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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

120 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | 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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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

RonfromJersey, Dec 19, 2004
Photo of UnionMade
4.4/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

UnionMade, Dec 08, 2004
Photo of ppoitras
4.55/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

ppoitras, Sep 14, 2004
Photo of wyllder
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First off: Thanks go out to Dante for the chance to sample this beer.

Pours a murky peach, with a miniscule head that recedes quickly.

Nose is classic cloves and bananas, with smooth, almost creamy quality to the smell.

Taste is very nice. First hit on the palate is cloves, which is balanced on the midsip by a nice creamy banana sweetness that plays in. Aftertaste fades back to clovey bitterness. Overall, the flavor profile came across as somewhat of a Tripel mixed with a Hefe Weizen, which isn't a bad thing at all.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Carbonation is mild, making the clovey bitterness easy for me to handle (I usually find clove flavors harsh when the carbonation adds tartness).

Quite drinkable. If I hadn't given the second bottle away, I would certainly have opened it, too!

Honestly, this is the first Hefe Weizen I've liked enough to review. I can't say if it's a good interpretation of the style or not, but it's certainly a good beer.

Wyll-

wyllder, Aug 19, 2004
Photo of Dantes
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Dantes, Aug 09, 2004
Photo of beerluvr
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ahh...good to see this great beer available near me once more! Pours a nice fluffy white head over predictably hazy deep golden liquid. Classic hefe nose: banana, bubblegum, malty n' fruity. The taste is those same aroma attributes, fresh and bready malt gives way to banana yeast flavors with a refreshing light bodied mouthfeel. Goes down smooth with a sweet malt kick tempered with a decent hopping level. Finishes long, flavorful and very tasty. High quality stuff...right up there with Heavyweight as one of the Garden States' primo microbreweries.

beerluvr, May 14, 2004
Photo of Jason
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with an “enjoy before” freshness date. Thanks to vidaloca for the sample.

Appearance: Mild haze in the straw golden hue, thin lacing still hangs around.

Smell: Spicy, fermented wheat and a nutty yeast.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Semi-crisp with a moderate body, the spicy clove is mild with ripe pear and banana in the back. Lemony on the back. Some yeast and biscuity malt are in the mix. Finishes slightly dry.

Drinkability & Notes: Not bland but nothing stellar, I’d crave this in the dead of summer …

Jason, May 12, 2004
Photo of Beaver13
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The Ramstein Blonde pours a cloudy golden color. It had a very small fizzy head, that disappeared very quickly.

Its aroma is some bananas, yeast, and spicy cloves.

The taste is sweet malt and some subtle banana and other fruitiness initially. It has a slightly spicy clove finish, with an almost sweet aftertaste.

The beer is medium bodied, but I was surprised at the total lack of carbonation.

Overall, it is a nice, easy drinking wheat beer. The low carbonation hurts it some. I don't like the banana / beer combo, but it was pretty subtle in this beer.

Beaver13, Apr 18, 2004
Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a amber / orange color with a relatively thin head head. The wheat was predominent on the nose, but cloves and fruit were noticeable. The flavor was a nice balance of wheat, spice, mild citrus and a light bitterness. The carbonation level was very light, but this beer was refreshing. The mouthfeel was smooth and this is not a wimpy light bodied wheat beer. Overall a consistant and enjoyable brew.

Gavage, Feb 01, 2004
Photo of wsouloa
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My friend first introduced me to this beer. It is one of my favorite wheat beers. I have had it both on-tap and from the bottle. It tastes much much better on-tap than from the bottle. It is a cloudy yellow, almost orangish beer. The smell is not overpowering but you can definitely smell a fruity bouquet with banana evident. The taste is absolutely great. It has a very refreshing taste and is well carbonated. The taste lingers a bit in your mouth and has you wanting another after you are done. This is a great summer beer. In response to someone from New Jersey who asked where it can be found on-tap, the Gaslight Brewery in South Orange is the only place I know.

wsouloa, Jan 22, 2004
Photo of WesWes
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a golden color with a thin white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. There is plenty of wheat scent here. it is sweet and fruity; a very pleasant odor. The taste is excellant. It is real sweet and wheaty tasting. It is thick with flavor; a real good tasting wheat beer. The mouthfeel is also great. It is a medium bodied beer with mild carbonation to not take away from the flavor. The beer is an excellent sessions ale; a very good wheat beer.

