Blue Point Oktoberfest - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 340
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 8
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
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Blue Point Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: Bitterbill on 10-14-2002

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Photo of MorganMessersmith
4.35/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Better than average domestic Oktoberfest

Photo of biegaman
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of MikeRusso
2.5/5  rDev -29%

Good flavor but sweet for an Oktoberfest beer

Photo of dbrauneis
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a crystal clear medium copperish amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint deep golden yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy off-white head that reduces to a thick film covering about half of the surface of the beer and a mottled thin film covering the remainder of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of caramel and toasted malts with a hint of earthy + spicy hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate amount of caramel, bready, and toasted malts with just a slight hint of sweetness. That is followed by very light flavors of earthy and spicy hops which contribute a light amount of lingering bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Easy to drink but definitely not one of the better examples of the style or even more interesting. Don't think that I will grab this one again as it is just fairly mundane. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

Photo of puboflyons
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on October 4, 2014.

The pour is medium amber with an orange tone. Short-lived head.

The aroma brings out some toasted grain qualities and clean hops but nothing is very forward.

The body is around medium.

The taste is not very threatening. Toasted malts, sweetness, and a bitter finish. This is a fairly ordinary beer although it is easy to drink.

Photo of HamdenHector
3.07/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: crystal clear; amber colored; 1 finger off white head that receded to a thin collar; nice lacing;

S: caramel and sweet malt;

T: nothing really stands out; it's a little bland;

M: light to medium bodied; light carbonation;

O: drinkable, but not all that interesting;

Photo of gonzo000
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Everything about this was OK - taste, OK, slight after taste. Body kept some less than OK components at the 3 line overall.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.02/5  rDev -14.2%

Bottle purchased at Acme Bar and Pizza in Rochester, NY.

Pours a clear light amber, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Doesn't smell like a whole lot, a little bit honey, some toasted bread, and lager yeast.

The taste is pretty similar. Just not a whole lot going on here, a really pedestrian Oktoberfest. Doesn't necessarily taste bad, just boring. All of the notes mentioned in the aroma are present in the taste.

This one is fairly light bodied, with a lower amount of carbonation. Fairly drinkable.

Not bad, but not really that good, either.

Photo of woodychandler
3.91/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The absolute, unrelenting eradication of my back inventory continues. I just want to return to The CANQuest (TM), but the bottles glare at me for ignoring them. This one came from The Fridge and went into my fridge.

From the bottle: "Craft Brewed [-] Extremely Fresh [-] Micro Brau"; "Long Island's Brewery".

Another surprising screw-top! I used a heavy-handed pour, which resulted in a pseudo-cascade. This settled fairly quickly into two-plus fingers of dense, rocky, tawny head with good retention. Color was solid-gold (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity and of course Mammon, Croesus and Midas showed up, clamoring for a taste. I watched, bemused, as the head fell, leaving behind sticky lacing in its wake and I was thinking about some gelt for me. Nose was very biscuit-like, quite malty, but not overly sweet. Mouthfeel was medium with a pleasant amount of carbonation on the tongue. The flavor was both biscuity and grassy, a nice combination of malts and hops that proved to be eminently drinkable. The finish evinced a slight honey-like sweetness, something often found in the quality lagers, but overall, I would still classify it as semi-dry.

Photo of stakem
3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a snifter. The brew appears a pale golden orange color with a yellow clarity seen around the edges. A white frothy topping fades leaving spotty lace.

The smell is sweet and fruity almost like orange rind overtop a caramel/toffee base of grain sweetness and freshness.

The taste is also sweet almost like candy with an herbal hop flavor blending to fruit and alcohol. A soft amount of herbal hop bitterness lingers into the finish.

This is a pretty classic medium body with modest amount of carbonation. Somewhat crisp but that candy-like sweetness could be tamed down a bit to make it overall more enjoyable.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With the common "American-ized" taste of festbier, Blue Point's Oktoberfest provides a dry caramel character with those toasty and lightly floral inspirations from those special Bavarian lagers.

The Oktoberfest bier opens with a bright golden, light amber appearance that sparkles with its filtered clarity. Its generous carbonation races to the top to fuel a cottony white cap with semi-stern retention and mild lace.

Its bright aromas are juicy with plump barley for a semi-sweet, partly grainy scent. With elements of bread crust, light toast and mild yeast, its light huskiness is also met with faint caramel and honey. Its floral tone is delicately perfumy with those late addition noble European hops.

