Ramstein Winter Wheat - High Point Brewing Company
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3.88/5 rDev -6.7%
Pours opaque mahogany with crimson edging. Barely a trace of spritzy head rose up before instantly dissapearing. Zero lacework or retention.
Aromatics are full-on malty, with a trace of chocolate and a good whiff of alcohol. Quite clean and caramel-stuffed.
On the thick side of medium bodied, sticky and slick. Low carbonation adds some cloyness.
Rich malt, caramel, and chocolate lead off the pallet. Alcohol follows through with some substantial warmth. A slight tang from the wheat but otherwise a very clean lager.
Finishes with lingering caramel, chocolate and some faint wet paper.
This one is tasting a bit stale, or maybe it was never too spectacular to begin with?
The lack of carbonation and poor retention is not a good sign, regardless.
07-21-2008 00:39:35 | More by brewandbbq
3.85/5 rDev -7.5%
A - Quite possibly the darkest weizenbock I ever seen. Barely any head at all maybe some opaque colored head that fizzes to particularly nothing.
S - Quite mild banana, clove and and maybe some chocolate. A very solid light smell is good on such a high octane beer.
T - Some roast and molasses surprised me beneath some mild ripe fruits and mild spicy clove. Wheat seems mild yet balanced.
M - Kind of watery actually. Has mild flavors and seems not is intense as others describe. Medium heavy at best.
Overall I am not sure if this is a older bottle (like last years) but it's notched at October and has some sediment at the base. Even if its old it drinks rather well.
12-25-2012 02:19:56 | More by DrDemento456
3.83/5 rDev -7.9%
On-tap at the Farmhouse in Emmaus.
I don't know, this seems a lot of their classic wheat beer to me without much difference. It looks a nice dark brown with tan head and lacing in my pint glass. The aroma and flavor have a strong, earthy character, which is cool, but not normal for the style. Beyond that I found undertones of orange and banana with bigger cocoa and roasted/toasted wheat and malt. This seems more like some hybrid of the weizenbock and an imperial porter. Unusual flavor aside, the element of this beer that really struck me was the sheer drinkability. It hid the alcohol perfectly and offered a medium body that could easily be mistaken for a much weaker beer.
Overall, not my favorite in terms of flavor for the style, but it's something different and very easy to drink.
02-02-2008 16:57:01 | More by tempest
3.83/5 rDev -7.9%
First off: Thanks to Dante for the chance to sample this beer.
The WW pours an opaque chocolate brown with a carbonated fizzing sound and a small, caramel head that dissipates quickly.
The nose is mild, comingling yeasty and smokey tones.
Taste is interesting, with the smokiness playing on both ends of the palate. The midsip is balanced by a pleasant malty sweetness that serves nicely to break up the otherwise smoky profile. Aftertaste is all about bitter smoke and leaves you yearning the next sip.
Mouthfeel suffers somewhat from having what I felt to be an almost oily character to it, coating the palate. It also had a strange numbing/tingling effect. I think this might have had something to do with the smoke, but I'm not too sure.
Drinkability is ok, though as my second Weizenbock, I'm discovering this is a style I love at the beginning of the bottle and not the end.
Overall, a good beer, and certainly one I wouldn't avoid the chance to sample in the future.
08-24-2004 11:25:08 | More by wyllder
3.83/5 rDev -7.9%
Thanks yobdoog for this one.
Small capped bottle, poured into an Aventinus glass.
It is a very dark brown brew, with a voluminous tan head that shows very little retention and some lacing.
Nice aroma with bubblegum, some malty sweetness and fruitiness.
Limited carbonation, somewhat thin on the palate, it is mostly sweet and fruity, but has a hint of acidity that was unexpected and a little out of place.
Nice, but nothing special.
04-24-2008 02:32:07 | More by brdc
3.83/5 rDev -7.9%
A - dark brown, almost opaque with absolutely zero head. Looks more like a stout than a wheat beer.
