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Reissdorf Kölsch | Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf

very good
586 Reviews
Reissdorf KölschReissdorf Kölsch

Brewed by:
Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf
Germany | website

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 Zorro
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a yellow bordering on gold clear brew.

Smell is grainy and grassy with a nice floral smell. Malt shows up too.

Taste is mildly sweet with a clean hay flavor to it. A floral flavor is present too. Hops are present and give just the right amount of bitterness. There is a slight sweet after taste to this.

Mouthfeel is good, not heavy just full.

Super drinkable brew.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.43/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Reissdorf Kolsch Ale

saw this one at the local liquor store, never heard of it, so I had to buy it. I stumble across more bad beers this way!

Appearance- Light yellow, heavily carbonated, and with a fizzy white head that lasted as long as a cup of coca-cola.

Smell- sweet malt. and I mean sweet.

Taste- very sweet malt, and a tinge of alcohol.

Mouthfeel- very bad. stingy and reminisent of rubbing alcohol. Nasty aftertaste and burps!

Overall- Reissdorf Kolsch Ale was a weak attempt at a German-made PBR! PBR is much better!!!

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Photo of pezoids
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I have had this beer on tap at Ludwigs and it seemed better than this bottled version. Slightly disappointed. This beer poured a pale and translucent light golden yellow. Well carbonated and topped by a thinning white head. Some fruity grains in the aroma. Fruity sweet tangy malts in the taste. This seems more sweeter than dry with a sweetly light body of grains with a slight winey finish. Light bodied with a crisp finish. Pleasantly drinkable, but nothing all that special.

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Photo of coasterfreak75
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I just happened across this beer during my last trip to Lexington. When I opened the 500ml and poured in the glass I began to get excited. The light golden color was exactly what I thought a great kolsch should be. The pour was excellent, started with a good 1 - 1-1/4 inch head that quickly went away leaving the perfect white froth on top. The slightly fruity and very slighty spicy aroma left alot to be desired, this was probably the only let down in the bottle. The slight hop bite at the tip of the tongue followed by a smooth finish that can only be called refreshing just screamed kolsch to me. Behind alt this is my favorite German style. I would recommend this brew to anyone who wanted to try kolsch for the first time, it's a great example of the style.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This kolsch had a semi-transparent straw color made slightly cloudy by some loose minute sediment. A large fluffy white head perched on top and quickly dwindled down to nothing and left no lace.
The nose was hugely malty with some herbal hops notes offering a supporting role. The taste had a hay-like malt aspect with some mildy tart apple fruitiness. Quite dry, a modest burst of herbal hops in the finish provided a nice balance. The feel was light, crisp and dry.
A well-balanced, easy drinking brew, Reissdorf kolsch is one of the better kolsches I've sampled. This would make for a good summer refresher.

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Photo of claytri
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It poured a clear light gold with evident carbonation, it had a thin white head that quickly disipated. It smelled of hops and spice. The Kolsch tasted very hoppy with little malt. It had a nice tinge of bitterness at the finish. It's feel was oily and light bodied. Not a bad beer, but not a great beer. I had never had a Kolsch before, but it sure appears that the style has been copied often by many American beers.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a light clear golden colour with minimal head. the appearance is light-looking, but healthy. certainly more golden and colourful than a macro. the smell is grainy, with wheat a bit of butter, some hop and some sweetness as well. the taste here isn't bad. it's pretty much the same as the smell but less sweet and more buttery with a grain finish. the problem with this style (for me) is that i've always found it to be rather boring. could this be a decent session brew? sure, but i'd rather a boatload of other brews with more flavour for my session brew than this one. i certainly wouldn't complain about having to drink this kolsch again, but it's not a must try brew in my book.

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Photo of mickeymac
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The bottle screams German, with its towering presence and imposing red, white, and gold label. The beer is clear yellow with a foamy white head that doesn't stick around long. The smell is on the light side, with just a trace of hops. The taste is also a bit subdued. Although some malty flavor comes through with just enough hops to be detectable, nothing distinguishes it as an outstanding-or really even better than average-beer. It might make a decent introductory beer for those looking to expand their horizons, but at $3.50 for a 500 ml. bottle, it's a somewhat pricey experiment.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think I may have had one Kolsch quite some time ago. This is the first time I tried this one. Very light, carbonated and dry. This is probably what Miller High Life aspires to be ("the champagne of beers"), because this beer has somewhat similar characteristics. Overall, a bit light for my tastes, but as good as most lagers or pils I've had. Small, fizzy head, very little retention or lace. Just a nice, "spritzy" little beer.

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Photo of Andreji
3/5  rDev -21.9%
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 +4.2%
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 -6.3%
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 -9.6%
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 -0.3%
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 +14.1%
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 -1.8%
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 -12.8%
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 -6.3%
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 +2.9%
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 -7.3%
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 -19.3%
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 +0.8%
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 +5.7%
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 +7.3%
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 -18.8%
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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Reissdorf Kölsch from Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf
86 out of 100 based on 586 ratings.
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