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Ramstein Blonde Wheat Beer | High Point Brewing Company

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Ramstein Blonde Wheat BeerRamstein Blonde Wheat Beer

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

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.

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Photo of scootny
3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very active beer as you pour with a huge fizzy head but there is no retention or lacing to speak of. Carbonation is quite vigorous to see in glass. A lightly cloudy honey gold that sits like a soda.

Smell is apples and pear with a touch of lemon in the back. A light and mild spiciness. Some faint soap.

Taste is much like the nose with a stronger soapiness in the palate and finish. Some banana and wheat malt. Not a benchmark hefe which a you expect from a brewery that has wheat in their name. It implies specialization and focus on the little things in order to create a great American version of a German staple. A lost opportunity this one. Feel is overly carbonated and spritzy with a prickly sensation as you swallow.

Drinkability is one of the strong suits for this beer. Not much else to recommend it. A good one for hot days as it will quench the mightiest thirst.

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Photo of philbe311
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Interesting pour... Tons of chunky fizzy bubbles form into one fingers worth of crystal white head... Impressive retention... Tons of fast paced swimming carbonation throughout... Noticeable sediment throughout... Pale golden straw color with an ever so faint haziness...

S - Lemon zest... Wheat... Grain... Corriander... Clove... Faint hint of yeast... Pears... Pale malts....

T - Lemon cough drops... Slightly sugary... Wheat and grain... Some faint peppery notes... Tart...

M - Slightly creamy head... Surprisingly heavy... Biting prickly carbonation... Crisp... Medium bodied... A slight tartness...

D - A surprisingly assertive hefeweizen... Overly produced and manufactured and less natural, but still enjoyable...

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Photo of njmoons
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Had a great time at the monthly beer tasting at High Point Brewery.

The Blonde is their Flagship. An interesting beer, if not one a my favorites. The quality is all there, great apperance, smell, mouthfeel. There is a unique quality to the taste and aroma of the beer that is too rare in brewing (I would not mistake this for any other beer).

However the fruit tones and sweetness of this beer, over powered the balance of the beer.

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

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a small, slightly sticky white head. Some banana yeast esters in the nose but mostly just solid toasty wheat, very nice. Smooth, clean and traditional, nothing mold breaking here, surely refreshing with a crisp, slightly bitter finish. Light/medium in body, unfiltered and not watery by any means, very drinkable, Jersey's best wheat beer? I think so.

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Photo of cpn920
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a golden haze with a decent head. I smelled clove and banana and was anixous to dive in. The taste had the obvious wheat with hints of bubblegum and banana. Nothing that blew me away. The mouthfeel was decent although I prefer a little more carbonation in my Hefe's. It is a drinkable and refreshing beer but not one of my favorite versions of the style.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 6/19/08. On tap at Dek's. Pours a light golden yellow, cloudy, with a small white head. Aroma of spices (clove in particular). Flavor of wheat, banana, spices. Light bodied. A pretty typical hefe.
Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 7/10
Palate: 3/5
Overall: 13/20

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Photo of mikereaser
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my pint glass...

A - pours a hazy golden color with 1/4 inch of foam that quickly disappeared

S - strong wheat aroma with bits of banana

T - strong wheat taste with a hint of citrus, grapefruit at the end

M/D - not a bad beer, it is drinkable but nothing really stands out as I have to have it.

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Photo of number1bum
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of NEPA BC split #19. Half of the bottles in this case had labels and the rest did not. Weird.

Pours a hazed golden color with about one finger of white head. Head settles to just a thin lace, and leaves a rimjob of stick.

Smells of sweet banana and bubblegum, wheat, some fruity esters, lots of yeast and a bit of clove. The sweetness is really working for me, I like it.

Taste is not as sweet as the smell. Too bad, I was digging the sweetness, and since I'm not a big hefe fan, I was hoping for more of the same. It's a bit on the bland side to be honest, and it's quite dry. Some wheat and lemon flavor, with a bit of tartness. There's also banana, some clove, and an earthy yeastiness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite dry, with a clean finish and very soft carbonation. A little on the thin side.

I'm not a big hefe fan and this didn't really wow me anyway. I actually really liked the sweet aroma, which was easily the highlight of the beer. Not too shabby, but nothing special either.

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

A - Pours mahogany brown, with short off white head. Little lacing.

