Ramstein Winter Wheat
High Point Brewing Company

Ramstein Winter WheatRamstein Winter Wheat
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Style:
Bock - Weizenbock
Ranked #5
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,123
Avg:
4.21 | pDev: 11.88%
Reviews:
246
Ratings:
310
From:
High Point Brewing Company
 
New Jersey, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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Gots
  12
SCORE
93
Outstanding
Ramstein Winter WheatRamstein Winter Wheat
Notes: Rich creamy head with bouquet of Wheat malt, black current, clove, and apple. Deep full flavors of caramel and chocolate malt balance with hops for a smooth warming character. Smooth malt leads to a subtle alcohol and dark caramel finish. The wonderful balance of this beer provides a complex profile hiding the 9.5% alcohol content. The perfect companion for a cold winter night.
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hopsputin from New Jersey

4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

a: very dark combination of dark purple, brown, and ruby red. pours a nice 2 finger fizzy tan head that fades pretty quickly to a thin film

s: dark caramel, roasted wheat, and berries. a touch of molasses, brown bread, and tea-like hops. clove, milk chocolate, and ripe bananas

t: sweet caramel, fig, plum, and fruitbread upfront. dark bread, molasses, and some alcohol behind that. bread crust, angel food cake, and a strong note of sweet berries at the end. the end has a touch of crackery malt and chocolate powder

m: sticky, medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation and a definite alcohol presence

o: fantastic beer. very nice for the style - checks off all the boxes. it's a pretty high abv beer that is best enjoyed as a sipper. another very good beer from Ramstein

Dec 12, 2020
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HappyGuy12345 from New Jersey

4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at a restaurant in a 16 ounce glass
Looks: Dark brown with 1.5 fingers of tan head
Smell: Subtle hints of fruit and chocolate
Taste: Smooth, chocolaty goodness. The 9.5% ABV is not detectable (until after you finish your pint on an empty stomach).
Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied with light carbonation
Overall: This is a wonderful Weizenbock from my home state of NJ.

Feb 25, 2020
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Lembeh from New York

4.71/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional weizenbock. This "heavy" beer is so well made you could mistaken it for being barrel aged. So much flavor and the imperial lager mouthfeel is something to experience. Outstanding.

Nov 18, 2017
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MacMalt from New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Undated bottle poured into Ramstein pint glass. It pours a very dark cola color with one finger of foamy, khaki-colored head and lacing. Its smell is primarily roasted malt, clove, caramel, and tobacco smoke. The taste features a blast of sweet plum, raisin, and banana, along with malt and caramel. The finish is peppery with a residual taste of spice and hops. The mouth feel is creamy, almost chewy, with moderate carbonation. The 9.5% ABV is evident. This is a sipper for sure. Ramstein is very adept at producing authentic German beers and this Weizenbock is no exception. Well-crafted and tasty, it would pair well with a hearty meal or as a winter sipper.

Apr 27, 2017
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hiphops from New Jersey

4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours dark brown cloudy from the gross looking yeast. almost purple head. aroma of plums currants cream and some spicey roasted cereal and a hint of cocoa. it really smells amazing. nice full rounded toasted malt bitterness flavor smoothed out with a luscious fruitiness little kick of the ol boozerini in the back end. some lingering medicinal notes. thin body. some years are better than others this year is bangin. i just wish it didn't look all gross with yeasty jizz dropping all thru it.

Feb 04, 2017
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a curved wheat ale glass. Probably a bit of overkill for a 12 oz. bottle but hey gotta live large and in the moment.

Deep burnt red and brown body color, with an opaque character. Tan bubbles make a cascade sligtly, but not a big rush off the pour. Two finger creamy tan head, fine and chocolate like topped whip cream. A few extra dregs added lighten the body. Supper slow ultra fine carbonation that is really just crawling barely up the glass.

Deep phenolic nose, with hints of fig raisin, lots of clove and nutmeg. Real big spicy banana quality going mixing with a spruce/pine herbality that is quite impressive. Slight spicy hot but not from alcohol. Very different bock and quite the impressive aroma.

Very tasty palate. Light bodied but also has a caramel feeling mouthfeel, and this nice touch of faint peppery carbonation. The mid palate really coats rich with a milk chocolate like base and mixing banana flavors. Through in the creamy texture and it's banana split flavors abounding (not unlike Korbininan). A noticeable difference in spice like tones as well. Carbonation really brings out great nutmeg and cinnamon flavors mixing in with the chocolate qualities. Even a slightly drying finish hints at baked brown spices. Clean finish, and great after aromatics on the swallow of hot cinnamon.

