Blue Point Toasted Lager - Blue Point Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

435 Reviews
THE BROS
74
okay

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Reviews: 435
Hads: 1,387
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 36
Gots: 246 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-18-2001

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Photo of rfgetz
3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours an attractive dark copper-tinted amber, moderate head, some retention. Scent is light... some sweet caramely malt, dried grain husk, some watery fruit and earthy hop presence. Taste has a bit of sweet caramel but leans towards a more dried, husky and bready note, not really a grain profile I found in other beers that i would actually call toasted. Some light fruit and earhty hops round out the taste. Medium bodied but way too prickly. Drinkable but unmemorable. (471 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.86/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hmm. I am not a fan of the fact that I CANnot do a separate review for different Serving Types as in the past, but The CANQuest (TM) CANnot allow minor speed bumps to stand in its way. The following review is for Serving Type CAN with my previous Bottle review following. Viva The CANQuest (TM)!

From the CAN: "Craft Brewed Extremely Fresh"; "Long Island's Brewery".

Extremely fresh?!? Extremely active, more like! No sooner had the Crack taken place than I was starting to get a lot of foam attempting to throw me off of my game. I cleverly employed a quick Glug to start getting it into the glass before anything else untoward could occur. I soon had two fingers of dense, eggshell-white head with very good retention and things began to mellow out. Color was a deep golden-amber with NE-quality clarity. The nose had a grassiness to it that made me want to look at its style characteristics. The CAN identifies it as an "Ameri{CAN} Amber Lager" and I think that is closer than "Vienna Lager", which is its current designation. There was also a definite biscuit malt presence on the nose, reinforcing my desire to submit an update. Mouthfeel was soft, lightly carbonated. allowing it to sit on my tongue and sink in. It was actually fairly sweet with notes of caramel prevalent along with a light anise-like bitterness. I was already liking this much more than what I had gotten in bottle form. Finish was semi-dry and I was reminded again of how enjoyable a well-made lager CAN be. Take it from me - I have CANsumed a lot of crappy CANned lagers by now to be able to spot the diamond among all of the coal. I missed celebrating Hula in the Coola Day (01 Feb, annually) a couple of weeks ago, but this is a prime cooler CANdidate.

(The below review dates to 22 Nov 2011, BT, 4; 3.5; 4; 3.5; 3.5 = 3.75)

My new home away from home, aka The Fridge, had bottles of this in their cooler recently and I decided to round out my mixed-8 with this one. Yay, lager!

My pour netted me two-plus fingers of dense, rocky, eggnog-colored head with good retention. Color was a deep-gold with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a sweetness that I do not generally find in standard lagers. This had more of a caramel-like sweetness as opposed to the standard malt-driven sweetness that comes with non-adjunct lagers. I have really come to embrace lagers in recent years, having routinely poo-poohed them in my hophead salad days. The more I sniffed at this one, the more it grew on me. My first sip was very pleasant, surprisingly full for a lager and with a slight mintiness from the hops that balanced nicely with the sweetness noted on the nose. Finish was semi-sweet with the malt balanced well with the hops. I may not want a steady diet of this one, but as a change-up, it sure filled the bill. (2,786 characters)

Photo of pcguitarwzrd
3.16/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Draft in a tall pilsner glass.

A: reddish amber, very clear. Thick foamy head that lasts.

S: malty and clean but not sweet.

T: burst of hops at the front, gives way to malt quickly. The aftertaste is the most notable feature of this beer, like pecans and toasted wafers.

M: modest carbonation, light enough to be refreshing.

O: a very drinkable but unremarkable beer, makes a good session or companion to a meal. (420 characters)

Photo of jkrich
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an undated 12 oz. bottle: clear, deep golden to copper with a foamy, sustained white-head.

Strong, sweet and perfumy aromas that are typical for the vienna style. Perhaps a hint of hops.

The flavor begins with a solid malt and caramel backbone with a hint of sourness on the aftertaste. The flavors are rather short-lived though there is a faint sweet-sour lingering flavor that is not completely pleasant.

The lager has a medium body with a somewhat thick, but smooth mouthfeel. The carbonation level keeps everything refreshing.

