Ramstein Double Platinum Blonde | High Point Brewing Company

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Ramstein Double Platinum BlondeRamstein Double Platinum Blonde

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

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Rich and deeply flavorful, this is Weiss Beer boosted to the next level. The spicy clove and apple aromas intertwine with the rich flavors of barley, wheat and complex yeast character. This is an original style of beer. Hops and a subtle fresh fruit character balance.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the Hilton Hotel in Parsippany. Pours a hazy, cloudy pour with moderate frothing. Pungent aroma replete with wheat, lemon, and hay. Acidic flavor. Not a great depiction of the style.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap @ The Hilton hotel bar in Parsippany, NJ.

Served in a pint glass, it's a cloudy, bright gold color with a small creamy white head. Prominent banana and spicy clove in the aroma. The flavors of a typical hefeweizen are there but they're amped up quite a bit. The softness you would find in a Bavarian hefeweizen is replaced with a heavier, thicker, more full bodied feel. No sign of the higher ABV whatsoever. Sits comfortably between a standard hefeweizen and a pale weizenbock. Delicious!

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap poured in a pint glass at the river of beer

Hazy yellow with one finger white foam cap quickly settles to an island of bubbles

Aroma of yeast , bananas

Nice banana yeast taste, sweet

Low sudsing , quaffable

Good beer

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Photo of MacMalt
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this on draught in a bar. It was poured into a pint glass. It pours a cloudy golden-honey color with a thin, milk-white head and minimal lacing. It smells of banana, lemon peel, cloves, wheat, and yeast. It's a very fragrant beer. This is a tasty hefe with lots of banana, clove, wheat, and some other spicy funk. It's a light, refreshing beer, pleasantly carbonated, and with a a moderate ABV of 6.7% it is easy to drink. This is one of the best American-brewed Hefeweizens I've had. It's well-crafted and fun to drink.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

8/29...on tap. Pours murky dirty gold. No foam, and the top is very still. Bubblegum nose. Soft wheat flavor, subtle and refined. Clove-y. Nicely made, simple.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-hazy golden color with little head and minimal retention

S-malt, bananas, cloves, spices, very fragrant

T-yeast and malt, bananas, cloves

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and somewhat rich mouthfeel for this style

O-a tasty hefe with a nice balance of flavors

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at Pilsener Haus Biergarten in Hoboken, NJ.

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a finger tall white head. Head reduces to a thin layer of bubbles across the entire top of the beer after a few minutes. There is some visible carbonation and moderate lacing.

S: Aromas of clove, banana, and apple. The smell is sweet but not cloying.

T: There is a sweetness to the flavor that is rather pleasant and enjoyable - flavors of apple and clove with hints of banana. There is a wheat flavor and no taste of alcohol.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and very smooth.

O: Very enjoyable and real easy to drink. Sweetness is not overpowering and the alcohol is well hidden. I have had several half liters and liters of this beer over the early winter and I keep going back for more.

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Photo of metter98
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy dark yellow in color. It poured with a thin white head that died down very slowly and left a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are sweet aromas of malts and apples in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is somewhat sweet (but not cloying) and has flavors of apples, bananas, clove and wheat.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer goes down very easily because the alcohol is well masked. The fuller-bodied nature of this beer compared to others in the style would make it a good selection to be drinking outside on a chilly spring or autumn day.

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Photo of muskiesman
4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from growler into weizen glassware

Single finger of pure white head faded to very good lacing.
Light natural carbonation Bright yellow with tint of orange and hazy hue

I am hooked at the nose, huge ripe fruit banana, citrus and clove esters. Taste comes right through with tart and sweet again the ripe fruit banana and citrus. A lot of flavor here nothing like it in this style. Mild pepper and lemon too that are all well balanced

Mouth feel slightly heavier than expected but a good match with the malt and abv

Great mild dry finish

Please bottle this one!

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Photo of lstokes
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Birreria in New York. It was dark gold and very hazy with an awesome nose--strong spice, lemon, melon, banana, wheat, all the typical flavors but everything dialed up into a powerful head that sticks with you. I found the taste perfectly balanced between sweet lemon/banana/berry, juicy wheat/bubblegum flavors, and clove/coriander spice. Everything is again, dialed up into a heady concoction. Mouthfeel is quite thick, a little bit sticky, but overall very drinkable. Very fresh-tasting.

Great take on a double Hefeweizen, this is one of my favorite examples I've ever had of the style. All the flavors are in great balance and it's juicy and fresh--no stale banana here.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Pilsener Haus in Hoboken.

Did a side to side with a glass of the classic, Weinhenstephener Original. Semi-opaque, dark gold beer with a touch of cloudiness. Darker and less cloudy than the German archetype. Very nice fluffy head with good retention and lacing.

Classic aroma of clove and banana; yeasty and spicy. Right on target.

