Ramstein Oktoberfest - High Point Brewing Company
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Ratings: 65 | Reviews: 43 | Display Reviews Only:
2.85/5 rDev -30.5%
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.
08-28-2006 08:28:48 | More by Phatz
3.25/5 rDev -20.7%
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.
09-16-2011 00:08:13 | More by bogus564
3.35/5 rDev -18.3%
On-tap at Zeno's in State College, PA... now smoke-free!
Medium copper-amber with a small, white creamy head that quickly diminishes. Some light lacing early. Smell is fairly mild. Biscuity malts and some very light floral hops. Taste is similar. Malt sweetness and light floral hops that build toward the finish but don't actually impart much more to the finish than a light dryness. It's a decent beer, pretty average all around, but I enjoyed it.
06-26-2008 19:04:02 | More by ski271
3.4/5 rDev -17.1%
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.
09-21-2011 07:41:34 | More by 9InchNails
3.43/5 rDev -16.3%
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.
10-08-2008 20:21:00 | More by maddogruss
3.63/5 rDev -11.5%
Had this on tap at Andy's Corner.
Orange amber iced tea look with some whispy foam on tap that leaves some nice lace on the glass. Faint, yet juicy malt mixed in with some fuitiness that reminded me of peaches. Hmm... peach iced tea. Clean with restrained bitterness and a grainy and crisp finish. This was a real good O-fest. I would love to come across this beer win a big mug on a cool Autumn day.
12-15-2003 23:45:30 | More by yen157
3.65/5 rDev -11%
On tap at the Grey Lodge Pub...
Pours a dark russett hued pint with a scant but steady head cap.
Scents of average maltiness with plenty of serious lager-esque punch.
First swigs: Moderate lager-esque notes with some rye amber hints.
Mouthfeel is a twinge tame.
Drinkability is averege. Can't really say that this is a stand out like their Winter Wheat but gulpable noneheless.
Beer is good. Happy beering.
07-03-2005 05:52:18 | More by blitheringidiot
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
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
3.94/5 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
3.95/5 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
3.98/5 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
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
Ramstein Oktoberfest from High Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.