Reissdorf Kölsch

Reissdorf Kölsch bier beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
94
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

Very light color, slightly malty, fairly soft palate, dry finish. The Kölsch is fermented with an ale yeast, but matured at cooler "lagering" temperatures to produce an ale's fruity complexity with a lager's crispness.

Profile

ABV: 
4.8%
IBUs: 
27
Served at: 
40 - 45° F
Judges Review 
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Judges Rating:
94
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

One of 24 Köln-based signatories to the Kölsch Convention, Reissdorf produces their flagship beer in strict compliance with the tenets of the Convention as well as the Reinheitsgebot. This is a classic Kölschbier, displaying subtle aromas of faintly crackery malt and restrained, pear-like fruitiness. Pete thought the malt came across as “fresh-baked bread” with just the faintest lingering trace of sweetness, and Rick was impressed by the interplay of “perfumy hops, crisp malt” and just a whisper of light sulfur in the aroma. Throwing a dense, long lasting, meringue-like head of snowy white, this beer pours a pale straw yellow, and its brilliant clarity attests to a period of cold aging. This is a highly effervescent brew, and the flavor is very much “traditionally Kölsch,” with crisp, light malt balanced by a slight, quenching acidity. Though subdued, there is a touch of hop flavor derived from classic noble varieties. Tim offered high praise for the clean floral hop flavor, snappy bitterness and exceptional balance among all the flavor components, and Tom rather liked the “crisp, pure barley flavor,” along with the harmonious give-and-take among the malt, restrained fruitiness, spicy hops and barely perceptible tartness. The entire panel agreed that this is an eminently drinkable brew – subtle and nuanced yet inviting. Whether served as an aperitif or drunk to slake one’s thirst on a scorching hot summer afternoon, Reissdorf Kölsch fits the bill.