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 dacrza1
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Date: July 19, 2015... Glassware: Weihenstephan wheat... Occasion: recovering from the nine family party with a Sharktopus vs. Whalewolf viewing... Appearance: Begins with a two-finger white head that thins swiftly; an opaque, hazy yellow body that erupts in effervescence; zero tracings in the glass.... Aroma: lemon, clove and a bit of pepper make for an inviting profile; light malts suggest a balanced blond... Palate: smooth, medium-bodied, and with a bit of fizziness...drinkable and sessionable, but not nuanced or textured... Taste: clove, pepper, and malts are a flavorful treat, with a medium-bodied impact and indeed a balanced wheat; the apple/banana arrives at the end of the sip.... Overall: a refreshing, substantial hefeweizen that kept me quenched during a HOT summer afternoon....

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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 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 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 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 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 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 Treebs
2.7/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got this as an extra in a recent trade, can't remember who sent it but thanks. 12 oz bottle served in a Hefe glass. Best before October 2013.

A: Pours a clear yellow color with some light shading towards the top. A white head forms on the pour, about two fingers high, and settles down to a thin, wispy film. Some light splotches of lace are left down the glass.

S: Typical hefe smells. Light clove, some mild fruitiness with a solid wheat backbone. Banana esters are present as well. Light pie crust as well

T: The banana esters take over with a brown banana sweetness and rankness to it. The wheat is there with some mild sweetness. Slightly vegetal in natures as well. Doesn't really mesh well together and isn't that particularly inviting. After a few sips it becomes more bland and even less flavorful

M: Light bodied with a medium high carbonation level. Very banana ester forward on the finish with a high level of sweetness.

O: This just doesn't work. The yeast profile they used wasn't very inviting and while it had the typical hefe flavors it was extremely unbalanced. More hops and wheat would have been nice. A little fuller body to.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

While far from bad, this brew was a disappointing offering from High Point and merely an above average brew overall.

It pours a lackluster semi cloudy golden colour with a faint head that dissolves rather quickly and leaves no trace of residue on the glass.

The aromas include wheat, spice a touch of banana, some hop notes and a hint of sweet candy.

The flavour is pretty much more of the same although hop presence is not as prominent and the sweet and fruity flavours are mellowed by a bit of, well, nothing. The flavour just seems to go flat at times. Part of this is likely because the mouthfeel is very flat as well. It almost seems syrupy at times. While not completely uncarbonated, this is a far cry from what the mouthfeel of a hefeweizen should be.

Again, this isn't a great brew, but far from undrinkable. If they could fix the mouthfeel problem it would help considerably and make this more of a viable option, especially in the summer months.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a 6-pack straight from the brewery. Golden in color and cloudy. Medium sized head and nice retention resulting from a ton of carbonation. Aroma and flavored are loaded with banana and bubble gum, the latter of which can be a bit cloying at times. Prominent yeast profile. Light to medium bodied. Overall, a solid hefe.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yeasty aroma with a pinch of lemon zest. Hazy, deep golden colored beer. Sticky off-white head leads some decent lace. Flavor is yeasty with some floral hops and some of that wheat zest towards the end. Body is solid, mouthfeel is clean, but not dry. A quality Hefe Weizen.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with just 1-2 fingers of white head over a fairly clear golden body, with plenty of effervescence. Head fades quickly, and leaves no lacing.

Good aromas - leads with sweet clove spice and blends to fried plantains and yeast.

Flavor is OK - lemony, earthy, and just a touch of clove/spices. Good ripe banana comes through, especially as it warmed. Pleasant yeasty quality. Touch of pepper as it warmed as well.

Mouthfeel is fantastic - creamy, with a great level of carbonation for the style.

Very drinkable... Nice flavors - maybe a touch too lemony which doesn't pull me back immediately for yet another sip, but it's not pushing me away by any means.

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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 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 aaronh
4.82/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This hazy, medium amber beer is topped by a dense, white head that displays very good retention. The aroma is banana and that wonderful yeasty, bread aroma with a hint of cloves. Just an exceptional smelling beer. The taste is heavenly, with banana and clove covering the crisp wheat flavors, all wrapped up by the fresh bread flavors. The mouthfeel is very robust, yet with a crispness to it as well. The drinkability is very good as well. This is truly an exceptional beer that makes me long for summer. I plan to reserve one of these for a summer wheat beer tasting. Thanks to joehops for this great beer. I almost wish I hadn't given a couple of friends some of these beers, as I want them all for myself! This has been worth the wait for a Ramstein beer.

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Photo of sanitarium16
2.5/5  rDev -33%

Photo of ryanflc
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 IrishRedRock
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Heavy pour and still poor head retention atop this golden wheat colored brew, though the nose is potent and pretty nice - heapings of wheat malt, bubblegum and clove, all of which follow suit in the flavor, though not nearly with the same complexity, possibly because of the oxidation. A good amount of estery sweetness is present as well; the yeasty spices more mild. Alcohol is surprisingly present and warming. Tingling carbonation in the finish. Pretty good, but I expected more. This sample has some oxidation going on which has negatively effected it.

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Photo of tbeer40
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of wattoclone
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of lccrunchy
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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 GoGators
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerluvr
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ahh...good to see this great beer available near me once more! Pours a nice fluffy white head over predictably hazy deep golden liquid. Classic hefe nose: banana, bubblegum, malty n' fruity. The taste is those same aroma attributes, fresh and bready malt gives way to banana yeast flavors with a refreshing light bodied mouthfeel. Goes down smooth with a sweet malt kick tempered with a decent hopping level. Finishes long, flavorful and very tasty. High quality stuff...right up there with Heavyweight as one of the Garden States' primo microbreweries.

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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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