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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 generallee
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 500 ml bottle into a tall pilsner glass. There appears to be no abv printed on the label.

Appearance: The body is very clear with some visible carbonation and it has a bright golden yellow color. This is topped off with an average white foam head. The fades quickly leaving a wispy thin film layer that sets up at the edge of the glass and makes some lacing.

Smell: As I was pouring I was getting lots of floral and botanical hop notes with just the slightest touch of citrus. This is backed up by light pilsner like maltiness.

Taste / Palate: The flavor matches the aroma but with the light bready/cracker like maltiness up front and the hops finishing up. Overall it’s fairly clean and crisp. It finishes dry and the palate is light and refreshing.

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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 wethorseblanket
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.

A: Pours a clear pale yellow under a one-inch thick pillowy white head which fades to a thin cap and rim leaving semi-rings and spots of lace.

N: Yeast, slight farmhouse, lemony citrus, bready malt is faint and not sweet.

T: Slightly metallic, crisp, yeasty with clean malts, faintly fruity.

M: Light body and medium carbonation. Finishes dry and yeasty.

O: Clean and crisp and refreshingly simple.

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Photo of seedyone
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

10/16 - From can at home. This is a pounder. The body has substance but not too much. The hops are just right. It's good & cold. The aftertaste is just right, makes you want to return to well. The 4.8 ABV means that you can...so don't just sit there. Enjoy.

7 /12 - Back again. This time the dry crispness makes this a great summer quaff. I since learned that Kolsch style brews are meant to be served in smaller than usual sizes. Be sure to guzzle the first half as the colder the better, but it won't fail to impress.

05/15/12 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Nice & Clean with a full body. Good taste.

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Photo of Renzan0
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Out of a 11.2oz bottle at Mellow Mushroom in Fayetteville, NC. Poured into a rocks glass.
Decent head retention, even in the rocks glass. Poured a very clear yellow. Very crisp mouthfeel, slight sweetness. Low malt flavor. The crispness, hop profile, and even flavor was very suggestive of a Pilsner, dispite this being a Kolsch.
Really good beer. Easy going down. Expensive; Mellow had it at $1.32/oz

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Photo of Premo88
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz. bottle poured into craft beer glass

L: pale gold, almost orange; classic German clarity; very few bubbles in the column ... looks almost flat, but it pushed up a mighty big head of white to almost off-white foam, well over 1 1/3-inches tall that stuck hard at the top; keeps a decent collar of foam; almost no lacing on the way down

S: sweet grain ... some malt there, mostly cracker; definitely sweeter here than in the taste -- in fact, if it tasted as good as it smells, we'd have something; sour grain; floral at times

T: grain ... lots of grain, rice, maize; hay; not much malt flavor; doesn't have the sweetness of the nose

F: thin and light; carbonation is there enough to give it some body ... overall not bad

O: easy-drinking and certainly good enough to enjoy, but not overwhelmingly good enough at the price (almost 18 cents per ounce) to justify drinking this much -- for my tastes, there are lots of better German brews available. would be a perfect gateway beer to wean somebody off the macros. for a grainy brew, it's solid.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a half liter (17 ounce) Euro-brown bottle into a shaker pint glass. The neck label pronounces the contents "ALE". A moderate pour brings forth about an inch of bubbly, foamy, golden-white head that recedes quickly, leaving a thin, receding sheen of foam. The color is a pale, ruddy-tinged golden with a splash of green. Moderate carbonation.

Lightly fruity on the nose and palate, with hints of melon and citrus and a good backbone of noble hop bitterness (subtly floral). The malt is lightly caramelly, but with a dry finish and a cleansing, light bitterness. Slight hints of spice and vanilla creep in as it warms.

This was my introduction to this style, and I have to say I rather like it. I would say this particular beer is very smooth, light bodied, and refreshing, like a good lager beer, but with enough yeasty and hoppy complexity to keep it interesting. A good choice for hot weather when you want some flavor too. Well worth the sampling at 4-something for a pint-plus bottle. Keep it up Hennessey Grocery!

