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Ramstein Blonde Wheat Beer - High Point Brewing Company

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Ramstein Blonde Wheat BeerRamstein Blonde Wheat Beer

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BA SCORE
84
good

116 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 6
Gots: 2 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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

New York

3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a light, slightly cloudy yellow with a thin white head. Aroma was a sweet blend of fruits (banana, lemon) and sugars. Some hints of spices as well.

Wheaty, bread-like flavor comes through initially, with strong banana esters that went nicely with the strawberries I was eating. Spices were somewhat reserved. Minor hop presence, as well as a citrusy aftertaste. Mouthfeel was thin and carbonated. Overall a pretty good hefeweizen, not quite as full flavored as you may expect though.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2008 19:13:55 | More by BBM
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csmiley

Ohio

2.9/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 02:28:44 | More by csmiley
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Teleweizen2

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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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DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 20:06:23 | More by DavidSeanNJ
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lauries444

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7%

05-19-2012 21:40:39 | More by lauries444
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jaluria

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
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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Huffs

New York

4/5  rDev +7%

01-21-2013 03:46:32 | More by Huffs
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Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy golden pour with a large foamy head typical of good hefeweizen.

Smell: Not outstanding but obvious hints of banana, clove and spices, possibly nutmeg.

Taste: My sample was good but somehow underwhelming. Very smooth and creamy hinted with banana and spice for the most part. A little soft for me. Possibly just the batch. But i was hoping for more body and bigger flavours. Light maltiness.

Mouthfeel: Again, smooth and creamy. Nice carbonation and spritzy mouthfeel.

Drinkability. Not my favorite hefeweizen going but i still enjoyed this one a fair bit. I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2003 11:44:10 | More by Popsinc
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sanitarium16

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

02-10-2014 14:46:36 | More by sanitarium16
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Milkysunshine

New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

02-20-2012 00:37:05 | More by Milkysunshine
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bkwhoppa66

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

11-28-2013 04:44:28 | More by bkwhoppa66
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JG-90

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

06-06-2013 16:35:49 | More by JG-90
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Brianmerrilyn

New York

4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I forgot to review this after going to Long Island Spring Craft festival. I did their Octoberfest but my favorite, thier heffe notes were on the back page(so glad i kept them).

A: Poured into mini heff glass, a hazy yellow with a beaufitul two fingers white head with slow lacing down the side of the glass and an understated retention.

S: Nose was of smart sweet banana, along with malt, toasted wheat, yeasts and citrus(lemon peels) coming in at the end.

T: To some extent it followed the nose, with the yeasty being the most prominent components. Think i may have detected some pear beyond the banana in the esters and some buscuit malts. Tettnang hops easily noticeable.

M: Smooth and creamy at first, perhaps this batch was special for the festival as I've seen other reviews that did not match my findings. Crisp 2nd and then going dry, a new one for me.

D: I enjoyed this one very much. While not the most pungent of Heffe's in the category, it's nothing short of remarkable for a NYC Metro area creation.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2008 17:27:38 | More by Brianmerrilyn
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RobDB

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

01-03-2014 01:30:12 | More by RobDB
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tjd112

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
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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bonbright7

Florida

3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
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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da_beers

Florida

3/5  rDev -19.8%

09-15-2013 14:07:43 | More by da_beers
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ism

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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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OldSock

District of Columbia

3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
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
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dazedandconfused

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7%

06-28-2013 00:39:29 | More by dazedandconfused
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Mineo

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

04-04-2014 00:59:23 | More by Mineo
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Dantes

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Package: 12oz. bottle, no ABV listed. “Ramstein” spelled out in Gothic lettering against a yellow background. “Enjoy by month notched” marked at October. Nothing to distinguish between years. Label recommends storing at 35º-45º and serving at 40º and notes that it is bottle-conditioned. Neck label describes brew style as unfiltered weisse beer. A bit busy overall but reasonably informative.

Cost: $6.99 6-pack at Shop-Rite

Presentation: Ramstein fluted weisse glass at ~45º. (40º serving recommendation too cold in my opinion).

Appearance: A nice golden yellow, a bit darker than the Pilsner. Pours with a decent haze, but seems to clear as one drinks through the glass. Faint, ghostly lees in the bottom of the bottle and glass. Generates a decent, moderately tight, white, but short-lived head.

Smell: Exhibits the classic banana-and-clove aroma of an archetypal hefe-weizen. This fruity nose is backed by a solid malt backbone. Complex, but restrained without the artificiality I’ve experienced in other hefes.

Taste: Upholds the classic hefe-weizen tradition, with a dry fruitiness and a significant malted wheat flavor. Balance is very good, with the hops, malt, and esters interplaying well. Lots of structure and no flabbiness. Finishes crisply, with moderate length.

Mouthfeel: As is typical for Ramstein beers, the carbonation is very tight and consistent. The head on this particular bottle was a bit lacking, but I’ve found that this varies. Good, crisp, medium-full body.

Drinkability: Again, typically, very drinkable. Every Ramstein beer (yes, even the Winter Wheat) is practically a session beer. Smooth, full-flavored and interesting.

Backwash: The Classic (dunkelweisse) is still my favorite “regular, bottled” Ramstein beer, but I’m certainly glad to have this around. A great, authentic hefe that challenges the best in the world. I haven’t had the Live Oak that many have talked about, but I’d certainly be willing to trade some Ramstein in order to have a comparison. I'd also "warn" BA's that I've often seen old sixers of this lying around in stores, so fresh examples are important (no year denotations is a problem); and the amount of yeast in the bottles varies as well.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2004 19:08:57 | More by Dantes
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bogus564

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
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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barknee

New York

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
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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snowsurfer422

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

08-09-2012 02:34:31 | More by snowsurfer422
Ramstein Blonde Wheat Beer from High Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.