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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2002

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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 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 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 Gusler
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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 frank4sail
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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 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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