Ramstein Winter Wheat | High Point Brewing Company

BA SCORE
92
outstanding
304 Ratings
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
Ratings:
304
Reviews:
243
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
12.02%
 
 
Wants:
113
Gots:
9
For Trade:
0
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Photo of badbeer
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2005 Bottle.

Pours out a very dark brown with dark red around the edges when held to light. Head was fairly big and a light tan color, retains well, but not as pillowy as one might expect. The smell is one that I've been waiting to experience, almost a revelation. It smells like a wonderful Christmas cookie. It's like a chocolate dipped banana plum, mixed with caramel and molasses cookies. Taste begins with some plum and a bit of dark fruit, plenty of Christmas spices as well, then ends up having a hint of burnt caramel and just a touch of coffee-like roastiness. Carbonation is on the higher side with just a little bit less than medium body. Alcohol is very well hidden in this one. I'm going to see if I can't get more of this so I can enjoy plenty of it during the next holiday season, although I'm sure this is great in any weather.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very dark weizenbock, letting no light through, and having only a minimal head after the impressive pour. Smell is sweet and brown sugary, with banana. Smooth, sweet, like dessert. Taste is roasted and fairly strong, carmel, with alcohol well hidden, only providing a subtle tingle in the background. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, not much carbonation, with a little sharp carbonation. A good weizenbock, rich and delicious, but falls short of my all-time favorite, Skyline Weizenbock.

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Photo of Bigjay1584
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was pleasantly surprised to find this at a local distributor since I heard good things about Ramstein beers. I was not disappointed. It was a tad on the expensive side, but considering the cost of ingredients, the big taste of a big Weizenbock easily warrants a few extra bucks.

A: Very very Dark, with a generous dark tan 2 inch head. About as handsome as they get. Surprisingly though, there was no lacing at all as I got through it.

S: Bananas, cloves, rich toasty caramel malts. Highly inviting.

T: Those full rich caramel malts hug the palate, and linger and linger. Weizenbocks and double bocks are so hard to beat. This one is no exception. Outstanding.

M: Well carbonated, nice and sticky, yet smooth.

D: Extremely drinkable considering the high ABV. I think it tops Sam Adams double bock as far as drinkability (that's pretty good considering it has a higher ABV than the Sam's). I could definitely spring for another one immediately. (maybe a cigar too...?)

A delightful beer. Awfully good. I highly recommend it. And made relatively locally to boot! Germany would be proud.

Prost!

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Photo of doho95fu
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark Brown, almost black with a medium tan colored head. The smell is of cocoa and reminds me of banana nut bread. The flavor also reminds me of banana nut bread, with a smooth, but present alcohol finish. This is a very solid doppelbock and I will head to the brewery first chance I get - I wanna see these guys at work. Really drinkable for a strong complex beer. Proud to be from Jersey.

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Photo of Soonami
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of MJR
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an incredibly dark brown that appears to be black at first glance. Completely opaque, with absolutely no light penetration. It's brown head starts out an inch thick and fades away to a small ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Has the traditional banana, clove, and bubblegum covered by a heavy layer of roasted malt, chocolate, peppery spiciness, and dark fruits. Stunning in it's complexity, with a touch of raw alcohol just under the surface.

Taste: Rich and tart with many layers of complexity and flavors. The expected banana and clove are there, only to be supplanted by rich chocolate, caramel, and coffee notes. Peeling back another layer reveals a bunch of fruity flavors: apple, plum, black currant, and raison. Another layer is the lightly toasted, biscuity grain flavor. Wrapped around all of those is a steady but restrained spiciness which has a lively, peppery touch. Amazing...

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with a low amount of carbonation...I'd like to see a bit more. Finishes with a spicy shot of alcohol.

Drinkability: Damn good for it's strength. While the name implies that it's primarily a cold weather brew, I could put down a few of these in any season.

I think the head size and it's retention and the lack of carbonation have something to do with it's age and the long trip it made to my doorstep.

A 'thank you' goes out to Davo for sending me this one.

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Photo of jcalabre
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Originally sampled on 17 May 2003. Looks like a porter, but doesn't taste like one! it has a slightly fruity aroma w/ a flavor of tart cherries & brown bread. It is velvety on the tongue w/ a slightly sweet finish. This is a great brew. Thanks herbjones

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Photo of wattoclone
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of JMS1512
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Varkias41
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of stinkboy13
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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

Appearance: Deep brown with ruby highlights. Nearly opaque but not quite. The head was gone before I even sat down to drink it.

Smell: Man, what a smell this thing has. Right off, I was overwhelmed by an aroma reminiscent of decomposing leaves, grass or bananas–I'm not sure which one but it was really interesting. Hiding behind that wall were other notes of cloves, molasses, dates, sour cherries and brown sugar. Really complex aroma. I couldn't stop smelling it the whole time I drank it.

Taste: Lots and lots of tastes in this giant. Again, the decomposing something or other showed up in the taste... dark fruits (prunes?), cherries, chocolate chocolate chocolate... Nice, sharp, bitter coffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Solid carbonation and full body leads to a really smooth drink.

Drinkability: It's a huge, delcious beer with layers and layers of flavors and smells. I couldn't have one after another but one a night wouldn't kill anyone. It would go great sitting aside a giant steak or burger or as an after dinner drink. This beer rocks.

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Photo of richbrew
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of djcira
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of drtth
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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!

