High Point – Ramstein Blonde

Tasting: September 7, 2012
Style: Hefeweizen (Wheat)
Ramstein Blonde

High Point Ramstein Blonde Butler

I was born in Jersey City, New Jersey and basically lived in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty until I was 6 years old. Despite the proximity, I never visited the site and to this day, I have never been to the Statue of Liberty.

Today, I live only one mile from High Point Brewing of Butler, NJ. They opened their doors 18 years ago and have run a tour on the second Saturday of every month for a number of years and yet, I’ve never been there.

The founder, Greg Zaccardi was a brewer in southern Germany and brought the idea of brewing Bavarian-style beer to America. Their line of beer Ramstein is named for the town that surrounds the US Air Force base in Germany. If you read other reviews of their beer, they are critically acclaimed. Jason Alstrom, a founder of the popular website Beer Advocate, put their Winter Wheat as a perfect 100. Users of the same site scored this beer at a solid 85 and their Oktoberfest a 91 and Double Platinum Blonde at 93 points.

Even though I’ve never been to the brewery, I have had their beer. I recall not liking this particular beer but I’m sure that had more to do with my own style preferences (IPA, stout and then everything else). This one is a cloudy golden color that has the trademark yeasty banana and clove aroma. A bit fizzy and grainish for my liking. Has a nice lemon undertone. This isn’t my cup of tea (or beer), the flavor has no pop — too bland. Still – it’s fairly drinkable. I’ll put it at 80 points. I’m pleased that I have a world-class brewery so close – I’ll keep on hitting them up until I find a classic.

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