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Ramstein Blonde Wheat Beer | High Point Brewing Company

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3.73/5
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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:
#25,349
Reviews:
103
Ratings:
136
pDev:
14.48%
Bros Score:
3.47
 
 
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Ratings: 136 |  Reviews: 103
Photo of ppoitras
4.54/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Shippos. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured in an imperial pint glass, forms a short-lived 1/4" white head, which laces minimally. A warmly honey-amber hued brew, with a pleasant sweet wheat aroma. Taste is wheaty, with a hearty thickness to the flavor that is hard to explain, but pleasing nonetheless. Mouthfeel is excellent, and drinkability, well, let's just say that isn't a problem. An excellent hefe.

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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 Brenden
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from a tasting on 3/24/15

This is a well carbonated pale yellow with too much haze to see through. The head is a fizzy one with a bit more to it, just a little more than white. Retention is just above average, as is some thin lacing sticking around.
It's hard to get a real impression of this beer. It's not standard, exactly, and it's not that it's exceptionally weak. It's just kind of hard to pinpoint. The wheat is very much there, but yeast brings out more earth, fruits (some skins) and spiciness than anything.
The flavor is soft and primarily wheat, leading into a grainier undertone. Some fruits carry through, but this beer doesn't have what makes either a non-German wheat beer or a hefe stand out. That doesn't mean it isn't pretty nice.
The feel is very soft, and it's quite fluffy on the palate. Spicing definitely shows as much in the feel as the aroma or flavor. It can only hold a moderate crispness, though. The finish is pretty nice, with the yeast notes I want lingering.

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Photo of muskiesman
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of whartontallboy
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy gold pour with hardly any trace of a head, even as I got more aggressive with the pour. There's a real crisp pear flavor to this one with quite a nice little clove edge rounding it out. Thin mouthfeel with a bit of an astringent feel to it. Overall, not too bad, but really nothing I'm going to write home about.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The Ramstein Blonde pours a cloudy golden color. It had a very small fizzy head, that disappeared very quickly.

Its aroma is some bananas, yeast, and spicy cloves.

The taste is sweet malt and some subtle banana and other fruitiness initially. It has a slightly spicy clove finish, with an almost sweet aftertaste.

The beer is medium bodied, but I was surprised at the total lack of carbonation.

Overall, it is a nice, easy drinking wheat beer. The low carbonation hurts it some. I don't like the banana / beer combo, but it was pretty subtle in this beer.

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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 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 bkwhoppa66
2.5/5  rDev -33%

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 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 JerzDevl2000
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

High Point is local, but surprisingly, this beer isn't that easy to find or readily available around here. With spring finally here and in full bloom, I figured that this would be a good brew for the season and great to try since I haven't had any of their offerings since I enjoyed their Winter Wheat several months ago. This was a great beer, but it certainly didn't live up to it's potential either.

The pour was great, even though the head didn't last too long and the lacing was nearly nonexistent. There was a fine dusting on the bottom of the bottle that was worth swirling and pouring on top of my point, and the brew had a wonderful translucent goldenrod hue to it. The taste was very solid, but not as colorful as I had hoped. Banana, coriander, and clove were there, but there was nearly no hop flavor to it and the aftertaste wasn't very memorable since it was just a heavy malt presence and not much else to it. The carbonation and mouthfeel were very nice though, and I loved the way it tingled and felt on the upper half of my mouth both during my sips, and afterwards.

I'd certainly have this beer again. The 5.50% ABV nearly makes this a good session brew and it was something that I wouldn't chug nor take too slow in enjoying. I wish it had a bit more oomph and surprise to it. It's very nonpretentious and unsurprising since the first sip wasn't any different than the last. Being well-crafted is always a plus, and high point has a very great yeast strain and basis to build their portfolio of offerings from. If only their flagship was a bit more adventurous and aware of it's potential...

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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 NJpadreFan
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ramstein Blonde Wheat Beer

Appearance- light hazy yellow with a thick billowy white head.
Smell- hay and bananas.
Taste- grass, hay, clove, banana and black licorice.
Mouthfeel- crisp yet bland.

Overall- a, very, blah hefeweizen. Quickly drank it moved on to another beer and forgot about it.

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Photo of JohnK17
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of beerguy101
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tasted at the 2003 Oregon Brewers Fest. Light gold color. Med head. Aroma is banana esters and yeasts. A medium bodied hefeweizen. Malts are fruity and sweet, touch of banana and clove. Hops are slightly spicy. Nice light refreshing beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ramstein Blonde Wheat Beer has a hazy yellow body with a solid white head that has OK retention and leaves behind some decent lacing. Fairly accurate hefeweizen look.

