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Ramstein Oktoberfest - High Point Brewing Company

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 75
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 14.18%
Wants: 31
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jarod on 06-16-2003

Inspired by the authentic German Oktoberfest beer from the early 1900s. This amber lager has a rich malty aroma, a smooth toasty palate, and subtle noble hop finish. The richness and spiciness of this beer make it the perfect accompaniment to robust meats and grilled fare. Ramstein Oktoberfest is a great beer for any festive occasion.
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Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.97/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.23/5  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!

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Photo of claspada
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
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!

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Photo of RBorsato
5/5  rDev +22.2%
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)

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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!

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Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap poured into a nonic pint glass.

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

Sweet breads, biscuit, caramel and candy sugar.

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.

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

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

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Photo of dsa7783
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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...

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From growler, purchased at the brewery, filled by brewer Greg Z.

A clear, sharp, deep copper-amber body, topped by a bubbly/frothy off-white head. Very good lacing. A pleasantly assertive aroma dominated by caramel and fresh bread. I'm in love with this beer, and I've haven't tasted it yet (not this glass, anyway). A wonderful malty, caramelly rush across the tongue. The faintest hop tingle, it's almost subconscious. Sweet, but balanced subtly but exquisitly, no cloying here. The depth I look for in O'fests is a solid foundation here. Rich but not syrupy across the tongue. My only regret is that I couldn't start on this growler earlier in the evening.

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Photo of Amalak
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Phatz
2.84/5  rDev -30.6%
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.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of drtth
4.5/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of Foxman
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
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!)

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Photo of IronLover
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.03/5  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.

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Photo of ElGuapo
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Ramstein Oktoberfest from High Point Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.