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Blue Point Toasted Lager - Blue Point Brewing Company

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1,257 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,257
Reviews: 420
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 27
Gots: 122 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-18-2001)
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Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear light copper in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that slowly faded away.
S: There moderate aromas of sweet caramel malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has a mild amount of sweetness and lots of caramel flavors. There are some hints of bitterness and toasted malts in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish has a slight amount of dryness.
D: I could easily drink a few of these beers in one sitting.

Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, golden brown body. The head settles rapidly and leaves only minor lace on the glass.

S - A toasted malt aroma with some biscuit notes and a little bit of toffee. Maybe a touch of spicy hop character hiding in the background.

T - Sweet, toasted malt up front with a little bit of husky grain. More malty sweetness in the middle and just a hint of the toffee that was present in the aroma. The beer finishes with lots of biscuity malt and moderately dry toasty notes that linger on the palate with light bitterness and fleeting spicy hops.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - Taken for what it is, this is actually a very drinkable beer. The toasted malt and toffee in the aroma is quite enjoyable and it leads to similar character in the flavor profile. The malt is a touch lighter there but still noticeable. The beer has just enough residual sweetness to keep the malt from developing the burnt bread notes that sometimes occur in excessively dry amber beers and it has a very clean finish that shows that it was well looked after as it conditioned. A nice, simple lager that is very drinkable and very much worth trying if you are in the mood for something light but still flavorful.

Photo of SteelerNation
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark golden straw colored. The head is average at best. Good lacing.

S: Caramel-lemon sweetness with toasty hints.

T: Strong toasted malt sweetness and a background of grapefruity hops. The taste gives a lemon impression throughout with a mild hop aftertaste. The hops do not take away from the toasted profile of the malt, and they balance nicely. Dry aftertaste.

M: A bit too dextrinous for my tastes. A bit fizzy as well.

D: The balanced character and fruity lemon flavor in this beer make it something that I would reach for again.

A good beer with good character.

Photo of claspada
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma overall is fairly subdued and faint with some light malts, bready, toasted nuts, not much of hop aroma to speak of.

The tastes are much more redeeming for this beer. A nice replicate of the nose with some nutty and toasty malts and a mild hop bitterness throughout. I usually hate lagers in general because they bore me but this was quite enjoyable and flavorful, especially considering I had this immediately after a 22 oz Ballast Point Sculpin IPA.

Mouthfeel is solid with a good balance of flavor and carbonation. Overall this is quite a drinkable beer. Goes down smooth and is very sessionable. Nothing to blow your socks off but very drinkable overall.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance: amberish apprearnce, nice lingering head.

smell: toasty malts, some caramel

taste: love that toasty malt flavor. not much hop appeal to this beer.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: New to Jax. had at Engine 15 at their tapping party. nice beer... If I were a person that rates to style this would be an A+

Photo of PubliusII
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Amber pour, with a one finger head and thin lace.

Smell- Malt and brown sugar

Taste- bitter at first, then takes on a sour character that finishes with roasted grain and caramel.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with heavy carbonation.

Drinkability- A good brew with a flavor that changes on your palate. It has a light feel in your mouth that is refreshing.

Photo of thekanna
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear gold with minimal white head.

S: Slightly sweet malts with a bit of hops and pear.

T/M: Toasted malts, with the flavor almost of toasted rice (like Japanese rice tea). Faint sweetness complements it nicely. Light body and effervescent carbonation round it out.

D: Very relaxing, no-pressure beer. Complemented the ham-and-apple-butter sandwich I was having with it nicely.

Photo of GJ40
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle.

A - Golden with good clarity and a big white head.

S - Grassy hops with hints of black pepper, pear and honey.

T - Smooth with a low bitterness and a toasted malt backbone. Somewhat sweet.

M - A moderate consistency and carbonation with very fine bubbles.

D - Very easy to drink.

Photo of wcudwight
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The color of sweet tea with a nice frothy head that quickly fades leaving behind wet drippy lacing. Smells like a sweat bread. Nice aroma but a bit one demensional. Good sweet bread and toasty flavors. With a tiny bit of herbal and spicy hop bite in the finish. Flavorful for the style. Mouthfeel is dry, dry, dry. Almost too dry. Overall a nice easy drinking session beer. I wouldn't mind having a few of these at a BBQ.

