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Blue Point Oktoberfest - Blue Point Brewing Company

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80
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331 Ratings
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Ratings: 331
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 8
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Blue Point Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 10-14-2002)
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Blue Point Oktoberfest, as the name might suggest, has a fall-time motif: it's as if its crisp, golden complexion is awash in tired sunshine and its head is bulky like a bundle of hay (which leaves behind strands of straw-like lacing). Warm weather, cool weather - this looks equally suited to both.

The only knock I've ever heard on German beers is that they lack innovation. One could rightly argue there's no need for it - that recipes and regional specialties have been perfected over hundreds of years of tinkering - and, sure, why try to fix what ain't broken? I agree.

But I also admire creativity and interpretation - which is why some of my favourite examples of German styles, Märzen included, happen to hail from American brewers who are more free and prone to experimenting. Blue Point, however, seems to have gone the traditional route - this bouquet smells straightforwardly malty. It's typical, unexciting, and fairly no-frills...

And there's definitely no increase in either the hoppiness or the darkness level of the malts (features often found in 'New World' variations). Nope, this is fairly classic as far the style goes: a dry, lightly grainy/bready, overall simple maltiness that is reminiscent of a slightly stronger Helles Lager. Unlike other American examples this has zero toasty or caramelly notes.

The best examples of the style can be described in exactly the same terms - but this is far from one of the finest examples. The difference isn't in character but in quality; here there's no enhancement in terms of richness and complexity yet somehow the booze seems magnified. There's also somewhat corn-like sweetness noted that shouldn't be.

Arguably, no country takes more pride in the quality of its beers than Germany - it's hard to live up to standards set by centuries of proud brewing tradition. Nonetheless, Blue Point has made an honorable effort that, while it doesn't quite rank on par, is a nice ode to the more traditional, original versions of Oktoberfest beers. But it's certainly nothing to celebrate about.

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Blue Point Oktoberfest from Blue Point Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 331 ratings.