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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Reviews: 81 | Ratings: 96
Photo of dsa7783
2/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Really wasn't too impressed... Although a decent beer, for a company that claims to specialize in wheat beers, they could've done alot better with this one... This tastes, looks, and smells more like a stout than a wheat beer, and after spending $7.75 on a six-pack, I was kind of dissapointed by the overall lack of complexity and bland flavor that predominated this brew. I'm pissed I wasted almost eight bucks on a brew that I basically had to force down rather than enjoy... No real wheat flavor in here, but more traces of cocoa and bittersweet chocolate...

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.55/5  rDev -32.4%
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 Citadel82
2.58/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This one poured a reddish dark brown color but there was hardly any head even though I made a vigorous pour. Scattered lace.

What happened? The smell is typical for a wheat but also has some sour characteristics in it. The taste seemed to be mostly malt with an underlying sourness being the strongest flavor. I tasted little or no hops they are, in my opinion, nonexistent.

This was an unusual beer that I really did not enjoy all that much. It went down well enough but the sourness was not what I expected.

I bet it would be better if fresher, I will try again when I get the chance to be fair.

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Photo of whartontallboy
2.72/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a murky cola-brown color with almost no head. What head there was vanished in seconds, and there was no streaming carbonation afterwards.

Smell is interesting, lots of banana and clove scents, some bubblegum and other spices, and a slightl doughiness.

Malty and sweet flavor, with hints of the clove spiciness and some banana and peachy fruit flavors entering in as well. The lack of carbonation gives a pretty dead mouthfeel, though, and after a time it kind of becomes too sweet and too syrupy. The flavor's not bad, but the dead mouthfeel really kills it.

Overall: I thought maybe I had an undercarbonated bottle, but it looks like a lot of the other reviews mention tiny/no head and not much carbonation. I'll pass on this one next time.

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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 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 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 granger10
3.22/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a rusty dark tan color but there was hardly any head even though I made a vigorous pour. What happened? My only guess is that the bottle is old, the best by date is for May. The smell is really wheaty but also has some roasted nut characteristics in it. The taste seemed to be dominated by the malts. Caramel being the strongest malt flavor. I guess I get some wheat but it seems really weak. There's a smoky flavor underneath that takes the place of hops which are nonexistent. A strong yeast bite hits my tongue before the sweetness comes back in the finish. This was an unusual beer that I really did not enjoy all that much. It went down easy enough but the caramel and wheat flavors were not working together here. But I didn't dislike this beer either. I bet it could be better if fresher, but I'm sticking with the German's when it comes to Dunkelweizens.

Thanks to partyhatjo for the beer.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.24/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Overall, I felt this was pretty average for the style. Certainly a good drink, but nothing spectacular. Poured a moderately cloudy dark red colour with a 1/2 inch layer of sand coloured foam that faded away in about 25 seconds, leaving a ring of frost about its edges. Smell was very nice consisting of roasted wheat kernels and chewy caramel candy. Quite nice. Taste was average having the proper flavour profiles for the style, but finishing up with a surprising bitterness. It wasn't offensive at all. In fact, it was very mild. It's just that I wasn't expecting *any* bitterness from a brew of this sort. So far, I like Ramstein's Winter Wheat the best. This is, however, decent at least.

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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 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 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 IrishRedRock
3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
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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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 DrJay
3.47/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep chestnut colour topped by a short, light brown head. Fizzy bubbles that dissipate quickly and leave a bit of lace behind. Malty aroma composed of toasty, lightly chocolate grains and a mild yeasty bite. Sweet, malty flavour that you get out of some better German beers. Mild breadiness with a light fruit character as well. It finishes with a dry cocoa flavour. Medium bodied with carbonation a little on the low side. Not bad, nothing spectacular though. I enjoyed it, but it didn't make a huge impression on me.

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Photo of weeare138
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
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 mjc410
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A vigourous pour into a Weizen glass produces a relatively short (for a wheat) head, very tan. The liquid is dark brown and translucent. Smelling brings forth only a light dark roast, and perhaps some vanilla. The taste, the best part, is very roasty, and almost like a stout. It has a slight wheat "twang" as I like to call it, but much less than expected. The mouthfeel is not as thick as I would like, too little for a dunkel. Still, it's enjoyable, but perhaps this beer has been miscategorized, because it's missing a lot of traditional dunkel weizen characteristics.

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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 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 Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to NeroFiddled for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy head which does not last long, not sticky lacing at all. The nose is malty, yeasty, some bananna, clove, and caramel. The taste is malty, slighty yeasty, touch of bananna/clove, lots of caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice brew for a hot day.

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Photo of OldSock
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Presentation and Appearance – 12 oz bottle, probably a bit warmer than it should be, poured into a weizen glass. The beer is brown with ruby highlights when held to the light. It is not as hazy as most wheat beers, and the head is diminutive for a weizen. This is a pretty sad looking wheat beer.

Smell – The smell is right on, bananas and cloves along with a darker bready, yeasty aroma. This brew shows promise yet.

Taste – Not without its charm, but too toned down for me. Its mostly just a watery malt flavor with hints of vanilla and yeast. It lacks the complexity of the great wheat beers, but it is pleasant. It has a bit of sourness to it that is uncommon in the style, but refreshing. The taste simply does not live up to the promise that the nose gives.

Mouthfeel – Smooth lightish-medium body, low carbonation. Eh?

Drinkability and Notes – Decent local wheat beer, but not in the same class with the Europeans versions. I bought this bottle a while ago, its possible I should have drank it sooner, but I did take good care of this one.

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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 jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a decent-sized off-white head.

The smell is of mild, earthy grain and a hint of sweet malt. Not bad - not expected for style.

The taste is of an earthy, roasted wheat grain upfront. A sweet malt (mild chocolate?) comes through as support and balance. The flavors aren't bad, but on the weaker side, especially the yeast.

It thins just a tad. It's fairly crisp and smooth. The flavors could have held on a bit longer.

Not bad, but could use more yeast to give it more body. It also could use more depth and character and fit the style better. Worth trying anyway. They should also write ""dunkel" or "dark" on the label, for clarification, IMO.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep copper color with no head whatsoever.Very faint aroma-wheat and yeast but again faint at best.Nice malty flavor-very crisp with a touch of caramel sweetness.Very good body-full on the palate.An extremely quaffable brew-not being a wheat beer fan I was impressed.This one leans more towards the German wheats the a US version.Quite good-well worth a six pack to try.

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