Ramstein Imperial Pilsner | High Point Brewing Company

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Ramstein Imperial PilsnerRamstein Imperial Pilsner
BEER INFO

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

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Inspired by America’s Love of Hops. Robust Pilsner, 100% Noble hops. Full-bodied with crisp and refreshing hoppy finish.

Added by RonfromJersey on 07-12-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
37
Reviews:
12
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
10.55%
 
 
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4
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1
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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of smakawhat
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of curlybird
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Walleybeer
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.66/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of hattrick95
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of KingPurple
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jrgriffiniii
3.26/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SRBush1974
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of claspada
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brevbin
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tgates
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jacobob10
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of baw185
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I had a growler of this from their brewery. Was a really nice pilsner with a touch of extra hops. Highly recommend it!

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Photo of KTCamm
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
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

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Photo of markgugs
3.54/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beltz15
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of muskiesman
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of rgirl
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of TongoRad
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of abcdefghijkyle
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of LoveStout
3/5  rDev -24.6%

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Ramstein Imperial Pilsner from High Point Brewing Company
3.98 out of 5 based on 37 ratings.
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