Ramstein Oktoberfest - High Point Brewing Company
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4.1/5 rDev +0.2%
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
4.55/5 rDev +11.2%
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.
09-01-2010 18:18:24 | More by drtth
3.93/5 rDev -3.9%
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 -6.4%
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!)
10-20-2012 22:44:20 | More by BeerImmediately
4.53/5 rDev +10.8%
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.
10-04-2011 19:42:37 | More by IronLover
4.22/5 rDev +3.2%
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
3.43/5 rDev -16.1%
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
4.65/5 rDev +13.7%
Poured a generously carbonated orange-amber into a pint glass, with two fingers of white head, great retention, and even better lacing. The nose revealed some apple, pear, herbal/noble hops, biscuit, and lots of maltiness. The flavor was crisp subtle fruit at first, dissolving to lots and lots of maltiness midpalate, and then finishing on a crisp dry note, with a very feint hint of higher alcohol content. The mouthfeel was nicely full-bodied, but lessened a bit by the hefty carbonation. A fantastic marzen specimen. I wish they made this year-round.
07-22-2010 01:31:15 | More by donniecuffs
3.35/5 rDev -18.1%
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
District of Columbia
4.43/5 rDev +8.3%
A - Poured a slightly hazy ruby-orange coppery color; little to no head (bad form on the pour by the bar)
S - Apples; bready; good lager flavors; some mild hops comes in; really pretty nice
T - Aroma was definitely hiding things as the taste is really more interesting; rich maltiness, but not sweet; bready; hint of vanilla and some fruitiness
M - Medium and a little fluffy; no real carbonation happening (cask)
D - HUGE, this was perhaps the most interesting example of the style that I've had the chance to try and could be a supreme session brew for me. Lovely taste
Superb, I think this sets the bar for American brewers taking on the style.
11-25-2009 19:42:41 | More by Nickls
4/5 rDev -2.2%
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
4.33/5 rDev +5.9%
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
09-12-2010 14:58:53 | More by Soonami
4.05/5 rDev -1%
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 -2.2%
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
3.63/5 rDev -11.2%
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
Ramstein Oktoberfest from High Point Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.