Ramstein Blonde Wheat Beer | High Point Brewing Company

Ramstein Blonde Wheat BeerRamstein Blonde Wheat Beer
BA SCORE
55.1%
Liked This Beer
3.73 w/ 136 ratings
Ramstein Blonde Wheat BeerRamstein Blonde Wheat Beer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
High Point Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
ramsteinbeer.com

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our fresh traditional German-style weiss beer. Malty wheat bouquet brimming with clove and banana aromas. Wheat and barley balance with imported German Noble hops. Unfiltered for a natural flavor. The finish is malty, smooth and refreshing.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#24,018
Reviews:
103
Ratings:
136
Liked:
75
Avg:
3.73/5
pDev:
14.48%
Alströms:
3.47
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
11
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 136 |  Reviews: 103
Photo of BBM
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a light, slightly cloudy yellow with a thin white head. Aroma was a sweet blend of fruits (banana, lemon) and sugars. Some hints of spices as well.

Wheaty, bread-like flavor comes through initially, with strong banana esters that went nicely with the strawberries I was eating. Spices were somewhat reserved. Minor hop presence, as well as a citrusy aftertaste. Mouthfeel was thin and carbonated. Overall a pretty good hefeweizen, not quite as full flavored as you may expect though.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a pint of this at the Cloverleaf.

A: Pours a golden brown body with a nice, white head with low retention but decent lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: A sweet, malty smell with some banana esters being evident. A little metallic smell, similar to the Platinum, but not as evident.

T: A smooth, sweet malty taste with some banana esters to balance. Esters were more evident in the aftertaste.

M: A smooth, silky mouthfeel that felt a little light, but nice nonetheless. Definitely a crisp and refreshing brew.

D: A fairly drinkable beer. Nice combination of mouthfeel and taste makes this a formidable Wheat beer.

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Photo of csmiley
2.92/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a nice cloudy gold in color. Head was minimal and gone very quickly. Not much lace leftover in the glass.

S - Wheat is the primary aroma and the first thing to get through to the nose. Honey and some spiciness show up midway. A small amount of banana is on the tail end and gets a little hard to pick out.

T - Wheat is strong in the flavor as well. Sharp spice has a nice showing in the flavor. Fruitiness is easier to pick out (banana and lemon). Alcohol finishes up the flavor but remains mild.

M - Medium bodied with poor carbonation levels. The carbonation is just wrong for this style of beer.

D - Drinkability is average at best. It shows promise but the lack of carbonation makes it a wheat beer that is hard to drink. Not something I would seek out agian.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Typical hazy straw color with a thin white head... fades and leaves some lacing...

S: Wheat, yeast and spice... in roughly equally non-describable amounts...

T: The wheat base is prominent... clove, banana and lemon-citrus lends some accent...

M: Crisp. Dry. With a moderate to light body...

D: Much better on a summer day... this wasn't all that bad, other choices in the category just out class it...

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Photo of AltBock
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle that has a plain and simple yellow and blue label that has the name of the beer in big blue letters, their weird symbol, and a brief sentence about this beer. The far right of the label is where they keep the US government warning and to the far left is where they keep their address, barcode, best before month, proper storing temp and the best serving temp.

When poured into a Weizen glass, this Ramstein is a hazy bright and shiny lemon yellow color. It had the usual Hefeweizen 2+ inch head of fluffy white foam. This one had OK retention that left behind a small white film and spots of white lace. It had a nice little aroma of malted wheat, banana, cloves, and a touch of lemon zest. Sometimes in the aroma, the malted smelled burnt. The burnt wheat came and went as it chose. The taste was mostly the malted wheat with cloves, subtle banana, yeast, and a with a tiny pinch of lemon zest in the back. The mouthfeel was light and crispy that contained a solid aftertaste of malted wheat. Overall, I can't see why not this beer wouldn't make a nice choice for a Hefeweizen session beer. I enjoyed my first experience with the High Point Brewery.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After some guy at my local store pleaded with me to try this beer I decided I would. This beer poured a watered down straw yellow color with little carbonation and a paper thin head. Smelled of lemo and bubblegum. Taste was bland and boring. Freshness date said good until june, so that wasn't the issue. Taste was of coriander, wheat, and fruit but that's it. This was light and watery and not too enjoyable. I will not be loking for this again.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After being rather dissapointed by the classic version of the Ramstein offering, my expectations weren't too high for this blonde Hefe... Wasn't too impressed with the appearance, looked like applejuice and poured with no head, but the smell was decent and the taste wasn't bad... Wouldn't be my first choice, but a good, solid brew nonetheless... This drink really scores for its easy drinkability... The taste is a typical hefe, with a pronounced wheat flavor and citrus lingering... Definitely a good summer beer, but since I enjoy this style year 'round, wouldn't mind downing one of these anytime... Better out there, but certainly worth a try...

