Reissdorf Kölsch | Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf

very good
1,249 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 jeffthecheff
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
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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Photo of rlshep
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Apple and pear come through. Some sulfur.

Appearance: Big fluffy white head. Very clear. Straw color to light gold. Good lacing.

Flavor: Clean pils malt flavor. Apple and pear flavors carry through from aroma. Medium bitterness. Alcohol not noticeable. Crisp dry finish. Sulfur in aftertaste, ok for style.

Mouthfeel: Light body. High carbonation. Very dry. Some slickness coating the tongue.

Overall: Well balanced and very refreshing. I'll be seeking this one out again. Great for a hot summer day.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Cannery Row Brewery.

Appearance- clear yellow color

Smell- faint aroma, citrus

Taste- citrus

Mouthfeel- light to medium bodied

Drinkability- It was pretty good. I enjoyed it. First Kolsch for me and I did like it. I would like to try it again sometime.

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Photo of wd40
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Perfectly clear, yellow straw appearance.

The smell is almost like a lager, even though it's an ale.

Slight taste of plastic. Not hoppy or bitter. Not too watery. Decent full flavor I suppose, but not my preferred style.

Mouthfeel is fine.

Pretty drinkable.

Not a particularly outstanding beer for my tastes, but a quality product. Just not a style i particularly love, but I think it's pretty well done for what it is.

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

Tap into a shaker pint-

A: Golden clear, full head began with a full inch and stayed around 1/2 inch throughout the beer with substantial lacing. Very nice looking.

S: Grainy and slight sweetness with hints of citrus

T: Grainy and malty with hops bitterness and a citrus presence; substantial flavor and quite well balanced. I am really enjoying this beer.

M: Not heavy at all despite the full flavor, well carbonated and moves easily.

D: This is the best Kölsch that I have drank, and could easily spend a day with this beer alone. I will be sure to drink it when I can find it on tap, especially during the warm months.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a 30cL stange glass.

A: Clear, pale goldenrod. Light chunky head has decent retention. No visible carbonation.

S: Grainy kölsch scent differentiated from others of the style by an unexpected skunkiness.

T: Good initial taste puts it ahead of other kölsch -- Reissdorf isn't as ephemeral. It has a more lasting taste, vaguely floral with a hint of barley. There is a strange fruity/citrus burst in the middle. Unfortunately, the aftertaste has a strange sulphuric tinge tasting of rotten egg. As long as I'm drinking it, it's good. But when I stop, I cringe.

M: More body and taste than most kölsch. Citrus is pleasing on the tongue and carbonation makes itself known.

D: A good beer and great kölsch, but I can't get past the sulphur.

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Photo of Liverpool08
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice pale yellow with a nice sticky white head. Aroma is clean and metalic. Flavor is great. Very smooth with that nice crisp bitter bite at the end. Its at first almost a little sweet, but then smooth outs to the bitter bite you want from the style. SUPER drinkible! I wish I could find these in bottles to keep in the fridge this summer.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.39/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 500 ml. bottle. Sampled on June 6, 2010. It pours an excitably carbonated pale yellow with a short-lasting fizzy head. The aroma was malty although more skunky than I would have liked. It was a turnoff. The taste was somewhat better with bit of grainy malt, thin hops but a great body.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on draft 6/3/10. This is the 'keep the glass' draft special at Winking Lizard this month. Nice 0.4L kölsch glass from which to drink.

Poured light golden with a white, sticky head. Smell was clean, malty, with hints of dried fruit. Taste is deliciously smooth and slightly sweet, but bitter after the sip. An easily drinkable brew.

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Photo of Naugros
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A beautiful pale yellow, crystal clear beer with a 3 finger wide, egg white head on top. Bubbles of carbonation also affix themselves to the side of the glass (a .2L kolsch glass), like barnacles. This does not repeat itself when the glass is refilled. Some lace is left behind in clumps, but the remaining head shortly reclaims most of its colonies...a few stay rogue.

Floral and spicy on the nose with wafting odors of sourdough bread.

Surprisingly, the taste does not mirror the smell. It's very subtle in flavor, very dry. A wee bit of lemony citrus at the back with a slim sense of salt on the sides of the tongue. There is a biscuity feel up front, without much of a corresponding flavor.

Very crisp, very clean. If there is an aftertaste it only lasts a second or so. The carbonation level is perfect.

Exceptionally drinkable. All the lightness of a light American lager in an ale without bitterness or other harsh flavors. This is a very refreshing beer that can be enjoyed like a session beer to quench a massive thirst.

