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 Jon
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is what the Kolsch style should taste like. On draught, this pours a light golden straw with a frothy, white head that leaves rings of lace down the glass. Although it does need occasional agitation, the head sticks around for the duration of the brew. Aroma is a pleasant blend of almost spicy, relatively bitter hops and a fresh, yeasty profile as well. This is a flavorful brew, with a sweetish, full malt character that melds well with the predominantly bitter, but overall mild German hops. Oddly enough, notes of oak/wood seem present, as well. The mouthfeel is quite smooth with mild carbonation. As the brew warms up a bit, it becomes almost syrupy, but in a good way. Incredibly drinkable, this would be an excellent summer thirst quencher -- all that a Kolsch should be! Definitely worth a try, especially if you can locate it on draught.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When I think of just a plain old beer, simple yet tasty, this would be it. It poured a nice golden yellow, with a good head. Slightly bitter, but not very. Clean tasting, almost to a point of refreshing. A slight "gruff" taste of rawness as it slides down your throat. Very good indeed.

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Photo of taez555
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle

This beer poured a very clear golden yellow body with a small white finger sized head. Very tiny fine bubbles floated to the top very quickly through the body.

The nose was simple. A classic german pilsner smell. Almost reminisant of bud or other american macro type beer.

The taste was very light. Smooth with a simple light bitterness. There were some soft buttery flavors as well a light woodsy taste. The hops were very mellow, never coming to the forefront. You could deffinatly taste the subtleness of the german noble hops, giving it an almost minty/earthy quality.

The beer finished slightly dry with a lot of lingering bitterness.

Overall it's a very simple and refreshing beer. This is almost what I would imagine bud tasted like before it got mass produced.

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Photo of Sixpack595
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A very clear almost yellw color with very little head. Aroma was slightly bready and spicy. Taste showed a good bit of grain as well as hop bitterness. Very crisp and drinkable. Looking at my score, I realize I enjoyed the beer more than the numbers reflect. Is it a great beer? No, but I will buy it more often than some beers I've given higher just so damn drinkable.

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Photo of jreitman
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grain aromas with a slight sweetness. Grain carries through to the flavor where other malt flavors come through but are quite subdued. Not much bitterness at all. Beer poured a clear gold in color with a fine bubbles coming from the well carbonated brew.

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Photo of Darkale
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light, clear-yellow body -- one of the clearest beers I've ever poured. White head is fizzy and dies down fast, then holds at about a quarter-inch for most of the life of the beer. Very slight lacing.

Aroma is pungent and acrid. When I compare my notes with those of other reviewers, I find that I must be missing something with the aroma, because to me it was the least appealing aspect of this otherwise very excellent beer.

Taste is astringent, crisp, and dry, like a fine white wine. Hints of apple. Sweet at the end, and then unaccountably spicy. Carbonation is full and adds to the dryness of the taste.

Aftertaste is slightly spicy with more apple, and then finally slick like butter in the mouth. Lingering aftertaste is a combination of spice and butter. Very nice.

This is my first foray into the world of Kolsch beers, and I am impressed and eager for more. Can't believe this is an ale. A wonderful beer to sip, a great mix of flavors.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tall 500 mL (16.9 oz), brown bottle, capped. No date.

This Kölsch poured a clear, straw-yellow color with creamy, thick white foam that eventually settled but did not leave much lace. The smell was mild: slightly sweet malt and grain. The taste was very malty (slightly sweet) with a hint of hops and biscuit. The mouthfeel was a bit thin (medium-light body) with low carbonation feel, but was smooth. The drinkability was decent: very easy to drink. I found the tap version a bit more tasty.

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Photo of Indybeer
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle. Pours a straw yellow with a nice white head, that receded fairly quickly. Smell of the malt and hops is present but not overpowering. Decent carbonation, a pleasing taste. This would make a great session beer. I could definetly drink this all night.

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Photo of brakspear
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This Kolsch proves that subtle can still be great. Reading some of the other reviews, it would seem that people expect this to have over-the-top, smash you in the face flavor simply because it is an ale. But the beauty of a Kolsch is in its simplicity. Refreshingly simple, but still clean and tasty. Remember it is a lot more difficult to brew a subtle beer than it is to add a few more bales of hops to the kettle.

