Ramstein Winter Wheat - High Point Brewing Company
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4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
Appearance: Deep brown with ruby highlights. Nearly opaque but not quite. The head was gone before I even sat down to drink it.
Smell: Man, what a smell this thing has. Right off, I was overwhelmed by an aroma reminiscent of decomposing leaves, grass or bananasI'm not sure which one but it was really interesting. Hiding behind that wall were other notes of cloves, molasses, dates, sour cherries and brown sugar. Really complex aroma. I couldn't stop smelling it the whole time I drank it.
Taste: Lots and lots of tastes in this giant. Again, the decomposing something or other showed up in the taste... dark fruits (prunes?), cherries, chocolate chocolate chocolate... Nice, sharp, bitter coffee aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Solid carbonation and full body leads to a really smooth drink.
Drinkability: It's a huge, delcious beer with layers and layers of flavors and smells. I couldn't have one after another but one a night wouldn't kill anyone. It would go great sitting aside a giant steak or burger or as an after dinner drink. This beer rocks.
08-14-2004 16:49:59 | More by oxmasterscream
4.47/5 rDev +7.5%
12oz. amber bottle courtesy of ppoitras. Freshness date is notched between August and September.
Appearance: Perhaps the most disappointing trait of an otherwaise stellar beer. The color is wonderful, a deep brownish-black with all sorts of ruby highlights at the edges. The head, though, is nearly non-existent, even with an aggressive pour. Just a barely perceptible ring of highly-carbonated dark tan head hovering at the edges. Lacing of the glass still occurs in sheets.
Smell: Wow. A big bouquet of dark fruit, apple pie, cloves, and pepper. Noticeable before the nose gets close to the glass. Very nice.
Taste: Simply wonderful. Up front hefty dose of dark chocolate and caramel drizzled over warm dark fruit. Cloked in darkness, the hefty ABV is detected only at the very end and is perceived as a warming effect in the tummy (that goes nicely with the smile on your face). Finish is "after-dinner-liquorish"...helping you savor this slowly.
Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Medium-bodied and pretty creamy, which was surprising, given the very active head. Very easy to drink.
Notes: Having heard of the Winter Wheat from Ramstein, but never checking to see what the style was, I was very surprised when I first tried it. The first thing I thought was "Aventinus...but better!". I was right. A great beer and one I'd love to have again. Thanks to ppoitras for this gem!
08-05-2004 20:23:47 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
4.47/5 rDev +7.5%
Very dark brown in hue, if not black in the middle, around the edges there was a slim brown highlight. There wasnt much change in color when held to a light. I am impressed. The head was beige in color. At the summit the head was only a half finger in height. After a brief moment it slid to a small cap. This cap lasted for about half of the consumption before it disappeared completely. There was no subsequent lacing. After RWWs masterful appearance I am a bit disappointed at the nose. Yes, the actual aromas are nice but there isnt much potency. I wanted this beer to scream at me, not whisper. It isnt too cold but I will return to the bouquet at room temperature maybe it will improve. I decided to sip even though I only got a vague impression from the nose. I was rewarded. It is tasty, simply tasty. It is every bit as good as Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock, maybe better even (but not that much better). The palate shows great depth. Upfront is weizen qualities, yummy banana flavors really shine, some pepper too with a stray hint of clove. Shortly after these flavors I detect some wheat characteristics but they are short lived. In the middle comes a rush of alcohol, which burns down the weizen part. Like a phoenix a new beer rises with eisbock qualities. There is a dark fruitiness, raisins, plums, and such. It is plenty malty, soft chocolate notes, more cloves, figs, heat, and caramelized roastiness. Amazing stuff here with plenty of flavor nuances. I returned to the nose at room temperature. Still the bouquet isnt that strong, the aromas of bubblegum, fruitcake, wood, chocolate covered cherries, and sweet maltiness are present but not loud. Maybe I was expecting too much? Regardless the nose is inviting and I enjoyed drinking it immensely. The mouthfeel is pleasant and typical for the style, medium in body with low but natural carbonation. It feels comfortable. This is amazingly drinkable. Even though I can taste the alcohol I would never have guessed the abv was 9.5%! Dangerous. I really enjoyed this beer on all accounts. Damn, was it good! I wish I had many, many more. Thank you Sulldaddy for the bottle!