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Photo of Kaiser777
4.72/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Very clear golden yellow with a thick rich pearl white head, with little bubbles slowly floating to the top, and a beautiful lace that hugs the glass and let's you know it's staying there.

S- It is slightly malty with an almost pilsner smell to it.

T- It is light but very delicious, with a slightly malty taste and a dry finish, and an awesome hoppy after taste.

MF- Coats the mouth very well, light carbonation, with a dry finish.

D- In my book I could drink this beer all the time, very refreshing and delicious, not to heavy and not to light, with a pilsner fell that is lighter then your average pilsner, so two thumbs up from me, satisfiying to the last drop.

Hats off to the fellows in Germany that brewed such a wonderful beer.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.71/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I enjoyed this one much better on tap than in bottle

A- sparkly clear golden amber with fine rising bubbles. Creamy dense white head leaves this curtains of lace. Foam never completely dissipates and th lace forms nice hard rings as it dries. Served in an authentic reissdorf stange.

S- bready sweet and malty like a very clean Helles or lightly hopped pils. Some grassy and floral nots and a bit of apple skin and banana.

T- a tiny touch of bubble gum at the very start then grassy herbal hop flavor followed my very fresh lightly toasted malt. Much better than the bottle I had a few years ago. Near the finish the hops are more like tea or very light tobacco with some tart lemony characteristics and the toasty crackery cereal flavors far outlast the bitterness long into the crisp finish.

MF- light and lively, an excellent refreshing thirst quencher. Carbonation is aggressive and prickly and gves the brew a cool menthol feeling. Very clean on the palate with no residual anything except a light fresh barley aftertaste and a moderate dryness.

D- incredible summer brew, having this on tap has definitely
renewed my faith in this style. I'm a born again kolschstian. Easy going dryness makes this one hard to put down and the attractve cylinder showng a golden beer in all it's glory is equally alluring.

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Photo of glid02
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at Mac McGee's in Decatur, GA.

Pours a clear golden-straw color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of sweet and slightly grainy light malts with mild amounts of earthy and leafy hops. The hop aromas turn more floral as the beer warms.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Crisp light malt flavors kick things off and sweeten midway through the sip. Good amounts of floral and earthy hop flavors join in to temper the sweetness and carry through to a crisp and mildly bitter ending.

Overall I thought this tasted almost identical on cask as it did on tap, the carbonation was a bit softer and the hops seemed sharper. This may be due to the fact that it was allowed to drop bright and I didn't get very much yeast. Anyways, a solid beer worth a shot from any medium, likely better if it's fresh.

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Photo of udubdawg
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

pours a very pale yellow, topped by a half inch of white fizzy foam that fades immediately to a ring. aroma is pleasant but light. Light general fruitiness among a sort of husky grain aroma. I am not sure I get any hop here. Flavor is better than decent, more of the same with more hop. Bitterness is almost balancing, could be 10-20% higher and be better IMO. Still a bit fruity in the hop area, slight herbal. Not a pilsner-type spicy to my palate. Drying on the tongue in the finish, along with slight lingering bitter and plenty of carb. body is light but not thin, carb refreshing, no off flavors...and at the same time nothing to write home about. Nicely fills the gap between pilsner and golden ale.
I've had it before and will have it again, but doubt I'll ever seek it out.

8/4/14 - FINALLY a bottle that is only slightly past ideal age. it took years to run into one...bumped up score from 3.73. Bet it would be higher a few months ago...

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Photo of argock
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a clear pint glass at Mellow Mushroom (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Clear golden with 1-finger average off-white head with mid-pack retention and lacing.

S: Grainy, herbal aromas that characterize the hybrid of ale and lager that this style represents.

T: Flavor is much huskier and grainy than any ale yet still hits the fruity, herbal notes very well. I have learned not to expect much from a kolsch, but this brew delivers a lot of light fruity, ale flavor with a solid malt backing.

M: Clean and dry with a short husky grain aftertaste. Body is light-to-medium but more towards light.

D: A great standard by which to judge the style as this brew delivers all of the classic style features and is a joy to drink.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Transparent, very light yellow, nice white fluffy head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Pilsner malt, corn, slight grape?

T: Refreshing and clean. This is a tasty beer. Very easy to drink. Non-challenging. This is a good choice for a hot summer day, or perhaps paired with some spicy brats and sauerkraut.

M: Thin, slightly watery, smooth, goes down easy.

