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Ramstein Winter Wheat | High Point Brewing Company

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4.16/5
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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
 
 
Wants:
113
Gots:
9
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 306 |  Reviews: 244
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smooth and dark wine attractiveness.Chocolate, bourbon and alcohol in aroma.Upfront carbonation. Very nice and drinkable . Replaces wine, with spiciness in yeast and dry finish. Multi-malts with chocolate malt and carmel. Thanks Clarkvv for the sample. Medium-full mouthfeel. Had again 1.7 years later

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid Weizenbock that favors the more 'bock-like' character over the wheat. Very complex and flavorful.

The pour delivers a solid brown hue with a timid lace of a head. Lacking staying power, the foam seems to never completely diminish. Light legging on the beer shows its strength of alcohol and sweetness.

Very complex aromas cover the gammot from chocolates, nuts, and toast to esters of cherries, dates, raisons, and figs. Red wine alcohols give a slight vinous note as if aged in an oak barrel.

Flavors continue the complex and integrated character, leading the way with malty rich toffee/molassas, chocolate, toast-breads, and nutty flavors. The fruity esters give a mix of acidic cherries, grapes, and stone fruits. Again, the red wine notes make great impact going into the finish.

The well integrated carbonation leads to a weighted and creamy texture, though fleeting late. Malty and robust up front but the beer's sweetness gives way to a dry, alcoholic, and acidic note that boarders on mild astringencies.

Ramstein Winter Wheat is a fantastic Weizenbock that exhibits the deep chocolate and fruity aspects of the style and religates the wheat flavor and feel to supportive roles only.

Thanks Mikeyv35!

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Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to PEBKAC for this one.

Pours into a weizen glass a deep reddish brown, that is nearly opaque. Two fingers of dark tan foam rises up and sticks around for a good while.

Slight tartness in the aroma, some wheat and sweeter notes too.

Very malty, nutty with some estery banana and dried fruit. Lingering smokiness is there too, behind the main attributes. Tobacco/leather is very mild in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel from the yeast content, but the light tartness conflicts a little with the creaminess.

Wow, I wouldn't have guessed 9.50% on this one...hides it well! Bottom line, it's tasty and worth trying, though my favorite is still Victory Moonglow.

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4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cola brown color with a surprisingly modest head that fades quickly to a ringlet, while managing to leave a few dots of lace

Smell: Prune juice, clove, molasses, banana and cocoa

Taste: Prune juice, cloves and banana, upfront, with a peppery yeast flavor arriving by mid-palate; after the swallow, the yeast and molasses flavors dominate, briefly, but the aftertaste has a lot of dark prune fruit flavor

Mouthfeel: Full body with low carbonation

Drinkability: Although this sure could use more carbonatin, the flavor profile is distinctive and enjoyable

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3.2/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Sammy: Poured a cloudy dirty brown color beer with a small foamy head with limited retention and no lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with some very subtle dry fruits. Taste of sweet malt is domination with again some very subtle dry fruits and some light alcohol notes. Body is full with some limited filtration and some low carbonation. Not exactly sure what to make of this beer and wouldn’t mind having another shot to rate this beer.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a naturally cloudy, very dark brown body with a huge creamy tan head that holds exceptionally well and leaves nice lace. The aroma is sweetish and fruity (berries, cherry) with a lightly smoky phenolic in the background. The body is medium, and the mouthfeel is full and creamy. The flavor offers some distinct caramelized sugars, a soft chocolatey note, a touch of alcohol, and some dull bubblegum. It finishes fairly short and lightly sweet. Although it's not a complex beer, it is quite flavorfull and extremely enjoyable. Highly recommended and well worth seeking out.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from BillyB, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color with a large light brown head that fades at a decent rate and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma has a strong burst of wheat up front along with dark fruits and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste, like the smell has a strong taste of wheat at first, but then flavors of dark fruit and roasted malts come in to combine for a very different overall taste experience. The malt character is hearty and the hops presence is mild, but complimentary. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easy enough, not too filling, decent kick, this is a good beer to choose when you want something strong, but you want something that's different from the more common big beer styles.

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1/5  rDev -76%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of russpowell
3.69/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this from PEBCAK, cheers Adam!

Pours an effervescent ebony with a finger of caramel colored head, drops away lickety-split. Viscious look to this, minimal head retention & lacing

S: Slight dark fruittyness & leafy hops

T: Pruneyness, cherries, dryness & a slight cola twang mixes with leafy hops, & a slight boozey raisiny vibe up front. Leafy hops, prunes & slight smokey molasess flavors as this warms, along with some boozey warmth. Finishes warming, raisiny, with dryness & a touch of dark chocolate, plus figgyness

MF: Light/medium bodied, fairly assertive carbonation, & nice warming feel

Drinks fairly easy, for the style. Would love to try this fresh to se the contrast, seems slightly off style, but agreeable enough

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Served up an almost black body crowned with a tall, proud, lasting tan head.

Smell: Lightly roasty, chocolate-based aroma with notes of dark wheat malt, dark caramel, cracked cloves, and well-ripened dark fruits.

