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Ramstein Winter Wheat Eisbock - High Point Brewing Company

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 66
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 6.65%
Wants: 50
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Eisbock |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Dantes on 01-22-2004

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.38/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz, counter-pressure filled bomber.

Pours dark brown, cola-like, with a big, fizzy light-brown head. Head dies away fairly quickly.

Nose has (again) a cola-like dark caramel sweetness to it, some molasses, and a hint of cherry in there as well. Lightly boozy, if that makes sense. Some soy.

Taste has a bit more molasses, some soy in there as well. Odd. There's something almost meaty in the flavor. Almost salty, like fresh-baked pretzels, only a bit smokey. Tobacco maybe. Some brown sugar underneath, and light dark fruit that are promising but just overwhelmed.

Mouthfeel is probably a hair over-carbonated. Just a bit too fizzy. Medium bodied. Was slightly underwhelmed by this one, which is surprising, given the amazing rep I'd had from it. A previous growler was better, this one seems past its prime after only a few days in the glass. (853 characters)

Photo of tpd975
3.52/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ratebeer Wintergathering

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. (478 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.82/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich ruby brown color with a very small wisy off white head, not much of a head at all. The aroma is of dark fruit, booze soaked cherries and raisins followed by scents of clove and banana. Nice aroma, not overly strong. The flavor is of alcohol vapors, clove and banana, followed by a solid roast malt flavor. It seems to lack a depth of character. Some of the dark fruit pops up in the end as well as a sour cherry note. A moderate body with very soft carbonation; finishes with a sour bitter bite. Though I did get a bit of an alcohol presence in the taste, this eisbock doesn't taste overly boozy or cloying. It could use some more clove and banana flavors but the flavors that are there are good. (709 characters)

Photo of orangesol
3.87/5  rDev -11.2%
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. (1,002 characters)

Photo of Rastacouere
3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ruby coke brown, light quickly fading head. Strong coffee and tobacco aroma, very dry, enough that it creates a ashes-like aspect. Gentle woody component accompanies dark bitter chocolate, cocoa even. I must say I’m a bit shocked at the almost total absence of any fruit hints. The malt is there most definitely, big, thick, but perhaps a little too dry for the beer to deserve its praise in my mind. Focus of flavours seems to be geared toward coffee, cigar and roasted chocolate. A beany aspect also gets uncovered after a few sips and bring up a vegetal tone that I could live without. Medium bodied, light to moderate carbonation level. Let’s sum it up by saying this is a very stoutish eisbock which doesn’t wear its 11.5% at all. (738 characters)

Photo of grub
3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

1 litre swingtop growler. sampled april 27/2010.

pours crystal clear deep reddish brown with a very thin layer of very fine white head. the head quickly drops to a scant ring around the glass and leaves only a few spots of lace.

aroma is good. banana and clove. butterscotch and caramel. hint of alcohol. whole wheat bread. date and plum. bit of raisin. hint of smoke.

taste is good. white and whole wheat bread. banana and clove. caramel and butterscotch. date, plum, and raisin. light alcohol. low bitterness level. touch of smoke.

mouthfeel is nice. very low carbonation level. medium-large body.

drinkability is good. nice balance, but the low carbonation does detract from it somewhat. not quite as much depth and complexity as in some eisbocks, but still pretty tasty. (822 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bman1113vr for sharing this beer.

12 ounce hand bottle. The beer pours a dark brown color with no head. The aroma is dark fruit and caramel malt with some alcohol. The flavor is dark fruit, alcohol, caramel and some chocolate. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. (276 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Beerloco again for this one, another 1 liter swingtop he filled up for me. IP trade at DLD.

Pours a pretty hazy and opaque dark brown, a few reddish orange highlights, tough to see through, big and bubbly light tan head forms and settles down to a very thin ring around the glass, no real lacing sticks.

Smell is nice, big and malty, some caramel, lots of biscuit, dark fruit, banana, big spicy character, some light sherry notes, cherries, toast, alcohol, a bit of earthiness, a touch of chocolate maltiness.

Taste is nice as well, not as intense as I expected for the weight, some banana smoothie, a bit of spice, big biscuit and bread character, a bit of fruitiness, wheat, strawberries, nice chocolate roastiness near the finish, decently balanced, a bit of warmth but the booze is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Pretty smooth for the ABV, just a bit of warmth. Just lacking the complexity I hoped for, but still really nice stuff. Thanks Alan! (1,007 characters)

Photo of brdc
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to alcstradamus for sharing this one, out of a growler into a large glass, shaped like a tulip.

