Reissdorf Kölsch | Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf

Reissdorf KölschReissdorf Kölsch
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3.87/5
1,273 Ratings
Reissdorf KölschReissdorf Kölsch
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf
Germany
reissdorf.de

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 11-15-2001

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611
Ratings:
1,273
pDev:
11.63%
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Photo of minishfinish
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straw gold color. Passes the classic consumme test of being able to read a coin date through it. Great head that hangs around the whole time.

Smell is somewhat subtle, with nice bits of bread, light malts, and a sweet almost fruitiness.

Flavor is simple, some bread, pale malts, with a grape, almost wine like flavor.

Mouth-feel is light. Drinkability is high, and this is a very refreshing beer. Carbonation is active, and works well. It not the kind of over carbonation you might see in more domestic examples of this beer, it right were ti needs to be, not overly assertive.

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Photo of wcintula
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks very nice poured in it's own Kölsch glass. Golden clear body with 2 fingers of head. Not a lot of activity in there, though. Smells up front very grainy and bready, it's pleasant. The taste matches this but I'm getting a tinge of metal. Nice light bodied beer. I'll try this again in the summer though.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.68/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance; everything a Kölsch should be. Pours a pale, exceptionally transparent, straw yellow. Decent head that stays thoughout the drink, leaving beautiful lacing, looks like ichthyosaur fossils in a quarry wall. Alert carbonation, making this a perfect pick.

smell; white chocolate malts with a slight grape tartness. Some stale bread blends nicely with toned down hops.

taste; mild unripe fruit sweetness upfront. Some citrusy hops without a rind bitterness. Heavy malts in the finish are most noticable. Grassy notes show up from time to time that balance nicely with the malts.

mouthfeel; loose with perfect carbonation. Only the slightest bit of sting and alcohol burn is present. Very light bodied with a tea-like gentleness in the finish.

drinkability; super drinkable, need I say more, can not be better. One of the best examples of the style that I have ever had, nearly perfect.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a clear straw color with a thin white head.

S: Smells like sweet malt and grain with some white grape juice, in terms of the sweetness, with just a bit of bready malt flavor. The hops are floral in nature with perhaps just a touch of earthiness.

T: A good clean grain and bread flavor with some mild sweetness. There's a fair amount of floral and earthy hops with just a bit of grass and a moderate bitterness.

M: The body is light to medium with a medium to high level of carbonation.

D: Really light and easy to drink, like you would expect from a kolsch. No complaints here.

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Photo of mikeg67
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle. Pours golden, with a large white head and soda like carbonation. Aroma of pear, light perfume hops and some malt. Medium, crisp body with light perfume hops, juicy malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Practically no finish. Should be good, refreshing, not memorable, summer beer.

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Photo of PintPiner
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clean malty aromoa plus a touch of fruit.

Finger-width cream white head.

Very pale with lots of bubbles.

Moderate to high carbonation.

Very light, dry mouthfeel.

Crisp fresh malt, very slightly bready, soft bitterish finish. Clean, refreshing, well balanced ale.

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Photo of kjc51478
2.71/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden yellow with a small to medium fizzy head. Aroma is mostly malts with some definite toasted grains and a little bit of unpleasant skunkiness as well. Taste is light-bodied, a tad watery with the sweet bready maltiness and grassy hops as the predominant flavors. Finishing is wheaty with a slight sugary taste. Not my favorite Kölsch but certainly a good representative of the style.

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Photo of bigrzman
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is the quintessential Kolsch. Appearance and smell were the only detractors to this beer. It poured out with a lighter color than most Kolsch beers. It was a pale straw color with plenty of medium sized bubbles moving the top. Head was there and then it wasn't. I expected some more head and retention. The smell was clean and had hints of grain and grass...kinda boring.

Tastes like a spring meadow, very grassy grains with a grassy hop backing it. Malty sweetness is well balanced with the grassy hops.

Mouthfeel is correct to style, thin and wet. Drinkability is superb and is good for all seasons a great Kolsch.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a pale golden straw color with a bright white tight bubbled foamy head. Fine scattered lacing clings to my 1/2 liter mug perfect for the 500ml bottle. Aroma has a light herbal citrus note with a clean pale malt profile, a bit of mineral water very clean notes. Super clean great drinking session German ale, I could picture myself sitting in a Koln bierhall drinking from a kolsch glass being served by a kolbe for the better portion of a sunny afternoon. It's nice when just tasting a beer can give you that experience in your mind. Flavor is very much built around pale cereal grains and light herbal hops with a touch of fruitiness from the ale yeast strain. This is what most American brewers attempt when formulatnig an American Blonde ale, few succeed the way this beer does. Mouthfeel is clean crisp light bodied effervescent carbonation. Drinkability overall is excellent like I said it's pure refreshment, perfect for mass consumption too bad it's 4.50 for a half liter in the Pittsburgh market.

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Photo of boss302
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Clear and golden in color. Nice fine bubble head. Beautiful inviting beer.

S Sweet malty aroma. No estery aromas, no off aromas, which is pretty impressive from such a delicate beer from so far away.

