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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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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

(on tap at Bridgewater's Pub - served in an Erdinger Weizen glass)

A: fairly clear, dark, air-dried blood crimson... tall stand of compact, creamy-spongy foam... the lack of retention was clearly due to the cleanliness of the glass - did spring up some foam which each big sip

S: invitingly bold dark fruit - plum, mainly - with a good bit of roasty grain poking through... bit of a leafy hop presence and mineral note... not terribly clove-y or yeasty-spicy

T: heavy on dark fruit flavors - kind of like a non-sweet plum or blackberry brandy... fair bit of hop and roast bitterness, though it's relatively mellow and merely serves to dry the beer out a bit... some vague background clove... not at all sweet as far as fruit flavors go and not terribly malty either, which is the biggest snag in its overall quality - would love to have a moderate, balancing doughy/bready flavor - not enough 'yeast' notes, otherwise a fantastic, explosive taste

M: a bit thin and lager-clean/crisp, but on par with what the aromas suggest

O: this tastes a good bit like my homebrew Weizenbock, this one obviously having more developed, dynamic character... really, all this needs is a meaty malt punch.... I would certainly drink this again, preferably in High Point's taproom

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2014 20:04:48 | More by Bouleboubier
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dano

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I can't really add anything that Jason Alstrom didn't already say about the characteristics of this beer. All I can say is that it is my favorite beer and I look forward to it very year. I've had it in bottles and on tap, and it has never disappointed. I do agree that the ABV is hard to believe. It is a dangerously smooth and drinkable beer at 9.5 % ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2013 03:57:35 | More by dano
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claspada

New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft @ Barcade Jersey City.

The pour is dark brown in color with some reddish highlights and a small fluffy tan head that dissipates rather quickly.

Aromas begin with lightly roasted, chocolate-based malts, with notes of wheat, dark caramel, banana, cracked cloves and well-ripened dark fruits. Yeast esters emerge more as it warms.

The tastes begin with mildly sweet chocolate-coated roasted maltiness and a bit of dark caramel. Hints of spicy clove and sours wheat emerge as you continue to sample. The dark fruitiness and light banana emerge as it warms. The overall flavor profile picks up a bit more sweetness as you further sample.

The mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied with medium carbonation. Velvety smooth and almost creamy on the palate. Finish is highlighted by a touch of roast and dried fruits with a smooth, mildly warming finish.

Overall this is the best American made Weizenbock I have ever had, surpassing the example from Thomas Hooker I had last year. The malt base is definitely darker and more chocolate-forward than the traditional German example, which allows the yeast esters to not strangle the flavor profile, which is a huge plus for me. Not a drop of detectable alcohol is detectable except in your belly with that slightly warming feeling. Wish they still bottled this because it is by far High Point's best beer. Glad I was finally able to sample this; highly recommended

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2012 14:27:52 | More by claspada
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muskiesman

New Jersey

4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in pint glass from Tuscany Brewhouse

A- Dark Mahogany with great lacing. Thin head

S- Huge sweet fruit and dark malt aroma, Dark bread

T- Again huge ripe fruits, figs, dark bread malts very rich. Touch of spice clovey and maybe anise

M- Very smooth but thick creamy, roasted malted finish

ABV 9.5%. Creeps up nicely surprisingly does not drink like it is that high very warming
A winter winner!

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2012 16:59:26 | More by muskiesman
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BeerLover99

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: choc. brown/ruby shimmer/cloudy, 2 finger khaki head,
solid lacing

S: intoxicating wheat, spiced bread aroma

T: sweet fig/date, mild clove, big bready malt/wheat,
nice hint of spice in the finish

M: med/heavy, smooth/chewy mouth

O: 1st experience with this brewey, POW,
what a gem! ABV is well hidden, sneaks
up on you. Will get again and highly recommend.
Great to see an outstanding beer in Jersey.

EXCELLENT, MUST TRY!

