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Blue Point Toasted Lager - Blue Point Brewing Company

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1,170 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,170
Reviews: 415
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 23
Gots: 86 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Blue Point Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of Mypintishalffull
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%

In my area this is probably one of the most common craft beers you see on tap. I have this every few months going back years and it seems it has changed going over time. My sample poured a clear deepmamber color with very little head. There was a clean aroma, lacking any real hops or malt. But also I thought I detected some yeast. The flavor was one dimensional. The style I believe is more complex than this. It was basically a decent beer but nothing to get excited about. It's drinkable, yes, but in my opinion at the expense of flavor and complexity.


Mypintishalffull, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of philbe311
3.68/5  rDev +4%

A - Three plus fingers of rich creamy off-white colored head with a slightly rocky top... Solid retention... A medium golden yellow color... Sparse carbonation... A bit of lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - Freshly baked breads... Warm roasted almonds... Creamy butter... Crystal malts... A very subtle hoppiness...

T - Toasted malts... Nutty... Roasted almonds... A bit of toffee...

M - Light to medium bodied... Very smooth... Sleek... Delicate carbonation... Quite nice...

D - A very nice Vienna Lager... Simple, straight-forward, and effective... Super sessionable... Lots of pilsneresque qualities are mixed in...

philbe311, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of msubulldog25
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%

A 12 oz. twist-capped bottle, poured to a Widmer Bros. pint. No date, just some cryptic coding printed on the neck ('0671 15:25 7E' mean anything?). Big thanks to BA benetoh (and his betrothed) for their kindness in sending a mixed six-pack ~ best wishes, Ben!

A: Copper (an amber 'bread crust', really) and clear as can be. Steady, if not over-abundant, carbonation rises to a thin cap of creamy whiteness. That head doesn't hold long, winnowing to a hugging crescent and a few swirls. Spattered lace that glides down gently.

S: Sweet, cereal maltiness. Honey and a bit of fruit, then all baked bread, hints of cinnamon.

T: I liked the flavor a lot in the first several sips: mild spices
off setting some serious caramel and raw, grassy honey. Bakery-fresh crustiness. Just enough ashy/husky dryness in the finish for balance. At times a little sweet, then a fleeting metallic tanginess(?) - pretty tasty, overall.

M: A slippery, slightly viscous feel. Smooth feel, no doubt, but unimpressive carbonation. Overall thin feel - not far off the style, but not as exciting as some; clean enough.

O: Just OK for the style (one I do like quite a bit), a little too sugary/off-balance for my liking. Not a problem to finish, just not a beer that must be revisited. Thanks for the chance to try this one, Ben.

msubulldog25, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass:

A - Pale yellowish color, decent head

S - Sweet malty, bready scents.

T - Malty sweetness like it smells. Toasted malt flavor is definately evident. Not much hop bitterness to note but not bad fro what it is supposed to be. Maybe light hints of bananna.

M - Medium bodied with fair carbonation

Not bad overall and decent for what its supposed to be.

BeerisfoodLLC, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of erosier
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%

L: Pours a nice golden yellow color with a medium sized and medium bodied white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet toasted malts, nice light sweet citrus, floral hop aroma at the end.
T: Sweet toasted malts up front mixed well with a biscuit flavor followed with some lighter citrus and floral hops at the end.
M: Light bodied, crisp, fresh, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Overall it is a very drinkable beer, nice take on the style and really just a well put together sessionable brew.

erosier, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of Jimmys
2.8/5  rDev -20.9%

A: dull penny on the sidewalk. airy white head sits atop but doesn't have great retention. clear with some miniature sized carbonation bubbles.

S: a faint banana-bread like aroma. the breadiness is obvious, but there is definitely some fruit in there as well. not a good sign considering this is a lager.

T: pretty clean and malty here. any fruit that i got in the nose subsides to the grain. almost metallic? virtually no hop bitterness or flavor.

M: a moderate fizz on a light/medium body.

