Ramstein Blonde Wheat Beer | High Point Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
136
Reviews:
103
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
14.48%
 
 
Wants:
8
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12
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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 crwills
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad, not bad.

Poured into my Erdinger witbier glass. Darker than some other hefes I've had. Dark, dull gold with a decent head that fades surprisingly fast. Looks quite carbonated.

Aroma is wheat, sugary oranges, lemon peel, candy, and whiffs of banana.

Taste is hard candy or toffee upfront, and then sweet oranges or pineapple and some pepper and spice. Not as full in flavour as some others in the style.

Typically smooth mouthfeel, good body. Not much aftertaste.

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Photo of ism
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2-finger off-white head dissapates rapidly, leaving a cloudy gold-apricot body with little lacing. Nose is full of wheat and banana, a bit of clove, slightly biscuity, with a citrus undercurrent. Underpowered carbonation and a thin mouthfeel carry similar flavors, though lacking in intensity, with extra sweetness from esters. Alcohol is a little too evident, but pleasant. Finishes clean and easily quaffable due to its passiveness.

I am somewhat disappointed with High Point, because they are a relatively local brewery, and I have their products on tap, and they are phenomenal. The bottled products are simply inconsistent. I returned a sixpack after I realized the first bottle was heavily oxidized to the point of being undrinkable. It is unfortunate because I know they have an excellent product, and there shouldn't be this kind of differential between tap and bottle. High Point, please fix this!

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Photo of weeare138
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy gold color with a small white head that slowly fades into a thin collar. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of crisp, fresh wheat with some banana esters, cloves, fresh dough, lemony zest, and a hint of bubblegum.
Taste is of the same zesty flavors from the Bavarian yeast strain.
Mouthfeel is yeasty, fruity, semi dry, and crisp.

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Photo of barknee
3.29/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

With all the hullabaloo about this beer and this brewery, trying this product seemed to be a sure thing. Looking forward to that real authentic Belgian tasting experience; which just never seemed to materialize through this tasting. Blonde in color, though a bit light for the style, followed by a nose of ripe banana and sweet coriander set you up for what promises to be a distinctive and substantial Ameri-belge. Unfortunately, the flavor falls flat on the floor with this being a way too mild, far too understated and under-flavored beverage that keeps you wanting for more. There is no grip to this brew, as it seems awash in its aqueous foundation. The flavors never attain the levels that this style should possess, not even close. The mouthfeel is flat, thin and uneventful, as the "natural" carbonation produces nothing more of a micro-slick on the surface even under an intense pour. The bottle date indicates a consume date of July 30 2006, almost five months from now; so freshness is not an issue. Although the yeast used to produce this beer is a very provocative strain, the other components within this product show it no love and result in a beer that is lackluster, one dimensional and very unsophisticated. This beer is not flawed in a physical sense, but it is flawed in a purist’s sense, leaving the taster wondering, "where is the beef"?

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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 beermanbrian
2.88/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Came out a crystal clear light golden beer. No yeast haze at all and almost no carbonation or head. What happened to this beer? Smell is what you would expect, bannana and clove. Taste also fits the style but the mouthfeal is poor due to the lack of carbonation and just overall lifelessness. I wouldn't have reviewed it but i split a case with some other people and theirs were ok so that makes me think the problems occured at the brewery and not during shipping. Also, this is the 2nd that i've had that is exactly like this. I have 2 more and if my opinion changes i will adjust my scores accordinly but i'm very dissapointed in this beer.

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Photo of Sammy
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

easy medium mouthfeel, with moderate yeast. Good carbonation. Banana aroma. Muted yellow, little head. Fruit, led by apple, cloves. Hint of lemon. Malt at end, .This was not as good on tap 1.75 years alter at David Copperfields though balanced with good hops, a high carbonation and a hop and yeast aroma.

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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 NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Typical hefe appearance. Head retention is quite good; and very creamy - not big-bubbled. The lacing could be better though.

The nose offers some wheatish malt; some raw, spent-grain graininess; apple-like fruitiness; a suggestion of lemon tartness; a waft of spiciness; and a mushroom-like earthiness.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and crisp, as is appropriate for the style. Some examples are more carbonated, but its still perfectly acceptable.

The flavor delivers a lightly sweet, wheaty and bready malt that's accented with a spritz of lemony tartness and a dull clove-like characteristic. The bitterness is restrained, and it's nicely balanced, leaving it quite round and drinkable.

Die Deutschen würden über dieses glücklich sein. Wir können nicht es recht anscheinend erhalten. Maybe next time!!!

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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 OldSock
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is listed as a Hefe Weizen, but on the bottle it says that it is a lager, which goes against the standard Hefe Weizen which is an ale as far as I know.

Appearance - Gigantic white head that sticks around and thick lacing that nearly coats the glass completely, perfect for any wheat beer. The beer is blonde as the name suggests, but it is a hazy blonde. There are also streams of fast carbonation that helps keep the head inflated.

Smell - Apple cider and some spiciness. There are also hints of alcohol; it smells good, but definitely not a standard Hefe Weizen aroma.

Taste – This is an unusual beer. At first it has a sweet and sour apple taste, but it finishes with more of a grain/malt taste generally not found in beers of this style. No hops to speak of, but that fits for the style. Yeast flavor is equally subdued, which is odd for the style. It is clear that this was made with more barley in it to than most wheat beers, again a little strange.

