Reissdorf Kölsch | Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf

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Reissdorf KölschReissdorf Kölsch

Brewed by:
Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf

Style: German 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 Andreji
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Its become unavoidable, in this week's visit to Köln, for me to believe the word kölsch as a synonym with mediocre. That's my opinion when I think of this brew which rather impersonates a simple, light bodied lager like brew with a hint of a refreshing acidity to it. However, it is in itself rather flat despite the head; rather tasteless despite the properties, and without even an overdoing in the hops- which is a general way to pick them up the ground. I'm done with reissdorf for a while or a lifetime, even if coming back to cologne.

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Photo of Shaw
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed a liter of this at my local pub, the Cock & Bull. It's a nice golden ale with a big white head, especially when served in those great liter maß (spelling?) glasses.

It has a nice grainy smell and a similar taste. It's crisp and clean with a light body. Even though I had it on a cold winter night, it was still very satisfying. I love trying a beer I haven't heard of before and finding out that it is good.

There aren't many beers I can drink a liter of and want more, Reissdorf Kölsch is one of them.

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

Appearance: golden/yellow, nice frothy head with good staying power
Smell: subtle malt with a wisp of floral/sour
Taste: very clean, malt with faint hop bite, nice sour note that announces it as "ale" otherwise could almost be mistaken for lager
Mouthfeel: light, refreshing, this is definitely a summertime quencher, as most have recognized it as
Drinkability: could pound many, especially in summer, a good replacement for most lager/pilsners, good crossover beer
Overall: Good ale for lager lovers

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I just got a sample taste of this at our homebrew club meeting, but enough to act like a beer judge, so here goes: Malty, with a kind of raw grainy texture to it. A pleasing extra kick of hops. Nice bubbly zest typical for its style. So far, the only "true" German Kölsch I've had.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crisp, clean, and refreshing. Everything American big brews claim to be in their commercials, I guess. Pours a nice golden hue with a pretty large head that lingers for a few minutes. A faint grassy, clean aroma. Tastes very nice, almost yeasty. Hard to find any hops in this one. If only it were a bit more affordable in the states, this would be a near-perfect session beer.

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Photo of biernuss
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My bottle poured out a nice golden color with a nice head which remained for a good while. It might be my nose but there was nothing exceptional about the smell of this brew. However, I did enjoy the beer itself. It was crisp with enough carbonation to liven up my tastebuds. This , to me, would be a nice beer to have when you're going to enjoy more than one.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale golden color with a blooming white head that dies rather quickly, having sparse carbonation. Smells malty, earthy and funky in an ale sense (kind of like a wet dog). Hops are there, but subtle. Tastes malty, light and refreshing; with a nice florally, dry hop finish. Carbonation is minimal other than a few streaming bubbles, which I feel draws back from the overall experience in this beer. I could, however, drink quite a few of these on a hot summery day.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Extremely light orange, more like clear with an orangish tint, and a nice, big, foamy head.

Smell – Very light, fruity hop aroma with some out of place notes of grain. This smells like a bad macro.

Taste – The grain is still there but takes a huge step back from the nose, leaving a nice, light hoppy flavor with subtle hints of fruit. Light strawberries (like you licked them but didn’t eat them) and maybe green apples come to mind.

Mouthfeel – Light carbonation and light-bodied. Everything about this ale is soft and subtle.

Drinkability – This was nice to drink if you plug your nose.

Comments – This authentic Kolsch ale, brewed in Köln, had some characteristics of a very good example. I thought the appearance was right on target, and the soft fruits playing with the light hops was terrific. It missed the mark in other areas though, especially the aroma. A near miss in my book but a good effort nevertheless.

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

If your a younger guy in Köln this is what you drink. Its extremely popular with the younger crowd. Many a 'Jung' has insisted to me that this is the best beer in the world. I do not agree but enjoy it all the same. Its extremely easy to find in bottles throughout Köln but not as common on tap.

Reissdorf is your 'typical' Kölsch. Its light and golden with the luminous and fluffy head. It has a heavier malt profile than other varieties of Kölsch and slightly milder hop element. A yeast-like taste is also very evident and is one point in which Reissdorf differs itself from other Kölsch beers. All in all Reissdorf is a very refreshing beer and a beer that a person can drink night after night and day after day.

However, a word of advice, while Reissdorf is a very good beer there are better varieties of Kölsch to be had in Köln.

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Photo of steelreign
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one is so far from my personal preference that I hesitated in trying it, but I can honestly say I am glad I did. Golden straw color, with a nice foamy white head that starts big and fluffy and reduces to a smallish floating biscuit of foam.

Aroma of mostly malts and that odd German metallic smell that I find in some hefes. Hops are present in mild quantities.