07-30-2004 18:00:44 | More by bditty187
4.75/5 rDev +14.2%
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.
07-26-2004 04:21:10 | More by waughbrew
4.35/5 rDev +4.6%
Dusky garnet-hued mahogany with brighter ruby highlights. The light milk chocolate brown head is on the small side after an aggressive pour and isn't all that dense or sticky. It isn't otherwise impressive either since it deflates fairly quickly and leaves almost no lace. The aroma is Belgian yeasty and has elements of clove, cocoa and overripe fruit. Brown, mushy apples in particular.
Again, a Belgian yeasty sourness--or is that a wheaty tang?--is the first thing that I notice when beer comes into contact with tastebuds. There's plenty of sweet dark fruit (dried cherries, dried figs, raisins) as well as a geneous quantity of clove and cinnamon spice. As further evidence of the impressive complexity on display, I also pick up flavor notes of anise and blackstrap molasses.
This is overwhelmingly a malty beer; I don't appreciate much in the way of hop flavor or bitterness. The finish is long, slightly sour and ultimately dry. The body/mouthfeel is full and lush with a lively carbonation. In other words, top-notch. This is an incredibly drinkable beer despite the high ABV.
Ramstein Winter Wheat is clearly a well-crafted weizenbock and is a beer that I recommend without reservation. It's more than worthy enough for my 300th review. A big 'thank you' to Dantes for providing.
07-24-2004 14:45:56 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.9/5 rDev -6.3%
Mahogany black with a faded khaki head thats airy and fleeting. Licorice in the aroma with a slight bubblegum ester note backing it up. Theres a lot of complexity in the flavor with chocolate, an interesting cross of tea and coffee, charcoal and more of those bubblegum esters.
07-23-2004 06:00:48 | More by aracauna
4.4/5 rDev +5.8%
The second of my Ramstein adventure. I went back and forth between this and the Classic Dunkel.
The Winter Wheat pours a really dark, almost black brown with a smallish off-white head. There is a lot of lacing that continues throughout the drink. There is a complex aroma that includes the wheaty malty smell with some elements of clove, hops, and fruit.
The taste is different from any wheat that I've had before with a definite bitterness that doesn't seem to come from the hops. It is yeasty but there are hints of bitter fruit and clove. There is a hop taste at the end but it is slightly different than the normal hop bitterness. It is a full-bodied beer with a smooth feel on the palate. It is very easy to drink, and I always want another.
07-22-2004 23:19:01 | More by rdrummer
4.2/5 rDev +1%
Poured a dark brown color, with reddish hue, and a tan, quickly diminishing head with nice lacing. Aroma of wheat, yeast, banana's-n-cream, and clove spice. Nice spicy weizenbock (banana and clove) taste, with a mild alcohol tingle on the tongue. I am not quite sure if this lives up to the hype, though it is still a nice beer.
06-14-2004 23:04:14 | More by egajdzis
4.58/5 rDev +10.1%
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!
06-13-2004 14:05:33 | More by sulldaddy
4.2/5 rDev +1%
Thanks to Tim for allowing me the opportunity to try this.
Clear, dark-brown, forming a small tan head with poor retention and no lacing. Medium carbonation. Aroma is of cheesy chocolate with a hint of higher alcohols with swirling. Mouthfeel is slick with a light body and clean, tart, kinda watery finish. Taste has opening notes of chocolate and tobacco, with this cheesy note that I find in Celis brews from the yeast strain used...followed by a touch of black marker towards the end in the nutty, lightly clovey finish. Clean ferment and the 9.5% ABV is expertly hidden.
Quite different from other Weizenbocks I've had. While this is a departure from the style, it's still a very good brew and something I would easily buy again if it were available in my area. Not complex, but light-bodied and easy to drink.
05-18-2004 01:22:45 | More by Mitchster
4.83/5 rDev +16.1%
Pours out a deep dark almost black brown with a nice tan head. This is a big beer. Flavor profile is huge. Nice and malty, and very well balanced. Where's the 9.5%? / Not in the flavor, that's for sure. Mouthfeel is beautiful. The best wheat bock I've ever sampled! Thank you ElGuapo for the samples!
