1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Ramstein Blonde Wheat Beer - High Point Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Ramstein Blonde Wheat BeerRamstein Blonde Wheat Beer

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
84
good

125 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

(view ratings)
Ratings: 125
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 14.52%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
High Point Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2002

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (16) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view more.
Ratings: 125 | Reviews: 99
Photo of Brenden
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from a tasting on 3/24/15

This is a well carbonated pale yellow with too much haze to see through. The head is a fizzy one with a bit more to it, just a little more than white. Retention is just above average, as is some thin lacing sticking around.
It's hard to get a real impression of this beer. It's not standard, exactly, and it's not that it's exceptionally weak. It's just kind of hard to pinpoint. The wheat is very much there, but yeast brings out more earth, fruits (some skins) and spiciness than anything.
The flavor is soft and primarily wheat, leading into a grainier undertone. Some fruits carry through, but this beer doesn't have what makes either a non-German wheat beer or a hefe stand out. That doesn't mean it isn't pretty nice.
The feel is very soft, and it's quite fluffy on the palate. Spicing definitely shows as much in the feel as the aroma or flavor. It can only hold a moderate crispness, though. The finish is pretty nice, with the yeast notes I want lingering.

Photo of Stinkypuss
1.76/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours overcarbonated and almost foaming to no end. Aroma was the best part as it carried German yeast and wheat. The flavor was just bad, banana and hop concentrate but harsh. Not infected, just over carbed. The body was like drinking foam out of a straw. Terrible. This was bad all around and never should have left the brewery. Drain pour.

Photo of farrago
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a big, aggressive head, easily two fingers and comes close to pouring over, looks whipped up and delicate, off-white cream color, hard to judge the lacing since there’s not much surface space left to stick to. Fuzzy and opaque dark gold to orange hued liquid, maelstrom of bubbles inside, you definitely see where the head came from. The nose clearly offers up yeast, raw dough, banana and even bubblegum before stiffens into pepperiness and cloves, earthy in a clean manner, doesn’t express much fruit, you get more by way of white grapefruit. In the mouth it’s medium-bodied but very firm, the carbonation gives it more slow churn than prickle. On the dry side, can’t accuse it of excess sweetness. But, again, the banana and yeast is a clear element. Almost minerally at times, the wheat seems unprocessed and closer to an unpicked state. More apricot and peach present here, cherry even. The clove and nutmeg notes do not bring much sweetness. Too dense to be refreshing about it has character and is likely best suited as meal accompaniment than consumed on its own.

Photo of Bossman20
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Solid Hefeweizen overall. Typical yeast profile for a Hefe. Slightly overcarbonated with a very large head. Subtle clove and wheat aromo with hints of bannana. Very great wheat taste which also gives rise to bannana an clove flavor as well.

Photo of Jacobob10
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a 6-pack straight from the brewery. Golden in color and cloudy. Medium sized head and nice retention resulting from a ton of carbonation. Aroma and flavored are loaded with banana and bubble gum, the latter of which can be a bit cloying at times. Prominent yeast profile. Light to medium bodied. Overall, a solid hefe.

Photo of metter98
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a very high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high white head that hardly died down as it was continually fed by a stream of rising bubbles.
S: Light aromas of wheat are present in the nose along with notes of clove and hints of bananas.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the banana flavors from the yeast are a little stronger and the cloves are a bit more noticeable towards the finish.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a good representation of the style and is easy to drink, but I wouldn't consider this to be "thirst-quenching" because it feels slightly heavier on the palate compared to most other beers in the style.

Photo of Treebs
2.7/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got this as an extra in a recent trade, can't remember who sent it but thanks. 12 oz bottle served in a Hefe glass. Best before October 2013.

A: Pours a clear yellow color with some light shading towards the top. A white head forms on the pour, about two fingers high, and settles down to a thin, wispy film. Some light splotches of lace are left down the glass.

S: Typical hefe smells. Light clove, some mild fruitiness with a solid wheat backbone. Banana esters are present as well. Light pie crust as well

T: The banana esters take over with a brown banana sweetness and rankness to it. The wheat is there with some mild sweetness. Slightly vegetal in natures as well. Doesn't really mesh well together and isn't that particularly inviting. After a few sips it becomes more bland and even less flavorful

M: Light bodied with a medium high carbonation level. Very banana ester forward on the finish with a high level of sweetness.

O: This just doesn't work. The yeast profile they used wasn't very inviting and while it had the typical hefe flavors it was extremely unbalanced. More hops and wheat would have been nice. A little fuller body to.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - As expected it has a yellow hazy tint in color yet as others stated the head fades rather quickly to a mild lace ring.

S - A nice bit of fruity yeasts, clove, sweet malts, and a bit of coriander.

