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
Gots:
12
For Trade:
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Matt73
3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Milkysunshine
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Mineo
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of JohnK17
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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 djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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