S - very assertive smell - dark fruits and caramel malts with a zing of bubblegum and molasses. Smells sticky, if that makes any sense.
T - starts off with very dark fruits and sweet malts up front. However, I was very surprised that it leaves a lingering roastedness to it...this is a wheat beer!?
M - too thin and very little carbonation. However, the abv is extremely well masked.
D - this is the most interesting wheat beer I have tried. I was shocked a little bit by it, I guess I was expecting something a little different. If I could get this in Missouri, I could see myself purchasing it again.
01-19-2009 04:47:24 | More by birchstick
3.8/5 rDev -8.7%
Pours very dark with reddish hues when held to the light. Tight tan head quickly fades and leaves no lace.
Aroma of dark fruit and hint of clove and sourness. Alcohol lies in the backround, hidden but present.
Dark bread and fruit with lots of wheat and toasted malt flavor. Figs and raisins abound with some grape as well. Healthy does of clove with slight yeastiness, and a touch of sourness.
Smooth and crisp, medium in body. Good drinkability for the abv.
Had one last night and it was great. The one I had today was more sour, thinner, and just not as good. I am basing the review on the first bottle. Hopefully the second was just a bad bottle and the rest of the 6-pack is as good as the first.
12-23-2007 17:05:38 | More by Lupe
3.8/5 rDev -8.7%
pours up super dark brown color with a thin brown head. decent lacing. the nose is sweet malts, dark red fruits, wheaty wheat. the taste is the same as the nose, subtle sherry, raspberries, wheat, nice malts. low carbo, medium bodied. A pretty tasty burger indubitably...
09-11-2009 05:47:31 | More by stumac
3.8/5 rDev -8.7%
Thick dark pour, nearly opaque black. A thick fluffy coffee head, about 3 fingers, slowly diminishes to a slight cap. No lacing. Dark fruit aroma with lots of malt. A little heavy with alcohol but not overpowered. The flavor continues this with an opening dark sweetness with a hint of clove. Ends with more dark fruits and a bit of chocolate, reminiscent of my mother's cherry fudge. There's a slight crispness that is a bit overwhelmed by the body of the beer but then comes out in the aftertaste as a nice dryness. It works very well.
A good treat but I wouldn't grab more than one of these at a time.
02-08-2009 22:29:06 | More by goatgoat
3.8/5 rDev -8.7%
Thanks to beerbeing for this one.
A: Pours a deep brown with a soda-like head that quickly fizzes away to nothing. Zero lacing.
S: Aromas of port, prunes, and a subtle dose of alcohol.
T: Sweet and fruity taste up front with grapey flavors. This taste quickly fades to reveal an earthy espresso-like flavor and bitterness and a healthy dose of alcohol. Overall, the flavor is thinner than I would expect from a weizenbock.
M: Medium-light body with a sticky and syrupy texture. Fizzy carbonation seems a bit inappropriate for the style and detracts from the taste.
D: Not bad, but this one didn't really meet my expectations. More body, less fizziness, and a fatter flavor profile would make this a hell of a beer.
09-09-2007 20:04:59 | More by klewis
3.78/5 rDev -9.1%
Perfumey alcohol, spices, malt and mild fruit notes in the aroma. Dark Brown to black with a creamy light tan head. Roasted malt, spices (nutmeg and/or clove) with a burnt and grainy flavor and feel. The alcohol is utterly unoticeable in the flavor though you can smell it. Departs a good bit from most Weizenbocks, but touches some of the bases and tastes decent enough.
04-10-2006 07:20:20 | More by Jredner
3.73/5 rDev -10.3%
Got this from PEBCAK, cheers Adam!