Mouthfeel – Medium with sparkly carbonation that dances on the tongue. This is spot on.

Drinkability – It is certainly quenching and tasty and unlike any other wheat beer I have had, either American or European. Not really a Hefe Weizen, but certainly not any other style that I know of.

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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 Gueuzedude
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fully hazy lemon-straw color and is topped by a pale thin tan head. The aroma is quite yeasty with notes of lemon, wheat, apple and a hint of clove. The taste is a bit more sour than I was expecting, it is actually quite nice and tart. There is definitely a lemon like component to this beer as well as notes of crisp apple. The body is light and refreshing with a bit of chewy yeastiness to it as well. At this point this is definitely low on the traditional clove and/ or banana notes, but this is most like due to the age of this beer. I find that hefeweizens tend to lose those aspects pretty quickly. All in all this is a nice, tasty refreshing brew. Thanks to PisskeyNights for the opportunity to try this beer.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.51/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. Ramstein does a great job as is their custom. It looks absolutely wonderful. Poured with a thick head. Stayed for a while. Continual lacing. A beautiful yellow-peach color. Hazy b/c it wasn't filtered. It had a great taste with typical blonde pineapple notes from the yeast esters. Very smooth. Perfectly drinkable.

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

First off: Thanks go out to Dante for the chance to sample this beer.

Pours a murky peach, with a miniscule head that recedes quickly.

Nose is classic cloves and bananas, with smooth, almost creamy quality to the smell.

Taste is very nice. First hit on the palate is cloves, which is balanced on the midsip by a nice creamy banana sweetness that plays in. Aftertaste fades back to clovey bitterness. Overall, the flavor profile came across as somewhat of a Tripel mixed with a Hefe Weizen, which isn't a bad thing at all.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Carbonation is mild, making the clovey bitterness easy for me to handle (I usually find clove flavors harsh when the carbonation adds tartness).

Quite drinkable. If I hadn't given the second bottle away, I would certainly have opened it, too!

Honestly, this is the first Hefe Weizen I've liked enough to review. I can't say if it's a good interpretation of the style or not, but it's certainly a good beer.

Wyll-

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Photo of Dantes
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Package: 12oz. bottle, no ABV listed. “Ramstein” spelled out in Gothic lettering against a yellow background. “Enjoy by month notched” marked at October. Nothing to distinguish between years. Label recommends storing at 35º-45º and serving at 40º and notes that it is bottle-conditioned. Neck label describes brew style as unfiltered weisse beer. A bit busy overall but reasonably informative.

Cost: $6.99 6-pack at Shop-Rite

Presentation: Ramstein fluted weisse glass at ~45º. (40º serving recommendation too cold in my opinion).

Appearance: A nice golden yellow, a bit darker than the Pilsner. Pours with a decent haze, but seems to clear as one drinks through the glass. Faint, ghostly lees in the bottom of the bottle and glass. Generates a decent, moderately tight, white, but short-lived head.

Smell: Exhibits the classic banana-and-clove aroma of an archetypal hefe-weizen. This fruity nose is backed by a solid malt backbone. Complex, but restrained without the artificiality I’ve experienced in other hefes.

Taste: Upholds the classic hefe-weizen tradition, with a dry fruitiness and a significant malted wheat flavor. Balance is very good, with the hops, malt, and esters interplaying well. Lots of structure and no flabbiness. Finishes crisply, with moderate length.

Mouthfeel: As is typical for Ramstein beers, the carbonation is very tight and consistent. The head on this particular bottle was a bit lacking, but I’ve found that this varies. Good, crisp, medium-full body.

Drinkability: Again, typically, very drinkable. Every Ramstein beer (yes, even the Winter Wheat) is practically a session beer. Smooth, full-flavored and interesting.

Backwash: The Classic (dunkelweisse) is still my favorite “regular, bottled” Ramstein beer, but I’m certainly glad to have this around. A great, authentic hefe that challenges the best in the world. I haven’t had the Live Oak that many have talked about, but I’d certainly be willing to trade some Ramstein in order to have a comparison. I'd also "warn" BA's that I've often seen old sixers of this lying around in stores, so fresh examples are important (no year denotations is a problem); and the amount of yeast in the bottles varies as well.

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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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Photo of Jason
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with an “enjoy before” freshness date. Thanks to vidaloca for the sample.

Appearance: Mild haze in the straw golden hue, thin lacing still hangs around.

Smell: Spicy, fermented wheat and a nutty yeast.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Semi-crisp with a moderate body, the spicy clove is mild with ripe pear and banana in the back. Lemony on the back. Some yeast and biscuity malt are in the mix. Finishes slightly dry.

Drinkability & Notes: Not bland but nothing stellar, I’d crave this in the dead of summer …

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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 Gavage
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a amber / orange color with a relatively thin head head. The wheat was predominent on the nose, but cloves and fruit were noticeable. The flavor was a nice balance of wheat, spice, mild citrus and a light bitterness. The carbonation level was very light, but this beer was refreshing. The mouthfeel was smooth and this is not a wimpy light bodied wheat beer. Overall a consistant and enjoyable brew.

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Ramstein Blonde Wheat Beer from High Point Brewing Company
3.73 out of 5 based on 136 ratings.
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