Taste is full-flavored, following suit of the nose. Lots of clove and coriander; yeasty banana, bubblegum, citrus, sweet maltiness underneath.

A clean crisp finish, medium, slightly creamy body, good carbonation. Oh so drinkable. This one definitely holds its own next to the Original. A bit darker and fuller-bodied perhaps. A truly excellent hefeweizen and a must-try, if you can find it, for the style.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this on tap at Cobblestones

The color is hazy golden with a nice fluffy white cap which has good retention with ultra fine bead. The lace sticks in a sheet. The smell is the usual suspects of banana and clove, but mild apple element and toasted wheat like a gently sweet cereal the alcohol is not apparent even though I noticed the increased abv for the style. The feel is very good, creamy and slightly tangy from the weizen yeast with moderately high carbonation and semi dry finish.

The flavor is moderately sweet grain, wheat is creamy and lightly toasted in taste. The yeast is the main flavor, though with strong banana and mild spice accenting. There is a light hint of hops to accent the malt and yeast which gives the impression of spice or mild herbal flavor. The alcohol is only noticeable near the end of the glass which is nice, it adds a bit of complexity and overall I felt this was a good Hefeweizen with some extra body and was very drinkable -perfect for warm late spring quaffing.

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Photo of CHickman
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy orange in color with a 1 finger fluffy white head that faded quickly; basically no lacing that slides down the glass fast, like it's in a hurry.

Smells of orange peel, coriander, wheat, yeast, lemon, sweet malt, clove, banana and faint hops.
Nice traditional hefe aroma.

Tastes of yeast, sweet malt, orange peel, coriander, clove, wheat, lemon, banana, grass, hay, bubblegum, light pepper and spices, and faint floral or citrus hops.

Very light and refreshing, this beer has a light mouthfeel with very light carbonation and a light to medium body. High drinkability, this is a very good hefeweizen that goes down easy - based on the taste, this is a new classic for this style.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazed yellow gold, good pillow of head that stays around but leaves little lacing. Scent is a big whiff of banana and tangerine, some notes of acidity and tartness and light dough qualities. Taste is as aggressive as the scent dictates, big fruity blend of banana and tangerine on top of a doughy malt, acidic and tart on the finnish and hints of herbs, spice and alcohol. Medium bodied, not as heavily carbonated as style would dictate but smooth body. A nice, bold Hefe that lacks the sublte complexity of the top beers in the style but makes up for it with bold taste.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samples at the High Point brewery. Pours hazy copper hue. Aroma is of caramel, banana, apples, spices and yeast. Taste is similar to aroma. Medium bodied with average carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. Long lasting, fruity - spicy finish. Very delicious wheat bock.

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Photo of weeare138
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap at Capone's...
Appears a semi transparent light gold with a small head of white that quickly fades away into a tiny collar. Scattered spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of ripe bananas, wheat, spice, and a touch of bubblegum.
Taste is of the aromas with a big berry blast atop of the ripe bananas and gum esters.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, viscuous, chewy, with yeast dough flavors lingering on the palate.
One you can drink all day with refreshing sugary fruit as the staple.

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Photo of donniecuffs
4.97/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a deep golden hue with amber tones into a weizen glass, with one finger of white head, decent head retention, and very good lacing. Modestly visible carbonation. The best way to describe the nose is like Franziskaner on acid; tremendous...and rare...specimen of a 'weissbock' style. Copious amounts of banana, bubble gum, melon, citrus, and clove. Semi-dry finish once again, and no hint of the alcohol content whatsoever. Medium, slick-bodied, with little carbonation; thicker feel than the flagship 'Blonde Hefeweizen'. Despite the abv, this dangerously drinkable. My only complaint is that this beer isn't bottled...yet.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Growler pours are rarely satisfying. The Double Platinum poured with very little head and pretty low effervescence. The color was really nice though-- hazy burnt orange. No meaningful lacing.

Nose is good. Lots of banana and sweet, bready malt.

The flavor and drinkability are really what make this beer special. As far as Hefeweizens go, this one is especially rich and full-flavored, with a great wheaty, bready presence. The flavor is pleasantly sweet with estery notes, and, of course, lots of banana. The increase in maltiness means an increase in alcohol as well, but this does not hamper drinkability. Half a growler of this stuff went down very easy. Very smooth and medium-carbonated mouthfeel.

You don't see too many beers like this. Really, it's an "extra" Hefeweizen and not quite a true double wheat beer. Excellent stuff.