04-22-2004 17:39:33 | More by scottum
5/5 rDev +20.2%
Pours thick, not letting much light through if any hold on let me go grab my spectrometer. Yep, I was right opaque deep chestnut brown lucious fine bubbly tan head leaves some sporadic spots of lacing. Aromatics flowing here an amazing mildly smokey chocolate malt characteristic, talk about creativity this is the epitat. Banana and cloves sharp wheat malt sweetness is there somewhere what a complex wheat beer I now fully understand why this beer holds it's own on the Best of BA. As it warms alcohol and more intense over ripened fruit tones arise, nice. It's hard to sip on considering you could just sit here and smell the damn beer all day and be just as happy, but can't let it go to waste can we? A barrage of different but cohesive flavors, wow! A flight of chocolate smoked malts comes over the palate then this flavor is eased by the traditional yeast spawning tones of banana and clove sugar sweet twang and sharp tone of the unmalted wheat used here great stuff can't get over it. One bottle is a tease here with a lucious full bodied weizenbock like this and perfect carbonation you're going to want to look into a case or at the least a sixpack. Who are these guys, High Point Wheat Beer Co. I need to find the brewpub in my beer journeys intense flavorful near orgasmic experience with this beer. No hype needed this beer speaks for itself, great stuff.
04-14-2004 17:01:36 | More by WVbeergeek
4.83/5 rDev +16.1%
Fuck, this beer is damn near black. Surprised me for a weizenbock, but I like it. The head is slight and light brown. Lacing is spotty and droopy. Big nose full of phenolics, esters, figs, bananas and light pepper. The flavors are so smooth and sublte. There's something to be said of subtlety and this beer has it. But for a whopping 9.5% a/v, I can't taste a single hint of ethanol. Notes of raisin and figs dance with some fruity tones of berries and plum. Flavors of yeast, bread and crumbcake give this beer a wonderful malt profile. The mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and smooth. Body about medium full. If I could give a 10 for drinkability, I would. Damn this is smooth. Awesome beer.
Big ZAP! This stuff is the Bomb. Thanks bitch.
03-21-2004 05:13:29 | More by Bighuge
4.45/5 rDev +7%
Served in the 12 oz bottle into a weizen glass. The color is black with a bit of white head. The smell is dark malt sweetness. The taste is a heavy semi-sweet malt with almost a roasted character to it, with the wheat clove tartness coming through a bit as well. Mouthfeel is fairly chewy. As far as drinkability, once again, could have several of these.
Thank you to schoolteacher for this difficult-to-find beer. A much more dry but more rich beer than the Aventinus, and good in its own way (couldn't state a clear favorite between the two). Absolutely one I'll be looking forward to come next year!
03-20-2004 02:31:34 | More by beergeek279
4.28/5 rDev +2.9%
Enjoyed on tap at the Gate in Brooklyn. Dark and powerful. Lots of fruit and yeast in the nose. burnt flavors. yeast and bready notes. Alcohol obviously present but well in the background of this finely crafted brew. This style continues to grow on me. Strangly refreshing, complex, interesting, drinkable and strong at the same time.
02-21-2004 15:39:02 | More by Billolick
4.43/5 rDev +6.5%
Pours a deep black ruby color with a short thick tan head that slowly fades into a nice lace. Nose is dominated by aromas of dark fruit with some underlying notes of clove and green apples. Medium to full in body with a slightly syrupy texture. Taste is sweet caramelized malts with notes of dark bread and unsweetened chocolate followed by some fruitiness (black currents and dark cherries) and a touch of drying alcohol. The ABV is so well hidden that its almost impossible to believe that this beer checks in at 9.5%. Thanks to jcalbi for the sample!
02-14-2004 20:45:17 | More by Morris729
4.75/5 rDev +14.2%
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.
02-11-2004 03:54:03 | More by cretemixer
5/5 rDev +20.2%
As I drink this out of my big Aventinus glass I can't help but feel there has been a changing of the guard for me....For a long time I have considered Aventinus one of the best beers in the world and THE best Weizenbock....I still consider it one of the best in the world but I can no longer call it THE best weizenbock around because this Ramstein Winter wheat tops it...
