Ramstein Blonde Wheat Beer | High Point Brewing Company

Ramstein Blonde Wheat BeerRamstein Blonde Wheat Beer
BA SCORE
3.73/5
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:
#24,611
Reviews:
103
Ratings:
136
pDev:
14.48%
Bros Score:
3.47
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
11
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 136 |  Reviews: 103
Photo of bogus564
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz, poured into a tall weizen glass.

Ideal color for a blonde wheat beer, beautiful and golden. Not much head to speak of - it's straw in color, formed roughly a 1 cm head, and did not last even a minute.

Smells good - I enjoy a beer that I don't have to spend too much time sleuthing, and this is a prime example. You get a nice combination of apple, orange, wheatgrass, clove and banana that are well-balanced for your nose. Simple but just right.

Tastes as good as it smells, and does not disappoint - confirmation of all that you smelled, well-balanced. Go figure that a brewery from New Jersey could represent with such a decent beer. I liked it from start to finish.

Mouthfeel was good - nice level of carbonation, good in the way that all flavors hit the tongue and palate nicely, and finished well.

Drinkability was great - I could see myself having many more of these as a thirst-quenching solution. Not so much ABV that it knocks you on your keister, and it went very well with my chicken quesadilla. Looking forward to my next offering from this brewery.

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Photo of donniecuffs
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Into a pint glass, poured a cloudy golden/straw with two fingers of full white, good head retention, and modest lacing. Modest amount of visible carbonation as well. The nose possessed everything you'd come to expect from a good hefe: clove, bubble gum, banana, and even some maltiness. The taste confirmed the aroma; banana/clove dissolving to some malt balance mid-palate, followed by a semi-dry finish. Modest carbonation combined with a full body made for a nicely smooth sensation. Perfect for sessioning. Nicely done.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a somewhat cloudy bright golden color with barely a fingers worth of head and that quckly dissipates.

S - typical hefeweizen aroma. Lots of sweetness. Hints of clove, bananna and apple.

T - follows the nose pretty much. Sweet with lots of fruit esters and has a long sweet pear sort of finish to it.

M - light and delicate. Higher in carb.

D - nice beer to pair with some light summer fair. Nothing mind blowing but a decent brew none the less.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Here's a hefeweizen where the wheat beer swirl is a must: if you want that hazy straw orange--not to mention better flavor--then give that bottle the run-around after you've decanted the majority. Unfortunately, I still got an underwhelming head, with average lacing and retention.

Aroma is, vaguely, of clove, spice and ripe fruit.

Flavor is pretty good. This is definitely a hefeweizen, in line with some of the lesser offerings from Germany. It's still a good, drinkable beer though. There's lots of banana and nice bread and yeast flavor, but the sweetness does seem a bit artificial. The brewery might want to fix that. All in all, not a bad beer. Light, but there's some malty substance. Definitely of the thirst quencher variety. Blonde Wheat Beer is by no means a bad offering.

Side note:
High Point's beers seem to be at their best fresh, in growler form. It's kind of like homebrew, in that High Point adds nothing in terms of preservatives, etc., to lengthen the shelf life of their bottled beer. I've had two awful, sour bottles of their Weizenbock, but also a sublime Maibock in a fresh growler direct from the brewery. I'd imagine that some of these beers would go bad in less than a year in the bottle. Choice is yours.

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Photo of Tinfoilrcr
3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Poured into a regular pint glass, this beer shows a good amount of white head with some nice lacing. The beer itself is a an orange gold.

S- On the nose I get ample spice, citrus zest, and other scents I can't quite place.

T- The beer has a good amount of citrus and malt flavor. Unfortunately, for me the finish has a distinct syruppy flavor which was very off putting.

M- has a lot of carbonation and medium heaviness.

D- Average given the syruppy flavor and lack of a good finish.

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Photo of Nucleozoid
4.95/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured in a .5 liter glass mug, nice creamy head with cloudy golden color, spicy aroma, tasty wheat with hints of clove and banana, spices - head laces nicely. This is a staple Weissbier for my wife and myself -we live about a mile from the brewery.
We love this delicious hefeweizen.

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Photo of tjd112
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured into a Weizen glass

Appearance: Golden body with a fast dissipating white head

Smell: Bananas, lemons, and cloves

Taste: Much more lemon-y mid-palate

Mouthfeel: A bit spritzy and overcarbonated

Drinkability: Good as a session beer

Overall: The classic (dunkel) is a LOT better

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Photo of confer
3.06/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I don't get this beer. Bought a mixed case with this beer and the Classic. Completely flat out of the bottle. I drank several bottles before rating this beer and all were the same. I contacted the brewer and he said he had no other complaints with this batch. The best before was 2 + months away. The smell and the taste were both good. The smells was typical hefe, with a hint of clove and the taste was a bit lemony. I love hefeweizen but this one is not enjoyable to drink.

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

Adequate weissbier. Vey haze amber in color. Minimal head. Very little lacing. Floral nose. Neutral taste. A very good weissbeer, particularly for a new jersey beer. No aftertaste. Excellent drinkability. Good session beer. Would recommend. Will review more in morning after I wake up

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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
3.4/5

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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.

HV

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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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Ramstein Blonde Wheat Beer from High Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 136 ratings
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