist, but taste-wise, it's like a good beer. I think I may have another.

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Photo of tlema1
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: yellow/gold color, thin lacing white head, lots of bubbles
S: bready, with a slight maltiness
T: clean, earthy, a little spiciness
F: light body, the high carbonation tickles the tongue
O: maybe my favorite Kolsch to date

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This kolsch pours a medium golden color with a thin, frothy, white head. The smell is quite nice with yeast and grain notes that are prominent. The flavor is like the smell would have you believe with the aforementioned flavors as well as an earthiness coming to the forefront. The aftertaste leaves a grainy flavor in your mouth that is accompanied by an assertive, but not overwhelming hoppiness that is somewhat high for the style. The finish is quite dry and the body is medium to light, which is still a little higher than most examples of this style. In my opinion this style is not the most exciting or inventive one, but this beer is a little bit atypical. To me that makes it somewhat intriguing. Like all good kolschs it does have a nice refreshing taste though and is great in the summer. It’s not the best example of the style that I’ve had, though I have not had many that are better and it is certainly worth a try.

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Photo of laketang
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

clear straw with some carbonation and a fluffy white head
I get a subtle hop aroma and a nice dry taste.
I get great sweet biscuit and honeydew flavors from the yeast
thin mouthfeel that is crisp and smooth
very drinkable! this is one of my favorite styles

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Photo of NilocRellim
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a darker yellow colour. Smells malty and slightly sweet, dark-grain smell to it. Tastes clean and crisp, not much to it, light malt taste, bitterness throughout. Very typical Kölsch.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Creamy 1 finger head pale yellow

Nice lemonesque tartness and clean maltiness, no real hops in the nose

Pleasant 2 row pale malt followed by a mild citrus and wheaty tartness

Clean and a tad dry but only subtly

Not the perfect beer for all occasions but absolutely perfect for what it is. Clean, zesty, and light but flavorful I can honestly say I wouldn't change a thing about this beer

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Photo of Beginner2
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had it twice here in the States (notes indicate too carbonated and dry/crisp for me.)
Then last summer, had it on tap in Cologne and the carbonation was OK and the flavors stood out more.

This beer is listed in the "1001"
MJ's 1999 edition gave it 2.5 stars of 4 "has a minty hop aroma; vanilla-like malt flavors and a crisply cedar finish."

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1/30/16 Chicago (500 ML bottle poured into Kolsch glass). Bright gold read pour, mild carbonation lingers for minutes. Nominal white head. Very pleasant aromas of malt, bread, herbs and hops. Nice mixture of bitter hops and somewhat sweet taste. Carbonation retained, crisp with medium to heavy texture and easy going down. Presence much stronger than expected for a 4.4% ABV. Happy to have picked this up, and look forward to future pours.

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