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 BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid Weizenbock that favors the more 'bock-like' character over the wheat. Very complex and flavorful.

The pour delivers a solid brown hue with a timid lace of a head. Lacking staying power, the foam seems to never completely diminish. Light legging on the beer shows its strength of alcohol and sweetness.

Very complex aromas cover the gammot from chocolates, nuts, and toast to esters of cherries, dates, raisons, and figs. Red wine alcohols give a slight vinous note as if aged in an oak barrel.

Flavors continue the complex and integrated character, leading the way with malty rich toffee/molassas, chocolate, toast-breads, and nutty flavors. The fruity esters give a mix of acidic cherries, grapes, and stone fruits. Again, the red wine notes make great impact going into the finish.

The well integrated carbonation leads to a weighted and creamy texture, though fleeting late. Malty and robust up front but the beer's sweetness gives way to a dry, alcoholic, and acidic note that boarders on mild astringencies.

Ramstein Winter Wheat is a fantastic Weizenbock that exhibits the deep chocolate and fruity aspects of the style and religates the wheat flavor and feel to supportive roles only.

Thanks Mikeyv35!

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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 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 Pegasus
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep mahogony in color, with no highlights, little head to speak of, a persistent white collar, and scattered patches of foam, small lacing.

Aroma: Coffe, dark caramel, bitter chocolate, dark fruit, and black bread. In all, the aroma is deep, rich, and very appealing.

Taste: Rich chocolate, coffee, and dark caramel througtout. The chocolate and coffee flavors are particularly appealing. Beneath those superb flavors, there is a distracting note of tart wheat, which seems to detract from the coffee and chocolate notes.

Mouth feel: Smooth and soft on the palette, fairly full, with zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Very pleasing, although the tart note beneath the surface in the taste seemed slightly oppressive as the tasting progressed. I am made to wonder if this sample had suffered in transport or storage. Still, its one I would like to try again. A word to the wise, the alcoholic content of this beer is very well disguised, it seemed only a little stronger than a typical beer.

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

A - Poured a dark brown coffee like color with just a bit of light transmission around the edges. Nice high head that dropped to absolutely nothing very quickly. Moderate carbonation.

S - Lots of nice dark caramel and chocolate roasted malt aroma with a little tang, almost like a Belgian beer. All malt and lots of malt.

T - The malts really come through again and there is some dark fruit along with a bit of chocolate. There is also some serious clove flavor in there, I wonder if a Belgian yeast was used and perhaps a slightly higher temperature than normal lagars. Adds depth and I like it.

M - Finishes pretty crisp, less body than I expected, and the carbonation cleans the palate nicely. Some definite alcohol warmth but it hides it's high ABV well, no harshness.

D - Great winter warmer, when you are looking for something a little different than an American Ale. Packs a punch, but is balanced and smooth with quite a bit of interesting depth in flavor.

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

a - pours deep brown almost black, small off-white head with no retention and not much lacing

s - deep roasted malt and coffee, a bit of licorice, hints of wheat, alcohol present

t - sweet roasted malt and coffee up front with a bit of chocolate and licorice, wheat is detectable as well with a finish that has a hint of alcohol and a little bitterness

m - not much carbonation, medium-to-full bodied, dry finish, nice warming

d - pretty drinkable, the alcohol is not very evident except in the warming, dryness of the finish might limit somewhat, a rich beer

Overall, a very nice beer. My first Weizenbock...very reminiscent of a Doppelbock, but you can definitely pick up the wheat.

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

Poured from bottle into my Duvel glass.

Low brown-tan head on pour that faded fast. Lacing falls down and doesn't stick. Dark brown body, opaque. Nose is sweet, slightly smokey. Taste is smokey, sweet, banana in the after taste, some clove. Carbonation is a nice balance, alcohol heat isn't tasted, but its noticed heat wise in the stomach. I'm not much of a weizen/hefe fan, but I could drink one of these on occasion, but not back to back, or over and over. A good example of the style none the less. Props to my buddy Adam (PEBKAC) for this one.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up from Ramsey Liquors in NJ a few weeks back and they said that Ramstein had sent them a case of their Blonde Wheat and it was accidentally filled with the Winter Wheats. So the six pack I purchased actually had a Blonde Wheat box filled with Winter Wheat botles. What a tragedy I stumbled upon!

This pours very dark brown. Opaque with a one-finger tan head that dissapates quickly into a thin head which remains for the entire life of the beer. The aroma consisted mostly of roasted malts with some clove mixed in there.

What an interesting flavor! It's got the roasted malt backbone but with a wheat yeast overtone that gives it a clovey, banana-like flavor. Interesting, but not incredible. The aftertaste left a weird yeasty flavor in my mouth. Still a very enjoyable and drinkable beer. Different mix of flavors and aromas that may take another beer or two for me to get used to.

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smooth and dark wine attractiveness.Chocolate, bourbon and alcohol in aroma.Upfront carbonation. Very nice and drinkable . Replaces wine, with spiciness in yeast and dry finish. Multi-malts with chocolate malt and carmel. Thanks Clarkvv for the sample. Medium-full mouthfeel. Had again 1.7 years later

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Photo of joeskirkie
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The six pack holder is a Ramstein Hefe-Weizen six pack holder, but wherever it says "Classic Wheat Beer" theres a sticker placed over it that says "Winter Wheat Doppelbock"

I'm, needless to say, confused. But as for the beer itself, beautiful. Black as night. It's robust, strong, long-lasting tan head developed aggressively, watch out.

