Ramstein Winter Wheat - High Point Brewing Company
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4.47/5 rDev +7.5%
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!! Doesnt 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 BAs are in for a treat!!
Cheers & Thanks Davo see ya soon mate!
11-23-2003 04:45:50 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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
4.43/5 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
4.3/5 rDev +3.4%
Pours a dark maple syrup amber brown. Slight haze. Small, ringy, light khaki head disappears early on. Nose of rich chocolate chip banana bread malts, spicy carrot cake, faint coffee roastedness, clove, anise, and Gerber banana baby food. Very nice!
Light roasted malt and a flash of noble hop bitterness up front. Chocolate malt with a sweet edge leads to rich banana bread. Sweetish and yeasty and delicious. Dark notes of tobacco and vanilla mix with yeasty cloves. Small amounts of noble hop bitterness in the yeasty finish. Lingering chocolate. Full-bodied protein-rich feel. Creamy and maybe slightly undercarbonated. All in all a great weizenbock.
03-16-2008 02:17:42 | More by alexgash
4.3/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
02-11-2009 00:00:08 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
4.58/5 rDev +10.1%
Pours a deep, black, solid color with a thin tan head. The head is lasting.
What an aroma! Theres so much packed in there .chocolate, vanilla, butter, walnuts, more chocolate, banana, blackberries, heavily creamed coffee .wow. I could smell this beer for hours. Outstanding! Thick and substantial mouthfeel. Slight alcohol warming. Low carbonation. Dizzying complexity. This is a hell of a beer. It proves just how great a wheat beer can be.
10-16-2004 12:16:16 | More by Suds
4.63/5 rDev +11.3%
Have heard many a good thing about this bier. Let's see!
This bier came out the color of dark chocolate, with hardly a trace of any light being able to penetrate through. The head was fine and creamy, yet not too big, with not much lacing, either.
The aroma was rich and sweet, immediately putting me into a Doppelbock mode! Chocolate and toffee, as well as suggestions of dark fruit, were all present. Quite appetizing!
Mouthfeel was top-notch! More than medium bodied, this Wheat is trying to get pumped and be a full-bodied bier! Silky smooth on the tongue, with just a pinch of bubbly/foamy carbonation. Nothing at all to detract from the sensation, though!
Toffee and caramel flavors, malty sweetness, and dark fruit flavors combine in a rich cornucopia of pleasures on the tongue. The 9.5% abv, though hidden in the flavor profile, does make itself known with a welcome warmth in the belly!
A far as drinkability goes, I may not drink many in a session, but I give it a 5 since I'd probably not at any time turn one down! A big-time thnx goes out to Davo, who was kind enough to give me a bottle. Vielen Dank, und Prosit!!
appearance: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 5 | drinkability: 5
03-30-2003 11:41:20 | More by Bierman9
4.22/5 rDev +1.4%
Sampled on tap at The Blind Tiger during "Christmas in July".
This weizenbock poured opaque black with almost no foam. The smell was a very nice, mellow banana and slightly sweet malt aroma (with perhaps a touch of wheat). The taste was sweet but also slightly tart. The dominant flavors were malt, banana, caramel, and a hint of hops in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth and mellow and creamy and fruity. The body was medium with low carbonation. The finish was very light and clean. This was quite a nice beer that almost looked like a stout, but tasted like a wheat beer. The alcohol content was deceptive and was not discernable by taste.
07-18-2003 04:44:59 | More by UncleJimbo
4.38/5 rDev +5.3%
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. Wheres 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!
06-05-2006 13:25:20 | More by Vancer
2.75/5 rDev -33.9%
poured a deep brown reddish color with moderate tannish creamy head. Smellmwas of dark fruits (plums, raisins) mixed with malt. Taste was strongly alcololic and very over-powering to the senses. Finish was malty but not a taste I liked. After all the high prasie for this beer, I was very dissapointed. Maybe I'll try another year's batch.
08-13-2005 01:34:08 | More by tgbljb
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
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
4.4/5 rDev +5.8%
Tried this beer at a BA Gathering in Portland 23 Sept, 2006. Uncertain of the "best by:" date...a winter seasonal.
A: A subdued deep brown with a sliver of ivory head, not much retention. This is an unfiltered & bottle-fermented beer, so the pour is cloudy despite care taken.
S: Loads of wheat, it's harvest time! Wonderful smoky, earthen quality, too with a hints of cherry and chocolate. There's also a pervasive semi-sweet/dry smell that I likened best to Japanese soba noodles, mild soy and toasted sesame seeds. Yum.
T: Full of toasted wheat, wisps of smoke, dry fruit with a suggestion of sourness. Malts and some brown sugar give a nicely balanced sweetness. Despite the high abv, I never detected much of the alcohol; it's well-hidden amidst the rich flavors.
