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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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dasenebler

Maine

3.25/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ramstein Winter Wheat
12/29/12
Growler filled 12/27/12

Very dark brown, nearly black. Darkest wheat beer I've ever poured. Beige head is modest, but highly admirable for a growler. (4)

Aroma smells exactly like fresh banana bread: it's unmistakable. Some chocolate and molasses notes, too. (4)

The flavor is thick and rich. Banana bread once again, but this time more complex. The estery, ripe-fruit notes of the yeast are readily apparent. Intensely phenolic as well, with huge clove and nutmeg notes. Chocolate malts come through, along with a thick breadiness. Carob, treacle, spice cake. It's not that sweet, but there is something really cloying and borderline undrinkable about this beer. Mouthfeel is thick and dextrinous, yet utterly undercarbonated-- I won't judge too harshly since it's a growler pour. (3, 3)

This is a very unique wheat beer. There's something about it though-- perhaps the intense esters and phenols combined with the very high ABV and super-thick mouthfeel-- that renders it a bit undrinkable in my book. It's like banana bread motor oil. I wouldn't want more than 8oz, and I just poured myself .5L. It's no Aventinus, but it's an okay beer. (3)

Serving type: growler

12-30-2012 03:50:46 | More by dasenebler
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9InchNails

New Jersey

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

Poured without a head, then magically a brown one appeared but quickly vanished. Completely dark and opaque with some crimson color on the edges. Some lacing on the glass. I would give a higher rating if the head stuck around.

Strong fragrance of cloves, bananas and wheat. Some dark fruits, tobacco, leather comes in with a mustiness in the background.

Cloves, bananas, wheat, dark fruits come in like raisins. Nice tasting with just a hint of alcohol.

Light to medium body, very light Carbonation, dry feel, it leaves the lips a little sticky. I noticed some alcohol warmth in the beginning but disappeared.

This is a brew that should be sipped -- it's interesting and tasty. The taste and feel of alcohol is slight but I can definitely feel the effects of it. Although, this is usually out of the style I usually enjoy, this is a nice beer.

Serving type: growler

11-22-2011 03:26:52 | More by 9InchNails
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steelerguy

New York

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

A - Poured a dark brown coffee like color with just a bit of light transmission around the edges. Nice high head that dropped to absolutely nothing very quickly. Moderate carbonation.

S - Lots of nice dark caramel and chocolate roasted malt aroma with a little tang, almost like a Belgian beer. All malt and lots of malt.

T - The malts really come through again and there is some dark fruit along with a bit of chocolate. There is also some serious clove flavor in there, I wonder if a Belgian yeast was used and perhaps a slightly higher temperature than normal lagars. Adds depth and I like it.

M - Finishes pretty crisp, less body than I expected, and the carbonation cleans the palate nicely. Some definite alcohol warmth but it hides it's high ABV well, no harshness.

D - Great winter warmer, when you are looking for something a little different than an American Ale. Packs a punch, but is balanced and smooth with quite a bit of interesting depth in flavor.

Serving type: growler

11-18-2010 01:02:00 | More by steelerguy
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Thirstybird for cracking this one open. Served in a tulip. Poured a semi-translucent brown with red highlights when backlit. Not much of a head - some clusters of bubbles, but that's about it. Nose reveals banana, clove, a malty quality and molasses or brown sugar. Taste is fairly sweet for the style, a hint of chocolate, a little earthy, a little herbal overlaid on the dominant characteristics present in the nose. Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, with a medium-light body. Really tasty with a great deal of complexity. Really delicious - goes down a little too easy considering the well-hidden abv.

Serving type: growler

03-07-2010 00:02:38 | More by Jwale73
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aerozeppl

New York

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

Growler picked up at DeCicco's. I love me a good weizenbock so here goes.

A: Looks super dark in the glass. No head at all. When held up to the light it has some red highlights. Overall I would call it a fairly dark brown.

