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%
 
 
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112
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9
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Photo of Bitterbill
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours from 12oz bottle(room temp, best by Sept) a rich and thick looking very dark brown with a very small head of foam that disappeared almost immediately. Still, there's some lacing when I tilt my glass.

The smell is complex. I note wheat, dark fruit, clove, banana and more.

The taste on first sip is very clovey with big hits of wheat and plum. As I swish the brew in my mouth, I'm getting good banana and more of the plum and clove and they're all working so well together with the finish being on the dry side.. And... where the heck is the 9.5%abv?? I hardly notice any warming as it goes down and I find that almost unreal!

I'm on the last third of my glass now and the tastes just seem to get better and better as this liquid nectar warms up even more from the body heat transmitted from my hand to the glass. Wow, just wow.

As I take my last sip, I notice just the tiniest bit of sediment in my New Belgium goblet but more importantly, I realize that I've just had a thoroughbly enjoyable drinking session with one, fine American Weizenbock!

Bottom line: This is, imho, a world class brew and a *must* try if you see it in your area. Me? I got my sample from my buddy in NYC, nutbrown. Thanks a bunch!!!

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Photo of EPseja
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After enjoying this beer for a few years now, it's time to rate!

Served from a 12oz. bottle at cellar temperature in my favorite Weissbier glass from Dinkel Acker. Freshness date: Enjoy before August 2007.

A - Pours a deep brown color with definite viscosity. The head stretches, trying to reach further than it's final 1/4" max but falls short and recedes to a thin mat within a minute. Lacing is almost nonexistant.

S - Robust, toasted maltiness just halting before the words smoke or burnt might come into play. Notes of typical Weissbier sweetness including roasted banana and overripe fig. Obvious yeastiness. As noted every time I taste this beer, I get the scent of -- get this -- centipedes! I've read that it's almond-like, if that's easier to comprehend. Very complex.

T - Pleasing bananas foster sweetness in the front, moving into the realm of overtoasted malts and dark molasses in the middle. The finish is semi-dry with a medium yeastiness and a barely noticeable alcohol ping. Aftertaste is sweet and sets up the next sip.

M - Mildly tingly going in, and just a hint of froth developing. Viscous and somewhat chewy. Swallow is easy and slow. Very satisfying!

D - Delicious and complex. This beer can be enjoyed just as easily alone as it would in multiples with hearty food. A solid yearly offering from Ramstein that I can rely on every winter.

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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 Phatz
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

What a treat. Smooth and easy and sweet and delicious.

Appearance: Served a dark mahogany brown color that is borderline black.

Smell: Dark malts sweet bread, brown sugar, molasses, cloves and a hint of banana - vanilla milk shake.

Taste: Sweet and smooth rich kings syrup, dark heavy malts and fruit bread with banana and yeast and caramel and raisin flavors flowing over the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Viscous thick creamy rich and smooth but very heavy.

Drinkability: This is a sipping beer, and one is enough but it it quite enjoyable.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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

Had this on-tap at Capone's.

It was an unexpectedly dark brown color with a tan head that left modest lacing. At first I thought I had gotten the wrong beer when I saw how dark it was. Needless to say I was impressed.

The aroma was a blend of dark fruits, caramel, and spice. It was a bit hard to get a good sniff of it without getting some of the smoke that was wafting through the bar.

This is one tasty treat. Sweet dark fruitiness, caramel, wheat, and a touch of chocolate. Very flavorful brew.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. I could have drank this all night. Nothing like any other wheat beer I have ever had. This is one to search out.

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Photo of Viggo
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to DrJay for providing this fine, fine beer.

Pours a clear orange/brown, very dense looking, thick tan head, nice lacing, great retention, this shit sticks. Smell is chocolate, caramel, fruits, very malty, little bit of alcohol, very appealing! Taste is sweet and malty, lots of toffee and dark chocolate, some floral, wheat, dark fruits, bit of yeast fantastic balance. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, very smooth, easy drinker. Was shocked to see theh 9.5%. Thanks again Jay!