Deep brown, reddish highlights, short lasting tan head, some lacing.
Aroma is malty sweet as expected; caramel, fruits including prunes, raising and fig, bananas and burnt sugar.
Not as full as I expected, with a pleasant taste that is not as explosive as expected for the ABV. Sweet notes easily predominate, malty in the forefront, bananas and clove in the forefront, with the same fruits mentioned in the background. No alcohol to be found.
Carbonation is on the low end of the spectrum, not sure if it s because of the growler or intended to be that way, but does not compromise. There is an Angels share in front of me that shows less than a third of the bubbles, for the sake of comparison.
Nice one. (815 characters)

Photo of Amalak
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Mugs Ale House on Bedford Ave. in Brooklyn they had a tasting with a cask of this brew. Black in color with a thick, tan head and a malty, wheat scent to it.

Good malt taste with a licorice aftertaste to it...slightly chocolate. Despite its high alcohol content, it's a nice balance that goes unnoticed. I'm not familiar with Winter Wheats, but this was quite good. (369 characters)

Photo of caresville
4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

growler fill from ramstein brewery, poured into flute glass.

a- pours a reddish brown to amber, almost looks like coca cola

s- quite malty, bananas, cinnamon, nutmeg, anise, charcoal.

t&m- brown sugar and many dark fruits dominate the palate imediately, plummy and pruney, bananas also and it also kinda reminds me of the chocolate flavored twizzlers licorice.

d- for a beer thats 11.5% this stuff goes down like nothing, easy to drink and very bold and full of flavor. wish this stuff was more widely available. (516 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (1,369 characters)

Photo of Phatz
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: When the server brought the Ramstein Eisbock I thought she brought the wrong beer. I have never seen a black Eisbock. With a frothy tan head on top of this beer it looked like a stout. I even had nice lacing. Again I questioned and was re-assured by others who had this beer it is in fact the Ramstein Eisbock. Interesting.

Smell: Roasted dark malts vanilla, raw sugar, malts sweet sweet 'Malt Liquor' type nose with ripe fruit plum and a very gentle alcohol presence.

Taste: Roasty and smooth with the sweet Eisbock attribute that has the 'Malt Liquor' element but with so much more depth. This is the only Eisbock I have ever had that is dark and roasty with chocolate and caramel in the flavor too. A splash of fruit juice as well.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth with only a light warmth form the flavor and spices.

Drinkability: There is absolutely no way that this seemed like a 11.50 % ABV beer. It went down very easily. You'd put down two pint easily before stumbling to your feet to realize what it did to you =).

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers! (1,074 characters)

Photo of DrJay
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown with a thin skim of tan foam. Not much in the way of lacing, but that's to be expected. Malty, caramelized sugar aroma with some dried fruit and vanilla notes. Toffee flavour up front with some raisin and alcohol, light chocolate and vanilla. Alcohol showed up towards the end and there was a hint of smoke present. Full bodied with low carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. Quite good and very drinkable for how robust it is. (440 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap yesterday at the Cloverleaf up in Caldwell. I love the Ramstein Winter Wheat and thought that this would be a stronger version of it, which is pretty much what turned out to be the case. It was certainly strong but didn't pack as much of a punch as the alcohol led me to believe and because this was so smooth and creamy, it went down easily even though I nursed it for a while and let it warm up!

The pour was dark to this, with a moderate tan head and hardly any lacing to be seen as I worked my way through this. Lots of cream, some dark fruit, and milk chocolate in the nose as the smooth, creamy texture took over in the taste. This almost felt like a Stout when it came to the taste and mouthfeel, but there was just enough plum and cherry to remind me that this was indeed an Eisbock. Not a lot of carbonation here and the aftertaste had a lightness of banana along with the sensation that I just finished off a dessert of whipped chocolate mousse.

Booze? It's here but you'll need to drink a few of these before you feel it and fall over. It's a shame that I can't find the Winter Wheat in bottles in most places and that I've only seen this on tap once in all the times I've gone out drinking. This beer is a strong argument for most Eisbocks to be brewed as it's a great example of why they're so perfect for the winter without feeling like most of the other offerings currently out now. This was smooth, deceptively strong,, and worth seeking out! (1,476 characters)

Photo of wsouloa
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extremely dark beer and very thick. It has a thick head which isn't huge but lingers. The smell is somewhat similar to many wheats with the presence of bananas but one can also smell the presence of alcohol.The taste contains the banana flavor. As far as mouthfeel is concerned, it is thick but goes down smooth. This is very drinkable but has a high alcohol content, so a few of these might have you feeling it. (412 characters)

Photo of alcstradamus
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mikey711 for the growler of this, much appreciated. Split with brdc this afternoon.

Pours a deep cola brown with a finger of head that dies quickly. The smell is a nice blend of burnt caramel, light raisin and fig, charred banana peel, and perhaps even a bit of citrus.

