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Ramstein Blonde Wheat Beer - High Point Brewing Company

Ramstein Blonde Wheat BeerRamstein Blonde Wheat Beer

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BA SCORE
84
good

115 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 14.21%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2002)
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metter98

New York

3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 15:49:56 | More by metter98
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Treebs

Illinois

2.68/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 02:33:44 | More by Treebs
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 05:42:57 | More by DrDemento456
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 15:13:46 | More by Hojaminbag
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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 02:18:00 | More by BeerImmediately
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bogus564

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 18:41:08 | More by bogus564
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Teleweizen2

New Jersey

3.58/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2010 02:01:05 | More by Teleweizen2
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dasenebler

Maine

3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 21:54:06 | More by dasenebler
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Tinfoilrcr

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 01:23:16 | More by Tinfoilrcr
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Nucleozoid

New Jersey

4.95/5  rDev +32.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 20:43:31 | More by Nucleozoid
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tjd112

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 02:19:03 | More by tjd112
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confer

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 04:49:44 | More by confer
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scootny

New York

3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 04:24:42 | More by scootny
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -4%
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...

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 00:59:21 | More by philbe311
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ATPete

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a small, slightly sticky white head. Some banana yeast esters in the nose but mostly just solid toasty wheat, very nice. Smooth, clean and traditional, nothing mold breaking here, surely refreshing with a crisp, slightly bitter finish. Light/medium in body, unfiltered and not watery by any means, very drinkable, Jersey's best wheat beer? I think so.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 22:48:22 | More by ATPete
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cpn920

New York

3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a golden haze with a decent head. I smelled clove and banana and was anixous to dive in. The taste had the obvious wheat with hints of bubblegum and banana. Nothing that blew me away. The mouthfeel was decent although I prefer a little more carbonation in my Hefe's. It is a drinkable and refreshing beer but not one of my favorite versions of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 04:11:01 | More by cpn920
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my pint glass...

A - pours a hazy golden color with 1/4 inch of foam that quickly disappeared

S - strong wheat aroma with bits of banana

T - strong wheat taste with a hint of citrus, grapefruit at the end

M/D - not a bad beer, it is drinkable but nothing really stands out as I have to have it.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2008 21:04:24 | More by mikereaser
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of NEPA BC split #19. Half of the bottles in this case had labels and the rest did not. Weird.

Pours a hazed golden color with about one finger of white head. Head settles to just a thin lace, and leaves a rimjob of stick.

Smells of sweet banana and bubblegum, wheat, some fruity esters, lots of yeast and a bit of clove. The sweetness is really working for me, I like it.

Taste is not as sweet as the smell. Too bad, I was digging the sweetness, and since I'm not a big hefe fan, I was hoping for more of the same. It's a bit on the bland side to be honest, and it's quite dry. Some wheat and lemon flavor, with a bit of tartness. There's also banana, some clove, and an earthy yeastiness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite dry, with a clean finish and very soft carbonation. A little on the thin side.

I'm not a big hefe fan and this didn't really wow me anyway. I actually really liked the sweet aroma, which was easily the highlight of the beer. Not too shabby, but nothing special either.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2008 21:45:01 | More by number1bum
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thethrone

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours mahogany brown, with short off white head. Little lacing.

S - Aroma is of wheat, caramel. Very subtle; doesn't jump out at you.

T - Wheat, dark fruit, cocoa, hint of tobacco? Lots of sweetness, a bit off balance.

M - Smooth, medium body. Average carbonation

D - Easy drinking, would make a great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 05:39:58 | More by thethrone
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yelterdow

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Available locally and often, we'll serve this in a traditional hefeweizen glass at just over fridge temperature. Best by January '08.

Appearance- Light to medium gold, this pours rather clearly, with a two-finger white head that dissipates faster than most other beers of this style. With the yeast addition, the cloudiness seems much more minimal than usual.

Smell- Spot on and appetizing, the wonderful nose of bananas and bubble gum with clove fills the air. It remains strong and balanced throughout the tasting.

Taste- A delectable balance of banana, wheat malt, and smooth, spicy yeast and hops. Beautifully executed, these soft flavors don't exhaust the palate.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Soft, slick, and rolling in the mouth. The gentle carbonation sustains the entire duration, as easy and enjoyable as anything I've had. A first rate domestic hefeweizen, and a must try for any fans of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2008 03:09:27 | More by yelterdow
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hefeweizen, you say? Tastes more like a plain old wheat beer to me so I am reviewing it that way.

Pours a mildly hazy golden yellow with a thin white head and little to no lacing. Nose and taste both strong on lemon with a little bit of grainy wheat behind. Mouthfeel is light with a bit of lemon that lingers longer than I would prefer. Perfectly drinkable and ok.

HV

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 21:55:07 | More by sholland119
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Lexluthor33

New York

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

O.K. first off the pour was hazy orange with a decent head that fizzled out quick. The second thing was I did not like the aroma on this beer. It smelled a bit skunky and the company website lists cloves and apples as part of the aroma. I did detect some sour granny apple notes,but mostly some malts and a bit of wheat.
The taste was a lot better. Wheat,citrus and yeast notes. Some malts,cloves and a touch of hops.
The feel was smooth and a tad creamy. Very clean and a pleasure to drink.

Notes: My only complaint was the aroma and that was all,the rest proved to be a worthy experience.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 16:34:44 | More by Lexluthor33
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tpd975

Florida

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to fishingnet for this one.

A: Pours a light yellow hue with tons of bubbles. Avgerage head and retention.

S: Light wheat aromas with hints of banana and yeast.

T: Same as the nose with the addition of a splash of citrus.

M: Nice and light, very tasty.

D: Enjoyable on this hot Florida evening.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 18:53:55 | More by tpd975
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2008 11:26:10 | More by beerthulhu
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LunaChick

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden straw very little head that disapates quckly leaving very little lacing. Smells tangy slightly lemon and clove--less banana on this one than others
i've tried. Slightly tart pear/lemon taste with good clove and a buscuit finish. Very tart with every sip but overall clean and bright. Good for drinking on a hot summer day. The tart bite with each sip takes away from the drinkability and mouthfeel slightly--left a sting in the back of my throat. But the flavor is very nice making this one I'll reach for again.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 06:27:47 | More by LunaChick
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Ramstein Blonde Wheat Beer from High Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.