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 BlackHaddock
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

33cl Bottle, best before 10th Oct 2012: poured twice into my 'Gaffel Kolsch' glass on 6th July 2012.

Looks the part: pale gold, bright, clear and clean. Large white head from each pour, usual fade to a wispy covering and collar after two sips.

Sweet corn smell and a sweetish taste too: an OK Kolsch, but I've always struggled to appreciate the style to be honest.

I've reviewed/rated a few: drank many in Koln before the internet arrived but can't say I'm a big fan of them even fresh in their brewhouses or beergardens. They do however taste better in bright, warm sunlight compared to indoors on a wet and windy evening in the UK.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a well-carbonated golden body with a one-finger head that slowly receeds. A biscuity and fruity (like grape) smell. Light-bodied, tad slick and smooth. Has a pils-like crispness with that faint smoke veg effect for dryness. Balanced with a good amount of fruit flavors like grape and tropical along with some sweet malts make this an easy-drinking and very enjoyable beer. I haven't had too many of this style but is growing upon me; this particular beer was a perfect complement to my Sunday brunch.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours clear golden with small bubbles. The tall crystal white head is thick and rather compact. Slow dissipation leaves nice lacings.

S: Clean mild malt, a little sweet. Bitter hops balances. Light fruity (apples) and a bit metallic. Bready.

T: Bready rich maltyness, almost a bit creamy. Bitter hops are present, but mild. Green apples and still that metallic taste you get from Kölsch and Altbier.

M: Long lovely aftertaste, mild bitterness. Body is light and very gulpable while carbonantion is rich but still smooth.

O: A well balanced Kölsch. Very easy to drink, especiall today - a warm summers day.

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Photo of rudzud
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the moan and dove in Amherst. Poured into a slender.

A - Poured a nice crystal clear straw with a one finger head that fades to leave a thin blanket and light side lacing.

S - Aromas of light grains and bready malts with some slight sweetness and grassyness.

T - Taste isn't bad. More of those grassy hops with nice bready notes as well as a slight metallic taste though. It comes right after the bread and before the sweetish floral hops.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and crisp ans clean. Goos carbonation for a kolsch.

O - Overall I felt this was a solid kolsch offering. Nice pleasant aromas and flavours along with a solid appearance. Jolly good.

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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 cjgator3
2.97/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden yellow color with a thin white head. The aroma is clean grainy malt and some slightly spicey hops. The taste is more of the grainy malt and slightly metallic with a mildly spicy hop finish. Overall, this is just an average beer that doesn't possess any qualities that make me want to have another.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Crystal clear straw gold, smallish head of foam but dang, it won't go away entirely.

Corny, hoppy in a Noble Pils kind of way. Smells like what a desert would smell like if it was a beer.

Lovely grainy corn applied to this Koelsch. The hops have a nice dry and bitter bite to it. Funny that I look at corn as a negative in the macro lagers but here, it works fine.

Light bodied, medium carbonation.

A classic for a reason, me thinks.

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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 pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: subtle malt and fruit esters, pils malt, fruits are like pear or other light fruit. Appearance: Pale gold, 2” fluffy head dissipates slowly leaving cathedral window lacing clinging to the glass as you drink it. Flavor: Balance of pils malt, subtle fruit esters, hops, nothing is overpowering or over stated, soft round palate is key, malt is well attenuated, fruity sweetness is very subtle, medium low bitterness lingers into the finish and after taste with the malt, delicately dry, nothing harsh, low noble hop flavor. Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, medium light body, clean, crisp. Overall: everything is subtle but very well balanced, drinkable and well put together.

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

(Served in a Pokal)

A- This beer has a light yellow crystal clear body with a thin white head of foam. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles that slowly rise through this beer.

S- The clean faint dry pale malt has a slight sweet fresh grain note. There is a faint hint of noble hops as this beer warms but it is very light.

T- The light dry crisp flavor has a slight pale malt and that distinctive Kolsch flavor that is not really licorice and not really fresh grain but something like that. There is a slight sulfur note in the finish that really enhances the malt flavor.

M- The mouthfeel is very light and dry.

D- This is the pinnacle of the style. It has good dry malt flavors that stand out even though they are pale malts with that distinctive Kolsch flavor that so few beers have.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Brasserie V in Madison, Wisconsin. Proper glassware.

A- Clear golden-straw yellow body. One finger white head with long retention time, just big enough to be presentable but not too big that I can't start drinking the beer without getting a beerstache. Looks clean and refreshing. Nice retention, intermittent rings of lacing. [4.25]

S- Crisp toasted bread, grainy malt sweetness, mineral flavours, slightly fruity yeast esters, mild earth. [4]

F- Crushable. Grainy malt, toasted bread, a bit of honey, a bit of phenolic fruitiness, minerals. Not superbly complex but tasty and drinkable. [4]

M- Medium bodied, no thinness to be detected. Nice carbonation that brings pep to your palate. Crisp, refreshing and a great beer to drink when it's warm out. [4]

O- One of the best examples of a German Kolsch that I've had. It's been a long time since I drank this- it was the last time I visited Cologne several years back- and this takes me back to sitting in my friend's backyard in a slightly damp German summer with a stange glass filled with this stuff. Good times. [4.25]

Final score: 4.09

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Pours a clear, bright golden color. Poured this one into a Kolsch style glass so the head is thick. Mild aroma but extremely on point. A bit of honey and sweet cereal. A nearly lager yeast. Pale malt. Very mild hop presence that almost isn't there. Flavor is soft and delicious. Pale breadiness, sweet grain, a light floral and earthy flavor. A bready, semi-dry finish. Light bodied. Awesome on a 95 degree day. Really becoming a fan of this style. More. This one tastes timeless.

