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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 bashiba
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
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 +3.4%
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 -9.6%
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 +6.7%
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 -20.4%
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 +8.5%
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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Photo of david18
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I"m a big fan of Kolsh and this is among the better ones i've had. I tried this a few times in the bottle and it was always great and the draft version is both fresher and mellower.

Amazing golden color with great carbonation, awesome yeast aroma and an overall perfect beer to enjoy on a warm afternoon.

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Photo of rmolledo
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

*this is my first time having a kolsch in general.

A: beautiful golden hue with a decent head that fell quickly.
S: smells good. can't put my finger on what i'm smelling.
T: Tastes alot like a pilsner which I find interesting. It's the missing link between ale's and lagers. Kind of has a little bit of fruity esters in the after taste.
MF: decent carbonation in the mouth feel.
D: obviously a very refreshing beer that would be perfect in the summer after a long day of work.

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

Half liter bottle poured into the closest thing to a Kolsch glass that I could find. I've always love the simplicity and elegance of many of Germany's labels, and this doesn't disappoint. Served cold, straight from the refrigerator.

A- Pours a pale straw to straw with perfect clarity. Two or three streams of beads float to the top with metronome-like timing. The striking part about this beer is the consistency of the head. Similar in density to frothed milk, the head clings to the steep sides of the glass as it falls down to a thin foam that completely covers the surface of the beer. Kolsch as it should be.

S- Abundant malt and minerals that reminds me of fresh bagel dough. A touch of yeast fruitiness and an underlying noble hop character that gives the aroma a distinct crispness. So clean and so refreshing that you know this is going down quick.

T- The malt character up front is simple and does not interfere with any other part of the beer. The noble hops are more prevalent in the taste than in the aroma and recognizable from beginning to end. The yeast is fruity and shows itself mostly near the end. A subtle bitterness provides a drying finish with a grainy aftertaste.

M- Medium to high carbonation with a light body and a dry finish. Certainly falls within style, but is the low point of the beer, leaving something to be desired.

D- A more drinkable beer may not exist. Not only is this fairly low in alcohol, but the flavors are so subtle that my palate could handle liters before tiring. A fine example of an under-appreciated style. Kolsch is too viewed as an alternative for the non-initiate instead of a style capable of high regard.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I love Kolsch. It is my favorite lager-esque beer.

A – Big golden body with a rich white tower of foam that sticks around proudly.

S – Clean sweet German malt, and light esters.

T – This brew has the distinct German taste, presented in a big, rich, full manner and avoiding the sweatiness. A surprising banana nut bread tone is found in the finish. A great ambassador of the Kolsch style of lager (not actually lager, I know...)

M – Feel is on the full side of medium-bodied, well-carbonated.

D – This is immensely drinkable; delicious as a stand alone or paired.

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Photo of icetraxx
3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden yellow with a two-finger super creamy head. Dissipates to a single finger quickly and leaves its mark on the glass. Recedes too quickly, yet laces well.

S: Malt... not aromatic enough to get anything else.

T: You got your lager in my ale! Crisp malt which is very lightly hopped, but not much else here for complexity. The salsa I had a few hours ago is enough to overpower just about everything in this beer. This is a good beer considering the style. The finish feels a bit "cheap". There is a certain apple/grapeish undertone to the malt at hand.

M: Creamy, good carbonation, and very good overall considering the style.

D: Easy to drink, but it could be a little boring as long as the hop aromatics remain lost.

O: This style is too easy going for me... and $4 for a bomber? never again!

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

Poured from a bottle without a date into a tulip. Beer is yellow and completely clear. Carbonation is mild but steady and made up of big bubbles. Head is diffuse and broken and made up of white bubbles. The head leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is a slight wheat and some pilsner sweetness. Overall weak.

Lots of carbonation in the mouth but overall the body is thin, which is fine. There is a wheaty aftertaste and a forward sweetness. Its a good kolsch, not many examples. Drinkability is high. Mouthfeel is fine.

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Photo of baos
4.77/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml into Bicentennial Mason Jar.

A: 2 finger white head over a nice copper-golden body. Bits of lacing here and there.

S: Bready and floral. Nice grapey malts.

T: Very refreshing. an almost grape bubblegum, lemony notes. Super smooth and refreshing malts that give way to nice dry mouthfeel of floral hops. an almost green tea ending.

M: A one. Light to medium-light bodies. Just the right carbonation.

D: This type of beer and ones similar are becoming my favorite brews in the world. The second time I've had this. And after the first sip I cannot believe that I forgot about it so quickly. One of my top brews now, try one on it fits nicely.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours clear and golden with a huge fluffy white head that exhibits excellent retention and leaves tons of crisp white lace on the glass.

S - Bready. Saltine cracker and sea salt. Toasted wheat crackers.

T - Cracked wheat, honey, and a very light touch of caramel. Reminds me of Wheat Thins.

M - Light, but slightly creamy. The carbonation is top notch, and some mineral water touches give this a firm feel.

D - Nothing too special. This is a good warm weather session candidate. Slightly creamier and more honey-focused than others of the style. Not bad at all.