Pours an effervescent ebony with a finger of caramel colored head, drops away lickety-split. Viscious look to this, minimal head retention & lacing
S: Slight dark fruittyness & leafy hops
T: Pruneyness, cherries, dryness & a slight cola twang mixes with leafy hops, & a slight boozey raisiny vibe up front. Leafy hops, prunes & slight smokey molasess flavors as this warms, along with some boozey warmth. Finishes warming, raisiny, with dryness & a touch of dark chocolate, plus figgyness
MF: Light/medium bodied, fairly assertive carbonation, & nice warming feel
Drinks fairly easy, for the style. Would love to try this fresh to se the contrast, seems slightly off style, but agreeable enough
06-20-2009 04:13:22 | More by russpowell
3.73/5 rDev -10.3%
Veyr different for a wheat beer.. no real head formed.. semed odd for a wheat beer.. smelled of currants and raisins and plums... very dark almost opaque black.. it was smooth yet fruity for a wheat beer and the body very thick. A very warming ale that was just different for this wheat beer geek.
06-21-2003 16:12:34 | More by bierman2000
3.7/5 rDev -11.1%
12oz bottle, 2008 vintage thanks to Arbitrator.
Pours cola brown in color with a small, quickly fading tan head.
The aroma is somewhat stout-like with caramel, molasses, milk chocolate, toast, and a hint of wheat.
The flavor has slight sweetness and a substantial tartness as well (not infection though). Chocolatey, wheaty, and toasty, with caramel malt.
Medium-bodied with a low level of carbonation.
Good beer overall, if a little past prime.
08-18-2010 21:48:26 | More by nickd717
3.68/5 rDev -11.5%
Poured an opaque, black color with a thin, quickly dissipating head and low level of carbonation. Slightly viscous pour. Aromas of ripe plums, dates, dark chocolate, and cream; very intense. The taste is intense and keeping with the aroma. Creamy texture with hints of grains and fruit juice in the finish.
03-22-2007 01:12:23 | More by jaluria
District of Columbia
3.63/5 rDev -12.7%
Beer pours a dark, dark brown color with a minimal head. The smell is really malty, with a pruney note as well. Taste is good as well, but I feel like it lacks a substantial body. There is a good amount of terrific outer tastes, but as far as a cohesive body there is none. The outer notes include chicory, dark malts, and molasses. Overall a good beer, but nothing that I would go out of my way to find.
09-02-2006 20:37:31 | More by Toddv29424
3.63/5 rDev -12.7%
Thanks to Tinfoilrcr for the opportunity to try this beer!
A- Body is an opaque cola color and pours with an approximately 1/2 finger off-white head that quickly fades to a thin collar. No lacing is left behind in the glass.
S- Cocoa and dark chocolate come through. Some alcohol esters behind and a strong aroma of sourdough bread.
T- Initial flavor is mostly of tart sourdough bread with a hint of fruits such as plum and prune. A hint of clove comes through for the finish as the tartness intensifies. Interestingly enough what lingers on the palate is a hint of what seems to be cocoa and sweet raisins.
M- Mild to moderate carbonation and medium weight body that is neither smooth or crass.
D- This is certainly and interesting beer that has been on my wants list for awhile now...and I am glad I have had the opportunity to finally try it! Definitely worth a try and I will have it again-if the opportunity arises.
01-13-2010 21:39:01 | More by PittBeerGirl
3.6/5 rDev -13.5%
I had at Muggs Tavern in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
A- It is brownish red and fairly opaque. Solid head and lace.
S- There's an amazing flowery and nut scent.
T- It disappoints on the taste end. It is very dry and has a malty taste. Not a ton of flavor, which is surprising when compared to the scent.
07-28-2010 17:32:10 | More by Amalak
3.58/5 rDev -13.9%
Bottle Inspection: Jul notched at the side, but no year. Why, WHY dont they put a year?
Aroma: Condensed wheat, light notes of bitter coffee.
Appearance: Viscous with thick legs, the creamed coffee head lasted for about 2 seconds then dropped to a thin collar that didnt lace. Glass was dark brown when tipped to see clarity, but opaque when standing.
