Ramstein Winter Wheat - High Point Brewing Company

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Ramstein Winter WheatRamstein Winter Wheat

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

292 Ratings
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Ratings: 292
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 80
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:
Beer added by: xlperro on 04-17-2002

Rich creamy head with bouquet of Wheat malt, black current, clove, and apple. Deep full flavors of caramel and chocolate malt balance with hops for a smooth warming character. Smooth malt leads to a subtle alcohol and dark caramel finish. The wonderful balance of this beer provides a complex profile hiding the 9.5% alcohol content. The perfect companion for a cold winter night.
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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tinfoilrcr for the opportunity to try this beer!

A- Body is an opaque cola color and pours with an approximately 1/2 finger off-white head that quickly fades to a thin collar. No lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Cocoa and dark chocolate come through. Some alcohol esters behind and a strong aroma of sourdough bread.

T- Initial flavor is mostly of tart sourdough bread with a hint of fruits such as plum and prune. A hint of clove comes through for the finish as the tartness intensifies. Interestingly enough what lingers on the palate is a hint of what seems to be cocoa and sweet raisins.

M- Mild to moderate carbonation and medium weight body that is neither smooth or crass.

D- This is certainly and interesting beer that has been on my wants list for awhile now...and I am glad I have had the opportunity to finally try it! Definitely worth a try and I will have it again-if the opportunity arises.

Photo of dublulovesbeer
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of caresville
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

some guy i sorta know used to be a brewer at the company and we always chatted about beer. he gave me a bottle he had in his car and i tried it was oh so very impressed. best of there line in my opinion. spicy and bitter yet refreshing and perplexing. left me wanting more, so i got some more... and more. all in all, sorta yeasty, a tad spicy like almost cinnamon, with a strong, bitter but not alcohol overwhelming aftertaste.

Photo of stumac
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours up super dark brown color with a thin brown head. decent lacing. the nose is sweet malts, dark red fruits, wheaty wheat. the taste is the same as the nose, subtle sherry, raspberries, wheat, nice malts. low carbo, medium bodied. A pretty tasty burger indubitably...

Photo of CrellMoset
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle courtesy of mikeyv35 - thanks man! Poured in to an Aventinus weizenglass.

Appearance: Pours very similar to a cola, probably a root beer float, really. The huge head seethes and bubbles upwards before slowly settling down from its three-finger height to a more manageable one-finger. It really does seethe, bubbling and popping and reforming and exploding, forming swiss cheese-like patterns up against the sides of the glass. The color of this brew is also similar to a cola - a dark, deep brown with ruby highlights around the periphery, much darker than many weizenbocks, but not outside the realm of stylistic possibilities. Settles down to a fizzy cola look pretty quick, too. A good start.

Aroma: A little odd and relatively faint. Faint bandaid, cloves, banana, brown sugar, prune juice, faint wispy alcohol ... methinks something might be wrong w/ this one.

Taste: This is an odd one, and I'm not sure if I like it or dislike it yet. The first thing I notice is a lot of slightly tart, faintly medicinal fruits. This causes me to look at the bottling date, though of course, there's only a "drink by" date - August, hm. Soft malts, brown sugar, cloves, prunes (that's the tartness again), tart cherries, raisins, figs, faint bananas, fainter cocoa, earthy bread crusts ... it's a weizenbock, essentially. And a very good one, with a slightly tart kick.

Mouthfeel: A little sticky and syrupy, despite the tartness (I feel it more on my lips afterwards), with a omnipresent, crisp, fluffy carbonation in a moderately thick and saccharine body.

Drinkability: The high carbonation, the slight tartness, the effervescence mouthfeel, the poor head retention ... this one reeks of infection. However, "reek" is the wrong word to use, because this is probably one of the best (unintentionally, I think) infected beers I've ever had. Also, 9.5%? Very well hidden. I can feel it in my belly and in my inability to type well at the moment, but no where else. If anything's infuriating about this brew - or rather, my attempt at drinking this particular brew - it's that I can tell there's a really awesome, authentic, traditional weizenbock behind these slightly funky notes. I got two other bottles of this, and I'm really eager to see if either of those have these same problems. I hope they don't, and will re-review when appropriate.

Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cola brown color with a surprisingly modest head that fades quickly to a ringlet, while managing to leave a few dots of lace

Smell: Prune juice, clove, molasses, banana and cocoa

Taste: Prune juice, cloves and banana, upfront, with a peppery yeast flavor arriving by mid-palate; after the swallow, the yeast and molasses flavors dominate, briefly, but the aftertaste has a lot of dark prune fruit flavor

Mouthfeel: Full body with low carbonation

Drinkability: Although this sure could use more carbonatin, the flavor profile is distinctive and enjoyable

Photo of ballewblake
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into my Duvel glass.

