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

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Added by Todd on 11-15-2001

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Photo of joepais
3.21/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Walked into my local beer store and it buy a beer get a glass
So a 500 ml bottle poured into a proper glass poured a pale golden yellow with a thin white head

Strong yeasty banana aroma fills your nose

Mouthfeel is full and creamy just the right amount of carbonation hit your tongue.

Is this what a Miller lite suppose to taste like? that’s what it reminds me of

Well It’s the first Kölsch that I tried I think it would be a good beer to turn someone on to the thrills of imported beer that drank Miller

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.21/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Thin head with lots of lacing on a clear golden body. Aroma is light with light malt and sweet corn. Flavor is more of the same. Not boasting a very strong flavor but consistent with the style. Light bodies and high carbonation. Drinkable and fuller than most in the genre.

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Photo of BrewnZ
3.22/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Bright gold, white persistant head - served in a straight sided Reissdorf Kolch glass.

Smell: Soft malt the signature of kolch yeast.
Taste: Mellow malt followed by mineral - chalky middle and kind of a harsh finish. Some lingering, unpleasant hop bitterness with oxidized character.

M: Light bodied

Drinkability: Not nearly as drinkable as the beers I sampled in Koln. It is apparent there has been some damage done in transport - but I tend to hold import to the high standard of consuming them in the country of origin.

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Photo of oelergud
3.22/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown 11.2oz glass bottle, pry-off cap and a red and gold label.
Clear transparent straw golden body. White small to medium bubbled head with good retention and lace.
Sweet white bread and grain scent, mild and light.
Lightly hopped bread flavor. Good. hoppy and harsh aftertaste.
Medium body and a dry finish.
Good drinkability. A mild and easy to enjoy brew.


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Photo of KeefD
3.24/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear macro yellow color with a decent three finger head that recedes quickly leaving behind very little lacing. Strong aroma of skunk and and husky, grassy grains. Smells a little over-cooked. I'm not sure how old this bottle is but it doesn't smell very fresh. Tastes of grainy malt, slightly bitter, a little fruitiness, some lemon zest, and hints of honey. Very grassy and slightly spicy hops. Smooth and creamy on the tongue, not much in the way of carbonation. I would like to try a fresher bottle, as this one seems to have some age on it, but it's pretty tasty and easy to drink, nonetheless.

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Photo of froghop
3.24/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

purchased at haggen's in burlington, washington.

pours a clear pale yellow with a thin white head.

smell is of grain, citrus, light corn.

taste is crisp, tad sweet grain, corn syrup, bit on the hoppy side, ends nicely sour.

overall i nice brew and was enjoyable.

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Photo of stcules
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden limpid, clean appearance, with the typical white and compact head.
The smell is quite light, tending on the malty side, and less to the hoppy one.
Anyway, fresh, even if a bit less than others kölsch, less dry.
And a not great drinkability.
Well, it is still a vry good beer.
Some more bitterness in the aftertaste.

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Photo of SirSketch
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has a very translucent yellow color with head that has the consistency of soda pop fizz. The smell is mainly of corn husk and grains. The taste has more corn husk characteristics and a decent amount of malty sweetness. Very light in body, crisp, and refreshing.

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Photo of scooter231
3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden color with a slight amount of head, and no lacing to be found. An interesting looking sudsy pattern persists on the top layer of the beer through the drinking duration.
Smells floral and sweet, slightly earthy. Maybe a tich of hops coming through, very subtle though.
Taste is full of sweet malt and subtle fruits. Some hops in the background, nothing overpowering though. Overall is sweet but dry, with some more earthy/pineyness going on. At the end there's a slight ickyness that I don't like- not sure what it is, but it takes away from the beer overall.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, smooth, bubbles throughout. Overall a drinkable beer, easy and light, but that aftertaste just kills something for me.

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Photo of walleye
3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

from the 500ml bottle. poured a yellow, with a medium sized white head that left no lacing. aroma, a mild yeast and malt aroma with some sour citrus and a hint of skunk but not bad. flavor sweet, malt, and hops, a slight bitterness, and the good thing no skunk. this was a very easy to drink before I knew it it was gone

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Photo of DogFood11
3.27/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wow this is totally transparent, highly filtered and pale. Massive amounts of carnonation support a slight head but it does leave trace lacing with each pull.

For such a light colored beer I wasn't expecting the solid malted backbone but it delivers a soft bready profile. Hops are at least enough to grab my attention, smooth. A light fruity presence slips its way past the hops for a second. Some grainy qualities exist as well. Nice crisp dry and clean finish.

I could session this for the right price. I'll drink it in Germany.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a straw-gold with a sparse, patchy white layering. Visible carbonation was very light.

S: a subtle and mile noble hoppiness with fresh grains and a mild dry fruitiness.

T: a spicy and sweet malting before yielding to a dry floral and light citrus hopping. There was a light herbal grassiness and fresh grain husks as well.

M: light, crisp, dry with a light floral bitterness hop fade.

D: A dry, crisp, and clean kolsch with a fair and moderate drinkability. Didn't really leave an impression though.

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Photo of chinchill
3.29/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the 2013 Atlanta German Bierfest

Clear light gold with plenty of rising carbonation bubbles. Topped by a proportionate and very durable head.
Appealing but very light aroma with hops and light malt in balance. More hop presence in tasting.
Light body with medium carbonation.

O: Good representative of this very mild style beer.

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I don't beleive I've had any prior experience with the Kölsch style, so this should be a first for me. From what I gather Reissdorf Kölsch is supposed to be one of the best examples of the style. We shall see, won't we?

