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Ramstein Winter Wheat - High Point Brewing Company

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Ramstein Winter WheatRamstein Winter Wheat

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

285 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 285
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 65
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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Photo of jcalabre
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Originally sampled on 17 May 2003. Looks like a porter, but doesn't taste like one! it has a slightly fruity aroma w/ a flavor of tart cherries & brown bread. It is velvety on the tongue w/ a slightly sweet finish. This is a great brew. Thanks herbjones

jcalabre, Jun 02, 2003
Photo of TastyTaste
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very dark weizenbock, letting no light through, and having only a minimal head after the impressive pour. Smell is sweet and brown sugary, with banana. Smooth, sweet, like dessert. Taste is roasted and fairly strong, carmel, with alcohol well hidden, only providing a subtle tingle in the background. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, not much carbonation, with a little sharp carbonation. A good weizenbock, rich and delicious, but falls short of my all-time favorite, Skyline Weizenbock.

TastyTaste, Mar 20, 2006
Photo of doho95fu
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark Brown, almost black with a medium tan colored head. The smell is of cocoa and reminds me of banana nut bread. The flavor also reminds me of banana nut bread, with a smooth, but present alcohol finish. This is a very solid doppelbock and I will head to the brewery first chance I get - I wanna see these guys at work. Really drinkable for a strong complex beer. Proud to be from Jersey.

doho95fu, Dec 23, 2002
Photo of wattoclone
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.

wattoclone, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of Varkias41
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Varkias41, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of stinkboy13
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

stinkboy13, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of oxmasterscream
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 bananas–I'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.

oxmasterscream, Aug 14, 2004
Photo of richbrew
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

richbrew, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of djcira
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

djcira, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of drtth
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!

drtth, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of jwc215
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

jwc215, Dec 10, 2006
Photo of nesarebad
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

nesarebad, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of mattpetti
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not much to be said that hasnt already been said. Pours a solid dark brown to black with a decent sized tan to very light brown head. Smells of ripe banana, spice, dark fruit, maybe alittle bit of roasted malt and has a lovely bready backbone. Taste is more of the same with toasted malts and an added hop twinge and coriander bite in the finish. This beer is drinkable as all hell with the 9.5% only becoming apparent after my second bottle and letting it warm up quite a bit. A true gem for the style and a staple in jersey beer.

mattpetti, Jan 11, 2007
Photo of whartontallboy
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

whartontallboy, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of yourefragile
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

yourefragile, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of kmpitz2
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a 6 oz sample out of a 12 oz bottle. Pours a deep deep brown color with ruby hues. No real head is there, just a light ring. Very dark and mysterious look about it. Nose is chocolate covered alcohol soaked banana. Just aqpuff of alcohol is in there. Solid. The flavor is very mellow. Banana and cream are very prevalent with a more subdued background of fig and chocolate. No hint of alcohol. Very tasty. The feel is thick with just a hint of carbonation. Very satisfying feel. Overall, a highly drinkable beer. I'd like a touch more of an edge on the dark malt. I would drink this again.

kmpitz2, Oct 06, 2005
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

OldFrothingSlosh, Aug 05, 2004
Photo of bditty187
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very dark brown in hue, if not black in the middle, around the edges there was a slim brown highlight. There wasn’t 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 RWW’s masterful appearance I am a bit disappointed at the nose. Yes, the actual aromas are nice but there isn’t much potency. I wanted this beer to scream at me, not whisper. It isn’t 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 isn’t 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!

bditty187, Jul 30, 2004
Photo of weeare138
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

weeare138, Dec 29, 2005
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 ounce brown bottle that came into my possession during the BA NYC Rally Sunday Brunch from fellow BA Davo, whilst sharing a couple of Teutonic beers at the Heidelberg Restaurant in New York. No freshness or strength listed, notched as Drink Before July – but no year, LOL.

Appearance: Very dark pour, a surprise, dark brown, almost black. ½” tan brown head that soon disappears and leaves a broken covering on the beers surface. Low levels of carbonation. Fizzes when replaced on the Table after a mouthful, quite weird – but impressive.

Nose: Dark alcohols, lots of fruity chewing gum candy smells mixed with some coffee and peppers. Mild figs and other dark fruits race into the back end of the beer. A very intense nose indeed, and quite complex.

Taste: A lovely smoky malt wheat beer entrance, fresh wheat, cloves, bananas, peppers and yet more figs. Smooth chocolate and bitter-sweet sultanas and raisins trapped in a malt biscuit center. This beer wraps the tongue in a fruity malt wheat beer that has an intensely complex pattern that seems to alter during every drink. Awesome!

Mouthfeel: Extremely wholesome, some banana cloying at the back end, but the fruity feel in the mouth is extremely inviting.

