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Ramstein Winter Wheat | High Point Brewing Company

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Ramstein Winter WheatRamstein Winter Wheat
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
High Point Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
ramsteinbeer.com

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by xlperro on 04-17-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,869
Reviews:
244
Ratings:
306
pDev:
12.02%
Bros Score:
4.67
 
 
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Photo of inebrius
4.89/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

9.5%! I can hardly believe it. Pours mud under a thin bonnet of malted milk. Like eating a banana split next to a roaring hardwood campfire the nose is a sublime melange of banana, cherries, vanilla, chocolate and smoked malts. A man could go to slavering before he even takes a sip. More treats for the buds as I quaff this chocolate covered banana explosion that's somewhat held in check by what has to be--but is not perceived as--a huge dose of balancing hops. A thin wisp of smokiness hangs out like a middle-school drug pusher. Are there smoked malts in this brew? There has got to be. What an ambrosial beer. Unique and tasty! If Ramstein gets national distribution, this one will become an American classic, for sure!

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Photo of umfskibum
4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle, thanks to markgugs for the trade!

A: Pours dark brown, with the slightest ruby tinge around the edges of the pint. Disappointing small head that disappears immediately.

S: Cloves, figs, and alcohol fill the nose. Very strong and complex, with a ton of layers to it. Sweet.

T: Fruity (figs and bananas) with some alcohol in the undertones. Malty and sweet, though the finish is a bit tart with some other fruity tastes, particularly plum/raisin. Nice and complex; this is a fantastic example of the style that has different flavors for beginning, middle and end.

M: Chewy and thick, but very smooth. The taste of alcohol is there, but there isn't any bite to it, but just a warming sensation in the throat. Sweet, soft carbonation.

D: Quite drinkable, and probably the second-best Weizenbock I've had. A fantastic example of the style, and the best you'll find brewed stateside. Balanced yet complex, thick but smooth, this beer is a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of BrewMan13
4.87/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 6-pack that look like it went through hell...wasnt even in the original box. 'Best by sept' notched on the label.
Pours very dark brown/nearly black with not much head. After having Aventinus and Moonglow previously, this poured much darker then them--a very nice surprise.
Hints of clove, anise, and (as it says to expect on the label) apple. I also pick up on something I find hard to identify...almost liek cinnamon/buttered toast. This is good for me, as usually barely smell anything :)
Taste is exceptional! All the praise here on BA couldnt prepare me for how amazing this beer turned out to be. Very complex to say the least. Interestingly nothing like the aroma. Malty sweet initially like a doppelbock (hints of caramel?), but nowhere near cloying. Very slightly tart in the middle, the only similarity to any other wheat beer I've previously had. Finishes with a slightly dry roasted chocolate taste. Alcohol totally hidden at all temperatures (yeah, I know thats cliche on this site, but this is the best example I've come across). Would never have guessed 9.5% had I not known.
Very smooth, with little carbonation. Easy to drink. This one is freakin superb. Easily the best wheat beer I've ever had, besting Aventinus to my palate. I cant recommend this one enough. Especially amazing considering that the bottles looked very abused.
One hint though: DO NOT drink this after any other beer. I made this the 2nd beer of the night one night and it lost a lot. That cinnamon/buttered toast I spoke of in the aroma came through a lot and it definitely made the beer seem worse then having it solo. Enjoy it as the only, or at least 1st beer of the night, and you'll be fine.

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Photo of FatBoyGotSwagger
4.86/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of beermanpaul
4.86/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Outstanding, my must have winter beer.

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Photo of yen157
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very, very dark with only a few ruby glimmers of ruby shining through. Coarse head never really piled high, but when it was just a thin layer on top of the liquid it looked quite pretty. It was multicolored with the thinnest portion the color of and around the edge it was closer to the color of a medium-light Cajun roux. Aromas of malted wheat, black cherries, bananas, and the smallest bit of alcohol show off this beer’s richness and finesse. Very smooth in the mouth. The perfect carbonation gives this a velvety mouth feel. Malt flavors abound, and mixed in are milk chocolate, cocoa, and the mildest charcoal flavor ever. You only notice the high alcohol when your mouth and throat warm slightly after swallowing. The finish is moderately short, but long enough to allow the individual flavors to fade away one at a time. I don’t see how this beer could have been much better.

After I thought I wasn’t going to be able to find any more this season I was lucky enough to find it at BeerFan’s store.

