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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

(view ratings)
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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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle at Liberty St. Tavern in Allentown, PA. This is basically a lighter hefeweizen (being blonde and all). That being the case and taking this beer what it is - it's good. The weizen yeast dominates the flavor with a smooth, slightly creamy and fruity spice on top of a light, but sweet wheat (I got just a hint of sourdough once) and barley.Overall, quite a nice beer for the summer. Try one before the cold drives you to darker ales.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2007 12:09:31 | More by tempest
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Wasatch

Utah

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bitterbill for this brew.

Pours a cloudy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy white head, some sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is yeasty, malty, banannas, clove, and grassy. The taste is malty, yeasty, nice touch of clove. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty Hefe, glad to have had a chance to try it, thanks Bill.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2007 02:14:25 | More by Wasatch
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single in Buffalo.

Pours a clear golden, thick white head forms, drops down to a thin layer, nice thick ring, few lace spots. Smell is spicy, lots of banana/clove, yeast, bit of bread, caramel, sweet sugar, very clean and pleasant. Taste is clovey, banana/vanilla middle, touch of caramel, fruity spice finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. Nice beer, I like the High Point brews I've had.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2007 03:39:12 | More by Viggo
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bonbright7

Florida

3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2007 01:12:17 | More by bonbright7
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ours from 12oz bottle(best by Aug 2007) a cloudy straw colour with a very small head of foam that dissipates completely after a very short time with no lacing.

The smell has a wheat nose with some citrus and spice.

The taste on first sip has a nice burst of banana and clove followed by wheat and yeast. Another sip and there's some tartness, no actually, a lot of tartness...very lemony. That's something that would work quite well in the hot summer days of Casper, no doubt.

The mouthfeel is good for the style, the carbonation is light. and the finish ends up with the banana that I noted on the first sip. Solid. Good. Tasty.

Bottom line: This would be a good thirst quecher for the summer season and I thank jwc215 for including this one in our trade!

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2007 15:39:21 | More by Bitterbill
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riversider76

New York

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

Pours a cloudy yellow. Thin white head, not much retention, but a decent lacing. Smell is of clove, bananna, with a hint of candy,and spice. Body is light,with some carbionation. Taste is of candy,and fruit. Nice bubble gum finish. Good stuff. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2007 00:32:29 | More by riversider76
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oberon

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass a hazed light yellow with some peach-like hue a large fluffy,clingy white head that settles very slowly leaving a globs of lace behind.First off I detected alot of smoke near rauch beer like really with notes of toasted grain and clove,flavors are very wheaty with a touch of odd funk and clove not much citrus going on.Cereal-like on the palate and refreshing but still a little odd but its still a solid American wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2007 02:17:26 | More by oberon
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from BillyB, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him.
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a weizen glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy yellow color, with a very thin white head that fades almost instantly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of lemon, wheat clove spice, banana & yeast.

T: The bready wheat & yeast flavors are heavily in the forefront of this beer as you would expect from this style and especially from brewer with “wheat” in their name. There are some flavors of lemon, banana & spice in the background. The after-taste consists of wheat & lemon.

M: Very smooth and very crisp, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, it’s quite refreshing, light and an excellent representation of the style. This one is well-worth sticking with if you’re looking for something easy.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2006 03:50:22 | More by TheManiacalOne
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jaluria

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Semi-cloudy with a yellow & gold color with a soft, white head that dissipates quickly. Medium-level of carbonation. Aromas of honey, dried fruit, wheat, grains, and hard candy. Creamy and smooth texture with bread-like flavors dominating the taste. Flavorful with sweet undertones. Juicy fruit flavors with a hint of alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2006 18:15:52 | More by jaluria
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jackorain

Pennsylvania

2.85/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2006 21:11:12 | More by jackorain
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jlmjl

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2006 17:00:37 | More by jlmjl
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2006 20:10:34 | More by jwc215
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drugsbunny

California

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2006 13:58:40 | More by drugsbunny
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2006 06:23:44 | More by JerzDevl2000
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crwills

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2006 19:11:25 | More by crwills
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ism

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2006 03:30:09 | More by ism
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2006 03:05:23 | More by weeare138
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barknee

New York

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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 purist’s sense, leaving the taster wondering, "where is the beef"?

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2006 04:46:52 | More by barknee
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IrishRedRock

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2005 03:28:49 | More by IrishRedRock
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beermanbrian

Pennsylvania

2.85/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2005 03:00:48 | More by beermanbrian
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2005 03:34:25 | More by Sammy
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guinness33

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2005 00:59:31 | More by guinness33
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!!!

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2005 12:38:21 | More by NeroFiddled
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2005 19:22:48 | More by NJpadreFan
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OldSock

District of Columbia

3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2005 22:36:27 | More by OldSock
Ramstein Blonde Wheat Beer from High Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.