Wow, what a very different take on a Weizenbock. Very memorable brew.

Jan 01, 2017
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

(on tap at Bridgewater's Pub - served in an Erdinger Weizen glass)

A: fairly clear, dark, air-dried blood crimson... tall stand of compact, creamy-spongy foam... the lack of retention was clearly due to the cleanliness of the glass - did spring up some foam which each big sip

S: invitingly bold dark fruit - plum, mainly - with a good bit of roasty grain poking through... bit of a leafy hop presence and mineral note... not terribly clove-y or yeasty-spicy

T: heavy on dark fruit flavors - kind of like a non-sweet plum or blackberry brandy... fair bit of hop and roast bitterness, though it's relatively mellow and merely serves to dry the beer out a bit... some vague background clove... not at all sweet as far as fruit flavors go and not terribly malty either, which is the biggest snag in its overall quality - would love to have a moderate, balancing doughy/bready flavor - not enough 'yeast' notes, otherwise a fantastic, explosive taste

M: a bit thin and lager-clean/crisp, but on par with what the aromas suggest

O: this tastes a good bit like my homebrew Weizenbock, this one obviously having more developed, dynamic character... really, all this needs is a meaty malt punch.... I would certainly drink this again, preferably in High Point's taproom

Mar 28, 2014
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gr0g from New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2020 release poured from a 16oz can. Near-black in color, capped with an impressive head of tan foam. Great head persistence and lace formation on display.

Aromas of rum raisin, toasted grain, and cocoa powder -- it's somewhat stout-like. Weizenbier yeasty notes of clove and banana are present but restrained. Some caramelized, more like burnt sugar, too. A hint of smoke.

Fruit-forward flavor profile -- I'm getting dark raisin and currant, but also something lighter, like ripe banana or pear. Some roasty astringency, especially on the finish, but not a hoppy bitterness as in some more highly hopped American stouts. Moderately dry; little in the way of residual sugars. Only the slightest hint of alcohol on the finish. Lots of carbonation but it's not excessively fizzy nor is there any prickliness. A very nice, dark and toasty take on a weizenbock.

Dec 27, 2013
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dano from New Jersey

5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I can't really add anything that Jason Alstrom didn't already say about the characteristics of this beer. All I can say is that it is my favorite beer and I look forward to it every year. I've had it in bottles and on tap, and it has never disappointed. I do agree that the ABV is hard to believe. It is a dangerously smooth and drinkable beer at 9.5 % ABV.

Dec 22, 2013
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wattoclone from California

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Another great US craft weizenbock from Ramstein. Very dark appearance with lots of deep-roasted malt and fruity esters. The finish is burnt wood and earthy hops which is different than the typical Bavarian versions. Personally, I prefer the burnt caramel notes to the fruitier German weizenbocks. I really wish this and the other Ramstein brews were easier to find in PA since availability is important to a beer consumer. Fortunately, I came across this one at Capone's and am very thankful for that.

Dec 21, 2013
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homebrew311 from Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is quite dark, almost a stout like appearance with nothing more than a tiny rim of head. Nose is unique and very malty. Notes of grape candy, wheat, and a hint of soy sauce and cocoa. Taste has fruity components up front with emphasis on grapes and maple syrup, this is followed by notes of carob and figs with a touch of balsamic vinegar on the finish. Mouthfeel is somewhat thick with low carbonation. Overall, this is a very unique and complex weizenbock, however the flavors just don't agree with me.

May 20, 2013
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dasenebler from Maine

3.3/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ramstein Winter Wheat
12/29/12
Growler filled 12/27/12

Very dark brown, nearly black. Darkest wheat beer I've ever poured. Beige head is modest, but highly admirable for a growler. (4)

Aroma smells exactly like fresh banana bread: it's unmistakable. Some chocolate and molasses notes, too. (4)

The flavor is thick and rich. Banana bread once again, but this time more complex. The estery, ripe-fruit notes of the yeast are readily apparent. Intensely phenolic as well, with huge clove and nutmeg notes. Chocolate malts come through, along with a thick breadiness. Carob, treacle, spice cake. It's not that sweet, but there is something really cloying and borderline undrinkable about this beer. Mouthfeel is thick and dextrinous, yet utterly undercarbonated-- I won't judge too harshly since it's a growler pour. (3, 3)

This is a very unique wheat beer. There's something about it though-- perhaps the intense esters and phenols combined with the very high ABV and super-thick mouthfeel-- that renders it a bit undrinkable in my book. It's like banana bread motor oil. I wouldn't want more than 8oz, and I just poured myself .5L. It's no Aventinus, but it's an okay beer. (3)

Dec 30, 2012
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Quite possibly the darkest weizenbock I ever seen. Barely any head at all maybe some opaque colored head that fizzes to particularly nothing.

