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%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
1
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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of donniecuffs
4.83/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.56/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
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!

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Photo of Dantes
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
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 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 Walleybeer
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JG-90
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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

Photo of muskiesman
4/5  rDev +0.5%

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

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 dbrauneis
3.82/5  rDev -4%
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.

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

Photo of beltz15
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%

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 rgirl
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of WDJersey
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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 tobelerone
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
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 BeerForMuscle
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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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