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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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 david18
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
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 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 mikeg67
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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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Photo of cpolking
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a very dark brown to light black with a massive head. It has an interesting aroma, dark, roasted grain, slightly smokey, a hint of coffee and a touch of yeast. The flavor is overwhelmingly tangy, almost sour with the dark roasted flavors left in the background to come through on the aftertaste. After reading other reviews, I wonder whether I got an off bottle, no one else had the massive sourness.

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Photo of moester13
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown pour, very thin looking. Carbonation evident in glass, no head though.

S: Interesting smell,banana bread and nuts, hint of chocolate.

T: Bittersweet malts upfront, very strong banana bread character. Toasted malt finish does not linger long.

M: Thin feel, finishes smooth. Think my bottle may have been flatter than intended.

D: Not a bad tasting brew, I assume freshness and carbonation may have brought my ratings down. Have to try a new bottle soon.

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Photo of Naugled
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a nice head but dissipates to nothing. A nice dark clear body, and tan head.

Bubble gum and banana in the nose

The bubble gum, banana and vanilla follows in the palate, but also an ashy smoky note as well. Wasn't expecting that.

Medium to light mouth feel.

A fairly drinkable dunkel but the ashiness is a bit annoying after awhile.

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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 bogus564
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz, poured into a tall weizen glass.

Color is dark chocolate, but a clear dark chocolate, what one would expect from a dunkelweizen. The head grows rapidly and is tan in color, but bubbles off rather quickly.

Smells of yeast, banana, roasted malt and lemon. Can't wait to have my first sip.

The taste is what I expected - I catch a lot of lemon and grass. The other flavors that I smelled are there, but they're supporting actors. The two leads do just fine with this beer.

The beer is light-bodied, with a dry finish. Could have geared down the carbonation a tiny bit, but I'm nitpicking as far as that goes.

This beer was outstanding with my grilled cheese sandwich; I wish I had picked up two at the liquor store. This brewery does alright with wheat beers. Impressive.

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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 tone77
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
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 ATPete
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Pours a mostly transparent amber brown color with a small screen of an off white head. very little soapy sticking on the glass. Roasty wheat, some expected sweet banana and clove in the nose. A bright but welcome hop character hits the tongue, a caramelized sugar like malt/wheat sweetness takes over and rounds out the sip, a long yeasty aftertaste. Very easy to drink and pretty damn true to style.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The body of Ramstein Classic is a shade of light bronze that is surprisingly light in color. A finger or so of tightly bubbled white head has average retention at best, and leaves behind no lacing.

Very malty nose. Toasted malt, crackers, a touch of banana and hops.

The flavor has a slight coriander spiciness to it, with a dose of noble hops. Banana comes next and is a bit more powerful than the spice or hops, but the malt dominates the flavor profile of Ramstein Classic. Toasted malts along with grain and cracker flavors are strongest.

The mouthfeel is pretty highly carbonated, which doesn't hurt or help anything.

I expected a little more out of this one, but overall it is a decent beer.

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Photo of deereless
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: A good two inches of head on a hard pour, the color of a light molasses , minimal amounts of lacing- 3.75, S: Tons of toasted malts, some caramel and faint chocolate hazelnut, strong clove aroma - 4.25, T: The hop bite is quite noticeable and imparts an earthy and herbal flavor, quite a bit of lemon and citrus, some caramelized sugars and a slight toffee - 3.50, M: Thin mouth feel - 2.75, D: All is all a decent beer, the mouth feel does leave a little to be desired and seems to detract from the overall experience, I would drink the beer again - 3.00

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Photo of tjd112
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
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 scootny
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
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 tpd975
3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice dark brown hue, expected a hefe, who knew it was a dark wheat? The head is tall and a nice shade of dark khaki. Very pillow like wonderful retention with nice chunky lace.

S: The roast comes out nicely. Lots of caramel and chocolate up front. The banana is there (somewhat over ripe aromas) along with nice spice.

T: It does not taste as good as it looks or smells. Rather subtle to be honest. Mostly roast up front, not bold at all though. Very subtle spice with the slightest of hint of banana estered yeast.

