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: 96 |  Reviews: 81
Photo of poorbanker
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of Longstaff
4.92/5  rDev +30.5%
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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Photo of JoeNobody
4.75/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I tried this beer on tap at the Drafting Room in Exton, PA. I started out just wanting to taste it but it brough me back the next day. In a pint glass it had a slight 1/4 inch head that dissapated quickly but a thin ring outer ring of foam lasted almost to the bottom of pint glass. It left a very distinguished lacing on the glass. The mouthfeel was very nice did not appear over carbonated like some beers. Being new to the world of good beers this was my first dunkel weizen but definitley not my last. I enjoyed this offering very much and that was after drinking Chimay Grande Réserve the previous two nights.

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Photo of donniecuffs
4.64/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Into a weizen glass, it poured a chestnut brown, with less than a finger of off-white, modest retention, and good lacing. The aroma consisted of chocolate, coffee, banana, and clove; truly unique. The best way to describe the taste is perfectly balanced between the aforementioned flavors, with a nice semi-dry, balanced finish, and some malty aftertaste. Despite the appearance, this is a thin- to medium-bodied beer, with some modest carbonation. VERY drinkable, and quite possibly the most underrated beer that this brewery makes.

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Photo of IPA17
4.62/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I haven't had this beer in awhile and I am sorry that I waited so long. I forgot how goo it is. Served on-tap, the appearance was a nice brownish-red with some clarity and an amber hue. The smell was full of aromas, including lemon, chocolate and caramel flavors which were more pronouced than I had expected. The taste was just out of this world. Well balanced, it exuded a confident yet not overpowering "dark" feel and taste while not forgeting that it is, afterall, a weizen. A solid mouthfeel, I could have had many of these had time permitted.

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Photo of lauries444
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of 86MonteSS
4.48/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Since it's a wheat beer, I expected it to be a little lighter, but it poured a very dark amber. Definitely a wheat smell, but the taste is domnated by a smoked flavor. I had eyed Ramstein plenty of times in the store thinking nothing of it, but I was very pleasantly surprised by the Classic. Not sure how much it costs since I bought it in a mix-a-six, but it's something I'll get again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
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 wattoclone
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
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 RonfromJersey
4.37/5  rDev +15.9%
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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Photo of Dantes
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Package: 12oz. bottle, no ABV listed. “Ramstein” spelled out in Gothic lettering. “Enjoy by month notched” marked at March. Nothing to distinguish years. Label recommends storing at 35º-45º and serving at 40º Neck label describes brew style. A bit busy overall but reasonably informative.

Cost: $6.99 6-pack at Kings

Presentation: Imperial Pint glass at 45º. (40º serving recommendation too cold in my opinion).

Appearance: The only area in which this beer let me down.. Some gunsmoke. Generated very little head, which dissipated quickly. A rich, translucent reddish chestnut. Not remarkable.

Smell: Somewhat subdued smell, with hints of caramel and roasted grain. A little breadiness. Typical for a wheat beer in not exhibiting dramatic aromas.

Taste: Very classic dunkelweiss flavors. Toasty barley and wheat. Good balance of malt and German hops edge. It is not too bitter, nor flabby or overly sweet. Subtle notes of roasted nuts and yeast. Solid, medium-dry, finish.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation allows this to fill the mouth with a degree of creaminess. A medium-bodied but substantial beer.

Drinkability: A great drinking beer for the Fall or any season. Satisfying, without being too extreme in any category.

I am glad I have re-discovered High Point’s beers. Clearly this is an example of familiarity breeding contempt. I have passed these beers by for too long, because they are always available. Now I realize how truly well-crafted these are and won’t take them for granted again. Ramstein Classic is an example of a beer hewing closely to a classic style and making it look easy, without feeling it has to be bigger and splashier; only better.

Backwash: If you close your eyes, you’d think you were in Munich. Truly classic.

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Photo of rdrummer
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
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 drtth
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
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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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up recently, since I can't recall the last time I had any of High Point's offerings. I forgot what this beer looked like - like many reviewers on here, I could have sworn this looked and tasted like a class hefe. When I saw the pour and head form, it was obvious that I was pretty wrong! Nevertheless, this was very enjoyable and a solid brew.

Very nice pour - the beer had an almond hue with some burnt-reddish edges to it, and a nice frothy head. Almost no lacing to be found, but the taste more than made up for it. Very light, but very filling at the same time. Lots of caramel and clove here, with some banana and a very bready undertone and aftertaste to it. The one grew on me really quick, since it has the lightness in a summer beer but with the flavors and complexity of an Octoberfest. The aftertaste lingered a while too, like an Octoberfest would, but there wasn't any spice to be found here. Very little bitterness, but that's not a factor when drinking this. The flavors work wonderfully together and this one goes down nice and easy!

Even though it's 5.5% ABV, this is a great change for a summer brew...for those who want a bit more kick and flavor in their session beers. I really wish that High Point's offerings were more easily found, as I live 15-20 miles from their brewery and I have a very hard time finding any of their selection around here. They have a great yeast strain from Germany in their beers, and all of the one I've tried were full-bodied, well crafted, and above average in their respective styles. This one is no exception - a wonderful choice for a wide range of beer enthusiasts!

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Photo of 49degrees
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice rendition of a dark Munich style wheat beer. Although I'd say I enjoy the Weihenstephaner's Dark Hefe-weiss beer a little bit better, High Point's is an extremely enjoyable brew, easy to drink, and is rife with passionate characteristics.

