Reissdorf Kölsch | Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf

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87
very good
1,253 Ratings
Reissdorf KölschReissdorf Kölsch
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf
Germany
reissdorf.de

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 11-15-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,253
Reviews:
605
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
11.95%
 
 
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100
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160
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3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Appearance:

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

Smell:

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

Taste/Mouthfeel:

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.

Note:

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 Mercarood
3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice kölsch for on the road

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Reissdorf Kölsch from Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf
3.85 out of 5 based on 1,253 ratings.
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