Ramstein Oktoberfest
High Point Brewing Company

Ramstein OktoberfestRamstein Oktoberfest
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From:
High Point Brewing Company
 
New Jersey, United States
Style:
Märzen
Ranked #3
ABV:
6%
Score:
91
Ranked #7,373
Avg:
4.09 | pDev: 10.76%
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
39
Status:
Active
Rated:
Feb 07, 2022
Added:
Jun 16, 2003
Wants:
  40
Gots:
  7
SCORE
91
Outstanding
Ramstein OktoberfestRamstein Oktoberfest
Notes: Inspired by the authentic German Oktoberfest beer from the early 1900s. This amber lager has a rich malty aroma, a smooth toasty palate, and subtle noble hop finish. The richness and spiciness of this beer make it the perfect accompaniment to robust meats and grilled fare. Ramstein Oktoberfest is a great beer for any festive occasion.
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Rated: 4.08 by FunkyPolak from New Jersey

Feb 07, 2022
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Reviewed by FBarber from Illinois

3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Pours a mostly clear, amber color. A nice thick, frothy tan head forms on the beer, lingers, then slowly settles leaving a mound of foam on top of the beer. Lots of sticky off-white lacing coats the glass.

Aroma has notes of dark rustic bread, sweet grains, and nutty malts.

Taste follows the nose with notes of sweet grains, rustic bread, a touch of nutty malts, toffee and light earthy hops. There is minimal sweetness in this beer. The hops do not provide much bitterness - its just a general earthy flavor to it.

Feel is medium bodied, smooth, silky. Mild carbonation. Rather dry on the finish.

Overall a very nice märzen from Ramstein
Nov 06, 2021
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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
2021-10-30
16oz can served in a Kane tulip. No date that I see. Received from @MacMalt in BIF #14.

Pours a pretty, clear, amber color with a very small head. A little more head would make this gorgeous. Smell is rich and grainy, moderate toffee and a hint of nuts.

Taste is right along the same lines. Grain tea, honeysuckle sweetness, hints of toffee and nuts. It's delicious.

Mouthfeel is medium, but a bit still. Overall...a bit more carbonation would make this beer a knockout, I think. It's really good as is.
Oct 30, 2021
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Reviewed by 2beerdogs from California

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Thanks MacMalt
This year's version lists 6.5% on the label.
Wow, she's pretty. Dark amber in hue, nearly crystal clear, and a fluffy off-white head, that slowly retreats and leaves a smooth cap. Light lacing.
Nose is mildly sweet grain, caramel notes, brown bread, and a fresh, flowery herbal spice note.
Flavor follows the nose nicely. A lightly toasted brown bread note pairs well with the mild caramel notes. The sweet is gently tamed by the mild spice of the hops.
Mild carbonation, only slightly on lighter side of medium mouthfeel, and a smooth almost bitter finish.
Overall, a very solid take on the style.
Oct 22, 2021
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Reviewed by Manta200 from Kentucky

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
4-pack of 16oz courtesy of @TongoRad
Amber color with a brown hue, thick off-white head, good retention.
Bready caramel malt aroma
Taste follows the nose with a sweet note to it.
This has a good balance of malt and sweet, love it!
Oct 05, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by Jdells09 from New Jersey

Mar 31, 2021
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Reviewed by hopsputin from New Jersey

3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
a: slightly hazy dark ruby red color with hints of brown and mahogany. pours a 1.5 finger solid tan head, but that fades quick

s: not too strong on the aroma. some grainy malts, sweet caramel, and grass. a hint of some earthy herbal hops as well

t: very strong lager notes on this one. that lager spice and caramel malts upfront. some floral sweetness, pepper spice, and huge amounts of yeasty dough.

m: medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation

o: a decent example, but i don't think it holds a candle to the big German ones. it's extremely yeasty in the flavor which detracts a bit from the rest of the beer.
Oct 02, 2020
 
Rated: 4.03 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

Sep 20, 2020
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Reviewed by MacMalt from New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Canned on 8/22/2020. Poured into a seidel mug. It pours a hazy, lovely, dark amber color with a large, creamy, light khaki cap and film of lacing. It's a very attractive look. The smell features caramel, brown bread, earthy nuts, and very lite spicing. The taste opens with caramel sweetness and buttery brown bread but it's quickly balanced by a strong dose of earthy, burnt nuts and spice and finishes with a touch of pepper and bitterness. There is a definite Noble hop character. It's medium-bodied with a pleasant level of carbonation, and its measured 6% ABV gives it good substance. I would expect Ramstein to brew an excellent Märzen and I'm not disappointed. I haven't had a better New Jersey-brewed Oktoberfest lager; indeed, Ramstein's Oktoberfest holds its own with Ayinger and other favorites of mine.
Sep 13, 2020
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Reviewed by dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
DATE: September 12, 2020... OCCASION: watching Kobra Kai with the kids--education is happening... GLASSWARE: namesake mug... pours a four-finger, off-white clump of head that settles to a half-finger... its smears are amoeba-like and patterned across the glass...its body is dark brown with a medium effervescence... a rich, buttery accent with caramel and roasted nuts... a nice waft of noble hops makes this light and attractive, sweetened by toffee hints... its body is thin early but substantial later, with a confident weight and lively mouthfeel... it's a sweet, rewarding lager that pushes toasted malts forward--its caramel is soft but apparent, its appeal genuine and refreshing... its 6% ABV is not intrusive, and the hops do provide a bit of floral nuance... fruitiness appears late in the form of hard fruits and yeasty esters... a welcoming drink for a cool September day...
Sep 13, 2020
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Reviewed by SmashAdams from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This beer is everything an Oktoberfest should be. Beautiful dark color, great creamy head, and wonderful smooth full flavor. The smell is bready, toasty, nutty, with dark fruits. The taste is the perfect balance of these flavors and just enough bitterness. The finish is perfect. My favorite example of one of my favorite styles. yb
Sep 04, 2020
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Reviewed by icepik9 from New Jersey

