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 gatornation
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap in tall pils glass

A- pours a clear golden yellow with a brilliant white 1 finger head that recedes to a fresh collar

S- is floral noble hops with baked bread and wet grass herb.hop smell

T- is noble hops first crisp and pure ,followed by a wet grassy and lemon/spice taste..baked bread notes follow

M- is crisp clean and dry..well carbonated with nice floral hop bite

O- very good reminded me of a czech pils ,,very tasty

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

Pours a lovely golden color with big white head(almost two fingers) The beer is almost see though with alot of notes of earthly malts. It smells very crisp and clean with good hop sense on the nose. The taste is perfect for this style of beer with just enough balance of hops and almost fruit like quality. goes down very easy and would be a stable during hot summer months. Overall a great beer that i would recommend to anybody that is a fan of the kolsch style of german beers. Cheers

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Photo of Trambo
4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a clear golden color, high carbonation, forming a fluffy white head.

S- Nice light bread-like malt, with a hint of citrus hops.

T- Starts with a slightly earthen maltiness, with the hops lending well-balanced citrus and pine flavosr; finishes dry with a great balance of malt & hop flavor.

M- High carbonation makes this a very crisp, clean, drinkable and refreshing beer.

Fantastic example of the Kölsch style. Truly a reminder as to why I love German brews. To date, this one of my all-time favorites. I picked up a few .5L singles at Total Wine in town, as part of a sample pack of German beers. Highly recommended!

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Photo of imbibehour
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a mug at Pizza Paradiso DC.

Like out of the bottle a simple white head is given and slowly rising carbonation from the body. Gold and lemony almost shiny polished brass and crystal clear. Some minimal lacing left while drinking and leaves a solid puck all the time, looks great.

Bouquet is small malt and a little bit of sweetness and grain sense. Good, solid, and simple.

Mild bitter at first but once again that huge white bread finish on the swallow, with a crisp tangy feeling. Much like out of the bottle but better, the bread taste is bolder, and there is even an almost canatalope melon aftertaste as well.

Overall this is a fantastic summer brew and an ultimate beat the heat thirst quencher. Love it, great!

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Photo of keithmurray
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance - clear straw color w/ frothy white head

smell - wheat, citrus, ginger, clove

taste - wheat, citrus, coriander, ginger

mouthfeel - crisp and refreshing, light bodied, amply carbonated, dry finish

overall - this is a good representation of the style, really good beer for those warm summer nights, wish these were available in six packs and at a slightly more reasonable cost

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Photo of BelgiumBill
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first time trying a Kölsch so take this for what its worth.

I have never seen a beer that was so clear that it actually sparkled. It poured a golden/straw color with a white 1 inch head receding to a thin coating.

The smell and flavors were spice, citrus, and some butter. Somewhat reminded me of a Belgium white.

It was light to medium body, very refreshing, and quite drikable at 4.8%ABV.

I don't know the calorie count on this but it was like a light beer with a whole lot more flavor and mouthfeel. Nice and makes me want to try more from the style.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oh my this company's websites smacks of BMC...

The basics: $4.29/500ml bottle (ouch) and 4.8% ABV.

Got the classics playing: Thin Lizzy and Journey...Some playoff hockey (wtf is up with my Sabres??? The flyers can we not be thrashing them??!!)...and this brew....

One of the single clearest pours in the history of beer - it pours as clear or clearer than the Pacifico...The color mutates from piss yellow to a muted amber...kinda neat actually...Nice, crispy, frothy head. Some decent lacing...Not bad looking actually...

Very malty aromas...Almost malt-liquor-ish...Some citrusy stuff - like lemonade - also in there. Also somethin akin to Hawai'ian sweet bread dough...Kinda cool...

Flavor is very vibrant and upfront...A nice citrusy tang...The carbonation is a little too much, but it's cleansing. The middle has a nice malt component. It's like the bread dough, in truth...Finish is long and has nice malt, but seems to carry a tiny bitterness, probably from yeast...Not as bad beer at all but robust beer enthusiasts will be unimpressed as this fails to pack a robust punch. The flavor is much more impressive than it looked like it would be, however. The price keeps this from being a must find to a "try it if you see it"...Very "Summertime"...

