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Ramstein Winter Wheat | High Point Brewing Company

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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:
#1,855
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 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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Photo of ygtbsm94
1/5  rDev -76%

Photo of paulish
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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Photo of BeerForMuscle
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 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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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 malfunxion
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is one step below pitch black. Held to light, it shows a little bit of ruby. Nose is like a sweetened molasses. It almost smells like a syrup. Flavor is rich and thick with extremely strong malty characters. Mild molasses in a deep way. Robust, full, and lasting. Never even hints at dropping off. Feel is very thick on the liquid. Low bubble. Extremely drinkable. Well made and oh so robust. If you can get your hands on it, go for it.

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Photo of jwc215
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

best before end of Sept. (of next year I assume, as I purchased it at the brewery last month.

Pours dark brown with a medium tan head that becomes thin but everlasting.

Aromas of cocoa, caramel and banana/clove. Hardly any alcohol noticeable, despite high abv.

The taste is simply delicious. Cocoa and caramel. Banana/clove. Roasted wheat. Smooth with a crispness in the finish to balance out sweetness. Not overly complex, but delicious.

Smooth. Nice texture. Sweet, but not cloying.

Alchol is barely noticeeable (despite the abv level), so it creeps up on you. (Too) easily drinkable. A very good winter brew. This one is worth going a bit out of the way for.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Fully dark in color, not a bit of light escaping, with a fine, cocoa-tan head. So far, this looks like no wheat of any sort or stripe I've ever met.
Aroma: big, overpowering fruit, grapes, cherries, bright and lively, with a slightly smokey, woodsy edge.
Good texture, delicious taste, body on the medium side.
Truly a joy to drink, this one, with a marvelous, lovely flavor, nice, medium finish, smooth, supreme drinkability, if lacking in overall complexity.
Additionally, I had no suspicion of it's high ABV, 9.5%!, until entering these notes. Perhaps the strength lulled me into missing it's presence?
Another terrific New Jersey brew, compliments of BeerFan.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a brownish burgandy color with some bronze highlights. A nice 1.5" tan head slowly falls to a thick surface foam. Some spotty lacing develops during the session.

Smell: roasted tones, grassy wheat, and cherries.

Taste: Nice thick maltiness with huge prune and cherry flavor, and add in some wheat, alcohol, and a hearty bitterness to round out a very flavorful brew. Overall dryness throughout.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body, and crisp and dry throughout.

Drinkability: Nicely drinkable, but alcohol creeps in a bit as it warms. Drinking a few of these slowly can be an easy task. This is a wonderful beer everyone should seek out.

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Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Farmhouse in Emmaus.

I don't know, this seems a lot of their classic wheat beer to me without much difference. It looks a nice dark brown with tan head and lacing in my pint glass. The aroma and flavor have a strong, earthy character, which is cool, but not normal for the style. Beyond that I found undertones of orange and banana with bigger cocoa and roasted/toasted wheat and malt. This seems more like some hybrid of the weizenbock and an imperial porter. Unusual flavor aside, the element of this beer that really struck me was the sheer drinkability. It hid the alcohol perfectly and offered a medium body that could easily be mistaken for a much weaker beer.

Overall, not my favorite in terms of flavor for the style, but it's something different and very easy to drink.

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Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of WesWes
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep dark black color with a 1/4" offwhite head that quickly fades to spotty lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich and intense wheat scent that smells of cloves. It also has a malty side that boasts of chocolate and crystal malts. It is fruity with wheat, but dry and roasted with black malts; very nice. The taste is good. It has a dry and roasted malt flavor that goes down smooth and warms a bit on the finish. It is rich with chocolate malts which give it a dark character. The fruity clove taste is evident, but little in comparison. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with a little less than adequate carbonation. This is probably the best weizenbock I've ever had. It has a great malt bill along with aroma and taste. It needs a little more carbonation, but it drinks well just the same.

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Photo of Zorro
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled due to BIGsBIF and the kindness of BeerBeing.

Pours a dark as stout brown colored beer with some haze. Understated tan head formation.

Smell is quite full of dark roasted malt for the style. Lots of coffee and chocolate aromas that are far more pronounced than I expected. Lots of cake malt scent and black pepper. Banana and clove aromas are missing here.

Taste is smooth and chocolate milkshake. Mildly sweet with a good chocolate and coffee flavor this is outstandingly smooth for a beer. Alcohol? What Alcohol? Thing is I was expecting a lot more flavor for a Weizenbock.

Mouthfeel is pretty much chocolate milkshake REALLY thick.

Outstanding drinkability score. So freaking smooth you could give it to babies. My only complaint here is the total absence of typical German wheat beer flavors. This is more Imperial Wheat Sweet Stout to my taste buds, but it IS quite good.

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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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