Photo of beersensei305
3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

From Notes- had this on Draft @ World of Beer and Old Chicago

A- A light amber color with a thin white head

S- Light Aroma sweet malts with a smidge of hops

T- expecting more character from this- the toasted notes are at the end but the brew is grainy with sweet malts

M- Light to medium Bodied- Crisp and smooth

D- Drinkable beer but nothing specail. The name is actually tastier.

Photo of mikeg67
2.53/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bought 6 pack at Traders Joe. Pours amber with a huge long lasting white head. Aroma of grassy hops and light toasted malt. Tastes lemony hops at the beginning with a dry spicy hop finish. Malt character is very muted for Vienna. Would be not bad for the half the price I paid.

Photo of womencantsail
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Drew for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a clear dark golden color with a small white head.

S: The nose starts off with a sweet apple juice sort of aroma. There's a nice toasted malt note to it as well, which maybe is suggested a little bit by the name. A decent enough breadiness and perhaps some floral hops.

T: There's a touch of bitterness to the beer along with some floral hop character. The malt base of the beer is solid and gives off a pleasant breadiness and sweetness. There is also a touch of creaminess to the beer.

M: The body is light to medium with a moderate carbonation.

D: Pretty decent lager, I would say. Nothing that really blows me out of the water, but really easy to drink.

Photo of JunkYardJake
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle to pint glass.
Pours a bright and clear copper/amber color. Head is large and soapy with moderate stick. Smells pretty appetizing. Toasted grains and a toffee. Palate plays it safe with mildly toasted barley, caramel malts and just enough hops for balance. Pretty drinkable overall but might get a bit tiresome after a few.

Photo of anotherpg
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Huge big head on pour -- almost to overflow. Nice clear copper color makes me think I'm in for something special. The taste is like seeing someone you think you went to school with in the mall -- isn't that... What's his name... Looks so familiar... It's a beer you probably think you've had before even if you haven't: think standard amber brewpub fare. A light and pleasant experience in the mouth that I would not turn down but neither here nor there enough to warrant seeking out.

Photo of rtepiak
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

red amber pour with a decent and a proper look that doesn't give much more. nose is not particularly toasted but dextrose... not grainy though... and bitter malt. palate is sweet and a one dimensional bitter hops malt mixture that doesn't serve for much outside of something that is a typical american session. i wouldn't waste my time unless its your style.

Photo of tchenery
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice one finger white head on this puppy. It looks a bit hazy for a lager, especially compared to the Hoptical Illusion I just had which was very bright.

Smells very lager-y. Not much coming off this except for the subtle malt notes. It smells like it's going to be super drinkable.

It's a bit sweet on the first taste. It does have a slight roasty malt flavor to it, but not like you would think with a name like "Toasted Lager." It's very tasty though. Kudos to pulling off a good craft lager.

Pretty medium bodied beer, not too light. It's a chugger. This is one that you could get in 6's or 12's and be fine handing out to the party. Very approachable and easy drinking.

Photo of socon67
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been to the brewery and like these folks a bunch. But even though this is their flagship beer I find so many of their offerings better.

This pours amber with a little bit of white foam. The smell is very faint, with some roasted/burnt hoppiness. There isn't that much in the taste to distinguish it, and that's my biggest complaint. Its not bad, but it tastes like so many of the other generic ambers. There is a little finsih of a honey sweetness, but not much else.

Mouthfeel is good; this comes across as a light lager even though it is beefier than that. And it is certianly drinkable. I've used this guy as a session beer when options are limited and I like to support the local guys.

Overall, it is okay. But I'd urge people to try some of the other Blue Point beers before using this as a guide of what they can do. The Blueberry Ale & Hoptical Illusion are better and I like their Oatmeal Stout.

Photo of bruachan
2.58/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

what's the difference between an american amber lager and a vienna...hops?

smells a little toasty and grainy. besides that, the beer doesn't smell like all that much

definitely tastes grainy (and a little toasty). cascadey flavoring with a minty hop element, though noblish. nondescript malt contribution: nutty? toasty? there's not much there, so i have trouble identifying separate elements

quaffable, certainly. but how good?