What I like most: The vibrant flavor profile.

What I like least: The price and lack of overall robustness (but it is to style)

Verdict: Good, not great and not spectacular...

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Photo of WillCarrera
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Perfectly clear golden color, very carbonated, produces a fluffy white head.

S- Pretty simple, lots of grainy, light bready malts, a bit of citrusy hops.

T- Somewhat similar to the nose, grainy, slightly barnyard-esque malts, hops lend a bit of pine resin and citrus, finishes bone dry with a nice blend of grainy and piney malt/hop flavors.

M- Lots of carbonation on this one, gives it a very crisp, clean feel, totally drinkable and very refreshing, went great with dinner.

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Photo of KajII
2.8/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

[Best served in a Kölsch/Altbier glass]

Poured a light clear yellow with a large white frothy head that was mostly lasting and had excellent lacing. The aroma was light of grain malts, herbal hops and a leathery yeast with notes of citrus. It tasted very light and slightly bitter form beginning to end with the finish being rather light in flavor with a hint of lemon. Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a soft carbonation. Overall a very mild brew with not much taste.

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Photo of Whiteweasel
3.32/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pale yellow body, with an almost greenish tint. Carbonation is intense and bubbles in the head are large.

S: Grainy, corny and hoppy. Sweet and light. Not terribly interesting but decent.

T: Corny and light. Low hoppiness. Very refreshing but like the smell, not very interesting. Maybe a little wheat as well. A little hint of white wine after it gets closer to room temperature. Nice

M: Smooth on the attack and the aftertaste. Lots of carbonation. No real alcohol taste, as expected.

D: Very refreshing and decent tasting. Nothing special but would be nice to drink when you've got something else going on. Decent sessioner if it were more complex, but perhaps that's not the strong suit of a Kolsch.

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Photo of bierschmecktgut
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brilliantly clear straw color with thick clean white head that lasted for a bit then dropped to an average thin line. Carbonation is small and steady

Distinct hop aroma with a hint of metallic/copper in there which kinda makes my mouth water. slightest of malt/grain aromas behind the hops.

The hops are up front and in the back and leave a slight metallic aftertaste on the top of the tongue. The malt is very light and similar to the smell, is hidden way under the hoppy bitterness. Crisp flavor.

The body is light and leaves no puckering or astringency.

First time for the this style and very impressed, will recommend and get again.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reissdorf Kolsch

Appears bright gold in color with a bone white head and little lace. Aroma full of bready malts. Very clean flavors, definately some liquid bread/loafy moments. Noble hops are there with a light presence and bitterness. Balance is perfect. Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied. Smooth and crisp. Easy to consume, would certainly have it again. A very good example of the style.

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Photo of SacredBeverage
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a slender Euro-style bottle.

A: A great looking gold straw-like color, perfect clarity and very crisp looking with a nice thin head.

S: An aroma of hops, barley, and a slight fruity smell of lemons. Again, very crisp and refreshing.

T: A nice refreshing bitterness of hops, with some notes of fruit and grain. Crisp, clean, and refreshingly light and smooth. Awesome finish.

M: The mouthfeel is very smooth. Great for the style and for beer period.

D: I could definitely sit and have 3 or 4 of these, great drinkability.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into a .5 L hofbrau stange. No bottle date noted. straw gold w/perfect clarity. Decent white head dissipates to a nice collar and lacing.
S: fruitiness jumps out-lemony? Also some spicy hops and doughy/bready malts. Spot on for style.
T: superbly balanced, the light bready pale malt sweetness is gently washed out by a very smooth hop bitterness and co2. Finish is crisp and begs another sip. After posting and reading the review below mine, I am totally getting the grape-like taste, and I like that juicy/fruity aspect.
M: perfectly carbonated. Just over light-bodied. Effervescent mouthfeel but not too light, prickly, and unsubstantial if that makes sense.
D: I could have a few of these, the nice german pale malts and fruity esters from the yeast, the kiss of balancing hops...very nice, especially at only 4.8% abv.

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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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Reissdorf Kölsch from Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 1,287 ratings