Low brown-tan head on pour that faded fast. Lacing falls down and doesn't stick. Dark brown body, opaque. Nose is sweet, slightly smokey. Taste is smokey, sweet, banana in the after taste, some clove. Carbonation is a nice balance, alcohol heat isn't tasted, but its noticed heat wise in the stomach. I'm not much of a weizen/hefe fan, but I could drink one of these on occasion, but not back to back, or over and over. A good example of the style none the less. Props to my buddy Adam (PEBKAC) for this one.

Photo of russpowell
3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of ckeegan04
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep dark brown, verging on black. Huge foamy head after a very cautious pour. Head does quickly fade and leave a soda like ring on the top of the beer. Almost no lacing to speak of.

S - Dark plums and hints of clove in the nose. A nice banana aroma with strong aromas of wheat as well after the beer warms a bit. An excellent aroma.

T - Dark fruits and wheat are the dominant tastes. Lots of plum, a hint of clove, and some banana wheatiness all nicely mixed together. Mildy bitter as well.

M/D - Medium to full bodied and lots of carbonation. Easy drinking with a well masked alcohol profile.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle purchased at the Beer Stop and poured into a dimpled mug. Appears a cloudy dark reddish brown color with about two fingers of dense, lingering ecru foam. Nose and flavor are rich and malty, best way to sum this beer experience - a sweet, chocolate dipped ripe banana with a bit of earthiness and spicy yeast, plums, brown sugar and booze. Somewhere between medium and full bodied with ample carbonation. A great cool weather beer.

Photo of Deuane
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

Photo of blackie
4.44/5  rDev +7%
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

Photo of hooliganlife
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

pours coffee black with huge chocolate colored head. looks like a can of coke that was heavily carbonated.

scent is heavy wheat with light banana notes

taste is very intense. robust malt and wheat flavor. like dark cherry and raisin flavors. some smokey flavors. tart flavors through the finish make this a slow sipper.

mouthfeel is very smooth, light carbonation and very full bodied.

excellent weizenbock! so many different flavors. glad i got to try this. slow to drink, very slow. so lower drinkability.

Photo of whitehouse50
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into a mid sized weiss glass. Head is slightly off white and fades down to almost nothing. Aromas of sweet malts, hints of caramel maybe chocolate.

The taste is similar to the nose, plesantly sweet with caramel and chocolate notes, some dark fruits too, very complex flavors here. Overall the flavor is strong but not overpowering.

M & D this is very smooth for 9.5%. It's full bodied and yet very drinkable for such a big beer.

This is one of the best winter beers I have ever had.

Photo of bbothen
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into Sam Adams ber glass.

Pours out a deep, dark brown....hell black color with a bubbly 2+ finger deep brown colored head. Looks great.

Big fruity aroma, yeasty, smoky, toasted wheat, tart, apple.

Sweet & fruity, plum, slight tartness, wheat, clove, banana, some faint caramel & a breadiness.

Medium bodied, zesty carbonation, lingering fruitiness.

The 9.5% is extremely well hidden. Cool style & a very enjoyable brew.

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark, slightly ruby body. Head is loose, but with good retention and a light brown hue.

S: Smells of hefe yeast, a good bit of banana. Smells sweeter than a hefe of course.

T: Big yeasty flavor up front. Aftertaste of caramel and roasty malts. Great flavor, more nuances than I'm used to for the style.

M: A little too carbonated for my taste, otherwise good.

D: Tasty, nothing unpleasant lingers.

Really complex version of the style. Layers of flavor here.

Photo of Risser09
1.98/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter - Fridge temp - 2008

Appearance: Pours a dark black/brown with a 1" light brown head. Decent retention is shown and swirling creates some lacing. Mostly tiny bubbles make up the head.

Smell: What malt, slight hoppiness and a bit of funkiness. Underlying sweetness and actually some fruitiness. I can also pick up some aromatic alcohol.

Taste: Mostly flavored with wheat and also a deep malty flavor. There is a bandaid flavor that could indicate infection or oxidation. A slight fruity flavor adds a much needed element.

Mouthfeel: Boozy, slightly sugary, and rough in the mouth. The beer is just abrasive. Probably infected.

Drinkability: An okay beer. The flavors are under-developed, flat and not approachable. The finish is dry and flat. Not worth it.

Photo of meatyard
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass

Appearance is a very dark brown color with an eight inch, tan head that slowly falls to a cover leaving no lacing. (The initial soft pour left 1" of beer with a steadily rising head that just stopped at the rim.)
Smell is a bit of chocolate/toffee and spices.
Taste is smoky wheat and the normal phenols. Dark fruit makes a brief appearance as well.
Mouthfeel is thin to medium with plenty of carbonation, maybe a bit too much.
It's very drinkable and plenty tasty. This is not Aventinus but it gets close. Worth trying for those within distribution range.

Photo of biegaman
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't want to demean the beer by labeling its appearance "cola-like" but this is a case where that really would be the best way to describe it. It has a deep russet colour with a dark crimson hue and glints of cherry. Its head is a crackling collection of tiny, prickling bubbles, of which most of the original patch quickly sizzled out. Unavailingly, a steady stream of carbonation tries to ensure constant resurfacing.

