Ramstein Oktoberfest - High Point Brewing Company
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Ratings: 65 | Reviews: 43 | Display Reviews Only:
4.25/5 rDev +3.7%
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!
10-31-2008 22:18:40 | More by Bitterbill
4.22/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
09-25-2007 21:29:41 | More by plaid75
4.22/5 rDev +2.9%
Nice reddish copper brew with a small but well-retained head that left my glass covered in lace. Nice rich malty aroma. Sweet, but well balanced with hops.
Very smooth with a body somewhere less than full. A big rich malt flavor dominates. Other Oktobers have been lacking in that nice malt presence, but not here. It is definitely closer to the German Oktobers than it is to American micros with their floral hop flavors. This is definitely my favorite Oktober of the year.
10-09-2003 14:23:54 | More by ElGuapo
4.2/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
09-25-2011 13:57:49 | More by metter98
4.13/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
09-21-2012 00:33:18 | More by dbrauneis
4.1/5 rDev 0%
It pours a murky deep amber, bordering on milk chocolate brown, but not quite. A finger of light tan head dwindles soon to mere traces of froth. And yet, lacing is narrow but sticky and liberally meted.
The aroma is initially toasted malt, and not very dimensional, but as it warms it opens up with caramel, cocoa, some nuttiness, and raw dough. A very slight pepper of hops joins a soft yeast lilt.
Upon tasting, the malt, no matter the temperature, is bold with caramel, chocolate, light coffee, and a generally crisp fruitiness, all over a thin sweetness. Fresh baked bread blossoms in the middle and helps evince a pleasing, almost floral spicy hop presence. Residual malt hangs on, with a bit more sweetness in the back, before the finish lingers on the wings of a level dry bitterness. I'm no expert, but I would not be surprised to find this splits the uprights on every stylistic merit.
Between light and medium bodied, the malt imparts a slick but not syrupy feel on the tongue, sliding across and away in a slow waltz.
This was the last beer I had one night, and after finishing I regretting not trying it earlier, because me and her, we could have danced all night. It's a malty Oktoberfest standard, made only miles north of me in New Jersey, and yet it would fit perfectly in Bavaria. And as tasty as it is, everything comes together to make it a drinkable pleasure. I know that from here on out, this is one autumn beer I'll be sure to get for the DBF, because this will make every session one to savor.
10-15-2007 20:10:24 | More by Foxman
4.05/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
10-07-2013 14:33:52 | More by Jacobob10
4/5 rDev -2.4%
Served a medium amber colored beer with moderate slightly off-white puffy head. Grat retention.
Smell is light with a touch of caramel noted.
Taste is also very light with some caramel detected, but not mush else.
Finished with more of the malt and some hops as a balance.
Very easy to drink. Note quite what I expected, but it was still enjoyable.
04-28-2007 11:41:45 | More by tgbljb
4/5 rDev -2.4%
This beer poured a clear copper/medium brown color that was decently carbonated. It produced a foamy, rich beige head that lasted fairly well. The aromas that came from the glass were fairly simple: wheat grains, malt and caramel. The flavors were of rich malts, caramel, some hops (balanced the malts nicely), wheat grain, and a slight hazelnut. Decently sweet through out and well balanced. Not an overly done and complex Oktoberfest, a good drink. I liked it.
06-16-2003 10:44:18 | More by Jarod
4/5 rDev -2.4%
Presentation: Poured from a grolwer, into a sampling cup, cool. This was my first brew from Ramstein/High Point (gasp!, awe!) and I thought it was quite tasty. As Dantes has already noted this beer hides it's alcoholic strength very well, and in quite a decieving manner. This beer poured a nice caramel brown colour, with a small head. The aromas were those of a classic, german marzen beer; malty, bready, fresh, and nice. The taste was malty,with some hops visible in the background and the finish. The mouthfeel was very medium bodied and the drinkability was excellent!
I'm glad I got to try this one!
09-22-2003 18:40:13 | More by francisweizen
4/5 rDev -2.4%
Had this at the Grey Lodge on-tap. Not as good as when I sampled this at the brewery in September of '04. That was one of the best Oktoberfest beers I ever had. This was decent, but not as spectacular.
On the darker side of amber in regards to color. Taste is standard Oktoberfest. Solid all around. I'm obviously having a hard time expressing this with much verbal complexity. To sum up: a textbook Oktoberfest. Hopefully the next time I try this, it will be more like the first time I tried it. Not that I was displeased with this.
10-02-2005 05:33:03 | More by GeoffFromSJ
3.98/5 rDev -2.9%
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!
10-10-2011 14:29:21 | More by claspada
3.98/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
10-08-2011 13:18:17 | More by tobelerone
3.95/5 rDev -3.7%
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.
11-13-2008 11:26:42 | More by jwc215
3.94/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
09-16-2013 00:45:55 | More by gr0g
3.93/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
11-16-2010 22:31:37 | More by mikeg67
3.83/5 rDev -6.6%
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!)
10-20-2012 22:44:20 | More by BeerImmediately
Ramstein Oktoberfest from High Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.