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Photo of PaulyB83
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a shaker pint glass. No bottling date.

A- Pours a crystal clear pale yellow straw with a high fluffy white head.

S- Sweet bready notes, noble hop notes of grass and slight spice.

T- Similar to aroma with nice sweet bready notes and noble hops. Finishes clean and crisp with a nice bready lingering note. Not sure how old this bottle is but there is no off flavors so I would guess it's within reason.

M- Light, crisp, clean, and refreshing. A prefect beer to have with food and on a hot summer day.

O- This is basically a German pilsner but brewed with ale yeast. It has many taste similarities to it's lager counterpart but with a more pronounced fruity note I suspect from the ale yeast. I wish this stuff could be found on more tap lists.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Probably the best Kolsch I've had the pleasure of drinking. Appearance isn't anything special . . . Nothing much different than a typical lager. But then again Kolsch isn't a style known for it's look. Aroma is tame as well. Taste is solid and above average in my opinion. I honestly don't have anything specific to note except nothing is off or out of place. Feel is crisp and finishes clean. Overall, this is my standard for the style.

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Photo of Pauline_K
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a wonderful example or a traditional Kolsch.

Appearance: It is a golden blonde with a small head that dissipates quickly. The head does not leave any lace. The carbonation is apparent and pretty.

Aroma: This Kolsch has a sweet malt aroma that reminds me of fresh bread. There is also a light flora smell that complements the breadiness.

Taste: It is a very clean beer. Initially, a biscuity flavor hits the tongue which is complemented by the floral tones. This combination produces a balanced taste. The ample carbonation leaves the tongue feeling pretty clean and ready for a second sip. The finish is dry with light bread tones that linger.

Overall: This beer is refreshing and simply delightful. It is a wonderful, relaxing drinking 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 KFBR392
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Extremely clean look. Transparent very pale yellow golden color. Finger and a half of head on the pour. Above average active carbonation in the glass while drinking.

Smell: Aromas of straw and hay hit the nose first. Sweet soft malt backbone is picked up but takes a back seat. Light tropical fruits compliment the straw tones very well.

Taste: Easy going biscuity malt front greets the drinker. That sweetness carries over into the body which adds some fruit and very mild bitterness. Bready finish that leaves a light pleasant sweetness behind.

Mouthfeel: Some lingering malt tones on the finish. Super easy drinking.

Overall: A simple yet well crafted beer. Biscuity malt is prevalent with some fruitiness to add a bit of complexity. Really easy beer to sit back, relax, and just enjoy.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle pours an uber-clear straw color with an ample cap of white head. Nice retention and even better lacing...very impressive looking brew.

Nose is crisp and grainy with a light fruity yeast presence. Not as much yeast influence as other koelsch offerings, but pleasant nonetheless.

Taste is crisp and malty with a light floral hop flavor. Everything comes together really nice and smooth here, a hell of a drinker. I couldnt imagine something else combining the refreshing qualities with full flavor like a good koelsch, and this one does it very well. Not as much yeast presence as I would like to see, but other than that it is top-notch.

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Photo of FLima
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bright golden color with apparent carbonation and a fluffy three finger head with medium retention and leaving laces.
Aroma of floral and grassy hops and malt sweetness.
As expected, an assertive and simple taste, but that is rather pleasant. Very clean and refreshing, biscuit malt notes with a perfect balance on herbal hops. Completely absent of off-flavors. Extra dry with a medium bitterness aftertaste.
Light body with a medium but still crisp carbonation.
This beer is perfect for a sunny day like today, round with excellent drinkability and not as “boring” as some Kolsch, you can feel its hops drying your palate forcing you to the next sip. If I would judge it just among Kolsch, I would have given higher grades.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.39/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours out a bright golden straw color with a thin whisp of head. Trying to pull more out of the nose, but it's faint. Pale malts and a touch of grain. Taste is about the same. No off tastes whatsoever, but I'm having a hard time picking things out in the flavor. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. This is, far and away, ahead of all of the poor American kolsch attempts I've tried, but I'd take a Sunner over this any day of the week.

