Reissdorf Kölsch | Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf

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1,264 Ratings
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 jlindros
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Max's Taphouse Baltimore.

Light fizzy head, crystal clear pale golden color.

Nose light toasted malts, light fruits, very light overall

Taste light lager-like fruits, clean crisp for an ale, light malts, light sweetness to start, drier finish, light noble floral his on finish.

Mouth is lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall nice clean crisp beer for an ale, a bit too light even for a Kolsch.

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

Poured from a 11.2 ounce bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a clear light-to-medium gold color with a 2 finger billowy, cloud-like snow white head. Nice head retention and lacing.

Smell: Sweet grainy notes with a touch of grassy hops.

Taste: Grassy notes up front followed sweet malt in the middle before ending with a light amount of hoppy bitterness at the finish. Aftertaste is light, dry and just a little bitter.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Goes down smooth.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. You could knock back several of these without any problem.

Overall: Good beer overall. This seems to be a beer that would be perfect on a hot summer day. I will be buying more. Worth a try.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.34/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Completely clear, dark hay in color, some carbonation visible and a nice fluffy white head.

S: This beer, like some other Kölsch's that I've had, has no real smell besides a slight grain/bread-like aroma.

T: Liquid bread, period. This tastes just like bread if you were to liquify it. There is a slight bitter note on the finish and the after-taste is a non-sweet, non-sour candy-like taste.

M: Light bodied and moderately carbonated, this beer has those scrubbing bubbles that help cleanse the palate for another sip.

D: Quite quaffable (QQ), I think this would be a wonderful lawnmower beer for those hot summer months.

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Photo of DCon
3.17/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on-tap @ the iTap House in Chesterfield, MO for $5. Tapped from the an Unknown Looking Handle (I was not @ the bar anymore at this time) into a 200ml Reissdorf Kolsch Stange Glass.

Aroma- Very weak aroma... Light malts (maybe?) and a bit of grains. Might have a hint of some sweetness but man, had to stick my nose in the glass making myself look like a dumbass in front of my friends.

Appearance- Received without a head here... Not sure what was up with this! Was the lightest golden color body you could get with clarity beyond normal (almost could compare to water). Couple of suds were left behind but definitely no lacing.

Flavor- Easy wheat taste from the beginning with light malts. Almost has an apple taste that is light again. Very clean tasting and doesn't have any type of bitterness whatsoever.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, Weird amount of Carbonation here (was light I felt in the beginning but then seemed highly carbonated...), Smooth, and very poundable. Nothing comes to mind here but a nice, classic pilsner but lighter bodied.

Overall Impression- If I were to take my friends to iTap that only usually drink BMC product, I would suggest this one to them because it was boring and could drink the shit out of it. Really wasn't my cup of tea but I will still call it average. Had even a hint of apple that was interesting but too light to even pick up any ingredient list from this brew.

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Photo of clint1019
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Has a pale straw color with a huge frothy head on it.

S - Nothing but a nice spicey aroma from the hops.

T - A very light, crisp, and refreshing malt flavor with a hint of hop spicyness.

M - very dry, light bodied.

O - A very refreshing beer. I wouldn't mind drinking a few of these on a hot summer day.

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Photo of TheRealBigC
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An excellent Kolsch! Probably the best I've had. These beers have a light and smooth feel, but a good one really does have a rich flavor and smell to boot. This one delivers. It's a bit pricey around these parts, but if you're feeling good on a particular day and want something refreshing and flavorful, check Reissdorf out!

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Photo of plfahey
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Medium light gold with truly brilliant clarity. Moderately tall white head with moderate retention.

Aroma-Light, bready Pils malt aroma forms the foundation for a nice ester profile of orchard fruits, featuring primarily pear with some cherry and a hint of apple. Very low noble hop aroma. Smells fantastic.

Flavor-Crisp, fresh, and easy drinking. Moderate pils malt sweetness opens, followed by moderately low noble hop flavors. Esters from aroma are less pronounced here, with just the suggestion of light pear. The beer opens lightly sweet, which quickly dries as it moves into the finish. Bready malt expands in the finish along with medium low bitterness and slight noble hop flavor, and as the aftertaste goes on, some light cherry notes appear. Also, as the beer warms, the pear and cherry notes come through a bit stronger.

Mouthfeel-Crisp, well-attenuated, and thirst quenching. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

An incredibly awesome German Kölsch-one of my all time favorites. I could drink a shit-ton of this beer, all summer long.

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Photo of Samp01
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden pale yellow with a nice fluffy white head. Aroma and Taste of caramel malt, yeast, some sweet fruity esters and a light grassy note, with some light hops. Light body and carbonation on the palate. Finish is sweet malt, some biscuit and yeast, and light hops on the ending give it nice balance. Overall a good easy drinking and refreshing brew.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a stange. The color is gold with a hint of amber. Three fingers of thick, buttery head dissipated slowly, leaving trails of foam on the glass, a thin lacing, and a ring around the edge.