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Photo of doppelmeup
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very deep brown color with very little light shining through. Minimal head that quickly dissipated.

Aromas were tough to pick out, but I do have a bit of a cold. Slightly smoky, hints of banana and cloves. Not a strong smelling beer, though.

Intriguing flavor. Slightly burnt toast roastiness is the first thing I taste. Good malty backbone.

Medium mouthfeel with a slightly dry finish.

Overall this was an interesting beer.

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

Pours a rich (almost viscous) dark color with a thick and tight tan head- akin to what one might expect from a good porter or stout. This is unlike any wheat beer i've ever had. The taste is rich and well balanced, and the mouthfeel is full and thick- this is more along the lines of a wheat porter or mild stout in taste, appearance and moutfeel. Very unique and amazing. Alcohol is not apparent at all.

A damn fine beer that defies any traditional categories.

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark and milky brown to black in color, cloudy, with a large tan head, that slowly winds back. Aroma shows clovey spices, and sweet bananas, and ripe fruits, there is also a soft malty sweetness that is somewhat chocolatey with a hint of roastedness. There is a nice malty sweetness that mixes with a somewhat roasty acidity twanginess. Soft cloveyness and banana sweetness are also present in the taste. Alcohol is almost not apparent, hard to believe the abv, except for a somewhat spicy mouthfeel, a tingle that mixes well with the soft and smooth body. There is a very light dryness in the finish as well. I really feel as though I could session this beer, the alcohol is that well balanced, and the crisp tingle on the tongue keeps it refreshing, very enjoyable.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours an unexpected dark brown color with a thin tan head. Aroma is a muted dark malt, maybe a mix of black patent and chocolate malts. More dark fruit and banana come out as it warms a bit.

Taste is rich, dark malts. Flavors of roast, mild smoke or campfire, a wheaty texture and sweetness. Some dark fruits like raisins or plums, maybe a little molasses and dry cocoa in the background. A tiny amount of spices, maybe nutmeg or cloves. No trace of alcohol flavors or warming.

Mouthfeel is thick and silky with a real wheat heft. I was expecting a weizen and found more of a weizenbock. It doesn't quite have the depth of an Aventinus but it comes close, especially for an American attempt.

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Photo of DrJay
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark chestnut colour with a light brown head composed of fine bubbles. This settled to a thin wisp and solid ring. The aroma started off with lots of bready banana notes, but continued sniffing revealed a bit of clove, some roasted malt, and dried fruit. These characters were all present in the flavour as well, but the banana was a little less pronounced and there was a bit of cocoa that filled things out. Carbonation was low, the body was medium/full. It was a little dry with a creamy texture and some alcohol warmth. Highly recommended, this is a very tasty beer.

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Photo of grub
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pre-holiday tasting at my place attended by me, DrJay, Viggo, biegaman, and northyorksammy. DrJay contributed two bottles of this one. thanks jay!

pours a deep brown with a thin brown head. the head drops slow and leaves spotty lace. a gentle swirl brings the head right back up.

aroma is nice. currants and other dark fruit. bit of yeast. bit of roast. nice maltyness.

taste is great. very smooth. rich bready malt. lightly roasty. lots of dark fruit. mild bitterness.

mouthfeel is good. nice body and a fairly dry finish. good carbonation level.

drinkability is great. this is a smooth, well balanced and very tasty beer. very good. definitely one of the highlights of the tasting.

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Photo of bjohnson
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to goodbyeohio for this unexpected offering.