S - Quite mild banana, clove and and maybe some chocolate. A very solid light smell is good on such a high octane beer.

T - Some roast and molasses surprised me beneath some mild ripe fruits and mild spicy clove. Wheat seems mild yet balanced.

M - Kind of watery actually. Has mild flavors and seems not is intense as others describe. Medium heavy at best.

Overall I am not sure if this is a older bottle (like last years) but it's notched at October and has some sediment at the base. Even if its old it drinks rather well.

Dec 25, 2012
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claspada from New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft @ Barcade Jersey City.

The pour is dark brown in color with some reddish highlights and a small fluffy tan head that dissipates rather quickly.

Aromas begin with lightly roasted, chocolate-based malts, with notes of wheat, dark caramel, banana, cracked cloves and well-ripened dark fruits. Yeast esters emerge more as it warms.

The tastes begin with mildly sweet chocolate-coated roasted maltiness and a bit of dark caramel. Hints of spicy clove and sours wheat emerge as you continue to sample. The dark fruitiness and light banana emerge as it warms. The overall flavor profile picks up a bit more sweetness as you further sample.

The mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied with medium carbonation. Velvety smooth and almost creamy on the palate. Finish is highlighted by a touch of roast and dried fruits with a smooth, mildly warming finish.

Overall this is the best American made Weizenbock I have ever had, surpassing the example from Thomas Hooker I had last year. The malt base is definitely darker and more chocolate-forward than the traditional German example, which allows the yeast esters to not strangle the flavor profile, which is a huge plus for me. Not a drop of detectable alcohol is detectable except in your belly with that slightly warming feeling. Wish they still bottled this because it is by far High Point's best beer. Glad I was finally able to sample this; highly recommended

Apr 19, 2012
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muskiesman from New Jersey

4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in pint glass from Tuscany Brewhouse

A- Dark Mahogany with great lacing. Thin head

S- Huge sweet fruit and dark malt aroma, Dark bread

T- Again huge ripe fruits, figs, dark bread malts very rich. Touch of spice clovey and maybe anise

M- Very smooth but thick creamy, roasted malted finish

ABV 9.5%. Creeps up nicely surprisingly does not drink like it is that high very warming
A winter winner!

Feb 05, 2012
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BeerLover99 from Illinois

4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: choc. brown/ruby shimmer/cloudy, 2 finger khaki head,
solid lacing

S: intoxicating wheat, spiced bread aroma

T: sweet fig/date, mild clove, big bready malt/wheat,
nice hint of spice in the finish

M: med/heavy, smooth/chewy mouth

O: 1st experience with this brewey, POW,
what a gem! ABV is well hidden, sneaks
up on you. Will get again and highly recommend.
Great to see an outstanding beer in Jersey.

EXCELLENT, MUST TRY!

Dec 10, 2011
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black in color with brownish hues on the edges of the glass. Poured with a decent beige foam that quickly reduced to a light, wispy cap. Rich, delicate, creamy smooth feel. Wheat malt and dark fruit aromas, with hints of dark chocolate and coffee. Delicate wheat malt backbone from beginning to end. Dark chocolate flavors up front, dark fruit flavors thru the middle and light hop bitterness at the end. Finishes with a bit of spice combined with a fruity sweetness. Overall, quite complex and delicate flavors and feel.

Dec 06, 2011
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DIM from Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: I haven't had many, but this is the darkest weizenbock I've tried. It was a deep, dark, muddy brown. It was served to me with a small ring of a frothy head.

s: Wheat beer heaven. Lots of cloves and bananas with undertones of caramel and chocolate. While it is warm, 9.5% is nowhere to be found.

t: The taste mirrors the smell for the most part. Huge flavors of earthy bananas with a nice clove spicy bite. The warm, roasty chocolate at the finish worked very well.

m: Big and chewy with gentle carbonation.

o: I love weizenbocks and this is a great one.

Dec 03, 2011
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drtth from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Ramstein wheat beer glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a dark brown color with reddish highlights and a 1” light tan head that recedes and leaves a ring around the glass along with a layer of foam on the surface. For about the first half of the beer, sipping leaves a layer of foam on one side of the glass and scattered speckles and a leg or two of foam on the other. While the layer of foam slides back down into the beer, some legs and small patches of lacing tend to cling to the glass. Eventually the ring of foam disappears and the last half to 1/3 of the beer has neither ring nor foam.

