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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 mikeg67
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle. Pours golden, with a large white head and soda like carbonation. Aroma of pear, light perfume hops and some malt. Medium, crisp body with light perfume hops, juicy malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Practically no finish. Should be good, refreshing, not memorable, summer beer.

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

Its become unavoidable, in this week's visit to Köln, for me to believe the word kölsch as a synonym with mediocre. That's my opinion when I think of this brew which rather impersonates a simple, light bodied lager like brew with a hint of a refreshing acidity to it. However, it is in itself rather flat despite the head; rather tasteless despite the properties, and without even an overdoing in the hops- which is a general way to pick them up the ground. I'm done with reissdorf for a while or a lifetime, even if coming back to cologne.

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

Appearance: Straw-gold; slightly cloudy; effervescent; small head

Aroma: Slightly sweet; bready; faint alcohol; grassy

Taste: Slightly sweet on start; leads to slightly dry, hoppy flavor; not overpowering; smooth overall, but not overly complex; refreshing, though

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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

a: nice gold color with decent movement but very minimal head

s: light sweet malt scents with a very delicate hop afterthought

t: pretty subtle, tastes of straw and sweet grains

m: a little syrupy with medium carbonation

d: not amazing but definitely pretty decent for a style that is overall uninspired

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Photo of aleigator
3.01/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours a crystal clear golden color, with a froth, huge white head.

Smells of wheat, wet hay, grainy bread and garden herbs. Smells pleasantly fresh, while not being able to provide too much depth on the nose.

Has a creamy mouthfeel with a lively, refreshing carbonation, highlighting perfectly the beers light body.

Tastes of wet white bread, sweet hay, from which a soft toffee sweetness evolves and a mineralic note. There is a faint hop accent, which almost gets completely swallowed by the far more prominent malts.

This stays refreshing due to its bubbly carbonation, while it finishes one dimensional, with an almost complete hop absence. Extremely light bodied.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.02/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a golden straw color. The head starts off a little over one finger high, with a white shade; it ultimately fades to a thin film after a couple of minutes.

S: There's not only a subtle sulfur note here, but also a mineral quality as well. There's also a slight presence of stone fruit esters here. Not much here, good or bad in general - however, this is by no means the freshest bottle, so it's hard for me to decry the (lack of) aroma.

T: I really wish this was fresh(er), but I knew exactly what I was getting into buying this. Thankfully, it's held up acceptably. There are still enough hops clustered on the front end to balance the sweetness of the malts (and likely, cereal grains) near the finish. Fruit esters are very subtle; I'd enjoy it if they were more prevalent here. Faintly buttery at times, also.

M: Can't fault the body here: it's light, crisp, and easy to drink. It's also well carbonated without being over the top. My only nitpick is that the finish could be a little drier.

O: Just as I said, I bought this not expecting a top-caliber kolsch, but wondering how good this could still be after being on the shelf for over a year. It's held up enough to where it's still a competent (if unimpressive) example of the style. I plan on re-reviewing this.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a one-finger white head, fades quickly but leaves some lace. Clear, golden amber color with a faint hoppy nose. Medium carbonation, starts with a balance of hops and malt and makes a hoppy finish. Clean and light bodied. $2.50 for a 500ml bottle.

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Photo of MONKandTUCK
3.04/5  rDev -21%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- A birght straw color, amazing clarity. Delicate lacing. Thick foamy, persistent head. Clearer than my windshield mirror. The perfect image of beer.

A - Confusing. This is very bready. It's clean, not much yeast. Still, I pick up the scent of fresh-from-the-oven rolls. There's no hops - as expected. And not yeast - very unexpected. Kinda throws the perception of something chewy and malty.

T - Some grassy Pils flavor followed by the taste of pear jam or cobbler. This finish is oddly fruity. This beer doesn't have the baking-dough quality of English Ales, but it finishes as fruity as a street bazaar. This ale is almost closer to a Wit than anything British.

M - Drinkable. It's less than 5% alc and not terribly carbonated. I cannot complain about the body. Still, I don't find it favorable.

O - Nice to try, but I am not sure it was worth the price. The fruitness of it didn't win me over. I would welcome this beer in the summer months, but beyond the un-aspiring qualification of thirst-quencher, this beer offers little.

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Photo of Sammy
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bit of cheesy aroma greets you on a pale yellow lager with moderate head. Fair taste, a tad sweet and dry but satisfying. Smooth somewhat creamy and drying mouthfeel, I have had much creamier kolsch and want something hoppier as well. At 4.8% a session ale and a good summer lawnmower choice.

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Photo of Weizenmensch
3.06/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Although two breweries in my town provide their interpretation of the Kölsch style, it's nice to have a real German one once in a while, even if it is exactly eight months past the mindestens haltbar bis date (15.10.06). Also, I'm drinking from a 0,33L bottle, not the halbe Liter bottle pictured above.

A: Clear straw body with a head of very fine bubbles, low-moderate carbonation (also very fine), strong lacing but fairly low head retention. I would have hoped it would hold a head a little bit better.