Smell: A very nice bouquet of malts and fruit. Sweet malts, caramel, tart apple, strawberry, peach, and very inviting grassy hops.

Taste: Very lager-like for what is technically an ale. The taste does not offer as much sweetness and fruit, but that is perfectly fine with me. It is very malty and there is no dominant flavor. The mouthfeel is dry and each sip ends a tad bitter from grassy hops.

Drinkability: Good stuff. I am now convinced my German ancestors were not big beer drinkers. If they were, they must have emigrated due to crushing economic or social pressures.

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Photo of sommersb
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 08-09-2011
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 330 ml brown bottle
Glassware: Stange
Purchased: Single from Chuck's, Bowling Green, KY

A bright, clear golden color with lots of lively carbonation. Retention and lacing are good after a pour of a lush head of 4 fingers high. The aroma is crisp but light, and has elements of fruit (grapes), floral and earthy smells. The malt aromas are similar to a pilsner but muted.

Very clean taste, with light fruit flavor that is not sweet, but rather dry. Bitterness is light and I also get a small salty, or mineral flavor. Has a pilsner-like character but is less bold and bitter. The light body and high carbonation make this a smooth, easy-drinking summer beer, with a nicely balanced finish.

I would recommend this beer, especially in the hot summer.

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Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of schoolboy
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I felt like being authentic old world a bit today (I am a German speaking 1st generation). Das ist gut. I don't write it well. My 23 year old son called the flavor round. When he sniffed the bottle he went wow. It is a good finishing hops, my favorite aspect of these beers.

It has a crisp, moderate bite. Just right. This is what they asire to. I don't necessarily need to drink this over and over, though. Hopefully I can get to Germany (bucket list item) and get some on tap some day.

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Photo of alexolit
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was at Mediterraneo in Hermosa Beach, CA last weekend, looking for something light and quenchable to round out an evening's drinking. I came across Reissdorf in the menu and, having heard of the Kolsch style but never having tried it, I ordered one.

The beer presented with a straw/honey color and a one-finger head. Head retention was decent. Pleasing malt and distinct but subdued fruit notes were most prevalent on the nose. Putting glass to mouth, I again encountered a pleasant malt character and some light fruitiness, this time paired with a very mild, if not implied, hop presence. The mouthfeel was more substantial than I anticipated, not as watery as many light ales tend to be.

I am a big hop-head, which means that I tend to shy away from lighter fare but with this beer the kolsch style has a new fan. Simple, honest, and good, this is a "lawn mower beer" for the person whose fridge is otherwise filled with Dogfish Head 60 or 90 minute IPA and Pliny the Elder.

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Photo of samie85
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes; originally 7/30/11.

A-Pours a clear golden color with two fingers of white foam.

S-Slight butterscotch and green notes with some light grain.

T-Follows the nose with tart green apples and butterscotch with some bready malt and yeast esters.

M-Light bodied with low, yet prickly carbonation.

D-Very tasty and drinkable; perfect on a hot day after a trip to the DMV.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap Sat night at Penguin Pizza. Served in a standard pint glass. Bright yellow color with a lot of carbonation and a fluffy white head. Smell had a distinct aroma of citrus and lemon, which I liked. The taste was very light on both the hops and the malt. I would say this beer is light bodied, but that's a given. Very smooth body and low in alcohol. This beer was made specifically so you could drink a few, and I could have easily.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
2.84/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: golden yellow, very clear, abundant, creamy head, modest carbonation
S: malty and a bit stale not very inviting
T: at front, pleasant, with hints of cherry and apricot; yields quickly to metallic taste; hard to get past that to what is, on par, a decent kolsch

A decent beer, but not the best rep from Germany, or of this style.

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Photo of SunDevilBeer
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried this on tap @ Magoun's served in a branded cylinder glass.

Crystal clear golden, well carbonated and a nice head. Tad fruity in the aroma.

Noticed the heavy malt up front. Backed up by fruity tastes, a bit bready too. Hops are subdued in the finish and clean everything up for a dry, crisp finish. Incredibly drinkable.

Terrific sessionable beer. I really enjoyed it and will drink it again some time.

Good to try an authentic Kolsch and see that most US brewers are poseurs at this style.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 07/22/11 notes. Had at the beer garden Standard in DC. Served in a stange.

a - Pours a cloudy dark yellow color with one inch of white head and low carbonation evident. No head retention or lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of grain, wheat, and very light fruits. Not a ton going on, but light and nice.

t - Tastes of wheat, grain, bready malts, and light fruit malts. Hints of apples.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation, pretty easy to drink and crisp.

o - Overall a pretty decent Kölsch. Light and easy to drink, with a little bit of light fruit to it. Would give it another shot.

