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 number1bum
2.8/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Part of NEPA BC split #13.

This pour was truly perplexing...what started out as a very dark brown, slightly reddish around the edges brew with a very nice two fingers of coffee colored head almost instantly changed to something that looks like flat cola. The head looked initially nice but was very fizzy and receded in about 15 seconds to absolutely nothing. I've never seen anything like it. Didn't leave even a trace, which is very disappointing.

Smell is musty and earthy, but not in a good way. Smells sort of metallic, too. So far I am not getting how this is rated so highly by so many. There's some sweetness there and some wheat, maybe a little bit of spice, but really not much going on and nothing very good going on.

The taste, luckily was not nearly as disastrous as the smell, but it still isn't my thing. Has a bit of caramel or brown sugar like sweetness, some spice and wheat, but there is a big anise/black licorice flavor that I don't really care for. Some dark fruit too, and maybe even a bit of yeast. Mouthfeel is pretty close to full bodied, yet it tastes thin. The carbonation is pretty active, which is a good thing in this case to keep it moving down the pipes.

I have a hard time believing there was anything wrong with this batch because it was part of a case split and no one else seemed to share my sentiments. Both bottles I had were equally lousy. I think I just plain don't care for it. Too bad. I won't be back for more.

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

Pours a dark maple syrup amber brown. Slight haze. Small, ringy, light khaki head disappears early on. Nose of rich chocolate chip banana bread malts, spicy carrot cake, faint coffee roastedness, clove, anise, and Gerber banana baby food. Very nice!

Light roasted malt and a flash of noble hop bitterness up front. Chocolate malt with a sweet edge leads to rich banana bread. Sweetish and yeasty and delicious. Dark notes of tobacco and vanilla mix with yeasty cloves. Small amounts of noble hop bitterness in the yeasty finish. Lingering chocolate. Full-bodied protein-rich feel. Creamy and maybe slightly undercarbonated. All in all a great weizenbock.

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

Purchased a fresh 6-pack in Boonton, NJ on a recent trip. Noted that the bottles were freshness dated - kudos to Ramstein for that.

The pour was a gorgeous black with a contrasting white lasting head. I thought the smell to be a bit syrupy but the taste quickly eliminated any concerns about that possibility. Hard to describe the taste due to its complexity. Strong malted wheat character, sweet yet also hoppy and dry. Plenty of body yet, despite its high ABV, it goes down easy - probably dangerously so. It would never be mistaken for a session beer.

An intriguing and enjoyable product - definitely the best of the Ramstein bottled items I've tried. Hope I can acquire it again next winter.

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

Ramstein Winter Wheat from High Point Wheat Beer Company is a pleasant taste treat. It pours a brown color from the bottle. There is a nice sized tan foamy head (short lasting). The smell is a mixture of grassy notes and a few hints of citrus coming through. The taste brings to mind thoughts of cloves, grass, and fruit (put together this is a very nice sensation for the palate). There is no indication of the ABV in either the smell or taste. A pleasant mouthfeel. A highly recommended weizenbock and a new favorite. Seek out and enjoy one!

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Photo of malcontent
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Holy crap! I read "winter wheat" on the bottle but didn't expect this imperial stout-looking liquid to pour into my glass. Absolutely pitch-black body with a great two fingers of head. Streams of bubbles rocket up the glass' sides to the top. NOTE: although there isn't a category for it, this is a LOUD beer. Think Rice Crispies in a glass. Will that hurt mouthfeel? Stay tuned...

Interesting. A definite theme of bubblegum and clove competes with slightly sour fruit and dark roasted notes.

Yeah, it's a weird mash-up of flavors. On one hand, there are absolutely all the hallmarks of German weisse brewing; bubble gum and lemony zing really hammer that home. However, a strong roasted character shifts toward a mildly fruity and then into full-on tart raspberry territory. As I drink it, though, I go from kind of liking it to flat-out craving more. Mmm...

