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 woodychandler
4.56/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Transcribed from undated notes.

This was poured for me and the server produced two fingers' worth of quickly dissipating bone-white head. The beer was a beautiful golden-yellow color with NE-plus quality clarity. The nose was faint with Saaz hops. Mouthfeel was medium with a very dry quality on the tongue. Finish was Zephyr wind-dry with a lingering taste of Saaz hops. For those who have heard me rave about Bryan "Lil Guy" Selders' Kolsch at Neversink just before it sank - this was as close to it as I have found. Very impressive!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Transparent, very light yellow, nice white fluffy head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Pilsner malt, corn, slight grape?

T: Refreshing and clean. This is a tasty beer. Very easy to drink. Non-challenging. This is a good choice for a hot summer day, or perhaps paired with some spicy brats and sauerkraut.

M: Thin, slightly watery, smooth, goes down easy.

D: A solid example of the style from the city in which it originated. Good stuff.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a pale golden straw color with a bright white tight bubbled foamy head. Fine scattered lacing clings to my 1/2 liter mug perfect for the 500ml bottle. Aroma has a light herbal citrus note with a clean pale malt profile, a bit of mineral water very clean notes. Super clean great drinking session German ale, I could picture myself sitting in a Koln bierhall drinking from a kolsch glass being served by a kolbe for the better portion of a sunny afternoon. It's nice when just tasting a beer can give you that experience in your mind. Flavor is very much built around pale cereal grains and light herbal hops with a touch of fruitiness from the ale yeast strain. This is what most American brewers attempt when formulatnig an American Blonde ale, few succeed the way this beer does. Mouthfeel is clean crisp light bodied effervescent carbonation. Drinkability overall is excellent like I said it's pure refreshment, perfect for mass consumption too bad it's 4.50 for a half liter in the Pittsburgh market.

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

Pours a clear straw gold with a white head that rises well off an aggressive pour but falls fast. Nose is malty, slightly sweet, and overall mild. Flavor is slightly sweet with a grainy tone to it. Smooth and even. Feel is good with a low carbonation and a decent mix of ingredients. Definitely drinkable. If you want to try a kolsch for the first time, this is a decent enough one to do it with.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a mug at Pizza Paradiso DC.

Like out of the bottle a simple white head is given and slowly rising carbonation from the body. Gold and lemony almost shiny polished brass and crystal clear. Some minimal lacing left while drinking and leaves a solid puck all the time, looks great.

Bouquet is small malt and a little bit of sweetness and grain sense. Good, solid, and simple.

Mild bitter at first but once again that huge white bread finish on the swallow, with a crisp tangy feeling. Much like out of the bottle but better, the bread taste is bolder, and there is even an almost canatalope melon aftertaste as well.

Overall this is a fantastic summer brew and an ultimate beat the heat thirst quencher. Love it, great!

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Photo of jwc215
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle:

Pours light golden yellow with a thin white head that becomes a thick ring.

The smell is of sweet grain with floral, hoppy notes.

The taste is of sweet grain with oily, herbal/floral Continental-type hops. A touch of vanilla comes through in a cedary, dry finish.

It's appropriately light-bodied and refreshingly dry.

An easy-drinking, classic Kolsch, with a nice hop and cedary touch. I liked this one more from the bottle than from the tap I had a few months ago. Overall- stands out for the style.

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Photo of Billolick
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at Hallo Berlin in NYC. Light pissy yellow, with a crisp looking white head with not much retention observed, minimal lacing. Nose of hops. Crisp tasting. Clean malt notes, nice and refreshing for a summers evening. Fairly dry and snappy hop fueled finish. Nice quaffer

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cast in a clear,light golden hue, possessing a big, creamy white head that slides assuredly down to a slim ring.
Aroma is mild,spare, green apples and pears, grassy, lemony, but anything else would be a reach.
Taste: nice, tasty hop appearance at the fore, with a definite citric snap, then fading, though giving a nice glide off of the palate. Pears and apples again in the flavor,light,dry fruits, crisp and subtle. Kolschs are such a light, delicate style that it is sometimes difficult to discern the differences between authentic examples. This is a nice one, but not top of the heap. Superlative thirst-quencher, though, easy to appreciate in the dog days of August!

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Photo of drabmuh
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle without a date into a tulip. Beer is yellow and completely clear. Carbonation is mild but steady and made up of big bubbles. Head is diffuse and broken and made up of white bubbles. The head leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is a slight wheat and some pilsner sweetness. Overall weak.

Lots of carbonation in the mouth but overall the body is thin, which is fine. There is a wheaty aftertaste and a forward sweetness. Its a good kolsch, not many examples. Drinkability is high. Mouthfeel is fine.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Reissdorf Kolsch glass from a 12 oz bottle. Look is clear bright gold, two finger head and lingering lacing. Smell is fruity with light hop aromas and a hint of mint. Taste is delicate fruit, a hint of vanilla and sweet malt notes. Feel is light in body with a crisp dry finish. One of the pioneers of the style and should be considered as a classic.

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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 LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 8/2010 notes. Poured into a kölsch glass. Pours a pale yellow amber, thick long lasting head and lacing. Strong hoppy, light malt aroma. Wheat flavors, light malt, hops, sweetness and light bready flavors with a hoppy, dry finish. A bit of a skunky flavor at the end, but it fits with the overall flavor. Refreshing. This is a reminder of the tragedy of our adjunct beers and that a brewery can make a light, low ABV beer that is flavorful and a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Gavage
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow in color with a nice 1.5" head. Light lacing developed. Very clean malty aroma. The flavor was of grainy malt with a light bitterness. Very simple and basic, but for some reason this really tasted good. Large carbonation bubbles stick to the lower part of the glass.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, and the malt lasts on the tongue for a bit after swallowing. Lighter bodied and refreshing. Extremely drinkable.

