Ramstein Winter Wheat Eisbock - High Point Brewing Company
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Reviews by Dantes:
4.83/5 rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Package: 2 liter growler from draught and several 6 oz. samples. 11.5% ABV
Presentation: Fluted tasting glass
Appearance: Dark chocolate brown with ruby highlights. Resembles Coca-Cola, but opaque. Started off with a wet head with several strata. Large-gauge bubbles resting atop a dense cocoa bed of finer beads. Resolves very slowly down to a lasting collar.
Smell: Unlike the “standard” Winter Wheat, this eisbock seems to showcase the earthier chocolate, caramel and other roasted malt smells. Remarkably little or no whiff of alcohol. Like it’s sibling, the bouquet is relatively subdued.
Taste: Wow! Even though my first sample of this was too cold, the flavor impact is immediate and intense. Again, the roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate flavors dominate. As I warm it in my mouth, the fruitier elements speak up: tart apple, banana, and some stone fruit flavors. However, this is a touch drier than I expected, consistent with this year's drier, slightly more austere Winter Wheat. There is virtually no hint of the alcohol wallop sure to come from too much indulgence. The finish is long and rich.
Mouthfeel: Greg informed me that the kegs had been heavily carbonated and kept extra cold in order to facilitate growler fills (and the Copperfield’s event). Therefore, the beer was more carbonated than WW typically is, and too cold. However, the unctuousness definitely comes through. Served properly, this is likely to be even richer and more flavorful, with a potential “5” rating.
Drinkability: Finesse! An incredibly integrated beer, with deep flavor, nice texture, and extremely well-integrated alcohol. I can’t speak for the consequences, but it drinks like one could finish the growler in one sitting. Really should be 5+.
Backwash: After a few false starts, I was very happy to get my hands on some of this. It was worth the effort. As I mentioned, this just became available, and the kegs were heavily carbonated and extra-cold in preparation to fill growlers, so more impressions are likely. All I can say is that rarely have I enjoyed a liquid lunch so much! This beer is the essence of craftsmanship. If you get a chance, visit the brewery and you’ll see the attention lavished on all of their products.
Serving type: on-tap
01-22-2004 20:56:43 | More by Dantes
More User Reviews:
4.47/5 rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
holy shit suprise. The first of its kind to have such definition. It may be that my palate has been excericed by two bottles of jolly pumpkin but this beer has so much dimensions its unbelievable. Pour is a deduced hef. Head isn't as big... Doesn't last as long. Nose is a mess of things... Toast, smoke, molasses, and earthy minerals in a lace of digestive notes. Licorice and banana equally fused. Palate is rich and lean and a touch of dough. A molasses hef. And astringent notes of mineral and acidic fruit hints. Dark fruit tart. Black berry and dry maple syrup. Bread finish of banana. Too dry to be associated to banana bread. Too roasted yet it still has a lot of carbonation. Its a big brew. With a lot of undertones. The best american eisbock i've had. Wheat rich... But not dominating.
Serving type: on-tap
09-01-2011 05:43:14 | More by rtepiak
3.88/5 rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Served on Nitro-Tap at Al's of Hampden into a tulip glass.
A - Pours deep, dark, brown with a small thin cap of off white head leaving little to no lacing down the glass.
S - Smells of dulled wheat, chocolate, banana, light spice, sweet toffee, and some dark fruits. Not as strong as I was expecting but still plenty going on. The booze is ever present, getting stronger as the beer comes to room temp.
T - Flavors are similar to the nose with plenty of chocolate, clove, dark fruits, tart cherries, and bready wheat. The booze is light at the beginning only getting stronger as it warms. Finish is a mix of chewy wheat and lingering sweetness. Good balance overall, just a touch too much booze.
M - Medium-Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Full, chewy, feel with plenty of dry lingering chewy sweetness. The booze is ever present.
O - Not so much. I thought this one was ok but not anything mind blowing. The combo of strong flavors and 11% ABV. really make this one hard to drink.
