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Ramstein Winter Wheat - High Point Brewing Company

Ramstein Winter WheatRamstein Winter Wheat

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

281 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 281
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%


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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wattoclone

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Another great US craft weizenbock from Ramstein. Very dark appearance with lots of deep-roasted malt and fruity esters. The finish is burnt wood and earthy hops which is different than the typical Bavarian versions. Personally, I prefer the burnt caramel notes to the fruitier German weizenbocks. I really wish this and the other Ramstein brews were easier to find in PA since availability is important to a beer consumer. Fortunately, I came across this one at Capone's and am very thankful for that.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 21:07:12 | More by wattoclone
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.56/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 05:51:27 | More by homebrew311
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 02:19:56 | More by DrDemento456
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Wasatch

Utah

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Hojaminbag for this brew.

Pours a nice dark brown color, some carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with minimal sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with some toffee notes, and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet malty, slightly bitter, with some toffee. Medium Body. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 00:23:53 | More by Wasatch
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morimech

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Several months past the best before date so I assume this is last years beer. With the high ABV I am not too worried about the quality of the beer. Popped the cap and there was a lot of pressure released. A lot of foam when attempting to pour into the glass. Dark brown color with a large mocha colored head that quickly builds and quickly settles to a thin cap. You can actually hear the carbonation in this beer. Not much lacing is left on the glass. Interesting aroma of mocha, wheat malt, and sour cherrie. I could not detect the alcohol. Intense flavor of chocolate, cloves, smoke, and alcohol. Very warm in the finish. There is something slightly sour in the flavor as well. Overall is quite dry. A large body for a wheat beer. Started out intensely carbonated but it settles down after 10 minutes and leaves behind a good texture. This beer hits the spot on a cold day.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 21:02:58 | More by morimech
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cpanossian

New York

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep espresso brown into a tulip glass - modest effervescent chocloate beige head that quickly dissapated. Nice toasted chocloate funky malty sweet aroma. Tangy sweet malty taste. While I don't taste the 9.5% alcohol, this is definitely a winter warmer - thick, bold, and flavorful. Recommend the Winter Wheat with a nice burger or steak - some kind of red meat beef. Very nice beer, hope to get a chance to try the rest of the Ramstein line.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 22:35:49 | More by cpanossian
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oakbluff

Manitoba (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

bottle via gregc- pours a brown cola medium clarity, very thin head and minimal lacing.
Nose- cloves, molasses, figs and other dark fruits. Taste- tart, almost lactic like qualities initially with a high roast like quality. Difficult to pick up a significant wheat component. A very unique take on the style, esp with the level of sourness. Carbonation is moderate, drinkability on the low side- this is a thick chewy brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 19:15:00 | More by oakbluff
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nickd717

California

3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 21:48:26 | More by nickd717
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours a very dark brown with a half inche of tan foam

S - caramel malts, dark fruit and some wheat grains

T - similar to the nose, caramel malts, some wheat and dark fruit as well

M/D - medium bodied with decent carbonation, but not a whole lot of flavor, one is enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 17:53:17 | More by mikereaser
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid Weizenbock that favors the more 'bock-like' character over the wheat. Very complex and flavorful.

The pour delivers a solid brown hue with a timid lace of a head. Lacking staying power, the foam seems to never completely diminish. Light legging on the beer shows its strength of alcohol and sweetness.

Very complex aromas cover the gammot from chocolates, nuts, and toast to esters of cherries, dates, raisons, and figs. Red wine alcohols give a slight vinous note as if aged in an oak barrel.

Flavors continue the complex and integrated character, leading the way with malty rich toffee/molassas, chocolate, toast-breads, and nutty flavors. The fruity esters give a mix of acidic cherries, grapes, and stone fruits. Again, the red wine notes make great impact going into the finish.

