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

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, pale gold color with a small off-white head that doesn't stay for long.

Smell: Aroma of heavy malt, with hints of sweetness and fruit. A bit of a toasted smell. Almost no hop aroma.

Taste: Has a big malt flavor with the usual Kolsch fruitiness. There's a nice toasted character in there as well. I also pick up on a bit of a straw/hay flavor. Finishes with just a hint of sweetness. Very delicate, but that's what it's supposed to be...

Mouthfeel: Combines a thin thickness with a crisp, semi-dry mouthfeel. Goes down smooth.

Drinkability: Pretty high for the style. This is a very refreshing brew and would be something I could drink several of in the summer. Good stuff.

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

The original Kolsch in a Reissdorf Stange from a 500mL bottle.

A: Pale yellow. Pile of fluffy white head. Tons of carbonation.

S: Sweet, almost grapey, malt. Light and fruity.

T/M: Light, sweet, and fruity. Solid amount of carbonation. Dry and refreshing taste. Perfect for the summer.

D: So drinkable that I can't tell that I'm drinking it (if that makes sense). The glass is empty, full, and empty again before I even notice. Refreshing and perfect.

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

11.2 oz bottle

Pours a clear yellow color with a soapy sticky white head. Corny pale malt in the nose with a slight bitter hop twang, light but very balanced and inviting. This beer is the definition of 'clean', fresh flavor, roasted pale malt, light grassy-ness and bitterness from the hops. Light in body, great carbonation and extremely high drinkability. I think i just found my new lawn mower beer without a doubt.

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Photo of Thrasher
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have enjoyed this on tap at Zum Schneider in NYC, but am currently sampling from the bottle; not as good as on tap, but splendid nevertheless. Clear, light golden color with full head that settles, unassuming aroma. Clean, grainy taste with big grassy malts and just the right dry hop sparkle. In the bottle this tastes less like a Kolsch and closer to a golden lager or pilsner. Refreshing and very drinkable, yet dry and clean. Does wonders for settling the stomach. I think this is the only true German Kolsch you can get Stateside, and it's a fine representative.

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Photo of biernuss
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My bottle poured out a nice golden color with a nice head which remained for a good while. It might be my nose but there was nothing exceptional about the smell of this brew. However, I did enjoy the beer itself. It was crisp with enough carbonation to liven up my tastebuds. This , to me, would be a nice beer to have when you're going to enjoy more than one.

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Photo of Nucleozoid
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Vigorously poured in a .5 liter glass beer mug, classic crystal clear golden beer color, tiny bubbles, white frothy head - slight lacing down the glass.

S: Crisp and clean.

M: Very crisp, medium high carbonation.

T: Subtly complex, slight hop presence, dry and palate cleansing.

A very pleasant experience. Very drinkable - makes for an outstanding session beer.

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Photo of farrago
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pure bone white head that dissolves into a patchwork quilt across the surface, the lacing holds on in a spotty manner too. Bright yellow color with a green streak, while fully transparent there's nothing that makes you think it is pale or dilute. Very fresh and open nose, sliced white bread, golden wheat, green corn husk, orange infused spring water, while on the hops side of things there's nothing bitter nor biting about the nose, just a gentle unfolding of "beer" inside your nostrils. Medium-bodied, with feeling carbonated it swells inside the mouth and takes up as much space as possible, just not pushing down into the tongue. Moderately sweeter with elements of pink grapefruit, orange citrus and pineapple, nectarine, peach fruit. None of which dramatically change the overall dry and crisp character of the beer for here the hops are indeed bitterer and add a nice vibrancy to the mouthfeel. There's a toasted, powdery quality to the malts like sticking a wet finger into malted milk powder. Flavor is not what this beer is about, it's texture, movement and quenching your thirst.

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Photo of udubdawg
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

pours a very pale yellow, topped by a half inch of white fizzy foam that fades immediately to a ring. aroma is pleasant but light. Light general fruitiness among a sort of husky grain aroma. I am not sure I get any hop here. Flavor is better than decent, more of the same with more hop. Bitterness is almost balancing, could be 10-20% higher and be better IMO. Still a bit fruity in the hop area, slight herbal. Not a pilsner-type spicy to my palate. Drying on the tongue in the finish, along with slight lingering bitter and plenty of carb. body is light but not thin, carb refreshing, no off flavors...and at the same time nothing to write home about. Nicely fills the gap between pilsner and golden ale.
I've had it before and will have it again, but doubt I'll ever seek it out.

