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Ramstein Oktoberfest | High Point Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
High Point Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
ramsteinbeer.com

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Jarod on 06-16-2003

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77
pDev:
10.86%
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Ratings: 77 |  Reviews: 44
Photo of outdoorbrewer
4.92/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pilsner glass serving revealed a thick off-white lasting foam covering a clear amber liquid that's pleasantly carbonated.
Abundant German malt aromas highlighting the Pilsner and Vienna grains.
Flavor starts malty sweet then light toast blending with a moderate hop bitterness and a long tasty final dry finish.
I really enjoyed this beer for it's immense depth and character !

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Photo of donniecuffs
4.61/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a generously carbonated orange-amber into a pint glass, with two fingers of white head, great retention, and even better lacing. The nose revealed some apple, pear, herbal/noble hops, biscuit, and lots of maltiness. The flavor was crisp subtle fruit at first, dissolving to lots and lots of maltiness midpalate, and then finishing on a crisp dry note, with a very feint hint of higher alcohol content. The mouthfeel was nicely full-bodied, but lessened a bit by the hefty carbonation. A fantastic marzen specimen. I wish they made this year-round.

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Photo of Nickls
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

(From notes)

A - Poured a slightly hazy ruby-orange coppery color; little to no head (bad form on the pour by the bar)

S - Apples; bready; good lager flavors; some mild hops comes in; really pretty nice

T - Aroma was definitely hiding things as the taste is really more interesting; rich maltiness, but not sweet; bready; hint of vanilla and some fruitiness

M - Medium and a little fluffy; no real carbonation happening (cask)

D - HUGE, this was perhaps the most interesting example of the style that I've had the chance to try and could be a supreme session brew for me. Lovely taste

Superb, I think this sets the bar for American brewers taking on the style.

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Photo of njmoons
4.92/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I live by the Ramstein Brewery, and have always been impressed by the care that goes into their beers. Although I am not a big wheat beer fan which is their specialty.

I had a seasonal sampler at the Office Bar in Morristown, and the Ramstein Octoberfest was one of the beers. Simply put it 'blew the competition away" including Sam Adams Winter and Climax Octoberfest.

This is the best Octoberfest beer I have had, import included. Clean crisp, malty it was just an exceptional lager.

I had a few more before I left the bar that night thinking I would stop by the brewery for a growler or two the next day, but they were sold out. Guess I am not the only one impressed.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.97/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply put this is one of the best fest beers I have ever come across and may in fact be my favorite of all time. Growler served cold and enjoyed amongst family, this one was consumed on 10/11/2009.

The pour was brilliant. Rich dark amber in color with a nice tight bit of foam up and over the top. Nice retention left tons of thock coating up and down the sides of the glass, would really have been hard for this one to look any better then it did. One quick smell of this one and I realize that this may in fact be the best I have ever come across. Rich caramel, hints of spice and brown sugar, rich herbal hops and a superb grassy notes buried in the back of it. Soo smooth it was downright wrong. I could have drank pint after pint of this one, and in fact I did, it seemed to be a never ending wonderfully rich and sweet malty drink that i could not get enough of. Light candied sugar, hints of woody notes, hints of a dark fruit and tons of caramel. It really does not get better then this.

Overall I did not think I would find this today, this is just sublime. If you are a fan of the style I really have to say there is no sunstitute. This one stole the show for everyone, just that damn good.

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Photo of barroomhero515
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler direct from High Point Brewery into a pint glass. Orange amber, two finger head with good lacing. Malty, with a slight buttery taste and a very smooth mouthfeel. As a fan of American Oktoberfests, I'd have to say this is my favorite.

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Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler from Bierkraft in Brooklyn poured into a shaker pint.

A--Perfect caramel color. This looks just like melted caramel in liquid form. Lively bubbles send streams up to a smallish, half finger white head that settles to a skim and actually trails a little in the glass. Superb looking Marzen.

S--A whiff of plums and other dark skinned fruit. Much less than a dubbel, but still notable for the style. Most predominant aroma by far, though, are the bready caramel notes over top of thick wholegrain. Pretty potent for a lager, and inviting.

T--Fantastic. Simply heavenly. Delicate balance of robust bread notes, packed with juicy malt, on the one hand, and smooth crisp bitterness on the other. If it is a type of bread, this flavor profile tastes like it. Honeyed whole wheat crusts, robust pumpernickel, deep husky munich malt, cereal grain in the middle. Very harvest-like with sweet toffee/caramel undertones. Absolutely delightful, with a strong enough hop bitterness to tug your palate clean again.

Even some light brandy notes in this, without the liquorish warmth. Very, very impressive.

M&D--Bright, crisp carbonation buoys the malt profile and helps the hop bitterness keep this smooth and easy to drink. Drinkability? Holy golly--If the measure of an Oktoberfest is whether it holds up in quantity, then all I can say is: this beer /begs/ you to drink it.

