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Ramstein Winter Wheat Eisbock - High Point Brewing Company

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Ramstein Winter Wheat Eisbock
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 40
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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High Point Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Eisbock |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Dantes on 01-22-2004)
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Photo of BACTAdam
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow is the best word I can use to describe this finely crafted and rare brew from High Point! I was lucky enough to get one of the very last growler fills from the first batch of 2008 as it's brewed in extremely limited quantities. Greg, owner/brewmaster, said he hopes to have another small batch tapped in late February so call or e-mail the brewery before you go to make sure it's available.

Any way, the review. This one pours a very dark black color with a nice tan head that retains itself nicely. The smell is pretty sweet with hints of cocoa and coffee. Definitely has an imperial stout quality in smell, appearance and taste. And taste? Superb! Has the winter wheat qualities mixed with complex notes of semi-sweet chocolate, malts, black coffee and I even sensed slight vanilla and banana notes. Incredible! The mouthfeel is insanely smooth almost like it came from a hand pump or was on nitro (and this after it sat in my growler for 3 days). Finally, this beer is very drinkable. It hides its alcohol very well although I sensed a slight alcohol burn in the first few sips. A truly exceptional beer worth waiting for!!

By the way, the official name of this beer is Ramstein Ice Storm Eisbock. Not sure if it was changed recently or not.

Photo of jwc215
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jwcwattsrugger for sharing...

Pours black with a thin tan head that has a decent retention for abv.

The smell is of dark malts and toffee. Banana and pear add a nice fruity character. Clove and a subtle anise add a nice spiciness. Very complex and extremely inviting.

The taste is of dark malt, toffee and chocolate notes. A wheat tang and banana/clove, pear, some licorice blend together very well. Roasty, peppery notes weave in and out. Alcohol is warming, but fits in nicely without being too upfront or sharp. Sweetish finish.

Medium-to-full bodied. Velvety texture. Not overly syrupy.

An outstanding eisbock. Complex and potent, yet smooth and drinkable. A wonderful winter wheat ale. Thanks again John!

Photo of LBS15
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This could be one of my favorite beers period, very easily on my top three. I obtained a six pack through some very shady means, but the reward was well worth it...

Color: Dark dark brown. Beautiful light brown lace that carries all the way to the end

Smell: Chocolate, coco, coffee, and a touch of banana.

Taste: Malty fruitiness with chocolate/coffee bitterness on the back end. This beer is 12% and there is very little alcohol taste at all, which can be very dangerous.

Mouthfeel: Silk! Very tight carbonation, almost felt like it came out of a cask.

Drinkability: Even though the 12% didn't come through in the flavor, it came through on the buzz after one.


Overall, I'm a fan. Just wish we could get more of it!

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!

Photo of weeare138
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of egajdzis
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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.

Photo of vladtheimpaler
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery....
I have had the Aventinus recently, and this is WAY different. Aroma is nearly the same as the regular Winter Wheat. Clovey/chocolately and no real hint of alcohol. There is a slight and lasting head that is nice and brown. The color is pitch black. Now the fun begins. Flavor is smooth and creamy, almost to the point of being light and fluffy. Chocolate nmalt flavors dominate over the alcohol to the point of making this beer deadly. Where the Aventinus removes enamel, this satisfys one's thirst for beer. Wonderfully balanced and drinkable, perhaps the best Eisbock that I have ever tried.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.88/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brewery filled growler.

Black hole body, topped by hefty cascading brown waves, which settle into three fingers of tight tan foam. Strong aroma dominated by bananas and plums. Wonderfully enticing even at arm's length. Mouthfeel is astonishing: full and lush and smooth, with a thickness bordering on solid. Taste is dark fruit, especially plum, a hint of bananas, and bits of chocolate. Drinkability is staggering: no sensation of alcohol, this may be the ultimate example of "dangerously drinkable".

Greg has taken an already outstaning beer, and kicked it up a notch. If you are anywhere in the vicinity, call the brewery and see if you can lay your hands and tastebuds on this gem, a true high point of brewing art and science.

Thanks again to yen157 and vidaloca.

Photo of wsouloa
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of ElGuapo
4.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well, if you are a fan of Ramstein Winter Wheat, you will have to try his big ol' cousin Eisbock.

A black pour out of the growler topped in a huge pillow of tan foam. Lace is left all over the glass at the end. The aroma is very nice. It has a lot of toasty wheat malt and yeast scents. There are big whiffs of dark fruits to sweeten things a little bit. Roasty coffee hints are in there as well. A pure delite for your nose.

The body is full with mild carbonation and a very rich and smooth mouthfeel. It is nice and hearty; I guess you could say chewy. Roasty flavors are huge in this one, more so than in the Winter Wheat. The toasted wheat flavors are also in tall order. Bits of chocolate are in there as well, although they are hidden a bit in the mass of complexity. Dark fruits meet with currants and hints of clove in the finish before it gets nice and dry for the aftertaste. The aftertaste is toasted and lingers for a bit (longer than you want to wait for your next sip). The alcohol is nearly invisible, but you can find it here and there. This is a work of art.

Photo of yen157
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Made the trek out to the brewery for a growler of this beauty. It wasn’t cheap, but definitely worth it.

It poured like old, black motor oil topped by a dense, creamy head. Please read Dantes’ review for background on the carbonation. Beer’s got a great nose, but very mild. I expected the aromatics to be more concentrated in this version of the brew. Regardless of intensity, it consisted of delicately layered notes of clove, overripe banana, and semi-sweet chocolate. As it warms these become more apparent and some dark fruit emerges.

Taste-wise, IMO the biggest difference between the original and this incarnation is the concentration of charcoal and bread crust flavors. The rest of the flavors are amplified a bit, and the alcohol is non-existent except for some appropriate spiciness. This meshes well making this beer the most drinkable 11.5% beer ever.

Great viscosity, carbonation, everything. Damn near perfect. This is a beer perfectly suited for a nightcap, not for it’s strength, but because of its finesse and elegance.

Photo of Dantes
4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Ramstein Winter Wheat Eisbock from High Point Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.