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Ramstein Winter Wheat - High Point Brewing Company

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Ramstein Winter WheatRamstein Winter Wheat

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

285 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 285
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 65
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
High Point Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 04-17-2002)
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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Midnight brown with some slight ruby at the bottom of the glass. Topped by a frothy tan head, which breaks down a bit quick. Aroma of dark fruits, smoke, a bit of cocoa, and at the end, a sweet apple scent . Across the tongue, black currant and assorted fruits roll richly and slickly. Sweet but by no means cloying. Near 10% alcohol unnoticeale except for a trace in the aftertaste. Scarily drinkable. Hard to find this year, but worth the hunt.

RonfromJersey, Feb 01, 2003
Photo of waughbrew
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Black with dark brown highlights, a medium-sized light-brown head with little retention but good lacing. Aroma is an herbal spicing with anise, pleasant alcohol, and very vinous. Flavor starts sweet with root-like vinous character, big fudgy chocolate, roasted caramel, raisins, and some smoke with a nice alcohol boost. Finish is sweet but just barely, with that great earthy vinous flavor sticking around. Big bodied. The carbonation sticks out a bit. Very impressive drinkability for a beer of this weight.

Overall an amazing beer with both great complexity and great drinkability. I would love to have this around all the time.

waughbrew, Jul 26, 2004
Photo of Foxman
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a deep lustrous brown, with flashes of ruby breaking through, but rather nondescript. A finger of light brown, tight head lifts and settles in a quick cycle. Flares of lacing loop down the glass.

The aroma carries lithe tendrils of black cherry, dried fruit in general, currants specifically, and is backed by a body of dark chocolate. A very slight sour fruit note lurks, and works with the rest to allow no more than a fleeting glimpse of the alcohol within.

On first sip, what seems sure to be a cascade of dense sweetness showers the palate, but in a fascinating twist, that sweetness is promptly mitigated by the flavors that bear it, giving evidence to a strong but silky procession of dark cherries, currants, dried fruit, butterscotch, vanilla, and yes, as the bottle suggests, apple. These bland as they progress, then give way slightly to allow a a drier, more bitter element again bringing to mind dark chocolate. As the close draws near a more sour cherry hint swings in along with a crisp grain presence of wheat. The merest allusion to alcohol is all that exists in the flavor, and the finish is a warming melange of earthy fruit sweetness and roasted grain bitterness. Tremendously smooth, balanced, and blended, it's a blessing to the taste buds.

Medium bodied, the pieces mesh together to slide in a velvety swirl across the palate, leaving the ever so slight tingle of dryness on the tongue as it fades. It caresses, pets, and lingers.

I've been worshipping this beer all winter, and just got the inkling that I was at last worthy to review it.
While its facade is nice enough, it's like a well-kept but unremarkable storefront that masks behind it a treasure trove of wonder and delight.
It's fetching, alluring, tempting, decadent, and a whole host of other splendid adjectives. The bright lights of the aroma draw you in, and the spectacle of the flavor keeps your palate's attention riveted to the last. And as the curtain drops, you feel as though you've been stroked into some ethereal bliss. Well, ok, maybe not quite something that transcendant, but damn, it is truly masterful. Now, the one caution is to take care, because that strident ABV is well-masked, to say the least, and it would seriously lay some hurt on you if you're reckless. Still, it could have twice the alcohol, and drinking another is something that no amount of good sense could batter down every time.
While not prone to the most poignant of superlatives, this one indeed left me inspired.

Foxman, May 27, 2005
Photo of cretemixer
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Deep ruby with a fine, tan colored head. Just a thin collar is left after a few moments, but carbonation keeps the surface swirling around.
The aroma is roasty and smell like a wheat beer, but with a major kick. Clovy and fruity, with hints of apple skins.
Unbelievably smooth taste. Dark fruits and a mild bitterness that offsets the roasted malts nicely. Extremely balanced with almost no hint of the 9.5% ABV.
This one tops the charts as far a drinkability is concerned, just respect this beer.

cretemixer, Feb 11, 2004
Photo of markgugs
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 12 oz. bottle poured into a mug

A: I'm probably too much of a n00b to discern the difference, but this Weizenbock looks near-identical to all quality stouts I've had. Which is to say, solidly black, with very little dark cream head and minimal lacing, if at all. Appealing at the very least.

