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Ramstein Maibock - High Point Brewing Company

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Ramstein Maibock
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BA SCORE
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ElGuapo on 04-22-2003)
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Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

djrn2, May 16, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

acurtis, Jul 13, 2013
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
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 NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

NeroFiddled, Apr 22, 2006
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 Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Gavage, Apr 29, 2006
Photo of weeare138
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

weeare138, Apr 07, 2006
Photo of tempest
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

tempest, May 11, 2008
Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

dbrauneis, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of ejimhof
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

ejimhof, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

plaid75, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of tobelerone
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Traditional, well-crafted Maibock from a New Jersey brewery committed to brewing authentic German Beer. Caramel colored body with good clarity, a small white head that settles fairly quickly; slippery lacing. Malty, bready aroma that’s lightly toasted; some floral hoppiness underneath. Smells simple and straightforward enough.

Tasty enough but not tremendously exciting; again there is a lightly toasted malt flavor with moderate caramel sweetness and some earthy, vaguely floral noble hops behind that. Hints of fruit and toffee. Lightly lingering sweetness in the finish. Somewhat delicate overall.

Medium bodied and carbonated; fairly crisp and refreshing. Basic, well-made lager with a bit of alcoholic punch barely detected in the aroma or taste but felt somewhat in the body after a glass or two.

tobelerone, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of Bitterbill
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle, filled by New Beer Distributors, from nutbrown. Thanks Alan!

This was filled in a Grand Teton 1 liter swingtop bottle....

A nice pop when I opened the bottle, it pours a clear golden colour with a 1 finger head of foam. Lots of nice lacing. Head rentention was about average.

The smell is very light but there's definitely some biscuit and toasted malt.

The taste is what I expected, judging from the nose. Big biscuit malt flavour, big toasted malt that has a bit of earthiness to it, and a slight citrus hop twang about mid palate. Nice, and man, this is so damn easy to drink. 7.5%?? You gotta be kidding me! lol. The body is medium light and the carbonation is very much on the light side. It finishes like it started; nice malty goodness permeating my tastebuds but oh, there's also a slight bitterness there as well. Cool.

This, I think, would be a *great* beer to drink when is in the midst of hop overload. ;^)

Bitterbill, Jun 03, 2008
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 RoyalT
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 didn’t 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 I’ve 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 can’t 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 I’ve had here in the US. Don’t try to sip this all night long, though. At 7.5% ABV this one is unusually high in alcohol and actually quite filling.

RoyalT, Jun 11, 2004
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was a nice treat to find this on-tap at pearly bakers the other day. It was even recommended by the bartender. It's nice to see this brewery distributed in PA now as well! Anyhoo, this brew is a nice light-dark red colour with tinted orange highlights and a nice cap of tannish/white foam. The aromas are all fresh bready,biscuity malts and green, leafy, fresh German hops. The taste is malty, sweet, and biscuity, with a nice touch of those fresh hops keeping everything together in a nice balance. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and good and drinkability is very nice as well. A real winner of a Maibock from this awesome wheat-based-beer-brewery. I'd love to try their new beer soon as well. I hear it is a killer APA. Nice.

francisweizen, Apr 14, 2005
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

whartontallboy, Apr 28, 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 JoeyBeerBelly
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

fresh growler fill served in a pilsner glass.

Clear amber color with a short off-white head that was revived with each swirl of the glass, leaving some spots of lacing. Smell is of sweet caramel and roasted malts. Taste is on the sweeter side with a hint of alcohol and noble hop bittering. Medium bodied, crisp and smooth feel make this a good brew to drink and welcome the change of season.

JoeyBeerBelly, May 09, 2009
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3/5  rDev -24.1%

bigred89, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

BeerForMuscle, Aug 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

LoveStout, Apr 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

muskiesman, Aug 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

mdillon86, May 29, 2012
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Ramstein Maibock from High Point Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.