Ramstein Blonde Wheat Beer - High Point Brewing Company
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4.03/5 rDev +7.8%
What an interesting unique Hefe.
Appearance: Very cloudy golden lemon color with a creamy head.
Smell: Yeast driven aroma follows with wheat banana and sprinkle of clove.
Taste: The flavor is clearly dominated by the yeast and yet it is quite unique. This is a yeast strain the brewer (whom I met) brought back from Germany. It is very bold and does make for a flavorful Hefe Weizen. Following the unique yeasty character is a lemon citrus tart, wheat, fruit, and spices. There is a hint of bread and a hint of bitter dry in the end. Nice.
Mouthfeel: Very full in th mouth and creamy smooth.
Drinkability: This is a very unique Hefe Weizen that is worth trying. It is as drinkable a Hefe as I could expect.
Hope this is helpful.
08-28-2006 08:08:59 | More by Phatz
3.95/5 rDev +5.6%
I found this on tap at Ludwigs
This beer came a mysteriously dark lemon color that wasnt too cloudy. There was no head here to be found.
Smells of raspberries, lemons and banana with a light milky yeast and a cool wheat.
Tastes very light with a sweet raspberry and lemon and a slightly powdery banana accompanied by a good blend of yeast.
The mouth feel was light but dense and silky. Arguably it was too dense.
There are some nice fruity flavors going on here and its really easy to drink. However, for the style, it was a bit different.
08-23-2006 21:49:54 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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
3.98/5 rDev +6.4%
A great selection - I loved the choice. Unfortunately Im not able to write this review with the beer in front of me, the six pack was a big hit at home this weekend, I had to fight for three of them.
A - Poured with a great big head to it, bright, not terribly cloudy for what it is. Great looking beer.
S - For a wheat (Blonde) or a Hefe style, I did not have all the characteristics (smell) that I expected.
Taste - I found this beer to be very very refreshing. I would not call it in anyway crisp, but it was light in a sense for again what I thought it should be. Sorry guys, I did this one with fruit (one way I got my wife to have one with me) frankly, if appropriate or inappropriate, I like this style brew with a lemon. Overall, it was not what I expected when the label says wheat.
M - I would call this a medium body beer which I think adds to its drinkability.
D - Loved it again. For all that I said above about my impression of the beer being light and not a true Hefe styled beer, I thought it had some real good quality to it. Im not sure if the sixth - seventh one in a night of enjoying would wear on me , but Id be willing to give this beer a good run on a night. This is an easy three bottles on the back deck at 4pm. Really good.
Great choice, I love the Beer Club
08-14-2006 17:00:37 | More by jlmjl
4.05/5 rDev +8.3%
Poured cloudy orange with a thin white lace.
The smell was clean and crisp. It was of clove, apple and a hint of banana.
The taste was like the smell. Medium-bodied: clove, appple and a touch of banana. The flavors remained - and even became slightly stronger - throughout the drink.
It does thin a bit (watery?) when swirled in the mouth, but the flavors are fairly well-retained. It leaves a fresh feel.
Overall, it was very smooth and easily drinkable. It is one of the best, if not the best, of the several American versions of this style that I've had. A good choice for the style.
07-10-2006 20:10:34 | More by jwc215
4.1/5 rDev +9.6%
A very enjoyable local hefeweizen. Unfortunately no freshness date, but I managed to pick up a fresh six pack from a store with high turnover. Cloudy light hefeweizen appearance and typical banana aroma, with mild spice hints. Same with the taste, light spice flavor. Moderate head for a wheat beer. This is a match for any German hefeweizen. Not as good as another local hefe, Brooklyner Weisse, but well worth the price. I will drink this over my imported favorites any day. Kudos to Ramstein.
05-16-2006 13:58:40 | More by drugsbunny
3.78/5 rDev +1.1%
High Point is local, but surprisingly, this beer isn't that easy to find or readily available around here. With spring finally here and in full bloom, I figured that this would be a good brew for the season and great to try since I haven't had any of their offerings since I enjoyed their Winter Wheat several months ago. This was a great beer, but it certainly didn't live up to it's potential either.
