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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 Trambo
4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.56/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Transcribed from undated notes.

This was poured for me and the server produced two fingers' worth of quickly dissipating bone-white head. The beer was a beautiful golden-yellow color with NE-plus quality clarity. The nose was faint with Saaz hops. Mouthfeel was medium with a very dry quality on the tongue. Finish was Zephyr wind-dry with a lingering taste of Saaz hops. For those who have heard me rave about Bryan "Lil Guy" Selders' Kolsch at Neversink just before it sank - this was as close to it as I have found. Very impressive!

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Photo of mikeborglum
4.56/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured from a 500ml bottle: aroma is sweet and grassy, a crystal clear yellow color with white frothy head that reduces but good lacing, a light touch of fruity sourness, a mediium body, creamy texture and lively carbonation, very long, soft and pleasing finish. I really like this beer and could drink these several of these at a sitting!

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Photo of mrgrinch
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - This beer has a beautiful dark yellow color with very rapid and plentiful carbonation. I poured it into a large Kölsch-Stange and it developed a frothy head that remained. The beer itself is clear and looks like gold. The active carbonation calls to me.

Smell - The smell is sweet and reminds me of candy, or sweet rolls.
Taste - Taste is sweet but like bread that is only slightly sweet--not like a pastry.

Mouthfeel - Though the beer is clear in its appearance, the feel of it is more full and almost creamy. Almost heavy in texture, but not overly so. I bet that is why they usually serve it in .2L glasses. It is like a gourmet treat. I enjoyed the carbonation.

Drinkability - A very easy drink, but full of flavor and texture. I feel that it has a bit of a heaviness to it that may limit one from consuming too many of these like some lighter, summer beers. Did I say 'creamy?'

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Photo of EliottJW
4.52/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

After a recommendation coming from one of my most trusted BA friends, I decided I had to try this beer. It's my first kolsch and I have to agree with him when he says that "you can drink buckets of the stuff".

This really is a great looking beer. looks sooo appetizing on this, the hottest day of the year so far (that's actually why I decided to pull it out of the fridge). poored into a tumbler, it's got a stark white, 1 finger head that disappears quickly and sticks at nothing more than a rim around the edge of the glass. I normally would have given a beer that looks like this a 1.5 due to my aversion to light lagers... but on a hot day like this, in the middle of the allstar game, it looks amazing. it's apparent that this beer is QUITE carbonated and even as I'm looking at it from a foot and a half away, I can begin to pick up its deeelightful esters.

it's nice and fruity from the get go. apples... pears... and grilled hot dogs... wait no, my room mate just put the hot dogs on... scratch that. let's stick with apples and pears... a just clap your hands.

it wasn't until I took my first sip of this beer that I realized that this is exactly what I've been waiting for all day! sooo light and refreshing! the esters proved to be a preview to the taste; light and fruity. after the first swallow and 10 seconds or so to see where the aftertaste went, a nice, light, bready yeast introduces itself. it's not overly bready though... really refreshing!

I could drink this beer aaall day long. put this in my had instead of a coors light at an A's game and I'll be in heaven!

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Photo of crossovert
4.51/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poures from a 500ml bottle into an official Reissdorf Kölsch jumbo cylinder glass, one of my favorite glasses. It is a crystal clear straw color with magnificent tiny bubbles rapidly floating to the top and a nice foamy white head that leaves some really nice lacing.

Smell is pretty quaint, a bit of breadiness with very subtle hop.

Taste is crisp and delicious, Kölsches are just the most drinkable brew I swear it is like drinking liquid gold. It has a good medium body that is offset with its brilliant carbonation which equates in my opinion to extremely high drinkablility. Its a great malty beer, and it's got the perfect balance of hops as well. Definitely a bit of bready green apple in here, it ends with a nice dry but bitter hop finish.

I'd say the drinkability on this is even higher out of its "own" glass. These things go down like candy on a hot summer day.

Overall just a wonderful masterfully crafted brew out of Köln brewed in the Kölsch tradition with passion and full attention.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: subtle malt and fruit esters, pils malt, fruits are like pear or other light fruit. Appearance: Pale gold, 2” fluffy head dissipates slowly leaving cathedral window lacing clinging to the glass as you drink it. Flavor: Balance of pils malt, subtle fruit esters, hops, nothing is overpowering or over stated, soft round palate is key, malt is well attenuated, fruity sweetness is very subtle, medium low bitterness lingers into the finish and after taste with the malt, delicately dry, nothing harsh, low noble hop flavor. Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, medium light body, clean, crisp. Overall: everything is subtle but very well balanced, drinkable and well put together.

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Photo of theopholis
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear straw color with decent, very white head. Some retention, but not an enormous amount. Some lacing.

Aroma- Very clean malt nose with a clean grainy undertone. Not much in the way of hops. No off-oders.