8/4/14 - FINALLY a bottle that is only slightly past ideal age. it took years to run into one...bumped up score from 3.73. Bet it would be higher a few months ago...

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Photo of PEBKAC
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hard enough finding any sort of Kolsch around here, got lucky, & caught one on tap on the way home @ Sunswick. Nice place btw. :)

The pour was a little spritzy, but the golden yellow color sure looked appetizing, regardles of the heat outside. Very little head, but that just meant a quicker transition time to my coaster. :D

There was a big whiff of grass & assorted springtime flowers comming off the top. So very refreshing, & I didn't even take a sip yet.

Flavor was a pinch of grass, earth, & a lovely, almost sour-like malt that rides along a zesty pinch of hops from beginning to end; very crisp.

Mouthfeel wasn't as sparkling light & clean as the color indicated it might be(just a hint heavier), but it was more satisfying for it. Still so easy to drink.

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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 bpwatl
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this beer at a festival in Germany about 35km from Cologne. Of course, goes w/out saying that the draft in Germany is better than the bottles here in the states.

I find the bottled version to have a bit more bite to it than the draft version. Also, one of the finer kolschs that I've had.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

330ml brown bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester. Pours a very light straw yellow with a half inch of off-white head that quickly dissipates. Smells slightly biscuity and fruity. Tastes fruity - some citrus, maybe peach? Notes of grassy hops. Great sweet aftertaste. While the flavors are fairly subtle, it's complex enough to keep things interesting and aid heavily in the drinkability. Very light in body with light carbonation. Possibly the most drinkable beer I've ever had. Perfect for a long hot summer day.

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Photo of sleazo
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a glear golden colour with a bigfluffy pillowy head that pushes slightly above the rim of my stange. A torrent of medium sized bubbles pour up from the bottom keeping that fluffy head in place. Lacing is strong. This is what a commercial beer should look like.

S-lovely bitter grassy hops with a twinge of yeasty bread.

T-Slightly fruity, with a pleasing grassy hop bitterness throughout. A very clean taste but not as much as corresponding lagers. the bready/yeast taste that comes through in the aftertaste is a testimony to that. A superior Kolsch

M-Light bodied but with a nice creaminess from that everpresent head. the carbonation is no harsh but sort of soft and beguiling.

T-This is a high quality beer. I find myself really loving a good Kolsch on a hot summer day. As somewhat of a seasonal drinker this one is always welcome during the dog days.

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Photo of cokes
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Misty straw bodied below a sizzling and rapidly descending white cap. Streams of tiny CO2 bubbles.
Pale malty nose. Minorly bready with undercurrents of peanuts and parched grass hop notations.
Simply complex and complex in its simplicity. Very dry, yet underscored by the perfect amount of fleeting sweetness. Loads of pils malts. Betraying the pale exterior, this is a malt-leaning brew, for sure. Plain donut breadiness. Hopping imitates the long-bladed, dessicated stalks of the grassland in drought season.. Hay bails under the early September sun.

Solidly built. Perfectly built, in fact. Sturdy yet delicate.
Downable by the bucket-full.
Awesome Kölsch.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light and sweet malts along with some hops. It's very simple but very nice.

T: The taste is very straight-forward and simplistic, which is want you look for in a Kölsch. It starts out with bready malts and a slight sweetness. Then some spice and hops come in and provide a good balance. The after-taste is bready.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, excellent representation of style, this is a very good beer to drink for a whole evening.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into a .5 L hofbrau stange. No bottle date noted. straw gold w/perfect clarity. Decent white head dissipates to a nice collar and lacing.
S: fruitiness jumps out-lemony? Also some spicy hops and doughy/bready malts. Spot on for style.
T: superbly balanced, the light bready pale malt sweetness is gently washed out by a very smooth hop bitterness and co2. Finish is crisp and begs another sip. After posting and reading the review below mine, I am totally getting the grape-like taste, and I like that juicy/fruity aspect.
M: perfectly carbonated. Just over light-bodied. Effervescent mouthfeel but not too light, prickly, and unsubstantial if that makes sense.
D: I could have a few of these, the nice german pale malts and fruity esters from the yeast, the kiss of balancing hops...very nice, especially at only 4.8% abv.

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Photo of WoogityBoogity
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a brilliantly clear golden straw color. White head dissipates quickly.

