Reissdorf Kölsch | Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf

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Brewed by:
Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf

Style: German Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 11-15-2001

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Reviews by markgoodman10:
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reissdorf Kölsch has a thick, foamy, slightly off-white head, a clear, bubbly, golden appearance, and some pretty thick lacing left behind. The aroma is of pungent barley malt and generalized beer. Taste is of sweet bread, barley malt, a dash of hearty hops, and clean water. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Reissdorf Kölsch finishes crisp, refreshing, mild, and delicious. Overall, this is quite good, and I strongly suggest checking it out.


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Photo of Todd
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

@ Redbones BBQ, Somerville, MA.

Crystal clear golden, active carbonation and a nice and tight white lace. Mild tropical fruit in the nose. Nice, big, malty palate and unusual for such a light looking beer, but welcomed. Dextrin and fruity sweetness run side by side. Fruit notes are tea-like, a bit peachy? Crisp mouthfeel. Hops are present, but not upfront. Light bread flavours, some grain dryness in the finish.

This is one of THE traditional Kölsch beers out of Germany. You can't really say more than that.

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Photo of papaglide
4.72/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

L- foamy two inch whitish head. Bright Holden coloured

S - delicious looking- light, flowery hoppiness , with a tiny sweetish malt background

T - balanced, tasty - a slight spicy hop bite hits you first, then quickly turns into a pleasantly sweet note followed by another small spicy hop.

F - refreshing - slightly light but still somewhat creamy with a teeny carbonated evervescence rolling over the tongue

O - Great beer! I want this in a 12 ounce can and then in 12 packs. This is a tasty yet refreshing brew that will go great with any food. This could be a daily go to beer. Outstanding!

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Photo of Cervisaphile
4.59/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This Kölsch is a prime / premiere example of the style. It deserves its high BA rating, and compared with two other German examples sampled today, it is head & shoulders above them. Seek this beer out whenever you can!

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Photo of J_Snax
4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of the best Kolschs you can buy

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Photo of oberon
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw cior with a pretty good fluffy head,aroma is malty with some fruitiness with the German-like iron aroma.Flavor is softly malty with some nice light fruitiness with a delicate floweriness to it.High quality and easy to drink I would recommend this on a warm summer day for sure

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Photo of RoyalT
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Extremely light orange, more like clear with an orangish tint, and a nice, big, foamy head.

Smell – Very light, fruity hop aroma with some out of place notes of grain. This smells like a bad macro.

Taste – The grain is still there but takes a huge step back from the nose, leaving a nice, light hoppy flavor with subtle hints of fruit. Light strawberries (like you licked them but didn’t eat them) and maybe green apples come to mind.

Mouthfeel – Light carbonation and light-bodied. Everything about this ale is soft and subtle.

Drinkability – This was nice to drink if you plug your nose.

Comments – This authentic Kolsch ale, brewed in Köln, had some characteristics of a very good example. I thought the appearance was right on target, and the soft fruits playing with the light hops was terrific. It missed the mark in other areas though, especially the aroma. A near miss in my book but a good effort nevertheless.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Maduro in Madison, WI. Pale straw color, thin white head. Aromas of englsih muffins and straw. Slight fruitiness (pears and apples I think) in the flavor, plenty of bisquits, and just a touch of spice. Very mild and mellow. Easily downable. Wonderfully refreshing. Can’t wait to sit on the patio at Maduro and drink this come July! Would make an excellent aperitif. It seems to clean and awaken the palate.

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Photo of Zakk
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of PintPiner
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clean malty aromoa plus a touch of fruit.

Finger-width cream white head.

Very pale with lots of bubbles.

Moderate to high carbonation.

Very light, dry mouthfeel.

Crisp fresh malt, very slightly bready, soft bitterish finish. Clean, refreshing, well balanced ale.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of SanFranJake
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into an Imperial Pint glass

Pour produced a crystal clear pale yellow brew with about two fingers of soapy pure white foam. Head dissipates after several minutes leaving a thin layer of bubbles. Good lacing throughout.

Very light maltiness with an undertone of faint grassy herbal notes, presumably hops. The aroma is pleasant, but light.

Initial taste is crisp & clean, light of body, and rather enjoyable. Flavors include yeasty bread notes and light malt. Bitterness is relatively light and very nicely balanced to the malt. Carbonation is also crisp and seems to match everything well. Finish is quick and clean, with a bit of very pale malt in the beginning and a slight herbal bitterness in the linger.

Overall, this is a nice brew. I don't have a lot of experience with the Kolsch style, but this is very crisp and refreshing. Nice brew!

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

A 500ml bottle from Chris at Ebenezer's Pub. A great summer beer. Clear yellow, with a small head. Aroma was mostly grain, with a little fruitiness. Grainy taste, again a little fruit, and a nice sharp hops presence. Just the right amount of sharpness. A very pleasant beer to drink.

11/7/07: recently had this on draft at a local restaurant. Would only add that the beer looked great in a stange.

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Photo of chiefbender
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chip26
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SunDevilBeer
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of generallee
3.6/5  rDev -7%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 500 ml bottle into a tall pilsner glass. There appears to be no abv printed on the label.

Appearance: The body is very clear with some visible carbonation and it has a bright golden yellow color. This is topped off with an average white foam head. The fades quickly leaving a wispy thin film layer that sets up at the edge of the glass and makes some lacing.

Smell: As I was pouring I was getting lots of floral and botanical hop notes with just the slightest touch of citrus. This is backed up by light pilsner like maltiness.

Taste / Palate: The flavor matches the aroma but with the light bready/cracker like maltiness up front and the hops finishing up. Overall it’s fairly clean and crisp. It finishes dry and the palate is light and refreshing.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Fcip78
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Doomcifer
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jason
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 16.9 oz (500 ml) tall slender Euro style bottle with a simple bright red label that really catches the eye. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pale golden straw colour with an intense clarity and a bubbly appearance. Head retention holds its own and after a semi-hard pour it yielded a fully white froth then subsided to a delicate lace leaving occasional rings down the glass.

Smell: Clean aroma, some pale malt breadiness with an extremely clean applely vinous note. Thick soft graininess is the bulk of the nose though a faded peppermint like hop comes through.

Taste: Moderate body with a refreshingly crisp mouth feel from the medium high carbonation. Sweet pale malt with a little fresh cut hay and apple woodiness as well as a bit of minty or pine most likely from the hops. Vague suggestion of vanilla and maple. Flavours are meshed with an unbreakable complexity for such a light coloured brew. Dry pretty much from the get go with a full grainy palate. Crispness keeps the mouth clean, hop bitterness is lightly assertive and enhances the dryness. Dry malt character rides far into the finish with remnants of a piney hop.

Notes: Beyond drinkable, this brew is a great way to wet the appetite whether it is before a meal or the beginning of an all night session of drinking.

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Photo of merlin48
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle pours a clear amber body, with a thick, 2 cm offwhite head. Minimal lacing. Aroma has fresh grass and lemony hops, on top of a smooth malt sweetness. A hint of spearmint is picked up in the background. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. Taste is mostly hoppy lemon and fresh mown hay. The malt is soft and understated, but provides good balance. A decent Kolsch, overall, but I'm not a big fan of this style. Nicely drinkable.

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

on tap at Hallo Berlin in NYC. Light pissy yellow, with a crisp looking white head with not much retention observed, minimal lacing. Nose of hops. Crisp tasting. Clean malt notes, nice and refreshing for a summers evening. Fairly dry and snappy hop fueled finish. Nice quaffer

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