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Ramstein Oktoberfest - High Point Brewing Company

Ramstein Oktoberfest
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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.19%


Brewed by:
High Point Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Dantes on 09-15-2003)
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Jacobob10

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Pilsener Haus in Hoboken, NJ.

Served in a traditional 1-Liter mug. Reddish-brown in color with a creamy, light brown head. Subtle aroma of caramel malts and floral hops. Soft carbonation and a slightly sweet finish. Full bodied for an Oktoberfest beer. I really enjoyed this and would consider it just as good of an option as Hacker-Pschorr, Ayinger, Paulaner, etc. Paired excellently with some grilled brats and sauerkraut.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2013 14:33:52 | More by Jacobob10
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap poured into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance
Deep amber with a short head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity.

Nose
Sweet breads, biscuit, caramel and candy sugar.

Taste
Sweet brown breads and biscuity malts drenched in caramel and dusted with candy sugar. Touches of toast, brown sugar and cocoa. Has a very malty profile with no perceivable bitterness.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, smooth, oily and subtly crisp with carbonation.

Overall
An outstanding Oktoberfest! Seek it out if you're a fan of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2013 13:36:52 | More by justintcoons
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gr0g

New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler-fill from the release party. Deep copper color with a couple fingers worth of foam. Pretty good head retention and sparse lace formation. Rich, malty aroma with a solid presence of caramel/toffee/butterscotch notes. Faint floral hop notes. Doesn't have the harmonious blend of noble hops and malty tones that the top marzens display.

The flavor profile is rich and malt-forward, but still balanced. Starts out fairly malty-sweet. Bitterness comes in mid-palate through to a clean, dry finish. Slick mouthfeel that could benefit from a bit more carbonation. Like liquid bread with a touch of honey. Some more hops to spice things up would take this up a notch in the flavor department.

This, like the Great Lakes Oktoberfest, is a robust take on the marzen style that sort of leans toward the maibock style. High Point / Ramstein does some really renditions of traditional German styles.

Serving type: growler

09-16-2013 00:45:55 | More by gr0g
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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixtel last month... stunned to see it at a distributor, so had to drop the $95.

Pours with a healthy 2-3F of cream-colored head over a hazy, deep amber body - very American. Good lacing.

Aromas were bread/yeast, sweet potatoes, and cardboard. Not too strong relative to the flavor.

Mouthfeel was pretty rich, with a good zest on the palate, and finishing creamy. This one is heavy on the malty sweetness. Lots of caramel, touch of molasses, whole wheat bread, and a nice hop kiss in the finish keeps it from being too cloying.

This one drinks like a 7%+ beer, as it's rather "thick" and sweet relative to other Marzens. If you're into the sweeter side of styles, you will really like this one (if you can find it!)

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2012 22:44:20 | More by BeerImmediately
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Pilsener Haus in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a clear dark orange/copper to amber in color with minimal amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall dense light beige head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted and caramel malts with a lighter amount of floral hop aromas.

T: Moderate flavors of toasted and caramel malts with just a hint of sweetness upfront. There is some bitterness in the finish from the floral hops. Decent amounts of complexity for the style.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with a light amount of dryness in the finish.

O: Probably the most enjoyable beer in this style that I have tried, and I have tried quite a few. Easy to drink due to the smoothness and very sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2012 00:33:18 | More by dbrauneis
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claspada

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber orange in color with light carbonation and a finger high dense beige head that gradually died down, leaving a thick ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
Aromas begin with light to moderate aromas of toasted malts in the nose along with notes of caramel and hints of floral hops. One of the hoppier smelling Oktoberfest's I've smelled recently.
The tastes are rather complex for the style and has flavors of toasted malts with notes of caramel and fruit. There is a light amount of bitterness and flavor from the hops as well. Once again a decent amount of hop flavor which is quite enjoyable and a nice take on the style.
The mouthfeel a bit heavier than medium-bodied on the palate and is very smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish. Not as easy drinking as many of the style but the much more complex and preferable falvor profile outweighs "chugg-a-bility" everyday.
Overall this beer is very tasty and definitely goes down smoothly. I could drink these all day long because the taste doesn’t get boring as many of the style do. Probably the best Oktoberfest I have ever had to be honest. Highly recommended, wish it wasn't solely available on drink. Prost indeed!

