Ramstein Winter Wheat | High Point Brewing Company

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Ramstein Winter WheatRamstein Winter Wheat

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

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.

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Photo of walleye
3.18/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from the bottle, poured amber to brown, with a lght brown head, aroma, caramel, molasses, soy sauce, plums, dark chocolate colse to bitter sweet. flavor coffee where did that come from, smoke, wood, plums, do not taste the soy sauce. dry mouth feel. not to bad of a beer.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Label Lingo and bottle babble: Ramstein Winter Wheat body label with neck label explaining “Micro brewed with the finest wheat, barley, rare hops, mountain water, and a unique strand of brewer’s yeast. Rich malty bouquet with subtle black currants, clove and apple. Deep full flavor.” E 0,3 L. Enjoy before June notch.

Dark mahogany brown pour into a pilsner with frothy cover that settles to a thin wafer light brown head cap ring which is easily arisin to life with a healthy swirl. No noticeable carbonation bubbles.

Deep aromatic malty brown sugar sweet nearly barleywine-esque. Vanilla and oaken notes.

First Swigs: Brassy smoky malt profile. Somewhat red wine vinous. Full flavored for sure. Molasses honey and biscuit malts. Powdery dry Bisquick aftertaste and some Karo syrup.

Thick full bodied with soft carbonation. Becomes extremely buttery like liquid brown cake dough in the long run.

Last Swigs: Like a barleywine ale sans hops with molasses aftertaste. Totally hidden 9.5% ABV. Delicious winter brew. Never quite had anything like this before. A bit too complex and thick milkshake like for my personal Drinkability tastes. An excellent beer overall. Just could not have a second in a night. Not a session for me. Special thanks to fellow BA GeoffFromSJ for the bottle.

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

Many thanks to pezoids for this sample.
Nice deep dark malt aroma with a strong fruit presence. A touch of alcohol. Little to no phenols.
Dark, dark, dark brown. Opaque. Pours with an insignificant head that leaves immediately, leaving only a miniscule ring.
Really nice deep rich malt, with heave dark fruit. Seems like a chocolate quality, but not like a stout with no roast, but a heavy deep richness that is chocolate like. Very nice. Again lighter on the phenols than other examples of style. Wheat does add to character with a slight spicy bite.
Very fine carbonation and very good smoothness. Rich and full, but not heavy. Even has a bit of a watery character, esp. as it warms.
This is good. Quite good, but I'm not sure it's quite at the level that some claim it to be. I really like the chocolate character, but I miss the phenols. It also didn't seem to increase in richness or quality as it warmed. Not dissappointing as a beer, but only in the expectations the high scores had lead me too.

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Photo of shippos
3.54/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured thick out of the bottle with a dark dark brown body and almost no head at all, just some film for a second when swished and just leaves a light ring around the glass.
this years aroma is a bit odd, getting black malt with some freshly ground coffee there is that spicy clovy wheat beer undertone her but the coffee overpowers. smooth body with not much carbonation. wants to be chewy at times but is held back, has a dry lingering aftertaste just making you drink more. very drinkable but i have to go back to the last bottle of last years and see if it really did change. still pretty good.

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

Poured thick and dark, reminding me of both a stout and motor oil. The aroma brought forward several very different smells… banana, apple cider and toasted nuts, even a hint of alcohol. Now for the taste… thick and rich, with a multitude of flavors. Sweet caramel, bananas, bittersweet chocolate and toffee were all present. A toasted flavor, like hazelnuts or roasted coffee came through in the finish the more I drank. And the mouthfeel was very nice… full and rich, a little syrupy, with a high amount of carbonation… tiny refreshing bubbles.

Altogether, an extremely enjoyable brew. Not as rich and complex as a dark wheat beer like Aventinus, but because of that it’s much more drinkable, easy to have several over the course of an evening. My only complaint is that it’s a seasonal brew, because I could drink this all year long.

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Photo of mentor
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to RonfromJersey for this dandy beer, January 2005. Pours a two-finger tan head over a pitch black liquid...even when held to the light. The last bit was swirled to add any sediment into the beer. I can smell sweetness and dark malt eminating from the glass as it just sits there on the table. Closer sniffing reveals potent chocolate and molasses plus some vanilla. Tastes great. Starts with molasses and grainy goodness. Some melon in the sweet start and then a gentle dap of roast grains come in followed by a nice bock character. The start has lotsa flavor plus a rounded floral hop (sort of a Fuggles quality, but this is in the German style so I would be surprised). This beer is not dry, but not wet either. With the bock comes the gentle roast. Not coffee and not strong, but mixing really well with the overall sweet. With searching, I can find alcohol at a consistent level throughout. Wow, this beer is really well balanced. What a fine offering! Great carbonation, too. Fluffy bubbles form on my tongue, not sharp acid creating bubbles like so many other beers I've reviewed recently. No lacing, but there is still a ring of bubbles around the liquid with the last gulp. Thick body for this fantastic beer.

