Ramstein Blonde Wheat Beer - High Point Brewing Company
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1.53/5 rDev -59.1%
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.
06-19-2011 00:17:26 | More by Rifugium
2.68/5 rDev -28.3%
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.
07-04-2013 02:33:44 | More by Treebs
2.85/5 rDev -23.8%
I was outside on my deck, it was still 88° at 7:00 PM, thought I'd crack one of these Hefes open for a nice refresher.
A-poured into a pint glass, almost no head formed, what did form was made up of large bubbles and quickly disappated to thin coat. What was left did leave a little lacing. Color was a meduim golden straw and quite cloudy. I can drink any color beer, but the head on this was just not impressive.
S-Bread, grain, yeast, banana, clove, and orange citrus. Smelled pretty darn good
T-The smells listed above that made it smell so good had an opposite affct on my palate. For hefe, I just thought the spices, citrus and banana were too strong, tasted more like a americanized belguin wit beer than a hefe. Also had a buttery sweetness that put me off a little
M-fairly medium body for this style, was expecting more of a light body. Was also quite fizzy for having no head, almost soda like with bubbles popping all over in my mouth. Not all that refreshing on the aforementioned hot evening.
D-With all the negativity above you might think the drinkability was going to be low, but afterall it is beer. And this one is still quite drinakble, I could have several in a sitting.
A beer club selection that I have 5 bottles left. I will try again and will modify/improve the review if warranted.
1 week later-I tried this again last night, still no head, still smells great, still tastes sweet and too spicy. I added a lemon, like some people do with hefe, it improved this one, but I can't let this justify raising the taste score as it should stand on its own.
08-21-2006 21:11:12 | More by jackorain
2.85/5 rDev -23.8%
Came out a crystal clear light golden beer. No yeast haze at all and almost no carbonation or head. What happened to this beer? Smell is what you would expect, bannana and clove. Taste also fits the style but the mouthfeal is poor due to the lack of carbonation and just overall lifelessness. I wouldn't have reviewed it but i split a case with some other people and theirs were ok so that makes me think the problems occured at the brewery and not during shipping. Also, this is the 2nd that i've had that is exactly like this. I have 2 more and if my opinion changes i will adjust my scores accordinly but i'm very dissapointed in this beer.
12-01-2005 03:00:48 | More by beermanbrian
2.9/5 rDev -22.5%
A - Pours a nice cloudy gold in color. Head was minimal and gone very quickly. Not much lace leftover in the glass.
S - Wheat is the primary aroma and the first thing to get through to the nose. Honey and some spiciness show up midway. A small amount of banana is on the tail end and gets a little hard to pick out.
T - Wheat is strong in the flavor as well. Sharp spice has a nice showing in the flavor. Fruitiness is easier to pick out (banana and lemon). Alcohol finishes up the flavor but remains mild.
M - Medium bodied with poor carbonation levels. The carbonation is just wrong for this style of beer.
D - Drinkability is average at best. It shows promise but the lack of carbonation makes it a wheat beer that is hard to drink. Not something I would seek out agian.
05-19-2008 02:28:44 | More by csmiley
3/5 rDev -19.8%
Ramstein Blonde Wheat Beer
Appearance- light hazy yellow with a thick billowy white head.
Smell- hay and bananas.
Taste- grass, hay, clove, banana and black licorice.
Mouthfeel- crisp yet bland.
Overall- a, very, blah hefeweizen. Quickly drank it moved on to another beer and forgot about it.
06-23-2005 19:22:48 | More by NJpadreFan
3.03/5 rDev -19%
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.
01-18-2010 01:23:16 | More by Tinfoilrcr
3.03/5 rDev -19%
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.
11-25-2009 04:49:44 | More by confer
3.15/5 rDev -15.8%
A: Typical hazy straw color with a thin white head... fades and leaves some lacing...
S: Wheat, yeast and spice... in roughly equally non-describable amounts...
T: The wheat base is prominent... clove, banana and lemon-citrus lends some accent...
M: Crisp. Dry. With a moderate to light body...
D: Much better on a summer day... this wasn't all that bad, other choices in the category just out class it...
03-06-2008 21:41:54 | More by callmemickey
3.18/5 rDev -15%
12 oz. bottle that has a plain and simple yellow and blue label that has the name of the beer in big blue letters, their weird symbol, and a brief sentence about this beer. The far right of the label is where they keep the US government warning and to the far left is where they keep their address, barcode, best before month, proper storing temp and the best serving temp.
