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Reissdorf Kölsch – a famous Kolsch beer brand!

A bottle of Reissdorf Kolsch.

The famous Reissdorf Kolsch in a 0.33 liter bottle.

Reissdorf Kölsch beer brand is one of the most famous brands from Cologne with a history going back to 1894, when Heinrich Reissdorf founded a brewery for top-fermented beer. Together, the three breweries Reissdorf, Früh and Gaffel serve more than half of the entire Kolsch market. It is the Kolsch brewery with the highest output. You will not find any Reissdorf advertisement outside of Cologne, and the beer market is only served within a 100 kilometer radius around the brewery’s chimney, according the their own statement. Let’s have a look at the actual beer now!

Reissdorf Kölsch Beer is a very famous beer from Cologne which is only supplied within a 100 km radius from the brewery’s chimney.

Bottles and cans of Reissdorf Kölsch…

80% of Reissdorf’s production output consists of bottles – smaller 0.33 liter bottles and 0.5 liter ones. Regarding the 0.2 liter capacity of the typical Kolsch glass, the so called “Stange“, the smaller Reissdorf bottle will suffice for about one and a half glasses, while the larger one fills two and a half. The bottles are either of typical brown color, or recently even made of clear glass. By the way, Reissdorf is also available in 0.5 liter cans and large 5 liter party barrel cans.

Where is Reissdorf Kölsch beer brewed?

Until 2002, Reissdorf Kölsch was brewed in the Serverinsviertel district of Cologne. This district is very central, adjacent to the old city (Altstadt). Due to capacity problems, Reissdorf gradually moved beer production to Rodenkirchen district in the southern part of Cologne. Reissdorf Kölsch is brewed with a special water cycle to keep waste water output levels low.

Reissdorf beer is brewed in the southern district of Rodenkirchen, after the brewery eventually closed its production facilities in the down-town Serverinsviertel (Veedel) of Cologne.

A short history of the Reissdorf Brewery.

Reissdorf Kolsch Beer with a glass - the Stange.

Ready to go. A bottle of Reissdorf Kolsch together with a branded Kolsch glass (Stange). Please notice the bottom of the Reissdorf glass. It is massive in order to prevent the glass from tilting. This is a deviation from the traditional Kolsch Stange.

It was 1894, when Heinrich Reissdorf, a former tailor, founded the Obergärige Brauerei Reissdorf, the predecessor of the present Privat-Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf GmbH & Co. KG. In 1901, his wife became sole Managing Director, to be succeeded by her sons in 1908. In the 1920s, the brewery was affected by the occupation of the Ruhr area. It was the Reissdorf brewery that sold Kölsch beer in bottles first. Beside Kolsch, also Pilsner and other beer types were brewed by Reissdorf in the 1920s and 1930s. In WW2, the brewery was nearly entirely destroyed, but the Reissdorf family managed to brew its first post-war beer in July 1945, being a Schankbier, as the British administration did not allow the brewing of stronger beer. By 1949, Reissdorf started brewing Vollbier, again: Kolsch, Pilsner and Export beer. It was one of the breweries profiting from a Kolsch-Boom in the post-war years and was able to gain the position of the leading Kolsch brewery, currently having a yearly output of more than 600k hectoliters of beer. Non alcoholic beer and Bierbrand (a liquor) also belong to Reissdorf’s product range, next to its traditional Kolsch beer.

Reissdorf brewery is the no. 1 Kolsch beer producer by output quantities. It brews more than 600k hectoliters per year.


The label on Reissdorf bottles.

The Reissdorf bottle labels are well-known in Cologne and the surrounding area. Red, white and gold are the colors to be found on the label. They are derived from Cologne’s coat of arms. The initials H R are owed to the brewery’s founder, while the foundation date is mentioned, too. A rhombic pattern in red and white may awake an association with the blue-white pattern of the Bavarian coat of arms, itself being found on the labels of numerous Bavarian wheat beer brands. There is, furthermore, a statement indicating, that Reissdorf Kolsch beer is brewed in accordance with the German purity law. Additional information on the rear label says that only high-quality raw materials of German cultivation are used. Reissdorf speaks of a feinherb (fine-sharp, tangy etc.) beer in premium quality. The rear label also contains the PGI-Label (Protected Geographical Indication), necessary to promote a beer as Kolsch.

A glass of Reissdorf Kolsch with Halvn Hahn.

There you go! A glass of Reissdorf Kolsch. In the front you can just see the bun of a typical dish from Cologne – Halve Hahn.


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Reissdorf Kölsch – The Data.

  • Alcohol Content: 4.8 % vol
  • Calories: 56 kcal / 100 ml
  • Ingredients: Water, Barley Malt, Hops, Hop Extract


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Reissdorf Kolsch - Our Review


We had a 0.5 liter bottle of Reissdorf Kolsch beer for tasting - making more or less a Kölsch Stange for each of us. To us it seems that Reissdorf Kolsch has a medium carbon dioxide content. The taste is strongly emphasized by the alcohol with a slight hops note. It is a fruity Kolsch beer with hardly any bitterness but some sourness. In summary, Reissdorf Kolsch beer is a typical Kolsch. You'll either love it – or won't want to drink it again!*

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*We tasted this beer with 2 persons and the rating reflects only our personal impression, which we discussed after tasting the beer. The beer was cooled to the recommended temperature for the relevant beer type prior to testing. You may have a different taste and come to other results.

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