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Ramstein Blonde Wheat Beer - High Point Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

100 Reviews
THE BROS
79
okay

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Reviews: 100
Hads: 129
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | 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

Our fresh traditional German-style weiss beer. Malty wheat bouquet brimming with clove and banana aromas. Wheat and barley balance with imported German Noble hops. Unfiltered for a natural flavor. The finish is malty, smooth and refreshing.
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Photo of Bitterbill
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
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! (775 characters)

Photo of riversider76
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (256 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (453 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (909 characters)

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on-tap at Andy's Corner Bar.

This hefeweizen poured a hazy, golden color with white foam that settled. The smell was banana, cloves, toasted coconut, malt, and a hint of citrus. The taste was malty with modest clove phenols and a light fruitiness (bananas and lemons). The mouthfeel was smooth with a tanginess. The body was medium-full with low carbonation. The finish was tangy and citrusy. This was a good, enjoyable hefeweizen. (442 characters)

Photo of outdoorbrewer
4.55/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured to form a thick off-white head that slowly diminishes over a cloudy yellow brew, appearing inviting as an old world style wheat. Clove and spice with some banana esters appear in the nose. Light wheat dough accents citrus as yeast permeates the aroma.
Initially I detect a light sweet-tart wheat malt flowing through as the soft carbonation fizzes out to reveal another wheat malt flavor slightly sweet and flavorful.
With this flavor and a medium to full body and creamy palate Ramstein Blonde is easily a favorite in my opinion, from a person who first tasted a German wheat in the early 1970's. (617 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy light copper hue with a three finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a nice banana and clove aroma with a touch of lemon zest.

The taste consisted of a good wheat body, with some chewy yeast and a nice lemony finish.

The mouthfeel was good and chewy.

Overall a nice interpretation of the style. Not the best American hefe out there, but good nonetheless. (425 characters)

Photo of jaluria
4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
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. (326 characters)

Photo of Phatz
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.
Cheers! (756 characters)

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found this on tap at Ludwig’s

This beer came a mysteriously dark lemon color that wasn’t 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 it’s really easy to drink. However, for the style, it was a bit different. (560 characters)

Photo of jackorain
2.91/5  rDev -22.6%
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. (1,598 characters)

Photo of jlmjl
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
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 (1,304 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (590 characters)

Photo of drugsbunny
4.1/5  rDev +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. (495 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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... (1,620 characters)

Photo of crwills
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (483 characters)

Photo of ism
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
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! (909 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (362 characters)

Photo of barknee
3.29/5  rDev -12.5%
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"? (1,360 characters)

Photo of IrishRedRock
3.76/5  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. (557 characters)

Photo of beermanbrian
2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
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. (643 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (305 characters)

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (968 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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!!! (823 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
3/5  rDev -20.2%
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. (301 characters)

Ramstein Blonde Wheat Beer from High Point Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.