Ramstein Maibock - High Point Brewing Company
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Ratings: 62 | Reviews: 39 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by metter98:
3.9/5 rDev -1.3%
On-tap at Cork City, Hoboken, NJ
A: The beer is clear amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down, leaving patches of bubbles in the center of the glass and a collar around the edge. This transitioned to delicate lacing and eventually completely faded away.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sweet toasted malts and spicy hops are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste leans toward the malty side and has flavors of toasted malts and notes of spicy hops, the latter of which linger through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation with some hints of smoothness. There are very faint hints of warming from the alcohol.
O: This beer tastes like an authentic German maibock. It would make for a good beer to drink on a chilly spring or fall day.
08-17-2013 23:37:15 | More by metter98
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4.15/5 rDev +5.1%
Appearance This poured a beautiful, crystalline brown and showed great clarity, which I always enjoy with this style. My glass was filled almost to the top so I didnt get to see much of a head.
Smell The aroma here is very clean and inviting. Not a style known for its complexity, this Maibock showed good, creamy malts and that was about it.
Taste This is a big, big Maibock. Certainly the biggest American effort that Ive had to date. The malt flavors here are very deep and bold. This is a heavy hitter.
Mouthfeel This was on the full side of medium-bodied. Again, I cant stress enough how large and thick this beer is. Having said that, it is incredibly smooth and creamy. This one will melt in your mouth.
Drinkability I loved this Ramstein to death. It is the first really good Maibock that Ive had here in the US. Dont try to sip this all night long, though. At 7.5% ABV this one is unusually high in alcohol and actually quite filling.
06-11-2004 00:10:47 | More by RoyalT
4.35/5 rDev +10.1%
Poured from a growler into a shaker pint.
A--Bright shiny penny/honey-colored body with a two finger rocky fizzy white head. Dies to half a finger and lasts, leaving chunky lacy.
S--Very clean wholegrain undertones creep along higher register sweeter malt aromas: there's something apricot-like or nectarish about the nose, which is awesome. The caramel and toffee seems subdued.
T--Follows the nose until you get to the finish, whose serious bittering from hops gives this brew an American stamp. Up until that point you get a light wave of honey and fruit dance around until a very satisfying juicy malt hits. The sweetness, again, is subdued, such that it's a lighter, and you don't get the rich, molasses and toffee and caramel so much as a kiss of honey and bright fruity notes. Bitter finish is heavily tannic, and the whole thing is almost reminiscent of an ESB, like a lagered ESB, as oxymoronic as that may sound.
M&D--Mouthfeel's bright, fresh, spritzy. Spot on. Drinkability is well above-average, as the alcohol is nearly untraceable to me and round balanced flavor profile makes you want more and more.
Very good example of the style. One of the best American version you're gonna get from a brewery that quietly makes top notch German-styled beers.
05-19-2009 23:38:21 | More by TheycallmeTim
4.15/5 rDev +5.1%
Ramstein's Maibock delivers a nice appearance with a clear, dark-amber colored body and respectably sized off-white colored head.
The nose offers delicately toasted and sweet Munich malts alongside a bit of fruitiness and a touch of candy sweetness. Undertones of floral and spicy hops appear as well.
In the mouth it's just delicately crisp with a very-fine bubbled carbonation and medium body that leaves it quite smooth across the palate.
The flavor is almost exactly as the nose suggests it will be, with the addition of a little bit more hop flavor and a just-balancing bitterness that works because of the ballast the alcohol lends. The alcohol is kept nicely reigned in, never emerging unecessarily or leaving any rough edges; and it lends a flicker of spiciness that works well with the spicy hops as it finishes drying, with a slowly receeding maltiness.
Well brewed! Nicely balanced and very clean.
04-22-2006 21:33:11 | More by NeroFiddled
3.15/5 rDev -20.3%
A - Gold\copper pour. Good lacing, and a decent white foam that settles quickly.
S - Fresh flavors of caramel malt, butterscotch, and vanilla are present.
T - Just hard to make this style exciting. While the scents are very inviting, they just don't translate to the taste. Kinda bland.
M - Easy to drink, but hard to appreciate. This would pair well with Tex-Mex or Indian food as a good change of pace, and to accentuate the malt profile.
O - Not my first choice.
06-07-2012 18:57:10 | More by socon67
4.38/5 rDev +10.9%
On-tap at the Farmhouse.
This might be the best maibock I've ever had. The balance of flavors is perfect. The only think I could say is I wish it was a touch stronger in taste. It had this pairs of the sweet, cherry and red licorice malt sweetness with underlying crisp biscuit and a hit of grassy herbal hops for balance. Some maibocks are too plain, or are too sweet, this beer is just damn tasty.
