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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

281 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 281
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 63
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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SilentSabre

North Dakota

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I must say, I enjoyed this a bit more than my good friend Ding seems to have. Until I received this in a trade as a "mystery gift" a week or so ago, I had never even heard of it. It is, however, positively delicious.
It poured very dark brown, nearly black, just like a Coke. An aggressive pour yielded about a two finger sand coloured head that faded away in about 40 seconds to a spotty film.
Smell was sweet malts, a bit of brown sugar, bread dough, a bit of spice, and perhaps a touch of stewed fruit.
Taste was similar, with sweet malts and alcohol dominating. A bit of brown sugar and yeast in the middle, with a bit more pronounced alcohol on the finish. Throughout this beer, however, the alcohol is never offensive, simply detectable at varying manageable levels. Mouthfeel was nice and smooth with a delicate amount of carbonation.
Overall, I was quite impressed with this. Perhaps I'll seek it out in the future.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 23:26:32 | More by SilentSabre
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

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

The beer poured into the glass blackish brown with a tan to almost brown low head which was persistent but in the end failed to lace the glass.

The aroma was nutty with a toasty presence and tons of dark fruits, raisins most notable, coupled with a strong wheat presence. The aroma also had a definite wheat presence, some chocolate and a dark caramel.

The flavor was malty with chocolate most notable, some low banana fruit character and plenty of dark fruits. The dark fruits were raisins. The beer was toasty and biscuity with a strong dark caramel and a nice wheat to boot.

The finish was dry, but barely so, with wheat, chocolate, dark caramel and dark fruits lasting melded into the aftertaste and beyond. The body was just above medium with a good mouthfeel as a result of the wheat. The carbonation was not high and no alcohol presented itself. A really nice beer, but so much chocolate that it almost would present itself as a porter instead of a weizenbock. Enjoy before Jul, just made it!

12 ounce bottle. Thanks BeerBeing!

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2006 22:44:17 | More by GCBrewingCo
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Vancer

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Whoa! Grabbed this <winter wheat> to enjoy before ball game, figured it would be an easy drinker. But, the pour told me otherwise: a coal black brew with a weak tan head, lacing on the glass. Where’s the abv on this puppy? I know it has to be up there.

Malty, almost porter-like aroma, thick and chewy during the quaffing. The malts, raisons, currant dance around quite nicely. A very sharp bite on the tongue. Still, a very nice surprise – and very enjoyable. A couple 2 or 3 of these would work well in the fall/winter.

Thanks to beerbeing!

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2006 13:25:20 | More by Vancer
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Crosling

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maple and toffee, with hints of coffee cream, burnt popcorn, clove-like yeast, chocolate, vanilla and fruit platter in the nose. Opaque brown color. initially sweet on the palate, like grape jelly. Burnt cocoa butter, black currant and plum follow, with light hints of chocolate wheat in the backround. Fluffy as hell. Gotta say I like this brewery and their concept.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2006 21:36:54 | More by Crosling
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edskirk3

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm drinking Winter Wheat in the middle of May. According to the notch, I should enjoy it by August. 2006? Let's just assume.

Pours opaque black with a thin halo of ruby. Cola-like head, shade of mocha.

Scent of chocolate malts, thin notes of banana. Taste is similar, it's not unpleasant. Slight afterbite of weizen yeast. It's an unusual combination, for me at least.

It's a little bit filling, not something to drink in the middle of May. Unless you're in the Southern Hemisphere. It was a little chilly today, but apparently not enough.

Interesting brew, I'll give 'em that.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2006 02:55:19 | More by edskirk3
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Jacobob10

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up from Ramsey Liquors in NJ a few weeks back and they said that Ramstein had sent them a case of their Blonde Wheat and it was accidentally filled with the Winter Wheats. So the six pack I purchased actually had a Blonde Wheat box filled with Winter Wheat botles. What a tragedy I stumbled upon!

This pours very dark brown. Opaque with a one-finger tan head that dissapates quickly into a thin head which remains for the entire life of the beer. The aroma consisted mostly of roasted malts with some clove mixed in there.

What an interesting flavor! It's got the roasted malt backbone but with a wheat yeast overtone that gives it a clovey, banana-like flavor. Interesting, but not incredible. The aftertaste left a weird yeasty flavor in my mouth. Still a very enjoyable and drinkable beer. Different mix of flavors and aromas that may take another beer or two for me to get used to.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2006 15:21:01 | More by Jacobob10
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Jredner

Florida

3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfumey alcohol, spices, malt and mild fruit notes in the aroma. Dark Brown to black with a creamy light tan head. Roasted malt, spices (nutmeg and/or clove) with a burnt and grainy flavor and feel. The alcohol is utterly unoticeable in the flavor though you can smell it. Departs a good bit from most Weizenbocks, but touches some of the bases and tastes decent enough.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2006 07:20:20 | More by Jredner
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GeoffFromSJ

New Jersey

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

I am going to use Aventinus as a baseline. That isn't quite fair, since they are two distinct beers. But since Aventinus defines the style, I don't think it is too much of a stretch.