Taste is not too much different than a hefe, surprisingly. Bready and yeasty with some hop bitterness in the finish. Crisp and refreshing carbonation makes it nice to quaff alot of it on a hot day. Overall, a nice German Kolsch.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light gold color, medium white foamy head. Aroma is fruity, grainy and sweet. A light bodied Kolsch ale. Lightly malted and slightly hoppy. There is a subtle, not overbearing lemony taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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

Never had this style but it seems just like any German lager to me. Does have a sight hop presence in the aroma but only slightly bitter tasting. Kind of bland for an ale with little flavor. Fresh tasting none the less and a good thirst quencher that went well with a German style lunch.

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Photo of oberon
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw cior with a pretty good fluffy head,aroma is malty with some fruitiness with the German-like iron aroma.Flavor is softly malty with some nice light fruitiness with a delicate floweriness to it.High quality and easy to drink I would recommend this on a warm summer day for sure

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Photo of kaszeta
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the 2003 Art of Beer Festival: Stammtisch.

Poured with a clear golden body and a thin lacy white head. It has a malty nose with just a hair of fruitiness, and a bit of grass. The flavor was more reminiscent of a bock than a kolsch, with a very malty flavor, with hints of caramel and wheat. Smooth, warm mouthfeel, with a fair bit of body, and a bit of a dry aftertaste. Pleasantly drinkable.

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Photo of cretemixer
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first authentic Kölsch. Pours a clear yellow-gold with a pure white, compact head. It settles to a solid, thin layer fed by steady, moderate carbonation.
Clean, malty aroma with a hint of fruit...apples or pears maybe.
The flavor is almost all malt. The hops are gentle and slightly citric. Clean and smooth from start to the dry finish. Medium body, slick in the mouth with gentle carbonation.
There is nothing overpowering about this beer, it's just a refreshing, thirst quenching, highly drinkable beer. Everything a Kölsch is supposed to be.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.12/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There was nothing all that special that stood out with this beer.It was just an easy drinking beer with no outstanding characteristics to rave about.It was just another beer.It poured a small sized white head with fine-medium sized bubbles that quickly dissipated.The body was clear with slowly rising carbonation with a straw yellow hue.The nose was malty and hoppy and some fruit notes?The flavor a little bit acidic with some hops notes.It had a thin, watery texture to it and it was also smooth and light bodied.There was virtually no lacing.

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Photo of bditty187
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant, clear light-gold hue, bubbly white head that reached a smidge over a finger’s worth, good retention, spotty lace. The nose is lightly malty (with very light fruitiness) lacks in potency and depth, it did “improve” as it warmed. Mediocre, at best. Shockingly malty palate, tremendously tasty! Slight graininess, caramel hints too… the hops bitterness is very mild with some grassy flavors added… distant whispers of sweet vanilla. Somewhat dry. Minimal malty aftertaste. Damn good. Medium-body, mild carbonation, pleasant mouthfeel. Very drinkable… lovely. This completely changes the way I look at Kölsch beers, for the better. Recommended.

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Photo of BitteBier
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Completely clear with light golden straw color. A substantial fine, white head with minimal lacing but a bit of persistent carbonation. Smell is more pleasant and strong than expected in a beer that looks so light. Crisp grains rule the day with some breadiness and a dash of spice. Grainy taste that doesn't vary a great deal from start to finish, though the latter gets dires a bit. A hint of fruit is present too, though I can't pin it down. Eminently soft mouthfeel with a little crispness to make it interesting.

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

On tap at the Heidelberg! Limply -- but not unattractively -- pale gold in color. Very, very clear -- not the slightest haze. Well-carbonated as evidenced by quite the swirl of bubbles dancing around in my glass. Head is decent and pure white but fades reasonably fast.

Lightly fruity aroma is slammed by a more basic, grain-like nose. All malt and fruit in the flavor. Sweet hints of apples, peaches, and perhaps wet wood. As it warms, the flavor shifts towards the finish, which is grassy and herbal tea-like. Dry. Understated hop bitterness. A little on the thin side of medium-bodied. God-friggin-damn drinkable.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A crystal clear golden body topped by a rather thin white head that creates moderate lacing. The nose is mostly malt with hints of fruit that portray a lightness that really isn't isn't present in the taste. This is a very nice Kolsch that imparts lovely crispness in the finish. I found this to be a thoroughly refreshing late summer beer with good feel and drinkability.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.06/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer arrived looking a slightly hazy golden yellow, with a thick frothy white head. The head died down fairly quickly, leaving only a thin ring around the edges.
Aroma is malty, with a solid german hopping. Clean, with little esters. Simple, but everything was in it's right place.
Flavor is initially malty, with hops appearing about halfway through the sip and finishing the beer crisp and clean. Almost no aftertaste, save a touch of pale malt. Well carbonated and refreshing. Kolsch is a wonderful style, when it's done correctly...

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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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Reissdorf Kölsch from Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 1,327 ratings