austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 28, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
I liked this beer more than the Heartland Maibock, frankly. Less harsh alcohol taste. In fact, the Ramstein’s alcohol is virtually undetectable. Not terribly malty and somewhat innucuous, IMHO. I have no idea why it’s rated so highly, although I love Ramstein as much as the next guy. On tap at The Gate (Brooklyn).
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 16, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I can’t complain too much about this beer, but I have to say, I’m not sure why exactly it’s so highly rated. It’s not as malty as some bocks, and it’s very fruity. Dates and Apples and Pears. A nice balance of tartness and sweetness. Full body, and nice mouthfeel.
Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at The Gate. Poured a yellow golden color with a minimal head. Aroma was spice and cinammon. Taste was spice with some sweetness, some fruit, almost like cherry.
notalush (4999) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 16, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
[draught] This beer is amazing! - dirty-blonde pour with medium carbonation and compact head - sweet aroma of light fruits and candy - a tiny hint of tartness up front, that fades away to a medium bodied, malty explosion of flavors - there are a lot of more "summer oriented" fruits here, strawberries in particular, but also cherries and a touch of pears - this beer is clean, yet chewy and malty at the same time - strawberries stick around in the finish for quite some time - excellent stuff - the best Ramstein I’ve had so far, and that includes the winter wheat.
CapFlu (4616) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 29, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught) Pours a medium, white lasting head and a golden body with medium carbonation. Nose is sweety and lactic. Nice malt, crisp and fresh. Good finish.
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 29, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Vibrant grain and hay exuding transpiration...The crisp caress of hops in the end create a quite pleasant balance...The smell of oncoming spring is always a relief...
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 27, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweaty, malt aroma. Dark, golden with tan head that recedes slowly. Quite bitter, hoppy and crisp. Lighter body then expected. Sort of like a pils/kolsch bock. On tap at TapNY festival.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
TAP NY, sample. Thick, malty, flowery sweet nose, good lacing, light amber color. Fairly light-bodied, more bitter than I would have expected, crisp, good balance, some nice honey. Very good, but didn't blow me away and was destined not to be even the best Maibock of the day.
ruffian (149) - montvale, New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is incredible. Incredible color. Rich full body. Full of malt character. This is about the best you could ask for.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - MAR 27, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2005 I must concur with other raters thus far. This beer is exceptional! It pours a glorious golden color with a good lasting off-white head. Aroma of apples, vanilla, and sweet, sweet caramel. Tastes much the same, with a heavy body that is lusciously sweet and coating. Finishes cleanly. This is a bit unbalanced towards hops when it is too cold, but displays its finest qualities from cellar temp all the way up to room temp. I drank this all day yesterday (literally) and it did not get cloying. This is super-drinkable. What a fine beer!