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Ramstein Classic - High Point Brewing Company

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85
very good

93 Ratings
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 7
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
High Point Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2002)
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Dougwillhike

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -46.9%

05-07-2014 16:33:36 | More by Dougwillhike
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jkane101

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

04-04-2014 02:26:57 | More by jkane101
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da_beers

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

09-15-2013 14:07:07 | More by da_beers
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Varkias41

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

08-22-2013 18:12:24 | More by Varkias41
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EBeckett3

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

08-14-2013 03:50:47 | More by EBeckett3
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

07-13-2013 13:38:09 | More by acurtis
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tbeer40

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

07-12-2013 20:52:33 | More by tbeer40
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Gww1864

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

06-24-2013 02:44:05 | More by Gww1864
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SadMachine

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

11-17-2012 22:29:07 | More by SadMachine
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lauries444

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

05-19-2012 21:40:57 | More by lauries444
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david18

New York

3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a fairly well balanced beer that I had on a recent trip to Las Vegas.

Appearance was a dark brown. Surprisingly low carbonation but that may have been the glass I was drinking it out of.

Aroma was complex, mostly malty with a little bit of alcohol and dark fruit.

Flavor was similar to the aroma. Nice but not outstanding. Fruit, malt, alcohol. Tasted a bit strong for the ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2012 19:08:13 | More by david18
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -20.4%

01-09-2012 21:29:02 | More by djrn2
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richbrew

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.1%

12-25-2011 21:05:46 | More by richbrew
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poorbanker

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +32.6%

12-09-2011 23:14:38 | More by poorbanker
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drtth

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a dark mahogany brown color with a few reddish highlights and a ½" light tan head that recedes fairly soon leaving behind some lacing, a small ring, and some patches of foam on the surface. Sipping leaves a few small patches of lacing clinging to the sides of the glass as the sheet of foam slides back down to the liquid.

Smell: The aroma is both subtle and complex with traces of chocolate, banana, cloves, and coffee. While the chocolate often seems the stronger aroma it doesn't ever really swamp out the others.

Taste: The flavors are carried by a nice, slightly sweet roasted chocolate backbone that allows the banana to show but not dominate. The clove pops in and out and once in a while the coffee shows itself.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is smooth and medium bodied with reasonable carbonation. The finish is medium in length and well balanced as the malt and some dry bitterness taper off into a nicely dry finish.

Drinkability: I've found this a nicely drinkable beer and am happy to have a second. Each sip follows the other naturally and the flavors are never so strong they overwhelm. Rather "subtlety" is a key word to describe this beer. I'll definitely enjoy having this beer again and I think it is a very nice example of an undervalued style. This beer also illustrates for me yet again how valuable it can be to have two or three bottles before reviewing. This is definitely a beer that grows on one and I did not fully appreciate its subtle complexity until about the 2nd or 3rd bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 01:47:43 | More by drtth
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mikeg67

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drought from High Point. Pours deep mahogany with a medium tanned head and lovely carbonation. Great aroma of yeast, banana, chocolate and cloves. Medium, smooth body. Flavor of banana, cloves and chocolate. Medium, fruity-coffee finish. Very tasty brew.

Serving type: growler

11-23-2010 22:03:27 | More by mikeg67
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cpolking

Iowa

3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a very dark brown to light black with a massive head. It has an interesting aroma, dark, roasted grain, slightly smokey, a hint of coffee and a touch of yeast. The flavor is overwhelmingly tangy, almost sour with the dark roasted flavors left in the background to come through on the aftertaste. After reading other reviews, I wonder whether I got an off bottle, no one else had the massive sourness.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 01:37:12 | More by cpolking
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moester13

Nebraska

3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown pour, very thin looking. Carbonation evident in glass, no head though.

S: Interesting smell,banana bread and nuts, hint of chocolate.

T: Bittersweet malts upfront, very strong banana bread character. Toasted malt finish does not linger long.

M: Thin feel, finishes smooth. Think my bottle may have been flatter than intended.