The well integrated carbonation leads to a weighted and creamy texture, though fleeting late. Malty and robust up front but the beer's sweetness gives way to a dry, alcoholic, and acidic note that boarders on mild astringencies.

Ramstein Winter Wheat is a fantastic Weizenbock that exhibits the deep chocolate and fruity aspects of the style and religates the wheat flavor and feel to supportive roles only.

Thanks Mikeyv35!

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 02:33:57 | More by BEERchitect
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Served up an almost black body crowned with a tall, proud, lasting tan head.

Smell: Lightly roasty, chocolate-based aroma with notes of dark wheat malt, dark caramel, cracked cloves, and well-ripened dark fruits.

Taste: Mildly, modestly sweet taste of chocolate-coated roasted grains further brushed with a bit of caramel. Slight flourish of tangy malted wheat. Hint of spicy clove character and smoked mingled into the dark fruitiness reminiscent of prunes and black cherries. Very subtle bitterness. Picks up a bit more sweetness as you go. A final touch of roast and dried fruits in the smooth, warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Good stuff! Presents a good mix of flavors with a well-rounded smoothness. It certainly went down with ease for purportedly being 9.5% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2010 20:19:02 | More by ChainGangGuy
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njmoons

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 14:37:45 | More by njmoons
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Jimbo87

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

much darker than I expected (from "winter wheat" i expected a common pale wheat ale or hefe)

Smell is wheaty grain and an unusual note that I can only compare to a metallic smell.

wow, interesting taste. Much richer than I expected.The taste is very malty but definitely wheaty. Slight tanginess. Quite heavy feel.

Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 22:14:46 | More by Jimbo87
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bob3701

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I was reading some of the other reviews here and I am wondering if I got a bad batch. I'm also a little ashamed that this is my first brew from this brewery in my home state.

Poured into a Sam Adams glass. Very dark mahogany color, almost black, says it is unfiltered but holding it to the light it is clear. With a semi-hard pour I barely got any head. What head I did get was tan. It quickly diminished into a ring that laces with each sip but then the lacing slides back into the ring. Sour fruit and caramel malts in the aroma with the faintest hint of alcohol. First sip made me pucker with the sour fruit taste (too much black current in this batch?) Underlying chocolate and caramel flavors. I can not detect any wheat in this. The alcohol is well hidden. Unpleasant in the mouth with an acidy feel to it.

Based on othere reviews I hope I have a bad batch here since I do enjoy dunkle weizens. But shame on High Point for letting this get through.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 17:42:18 | More by bob3701
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ramstein Winter Wheat has a body that is a mix of dark ruby and brown, and it is translucent all the way through. Only a little over a finger of off-white head pops up with a fairly vigorous pour. Retention isn't great and the lacing is non existent.

Chocolate and caramel are the biggest aromas, followed by currants and clove.

Ramstein Winter Wheat is a tasty beer. A peppery flavor that is somewhere between clove and coriander is the first thing I notice, followed by a black currant flavor that brings just a touch of sourness with it. After that is hint of apple and maybe a bit of banana. Next caramel then chocolate malts dominate the flavor, while a bit of hops come through in the finish.

The mouthfeel is surprising light in body and high in carbonation, but it works well to bring out all of the flavor in this beer.

Overall this is a solid Weizenbock. I definitely recommend letting it warm up a bit before you drink it, the flavor profile becomes a lot more expressive.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 22:06:12 | More by Hojaminbag
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womencantsail

California

3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one last week. Review transcribed from notes.

A: The pour is dark brown in color with some reddish highlights and a fluffy tan head.

S: The nose is fairly typical for a weizenbock. An interesting mix of bananas, cloves, sweet caramel, dark fruits and yeast.

T: The dark fruit and caramel translate quite intensely to the flavor. The beer is very sweet without as much in the way of the spicy, yeasty, and banana character that you expect from a Bavarian wheat beer.

M: The carbonation is moderate and gives the beer a fairly full and creamy feel on the tongue.

