Ramstein Maibock | High Point Brewing Company

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High Point Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Rich Amber bock beer brewed with imported Munich and Pilsner Malts and fermented with a rare lager yeast. This beer has a deep malt character and body with a hint of toffee in the aroma. The Noble hops balance the richness of the malts and provide a complex profile that hides the 7% abv.

Added by ElGuapo on 04-22-2003

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Ratings: 74 |  Reviews: 43
Photo of dudecandle
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A deep amber with modest carbonation and minimal head, but decent cap and lacing.

A lot is going on in this one: Sweet honey and a lot of herbs complement the malts with subtle hop undertones. It's got a peaty twang to itself. It's malty, yet herbal, yet hoppy, all at once.

There's a lot going on here, and it's impressive, but I just don't think they all meld together well enough. Maybe it's just my personal thing about all maibocks, but nonetheless.

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Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a shaker pint.

A--Bright shiny penny/honey-colored body with a two finger rocky fizzy white head. Dies to half a finger and lasts, leaving chunky lacy.

S--Very clean wholegrain undertones creep along higher register sweeter malt aromas: there's something apricot-like or nectarish about the nose, which is awesome. The caramel and toffee seems subdued.

T--Follows the nose until you get to the finish, whose serious bittering from hops gives this brew an American stamp. Up until that point you get a light wave of honey and fruit dance around until a very satisfying juicy malt hits. The sweetness, again, is subdued, such that it's a lighter, and you don't get the rich, molasses and toffee and caramel so much as a kiss of honey and bright fruity notes. Bitter finish is heavily tannic, and the whole thing is almost reminiscent of an ESB, like a lagered ESB, as oxymoronic as that may sound.

M&D--Mouthfeel's bright, fresh, spritzy. Spot on. Drinkability is well above-average, as the alcohol is nearly untraceable to me and round balanced flavor profile makes you want more and more.

Very good example of the style. One of the best American version you're gonna get from a brewery that quietly makes top notch German-styled beers.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

fresh growler fill served in a pilsner glass.

Clear amber color with a short off-white head that was revived with each swirl of the glass, leaving some spots of lacing. Smell is of sweet caramel and roasted malts. Taste is on the sweeter side with a hint of alcohol and noble hop bittering. Medium bodied, crisp and smooth feel make this a good brew to drink and welcome the change of season.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle, filled by New Beer Distributors, from nutbrown. Thanks Alan!

This was filled in a Grand Teton 1 liter swingtop bottle....

A nice pop when I opened the bottle, it pours a clear golden colour with a 1 finger head of foam. Lots of nice lacing. Head rentention was about average.

The smell is very light but there's definitely some biscuit and toasted malt.

The taste is what I expected, judging from the nose. Big biscuit malt flavour, big toasted malt that has a bit of earthiness to it, and a slight citrus hop twang about mid palate. Nice, and man, this is so damn easy to drink. 7.5%?? You gotta be kidding me! lol. The body is medium light and the carbonation is very much on the light side. It finishes like it started; nice malty goodness permeating my tastebuds but oh, there's also a slight bitterness there as well. Cool.

This, I think, would be a *great* beer to drink when is in the midst of hop overload. ;^)

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Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Old Bay, New Brunswick, NJ:

Poured clouded amber with a thin head that soon became a thin, lasting patch.

The smell is of caramel with sharp herbal notes.

The taste is of a homebrew-esque yeastiness with caramel, alcohol and herbal (somewhat floral) notes. Pretty abrupt finish, though some caramel sweetness hangs on. Sweet with sour.

Close enough to medium-bodied. Mild to moderate carbonation.

Drinkable enough.

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Photo of tempest
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Farmhouse.

This might be the best maibock I've ever had. The balance of flavors is perfect. The only think I could say is I wish it was a touch stronger in taste. It had this pairs of the sweet, cherry and red licorice malt sweetness with underlying crisp biscuit and a hit of grassy herbal hops for balance. Some maibocks are too plain, or are too sweet, this beer is just damn tasty.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and decent lacing.