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2011 14:29:21 | More by claspada
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Amalak

New York

4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is a kind of prototype Oktoberfest. High Point's take is true to your typical German versions. There's a solid spiceyness of brown sugar and nice floral hops that blend well with a solid underpinning of malt. This is a refreshingly smooth marzen that is exceedingly drinkable.

Found this at Keg & Lantern in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2011 18:58:18 | More by Amalak
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at NJ Pilsner Haus. Copper/dark amber beer, very clear. No head...terrible pour by the extremely harried and cranky bartender.

Nicely malty aroma, somewhat sweet. Really tasty...my kind of Marzen, vivid bready/biscuity malt flavor, smooth, low bitterness, moderately sweet. Toasty bread, flowery hops that are fairly subdued but add a little bite. Full flavored, kicks the ass of many others of the style in terms of sheer flavor. May have to grab a growler of this before it disappears. It's stronger and more complex than the typical Oktoberfest so it might not be a swilling by the gallon type brew but that's ok by me.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2011 13:18:17 | More by tobelerone
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IronLover

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dirty copper orange in color with a deep haze. Poured with an impressive frothy foam that left sheets of sticky lacings on the glass. Foam slowly reduced to a frosty cap. Fresh dark grained bread aroma with a earthy floral hops. Incredibly smooth delicate feel with gentle carbonation. Whole grain and light rye malt flavors up front with light floral and citrus lemon hop character showing through in the middle to the finish. Finishes very clean and smooth with a light bready and floral hop after taste. One of the more robustly flavored marzens I've tried as far as malt character. This was excellent.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2011 19:42:37 | More by IronLover
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metter98

New York

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Pilsner Haus, Hoboken, NJ

A: The beer is clear amber orange in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense beige head that gradually died down, leaving a thick ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of toasted malts in the nose along with notes of caramel and hints of floral hops.
T: The taste is rather complex for the style and has flavors of toasted malts with notes of caramel and fruit. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit heavier than medium-bodied on the palate and is very smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and goes down smoothly. I could drink these all day long because the taste doesn’t get boring.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2011 13:57:49 | More by metter98
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9InchNails

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light copper color body. Not much of a head, it may be due to the inexperience from the bartender on the pour.

I get some caramel and wheat, that's really about it.

Mostly the same as the nose with the taste but some citrus notes as well. I also get a hint of apple and cloves as well.

Carbonation is on the light side. Light body and easy going down. Feels okay.

This is certainly a easy drinking beer. Alcohol content is noticeable but not by taste. Easy drinking and fits Autumn well.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2011 07:41:34 | More by 9InchNails
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bogus564

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an extra large mug at my favorite drinking establishment...

A: After having a few, I've determined that an Oktoberfest beer should probably be dark orange in color. It is. Also, no head even with an aggressive pour. Check.

S: It just might be the fact that I'm having this in a bar, where odors and windages abound, but I'm smelling almost nothing with this beer. What the heck?

T: Now that I'm tasting this, I'm coming to the realization that it's a shame I'm having this beer in an extra large mug; it tastes like a**. Sweet a**, but a** nonetheless.

M: I can't get past the a**.

O: Clearly not one of my favorites. There's no power in any of the ingredients, nothing I can wrap my arms or taste buds around. Could have been so much more.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2011 00:08:13 | More by bogus564
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mikeg67

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Amber hue, lasting white head, much lacing. Aroma of citrusy, piney hops and sweet malt. Perfect balance of bready malt and piney, earthy hops on the palate. Some toffee notes as well. Light, smooth body. Finish is short, but nicely balanced between hop bitterness and sweetness of the malt. Well made, easy drinking Octoberfest.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2010 22:31:37 | More by mikeg67
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billyshears

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice dark very clear reddish amber color with a bit of light off colored head that quickly dissipates
S: Bready malt plays well with the sweetness malt, slight bit of floral notes
T: Nice malts play well with the light hop notes. There's a sweet malt that leads to a slight nutmeg or cinnamon taste and is followed up by the toasted bread malt. Slight bit of lingering bitterness on the back end. More potent and lush than German Oktoberfests I've had.
m: Nice for an Oktoberfest. Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation but still goes down quite smooth.
d: Great drinkability. Perhaps not as much as German Oktoberfests but the richness makes it more rewarding.

One of the best American Oktoberfests out there for sure. I guess New Jersey is actually good for something after all (just kidding).