S: As soon as I started pouring this brew, the strong, distinctive, sweet smell of pear hit me. Pear esters are unusual and pleasing. In the glass, there are aromas of dried apple, slightly grassy-and-skunky Hallertau hops, and possibly date. More fruity than I expected, and quite different from the two locally-brewed Kölsches!

T: This doesn't taste as interesting as it smells. This is clearly a beer that's better consumed fresh - perhaps that's why there's a law in Germany that you can't brew a Kölsch more than 50km from the Cologne Cathedral - so more people will drink it on tap or at least on site.
Anyway, I'm unhappy with this. Based on others' reviews, I'll try it again, but not the way out of date imported variety.

M: From the first sip, the mouthfeel is disappointingly flat. Maybe it's the beer's age, or maybe it tastes like that normally. A pity.

D: It goes down all right, if they all tasted like this I'd probably be sick of Reissdorf after two or three - hopefully I can go and live in Cologne one day and give this ale a more thorough review there!

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Photo of UnionMade
3.06/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer arrived looking a slightly hazy golden yellow, with a thick frothy white head. The head died down fairly quickly, leaving only a thin ring around the edges.
Aroma is malty, with a solid german hopping. Clean, with little esters. Simple, but everything was in it's right place.
Flavor is initially malty, with hops appearing about halfway through the sip and finishing the beer crisp and clean. Almost no aftertaste, save a touch of pale malt. Well carbonated and refreshing. Kolsch is a wonderful style, when it's done correctly...

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Photo of cbl2
3.06/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Pours a clear pale gold with a half inch of white head that leaves behind tiny lace as it settles slowly.


Crisp and clean with a faint amount of malt presence. Hops are not detectable.


Very macro beer like. No flavors jump out and proclaim themselves. It is clean, and drinkable, with a whiff of floral flavor on the finish, preceeded by bland uninspiring malts. Not worth a second glance.


I haven't had a German brew in a while, and I'm beginning to think the 1516 Bavarian law has boxed them into making beers just to style, but with no inspiration. There was nothing at all special about this beer. It wasn't that it was bad, it just was...

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Photo of OatherS
3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from a four pack purchased at John's Grocery. Red labeled bottle.

Appearance: Very clear golden color. One finger head that faded somewhat quickly.

Smell: Somewhat of a normal "beer" smell. Nothing extroidanary.

Taste: Similar to the taste it does not bowl me over with the "Kolsch" flavor I expect.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and somewhat foamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Since it is difficult to want to have another one of these since you are expecting and hoping for the Kolsch flavor, I realy am not that impressed.

This Reissdorf is interesting because I had another one of these that was much better and much more Kolsch like. Interesting.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear straw yellow with a decent fluffy white head - average, but not off-putting. Aroma is average strength, malty and just a tad watery. However, the aroma is this beer's weakest aspect. Flavor is strong, crisp and malty with a fruity overtone. Texture is smooth, lively and fizzy.

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Photo of stevoj
3.09/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a stange, a little deeper golden than the Fruh, with a one finger airy head. Aroma and flavor not quite as strong as the Fruh, mouthfeel slightly watery and aftertaste flat.

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Photo of surcorx
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is rich yellow with a slight foamy head that quickly dissipates. It is exactly what one would expect for this style. The smell is more complex than one might expect however. It is filled with subtle tones of herbs, cheap chardonnay, fruit and medicine. It's taste is not much different. But that is not such a bad thing. It is a refreshing drink. You could drink several of them on a warm day. It reminds me of most American beer. It is clean, refreshing, watery and very drinkable. The only problem I have is that it has an odd taste of mold buried in the mix that I find obviously objectionable. I would drink another though if it presented itself.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reissdorf Kölsch. Brown Bottle. Red Oval Germanic looking main label. 500ml.

Appearance: A very light, straw golden color. The exceptionally clear presentation coupled with its pale aura may put some off with its overall “watered down” look. Very thin white head that surrenders quickly to a clinging scum covering.

Smell: Dominated by a toasted biscuit malt, but by no means strong. Quite light in strength. I keep inhaling – but there is not much else.

Taste: Again, it has a malt characteristic with some toasted aspects. Dry and short lived, the taste finishes with a delicate fruitiness. Laid back, a little too laid back for my preference.

Mouthfeel: Astringent but very thin, unassuming presence which lacks confidence. Crisp and Clean.

Drinkability: Highly quaffable, due more to its light character rather than its attractive taste profile. It makes a good, very refreshing bier for the hot Southern Californian afternoons.

Overall: Whilst I appreciate that this is a Kölsch Bier, I feel that it is just a little too delicate, I would have liked it to have a bit oomph in both the Nose and the Taste. Still, it is not a bad offering.

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Photo of BierReise
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Never had this style but it seems just like any German lager to me. Does have a sight hop presence in the aroma but only slightly bitter tasting. Kind of bland for an ale with little flavor. Fresh tasting none the less and a good thirst quencher that went well with a German style lunch.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.11/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Finally trying this sucker out! $3.99 at Beertopia, let's hope this is good!