The taste is lighter than I expected for an 11.5% eisbock. I taste absolutely no trace of the alcohol. But at the same time, it is not quite as big and flavorful as I was expecting either. Expectations sure are a killer, aren't they? Fortunately, this still was quite nice. Banana and burnt caramel dominate, along with a very light orange peel flavor. Not terribly complex, but very easy to sip.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and mostly flat. The carbonation levels do seem appropriate though and match the flavor profile nicely. Drinkability is high for a beer of this ABV. I would have guessed it was closer to 7% if I didn't already feel the strong buzz kicking in after around 16 oz. or so. This is definitely a solid beer and one that I would like to drink again. (1,049 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap

A- RWWI is quite dark having a black look but is more of a very deep brown. Did not get any head or foam to speak so no lace as well.

S- Takes a while to open up. Smells of chocolate, ripe banana, dark malts. A whole bunch of wheat as well and some alcohol. Some cherry with warming.

T- Tastes like an eisbock with malts upon malts giving off a huge sweetness, No hops getting in the way. Chocolate and some cherry make a nice combination. A nice amount of wheat from the base beer. Some alcohol in this 11.5%er, well I kind of saw that coming.

M- Sweet and a bit boozy. The feel on RWWI is full and just grabs your attention. No bitterness at all. Very smooth actually with improvement as it warms.

D- Well the verdict is out and this stuff is top-notch. 11.5% is nothing to take lightly but barkeep, can I get another? Dangerously drinkable, I will look forward to having this treat whenever possible. (915 characters)

Photo of DmanGTR
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (697 characters)

Photo of koopa
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (463 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Much thanks to dickinsonbeer for this much celebrated growler...
Appears a hazy dark brown with black noted colors in the outskirts. A 1 finger medium tan head slowly fades out. Scattered spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, clove, and raisins...very much the same as the Winter Wheat.
Taste is of the aforementioned aromas that seem to be held together nicely in a cocoa dusted wheat base.
Mouthfeel is spicey, with hints of the fruit and chocolate and a stickyness that seems appropriate with this concentrated brew. (569 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a brown head. Nose is molasses, raisins, alcohol, smoky tone. Flavor is boozy, yes. Raisins, figs, soyish tones, fight over that and clearly show. Watered down coffee liquor tones are there too. Overall pretty intense. Feel is smooth on liquid. Carbonation is slightly nibbling, but overall a bit subdued. This is a nice beer. Due to the style rarity, I suppose I won't really ever have the kind of exposure to it that would leave me highly educated. But this certainly doesn't suck. Just be prepared for a unique drinker and something that is pretty intense. (576 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to BeerLoco for sending this my way - this growler has been about a year in the works so it was really exciting to finally see it in my fridge. Shared with Sean9689 and the better halves. Served in a champagne flute.

A - A hard pour yields a half-finger of tan foam that fizzles quickly to a thin ring. There are a few spots of lace and some legs as well. Body is a lovely transparent mahogany color with some orange highlights.

S - An intense bouquet of wheat, cloves, & banana layered over some dark fruits and a touch of spicy alcohol. It's a touch to much clove for my taste. Smells like a weizenbock on 'roids, which I'm guessing isn't too far from the truth.

T - This is where the beer begins to show its strengths. Dark fruits, caramel, chocolate-covered cherries, banana, cloves and some other spices. Extremely well-integrated and masterfully hidden alcohol - this could have been a 7% weizenbock for all I knew.

M - Low carbonation but with a light tingle, medium-bodied, silky-soft, sticky finish, and no trace of heat. Not sure what more I'd want from this style of brew.

D - This is extremely drinkable stuff - I was worried 64oz would be too much, but it went quickly with everyone seeking out refills. It's not quite as good as the Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock, but it was much more sessionable (as much as any Eisbock can be sessionable I suppose). Worth seeking out, especially as proof that high-gravity German-style beers needn't be malt bombs. (1,477 characters)

Photo of egajdzis
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark mahogany color with a light tan, quickly dissapating off white head, that left spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of chocolate, nuts, bananas, roast, smoke, and dried fruits. Chocolate, wheaty taste, more dried fruits, with lots of sweet malts in the taste. Peppery alcohol, very nice. (298 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by Alex (Masterski)....thanks bro! Poured into champagne glass.

A - Pours black, very very slight fizz of head but nothing more.

S - Banana, cinnamon, nutmeg, dark fruits. You can smell the wheat in there too. All very well done.

T - Very similar to the nose. Banana, cinnamon, nutmeg, wheat, brown sugar. A nice mix of sweetness and there's no trace of the 11.5% at all.

M - Light, smooth, rich. A slight bitter finish but mostly sweet.

D - 11.5%? For real? This is crazy good and the alcohol is not there at all as far as I can tell (until I finish a couple of glasses, at least). (603 characters)

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Ramstein Winter Wheat Eisbock from High Point Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.