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Photo of tempest
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle at Liberty St. Tavern in Allentown, PA. This is basically a lighter hefeweizen (being blonde and all). That being the case and taking this beer what it is - it's good. The weizen yeast dominates the flavor with a smooth, slightly creamy and fruity spice on top of a light, but sweet wheat (I got just a hint of sourdough once) and barley.Overall, quite a nice beer for the summer. Try one before the cold drives you to darker ales.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bitterbill for this brew.

Pours a cloudy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy white head, some sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is yeasty, malty, banannas, clove, and grassy. The taste is malty, yeasty, nice touch of clove. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty Hefe, glad to have had a chance to try it, thanks Bill.

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Photo of Viggo
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single in Buffalo.

Pours a clear golden, thick white head forms, drops down to a thin layer, nice thick ring, few lace spots. Smell is spicy, lots of banana/clove, yeast, bit of bread, caramel, sweet sugar, very clean and pleasant. Taste is clovey, banana/vanilla middle, touch of caramel, fruity spice finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. Nice beer, I like the High Point brews I've had.

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Photo of bonbright7
3.24/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had two bottles of this while making a dinner of Tilapia as I was looking forward the hefeweizen taste. The cloudy orange yellow had nothing dramatic in its appearence with no frothy head, even when I poured directly in. It smelled good with bananas and vanilla, but the first taste was nothing special. I was taken aback as I was expecting much greater things. The taste was similar to the smell but it lacked content or any muscle in both bottles.

I will try this again in the future, but I will try another source.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ours from 12oz bottle(best by Aug 2007) a cloudy straw colour with a very small head of foam that dissipates completely after a very short time with no lacing.

The smell has a wheat nose with some citrus and spice.

The taste on first sip has a nice burst of banana and clove followed by wheat and yeast. Another sip and there's some tartness, no actually, a lot of tartness...very lemony. That's something that would work quite well in the hot summer days of Casper, no doubt.

The mouthfeel is good for the style, the carbonation is light. and the finish ends up with the banana that I noted on the first sip. Solid. Good. Tasty.

Bottom line: This would be a good thirst quecher for the summer season and I thank jwc215 for including this one in our trade!

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Photo of riversider76
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow. Thin white head, not much retention, but a decent lacing. Smell is of clove, bananna, with a hint of candy,and spice. Body is light,with some carbionation. Taste is of candy,and fruit. Nice bubble gum finish. Good stuff. Recommended.

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Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass a hazed light yellow with some peach-like hue a large fluffy,clingy white head that settles very slowly leaving a globs of lace behind.First off I detected alot of smoke near rauch beer like really with notes of toasted grain and clove,flavors are very wheaty with a touch of odd funk and clove not much citrus going on.Cereal-like on the palate and refreshing but still a little odd but its still a solid American wheat beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from BillyB, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him.
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a weizen glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy yellow color, with a very thin white head that fades almost instantly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of lemon, wheat clove spice, banana & yeast.

T: The bready wheat & yeast flavors are heavily in the forefront of this beer as you would expect from this style and especially from brewer with “wheat” in their name. There are some flavors of lemon, banana & spice in the background. The after-taste consists of wheat & lemon.

M: Very smooth and very crisp, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, it’s quite refreshing, light and an excellent representation of the style. This one is well-worth sticking with if you’re looking for something easy.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on-tap at Andy's Corner Bar.

This hefeweizen poured a hazy, golden color with white foam that settled. The smell was banana, cloves, toasted coconut, malt, and a hint of citrus. The taste was malty with modest clove phenols and a light fruitiness (bananas and lemons). The mouthfeel was smooth with a tanginess. The body was medium-full with low carbonation. The finish was tangy and citrusy. This was a good, enjoyable hefeweizen.

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Photo of outdoorbrewer
4.55/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured to form a thick off-white head that slowly diminishes over a cloudy yellow brew, appearing inviting as an old world style wheat. Clove and spice with some banana esters appear in the nose. Light wheat dough accents citrus as yeast permeates the aroma.
Initially I detect a light sweet-tart wheat malt flowing through as the soft carbonation fizzes out to reveal another wheat malt flavor slightly sweet and flavorful.
With this flavor and a medium to full body and creamy palate Ramstein Blonde is easily a favorite in my opinion, from a person who first tasted a German wheat in the early 1970's.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy light copper hue with a three finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a nice banana and clove aroma with a touch of lemon zest.

The taste consisted of a good wheat body, with some chewy yeast and a nice lemony finish.

The mouthfeel was good and chewy.

Overall a nice interpretation of the style. Not the best American hefe out there, but good nonetheless.

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Photo of jaluria
4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Semi-cloudy with a yellow & gold color with a soft, white head that dissipates quickly. Medium-level of carbonation. Aromas of honey, dried fruit, wheat, grains, and hard candy. Creamy and smooth texture with bread-like flavors dominating the taste. Flavorful with sweet undertones. Juicy fruit flavors with a hint of alcohol.

