Ramstein Imperial Pilsner
High Point Brewing Company

Ramstein Imperial PilsnerRamstein Imperial Pilsner
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German Pilsner
Ranked #127
Ranked #22,901
3.84 | pDev: 9.38%
High Point Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
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.
Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 45
Reviews by Dantes:
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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.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
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.

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of superspak
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.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of tobelerone
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.

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Photo of LoveStout
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of muskiesman
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
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.

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Photo of WDJersey
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of JG-90
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of JMS1512
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of hattrick95
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of thebeers
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.

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Photo of beltz15
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Brevbin
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MacMalt
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.

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Photo of baw185
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
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 GreyGooseStout
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lembeh
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.

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3.26/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SRBush1974
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Ramstein Imperial Pilsner from High Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 45 ratings