For a vienna style lager and a flagship beer, it was good and flavorful but hardly memorable. It has good, quaffable qualities and is worth seeking out if this is a style you enjoy. (728 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, one of my buddies picked up a single of this for me on a trip out of town. Served in a pilsener glass, the beer pours a clear dark gold color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The brew smells like toasted malt, toffee, and some bready/grainy malt. I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also the addition of a bit of honey. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit creamy and has moderate carbonation. It's also smooth and easy to drink. I think it's a solid brew, I wouldn't mind trying this again in the future. (610 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a golden amber color with a two finger white head. The head has a decent level of retention, fading eventually to give a medium level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is light overall and consists mainly of a grainy and lightly toasted aroma mixed with a little bit of brown sugar.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and roasty flavor. Up front there is a lighter brown sugar taste as well. While present, the sugar is light and it dries out quickly to leave a rather drier taste. As the sugar flavors dwindle more roasted flavors come to the tongue. A light caramel flavor however begins working its way into the tongue. In the end a toastier bready and lightly sweetened flavor are left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner to medium side with a carbonation level that is rather average. Good for the style, but nothing exceptional.

Overall – A decent lager. It has a nice more roasted flavor with a decent semi-sweet, then drier, then semi-sweet profile. Nothing to exceptional, but rather easy drinking and at least worth one try. (1,143 characters)

Photo of JMB
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dark golden color, with a nice frothy head - looks like a real Vienna lager

T - good malt taste, crisp finish with a mild and pleasant dryness

M - initially a carbonated feel, but makes way quickly to a smooth and pleasant taste

O - a nicely done Vienna lager - enjoyable

C - I travel to Vienna often and enjoy good original Vienna lagers, and this one does the genre proud (381 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.34/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautifully translucent, bright copper-golden color with lots of carbonation bubbles that quickly rise to the top. The head is wispy, white, and thin, leaving behind very little lacing (if any, really) on the glass. The nose is full of wheat, grains, and a bit of sweet malt and citrus. Smells very clean and crisp, very inviting for a lager style. Crisp taste, thanks to the carbonation, low bitterness and very little hoppy flavor. Full of toasted wheat and barley with a nice hint of warmth and sweetness from the malt. A little bit of honey can also be detected as the beer warms. Thin-medium body with an overall dry finish.

Not a bad beer, at all. Very crisp and refreshing, this beer triumphs many other lagers of similar style. Plus, this is fairly easy to find year-round. (790 characters)

Photo of SGDJosh
2.93/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tasted 9/14 on draft at the Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese Shop:

A - yellow-copper color with very little head. Just lace is left after a minute

S - honey, citrus, grains, pretty attractive nose.

T - Light malts, honey. Not much going on here.

M - Light-Medium Body, clean-crisp carbonation.

O - Not a fan of the style but its not terrible. If you like lagers then it might just be your thing. (392 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brewed with English Pale, Crystal, Munich, Carapils, Wheat, and Belgian Caravienna malts. 1.054 OG, 28 IBU’s, 5.5% ABV (per the website)
Purchased as part of a mixed 12 pack. Pours out to a clear medium amber, forming a modest white head with average retention and lacing. Moderate carbonation, ~2.5% carbs. Aroma has a nice Munich and carapils (bready malt) aroma, with a subtle floral hoppiness. Obvious diacetyl, which I would consider a flaw in the style. The taste also has a nice pleasant bready maltiness with a medium body and a mild bitterness. Well balanced, but the diacetyl is pretty evident, coming through as toasty butterscotch.

It's an OK brew, and as a Vienna lager, kinda fails. Certainly better vienna lagers out there. (741 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a Pilsner glass at Horsefeathers in Tarrytown, NY.

Appearance: pale amber hue with a crystal clear body and thin finger of white foam. Decent enough.

Smell: bready and fruity aroma with some cidery overtones. Not bad, though the cidery quality has me a little worried.

Taste: nice bready, toasty, caramelly flavor. Actually quite good, and the cidery character of the aroma isn't present here. It ticks the boxes for me!

Mouthfeel: lght body with a decent carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: a surprisingly tasty and satisfying lager. I rather like it. (588 characters)

Photo of brystmar
3.49/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I see this at every bar but never had a reason to purchase it until my dad flew in. Much rather buy him a local brew than one of the Mexican imports.

Good-looking pour, yielding a copper body and plenty of white head. Strong retention & leaves sticky lace. Beautiful for a lager.

Aroma is lackluster. Sweet malts dominate, though I can't perceive any toastiness. Smells a little corn-y too, which was surprising.

This is a pretty simple beer: toasted malt atop regular grains, marginal sweetness in the middle, finishes with a bit of hop character. Bitterness is barely perceptible. Body is surprisingly creamy -- best part of the beer IMO.