05-11-2008 17:11:35 | More by tempest
3.45/5 rDev -12.7%
On tap at Circa in High Bridge
A- A nice bright deep amber/copper color with a 1 finger that falls quickly and not much lacing left behind or much carbonation
S- Suttle soft ripe fruit, with a grainy malt and caramel tone
T- Sweet malty caramle, grains, honey, light bitterness and a hint of alcohol, there is a lot of flavor here I'm just not sure if I enjoy it or not.
M- A little lacking in the mouthfeel department, doesn't really finish or leaving you wanting more, smooth at the start.
D- I guess for the alcohol content its pretty easy drinking but i didn't find myself wanted more than one, i'm not the biggest Maibock fan perhaps this is why i didn't enjoy this one as much as others
07-01-2009 20:00:58 | More by bonbini26
4/5 rDev +1.3%
Poured a deep copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and decent lacing.
The smell featured a light grain with an earthy hop.
The taste consisted of a heavy caramel malt, some dark fruit and an earthy hop bitterness.
The mouthfeel was average for the style.
Overall a tasty maibock. A nice lighter bock for warmer days.
04-20-2008 17:22:34 | More by plaid75
4.08/5 rDev +3.3%
Thanks to dickinsonbeer for this...
Appears a light amber with a small white head that fades into a mild collar. Little bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of malty caramel, and fruit with mild citrusy hops coming through.
Taste is malty, hoppy with vienna malts, caramel, toffee, and mild hops all being present.
Mouthfeel is slightly bubbly with a toffee sweetness.
04-07-2006 15:36:21 | More by weeare138
3.48/5 rDev -11.9%
Aromas begin with light biscuity and bready maltiess. Second wiff allows you to identify the European spicy, floral and slightly earthy hops.
The tastes begin with the same pale and lightly toasted bready malts. Hops are fairly prevalent soon after with a definitive spicy and earthy bitterness with lesser amounts of floral and earthy hop flavors. Nothing too complex here as well.
The mouthfeel is medium with adequate carbonation. Finishes fairly dry and bitter despite the prevalent breadiness of the malts. Overall this is an average beer at best in my opinion. There's no memorable qualities here although it's a fine tasting beer. Maybe I just think this style is boring but I have had much better Maibocks/Helles Bocks. I would definitely classify this more towards the Helles side. Quite light in flavor profile, like a good sessionable German pilsner. At such a high ABV, you can't/wouldn't want to have more than one. This would be enjoyable to session on a hot day because of the freshing qualities it offers, but at 7.5%, I won't be "wasting my consumption limit" on this brew.
06-08-2011 16:45:48 | More by claspada
3.6/5 rDev -8.9%
I had a twelve ounce draft of this at the Amsterdam Ale House recently. I don't have very many bocks or maibocks so I'm not a real conneseur of the style but I did like this ok.
Color was a medium brown. Nice carbonation and pretty clear overall.
Aroma was somewhat complex, of course favoring the malt but pretty balanced overall.
Flavor was a little bit hot but also a nice presence of malt and even a little bit of hops.
Overall a nice beer. I'd have another.
06-26-2012 18:55:19 | More by david18
4.5/5 rDev +13.9%
Served in a shaker pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.
Appearance: The beer as served is a clear copper/bronze color with a ½” off white head that recedes visibly and evenly. As the head recedes it leaves no lacing on the sides of the glass, but sipping results in a ring of foam and some patches and legs of lacing that slide back down the glass into the foam. Most all of the head is gone by about midway through the beer.
Smell: The aromas include some toasted bready/biscuity malt with floral and spicy hops well in the background.
Taste: The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the bready malt playing nicely with the floral, spicy hops. There is no real sign of the alcohol here except possibly in some of the sweetness early on in the sip.
Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and quite smooth with lots fo fine bubbled carbonation. The finish is medium length and works well in that it begins in the sweet maltiness and slides into some spicy dryness as the malt recedes and the hops come into play.
Drinkability and Overall Impression: This is an easy sipper of a beer and each sip follows the earlier one quite naturally. I’ll certainly be having this one again. In addition it was an excellent counterpoint to the seafood gumbo that was lunch. The paring worked well in that the malt countered the spiciness of the Gumbo and both played off of each other quite nicely. My overall impression is of a well made maibock that demonstrates nicely that good German style beers can be made in the US.
04-27-2011 18:11:40 | More by drtth
3.5/5 rDev -11.4%
On-tap at The Old Bay, New Brunswick, NJ:
Poured clouded amber with a thin head that soon became a thin, lasting patch.
The smell is of caramel with sharp herbal notes.