Its grainy-sweet taste goes from bread to pecan to caramel as the the taste moves from initial palate to the middle. As its floral upstart develops into a mild spicy-type bitterness it shows light grass and mint. A slight mineral taste adds crispness to the taste, particularly in finish as the light hop showing is complemented with a hint of chalk.

Its easy-drinking character starts with mild residual sweetness that soon whisps away, leaving a light husky, grainy texture behind. As the minty alcohol, hop dryness and snappy mineral feel sums up its finish, the ale leaves the palate semi-clean and pleasantly refreshed.

Where the beer's caramel flavor pushes it slightly outside of its style parameters, it begins to resemble an Amber Ale as much as it does Oktoberfest. But even with its American liberties, the beer is pleasant and humble.

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

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, clear, lighter golden color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a very thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed a few wispy clouds that collected in the center of the top of the beer.

Aroma: Like most Oktoberfest beers, it is very malty and bready, with notes of freshly baked bread or pretzels, and some notes of caramel, black pepper and clover.

Taste: Very similar to the aroma, lots of bready malt up front, followed by some caramel-like sweetness and nicely rounded out by some wonderfully balanced hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of only 5.5% there is no alcohol presence on the palate

Overall: This is another very solid American example of an Oktoberfest beer. Nicely balanced, extremely quaffable. I liked it a lot, and I’ll certainly add it to my Oktoberfest rotation.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is strong and malty with fruity and earthy underpinnings. Pours a clear, orangy amber with a fairly thick pale wheat head that leaves generous lacing. Lip-smacking flavor has a malty core and firm tones of cloves, fruit and honey. Smooth texture has average body and fizz. Happy Autumnal Equinox - in the northern hemisphere, anyway.

Photo of papat444
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 341ml. bottle, bottled August 19 (lot code 2312).

Appearance: Pours a peachy gold, an easy 3 finger head that slowly recedes and leaves a good wreath of lacing.

Smell: Sweet spices, brown sugar, earthy a bit, quite malty.

Taste: Malty though there is some earthy, mineral bitterness. Some nutmeg as well as a good dose of spices that are just right.

Mouthfeel: Obviously more on the malty side yet there is a slight bitter edge. Real well balanced and pleasant.

Overall: A very flavorful Oktoberfest. Grab some while there's still some left.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a small snifter. White, fluffy head on a clear coppery body. Lacing lines the glass, clear and soapy. Aroma is crisp, light caramel sweetness, fresh hop bitterness, classic pilsner notes. Taste has mild sweetness, mild bitterness, pilsner yeastiness. Not too complex, very smooth and easy to drink. Not one complaint whatsoever.

Photo of hays23
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just a really average beer. I love Marzen/Octoberfest, but this one is just blah. I bought a variety pack and this one was disappointing. The flavor hits early and fades late, which seems like a trend from this brewery. I would drink it if it was free, but I doubt I'll pay for it again.

Photo of BlackBearForge
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always a sucker for a new Oktoberfest I haven't tried yet. This offering appears somewhat in between a Helles and a traditional amber Marzen in color, very clear golden amber topped by a large foamy white that leaves a fair amount of lacing as well.

The aroma is pure malty breadiness with just a hint of earthy hos.

The flavor is all about the malt though it has not made the mistake of being overly sweet. There is a bit of a caramel overtone however and the hops are less prevalent than I would prefer.

The mouthfeel is smooth, on the light side of medium and carbonated perfectly.

Overall this is a very drinkable lager though given how nice their Vienna lager is I expected a bit better beer. Still, this is a smooth and very drinkable offering.

Photo of Onenote81
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear honey orange with a small white head on top. No retention left behind. The aroma is light with notes of honey, floral tones, sweet sugary malts. The body is lighter than other Oktos I've had this season. Carbonation gives a light bubbly feel, but this beer lacks the moderate heft I like in this style.

The flavors border on fruity, to a bit of a fault. Pale apple, sweet crackers, juice-like residual sweetness. The main players I expect in the flavor - caramel, malt, bread - are absent, or at least masked quite well under a covering of sweet fruity character. This one missed the mark for me. It wasn't a bad "beer," it just wasn't a great Okto.

Photo of chugalug06
2.76/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Large, soapy, white head froths out the top of my Bruery tulip. Brew is nicely clear and orange in color. Color and complexity seems a bit off.

Smells like a crisp blonde ale... Honey, slightly wheat, bread-y; not overly complex.

Crispy, clean, bread-y and..boring. A slight skunk funk in the taste too.. Nice even carbonation, not sweet. Nailed the feel, but missed the flavor, bad.

