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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 11-15-2001

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

My first ever Koelsch, surprised to find that I acutally had proper glassware for this guy. Poured out into a 200mL Kolsch-Stange, courtesy of Beefeater's Gin.

Pours out pale straw and sits bright, light gold in the glass with a large, soapy white head. Fizzles down to light skim and builds up around the sides, no real lacings to speak of.

Smells nice and fruity with ripe apples, golden raisins and canned pineapple seeping through. This beer is all about the sweet, fruty nose, only a hint grassiness in the background. Mouthwatering (period)

Tastes fruity as well, no surprise. Grapes, pure white apple flesh, orange pulp and pears all present and accounted for. Mild grainy presence, accentuated by a solid hop bitterness giving off a few flavors of fresh, green grass. Finishes with said bitterness and a good send-off with lingering fruity flavors.

Nice and smooth in the mouth, good carbonation with an easy-going personality. Refreshing is one of those words that couldn't describe this beer any better.

Tasty is another one too. I wouldn't mind sucking down a dozen of these, 200 mils at a time. A new-found joy in a new-found style.

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Photo of BierManVA
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bier pours an amazing whiter than white head. it disapates a little quickly but the bier is by no means 'flat tasting'. Aroma wise, light green apple and straw are most predominant. The taste is crisp and clean. Indeed, this style is where "Ale meets Lager". A very unique finish to this bier, dry, crisp and slightly hoppy.

This bier is pleasant and dinkable.


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Photo of TinusTime
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light gold with a tight white head. Poured into a 6 oz straight sided glass to try to repoduce the kolsch glass. Smell is of a bit of grain and friut and not much of hops.. It is a clean crisp smell. Taste is the same. A bit of gain but more just of smooth true beer with a bit of drying hops at the end. Bretty bubbly and carbonated, but If one is looking for a session brew.. Here is your Ticket... drinkable from dawn til dusk or visa versa!!

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

Pours to a somewhat hazy straw-yellow color with a white head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is crisp, with a spicy German hop smell, and a biscuity aroma. The flavor is clean and crisp with a spicy, peppery hop flavor and a biscuity German malt flavor. It is light in body, easy drinking and refreshing.It is a very clean, crisp beer. I do believe this is my first true Kolsch. Very nice indeed.

Sampled 5/13/04

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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 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 Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer after its separation from the 500ml brown bottle set in the glass the quintessential unclouded gold with a dinosauric sized head that is spumescent in texture, the color a brilliant white as it ever so slowly dematerializes, the lace then forms a satin sheet to lie upon the glass. The nose is fresh, crisp, clean with nice malt sweetness, and the start quite sweet with a pleasant malt profile, the top is prototypical in its light feel to the palate. Finish has a fair to middling acidity, the hops apropos to the style, spicy but pleasant to the palate, very dry and lingering aftertaste, a real refreshing change of pace from the over the top hopped beers I normally favor, quite drinkable and a nice Arizona summer beer.

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Photo of cbl2
3.06/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Pours a clear pale gold with a half inch of white head that leaves behind tiny lace as it settles slowly.


Crisp and clean with a faint amount of malt presence. Hops are not detectable.


Very macro beer like. No flavors jump out and proclaim themselves. It is clean, and drinkable, with a whiff of floral flavor on the finish, preceeded by bland uninspiring malts. Not worth a second glance.


I haven't had a German brew in a while, and I'm beginning to think the 1516 Bavarian law has boxed them into making beers just to style, but with no inspiration. There was nothing at all special about this beer. It wasn't that it was bad, it just was...

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

Pours a clear straw yellow with a small white head. Good lace.

A peppery nose mixes with a pronounced grain element.

There is a slightly malty taste that characterizes this bland beer. There is not as much flavor or character to this beer.

Pretty thin and crisp with a bit of a dry finish. This is a refreshing beer to drink.

Not bad, but a little too one dimensional. This is not the first example of the style I would grab.

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

Sampled in a German/American restaurant with some good, authentic German food, so I'm sure this favorably colored my perception of the beer. Poured a bright, slightly hazy golden. Aroma was a touch bready. Solid mouthfeel, a bit lively on the tongue. Edges a little toward sweetness, with some well-refined grain notes. Very clean, yet no dryness. Not particularly distinctive on its own, but then this style is pretty low-key.

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Photo of merlin48
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle pours a clear amber body, with a thick, 2 cm offwhite head. Minimal lacing. Aroma has fresh grass and lemony hops, on top of a smooth malt sweetness. A hint of spearmint is picked up in the background. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. Taste is mostly hoppy lemon and fresh mown hay. The malt is soft and understated, but provides good balance. A decent Kolsch, overall, but I'm not a big fan of this style. Nicely drinkable.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.31/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the bottle pours a bright golden clear liquid with a white foamy head. The head stayed for a long time, and there was a decent amount of lace on the glass. Smell was slightly floral and somewhat skunky, almost stale. Taste was pretty sewwt in the front followed by a dryness with a modest amount of hop bitterness. It had a slightly floral finish, but was also slightly sour. Light body and high carbonation. Overall, I think I may have an old bottle. I have had this before from the tap and when it was fresher it was quite good. I would be willing to try again with a fresher sample, because I can see this would be good and refreshing.