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Photo of alee42
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap at Armsby Abbey, Worcester MA

I had this for before a Sunday brunch at the Abbey. Filled up into a 0.5L tall mug labeled Kulmbacher Premium Pils. It pours a very distinct golden pale color, arguably lighter than a Pilsner. The head is characteristically foamy, with medium to high carbonation. Not much to smell here; the faint smell of lemon zest lightly dresses the grain/hoppy aroma. Definitely restrained on fruitiness.

A firm hoppy character gives it a dry, bitter finish. It's clean, crisp, and very refreshing - probably experiencing the crispness due to its bubbly concoction. Light in taste and soft on the palate, I was pretty pleased with this German Ale. The low ABV makes this beer highly drinkable, even for brunch.

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Photo of horshack7
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pale golden with a solid and fluffy white head. Carbonation rises from beneath the head to keep up th ehead retention.

Aroma: Breadiness, with a touch of dryness in the nose along with malts that only yield a minor sweet aroma. Hops send off a fruity aroma somewhat like a pear or peach.

Taste: Mouthfeel is crisp but too crisp. There are fruit notes a little like pears. Malts to let out a little bit of a dry finish. Grassy and grain towards the back end as well.

Notes: A rather tasty beer and very drinkable great on a summer night or day. Cheers.

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Photo of atr2605
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-pours light golden/yellow color with excellent transparency, two finger widths white head and fades into a thin white lace around the rim. Pretty low head retention.
S-Very subtle, a slight green apple and straw aroma
T-sweet malt with a slight pear flavor that ends with a soft bitterness that leaves a clean flavor on the palate.
M-Light to medium bodied
O- Great example of a kolsch, slight fruit flavors in the aroma and flavor with balance and crispness. A very enjoyable and drinkable beer.

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Photo of balzern
4.97/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Straw golden yellow with a moderate amount of foam.

S- lemon citrus scent with a moderate amount of grain and light bread.

T- very bready with a citrus taste in the background very enjoyable. A really light summer brew with a slight hop bitterness in the back not intense.

M- Moderate/highly carbonated with a crisp clean mouthfeel.

O- Highly recommended one of my favorite beers ever.

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Photo of Zraly
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Frothy, white head atop of a clear light yellow. Notes of grain and malt in the nose.

Clean and crisp, and true to style, this is a bready, fruity kolsch with a little zip of bitterness in the finish. Cereal and fresh apple notes. A bit grassy. Clean finish. Light bodied and a bit heavy handed on the carbonation. Given these factors, it makes for an insanely refreshing summertime choice.

So refreshing by itself -- a great lawnmower beer. A nice thing to offer your friends who are less open to ales, as it is a nice upgrade from your conventional adjunct lager.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
2.76/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 2" white soap suds head. Clear straw yellow in color. Not really any smell at all, and not just when cold but even after the sample warmed. Simple BMC taste profile and although some other reviews I'd read mentioned apple and other things I didn't get any of that. Watery. There is sort of a melted ice water after taste. Hey, at least there was no skunking.

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Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
2.83/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reissdorff kolsch, 4.8% abv, Kolsch

A: This appears hay yellow with some light middle carbonation. There’s some light lacing and golden hues.

S: There is a some vegetable smell and overall a sweet crispness. It smells like a powered down saison. There’s some mild grassiness but nothing really worth being overt about.

T: People always rave about how this is a summer beer, but I don’t think that it is worth the hype. Particularly given the bevy of other styles available. That being said, it tastes like a milder Belgian ale that has been forgiveably boiled lightly or mildly hopped. There’s a breadiness to it, well as much as such a thin ale can present, but some breadiness nonetheless. Finally there’s a hint of grass notes.

M: This is so incredibly light that the coating is more of a resonance than a taste. You cannot unring a bell and likewise you can untaste a kolsch simply by drinking it quickly. Of course it is light, of course it is meant for light weather. You know all that, but you need to really feel the Kolsch, get all up in it.

D: This is, in my opinion one of its only really redeemable aspects. The flavor isn’t exceptional, and the finish isn’t ridiculous; but you can drink it all day. For better or worse. For me that just isn’t enough to carry the day.

Narrative: “SIIICK ELIMINATOR BROTORCH!” Ah shit, they brought this guy again, god damn Tevin Jacobs. “Ahhh can’t wait to load this up with sick girls, grills, shots, schwaaaazeee-” He’s is trailing off again with what is debatably not even a real word. Why do they always bring this guy around? He is so irritating. “And THEN I WAS ALL LIKE this-” Oh great, now he is grinding all over my dad’s speedboat. They always say he’s great to have around at parties but just a few minutes of this Tevin and I am already sick of him. “SO I ALWAYS TELL CHICKS LIKE OK THINK ABOUT IT, you could never get PREGNANT ON ANOTHER PLANET BECAUSE THE gravity is all different, it would straight pull it down and-” I just, I can’t sit here and listen to this butchering of science. “Yo bro, can you hit me with a Michelob Ultra? Tryna hit up the gym sitch later!”

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Reissdorf Kölsch from Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf
3.85 out of 5 based on 1,264 ratings.
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