S: At first you wonder where the aroma of this beer is at all, but a couple of good solid deep inhales reveal a tasteful, sweet scent beneath the obvious dessert flavors. The more I smell it, the better it gets, like a fresh piece of pie. It's fantastic.

T: I'm not sure I can even review this beer unbiasedly (is that a word?), because it's absolutely one of my favorites. It's uncharacteristically smooth for such a big beer, lots of bready, malted flavors. Every mouthful of this beer rewards with big flavors of mild milk chocolate, banana cream pie (I swear!), malted sugars and more. It's amazing.

M: So chewy, and so delicious, like a piece of white bread that has been sitting in a sugary chocolate concoction for the past 2 weeks. I almost want to freeze this and eat it with a spoon.

D: I only knocked this down a peg because it's 9.50% ABV and it kicks my tail all over the room. Too bad because I often want to drink about 12 of them in a sitting. VERY drinkable, dangerously so.

HIGHLY recommended, a favorite beer of mine.

markgugs, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of UnionMade
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From a one year old bottle stored at a constant 40.F.
The beer pours an incredibly dark umber brown, pretty much black, crowned with a thick froth of taupe head. Completely opaque, even without dredging up the bottle conditioning. The head recedes to a thin film upon sitting for five minutes, dying out completely on the last few sips.
The aroma is very intensely malty. Huge roasty chocolatey mocha, with rather subdued clove phenols. Considerable fig, currant and black cherry fruitiness, with just a trace of banana. The esters are a bit more subdued than I was expecting, but it's still very pleasing. The alcohol is just barely perceptable, with a faint waft of a thinner-like feel in your nose. More subtle than I was expecting, but still very nice. ---edit-- After reaching room temperature, the esters really come together. A very pleasant thinner-like feel through your nose, with tons of fruitiness and an increased clove presence. Excellent.
The flavor starts with an amazingly smooth chocolate maltiness. Considerable malt, feeling thick and chewy on your tongue. Lots of wheat, along with everything else. Yeast is apparent, adding a somewhat lactic overall feel, with a touch of woody biscuitiness. Some coffee comes through towards the middle, creating an exceptional mocha flavor, with very mild clove and soft fruity esters. Fig, date and currant dominate, with a bit of cherry and banana. The clove comes through a bit more in the finish, particularly as it warms. No hop flavor whatsoever. A molasses flavor edges in as it warms, adding to the thick mouthfeel. Some alcohol is apparent in the finish, blending with the mocha and a woodsy, nutty yeast flavor. Some yeast lingers in the finish with a touch of molasses and date. Amazingly smooth, sluggish carbonation, monstrous body, and very smooth, mellow mouthfeel.
Very powerful. This is a contender for thickest body ever. You feel like you need a spoon to drink it. Sweet, but not even close to cloying, this is one hell of a winter warmer. I think I may enjoy it more when young, perhaps some of the phenolic flavor would add just a bit more depth. I really enjoy the woody yeast and mocha blend. It has a very old school feel, probably because of the woody, nutty flavor. Very nice. --edit-- The fruity flavors are drawn out considerably with warmth, as well as the clove. I'd recommend warming this to well past celler temperature in order to get a fuller experience. It's too bad I was more than halfway through when it reached this point. Fantastic.

UnionMade, Jan 20, 2004
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

lauries444, May 19, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

BMan33, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of beerthulhu
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a dark opaque cola with a deep reddish hue and a thin micro-bubbly dirty khaki head.

S: The nose was bursting with bananas, cloves and a big dark, ripe fruitiness (raisins). A nice wheat-bread backing is detected. The nose bears strong yeasty attributes against a nice wheaty backbone providing pleasantly sweet, soft aromas perfect per style.

