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Blue Point Oktoberfest - Blue Point Brewing Company

Blue Point OktoberfestBlue Point Oktoberfest

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Ratings: 258
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.68%

Brewed by:
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 KickbacksSteve


3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2012 05:43:06 | More by KickbacksSteve
Photo of TheDeuce

New York

3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Blue Point Octoberfest…..on tap at Dark Horse Tavern in NYC

Appearance-a steady red orange color, decent two fingers of lacy head with nice retention.

Smell-spice, little mit of malt, hops barely there, alcohol. Ok aroma.

Taste/Mouthfeel-sweeter than most fest-beers, a mix of sweet spice and breaded malts, medium mouthfeel, easy to drink and very smooth. I wish the flavors had been trumped up a little more and more pronounced but it’s clear they are going for something a little more easy on the palate. Still, not bad.

Overall-an approachable fest, a little disappointing given this can be a compelling style and I know Blue Point can pull it off. Still, not bad and give it a try during the season.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2011 03:09:28 | More by TheDeuce
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean orange-ish to amber color with an off white head. In the aroma, earthy and somewhat barnyard like. In the taste, more earth than expecting and a nice dryness. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry earth in the aftertaste. Dry and smooth, a nice earthy presence.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2011 17:14:34 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of kneeland

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had several of these the other night. This is a very great oktoberfest. It's got a nice warm nutty malt flavor to it. A very tasty deep golden brown brew with nice carbonation. Flavor is quite smooth with sweet golden malts and a nice hoppy balance.

This is the type of beer that makes me wish it were October more often.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2010 15:52:51 | More by kneeland
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2010 18:21:21 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of david18

New York

3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It was the perfect day for an octoberfest and this was a pretty good one to have during day. Rich copper color, good malty aroma, very easy drinking and, in general, a good session beer for the fall. Carbonation is a little light and the mouthfeel could be better but in general this is a good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2009 14:17:35 | More by david18
Photo of Amalak

New York

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had out of a 12 oz bottle.
A- Rusty orange. Great foamy head and lacing. Slightly bubbly.
S- Slight spicyness to it.
T- Crisp and carbonated, it has something of a European Oktoberfest taste to it, than a Micro-brew American.

On second tasting, this was quite good. Who knows, maybe my tastes changed since 2007.

Previous review, on tap (10/6/07). 4/4/2/4/3.5
A: Gold with a tremendous head.

S: Mild, but fruity.

T: Ok, now maybe it's because this particular bar never cleaned out its lines and Blue Point Blueberry was still in there, but this tasted nothing like an Octoberfest. It had a very blueberry taste, and no offense because it wasn't bad, but if I am having an Octoberfest, I want that bitter pumpkin taste.

M: Sits nicely with lots of flavor.

D: Very fruity, blueberry, it goes down well but I can't have a lot of them.

Don't get me wrong, its a good beer, but it wasn't what I want out of an Octoberfest. I will give it another chance, though, if I see it somewhere else.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2007 20:13:48 | More by Amalak
Photo of aerozeppl

New York

3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Even though I live in New York it seems that this brewery has all of a sudden become available everywhere.

Nice deep amber color with nice rich head. Very smooth although a little on the light side for a marzen. While other reviewers noted that this was on the simple side I think that it is an advantage for this beer. Very drinkable with a sweet taste while finishing with a slight spicy taste.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2006 16:16:08 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a solid malt graininess and mild allspice aroma.

The taste was grainy and mildly sweet with a gentle spicines.

The mouthfeel was a bit thin but smooth. Good carbonation.

Overall a good drinkable marzen. Simplistic as far as the style goes, but a nice effort nonetheless

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2006 22:33:11 | More by plaid75
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft, pour a clear dark honey amber, with a moderate tan head. Leaving minor lacing. Nosa is sweet malt. Decent octobetfest, moderate sweetness, smooth and tasty. Lingering maltyness on the palate. Not the most exciting of styles in my book, but this one is pleasant and drinkable. Always good to support NY state. More respectable brew from BP.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2005 21:58:51 | More by Billolick
Photo of guinness33

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2003 22:14:14 | More by guinness33
Photo of far333


3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper color with a biege foamy head that sits low, but leaves spotty lacing around the glass as I drink. Nose is sweet and fruity. Flavor is sweet malt, with hints of apricot and honey. Mouthfeel is tingly. A lingering mild hop bitter creeps in as the aftertaste.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2003 23:50:31 | More by far333
Photo of stakem


3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 14:18:20 | More by stakem
Photo of BEERchitect


3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 17:57:06 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of Jeffreysan


3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 22:26:59 | More by Jeffreysan
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 01:33:42 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 20:32:45 | More by papat444
Photo of hays23


3/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 06:03:49 | More by hays23
Photo of BlackBearForge


3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 22:30:40 | More by BlackBearForge
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 11:07:21 | More by Onenote81
Photo of chugalug06


2.75/5  rDev -22.5%
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...

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 00:50:09 | More by chugalug06
Photo of jkrich


4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 23:15:54 | More by jkrich
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 03:34:21 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of superspak


4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 03:03:38 | More by superspak
Photo of carolinahophead

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
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 ....

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 22:13:05 | More by carolinahophead
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