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Ramstein Oktoberfest - High Point Brewing Company

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Ramstein Oktoberfest
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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.81%
Wants: 27
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
High Point Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Dantes on 09-15-2003)
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Photo of mikeburd1128
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Phatz
2.85/5  rDev -30%
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.

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Photo of GeoffreyM
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of JoeMans
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Foxman
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of mikeg67
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of drtth
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of GFD400
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of jkane101
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of abcdefghijkyle
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
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!)

Photo of megamass
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of IronLover
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of wattoclone
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of ElGuapo
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of maddogruss
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Photo of beerman999999
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of donniecuffs
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Photo of ski271
3.35/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Photo of jp312
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of steveh
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Nickls
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of Jacobob10
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of Soonami
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
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

Ramstein Oktoberfest from High Point Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.