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Photo of donniecuffs
4.84/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Into a tulip, it poured a deep dark mahogany, which revealed some more chestnut shades when held up to light. One finger of off-white/beige head, modest carbonation, decent head retention, and good lacing. The nose was a hearty blend of raisin, plum, fig, dark chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, and even some purple grape hints. The taste confirmed the nose in grandiose fashion..big dark fruit up front, dissolving to malty/caramel/chocolate midpalate, and then finishing on a semi-sweet fruit note. No hint of the alcohol content whatsoever. Mouthfeel is thick and slick, with little carbonation. Dangerously drinkable. Highly recommend aging some of this as well, as I have had some two-year old bottles that revealed stronger hints of dark fruit. A truly great weizenbock.

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Photo of Dantes
4.82/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Package: 12oz. bottle, no ABV listed. White label with purple border. Kitschy gothic letters spelling “Ramstein.” “Enjoy by month notched” marked between April and May but no year denoted. Label recommends storing at 35º-45º and serving at 40º. Neck label describes brew style. Busy but reasonably informative.

Cost: $8.99 6-pack at Gary's

Presentation: Imperial pint glass at 45º. ( I thought 40º serving recommendation was too cold).

Appearance: The beer's only weak area. Some gunsmoke. Generated little head, which dissipated quickly. Color was a rich brown-black, with an almost opaque, stout-like body. Large clumps of sediment. Unremarkable.

Smell: Achtung! All of the promised elements are present: fruity apple, clove, vanilla, smoky chocolate, and caramely malt. Bouquet is surprisingly un-volatile for its high ABV, but complex and full.

Taste: This is where this beer kicks into overdrive. Added to the aromas are subtle hints of cinnamon, bananas Foster, and dark black curranty fruits. Almost no hint of the claimed 9.5% ABV. Sweetness is present, but in a toasted-malt context and is by no means cloying. This beer never forgets that it's a wheat beer. Impressive depth of flavor, carrying through the middle to a strong, lasting finish that dries out.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy, smooth, and luxurious; but never loses its crisp edge. Carbonation is fine and consistent throughout. It puzzles me why it didn’t generate a better head.

Drinkability: Astoundingly drinkable! For something akin to an Imperial Stout, this goes down like a session beer. It is satisfying but not so filling that you can’t have several in succession (as long as you’re not driving!).

A beer worth savoring that challenges you not to drink it like water! Would accompany strong cheeses and other hearty appetizers very well. When High Point first opened, I knew one of the brewers, who invited me to try some of the beers. At the time, I thought they were good, but not stand-outs. It's been sometime since I’ve been in touch with this friend or had any Ramstein brews, but I was cooking short ribs braised in wheat beer, so I bought a six of the Classic. Intrigued by the Winter Wheat, I bought it, not knowing it was seasonal with a 9.5% ABV. Time to get in touch with my friend again!

Backwash: The quintessential Q-ship. The beer equivalent of a Mercedes 300SEL 6.3; old-world craftsmanship, silky smooth, with some serious torque under the hood.

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Photo of brantadid
4.82/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very dark brown or almost black color with very little light passing through. Two finger head formed and slowly diminished. Incredible lacing.

Smelled of sweet malts. Some smokiness inthe nose. Clean, simply, perfect.

Tasted sweet on the front palate. A slight sourness presented on the mid palate that was followed by a smokey quality on the back palate. Incredible length of flavor. This beer gets better every time I try it.

Nice carbonation gives this beer a really nice crispness. Light mouthfeel and a slight warming from alcohol.

In a word...Incredible.

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Photo of muskiesman
4.82/5  rDev +15.9%
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!

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Photo of pbrian
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

You rarely get to sample a beer as finely crafted as this. Dark, opaque reddish brown, phat creamy tan head. Wafting combination of hefe (banana, clove), old ale (dark fruits, cherry, nuts), and porter (roasted grains) aromas. Tastes are the same combination with some caramelly malt sweetness appearing. Delivered via a medium bodied, yet velvety mouthfeel. 9.5% Alc.? Could've fooled me. Staggeringly drinkable. A big thanks to my beer friend who's always watching my back!

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Photo of scottum
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a deep dark almost black brown with a nice tan head. This is a big beer. Flavor profile is huge. Nice and malty, and very well balanced. Where's the 9.5%? / Not in the flavor, that's for sure. Mouthfeel is beautiful. The best wheat bock I've ever sampled! Thank you ElGuapo for the samples!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fuck, this beer is damn near black. Surprised me for a weizenbock, but I like it. The head is slight and light brown. Lacing is spotty and droopy. Big nose full of phenolics, esters, figs, bananas and light pepper. The flavors are so smooth and sublte. There's something to be said of subtlety and this beer has it. But for a whopping 9.5% a/v, I can't taste a single hint of ethanol. Notes of raisin and figs dance with some fruity tones of berries and plum. Flavors of yeast, bread and crumbcake give this beer a wonderful malt profile. The mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and smooth. Body about medium full. If I could give a 10 for drinkability, I would. Damn this is smooth. Awesome beer.