The pour was great, even though the head didn't last too long and the lacing was nearly nonexistent. There was a fine dusting on the bottom of the bottle that was worth swirling and pouring on top of my point, and the brew had a wonderful translucent goldenrod hue to it. The taste was very solid, but not as colorful as I had hoped. Banana, coriander, and clove were there, but there was nearly no hop flavor to it and the aftertaste wasn't very memorable since it was just a heavy malt presence and not much else to it. The carbonation and mouthfeel were very nice though, and I loved the way it tingled and felt on the upper half of my mouth both during my sips, and afterwards.
I'd certainly have this beer again. The 5.50% ABV nearly makes this a good session brew and it was something that I wouldn't chug nor take too slow in enjoying. I wish it had a bit more oomph and surprise to it. It's very nonpretentious and unsurprising since the first sip wasn't any different than the last. Being well-crafted is always a plus, and high point has a very great yeast strain and basis to build their portfolio of offerings from. If only their flagship was a bit more adventurous and aware of it's potential...
05-12-2006 06:23:44 | More by JerzDevl2000
3.65/5 rDev -2.4%
Not bad, not bad.
Poured into my Erdinger witbier glass. Darker than some other hefes I've had. Dark, dull gold with a decent head that fades surprisingly fast. Looks quite carbonated.
Aroma is wheat, sugary oranges, lemon peel, candy, and whiffs of banana.
Taste is hard candy or toffee upfront, and then sweet oranges or pineapple and some pepper and spice. Not as full in flavour as some others in the style.
Typically smooth mouthfeel, good body. Not much aftertaste.
05-04-2006 19:11:25 | More by crwills
3.53/5 rDev -5.6%
2-finger off-white head dissapates rapidly, leaving a cloudy gold-apricot body with little lacing. Nose is full of wheat and banana, a bit of clove, slightly biscuity, with a citrus undercurrent. Underpowered carbonation and a thin mouthfeel carry similar flavors, though lacking in intensity, with extra sweetness from esters. Alcohol is a little too evident, but pleasant. Finishes clean and easily quaffable due to its passiveness.
I am somewhat disappointed with High Point, because they are a relatively local brewery, and I have their products on tap, and they are phenomenal. The bottled products are simply inconsistent. I returned a sixpack after I realized the first bottle was heavily oxidized to the point of being undrinkable. It is unfortunate because I know they have an excellent product, and there shouldn't be this kind of differential between tap and bottle. High Point, please fix this!
03-17-2006 03:30:09 | More by ism
3.93/5 rDev +5.1%
Appears a hazy gold color with a small white head that slowly fades into a thin collar. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of crisp, fresh wheat with some banana esters, cloves, fresh dough, lemony zest, and a hint of bubblegum.
Taste is of the same zesty flavors from the Bavarian yeast strain.
Mouthfeel is yeasty, fruity, semi dry, and crisp.
02-26-2006 03:05:23 | More by weeare138
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
3.73/5 rDev -0.3%
Heavy pour and still poor head retention atop this golden wheat colored brew, though the nose is potent and pretty nice - heapings of wheat malt, bubblegum and clove, all of which follow suit in the flavor, though not nearly with the same complexity, possibly because of the oxidation. A good amount of estery sweetness is present as well; the yeasty spices more mild. Alcohol is surprisingly present and warming. Tingling carbonation in the finish. Pretty good, but I expected more. This sample has some oxidation going on which has negatively effected it.
12-02-2005 03:28:49 | More by IrishRedRock
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
3.63/5 rDev -2.9%
easy medium mouthfeel, with moderate yeast. Good carbonation. Banana aroma. Muted yellow, little head. Fruit, led by apple, cloves. Hint of lemon. Malt at end, .This was not as good on tap 1.75 years alter at David Copperfields though balanced with good hops, a high carbonation and a hop and yeast aroma.