The smell featured a light grain with an earthy hop.

The taste consisted of a heavy caramel malt, some dark fruit and an earthy hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel was average for the style.

Overall a tasty maibock. A nice lighter bock for warmer days.

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Photo of marcpal
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Growler from the brewery with the 08 batch. Poured into pint glass.

A: Dark amber with little to no head.

S: Malt and some hop aroma. The hops came through moreso after their other wheat laden beers.

T: Caramel with a taste of the alcohol and hops. The bitterness wasnt quite strong enough and could have used more balance for the maltiness.

M: Average smooth mouthfeel.

D: The alcohol tastes more than it really shows. Not too impressed by this version.

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Photo of jmc44
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darker than I expected; a coppery-amber color with light tan head; not much lacing but always a fine cover on top of the beer.

Light toasted, sweet aroma; malty; with just a slight hint of fruit and caramel.

Nice and malty flavor; slightly sweet, with lightly roasted malts, hints of tofee and caramel. Theres a slight hop finish, a bit fruity, which gives it a nice crispness.

Medium bodied and creamy, nicely done. Quite drinkable but at the ABV you need to watch out.

A very nice, solid, clean brew.

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Photo of Gavage
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: amber / copper in color with 1/2" head that quickly falls. No noticeable lacing. No visible carbonation bubbles.

Smell: light caramel tones and some soft ripe fruit sweetness are detectable.

Taste: lots of caramel, grainy malts, honey, ripe red fruits, mild bitterness, and some soft alcohol tones. Well balanced and very flavorful.

Mouthfeel: smooth at the start through the finish. Medium bodied. The flavor components last long intot he aftertaste.

Drinkability: I found this to be quite drinkable even though the alcohol became more pronounced as this warmed. Nice brew worth seeking out.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ramstein's Maibock delivers a nice appearance with a clear, dark-amber colored body and respectably sized off-white colored head.

The nose offers delicately toasted and sweet Munich malts alongside a bit of fruitiness and a touch of candy sweetness. Undertones of floral and spicy hops appear as well.

In the mouth it's just delicately crisp with a very-fine bubbled carbonation and medium body that leaves it quite smooth across the palate.

The flavor is almost exactly as the nose suggests it will be, with the addition of a little bit more hop flavor and a just-balancing bitterness that works because of the ballast the alcohol lends. The alcohol is kept nicely reigned in, never emerging unecessarily or leaving any rough edges; and it lends a flicker of spiciness that works well with the spicy hops as it finishes drying, with a slowly receeding maltiness.

Well brewed! Nicely balanced and very clean.

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Photo of NolanGTI
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Solid offering from Ramstein. Pour is a bit darker than I expected from a Maibock, little head with mild lacing and slight head retention. Mouthfeel is solid and roasted caramel falvor dominates both the nose and taste throughout. Hides the alcohol well and is drinkable to the point of being dangerous.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent maibock was had on-tap at Tria in Philly. Poured with a nice head. Brown/amber-ish color. Toffee flavors combined with a smooth mouthfeel. When drinking it I didn't think "toffee". That I borrowed from someone else. "Nice, clean bock flavors" was what I was thinking.

Quite drinkable for 7.5%. Hides the alcohol.

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Photo of weeare138
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to dickinsonbeer for this...
Appears a light amber with a small white head that fades into a mild collar. Little bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of malty caramel, and fruit with mild citrusy hops coming through.
Taste is malty, hoppy with vienna malts, caramel, toffee, and mild hops all being present.
Mouthfeel is slightly bubbly with a toffee sweetness.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed, on tap, at JP O'Malley's Pub on 04.26.05...

Appearance: Almost a crystal-like brown hue, this Bier left me a wonderous head to behold upon its tapping.

Smell: Rather clean and none too cloying. A good balance between freshly cut hay and maltiness.

Taste & Mouth Feel: The maltiness on the palate is smooth, and the flavor is deep and rich, again, thanks to the malt.

