Blue Point Oktoberfest - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Reviews: 136
Hads: 353
Avg: 3.57
pDev: 20.73%
Wants: 8
Gots: 37 | 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 CuriousMonk
2.7/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From fall brew tasting notes (2010): Pours pale copper-colored, mostly golden, with a medium beige head. Aroma is mostly caramel malt, with toffee, brown sugar, and some cocoa. Flavor is weak sweet malt and a slight bitter grass finish; this is like Budweiser brewed with caramel malt. Thin, with medium carbonation. Not very good.

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Photo of alcstradamus
2.71/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes

Pours a clear light amber color with a finger of head. Aroma is clove, nail polish, grass, and wheat. The flavor is pretty basic, mostly herbal hoppiness and bready malts with a slightly sweet kick. The body is light and carbonation is far too high. Overall this was a beer that would be drinkable in a session environment but doesn't really have much going for it otherwise.

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Photo of Risser09
2.73/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter - Fridge temp - 2008

Appearance: Pours a golden brown with orange highlights. The head is 1.5" tall, white, with good retention. Lots of lace that allows no window space.

Smell: Instant forefront of butter cream with some sharp malt aromas. Sweet smelling rum makes it's way into the fold.

Taste: Slight nougat flavor with some nuttiness. A weird aftertaste isn't sweet, but an odd burnt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium bodied. Alcohol isn't noticeable. Not sweet but probably over-attenuated.

Drinkability: Not good. Nothing is very redeemable about this brew. Not worth revisiting.

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Photo of Kegatron
2.76/5  rDev -22.7%
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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Photo of chugalug06
2.76/5  rDev -22.7%
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...

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.76/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, golden-amber body with a small, near white head.

Smell: Mild bready malt scent, a little foraged apple with some sweetish hints to it. That's about it.

Taste: Modestly bready malts given a pinch of powdered sugar. Cidery apple hints. Very faintly spicy hops, near nil bitterness. Folds back in the sweetness until the near crisp, quick finish. Sadly, this one totally lacks complexity, even for a simple, little O-fest.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-plus carbonation. Feels a little soda pop-like at times.

Overall: It's not nice to point fingers. It's also not nice to Blue Point Oktoberfest.

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Photo of MrDanno96
2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Hmm, I usually have a tough time rating appearances, but right off the bat I'm not really pleased with this one. Much lighter then I would expect an Oktoberfest style beer to be: a pale organ-yellow color that I can easily see through. Very little head and lacing. I can see lots of carbonation rising to the top as well.

S: Fairly light on the nose: some hops and citrus are most apparent. After warming a bit, I began to also smell the roasted malts that I'm really looking for in a beer like this. I'm glad this happened, because the initial smell reminded me of a run-of-the-mill American pilsner.

T: Some decent taste here - it doesn't quite follow the nose. Some nice roasted malts and spices are readily apparent. It's nothing to get excited about, though.

M: Disappointing. It's very watery most of the way through. I feel like a nice medium to full body is trying to come out, but it never really materializes.

D: I wouldn't say this is a bad beer, but it definitely isn't one of the better brews you can drink this Oktoberfest season. I was expecting a malty, medium to full bodied beer and this one was just too light and watery.

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Photo of Kooz
2.96/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Excited for Octoberfest at Big's place, I bought these and another 6.

Didn't pour into a glass so need to rate appearance on the bottle. Bottle has a lot of color, but is way too busy. I think I child would like this, but I'm a grown-ass man!

Smelled sorta crappy. Some skunky odor... Uh oh...

Glad the taste didn't follow the smell. I enjoyed the taste (though some others around me didn't). Slight honey taste at first, but mellows after a few sips. A bit harsh, but not overly so.

Mouthfeel--eh, nothing special. Not too bubbly or foamy, not creamy either. A bit of bite.

I could drink a few of these, but not too many. MaddHopper said it right--these sit heavy.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

3.0 A: Clear golden yellow in color. Couldn't make much of a head, but the 1/8 inch that is there sticks around pretty long.

2.5 S: Metallic and grainy. Not what I want in the style.

3.0 T: Biggest taste is buttery diacetyl. Cannot figure out if this would be a decent O-fest beer without the diacetyl because it is so strong. Nonetheless, it is decent in terms of taste, just not what I want.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good carbonation and very smooth. Easily the best aspect of the brew.

3.0 D: Decent but with many flaws.

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Photo of animal69
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

last years offering, reviewed from notes
A- pours a clear light golden-amber color w/ a thick white cap which dissipates quickly leaving a decent lace down my pilsner glass
S- a surpisingly am. adjunct lager smell with some subtle hints of nutty munich malt and grassy hops, some diacetyl noted as well
T- taste follows suit, a bit thin with a bit more cereal grain and nuts, still has that "macro" flavor overall, a bit metallic in the finish
M- light creamy mouthfeel,just on this side of dry, plenty of co2 as well
D- a fairly drinkable brew but a poor attempt ata 'fest IMO

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Photo of lackenhauser
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Copper sort of color. Not much carbonation. One dimensioanl aroma-not unpleasant just there. Mildly sulfurish and blood like. malty flavor with an ok hop presence. Again it is just "there". Touch of toasted malt. Mildly bready. Ok mouthfeel-pretty standard. Average in a bottle. Would not avoid but not something I would not buy myself. If offered at a party go for it.

