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 hooliganlife
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

pours coffee black with huge chocolate colored head. looks like a can of coke that was heavily carbonated.

scent is heavy wheat with light banana notes

taste is very intense. robust malt and wheat flavor. like dark cherry and raisin flavors. some smokey flavors. tart flavors through the finish make this a slow sipper.

mouthfeel is very smooth, light carbonation and very full bodied.

excellent weizenbock! so many different flavors. glad i got to try this. slow to drink, very slow. so lower drinkability.

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Photo of whitehouse50
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into a mid sized weiss glass. Head is slightly off white and fades down to almost nothing. Aromas of sweet malts, hints of caramel maybe chocolate.

The taste is similar to the nose, plesantly sweet with caramel and chocolate notes, some dark fruits too, very complex flavors here. Overall the flavor is strong but not overpowering.

M & D this is very smooth for 9.5%. It's full bodied and yet very drinkable for such a big beer.

This is one of the best winter beers I have ever had.

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Photo of bbothen
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into Sam Adams ber glass.

Pours out a deep, dark brown....hell black color with a bubbly 2+ finger deep brown colored head. Looks great.

Big fruity aroma, yeasty, smoky, toasted wheat, tart, apple.

Sweet & fruity, plum, slight tartness, wheat, clove, banana, some faint caramel & a breadiness.

Medium bodied, zesty carbonation, lingering fruitiness.

The 9.5% is extremely well hidden. Cool style & a very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark, slightly ruby body. Head is loose, but with good retention and a light brown hue.

S: Smells of hefe yeast, a good bit of banana. Smells sweeter than a hefe of course.

T: Big yeasty flavor up front. Aftertaste of caramel and roasty malts. Great flavor, more nuances than I'm used to for the style.

M: A little too carbonated for my taste, otherwise good.

D: Tasty, nothing unpleasant lingers.

Really complex version of the style. Layers of flavor here.

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Photo of Risser09
1.98/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter - Fridge temp - 2008

Appearance: Pours a dark black/brown with a 1" light brown head. Decent retention is shown and swirling creates some lacing. Mostly tiny bubbles make up the head.

Smell: What malt, slight hoppiness and a bit of funkiness. Underlying sweetness and actually some fruitiness. I can also pick up some aromatic alcohol.

Taste: Mostly flavored with wheat and also a deep malty flavor. There is a bandaid flavor that could indicate infection or oxidation. A slight fruity flavor adds a much needed element.

Mouthfeel: Boozy, slightly sugary, and rough in the mouth. The beer is just abrasive. Probably infected.

Drinkability: An okay beer. The flavors are under-developed, flat and not approachable. The finish is dry and flat. Not worth it.

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Photo of meatyard
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass

Appearance is a very dark brown color with an eight inch, tan head that slowly falls to a cover leaving no lacing. (The initial soft pour left 1" of beer with a steadily rising head that just stopped at the rim.)
Smell is a bit of chocolate/toffee and spices.
Taste is smoky wheat and the normal phenols. Dark fruit makes a brief appearance as well.
Mouthfeel is thin to medium with plenty of carbonation, maybe a bit too much.
It's very drinkable and plenty tasty. This is not Aventinus but it gets close. Worth trying for those within distribution range.

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Photo of biegaman
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't want to demean the beer by labeling its appearance "cola-like" but this is a case where that really would be the best way to describe it. It has a deep russet colour with a dark crimson hue and glints of cherry. Its head is a crackling collection of tiny, prickling bubbles, of which most of the original patch quickly sizzled out. Unavailingly, a steady stream of carbonation tries to ensure constant resurfacing.

The aroma places itself somewhere between candy coated cough drops and vintage sherry. Quite a contrast, I know, but it's ultra complex. Finely matured notes of long-ago fermented fruits are dusted over with a sugary sweet glaze. It can border medicinal - and certainly always potent - but it packs the nostrils so full of fruity esters and spicy phenols that it distinguishes itself foremost as one thing: deliciously appetizing.

I failed to mention all the banana, weak coffee and dark chocolate truffles I noted - good thing they're even more present in taste! These flavours (especially the banana) exist alongside damp, grainy whole wheat breads and earthy, over-ripened stone fruits. Being more specific: I taste plums, apricot, dried cherry, figs, dates, raisins - wow, this is insanely fruity in a very dark, rich, complex way; its resemblance to sherry can be uncanny at times.

Mostly because it offers a strong, complex, and quite dry persona. The most significant departure from fortified wine, of course, is the 4th of July like fireworks like display of fiery, spicy phenols. This is rampant with clove-like taste that leaves the tongue inundated with a peppery fragrance. Luckily, syrupy sweet caramelized malts and crisp, farm fresh wheat keep that spice well in check.