F: The initial flavor was some dark, ripe fruit (plums, raisins), cloves, and some dried cherries. The beer finished with a huge burst of ripe fruit and was crisp and clean.

M: The mouthful was moderately full and silky smooth with lots of dark, ripe fruit and yeastiness coming through upon warming.

D: Overall the beer was very drinkable at 9.0% abv with a great spiciness of ripe fruit and yeast. One of the best beers out of NJ and very good per style.

beerthulhu, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of outdoorbrewer
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Winter is finally getting cold as this season beers get hot!
Such is the case - Ramstein Winter Wheat spans all the senses at once.
Roasted malt clove enhanced mixed aromas of molasses,chocolate,coffee blending with a citrus real ale hop nose over a dark dough bread.
Poured an off-white creamy head showing good lacing on top of a dark ruby red clear liquid that appears brown in the glass.
The flavor starts out tasting of roasted malts clove spice to chocolate with a long moderately sweet finish having amble body creamy texture and a hidden alcohol finish.
Very enjoyable!
I'll save a few to add to my vintage beer collection

outdoorbrewer, Feb 15, 2007
Photo of Shiredave
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear but dark , chocolate brown with flashes of garnet. Gooey tan head slumps in the middle and clings all the way down.
Aroma is candied sugar and yeasty bananna, clean and pungent- very inviting.
Flavor is an oustanding blend of fruity sweetness and tart wheat. Notes of toffee and chocolate with ripe plums and a noticable cameo from subtle hop flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium and deceptive cold, but lush and full as it warms.
Lingering fruit and coffee aftertaste. Dangerously drinkable and exceptionally well made. Very cellerable in bottles for 2-4 years.

Shiredave, Jan 10, 2004
Photo of lehows
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bobbique in Patchogue, this beer poured a near black color with a nice brown head. Great aromas of spice and fruit, somewhat similar to a Hefe but with more fruit. This is one tasty brew, with a mildy fizzy mouthfeel. Big flavors of dark fruits and raisens mixed with a perfect amount of spice and malt make it very drinkable. I was surprised to see how high the ABV was, but it made sense since I had a pretty good buzz going from 3 of them. I will definitely get this again if I come across it.

lehows, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of Jarod
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer poured into the glass a dark port wine color, deep dark and ruby/purple colored and when held to the light very little passed through the glass, just on the edges you could see some red highlights. I swear it looked like dark grape juice with red highlights. The head the it produced was a medium tan/brown color that produced a thick head that lasted only a moment then faded to a thin ring and covering on the surface. No lace seemed to be present. The aromas that came from this beer were big and sweet – dark fruits, sweet malts, apples, caramel, floral hops and some spices. The tastes that came from this “wheat” beer were big and surprising. I tasted creamy chocolates, dark fruits, apples, sweet malts, spices, some alcohol , wheat grains and some ash dryness. This beer was creamy and full of fruit flavors. I really enjoyed it. It through me a little, because the colors, flavors, and tastes were different from what I am used to in a wheat beer. Excellent. Nice and warming.

Jarod, Apr 15, 2003
Photo of dsa7783
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz single bottle purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield for $2.99...
First thought - this tastes exactly like a Dr. Pepper or a Cherry Cola...
Exceptional dark-black, opaque colored hue with an immense five-fingered frothy head that displayed impressive staying power...
Sublte malt-like smell replete with cocoa, espresso, and dehydrated-fruit nuances....
As mentioned before, tastes very similar to a Dr. Pepper or Cherry-flavored Cola, with noticeable caramel, mocha, espresso, toffee, creamy vanilla, and latte flavors combining to produce a magical-tasting and exceptional brew...
Great rich, thick, filling mouthfeel full of flavor and quality...
Good drinkability as well despite the hefty ABV and rich conglomeration of flavors...
Excellent stuff... Definitely recommended...

dsa7783, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of Jason
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle with a freshness date on the label. Bottle conditioned and at 9.5% abv … there is no worry of freshness. A big thanks to Davo for the sample.

