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 ALESwhatCURESya
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

$2.69 16.9oz bottle

I have been waiting to get my hands on some Kolsch. This is a very interesting beer with a extremely refreshing taste. The body is almost cider-looking with a sticky head that left nice lacing down my glass. The aroma some dry, rotting-fruit hints. That may sound bad, but it blends nicely with the hop aroma. I would like to know what hops are used in Kolsch to use in a homebrew. The mouthfeel is a little off-balance. There is a medicine aftertaste accompanied by a dry, rough finish. I don't see this a medal-winning beer, but it is definately an interesting take on a german ale.

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Photo of nogoodreason
4.8/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

World class stuff.

Pours a clear gold, with steady, rising carbonation and a white, fizzy head.

Nose is crisp and clean, straw-like aromas (not funk) and a slight sweet maltiness are apparent. Nothing overpowering, but it's surely inviting.

At first, the taste is simple and with a straw-like dryness that rounds to a white grape finish... At little further in, the beer develops a hint of vanilla sweetness and a slightly limey aspect to the bitterness. Finishes sweet, with white grape juice and vanilla.

My review can't do this beer justice. It's great stuff.

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Photo of shirfan
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Half-litre bottle with a simple red oval label.

Appearance: Standard gold with a quickly vanishing, large-bubbled and thin head.

Aroma: Bready malt, pears, a bit of noble hops.

Taste: Light malt, hints of under-done toast, a little sweet, mild floral and grassy notes. All flavors are delicate without being overly thin.

Appropriately light, this would be best suited as something to have a pint or 3 of with dinner; tasty and refreshing without demanding much attention. A very nice change of pace from American hop-bomb IPAs and malt-monster stouts.

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Photo of Redrover
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz brown bottle with the cool minimalist label.

Bright light gold with a classic white head. Nice lacing.

The beer has a fresh aroma of flowers, lightly roasted grains and honey.

The taste is slightly sweet with more than a bit of honey and plum taste. There is a slight peppery taste and the beer becomes more floral (hops) as you drink more.

Very soft mouthfeel that is accented by crisp effervescent carbonation. Extremely easy to drink. Wonderful session type beer.

This will go great with simple dishes liked grilled chicken, shrimp or soups. I know many people think of Kolsch as a summer type beer, but this one is wonderful year around. A winner here folks!

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