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2011 17:05:58 | More by BeerLover99
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IronLover

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black in color with brownish hues on the edges of the glass. Poured with a decent beige foam that quickly reduced to a light, wispy cap. Rich, delicate, creamy smooth feel. Wheat malt and dark fruit aromas, with hints of dark chocolate and coffee. Delicate wheat malt backbone from beginning to end. Dark chocolate flavors up front, dark fruit flavors thru the middle and light hop bitterness at the end. Finishes with a bit of spice combined with a fruity sweetness. Overall, quite complex and delicate flavors and feel.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2011 18:15:30 | More by IronLover
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: I haven't had many, but this is the darkest weizenbock I've tried. It was a deep, dark, muddy brown. It was served to me with a small ring of a frothy head.

s: Wheat beer heaven. Lots of cloves and bananas with undertones of caramel and chocolate. While it is warm, 9.5% is nowhere to be found.

t: The taste mirrors the smell for the most part. Huge flavors of earthy bananas with a nice clove spicy bite. The warm, roasty chocolate at the finish worked very well.

m: Big and chewy with gentle carbonation.

o: I love weizenbocks and this is a great one.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2011 00:09:02 | More by DIM
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drtth

Pennsylvania

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

Served in a Ramstein wheat beer glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a dark brown color with reddish highlights and a 1” light tan head that recedes and leaves a ring around the glass along with a layer of foam on the surface. For about the first half of the beer, sipping leaves a layer of foam on one side of the glass and scattered speckles and a leg or two of foam on the other. While the layer of foam slides back down into the beer, some legs and small patches of lacing tend to cling to the glass. Eventually the ring of foam disappears and the last half to 1/3 of the beer has neither ring nor foam.

Smell: The aroma is a nice mix of clove, along with some banana and apple riding over the top of the malts which provide some dark caramel and chocolate.

Taste: As expected from the nose, the flavors include lots of chocolate and caramel, with touches of clove and even some apple. The alcohol is very well hidden in this one.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the full side of medium bodied with a pleasant creamy smoothness from the carbonation. The finish begins smooth and malty with a nice dark caramel finish that is kept in check by a slight bitterness from the hops.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: For drinkability this one gets top marks from me given its balance and complexity. My overall impression is that this is a world class Weizenbock and shows well with the best (Aventinus). I’d love to be able to do a side by side with this beer, the Victory Moonglow, and the Aventinus. What a tasting that would be!

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2011 19:47:13 | More by drtth
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taigor

New York

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter glass.

A - Poured dark brown color with slight head that quickly dissipated leaving almost no lacing around the glass.

S - Earth notes with slight hints of spices, caramel and malts.

T - Slightly sweet to start with banana, caramel, and a little nuttiness. It has a slightly dry hoppy finish.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation.

O - Very smooth and easy-going. Not too filling either due to low carbonation. Overall, I highly recommend it.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2011 15:41:03 | More by taigor
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speter

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark brown with virtually no head and no lacing (I can perhaps fault the bar for unclean glasswear, but I couldn't raise any real foam on this even with vigorous swirling).

S: Sweet chocolate, caramel, and banana. A banana split in a glass.

T: Follows the nose closely. The idea is great: take the banana and clove from a traditional German weizen, and add chocolatey notes. This does it well, and I'm glad I tried it.

M: Very rich, although the carbonation was severely lacking.

D: I had planned at one point to brew something like this at home, and I'm glad I had the chance to try this one on tap. In my opinion, this is simply too sweet for anything but an occasional sipper. I can't imagine trying to get through a whole homebrew batch of this.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2011 00:08:04 | More by speter
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Soonami

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ramstein Winter Wheat is a beer that is hard for me to rate because I have had so few examples of the style, definitely less than five, but from what I can taste and see this beer is ostensibly without faults. The beer was served in a 10 oz tulip from Local 44. It was nearly opaque, dark mahogany brown with just a scummy layer of ecru foam. The beer smells spicy with clove and cinnamon, fruity like candied cherries and cooked bananas and warm like cake. These aromas are carried over in the taste of the beer. It is rich and thick but syrupy or cloyingly sweet. The wheat is manifest in the body and contributes a nice bready grain flavor. The body is luxurious with a whisper of carbonation that is perfect for the beer. I was very surprised by to read this was 9.5% because the alcohol was very well hidden and there was very little alcohol heat. Great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2011 19:24:18 | More by Soonami
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donniecuffs