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

Very dark brown with a small tan head that quickly dissapates. Was poured into a snifter, a good glass to capture the wonderful aromas -- malt and deep brandy-like fruit. Exciting carbonation and a medium body, a complex mix of caramel malt and wheat, with nuts and fruit topped off with spice. Goes down smooth with a sweet dryness that lingers. Hides the ABV well and warms just right. Balanced complexity and satisfying.

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

My first Ramstein, gifted from the oh-so-wonderful GeoffSJ, and given to me when we did our Phillycrawl for Horst!

Poured out darkest brown with just a bit of deep rootbeer showing at the edges. No real head, only at the pour did some show up, but then just clear stillnes. Nice deep, dark, thick scents of rich sherry and terriyaki, maltiness with dark fruits and spiceyness. Very cool. Amost thick, but more medium bodied I would say. Good feel in the carbination, it is just there, not too intense. Nice thick maltiness, red apples, chocolate, caramelly sweetness. The hops with the fruit and malty flavors are very well balanced. There is alot of flavor left in your mouth after each sip. Very nice to drink!
Thanks Geoff!!

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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 Suds
4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, black, solid color with a thin tan head. The head is lasting.
What an aroma! There’s so much packed in there….chocolate, vanilla, butter, walnuts, more chocolate, banana, blackberries, heavily creamed coffee….wow. I could smell this beer for hours. Outstanding! Thick and substantial mouthfeel. Slight alcohol warming. Low carbonation. Dizzying complexity. This is a hell of a beer. It proves just how great a wheat beer can be.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very deep chestnut brown body with almost no head, only a light brown ring. Aroma lets anticipate a rather thick beer and holds all kinds of malt subtleties, smoky licorice, chocolate, hints of coffee and wheat and just any dark fruit you can name or not. Very fruity palate. The malt profile is actually quite sweet, feeling like brown sugar at times, but the supervising smokiness comes in handy to ensure this never gets cloying. The fruit character is just splendid, chewy plums and fresh black berries. This is a garden I’d like to possess. Carbonation is rather low to style, but I enjoy it that way and the medium body just carries the flavor like a pro. Spectacular and stunning every way I look at it, absolutely blinding me of any potential critics.

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

whilst still a very good, very solid beer, i wasn't blown away by ramstein's winter wheat, a beer held in high regard by many. it pours with a deep, dark brown body and a very thin head that sort of hangs around for a while as carbonation bubbles to the top of the brew. the smell is different, but still very nice and very inviting. there is a slight cherry note along with some wood, malt, wheat, alcohol and caramel, with some licorice perhaps. the flavour is full, yet quite subdued at times. there's a dry malt/bread flavour throughout that is complimented by berries and other subtle sweetness toward the finish, where some warming alcohol also comes through (which, by the way, while noticeable, the abv is hardly recognizable at those levels...beware). overall, a nice tasty wickedly smooth brew, just nothing groundbreaking. definitely give it a try, just don't overhype it before you try it and it'll be that much better.

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Photo of wyllder
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First off: Thanks to Dante for the chance to sample this beer.

The WW pours an opaque chocolate brown with a carbonated fizzing sound and a small, caramel head that dissipates quickly.

The nose is mild, comingling yeasty and smokey tones.

Taste is interesting, with the smokiness playing on both ends of the palate. The midsip is balanced by a pleasant malty sweetness that serves nicely to break up the otherwise smoky profile. Aftertaste is all about bitter smoke and leaves you yearning the next sip.

Mouthfeel suffers somewhat from having what I felt to be an almost oily character to it, coating the palate. It also had a strange numbing/tingling effect. I think this might have had something to do with the smoke, but I'm not too sure.

Drinkability is ok, though as my second Weizenbock, I'm discovering this is a style I love at the beginning of the bottle and not the end.

Overall, a good beer, and certainly one I wouldn't avoid the chance to sample in the future.