Taste: Wow. Initial taste is mostly sweet malt with an excellent mix of hops. The best thing is, the sweetness last though-out, and is very refreshing. Not cloying or overpowering. An amazingly complex, yet pleasant taste.

Mouthfeel- Very good. Excellent body for the style, good carbonation level. The mouthfeel does nothing but accentuate the truly excellent taste of this beer.

Drinkability- I'm not a big fan of this style, but I LOVE this freaking beer.

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Photo of Treb0R
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly amazed at how tasty and smooth this beer is. Any BMC drinker would be completely blown away by Reissdorf Kolsch because it's somewhat similar to the flavors found in your typical cheapo Adjunct Lager, but a million times better. T

The richness and balance of flavor is truly superb. The color is brilliantly light yellow with a nice head, and the flavor/aroma is full of rich grain and smooth hops. High carbonation and light body. The drinkability is perfect. A very fine example of a Kolsch and really, awesome brewing in general .

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Photo of Indybeer
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle. Pours a straw yellow with a nice white head, that receded fairly quickly. Smell of the malt and hops is present but not overpowering. Decent carbonation, a pleasing taste. This would make a great session beer. I could definetly drink this all night.

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Photo of Wobbly
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

A: Golden, crisp appearing Kolsch, with a nice bloom, which lingers for some time.

S: Malty like most of the style, but with nice herbal undertones.

T: Delicious, refreshing beer. Lovely hop to malt ratio. Some faint notes of vanilla?

M: Typical of style. Smooth, but not unsubstantial.

O: One of my favorite examples of this style, Reissdorf Kolsch is usually a very good value. I am usually able to find it for $3 to $4 for a 500ml bottle.

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Photo of clint1019
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Has a pale straw color with a huge frothy head on it.

S - Nothing but a nice spicey aroma from the hops.

T - A very light, crisp, and refreshing malt flavor with a hint of hop spicyness.

M - very dry, light bodied.

O - A very refreshing beer. I wouldn't mind drinking a few of these on a hot summer day.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this again from a 5 liter German keg can, and boy was it good! A golden/yellow liquid flowed out of the tapa nd the head was fluffy and as white as the purest german snow. This head was thicker than the one I got from the bottle, and it also left better intricate lacing patterns as well. The aromas are excellent. This brew has the aromas of lemon peels, light floral hops, and a light biscuity malt flavor. The taste follows suit with the lovely malts up front and in the middle, and the biting hops on the backend with that lingering citrus and biscuit finish. The finish has a wonderful hop bite to it as well. The mouthfeel is light and spirtzy and the drinkability is perfect. A nice kolsch, even better from the German mini-keg cans!

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Photo of Walken
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reissdorf: Kolsch
16.9 oz. bottle: poured into a flute.
Appearance: Brilliantly clear gold with bubbles rushing to the top of the glass, a one finger head is slow to form on a soft pour, it settles down into a fluffy one inch cap on top of the beer with a solid coating around the edges.
Odor: Candied bread and grain husk in the forefront, moderately assertive lemon grass and spice aroma with some sulfur in the background.
Consistency: Firm medium body, very effervescent with a smooth malt palate. Slightly acidic in the finish.
Flavor: Clean bready malt stays in the background but certainly carries the beer, acting as a vehicle for the lemon zest and spice flavors. Finish is clean and crisp as the malt fades away with a snap of citric tartness.

This is a very well executed, straight-forward beer. Qualifies as a truly exceptional lawnmower beer.

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Photo of beerkittycat
4.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is clear yellow-orange with a nice off-white that is rather restrained but settles into a thin ring around the edge of the glass for the duration. Aroma is a complex mixture of flowery noble hops and malt that reminds me of graham crackers or crunchy ginger snaps. Taste is bursting with that same yummy malt that dances nicely with the noble hops. Medium mouthfeel also has a "mineraly" feel to it that leaves a semi-dry finish but the malt and hops still linger long enough for me to savor these wonderful flavors. Hop bitterness is also medium which put everything together spells balance. Right were a kolsch should be. With a restrained ABV of under 5% this makes a great session brew for hot summer days on the lake or beach. I've enjoyed this brew from a bottle many times but it's really something special on tap.

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Photo of Cresant
4.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500 ml undated bottle into a Reissdorf Kolsch glass.

Created a tall head with a vigorous pour. Clear straw color.

Fresh delicate aroma. Mildly metallic. I got a whiff of "feet" as it warmed.

Crisp "puckery" flavor. Nicely balanced. Smooth dry finish.

Mildly "prickly" mouthfeel. Smooth slippery swallow.

Very drinkable. Refreshing, cleansing.

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Photo of goodbyesoberday
4.46/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Clear and very light with a low but lingering head. Very low aroma, estery, cidery and almost slightly solventlike. A soft and light malt flavour with a fruity/winey finish, no percetible hopping. Mouthfeel is smooth yet dry, crisp and clean. Medium carbonation.