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Photo of tempest
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Boqueria in NYC

A fine summer beer, served in a cylindrical 12 oz. glass. Appears a clear gold with a short, white head. The aroma and then following flavor immediately remind me of white grape juice, oh man. There's then a drier, light toast barley note for balance and a hint of spicy hops. There was also a slight, white wine-like acidity to this one, which didn't detract so much as just make it more interesting. Worth a try.

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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 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 DoubleJ
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Wurstkuche in LA, on to the beer:

It's gold, has some carbonation bubbles in the body, and has some lacing sticking to the glass. Aroma is fruity...if you fruit skins and pears, your nose should be happy. Taste is more pilsneresque, but it's not often I drink kolsch. Sweet pilsner malt is obvious. Hay and wood notes dominante the background of the beer. Is this a pils? No, it isn't, but I did enjoy it. Went well washing down an awesome brat at Wurstkuche.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reissdorf Kolsch

Appears bright gold in color with a bone white head and little lace. Aroma full of bready malts. Very clean flavors, definately some liquid bread/loafy moments. Noble hops are there with a light presence and bitterness. Balance is perfect. Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied. Smooth and crisp. Easy to consume, would certainly have it again. A very good example of the style.

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Photo of plaid75
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very light golden hue with a finger of foamy head. There was good retention and very good sticky lacing.

The smell was very subtle. Malty undertones were present as was a grassy hop aroma.

The taste was very clean. A good amount of maltiness for such a light looking beer. As such, there was a nice light biscuity finish.

The mouthfeel was suoer clean. There was excellent carbonation. A delicious anti-big beer.

Excellent drinkabilty. I drank mine ice cold and in a a pilsner glass - excellent.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a pale golden with a foamy white head that quickly fades to a ring. Some spotty lacing. The smell is light, sweet, and grainy. The taste is relatively crisp, very slightly sweet, and with bready malt. Quite rounded in flavor. Refreshing and fairly light in both body and abv. Could be a little crisper, but a nice summer beer nevertheless. Very clean as well.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fairly careful pour into my 25cl tulip glass yields an initially, almost three-finger thick, pale, just off-white colored head. The beer is brilliantly clear with a rich golden hue. The aroma smells predominantly of clean, sweet grain that reminds of honey and a soft floral influence. A touch of herbal hop character seems to round things out as does some light, pale malt notes of saltine crackers and light biscuit notes.

Somewhat dry, though it does have a light grain sweetness to it, the beer does not have nearly the sweetness that the aroma was suggestive of. This actually has a fair amount of perceptible bitterness: at the beginning of each sip it is a light herbal bitterness through to the finish where it is a light, clean, crisp bitter note. A touch of floral honey character is more noticeable as a flavor than a sweetness. At the start of each sip a dry, malt driven flavor of crushed saltine crackers is noticeable as a flavor that is accentuated through the oral nasal; this note tends to stick around as well, even continuing on through the long finish. While light and quaffable this beer still maintains a presence and mouthfeel along with slightly viscous heft that perfectly compliments the clean malt character.

This has survived far better during the export process than I was expecting, it is missing perhaps a bit of vibrancy in the hop character, but I find it quite nice how simple and clean the flavors are here. Obviously as a Kölsch, no one flavor jumps out here, this is a subtle experience, but there is a depth of flavor here and the amalgam of flavors really work towards a harmonious whole.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz picked up at the Coop last week for abou $3.25.. enjoyed tonight from my small weizen glass.

Short lasting white head.. no lacing atop a crystal straw/lite gold brew.

Aroma is all fruity aroma and low pale malts.. green apple and under-ripe pear.

Flavor is soft pilsner malt combined with appropriate lite bitterness... sorta dry finish.. alot less yeasty fruitiness in this one than the nose would signify... This is a fantastic Kölsch.. I certainly would consider it a benchmark for any brewery and any reviewer... I probably would rate this alot higher in the heat of summer... but right now, even with 6" of snow on the ground, it is dead to rights for what a Kölsch is.

A Kölsch is supposed to be soft around the edges.. just enough of everything to make it special and the "special quality" is damn hard to achieve for brewers.

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Photo of Zorro
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a yellow bordering on gold clear brew.

Smell is grainy and grassy with a nice floral smell. Malt shows up too.

Taste is mildly sweet with a clean hay flavor to it. A floral flavor is present too. Hops are present and give just the right amount of bitterness. There is a slight sweet after taste to this.

Mouthfeel is good, not heavy just full.

Super drinkable brew.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.39/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 500 ml. bottle. Sampled on June 6, 2010. It pours an excitably carbonated pale yellow with a short-lasting fizzy head. The aroma was malty although more skunky than I would have liked. It was a turnoff. The taste was somewhat better with bit of grainy malt, thin hops but a great body.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ, the only true Kölsch I've ever seen in CA,

A: Pours a bright and clear golden yellow, with a smallish white head, good head retention, light lacing.

S: Bready malt, get a husky grain component, hint of white wine.

T: Full on bready malt, cereal grain. Definitely an ale, though; the beer has a sure fruity character, white grape juice, light sugary component.

M; Pretty much picture perfect for a light golden beer. Crisp and clean, with a spot on amount of biting carbonation, not watery at all, great dry finish.

D: A beer on first taste I didn't think all that much of, but it certainly grows on you. Would make a fantastic warm weather beer, or a hot 2nd day of fall beer.

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Reissdorf Kölsch from Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf
3.85 out of 5 based on 1,233 ratings.
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