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Ramstein Oktoberfest - High Point Brewing Company

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Reviews: 43
Hads: 73
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 29
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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High Point Brewing Company visit their website
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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Reviews: 43 | Hads: 73
Photo of maddogruss
3.43/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (589 characters)

Photo of donniecuffs
4.61/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (554 characters)

Photo of ski271
3.33/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (449 characters)

Photo of Nickls
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

(From notes)

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. (666 characters)

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (536 characters)

Photo of Soonami
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 (398 characters)

Photo of gr0g
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (897 characters)

Photo of Jarod
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (462 characters)

Photo of yen157
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (404 characters)

Photo of 9InchNails
3.38/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (491 characters)

Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured draft (Waterfront Ale House (30th & 2nd Ave, NYC) with light head. Color was sugary ice team brown. Smell was sweetness giving off the malts and carmel tints. Slight bite at the end to make you smirk. Little legs and light feel when going down. As per Michael Jackson, may he rest in peace, this is a of German style, brewed in March in caves and served in October and the fall for Octoberfest. (401 characters)

Photo of billyshears
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice dark very clear reddish amber color with a bit of light off colored head that quickly dissipates
S: Bready malt plays well with the sweetness malt, slight bit of floral notes
T: Nice malts play well with the light hop notes. There's a sweet malt that leads to a slight nutmeg or cinnamon taste and is followed up by the toasted bread malt. Slight bit of lingering bitterness on the back end. More potent and lush than German Oktoberfests I've had.
m: Nice for an Oktoberfest. Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation but still goes down quite smooth.
d: Great drinkability. Perhaps not as much as German Oktoberfests but the richness makes it more rewarding.

One of the best American Oktoberfests out there for sure. I guess New Jersey is actually good for something after all (just kidding). (799 characters)

Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler from Bierkraft in Brooklyn poured into a shaker pint.

A--Perfect caramel color. This looks just like melted caramel in liquid form. Lively bubbles send streams up to a smallish, half finger white head that settles to a skim and actually trails a little in the glass. Superb looking Marzen.

S--A whiff of plums and other dark skinned fruit. Much less than a dubbel, but still notable for the style. Most predominant aroma by far, though, are the bready caramel notes over top of thick wholegrain. Pretty potent for a lager, and inviting.

T--Fantastic. Simply heavenly. Delicate balance of robust bread notes, packed with juicy malt, on the one hand, and smooth crisp bitterness on the other. If it is a type of bread, this flavor profile tastes like it. Honeyed whole wheat crusts, robust pumpernickel, deep husky munich malt, cereal grain in the middle. Very harvest-like with sweet toffee/caramel undertones. Absolutely delightful, with a strong enough hop bitterness to tug your palate clean again.

Even some light brandy notes in this, without the liquorish warmth. Very, very impressive.

M&D--Bright, crisp carbonation buoys the malt profile and helps the hop bitterness keep this smooth and easy to drink. Drinkability? Holy golly--If the measure of an Oktoberfest is whether it holds up in quantity, then all I can say is: this beer /begs/ you to drink it.

It figures--my favorite Ofest is a draft only seasonal offering from an obscure New Jersey brewery. Oh well--if you see it, get it. Perfect for this time of year and pairs excellently with bigger, heavier food. (1,588 characters)

Photo of Dantes
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Package: Fresh from the "brights" tank into the growlers.

Presentation: Glass "stein" at ~45º.

Appearance: Classic caramel brown. Clear, with very fine bubbles. Brewery pours yielded almost no head, but growler samples yielded more even carbonation, some lacing, and a bone-colored, loose head.

Smell: Nicely malty, bready aroma. Reminiscent of newly baked bread. Some spicey notes.

Taste: This beer had a very round, full, taste; with definite toasted grain elements. Hops are not the primary player here, but properly balance the sweetness of this authentically styled Octoberfest. Although substantial in flavor up front, this had a somewhat weak, watery finish which surprised me.

Mouthfeel: This beer possessed a lovely silky texture, with a very fine, natural carbonation that wasn't too weak or too harsh; and carried the flavor well. Flavor did not finish strongly. Flavor and carbonation seemed to be better the next day.

Drinkability: As usual with Ramstein's beers, this was an eminently drinkable beer, meant for drinking in quantity. The 6.0% ABV is totally undetectable as is usual for Ramstein, even the powerful Winter Wheat.

Backwash: an excellent beer that is, unfortunately, only available on draught and in limited quantities. While not the equal of the Winter Wheat or Maibock, this is another solid offering from High Point that is worth the effort to seek out.

NB: I confirmed that this is indeed separate from the Amber-Marzen and is indeed filtered, unlike the regularly bottled wheat beers. (1,542 characters)

Photo of bogus564
3.28/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (757 characters)

Photo of njmoons
4.92/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I live by the Ramstein Brewery, and have always been impressed by the care that goes into their beers. Although I am not a big wheat beer fan which is their specialty.

I had a seasonal sampler at the Office Bar in Morristown, and the Ramstein Octoberfest was one of the beers. Simply put it 'blew the competition away" including Sam Adams Winter and Climax Octoberfest.

This is the best Octoberfest beer I have had, import included. Clean crisp, malty it was just an exceptional lager.

I had a few more before I left the bar that night thinking I would stop by the brewery for a growler or two the next day, but they were sold out. Guess I am not the only one impressed. (674 characters)

Photo of outdoorbrewer
4.92/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pilsner glass serving revealed a thick off-white lasting foam covering a clear amber liquid that's pleasantly carbonated.
Abundant German malt aromas highlighting the Pilsner and Vienna grains.
Flavor starts malty sweet then light toast blending with a moderate hop bitterness and a long tasty final dry finish.
I really enjoyed this beer for it's immense depth and character ! (377 characters)

Photo of barroomhero515
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler direct from High Point Brewery into a pint glass. Orange amber, two finger head with good lacing. Malty, with a slight buttery taste and a very smooth mouthfeel. As a fan of American Oktoberfests, I'd have to say this is my favorite. (255 characters)

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Ramstein Oktoberfest from High Point Brewing Company
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