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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 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 bditty187
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very dark brown in hue, if not black in the middle, around the edges there was a slim brown highlight. There wasn’t much change in color when held to a light. I am impressed. The head was beige in color. At the summit the head was only a half finger in height. After a brief moment it slid to a small cap. This cap lasted for about half of the consumption before it disappeared completely. There was no subsequent lacing. After RWW’s masterful appearance I am a bit disappointed at the nose. Yes, the actual aromas are nice but there isn’t much potency. I wanted this beer to scream at me, not whisper. It isn’t too cold but I will return to the bouquet at room temperature maybe it will improve. I decided to sip even though I only got a vague impression from the nose. I was rewarded. It is tasty, simply tasty. It is every bit as good as Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock, maybe better even (but not that much better). The palate shows great depth. Upfront is weizen qualities, yummy banana flavors really shine, some pepper too with a stray hint of clove. Shortly after these flavors I detect some wheat characteristics but they are short lived. In the middle comes a rush of alcohol, which burns down the weizen part. Like a phoenix a new beer rises with eisbock qualities. There is a dark fruitiness, raisins, plums, and such. It is plenty malty, soft chocolate notes, more cloves, figs, heat, and caramelized roastiness. Amazing stuff here with plenty of flavor nuances. I returned to the nose at room temperature. Still the bouquet isn’t that strong, the aromas of bubblegum, fruitcake, wood, chocolate covered cherries, and sweet maltiness are present but not loud. Maybe I was expecting too much? Regardless the nose is inviting and I enjoyed drinking it immensely. The mouthfeel is pleasant and typical for the style, medium in body with low but natural carbonation. It feels comfortable. This is amazingly drinkable. Even though I can taste the alcohol I would never have guessed the abv was 9.5%! Dangerous. I really enjoyed this beer on all accounts. Damn, was it good! I wish I had many, many more. Thank you Sulldaddy for the bottle!

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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 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 aracauna
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mahogany black with a faded khaki head that’s airy and fleeting. Licorice in the aroma with a slight bubblegum ester note backing it up. There’s a lot of complexity in the flavor with chocolate, an interesting cross of tea and coffee, charcoal and more of those bubblegum esters.

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

The second of my Ramstein adventure. I went back and forth between this and the Classic Dunkel.

The Winter Wheat pours a really dark, almost black brown with a smallish off-white head. There is a lot of lacing that continues throughout the drink. There is a complex aroma that includes the wheaty malty smell with some elements of clove, hops, and fruit.

The taste is different from any wheat that I've had before with a definite bitterness that doesn't seem to come from the hops. It is yeasty but there are hints of bitter fruit and clove. There is a hop taste at the end but it is slightly different than the normal hop bitterness. It is a full-bodied beer with a smooth feel on the palate. It is very easy to drink, and I always want another.

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Photo of egajdzis
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown color, with reddish hue, and a tan, quickly diminishing head with nice lacing. Aroma of wheat, yeast, banana's-n-cream, and clove spice. Nice spicy weizenbock (banana and clove) taste, with a mild alcohol tingle on the tongue. I am not quite sure if this lives up to the hype, though it is still a nice beer.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally grabbed some of these at Half time beverages.
I am sampling a chilled sample in a snifter.
The beer pours a dark brown with deep garnet tints visible when held to the light. A small beige head foams up and fades to an edge layer rather quickly. Aroma is wheaty with cloves,cherries, and what I think are figs. Very nice mix on the nose.
First sip reveals small yet fizzy carbonation that fades as the beer warms. I can only describe the body as juicy. Flavor is very tasty with fruity cherry hits mixing with yeast flavors that create a combination that reminds me of scones. Very drinkable and no hint of the alcohol in this bad boy. terriffic beer!

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Photo of Mitchster
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tim for allowing me the opportunity to try this.

Clear, dark-brown, forming a small tan head with poor retention and no lacing. Medium carbonation. Aroma is of cheesy chocolate with a hint of higher alcohols with swirling. Mouthfeel is slick with a light body and clean, tart, kinda watery finish. Taste has opening notes of chocolate and tobacco, with this cheesy note that I find in Celis brews from the yeast strain used...followed by a touch of black marker towards the end in the nutty, lightly clovey finish. Clean ferment and the 9.5% ABV is expertly hidden.

Quite different from other Weizenbocks I've had. While this is a departure from the style, it's still a very good brew and something I would easily buy again if it were available in my area. Not complex, but light-bodied and easy to drink.

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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 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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Ramstein Winter Wheat from High Point Brewing Company
4.16 out of 5 based on 303 ratings.
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