09-08-2005 03:34:25 | More by Sammy
3.43/5 rDev -8.3%
While far from bad, this brew was a disappointing offering from High Point and merely an above average brew overall.
It pours a lackluster semi cloudy golden colour with a faint head that dissolves rather quickly and leaves no trace of residue on the glass.
The aromas include wheat, spice a touch of banana, some hop notes and a hint of sweet candy.
The flavour is pretty much more of the same although hop presence is not as prominent and the sweet and fruity flavours are mellowed by a bit of, well, nothing. The flavour just seems to go flat at times. Part of this is likely because the mouthfeel is very flat as well. It almost seems syrupy at times. While not completely uncarbonated, this is a far cry from what the mouthfeel of a hefeweizen should be.
Again, this isn't a great brew, but far from undrinkable. If they could fix the mouthfeel problem it would help considerably and make this more of a viable option, especially in the summer months.
08-12-2005 00:59:31 | More by SixpointJMH
3.95/5 rDev +5.6%
Typical hefe appearance. Head retention is quite good; and very creamy - not big-bubbled. The lacing could be better though.
The nose offers some wheatish malt; some raw, spent-grain graininess; apple-like fruitiness; a suggestion of lemon tartness; a waft of spiciness; and a mushroom-like earthiness.
In the mouth it's medium bodied and crisp, as is appropriate for the style. Some examples are more carbonated, but its still perfectly acceptable.
The flavor delivers a lightly sweet, wheaty and bready malt that's accented with a spritz of lemony tartness and a dull clove-like characteristic. The bitterness is restrained, and it's nicely balanced, leaving it quite round and drinkable.
Die Deutschen würden über dieses glücklich sein. Wir können nicht es recht anscheinend erhalten. Maybe next time!!!
07-24-2005 12:38:21 | More by NeroFiddled
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
District of Columbia
3.8/5 rDev +1.6%
This beer is listed as a Hefe Weizen, but on the bottle it says that it is a lager, which goes against the standard Hefe Weizen which is an ale as far as I know.
Appearance - Gigantic white head that sticks around and thick lacing that nearly coats the glass completely, perfect for any wheat beer. The beer is blonde as the name suggests, but it is a hazy blonde. There are also streams of fast carbonation that helps keep the head inflated.
Smell - Apple cider and some spiciness. There are also hints of alcohol; it smells good, but definitely not a standard Hefe Weizen aroma.
Taste This is an unusual beer. At first it has a sweet and sour apple taste, but it finishes with more of a grain/malt taste generally not found in beers of this style. No hops to speak of, but that fits for the style. Yeast flavor is equally subdued, which is odd for the style. It is clear that this was made with more barley in it to than most wheat beers, again a little strange.
Mouthfeel Medium with sparkly carbonation that dances on the tongue. This is spot on.
Drinkability It is certainly quenching and tasty and unlike any other wheat beer I have had, either American or European. Not really a Hefe Weizen, but certainly not any other style that I know of.
05-01-2005 22:36:27 | More by OldSock
3.7/5 rDev -1.1%
Cloudy gold pour with hardly any trace of a head, even as I got more aggressive with the pour. There's a real crisp pear flavor to this one with quite a nice little clove edge rounding it out. Thin mouthfeel with a bit of an astringent feel to it. Overall, not too bad, but really nothing I'm going to write home about.
04-15-2005 02:16:05 | More by whartontallboy
3.63/5 rDev -2.9%
Pours a fully hazy lemon-straw color and is topped by a pale thin tan head. The aroma is quite yeasty with notes of lemon, wheat, apple and a hint of clove. The taste is a bit more sour than I was expecting, it is actually quite nice and tart. There is definitely a lemon like component to this beer as well as notes of crisp apple. The body is light and refreshing with a bit of chewy yeastiness to it as well. At this point this is definitely low on the traditional clove and/ or banana notes, but this is most like due to the age of this beer. I find that hefeweizens tend to lose those aspects pretty quickly. All in all this is a nice, tasty refreshing brew. Thanks to PisskeyNights for the opportunity to try this beer.