D: Not a bad tasting brew, I assume freshness and carbonation may have brought my ratings down. Have to try a new bottle soon.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 20:47:18 | More by moester13
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Naugled

New York

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a nice head but dissipates to nothing. A nice dark clear body, and tan head.

Bubble gum and banana in the nose

The bubble gum, banana and vanilla follows in the palate, but also an ashy smoky note as well. Wasn't expecting that.

Medium to light mouth feel.

A fairly drinkable dunkel but the ashiness is a bit annoying after awhile.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2010 00:19:23 | More by Naugled
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dasenebler

Maine

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a growler filled fresh at the brewery.

Pours a deep, cloudy chocolate brown. One-finger head dissipates quickly, leaving a bit of lacing on the way down.

Aroma is surprisingly malty and toasty, with some phenolic action as well.

This is a very nice Dunkelweizen. The roasty, chocolately flavors are pronounced, but not overcooked. There is also a good bit of fruitiness, specifically banana and grape on the finish. Almost like a really good brown ale with Weizen phenols and esters. Very drinkable and smooth, though the mouthfeel lacked some creaminess and adequate carbonation (see: Growler).

I agree that this is a very underrated beer from High Point. I found it to be quite delicious and sessionable.

Serving type: growler

08-22-2010 05:13:00 | More by dasenebler
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bogus564

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz, poured into a tall weizen glass.

Color is dark chocolate, but a clear dark chocolate, what one would expect from a dunkelweizen. The head grows rapidly and is tan in color, but bubbles off rather quickly.

Smells of yeast, banana, roasted malt and lemon. Can't wait to have my first sip.

The taste is what I expected - I catch a lot of lemon and grass. The other flavors that I smelled are there, but they're supporting actors. The two leads do just fine with this beer.

The beer is light-bodied, with a dry finish. Could have geared down the carbonation a tiny bit, but I'm nitpicking as far as that goes.

This beer was outstanding with my grilled cheese sandwich; I wish I had picked up two at the liquor store. This brewery does alright with wheat beers. Impressive.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 22:40:10 | More by bogus564
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donniecuffs

New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Into a weizen glass, it poured a chestnut brown, with less than a finger of off-white, modest retention, and good lacing. The aroma consisted of chocolate, coffee, banana, and clove; truly unique. The best way to describe the taste is perfectly balanced between the aforementioned flavors, with a nice semi-dry, balanced finish, and some malty aftertaste. Despite the appearance, this is a thin- to medium-bodied beer, with some modest carbonation. VERY drinkable, and quite possibly the most underrated beer that this brewery makes.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2010 01:25:54 | More by donniecuffs
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong, lots of fruits, spices, bananas, one of the better smelling beers I can remember. Taste is mild compared to the smell, but good, again banana, spices, a bit sweet. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a fine quality beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2010 14:46:21 | More by tone77
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ATPete

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Pours a mostly transparent amber brown color with a small screen of an off white head. very little soapy sticking on the glass. Roasty wheat, some expected sweet banana and clove in the nose. A bright but welcome hop character hits the tongue, a caramelized sugar like malt/wheat sweetness takes over and rounds out the sip, a long yeasty aftertaste. Very easy to drink and pretty damn true to style.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 01:10:06 | More by ATPete
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The body of Ramstein Classic is a shade of light bronze that is surprisingly light in color. A finger or so of tightly bubbled white head has average retention at best, and leaves behind no lacing.

Very malty nose. Toasted malt, crackers, a touch of banana and hops.

The flavor has a slight coriander spiciness to it, with a dose of noble hops. Banana comes next and is a bit more powerful than the spice or hops, but the malt dominates the flavor profile of Ramstein Classic. Toasted malts along with grain and cracker flavors are strongest.

The mouthfeel is pretty highly carbonated, which doesn't hurt or help anything.

I expected a little more out of this one, but overall it is a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 22:13:53 | More by Hojaminbag
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Ramstein Classic from High Point Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.