T Clean, no estery flavors, no old flavor, just good fresh tasting Kolsh. Like a Kolsh, nothing standsout, light delicate and refreshing.

M Thin with high carbonation.

D Very drinkable, a good repeatable beer.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.94/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean yellow color with a off white head. In the aroma, a small hop presence and basically a standard lager smell. In the taste. small hints of earth and fruitiness, but still standard lager kind of taste. A small bite, but mainly smooth and a light bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry to clean, light maltiness in the aftertaste. I like it, but kind of standard Euro light lager.

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Photo of charlzm
2.8/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Consumed October 12th, 2010 at Tony's Darts Away, Burbank, CA.

Very effervescent clear golden brew with a thin skin of white foam.

Not particularly aromatic: slight grainy, husky aroma.

Flavor barely registers. Soft, indistinctly sweet and grainy. Slight fruitiness isn't substantial enough to identify.

Medium mouthfeel, mostly unremarkable.

Nothing wrong with this, except it has virtually no flavor.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours a very pale yellow with a billowing three finger head that leaves lots of residual clinging.

S. Grainy with a light sweetness.

T. Sweet grains and maltiness. Simple, but solid.

M. Lots more body than expected - medium body with low to medium level of carbonation.

D. Very good - very drinkable; I'd have it more if it wasn't so expensive.

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Photo of HURTemHIZZY
2.66/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Very disappointing. Pour is nice, with a clear golden yellow tone and a nice one finger pure white head that sticks around for a couple minutes and never goes below a decent sized ring around the glass. Leaves some lacing. Smell is pretty faint, get some cereal, grains, and a slight citrus note.

Taste is meh. Biscuity, with cereals and grains, rounds into a (very) slight citrusy hop profile. Finishes like nothing at all; literally no lingering flavors besides the dry cereal. Refreshing? I guess. Boring? Most certainly. I think if you put this brew inside a bud light bottle the ratings would go from a B+ to a D. Nice mouthfeel, though. Light, crisp, medium amount of prickly natural carbonation.

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Photo of claspada
1.86/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a deep gold in color with a moderate white head, fair retention and lace.

Aromas of grainy malts and faint grassy hops. Not much depth in the nose.

The tastes are flat and boring to be perfectly honest. Unappealing depth in malt character, hop flavor and yeast characteristics. A real cereal and corny blah finish. The finish really kills this one; it lingers and actually gets worse with each sampling.

If this is a good Kolsch, it will be my last of the style that's for sure. Really reminds me of an adjunct lager that just so happens to be an ale. Pass...

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Photo of dasenebler
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.5L bottle, German distribution. Best by 1/7/11.

Pours an impeccably clear yellow-gold, with a bright white head. Good lacing.

The aroma is grainy, with the faintest earthy hop note.

The flavor is excellent: very light and clean. There's thin biscuity malt, along with a subtle hop spice. Not sweet or bitter, just light and non-intrusive. The finish is awesomely clean, with a crispness you just don't get with American interpretations of German styles. The mouthfeel was light, with lively, spritzy medium carbonation.

This is a very well-made Kölsch. An ideal warm-weather or session beer.

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Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a clear golden color and a modest head that leaves a few strands of lace

Smell: A bit of grain but not much else is discernable

Taste: The malty elememnts of this beer are slightly sweet and bready, up front, with a grainy, lemony bitterness that develops by mid-palate; at the same time, a fruity character from the yeast adds complexity; after the swallow, the crispness finishes off the flavors quickly, with just a lingering floral element

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation

Drinkability: Crisp and clean with a nice hint of fruitiness; good example of the style

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle.

A: Crystal clear pale straw color, with a fast-settling white head. Carbonation is lively and lacing falls off quickly.

S: Not a whole lot on the nose. Some grainy malt, and a slight grapey, floral character. There are some notes of piney hop in the backround.

T: Begins with bready, grainy malt, followed with fruity undertones. Hops lend a crisp, dry finish that only lasts a few seconds, as to be expected witht this style.

Reissdorf is truly the standard when it comes to Kolsch. Clean, light-bodied, and very pairable with many types of food. It's extremely sessionable.

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Photo of KDeLibero
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A true Kölsch is the local brew specialty in the city of Cologne, Germany. There are just fourteen breweries that produce Kölsch in Cologne, Reissdorf being one of the most significant. It is an ale made with its own yeast that is top-fermented at warmer temperatures, then "lagered," meaning aged and mellowed just above the freezing point. This results in a refreshing beer that can be enjoyed throughout the heat of the summer.

Poured into a tall, thin glass, the Reissdorf Kölsch is a lively yellow straw color with mellow aromas of fruit and floral hops. This beer is crisp and delicious! The slight hoppiness is complemented by the hint of bitter in the finish. It's flavor is subtle, but reminiscent of sweet fruit and toasted bread. The beer gets interesting with a slight herbal, spiciness followed by a clean, dry finish. This is a very attractive, easy drinking Kölsch, which is true to the tradition and style.