This brew (to me) was a total miss. It's off style and not a strong representation of a Marzen. It's refreshing, but I can't recommended it as a Marzen...

Photo of jkrich
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best Oktoberfests I have tried this season. Poured from an undated 12 oz. bottle: bright, deep golden hue with a lovely, foamy and sustained white-head.

The aroma is sharper than your typical fest beer: spicy and malty with a nice perfumy aroma.

The flavor is solidly malty while maintaining a refreshing character with a nice hop complement and moderate carbonation. The almost silky smooth mouthfeel leaves a pleasing sweetness on the lips. The body is light to medium with a very quaffable quality. While not very complex, the flavor profile is far more interesting than your typical oktoberfest.

I purchased this lager while visiting my niece in Michigan. I now wish I had purchased some other offerings from this brewery.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

picked up a 6'er of these the other day before a jam from a little bodega in bklyn...this was one of the only things that i could be assured was reasonably fresh. i was pleasantly surprised with how much i dug the beer since i had remembered not being blown away by it on draft. fortunately had a bottle left over for tonight to catch some thoughts. enjoyed from a blue point snifter.

a - brew poured a transparent orange with a generous off-white head that left massive chunky streaks of lacing on the side of the glass.

s - very lagery with a tinge of festive pot pouri-ness.

t - much like the nose, rather lagery with a tinge of festive pot pouri-ness.

m - refreshing and easy drinking.

o - overall...hmmm...seem to feel the same way about this beer today as i did from the brewery, but yesterday was LOVING it. what was the difference...well yesterday i drank it from the bottle and today and at the brewery from a glass. i think that this is a beer to drink from the bottle. drinking this one from the bottle seems to tame back some of the lager and focus more on the crystalized malts and pot pouri-ness of the beer. if i don't take a sniff from the glass as i sip it, i find that i dig the flavor more as the lager seems to be dialed back a bit. very interesting. i'm going to give this a 4 on the overall based on this discovery...moving forward this is one to drink directly from the bottle for me.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled 7/30/2012. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice foamy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of pear, apple, caramel, biscuit, toast, grass, herbal, and light earth. Very nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of caramel, pear, apple, toast, biscuit, grass, herbal, and light spiciness. Lingering notes of caramel, light fruits, toast, biscuit, and herbal on the finish for a bit. Nice balance of all flavors with no cloying sweetness at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Oktoberfest! Spot on style flavor profile with great balance; extremely smooth to drink. Really enjoyable and true to style all the way.

Photo of carolinahophead
3.22/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Setting here enjoying another fall offering ...
A : The appearance is a light brown to copper color , it poured a nice white head.
S : Aromas are typical for the style .... Sweet malt and brown toffee .. Mabe some roasted nuts are present.
T: We can say a easy drinker for sure . Good flavor and finish. You do get the roasted malt and sweet to bitter finish .
M : This beer has a medium mouthfeel and a somewhat longing finish... Let it warm up
O : It's not one the best this season for sure. The beer is lacking the malt and hops in my opinion . Blue Point needs to step it a notch ....

Photo of gwalt
3.11/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Bright orange hue with a clean finger of white head
S: Slight corn and dominant grainy nose,
T: Well carbonated with sweet malt notes of caramel. This beer finishes with a candy-like sweetness.
M: Thin. I was a little disappointed with the mountfeel.
O: This is a well made and drinkable Oktoberfest. However getting this beer in FL I am not sure if it was handled properly from NY to FL. Overall I prefer just a little less more attenuated Oktoberfest. However I would drink this again.

Photo of Kegatron
2.76/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a mug.

Pours a crystal clear gold, with several fingers of rich and foamy off-white head. This retains with a thick finger or so that leaves back heavy looking swathes of sudsy lacing. The aroma smells sweet and bready, with an odd lemon tartness thing going on and a bit of a medical feeling tinge as well. Just a touch of leafy spice hangs on the edges and is what gives this any kind of liveliness in the nose.

The taste is sweet toast and light toffee with a citrus presence that has a tart edge to it but isn’t nearly as lemon-like as the nose was. It’s definitely got a tang to it though. This finishes dry, earthy and spicy on the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a softer bubbly feel to the carbonation that just kind of flops around in the mouth.

I don’t know what happened here. Unbalanced sweetness, off-notes, a soft, limp body and lemon? Ugh! I expected much, much more from this beer and didn’t get it. This is unfortunately one of the lesser American O-Fests that I’ve had.

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Blue Point Oktoberfest from Blue Point Brewing Company
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