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

Poured out a straw color with a nice amount of carbonation. Smell consisted of malt mostly mixed in with some grass aroma and some wheat/grain blended in with some fruit. Taste was very clean. Grain and wheat hit the palate gently along with some malts. Gets slighty sweet towards the end. Really good brew towards the summer months.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale gold with a creamy white head. Smell is lightly bitter and grassy.

Some citrusy hop persistence in the background but the flavor profile is mostly crisp, pale malt. Lightly fruity and grassy. SOme fizz and just a hint of skunk. Very crisp and clean with a lightly bitter aftertaste. Very easy to drink. Know what this tastes like? Ballantine XXX. I thought this was my first foray into kolsch but it is just like Ballantine, one of my favorite cheap standbys. Think I'll stick with a sixer of Ballantine cans, this doesn't show me much else to warrant import prices. Maybe I'll save kolsch for a future trip to Cologne...

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours into a half-liter mug with a finger+ of pale yellow-tinted head. Reduces to a film and holds surprisingly well despite no bubble replacement from below. Color is an average yellow gold.

Aroma - starts with sweet malts predominating, and with some kind of interesting fruit or candy 'side aroma'. Once the beer settles down, it's not very aromatic, giving off vague and generally grainy aromas.

Taste - average but appealing malt with a sweet touch.. Some pils-like influence but doesn't commit, instead the malt lets up a bit, some carbonation works through to cleanse the palate. The swallow brings a light bitterness with some warm, hoppy aftertaste. Nicely done for a status quo sort of beer style.

Mouthfeel - crisp and bubbly, a slightly dry and clean feeling beer.

Drinkability - easy enough going down. Not spectacular but a genuinely drinkable quality beer.

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

Appearance: Brilliantly clear straw yellow, with thick, rocky white head.

Smell: Tangly floral hop aroma, very similar to a pilsner, but with a more prominent malt undertone. Also some mild cheese-like notes, as well as a touch of bubblegum.

Taste: Initial brief (very brief) sweetness, which gives way to flowery hops, faint malt, some green apple notes, and hints of freshly mown grass. The finish has a very strong saltine cracker flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, moderately carbonated.

Drinkability: Light, low-alcohol, and refreshing. Very clean. Would not have guessed it was an ale.

Overall: In general, I prefer sweeter, darker, thicker beers than this. So it's hard for me to rate this beer objectively. But it was a good change of pace, and I enjoyed the tantalizing hints of sugary sweetness at the beginning. Certainly a good, refreshing summer beer.

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

Pale golden yellow in color.Nice carbonation level and head.Aroma of malt and slight hopiness.Nice upfront bitterness-doesnt linger however.Somewhat soft malt in the backround.Relatively smooth and pleasant mouthfeel.Pleasant all around.Nice beer-great for a warm summer's day..

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

Aroma from bottle was quite hoppy like a German pils, but softer malt qualities prsent after it's poured. Also a slightly fruity quality.
One inch of creamy white head that leaves on it's own. Gold and mostly clear, and not brilliant.
Very soft and subtle flavors. Slight bitterness in middle to finish. Dryness with bitterness on finish takes on an enjoyable sourness as warms.
The softness is wonderful. Mostly smooth with dryness offering mild crispness that increases as warms. Carbonation is a little heavy.
I like the balance, smoothness and the overall drinkability. A guy needs a nice summer ale and this one will do.

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Photo of mschofield
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a crystal clear gold with a one finger foamy white head, in a ,2L Kolsch glass, the head would be more impressive in a larger glass, but that wouldn't fit the style.
Fruity, honey, wheat, spearmint, vanilla notes in aroma.
Similar in the taste, malt and fruit (apple) come out a bit, but there is a strong lemon, spice and minty hop dominance.
Light, crisp and refreshing. This isn't my style of beer, but I liked this one.

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

So pale in color I can see my entire hand with great clarity as I peer at it from the front of my glass. A simple snowy white head accompanies one through the journey. Aromas are at once yeasty/bready-all sweet grain. The mouthfeel is crisp, clean and moderately refreshing. Flavors are malt focused, though a slight bitter provides balance. This is a simple brew bound for simpler fare. I can see a plate of veal sausages, cheeses, bretzels, shnitzel all working here. A rather drinkable choice for the happily un-challenged imbiber.

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Photo of beergeek279
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 500 mL bottle into a pint glass. The color is golden, with a foamy white head. The smell is salty and slightly fruity. The taste is salty, with some bitterness over a slight bit of sweet golden malt. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, could have a few.

My first kolsch, and though it's not a jaw-dropping style, it's a nice session beer, and one I'd likely have again.

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Photo of aracauna
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear gold with a moderate white head. The aroma is herbal noble hops, and a little dry malt. The flavor is dry straw malt with hop bitterness finishing it out. Not bad, easy drinking, although I'd probably have trouble telling it apart from a decent German pilsner in a blind taste test.

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

I tried this again from a 5 liter German keg can, and boy was it good! A golden/yellow liquid flowed out of the tapa nd the head was fluffy and as white as the purest german snow. This head was thicker than the one I got from the bottle, and it also left better intricate lacing patterns as well. The aromas are excellent. This brew has the aromas of lemon peels, light floral hops, and a light biscuity malt flavor. The taste follows suit with the lovely malts up front and in the middle, and the biting hops on the backend with that lingering citrus and biscuit finish. The finish has a wonderful hop bite to it as well. The mouthfeel is light and spirtzy and the drinkability is perfect. A nice kolsch, even better from the German mini-keg cans!

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Reissdorf Kölsch from Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf
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