4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Dimple mug on tap at the brewery.
Beautiful traditional deep amber color. Nice nose and mouthfeel. Easy drinking for a beer near 7%. Definitely a must try.
Sep 23, 2019
 
Rated: 4.07 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Sep 29, 2018
 
Rated: 5 by billyj2270 from New Jersey

Sep 28, 2018
 
Rated: 5 by LeftyMike from New Jersey

Sep 18, 2018
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Reviewed by WillNJ from New Jersey

4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
growler from the brewery....toasty malt smell and taste with subtle hop spiciness, deep copper color, delicious taste, could use a little more carbonation but may be the growler
Sep 09, 2018
 
Rated: 3.62 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania

Oct 11, 2017
 
Rated: 4.68 by Walleybeer from New Jersey

Aug 20, 2016
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Reviewed by orcrist_cleaver from New York

3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Ruddy amber brown and a light tan head. Good balance batten malt and floral hops on nose. Caramel, grassy, bready, and a little toffee. Not as sweet on palate with a moderately strong noble hop grassy, floral underbody; lemony, almost tea like. Weighs a little heavy. Low carbonation.
Sep 27, 2015
 
Rated: 3.68 by Antc2382 from New Jersey

Sep 27, 2015
 
Rated: 3.75 by mikeburd1128 from New Jersey

Nov 12, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by Keyes88 from New Jersey

Oct 26, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by GFD400 from New York

Oct 02, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by ZenBiscuits from New York

Sep 28, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by JoeMans from New York

Sep 16, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by EnthusedAboutBeer from New Jersey

Sep 08, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by malfunxion from New York

Sep 01, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by koopa from New Jersey

Aug 25, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by megamass from New Jersey

Aug 06, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by jkane101 from New Jersey

Apr 04, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by Chugs13 from New Jersey

Nov 24, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by GeoffreyM from Pennsylvania

Oct 20, 2013
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Reviewed by Jacobier10 from New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
On-tap @ Pilsener Haus in Hoboken, NJ.

Served in a traditional 1-Liter mug. Reddish-brown in color with a creamy, light brown head. Subtle aroma of caramel malts and floral hops. Soft carbonation and a slightly sweet finish. Full bodied for an Oktoberfest beer. I really enjoyed this and would consider it just as good of an option as Hacker-Pschorr, Ayinger, Paulaner, etc. Paired excellently with some grilled brats and sauerkraut.
Oct 07, 2013
 
Rated: 3.25 by jp312 from Pennsylvania

Oct 07, 2013
 
Rated: 3.5 by EFR94 from Pennsylvania

Oct 07, 2013
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Reviewed by justintcoons from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
On-tap poured into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance
Deep amber with a short head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity.

Nose
Sweet breads, biscuit, caramel and candy sugar.

Taste
Sweet brown breads and biscuity malts drenched in caramel and dusted with candy sugar. Touches of toast, brown sugar and cocoa. Has a very malty profile with no perceivable bitterness.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, smooth, oily and subtly crisp with carbonation.

Overall
An outstanding Oktoberfest! Seek it out if you're a fan of the style.
Sep 30, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by pveilleux from Massachusetts

Sep 29, 2013
 
Rated: 4.5 by wattoclone from California

Sep 18, 2013
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Reviewed by gr0g from New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Growler-fill from the release party. Deep copper color with a couple fingers worth of foam. Pretty good head retention and sparse lace formation. Rich, malty aroma with a solid presence of caramel/toffee/butterscotch notes. Faint floral hop notes. Doesn't have the harmonious blend of noble hops and malty tones that the top marzens display.

The flavor profile is rich and malt-forward, but still balanced. Starts out fairly malty-sweet. Bitterness comes in mid-palate through to a clean, dry finish. Slick mouthfeel that could benefit from a bit more carbonation. Like liquid bread with a touch of honey. Some more hops to spice things up would take this up a notch in the flavor department.

This, like the Great Lakes Oktoberfest, is a robust take on the marzen style that sort of leans toward the maibock style. High Point / Ramstein does some really renditions of traditional German styles.
Sep 16, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by da_beers from Florida

Sep 15, 2013
Ramstein Oktoberfest from High Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 93 ratings