S - Aroma is of wheat, caramel. Very subtle; doesn't jump out at you.

T - Wheat, dark fruit, cocoa, hint of tobacco? Lots of sweetness, a bit off balance.

M - Smooth, medium body. Average carbonation

D - Easy drinking, would make a great session beer.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Available locally and often, we'll serve this in a traditional hefeweizen glass at just over fridge temperature. Best by January '08.

Appearance- Light to medium gold, this pours rather clearly, with a two-finger white head that dissipates faster than most other beers of this style. With the yeast addition, the cloudiness seems much more minimal than usual.

Smell- Spot on and appetizing, the wonderful nose of bananas and bubble gum with clove fills the air. It remains strong and balanced throughout the tasting.

Taste- A delectable balance of banana, wheat malt, and smooth, spicy yeast and hops. Beautifully executed, these soft flavors don't exhaust the palate.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Soft, slick, and rolling in the mouth. The gentle carbonation sustains the entire duration, as easy and enjoyable as anything I've had. A first rate domestic hefeweizen, and a must try for any fans of the style.

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Photo of sholland119
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hefeweizen, you say? Tastes more like a plain old wheat beer to me so I am reviewing it that way.

Pours a mildly hazy golden yellow with a thin white head and little to no lacing. Nose and taste both strong on lemon with a little bit of grainy wheat behind. Mouthfeel is light with a bit of lemon that lingers longer than I would prefer. Perfectly drinkable and ok.


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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

O.K. first off the pour was hazy orange with a decent head that fizzled out quick. The second thing was I did not like the aroma on this beer. It smelled a bit skunky and the company website lists cloves and apples as part of the aroma. I did detect some sour granny apple notes,but mostly some malts and a bit of wheat.
The taste was a lot better. Wheat,citrus and yeast notes. Some malts,cloves and a touch of hops.
The feel was smooth and a tad creamy. Very clean and a pleasure to drink.

Notes: My only complaint was the aroma and that was all,the rest proved to be a worthy experience.

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Photo of tpd975
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to fishingnet for this one.

A: Pours a light yellow hue with tons of bubbles. Avgerage head and retention.

S: Light wheat aromas with hints of banana and yeast.

T: Same as the nose with the addition of a splash of citrus.

M: Nice and light, very tasty.

D: Enjoyable on this hot Florida evening.

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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I forgot to review this after going to Long Island Spring Craft festival. I did their Octoberfest but my favorite, thier heffe notes were on the back page(so glad i kept them).

A: Poured into mini heff glass, a hazy yellow with a beaufitul two fingers white head with slow lacing down the side of the glass and an understated retention.

S: Nose was of smart sweet banana, along with malt, toasted wheat, yeasts and citrus(lemon peels) coming in at the end.

T: To some extent it followed the nose, with the yeasty being the most prominent components. Think i may have detected some pear beyond the banana in the esters and some buscuit malts. Tettnang hops easily noticeable.

M: Smooth and creamy at first, perhaps this batch was special for the festival as I've seen other reviews that did not match my findings. Crisp 2nd and then going dry, a new one for me.

D: I enjoyed this one very much. While not the most pungent of Heffe's in the category, it's nothing short of remarkable for a NYC Metro area creation.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.32/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a beautiful bright orange, that was non-transparent with a fizzy quickly dissipating head that left no lacing and only a bare surface.

S: The nose yielded spicy oranges and wheat with a decent yeastiness.

T: much the same and pretty basic, spicy, sour oranges and a touch of yeastiness with some lemony tartness. Overall a simple, safe entry by style that I soon grew tired of after only a few sips.

M: light, very smooth with a slight carbonation tingle bringing out the sour oranges.

D: Ok drinkability wouldn't buy a six pack of this, but ok for a single purchase.

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

Pours golden straw very little head that disapates quckly leaving very little lacing. Smells tangy slightly lemon and clove--less banana on this one than others
i've tried. Slightly tart pear/lemon taste with good clove and a buscuit finish. Very tart with every sip but overall clean and bright. Good for drinking on a hot summer day. The tart bite with each sip takes away from the drinkability and mouthfeel slightly--left a sting in the back of my throat. But the flavor is very nice making this one I'll reach for again.

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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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Ramstein Blonde Wheat Beer from High Point Brewing Company
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