Much darker. Black. A lot more chocolate malt must have been used in this beer than in Aventinus. A lot of the tastes remind me of a porter. Chocolate malt roastiness is in there. Weizen esters are in there but they aren't as strong. Sort of a porter/stout with esters. Different and very tasty.

This hides the alcohol percentage well.

I was torn on how to rate the appearance. Nice big head into nice lacing. But the lacing isn't good enough to warrant a higher rating. No matter. This beer transcends raw scores.

Although this beer will get a lower rating, I like it better than Aventinus. Frankly, it is the subjective thing of having something porter-like with esters instead of the esters predominating.

For such a small brewery, this is such a good beer. Always in demand. And, if you like the style, well worth getting.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2006 22:24:41 | More by GeoffFromSJ
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2006 02:56:16 | More by TastyTaste
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Gavage

New Jersey

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2006 22:16:47 | More by Gavage
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joeskirkie

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The six pack holder is a Ramstein Hefe-Weizen six pack holder, but wherever it says "Classic Wheat Beer" theres a sticker placed over it that says "Winter Wheat Doppelbock"

I'm, needless to say, confused. But as for the beer itself, beautiful. Black as night. It's robust, strong, long-lasting tan head developed aggressively, watch out.

An aroma of cholcolate-covered cherries, it's so very very tempting.

Taste: roasted caramel, can they even do that? A very slight aftertaste thats hints of alcohol.

It's kinda dry and theres a good amount of carbonation. I'm left very satisfied. I know the stickers say Dopplebock but I think I can agree with the Weizenbock classification given here (yeah it's not a hard leap to make). I could so totally have another one of these, but I'd need to space them out. Oh but is it ever good.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2006 04:43:28 | More by joeskirkie
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Prufrock

Massachusetts

3.18/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into a pilsner.

pitch brown with half an inch of foamy light brown head that leaves little lacing.

sweet, bready aroma with a touch of smoke and some cloves. strong vanilla undertones and a touch of soy sauce.

medium carbonation and a smooth, medium body. touch of soy sauce in the flavor is slightly distracting, but otherwise nice; a touch of chocolate, breadiness, some dark fruits, and alcohol. soy flavors begin to dominate the others as it warms. very drinkable, but nothing so compelling that i'd want another.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2006 01:56:30 | More by Prufrock
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ChuckD

New York

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle poured into a chalice. Fresh, firm lacing with staying power. Body is a lovely dark brown/black.

To the nose, the malts jump out at you. Along with the sweetness is the wheat top and other fruitiness that is difficult to peg. Lots of things going on here - the harbinger of taste galore.

In the mouth, the taste is incredible. Huge malitness and alcohol, but clean, smooth and juicy. Wonderful layers and layers of flavor -with the sweetness always holding on.

The body and feel are huge. Chewy and substantial - it is unbelievable that a beer this strong can have the full body taste with a cripy, dry finish.

Musings: This is one of the most memorable beers you will ever drink. As you finish the first one, you find it hard to believe the strength. An amazing beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2006 01:07:56 | More by ChuckD
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MUSHROOMCLOUD

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - 1 1/2" tan head (hangs around for awhile) on top of a dark brown to black beer. Really an outstanding color for a dark wheat beer. Some lace.

S - Chocolate. Clove. Some other things present that I can't pin down. Full, rich aroma overall.

T - Yeast. Tart. Earthy, roasted flavor. Coffee. Sweet. Clove. Touch of banana. Excellent, great balance and blend of flavors. All kinds of tastes going on here.

M - Rich, full mouthfeel. Slick. Low to medium carbonation.

D - Amazing beer. Drinkability is awesome. One of the best dunkelweizens I have had. Thanks xcjetta!

