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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

124 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 14.52%
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2002

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Ratings: 124 | Reviews: 98
Photo of Treebs
2.7/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got this as an extra in a recent trade, can't remember who sent it but thanks. 12 oz bottle served in a Hefe glass. Best before October 2013.

A: Pours a clear yellow color with some light shading towards the top. A white head forms on the pour, about two fingers high, and settles down to a thin, wispy film. Some light splotches of lace are left down the glass.

S: Typical hefe smells. Light clove, some mild fruitiness with a solid wheat backbone. Banana esters are present as well. Light pie crust as well

T: The banana esters take over with a brown banana sweetness and rankness to it. The wheat is there with some mild sweetness. Slightly vegetal in natures as well. Doesn't really mesh well together and isn't that particularly inviting. After a few sips it becomes more bland and even less flavorful

M: Light bodied with a medium high carbonation level. Very banana ester forward on the finish with a high level of sweetness.

O: This just doesn't work. The yeast profile they used wasn't very inviting and while it had the typical hefe flavors it was extremely unbalanced. More hops and wheat would have been nice. A little fuller body to.

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of mikeg67
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Samples at the High Point brewery. Pours hazy golden hue. Aroma is of , banana, apples, spices and yeast. Taste is similar to aroma. Medium bodied with average carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. Long lasting, fruity - spicy finish. Classic, tasty hefeweizen.

Photo of scootny
3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very active beer as you pour with a huge fizzy head but there is no retention or lacing to speak of. Carbonation is quite vigorous to see in glass. A lightly cloudy honey gold that sits like a soda.

Smell is apples and pear with a touch of lemon in the back. A light and mild spiciness. Some faint soap.

Taste is much like the nose with a stronger soapiness in the palate and finish. Some banana and wheat malt. Not a benchmark hefe which a you expect from a brewery that has wheat in their name. It implies specialization and focus on the little things in order to create a great American version of a German staple. A lost opportunity this one. Feel is overly carbonated and spritzy with a prickly sensation as you swallow.

Drinkability is one of the strong suits for this beer. Not much else to recommend it. A good one for hot days as it will quench the mightiest thirst.

Photo of HappyHourHero
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ATPete
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a small, slightly sticky white head. Some banana yeast esters in the nose but mostly just solid toasty wheat, very nice. Smooth, clean and traditional, nothing mold breaking here, surely refreshing with a crisp, slightly bitter finish. Light/medium in body, unfiltered and not watery by any means, very drinkable, Jersey's best wheat beer? I think so.

Photo of dasenebler
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Here's a hefeweizen where the wheat beer swirl is a must: if you want that hazy straw orange--not to mention better flavor--then give that bottle the run-around after you've decanted the majority. Unfortunately, I still got an underwhelming head, with average lacing and retention.

Aroma is, vaguely, of clove, spice and ripe fruit.

Flavor is pretty good. This is definitely a hefeweizen, in line with some of the lesser offerings from Germany. It's still a good, drinkable beer though. There's lots of banana and nice bread and yeast flavor, but the sweetness does seem a bit artificial. The brewery might want to fix that. All in all, not a bad beer. Light, but there's some malty substance. Definitely of the thirst quencher variety. Blonde Wheat Beer is by no means a bad offering.

Side note:
High Point's beers seem to be at their best fresh, in growler form. It's kind of like homebrew, in that High Point adds nothing in terms of preservatives, etc., to lengthen the shelf life of their bottled beer. I've had two awful, sour bottles of their Weizenbock, but also a sublime Maibock in a fresh growler direct from the brewery. I'd imagine that some of these beers would go bad in less than a year in the bottle. Choice is yours.

Photo of aaronh
4.82/5  rDev +29.6%
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.

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with just 1-2 fingers of white head over a fairly clear golden body, with plenty of effervescence. Head fades quickly, and leaves no lacing.

Good aromas - leads with sweet clove spice and blends to fried plantains and yeast.

Flavor is OK - lemony, earthy, and just a touch of clove/spices. Good ripe banana comes through, especially as it warmed. Pleasant yeasty quality. Touch of pepper as it warmed as well.

Mouthfeel is fantastic - creamy, with a great level of carbonation for the style.

Very drinkable... Nice flavors - maybe a touch too lemony which doesn't pull me back immediately for yet another sip, but it's not pushing me away by any means.

Photo of riversider76
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of IrishRedRock
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of yelterdow
4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Available locally and often, we'll serve this in a traditional hefeweizen glass at just over fridge temperature. Best by January '08.

Appearance- Light to medium gold, this pours rather clearly, with a two-finger white head that dissipates faster than most other beers of this style. With the yeast addition, the cloudiness seems much more minimal than usual.

Smell- Spot on and appetizing, the wonderful nose of bananas and bubble gum with clove fills the air. It remains strong and balanced throughout the tasting.

Taste- A delectable balance of banana, wheat malt, and smooth, spicy yeast and hops. Beautifully executed, these soft flavors don't exhaust the palate.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Soft, slick, and rolling in the mouth. The gentle carbonation sustains the entire duration, as easy and enjoyable as anything I've had. A first rate domestic hefeweizen, and a must try for any fans of the style.

Photo of NonicPanic
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of beerluvr
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of nomad
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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).

Photo of wattoclone
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of lccrunchy
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of jnardone235
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of ElGuapo
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of confer
3.06/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I don't get this beer. Bought a mixed case with this beer and the Classic. Completely flat out of the bottle. I drank several bottles before rating this beer and all were the same. I contacted the brewer and he said he had no other complaints with this batch. The best before was 2 + months away. The smell and the taste were both good. The smells was typical hefe, with a hint of clove and the taste was a bit lemony. I love hefeweizen but this one is not enjoyable to drink.

Photo of maddogruss
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a pint of this at the Cloverleaf.

A: Pours a golden brown body with a nice, white head with low retention but decent lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: A sweet, malty smell with some banana esters being evident. A little metallic smell, similar to the Platinum, but not as evident.

T: A smooth, sweet malty taste with some banana esters to balance. Esters were more evident in the aftertaste.

M: A smooth, silky mouthfeel that felt a little light, but nice nonetheless. Definitely a crisp and refreshing brew.

D: A fairly drinkable beer. Nice combination of mouthfeel and taste makes this a formidable Wheat beer.

Photo of donniecuffs
4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Into a pint glass, poured a cloudy golden/straw with two fingers of full white, good head retention, and modest lacing. Modest amount of visible carbonation as well. The nose possessed everything you'd come to expect from a good hefe: clove, bubble gum, banana, and even some maltiness. The taste confirmed the aroma; banana/clove dissolving to some malt balance mid-palate, followed by a semi-dry finish. Modest carbonation combined with a full body made for a nicely smooth sensation. Perfect for sessioning. Nicely done.

Photo of beermanbrian
2.88/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

Photo of Thrasher
4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Photo of bkwhoppa66
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

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Ramstein Blonde Wheat Beer from High Point Brewing Company
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