Ramstein Winter Wheat Eisbock - High Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 43
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

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Beer added by: Dantes on 01-22-2004

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Ratings: 66 | Reviews: 46
Photo of vladtheimpaler
4.66/5  rDev +6.9%
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
4.85/5  rDev +11.2%
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
4.2/5  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.

Photo of ElGuapo
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
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
4.76/5  rDev +9.2%
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
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
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 66 ratings.