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Photo of DaggerEyes
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle
poured a clear copperish color with a fizzy slightly off white head.

yeasty bready nose, some hops in the back

bready taste with some slightly spicy herbaceous hops, a little bit of honey sweetness. Whole Wheat toast and a bit of honey

Medium body, smooth, a bit of fine bubbled carbonation.

Not an offensive beer by any means but not something I'll probably be reaching for again

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Photo of chefhatt
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I forgot i had this one pushed back in the fridge. The body is a nice amber color body with no head but a little bit of lace. The smell is of malt with some carmel sweetness coming through. The taste is sweet with some malt taste, nothing special. The mouth feel is good and overall this is a average marzen to my taste.

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Photo of hays23
3/5  rDev -16%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.02/5  rDev -15.4%

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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another average offering that I found in the  like your spirit, fridge and decided to take a crack at last night. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 03/01/2010.
The pour was nothing terribly crazy, a nice amber color with a great clarity fills the glass. Nice streams of bubbles that rippled up toward the surface gave it a good bit of depth and created a nice moderate to medium capping of white that clung to the sides for a little while before letting itself go. Muted bready malts. Hints of light grain and a touch of some light spice, but everything was too light and muted for me. Not enough in the way of herbal hoppiness or depth to keep me interested. Same could be said as I took the first sip, while not really being bad in any way, it was just rather uninteresting. Bready grains, hints of something musky, and a touch of light pine maybe, but very muted. Smooth and even taste with a clean and concise finish. Drinkable, but most anything can be, I found myself bored halfway though the glass.
Overall it just really needed a little bit more for me to really get a grip of this one. I thought it was ok, but to be honest just needed more to finish it off.

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Photo of orcasteve
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a verry light orange yellow color with a 2 finger white head on top that was afraide to stay to long. the smell was musty malt and corn and the taste is just that starting a bit sour and the finsh is one of big malt with practly no hop present at all, this one is a big disapointment to me as their hoptacal illushion is one of my favriot beers in my state. i think that thay should go back to the drawing bord on this one

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass- pours a very clear, yellow/orange color, a finger and a half of beige head that dissipates quickly, leaving no lacing. Visibly effervescent.

Smell to me is distinctly "cidery"; definitely get the whole german malt business but it's only equal to the cider scent. A little yeast in the mix.

Taste is better than the smell- tastes somewhat like an oktoberfest but is definitely not rich in enough. Still has a bit of the cider quality, but mostly very light grains, missing the caramel smoothness.

Mouthfeel is also not what I'm used to- light body, moderately sparkly carbonation. This is not one I'd get again.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got two bottles thanks to Cuzco.

Poured into a Willis glass. Pours an amber brew with two fingers of off white head that lasts. Looks like a good carbonation.

Aromas of sweet malt and Toffee.

First sip is more grainy than malty. Not the kind of sweetness I expect from an O'fest. Feels a little light on the alcohol, and a little too much carbonic bite.

Mouthfeel is thin, less body than I expected as well. And a bit of a carbonic bite.

Overall drinkability is good. Would make a decent session beer, but not very strong in the qualities that make up a good O'fest.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.07/5  rDev -14%
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;

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Photo of tempest
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single from Liberty St. Tavern in Allentown. Pours a clear orange with a white head.

Right off the bat, this reminds of Hacker-Pschorr's O'fest for with smooth, yet lightly roasted caramel and hint of hops in the finish. Unfortunately, there are two flaws that really detract from an otherwise tasty marzen. At first I'm getting a metallic tang in the flavor and then diacetyl in the aroma. What a shame.

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Photo of KonigObHops
3.09/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a light copper color with a beige head. Head was two fingers width and dissipated quickly.

The aroma has some light caramel notes perhaps with a bit of citrus.

The initial taste is of faint toasted malt. The middle is about the same, but the malt comes on strong at the end. Whatever the citrus was in the aroma is entirely absent.

The mouth feel is pretty thin with a slightly above average carbonation.

Overall, I would call this a light version of an Oktoberfest. If you are looking for a session Oktoberfest, then this might be the one for you. For me it was a bit watered down.

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Photo of gwalt
3.11/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.11/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Making my way through a lot of Marzens right now. This isn't very good.

Alcohol on the nose. Some buttery notes but there is this underlying astringency to this beer. Not sure what that is. Not sure if it is hops I'm not noticing as hops, but I'm not digging it.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

eh. that's pretty much the best word i can think of to describe blue point's oktoberfest. actually, if i didn't watch the bartender pour this one from the tap, i could have easily mistaken this for their toasted lager. it pours an amber colour with hardly any head to speak of and has a malty, bready smell to it, with hints of citrus. there was also a bit of staleness present in the smell, which is strange considering the bartender shared with me that it was just received and tapped that day. this one tastes average at best, and seemed a bit watery at times. not horrible, but maybe my least favourite o'fest this season. i'd try any other fest brews on hand before sampling this one, but at the same time can't say that i'd never sample it again. overall, average but uninspired.

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Blue Point Oktoberfest from Blue Point Brewing Company
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