Ramstein Imperial Pilsner | High Point Brewing Company

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Ramstein Imperial PilsnerRamstein Imperial Pilsner
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3.83/5
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42 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#19,862
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
42
pDev:
9.92%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
2
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Ratings: 42 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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 dbrauneis
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
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 BeerForMuscle
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of imbibehour
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
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 jwc215
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
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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3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
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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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of markgugs
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of claspada
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KTCamm
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
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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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of curlybird
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JMS1512
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.56/5  rDev +19.1%
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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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of MacMalt
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
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 thebeers
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
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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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Jacobier10
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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 chicagoish
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dasenebler
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
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)

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Ramstein Imperial Pilsner from High Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 42 ratings