Smell: The aroma is a nice mix of clove, along with some banana and apple riding over the top of the malts which provide some dark caramel and chocolate.

Taste: As expected from the nose, the flavors include lots of chocolate and caramel, with clove and even some apple. The alcohol is very well hidden in this one.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the full side of medium bodied with a pleasant creamy smoothness from the light carbonation. The finish begins smooth and malty with a nice dark caramel sweetness that is kept in check by a slight bitterness from the hops.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: For drinkability this one gets top marks from me given its balance and complexity. My overall impression is that this is a world class Weizenbock and shows well with the best (Aventinus). I’d love to be able to do a side by side with this beer, the Victory Moonglow, and the Aventinus. What a tasting that would be!

Nov 30, 2011
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BeerdedEric from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured without a head, then magically a brown one appeared but quickly vanished. Completely dark and opaque with some crimson color on the edges. Some lacing on the glass. I would give a higher rating if the head stuck around.

Strong fragrance of cloves, bananas and wheat. Some dark fruits, tobacco, leather comes in with a mustiness in the background.

Cloves, bananas, wheat, dark fruits come in like raisins. Nice tasting with just a hint of alcohol.

Light to medium body, very light Carbonation, dry feel, it leaves the lips a little sticky. I noticed some alcohol warmth in the beginning but disappeared.

This is a brew that should be sipped -- it's interesting and tasty. The taste and feel of alcohol is slight but I can definitely feel the effects of it. Although, this is usually out of the style I usually enjoy, this is a nice beer.

Nov 22, 2011
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taigor from New York

4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter glass.

A - Poured dark brown color with slight head that quickly dissipated leaving almost no lacing around the glass.

S - Earth notes with slight hints of spices, caramel and malts.

T - Slightly sweet to start with banana, caramel, and a little nuttiness. It has a slightly dry hoppy finish.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation.

O - Very smooth and easy-going. Not too filling either due to low carbonation. Overall, I highly recommend it.

Jun 13, 2011
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Wasatch from Colorado

3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Hojaminbag for this brew.

Pours a nice dark brown color, some carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with minimal sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with some toffee notes, and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet malty, slightly bitter, with some toffee. Medium Body. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty brew.

Mar 01, 2011
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speter from New Jersey

3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark brown with virtually no head and no lacing (I can perhaps fault the bar for unclean glasswear, but I couldn't raise any real foam on this even with vigorous swirling).

S: Sweet chocolate, caramel, and banana. A banana split in a glass.

T: Follows the nose closely. The idea is great: take the banana and clove from a traditional German weizen, and add chocolatey notes. This does it well, and I'm glad I tried it.

M: Very rich, although the carbonation was severely lacking.

D: I had planned at one point to brew something like this at home, and I'm glad I had the chance to try this one on tap. In my opinion, this is simply too sweet for anything but an occasional sipper. I can't imagine trying to get through a whole homebrew batch of this.

Feb 24, 2011
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Soonami from Pennsylvania

4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ramstein Winter Wheat is a beer that is hard for me to rate because I have had so few examples of the style, definitely less than five, but from what I can taste and see this beer is ostensibly without faults. The beer was served in a 10 oz tulip from Local 44. It was nearly opaque, dark mahogany brown with just a scummy layer of ecru foam. The beer smells spicy with clove and cinnamon, fruity like candied cherries and cooked bananas and warm like cake. These aromas are carried over in the taste of the beer. It is rich and thick but syrupy or cloyingly sweet. The wheat is manifest in the body and contributes a nice bready grain flavor. The body is luxurious with a whisper of carbonation that is perfect for the beer. I was very surprised by to read this was 9.5% because the alcohol was very well hidden and there was very little alcohol heat. Great beer.

Jan 16, 2011
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morimech from Minnesota

4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Several months past the best before date so I assume this is last years beer. With the high ABV I am not too worried about the quality of the beer. Popped the cap and there was a lot of pressure released. A lot of foam when attempting to pour into the glass. Dark brown color with a large mocha colored head that quickly builds and quickly settles to a thin cap. You can actually hear the carbonation in this beer. Not much lacing is left on the glass. Interesting aroma of mocha, wheat malt, and sour cherrie. I could not detect the alcohol. Intense flavor of chocolate, cloves, smoke, and alcohol. Very warm in the finish. There is something slightly sour in the flavor as well. Overall is quite dry. A large body for a wheat beer. Started out intensely carbonated but it settles down after 10 minutes and leaves behind a good texture. This beer hits the spot on a cold day.

Nov 20, 2010
Ramstein Winter Wheat from High Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 310 ratings