This Kolsch pours an amazing pale golden color with a generous puffy white head that rises with the abundant carbonation.

The aroma is a sweet blend of clean malt sweetness with a slight fruity backdrop with floral notes.

The taste is light, refreshing, malty with some fruitiness, but amazing clean.

This is a great summer beer. I wish more of its cousins from Cologne were available in the States.

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Photo of cokes
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Misty straw bodied below a sizzling and rapidly descending white cap. Streams of tiny CO2 bubbles.
Pale malty nose. Minorly bready with undercurrents of peanuts and parched grass hop notations.
Simply complex and complex in its simplicity. Very dry, yet underscored by the perfect amount of fleeting sweetness. Loads of pils malts. Betraying the pale exterior, this is a malt-leaning brew, for sure. Plain donut breadiness. Hopping imitates the long-bladed, dessicated stalks of the grassland in drought season.. Hay bails under the early September sun.

Solidly built. Perfectly built, in fact. Sturdy yet delicate.
Downable by the bucket-full.
Awesome Kölsch.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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 WMBierguy
2.82/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was my first Kölsch beer, and I must say that I'm not really impressed. I didn't know what to expect when I opened the bttle, but the taste of a watered down Heine was not what I had in mind. It looked pale in the glass, and had a decent head. Not bad if you like Heine, but not worth the effort of finding.

I suspect that my bottle of Reissdorf may have been skunked; afterall, I bought it in Williamsburg, VA, and there's no telling how long it had been sitting on the shelf. If I'm ever in Köln, I'll give this beer another try.

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Photo of PatandDavid
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This review is based on a bottle, although I have had it on tap.

Such a golden color! Nice head when poured, but where'd it go? Not an ounce of lace either. Not much to smell.

This had a very easy drinkablity to it, and at that abv, you could make this an all day session beer...which I would. I thought it had a slight honey/citrusy flavor, nothing overwhelming. Dry finish.

Would get again and drink lots of. Good stuff, I would say slightly tastier and more pleasing on tap.


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Photo of ElGuapo
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a clear golden color with a big foamy head on top that sticks on the side of the glass as it dies down. Sweet malty smell with some floral hops to balance it out. Not much to it, but it keeps your nose interested.

The flavor starts out sweet with a nice pale malt content, it then gets joined with a nice hoppiness. A little bit of fruits. Very crisp start that smoothes to an almost creamy feel. Good session beer, and it accompanies a meal very well.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Package: A georgeus 16.9 fluid ounce (500ml) bottle, from a case supplied to me by Shangy's, "The Beer Authority," here in the Lehigh Valley, PA..

Appearance: So golden in color, it is scary. Very attractive looking brew from the pour. The each foams up early, yet disippates to a random lace throughout the serving.

Smell: Extremely pristine. A good bit of malt earthiness. This bier leaves a good grainy aroma in my nose and on my mind.

Taste: A body that could be condisered medium. This is one crisp and refreshing brew. A little earthy sweetness in the flavor, perhaps maple. I cannot help but think about the grainy sensation this beer gives me. That's a good thing. A very slight hop bitterness.

Notes: I drink this brew and I feel as if I could be in Germany. This one is a classic. Extremely drinkable and palate-cleansing.

This is just my opinion, but as far as pilseners from Germany go, there is Jever as my top. As far as Kolsch-style biers, this one could well be it.


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Photo of inebrius
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A cross-dressed ale. Pours a bright streaming golden under a wafer cap of white sticky fur. Nose of strawberry-hop jam on a burnt match cracker. Mellow flavor runs toasty sweet wrapped in romaine. Easily drained, but a smidgen too sulfurous for pounding.

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Photo of Mitchster
2.83/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Brilliantly clear, straw golden forming a tenuous white head atop medium-sized bubbles. Retention is just ok, and lacing is sparse. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is faint with dry, grassy hops, a whiff of sulfur, oolong tea, and (like Putnam notes) milk that is starting to turn sour. Mouthfeel is bright upon the back of the tongue with a thin body. Initially grassy flavors up front with a hint of yeast and straw, unpleasant sulfur and vegetable notes in the middle, followed by a lightly dry, champage-like cedary finish with a light dose of bittering hops and subtle graininess. This brew is akin to a US domestic macrobrew in every way. If I were blinded, I would guess it was an A-B product. There is no real substance or appealing qualities to this beer. Although it is average in every respect, I have no desire to drink one ever again.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reissdorf Kölsch. Brown Bottle. Red Oval Germanic looking main label. 500ml.