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2006 00:54:22 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
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warriorsoul

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jetsbeer for this hand delivery...
Pours a thick black with a full finger of light brown head that sticks around for a little while...very little lacing.
Very inviting with first whiffs...roasted malt, fig and delicate spice.
Taste is pretty darn impressive...I believe this is my first weizenbock, so wasn't sure what to expect. That roasty character is very abundent in the flavor with a hint of smoke and a vineous quality with cherries, raisins and more spice than the nose would suggest.
The wheat is balanced nicely and really contributes to the mouthfeel...while this one is quite thick, the carbonation is high and distracts the drinkability for me personally. Really enjoy the flavor and the finish is quite clean, but I would not have more than a couple of these in an evening...just realized the abv is 9.5%...very well hidden and would sneak up real fast.
I would really like to try this on tap and will try to find some more of their offerings in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2006 22:07:30 | More by warriorsoul
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2005 18:46:58 | More by weeare138
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2005 00:21:41 | More by Gueuzedude
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

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

Toured the brewery a week ago - they had a free tasting as well and I've wanted to see what was up there. Picked this up before heading home, seeing that it wasn't easy to find in retail outlets and it got good reviews on here. This is the first weizenbock that I've tasted, and I must admit that it was pretty intriguing!

Beer poured a very dark brown, with a hint of purple in it. Head filled right up to the top of my mug, and the lacing has been pretty impressive as well. Looks a bit like a stout, but it doesn't really taste like one. The chocolate presence isn't as strong as the caramel, toffee, malt, and wheat that blend together to make for a very soothing and addicting taste. The mouthfeel is wonderful - each sip foams right up and the aftertaste is warm, but only bitter enough to leave you wanting more. No making faces at the taste and there aren't any spices to mask the results of the unfiltering. The taste and mouthfeel are very natural, pleasing, and warming all at once!

I really felt warmed up drinking this, which isn't the case with most "winter warmers". I may not have hit this style on the head, since it's relatively new to me, but I'd recommend this brew to anyone looking to warm up on a cold winter's day or expand their beer-drinking horizions. One couldn't go wrong either way!

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2005 08:01:47 | More by JerzDevl2000
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ithacabaron

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2005 01:37:26 | More by ithacabaron
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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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kmpitz2

Tennessee

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2005 02:05:15 | More by kmpitz2
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SheepNutz

Kentucky

4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Kev is a champ! Breaking this out after Raspberry Eisbock??? INSANE! 12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a deep brown, almost black color with one finger of head that dies down quickly. There is no lacing. The smell is full of wheat malt, yeast, and spices. It has lots of cloves, and a nice roasty character. The taste is fantastic as well. It has a lot of roasted malt and bready flavors up front. There is just a little bit of the classic banana and clove in there as well. Very deep and complex, with just a hint of alcohol on the finish. The mouthfeel is incredibly strong, yet smooth. The drinkability is awesome for such a strong beer. Truely unique. My hat's off to Kev. He is king.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2005 02:01:08 | More by SheepNutz
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clvand0

Kentucky

4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brown color with a small head that falls quickly and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The aroma is mostly dark malts and lots of fruitiness. Slight coffee aromas as well. The flavor is very nice - lots of chocolate and some fruits and a little coffee. Very smooth and tasty. The mouthfeel is thick and the drinkability is very good.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2005 01:58:39 | More by clvand0
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

looks like a coke float. nice and dark with some opacity.. hazy, yinyang ring of light haze and some fossilized lacing. smooth appearance. slick. wow does this have a malty smell. all kinds of milk chocolate, banana, caramel, sugar.. reminiscent of new glarus black wheat with a bit more mocha character to it.. a little resistance to the sweetness. nice balance in the nose despite its malt overbearance. mouthfeel is a little light and abrasive carbwise, but the banana and frufy coffee drink combo is a nice one, unique and rich. nice to see a weizenbock type beer maintain its punch but not overdo it on sick sweetness and heavy syrup qualities. this is a really high quality example of the style. it succeeds on the merits of its balance and restraint. kudos to a brewery that ive only been able to begin exploring.

oh, and 9.5%?!? i could drink 3.

thanks to eyedrinkale for the opportunity and whatever BIF that was that we were in.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2005 00:28:44 | More by goodbyeohio
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Ramstein Winter Wheat pours from the bottle a deep dark muddy brown milk chocolate color with a rising bubbly head that falls to a ring around the glass. Aromas begin with some rich dark chocolatey malts along with an upfront spiciness featuring bananas and cloves. Some bitter coffee lingers in the background with a nice overall roastiness. Dark fruits abound. Nice.

First sip brings an intensly rich caramelly chocolate maltiness. Deep dark and roasty with a stream of big clove flavors. Hints of banana and yeast flow through each sip as well. Finishes with some dark fruits, raisins and a touch of coffee and hops. A big malty, tasty brew here with mellow notes of wheat grain.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy with a mega malt presence that fills the mouth. Mellow carbonation works well here. One of the few weizenbocks I've had...this is quite tasty and I wouldn't mind a few in a sitting. This is how I like my wheat beers! Thanks to dmeadows for the opportunity to sample this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2005 02:06:20 | More by orbitalr0x
Ramstein Winter Wheat from High Point Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 281 ratings.