When poured into a Weizen glass, this Ramstein is a hazy bright and shiny lemon yellow color. It had the usual Hefeweizen 2+ inch head of fluffy white foam. This one had OK retention that left behind a small white film and spots of white lace. It had a nice little aroma of malted wheat, banana, cloves, and a touch of lemon zest. Sometimes in the aroma, the malted smelled burnt. The burnt wheat came and went as it chose. The taste was mostly the malted wheat with cloves, subtle banana, yeast, and a with a tiny pinch of lemon zest in the back. The mouthfeel was light and crispy that contained a solid aftertaste of malted wheat. Overall, I can't see why not this beer wouldn't make a nice choice for a Hefeweizen session beer. I enjoyed my first experience with the High Point Brewery.
03-04-2008 17:37:58 | More by AltBock
3.2/5 rDev -14.4%
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.
06-13-2009 13:52:09 | More by njmoons
3.2/5 rDev -14.4%
I had two bottles of this while making a dinner of Tilapia as I was looking forward the hefeweizen taste. The cloudy orange yellow had nothing dramatic in its appearence with no frothy head, even when I poured directly in. It smelled good with bananas and vanilla, but the first taste was nothing special. I was taken aback as I was expecting much greater things. The taste was similar to the smell but it lacked content or any muscle in both bottles.
I will try this again in the future, but I will try another source.
05-07-2007 01:12:17 | More by bonbright7
3.25/5 rDev -13.1%
After some guy at my local store pleaded with me to try this beer I decided I would. This beer poured a watered down straw yellow color with little carbonation and a paper thin head. Smelled of lemo and bubblegum. Taste was bland and boring. Freshness date said good until june, so that wasn't the issue. Taste was of coriander, wheat, and fruit but that's it. This was light and watery and not too enjoyable. I will not be loking for this again.
02-10-2008 20:06:23 | More by DavidSeanNJ
3.25/5 rDev -13.1%
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.
08-23-2010 15:13:46 | More by Hojaminbag
3.25/5 rDev -13.1%
With all the hullabaloo about this beer and this brewery, trying this product seemed to be a sure thing. Looking forward to that real authentic Belgian tasting experience; which just never seemed to materialize through this tasting. Blonde in color, though a bit light for the style, followed by a nose of ripe banana and sweet coriander set you up for what promises to be a distinctive and substantial Ameri-belge. Unfortunately, the flavor falls flat on the floor with this being a way too mild, far too understated and under-flavored beverage that keeps you wanting for more. There is no grip to this brew, as it seems awash in its aqueous foundation. The flavors never attain the levels that this style should possess, not even close. The mouthfeel is flat, thin and uneventful, as the "natural" carbonation produces nothing more of a micro-slick on the surface even under an intense pour. The bottle date indicates a consume date of July 30 2006, almost five months from now; so freshness is not an issue. Although the yeast used to produce this beer is a very provocative strain, the other components within this product show it no love and result in a beer that is lackluster, one dimensional and very unsophisticated. This beer is not flawed in a physical sense, but it is flawed in a purists sense, leaving the taster wondering, "where is the beef"?
02-02-2006 04:46:52 | More by barknee
3.33/5 rDev -11%
A: Poured a beautiful bright orange, that was non-transparent with a fizzy quickly dissipating head that left no lacing and only a bare surface.
S: The nose yielded spicy oranges and wheat with a decent yeastiness.
T: much the same and pretty basic, spicy, sour oranges and a touch of yeastiness with some lemony tartness. Overall a simple, safe entry by style that I soon grew tired of after only a few sips.
M: light, very smooth with a slight carbonation tingle bringing out the sour oranges.
D: Ok drinkability wouldn't buy a six pack of this, but ok for a single purchase.
07-04-2008 11:26:10 | More by beerthulhu
3.33/5 rDev -11%
Tasted at the 2003 Oregon Brewers Fest. Light gold color. Med head. Aroma is banana esters and yeasts. A medium bodied hefeweizen. Malts are fruity and sweet, touch of banana and clove. Hops are slightly spicy. Nice light refreshing beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
10-12-2003 03:50:50 | More by beerguy101
Ramstein Blonde Wheat Beer from High Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.