Ramstein Winter Wheat - High Point Brewing Company
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3.88/5 rDev -6.7%
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.
02-09-2010 18:23:26 | More by womencantsail
4.13/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
04-08-2010 20:19:02 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.95/5 rDev -5%
Thanks to PEBKAC for this one.
Pours into a weizen glass a deep reddish brown, that is nearly opaque. Two fingers of dark tan foam rises up and sticks around for a good while.
Slight tartness in the aroma, some wheat and sweeter notes too.
Very malty, nutty with some estery banana and dried fruit. Lingering smokiness is there too, behind the main attributes. Tobacco/leather is very mild in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel from the yeast content, but the light tartness conflicts a little with the creaminess.
Wow, I wouldn't have guessed 9.50% on this one...hides it well! Bottom line, it's tasty and worth trying, though my favorite is still Victory Moonglow.
02-09-2008 02:09:20 | More by emerge077
4.4/5 rDev +5.8%
Pours a naturally cloudy, very dark brown body with a huge creamy tan head that holds exceptionally well and leaves nice lace. The aroma is sweetish and fruity (berries, cherry) with a lightly smoky phenolic in the background. The body is medium, and the mouthfeel is full and creamy. The flavor offers some distinct caramelized sugars, a soft chocolatey note, a touch of alcohol, and some dull bubblegum. It finishes fairly short and lightly sweet. Although it's not a complex beer, it is quite flavorfull and extremely enjoyable. Highly recommended and well worth seeking out.
01-13-2003 20:02:23 | More by NeroFiddled
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
This beer is one step below pitch black. Held to light, it shows a little bit of ruby. Nose is like a sweetened molasses. It almost smells like a syrup. Flavor is rich and thick with extremely strong malty characters. Mild molasses in a deep way. Robust, full, and lasting. Never even hints at dropping off. Feel is very thick on the liquid. Low bubble. Extremely drinkable. Well made and oh so robust. If you can get your hands on it, go for it.
12-31-2007 09:32:15 | More by RblWthACoz
4.08/5 rDev -1.9%
Acquired via trade from BillyB, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color with a large light brown head that fades at a decent rate and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma has a strong burst of wheat up front along with dark fruits and a little bit of hops.
T: The taste, like the smell has a strong taste of wheat at first, but then flavors of dark fruit and roasted malts come in to combine for a very different overall taste experience. The malt character is hearty and the hops presence is mild, but complimentary. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.
D: Tasty, goes down easy enough, not too filling, decent kick, this is a good beer to choose when you want something strong, but you want something that's different from the more common big beer styles.
08-26-2007 05:39:24 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.65/5 rDev +11.8%
12 oz brown bottle with a freshness date on the label. Bottle conditioned and at 9.5% abv there is no worry of freshness. A big thanks to Davo for the sample.
Appearance: Attractively dark with a beautiful lacing up the glass. The head is a bit thin but the retention lasts for the length of the beer.
Smell: Big aromas of dark fruit and faded clove. Malty sweet with a solid wheat malt twang in the back.
Taste & Mouthfeel: Succulently smooth with a rolling yet light crispness that struggles to get through the full body. Slight warming alcohol middle to end, hints of clove underneath the mountain of malt. Hints of dark bread and ripe fruit come to mind, lots of wheat malt flavour with a toasted malt thickness in the finish.
Notes: An amazing brew, I would have guessed 7.0% abv not 9.5%. Very deceiving. So luscious in the mouth and so drinkable for a big beer. A top-notch brew in my book not only for the style but for a winter seasonal.
12-02-2003 02:04:44 | More by Jason
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
3.73/5 rDev -10.3%
Got this from PEBCAK, cheers Adam!