Despite all the beer's strong qualities (of which it has many) none of them ever become overwhelming. I haven't yet had anything else from High Point Wheat Beer Co. but I'm willing to believe they really know what they're doing. To brew a beer this strong and mighty and not compromise on any character and still have it come out eerily sessionable - that's the sign of a talented brewer. It's also a sign I should seek out more his brews!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hallelujah, at long last I have a bottle of Ramstein Winter Wheat. Those in NJ/NY wouldn't understand my obsession with finding this, but I've been looking for it ever since my first weizenbock. Now I have it and it's almost gone.

The beer is way darker than any other weizenbock I have had before, blackish brown with a dark tan foam, kind of stouty looking. The beer smells of bananas and a little chocolate. The taste is more chocolate than you'd expect but with all the banana and clove it should have. And no lactose. I like it a lot.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a weizen glass.

L - deep, dark brown color with a creamy tan head that was huge before settling down to a layer.

S - spiced wheat beer aroma.

T - oh my, what a flavorful beer. roasted malty taste with hints of dates, figs, black cherry and chocolate. Finish is sweet and slightly dry.

F - full bodied with a creamy, smooth feel.

D - goes down easy, just remember it's 9.5% abv.

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

Thick dark pour, nearly opaque black. A thick fluffy coffee head, about 3 fingers, slowly diminishes to a slight cap. No lacing. Dark fruit aroma with lots of malt. A little heavy with alcohol but not overpowered. The flavor continues this with an opening dark sweetness with a hint of clove. Ends with more dark fruits and a bit of chocolate, reminiscent of my mother's cherry fudge. There's a slight crispness that is a bit overwhelmed by the body of the beer but then comes out in the aftertaste as a nice dryness. It works very well.
A good treat but I wouldn't grab more than one of these at a time.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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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 wisrarebeer
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: near opaque, surprisingly dark
S: traditional wheat beer with cloves, banana, spritz
T: does not taste like 9.5%, very good, nice roasted quality, weizen and hint of alcohol
M: lively, refreshing, not overly sweet or cloying
D: very (too) drinkable, wish I had more

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Dark black/ruby brown color with a nice big creamy carbonated head, however, after the first sip you are left with nothing. No lacing to speak of. Looks oily and thin in the glass. I wish the beer could keep up with the head it had when I first poured.

S- The smell has to be the best part of the beer. The nose on this one was outstanding. Figs, chocolates, banana, apples, smoke. My first whiff made me very curious to try the beer.

T- Banana esters, spices, fresh wheat, sliced green apple, chocolate, cocoa...yup. I could go on and on. This has some SERIOUS flavor going on. I did find it to be a little too sweet at the end. The ABV was well-hidden.

M- Silky smooth and oily. I thought it was a little thin and lacked some carbonation though. Warming sensation as it goes down.

D- I drank a few of these in a sitting on a cold snowy night. Very enjoyable. The body does need work though.

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Photo of birchstick
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dark brown, almost opaque with absolutely zero head. Looks more like a stout than a wheat beer.

S - very assertive smell - dark fruits and caramel malts with a zing of bubblegum and molasses. Smells sticky, if that makes any sense.

T - starts off with very dark fruits and sweet malts up front. However, I was very surprised that it leaves a lingering roastedness to it...this is a wheat beer!?

M - too thin and very little carbonation. However, the abv is extremely well masked.

D - this is the most interesting wheat beer I have tried. I was shocked a little bit by it, I guess I was expecting something a little different. If I could get this in Missouri, I could see myself purchasing it again.

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Photo of whitestag
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Growler purchased at the brewery.

Frothy, tan head, breaks down fairly quickly to thin layer of foam. Coffee color.

Roasted sweet and slightly smoky aroma with a bit of yeast; similar taste with significant wheat flavors and a touch of alcohol

Mouthfeel slightly thick but not syrupy; to be expected for a double bock.

Very pleasant, quite drinkable; best if you take it slow.

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

I grabbed this beer as part of a mixed six at Half Time in Poughkeepsie. Its definitely a case of NOT judging a book by its cover.

Pours a deep dark brown with bubbly head that quickly fades away leaving a few bubbles skating around.

Smells sweet, sour and then a little smoky. That was not quite expected. It is definitely an enticing smell.

Taste is very is rich. Sweet dark fruit with a bit of that smokiness in the background. A beer with such a high ABV that is this smooth is a rare treat.

Carbonation is very good for this dark wheat beer and it really goes down smoothly. My first impression of Ramstein is a good one!

