Ramstein Imperial Pilsner
High Point Brewing Company

Ramstein Imperial PilsnerRamstein Imperial Pilsner
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Style:
Pilsner - German
Ranked #159
ABV:
7%
Score:
85
Ranked #25,942
Avg:
3.84 | pDev: 9.11%
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
51
From:
High Point Brewing Company
 
New Jersey, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  3
Gots
  3
SCORE
85
Very Good
Ramstein Imperial PilsnerRamstein Imperial Pilsner
Notes: Inspired by America’s Love of Hops. Robust Pilsner, 100% noble hops. Full-bodied with a crisp and refreshing hoppy finish.
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Just below average carbonation as well as the same for the body but still a pleasing feel
Aroma is malt,honey, bread and toast,and some sweet citrus fruit and peel
Taste doesn't stray too far from the aroma and reminds me of everything I like about pilsners. Very mild hop bite and sweetness lingers in the aftertaste.
Overall a really enjoyable pilsner

Aug 29, 2020
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Love NJ and NYC brews, it's the NE water. This one makes a great strong Pilsner.
a . a clear darker golden body spouting a sea foam white head and lace.
s . oo too faint as are all pilsners, but clean and grassy and floral.
t . taste shines supporting the grassy, floral, and herbal hops over a white biscuit backdrop.
f . Clean ABV well hidden, great summer or fresh beer at lunch time.
o. Great find at EWR.

Sep 25, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

not totally sure i would call it imperial at 7% abv, but i really enjoyed this beer. its crisp for being on the stronger side, has a classic european pilsener malt character to it, fresh as can be, and is liberally dosed with noble hops, bitter and spicy and grassy and dry, all of it. its also extremely well carbonated and relatively dry, which helps it be a nice refresher or even a palate cleanser. i enjoyed it a lot with a chicken parm sandwich, which seemed like an ideal pairing to me. the hops are stronger than in most pils types, and thats i think what gives it its imperial qualities even more than the strength or anything. the body is medium, fuller than normal for the style but still easy to drink. what lingers on the finish are a light grain character and the bitter part of the hops, traces of lime zest and dried flowers in there with it. overall a pretty solid brew, i would like to try some more of these ramstein beers, but this was the first i had ever seen of them in some time. good not great, solid food beer.

Mar 21, 2019
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superspak from Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a BIF from MacMalt. 12 ounce bottle into lager glass, best before 5/2018. Pours slightly hazy pale golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense and rocky white head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbhonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of lemon, orange, citrus zest, cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt and light-moderate citrus/earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big lemon, orange, citrus zest, cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, grassy, spicy, citrus zest bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon, orange, citrus zest, cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great robustness and balance of pale malt and light-moderate citrus/earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast note present. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, fairly sticky, and slightly resinous balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 7%. Overall this is a delicious imperial pilsner. All around nice robustness and balance of pale malt and light-moderate citrus/earthy hop flavors; very smooth, clean, and refreshing to drink with the mellowly bitter/drying finish. Not quite the hop punch I expected; but the balance between clean Pils/Munich malts and earthy hops was great. A very enjoyable offering, and well made style example.

Apr 28, 2018
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice golden-straw color with a thin finger of creamy, near-white head. Thick lacing.

Great crisp aroma with a hint of corn breads d light grassy hops behind.

Tastes a little bigger than a normal pils, largely following the nose, with firm grassy bitterness, very light mint and a touch of sulfur.

Medium bodied with strong carbonation. An all-around excellent crisp pils.

Apr 14, 2018
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MacMalt from New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Ramstein pint glass. It pours a hazy golden color with a thin milk-white head and moderate lacing. The nose features cracker, grass, lemon peel, banana, clove, and coriander. The taste is hop-forward and relatively bitter. At mid-sip there is dry grass, cracker, lemon, and coriander. At the finish there is a hint of sweet malt and banana on the tip of the tongue. It's crisp and light in feel with lively carbonation, but the 7% ABV gives it a nice pop. Overall, while Pilsner isn't my favorite style I'm enjoying Ramstein's version; it has an edge to it that I didn't expect. There's nothing bland about it.

Mar 18, 2018
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Lembeh from New York

4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked a sixer at the brewery. Beer looks beautiful in the glass. Clear golden with tiny bubble streaming up the sides. On the nose some hay, grain, lager!
Taste is a lot more pronounced than the nose. Wonderful and bright with more than usual bittering than your usual Lager. Very good.

Jan 31, 2018
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a Libby style pilsner glass. Best before April 2017.