It figures--my favorite Ofest is a draft only seasonal offering from an obscure New Jersey brewery. Oh well--if you see it, get it. Perfect for this time of year and pairs excellently with bigger, heavier food.

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Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Blind Tiger, NYC:

Pours orange amber with a white head that thins, leaving lacing.

The smell is caramelish, grainy with floral and earthy notes.

The taste is sweet caramel/grain with earthy/floral hop bitterness. Finishes a bit chalky - semi-sweet. Nice enough to get the higher of the two scores on taste that I was between (confirmed by a second.)

A bit thin (as I remember it last yr. - and confirmed by notes that I found in one of my notepads that I never "entered in", when I had on-tap last year at The Old Bay, New Brunswick, NJ).

A nicely- balanced, easy drinking O-fest.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A growler filled bottle courtesy of Nutbrown. Thanks Alan!

A very nice deep amber colour with a 1 finger head of foam.

The smell has a nice sweetish nose to it. I get some caramel malt and some roasted malt. It's also a bit fruity.

The taste is the yum. Light toasted malt, mild caramel, light bread, and a lightly lemon zest tartness near and through the finish. Now, I used the words light and mild but don't get me wrong. This has plenty of flavour, it's just that they are all working so well together and balance with each other so well that it comes through my tastebuds as super smooth. And pretty damn drinkable.

Oh, and head retention and lacing are top notch.

Bottom line: I *just* may have found my favourite American example of the style to date. Great stuff!

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Photo of dsa7783
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
Been waiting a while to try this one...
Appearance: Solid, clear, dark-copper hue, slight head, minimal lacing...
Smell: Thick aroma replete with amber and grains...
Taste: Superb American depiction of a classic German style... Rich, with a firm malt backbone... Chewy flavor, hints of caramel, vanilla, bread, and butter...
Medium-bodied mouthfeel along with a great, easy level of drinkability...
One of the better Oktoberfest beers out there...
Recommended...

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Photo of maddogruss
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a pint of this at the Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: Pours a dark, amber body with a one finger sized, white head with nice retention and lacing until the finish.

S: A typical, sweet, malt smell for this style. Some hints of honey were evident.

T: A sweet, malty, taste with just a slight bitterness to it. An interesting honey aftertaste that was also accompanied with a taste of graham crackers.

M: A little on the thin side and slightly watery, which was nothing too impressive. Still, fairly decent.

D: A decent mouthfeel and taste combination. An ok marzen that is very easy drinking.

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Photo of ski271
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Zeno's in State College, PA... now smoke-free!
Medium copper-amber with a small, white creamy head that quickly diminishes. Some light lacing early. Smell is fairly mild. Biscuity malts and some very light floral hops. Taste is similar. Malt sweetness and light floral hops that build toward the finish but don't actually impart much more to the finish than a light dryness. It's a decent beer, pretty average all around, but I enjoyed it.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

High Point- Ramstein Oktoberfest

On tap at Circa, High Bridge, NJ

A- Golden orange brown with a thick frothy head. Heavy lacing down the glass.
S- Thick caramel malt with a touch of vanilla.
T- Vanilla and caramel malt dominate throughout. Slight licorice bite in the end.
M- Sweet and creamy with a mild dryness. Bold flavor lingers throughout the pint.

Overall- Delicious Marzen, 1 of the best this year. Hopefully I can it again.

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Photo of Foxman
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a murky deep amber, bordering on milk chocolate brown, but not quite. A finger of light tan head dwindles soon to mere traces of froth. And yet, lacing is narrow but sticky and liberally meted.

The aroma is initially toasted malt, and not very dimensional, but as it warms it opens up with caramel, cocoa, some nuttiness, and raw dough. A very slight pepper of hops joins a soft yeast lilt.

Upon tasting, the malt, no matter the temperature, is bold with caramel, chocolate, light coffee, and a generally crisp fruitiness, all over a thin sweetness. Fresh baked bread blossoms in the middle and helps evince a pleasing, almost floral spicy hop presence. Residual malt hangs on, with a bit more sweetness in the back, before the finish lingers on the wings of a level dry bitterness. I'm no expert, but I would not be surprised to find this splits the uprights on every stylistic merit.

Between light and medium bodied, the malt imparts a slick but not syrupy feel on the tongue, sliding across and away in a slow waltz.

This was the last beer I had one night, and after finishing I regretting not trying it earlier, because me and her, we could have danced all night. It's a malty Oktoberfest standard, made only miles north of me in New Jersey, and yet it would fit perfectly in Bavaria. And as tasty as it is, everything comes together to make it a drinkable pleasure. I know that from here on out, this is one autumn beer I'll be sure to get for the DBF, because this will make every session one to savor.