Pours a dark black with brown hues....a fantastic creamy 1/8 inch tan head...the nose is outstanding....one of those beers that you just want to smell, and smell and smell...Great clovey nose...but sweeter notes are also evident...a little bit of a sweet over-ripe banana aroma...
Flavor is sweet..dark fruits and banana sprinkled with chocolate syrup...cloves are dominant too....outstanding taste to this...
The body is full but not overdone....it's very creamy...9.5%?? The alcohol is remarkably hidden in the taste....a nice belly warmer though...
Drinkability is sky high because despite its strength and full flavors and smell it is extremely drinkable...Wish I could get a keg of this..
I've wanted to try this beer for a long time and usually when you are that excited about something it usually is a let-down when you finally taste it....this exceeded my expectations...I was thinking 4.0-4.5....not sure how this will compute when I punch it in but it will be above that for sure..
Big thanks to Biruchan and schoolteacher for this outstanding experience in beer drinking...
02-07-2004 05:43:19 | More by ZAP
4.63/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
02-06-2004 02:37:35 | More by marburg
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
The Bad: Poured black, with no head, it looked exactly like a glass of coke. Needless to say, not very impressive. I can't blame it on the glass, because I hand washed it myself, so I know it was clean.
The Good: Everything else! The aroma was wheat, malt, licorice and plums all vying for top spot. I think the wheat and malt are the frontrunners with the licorice and plums singing back-up. The taste is extremely nice...very complex. Starts off wheaty and is soon joined by dark dried fruity flavors. It seemed almost belgian-like...certainly had all the complexity of a belgian. It finishes with a wheaty aftertaste with hints of licorice. I HATE licorice, but I actually liked it here...well done. The mouthfeel is very smooth, almost creamy with a high carbonation level that keeps tickling your cheeks long after the swallow.
It's amazing that this is 9.5% ABV...it tastes like it's 4.0%. The only time you realize it has a higher than average alcohol content is when it warms your belly after the swallow. I really liked this one and wish it was more readily available around where I live.
01-29-2004 13:55:26 | More by Hagbard
4.4/5 rDev +5.8%
I just had Ramstein Winter Wheat yesterday at David Copperfield's in the city. It was a special event with the High Point Wheat Beer Company. They had the Winter Wheat on tap from a cask. Although Winter Wheat is normally a good beer, it was significantly better out of the cask. The smell and taste were magnified. If you ever get the chance to experience this, don't pass it up.
01-23-2004 17:56:30 | More by wsouloa
4.05/5 rDev -2.6%
Big bubbled, froathy, dirty brown colored head that faded to a thin rim of head. The beer is dark cola black in color. Cloves, banana, and mellow dark fruit make up the aroma. The flavor is a mix of roasted malt and chocolatey wheat beer. It has moderate body and a fairly clean taste that fades in the aftertaste. Incredibly smooth and drinkable for such a strong beer.
01-22-2004 00:07:30 | More by HappyHourHero
4.75/5 rDev +14.2%
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.
01-20-2004 06:09:09 | More by UnionMade
4.72/5 rDev +13.5%
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.
01-10-2004 19:31:11 | More by Shiredave
4.22/5 rDev +1.4%
A really interesting off blackish color with some purpley hints around the edges, nice dark tan head about a pinky high of thick, lush foam, sits a bit before diminshing to a thick collar, no real lace sticking, a few miniscule spots.
Aroma is muted sweet malts with a nice deepness of raisin, some dark cherry, vanilla, and softly rounded alcohol warmth;also, a bit funky with some smokeyness. A nice nose as it warms.
Taste is favorably malty sweet with a little touch of tartness from some dark cherry aspects, which mixes with some raisin and sweetish wheat tones that surface after midway and lingers into the finish with a bit more fullness then at the start. Notes of vanilla and molasses in there.
Feel starts slow but builds from there quite nicely gaining some and ending full and sweet with a floating easy finish. Smooth and lightly creamy overall. A nice drinkable Weisenbock.
A super big thanks goes to Fishbone for sending out some extra for me to have for after the Holidays!! What a karma-rific guy! Thanks!
01-09-2004 03:11:06 | More by tavernjef
Ramstein Winter Wheat from High Point Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 284 ratings.