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 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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Photo of Zorro
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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 -36.9%
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 -11.7%
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%
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 +3.1%
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 -9.6%
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 -5.2%
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 -9.6%
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 -4.4%
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 -22.1%
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 +3.9%
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 -6.5%
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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Reissdorf Kölsch from Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf
3.85 out of 5 based on 1,225 ratings.
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