Light foaming created bright white head of just about a finger, but dissolves rather quickly to a small bubbled top and creamy white collar. The body color at one point seems to shine, but then eventually gets a bit dull and has just a touch of haze to it, somewhere between lemon gold, and actually the beer kind of looks orange in a way. Very nice tiny amounts of fine carbonation, no streams, but slow following bubbles.

Clean aromatics give way to lighter herbal hop presence. For an imperial this is pretty subtle on the nose, but also forgoes aromas of huge alcohol or big phenols so far. Light malt sensing base, a bit of chew density just barely but the grain aroma seems lighter almost like a regular pils. However, for imperial this does aim for the lower end of the abv spectrum at 7.

Very different angle on this brew. Good sensing malt backbone, but forgoes bready for more of a thicker body minus syrupy texture and flavors. Slight pasty yeast character with minimal sweetness. The hop angle on this is pretty minimal but it’s a bit surprisingly large and slowly lingering on the swallow, giving to herbal spices that really build but very slowly. Very subtle flavors, but definitely there's some power behind this pils.

It's a bit unexpected as I usually find and Imperial pils to be considerably larger in every aspect, but this one is sort of just dialed in just a bit less so. Nicely controlled, but also a bit subdued, which seems to be the key here. In the end leaves me somewhere in the middle, but otherwise well put together. Easiy the most easiest drinking Imperial pils I've had to date.

Jan 15, 2017
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orcrist_cleaver from New York

3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Burnished gold. Good clarity. Decent foamy head, slackens slightly into a whipped cream consistency. One band of lace.

Grainy sweetness with background DMS. Green, herbaceous and some flower-like hops.

Medium body. Medium-light carb.

A little on appletini sweet side (not that I've had one). Peppery spice, and quite bready. Seems to have banana ester that makes it more sweet. Very rich maltiness.

Too cloying for me, and I had this from a btl. so the carb shouldn't have been an issue. Hops featuring honeysuckle fruitiness.

Jul 08, 2016
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap @ Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ.

Gold in color and hazy with a creamy, long lasting, white head. Sweet pils malt and plenty of noble hops in the aroma. Grainy, sweet flavor, with the malt and hops more intense than you would find in an average strength pilsner.  Medium bodied and smooth in the finish. 

A potent, unfiltered version of a pilsner that is still clean and very drinkable.  Only available on draft so don't hesitate to give it a try if you see it.

Feb 20, 2015
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Morris Tap & Grill - cloudy dirty gold with white foam. Fruity nose bright citrus taste. Burst out. Really sunny. Quite good. 375 35 425 425 4

Feb 01, 2015
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TongoRad from New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As of this review, the Imperial Pilsner has just shown up in bottles. Let's Have some more of those lagers, Ramstein!

I guess the Imperal Pilsner fad is over by now, but this turns out to be too good to pass up. It pours a crystal clear amber-gold with a one finger tight head. The nose is similar to Troegs Cultivator, kind of like a hop-forward Maibock, except this one has a richer Pilsner malt character. The first few sips are like a Maibock as well, but then the hop bitterness makes its presence known. Towards the end of the glass it's all Hallertauers in the nose and balance on the palate, the Pilsner qualities asserting themselves and asking if you'd like another glass. Damn straight I would! This stuff can be very dangerous at 7%.

Better late than never, Greg and Co.- great job.

Jun 14, 2014
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Little Town NJ in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a very lightly hazy medium golden yellow in color with heavy amounts of visible carbonation (including a number of bubbles that were not moving around even about 10- minutes after the pour) and light hints of yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger to finger tall foamy white head that slowly reduces to a medium patch of thick film with a very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of bready and toasted malts along with some light to moderate aromas of grassy, floral, and herbal hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of bready malts with some lighter notes of toasted malts. Light flavors of grassy, floral, and herbal hops that impart a light to moderate amount of bitterness that lingers.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Definitely an enjoyable brew and another quality beer from Ramstein. I tend to like my Pilsners a little crisper than this one but it was easy to drink and the alcohol was relatively well hidden.

Jul 01, 2013
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dasenebler from Maine

3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ramstein Imperial Pilsner
4/6/13
Growler

Pours a hazy gold. Nice creamy head for a growler pour. Spotty lacing, average retention. (3.5)

Aroma is hoppy, with a bit of bruised fruit ester. Some nice aromatics coming from the hops, ranging from grass to flowers to kiwi. (3.5)

Flavor is clean, hoppy and grainy. Lots of bitterness, but the doughy malt sweetness still comes through. Honey, light citrus, earthy hops. Very clean overall, with maybe a touch of high-gravity banana ester and acetaldehyde. Refreshing and easy to drink, just wished the carbonation were a good bit higher [growler pour…] (3.5, 3)

Nice beer, one of the best and most drinkable I've had from High Point/Ramstein. (4)

Apr 07, 2013
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tobelerone from New Jersey

3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Pilsener Haus in Hoboken. Deep gold with a sizeable head that settles slowly; nice sheets of lace clinging to the glass. Sweet and malty aroma, bread and caramel, some floral hops peeking out underneath.

