Ramstein Oktoberfest - High Point Brewing Company
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Ratings: 66 | Reviews: 43 | Display Reviews Only:
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
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
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
4.53/5 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
4.2/5 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
3.4/5 rDev -16.9%
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.
09-21-2011 07:41:34 | More by 9InchNails
3.25/5 rDev -20.5%
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.
09-16-2011 00:08:13 | More by bogus564
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
4.38/5 rDev +7.1%
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).
10-01-2010 01:53:29 | More by billyshears
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
4.55/5 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
4.93/5 rDev +20.5%
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 !
08-17-2010 01:36:29 | More by outdoorbrewer
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
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
4.93/5 rDev +20.5%
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.
11-15-2009 15:15:55 | More by njmoons
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
4.33/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
10-11-2009 00:59:53 | More by barroomhero515
4.63/5 rDev +13.2%
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.
10-08-2009 00:33:34 | More by TheycallmeTim
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
4.25/5 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
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
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
Ramstein Oktoberfest from High Point Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.