Ramstein Classic WheatJuly 1, 2005 Butler, NJ
High Point Wheat Beer Co.
Available: CT, NJ, NY
Founded in 1994, the High Point Wheat Beer Company is the first exclusive wheat beer brewery in America. The name Ramstein was adopted from a town in Germany with a large American population. The town surrounds the U.S. Ramstein Air Force Base. High Point wanted the name of its beers to reflect a marriage of German tradition and American innovation.
Alcohol (wt.): 4.38
Alcohol (vol.): 5.5
Expecting a typical golden wheat beer, I was pleasantly surprised by the turbid mahogany color and pinpoint head of deep creamy pearls. Although not as over the top as some Bavarian versions, the fruity, yeasty aroma is satisfying without being cloying. The floral fruitiness follows though on the palate - a sensational combination of grains, grass and grapefruit, with a fresh finish. We enjoyed Ramstein with a crab salad, organic leak and potato tart and Humboldt Fog goat cheese cake.
- Charles Finkel
A yeasty, healthy and earthy brown hue. Minimal head retention for a wheat beer. Fruity tropical wheat beer aroma. Clove character absent. Rich and malty with cocoa flavor notes. Medium bodied yet alcohol level is appropriately low for this refreshing wheat beer. Low hop flavor. Smooth flavor and well rounded palate. A nice American made German-style amber wheat! Hold the lemon – enjoy the nuances of the beer.
- Charlie Papazian
Heavy collar of barley white foam. Jet black with a ruby edge when held to the light. Espresso coffee and burnt fruit dominate the bouquet with a luscious creamy malt note. The creamy malt builds in the mouth making the beer reminiscent of a milk stout made with lactose. Gentle hops make an appearance along with dark fruit. The finish is short, with rich, sweet malt, a hint of burnt fruit and light hop bitterness.
- Roger Protz
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Charles Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
Roger Protz is the author of Complete Guide to World Beer and 300 Beers to Try Before You Die. He is a respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.
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