D: A solid example of the style from the city in which it originated. Good stuff.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale gold with a thick head that quickly thins to a soapy sheen.

Aroma is grainy pale malt. Grassy, and musty with a light citrus character.

Taste is what the nose lead me to expect. Grainy pale malt with residual sweetness. Hops bring a lemony crispness. Finishes dry and a little chalky, with lingering yeasty funk and light fruit notes.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied.

This is a great example of the style. Grainy sweetness, funky, grassy light fruit, and a crisp finish. This isn't a style that I would normally seek out, but this is one of the better Kolsh I've had to date.

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Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: It poured perfectly clear and straw yellow in color with a medium sized head that died down quickly into a thin layer of bubbles on the surface. There's a moderate level of carbonation.
S: There are light aromas of grainy malts with notes of lemons.
T: The taste is very clean and is well balanced between the malt and hops; it also has some notes of grapes.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with lots of crispness and dryness.
D: It's very easy to drink this beer, which quenches your thirst and is very refreshing. This is very sessionable, especially on a hot summer day.

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Photo of kylehayworth
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is only the second Kolsch I have ever had. So bare with me.

A: Lively golden in color, with an amazing white head that slowly fades.

S: Very light smelling in the way of hops, maybe a slight floral scent.

T: Taste similar to what I smell, very light tasting, crisp and clean. The last bit is a hint of some fruit and hop.

M/D: Very light, with spot on carbonation. This seems like a great summertime beer to me. Always saw people say this, but seems session worthy to me.

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

Poured a crystal clear yellow with a fizzy white head, very typical US Macro Looking.

Had a light corny smell.

The flavor was light and slightly sweet with a bit of light grassy hops.

The mouthfeel is light and crisp with a long dry finish.

Decent, but nothing real exciting, its like a better done version of of your standard US Macro Lager.

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

A= golden yellow, nice foamy head when poured and dissipating to continual rimming, some lacing. Plenty of carbonated bubbling.

S= let it set for a few minutes to find it, otherwise it's not strong but still nice. At first, just some light hops florals. Then malts are very easy to find, esthers, Noble hops.

T= grassy dry up-front but not overly bitter, nice sweet malts, balanced carbonation, very enjoyable.

M= dry, a bit dusty, some grassy notes.

D= very drinkable, possibly even a Bud fan might enjoy it for a "real beer treat." Traditional Koln Kolsch, a bit more dry than some of the popular ones around the city. Should be great with anything that goes well with a Lager or Pils.

If you like more dry beers, this would be a great example of Kolsch for you. I prefer slightly more evident hops florals and a touch more sweet malts but this one is great and if I were back in Koln and this was the featured beer I'd be sessioning.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.5l on tap poured into a large German glass.

Pours a ver clear yellow with a small white head that faxes quick with no lacing. Nose is light and rich but fairly plain.

Taste is wheaty and sweet but really light. It's good but pretty plain and dull. A decent session ale but still a good beer worth trying.

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Photo of Bubba83
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoying this at home on a nice Spring-like Monday night in California. Poured into a tumbler in the low 40 degrees range.

Body is straw yellow with good clarity and little bubbles rising to the top forever. Bright white good amount of head tops it off, with some small traces of lacing and an okay ring sticks around.

Smells of hay, fresh cut grass, crackers, and fresh baked bread. I get a little lemon and some floral stuff, but it's very muted. I wish I could smell more of the hop qualities here.

Tastes very nice. A delicate balance of sweet bready malts that give way to a very nice grassy, floral quality and some beautiful fruity-ness. I am pleased. Finish is bone dry and satisfyingly bitter.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing, surprisingly smooth and not too prickly...

Can't beat the drinkability. I love the dry finish and it just seems like the ideal beer for barbecuing outside or drinking after mowing the lawn. Good stuff.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear straw yellow with a decent fluffy white head - average, but not off-putting. Aroma is average strength, malty and just a tad watery. However, the aroma is this beer's weakest aspect. Flavor is strong, crisp and malty with a fruity overtone. Texture is smooth, lively and fizzy.

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Photo of berserker256
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice clear bronze/brass color with a massive foamy head that sticks to the side of the glass. Astringent grassy yeasty sweet malty carmel aromas. Taste mimicks the aroma almost exactly but with a metallic finish. Perfect creamy texture and good body and carbonation. Easy drinking.

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Reissdorf Kölsch from Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf
3.85 out of 5 based on 1,249 ratings.
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