Serving type: growler

10-01-2010 01:53:29 | More by billyshears
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Soonami

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ramstein Octoberfest is a classical Octoberfest beer executed well. The color was brilliant amber with an orange sparkle, though the head was a little lacking. The beer smelled and tasted like freshly baked multigrain bread, with a sweetness that was almost honey like and a toastiness like bread crust. The bitterness was there for balance and was unobtrusive. Over very drinkable and well enjoyed

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2010 14:58:53 | More by Soonami
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drtth

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a standard shaker pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a bright light copper color with touches of gold reflection. There is no head to speak of, just a thin layer of swirled foam on the surface of the liquid. There is also no lacing to speak of. (While I have to mark this beer down a bit on appearance for the lack of head and lacing I'm pretty much sure that this is a result of the pour and not the beer.)

Smell: The aroma is fresh, lightly floral and malty with a nice bready character.

Taste: The flavors contain a trace of hop bitterness that softens the rich sweet bready flavor of the malt. While there's a lot of sweetness here it is kept in great balance by the light hop bitterness that keeps it under control and prevents it from cloying. There's also a lot of depth and complexity to these flavors.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to full bodied but there is little carbonation through out most of the beer. The finish is medium in length and begins in the sweetness tinged with bitterness. The finish then fades slowly to bitter and disappears in dryness. Delightful.

Drinkability: Liking this one quite a bit. Each sip leads easily to the next. Having a second would be quite easy. (In fact I actually did order a second one but can't raise the appearance score.) I'm thinking this beer belongs on my shopping list for the future. And I think it is certainly better by far than most October fest beers I've had.

Note: On a different occasion I had this beer poured by a different bartender and as I suspected the lack of head the first few times was related to the pour. The next time around with a different bartender the head and lacing were better. So the appearance score has been bumped up a bit. The 1/4" off white head left some modest lacingstreaks that slid back into the beer. The head soon receded leaving only a ring of foam and small specks of lacing.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2010 18:18:24 | More by drtth
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outdoorbrewer

New Jersey

4.93/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pilsner glass serving revealed a thick off-white lasting foam covering a clear amber liquid that's pleasantly carbonated.
Abundant German malt aromas highlighting the Pilsner and Vienna grains.
Flavor starts malty sweet then light toast blending with a moderate hop bitterness and a long tasty final dry finish.
I really enjoyed this beer for it's immense depth and character !

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2010 01:36:29 | More by outdoorbrewer
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donniecuffs

New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a generously carbonated orange-amber into a pint glass, with two fingers of white head, great retention, and even better lacing. The nose revealed some apple, pear, herbal/noble hops, biscuit, and lots of maltiness. The flavor was crisp subtle fruit at first, dissolving to lots and lots of maltiness midpalate, and then finishing on a crisp dry note, with a very feint hint of higher alcohol content. The mouthfeel was nicely full-bodied, but lessened a bit by the hefty carbonation. A fantastic marzen specimen. I wish they made this year-round.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2010 01:31:15 | More by donniecuffs
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Nickls

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

(From notes)

A - Poured a slightly hazy ruby-orange coppery color; little to no head (bad form on the pour by the bar)

S - Apples; bready; good lager flavors; some mild hops comes in; really pretty nice

T - Aroma was definitely hiding things as the taste is really more interesting; rich maltiness, but not sweet; bready; hint of vanilla and some fruitiness

M - Medium and a little fluffy; no real carbonation happening (cask)

D - HUGE, this was perhaps the most interesting example of the style that I've had the chance to try and could be a supreme session brew for me. Lovely taste

Superb, I think this sets the bar for American brewers taking on the style.

Serving type: cask

11-25-2009 19:42:41 | More by Nickls
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njmoons

New Jersey

4.93/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I live by the Ramstein Brewery, and have always been impressed by the care that goes into their beers. Although I am not a big wheat beer fan which is their specialty.

I had a seasonal sampler at the Office Bar in Morristown, and the Ramstein Octoberfest was one of the beers. Simply put it 'blew the competition away" including Sam Adams Winter and Climax Octoberfest.

This is the best Octoberfest beer I have had, import included. Clean crisp, malty it was just an exceptional lager.

I had a few more before I left the bar that night thinking I would stop by the brewery for a growler or two the next day, but they were sold out. Guess I am not the only one impressed.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2009 15:15:55 | More by njmoons
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.97/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply put this is one of the best fest beers I have ever come across and may in fact be my favorite of all time. Growler served cold and enjoyed amongst family, this one was consumed on 10/11/2009.

