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Reissdorf Kölsch | Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf

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87
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596 Reviews
Reissdorf KölschReissdorf Kölsch
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf
Germany
reissdorf.de

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 11-15-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
596
Ratings:
1,217
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
17.14%
 
 
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Photo of gpogo
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Clearish light yellow body. Large white head that dissipates to a respectable ring and foam top.

A- Grainy sweetness. Something grassy or herbal though?

T- Sweet and slightly bitter with a mostly dry finish.

M- Light body with a moderate to high carbonation.

D- A very enjoyable Kölsch.

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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 rdacey
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: slightly grainy and sweet, little to no hop aroma, no esters, no diacetyl

Appearance: beautiful thick white lasting head, straw/ golden color, great clarity

Flavor: Fruity pear esters up front, slight pilsner malt, no diacetyl, little to no hop flavor, finish is moderately dry

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium/high carbonation provides a slight "spritzy" feeling on the tongue, smooth medium dry finish

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, grass, and hay. Taste is much the same with a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is easy to drink and pretty tasty.

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

A good medium-gold colored body with a nice white head; some lacing on the glass as the beer disappears. Aroma emits grass-like notes with a hint of cereal and grain; slightly zesty. Bread-like taste, with a tangy bitterness. Overall soft mouthfeel; clean and dry.

A very good German ale, refreshing and quenching.

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

500ml bottle
Served in a strange glass

A - It is golden colored and topped with three inches of white head.

S - I has a slight skunky smell to it. I find that all kolsch beers have a certain degree of it. I also get some grain. Crisp, clean finish.

T - I get grain and some lemon zest.

M - Moderate to thin

O - As far as I'm concerned this is the kolsch that all others are judged by. I have always liked this beer.

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

A: Bright, clear, and golden, with a thick but quickly collapsing head
S: Grassy and bready yeast
T: Round palate, slightly sour, grainy, overall has a nice balance
M: Fine-bubbled but light carbonation
O: No sharpness (in a good way - round sensation) leaves a pleasant and warm aftertaste

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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 Dreadnaught33
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A great example of the style, maybe my favorite kolsch I've had in my limited experience appreciating the style.

The beer pours a nice golden clear and clean gold, with some bubbles rising from the bottom of the tulip glass like champagne. A healthy white bubbly head tops it off, some nice lacing left.

The smell is nice and clean, sme nice bright light fruit notes and german style yeast, and just a touch of sweetness. Not a big aroma, but I don't expect that with this style.

The taste has a lot of flavor for the style, nice hearty bread notes and yeast pop nicely, some apple flavors too. It's pretty rich across the palate, very refreshing and also very tasty. Dry and grapey too like a nice white wine with malt flavors.

The feel is nice and light, great carbonation that is sort of tingly but not annoying, it's great.

Overall great.

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Photo of haddon
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear straw color with a thin white head.

Smells like sweet malt and grain with some bready malt flavor. The hops are floral with a bit of earthiness.

grain and bread flavor with some mild sweetness. There's some floral and earthy hops with just a bit of grass and bitterness.

The body is light to medium with a medium carbonation.

light and easy to drink, like you would expect from a kolsch. good beer.

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Photo of AlexanderSelby
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Perfectly Golden and clear. Simple head. Smells of candy fruit flovors, not in that it is over sweet, but there is no bitter or crisp edge that an actual pear or apple has. Palate is malty, and almost grainy like grits, there is also a touch of fruitiness. There is far more flavor and maltiness here than I would expect from such a clean look. I love it, but do wish for just a touch more hops to cut that corn or grain flavor.

Far more grainy flavor that I was expecting and I love it. Great lighter session beer not devoid of some serious fruity malty flavor.

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Photo of jsisko01
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a clear golden color with an inch thick head that dissipates after 2 minutes. Has very nice lacing.

Smell - Very feint consisting of grains and corn.

Taste - Sweet with grains, corn, and pale malts. This actually tastes like a pale pilsner to me..

Mouthfeel - Medium body with high carbonation.

Overall - This is one of the best Kolsch beers I've tried.

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Photo of Barnabas
4.64/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is a great beer ! the beauty of this style and this brand in particular, is the bitter flavor is not overbearing , the taste is simple and yet delicious, the smell is that of the greatest hops, It smells like beer my dad used to drink,or the aroma I smelled when I was around rohrbachs brewery growing up.I've tried other brands of kolsch , including sunner and gaffel, have to give gaffel another try,but so far reissdorf has this import on lockdown tastewise for me.

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Photo of beerpirates
2.3/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

33 cl bottel poured into ly tulip glass

Pours a Clear golden liquid with small white head that dosn't stay very long
Aroma is malt/ grain and a little hops. Flavour is malt, hops , grains , little sweet, little hay, little metallic and medium bitter.
Nothing else to say really , a bit to watery , not much going on !

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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 MONKandTUCK
3.04/5  rDev -21%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- A birght straw color, amazing clarity. Delicate lacing. Thick foamy, persistent head. Clearer than my windshield mirror. The perfect image of beer.

A - Confusing. This is very bready. It's clean, not much yeast. Still, I pick up the scent of fresh-from-the-oven rolls. There's no hops - as expected. And not yeast - very unexpected. Kinda throws the perception of something chewy and malty.

T - Some grassy Pils flavor followed by the taste of pear jam or cobbler. This finish is oddly fruity. This beer doesn't have the baking-dough quality of English Ales, but it finishes as fruity as a street bazaar. This ale is almost closer to a Wit than anything British.

