Ramstein Winter Wheat - High Point Brewing Company
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4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
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!
11-30-2011 19:47:13 | More by drtth
4/5 rDev -3.8%
Poured without a head, then magically a brown one appeared but quickly vanished. Completely dark and opaque with some crimson color on the edges. Some lacing on the glass. I would give a higher rating if the head stuck around.
Strong fragrance of cloves, bananas and wheat. Some dark fruits, tobacco, leather comes in with a mustiness in the background.
Cloves, bananas, wheat, dark fruits come in like raisins. Nice tasting with just a hint of alcohol.
Light to medium body, very light Carbonation, dry feel, it leaves the lips a little sticky. I noticed some alcohol warmth in the beginning but disappeared.
This is a brew that should be sipped -- it's interesting and tasty. The taste and feel of alcohol is slight but I can definitely feel the effects of it. Although, this is usually out of the style I usually enjoy, this is a nice beer.
11-22-2011 03:26:52 | More by 9InchNails
4.4/5 rDev +5.8%
Poured into a snifter glass.
A - Poured dark brown color with slight head that quickly dissipated leaving almost no lacing around the glass.
S - Earth notes with slight hints of spices, caramel and malts.
T - Slightly sweet to start with banana, caramel, and a little nuttiness. It has a slightly dry hoppy finish.
M - Medium bodied with low carbonation.
O - Very smooth and easy-going. Not too filling either due to low carbonation. Overall, I highly recommend it.
06-13-2011 15:41:03 | More by taigor
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
3.95/5 rDev -5%
A: Pours a dark brown with virtually no head and no lacing (I can perhaps fault the bar for unclean glasswear, but I couldn't raise any real foam on this even with vigorous swirling).
S: Sweet chocolate, caramel, and banana. A banana split in a glass.
T: Follows the nose closely. The idea is great: take the banana and clove from a traditional German weizen, and add chocolatey notes. This does it well, and I'm glad I tried it.
M: Very rich, although the carbonation was severely lacking.
D: I had planned at one point to brew something like this at home, and I'm glad I had the chance to try this one on tap. In my opinion, this is simply too sweet for anything but an occasional sipper. I can't imagine trying to get through a whole homebrew batch of this.
02-24-2011 00:08:04 | More by speter
4.53/5 rDev +8.9%
Ramstein Winter Wheat is a beer that is hard for me to rate because I have had so few examples of the style, definitely less than five, but from what I can taste and see this beer is ostensibly without faults. The beer was served in a 10 oz tulip from Local 44. It was nearly opaque, dark mahogany brown with just a scummy layer of ecru foam. The beer smells spicy with clove and cinnamon, fruity like candied cherries and cooked bananas and warm like cake. These aromas are carried over in the taste of the beer. It is rich and thick but syrupy or cloyingly sweet. The wheat is manifest in the body and contributes a nice bready grain flavor. The body is luxurious with a whisper of carbonation that is perfect for the beer. I was very surprised by to read this was 9.5% because the alcohol was very well hidden and there was very little alcohol heat. Great beer.
01-16-2011 19:24:18 | More by Soonami
4.2/5 rDev +1%
Several months past the best before date so I assume this is last years beer. With the high ABV I am not too worried about the quality of the beer. Popped the cap and there was a lot of pressure released. A lot of foam when attempting to pour into the glass. Dark brown color with a large mocha colored head that quickly builds and quickly settles to a thin cap. You can actually hear the carbonation in this beer. Not much lacing is left on the glass. Interesting aroma of mocha, wheat malt, and sour cherrie. I could not detect the alcohol. Intense flavor of chocolate, cloves, smoke, and alcohol. Very warm in the finish. There is something slightly sour in the flavor as well. Overall is quite dry. A large body for a wheat beer. Started out intensely carbonated but it settles down after 10 minutes and leaves behind a good texture. This beer hits the spot on a cold day.
11-20-2010 21:02:58 | More by morimech
3.98/5 rDev -4.3%
A - Poured a dark brown coffee like color with just a bit of light transmission around the edges. Nice high head that dropped to absolutely nothing very quickly. Moderate carbonation.
S - Lots of nice dark caramel and chocolate roasted malt aroma with a little tang, almost like a Belgian beer. All malt and lots of malt.
T - The malts really come through again and there is some dark fruit along with a bit of chocolate. There is also some serious clove flavor in there, I wonder if a Belgian yeast was used and perhaps a slightly higher temperature than normal lagars. Adds depth and I like it.
M - Finishes pretty crisp, less body than I expected, and the carbonation cleans the palate nicely. Some definite alcohol warmth but it hides it's high ABV well, no harshness.
D - Great winter warmer, when you are looking for something a little different than an American Ale. Packs a punch, but is balanced and smooth with quite a bit of interesting depth in flavor.
11-18-2010 01:02:00 | More by steelerguy
4/5 rDev -3.8%
Poured a deep espresso brown into a tulip glass - modest effervescent chocloate beige head that quickly dissapated. Nice toasted chocloate funky malty sweet aroma. Tangy sweet malty taste. While I don't taste the 9.5% alcohol, this is definitely a winter warmer - thick, bold, and flavorful. Recommend the Winter Wheat with a nice burger or steak - some kind of red meat beef. Very nice beer, hope to get a chance to try the rest of the Ramstein line.
10-25-2010 22:35:49 | More by cpanossian
3.08/5 rDev -26%
bottle via gregc- pours a brown cola medium clarity, very thin head and minimal lacing.