D: an easy drinker, but not a good example of a vienna lager in my opinion. just cause it is an easy drinker doesnt mean you need to sacrifice flavor!

Jimmys, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured on-tap into a pint glass, the beer is a copper gold coloring with lots of bubbles and a thin, sparse, off-white head. Good lacing for the style. The smell is light toasted grains. The flavor is malty, with a honey-sweet characteristic, with toasty and smokey end palate flavors. The aftertaste is almost like a Sugar Daddy that was cooked in a toaster oven. Finish lingers a bit too long. This beer is a bit all over the place, with some very interesting characteristics.

GarthDanielson, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of Brittmb29
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%

on-tap at world of beer coconut creek, FL

A- finger of bubbly foam dissipates quickly to leave to lace, hazy golden/tan lager. served in a pint glass.

S- not too strong but citrusy hop scent w/ toasted malt sweetness lingering.

T- comes on with toasted malts then some spicy hop notes to counter. finishes balanced w/slight hop dryness.

M- medium body for lager best slight warmed for mouthfeel (and flavor as well). very nice.

D- this is where the beer wins, I have it available on 6 pack in many grocery stores so I plan on buying it next time i need to bring one along. great lager, not too complex but unique in the style.

Brittmb29, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of bubseymour
4/5  rDev +13%

This beer has a nice brown lager appearance with 2 finger small bubble head. Smell is wonderful for a light lager with roasted malt aroma.
Taste is somewhat light and easy to drink. Tastes are very well balance of hop/malt. Nice mouthfeel and overall this is a pleasant lager that is typical of the New England styles. It probably isn't worth seeking out to buy a 6er or bulk purchase but its pleasant if offerred in a bar, restaurant or party.

bubseymour, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of Rootdog316
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%

Very impressed by how dark the body was with a burnt amber color and a fairly thick, frothy head. The aroma is closer to a pale ale with a noticeable caramel scent, although it was definitely mild. Much like the aroma, the taste of the Blue Point Toasted Lager is similar to one you'd find in a quality pale ale. It's crisp and hoppy with a slight bitterness up front. The middle is almost all caramel - not anything too rich, but not overly sweet or candy-like. The finish, however, has a strange tang (but it's barely noticeable). This beer reminds me of Samuel Adams Boston Lager, but is not quite as robust. Despite the name and the brewer's description, I really don't get much of a "toasted" taste. There does seem to be a slight creaminess to the texture which helps combine the malts and hops into an overall satisfying flavor. The problem with flavorful lagers is they tend to sacrifice drinkability, but that's not the case here. While initially very bubbly upon being poured, Toasted Lager calms down to the point of being a little less than crisp but a little more than tepid. The mouthfeel is surprisingly thick and gentle, creating for an easy-drinking beer that goes down smooth. The astringent aftertaste lingers for a moment or two, but it's easily ignorable.

Rootdog316, May 30, 2011
Photo of OldIronLungs
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%

Pours into a pint glass a honey color with several fingers of head that eventually fall to a film while leaving a nice lace.

Nose is a lightly bready malt.

A sip has prickly carbonation and medium to light body - crisp - but flavors really don't go much beyond biscuit malt and a subtle toasted note.

Nothing wrong with it, in line with the style for the most part; A clean drinker, but nothing to suggest I have it again.

OldIronLungs, May 26, 2011
Photo of devilben02
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%

I remember trying something from Blue Point years ago and only remember being disappointed, but everyone deserves a second chance. This beer gives a good enough first impression, pouring from the bottle with a brilliant medium amber color topped by a decent creamy, cream-colored head. The aroma is dull but pleasant, with a light scent of toast and undercooked biscuits. The flavor is more pronounced, with the toastiness and biscuit coming out a bit more. In addition, the dry, bready malt base is balanced by a light lemony hop character. The mouthfeel is a lowlight, though, with a very thin, watery body being punctuated by small, prickly bubbles. Overall, this beer is fine and drinkable, but the distracting mouthfeel drags down my impression, and I am again a bit disappointed.

devilben02, May 24, 2011
Photo of rhopeyr
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%

Appearance: Pleasant caramel color, thin and light tan colored head.