S: Big dark fruit blast right up front. Dates, figs, plums. You do get a little bit of banana but it really has to work through everything else. Brandy soaked bread.

T: Lots of esters. Again big dark fruit component. Really reminds me of a stronger Aventinius which is a big compliment. Little bit of sweetness comes through. You get a touch of the wheat. Little bit of banana. Really complex beer.

M: Thick and full bodied. Low carbonation.

D: Really nice beer. Big as hell and tasty to match. All things considered fairly drinkable.

Serving type: growler

02-06-2010 23:56:19 | More by aerozeppl
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blackie

Virginia

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

a: light khaki head over a deep, gorgeously dark chestnut brown colored ale, light showing only through the edges, good retention

s: rich, sugary toasted wheat malts with a smooth dry chocolate undercurrent, estery yeast gives ripe banana, baked red apple spiced with clove and nutmeg, the boozy brown sugar sauce and sweet fruit marriage of a bananas foster, reduction of dark tree fruits - prune, date, and black fig; superb aroma with a ridiculously complex interplay of malty rich fruits and spicy, estery weizen yeast

m: light, smooth carbonation and full body

t: absolutely thick and delicious with brown sugar and banana flavors, weizen yeast brings a strong flavor of clove, dark toasted wheat, dried plums and black mission figs, smooth toffee and dark chocolate, tons going on here

d: a sipping-weight beer that goes down all too easy, pleasantly intoxicating after a long day and night

32 oz. swingtop growler from New Beer Distributors in Lower East Side Manhattan, filled by the brewer who happened to be in-store sampling his stuff, I preferred this beer over the Eisbock - for which this is the base

Serving type: growler

04-19-2009 04:56:21 | More by blackie
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whitestag

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Growler purchased at the brewery.

Frothy, tan head, breaks down fairly quickly to thin layer of foam. Coffee color.

Roasted sweet and slightly smoky aroma with a bit of yeast; similar taste with significant wheat flavors and a touch of alcohol

Mouthfeel slightly thick but not syrupy; to be expected for a double bock.

Very pleasant, quite drinkable; best if you take it slow.

Serving type: growler

01-01-2009 03:32:57 | More by whitestag
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yelterdow

New Jersey

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

Growler fill from the always fantastic Andy's Corner in Bogota. This was available today to kick off the Winter Seasonal event here, and this beer has been delicious from the bottle for years. I've never sampled it on tap until today.

Served at just under cellar temperature in the brewery's own weizen glass.

Appearance- Wow... impressive! The beer pours an elegant rum raisin color with a cloudy, viscous character. The light mocha chocolate head rises to encompass the entire bell of this glass, the equivalent of four fingers. After finally settling, the yeasty mat is still thick and there are random sheets of lacing stuck to the glass. A damn nice looking weizenbock, an incredible display from a growler pour.

Smell- When I was small and collected bugs, there was one specific aroma that I never thought I'd encounter again. This beer, somehow, exhibits the smell of millipedes. I don't know how else to describe it... maybe damp leaves, the smell of decaying wood from and old tree lying on its side in the woods after a rain... it's extremely organic and live. Woodlice. You know... "basketball bugs". Those of you who know, understand.

Taste- The palate shows carob, caramel, and wheat primarily... with just a hint of chocolate. There is no trace of alcohol, just full out malt.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Soft and appropriate for what it is... the slick, velvety texture is exactly right for this stronger wheat beer. As the tasting progresses, much of the carbonation subsides and it becomes less interesting. A delicious, rich and full flavored winter offering from Ramstein that creeps up on you... yet goes down so easily. I love this beer and always anticipate its annual release here in North Jersey. We've got it real good.

Serving type: growler

12-01-2006 04:13:35 | More by yelterdow
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BeerBuilder

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: growler

11-19-2005 01:25:57 | More by BeerBuilder
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Ramstein Winter Wheat from High Point Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 281 ratings.