Photo of BMoldy
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber with a creamy white head that disappears quickly but leaves a decent lacing with each sip. The smell is indeed "toasty", leaning more towards a malty side. Very fresh, though. The taste is very similar, with a nice full body of grain that's pretty well-balanced (though, like the smell, more on the malt side). The mouthfeel was crisp and finished clean.

A nicely drinkable beer with a different, rich flavor. My only reservation against buying it again is its $13 price tag, though we're talking Manhattan prices here. I'm sure (or maybe really hoping?) it's cheaper on the Island.

Photo of CountJustinian
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In the end, just another beer. It gets some things right, in that it pours a vibrant amber color that promises a lot of life and it throws up a rich aroma that blends all sorts of syrups. Unfortunately though it doesn't live up to its own hype. This lager tastes like hoppy, burnt pancakes with a heavy, overly-carbonated introduction and lingering spicy sweetness. Fermenting honey sits on the palate longer than necessary. All in all, not bad per se, but Blue Point can, and does, do better.

Photo of taigor
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

A - Poured clear amber color with medium head that quickly dissipated leaving almost no lacing.

S - Faint smell of malts and sweetness. Nothing much else detected.

T - Sweet roasted malts upfront with slight bready flavor and a slightly hoppy dry finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Very drinkable and enjoyable amber beer. Would definitely enjoy more in the future.

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - It pours a golden-copper hue with little head or lace, though that is probably because we are drinking it by the pitcher ($5 pitchers are hard to beat, though by the pitcher is admittedly a fairly crass way to drink.) My experience with bottled incarnation suggests that it is not prone to being tremendously frothy or lacy.

S - It is palpably sweet, and has a little bit of a toasted grain/Honey-nut Cheerios nuance, but mostly it smells like cheap American Lager, albeit above average.

T - The taste is mostly swill-based, with some actually flavor thrown in to add some intrigue. It is not particularly toasty, but there is a semblance of hop flavor and some clean malt as well. The main thing about this beer is that it is very sweet. Perhaps it is also toasty and hoppy underneath the sweetness, but I can't get beyond the sugary impression.

M - BMC-ish.

D - I feel very comfortable drinking this in a sports bar, it is just like swill, only elevated a notch.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium orange with a full foamy off white head and some decent lacing. Nice structure, as a ring of foam was always present.

Light toasted malt aromas, light hop elements, some bread.

Thin, mild flavors here. So sad, as a little more strength/intensity would have put this one over the top. Toasted malt and dark toasted bready flavors that finish very clean. The bitterness is light but has no bite, with little hop distinctiveness. Clean and dry, but not crisp.

Medium body with decent carbonation.

This would be a decent brew by the grill, but not something you'd want to revisit multiple times in a setting. Still, has an easy level of drinkability.

3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from tasting notes from May '10

A - Orange-golden with some good effervescence and a fizzy white head that subsides to a lingering film. Little lacing.

S - Mostly malty with some honey & grain. Reminiscent of breakfast cereal.

T - About like the nose, toasty/somewhat grainy malt, easily detectable honey, and enough bitterness going down to keep it balanced.

M - As the appearance indicates, it's fairly fizzy, but not enough to really be a problem.

D - Excellent. Like a lager should be, this is one you can pound a 6 of in no time. I was a little concerned that the Honey Bunches of Oats flavor would get old, but it really didn't.

Photo of dutchlq7
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving- 12oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance-Light copper with a light consistent carbonation. Poured a small head which quickly disappeared leaving no lacing a small ring.

Smell-Subtle toasty, caramelly malt with a light hint of hops.

Taste- Slight toasty malt flavor to start which is followed by a flat sweetness and a small hop finish.

Mouthfeel-Smooth, light feel with a light carbonation.

Drinkability-A nice easy drink, smooth and enjoyable. Probably won't go looking for it again but will drink it if its around.

Blue Point Toasted Lager from Blue Point Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 1,257 ratings.