A decent lager that beats the pants off of the big American macro-lagers and most popular Mexicans as well. But absolutely not worth the $10/6-pack I paid at my corner bodega. That's more expensive than Zombie Dust, and this realization makes me a sad panda. (903 characters)

Photo of alk3kenny
2.91/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear lots of carbonation bubbles. Thin white head that comes and goes pretty quickly. A light amber color guess you could say that it looks like a lager with a slight toasting to it. Not getting a lot on the nose kinda get a sweet almost caramel smell but you have to be looking for it. Taste is well there is a slight bitterness sweetness on the back of the tongue. Not a ton of flavor or much going on. A hot day beer for sure when you want to cool off and be able to put back a 6 pack. Lots of carbonation on the tongue I poured this first one but probably will drink the rest right out of the can. overall good but for 8 or 9 dollars a 6'er probably not going to grab this again. (684 characters)

Photo of wedge
3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper-tinted gold with a decent head of off-white foam that dissolves to a patchy covering. Sweet, bready malt, clean caramel, and lagery-ish-ness in the nose. Clean, simple, toasted malt sweetness. Caramel, light fruit, and subtle earthiness. Medium-light body. There are other, better Vienna lagers available around here that make picking this up again unlikely. Not terrible though... (394 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear toasted straw color with a fizzy white head that quickly settled into a light cap.

The aroma is neutral, not much there. Slight toasted malt and a touch of grain. Nada from the hops. It doesn't smell buttery which is a plus. I have gotten this from both the bottle and tap.

The taste is of a light toasted malt, light grain. A touch bready with some mineral notes and light general fruitiness. Some grassy hop bitterness. A poor man's version of the brooklyn lager or SABL.

The feel is light and fizzy. A nice crisp feel and dry finish which this style of lager should have. Good alternative to the macro/adjunct shite. Some bitterness in the finish.

I must say I like this beer much more out of the can. Its not buttery but crisp and easily drinkable. (778 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a clean copper pour with 2 fingers of off white head.
smells of yeast, banana, roasted nuts, hints of sourness.

tastes very copper-like.. almost like a penny... very acidic/sour - checked for a date, and they don't put one on their bottles... contacted them and it seems like i got a bad batch :(

i DO get slight tastes of roasted walnuts though in the backbone.

mouthfeel is champagne like.. very carbonated, light body, feels nice going down, but the sourness is repulsive.

trying to be fair with this score since i got a bad batch AND i have had this before on tap and don't remember it tasting anything like this. (621 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from the IGA Potsdam NY for 1.99

Appearance - Clear amber colour with an average size frothy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for 4-5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, breads/grains, hay, corn, caramel

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts and corn mixed with some light hops and a caramel sweetness. It ends with a sweet caramel aftertaste with a bit of a lingering bitterness.

Overall - Pretty good stuff here. It reminded me of some of the cream ales I've had recently. It's very drinkable and I'd have no issues polishing off a 6-pack. It's worth a try. (691 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can served in a glass beer mug.

L - clear copper color with a off-white head that hung around the entire time leaving a thin sheet of lacing.

S - toasted malt and caramel sweetness.

T - good balance of malty sweetness with just a hint of bitterness before the sweet finish.

F - medium bodied with a crisp, refreshing feel.

O - I liked this much better out of a can than I did the bottled version. (406 characters)

Photo of JaredKent
3.91/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber in color, slightly darker than I had expected. The toasted grains definitely add some color to this. The head was a full inch think and has some strong staying power.

Scent: The malt is right up front. Caramel notes, but minor nothing too strong. Definitely a bit of toasted, nuttiness coming from the malt. I also get a slight fruitiness deep in there. I know it's not typical to a lager, but there's a touch hidden underneath everything.

Taste: Crisp, Clean. The malt plays the biggest part here. It's mild but with a slight warming, toasted note. Not overpowering, but refreshing. Very minimal astringency on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with high carbonation. Doesn’t linger on the palate too long.

Overall: Easy drinking but has a bit of flavor that helps it stand out from your basic lager. The toasted grains don't overpower the beer but add just enough of a note to make you go back for more. (940 characters)

Photo of mrazik
3.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour: caramel, good head
Smell: Faint smell of nuts mixed with alcohol, it isn't too appealing
Taste: Good lager, initial taste is strongly of nuts, which fades to something slightly fruity. It has a good character to it.

Remarks: If you let it sit in your mouth to get a good taste, the note of alcohol that comes up in the smell is revealed to you. It is not that appealing.