T - I do get some blond tones of mild grains and sweet malts along side of some mild Hefe tones of lemon, clove and wheat.

M - Medium yet balanced yeast tones.

Overall I will seek out their other beers (maybe the dunkel next) since this one impressed me a bit.

Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured as a lightly hazy yellow color, the head didn't last very long at all. The smell was yeasty and had some citrus on the nose. The taste was of lemons, clove and banana. The mouthfeel had plenty of carbonation that dances on the tongue. Overall it's got a lot of wheat and blonde elements to it. It's an interesting brew, glad I tried it but isn't something I'd seek out in the future.

Photo of Rifugium
1.53/5  rDev -58.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

First had: on tap at the Garden State Craft Brewers Guild 15th Annual Beer Festival, USS New Jersey, Camden, NJ

Poured a pale, peachy yellow with a small white head that didn't linger too long. Yeasty aroma, more funk than I'm used to with the style. Typical wheaty texture on the tongue, yeasty, bready, hay, some sharp hops in the taste towards the finish, and more of that unpleasant funk throughout. Pretty bland. Light-bodied and not very drinkable at all.

Photo of mikeg67
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Samples at the High Point brewery. Pours hazy golden hue. Aroma is of , banana, apples, spices and yeast. Taste is similar to aroma. Medium bodied with average carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. Long lasting, fruity - spicy finish. Classic, tasty hefeweizen.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ramstein Blonde Wheat Beer has a hazy yellow body with a solid white head that has OK retention and leaves behind some decent lacing. Fairly accurate hefeweizen look.

The aroma has a grainy malt scent to it, with touches of fruit and a hint of clove.

The grain flavor is probably the most powerful, followed by fruity flavors that include both banana and green apple. A muted clove is after that. I would really like the yeast to shine a little bit more in this one to be honest.

The mouthfeel lacks the slightly creamy fullness that a great hefeweizen should have, but it is OK.

Overall, Ramstein Blonde Wheat Beer didn't really impress me. I felt the hefeweizen yeast flavors were a little toned down. I do dig that High Point specializes in German brews, however, and I will continue to try anything of theirs that I can get my hands on.

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with just 1-2 fingers of white head over a fairly clear golden body, with plenty of effervescence. Head fades quickly, and leaves no lacing.

Good aromas - leads with sweet clove spice and blends to fried plantains and yeast.

Flavor is OK - lemony, earthy, and just a touch of clove/spices. Good ripe banana comes through, especially as it warmed. Pleasant yeasty quality. Touch of pepper as it warmed as well.

Mouthfeel is fantastic - creamy, with a great level of carbonation for the style.

Very drinkable... Nice flavors - maybe a touch too lemony which doesn't pull me back immediately for yet another sip, but it's not pushing me away by any means.

Photo of bogus564
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz, poured into a tall weizen glass.

Ideal color for a blonde wheat beer, beautiful and golden. Not much head to speak of - it's straw in color, formed roughly a 1 cm head, and did not last even a minute.

Smells good - I enjoy a beer that I don't have to spend too much time sleuthing, and this is a prime example. You get a nice combination of apple, orange, wheatgrass, clove and banana that are well-balanced for your nose. Simple but just right.

Tastes as good as it smells, and does not disappoint - confirmation of all that you smelled, well-balanced. Go figure that a brewery from New Jersey could represent with such a decent beer. I liked it from start to finish.

Mouthfeel was good - nice level of carbonation, good in the way that all flavors hit the tongue and palate nicely, and finished well.

Drinkability was great - I could see myself having many more of these as a thirst-quenching solution. Not so much ABV that it knocks you on your keister, and it went very well with my chicken quesadilla. Looking forward to my next offering from this brewery.

Photo of donniecuffs
4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Into a pint glass, poured a cloudy golden/straw with two fingers of full white, good head retention, and modest lacing. Modest amount of visible carbonation as well. The nose possessed everything you'd come to expect from a good hefe: clove, bubble gum, banana, and even some maltiness. The taste confirmed the aroma; banana/clove dissolving to some malt balance mid-palate, followed by a semi-dry finish. Modest carbonation combined with a full body made for a nicely smooth sensation. Perfect for sessioning. Nicely done.

Photo of Teleweizen2
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a somewhat cloudy bright golden color with barely a fingers worth of head and that quckly dissipates.

S - typical hefeweizen aroma. Lots of sweetness. Hints of clove, bananna and apple.

T - follows the nose pretty much. Sweet with lots of fruit esters and has a long sweet pear sort of finish to it.

M - light and delicate. Higher in carb.

D - nice beer to pair with some light summer fair. Nothing mind blowing but a decent brew none the less.

Photo of dasenebler
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Here's a hefeweizen where the wheat beer swirl is a must: if you want that hazy straw orange--not to mention better flavor--then give that bottle the run-around after you've decanted the majority. Unfortunately, I still got an underwhelming head, with average lacing and retention.