Appearance: A very light, straw golden color. The exceptionally clear presentation coupled with its pale aura may put some off with its overall “watered down” look. Very thin white head that surrenders quickly to a clinging scum covering.

Smell: Dominated by a toasted biscuit malt, but by no means strong. Quite light in strength. I keep inhaling – but there is not much else.

Taste: Again, it has a malt characteristic with some toasted aspects. Dry and short lived, the taste finishes with a delicate fruitiness. Laid back, a little too laid back for my preference.

Mouthfeel: Astringent but very thin, unassuming presence which lacks confidence. Crisp and Clean.

Drinkability: Highly quaffable, due more to its light character rather than its attractive taste profile. It makes a good, very refreshing bier for the hot Southern Californian afternoons.

Overall: Whilst I appreciate that this is a Kölsch Bier, I feel that it is just a little too delicate, I would have liked it to have a bit oomph in both the Nose and the Taste. Still, it is not a bad offering.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a bright white head that settles over clear golden-hued liquid. Gently carbonated. Nose has some sweet malty aromas, with a grassy/hay note. Taste is a clean slightly sticky sweet maltiness, a small amount of fruitiness present too. Hop bitterness makes just a short appearence towards the end...not as much flavor as I was hoping for. Finishes lightly fruity and dry, a nice session beer.

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Photo of marc77
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant golden hue w/ a well retained white head. Wispy lace remains. Pilsner like clarity. Soft graininess and mildly sweet strawberry like fruitiness in aroma. Trace floral hop nose. Bready pilsner malt sweetness upfront in flavor, followed by mild notes of husk and berryish fruitiness. Mild hop bitterness leaves a pleasant residual sweetness. Light body, w/ a crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. Finishes cleanly sweet and grainy. An innocuous, simple and highly quaffable brew. It possesses pilsner-esque crispness and a restrained, English Bitter like fruitiness. It's the perfect brew to start the evening, since it leaves the palate longing for more. Almost elegant.

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Photo of MJR
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, pale gold color with a small off-white head that doesn't stay for long.

Smell: Aroma of heavy malt, with hints of sweetness and fruit. A bit of a toasted smell. Almost no hop aroma.

Taste: Has a big malt flavor with the usual Kolsch fruitiness. There's a nice toasted character in there as well. I also pick up on a bit of a straw/hay flavor. Finishes with just a hint of sweetness. Very delicate, but that's what it's supposed to be...

Mouthfeel: Combines a thin thickness with a crisp, semi-dry mouthfeel. Goes down smooth.

Drinkability: Pretty high for the style. This is a very refreshing brew and would be something I could drink several of in the summer. Good stuff.

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Photo of zerk
4.62/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light gold with a thin white lace that trials down the glass. Aroma of grass and grain with a touch of vanilla. Slightly sweet flavor, and very dry and crisp with a light body. Flavor has grainy and slightly yeasty characteristics. This is an amazingly complex Kölsch, and would be an excellent brew to relax with on a hot day... hell, even in the middle of October, it's a great beer to relax with.

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Photo of Suds
3.83/5  rDev -1%
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 yen157
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very nice color. About as golden yellow as beer can get. Formed a thin, fine head. Nose was of grassy hops, almost like corn to me. Nice medium carbonation makes this pretty light beer very drinkable.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled at the Sunset Grille... Had a yellowish, straw-like color, but absolutley NO head, or lace, at all. What's up with that? Nose was not overly strong, but a good, grassy hop aroma came forth. Almost medium in body, with a touch of carbonation-induced roughness on the tongue. Flavor was mostly in the hop category, IMO. More of that grassiness, and I thought I found a subtle hint of citrus; finishes on the dry side. Not bad...

overall: 3.4
appearance: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3


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Reissdorf Kölsch from Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 1,306 ratings