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Photo of avalon07
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear consistency. There was about a quarter inch of long-lasting creamy head. Good lacing.

S: Strangely, there was a slightly skunky quality to this beer. Other than that, I could smell hops and some citrus.

T: Tasted of citrus up front, with a hoppy, grainy quality going down. Also, the aforementioned skunkiness was there as well.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: On the whole, this is a decent beer. Not my favorite thing in the world, but a good beer.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a straw gold color with about a half inch white head. Head retention and lacing is OK. Aroma is grassy, biscuity and lemony, but light. Taste is the same as the aroma, but it's stronger than the aroma is. Mouthfeel/body is light, with good carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. Drinkability is pretty good, it's refreshing and easy to drink. Pretty sessionable, too. Overall I think this is a good beer. If you're looking for something on the lighter side, this is a pretty good choice.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Brauhaus Schmitdz

A- Clear golden straw, fluffy, pure white head.

S- Slight spicy hop notes, very mild malt, rather clean.

T- Light grains, light hops, a little earth and fruity "funk" to it preventing me from being 100% in love with it.

M- Soft, light crisp. Ample carbonation

D- I understand that each brewer needs to differentiate their product from other brewers, but the little "funk" to my kolsch prevented me from getting that full clean, crisp taste i was looking for.

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Photo of mltobin
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at My Place Restaurant in Newtown, Connecticut.
Appearance is a light golden color with a two finger white head. The smell is light, a little sweet, with some other faint scents.
Taste is ... delicious, not much else to say, what a great session beer ! Mouthfeel is not incredibly complex, but very enjoyable nonetheless. Drinkability is very much here. A perfect beer to have several of on a warm summer day at a BBQ with light fare.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle purchased as a single from Rick's Wine & Gourmet, Alexandria, VA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" off-white head above the golden brew. Head fades at a reasonable pace, with sticky average to good lacing. Aroma is lightly of pale malt and fruity hops, but fleeting. Taste is upfront with quick sweetness, then giving way to somewhat characterless hops bitterness, but still reasonably balanced. Mouthfeel is a bit above average, and drinkability is as well, although most representatives of the style are nicely drinkable too. This one just left me wanting a bit more, but nothing detrimental in this bottle.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

500ml bottle poured into my hefeweizen glass

A: Light gold with TONS of carbonation - it's beautiful. One finger thick white head

S: Dortmunder-like with biscuit, grass and lemon zest. Mild cinnamon sweetnes in the back.

T: There isn't much to discern here apart from the dry biscuit malt (or rather, I can't) but the finish is dry with a noble hop (Saaz?) bite.

M: Very crisp with extremely lively carbonation

D: Off the charts. Very good stuff, this

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Photo of DrJay
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Fluffy white foam caps this clear, light gold brew. Some chunky lace and decent head retention. Light apple fruitiness in the aroma, along with some spicy hops and mild malt. Light bitterness, spicy hops. Finishes with some fruity esters. Light body, medium carbonation, crisp and clean. A decent beer that seems appropriate for summer.

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Photo of Brad007
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden color with a two-finger head that fades down to a one-finger head in my fluted glass.

Aroma is full of sweet, grainy malt with a hint of hops in the nose. A bit unremarkable.

Taste is full of sweet, grainy malt with the mentioned hop bitterness peeking out in the middle.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering grainy malt and sweetness with a somewhat harsh mouthfeel that doesn't right for the style. I must be imagining things but I was expecting something different.

A bit middle-of-the-road here. I've had better. Not hard to drink but not impressive.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in my Reissdorf stange. Poured a crystal clear pale yellow with lots of tiny bubbles in solution. Half-inch white head dissipated into a thread-like white band that coalesced around the perimeter of the glass. Clean, grassy nose. Grain is the dominant flavor with a sweet character at the finish. Mouthfeel was light-bodied without being watery and mildly effervescent. Easy drinking and refreshing, but a little too simple for my tastes.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4 first authentic Kolsch from Cologne.

Crystal clear straw color with a nice looking white head sitting on top. The nose is very inviting. The malt subtleties really play a tune for my nose. And seemingly, some noble hop accents. I like the soft malt tones on the tongue. Pilsner-like maltiness, but not as heavy. Some minor fruitiness is noted. A tanginess from some wheat malt perhaps. And very subtle hop flavor from what I believe is a Hallertau or something similar. Surprisingly big body. At least medium-full. Creamy texture on the tongue allows this one to slide down with ease. Pretty enjoyable, but not the grand experience I was in search of.

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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 Suds
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sweet, light, and well-rounded are good descriptions for this beer. It's a great sit-on-your-deck-in-the-sun brew. Shallow, but attractive white head didn't last long, but left nice lattice. Smells faintly of hops. Foretaste is sweet and malty, and the inital perception is that it's got more body than it, in fact, has. Grainy and grassy and finishes very light.

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Photo of claspada
1.86/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a deep gold in color with a moderate white head, fair retention and lace.

Aromas of grainy malts and faint grassy hops. Not much depth in the nose.

The tastes are flat and boring to be perfectly honest. Unappealing depth in malt character, hop flavor and yeast characteristics. A real cereal and corny blah finish. The finish really kills this one; it lingers and actually gets worse with each sampling.

If this is a good Kolsch, it will be my last of the style that's for sure. Really reminds me of an adjunct lager that just so happens to be an ale. Pass...

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Reissdorf Kölsch from Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf
3.85 out of 5 based on 1,237 ratings.
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