Aroma is, vaguely, of clove, spice and ripe fruit.

Flavor is pretty good. This is definitely a hefeweizen, in line with some of the lesser offerings from Germany. It's still a good, drinkable beer though. There's lots of banana and nice bread and yeast flavor, but the sweetness does seem a bit artificial. The brewery might want to fix that. All in all, not a bad beer. Light, but there's some malty substance. Definitely of the thirst quencher variety. Blonde Wheat Beer is by no means a bad offering.

Side note:
High Point's beers seem to be at their best fresh, in growler form. It's kind of like homebrew, in that High Point adds nothing in terms of preservatives, etc., to lengthen the shelf life of their bottled beer. I've had two awful, sour bottles of their Weizenbock, but also a sublime Maibock in a fresh growler direct from the brewery. I'd imagine that some of these beers would go bad in less than a year in the bottle. Choice is yours.

Photo of Tinfoilrcr
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Poured into a regular pint glass, this beer shows a good amount of white head with some nice lacing. The beer itself is a an orange gold.

S- On the nose I get ample spice, citrus zest, and other scents I can't quite place.

T- The beer has a good amount of citrus and malt flavor. Unfortunately, for me the finish has a distinct syruppy flavor which was very off putting.

M- has a lot of carbonation and medium heaviness.

D- Average given the syruppy flavor and lack of a good finish.

Photo of Nucleozoid
4.95/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured in a .5 liter glass mug, nice creamy head with cloudy golden color, spicy aroma, tasty wheat with hints of clove and banana, spices - head laces nicely. This is a staple Weissbier for my wife and myself -we live about a mile from the brewery.
We love this delicious hefeweizen.

Photo of tjd112
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured into a Weizen glass

Appearance: Golden body with a fast dissipating white head

Smell: Bananas, lemons, and cloves

Taste: Much more lemon-y mid-palate

Mouthfeel: A bit spritzy and overcarbonated

Drinkability: Good as a session beer

Overall: The classic (dunkel) is a LOT better

Photo of confer
3.06/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I don't get this beer. Bought a mixed case with this beer and the Classic. Completely flat out of the bottle. I drank several bottles before rating this beer and all were the same. I contacted the brewer and he said he had no other complaints with this batch. The best before was 2 + months away. The smell and the taste were both good. The smells was typical hefe, with a hint of clove and the taste was a bit lemony. I love hefeweizen but this one is not enjoyable to drink.

Photo of Nascartailgatefa
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Adequate weissbier. Vey haze amber in color. Minimal head. Very little lacing. Floral nose. Neutral taste. A very good weissbeer, particularly for a new jersey beer. No aftertaste. Excellent drinkability. Good session beer. Would recommend. Will review more in morning after I wake up

Photo of scootny
3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very active beer as you pour with a huge fizzy head but there is no retention or lacing to speak of. Carbonation is quite vigorous to see in glass. A lightly cloudy honey gold that sits like a soda.

Smell is apples and pear with a touch of lemon in the back. A light and mild spiciness. Some faint soap.

Taste is much like the nose with a stronger soapiness in the palate and finish. Some banana and wheat malt. Not a benchmark hefe which a you expect from a brewery that has wheat in their name. It implies specialization and focus on the little things in order to create a great American version of a German staple. A lost opportunity this one. Feel is overly carbonated and spritzy with a prickly sensation as you swallow.

Drinkability is one of the strong suits for this beer. Not much else to recommend it. A good one for hot days as it will quench the mightiest thirst.

Photo of philbe311
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Interesting pour... Tons of chunky fizzy bubbles form into one fingers worth of crystal white head... Impressive retention... Tons of fast paced swimming carbonation throughout... Noticeable sediment throughout... Pale golden straw color with an ever so faint haziness...

S - Lemon zest... Wheat... Grain... Corriander... Clove... Faint hint of yeast... Pears... Pale malts....

T - Lemon cough drops... Slightly sugary... Wheat and grain... Some faint peppery notes... Tart...

M - Slightly creamy head... Surprisingly heavy... Biting prickly carbonation... Crisp... Medium bodied... A slight tartness...

D - A surprisingly assertive hefeweizen... Overly produced and manufactured and less natural, but still enjoyable...

Photo of njmoons
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Had a great time at the monthly beer tasting at High Point Brewery.

The Blonde is their Flagship. An interesting beer, if not one a my favorites. The quality is all there, great apperance, smell, mouthfeel. There is a unique quality to the taste and aroma of the beer that is too rare in brewing (I would not mistake this for any other beer).

However the fruit tones and sweetness of this beer, over powered the balance of the beer.

to view more.
Ramstein Blonde Wheat Beer from High Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.