Drinkability & Notes: Not heavy, by any means, this one went down very easily, and rather well. The ABV will sneak up on you however, and it is rather filling, so I would not recommend drinking too many of them. Still, a fantastic representation of the style.


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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was a nice treat to find this on-tap at pearly bakers the other day. It was even recommended by the bartender. It's nice to see this brewery distributed in PA now as well! Anyhoo, this brew is a nice light-dark red colour with tinted orange highlights and a nice cap of tannish/white foam. The aromas are all fresh bready,biscuity malts and green, leafy, fresh German hops. The taste is malty, sweet, and biscuity, with a nice touch of those fresh hops keeping everything together in a nice balance. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and good and drinkability is very nice as well. A real winner of a Maibock from this awesome wheat-based-beer-brewery. I'd love to try their new beer soon as well. I hear it is a killer APA. Nice.

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Photo of EPseja
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a pint from the first MaiBock keg of 2005 during a Ramstein Promo Night at Andy's Corner Bar in Bogota. Unfortunately, due to the smokiness of the bar, the smell and taste may have suffered.

Appearance: Honey gold in color, bordering on orange, with a generous 1" thick head that dissapates to an even homogenous mat atop the beer. Great lacing!

Smell: Sweet, round honey smell, not much else. Not sure if it was served too cold or whether the bar was too smoky, but there was not much else noticeable.

Taste/Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Starts with honey, crystal malts, and faint apple cider. Turns to a mildly bitter sweetness in the middle. Warming alcohol finish with a pleasant lingering sweet hoppiness tthat adds to the overall drinkability. Decent mouthfeel; low carbonation, round and pleasantly light.

Great spring beer!

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Photo of RoyalT
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This poured a beautiful, crystalline brown and showed great clarity, which I always enjoy with this style. My glass was filled almost to the top so I didn’t get to see much of a head.

Smell – The aroma here is very clean and inviting. Not a style known for its complexity, this Maibock showed good, creamy malts and that was about it.

Taste – This is a big, big Maibock. Certainly the biggest American effort that I’ve had to date. The malt flavors here are very deep and bold. This is a heavy hitter.

Mouthfeel – This was on the full side of medium-bodied. Again, I can’t stress enough how large and thick this beer is. Having said that, it is incredibly smooth and creamy. This one will melt in your mouth.

Drinkability – I loved this Ramstein to death. It is the first really good Maibock that I’ve had here in the US. Don’t try to sip this all night long, though. At 7.5% ABV this one is unusually high in alcohol and actually quite filling.

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Photo of PopeJonPaul
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Amber orange with a clingy white head and a fruity tootsie-roll smell. Tasted like caramel, brown sugar, spiced apples and Milk Balls that have been stripped of their chocolate coating. And a wee, wee, wee bit o' hops. Great smooth mouthfeel with a lower than average carbonation that helps bring out the flavor. Shocking that a) this is 7.5ABV? b) it's being served to me in a 20oz glass and c) I want another one. And another. Hell I could drink this all night. I'm in a bar surrounded by fabulous, expensive Belgian beers and this is the $5 20oz tap special and I could STILL drink it all night. Wow.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Blind Tiger.
It pours a tannish copper color with a medium-sized off-white head and some trailing and sticky lacing.
The aroma is mostly of caramel sweet malt. A light smell of chocolate and hint of citrusy hops peak through.
This brew is all about malt. It's rich and creamy and plenty sweet. Caramel and a nice dry malt taste are upfront. Coffee with cream and sugar round out the body.
A mild tea-like and citrusy hop taste provides a little counter to the big malt sweetness. The potent alcohol is barely noticeable. This is a highly gulpable brew!

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Photo of vladtheimpaler
4.68/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the brewery and out of a filled 2 liter growler. Crystal clear yellow orange with a white lasting head. Clean malty aroma, the way a lager should be. Big long malty flavor that lasts on the tongue. Crisp, clean finish. Slight hop note in the background. This years is the best ever. Great mai-bock!!!! I wish this were more available, but alas. Hopefully the standard established by this years batch can be maintained in the years to come...