An aroma of cholcolate-covered cherries, it's so very very tempting.

Taste: roasted caramel, can they even do that? A very slight aftertaste thats hints of alcohol.

It's kinda dry and theres a good amount of carbonation. I'm left very satisfied. I know the stickers say Dopplebock but I think I can agree with the Weizenbock classification given here (yeah it's not a hard leap to make). I could so totally have another one of these, but I'd need to space them out. Oh but is it ever good.

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Photo of
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Deep, dark brown. Appears clear when held up to light. No to small head, light brown in color. Very leggy.

Aroma was sweet, caramel and raisins. Coffee present, but very mild. Whiff of alcohol. Bananas, very mild.

Sweet is first impression - raisins, honey, wheat bread. Clove and other spices in there. Bananas (very mild). Alcohol. Herbal and pepper notes at finish, seemed more present in aftertaste.

Medium + in body. Creamy mouthfeel overall, but a bit of graininess in texture. Low carbonation by appearance, medium by taste. Not drying. Alcohol warming comes on quickly.

Quite tasty. Not as sweet/banana flavored as some. Still not my favorite style, but this was quite good.

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Photo of cpanossian
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep espresso brown into a tulip glass - modest effervescent chocloate beige head that quickly dissapated. Nice toasted chocloate funky malty sweet aroma. Tangy sweet malty taste. While I don't taste the 9.5% alcohol, this is definitely a winter warmer - thick, bold, and flavorful. Recommend the Winter Wheat with a nice burger or steak - some kind of red meat beef. Very nice beer, hope to get a chance to try the rest of the Ramstein line.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured without a head, then magically a brown one appeared but quickly vanished. Completely dark and opaque with some crimson color on the edges. Some lacing on the glass. I would give a higher rating if the head stuck around.

Strong fragrance of cloves, bananas and wheat. Some dark fruits, tobacco, leather comes in with a mustiness in the background.

Cloves, bananas, wheat, dark fruits come in like raisins. Nice tasting with just a hint of alcohol.

Light to medium body, very light Carbonation, dry feel, it leaves the lips a little sticky. I noticed some alcohol warmth in the beginning but disappeared.

This is a brew that should be sipped -- it's interesting and tasty. The taste and feel of alcohol is slight but I can definitely feel the effects of it. Although, this is usually out of the style I usually enjoy, this is a nice beer.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Thirstybird for cracking this one open. Served in a tulip. Poured a semi-translucent brown with red highlights when backlit. Not much of a head - some clusters of bubbles, but that's about it. Nose reveals banana, clove, a malty quality and molasses or brown sugar. Taste is fairly sweet for the style, a hint of chocolate, a little earthy, a little herbal overlaid on the dominant characteristics present in the nose. Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, with a medium-light body. Really tasty with a great deal of complexity. Really delicious - goes down a little too easy considering the well-hidden abv.

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Photo of pezoids
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly, this beer poured a very dark, almost black color, but when held up to the light some ruby tinges shown through. The light coffee colored head thinned out pretty quick. Nice roasty aroma with fermented fruitiness there, along with coffee and caramel. The taste is interesting – fruity sweet, complex and somewhat malty. Does not show the typical wheat characteristics, like sourness, bananas or cloves – the sweetness seems to overwhelm any of that. Beer is blended nicely and is very flavorful. It pushes the sweetness envelope for me, but tasty and drinkable nevertheless.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Ramstein Winter Wheat pours from the bottle a deep dark muddy brown milk chocolate color with a rising bubbly head that falls to a ring around the glass. Aromas begin with some rich dark chocolatey malts along with an upfront spiciness featuring bananas and cloves. Some bitter coffee lingers in the background with a nice overall roastiness. Dark fruits abound. Nice.

First sip brings an intensly rich caramelly chocolate maltiness. Deep dark and roasty with a stream of big clove flavors. Hints of banana and yeast flow through each sip as well. Finishes with some dark fruits, raisins and a touch of coffee and hops. A big malty, tasty brew here with mellow notes of wheat grain.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy with a mega malt presence that fills the mouth. Mellow carbonation works well here. One of the few weizenbocks I've had...this is quite tasty and I wouldn't mind a few in a sitting. This is how I like my wheat beers! Thanks to dmeadows for the opportunity to sample this one.

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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 HappyHourHero
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big bubbled, froathy, dirty brown colored head that faded to a thin rim of head. The beer is dark cola black in color. Cloves, banana, and mellow dark fruit make up the aroma. The flavor is a mix of roasted malt and chocolatey wheat beer. It has moderate body and a fairly clean taste that fades in the aftertaste. Incredibly smooth and drinkable for such a strong beer.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This one came from Beerloco, thank you sir!

12 oz. bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Pours an oily black with a gigantic three finger light brown head that takes quite a while to die down. With how big the head was, I was expecting a good amount lacing...but there wasn't. Metallic aromas, chocolate, and banana at first whiff. Underneath that is some clove, helium, and a dash of pepper. Taste is very similar. Hearty wheat bread, chocolate malts, and raisins up front on the tongue. Midway the clove emerges with some banana and brown sugar. Aftertaste is slightly metallic with some molasses and a touch of smokiness. Medium body but a touch thin with a fairly high carbonation that stings the mouth. One thing that seems to stand out with this beer is the 9.5% abv that can't be found. A very solid weizenbock, but the overall feel of the beer seems a bit off.

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