A : Pours a golden yellow color with a slight haze, dwindling the transparency down to 80%. The head starts off large at 3 fingers and then when given time to settle, stops at about 1/2 finger. It's a very creamy looking ring right now, very appealing. There is lace on the sides of the glass.

S : Yum. Lots of Bartlett pear and crisp Fuji apple, with a touch of honey and a faint grassiness behind it. It's actually making my mouth water it smells so good. This is what a true Kolsch should smell like, has the appropriate volume, and is a shining example for the style. I'm giving a generous 5 here. Time to dig in.

T : The taste is much less appealing. Sour malts mix with straw and dead grass, leaving off on a pasty hop barnyard note. There's faint apple in the taste, but it's so faint, it could just be my nose picking it up again. My palate is clean, I just can't believe how disappointing this is.

F : Refreshing and clean, as a Kolsch should be, medium bodied, and ends crisp and dry, but leaves a pasty coating on the mouth not unlike flour or chalk.

O : I hate it when the first two categories build up to something so incredibly mediocre and depressing. I've had better Kolsches and they were less than half the cost of this one. I was expecting a total home run once I got to the nose, but by golly it deceived me. It's like going into a bakery, smelling fresh baked bread and they give you burnt toast instead. Disappointing.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.12/5  rDev -19%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There was nothing all that special that stood out with this beer.It was just an easy drinking beer with no outstanding characteristics to rave about.It was just another beer.It poured a small sized white head with fine-medium sized bubbles that quickly dissipated.The body was clear with slowly rising carbonation with a straw yellow hue.The nose was malty and hoppy and some fruit notes?The flavor a little bit acidic with some hops notes.It had a thin, watery texture to it and it was also smooth and light bodied.There was virtually no lacing.

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Photo of mpyle
3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

App - Very pale gold, brilliantly clear. Moderate sized white head, creamy and with good retention.

Aroma - a bit of noble hop aroma, and some subtle malt. Very slightly fruity (apple), but overall quite clean.

Flav - A disagreeable bitterness from the start, with a bit of copper penny late. Finishes dry and bitter, and a bit papery (oxidation)

MF - Medium body and carbonation. Some definite oxidation character felt on sides of tongue

D'ability - Not sure how long this beer sat on the shelves in Boulder, but clearly not fresh. Age of samples makes flavor and MF reviews potentially not representative. I poured out the last half of the 500 mL bottle - enough said.

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Photo of PintPiner
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
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 DCon
3.17/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on-tap @ the iTap House in Chesterfield, MO for $5. Tapped from the an Unknown Looking Handle (I was not @ the bar anymore at this time) into a 200ml Reissdorf Kolsch Stange Glass.

Aroma- Very weak aroma... Light malts (maybe?) and a bit of grains. Might have a hint of some sweetness but man, had to stick my nose in the glass making myself look like a dumbass in front of my friends.

Appearance- Received without a head here... Not sure what was up with this! Was the lightest golden color body you could get with clarity beyond normal (almost could compare to water). Couple of suds were left behind but definitely no lacing.

Flavor- Easy wheat taste from the beginning with light malts. Almost has an apple taste that is light again. Very clean tasting and doesn't have any type of bitterness whatsoever.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, Weird amount of Carbonation here (was light I felt in the beginning but then seemed highly carbonated...), Smooth, and very poundable. Nothing comes to mind here but a nice, classic pilsner but lighter bodied.

Overall Impression- If I were to take my friends to iTap that only usually drink BMC product, I would suggest this one to them because it was boring and could drink the shit out of it. Really wasn't my cup of tea but I will still call it average. Had even a hint of apple that was interesting but too light to even pick up any ingredient list from this brew.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

5L keg at our Septoberfest party. Pours a clear pale yellow color with noticeable bubbles and a medium white head that dissipates steadily. Small patches of lacing. The aroma is grassy hops with mild malt. Light, clean body with hops, straw and sweet malt flavors. The finish is moderately hoppy with a sweet malty aftertaste. Decent all around, although I am not sure it justifies the higher price tag given other domestic Kölsch choices are just as good.

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Photo of jp62099
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first Kolsh, and I'm left a bit curious??? Should PBR be given the distinction of Kolsh? Don't get me wrong I think PBR is a drinkable beer, as is Reissdorf.
The appearance is golden, with a nice head, very fizzy. Smell is malty, grainy, clean, not much hop presence. Taste is crisp, refreshing, malty sweetness, just enough hop for balance.
I could see this on a summer day in Koln with the steeples of the ancient cathedral in the background quaffing away without a care in the world, but I'm not in Koln, and it's 3$ a bottle, and well, PBR is not. If you like the fact that you are drinking a German beer then by all means enjoy, but I think for what it is there are a lot of beers that are similar and as drinkable.

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Reissdorf Kölsch from Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf
3.85 out of 5 based on 1,217 ratings.
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