New Jersey

4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Into a tulip, it poured a deep dark mahogany, which revealed some more chestnut shades when held up to light. One finger of off-white/beige head, modest carbonation, decent head retention, and good lacing. The nose was a hearty blend of raisin, plum, fig, dark chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, and even some purple grape hints. The taste confirmed the nose in grandiose fashion..big dark fruit up front, dissolving to malty/caramel/chocolate midpalate, and then finishing on a semi-sweet fruit note. No hint of the alcohol content whatsoever. Mouthfeel is thick and slick, with little carbonation. Dangerously drinkable. Highly recommend aging some of this as well, as I have had some two-year old bottles that revealed stronger hints of dark fruit. A truly great weizenbock.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2010 01:12:49 | More by donniecuffs
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dublulovesbeer

New York

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm going to write a review for the time I had this on tap at Capone's, which was a great experience, although their bottle shop sold me one that was absolutely awful, I don't know what was wrong with it but it tasted terrible and had wood-chip looking things at the bottom of the glass. The label was torn on the August mark, I'm only assuming that's why. Anyway....

With my limited experience with beer, this was like a Dunkelweizen, but with a delicious sweet-clove taste that I really enjoyed. It has a cola appearance, and the mouthfeel was slightly thinner than a hefeweizen, but seemed similar. The alcohol is incredibly well hidden, and you realize this only when you're about 3/4 done with it, just like any great beer. It does loose its head quickly. Just watch out for infected/old/whatever batches of it, I was heart broken when I tried it in the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2009 00:55:39 | More by dublulovesbeer
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

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

A-Deep,dark brown with copper highlights kissing the edges. A thick, long lasting, robust head hangs on strong and leaves nice lace.

S-Musty, rich, loamy earth notes with some spicy hops and some oak dryness.

T-Slight sour twang complimenting a rich malty wheat base. Robust without being heavy. Nice dry oak finish.

M-Medium body, extremely smooth with a nice dry finish.

D-So smooth and easy going! This brew is absolutely delicious! An excellent winter warmer to keep close at hand!

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2009 13:25:39 | More by Deuane
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jwhawkins81

Ohio

3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

After reviewing this beer and looking over the previous reviews I wonder if I got the bottom of the barrel on this one. Seemingly I may need to revisit this one some day.

Smell: A sweet wheat malt aroma was all I was able to pick up.

Appearance: Poured dark a brown with a hint of red. Light brown head that quickly dissipated and provided no lacing.

Taste: Sweet alcohol taste upfront that gave way to a sour finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin with no carbonation.

Drinkability: Became almost tedious without any carbonation. Again this was on-tap so I may have had the dregs.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2008 18:06:49 | More by jwhawkins81
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2008 16:57:01 | More by tempest
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lehows

New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2008 14:22:53 | More by lehows
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BBM

New York

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was listed as a doppelbock, but after one sip I thought that might be off... it poured a dark, thick chocolate color into the glass with a rocky brown head. Nice lacing around the glass. The aroma is of cloves and wheat, which is a bit odd for something that looks like a RIS. Pleasant nonetheless.

This is a very enjoyable and complex beer. The weizen flavors of banana and clove really come out first, setting up a summery sweetness before the heavy hitters and dark roasted malts and espresso flavors arrive on the palate. There's a bit of spiciness to the finish that isn't alcoholic per se, but is strong in its own right. Mouthfeel is full and creamy. I had no idea this was 9.5%, it was just that smooth and delicious.

Overall this is one of the more unique beers I've had this season. Great job all around.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2008 16:03:00 | More by BBM
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

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

A snifter served at PA's premiere beer destination, Capone's.

A: The ale is a deep brown color, hazy and near black with a 1 finger head. Lacing is nonexistent.

S: The aroma is an estery sweet weizen with a strong undercurrent of alcohol. The estery clove and banana elements are quite strong.