Overall: This is a great beer to get at a bar, but I wouldn't sit down with a six pack. The taste changes to something ordinary over time, but the first 1 or two are fantastic. (555 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.08/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Blue Point's Toasted Lager this afternoon for $1.59 at The Lager Mill. Blue Point just entered the market in my area so I thought I should pick up a couple of their brews and give them a try. I'm interested to see how this Toasted Lager is, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I think it's pretty fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label is pretty simple and clean looking, it looks ok. It poured a pretty clear light amber color that didn't change much when held to the light and it had two and a half fingers worth of white head that died down to thin ring that stayed till the end and left some patchy lacing. This is a proper looking Vienna Lager, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma is pretty simple and not complex, it starts off with lots of sweet malts that have a higher amount of sweetness and imparted some caramel malts and bready aromas. There is a real slight toasted aroma along with a slight grassy hop aroma. The aroma was ok, but it was a little too sweet for my liking.

T- The taste is pretty similar to the aroma. It starts off with loads of very sweet caramel malts that impart a light toasted flavor along with some caramel, brown bread, and a slight apple juice flavor. Towards the end I get a slight amount of grassy and slightly spicy hops with hardly any bitterness, some sweetness replaces the bitterness and it had a sweet, malty, and slightly toasted aftertaste. This beer was average tasting at best it was pretty bland and too sweet.

M- Somewhat smooth, crisp, a little cloying, on the medium side of being light bodied, and it had a nice medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either.

Overall I wasn't impressed with this beer and I thought it was a pretty average example of a Vienna Lager, there was just too much sweetness and not enough flavor to make this beer worth drinking. This beer didn't have good drinkability, the high amount of sweetness didn't make it smooth, and the bland flavors can't seem to hold my interest, I wouldn't want another one. What I liked most about this beer was the appearance and the mouthfeel, they were pretty close to being on par for the style. What i liked least about this beer was the high amount of sweetness and the bland flavors and aromas, there was a little toast, but not enough to live up the name of a Toasted Lager. I wouldn't buy this beer again, I can think of more then a couple Vienna Lagers that I would much rather have, I don't really recommend this beer, but a Lager lover might like it. This was my first beer from Blue Point and it didn't make for the best first impression for this brewery, a pretty average beer all around, but I am still interested to see what more of their beers are like. Blue Point is going to have to crank it up a notch if they want me to buy their beer, better luck next time guys. (2,923 characters)

Photo of r3spanoyahoocom
4.85/5  rDev +37%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Has an amber color and tastes of caramel. Smooth easy drinking and especially good on a spring day.

Had this beer on tap this weekend at Belmont Park in the Paddock Tent. As close to tasting as Sam Adams Boston Lager. Could not distinguish the difference between the two beers. An excellent micro-brew from Long Island New York. Would recommend it most highly. (361 characters)

Photo of Dave1999
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent amber with a small white head.

The smell is very faint sweet malts.

The taste is malty with a small amount of hops. There's a slight apple flavour and just a hint of citrus.

The mouth feel is light/medium with a medium amount of carbonation.

Overall a very good lager, easy to drink with a better taste than most lagers. (344 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear light amber with a small white head. Plenty of carbonation is visible

S: Light and pleasant aroma of caramel malt with hints of hops, apple juice and toast.

T: Flavor corresponds to the aroma, with the malt base of the beer being the primary flavor and aroma component. It has a light bitterness tied to some floral hop flavor.

M: near medium body; moderate+ carbonation; rather dry finish.

O: Excellent example of style. As expected, it is not bold or complex, but it had no detectable flaws and is highly drinkable (537 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 ounce pint - $6.00 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Lightly hued copper-gold body featuring good clarity underneath a small, fine, white head -- though they did pour this thing to very top.

Smell: A sweetish aroma of (very) lightly toasted, bready malts and caramel candy with low, light notes of spice and fruit.

Taste: Lightly bready, faintly biscuity malts with an initial opening salvo of sweet caramel. Minor spicy hop character, just a bit of citrus in there, too, and with a relatively light bitterness. Quick flash of baked apple. Renewed accents of toasted grain, bread, and the biscuit. All the while, there's that caramelly sweetness, and still, on the finish, it remains sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: A tasty, satisfyingly refreshing brew, though, for the price, I might have to give the edge to SABL. (873 characters)

Blue Point Toasted Lager from Blue Point Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 435 ratings.