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Ramstein Maibock - High Point Brewing Company

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Ramstein Maibock
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88
very good

62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
High Point Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ElGuapo on 04-22-2003)
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Photo of bigred89
3/5  rDev -24.1%

bigred89, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of socon67
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

socon67, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Growler from Big Z's. Pours a deep burnt orange with a small white head. Aroma of bready lager malt and some sweet fruits. Flavor of sweet malt, a touch of cardboard, and bready malts. A little sweet and on the bland side. Not bad just uninteresting.

LilBeerDoctor, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of marcpal
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

marcpal, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of ejimhof
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

ejimhof, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of bonbini26
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

bonbini26, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one pours out as a clear looking yellowish gold color. The head is fluffy at first and leaves a decent lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer has plenty of malts on the nose. The taste is also full of malts and has a sweeter flavor going on. The mouthfeel is in he lighter side. Overall this beer is a pretty good brew for this style, light, refreshing and sweet. Not bad.

Knapp85, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of claspada
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

claspada, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

acurtis, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Drinkable enough.

jwc215, May 26, 2008
Photo of LoveStout
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

LoveStout, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of gvacca
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

gvacca, May 27, 2012
Photo of dudecandle
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A deep amber with modest carbonation and minimal head, but decent cap and lacing.

A lot is going on in this one: Sweet honey and a lot of herbs complement the malts with subtle hop undertones. It's got a peaty twang to itself. It's malty, yet herbal, yet hoppy, all at once.

There's a lot going on here, and it's impressive, but I just don't think they all meld together well enough. Maybe it's just my personal thing about all maibocks, but nonetheless.

dudecandle, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of david18
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

david18, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of NolanGTI
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Solid offering from Ramstein. Pour is a bit darker than I expected from a Maibock, little head with mild lacing and slight head retention. Mouthfeel is solid and roasted caramel falvor dominates both the nose and taste throughout. Hides the alcohol well and is drinkable to the point of being dangerous.

NolanGTI, Apr 15, 2006
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

zillo043068, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of mdillon86
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

mdillon86, May 29, 2012
Photo of BushwyckCraft
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

BushwyckCraft, Apr 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

rydev24, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of Jacobob10
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Jacobob10, Jun 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

djrn2, May 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

MarkNNJ, Aug 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

BeerForMuscle, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of EPseja
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a pint from the first MaiBock keg of 2005 during a Ramstein Promo Night at Andy's Corner Bar in Bogota. Unfortunately, due to the smokiness of the bar, the smell and taste may have suffered.

Appearance: Honey gold in color, bordering on orange, with a generous 1" thick head that dissapates to an even homogenous mat atop the beer. Great lacing!

Smell: Sweet, round honey smell, not much else. Not sure if it was served too cold or whether the bar was too smoky, but there was not much else noticeable.

Taste/Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Starts with honey, crystal malts, and faint apple cider. Turns to a mildly bitter sweetness in the middle. Warming alcohol finish with a pleasant lingering sweet hoppiness tthat adds to the overall drinkability. Decent mouthfeel; low carbonation, round and pleasantly light.

Great spring beer!

EPseja, Mar 26, 2005
Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

metter98, Aug 18, 2013
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Ramstein Maibock from High Point Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.