The simplicity of Reissdorf Kölsch means that it will pair well with various foods. It is important, however, to choose foods that will not overwhelm the delicacy of the beer. Try it with a summer salad of fresh greens, grilled beets and your local goat's milk cheese. It would also drink well with a vegetable frittata, or shellfish. It is a great substitute for Riesling or Gewurztraminer in any kind of food pairing. With this in mind, try it with a light, nutty cheese such as Piave Vecchio, which is made from cow's milk in Northern Italy.

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Photo of schlazzgraft
4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle poured into a glass (i wish i had the RIGHT kind of glass, but anywho...)

A - very, very clear and light; pours with a decent head with not too much retention - fades to a small bubbly foam

S - Pretty mild, slight malts but mostly clean lemony hop scent

T - Fruity up front, but then fading to a nice clean bitterness. Probably one of the cleanest/most refreshing finishes i've experienced.

M - Creamy, but still light and refreshing.

D - Great for a summer night, and one sip leaves you coming back for more

Overall a great beer, and my first Kolsch. I hope to try others in this category someday, although they seem pretty hard to come by.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on June 26th 2010 at Novare Res in Portland ME. Served in a 400mL heavy glass mug for $6. Review transcribed from notes.

Clear thin yellow pilsner-color with a thin white head that clings to the glass. Light aroma of light malts, lemon and grass hops, hint of honey sweetness. Feel is thin and crisp, refreshing, clean. Light malts and lemongrass hops. Crisp carbonation generates some belching, but isn't offensive. A hint of skunk. A great german Kolsh and a great end to my heavenly tasting session at Novare Res.

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Photo of mrgrinch
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - This beer has a beautiful dark yellow color with very rapid and plentiful carbonation. I poured it into a large Kölsch-Stange and it developed a frothy head that remained. The beer itself is clear and looks like gold. The active carbonation calls to me.

Smell - The smell is sweet and reminds me of candy, or sweet rolls.
Taste - Taste is sweet but like bread that is only slightly sweet--not like a pastry.

Mouthfeel - Though the beer is clear in its appearance, the feel of it is more full and almost creamy. Almost heavy in texture, but not overly so. I bet that is why they usually serve it in .2L glasses. It is like a gourmet treat. I enjoyed the carbonation.

Drinkability - A very easy drink, but full of flavor and texture. I feel that it has a bit of a heaviness to it that may limit one from consuming too many of these like some lighter, summer beers. Did I say 'creamy?'

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Photo of woodychandler
4.56/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Transcribed from undated notes.

This was poured for me and the server produced two fingers' worth of quickly dissipating bone-white head. The beer was a beautiful golden-yellow color with NE-plus quality clarity. The nose was faint with Saaz hops. Mouthfeel was medium with a very dry quality on the tongue. Finish was Zephyr wind-dry with a lingering taste of Saaz hops. For those who have heard me rave about Bryan "Lil Guy" Selders' Kolsch at Neversink just before it sank - this was as close to it as I have found. Very impressive!

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Photo of Reaper16
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

served on-tap at Flying Saucer, Kansas City, MO, into a pint glass

Pours a perfectly clear pale-ish gold. It does not look far off from, say, a maibock. A tiny cap of 1/2 a finger's white foam sits on top (bartender's fault, no doubt) that gives adequate lacing. Not much to say about the appearance. It seems right on the money for the style.

Loads of apple juice hit the nose first; I thought for a few seconds that I had been mistakenly served a pint of craft cider. Past the apple juice madness is a bit of nutty cheese, traces of grassy hops, and a bready/biscuity malt profile. I talk up the apple juice like it is strong but really the beer is an exercise in restraint and subtlety, so don't fear.

This is the best tasting Kolsch that I've had. Light apple juice flavors blend very well with the dry biscuit maltiness. There is a definite nutty flavor here, delicate yet rich. Maybe some tiny, tiny traces of vanilla here and there. Everything is malt-forward, light and very subtle -- but still flavorful enough to make for a worthwhile session.

Mouthfeel could be improved. The lightness is nice for a subtle beer but it is actually too light. A bit of a creamier feel on the tongue would better carry home those nutty flavors. I can't deny the supreme drinkability of this Kolsch. It is super-light in ABV at 4.8% and its flavors are such that you can taste them all night and not get tired of them or bored of them.

This is a worthwhile beer. In this age of extreme beers it is reassuring to know that there are lovely examples of classic, simple styles that you can fall back on if need be.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Reissdorf stange glass, this has a picture perfect appearance. The clear yellow color and one finger white head made an eager feeling, and the lace left on the glass was impressive.

The nose is lightly fruity and clean with an aroma similar to apples or strawberries. As it warms, some brediness comes through as well.

The flavor and mouthfeel made me question the freshness on this beer just a bit. It seemed a bit flat, which took away from the beer. Otherwise, it's very light and clean on the palate, with a light sweetness and some decent fruit notes. Bitterness is very low. Higher carbonation would have really tied this all together.

This was a quick, thirst quenching glass that was easy to drink. I probably would have ordered another if it was in better condition.

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Reissdorf Kölsch from Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 1,273 ratings
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