The sound that seemed to have betrayed over-carbonation turns out to be a false alarm as the mouthfeel is never fizzy. In fact, it borders on slightly tired. Still, what a fun and, as winter brews go, refreshing beer. Thanks to Emerge077 for the sample.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz single bottle purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield for $2.99...
First thought - this tastes exactly like a Dr. Pepper or a Cherry Cola...
Exceptional dark-black, opaque colored hue with an immense five-fingered frothy head that displayed impressive staying power...
Sublte malt-like smell replete with cocoa, espresso, and dehydrated-fruit nuances....
As mentioned before, tastes very similar to a Dr. Pepper or Cherry-flavored Cola, with noticeable caramel, mocha, espresso, toffee, creamy vanilla, and latte flavors combining to produce a magical-tasting and exceptional brew...
Great rich, thick, filling mouthfeel full of flavor and quality...
Good drinkability as well despite the hefty ABV and rich conglomeration of flavors...
Excellent stuff... Definitely recommended...

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Photo of ncvbc
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown chestnut color. A nice light tan head that is enormous on the first pour, settling after a minute or so. A careful second pour produces a nice head that fades within a few minutes to a ring. Smell is sweet with moderate spice. Raisin, light caramel and chocolate, clove. Good taste that begins with darker fruits and ends on the spicy side. Light yeast and a sour character in there. Mouthfeel is a tad light but so silky smooth with good carbonation. No hint of alcohol. I can't believe it's so big because I detected it nowhere while drinking this beer.

Thanks to Lupe for the extra!

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

Dark brown, almost black body. The head was fluffy and huge at first but then fades to a small but resilient layer of foam.

Lots of clove, some roast and dark dried fruit. A bit of alcohol sting.

No alcohol in the flavor, crisp sourness from the wheat hits first, then something like dried black cherries follows.

Very clean and drying mouthfeel for such a big beer. Low carbonation is wonderful.

Dangerously drinkable. This was to be my second in a drawn-out string of beers tonight, but this is probably going to do it for me with the ABV. The problem with a beer this tasty is that it will be gone before I know it!

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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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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 tayner
3.13/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle

cola brown with virtually no head even on aggressive pour. not much lacing as a result.

has s funky sour grape vinous nose, not really all that appealing which made it hard to drink for me

taste was better than the smell if i held my breath. It had lots of dark fruit but had a background of banana and clove which confused my palate. it is very complex which seems to fit the style, but not my tastebuds.

Mouthfeel was good, rich and thick for a wheat-based beer.

I could see people drinking a few of these as the 9% was well disguised, but i wont be drinking anymore of them.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a dark opaque cola with a deep reddish hue and a thin micro-bubbly dirty khaki head.

S: The nose was bursting with bananas, cloves and a big dark, ripe fruitiness (raisins). A nice wheat-bread backing is detected. The nose bears strong yeasty attributes against a nice wheaty backbone providing pleasantly sweet, soft aromas perfect per style.

F: The initial flavor was some dark, ripe fruit (plums, raisins), cloves, and some dried cherries. The beer finished with a huge burst of ripe fruit and was crisp and clean.

M: The mouthful was moderately full and silky smooth with lots of dark, ripe fruit and yeastiness coming through upon warming.

D: Overall the beer was very drinkable at 9.0% abv with a great spiciness of ripe fruit and yeast. One of the best beers out of NJ and very good per style.

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Photo of lehows
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bobbique in Patchogue, this beer poured a near black color with a nice brown head. Great aromas of spice and fruit, somewhat similar to a Hefe but with more fruit. This is one tasty brew, with a mildy fizzy mouthfeel. Big flavors of dark fruits and raisens mixed with a perfect amount of spice and malt make it very drinkable. I was surprised to see how high the ABV was, but it made sense since I had a pretty good buzz going from 3 of them. I will definitely get this again if I come across it.

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Photo of brantadid
4.82/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very dark brown or almost black color with very little light passing through. Two finger head formed and slowly diminished. Incredible lacing.

Smelled of sweet malts. Some smokiness inthe nose. Clean, simply, perfect.

Tasted sweet on the front palate. A slight sourness presented on the mid palate that was followed by a smokey quality on the back palate. Incredible length of flavor. This beer gets better every time I try it.