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Photo of vacax
2.66/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Deep gold in color with a moderate white head, fair retention and lace. Smells of grainy malts and faint grassy hops. Not much depth in the nose. Tastes vinous with an unappealing strength, cereal and corny finish. The finish really kills this one. Light bodied with a medium level of carbonation to it. Not so nice, really, tastes like an adjunct lager that just so happens to be an ale. Recommend against.

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Photo of Nucleozoid
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Vigorously poured in a .5 liter glass beer mug, classic crystal clear golden beer color, tiny bubbles, white frothy head - slight lacing down the glass.

S: Crisp and clean.

M: Very crisp, medium high carbonation.

T: Subtly complex, slight hop presence, dry and palate cleansing.

A very pleasant experience. Very drinkable - makes for an outstanding session beer.

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Photo of stcules
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden limpid, clean appearance, with the typical white and compact head.
The smell is quite light, tending on the malty side, and less to the hoppy one.
Anyway, fresh, even if a bit less than others kölsch, less dry.
And a not great drinkability.
Well, it is still a vry good beer.
Some more bitterness in the aftertaste.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured at Abraxas. Pint glass, very clear gold with a large fizzy head.

It's so hard judging aroma with a beer like this. I get some light toasted grain and flowery character. Almost some musty peach. It is not a strong aroma by any means, but that's not the point.

Taste is very clean. Light floral hops, almost sweetly floral. Quite subtle, but very tasty.

Feel is crisp, well carbonated but not overly so.

This truly is the kind of beer you could drink all night. Excellent kolsch!

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

poured from a 500ml bottle: aroma is sweet and grassy, a crystal clear yellow color with white frothy head that reduces but good lacing, a light touch of fruity sourness, a mediium body, creamy texture and lively carbonation, very long, soft and pleasing finish. I really like this beer and could drink these several of these at a sitting!

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

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle to an imperial pint

A: Straw yellow and clear. Poured a 2-finger white head that reduced to a 1/2 finger for the remainder of the session

S: Pils malt sweetness was on top with grassy undertones from aroma hops

F: Pils malt dominates the palate with the slightest bitterness on the finish. A slight mineral character was present.

M: Crisp and dry with a good amount of carbonation

D: Very easily consumed over a long session from the subtle yet pleasant flavors and light body.

This beer is very true to the Kolsch style and a great example of it. Light ales and lagers are not my favorite but you have to appreciate the craftsmanship of a classic style.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a crystal clear golden color with a creamy white foam head. Some scattered lace left behind.

S- Light grain and faint floral hops in the nose.

T- Clean sweet grain/malt flavor with a hint of bitterness in the finish. Some toasted bread flavors and a bit of a grassy herbal taste.

M- Exceptionally light and crisp with decent carbonation.

D- Not a brew for those that love big bold flavors. Well crafted with a delicate flavor.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a .5L stein. Fits perfectly.

A - Pours a very pale straw colored yellow. with a medium dense head that is about 1 in high. Active carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. Leaves some lace after receding to a thin film.

S - Very grainy malty smell with hints of fresh baked bread. Crisp and clean. Some mild citric notes as well.

T - Cereal grains, bread and some nice malt sweetness are initially present. There are some citrusy hints at the back end as well as a clean finish from the hops. Very attractive Kolsch and true to style with nice champagne like qualities. Complex beer IMO, as it warms it really starts to open up with unexpected flavors. Some nice spiciness, coriander some pepper as well. A nice maple-like finish is also present. Very interesting.

M & D - light bodied with nice CO2 content. Easy drinking and refreshing. Perfect.

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

Got it on tap at Wolff's Biergarten in Albany on 12-1-09.

A: Served in a 1/2-liter mug. Clear golden yellow body with a small white head. Nice presentation of rising bubbles. Small amount of lacing.

S: Faint grainy malt with a touch of floral hops.

T: First impression: the word "crisp." It's a clean and refreshing lighter ale. Cereal grains and slightly grassy hops provide the flavor and are nicely balanced. Finishes clean and crisp with some hop bitterness lingering.

M: Light in heft, good carbonation.

D: Very good.

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Photo of Lldeegan
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours nice golden straw with a sudsy white head with little retention. Very refreshing and delicious looking beer for a late afternoon. Has a grainy nose, oddly enough it reminds me exactly how Rolling Rock smelled to me as a kid when my parents drank it, and had my first tastes of beer. Some citrus and sweet malt, can't really detect any hops. Has some sweet malt upfront, oat, then citrus, and viney twang and a bitter hop bite on the back. Very crisp on the palate with nice carbonation. This is a very refreshing, light bodied beer, good for a warm day session.

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Photo of stmboyd
4.85/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I possess the DNA marker that amplifies bitter perception; hence, most beers taste like bug spray. This was the first beer that I and my siblings tasted and said "WOW!!! Beer can taste like that?!" Smooth, light carbonation, can be served slightly less than room temp. but not too cold.

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Reissdorf Kölsch from Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 1,280 ratings
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