Taste: Mildly, modestly sweet taste of chocolate-coated roasted grains further brushed with a bit of caramel. Slight flourish of tangy malted wheat. Hint of spicy clove character and smoked mingled into the dark fruitiness reminiscent of prunes and black cherries. Very subtle bitterness. Picks up a bit more sweetness as you go. A final touch of roast and dried fruits in the smooth, warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Good stuff! Presents a good mix of flavors with a well-rounded smoothness. It certainly went down with ease for purportedly being 9.5% ABV.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dusky garnet-hued mahogany with brighter ruby highlights. The light milk chocolate brown head is on the small side after an aggressive pour and isn't all that dense or sticky. It isn't otherwise impressive either since it deflates fairly quickly and leaves almost no lace. The aroma is Belgian yeasty and has elements of clove, cocoa and overripe fruit. Brown, mushy apples in particular.

Again, a Belgian yeasty sourness--or is that a wheaty tang?--is the first thing that I notice when beer comes into contact with tastebuds. There's plenty of sweet dark fruit (dried cherries, dried figs, raisins) as well as a geneous quantity of clove and cinnamon spice. As further evidence of the impressive complexity on display, I also pick up flavor notes of anise and blackstrap molasses.

This is overwhelmingly a malty beer; I don't appreciate much in the way of hop flavor or bitterness. The finish is long, slightly sour and ultimately dry. The body/mouthfeel is full and lush with a lively carbonation. In other words, top-notch. This is an incredibly drinkable beer despite the high ABV.

Ramstein Winter Wheat is clearly a well-crafted weizenbock and is a beer that I recommend without reservation. It's more than worthy enough for my 300th review. A big 'thank you' to Dantes for providing.

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Photo of Jason
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle with a freshness date on the label. Bottle conditioned and at 9.5% abv … there is no worry of freshness. A big thanks to Davo for the sample.

Appearance: Attractively dark with a beautiful lacing up the glass. The head is a bit thin but the retention lasts for the length of the beer.

Smell: Big aromas of dark fruit and faded clove. Malty sweet with a solid wheat malt twang in the back.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Succulently smooth with a rolling yet light crispness that struggles to get through the full body. Slight warming alcohol middle to end, hints of clove underneath the mountain of malt. Hints of dark bread and ripe fruit come to mind, lots of wheat malt flavour with a toasted malt thickness in the finish.

Notes: An amazing brew, I would have guessed 7.0% abv not 9.5%. Very deceiving. So luscious in the mouth and so drinkable for a big beer. A top-notch brew in my book not only for the style but for a winter seasonal.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep dark brown with minimal head and a decent lace. Smell was light with grain and a touch of yeast with an even hoppy presence. Taste was very smooth, clean. Nice carbonation and overall feel. Hints of alcohol and caramel with a touch of roasted nuts. Very good winter brew. I hadnt had one in years and forgot how good they do things up in Jersey. This is a must try.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of womencantsail
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one last week. Review transcribed from notes.

A: The pour is dark brown in color with some reddish highlights and a fluffy tan head.

S: The nose is fairly typical for a weizenbock. An interesting mix of bananas, cloves, sweet caramel, dark fruits and yeast.

T: The dark fruit and caramel translate quite intensely to the flavor. The beer is very sweet without as much in the way of the spicy, yeasty, and banana character that you expect from a Bavarian wheat beer.

M: The carbonation is moderate and gives the beer a fairly full and creamy feel on the tongue.

D: This was an interesting take on a weizenbock. I am more of a fan of the German examples (who isn't?) but that was certainly passable.

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3.93/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of WVbeergeek
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours thick, not letting much light through if any hold on let me go grab my spectrometer. Yep, I was right opaque deep chestnut brown lucious fine bubbly tan head leaves some sporadic spots of lacing. Aromatics flowing here an amazing mildly smokey chocolate malt characteristic, talk about creativity this is the epitat. Banana and cloves sharp wheat malt sweetness is there somewhere what a complex wheat beer I now fully understand why this beer holds it's own on the Best of BA. As it warms alcohol and more intense over ripened fruit tones arise, nice. It's hard to sip on considering you could just sit here and smell the damn beer all day and be just as happy, but can't let it go to waste can we? A barrage of different but cohesive flavors, wow! A flight of chocolate smoked malts comes over the palate then this flavor is eased by the traditional yeast spawning tones of banana and clove sugar sweet twang and sharp tone of the unmalted wheat used here great stuff can't get over it. One bottle is a tease here with a lucious full bodied weizenbock like this and perfect carbonation you're going to want to look into a case or at the least a sixpack. Who are these guys, High Point Wheat Beer Co. I need to find the brewpub in my beer journeys intense flavorful near orgasmic experience with this beer. No hype needed this beer speaks for itself, great stuff.

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

Photo of Billolick
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Gate in Brooklyn. Dark and powerful. Lots of fruit and yeast in the nose. burnt flavors. yeast and bready notes. Alcohol obviously present but well in the background of this finely crafted brew. This style continues to grow on me. Strangly refreshing, complex, interesting, drinkable and strong at the same time.

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Photo of imbibehour
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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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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