Serving type: nitro-tap
03-30-2011 18:14:02 | More by orangesol
4.1/5 rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I had this on tap @ Al's of Hampden -served chilled in a cervoise.
The color is black, or as close to it as it gets with a very dark brown color at the base of the glass with a ring of light beige at the top for cream. The beading is pin sized with silly string stickage of lace. the smell is great, a plethora of aromas including deep ripe banana and slight stonefruit with a light accent of wheat sweetness and some yeast esters that are hard to put into words just toffee-like aromas from the malt w/ a pretty high alcohol aroma. The Eisbock is highly carbonated w/ moderately full body w/ slightly sweet/creamy texture with slight spice and biscuit toasted texture w/ a very very dry finish. Alcohol presence is mild in the overall feel w/ light tanginess of yeast in the semi-sweet finish.
The taste is fruity and earthy w/ some mild toasted grain and vegetal notes with a lot of wheat cereral-like flavorsfrom the dark wheat and mild fruity almost prune-like element with a light date and dark brown sugar quality. The eisbock finishes with a warming dry finish. A pretty high drinkability score for an 11% beer, but is is not to be taken lightly. The Eisbock has a smooth quality that makes you forget about how strong it is until halfway through, not one I recommend having more than 1 of. I sipped on this for a while, a pretty good example of the style.
Serving type: on-tap
03-17-2011 14:28:08 | More by Slatetank
4.33/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Growler picked up at the brewery and shared by beerloco at a mega tasting last night. Thanks Alan!
Appearance: Classic dunkel look...chestnut brown with a 1 finger lightly browned butter crown that displays moderate retention and lace.
Smell: Classic banana and clove action.
Taste: Same as nose. Hard to detect the high abv on this one as it drinks like a tasty dunkel.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with low carbonation.
Drinkability: Damn good despite the abv.
Serving type: growler
01-23-2011 15:23:13 | More by koopa
4.85/5 rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Ok, since I am lazy, I'll just direct you to please read my (glowing) review of Ramstein Winter Wheat...then multiply that times ten. Despite pouring with very little head, modest retention, and decent lace, if you close your eyes, the aroma of dark chocolate mixed with modest alcohol essence will have you thinking that you're smelling a Russian Imp Stout. The taste also revealed hints of dark fruit and caramel, but the chocolate and roastiness dominates, and the finish on this beer I found to be slightly dryer than the Winter Wheat. Again, the alcohol is definitely more noticeable in this offering (and expectedly so), but it blends well with the dark fruit/chocolate/malty balance. Thick and smooth on the palate. Once again, another dangerously drinkable offering by this brewery. Give someone your car keys when drinking this.
Serving type: on-tap
07-22-2010 01:18:45 | More by donniecuffs
3.5/5 rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
A: Pours an amberish brown hue with with a small cream colored head. Lite retention and no lace.
S: Aromas of light wheat, banana, and some bubblegum. Caramel malt, sweet toffee, and a bit of booze.
T: Flavor is very much like the aroma. Banana bread with bubblegum notes. Candy malt sweetness, with hints of clove and bits of booze.
M: Medium in body smooth, the booze is present.
D: Not really. Nice flavors but it just don't quite come together.
Serving type: bottle
05-27-2010 00:32:20 | More by tpd975
4.35/5 rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Thanks to a generous BA for sharing this at DLD. Review from notes on 4/24/10
Poured a dark brown, pretty hazy and opaque. Head didn't last long but left a few trails of bubbles here and there. My initial thought was that is was slightly reminiscent of Aventinus, which is confirmed that it's basically a weizenbock with the ice distillation. Wheaty twang with lots of plum, raisins, and caramel. Alcohol is well hidden, only shows as a warmth in the throat. Wonderfully chewy and raisiny. Banana and clove with a touch of vanilla and a woody earthiness... how strange, is this oak aged? Regardless, it is a complex flavorful malt bomb on your palate and everyone needs to try this at least once.
Serving type: growler
05-11-2010 06:10:24 | More by DmanGTR
Ramstein Winter Wheat Eisbock from High Point Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.