The aroma has a grainy malt scent to it, with touches of fruit and a hint of clove.

The grain flavor is probably the most powerful, followed by fruity flavors that include both banana and green apple. A muted clove is after that. I would really like the yeast to shine a little bit more in this one to be honest.

The mouthfeel lacks the slightly creamy fullness that a great hefeweizen should have, but it is OK.

Overall, Ramstein Blonde Wheat Beer didn't really impress me. I felt the hefeweizen yeast flavors were a little toned down. I do dig that High Point specializes in German brews, however, and I will continue to try anything of theirs that I can get my hands on.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Brewery filled growler.

A nicely hazy body, with good carbonation streams. In my weisse glass, it is a very pale yellow at the bottom, picking up a slighty orange aspect in the wider top of the glass. A nice white one finger head, probably would have been higher if the growler seal had been a turn tighter. Good stretchy lacing.

Good bananas and bubble gum up front in the nose, bit of musty clove in the background. Just what you would expect, and though I might have wanted the aroma a tad bolder, this will invite anyone and scare no one.

Taste is light and refreshing, as the wheat dances across the tongue. Some pepper. There's a light touch of fruit mixed into the finish. Fades away gently.

Mouthfeel is smooth and light. Drinkability: easy and tasty.

Odd for me to be having a hefe this time of year, but when I stopped in a High Point I realized I hadn't had their's in a long while. Memo to self , and others: pick up some of this next summer.

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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 farrago
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a big, aggressive head, easily two fingers and comes close to pouring over, looks whipped up and delicate, off-white cream color, hard to judge the lacing since there’s not much surface space left to stick to. Fuzzy and opaque dark gold to orange hued liquid, maelstrom of bubbles inside, you definitely see where the head came from. The nose clearly offers up yeast, raw dough, banana and even bubblegum before stiffens into pepperiness and cloves, earthy in a clean manner, doesn’t express much fruit, you get more by way of white grapefruit. In the mouth it’s medium-bodied but very firm, the carbonation gives it more slow churn than prickle. On the dry side, can’t accuse it of excess sweetness. But, again, the banana and yeast is a clear element. Almost minerally at times, the wheat seems unprocessed and closer to an unpicked state. More apricot and peach present here, cherry even. The clove and nutmeg notes do not bring much sweetness. Too dense to be refreshing about it has character and is likely best suited as meal accompaniment than consumed on its own.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Samples at the High Point brewery. Pours hazy golden hue. Aroma is of , banana, apples, spices and yeast. Taste is similar to aroma. Medium bodied with average carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. Long lasting, fruity - spicy finish. Classic, tasty hefeweizen.

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Photo of NonicPanic
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of RoryOMoore
3/5  rDev -19.6%

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 UnionMade
4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a beautiful foggy straw blonde, topped with a heaping white froth that certainly isn't shy. (A vigorous pour of a 12oz bottle threatened to escape a 23oz hefeweizen glass!) The head settles itself into a modest film over the brew, leaving rings of belgian lace in it's wake. Excellent head retention, a quick swirl of the glass doubling the amount of head, and keeping for quite a while.
The aroma spells out bavarian yeast. Rich banana and bubblegum esters, with a softer hint of dry white pear. Plenty of clove adds a spicy character, with a light undertone of plastic-like phenols. Soft, mellow wheat malt. No hops.
The flavor starts out very mellow. Easy going wheat malt and yeast keep a dried powderiness throughout, with a shot of banana and apple creeping in early. Very spicy clove notes usher in the finish, which stays on the sweetish side, while also ending very dry. A dried banana and chalky yeast flavor linger on the tongue, well after the last sip is downed. Active, peppy carbonation quickly moves the lightish medium body across the palate.
Probably one of the best bavarian style hefeweizens brewed in the states. The flavor is spot on for a real german wheat beer, with that banana and clove interplay. The one thing I really like about this is that it's reminiscent of the greats, like Weihenstephaner and Paulaner. It's not overdone, trying to blast you with flavor. It's just a drinkable, modest, tasty sessionable brew. The only complaint I can think of is that it seems to lack a certain silky smoothness in the mouthfeel. I guess the only real difference is that you can get the Ramstein hefeweizen fresh from the brewery, rather than across an ocean. Awesome beer.

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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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