Appearance: Attractively dark with a beautiful lacing up the glass. The head is a bit thin but the retention lasts for the length of the beer.

Smell: Big aromas of dark fruit and faded clove. Malty sweet with a solid wheat malt twang in the back.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Succulently smooth with a rolling yet light crispness that struggles to get through the full body. Slight warming alcohol middle to end, hints of clove underneath the mountain of malt. Hints of dark bread and ripe fruit come to mind, lots of wheat malt flavour with a toasted malt thickness in the finish.

Notes: An amazing brew, I would have guessed 7.0% abv not 9.5%. Very deceiving. So luscious in the mouth and so drinkable for a big beer. A top-notch brew in my book not only for the style but for a winter seasonal.

Jason, Dec 02, 2003
Photo of njmoons
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am not a big traditional german style wheat beer fan, at least not till now. It has that traditional sweetness of the German Wheat's but is so much more here and the overall harmony of the flavors and aromas is great. My new favorite wheat beer.

Appearance: dark brown but not too dark, poured with a 1 finger of foam which held up well

Smell: Sweet and Malty, with a good deal of complexity.

Taste: Awesome! Sweet and Malty but balanced by subtle fruit and herb flavors that keep your taste buds entertained through out. Light hoppiness kept the beer in balance.

Mouthfeel: Consistent with style. Just heavy enough for the style, not thick at all

Drinkability: At 9.5% winter warmer this went down oh so smooth.

I would pick one up if you get a chance.

njmoons, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of SheepNutz
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Kev is a champ! Breaking this out after Raspberry Eisbock??? INSANE! 12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a deep brown, almost black color with one finger of head that dies down quickly. There is no lacing. The smell is full of wheat malt, yeast, and spices. It has lots of cloves, and a nice roasty character. The taste is fantastic as well. It has a lot of roasted malt and bready flavors up front. There is just a little bit of the classic banana and clove in there as well. Very deep and complex, with just a hint of alcohol on the finish. The mouthfeel is incredibly strong, yet smooth. The drinkability is awesome for such a strong beer. Truely unique. My hat's off to Kev. He is king.

SheepNutz, Oct 06, 2005
Photo of marburg
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ever notice how Superman's "black" hair actually had a slightly blue sheen to it in the comic books and on TV cartoons? Same thing here -- except it's more of a burgandy-violet color that creeps in around the well-lit areas. Dense but minimal brown head.

Charred oak, camp fire, apples, cloves -- each a distinct and powerful aroma. Some expected (from the color) elements of chocolate or dark-ish malts on the palate, but this is really a mix of distinct, unique flavors. Begins with a rich, smooth homemade chocolate frosting texture and flavor. Moves to a stewed, spiced apple slathered in carmelized sugar and cloves. Develops a fascinating smoked finish. It makes sense in the broad scope of the beer, but taken on its own, I could see being reminded of baked salmon skin.

Biruchan and schoolteacher are oh so good to me. Quite an impressive brew.

marburg, Feb 06, 2004
Photo of Bierman9
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Have heard many a good thing about this bier. Let's see!

This bier came out the color of dark chocolate, with hardly a trace of any light being able to penetrate through. The head was fine and creamy, yet not too big, with not much lacing, either.

The aroma was rich and sweet, immediately putting me into a Doppelbock mode! Chocolate and toffee, as well as suggestions of dark fruit, were all present. Quite appetizing!

Mouthfeel was top-notch! More than medium bodied, this Wheat is trying to get pumped and be a full-bodied bier! Silky smooth on the tongue, with just a pinch of bubbly/foamy carbonation. Nothing at all to detract from the sensation, though!

Toffee and caramel flavors, malty sweetness, and dark fruit flavors combine in a rich cornucopia of pleasures on the tongue. The 9.5% abv, though hidden in the flavor profile, does make itself known with a welcome warmth in the belly!

