Ramstein Oktoberfest - High Point Brewing Company
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Ratings: 67 | Reviews: 43 | Display Reviews Only:
4.2/5 rDev +2.7%
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
4.97/5 rDev +21.5%
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.
10-13-2009 01:01:09 | More by mikesgroove
3.95/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
11-13-2008 11:26:42 | More by jwc215
4.13/5 rDev +1%
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
4.22/5 rDev +3.2%
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
3.98/5 rDev -2.7%
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
4.25/5 rDev +3.9%
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
3.98/5 rDev -2.7%
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
5/5 rDev +22.2%
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)
10-24-2006 17:48:49 | More by RBorsato
4/5 rDev -2.2%
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 -2.2%
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
4.25/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
10-24-2007 01:07:20 | More by NJpadreFan
4.33/5 rDev +5.9%
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...
10-15-2008 20:45:37 | More by dsa7783
4.6/5 rDev +12.5%
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.
10-04-2003 05:41:40 | More by RonfromJersey
3.65/5 rDev -10.8%
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
4.38/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
10-09-2011 18:58:18 | More by Amalak
4.38/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
09-30-2013 13:36:52 | More by justintcoons
Ramstein Oktoberfest from High Point Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.