M - Drinkable. It's less than 5% alc and not terribly carbonated. I cannot complain about the body. Still, I don't find it favorable.

O - Nice to try, but I am not sure it was worth the price. The fruitness of it didn't win me over. I would welcome this beer in the summer months, but beyond the un-aspiring qualification of thirst-quencher, this beer offers little.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: straw yellow/bubbly/shiny, small alabaster head,
pleasing lacing display

S: fresh/clean grain, mild nutty, hint of grassy

T: sweet grain/corn, earthy grassy middle, dry crisp finish

M: med/light body, tongue prick, dry mouth

O: POW! This is one fine beer. Randomly
grabbed it today, never heard of the brewery.
Will get again; this style is PERFECT for Summer.

DELICIOUS, TREAT YOURSELF!

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear pale straw yellow with light amounts of visible carbonation. There is a finger tall white foamy head which dissipates quickly leaving about a quarter of a finger tall layer of bubbles (not as thick as the original head). Light lacing is observed.

S: Aromas of sweet & pale malts with some grassy hints. More complex than I expected. Also some faint hints of apple and pear.

T: Very refreshing, well balanced with subtle complexity. Flavors are sweet and pale malts up front followed by some apple and pear and finishes with grassy hints.

M: Light to medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Very good example of the style and a very enjoyable, very sessionable beer. Brings back memories of visits to the northern parts of Germany on a warm fall afternoon.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pils glass.

3.5 A: Clear medium yellow color. Two fingers of frothy white head. Retention is good, but not much in the lacing department.

4.5 S: Sweet and grassy, but the sweetness has surprising depth. Indeed, this is surprisingly complex while being simple. It's hard to explain so I'll just say that this smells great.

4.5 T: Taste is much like the nose. Super clean with a grassy sweetness that is powerful, yet elegant.

3.5 M: Light to lighter medium body. Carbonation is a tad low for the style, but still reasonable. Could use a bit more creaminess though.

4.0 D: This is probably the best tasting kolsch I've ever had. This truly is a great style that seemingly always gets overlooked.

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

11.2 oz bottle that pours out clear straw yellow fizzing carbonation from the bottom. White thin head leaves minimal lacing on the glass. Smells like sweet light fruits and bready malt backbone. I didnt get any hops from the nose but on the palate it makes its appearance as the end with a touch of bitterness. Sweet, light, balanced & my first Kolsch - I'll be back for more.

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

Pours a golden straw color with excellent clarity and a tall pillowy white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles visible. Decent head retention and lacing.

A nice aroma of honey, lemon and green apple. Wine-like grape notes with pale malts and a subtle hop accent.

Quite complex for a lighter beer. Bready, sweet malt with some fruitiness. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with high carbonation...a bit grainy with a dry pils-like finish that sticks to the palette.

One of the best Kolschs I've tasted. Highly sessionable.

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Photo of crnipeter
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pale golden with good clarity and no visible effervescence, topped by half an inch thin white head that slowly dissipates to a delicate veil.
Nose is mild Pils malt with apple & pear and faint sulphury aroma.
Taste is an interplay of attenuated Pils malt, faint apple/pear-like fruitiness and hop-bitterness leading to a dry finish with sulphury notes.
Medium-light body is soft yet crispy on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

Delicate and subtle but not my kind of style hence the low overall impression. (330 ml, BB date 04-29-2012, into tulip.)

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

Inspired by another beer blogger, The BrewThusiast, I decided to crack open a Reissdorf Kölsch. When I started asking my sales reps a few months ago about quality imported brews, in four-packs and six-packs, this was one of the first brews suggested. The Kölsch is a great summer style brew, that doesn't get nearly the attention it deserves.

This Reissdorf comes in four-packs of 330mL bottles. It pours out a gorgeous clear lemon yellow color, with a medium thick white foam. There's a decent amount of foam at first, but it subsides pretty quickly, leaving behind only very little lacing. I give it a firm swirl, and some foam rises, but again fades back quickly.

The aromas are crisp, clean, simple, and perfect. I detect just a tiny touch of hops, but not IPA-style hops. The hops here is very soft, smooth, subtle; you barely even know they're there. There's a touch of grassy, or almost citrusy notes, but overall it's a very soft, clean nose.

On the palate there's a bit more complexity, but not a ton. The Kölsch is giving me exactly what I expected, just good beer. There's almost no detectable malty sweetness, and there's just the slightest bit of hops on the backside of my tongue. It's very dry, mouth-watering, and straight-forward.

I once heard Kölsch beers described as "the light, easy-drinking, girly beer" when a German doesn't want a big heavy brew. Not that I'd use those exact words, but the basic concept was right on the money. The Reissdorf Kölsch is great: simple, elegant, refreshing, balanced. It's everything I want from a Kölsch, and it's executed perfectly.

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

A - Golden straw colored with a one finger white head that slowly fades, fair lacing, lots of bubbles.

S - Pale malts, floral hops and some grain.

T - Taste is similar to smell, perhaps some more grain, pale malts on the initial taste, finish is slightly bitter and dry with some floral hops.

M - Light bodied beer with lots of nice tiny bubbles, feel great on the palate, very refreshing.

O - Great after you mow the lawn or do something of that nature.

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Reissdorf Kölsch from Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf
3.85 out of 5 based on 1,217 ratings.
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