Ramstein Winter Wheat - High Point Brewing Company
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3.43/5 rDev -17.5%
I was reading some of the other reviews here and I am wondering if I got a bad batch. I'm also a little ashamed that this is my first brew from this brewery in my home state.
Poured into a Sam Adams glass. Very dark mahogany color, almost black, says it is unfiltered but holding it to the light it is clear. With a semi-hard pour I barely got any head. What head I did get was tan. It quickly diminished into a ring that laces with each sip but then the lacing slides back into the ring. Sour fruit and caramel malts in the aroma with the faintest hint of alcohol. First sip made me pucker with the sour fruit taste (too much black current in this batch?) Underlying chocolate and caramel flavors. I can not detect any wheat in this. The alcohol is well hidden. Unpleasant in the mouth with an acidy feel to it.
Based on othere reviews I hope I have a bad batch here since I do enjoy dunkle weizens. But shame on High Point for letting this get through.
02-14-2010 17:42:18 | More by bob3701
4.28/5 rDev +2.9%
Ramstein Winter Wheat has a body that is a mix of dark ruby and brown, and it is translucent all the way through. Only a little over a finger of off-white head pops up with a fairly vigorous pour. Retention isn't great and the lacing is non existent.
Chocolate and caramel are the biggest aromas, followed by currants and clove.
Ramstein Winter Wheat is a tasty beer. A peppery flavor that is somewhere between clove and coriander is the first thing I notice, followed by a black currant flavor that brings just a touch of sourness with it. After that is hint of apple and maybe a bit of banana. Next caramel then chocolate malts dominate the flavor, while a bit of hops come through in the finish.
The mouthfeel is surprising light in body and high in carbonation, but it works well to bring out all of the flavor in this beer.
Overall this is a solid Weizenbock. I definitely recommend letting it warm up a bit before you drink it, the flavor profile becomes a lot more expressive.
02-11-2010 22:06:12 | More by Hojaminbag
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
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
02-06-2010 23:56:19 | More by aerozeppl
4.2/5 rDev +1%
Now this is more like it Ramstein. A lightly clouded burgundy with a decent tan head. Lovely reddish purple hue as the light hits the glass . Head fades quickly and leaves a small ring but little lace. Smell is quite nice with overripe banana and cloves atop a dark raisiny fruitiness.
Taste is full of the flavors presented in the nose but there is a dry graininess that gives a tart medicinal quality. The alcohol gives an edge to it as it peeks out just a touch. Wheat malt is at the core of it all gently supporting. There is a bit of cinnamon and pepper as the raisins melt into juicy melon. The finish is quite dry and lightly astringent with notes of wine, dark breads, banana and cloves. Feel is light and supple, crisp and slick, with a hint of syrup. There is a gentle creaminess as you let it sit in your mouth.
This goes down so easily and delightfully. The abv is well integrated and makes this a sneaky drink on a cold night. You get warm without realizing why. Nice!
After major disappointments with the previous beers I've had from High Point Brewing Company this beer is a reason to have faith and maybe re-review them. As a Hefe head I was heartbroken by the Blond Wheat and the Classic Wheat. This stuff however is a good take on an Aventinus for a lot less cash. Well done HPBC!
02-06-2010 07:45:00 | More by scootny
3.63/5 rDev -12.7%
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.
01-13-2010 21:39:01 | More by PittBeerGirl
4.35/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
12-15-2009 00:55:39 | More by dublulovesbeer
4.08/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
10-27-2009 05:58:23 | More by caresville
3.8/5 rDev -8.7%
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...
09-11-2009 05:47:31 | More by stumac
3.53/5 rDev -15.1%
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.
08-22-2009 04:32:00 | More by CrellMoset
4.22/5 rDev +1.4%
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
07-10-2009 22:58:08 | More by brentk56
3.98/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
06-20-2009 23:24:49 | More by ballewblake
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
4.22/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
05-24-2009 18:43:51 | More by ckeegan04
4.25/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
05-13-2009 03:59:57 | More by ClockworkOrange
4.13/5 rDev -0.7%
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!
04-30-2009 13:25:39 | More by Deuane
4.43/5 rDev +6.5%
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
04-19-2009 04:56:21 | More by blackie
4.18/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
04-10-2009 02:17:07 | More by hooliganlife
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
03-31-2009 12:54:15 | More by whitehouse50
4.13/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
03-24-2009 23:47:18 | More by bbothen
4.28/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
03-24-2009 01:19:09 | More by 51mmz0rz
1.93/5 rDev -53.6%
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.
03-19-2009 12:11:25 | More by Risser09
4.25/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
03-12-2009 01:34:15 | More by meatyard
4.25/5 rDev +2.2%
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!
02-16-2009 23:10:43 | More by biegaman
4.1/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
02-14-2009 01:44:32 | More by TurdFurgison
Ramstein Winter Wheat from High Point Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 284 ratings.