Very fresh and light beer with a crisp finish and some light but interesting fermentation flavours.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

0,5l bottle served in a 0,4l Reissdorf Kölsch glass.

Clear yellow color with lots of carbonation bubbles and a foamy white head that thinned out but could be revived with a swirl of the glass.
The aroma is mostly all malt with a touch of earthy hops.
The taste is well balanced.
It's light, crisp and refreshing.
A very easy drinking beer.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I just picked up this beer at a little liquor store in Missouri called Macadoodles.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear pale straw color with a 1/4" head of small white bubbles. The head stuck around for about 30 seconds or so before it was noticeably falling back into the beer. There was a pretty thick ring left a few minutes after the pour.

Aroma: I initially got a clean grainy and noticeably sweet backbone to this beer. There was also a clean floral hop presence in there. I don't really even get any esters from here, and it comes across as a clean Helles as much as anything.

Taste: This beer is super clean and refreshing. There is noticeable malt, and I wouldn't even guess that this was from an Ale yeast. The flavor has a soft hop presence, but the malt is the one calling the shots. The mouthfeel is light with ample carbonation. This beer comes across as light as a sparkling water, yet as refreshing as Gatorade for adults. The finish has no alcohol apparent, and just leaves you with a subtle sweetness to linger.

Opinion: This is a really good beer, and must be a pretty darn fresh example as this is the best example of this beer that I have had. As the beer warms, you realize how complex it is, and to come across this balanced and refreshing is an achievement. This is a hard style to make, and this is a great example. I will certainly drink this beer again, and I can only hope that it is as fresh as this one is.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle into .2L Reissdorf glass.

Pours a crystal clear straw color, lots of effervescence, with a fluffy, pure white head that doesn't stick around too long. Some soapy suds sit on top for a while after.

Nose is a bit fruity, lots of apples, some very light non-descript hops and a bit of sweet grainy malt.

Taste has a great fruitiness up front (apples and maybe a hint of crisp white grape) and all the way through, on top of some nice cereal grains and a light, crisp hop dryness towards the finish. Finish is light, hints at hops and a bit of grain on top of the fruitiness. Lovely.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, crisp but not overdone carbonation never masks the flavor, and drinkability is, as is to be expected of this style, superb. This one more than many others I've tried. Possibly my #1 favorite summer style. Beautiful beer.

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Photo of ckearns919
4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearence: pours gold in color. Crystal clear. White head that settles down to half a finger and leaves no lacing. Pretty much exactly what you expect from the style.

Nose: bright and perfume-like, floral, citrus notes, but floral is what really shines through.

Taste: a faint breadiness that is overtaken immediately by the floral notes you get on the nose. This beer tastes how it smells. And that is a good thing. Finish is dry and extremely clean.

Mouthfeel: very light on the pallet. Extremely clean on the finish. Flavor is not subtle, but it doesn't linger due to the dry finish.

Overall: it's a more or less perfect example of the style. Kolsch beers are obviously fairly limited in scope. They do what they do and do it well. Pretty much the perfect session beer.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a stange.

A: Clear straw golden color. Two fingers of rocky white head retain well in the narrow glass. Lacing clings to the glass in coarse clumps.

S: Grain, touch of dough, and cracker. Delicate, vague fruitiness. Hay. Soft grassy hopping with just a hint of leafy herbs. Very clean.

T: Lightly toasted grains, cracker, and biscuit. Hops are grassy and show more of a spicy herbal edge than the nose suggested. Hint of grape skin fruitiness. Very clean. Grain and herbal hop in the quick dry finish.

M: Light bodied. Aggressive and sharp scrubbing carbonation. Soft creamy texture.

O: This is the measuring stick by which all other Kolsch beers should be judged. Flawlessly brewed.

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Photo of ricke49
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perfect simple Kolsch pleasure. Couldn't be 'cleaner'. Nice malt lingering after taste. Flavors are subtle but excellent. Only potential downside is that I've no idea about the freshness of this 500 ml bottle. Best solution is to buy domestic Kolschs' - but few match the near perfect aroma/taste/feel of this German delight.

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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 ADR
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Out of a bottle at The Muddy Pig, St. Paul, MN...

Light and clear yellow appearance, less than gold but bright on a sunny afternoon. Nice head, lasts at 1/2 an inch for a good amount of time. Ample but simple laces. Bracing aroma, cider-like in apples and less-than-ripe pears. Light body, carbonation is crisp but not getting excessive. Flavor is nice, dry as baking powder biscuits before the butter, cracker-like and featuring cutting hop aridity. If the hops were more pointedly sharp, this brew would be almost Pilsner-like. Finishes with a snap and a message something like "this beer just balanced itself -- try it again and see"...really drinkable.

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Reissdorf Kölsch from Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf
3.85 out of 5 based on 1,211 ratings.
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