A far as drinkability goes, I may not drink many in a session, but I give it a 5 since I'd probably not at any time turn one down! A big-time thnx goes out to Davo, who was kind enough to give me a bottle. Vielen Dank, und Prosit!!

overall: 4.5
appearance: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 5 | drinkability: 5

518

Bierman9, Mar 30, 2003
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the Liquid is dark, a hazy cloudy dark brown. The carbonation is great, it pushes up a huge head that is 3 fingers tall chocolate brown and fades slow leaving a rocky surface and nice lace.

The smell is great. Yes a wheat beer with the aroma of spices banana, light cloves and a wonderful toasted caramel.

The taste follows this is a great brew.Slightly mellow yet complex. toasted caramel, dark bread, banana and cloves with just a hind of alcohol.

The mouthfeel is very good full body mixed with great carbonation, chewy and creamy. A joy to savor.

The drinkability is top. How can I get more of this? I WILL BE LOOKING.

Many thanks to billyb for a chance to try this great brew.
Prosit und Zum Wohl. MK

MuenchenerKindl, Mar 16, 2007
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4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brown color with a small head that falls quickly and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The aroma is mostly dark malts and lots of fruitiness. Slight coffee aromas as well. The flavor is very nice - lots of chocolate and some fruits and a little coffee. Very smooth and tasty. The mouthfeel is thick and the drinkability is very good.

clvand0, Oct 06, 2005
Photo of Bitterbill
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours from 12oz bottle(room temp, best by Sept) a rich and thick looking very dark brown with a very small head of foam that disappeared almost immediately. Still, there's some lacing when I tilt my glass.

The smell is complex. I note wheat, dark fruit, clove, banana and more.

The taste on first sip is very clovey with big hits of wheat and plum. As I swish the brew in my mouth, I'm getting good banana and more of the plum and clove and they're all working so well together with the finish being on the dry side.. And... where the heck is the 9.5%abv?? I hardly notice any warming as it goes down and I find that almost unreal!

I'm on the last third of my glass now and the tastes just seem to get better and better as this liquid nectar warms up even more from the body heat transmitted from my hand to the glass. Wow, just wow.

As I take my last sip, I notice just the tiniest bit of sediment in my New Belgium goblet but more importantly, I realize that I've just had a thoroughbly enjoyable drinking session with one, fine American Weizenbock!

Bottom line: This is, imho, a world class brew and a *must* try if you see it in your area. Me? I got my sample from my buddy in NYC, nutbrown. Thanks a bunch!!!

Bitterbill, Jan 28, 2007
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4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally grabbed some of these at Half time beverages.
I am sampling a chilled sample in a snifter.
The beer pours a dark brown with deep garnet tints visible when held to the light. A small beige head foams up and fades to an edge layer rather quickly. Aroma is wheaty with cloves,cherries, and what I think are figs. Very nice mix on the nose.
First sip reveals small yet fizzy carbonation that fades as the beer warms. I can only describe the body as juicy. Flavor is very tasty with fruity cherry hits mixing with yeast flavors that create a combination that reminds me of scones. Very drinkable and no hint of the alcohol in this bad boy. terriffic beer!

sulldaddy, Jun 13, 2004
Photo of Suds
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, black, solid color with a thin tan head. The head is lasting.
What an aroma! There’s so much packed in there….chocolate, vanilla, butter, walnuts, more chocolate, banana, blackberries, heavily creamed coffee….wow. I could smell this beer for hours. Outstanding! Thick and substantial mouthfeel. Slight alcohol warming. Low carbonation. Dizzying complexity. This is a hell of a beer. It proves just how great a wheat beer can be.

Suds, Oct 16, 2004
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4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to deep brown, pretty much black color with just a ring of light brown for a head. The aroma is awesome and unusual, I've never smelt any brew like this. I get the chocolate, and banana with a bit of clove. I detect a bit of roasty and smokiness as well. I get almost a peanut butter aroma too. Very nice.

The flavor is like a chocolate covered fried peanut and banana sandwich, with a bit of smokiness in the back. It is full in body, yet drinkable with an alcohol warmth at the end.

A big thank to cousin Stubob for sharing the one with me. Very nice.

BeerBuilder, Nov 19, 2005
Ramstein Winter Wheat from High Point Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.