Reissdorf Kölsch
Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf

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3.89 | pDev: 11.57%
Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf
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jkblr from Indiana

3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL can stamped L20128 (5/7/20 - about 4 months old) poured into a super stange glass at fridge temp, no ABV listed on can. The beer pours very bright golden straw yellow with persistant off white head. The head slowly settles to rocky cap and leaves multiple spots of lacing. The aroma is faint with malt and floral hops. The taste is semisweet & lightly fruity over a pale malt base with a hint of mineral presence. Minimal bitterness with slight floral hop flavor. The mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with just less than medium carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, good.

Aug 28, 2020
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jockstrappy from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear pale straw color. Nose reminds me of sourdough bread on the rise. Flavor profile is highlighted by the combination of bread grain and yeast up front with a mild yet clean hop flavor to balance out the finish. Wonderfully carbonated and clean on the palate. Highly drinkable. Excellent for summertime anything.

Jul 20, 2020
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VABA from Virginia

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a nice head and lacing
Aroma has malt and floral hints
The taste follows the nose with malt and floral flavors
A light bodied very well carbonated crisp beer
A good Kolsch

Jul 12, 2020
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ATL6245 from Georgia

5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Brilliant, clear gold. Fast rising bubbles. Fluffy white head with excellent retention.

Aroma: Mostly grainy malt with a slight floral note. Very pleasant.

Flavor & Aftertaste: Spicy hops and grainy malt. Restrained bitterness. Low on malt sweetness.

Mouth-feel: Soft & creamy. Low on palate carbonation. Short, clean finish with a hint of bitterness.

Overall: World class Kolsch that exhibits typical German brewing precision. Pleasant subtle aromas, easy drinking style. Visually, it is beautiful in a tall Stange glass. Head retention is phenomenal! This is what great beer is supposed to taste like. Hard to find better drinking beers. This sample was an imported bottle that may have aged a bit, so I can't image how good a fresh glass right out of the tap would be. Would drink this one again anytime.

Jun 19, 2020
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle - not dated - poured into a glass lager mug at 38°F.

Pours a crystal-clear, deep straw golden hue, topped with four fingers of foamy white head with a very loose collar. Head recedes fairly quickly, leaving no lacing behind. Plenty of visible effervescence rises up to feed the head.

Nose: A beautiful bouquet of bready, grainy malt with a hint of dusty grain silo, subtle minerality, floral and spicy German hops, and some lagery notes from the yeast come together to create an elegant, yet simple authentic Kölsch aroma.

Palate: The beer greets the palate with bready, lightly sweet malt. The malt is surprisingly full, wholesome, and malty with buttery barley malt and rustic crackery grain. The malt is definitely the star of the show here, but the hops then come in, lending some floral notes, some grassiness, and then shift towards a slightly spicy note. The hops are subtle, and they don't lend any bitterness, which can often be found in American kölsch-style beer. The malty sweetness subsides, and a slightly resinous hop note shows up, before fading into a clean, slightly spicy, slightly crackery grainy finish. Very clean.

Mouthfeel/Body: The beer is light-medium bodied, but with a malty fullness that isn't generally associated with the style - at least the domestic variations. This malty fullness results in a descriptor that I really can't stand using... Smooth. This beer is just so smooth and soft, it almost coats the palate, while remaining light and crisp. Effervescence is zippy and fine, fading into the body a bit towards the finish. Slightly coating.

Overall: This is a fantastic, true, authentic German Kölsch. It's so perfectly balanced and well-rounded, and delivers where it should. It's crisp, snappy, and drinkable, while being full and satisfying. It's malty, it's subtly hoppy, it's fizzy and refreshing. It isn't a complex beer, but it's everything it should be, to the best possible capacity.

May 29, 2020
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Hatchjaw from Washington

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 a cool mug of this fine, fine beer.

May 02, 2020
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Scott17Taylor from Iowa

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.

Feb 19, 2020
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nebula1999 from Connecticut

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.

Feb 16, 2020
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

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)

Nov 19, 2019
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

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.

Nov 01, 2019
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beertunes from Kiribati

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.

Oct 20, 2019
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DrBeergood from Ohio

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.

Oct 17, 2019
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arizcards from Arizona

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!

Aug 26, 2019
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BJB13 from Maryland

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.

Aug 18, 2019
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GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

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.

Jul 27, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

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!

Jul 17, 2019
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57md from Pennsylvania

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.

May 23, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

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.

Apr 28, 2019
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Buck89 from Tennessee

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.

Apr 15, 2019
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gvickery from Texas

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

Apr 12, 2019
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RockHop from Massachusetts

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.

Mar 13, 2019
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thesherrybomber from California

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.

Feb 06, 2019
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Nass from Florida

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

Feb 04, 2019
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MarkCoon from New York

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.

Dec 27, 2018
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leantom from Indiana

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.

Dec 22, 2018
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