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brewery filled growler.

A finger-and-a-half firm flathead appears, then flattens, leaving just a covering, attribuable to either the ABV, or that the filler didn't capture all the carbonation he should have. It's always best to have Brewmaster Greg fill the growlers himself, but that doesn't happen at Open House.

The body is a delightful shiny copper penny, glistening in a tall glass.

Nose yields a bit of yeast, and some clean sweetness, including some caramel.

Taste is rich, balanced, clean, and subtle. A malt barge sails across the tongue, laying down a thick but not overpowering base. A delightful taste of honey settles onto the tongue. Enough hops stowaway on the barge to balance the malt, prevent cloying and syrupiness, but these hops never quite force their way into your attention. This is a Navy Seal Team of hops, working in the shadows. As usual for High Point, somehow the alcohol gets buried in all this, present but never a turn off. And it is rare to find a bock that finishes this clean.

Mouthfeel is thick and rich but not syrupy. It coasts but doesn't stick. Drinkability is once again "Scary".

This will be hard to find. Don't wait for the nest open house. Grab a growler, call Greg, and ask when he can fill it. Get yourself up to the brewery. Try all his beers.

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Photo of Dantes
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Package: 2 Liter swingtop growler

Presentation: Ramstein fluted glass at ~45º

Appearance: This was a very interesting color: part glowing UK bitter, part tupelo honey. Generated a beautiful, tight, long-lasting barely off-white head (even the plastic sample glasses at High Point). Laced even the plastic sample cups.

Smell: Both strongly malty and quite spicy. This year’s edition clearly leans heavily on the hops side of the scale.

Taste: The malts are more present in the mouth than on the nose, but this year’s version steps more heavily on the hops (to great effect). Greg Zaccardi confirmed this at the Open House. Very tangy, with enough sweetness to moderate the hoppy sharpness on the palate. Less fruity than I remember from last year and more aggressive than some Maibocks, but still round, complex, and authentic. Alcohol is a bit more upfront than usual in Ramstein beers, but not obtrusive or unpleasant. Finishes fully and with medium length.

Mouthfeel: Possesses a medium body, with good carbonation and a palate-warming sensation. Quite smooth.

Drinkability: A very drinkable beer, with enough of a hint of its potency to warn against overindulgence. A wonderful treat on a crisp spring day, but not likely to replace the Blonde or Classic as a sessional!

Backwash: I don’t normally review beers in front of the computer, but after a few at yesterday’s open house and one from the growler last night, I still wanted a “refresher!” This is another big winner from Ramstein, which doesn’t make a bad (or even mediocre) beer. Heaven help its competitors if they decide to stray from their “mission” of make great German-style beer; but I guess that would be a bit like Ferrari deciding to make a station wagon! I had last year’s version later in its life-cycle, so it had mellowed somewhat; but I think I like this year’s even better. In any event, this is a worthy successor to their Octoberfest, Winter Wheat, and Eisbock.

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Photo of ElGuapo
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A deep copper pour with some amber notes topped with an off-white pillow of foam that really hangs around. Aroma full of sweet fruits, malts, and grains. A delicious orange aroma really makes it a nice sniffer. Some hops blend in near perfection to add to an already complex treat for the nose.

Oranges blend with a big malt character to start you off. A beautiful hop presence balances it out to a masterpiece. Dry bready aftertaste in the end, and maybe you can pick up a tiny bit of alcohol, but you really have to look for it. It is smooth with a very light carbonation. The body is as full as it could be for the style with loads of flavor. I could drink this brew all day long. I am sorry I did not pick up a growler for Easter, but the one I have will not last long at all. A beautiful drinker, that is complex with flavor and aroma. The mouthfeel is excellent, and it looks damn good too. This is not one to miss, but unfortunately many people will.

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Ramstein Maibock from High Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 74 ratings