D: This was an interesting take on a weizenbock. I am more of a fan of the German examples (who isn't?) but that was certainly passable.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2010 18:23:26 | More by womencantsail
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scootny

New York

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now this is more like it Ramstein. A lightly clouded burgundy with a decent tan head. Lovely reddish purple hue as the light hits the glass . Head fades quickly and leaves a small ring but little lace. Smell is quite nice with overripe banana and cloves atop a dark raisiny fruitiness.

Taste is full of the flavors presented in the nose but there is a dry graininess that gives a tart medicinal quality. The alcohol gives an edge to it as it peeks out just a touch. Wheat malt is at the core of it all gently supporting. There is a bit of cinnamon and pepper as the raisins melt into juicy melon. The finish is quite dry and lightly astringent with notes of wine, dark breads, banana and cloves. Feel is light and supple, crisp and slick, with a hint of syrup. There is a gentle creaminess as you let it sit in your mouth.

This goes down so easily and delightfully. The abv is well integrated and makes this a sneaky drink on a cold night. You get warm without realizing why. Nice!

After major disappointments with the previous beers I've had from High Point Brewing Company this beer is a reason to have faith and maybe re-review them. As a Hefe head I was heartbroken by the Blond Wheat and the Classic Wheat. This stuff however is a good take on an Aventinus for a lot less cash. Well done HPBC!

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 07:45:00 | More by scootny
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2010 21:39:01 | More by PittBeerGirl
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caresville

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

some guy i sorta know used to be a brewer at the company and we always chatted about beer. he gave me a bottle he had in his car and i tried it was oh so very impressed. best of there line in my opinion. spicy and bitter yet refreshing and perplexing. left me wanting more, so i got some more... and more. all in all, sorta yeasty, a tad spicy like almost cinnamon, with a strong, bitter but not alcohol overwhelming aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 05:58:23 | More by caresville
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stumac

Texas

3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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...

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2009 05:47:31 | More by stumac
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CrellMoset

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 04:32:00 | More by CrellMoset
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cola brown color with a surprisingly modest head that fades quickly to a ringlet, while managing to leave a few dots of lace

Smell: Prune juice, clove, molasses, banana and cocoa

Taste: Prune juice, cloves and banana, upfront, with a peppery yeast flavor arriving by mid-palate; after the swallow, the yeast and molasses flavors dominate, briefly, but the aftertaste has a lot of dark prune fruit flavor

Mouthfeel: Full body with low carbonation

Drinkability: Although this sure could use more carbonatin, the flavor profile is distinctive and enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2009 22:58:08 | More by brentk56
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ballewblake

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into my Duvel glass.

Low brown-tan head on pour that faded fast. Lacing falls down and doesn't stick. Dark brown body, opaque. Nose is sweet, slightly smokey. Taste is smokey, sweet, banana in the after taste, some clove. Carbonation is a nice balance, alcohol heat isn't tasted, but its noticed heat wise in the stomach. I'm not much of a weizen/hefe fan, but I could drink one of these on occasion, but not back to back, or over and over. A good example of the style none the less. Props to my buddy Adam (PEBKAC) for this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 23:24:49 | More by ballewblake
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 04:13:22 | More by russpowell
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ckeegan04

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep dark brown, verging on black. Huge foamy head after a very cautious pour. Head does quickly fade and leave a soda like ring on the top of the beer. Almost no lacing to speak of.

S - Dark plums and hints of clove in the nose. A nice banana aroma with strong aromas of wheat as well after the beer warms a bit. An excellent aroma.

T - Dark fruits and wheat are the dominant tastes. Lots of plum, a hint of clove, and some banana wheatiness all nicely mixed together. Mildy bitter as well.

M/D - Medium to full bodied and lots of carbonation. Easy drinking with a well masked alcohol profile.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 18:43:51 | More by ckeegan04
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Ramstein Winter Wheat from High Point Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 281 ratings.