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Ramstein Maibock - High Point Brewing Company

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Reviews: 39
Hads: 65
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 7.71%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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High Point Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ElGuapo on 04-22-2003

Rich Amber bock beer brewed with imported Munich and Pilsner Malts and fermented with a rare lager yeast. This beer has a deep malt character and body with a hint of toffee in the aroma. The Noble hops balance the richness of the malts and provide a complex profile that hides the 7% abv.
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Photo of metter98
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (859 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
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. (381 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (923 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (433 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (1,094 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (616 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (400 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (386 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (361 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (809 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.98/5  rDev -1%
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. ;^) (943 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.47/5  rDev -13.7%
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. (1,090 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (980 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (727 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.18/5  rDev -20.9%
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. (250 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (393 characters)

Photo of david18
3.62/5  rDev -10%
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. (467 characters)

Photo of DIM
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Clear, chestnut amber color. Served to me with a medium sized fluffy white head.

s: Lightly sweet biscuts, green grapes, mild leafy hops. 7.5% is not even hinted at.

t: Moderately sweet, kind of nutty, biscuity grains, some fruitiness ( grapes come to mind), light noble hop character. Again, the alcohol is very well masked.

m: Silky smooth and clean.

o: I don't know this style well enough to say if this is a good, true to style maibock or not. I just know I really liked it. (485 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brewery filled growler.

A finger-and-a-half firm flathead appears, then flattens, leaving just a covering, attribuable to either the ABV, or that the filler didn't capture all the carbonation he should have. It's always best to have Brewmaster Greg fill the growlers himself, but that doesn't happen at Open House.

The body is a delightful shiny copper penny, glistening in a tall glass.

Nose yields a bit of yeast, and some clean sweetness, including some caramel.

Taste is rich, balanced, clean, and subtle. A malt barge sails across the tongue, laying down a thick but not overpowering base. A delightful taste of honey settles onto the tongue. Enough hops stowaway on the barge to balance the malt, prevent cloying and syrupiness, but these hops never quite force their way into your attention. This is a Navy Seal Team of hops, working in the shadows. As usual for High Point, somehow the alcohol gets buried in all this, present but never a turn off. And it is rare to find a bock that finishes this clean.

Mouthfeel is thick and rich but not syrupy. It coasts but doesn't stick. Drinkability is once again "Scary".

This will be hard to find. Don't wait for the nest open house. Grab a growler, call Greg, and ask when he can fill it. Get yourself up to the brewery. Try all his beers. (1,313 characters)

Photo of socon67
3.18/5  rDev -20.9%
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. (469 characters)

Photo of bonbini26
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
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 (697 characters)

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Blind Tiger.
It pours a tannish copper color with a medium-sized off-white head and some trailing and sticky lacing.
The aroma is mostly of caramel sweet malt. A light smell of chocolate and hint of citrusy hops peak through.
This brew is all about malt. It's rich and creamy and plenty sweet. Caramel and a nice dry malt taste are upfront. Coffee with cream and sugar round out the body.
A mild tea-like and citrusy hop taste provides a little counter to the big malt sweetness. The potent alcohol is barely noticeable. This is a highly gulpable brew! (570 characters)

Photo of drtth
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,567 characters)

Photo of dasenebler
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Growler filled at the brewery and consumed on release day, 3.13.10. Super fresh.

Pours a gorgeous stawberry blonde with a modest creamy head that dissipates quickly, but hey, it's a growler. Good lace.

Aroma is of earthy noble hops, biscuity malts, and a touch of alcohol.

Flavor is an exercise in balance. This maibock is definitely somewhat of a malt bomb, because you can taste the sweet, bready character, but it never seems heavy. A nondescript bitterness and hop flavor balances the malty character. Alcohol is not apparent until the finish, which is decidedly bitter and tea-like. Carbonation has held well, medium-low. There's something about this beer that keeps you wanting more and more: so satisfying and yet drinkable in large quantities. This growler might not last the night!

High Point did something extraordinary with this maibock: that is, they brewed a beer in New Jersey that tastes like it could have come from Bavaria. A pleasure to drink. A. (968 characters)

Photo of ElGuapo
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A deep copper pour with some amber notes topped with an off-white pillow of foam that really hangs around. Aroma full of sweet fruits, malts, and grains. A delicious orange aroma really makes it a nice sniffer. Some hops blend in near perfection to add to an already complex treat for the nose.

Oranges blend with a big malt character to start you off. A beautiful hop presence balances it out to a masterpiece. Dry bready aftertaste in the end, and maybe you can pick up a tiny bit of alcohol, but you really have to look for it. It is smooth with a very light carbonation. The body is as full as it could be for the style with loads of flavor. I could drink this brew all day long. I am sorry I did not pick up a growler for Easter, but the one I have will not last long at all. A beautiful drinker, that is complex with flavor and aroma. The mouthfeel is excellent, and it looks damn good too. This is not one to miss, but unfortunately many people will. (961 characters)

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Ramstein Maibock from High Point Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.