M: Mellow smoothness in a medium bodied brew. Low carbonation.
D: Very tasty and satisfying. An excellent example of weizenbock, one I'd recommend and will seek out again.
09-26-2006 19:20:56 | More by msubulldog25
3.98/5 rDev -4.3%
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!
07-28-2006 22:44:17 | More by GCBrewingCo
3.9/5 rDev -6.3%
Bottle courtesy of eclectic. Thanks again!
Pours a dark brown color, with a very thin head.
Aromas are toasty, bright, and slightly sweet.
Beer is sweet, creamy, with toasted malt flavors. There is a nice nutty taste, and a spicy hop finish.
Mouthfeel is nice, full and smooth.
Drinkability is good. This is a nice easy drinking weizenbock.
09-09-2007 21:18:32 | More by flexabull
3.56/5 rDev -14.4%
Appearance is quite dark, almost a stout like appearance with nothing more than a tiny rim of head. Nose is unique and very malty. Notes of grape candy, wheat, and a hint of soy sauce and cocoa. Taste has fruity components up front with emphasis on grapes and maple syrup, this is followed by notes of carob and figs with a touch of balsamic vinegar on the finish. Mouthfeel is somewhat thick with low carbonation. Overall, this is a very unique and complex weizenbock, however the flavors just don't agree with me.
05-20-2013 05:51:27 | More by homebrew311
4.2/5 rDev +1%
Thanks to Tim for allowing me the opportunity to try this.
Clear, dark-brown, forming a small tan head with poor retention and no lacing. Medium carbonation. Aroma is of cheesy chocolate with a hint of higher alcohols with swirling. Mouthfeel is slick with a light body and clean, tart, kinda watery finish. Taste has opening notes of chocolate and tobacco, with this cheesy note that I find in Celis brews from the yeast strain used...followed by a touch of black marker towards the end in the nutty, lightly clovey finish. Clean ferment and the 9.5% ABV is expertly hidden.
Quite different from other Weizenbocks I've had. While this is a departure from the style, it's still a very good brew and something I would easily buy again if it were available in my area. Not complex, but light-bodied and easy to drink.
05-18-2004 01:22:45 | More by Mitchster
3.83/5 rDev -7.9%
A - dark brown, almost opaque with absolutely zero head. Looks more like a stout than a wheat beer.
S - very assertive smell - dark fruits and caramel malts with a zing of bubblegum and molasses. Smells sticky, if that makes any sense.
T - starts off with very dark fruits and sweet malts up front. However, I was very surprised that it leaves a lingering roastedness to it...this is a wheat beer!?
M - too thin and very little carbonation. However, the abv is extremely well masked.
D - this is the most interesting wheat beer I have tried. I was shocked a little bit by it, I guess I was expecting something a little different. If I could get this in Missouri, I could see myself purchasing it again.
01-19-2009 04:47:24 | More by birchstick
3.38/5 rDev -18.8%
Ramstein- Winter Wheat
Purchased a 12oz bottle fro $1.10 at Joe Canal's- Lawrenceville, NJ
A- Dark amber brown with no head. Looks exactly like a glass of coke.
S- clove and wheat with a fruity molasses malt base.
T- Sweet fruity flavors come through like grape and raisin. A mild molasses malt dominates the body and a slight peppery clove twang comes through too.
M- Sweet up front with a slighty boozy dry finish.
Overall- A decent cold weather session beer. Didn't knock my socks off but for a $1 a bottle its definitely worth it!!
10-03-2007 19:17:48 | More by NJpadreFan
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
10-06-2005 02:05:15 | More by kmpitz2
3.95/5 rDev -5%
Many thanks to pezoids for this sample.
Nice deep dark malt aroma with a strong fruit presence. A touch of alcohol. Little to no phenols.
Dark, dark, dark brown. Opaque. Pours with an insignificant head that leaves immediately, leaving only a miniscule ring.
Really nice deep rich malt, with heave dark fruit. Seems like a chocolate quality, but not like a stout with no roast, but a heavy deep richness that is chocolate like. Very nice. Again lighter on the phenols than other examples of style. Wheat does add to character with a slight spicy bite.
Very fine carbonation and very good smoothness. Rich and full, but not heavy. Even has a bit of a watery character, esp. as it warms.
This is good. Quite good, but I'm not sure it's quite at the level that some claim it to be. I really like the chocolate character, but I miss the phenols. It also didn't seem to increase in richness or quality as it warmed. Not dissappointing as a beer, but only in the expectations the high scores had lead me too.
02-19-2005 04:01:00 | More by garymuchow
Ramstein Winter Wheat from High Point Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 284 ratings.