Drinkability: Is this really 9.5%?? No way - yeeez!! Doesn’t drink like it all. The wheat aspects lend a fantastic medium body that makes this very easy to dispatch.

Overall: I thoroughly enjoyed this one and I was saving it for the BA So.Cal. “get together” at the Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival in a few weeks time. However, Gentleman BA Davo mentioned he would bring more supplies for the others, so I cracked this open and selfishly consumed the entire bottle myself. The other BA’s are in for a treat!!

Cheers & Thanks Davo – see ya soon mate!

TheLongBeachBum, Nov 23, 2003
Photo of ithacabaron
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a sedate, deep brown, with a relatively thin body into my glass. A small yet solid head rises and falls down to a coating on top of the brew.

Aroma is oooh -- nice. Mushrooms, leather, braised pot roast, tobacco. Awesome smell.

As for taste...caramel, uncured leather, and just a hint of the banana to let you know what you're dealing with. Manages to be smoky, sweet, fruity, and to be all of these things at the same time, nothing overwhelming or dominating the conversation. And that's what this is, a conversation, an excellent arrangement of elements. Damn nice.

Mouthfeel is right where it should be, not too heavy, not too sharp. Nice crisp finish.

9.5%? Get out of town! No way. Drinks like a 6% dunkelweizen. Very nice.

What a great brew. I've really been grooving on the German styles recently, and this is just another reason to celebrate that brewing heritage. And from an American brewery, too! Beer is limitless in its possiblities, and we're living in the golden age. Huge thanks to blitheringidiot for this brew -- really got me back in the game -- a "wow" brew that I didn't see coming.

ithacabaron, Dec 14, 2005
Photo of DIM
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.

DIM, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of TXHops
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-Original Gravity: 1.090 (21.5 P)
-Final Gravity: 1.020 (3.5-4 P)
-ABV: 9.5%
-ABW: 7.4%
-Attenuation: 77%
-Real Extract: 7.8 P
-Calories/12 oz: 295
-IBU’s: 20
-Color: 30-35 EBC (69-72 SRM)
-pH:4.5-4.8

I just love a brewing operation that’s willing to give me their technical information. High Point really opens the kimono on their beers… Only 20 IBU’s with a starting gravity over 1.080!!?? Man…

The Winter Wheat pours Imperial Stout black, with a spritzy, fizzy head of the shortest-lived bubbles this side of cola. Actually, this beer looks quite a bit like flat coke that went strong on the syrup… A big caramelly, molasses nose with hints of either dates or dried plums in addition to cloves, chocolate and toasted malts is a welcoming start to the non-visual attributes of this beer. Is that a bit of smoke too? Yup, a sip confirms that there is indeed a hint of phenolic smokiness threading through the cinnamon, raisins, figs molasses, chocolate, cloves and bananas. Damn this stuff is complex… I love the fact that it starts off tasting almost like an under-hopped Imperial Stout, but then the wheat beer yeast kicks in and takes us on a new road, which serves as a magical shortcut between Munich and St. Petersburg. The alcohol in this beer, though it can be felt eventually, can’t be tasted any more than in a 5% Helles. The shockingly low hopping rate manages to account for any molecule of maltose headed from the “balanced” side of the equation to the “cloying” side. This beer really displays finesse—it captures all that’s good about hefeweizen and Imperial Stout/Porter without losing balance, complexity or my interest. Great beer…

TXHops, May 30, 2003
Photo of beergeek279
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

beergeek279, Mar 20, 2004
Photo of mentor
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to RonfromJersey for this dandy beer, January 2005. Pours a two-finger tan head over a pitch black liquid...even when held to the light. The last bit was swirled to add any sediment into the beer. I can smell sweetness and dark malt eminating from the glass as it just sits there on the table. Closer sniffing reveals potent chocolate and molasses plus some vanilla. Tastes great. Starts with molasses and grainy goodness. Some melon in the sweet start and then a gentle dap of roast grains come in followed by a nice bock character. The start has lotsa flavor plus a rounded floral hop (sort of a Fuggles quality, but this is in the German style so I would be surprised). This beer is not dry, but not wet either. With the bock comes the gentle roast. Not coffee and not strong, but mixing really well with the overall sweet. With searching, I can find alcohol at a consistent level throughout. Wow, this beer is really well balanced. What a fine offering! Great carbonation, too. Fluffy bubbles form on my tongue, not sharp acid creating bubbles like so many other beers I've reviewed recently. No lacing, but there is still a ring of bubbles around the liquid with the last gulp. Thick body for this fantastic beer.

mentor, Jan 27, 2005
Ramstein Winter Wheat from High Point Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.