03-15-2005 04:08:30 | More by Gueuzedude
4.53/5 rDev +21.1%
Wow. Ramstein does a great job as is their custom. It looks absolutely wonderful. Poured with a thick head. Stayed for a while. Continual lacing. A beautiful yellow-peach color. Hazy b/c it wasn't filtered. It had a great taste with typical blonde pineapple notes from the yeast esters. Very smooth. Perfectly drinkable.
02-28-2005 01:25:42 | More by GeoffFromSJ
4.33/5 rDev +15.8%
Yeasty aroma with a pinch of lemon zest. Hazy, deep golden colored beer. Sticky off-white head leads some decent lace. Flavor is yeasty with some floral hops and some of that wheat zest towards the end. Body is solid, mouthfeel is clean, but not dry. A quality Hefe Weizen.
01-15-2005 02:06:48 | More by HappyHourHero
4.22/5 rDev +12.8%
Brewery filled growler.
A nicely hazy body, with good carbonation streams. In my weisse glass, it is a very pale yellow at the bottom, picking up a slighty orange aspect in the wider top of the glass. A nice white one finger head, probably would have been higher if the growler seal had been a turn tighter. Good stretchy lacing.
Good bananas and bubble gum up front in the nose, bit of musty clove in the background. Just what you would expect, and though I might have wanted the aroma a tad bolder, this will invite anyone and scare no one.
Taste is light and refreshing, as the wheat dances across the tongue. Some pepper. There's a light touch of fruit mixed into the finish. Fades away gently.
Mouthfeel is smooth and light. Drinkability: easy and tasty.
Odd for me to be having a hefe this time of year, but when I stopped in a High Point I realized I hadn't had their's in a long while. Memo to self , and others: pick up some of this next summer.
12-19-2004 04:48:02 | More by RonfromJersey
4.4/5 rDev +17.6%
The beer pours a beautiful foggy straw blonde, topped with a heaping white froth that certainly isn't shy. (A vigorous pour of a 12oz bottle threatened to escape a 23oz hefeweizen glass!) The head settles itself into a modest film over the brew, leaving rings of belgian lace in it's wake. Excellent head retention, a quick swirl of the glass doubling the amount of head, and keeping for quite a while.
The aroma spells out bavarian yeast. Rich banana and bubblegum esters, with a softer hint of dry white pear. Plenty of clove adds a spicy character, with a light undertone of plastic-like phenols. Soft, mellow wheat malt. No hops.
The flavor starts out very mellow. Easy going wheat malt and yeast keep a dried powderiness throughout, with a shot of banana and apple creeping in early. Very spicy clove notes usher in the finish, which stays on the sweetish side, while also ending very dry. A dried banana and chalky yeast flavor linger on the tongue, well after the last sip is downed. Active, peppy carbonation quickly moves the lightish medium body across the palate.
Probably one of the best bavarian style hefeweizens brewed in the states. The flavor is spot on for a real german wheat beer, with that banana and clove interplay. The one thing I really like about this is that it's reminiscent of the greats, like Weihenstephaner and Paulaner. It's not overdone, trying to blast you with flavor. It's just a drinkable, modest, tasty sessionable brew. The only complaint I can think of is that it seems to lack a certain silky smoothness in the mouthfeel. I guess the only real difference is that you can get the Ramstein hefeweizen fresh from the brewery, rather than across an ocean. Awesome beer.
12-08-2004 20:38:41 | More by UnionMade
4.55/5 rDev +21.7%
12oz bottle obtained via trade with Shippos. Thanks for the opportunity...
Poured in an imperial pint glass, forms a short-lived 1/4" white head, which laces minimally. A warmly honey-amber hued brew, with a pleasant sweet wheat aroma. Taste is wheaty, with a hearty thickness to the flavor that is hard to explain, but pleasing nonetheless. Mouthfeel is excellent, and drinkability, well, let's just say that isn't a problem. An excellent hefe.
09-14-2004 20:47:25 | More by ppoitras
Ramstein Blonde Wheat Beer from High Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.