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Photo of Dope
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No idea as to the age.

A: Pours a clear light gold. Very tall and quite fizzy/fluffy white head. Head fizzes fast but slows down after the initial fading. Good head retention. Moderate little fluffy tidbits of lacing.

S: A little noble hops - primarily grass I'd say. Mild cereal grain malt. Maybe the lightest hint of citrus.

T: Again, some mild grass up front. Sweet cereal grain, almost like corn actually now that I think of it. A little wheaty maybe? Not sure what they use but it's quite sweet. Touch of grassy bitterness on the back end.

M: Nicely smooth and medium-light bodied.

O: My first Kolsch and pretty much what I expected. Pretty plain, simple and goes down like water. This is what the BMCs/summer session beers of the world SHOULD be.

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Photo of Huffs
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a sam adams glass, great pure white head developed which was thick and creamy in appearance, great retention and good lacing. Appearance was a clear, golden straw color. Aroma was mild with notes of grain and grass. Taste was clean and smooth with grain and mild hop flavors. Mouthfeel was medium to full with a dry and clean aftertaste. Great 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 GreesyFizeek
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at The Owl House in Rochester, NY.

Pours a clear golden yellow, with a quarter inch fizzy head, and a little bit of lacing down the glass.

Smells slightly grassy, a bit of hay, and some indistinct sweet fruitiness.

The taste is similar. Slightly bready, with a touch of fruity yeast flavors, some light green apple, some grassy hops, and a slight metallic kick.

Light bodied, crisp, clean lager mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Very drinkable.

This is a classic Kolsch, and required drinking for anybody interested in the style.

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Photo of BWED
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Clear golden straw body, with some very active carbonation. Bubbly white head. Poor retention, but still looks decent.

S- Pale malt, a bit of staleness. A bit of a fruity nose as well.

T- Crisp malt, not stale one bit, a bit of a fruity tang.

M- Light body. Only a little drying. Pretty clean.

O- Good, clean, and crisp.

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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 TappaKeggaBrew
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear, pale gold, with every rising bubble (and there are many of them) visible. Head is nearly white, 3 fingers high, and tenacious; lacing is good.

S: Freshly milled grain dominates. Also hay, a faint whiff of apple, and a hint of pepper.

T: Grain flavors are strong, malty sweetness is not. There's a little fruity tartness in the middle, and clean, bitter hops in the finish, but grain is the star.

M: Dry and crisp, but very refreshing. This ones almost too easy to drink.

O: The very epitome of a German session beer. Not my favorite style, but a fine example of the style nonetheless.

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Photo of toddicus13
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to Boddington's tulip pint glass.

A- 3-4, clear yellow. White, foamy, quickly-receding though lasting head w/some lacing.

S- Grainy/yeasty malt smell w/underlying fruity sweetness. Subtle.

T- Dry, grainy, smooth malt flavor. Underlying sweetness comes through, especially in the finish. Occasional astringency. Refreshing.

M & O- Moderately high carbonation. Initially dry & somewhat flat w/sweet finish. Very well balanced. I want more!

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Photo of hackmann
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: light golden crystal clear body with a one finger white head that did not stay around long and leaves some lacing on the glass

Aroma: dusty grains, grassy, fresh biscuit, hint of floral

Flavors: white bread, light grains, sharp sea grass

Mouthfeel: light body; lightly dry feel; refreshing, crisp, fairly clean; grassy twang on the palate; light grassy aftertaste;

To the Point: a true Kolsch; drink it fast for the flavors break down fairly quick as it warms; I would buy this again;

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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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Reissdorf Kölsch from Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf
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