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Blue Point Toasted Lager - Blue Point Brewing Company

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1,241 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,241
Reviews: 419
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 26
Gots: 116 | 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 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.

socon67, Nov 12, 2010
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?

bruachan, Nov 07, 2010
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.

BMoldy, Nov 05, 2010
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.

CountJustinian, Oct 26, 2010
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.

taigor, Oct 25, 2010
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.

ktrillionaire, Oct 25, 2010
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.

OtherShoe2, Oct 22, 2010
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.

TJBAIHWL, Oct 21, 2010
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.

dutchlq7, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of micromaniac129
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper in color with a nice white thats tall in dense.
Slight malty aroma with some hops too, nothing overpowering.
Taste is average with malt and some hops and some real real slighty biscuit nuiances.
Smooth tastingbut with an alcohol or off taste on swallowing.
Needs more flavor tastes lite and watery. Lacking character.

micromaniac129, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of pmlondrigan
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cracked after back to school night to unwind. Nice pale copper color. One finger white head, and actually some clings to the glass. Really clear. Lightly toasted malts, some noble hops, and a little dank lager yeast meet the nose, nothing incredible. Flavor is unassuming and basic except for the toasty aspect which is detectable and nice. Mild lager quality, not too asertive on the hops. Sessionable for sure, would be more "drinkable" but has a lingering after taste. Nice round mouthfeel. Everything about this beer is ok, nothing special but well done.

pmlondrigan, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of BeerCon5
2.63/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a bright copper color with one finger of bubbly white head.

Not much of a scent, it is faintly sweet.

The taste is of toasted grains, a little sweet, buttery, and light hops.

Light bodied, smooth and kind of oily, low carbonation.

This was pretty easy going down, the flavor was ok, not a lot going on here. Overall it's not something I would buy again.

BeerCon5, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of beerme343
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted from a glass pint. Pours mostly clear with just a touch of haze. An average sized head composed of off white bubbles that dissipated quickly. Color is more or less like clover honey - a hint of amber but mostly gold. An oaky, caramelized malt aroma with walnuts and toasted oats. The taste shows off bread and nuts with balanced malt. No big or offensive flavors, the malt is muted enough that it doesn't overpower. Nice smooth mouthfeel that lingers with a long finish. Very drinkable. I could envision this turning into a popular session lager.

beerme343, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of willPS21
4.53/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got this beer in DC when searching for beers for some non-beer-drinking friends. Listening to one's tastes (Heineken and Yuengling) I knew I was shooting for a lager and knew the Full Sail Session was what I wanted, but of the 200+ beers available, that wasn't. I took a chance with the Toasted Lager.

Although I only drank a small amount, I was very surprised by the more neutral smell compared to many. S= It has a round, unoffensive, oaty or grainy subltly sweet nose. Appearance probably not something that matters for this beer. M= The mouthfeel is damn near refreshing, a very difficult attainment indeed. It falls in the short list of beers I would drink when thirsty if nothing but beer is available. The carb/beer ratio seems perfect, better than session. T= The taste is fantastic. I found it less sweet and breadier than the Session which had a little bit too much spicy sweetness, and slightly sweeter than yuengling without the more raunchy notes. My friend described it as a perfect heineken without the "gnarly" and "funky" flavors. D= Drinkability is outlandish and I would say I rank it at the top of beer to drink for extensive time without trying to get wrecked.

I hadn't seen the beer before but I do know the store, so presumably it was fairly fresh.

I'd like to point out there's no highly rated lager, period, which is strange because frankly some people prefer lager. Although I'm an ale man myself, I really do find this a fantastic beer and by far the most enjoyable lager I've had, and am looking forward to drinking it again.

willPS21, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of FickleBeast
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a light orange color with a half finger of foam. Aroma is buttery, nutty.

The flavor is very buttery, with a strange nuttiness as well. Suprisingly sweet, perhaps finishing a little too sweet for my tastes. I'm just not a fan of the buttery flavor. It seems to overwhelm anything else. Would not get again.

