Ramstein Classic
High Point Brewing Company

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German Dunkelweizen
Ranked #27
Ranked #25,085
3.81 | pDev: 13.91%
High Point Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
Very Good
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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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

Drought from High Point. Pours deep mahogany with a medium tanned head and lovely carbonation. Great aroma of yeast, banana, chocolate and cloves. Medium, smooth body. Flavor of banana, cloves and chocolate. Medium, fruity-coffee finish. Very tasty brew.

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4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
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 frank4sail
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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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4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown body, topped by a smallish off-white head, which rapidly drops into an oil slick topper. Coats the glass well. Dark fruits intwine with bubblegum in the nose. Rich on the tongue, a bit of roastiness merges with the wheat and a lurking caramel quality. A little hop tickle in the end to let you know they are there for balance. Surprisingly quaffable.

While no longer exclusively a wheat beer brewery, High Point certainly knows how to do them well.

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3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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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3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my Weisse glass a clear yet deep brown chestnut color; head was pretty weak, only leaving minimal lacing. There's not a lot of carbonation in this, in either the appearance or on the palate. Could use a bit more...kinda flat. Toasty caramel and clove spiciness in the nose. Flavor leaves a bit to be desired considering the aroma is fairly complex. Hazelnut and clove are detectable along with some earthy bread and yeast. More flavor in the finish and aftertaste than anywhere else. Too thin and lacking carbonation. Other than that, it's not too bad.

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4.92/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had many samples of this at the Hight Point brewery in Butler, NJ. First thing you notice about this beer is the chocolate aroma and taste. Then the apple - clove taste hits, followed by a nutty yeast flavor. The only way I can describe it is that is like drinking apple pie that was covered in chocolate sauce except that it is not as sweet. THE best dunkle weizen I have ever had. A little bit of Germany in central Jersey.

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4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to BIF 1 and RonfromJersey for this one. I have to say that this is my first beer from High Point.

Pours solid brown in color with a small white head. The smell is sweet, malt, caramel and something earthy. Looks very dark and heavy but the taste is just the opposite. Light, smooth and crisp. Not very dimensional but very easy drinking with great flavor. Kind of tangy in the end, maybe a hint of hops?

Overall a good beer that I would like to have more of. Thanks again to RonfromJersey and BIF!

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4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A deep dark chesnut pour with a little haziness to it and a nice big off-white head lingering on top. Aromas of apples, spice, and yeast in large proportions leapt at my nose.

A very nice style dunkel weiss. It has a lot of body compared to a few others I have had, and that was quite a relief. I really like how they put the dunkel in dunkel with some nice roasty characteristics of coffee and burnt malts. A bit of spiciness is in there as well as a hint of chocolate. This is a wonderful brew.

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3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color, reminiscent of a dark lager that is a bit hazy. It is topped by a light tan head that shows repectable retention. The aroma is apples, roasted malt, and a touch of peppery hops. The taste has a distinctive roasted character, with a nice yeast component and a refreshing wheat crispness on the finish. A mild hop bitterness finishes off the beer, with the lingering aftertaste of fresh bread. The mouthfeel is solid, but not as fulfilling as the Ramstein Blonde. The drinkability is good, as this is a very enjoyable beer.

I was fortunate enough to obtain a sixpack of this and the Ramstein Blonde from fellow BA joehops, which I shared with some friends. One friend found both to be equally impressive, and the other thought that the Classic overshadowed the Blonde. I feel just the opposite, as I like the Blonde a good deal more than the Classic. However, both are very respectable brews that I will seek out again in the future.

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4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
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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4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is deep brown with some red tones when put to the light. There is a thin head which quickly dissipates and there is no lacing at all. The smell is of dough and fruit, and so is the taste with the addition of banana and nut (which I noted to a greater extent in the Winter Wheat as well). This is a smooth, easy drinking beer.

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3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After hearing great things about this brewery and it's hard to find beers, I had really high expectations for this beer. And Dunkelweizen is one of my favorite styles and ususally very hard to find as well. I ready for beer nirvana, ready to see Jesus.

While this indeed is a very good beer, it's not great. Using Franzikaner Dunkelweise as a standard, this beer was, once again while very good, not great, It is a very dark, very malty and heavy wheat beer. For my tastes, it is too hearty for the style with too few nuances. Not partically chocolately and the expected banana/clove yeast taste wasn't really there either.

I sampled one more huge hefe glass worth that night and yet another a few nights later to confirm my initial impression.

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Photo of Gusler
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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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Ramstein Classic from High Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 97 ratings