Smell: Toasted malts and wheat, light sweet banana and brown sugar smell. Thoroughly uncomplicated, but pleasant.

Taste: True to type and name. Sweet, toasted taste, without any bitterness or hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: Fairly low carbonation, maybe a little thicker compared to other lagers. Sits pleasantly in the mouth, and stays around for a nice savory finish.

Overall: Uncomplicated, but tasty. Not my favorite, but I might choose it again in hot weather if I didn't want to go for a pilsner.

rhopeyr, May 24, 2011
Photo of pixieskid
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%

Another solid East Coast Lager; enjoyed this one on at a birthday party today; nothing better than pouring your own draft beers!

Poured a nice light brown with a decent off white head.

Notes of roasted malt upfront with a hint of grassiness. Nice toasty malt presence, as the name implies, throughout with a solid hop presence; grassy, piney, and a hint of earthiness throughout. Finishes clean with a lingering mild bitterness and a touch of floral hops.

Overall; nice drinkability but also solid flavor, limiting you from knocking them back too quickly...not necessarily a bad thing.

pixieskid, May 22, 2011
Photo of ReelBigwigFish
3.08/5  rDev -13%

Got a bottle handed to me at work after missing the "blue point tasting" earlier in the day.

A: Poured into pint glass. It has a nice dark amber color to it with a medium bodied white head.

S: Smells sweet and buttery, moderate malt in the nose. Not too much else to speak of, no hop aroma, that's for sure.

T: Taste is predominantly buttery and sweet malt. A little bit of grassiness and bread as well.

M: The one redeeming quality of this beer is its smoothness. It's extremely creamy and goes down like silk.

O: Glad I didn't buy this beer. It's just slightly above average in my opinion. Better than most of the Mexican breweries making German style beers, but for a micro brewery like Blue Point, this was a definite disappointment.

ReelBigwigFish, May 14, 2011
Photo of stckhndlr
4.47/5  rDev +26.3%

had at a Hooters in Norfolk, VA
Review is from notes

A- Head is thick at first but disappears quickly. Golden dark wheat color with good lacing down the glass as you drink.

S- Wheat and sweet citrus aroma. Just a touch of toasted hops in there too.

T- Creamy wheat and light citrus. Hops leave a tiny bit of bitterness on the end but not overpowering.

M- Creamy medium body and smooth finish.

O- This one goes down really quick and easy. I thought it was an excellant beer.

stckhndlr, May 04, 2011
Photo of Slatetank
3.08/5  rDev -13%

I had this at Al's of Hampden -served chilled in a Nonic.

A dark golden with slighty reddish hue -thick cap of cream settles rapidly and carbonation beads remain. The smell is creamy -butter and slightly fruity. The diacetyl is a pretty prominent odor and some mild toasted grain in the mix too. The feel is a little to creamy for a vienna lager IMO- the diacetyl is a little high for my taste also with slick and slightly thin body w/ pretty gassy and dry finish.

The taste is creamy smooth and mildly yeasty with some toasted malt and grainy flavor that leaves a littel to be desired, the yeast fruitiness is not unpleasant but the flavor drops off midway and the diacetyl is noticeable in the taste. I can't say this is my favorite style, but so many do it better than this. I actually remember enjoying this from the bottle, maybe this keg was not the norm but I didn't really find this to be very drinkable for the style.

Slatetank, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of alpinebryant
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Pour is a golden yellow hay and a healthy white head.

Aroma of fresh cut grass, two row malt and pilsner malts with a very light roast aroma.