The aroma places itself somewhere between candy coated cough drops and vintage sherry. Quite a contrast, I know, but it's ultra complex. Finely matured notes of long-ago fermented fruits are dusted over with a sugary sweet glaze. It can border medicinal - and certainly always potent - but it packs the nostrils so full of fruity esters and spicy phenols that it distinguishes itself foremost as one thing: deliciously appetizing.

I failed to mention all the banana, weak coffee and dark chocolate truffles I noted - good thing they're even more present in taste! These flavours (especially the banana) exist alongside damp, grainy whole wheat breads and earthy, over-ripened stone fruits. Being more specific: I taste plums, apricot, dried cherry, figs, dates, raisins - wow, this is insanely fruity in a very dark, rich, complex way; its resemblance to sherry can be uncanny at times.

Mostly because it offers a strong, complex, and quite dry persona. The most significant departure from fortified wine, of course, is the 4th of July like fireworks like display of fiery, spicy phenols. This is rampant with clove-like taste that leaves the tongue inundated with a peppery fragrance. Luckily, syrupy sweet caramelized malts and crisp, farm fresh wheat keep that spice well in check.

Despite all the beer's strong qualities (of which it has many) none of them ever become overwhelming. I haven't yet had anything else from High Point Wheat Beer Co. but I'm willing to believe they really know what they're doing. To brew a beer this strong and mighty and not compromise on any character and still have it come out eerily sessionable - that's the sign of a talented brewer. It's also a sign I should seek out more his brews!

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hallelujah, at long last I have a bottle of Ramstein Winter Wheat. Those in NJ/NY wouldn't understand my obsession with finding this, but I've been looking for it ever since my first weizenbock. Now I have it and it's almost gone.

The beer is way darker than any other weizenbock I have had before, blackish brown with a dark tan foam, kind of stouty looking. The beer smells of bananas and a little chocolate. The taste is more chocolate than you'd expect but with all the banana and clove it should have. And no lactose. I like it a lot.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a weizen glass.

L - deep, dark brown color with a creamy tan head that was huge before settling down to a layer.

S - spiced wheat beer aroma.

T - oh my, what a flavorful beer. roasted malty taste with hints of dates, figs, black cherry and chocolate. Finish is sweet and slightly dry.

F - full bodied with a creamy, smooth feel.

D - goes down easy, just remember it's 9.5% abv.

Photo of goatgoat
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thick dark pour, nearly opaque black. A thick fluffy coffee head, about 3 fingers, slowly diminishes to a slight cap. No lacing. Dark fruit aroma with lots of malt. A little heavy with alcohol but not overpowered. The flavor continues this with an opening dark sweetness with a hint of clove. Ends with more dark fruits and a bit of chocolate, reminiscent of my mother's cherry fudge. There's a slight crispness that is a bit overwhelmed by the body of the beer but then comes out in the aftertaste as a nice dryness. It works very well.
A good treat but I wouldn't grab more than one of these at a time.

Photo of Bigjay1584
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was pleasantly surprised to find this at a local distributor since I heard good things about Ramstein beers. I was not disappointed. It was a tad on the expensive side, but considering the cost of ingredients, the big taste of a big Weizenbock easily warrants a few extra bucks.

A: Very very Dark, with a generous dark tan 2 inch head. About as handsome as they get. Surprisingly though, there was no lacing at all as I got through it.

S: Bananas, cloves, rich toasty caramel malts. Highly inviting.

T: Those full rich caramel malts hug the palate, and linger and linger. Weizenbocks and double bocks are so hard to beat. This one is no exception. Outstanding.

M: Well carbonated, nice and sticky, yet smooth.

D: Extremely drinkable considering the high ABV. I think it tops Sam Adams double bock as far as drinkability (that's pretty good considering it has a higher ABV than the Sam's). I could definitely spring for another one immediately. (maybe a cigar too...?)

A delightful beer. Awfully good. I highly recommend it. And made relatively locally to boot! Germany would be proud.

Prost!

Photo of BeerTruth
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This one came from Beerloco, thank you sir!

12 oz. bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Pours an oily black with a gigantic three finger light brown head that takes quite a while to die down. With how big the head was, I was expecting a good amount lacing...but there wasn't. Metallic aromas, chocolate, and banana at first whiff. Underneath that is some clove, helium, and a dash of pepper. Taste is very similar. Hearty wheat bread, chocolate malts, and raisins up front on the tongue. Midway the clove emerges with some banana and brown sugar. Aftertaste is slightly metallic with some molasses and a touch of smokiness. Medium body but a touch thin with a fairly high carbonation that stings the mouth. One thing that seems to stand out with this beer is the 9.5% abv that can't be found. A very solid weizenbock, but the overall feel of the beer seems a bit off.

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: near opaque, surprisingly dark
S: traditional wheat beer with cloves, banana, spritz
T: does not taste like 9.5%, very good, nice roasted quality, weizen and hint of alcohol
M: lively, refreshing, not overly sweet or cloying
D: very (too) drinkable, wish I had more

Ramstein Winter Wheat from High Point Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.