Big ZAP! This stuff is the Bomb. Thanks bitch.

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Photo of Citadel82
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Whooooahhhh! This is the real deal. Pours a rich Mahogany Brown in my Aventinus Weizenbock glass. Thin tan head raipdly withdraws leaving scattered lace. Smell is of rich moist cake and nuts...fresh bannana nut bread hot from the oven. The taste is malt sweetness drying in long slow finish... heaven. No alcohol in evidence. 9.5% you can't be serious. Butler, NJ who would of thought. My mind turns to road trip north. Growler and cooler in the van.

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Photo of lauries444
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of BMan33
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Midnight brown with some slight ruby at the bottom of the glass. Topped by a frothy tan head, which breaks down a bit quick. Aroma of dark fruits, smoke, a bit of cocoa, and at the end, a sweet apple scent . Across the tongue, black currant and assorted fruits roll richly and slickly. Sweet but by no means cloying. Near 10% alcohol unnoticeale except for a trace in the aftertaste. Scarily drinkable. Hard to find this year, but worth the hunt.

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Photo of Vylo
4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of waughbrew
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Black with dark brown highlights, a medium-sized light-brown head with little retention but good lacing. Aroma is an herbal spicing with anise, pleasant alcohol, and very vinous. Flavor starts sweet with root-like vinous character, big fudgy chocolate, roasted caramel, raisins, and some smoke with a nice alcohol boost. Finish is sweet but just barely, with that great earthy vinous flavor sticking around. Big bodied. The carbonation sticks out a bit. Very impressive drinkability for a beer of this weight.

Overall an amazing beer with both great complexity and great drinkability. I would love to have this around all the time.

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Photo of Foxman
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a deep lustrous brown, with flashes of ruby breaking through, but rather nondescript. A finger of light brown, tight head lifts and settles in a quick cycle. Flares of lacing loop down the glass.

The aroma carries lithe tendrils of black cherry, dried fruit in general, currants specifically, and is backed by a body of dark chocolate. A very slight sour fruit note lurks, and works with the rest to allow no more than a fleeting glimpse of the alcohol within.

On first sip, what seems sure to be a cascade of dense sweetness showers the palate, but in a fascinating twist, that sweetness is promptly mitigated by the flavors that bear it, giving evidence to a strong but silky procession of dark cherries, currants, dried fruit, butterscotch, vanilla, and yes, as the bottle suggests, apple. These bland as they progress, then give way slightly to allow a a drier, more bitter element again bringing to mind dark chocolate. As the close draws near a more sour cherry hint swings in along with a crisp grain presence of wheat. The merest allusion to alcohol is all that exists in the flavor, and the finish is a warming melange of earthy fruit sweetness and roasted grain bitterness. Tremendously smooth, balanced, and blended, it's a blessing to the taste buds.

Medium bodied, the pieces mesh together to slide in a velvety swirl across the palate, leaving the ever so slight tingle of dryness on the tongue as it fades. It caresses, pets, and lingers.

I've been worshipping this beer all winter, and just got the inkling that I was at last worthy to review it.
While its facade is nice enough, it's like a well-kept but unremarkable storefront that masks behind it a treasure trove of wonder and delight.
It's fetching, alluring, tempting, decadent, and a whole host of other splendid adjectives. The bright lights of the aroma draw you in, and the spectacle of the flavor keeps your palate's attention riveted to the last. And as the curtain drops, you feel as though you've been stroked into some ethereal bliss. Well, ok, maybe not quite something that transcendant, but damn, it is truly masterful. Now, the one caution is to take care, because that strident ABV is well-masked, to say the least, and it would seriously lay some hurt on you if you're reckless. Still, it could have twice the alcohol, and drinking another is something that no amount of good sense could batter down every time.
While not prone to the most poignant of superlatives, this one indeed left me inspired.

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Photo of cretemixer
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Deep ruby with a fine, tan colored head. Just a thin collar is left after a few moments, but carbonation keeps the surface swirling around.
The aroma is roasty and smell like a wheat beer, but with a major kick. Clovy and fruity, with hints of apple skins.
Unbelievably smooth taste. Dark fruits and a mild bitterness that offsets the roasted malts nicely. Extremely balanced with almost no hint of the 9.5% ABV.
This one tops the charts as far a drinkability is concerned, just respect this beer.