Pours an effervescent ebony with a finger of caramel colored head, drops away lickety-split. Viscious look to this, minimal head retention & lacing
S: Slight dark fruittyness & leafy hops
T: Pruneyness, cherries, dryness & a slight cola twang mixes with leafy hops, & a slight boozey raisiny vibe up front. Leafy hops, prunes & slight smokey molasess flavors as this warms, along with some boozey warmth. Finishes warming, raisiny, with dryness & a touch of dark chocolate, plus figgyness
MF: Light/medium bodied, fairly assertive carbonation, & nice warming feel
Drinks fairly easy, for the style. Would love to try this fresh to se the contrast, seems slightly off style, but agreeable enough
06-20-2009 04:13:22 | More by russpowell
4.18/5 rDev +0.5%
Fully dark in color, not a bit of light escaping, with a fine, cocoa-tan head. So far, this looks like no wheat of any sort or stripe I've ever met.
Aroma: big, overpowering fruit, grapes, cherries, bright and lively, with a slightly smokey, woodsy edge.
Good texture, delicious taste, body on the medium side.
Truly a joy to drink, this one, with a marvelous, lovely flavor, nice, medium finish, smooth, supreme drinkability, if lacking in overall complexity.
Additionally, I had no suspicion of it's high ABV, 9.5%!, until entering these notes. Perhaps the strength lulled me into missing it's presence?
Another terrific New Jersey brew, compliments of BeerFan.
09-11-2003 23:52:17 | More by feloniousmonk
3.9/5 rDev -6.3%
The beer pours a deep dark black color with a 1/4" offwhite head that quickly fades to spotty lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich and intense wheat scent that smells of cloves. It also has a malty side that boasts of chocolate and crystal malts. It is fruity with wheat, but dry and roasted with black malts; very nice. The taste is good. It has a dry and roasted malt flavor that goes down smooth and warms a bit on the finish. It is rich with chocolate malts which give it a dark character. The fruity clove taste is evident, but little in comparison. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with a little less than adequate carbonation. This is probably the best weizenbock I've ever had. It has a great malt bill along with aroma and taste. It needs a little more carbonation, but it drinks well just the same.
03-16-2005 02:15:58 | More by WesWes
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
best before end of Sept. (of next year I assume, as I purchased it at the brewery last month.
Pours dark brown with a medium tan head that becomes thin but everlasting.
Aromas of cocoa, caramel and banana/clove. Hardly any alcohol noticeable, despite high abv.
The taste is simply delicious. Cocoa and caramel. Banana/clove. Roasted wheat. Smooth with a crispness in the finish to balance out sweetness. Not overly complex, but delicious.
Smooth. Nice texture. Sweet, but not cloying.
Alchol is barely noticeeable (despite the abv level), so it creeps up on you. (Too) easily drinkable. A very good winter brew. This one is worth going a bit out of the way for.
12-10-2006 20:58:09 | More by jwc215
4.25/5 rDev +2.2%
As I pours this dark brew a fresh aroma of banana bread wafts to my nose. The beer is topped by a frothy, one-finger thick, brown colored head that sits atop a dark, purplish-brown colored beer that might be more aptly described as black. The aroma is fresh, with a nice wheat tartness, definite notes of clove, and a sweet plum like fruitiness. As the beer warms it begins to pick up a soft note reminiscent of chocolate and a hint of roasted coffee beans.
The taste has a definite sweetness up front, but it is soft and reminds me of a just ripe plum. As this beer moves to the finish it picks up tart wheat notes and a nice hint of coffee and roast grain. The roasted note is what really lingers here, like a slightly astringent, burnt barley husk. There is some spicy clove notes here as well as a hint of banana like notes. This beer really has a nice fruit character to it; along with the sweet plum notes I also get notes of raisins, and notes reminiscent of fresh figs. I really like how this seems to be light on the palate, yet still has a mouthcoating richness to it. It is definitely not a light beer, but there is something about the creamy smoothness of this beer which gives it that sort of feel.
This beer is definitely quite nice, it strikes a good balance between rich flavors of fruit, spice and roast and still being quite quaffable. The only drawback here is a slight, burnt grain astringency in the finish, and this is fairly subtle.