To think a German style beer like this is coming out of New Jersey! Good on you Jersey folks!

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Photo of jwhawkins81
3.02/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

After reviewing this beer and looking over the previous reviews I wonder if I got the bottom of the barrel on this one. Seemingly I may need to revisit this one some day.

Smell: A sweet wheat malt aroma was all I was able to pick up.

Appearance: Poured dark a brown with a hint of red. Light brown head that quickly dissipated and provided no lacing.

Taste: Sweet alcohol taste upfront that gave way to a sour finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin with no carbonation.

Drinkability: Became almost tedious without any carbonation. Again this was on-tap so I may have had the dregs.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to timmush for the opportunity to try this one in our trade.
12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass
Pours very dark brown light barley penetrates but does show a slightly reddish hue. Head is light tan which falls to a ring.
I get dark bread, wheat, toasted malt, fruit and some molasses.
Sweet and fruity in flavor. I get prunes as well as the molasses malt with a little bit of spicy hops on the finish
Medium body and quite smooth with a little carbonation tingle.
This is a very nice wiesenbock - great for a cold weather drink. Has similarities to a dopplebock in it's richness and fruitiness. Interesting take and delicious. It's hard to believe that it's 9.5%!

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

Ramstein Winter Wheat pours up vigorously with a neat creamish-tan head that tops a slightly cloudy deep russet-dark brown body. The slightly roasty nose has a lightly spicy/phenolic (allspice, cloves, nutmeg) character with a low-moderate fruitiness (apple, banana, pear). No bubblegum, some notable chocolate roastiness underlying the sweet melanoidins. The flavor starts off with some caramel sweetness that is supported by a moderate roasted barley/wheat graininess that's marked by just a touch of bitterness to balance the richness. The underlying spiciness also helps to carry this one along to a slightly dry, surprisingly roasty & warming finish. This medium-full bodied weizenbock has good complexity and creaminess, but is overly roasty for my tastes. Here's to Gemütlichkeit & the Reinheitsgebot which are obviously alive & well in New Jersey.

PROST! Beertracker

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Photo of Oxymoron
2.76/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Not what I was expecting but ok. Pours a mostly cloudy coca-cola brown color. The pour needed some help but did provide a off white head that was surprisingly soft. Limited retention though and not much lacing.

The nose has a mix of malt and phenolics. To start, there is a nice malt essence with some kettle caramel and hints of chocolate and toffee. Not much on the wheat end though. There is a huge phenolic nose that is really off setting and distracts from the maltiness of the beer. There are hints of metallic and white pepper, but both are light.

The taste is not as phenolic but still off. The malt backs off a bit, which is a bit hinder from the carbonation. The malt is limited with more of a base malt taste. Chocolate comes out as well, but again, no really wheat flavors. Had to double check the style on this one. There is more of a yeast character as well, with some darker fruits, plums and a touch of raisins. Some minor hints of banana and cloves but light. At first I didn't pick out the metallic but as it warmed, the blood flavor came out.

The body is moderate to big. The carbonation was too big even if you don't consider style. I distracted some of the maltiness of the beer. Overall there were a lot of distractions in this beer to really enjoy. I wonder if it is better fresh.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours opaque mahogany with crimson edging. Barely a trace of spritzy head rose up before instantly dissapearing. Zero lacework or retention.

Aromatics are full-on malty, with a trace of chocolate and a good whiff of alcohol. Quite clean and caramel-stuffed.

On the thick side of medium bodied, sticky and slick. Low carbonation adds some cloyness.

Rich malt, caramel, and chocolate lead off the pallet. Alcohol follows through with some substantial warmth. A slight tang from the wheat but otherwise a very clean lager.

Finishes with lingering caramel, chocolate and some faint wet paper.

This one is tasting a bit stale, or maybe it was never too spectacular to begin with?
The lack of carbonation and poor retention is not a good sign, regardless.

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

Thanks yobdoog for this one.

Small capped bottle, poured into an Aventinus glass.
It is a very dark brown brew, with a voluminous tan head that shows very little retention and some lacing.
Nice aroma with bubblegum, some malty sweetness and fruitiness.
Limited carbonation, somewhat thin on the palate, it is mostly sweet and fruity, but has a hint of acidity that was unexpected and a little out of place.
Nice, but nothing special.

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

part of Top 100 BIF - thanks to PEBKAC for this one

The pour looks a bit like a root beer though decidedly less carbonated. In the nose, I caught some clove, some raisin and roasted malt. The flavors were nice, adding a fruitiness like chardonnay masked ny a malt foreground. Very interesting and complex.

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