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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured draft (Waterfront Ale House (30th & 2nd Ave, NYC) with light head. Color was sugary ice team brown. Smell was sweetness giving off the malts and carmel tints. Slight bite at the end to make you smirk. Little legs and light feel when going down. As per Michael Jackson, may he rest in peace, this is a of German style, brewed in March in caves and served in October and the fall for Octoberfest.

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Photo of plaid75
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber hue with a one finger foamy tan head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a solid toasted grain with a hint of smoke.

The taste consisted of a robust toasted grain with noticable chocolate and charcoal undertones.

The mouthfeel was full and slightly chewy with a dry finish.

Overall a superior Oktoberfest.

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Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served a medium amber colored beer with moderate slightly off-white puffy head. Grat retention.
Smell is light with a touch of caramel noted.
Taste is also very light with some caramel detected, but not mush else.
Finished with more of the malt and some hops as a balance.
Very easy to drink. Note quite what I expected, but it was still enjoyable.

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Photo of RBorsato
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tasted on-tap 10/09/06 at Tria Cafe in Philadelphia, PA.
Advertised as 6%.

Beautiful dark amber color with a nice tan head. Very robust and malty interpretation of the style. Seems to have a lot of Munich malt character, some toasted malt, and not sweet at all; nicely balanced. A solid O-fest. Medium bodied and smooth with a nice dry malty finish.

A nice rare for me find on-tap ... my favorite O-fest of the year and maybe of all time.

Per HPWBC website:
Ramstein Munich Amber Lager (OKTOBERFEST)
ABV: 6%, draft only.
Available: Sept. 1 — Oct. 31.

($5.00 / Pint)

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Photo of Phatz
2.84/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Served a dark amber copper body topped with a beige head that had great retention.

Smell: Slightly tart stale aroma of baked cereal grains and gym socks.

Taste: I think something happened to this beer in the 2006 version. It has a bit of malty grains some sour stale rye bitterness, and very little hops. The aftertaste is not overly pleasant either.

Mouthfeel: A Märzen should be creamy and this one is medium body and adequate.

Drinkability: This one just wasn't my thing.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Grey Lodge on-tap. Not as good as when I sampled this at the brewery in September of '04. That was one of the best Oktoberfest beers I ever had. This was decent, but not as spectacular.

On the darker side of amber in regards to color. Taste is standard Oktoberfest. Solid all around. I'm obviously having a hard time expressing this with much verbal complexity. To sum up: a textbook Oktoberfest. Hopefully the next time I try this, it will be more like the first time I tried it. Not that I was displeased with this.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.61/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Grey Lodge Pub...

Pours a dark russett hued pint with a scant but steady head cap.

Scents of average maltiness with plenty of serious lager-esque punch.

First swigs: Moderate lager-esque notes with some rye amber hints.

Mouthfeel is a twinge tame.

Drinkability is averege. Can't really say that this is a stand out like their Winter Wheat but gulpable noneheless.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of yen157
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Andy's Corner.

Orange amber iced tea look with some whispy foam on tap that leaves some nice lace on the glass. Faint, yet juicy malt mixed in with some fuitiness that reminded me of peaches. Hmm... peach iced tea. Clean with restrained bitterness and a grainy and crisp finish. This was a real good O-fest. I would love to come across this beer win a big mug on a cool Autumn day.

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Photo of ElGuapo
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice reddish copper brew with a small but well-retained head that left my glass covered in lace. Nice rich malty aroma. Sweet, but well balanced with hops.

Very smooth with a body somewhere less than full. A big rich malt flavor dominates. Other Oktobers have been lacking in that nice malt presence, but not here. It is definitely closer to the German Oktobers than it is to American micros with their floral hop flavors. This is definitely my favorite Oktober of the year.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From growler, purchased at the brewery, filled by brewer Greg Z.

A clear, sharp, deep copper-amber body, topped by a bubbly/frothy off-white head. Very good lacing. A pleasantly assertive aroma dominated by caramel and fresh bread. I'm in love with this beer, and I've haven't tasted it yet (not this glass, anyway). A wonderful malty, caramelly rush across the tongue. The faintest hop tingle, it's almost subconscious. Sweet, but balanced subtly but exquisitly, no cloying here. The depth I look for in O'fests is a solid foundation here. Rich but not syrupy across the tongue. My only regret is that I couldn't start on this growler earlier in the evening.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a grolwer, into a sampling cup, cool. This was my first brew from Ramstein/High Point (gasp!, awe!) and I thought it was quite tasty. As Dantes has already noted this beer hides it's alcoholic strength very well, and in quite a decieving manner. This beer poured a nice caramel brown colour, with a small head. The aromas were those of a classic, german marzen beer; malty, bready, fresh, and nice. The taste was malty,with some hops visible in the background and the finish. The mouthfeel was very medium bodied and the drinkability was excellent!

I'm glad I got to try this one!

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Ramstein Oktoberfest from High Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 77 ratings
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