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Photo of markgugs
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 12 oz. bottle poured into a mug

A: I'm probably too much of a n00b to discern the difference, but this Weizenbock looks near-identical to all quality stouts I've had. Which is to say, solidly black, with very little dark cream head and minimal lacing, if at all. Appealing at the very least.

S: At first you wonder where the aroma of this beer is at all, but a couple of good solid deep inhales reveal a tasteful, sweet scent beneath the obvious dessert flavors. The more I smell it, the better it gets, like a fresh piece of pie. It's fantastic.

T: I'm not sure I can even review this beer unbiasedly (is that a word?), because it's absolutely one of my favorites. It's uncharacteristically smooth for such a big beer, lots of bready, malted flavors. Every mouthful of this beer rewards with big flavors of mild milk chocolate, banana cream pie (I swear!), malted sugars and more. It's amazing.

M: So chewy, and so delicious, like a piece of white bread that has been sitting in a sugary chocolate concoction for the past 2 weeks. I almost want to freeze this and eat it with a spoon.

D: I only knocked this down a peg because it's 9.50% ABV and it kicks my tail all over the room. Too bad because I often want to drink about 12 of them in a sitting. VERY drinkable, dangerously so.

HIGHLY recommended, a favorite beer of mine.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From a one year old bottle stored at a constant 40.F.
The beer pours an incredibly dark umber brown, pretty much black, crowned with a thick froth of taupe head. Completely opaque, even without dredging up the bottle conditioning. The head recedes to a thin film upon sitting for five minutes, dying out completely on the last few sips.
The aroma is very intensely malty. Huge roasty chocolatey mocha, with rather subdued clove phenols. Considerable fig, currant and black cherry fruitiness, with just a trace of banana. The esters are a bit more subdued than I was expecting, but it's still very pleasing. The alcohol is just barely perceptable, with a faint waft of a thinner-like feel in your nose. More subtle than I was expecting, but still very nice. ---edit-- After reaching room temperature, the esters really come together. A very pleasant thinner-like feel through your nose, with tons of fruitiness and an increased clove presence. Excellent.
The flavor starts with an amazingly smooth chocolate maltiness. Considerable malt, feeling thick and chewy on your tongue. Lots of wheat, along with everything else. Yeast is apparent, adding a somewhat lactic overall feel, with a touch of woody biscuitiness. Some coffee comes through towards the middle, creating an exceptional mocha flavor, with very mild clove and soft fruity esters. Fig, date and currant dominate, with a bit of cherry and banana. The clove comes through a bit more in the finish, particularly as it warms. No hop flavor whatsoever. A molasses flavor edges in as it warms, adding to the thick mouthfeel. Some alcohol is apparent in the finish, blending with the mocha and a woodsy, nutty yeast flavor. Some yeast lingers in the finish with a touch of molasses and date. Amazingly smooth, sluggish carbonation, monstrous body, and very smooth, mellow mouthfeel.
Very powerful. This is a contender for thickest body ever. You feel like you need a spoon to drink it. Sweet, but not even close to cloying, this is one hell of a winter warmer. I think I may enjoy it more when young, perhaps some of the phenolic flavor would add just a bit more depth. I really enjoy the woody yeast and mocha blend. It has a very old school feel, probably because of the woody, nutty flavor. Very nice. --edit-- The fruity flavors are drawn out considerably with warmth, as well as the clove. I'd recommend warming this to well past celler temperature in order to get a fuller experience. It's too bad I was more than halfway through when it reached this point. Fantastic.

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Photo of Jarod
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer poured into the glass a dark port wine color, deep dark and ruby/purple colored and when held to the light very little passed through the glass, just on the edges you could see some red highlights. I swear it looked like dark grape juice with red highlights. The head the it produced was a medium tan/brown color that produced a thick head that lasted only a moment then faded to a thin ring and covering on the surface. No lace seemed to be present. The aromas that came from this beer were big and sweet – dark fruits, sweet malts, apples, caramel, floral hops and some spices. The tastes that came from this “wheat” beer were big and surprising. I tasted creamy chocolates, dark fruits, apples, sweet malts, spices, some alcohol , wheat grains and some ash dryness. This beer was creamy and full of fruit flavors. I really enjoyed it. It through me a little, because the colors, flavors, and tastes were different from what I am used to in a wheat beer. Excellent. Nice and warming.

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Photo of Lembeh
4.71/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Ramstein Winter Wheat from High Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 306 ratings
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