Nice carbonation gives this beer a really nice crispness. Light mouthfeel and a slight warming from alcohol.

In a word...Incredible.

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

This beer was listed as a doppelbock, but after one sip I thought that might be off... it poured a dark, thick chocolate color into the glass with a rocky brown head. Nice lacing around the glass. The aroma is of cloves and wheat, which is a bit odd for something that looks like a RIS. Pleasant nonetheless.

This is a very enjoyable and complex beer. The weizen flavors of banana and clove really come out first, setting up a summery sweetness before the heavy hitters and dark roasted malts and espresso flavors arrive on the palate. There's a bit of spiciness to the finish that isn't alcoholic per se, but is strong in its own right. Mouthfeel is full and creamy. I had no idea this was 9.5%, it was just that smooth and delicious.

Overall this is one of the more unique beers I've had this season. Great job all around.

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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 Lupe
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark with reddish hues when held to the light. Tight tan head quickly fades and leaves no lace.

Aroma of dark fruit and hint of clove and sourness. Alcohol lies in the backround, hidden but present.

Dark bread and fruit with lots of wheat and toasted malt flavor. Figs and raisins abound with some grape as well. Healthy does of clove with slight yeastiness, and a touch of sourness.

Smooth and crisp, medium in body. Good drinkability for the abv.

Had one last night and it was great. The one I had today was more sour, thinner, and just not as good. I am basing the review on the first bottle. Hopefully the second was just a bad bottle and the rest of the 6-pack is as good as the first.

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Photo of genog
2.49/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle received in a BIF.

Bottle opened with absolutely no pop of carbonation and poured with absolutely no head whatsoever. Color is a rich dark, black brown. Smell is actually a very strange that almost made me gag. Very sour grapes and raisins. Taste is funky with a lot of figs and tart grape vine taste. Mouthfeeling is just watery. Judging by other reviews, I am hoping that this was just a bad bottle.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.35/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ramstein- Winter Wheat

Purchased a 12oz bottle fro $1.10 at Joe Canal's- Lawrenceville, NJ

A- Dark amber brown with no head. Looks exactly like a glass of coke.
S- clove and wheat with a fruity molasses malt base.
T- Sweet fruity flavors come through like grape and raisin. A mild molasses malt dominates the body and a slight peppery clove twang comes through too.
M- Sweet up front with a slighty boozy dry finish.

Overall- A decent cold weather session beer. Didn't knock my socks off but for a $1 a bottle its definitely worth it!!

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Photo of flexabull
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of eclectic. Thanks again!

Pours a dark brown color, with a very thin head.

Aromas are toasty, bright, and slightly sweet.

Beer is sweet, creamy, with toasted malt flavors. There is a nice nutty taste, and a spicy hop finish.

Mouthfeel is nice, full and smooth.

Drinkability is good. This is a nice easy drinking weizenbock.

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Photo of klewis
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to beerbeing for this one.

A: Pours a deep brown with a soda-like head that quickly fizzes away to nothing. Zero lacing.

S: Aromas of port, prunes, and a subtle dose of alcohol.

T: Sweet and fruity taste up front with grapey flavors. This taste quickly fades to reveal an earthy espresso-like flavor and bitterness and a healthy dose of alcohol. Overall, the flavor is thinner than I would expect from a weizenbock.

M: Medium-light body with a sticky and syrupy texture. Fizzy carbonation seems a bit inappropriate for the style and detracts from the taste.

D: Not bad, but this one didn't really meet my expectations. More body, less fizziness, and a fatter flavor profile would make this a hell of a beer.

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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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Photo of Phyl21ca
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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Photo of lackenhauser
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep, chocolatey brown color. A solid 1/4 inch of head on top. Very solid looking beer. Spicy aroma-cinnamon and vanilla. Nice and crisp wheat odor. Very malty flavor with a great crisp, toasted wheat flavor. Nice and bready. Good touch of caramel sweetness and a faint alcohol bite that says "bock" to me. Fantastic mouthfeel-nice and full bodied but very, very delicate and light tasting. Excetional drinkability-I wish I could lay my hands on this every year, simply great.

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