M: Very snappy on the tongue, almost sharp to be honest.

D: So So. This one stared off great. Was sort of downhill from there.

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Photo of matty
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is banana,cloves and malts.Taste is toasted malts and cloves.Overall a decent beer with a nice faded smoky aftertaste.I would recommend to try at least once and I think think this is something I would purchase again!!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
2.76/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I found this at BierKraft in NYC, sold as singles. Poured into an Andechs weisse glass, I'm surprised at the dark color. I thought this would be a hefeweizen but BA lists it as a dunkel weizen. The beer smells kind of lactosy, definitely a wheat beer but not as much phenol as I'd prefer. Same with the taste, I don't get much banana or clove. Maybe this is an old bottle, hard to say as this is the first time I've tried the beer. Just not pleasant. I drank the whole thing but didn't really enjoy it.

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Photo of confer
3.06/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's alive

This beer had to be poured very slowly as it exploded out of the bottle. When the monster tan head calmed down a cola looking beer remained. Very dark almost opaque, it looked nice.

The smell was fresh ans lightly malty.

This tastes like the little brother of the Winter Wheat from High point. To malty for my liking.

It was not at all what I was expecting. Doesn't taste anything like a Weizen.

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Photo of csmiley
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours dark and cola brown and almost opaque. The tan head topped out at just over an inch. Retention was good but only a minor amount of lace made any attempt to adhere to the side of the glass.

S - Wheat is up front in the aroma but not as much as I would have liked. Quickly following the wheat is some caramel and chocolate. Some spiciness bring up the rear and stays pretty mild.

T - Wheat stands out even less in the flavor. It is up front but just not enough. Chocolate, yeast, and caramel start to come in about midway. Alcohol and a sharp spice show up to finish it off but stay in a distant background.

M - Medium bodied with average carbonation. Finish stays pretty sweet throughout.

D - Drinkability is just above average. Most everything about this beer is about average. I could have more of these but really don't have a desire to. It goes down easy but that is just because of an uneventful smell and flavor. Overall, not bad. Not really that good either.

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Photo of AltBock
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle that has a simple label of the Ramstein symbol and a brief description about the beer at the bottom. Make sure to look on the side for a best before month notch. Mine was best before July. I still have no clue on what year it was, but it was more than likely best before July 2008.

I had no other choice, but to pour it into a Weizen glass. What came out of the bottle was a mahagony brown colored beer that had some black cherry highlights. It had a beautiful massive beige colored head of foam. Not only was it beautiful, but it had excellent retention that left behind a small beige film and streak after streak of beige lace. It had a light dark aroma of toasted malts, a few cloves, a quick splash of lemon, subtle sweet caramel, bread, and then it ended with a touch of ripe banana. The taste started off mild with toasted malts and a hint of caramel, but then after that it went sour and tart with lemon, grapefruit, and citrus hops. Of course the mouthfeel was light, but this Dunkelweizen has an a lightly sour aftertaste of grapefruit and lemons. In the end, it's clearly not a great Dunkelweizen, but it is a nice little take on a German stlye from a great NJ brwery.

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Photo of sleazo
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A_The first thing that strikes me here is that there seems to be less beer in the bottle and more headspace than other 12ozers. This however does not appear to be a problem as the small bottle completely fills up a half litre weizen glass. A four(five?) finger foamy eggshell head sits atop a hazy dark brown liquid. A stream of bubbles cascade up to the top giving the head wonderful staying power. Nice to look at indeed.

S_Slight phenol and ester aromas push through a caramel sort of malt. On the tame side.

T_mildly sweet up front with a good ammount of yeast coming through. Heavy on cloves in the middle and the end with a slight banana quality as it warms. The slightly medicinal hop bitterness also comes through midsip. The aftertaste besides tasting of clove returns to a caramel and sweet slight roasted malt.

M_SLightly below medium bodied and very effervescent. I would say this is perhaps slightly too carbonated.

D_Very interesting beer. Not on par with the Germans but a very good shot from an American brewery and one that ends up being unique at that.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
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 tempest
3.77/5  rDev 0%
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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Ramstein Classic from High Point Brewing Company
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