S - Low Pils malt aroma. No hope aroma. Very faint sulfur odor. Faint fruity esters present when aerated, but don't retain.

T - Balance is quite neutral, with attenuated malt profile and mild bitterness. Finish is dry and complimented with a pleasant 'tangy-ness'. Noticeable mineral character.

M - Very crisp finish, medium-light body. Above average carbonation. No warming from alcohol.

O - An excellent Kolsch. Pure and true to its heritage. You can't help but feel this is what many domestic brewers have attempted to copy. Drinkability is excellent.

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Photo of jakester
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a pilsne glass.

Pours a bright yellow with tiny little floaters occasionally going by. A two finger head of white bubbles forms, falls to tiny islands and a ring, with scant lacing.

Aroma is of light bready pils malt, maybe very slight DMS, (probably intentional), and barely there spicy hops. Smells great; right on style. Not fruity at all. Smell lasts the whole beer.

Tastes just like it smells. Lightly breadymalt, just there hop bitterness, faint spicy hop flavor, some residual sugar, and not fruity at all. Aftertaste is bready and slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel is low to medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. There is some residual sweetness, but the beer is fairly crisp and refreshing. Finish is short.

If I understand the style correctly, this beer is right on. The delicate flavors are beautifully done, with the malt shining brightly. I really like this beer, and this style. I need to try more kolsch.

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Photo of brother_rebus
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The malts shine through almost like hops would. So fresh, toasty, grainey. Almost like chewing on rice-puffed Kashi cereal covered in a watered down simple syrup (in a good way). Perfect carbonation too. So refreshing. Could down twelve of these before breakfast. Yum.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a mug at Pizza Paradiso DC.

Like out of the bottle a simple white head is given and slowly rising carbonation from the body. Gold and lemony almost shiny polished brass and crystal clear. Some minimal lacing left while drinking and leaves a solid puck all the time, looks great.

Bouquet is small malt and a little bit of sweetness and grain sense. Good, solid, and simple.

Mild bitter at first but once again that huge white bread finish on the swallow, with a crisp tangy feeling. Much like out of the bottle but better, the bread taste is bolder, and there is even an almost canatalope melon aftertaste as well.

Overall this is a fantastic summer brew and an ultimate beat the heat thirst quencher. Love it, great!

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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 SacredBeverage
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a slender Euro-style bottle.

A: A great looking gold straw-like color, perfect clarity and very crisp looking with a nice thin head.

S: An aroma of hops, barley, and a slight fruity smell of lemons. Again, very crisp and refreshing.

T: A nice refreshing bitterness of hops, with some notes of fruit and grain. Crisp, clean, and refreshingly light and smooth. Awesome finish.

M: The mouthfeel is very smooth. Great for the style and for beer period.

D: I could definitely sit and have 3 or 4 of these, great drinkability.

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Photo of gpogo
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Clearish light yellow body. Large white head that dissipates to a respectable ring and foam top.

A- Grainy sweetness. Something grassy or herbal though?

T- Sweet and slightly bitter with a mostly dry finish.

M- Light body with a moderate to high carbonation.

D- A very enjoyable Kölsch.

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Photo of pentathlete
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous golden color in the collins glass. Plenty of bubbles and a large rocky head dominate the view. Nice crisp sweet odor. The taste started clean and sweet (but not cloying) and then a balance of hops hit without destroying the malt goodness. The finish was crisp and dry. Mouthfeel was light to medium as expected for the style. An exceptionally easy quaff. When I can find it, I'll have some on hand as an excellent alternative to the big or hoppy beers. Refreshing and tasty.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a damn good beer. This is the best of a very subtle and delicate style. Pours to an impossibly clear yellow color, bejeweled by carbonation. Has very thick effervescent white head that sticks around for quite some time, though it doesn't lace too well. Looks quite impressive, that is if you aren't offended by clear beer.

The smell is quite wonderful as well. Has a nice flowery, herbal hops bouqet. Very clean. No esters, but a very light and fine malt aroma. Has a bit of a vegetal lager aroma to it as well.

The taste is good, as one would expect from the nose. Very clean. No esters, only a very subtle dry pale and pilsener malt flavor. A very nice crisp floral hops bitterness provides most of the flavor.

The body is very light, like drinking a carbonated water. The taste is very clean, washing the flavors away quickly. Quite a drinkable beer for those who can truly appreciate subtlety.

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Reissdorf Kölsch from Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf
3.85 out of 5 based on 1,216 ratings.
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