Flavor: Sweet, with hints of corn sugar. Papery- Im pretty sure we got last years bottle, but theres no way to tell, is there? The flaw faded somewhat as it warmed, but never really left. Its a Weizenbock with a lot of stout characteristics, some roasted grain, some light coffee. A weizenstout? Some grape and raisin notes late in the game.
Mouthfeel: Medium heavy body, viscous as promised, slightly syrupy which lingers in the mouth.
Overall Impression: Flawed beauty. Great beer, rich, flavorful, filling, but that papery edge really was bothersome. Brewery didnt list the year, in my book that means they take the hit.
Another thanks to Pegasus for sharing the bottle
06-26-2005 22:05:47 | More by HardTarget
3.56/5 rDev -14.4%
Appearance is quite dark, almost a stout like appearance with nothing more than a tiny rim of head. Nose is unique and very malty. Notes of grape candy, wheat, and a hint of soy sauce and cocoa. Taste has fruity components up front with emphasis on grapes and maple syrup, this is followed by notes of carob and figs with a touch of balsamic vinegar on the finish. Mouthfeel is somewhat thick with low carbonation. Overall, this is a very unique and complex weizenbock, however the flavors just don't agree with me.
05-20-2013 05:51:27 | More by homebrew311
3.55/5 rDev -14.7%
poured thick out of the bottle with a dark dark brown body and almost no head at all, just some film for a second when swished and just leaves a light ring around the glass.
this years aroma is a bit odd, getting black malt with some freshly ground coffee there is that spicy clovy wheat beer undertone her but the coffee overpowers. smooth body with not much carbonation. wants to be chewy at times but is held back, has a dry lingering aftertaste just making you drink more. very drinkable but i have to go back to the last bottle of last years and see if it really did change. still pretty good.
02-05-2005 02:41:33 | More by shippos
3.53/5 rDev -15.1%
12 oz. bottle courtesy of mikeyv35 - thanks man! Poured in to an Aventinus weizenglass.
Appearance: Pours very similar to a cola, probably a root beer float, really. The huge head seethes and bubbles upwards before slowly settling down from its three-finger height to a more manageable one-finger. It really does seethe, bubbling and popping and reforming and exploding, forming swiss cheese-like patterns up against the sides of the glass. The color of this brew is also similar to a cola - a dark, deep brown with ruby highlights around the periphery, much darker than many weizenbocks, but not outside the realm of stylistic possibilities. Settles down to a fizzy cola look pretty quick, too. A good start.
Aroma: A little odd and relatively faint. Faint bandaid, cloves, banana, brown sugar, prune juice, faint wispy alcohol ... methinks something might be wrong w/ this one.
Taste: This is an odd one, and I'm not sure if I like it or dislike it yet. The first thing I notice is a lot of slightly tart, faintly medicinal fruits. This causes me to look at the bottling date, though of course, there's only a "drink by" date - August, hm. Soft malts, brown sugar, cloves, prunes (that's the tartness again), tart cherries, raisins, figs, faint bananas, fainter cocoa, earthy bread crusts ... it's a weizenbock, essentially. And a very good one, with a slightly tart kick.
Mouthfeel: A little sticky and syrupy, despite the tartness (I feel it more on my lips afterwards), with a omnipresent, crisp, fluffy carbonation in a moderately thick and saccharine body.
Drinkability: The high carbonation, the slight tartness, the effervescence mouthfeel, the poor head retention ... this one reeks of infection. However, "reek" is the wrong word to use, because this is probably one of the best (unintentionally, I think) infected beers I've ever had. Also, 9.5%? Very well hidden. I can feel it in my belly and in my inability to type well at the moment, but no where else. If anything's infuriating about this brew - or rather, my attempt at drinking this particular brew - it's that I can tell there's a really awesome, authentic, traditional weizenbock behind these slightly funky notes. I got two other bottles of this, and I'm really eager to see if either of those have these same problems. I hope they don't, and will re-review when appropriate.
08-22-2009 04:32:00 | More by CrellMoset
Ramstein Winter Wheat from High Point Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 284 ratings.