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Photo of Phatz
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an interesting unique Hefe.

Appearance: Very cloudy golden lemon color with a creamy head.

Smell: Yeast driven aroma follows with wheat banana and sprinkle of clove.

Taste: The flavor is clearly dominated by the yeast and yet it is quite unique. This is a yeast strain the brewer (whom I met) brought back from Germany. It is very bold and does make for a flavorful Hefe Weizen. Following the unique yeasty character is a lemon citrus tart, wheat, fruit, and spices. There is a hint of bread and a hint of bitter dry in the end. Nice.

Mouthfeel: Very full in th mouth and creamy smooth.

Drinkability: This is a very unique Hefe Weizen that is worth trying. It is as drinkable a Hefe as I could expect.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found this on tap at Ludwig’s

This beer came a mysteriously dark lemon color that wasn’t too cloudy. There was no head here to be found.

Smells of raspberries, lemons and banana with a light milky yeast and a cool wheat.

Tastes very light with a sweet raspberry and lemon and a slightly powdery banana accompanied by a good blend of yeast.

The mouth feel was light but dense and silky. Arguably it was too dense.

There are some nice fruity flavors going on here and it’s really easy to drink. However, for the style, it was a bit different.

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Photo of jackorain
2.91/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I was outside on my deck, it was still 88° at 7:00 PM, thought I'd crack one of these Hefes open for a nice refresher.

A-poured into a pint glass, almost no head formed, what did form was made up of large bubbles and quickly disappated to thin coat. What was left did leave a little lacing. Color was a meduim golden straw and quite cloudy. I can drink any color beer, but the head on this was just not impressive.

S-Bread, grain, yeast, banana, clove, and orange citrus. Smelled pretty darn good

T-The smells listed above that made it smell so good had an opposite affct on my palate. For hefe, I just thought the spices, citrus and banana were too strong, tasted more like a americanized belguin wit beer than a hefe. Also had a buttery sweetness that put me off a little

M-fairly medium body for this style, was expecting more of a light body. Was also quite fizzy for having no head, almost soda like with bubbles popping all over in my mouth. Not all that refreshing on the aforementioned hot evening.

D-With all the negativity above you might think the drinkability was going to be low, but afterall it is beer. And this one is still quite drinakble, I could have several in a sitting.

A beer club selection that I have 5 bottles left. I will try again and will modify/improve the review if warranted.

1 week later-I tried this again last night, still no head, still smells great, still tastes sweet and too spicy. I added a lemon, like some people do with hefe, it improved this one, but I can't let this justify raising the taste score as it should stand on its own.

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Photo of jlmjl
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great selection - I loved the choice. Unfortunately Im not able to write this review with the beer in front of me, the six pack was a big hit at home this weekend, I had to fight for three of them.

A - Poured with a great big head to it, bright, not terribly cloudy for what it is. Great looking beer.

S - For a wheat (Blonde) or a Hefe style, I did not have all the characteristics (smell) that I expected.

Taste - I found this beer to be very very refreshing. I would not call it in anyway crisp, but it was light in a sense for again what I thought it should be. Sorry guys, I did this one with fruit (one way I got my wife to have one with me) frankly, if appropriate or inappropriate, I like this style brew with a lemon. Overall, it was not what I expected when the label says wheat.

M - I would call this a medium body beer which I think adds to its drinkability.

D - Loved it again. For all that I said above about my impression of the beer being light and not a true Hefe styled beer, I thought it had some real good quality to it. Im not sure if the sixth - seventh one in a night of enjoying would wear on me , but Id be willing to give this beer a good run on a night. This is an easy three bottles on the back deck at 4pm. Really good.

Great choice, I love the Beer Club

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Photo of jwc215
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured cloudy orange with a thin white lace.
The smell was clean and crisp. It was of clove, apple and a hint of banana.
The taste was like the smell. Medium-bodied: clove, appple and a touch of banana. The flavors remained - and even became slightly stronger - throughout the drink.
It does thin a bit (watery?) when swirled in the mouth, but the flavors are fairly well-retained. It leaves a fresh feel.
Overall, it was very smooth and easily drinkable. It is one of the best, if not the best, of the several American versions of this style that I've had. A good choice for the style.

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Photo of drugsbunny
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very enjoyable local hefeweizen. Unfortunately no freshness date, but I managed to pick up a fresh six pack from a store with high turnover. Cloudy light hefeweizen appearance and typical banana aroma, with mild spice hints. Same with the taste, light spice flavor. Moderate head for a wheat beer. This is a match for any German hefeweizen. Not as good as another local hefe, Brooklyner Weisse, but well worth the price. I will drink this over my imported favorites any day. Kudos to Ramstein.

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Ramstein Blonde Wheat Beer from High Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 55.1% out of 100 with 136 ratings
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