Flavors of toasted malt and a light lager yeast mixed with a sweet finish. Overall this is a very clean tasting beer. The vienna lager yeast is greatly refreshing and will not leave you unhappy. Bready yeast flavors all over with a slight bitterness midbody.

high carbonation and a light body, easy drinker

alpinebryant, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%

Blue Point Toasted Lager pours a stunning, clear, orange-copper color with no head or lace. The aroma is mainly orange and dough followed by well balanced flavors of citrus, bread, and caramel. The hops and malt work well together. It's got a light-medium mouthfeel and is very drinkable. Blue Point Toasted Lager is good beer, very refreshing and pairs well with chicken and mashed potatoes. Recommended!

B967ierhunter177, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of psugrad98
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%

Pours golden straw with creamy head that disappears a bit quickly. Wispy lace clings to glass. Aroma is reminiscent of sweet syrup with crackly hop backing.

Taste is cracker like with a sort of roasted crust of bread flavor. Somewhat spritzy mouth feel carries sweetness throughout which is nicely backed up by generous but not an over abundance of hops.

Nice session beer.

psugrad98, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of chickenflea
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours a two-fingered cream head that fades quickly leaving some chunky lace. Clear amber color. Weak malty/hoppy nose. Strong molasses aroma. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Starts sweet but hops dominate finish. Moderately bitter after taste. Good with strawberries.

chickenflea, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
2.78/5  rDev -21.5%

Toasted Lager pours out almost like an amber ale. It's a bit darker than most traditional lagers are. The head comes and goes with ease. The smell is full of grains and malts. Not much of a hop aroma or anything else really. The flavors I felt were a little bland. When looking at the name on this I expected to get some forms of actual toast in this beer. Something that has that real specific taste of char or burned. I wasn't expecting those flavors to be strong in the brew but just a little bit so you can taste them. I wasn't overly impressed by this beer.

Knapp85, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of beagle75
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a half-pint tumbler.

A: Clear, light amber color with one finger of white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass and a few eager streams of bubbles rise in the column.

S: Mild and clean toasted grain as promised by the name, but comes across as a little under-attenuated, with earthy and slightly herbaceous hops.

T: Begins off-dry, with honeyed pilsner malt and moderate acidity. Hop aromatics are grassy and slightly floral. Toasted, slightly caramel, whole-grain bread and dryness are more prominent toward the finish where bitterness remains restrained.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, crisp and initially clean on the palate but turning sticky late, with moderate carbonation.

D: A full-bodied amber lager somewhat comparable to Boston Lager, but with a more malt-focused presence. It brings to mind a personal favorite bottled lager: the (extinct) Golden Bear lager once brewed in Berkeley.

beagle75, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of cavedave
2.78/5  rDev -21.5%

A thin off white head goes away much too quickly, leaving a bare cap atop a clear gold brew.

Not much smell, a bit of of too sour lager yeast and mere hints of spicy hop.

Taste is a light to medium aroma of the overly tart yeast, some caramel sweet, barely ghosts of spicy hops, and not much else to distinguish this. Not delicious nor interesting.

Mouthfeel is about right for style, perhaps a touch undercarbed, but all else is acceptable, though it showcases a flavor profile best left behind the curtain.

Overall this is yet another barely average offering from the terminally underwhelming Blue Point Brewing.

I would be happy if this brewery would make Toxic Sludge and Rastafar Rye as their only offerings, and let go of their other forgettable beers. Toasted Lager is a must miss.

cavedave, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of cokes
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%

Light honeyed amber color, with just a touch of haze. The head is modest at best then fades towards the edges as it leaves moderate lacing.
Caramel corn aroma, backed with toasted nuts and granola. Some earthy hops can be teased out with concentration.
It carries that same honeyed granola notion into the mouth. It grows huskier with grain and almonds. Hop show up with a bit more gumption, adding lemon oil and wintergreen, along with a herbal bitterness.
Carbonation is on the high side and stays the course. It washes out any attempt for malts to fill out the mouthfeel, but the ensuing lightness makes this a candidate for quaffing.

cokes, Mar 31, 2011
Blue Point Toasted Lager from Blue Point Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 1,170 ratings.