Ramstein Classic | High Point Brewing Company

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Ramstein ClassicRamstein Classic

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

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2002

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Ratings: 97 |  Reviews: 81
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Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – I had to work the pour a little bit but came away with a gorgeous-looking Dunkel Weizen. The head was off-white and pillowy thick. The body was deep, luscious brown with that little clear spot on the very bottom.

Smell – The lovely, authentic German yeast aroma was huge on this weizen. It was dark and well-complimented with banana and clove and maybe a subtle non-citrusy hint of orange.

Taste – This one lost a bit of its boldness from the nose, but was still an excellent example of the style. The yeast was present and really darkened up at the taste.

Mouthfeel – The creamy smoothness of this light to medium-bodied beer was terrific, although it lacked the typical “fluffy” feeling that is found in most good German renditions of the style.

Drinkability – This was the first beer of the night and kept me full until dinner. I really enjoyed this Ramstein effort at a very, very difficult style.

Comments – Big thanks to Davo for sending this Dunkel Weizen out my way.

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Photo of sponberg
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a tan head, which surprised me as I was expecting a lighter Hefe. An estery, clovey, weizen sort of aroma.

Hmmm - neat! Starts like a weizen, then interesting things happen. Almost oatmeally in its oiliness, with roasted flavors, wheat malt, and a nutty clovey presence that really gets your taste buds working. A background roasted malt smokiness adds to the complexity. Slightly thin mouthfeel. I had this two hours ago and I'm still trying to figure it all out. Like someone poured a little Dubbel into my dunkelweiss.

When I first tried it, I thought, "Eh - OK." Now I want another. This beer grows on you.

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Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled a pint at Barcade in Brooklyn NY, Great style, great brewery, well worth some beer research, this one does not disapoint. Pours cloudy, reddish amber, nose of the expected wheat, some chocolate and yeast. Tan head arising. Notes of dark grains, dark coffee and more light chocolate, tasty and fine offering.

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Photo of wattoclone
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark, aroma of fresh baked pumpernickel bread, molasses, rum and roasted malt.

Taste is black walnut with tart after taste, slightly sour finish. Very close to "Black Walnut Dunkel" by Artisan Ales at a much better price.

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.55/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ramstein Classic

Appearance- light yellowish with very lttle head. some soapy bubbles on top.
Smell- light hay and crab grass some cloves as well
Taste- light banana, clove, wheat/ bread, yeast flavor.
Mouthfeel- very watery and easy too down.

Overall- yet, another hum-drum beer that will be all to easy to forget. Not horrible but not worth another purchase.

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Photo of Varkias41
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Imagine my surprise as I poured this classic wheat beer into my glass and found it to be a clear mahogany with crimson highlights!!!! I thought for sure the bottle had been mislabeled. I checked the label and saw no mention of it's being "dark" or a "dunkel". Fortunately I was able to log on here to BA and check it out... ...yep, this is a dunkel weizen! And good for me, I love the style!

The creamy off-white head is surprisingly challenged for a weizen (even a filtered dunkel), and it drops readily to a thin collar. The nose, however, is quite enticing with an alluring note of toasty and lightly roasted chocolate. It's medium-light bodied and quite smooth across the palate; which is more appropriate for a dunkel weizen than a traditional Bavarian hefe--weizen hell. The flavor is rich and rewarding without being overly-done; lending to its drinkability. It's got a light touch of yeasty bubblegum, some appleish fruit, mellow caramel, a bit of nuttiness, and some more of the toasty and slightly roasty chocolate found in the nose. Spicy hops accent it, and a firm bitterness balances it superbly. It finishes dry with some residual phenolic "bubblegum" that fades to a dull, lingering, almost coffee-like roastiness. It's somewhat complex, and certainly satiating, but at the same time far from overdone and immensely drinkable! This is very similar to some of the dunkel weizens that I've had from the Franconia region. Superb!

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Photo of tempest
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty cool, old-school wheat beer and not your average dunkel. It's very aromatic and has any earthy feel that backed my spiced cocoa and roasted grains, almost like a brown ale or porter. The mouthfeel is a nice, mellow balance of sweet malts, which makes for a very drinkable beer that's also out of the norm. The only similar beer I can think of is the Michigan Brewing Bavarian Dark for the same dark earthy tone.

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Photo of EBeckett3
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of scootny
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A slightly better effort than the Blonde Wheat I think, ( their hefe ) but still... A nice deep brown with a tan head of shaving cream consistency. Pretty good retention with some lacing here and there. Active carbonation.

Smell is fruity with a light soapiness. Some clove and a bit of wheat.

Taste has the same profile as the nose. Cloves are a bit more prominent but so is the soap. The banana comes through lightly as it warms up and helps to round out the flavor. Feel is crisp and effervescent in a refreshing way

Pretty easy to drink but the flavor makes you ask why? Not exactly bad but again when you have "High Point Wheat Beer Co." on the label my expectations go up and once again I am disappointed. I hope the highly rated Winter Wheat fares better

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Photo of tjd112
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Flying Fish pint glassAppearance is a dark brown colour with a fast dissipating off-white head and little lacing. Smell is boozy with hints of banana split. A somewhat dry taste of dark coffee and bananas, borderlining on that of a stout. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and though it is a drinkable beer in sessions, I find this to be the poor man's Aventinus

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Photo of tone77
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong, lots of fruits, spices, bananas, one of the better smelling beers I can remember. Taste is mild compared to the smell, but good, again banana, spices, a bit sweet. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a fine quality beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark burgundy-cola color with a tan head. Nice dunkel wheat. Very dark color. Sweet raisins, syrup, and dried fruit on nose. Some alcohol on nose as well. Flavor is very rich and full of fresh plums, sweet raisins, and bread. Drinks more like a strong Belgian or wheat bock. Starts out very sweet from the syrupy sweet raisin and dried fruit hints and finishes with some dry burgundy notes. Theres a slight woody character to the wine like palate as well. Good drinkability, very smooth palate, with some alcohol detection. A solid good beer.