WesWes, Jan 01, 2004
Photo of beerguy101
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tasted at the 2003 Oregon Brewers Fest. Light gold color. Med head. Aroma is banana esters and yeasts. A medium bodied hefeweizen. Malts are fruity and sweet, touch of banana and clove. Hops are slightly spicy. Nice light refreshing beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

beerguy101, Oct 12, 2003
Photo of ElGuapo
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A golden straw colored brew topped with a nice fluffy white head that will leave sticky lace all over the glass. Big nose of pre-ripe bananas and nice spices. Some yeast and grainy notes as well.

Tingly carbonation starts you off, and it then gives way to a creamy smooth mouthfeel. The banana flavor is in full effect. Cloves and an array of spices balance it out to make for a sensational weiss. Very drinkable with some refreshing qualities to it. It is simply a well-made beer.

ElGuapo, Oct 02, 2003
Photo of schteve
4.6/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a deep, hazy golden color with a bright white had that took it's time falling, leaving thinning lace downt the glass. The apple-banana nose hinted at what was to come. A traditional german-style hefe that was smooth with spicy notes. The clove that came through in the finish was tremendous. This is my favorite of High Point's beers.

schteve, Sep 14, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Color: hazy, light orange. Head: small, white, and soon disappearing.
Aroma: sweet, fruity, large and yeasty, very nice.
Good, pleasing burst of hops, very light on the palate afterwards, and just a little short on weizen texture. Perhaps that, though, is their aim with this wheat, to be lighter, more drinkable.
Body is light, but taste is very good. Yum. I like. Ultra smooth, does the job.
Thanks to BeerFan for sharing.

feloniousmonk, Sep 12, 2003
Photo of Popsinc
4.03/5  rDev +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.

Popsinc, Jun 15, 2003
Photo of nomad
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a quite muddy orange-gold, with plenty of carbonation but not as much as, say, a Weihenstephaner. It does explode as you sit the glass down after a sip. Good lace, solid rocky head.

Had a somewhat quiet nose of banana and white grapes/green apple, a thin sugary element to these. Also cinammon and cloves with a swirl and a little warming. Tasted a little sweet spicy like nutmeg & cloves, backed by a biscuit background - in sum, though, a very light tasting beer. Middle was a creamy lactic flavor with lemon zing. Interesting yeast, it helped make a nice and soft spicy & bready burp.Had a short finish that ended with quite a clay bitter. I had to go back for more quickly after it left my palate.

Even still, very refreshing – have one before you eat your dinner. Very easy to drink, though in general it tasted of an okay wheat and malt; tasted a little immature and not all developed. Very shy to show itself. Maybe my bottles were getting past their due date, or maybe its because I've drank a fair share of Weihenstephaner and Brooklyner Weisse, but this wasn't all that impressive, just a solid good (and relatively cheap).

nomad, Apr 09, 2003
Photo of aaronh
4.83/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This hazy, medium amber beer is topped by a dense, white head that displays very good retention. The aroma is banana and that wonderful yeasty, bread aroma with a hint of cloves. Just an exceptional smelling beer. The taste is heavenly, with banana and clove covering the crisp wheat flavors, all wrapped up by the fresh bread flavors. The mouthfeel is very robust, yet with a crispness to it as well. The drinkability is very good as well. This is truly an exceptional beer that makes me long for summer. I plan to reserve one of these for a summer wheat beer tasting. Thanks to joehops for this great beer. I almost wish I hadn't given a couple of friends some of these beers, as I want them all for myself! This has been worth the wait for a Ramstein beer.

aaronh, Mar 17, 2003
Photo of Mick
4.7/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cloudy golden and blonde color. Nice thick and creamy head. Banana and clove aromas carry along a yeasty scent. High malt profile, chewy texture. Medium bodied but definitely present. Overall a great beer. All hefeweizen fans should add this one to the regiment.

Mick, Dec 12, 2002
Photo of Thrasher
4.4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the best American hefe I have had. Layered head which sticks around, dark golden brew, mellow malt nose. This beer is vibrantly tasty, with some very assertive malt notes, an intense spritziness, and perfect balance with the hops which are also pretty assertive. The yeast gives it a real breadiness and boldness and the wheat wraps it all up in a thirst-quenching package. I definitely got the sour green apple flavor and there are some hard water qualities, I thought. Very in-your-face and very satisfying.

Thrasher, Jul 13, 2002
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Ramstein Blonde Wheat Beer from High Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.