The pour was brilliant. Rich dark amber in color with a nice tight bit of foam up and over the top. Nice retention left tons of thock coating up and down the sides of the glass, would really have been hard for this one to look any better then it did. One quick smell of this one and I realize that this may in fact be the best I have ever come across. Rich caramel, hints of spice and brown sugar, rich herbal hops and a superb grassy notes buried in the back of it. Soo smooth it was downright wrong. I could have drank pint after pint of this one, and in fact I did, it seemed to be a never ending wonderfully rich and sweet malty drink that i could not get enough of. Light candied sugar, hints of woody notes, hints of a dark fruit and tons of caramel. It really does not get better then this.

Overall I did not think I would find this today, this is just sublime. If you are a fan of the style I really have to say there is no sunstitute. This one stole the show for everyone, just that damn good.

Serving type: growler

10-13-2009 01:01:09 | More by mikesgroove
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barroomhero515

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler direct from High Point Brewery into a pint glass. Orange amber, two finger head with good lacing. Malty, with a slight buttery taste and a very smooth mouthfeel. As a fan of American Oktoberfests, I'd have to say this is my favorite.

Serving type: growler

10-11-2009 00:59:53 | More by barroomhero515
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TheycallmeTim

New York

4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler from Bierkraft in Brooklyn poured into a shaker pint.

A--Perfect caramel color. This looks just like melted caramel in liquid form. Lively bubbles send streams up to a smallish, half finger white head that settles to a skim and actually trails a little in the glass. Superb looking Marzen.

S--A whiff of plums and other dark skinned fruit. Much less than a dubbel, but still notable for the style. Most predominant aroma by far, though, are the bready caramel notes over top of thick wholegrain. Pretty potent for a lager, and inviting.

T--Fantastic. Simply heavenly. Delicate balance of robust bread notes, packed with juicy malt, on the one hand, and smooth crisp bitterness on the other. If it is a type of bread, this flavor profile tastes like it. Honeyed whole wheat crusts, robust pumpernickel, deep husky munich malt, cereal grain in the middle. Very harvest-like with sweet toffee/caramel undertones. Absolutely delightful, with a strong enough hop bitterness to tug your palate clean again.

Even some light brandy notes in this, without the liquorish warmth. Very, very impressive.

M&D--Bright, crisp carbonation buoys the malt profile and helps the hop bitterness keep this smooth and easy to drink. Drinkability? Holy golly--If the measure of an Oktoberfest is whether it holds up in quantity, then all I can say is: this beer /begs/ you to drink it.

It figures--my favorite Ofest is a draft only seasonal offering from an obscure New Jersey brewery. Oh well--if you see it, get it. Perfect for this time of year and pairs excellently with bigger, heavier food.

Serving type: growler

10-08-2009 00:33:34 | More by TheycallmeTim
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Blind Tiger, NYC:

Pours orange amber with a white head that thins, leaving lacing.

The smell is caramelish, grainy with floral and earthy notes.

The taste is sweet caramel/grain with earthy/floral hop bitterness. Finishes a bit chalky - semi-sweet. Nice enough to get the higher of the two scores on taste that I was between (confirmed by a second.)

A bit thin (as I remember it last yr. - and confirmed by notes that I found in one of my notepads that I never "entered in", when I had on-tap last year at The Old Bay, New Brunswick, NJ).

A nicely- balanced, easy drinking O-fest.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2008 11:26:42 | More by jwc215
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A growler filled bottle courtesy of Nutbrown. Thanks Alan!

A very nice deep amber colour with a 1 finger head of foam.

The smell has a nice sweetish nose to it. I get some caramel malt and some roasted malt. It's also a bit fruity.

The taste is the yum. Light toasted malt, mild caramel, light bread, and a lightly lemon zest tartness near and through the finish. Now, I used the words light and mild but don't get me wrong. This has plenty of flavour, it's just that they are all working so well together and balance with each other so well that it comes through my tastebuds as super smooth. And pretty damn drinkable.

Oh, and head retention and lacing are top notch.

Bottom line: I *just* may have found my favourite American example of the style to date. Great stuff!

Serving type: growler

10-31-2008 22:18:40 | More by Bitterbill
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Ramstein Oktoberfest from High Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.