T: The weizenbock combines the best aspects of two good styles. The flavors are all weizen, estery with touches of clove spiciness and banana sweeetness. The wheat body is stronger, supporting more alcohol and creating a more robust flavor. The ale has a thickness that is almost, but not quite, chewable.

M: Sweet with fruity esters and extremely strong, this ale combines the two styles in an excellent manner.

D: The alcohol is strong but nowhere bear the 9.50%, making this a potent ale. Drink with caution but you'll enjoy every sip.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2007 01:24:19 | More by akorsak
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AChamberlain

Texas

2.25/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Ordered @ the Gate in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Poured black. Black. With a thin head. Looked interesting, but seemed too dark. I really could not pick up any aroma, maybe a little malt. To me the flavor was way off, it tasted like well water from back home. It was thin and wet in the mouth. The best thing about it was that it was pretty easy to drink. Went down like water. I'm not sure why this is rated so high. I'm pretty sure the pint was in good condition. Oh well, each his own I guess.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2007 01:26:20 | More by AChamberlain
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outdoorbrewer

New Jersey

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

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2007 04:53:36 | More by outdoorbrewer
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

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

I’ve been procrastinating on this review for some time. Better get to it. I found this on tap at Capone’s.

This beer looked like a dark black with a light brown and burgundy creeping in around the edges. The creamy tan finger of head left some nice lace behind.

Smells of sour, musky wheat, homemade root beer*, black licorice and a playful wisp of alcohol. There was also a dry, sandy smoke hiding there.

Tastes of a smooth simple wheat that picks up a little of that black licorice and a definite Jaeger Meister herbal flavor. Almost reminds me of a Doppelbock now. There’s also a touch of residual chocolate.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied that felt slick but was at the same time a bit sticky with a big carbonation.

This one’s a nice winter treat for sure. Hefe + Jaeger = Tasty!


*note to self: H.M.R.B. and other stupid acronyms that “you’re sure to remember when you look at your notes next time” are not a good idea at all. (took three days to figure out just what the hell H.M.R.B. stood for.)

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2007 17:32:46 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

What a treat. Smooth and easy and sweet and delicious.

Appearance: Served a dark mahogany brown color that is borderline black.

Smell: Dark malts sweet bread, brown sugar, molasses, cloves and a hint of banana - vanilla milk shake.

Taste: Sweet and smooth rich kings syrup, dark heavy malts and fruit bread with banana and yeast and caramel and raisin flavors flowing over the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Viscous thick creamy rich and smooth but very heavy.

Drinkability: This is a sipping beer, and one is enough but it it quite enjoyable.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2007 23:55:11 | More by Phatz
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Imstillthegman

Delaware

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Capone's.

It was an unexpectedly dark brown color with a tan head that left modest lacing. At first I thought I had gotten the wrong beer when I saw how dark it was. Needless to say I was impressed.

The aroma was a blend of dark fruits, caramel, and spice. It was a bit hard to get a good sniff of it without getting some of the smoke that was wafting through the bar.

This is one tasty treat. Sweet dark fruitiness, caramel, wheat, and a touch of chocolate. Very flavorful brew.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. I could have drank this all night. Nothing like any other wheat beer I have ever had. This is one to search out.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2007 15:09:59 | More by Imstillthegman
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BillyB

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Waited online outside the brewery in pretty cold weather for this one. I'd heard good things and that it was only available at the brewery store for a short time. There were about 100 other people online and finally crowded into the small sampling room and spilled into the brewery at High Point.

Needles to say it was worth it. This is a phenomenal beer!

Appearance is a deep dark brown with slight ruby red highlights. Thin wispy beige head. A bit cloudy/murky with some sediment floating around.

Aromas of wheat, smoke, dried fruits like plums, raisins and figs. Also some cherry and chocolate notes.

Taste is smokey, toasty wheat. Plums, raisins, figs. Sweet dark roasty malts and brown sugar. Slight alcohol taste.

Medium bodied and very smooth. Slight alc. is noticeable.

Incredibly drinkable for the abv. One of the best beers brewed in NJ!

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2006 01:00:37 | More by BillyB
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Ramstein Winter Wheat from High Point Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 281 ratings.