A: Pours a mix between dark brown and plum. Nice initial caramel colored one finger head. Dissipates quickly leaving a thin rim around the edge of the glass.
S: Plum and dark fruit sweetness emanates from the glass. Good background of malt.
T/M: Sweet at fruit mostly from the dark fruit. Nice wheat malty interlude with a twang of hops possibly? Slight sweet caramel notes also--a bit tarty. Exceptionally smooth and quite easy drinking for such a large beer. Good body. Wheatylike finish with notes of spices, cloves mostly
D: Glad I had the chance to try this fine brew. Although the abv is high it's not felt right away, although the warming of the chest has me rethinking my tune...

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

Waited online outside the brewery in pretty cold weather for this one. I'd heard good things and that it was only available at the brewery store for a short time. There were about 100 other people online and finally crowded into the small sampling room and spilled into the brewery at High Point.

Needles to say it was worth it. This is a phenomenal beer!

Appearance is a deep dark brown with slight ruby red highlights. Thin wispy beige head. A bit cloudy/murky with some sediment floating around.

Aromas of wheat, smoke, dried fruits like plums, raisins and figs. Also some cherry and chocolate notes.

Taste is smokey, toasty wheat. Plums, raisins, figs. Sweet dark roasty malts and brown sugar. Slight alcohol taste.

Medium bodied and very smooth. Slight alc. is noticeable.

Incredibly drinkable for the abv. One of the best beers brewed in NJ!

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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 yelterdow
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler fill from the always fantastic Andy's Corner in Bogota. This was available today to kick off the Winter Seasonal event here, and this beer has been delicious from the bottle for years. I've never sampled it on tap until today.

Served at just under cellar temperature in the brewery's own weizen glass.

Appearance- Wow... impressive! The beer pours an elegant rum raisin color with a cloudy, viscous character. The light mocha chocolate head rises to encompass the entire bell of this glass, the equivalent of four fingers. After finally settling, the yeasty mat is still thick and there are random sheets of lacing stuck to the glass. A damn nice looking weizenbock, an incredible display from a growler pour.

Smell- When I was small and collected bugs, there was one specific aroma that I never thought I'd encounter again. This beer, somehow, exhibits the smell of millipedes. I don't know how else to describe it... maybe damp leaves, the smell of decaying wood from and old tree lying on its side in the woods after a rain... it's extremely organic and live. Woodlice. You know... "basketball bugs". Those of you who know, understand.

Taste- The palate shows carob, caramel, and wheat primarily... with just a hint of chocolate. There is no trace of alcohol, just full out malt.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Soft and appropriate for what it is... the slick, velvety texture is exactly right for this stronger wheat beer. As the tasting progresses, much of the carbonation subsides and it becomes less interesting. A delicious, rich and full flavored winter offering from Ramstein that creeps up on you... yet goes down so easily. I love this beer and always anticipate its annual release here in North Jersey. We've got it real good.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this beer at a BA Gathering in Portland 23 Sept, 2006. Uncertain of the "best by:" date...a winter seasonal.

A: A subdued deep brown with a sliver of ivory head, not much retention. This is an unfiltered & bottle-fermented beer, so the pour is cloudy despite care taken.

S: Loads of wheat, it's harvest time! Wonderful smoky, earthen quality, too with a hints of cherry and chocolate. There's also a pervasive semi-sweet/dry smell that I likened best to Japanese soba noodles, mild soy and toasted sesame seeds. Yum.

T: Full of toasted wheat, wisps of smoke, dry fruit with a suggestion of sourness. Malts and some brown sugar give a nicely balanced sweetness. Despite the high abv, I never detected much of the alcohol; it's well-hidden amidst the rich flavors.

M: Mellow smoothness in a medium bodied brew. Low carbonation.

D: Very tasty and satisfying. An excellent example of weizenbock, one I'd recommend and will seek out again.

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

Thanks to Sulldaddy for this opportunity.

A: Quite chocolaty looking, almost chalky like a liquid chocolate beer might be. Bit lighter and more amber than cola, very cloudy. Head came and went rapidly, just a bit of ring remains.

S: Subtle smokiness, tomato vine, dried prunes, minor vanilla and a touch of toffee.

