Reissdorf Kölsch | Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf

very good
1,264 Ratings
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 EdgarGerik
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tigerbrau
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Segelstrom
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Super clean

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Photo of fosters9
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of allswells
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I've had this beer both on tap and canned. On tap, it's exceptional and pairs really well with a burger and fries. The canned version was less stellar, but it is still a relatively strong, delicious beer.

Look: Pours a very clear gold with a pretty large head that settles into a thin layer of foam on top. Low to moderate lacing.
Smell: Very biscuity/malty, with the slightest hint of white grape.
Taste: Just like it tastes; lots of biscuit and malt on the onset. It also leaves a delightful, surprisingly strong white grape aftertaste.
Feel: Slightly tacky mouth-feel, but it's what I've come to love!

All in all, a solid beer. Exceptional on tap, but even canned it still offers a really strong showing. Relatively cheap too!

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jrsqc7
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light head quickly fades leaving little lacing
Bright light malt and sunshiny hops
Soft edges with a good crunch once you get into it
Very good
Very good

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Photo of MattyG85
4.41/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of white head which settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A crisp and bready malt forward aroma with a scent of biscuit, fruit, and floral hops. Bready malt scent of biscuit, cracker, and grains along with lager yeast. Mild fruit hints of apple and grapes. Earthy and spicy hints of German hops. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a crisp and bready malt driven taste with notes of biscuit, fruit, and German hops. Upfront bready malt notes of biscuit, grains, and cracker with some lager yeast. Subtle dried fruit notes of apple and white grape. Earthy and fairly spicy notes of Noble hops. A very nice crisp taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and very smooth.

Overall: A very good German Kolsch. Good crisp biscuit malt flavor with some nice subtle fruit notes.

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Photo of MrDis
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JTuomi
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of barnzy78
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bavarian Lodge - Lisle, IL
A - crystal clear and golden with a thinner white head that slowly fades to a foam leaving some sticky lacing on the glass
S - grassy hops, white grape & apple, pale malt & a bit of yeast but not much else
T - grassy & spicy hops, pale malt is wheat-like, faint yeast with some faint apple, white grape & peachy flavors on the finish
M - light bodied, ample carbonation, finishes very dry and clean
O - very good Kölsch here. I like it for what it is, but not so sure I'd order it again.
*I hate to tinker with ratings, but after reading more about this beer, it deserved a better score, so I upped it a bit.

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Photo of ghwolf
4.39/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rick778
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jacobob10
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a stange.

Deep gold color with a tall, fluffy, white head. Great clarity. Nose is subtle with soft fruit (apple) and spicy hops. Clean, balanced flavor with a touch of white grapes and acidity that helps to cause the beer to finish dry. Very smooth and easy to drink.

Whenever I'm at a biergarten and a friend asks for a recommendation but I know they don't love lagers I steer them towards a kölsch. More often that not it's Reissdorf and that person is always happy with the choice.

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Photo of Bammer21
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of safaricook
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought in a supermarket near Köln and poured into a stange glass
Crystal clear yellow with stable fluffy head
Spicy hops in the aroma paired with yeast aromas like kiwi and pears, also straw, crackers, hint of butter and even smoke. Surprisingly complex
Crackery malt flavor with spicy hops, super dry, bitterness subdued and very late, crisp
Medium body with prickly refreshing carbonation
I never liked this style before, but this one is really fine

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Photo of Julesburn
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

14 oz tulip Pours very clear, brassy yellow

Smells bready malt with apple juice and Pear

Tasting sweetness of whole wheat bread, apples and pears. Hops are subtle crisp and savory, a whiff of onion. They meter the sweetness and dry the back. Finishes with a nice balance of crackery malt and delicate (forgive me) floral hops.

surprisingly rich for such a clear beer. Medium carbonation. The slightest oily quality but not unpleasant. Easy drinking yet full bodied, ideal Kolsch paradox.

Damn fine.

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Photo of Czequershuus
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a pale straw with a very large head. The aroma start with a base of crackery malts, and then a burst of yeast fruit notes - kiwi, passionfruit, gooseberry - and some spice, green apple, and dusty flowers. The flavor leads with a soft fruitiness - white grape, gooseberry - and soft crackery malts. There is even an odd undertone of blueberry present. The flavor is very light and crisp. Overall, this is a spectacular beer - so layered, complex, and yet also refreshing. The fruity yeast tones are varied and enormously entrancing. This is my first true German Kolsch, and it lives up to and beats the American expressions I have had. Easly one of my favorite styles, and a brilliant example thereof.

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Photo of madakassal
3.34/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Doomcifer
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of teromous
4.85/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From the bottom of the can: "L16155 03:57"

Appearance: Crystal clear beer with a light golden body. Ample carbonation supports a very large pure white fluffy head. Perfect head retention. Decent lacing.

Aroma: It has a wonderfully fresh smelling spicy hop aroma with a deep herbal aroma and a bit of a decomposed leaf scent. Very characteristic of noble hops. Impressively fresh smelling especially given that this is imported.

Taste: It has a wonderful sweet grainy flavor that just lingers from start to finish. It supports a light bitterness and delicate herbal character that is fantastic. It balances the sweetness of the beer with this light herbal hop character with surgical precision. It is to the point where I would say it is in perfect balance. There is nothing I can think of to improve the flavor of this beer.

Mouthfeel: This beer is very easy to drink and it compromises nothing to achieve it. It has just enough bitterness to cut through the light sweetness and it has just enough carbonation to keep it alive without being too fizzy. It is light bodied but interesting. The beer is clean and it finishes a hair away from dry. It makes you want to drink it more.

Overall: A fantastic beer. it is the kind of beer that I shake the can a bit to see if there is anymore left. It is interesting and most of all it survived the import process! I would highly recommend this beer if you can find it in a can. I don't have any experience with the bottled version of this beer so I can't speak to that. I highly recommend this beer if you are a fan of light beers but enjoy noble hops. If you want a refreshing enjoyable beer this will hit the spot.

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

Reissdorf Kölsch from Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf
3.85 out of 5 based on 1,264 ratings.
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