Ramstein Classic | High Point Brewing Company

Ramstein ClassicRamstein Classic
96 Ratings
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 lackenhauser
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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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Photo of granger10
3.22/5  rDev -14.8%
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 rdrummer
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
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 cbl2
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Cloudy dark brown with bottle sediment evident in the glass.


Malty with some citric & yeasty elements present.


Has the caustic first bite associated with a wheat, but this has more of a malt characteristic than most wheats due to the caramel malts used in brewing. A good brew.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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 Gavage
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Everything about this beer is good except for the appearance. It poured a brown color with a very spotty head. Did not look very appetizing. The aroma is full of wheat and some grass. The taste is nice as malt, wheat, caramel, and tea flavors are well balanced.

The mouthfeel was smooth, and the carbonation was very light. The wheat and caramel flavor lasted well into the aftertaste. The bottle was 1/2 month past the "best by" date on the bottle, but it was still very tasty even though it looked bland.

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Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy brown color with a lacey white head. The aroma is faint, but there is a smell of wheat malts and fruity yeast. The taste is decent. It has a dark wheat flavor with a bit of malty character. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation . This beer drinks well, but is lacking in the aroma and taste departments. This is still better than most wheat beers, but not as good as their other offerings.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy mahogony with little shades of red, much like a nice stained piece of wood. Styrafoamlike head that turned into a ring around the edge. Smell was wheat, cherry and other sweet berries. Taste was sweet with nice yeasty malty body, not too much in the way of hops. Finish was dry and fruity. Good carbonation. Overall a good tasty beer.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
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 CharlesRiver
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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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Photo of sponberg
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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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Photo of 86MonteSS
4.48/5  rDev +18.5%
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 ElGuapo
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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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Photo of aaronh
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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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Photo of nomad
4.12/5  rDev +9%
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 49degrees
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
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 +15.1%
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 +9.8%
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 +0.5%
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 +7.1%
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 +30.2%
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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Ramstein Classic from High Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 96 ratings
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