Sold in long neck, 12 oz bottle, freshness dated solely by month (my bottle is best before March) and it is suggested that this be served between 35º - 45º. Pours a deep brown color with relatively high luminoscity, a relatively small (1/4") head considering its wheat base, a nice tight bright white collar, and minimal lacing.

Aroma is highlighted by hints of caramel, coriander and a slight hint of sweet chocolate. These characteristics are well packaged alongside a very nice blend of soothing malts which also presents a certain amount of sweetness.

Taste wise, this is a nice dark wheat beer, quite sweet with hints of caramel, toffee, butterscotch, and a nice smooth blend of malts. A reasonable amount of carbonation is also present in this brew, which alongside the smooth malty flavors makes for a nice feeling beer in the mouth.

A very drinkable brew with a moderate alcohol level which makes this an easy session beer. It does lack some of the hearty, almost nutty flavors of some of the dark German versions of the brew, but all in all, very very enjoyable. [ Thanks to 'malto' for the brew ]

[ STATS:>> 12 oz bottle / ABV: unlisted / PRICE: N/A ]

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Photo of dasenebler
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a growler filled fresh at the brewery.

Pours a deep, cloudy chocolate brown. One-finger head dissipates quickly, leaving a bit of lacing on the way down.

Aroma is surprisingly malty and toasty, with some phenolic action as well.

This is a very nice Dunkelweizen. The roasty, chocolately flavors are pronounced, but not overcooked. There is also a good bit of fruitiness, specifically banana and grape on the finish. Almost like a really good brown ale with Weizen phenols and esters. Very drinkable and smooth, though the mouthfeel lacked some creaminess and adequate carbonation (see: Growler).

I agree that this is a very underrated beer from High Point. I found it to be quite delicious and sessionable.

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Photo of jaluria
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My 1st beer from HPW and what a beer it was. I bought a 6-pack of this from Oak Tree Buy Rite.

Poured a slightly hazy, medium-brown color with plenty of carbonation and frothy cream-colored head. A good amount of lacing was left behind in my weizen glass. Aromas of caramel, grains (bread-like), dried pairs, and candy. The taste was filled with fruit and grain flavors with an ever-present caramel note that seemed to dominate the finish. Smooth and just slightly creamy, this beer was very refreshing on a hot summer day, while watching a World Cup semi-final. Easy to sip and even easier to quaff, this was a rich and flavorful beer with loads of complexity and a great texture.

I can't wait to try other beers from the HPW beer company.

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Photo of doho95fu
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
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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Photo of soultrain
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Mahr's Weisse glass.

A-Dark reddish amber beer that is totally clear. 2 1/2" beige head froth settles to 1/2" in a minute and remains for the duration of the beer. Good lacing all down the glass.
S-Caramel, caramel, and more caramel.
T-Whoa, this tastes way lighter than the way it smells and looks. Caramel dissolves into mild clovey hazelnut that dissolves into a finely carbonated ether. The chalk dry aftertaste only inspires more quaffing.
M-The carbonation in this beer is almost perfect, and lasts for the duration.
D-Wicked light, killer drinkability.

CRUX: NICE DUNKEL FROM NEW JERSEY. Ah, for once I got lucky on a blind purchase at the beer store. I'll get it again, for sure!

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Photo of Foxman
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a hazy, milk chocolate brown, like straight iced coffee. A very sparing light brown head dies promptly.

The aroma asserts a fog of malt sweetness, bearing gifts of dark fruit, cocoa, soy, vanilla, baked dough, and is that…is it…yes, it’s custard.

The first sip brings a toasted malt fruitiness along with sweet cherries and a mild nip of plums. Swaths of vanilla and a leathery earthiness work to begin drying the whole. The end approaches with a strain of toasted bread blended with a moderately dry, clingy finish in tow. An intriguing blend, its substantial and satisfying.

Medium bodied, it wraps around the palate but never cloys. The finish is quick, but happily busy.

It starts by getting you to believe it’s a garden of earthly delights, and if it falls short of Eden, it’s not by too much. The aroma is busy but so enticing, and the flavor is pared down in comparison but very pleasurable. It seems to weight a bit heavy while drinking, so this places a small limitation on how many one might have, but it’s so smooth and tasty, and the wheat downright satisfies. It’s not often that I wouldn’t be in the mood for one or two of these.

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Photo of nomad
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a translucent reddish brown, like a smoky ruby color. Had a good bubbly, frothy head, and the lace died quick. And as always with pure German beers, lots of natural tiny bubble carbonation.

Nose was foremost red apples and malt - love that well roasted barley. Also, softly yeasty, a little smoky toffee, and had an ounce of cloves. Taste was a nice dry hops up front and a nice caramel malt, though it was light. Overall the beer came across as a little watery, but this did not diminish its fruity but hearty profile. Quietly wavering between sweet and sour, I wish it came through a little more.

It had a small yet sharp tingle on the tongue which gave way to a mostly thin but partly oily mouthfeel. Moderately long finish and with a fair share of cream before the end that could taste a little better, especially given its milky bitter/sour quality. Pretty darn good beer but could be better, more hearty and expressive like a lot of German imports. Still, its nice to have a six of these around.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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 Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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 joeskirkie
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I came home direct from the brewery with a sixer and a Ramstein branded weizen glass.

In said glass the classic is very cloudy almost opaque cola color, good off white head that laces ok.

Some grains in the aroma, also subtle fruityness and some roasted breadyness.

Grains in the flavor too, good ones. A smooth roasted character thats delightful.

It's a light to medium bodied brew, and talk about a session... this one's a winner

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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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