Holy Sh!#, I just looked at the alcohol content. One thing I have got to say for this beer, I would never have guessed it was anywhere near 9% alcohol; it really hides it quite well.
12-29-2005 00:21:41 | More by Gueuzedude
4.4/5 rDev +5.8%
Appearance: pours a brownish burgandy color with some bronze highlights. A nice 1.5" tan head slowly falls to a thick surface foam. Some spotty lacing develops during the session.
Smell: roasted tones, grassy wheat, and cherries.
Taste: Nice thick maltiness with huge prune and cherry flavor, and add in some wheat, alcohol, and a hearty bitterness to round out a very flavorful brew. Overall dryness throughout.
Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body, and crisp and dry throughout.
Drinkability: Nicely drinkable, but alcohol creeps in a bit as it warms. Drinking a few of these slowly can be an easy task. This is a wonderful beer everyone should seek out.
03-04-2006 22:16:47 | More by Gavage
4.47/5 rDev +7.5%
Appears a black with a dark chestnut hue. A creamy 2 finger tan head floats on the top and slowly fades into a mild film and thick, creamy collar. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of vanilla, caramel, clove, chocolate, raisins, wheat, and perhaps a hint of coffee.
Taste is a creamy blend of the above aromas with a mild fruity clove finish.
Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with a semi-dry finish that is of delicate yeast, spice, fruit, and chocolate.
12-29-2005 18:46:58 | More by weeare138
3.83/5 rDev -7.9%
On-tap at the Farmhouse in Emmaus.
I don't know, this seems a lot of their classic wheat beer to me without much difference. It looks a nice dark brown with tan head and lacing in my pint glass. The aroma and flavor have a strong, earthy character, which is cool, but not normal for the style. Beyond that I found undertones of orange and banana with bigger cocoa and roasted/toasted wheat and malt. This seems more like some hybrid of the weizenbock and an imperial porter. Unusual flavor aside, the element of this beer that really struck me was the sheer drinkability. It hid the alcohol perfectly and offered a medium body that could easily be mistaken for a much weaker beer.
Overall, not my favorite in terms of flavor for the style, but it's something different and very easy to drink.
02-02-2008 16:57:01 | More by tempest
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
4.28/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
03-30-2007 01:24:19 | More by akorsak
4.3/5 rDev +3.4%
Sampled due to BIGsBIF and the kindness of BeerBeing.
Pours a dark as stout brown colored beer with some haze. Understated tan head formation.
Smell is quite full of dark roasted malt for the style. Lots of coffee and chocolate aromas that are far more pronounced than I expected. Lots of cake malt scent and black pepper. Banana and clove aromas are missing here.
Taste is smooth and chocolate milkshake. Mildly sweet with a good chocolate and coffee flavor this is outstandingly smooth for a beer. Alcohol? What Alcohol? Thing is I was expecting a lot more flavor for a Weizenbock.
Mouthfeel is pretty much chocolate milkshake REALLY thick.
Outstanding drinkability score. So freaking smooth you could give it to babies. My only complaint here is the total absence of typical German wheat beer flavors. This is more Imperial Wheat Sweet Stout to my taste buds, but it IS quite good.
09-23-2006 02:47:23 | More by Zorro
3.93/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
03-01-2011 00:23:53 | More by Wasatch
4.35/5 rDev +4.6%
12oz bottle from jcalbi as part of BIFXV. Thanks for the opportunity. 2003 bottling.
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" tan head above the clear, barely translucent reddish dark brown brew. Head quickly fades to layer of bubbles, and exhibits average lacing. Aroma is dark, malty sweetness, coupled with heavy, vinous fruits, and a bit of an alcohol tinge. Taste is all the nose indicated, and more so. Creaminess just makes the mouthfeel a dream, and drinkability benefits from both complexity, which induces revisiting for me, and just the ease with which it goes down.
04-11-2005 00:02:01 | More by ppoitras
Ramstein Winter Wheat from High Point Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 284 ratings.