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Photo of rdrummer
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had the opportunity to get a six-pack of the Classic and the Winter Wheat at the same time. I am having trouble deciding which I like better, but I am leaning toward the Classic.

The Classic Wheat pours a dark brown with a mostly white head that is rather small and dissipates rapidly. There is the unmistakable smell of wheat in the nose with a hint of smoke. The taste is definitely wheaty, but there is a slight caramel and hop hint in the back. This is different than the dunkels from Germany but just as good.

This beer goes down easier than I could imagine. Two seems to be my minimum.

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Photo of JFolster
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SixpointJMH
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a nice dark brown colour, yet is strangely missing any sort of head or stickiness and seemingly lacks a lot of carbonation. It almost looks like a flat glass of soda after it sits for a few minutes.

Thankfully the smell and flavour make up for any shortcomings in the appearance department. The smell is a nice combination of roasted malt, sweet caramel and perhaps some licourice and even some fruit (plum?) notes.

The flavour is right up there, though maybe a bit more subdued than the smell. The roasted malt flavour hits throughout and theres a nice sweetfinish comnibed with some wheat flavour in the back.

Mouthfeel here is decent though a bit undercarbonated, as mentioned earlier.

Overall this is a nice beer. Very tasty and easy drinking. If the carbonation issue was remedied here this could/should be a world calss brew.

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Photo of richbrew
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Gusler
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep dark mahogany color, "Chill Hazed", portly head that is creamy in texture, that leaves a nice coating lace to seal off the glass. The aroma of lightly toasted grains, sweet caramel, fresh and crisp, the start sweet and nicely malted. Top is middling in texture, finish is astringent, modestly hopped, and the aftertaste dry, a decent beer, and worth a sample at any rate.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium cloudy brown hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a nice toasted grain and a good yeasty aroma.

The taste was nicely balanced with a solid toasted malt and a good spicy yeast.

The mouthfeel was a bit chewy, yet crisp.

Overall a nice American rendition of the dunkel weizen.

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Photo of frank4sail
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sweet wheat/yeast nose. Rich brown (dark red) look with a 1/2 inch white head. Lots of suspended yeast (chunks on the bottom) in the glass. Roast caramel sweetness dominated the taste. The mouth is smoothand soft throughout. . The balence is improved by sturdy/fruity yeast and crisp hop bitterness in the finish. A great "winter wheat" in my mind. NJ should be proud!

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Photo of weeare138
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the wife, K.I. for grabbing this at The Drafting Room-Exton for me...
Appears a hazy red toned brown with a thick white head that fades into a collar. Scattered lacing is left all over the glass.
Smell is of light dusty cocoa, clove, and some wheat with light caramel in there.
Taste is of te same aromas.
Mouthfeel is watery, thin, cocoa powder and cloves and sticking to the front of the tongue until finally dying out.

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Photo of david18
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a fairly well balanced beer that I had on a recent trip to Las Vegas.

Appearance was a dark brown. Surprisingly low carbonation but that may have been the glass I was drinking it out of.

Aroma was complex, mostly malty with a little bit of alcohol and dark fruit.

Flavor was similar to the aroma. Nice but not outstanding. Fruit, malt, alcohol. Tasted a bit strong for the ABV.

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Photo of Phatz
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks gottajiboo2 for bringing and sharing this beer.

Appearance: Pours a copper brown color with crimson hues a white head and some lacing.

Smell: Sweet caramel malts just a hint of banana esters but not too much almost stretching to detect. Wheat and a hint of cocoa.

Taste: Smooth and malty as it enters the mouth. Slowly flavors of wheat and dark fruit drizzled with caramel touch the taste buds. There is a toasted grain attribute and very little cocoa and toffee to leave you with. It maybe low in the fireworks and glamour depot but it is high in the approachability and drinkability department.

Mouthfeel: Light in the mouth but a pleasantly smooth texture glides easily over the tongue and down the throat.

Drinkability: This is a really easy drinking beer in my book. It is one worthy of a case purchase. Especially good drinking when you want to drink a few.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of drtth
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a dark mahogany brown color with a few reddish highlights and a ½" light tan head that recedes fairly soon leaving behind some lacing, a small ring, and some patches of foam on the surface. Sipping leaves a few small patches of lacing clinging to the sides of the glass as the sheet of foam slides back down to the liquid.

Smell: The aroma is both subtle and complex with traces of chocolate, banana, cloves, and coffee. While the chocolate often seems the stronger aroma it doesn't ever really swamp out the others.

Taste: The flavors are carried by a nice, slightly sweet roasted chocolate backbone that allows the banana to show but not dominate. The clove pops in and out and once in a while the coffee shows itself.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is smooth and medium bodied with reasonable carbonation. The finish is medium in length and well balanced as the malt and some dry bitterness taper off into a nicely dry finish.

Drinkability: I've found this a nicely drinkable beer and am happy to have a second. Each sip follows the other naturally and the flavors are never so strong they overwhelm. Rather "subtlety" is a key word to describe this beer. I'll definitely enjoy having this beer again and I think it is a very nice example of an undervalued style. This beer also illustrates for me yet again how valuable it can be to have two or three bottles before reviewing. This is definitely a beer that grows on one and I did not fully appreciate its subtle complexity until about the 2nd or 3rd bottle.

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Ramstein Classic from High Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 97 ratings