Reissdorf Kölsch pours a bright, slightly golden yellow color. Two fingers of foam form and last for about 2 minutes before dissipating into some soapy remnants. Aroma isn't too bad, just some standard maltiness with some light fruit aromas that brought to mind some banana, pear, and citrus. The mouthfeel is resonably crisp, with a moderate level of carbonation. The flavor, much like the aroma is pretty average. You have your malts present along with the aforementioned light fruitiness. There is a decent citric/herbal hoppiness present, and it gives the aftertaste quite a decent level of lingering dryness while some of the light fruits linger on as well. The brew concludes with no alcoholic warmth.

It was almost hard for me to believe that this was an ale. In a blindfold test I probably would have thought this to be a pils. The beer really didn't wow me, but in the end it was a pretty refreshing outing.

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Photo of taez555
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle

This beer poured a very clear golden yellow body with a small white finger sized head. Very tiny fine bubbles floated to the top very quickly through the body.

The nose was simple. A classic german pilsner smell. Almost reminisant of bud or other american macro type beer.

The taste was very light. Smooth with a simple light bitterness. There were some soft buttery flavors as well a light woodsy taste. The hops were very mellow, never coming to the forefront. You could deffinatly taste the subtleness of the german noble hops, giving it an almost minty/earthy quality.

The beer finished slightly dry with a lot of lingering bitterness.

Overall it's a very simple and refreshing beer. This is almost what I would imagine bud tasted like before it got mass produced.

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Photo of JDV
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light Gold pour with a medium lasting white head in a kölsch glass. Typical grassy, pale malt and lightly earthy hopped smell. Light to medium body with a nice clean refreshing crisp flavor. About as good as kolsches get, from what I've had so far. Great easy drinking beer, but nothing crazy.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale gold with a creamy white head. Smell is lightly bitter and grassy.

Some citrusy hop persistence in the background but the flavor profile is mostly crisp, pale malt. Lightly fruity and grassy. SOme fizz and just a hint of skunk. Very crisp and clean with a lightly bitter aftertaste. Very easy to drink. Know what this tastes like? Ballantine XXX. I thought this was my first foray into kolsch but it is just like Ballantine, one of my favorite cheap standbys. Think I'll stick with a sixer of Ballantine cans, this doesn't show me much else to warrant import prices. Maybe I'll save kolsch for a future trip to Cologne...

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.31/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the bottle pours a bright golden clear liquid with a white foamy head. The head stayed for a long time, and there was a decent amount of lace on the glass. Smell was slightly floral and somewhat skunky, almost stale. Taste was pretty sewwt in the front followed by a dryness with a modest amount of hop bitterness. It had a slightly floral finish, but was also slightly sour. Light body and high carbonation. Overall, I think I may have an old bottle. I have had this before from the tap and when it was fresher it was quite good. I would be willing to try again with a fresher sample, because I can see this would be good and refreshing.

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Photo of Whiteweasel
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pale yellow body, with an almost greenish tint. Carbonation is intense and bubbles in the head are large.

S: Grainy, corny and hoppy. Sweet and light. Not terribly interesting but decent.

T: Corny and light. Low hoppiness. Very refreshing but like the smell, not very interesting. Maybe a little wheat as well. A little hint of white wine after it gets closer to room temperature. Nice

M: Smooth on the attack and the aftertaste. Lots of carbonation. No real alcohol taste, as expected.

D: Very refreshing and decent tasting. Nothing special but would be nice to drink when you've got something else going on. Decent sessioner if it were more complex, but perhaps that's not the strong suit of a Kolsch.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle to a nice golden yellow, with some carbonation, and a little white head that floats on top, but no lacing. Although this looks like a BMC pour, it actually has an aroma of faint nuts and honey, and a tasty flavor that ends with a smooth finish. This was not a great beer, but actually was not too bad, and it would make a good session beer.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a 30cL stange glass.

A: Clear, pale goldenrod. Light chunky head has decent retention. No visible carbonation.

S: Grainy kölsch scent differentiated from others of the style by an unexpected skunkiness.

T: Good initial taste puts it ahead of other kölsch -- Reissdorf isn't as ephemeral. It has a more lasting taste, vaguely floral with a hint of barley. There is a strange fruity/citrus burst in the middle. Unfortunately, the aftertaste has a strange sulphuric tinge tasting of rotten egg. As long as I'm drinking it, it's good. But when I stop, I cringe.

M: More body and taste than most kölsch. Citrus is pleasing on the tongue and carbonation makes itself known.

D: A good beer and great kölsch, but I can't get past the sulphur.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
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 pwoods
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Comet.

16oz. pint

A: Pale straw color. Short head leaves a skim and some lacing.

S: Subtle aroma, light grains and tart grapes.

T/M: More of the same. Light, maybe husky grains. Some tart green grapes. A touch on the yeasty side. Hops are light and on the spicy side. Body is light and carbonation is controlled.

D: Easy to drink, great for summer. Not overly complex, though.

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Photo of WesWes
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light pale malt scent along with a mild hop bitterness and a dry yeast aroma. The taste is average. It has a light pale malt flavor with a dry musty finish. It's slightly bitter with a crisp, clean aftertaste. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an easy drinking beer, but nothing great. It's light and refreshing.

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Photo of keeperchaos
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This brew I picked up a bottle to taste. Its nothing complex, which on a hot summer day is good as is any Kolsch.
This one had some light carbonation, not much head and as it sits even less. Though, head not a character id be lookng for in this brew.
The taste is actually quiet interesting and subtle. I get a smooth light comforting wheaty/rye with a slight butter taste after its down the hatch. With the wheat Im finding a boiled peanut flavor which is really interesting here and would love to share with others just to see if they pick it up.
All in all a great beer to share with others, very easy and very enjoyable. the Taste here is what would have me try it again with others of course.
Enjoy! The taste and finding flavors here is what this beer is about!

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Reissdorf Kölsch from Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf
3.85 out of 5 based on 1,230 ratings.
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