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 blackie
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: light khaki head over a deep, gorgeously dark chestnut brown colored ale, light showing only through the edges, good retention

s: rich, sugary toasted wheat malts with a smooth dry chocolate undercurrent, estery yeast gives ripe banana, baked red apple spiced with clove and nutmeg, the boozy brown sugar sauce and sweet fruit marriage of a bananas foster, reduction of dark tree fruits - prune, date, and black fig; superb aroma with a ridiculously complex interplay of malty rich fruits and spicy, estery weizen yeast

m: light, smooth carbonation and full body

t: absolutely thick and delicious with brown sugar and banana flavors, weizen yeast brings a strong flavor of clove, dark toasted wheat, dried plums and black mission figs, smooth toffee and dark chocolate, tons going on here

d: a sipping-weight beer that goes down all too easy, pleasantly intoxicating after a long day and night

32 oz. swingtop growler from New Beer Distributors in Lower East Side Manhattan, filled by the brewer who happened to be in-store sampling his stuff, I preferred this beer over the Eisbock - for which this is the base

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

Sampled on tap at The Blind Tiger during "Christmas in July".

This weizenbock poured opaque black with almost no foam. The smell was a very nice, mellow banana and slightly sweet malt aroma (with perhaps a touch of wheat). The taste was sweet but also slightly tart. The dominant flavors were malt, banana, caramel, and a hint of hops in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth and mellow and creamy and fruity. The body was medium with low carbonation. The finish was very light and clean. This was quite a nice beer that almost looked like a stout, but tasted like a wheat beer. The alcohol content was deceptive and was not discernable by taste.

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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 Vancer
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Whoa! Grabbed this <winter wheat> to enjoy before ball game, figured it would be an easy drinker. But, the pour told me otherwise: a coal black brew with a weak tan head, lacing on the glass. Where’s the abv on this puppy? I know it has to be up there.

Malty, almost porter-like aroma, thick and chewy during the quaffing. The malts, raisons, currant dance around quite nicely. A very sharp bite on the tongue. Still, a very nice surprise – and very enjoyable. A couple 2 or 3 of these would work well in the fall/winter.

Thanks to beerbeing!

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Photo of tgbljb
2.8/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

poured a deep brown reddish color with moderate tannish creamy head. Smellmwas of dark fruits (plums, raisins) mixed with malt. Taste was strongly alcololic and very over-powering to the senses. Finish was malty but not a taste I liked. After all the high prasie for this beer, I was very dissapointed. Maybe I'll try another year's batch.

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

A-Deep,dark brown with copper highlights kissing the edges. A thick, long lasting, robust head hangs on strong and leaves nice lace.

S-Musty, rich, loamy earth notes with some spicy hops and some oak dryness.

T-Slight sour twang complimenting a rich malty wheat base. Robust without being heavy. Nice dry oak finish.

M-Medium body, extremely smooth with a nice dry finish.

D-So smooth and easy going! This brew is absolutely delicious! An excellent winter warmer to keep close at hand!

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tinfoilrcr for the opportunity to try this beer!

A- Body is an opaque cola color and pours with an approximately 1/2 finger off-white head that quickly fades to a thin collar. No lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Cocoa and dark chocolate come through. Some alcohol esters behind and a strong aroma of sourdough bread.

T- Initial flavor is mostly of tart sourdough bread with a hint of fruits such as plum and prune. A hint of clove comes through for the finish as the tartness intensifies. Interestingly enough what lingers on the palate is a hint of what seems to be cocoa and sweet raisins.

M- Mild to moderate carbonation and medium weight body that is neither smooth or crass.

D- This is certainly and interesting beer that has been on my wants list for awhile now...and I am glad I have had the opportunity to finally try it! Definitely worth a try and I will have it again-if the opportunity arises.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of homebrew311
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is quite dark, almost a stout like appearance with nothing more than a tiny rim of head. Nose is unique and very malty. Notes of grape candy, wheat, and a hint of soy sauce and cocoa. Taste has fruity components up front with emphasis on grapes and maple syrup, this is followed by notes of carob and figs with a touch of balsamic vinegar on the finish. Mouthfeel is somewhat thick with low carbonation. Overall, this is a very unique and complex weizenbock, however the flavors just don't agree with me.

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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 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 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 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 BeerLover99
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: choc. brown/ruby shimmer/cloudy, 2 finger khaki head,
solid lacing

S: intoxicating wheat, spiced bread aroma

T: sweet fig/date, mild clove, big bready malt/wheat,
nice hint of spice in the finish

M: med/heavy, smooth/chewy mouth

O: 1st experience with this brewey, POW,
what a gem! ABV is well hidden, sneaks
up on you. Will get again and highly recommend.
Great to see an outstanding beer in Jersey.


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Photo of DIM
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: I haven't had many, but this is the darkest weizenbock I've tried. It was a deep, dark, muddy brown. It was served to me with a small ring of a frothy head.

s: Wheat beer heaven. Lots of cloves and bananas with undertones of caramel and chocolate. While it is warm, 9.5% is nowhere to be found.

t: The taste mirrors the smell for the most part. Huge flavors of earthy bananas with a nice clove spicy bite. The warm, roasty chocolate at the finish worked very well.

m: Big and chewy with gentle carbonation.

o: I love weizenbocks and this is a great one.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a super dark brown, with a medium sized head that dissipates quickly. Leaves little lace on the glass. Aromas of apple, banana, dark malts and pumpernickel bread come to me. Very interesting taste with both sweet and minor sour highlights. Front has sweet, maybe chocolate malt, yeasty, bready falvors and the back has a sort of semi-sour finish, sort of a sour apple hint. For some reason the balance on this beer is tremendous and the beer is incredibly drinkable. I need to get to this brewery next time I'm home. I can favorably compare this to Aventinus, not quite as yeasty or quite as tasty overall but pretty good all around effort.

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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 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 kmpitz2
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a 6 oz sample out of a 12 oz bottle. Pours a deep deep brown color with ruby hues. No real head is there, just a light ring. Very dark and mysterious look about it. Nose is chocolate covered alcohol soaked banana. Just aqpuff of alcohol is in there. Solid. The flavor is very mellow. Banana and cream are very prevalent with a more subdued background of fig and chocolate. No hint of alcohol. Very tasty. The feel is thick with just a hint of carbonation. Very satisfying feel. Overall, a highly drinkable beer. I'd like a touch more of an edge on the dark malt. I would drink this again.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ramstein Winter Wheat has a body that is a mix of dark ruby and brown, and it is translucent all the way through. Only a little over a finger of off-white head pops up with a fairly vigorous pour. Retention isn't great and the lacing is non existent.

Chocolate and caramel are the biggest aromas, followed by currants and clove.

Ramstein Winter Wheat is a tasty beer. A peppery flavor that is somewhere between clove and coriander is the first thing I notice, followed by a black currant flavor that brings just a touch of sourness with it. After that is hint of apple and maybe a bit of banana. Next caramel then chocolate malts dominate the flavor, while a bit of hops come through in the finish.

The mouthfeel is surprising light in body and high in carbonation, but it works well to bring out all of the flavor in this beer.

Overall this is a solid Weizenbock. I definitely recommend letting it warm up a bit before you drink it, the flavor profile becomes a lot more expressive.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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