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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 nesarebad
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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

Not much to be said that hasnt already been said. Pours a solid dark brown to black with a decent sized tan to very light brown head. Smells of ripe banana, spice, dark fruit, maybe alittle bit of roasted malt and has a lovely bready backbone. Taste is more of the same with toasted malts and an added hop twinge and coriander bite in the finish. This beer is drinkable as all hell with the 9.5% only becoming apparent after my second bottle and letting it warm up quite a bit. A true gem for the style and a staple in jersey beer.

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Photo of whartontallboy
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of yourefragile
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of kmpitz2
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a 6 oz sample out of a 12 oz bottle. Pours a deep deep brown color with ruby hues. No real head is there, just a light ring. Very dark and mysterious look about it. Nose is chocolate covered alcohol soaked banana. Just aqpuff of alcohol is in there. Solid. The flavor is very mellow. Banana and cream are very prevalent with a more subdued background of fig and chocolate. No hint of alcohol. Very tasty. The feel is thick with just a hint of carbonation. Very satisfying feel. Overall, a highly drinkable beer. I'd like a touch more of an edge on the dark malt. I would drink this again.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. amber bottle courtesy of ppoitras. Freshness date is notched between August and September.

Appearance: Perhaps the most disappointing trait of an otherwaise stellar beer. The color is wonderful, a deep brownish-black with all sorts of ruby highlights at the edges. The head, though, is nearly non-existent, even with an aggressive pour. Just a barely perceptible ring of highly-carbonated dark tan head hovering at the edges. Lacing of the glass still occurs in sheets.

Smell: Wow. A big bouquet of dark fruit, apple pie, cloves, and pepper. Noticeable before the nose gets close to the glass. Very nice.

Taste: Simply wonderful. Up front hefty dose of dark chocolate and caramel drizzled over warm dark fruit. Cloked in darkness, the hefty ABV is detected only at the very end and is perceived as a warming effect in the tummy (that goes nicely with the smile on your face). Finish is "after-dinner-liquorish"...helping you savor this slowly.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Medium-bodied and pretty creamy, which was surprising, given the very active head. Very easy to drink.

Notes: Having heard of the Winter Wheat from Ramstein, but never checking to see what the style was, I was very surprised when I first tried it. The first thing I thought was "Aventinus...but better!". I was right. A great beer and one I'd love to have again. Thanks to ppoitras for this gem!

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Photo of weeare138
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a black with a dark chestnut hue. A creamy 2 finger tan head floats on the top and slowly fades into a mild film and thick, creamy collar. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of vanilla, caramel, clove, chocolate, raisins, wheat, and perhaps a hint of coffee.
Taste is a creamy blend of the above aromas with a mild fruity clove finish.
Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with a semi-dry finish that is of delicate yeast, spice, fruit, and chocolate.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 ounce brown bottle that came into my possession during the BA NYC Rally Sunday Brunch from fellow BA Davo, whilst sharing a couple of Teutonic beers at the Heidelberg Restaurant in New York. No freshness or strength listed, notched as Drink Before July – but no year, LOL.

Appearance: Very dark pour, a surprise, dark brown, almost black. ½” tan brown head that soon disappears and leaves a broken covering on the beers surface. Low levels of carbonation. Fizzes when replaced on the Table after a mouthful, quite weird – but impressive.

Nose: Dark alcohols, lots of fruity chewing gum candy smells mixed with some coffee and peppers. Mild figs and other dark fruits race into the back end of the beer. A very intense nose indeed, and quite complex.

Taste: A lovely smoky malt wheat beer entrance, fresh wheat, cloves, bananas, peppers and yet more figs. Smooth chocolate and bitter-sweet sultanas and raisins trapped in a malt biscuit center. This beer wraps the tongue in a fruity malt wheat beer that has an intensely complex pattern that seems to alter during every drink. Awesome!

Mouthfeel: Extremely wholesome, some banana cloying at the back end, but the fruity feel in the mouth is extremely inviting.

Drinkability: Is this really 9.5%?? No way - yeeez!! Doesn’t drink like it all. The wheat aspects lend a fantastic medium body that makes this very easy to dispatch.

Overall: I thoroughly enjoyed this one and I was saving it for the BA So.Cal. “get together” at the Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival in a few weeks time. However, Gentleman BA Davo mentioned he would bring more supplies for the others, so I cracked this open and selfishly consumed the entire bottle myself. The other BA’s are in for a treat!!

Cheers & Thanks Davo – see ya soon mate!

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Photo of ithacabaron
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a sedate, deep brown, with a relatively thin body into my glass. A small yet solid head rises and falls down to a coating on top of the brew.

Aroma is oooh -- nice. Mushrooms, leather, braised pot roast, tobacco. Awesome smell.

As for taste...caramel, uncured leather, and just a hint of the banana to let you know what you're dealing with. Manages to be smoky, sweet, fruity, and to be all of these things at the same time, nothing overwhelming or dominating the conversation. And that's what this is, a conversation, an excellent arrangement of elements. Damn nice.

Mouthfeel is right where it should be, not too heavy, not too sharp. Nice crisp finish.

9.5%? Get out of town! No way. Drinks like a 6% dunkelweizen. Very nice.

What a great brew. I've really been grooving on the German styles recently, and this is just another reason to celebrate that brewing heritage. And from an American brewery, too! Beer is limitless in its possiblities, and we're living in the golden age. Huge thanks to blitheringidiot for this brew -- really got me back in the game -- a "wow" brew that I didn't see coming.

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Ramstein Winter Wheat from High Point Brewing Company
4.16 out of 5 based on 304 ratings.
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