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 alee42
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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 +3.4%
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 +5.4%
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 +28.4%
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 -5.7%
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 -28.7%
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 -26.9%
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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Photo of micromaniac129
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a thick white head thats loose in structure, fading fast.
Clear and nicely carbonated. It has a light honey color.

Aroma is clean with a sutle pilsner malt nose.

A refreshing malt taste that finishes with a ceral or bread taste.

Soft and refreshing semi dry beer. Its clean with no aftertaste.

An easy drinking beer that you could pound at a barbaque or just loafing about on a warm summer's day.

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

Appearance- Pours a clear golden color, with a fluffy white head. Some steady rising carbonation bubbles, decent retention and lacing left behind.

Smell- Cereal grains with some earthy/grassy hops.

Taste- Cereal grains again, but it doesn’t have a gritty feel, just the flavor. A distinct grassiness and somewhat floral, slightly tart lemon towards the finish. Tastes better than the aroma would suggest.

Mouthfeel- Very crisp and has a nice clean finish.

Overall- A very solid, yet relatively simple beer. You could drink a lot of these on a warm summer day and not get sick of it.

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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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