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Photo of Nickls
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(From notes)

A - Poured a vibrant predominantly yellow color that leans on orange a bit; nice fluffy finger of white foam (would have hoped for more in the style, but it was a result of the tending, not the beer)

S - Bananas are dominant; light citric aromas; hint of clove; some yeastiness and sweetness; really good stuff here

T - Bit of a banana bomb to me; a little tart and some of the citrus flavors come through

M - Medium; a little silky; softer carbonation

D - Nice drinking even though there is some weight to the brew relative to the style

Nice brew, and worth a shot.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a sharp golden color with a large, well-carbonated head. Textbook aroma with a sharp citric smell, along with mostly lemons and faint banana, and some spicy clove. Again, standard beer here as a light to medium body, slightly chewey, with a greatly balanced citrusy and spicy taste with that sharp backbite that complements hefes. A solid hefe to relax with...nothing spectacular but still one to try.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well I have to say in all honesty that I don't have much to say about this beer...

I had it on tap at the Cloverleaf Tavern, and it appeared very much like a standard hefeweizen. The aroma was very similar: banana, wheat, gentle clove... but it also had something else, perhaps some apple, pear, tangerine, and even pepper. It was a flabby to a certain extent, but also a little sharper, and somewhat more spicy than most - still right on par with many.

Moving on to mouthfeel, it wasn't much different than many hefeweizens I've had either. It was a bit heavier, that's all, but a lot of American breweries overdo that anyway. This, I thought was good, and I didn't find it heavy or overly malty.

The flavor, again, followed pretty much the standard route. It was richer than most, and again, there was a kind of tangerine note, but otherwise it was pretty basic with wheat, apples, subtle lemon, and a hint of pepperiness (that I'll guess was coming from alcohol). There was a light acidic tang to it, but that's common.

So what makes this beer a "Double Platinum Blonde"... ? I don't know. It's a bit bigger, that's all that I can tell. I found it well-balanced despite the higher alcohol and malt content - and it was basically just a bigger version of their regular blonde weiss.

So, does that add to drinkability? Well, not really for me. I'd rather just have two Blondes back to back - but then again, wouldn't we all? So, OK, it's an interesting release from High Point, but it's not amazing in any way. If you happen upon it you should give it a try, but don't go looking for it.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler from St. James Beverage. Pours a cloudy dull orange with a small white head. Aroma of typical hefe spices. Flavor of rich spices, like a hearty stew almost, and esters. There is a nice malty sweetness too, with a touch of citrus perhaps. Very drinkable. A nice hefe.
7/4/8/4/14 (3.7/5)

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Photo of israel
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Beerloco for a growler of this

A- Looks like fresh pressed cider, minus the chunks, With a nice rocky white head sitting a good two fingers off the top my beer. Head eventually settles down and becomes a very active frothing on the beer.

S- Ripe bananas and pears come to mind as well as wheat and spices...very nice for the style

T- This is a really tasty heffe, seems to have more depth than say a more commercially available heffe. Overall the beer is very recognizable as a wheat beer and the flavors one might expect from this style are there. You have the lemon zest, pepper, almost a fresh cut grass flavor but subtle and then a nice big malt backbone...

M- I really like the mouth feel in this beer; the initial wash over is quite pleasant and the beers coats the tongue, but quickly dissipates with a nice dry finish perfect for this style.

D- this growler doesn't stand a chance ; if that tells you anything, Really a very enjoyable heffe that I'm happy to have tried...

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Photo of PEBKAC
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not sure how big the keg over at New Beer is(was), but if it's anything less then a half barrel, I think I should feel just a little bad for sucking down a good percentage of the total supply. Every fresh growler "hissss" could barely muzzle the squeaks of joy that I would emit.

Growler(s) filled over at New Beer. Poured out into an Erdinger weiss glass, but the base of operations eventually move to a 25oz stemmed wine goblet.

Head rose thick & heavy in either vessel, & grew in lumpy intervals. Always at least a half inch of head at any point in my indulgence. Color is golden & constantly active, with breaks of carbonation glittering up a distinctly orange hue. You could almost call it filtered, but there's enough texture there to assure you that this wheat beer remains intact. Blissfully rich in appearance, the anticipation on every refill is pretty high.

Definite scents of honey & tangerine, with a pinch of pepper. Slightly acidic tone, though much softer then a glass of orange juice. Pretty levelheaded with the banana & clove, but it comes through more as it warms. The wheat came off more juicy & less ashy then what I've come to expect from hefeweizens.

Taste was composed of a base layer of sweet white bread, a good amount of honey, half a stick of bubblegum, a little coriander, & a little butter, while being mild with both the banana & lemon flavors. A "juiciness" that I just fall in love with.

The carbonation helps springs forth the honey, & really lightens up an initially heavy brew. If anything, there is a little dryness going on in the tail end of it that puts away most notions of it being greasy or difficult. Very little sediment or excess yeast to get in the way of things.

Just so tasty. Not sure of the ABV on this one, but besides a passing surreal moment, I'm fully content.


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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded gold with a thin white head that falls very fast. Nose is lots of dough and a fair amount of spices as well. And surprise, there is banana. Flavor is moderately spicy and actually a bit smoky as well almost. Fairly crisp and smooth overall. Nice liquid body and the carbonation is good as well. Easy to drink.

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