Nose- cloves, molasses, figs and other dark fruits. Taste- tart, almost lactic like qualities initially with a high roast like quality. Difficult to pick up a significant wheat component. A very unique take on the style, esp with the level of sourness. Carbonation is moderate, drinkability on the low side- this is a thick chewy brew.
09-05-2010 19:15:00 | More by oakbluff
3.7/5 rDev -11.1%
12oz bottle, 2008 vintage thanks to Arbitrator.
Pours cola brown in color with a small, quickly fading tan head.
The aroma is somewhat stout-like with caramel, molasses, milk chocolate, toast, and a hint of wheat.
The flavor has slight sweetness and a substantial tartness as well (not infection though). Chocolatey, wheaty, and toasty, with caramel malt.
Medium-bodied with a low level of carbonation.
Good beer overall, if a little past prime.
08-18-2010 21:48:26 | More by nickd717
3.6/5 rDev -13.5%
I had at Muggs Tavern in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
A- It is brownish red and fairly opaque. Solid head and lace.
S- There's an amazing flowery and nut scent.
T- It disappoints on the taste end. It is very dry and has a malty taste. Not a ton of flavor, which is surprising when compared to the scent.
07-28-2010 17:32:10 | More by Amalak
4.85/5 rDev +16.6%
Into a tulip, it poured a deep dark mahogany, which revealed some more chestnut shades when held up to light. One finger of off-white/beige head, modest carbonation, decent head retention, and good lacing. The nose was a hearty blend of raisin, plum, fig, dark chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, and even some purple grape hints. The taste confirmed the nose in grandiose fashion..big dark fruit up front, dissolving to malty/caramel/chocolate midpalate, and then finishing on a semi-sweet fruit note. No hint of the alcohol content whatsoever. Mouthfeel is thick and slick, with little carbonation. Dangerously drinkable. Highly recommend aging some of this as well, as I have had some two-year old bottles that revealed stronger hints of dark fruit. A truly great weizenbock.
07-22-2010 01:12:49 | More by donniecuffs
3.03/5 rDev -27.2%
A - pours a very dark brown with a half inche of tan foam
S - caramel malts, dark fruit and some wheat grains
T - similar to the nose, caramel malts, some wheat and dark fruit as well
M/D - medium bodied with decent carbonation, but not a whole lot of flavor, one is enough for me.
07-02-2010 17:53:17 | More by mikereaser
3.88/5 rDev -6.7%
A solid Weizenbock that favors the more 'bock-like' character over the wheat. Very complex and flavorful.
The pour delivers a solid brown hue with a timid lace of a head. Lacking staying power, the foam seems to never completely diminish. Light legging on the beer shows its strength of alcohol and sweetness.
Very complex aromas cover the gammot from chocolates, nuts, and toast to esters of cherries, dates, raisons, and figs. Red wine alcohols give a slight vinous note as if aged in an oak barrel.
Flavors continue the complex and integrated character, leading the way with malty rich toffee/molassas, chocolate, toast-breads, and nutty flavors. The fruity esters give a mix of acidic cherries, grapes, and stone fruits. Again, the red wine notes make great impact going into the finish.
The well integrated carbonation leads to a weighted and creamy texture, though fleeting late. Malty and robust up front but the beer's sweetness gives way to a dry, alcoholic, and acidic note that boarders on mild astringencies.
Ramstein Winter Wheat is a fantastic Weizenbock that exhibits the deep chocolate and fruity aspects of the style and religates the wheat flavor and feel to supportive roles only.
06-22-2010 02:33:57 | More by BEERchitect
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
4.65/5 rDev +11.8%
I am not a big traditional german style wheat beer fan, at least not till now. It has that traditional sweetness of the German Wheat's but is so much more here and the overall harmony of the flavors and aromas is great. My new favorite wheat beer.
Appearance: dark brown but not too dark, poured with a 1 finger of foam which held up well
Smell: Sweet and Malty, with a good deal of complexity.
Taste: Awesome! Sweet and Malty but balanced by subtle fruit and herb flavors that keep your taste buds entertained through out. Light hoppiness kept the beer in balance.
Mouthfeel: Consistent with style. Just heavy enough for the style, not thick at all
Drinkability: At 9.5% winter warmer this went down oh so smooth.
I would pick one up if you get a chance.
04-02-2010 14:37:45 | More by njmoons
4.03/5 rDev -3.1%
Thanks to Thirstybird for cracking this one open. Served in a tulip. Poured a semi-translucent brown with red highlights when backlit. Not much of a head - some clusters of bubbles, but that's about it. Nose reveals banana, clove, a malty quality and molasses or brown sugar. Taste is fairly sweet for the style, a hint of chocolate, a little earthy, a little herbal overlaid on the dominant characteristics present in the nose. Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, with a medium-light body. Really tasty with a great deal of complexity. Really delicious - goes down a little too easy considering the well-hidden abv.
03-07-2010 00:02:38 | More by Jwale73
4.38/5 rDev +5.3%
much darker than I expected (from "winter wheat" i expected a common pale wheat ale or hefe)
Smell is wheaty grain and an unusual note that I can only compare to a metallic smell.
wow, interesting taste. Much richer than I expected.The taste is very malty but definitely wheaty. Slight tanginess. Quite heavy feel.
02-27-2010 22:14:46 | More by Jimbo87
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
Ramstein Winter Wheat from High Point Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 282 ratings.