Flavor follows suit; bready toasted malt; caramel and honey sweetness that dries out a bit, but not totally, in the finish; low bitterness and a restrained floral and grassy hoppiness. Booze becomes somewhat noticeable in the aftertaste but is not overly assertive.

Medium body and carbonation; has some heft to it. Nice enough beer, not exactly a style I usually clamor for, preferring my Pils on the lighter, crisper side, but well-made, as everything by High Point is. Not a standout of their catalogue for me, however.

Aug 08, 2012
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donniecuffs from New Jersey

4.83/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It is important to note that the German-style Pilsener that Ramstein brews is actually an 'Imperial Pilsener', that is only brewed on rare occasion (unfortunately), and is strangely usually available at the Waterfront Ale House in Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. The abv weighs in near 7%.

Into a pint glass, poured a slightly cloudy (as the sample I had was unfiltered) golden hue, with over two fingers of white, lots of carbonation, and great retention and lacing. The fact that this beer wasn't filtered (because it apparently usually is) was a God-send, because the nose picked up copious amounts of biscuit, malt, grass, bitter noble hops, hay, and some pear. The taste began with a bitter/herbal mix, followed by a nice malty balance midpalate, and finished on a crisp dry bitter note. Great flavor progression, and great balance. No hint of higher abv whatsoever. The feel was heavily carbonated, yet thicker than expected, yielding a nice balance. Dangerously drinkable; another beer that should be bottled and sold in stores.

Jul 22, 2010
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jwc215 from Arizona

4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with a white head that thins, leaving lacing.

The smell is floral and grassy/hay-like with a grainy touch in the back.

The taste is floral/grassy bitterness backed by sweet grainy malt. Bittering, dry, crisp finish.

Light-bodied and refreshing.

After several generous samplings of this, I'm glad I brought a growler of this. It showcases the hops very nicely while maintaining balance. Very nicely done. It is certainly sessionable!

Aug 10, 2008
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Dantes from New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Package: ½ gallon jug-style, screwtop, brown glass growler.

Presentation: Ramstein fluted glass at ~45º

Appearance: I actually thought this was lighter and more straw-colored than the golden lager; but the other reviewers seem to disagree with me. Since I didn’t compare them side-by-side, I could easily be wrong. Otherwise, a classic, crystal-clear straw-yellow with a touch of gold. Generated a beautiful white head, which didn’t last very long. Yielded some lace.

Smell: A lovely, grassy, noble-hops infused nose, with a nice background of malt. Spicy and prickly on the nose.

Taste: Again, a quintessential pilsner. Although not my favorite style, or one that I have all that much experience with; this jibed perfectly with the pilseners I remember from my German and Czech sojourns. Nicely spicy, Saaz-y bite, gentled by the surprisingly rich malts. There’s also a touch of fruitiness in the short, clean finish.

Mouthfeel: As usual, the carbonation was super-smooth and tight. The beer also had a surprisingly full, strong flavor and a medium body. Smoother and more finely carbonated than the Golden Lager. Greg estimated that the beer finished at an ABV of ~5.2%.

Drinkability: Another hugely drinkable Ramstein offering. I drank 2 growlers over about 3 days, decanting some into 2 Fischer bottles. The smoothness and complexity make this an ideal Summer quaffer.

Backwash: I was worried I wasn’t going to be able to get up to High Point soon enough to get some of this, but I was relieved to find out there was still some left. I bought three growlers (sadly, one didn’t make it to Minnesota). All I can say is that High Point keeps turning out some pretty great beers.

Aug 09, 2004
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RonfromJersey from New Jersey

4.56/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brewery filled growler.

A sparkling gold crystal clear body, a steady stream of fine carbonation rising, all topped by a head of tight white foam, which started at three fingers and slowly laced down the glass. This is the image that the words "beer" or "Pilsner" should bring to mind.

Nice hay-filled nose. You feel like you're in the country.

Soft, smooth malt floor, with the hops gently tickling the mouth and tongue, and waying goodbye from the rear of the train as it pulls from the station, a nice lasting afterglow. An absolutely outstanding balance.

Mouthfeel is spot on for a summer seasonal pilsner, not watery, not syrupy, very soft.

Drinkability - damn, I should have bought more growlers.

Just another gem from Ramstein's draft only series. Get it fast, it's not going to last.

Jul 12, 2004
Ramstein Imperial Pilsner from High Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 51 ratings