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Ramstein Oktoberfest - High Point Brewing Company

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Ramstein Oktoberfest
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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 26
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Dantes on 09-15-2003)
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Reviews by Dantes:
Photo of Dantes
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Package: Fresh from the "brights" tank into the growlers.

Presentation: Glass "stein" at ~45º.

Appearance: Classic caramel brown. Clear, with very fine bubbles. Brewery pours yielded almost no head, but growler samples yielded more even carbonation, some lacing, and a bone-colored, loose head.

Smell: Nicely malty, bready aroma. Reminiscent of newly baked bread. Some spicey notes.

Taste: This beer had a very round, full, taste; with definite toasted grain elements. Hops are not the primary player here, but properly balance the sweetness of this authentically styled Octoberfest. Although substantial in flavor up front, this had a somewhat weak, watery finish which surprised me.

Mouthfeel: This beer possessed a lovely silky texture, with a very fine, natural carbonation that wasn't too weak or too harsh; and carried the flavor well. Flavor did not finish strongly. Flavor and carbonation seemed to be better the next day.

Drinkability: As usual with Ramstein's beers, this was an eminently drinkable beer, meant for drinking in quantity. The 6.0% ABV is totally undetectable as is usual for Ramstein, even the powerful Winter Wheat.

Backwash: an excellent beer that is, unfortunately, only available on draught and in limited quantities. While not the equal of the Winter Wheat or Maibock, this is another solid offering from High Point that is worth the effort to seek out.

NB: I confirmed that this is indeed separate from the Amber-Marzen and is indeed filtered, unlike the regularly bottled wheat beers.

Dantes, Sep 15, 2003
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

megamass, Aug 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

wattoclone, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of Soonami
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
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

Soonami, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

acurtis, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

TheycallmeTim, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of NJpadreFan
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

High Point- Ramstein Oktoberfest

On tap at Circa, High Bridge, NJ

A- Golden orange brown with a thick frothy head. Heavy lacing down the glass.
S- Thick caramel malt with a touch of vanilla.
T- Vanilla and caramel malt dominate throughout. Slight licorice bite in the end.
M- Sweet and creamy with a mild dryness. Bold flavor lingers throughout the pint.

Overall- Delicious Marzen, 1 of the best this year. Hopefully I can it again.

NJpadreFan, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of beerman999999
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

beerman999999, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of zillo043068
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

zillo043068, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of njmoons
4.93/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

njmoons, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
4.97/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

mikesgroove, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of Amalak
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Amalak, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of Chugs13
4/5  rDev -2%

Chugs13, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

metter98, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of billyshears
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
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).

billyshears, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of plaid75
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber hue with a one finger foamy tan head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a solid toasted grain with a hint of smoke.

The taste consisted of a robust toasted grain with noticable chocolate and charcoal undertones.

The mouthfeel was full and slightly chewy with a dry finish.

Overall a superior Oktoberfest.

plaid75, Sep 25, 2007
Photo of claspada
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
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!

claspada, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of Phatz
2.85/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Served a dark amber copper body topped with a beige head that had great retention.

Smell: Slightly tart stale aroma of baked cereal grains and gym socks.

Taste: I think something happened to this beer in the 2006 version. It has a bit of malty grains some sour stale rye bitterness, and very little hops. The aftertaste is not overly pleasant either.

Mouthfeel: A Märzen should be creamy and this one is medium body and adequate.

Drinkability: This one just wasn't my thing.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, Aug 28, 2006
Photo of drtth
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

drtth, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of dsa7783
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
Been waiting a while to try this one...
Appearance: Solid, clear, dark-copper hue, slight head, minimal lacing...
Smell: Thick aroma replete with amber and grains...
Taste: Superb American depiction of a classic German style... Rich, with a firm malt backbone... Chewy flavor, hints of caramel, vanilla, bread, and butter...
Medium-bodied mouthfeel along with a great, easy level of drinkability...
One of the better Oktoberfest beers out there...
Recommended...

dsa7783, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

jwc215, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of dbrauneis
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

dbrauneis, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of RBorsato
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tasted on-tap 10/09/06 at Tria Cafe in Philadelphia, PA.
Advertised as 6%.

Beautiful dark amber color with a nice tan head. Very robust and malty interpretation of the style. Seems to have a lot of Munich malt character, some toasted malt, and not sweet at all; nicely balanced. A solid O-fest. Medium bodied and smooth with a nice dry malty finish.

A nice rare for me find on-tap ... my favorite O-fest of the year and maybe of all time.

Per HPWBC website:
Ramstein Munich Amber Lager (OKTOBERFEST)
ABV: 6%, draft only.
Available: Sept. 1 — Oct. 31.

($5.00 / Pint)

RBorsato, Oct 24, 2006
Photo of mikeg67
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

mikeg67, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of maddogruss
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a pint of this at the Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: Pours a dark, amber body with a one finger sized, white head with nice retention and lacing until the finish.

S: A typical, sweet, malt smell for this style. Some hints of honey were evident.

T: A sweet, malty, taste with just a slight bitterness to it. An interesting honey aftertaste that was also accompanied with a taste of graham crackers.

M: A little on the thin side and slightly watery, which was nothing too impressive. Still, fairly decent.

D: A decent mouthfeel and taste combination. An ok marzen that is very easy drinking.

maddogruss, Oct 08, 2008
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Ramstein Oktoberfest from High Point Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.