T: Begins sort of like a butterscotch cola; sweet, slight sour twang but rounded with a touch of butter. Gentle smokey, red fruits, brown sugar and dark berries. Finishes with some nice toffee flavors and amber sweetness.

M: Medium mouthfeel, low carbonation. Bit hard.

D: Good beer. Really grows on you as it warms up.

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Photo of sponberg
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a bottle from the SAME four pack as the 2002 review, aged in a 55 degree cellar for four years.

Deep brown with a tan head, doesn't last long. Not much aroma - maybe some toffee, not much else.

This beer ages spectacularly!!! Starts with a smoky, toffeish maltiness, no hops left except for a light bitterness. The same smoky/toffee/hints of wheat/ester flavor carries though the flavor, with a dried cherry note kicking in at the end. No burn whatsoever, and what oxidation there is is well covered by the primary beer flavors. Not as chewy as I'd expect, especially given the percent alcohol. Glad I have one more - the question is, when does it go into the fridge?

Unequivocally recommended for beer cellarers. One of those "what if...?" experiments that definitely panned out.

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Photo of Toddv29424
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a dark, dark brown color with a minimal head. The smell is really malty, with a pruney note as well. Taste is good as well, but I feel like it lacks a substantial body. There is a good amount of terrific outer tastes, but as far as a cohesive body there is none. The outer notes include chicory, dark malts, and molasses. Overall a good beer, but nothing that I would go out of my way to find.

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Photo of cbl2
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1/30/2005 $1.25 12 oz. 9.50% Best by May, though no year is indicated.

Appearance:

Pours an opaque dark brown that barely lets any light through when held up to one. Carbonation appears appropriate, but little to no head develops.

Aroma:

Smells like a bread factory that specializes in caramel apple bagels. This is going to be one rich, dark and intriguing beer.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Silky and smooth on the tongue, with flavors of ripe plum and chocolate prevailing. Alcohol is present in the finish, though surprisingly well masked (doesn't drink like a 9.5%). Superbly crafted, and supremely drinkable. This is a beer to have in your fridge at all times, though alas it is only available in the winter.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I must say, I enjoyed this a bit more than my good friend Ding seems to have. Until I received this in a trade as a "mystery gift" a week or so ago, I had never even heard of it. It is, however, positively delicious.
It poured very dark brown, nearly black, just like a Coke. An aggressive pour yielded about a two finger sand coloured head that faded away in about 40 seconds to a spotty film.
Smell was sweet malts, a bit of brown sugar, bread dough, a bit of spice, and perhaps a touch of stewed fruit.
Taste was similar, with sweet malts and alcohol dominating. A bit of brown sugar and yeast in the middle, with a bit more pronounced alcohol on the finish. Throughout this beer, however, the alcohol is never offensive, simply detectable at varying manageable levels. Mouthfeel was nice and smooth with a delicate amount of carbonation.
Overall, I was quite impressed with this. Perhaps I'll seek it out in the future.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass blackish brown with a tan to almost brown low head which was persistent but in the end failed to lace the glass.

The aroma was nutty with a toasty presence and tons of dark fruits, raisins most notable, coupled with a strong wheat presence. The aroma also had a definite wheat presence, some chocolate and a dark caramel.

The flavor was malty with chocolate most notable, some low banana fruit character and plenty of dark fruits. The dark fruits were raisins. The beer was toasty and biscuity with a strong dark caramel and a nice wheat to boot.

The finish was dry, but barely so, with wheat, chocolate, dark caramel and dark fruits lasting melded into the aftertaste and beyond. The body was just above medium with a good mouthfeel as a result of the wheat. The carbonation was not high and no alcohol presented itself. A really nice beer, but so much chocolate that it almost would present itself as a porter instead of a weizenbock. Enjoy before Jul, just made it!

12 ounce bottle. Thanks BeerBeing!

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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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