The taste is of a homebrew-esque yeastiness with caramel, alcohol and herbal (somewhat floral) notes. Pretty abrupt finish, though some caramel sweetness hangs on. Sweet with sour.
Close enough to medium-bodied. Mild to moderate carbonation.
05-26-2008 15:43:15 | More by jwc215
3.25/5 rDev -17.7%
Growler from the brewery with the 08 batch. Poured into pint glass.
A: Dark amber with little to no head.
S: Malt and some hop aroma. The hops came through moreso after their other wheat laden beers.
T: Caramel with a taste of the alcohol and hops. The bitterness wasnt quite strong enough and could have used more balance for the maltiness.
M: Average smooth mouthfeel.
D: The alcohol tastes more than it really shows. Not too impressed by this version.
03-09-2008 14:22:27 | More by marcpal
4.03/5 rDev +2%
Served on tap at Pilsener Haus in Hoboken, NJ
A: Pours a clear golden copper in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall dense off-white head that reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate strength aromas of toasted, bready, and biscuity malts with a lighter presence of floral and spicy hops.
T: Similar to the smell, the beer has a moderate strength malt body made up primarily of bready malts with just a hint of sweetness. There is a lighter amount of floral and spicy hops giving it a light to moderate amount of bitterness which does not linger.
M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth with light amounts of dryness in the finish.
O: Another well made German style beer from a relatively local NJ brewery, this one is an enjoyable sipping beer and pairs very nicely with Bavarian style food. While there is a high ABV, the alcohol is well hidden and the beer is easy to drink.
09-03-2012 18:37:34 | More by dbrauneis
4.35/5 rDev +10.1%
Package: 2 Liter swingtop growler
Presentation: Ramstein fluted glass at ~45º
Appearance: This was a very interesting color: part glowing UK bitter, part tupelo honey. Generated a beautiful, tight, long-lasting barely off-white head (even the plastic sample glasses at High Point). Laced even the plastic sample cups.
Smell: Both strongly malty and quite spicy. This year’s edition clearly leans heavily on the hops side of the scale.
Taste: The malts are more present in the mouth than on the nose, but this year’s version steps more heavily on the hops (to great effect). Greg Zaccardi confirmed this at the Open House. Very tangy, with enough sweetness to moderate the hoppy sharpness on the palate. Less fruity than I remember from last year and more aggressive than some Maibocks, but still round, complex, and authentic. Alcohol is a bit more upfront than usual in Ramstein beers, but not obtrusive or unpleasant. Finishes fully and with medium length.
Mouthfeel: Possesses a medium body, with good carbonation and a palate-warming sensation. Quite smooth.
Drinkability: A very drinkable beer, with enough of a hint of its potency to warn against overindulgence. A wonderful treat on a crisp spring day, but not likely to replace the Blonde or Classic as a sessional!
Backwash: I don’t normally review beers in front of the computer, but after a few at yesterday’s open house and one from the growler last night, I still wanted a “refresher!” This is another big winner from Ramstein, which doesn’t make a bad (or even mediocre) beer. Heaven help its competitors if they decide to stray from their “mission” of make great German-style beer; but I guess that would be a bit like Ferrari deciding to make a station wagon! I had last year’s version later in its life-cycle, so it had mellowed somewhat; but I think I like this year’s even better. In any event, this is a worthy successor to their Octoberfest, Winter Wheat, and Eisbock.
03-14-2004 20:08:52 | More by Dantes
4.1/5 rDev +3.8%
Appearance: amber / copper in color with 1/2" head that quickly falls. No noticeable lacing. No visible carbonation bubbles.
Smell: light caramel tones and some soft ripe fruit sweetness are detectable.
Taste: lots of caramel, grainy malts, honey, ripe red fruits, mild bitterness, and some soft alcohol tones. Well balanced and very flavorful.
Mouthfeel: smooth at the start through the finish. Medium bodied. The flavor components last long intot he aftertaste.
Drinkability: I found this to be quite drinkable even though the alcohol became more pronounced as this warmed. Nice brew worth seeking out.
04-28-2006 23:57:59 | More by Gavage
4.47/5 rDev +13.2%
Into a pint glass, it poured an amber/golden hue, with over two fingers of white head, generous amounts of carbonation, great head retention, and very good lacing. Smelled very malty, with caramel, apple, and some herbal noble hop notes. The taste was a little more pronounced than the nose, with a very nicely balanced fruit/maltiness, and finishing on a crisp dry note. Medium- to thick-bodied, but when mixed with the generous carbonation, it creates a nice mouth sensation. Very feint hint of heightened alcohol content makes this yet another dangerously drinkable beer from these guys. I think I see a trend here...
07-22-2010 01:40:07 | More by donniecuffs
Ramstein Maibock from High Point Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.