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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 dsa7783
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
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...
Recommended... (529 characters)

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 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 NJpadreFan
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (435 characters)

Photo of Foxman
4.1/5  rDev -1%
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. (1,524 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 plaid75
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (354 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (352 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
5/5  rDev +20.8%
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) (584 characters)

Photo of Phatz
2.84/5  rDev -31.4%
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.
Cheers! (535 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 blitheringidiot
3.61/5  rDev -12.8%
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. (425 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 ElGuapo
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (478 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (662 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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! (609 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 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)

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Ramstein Oktoberfest from High Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.