FickleBeast, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of BeerLover48Fan
4.93/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I tried this beer a while back but had forgotten to review it. So today while in my favorite beertique I bought 2 6 packs of the Toasted Lager and two of the Octoberfest. These beers are the only Blue Point brews I have ever tried. But after thoroughly enjoying the Toasted Lager I have suggested it to many friends and will continue to do so

BeerLover48Fan, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of DrJay
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear light amber with a bit of an orange hue, short yellow/beige cap of fine bubbles that dissipated over about 3 minutes leaving a collar. The foam was a bit sticky and clumpy. Malty aroma, caramel, bread, toast, a bit fruity. Same in the flavour with mild to moderate bitterness up front and lingering fruity bitterness in the finish. Slightly metallic at the end. Decent texture, average carbonation and medium bodied. This is a serviceable lager, tasty enough to have again.

DrJay, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of DJED69
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've had this beer a few times during the Summer, seems to be becoming more popular locally. Overall a decent brew. Not overly complex. Malt and sweet biscuit flavors dominate. Medium body with low carbonation. Almost reminds me of an English mild ale. I wouldn't turn one down, but not sure I'd seek out. I much prefer Sam Adams or Brooklyn Lager over this brew.

DJED69, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of washburnkid
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber hues and a finger of white head fizzles to nothing in a short amount of time. On the nose, I get toasted biscuit. Nothing special (or surprising) there. Flavors are mellow toasted bread, and a ... well ... not much else, to be honest. I can't decide if there's hoppiness in there to balance it out. It's malt and water. The hops offer maybe a bit of fruitiness, but I don't want to stretch my imagination. This is a really basic brew, with not a ton of complexity. Caramel and sweetness, with biscuit. That about sums it up. Mouthfeel leaves good residuals, and the carbonation is medium. I'd like to try this one as fresh as possible, so maybe a trip out to the brewery is necessary!

washburnkid, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of kbutler1
3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle. Not where I got this one but it's cold and looks tempting so lets give it a go. Pours a reddish hued golden color with a very tightly packed white foamy head. I think the malt backbone truly takes center stage in the nose with very little else being evident. It's sweet, not is like super awesome sweet, but flavor wise sort of like apples. Slight alomost barely noticeable hops at the end of this one. It is very smooth tasting, I'll give it that. Not being a huge drinker of Vienna style beers I can't really say if this is great or not but I will say that it is ok.

kbutler1, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of hastings
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Blue Point Toasted Lager has a great medium body to it. I smelt a good balance of malt and hops, but defiantly leaned more towards a malty beer. The beer had a great toasted malty taste to it that makes me want more and more.It was a very impressive beer and is no surprise that it has beer a award winning beer. As a whole Blue Point did a great job with this beer.

Keep it going!


hastings, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of Soonami
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blue Point Toasted Lager comes a bottle adorned with all kinds of awards from various beer festivals. It pours a nice clear amber with just a little bit of foam that promptly fizzles out to a bit of dappled white. The aroma is very malty, almost like a maibock with sweet caramelized grain and browned toast. This is mirrored in the taste with rich malts and a hint of herbal hop bitterness in the finish that melds well with the malt flavor of the lager. The beer finished smooth and clean with a bit of residual sweetness. I enjoyed this beer a lot.

Soonami, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of blackie
3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: shaker pint, deep copper in colour, not much head to speak of

s: lots of toasty sweet Vienna style malt with a mild sour edge, apple and peach, mild and spicy noble hops

m: lightly carbonated, medium bodied, heavy for the style but somewhat satisfying

t: sweet lager malts, toasty with a nutty edge, oxidized apple, lightly hopped, grassy

d: decent flavors/aromas here but too much unchecked sweetness to be very drinkable

blackie, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean orange-ish/ copper copper with a white head. In the aroma a sweet roasty malty, almost nutty. In the taste, a small roasty malt, sweet nuttiness, and lager-ish. A smooth and medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry roasty malt in the aftertaste. Smooth and roasty, somewhat like Yuengling without the bite.

OWSLEY069, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of dayswonder
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle into a pint glass.

appearance is a dark amber color when poured into a pint glass, almost mahogany.

not many different dimensions for the nose to pick up on, a definite sweet smell.

the taste is a pleasant creamy caramel, think toasted and you will taste a toasted, good taste.

medium feel in your mouth, very inviting.

I could definitely see myself drinking a few more of these, relaxing.

dayswonder, Jul 02, 2010
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