Blue Point Oktoberfest - Blue Point Brewing Company
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3.48/5 rDev -2%
This beer was recommended to me by two different people, so I decided it must be worthy of a shot. Poured into a shaped pint, the beer is gold like a lion's fur. I like my oktoberfest to be a bit darker than this. The head is white with decent consistency and good lacing.
The malt in the aroma comes off as pale and bready. Combine this with a slight spice and apple fruitiness, it smells a lot like apple fritters. Bonus points for reminding me of a fall seasonal food.
The flavor does little to impress. There is a slight touch of caramelized grain, and a bit of biscuity bread, but it's a very weak malt flavor for a style that is supposed to have deep malt flavors.
The finish is light, wet, and has a touch too much carbonation. This really isn't doing much for the flavor of the beer.
Drinkability is above average for an Oktoberfest. This pint went very quickly. However, the beer doesn't wow me enough to make me look forward to the next glass.
This was an okay oktoberfest, but there are so many great local seasonals out, I won't be picking up another six. If they went with a darker color, and a touch more body, this would be excellent.
10-10-2009 22:36:01 | More by jeffthecheff
3.95/5 rDev +11.3%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a nice light amber in color, head size is nice upon pouring yet dimminishes fairly quickly. This one left some nice sticky lacing as a result around the rim of the glass.
Smell: Out of any of the American O'fests I've tried, this one smells the most like a true German marzen. Lots of German properties up front, earth like aromas blended with some spiced malt and a touch of wheat. Not a bomb of malt by any means compared to the traditonal American marzen offerings. It's light in the nose and the very subtle aromas are close to representing the actual style.
Taste: Up front is alot of the earth like grain I got in the aroma, a slight metallic undertone is present but not enough to deter one away. A smooth malt presence takes over and is very light and sweet. I get some bits of wheat here in the taste as well, and almost bits of corn? Almost like a lager configuration yet the slight bits of malt presence bring you back to reality. Finish consists of a nice spicy backdrop, almost cinnamon like that really compliments it's true marzen-like origins.
Mouthfeel: Carbonated almost like a pilsner, light on the tongue and refreshing. Crisp and clean on the palate, a touch of bitterness is present for a nice aftertaste.
Drinkability: I like that Blue Point went a bit outside the box and didn't create a American Marzen that was overfilled with malt, yet they went to the German roots and created one that more likely compares to the German bred beers like Spaten, HS, and Paulaner. Very drinkable and easy to top of a six of these in a short period of time. One of the lighter fall selections you'll come across and a good one in that sense.
10-09-2009 02:26:05 | More by thespaceman
3.88/5 rDev +9.3%
Bottle poured into a pint glass. Nice amber orange color you'd expect from an Oktoberfest beer. Good head formation but dissipates quickly. Tastes like a fairly typical Oktoberfest but a bit more drinkable than most others that I have had and that's what makes this a great one... as Oktoberfest beers are meant to be drank in large amounts!
10-01-2009 21:46:20 | More by SkunkWorks
4/5 rDev +12.7%
Thanks to JoeyBeerBelly for this cool extra! Since it's O'fest season I figured this was an appropriate first beer of the day.
Poured into my Darkness tulip. Pours a clear amber color with a large creamy white head, very impressive. Immediately, retention is poor, as it shrinks to a small pillow. Then, as if the head realizes it's suppose to stick around, it does. Leaves nice lacing as well.
The nose is a mixture of sweet malts and toasted bread. German hops and malts are light, but you can pick them out as it warms a bit.
The taste is much more malty than other American O'fests I've had in the past week or two. Light bitterness in the finish, but the malts are definitely the focal point in this one. Still tastes great.
In the beginning, slightly overcarbonated, but warming kills that. Light body with a nice smooth finish. Drinkability is good, a great session lager.
As my first taste of Blue Point Brewing Co., I'm rather impressed. They took a common style and put just enough twist on it to keep it simple, yet give it some character. Great stuff, and looking forward to the other offerings from them I have! Thanks a bunch Joe for the sweet extra!
10-01-2009 20:49:48 | More by Mistofminn
4/5 rDev +12.7%
Poured from two 12oz bottles into a 500ml mug.
Pours golden orange with 1 finger creamy white foam. Very clear. Lacing all over the place.
Mildly malty smell, though not as much as other marzens I've had.
Taste is the classic october fest malt, but more muted than I've had. Slightly sweet, with notes of caramel. More watery, but still tasty - maybe like an October-light-fest? Very small hop, modest bitter holdover.
Good taste and carbonation in the mouthfeel.
Very drinkable, a solid October beer.
09-26-2009 17:26:50 | More by KTCamm
3.98/5 rDev +12.1%
Got this as an extra from JoeyBeerBelly. Thanks for the cool local!
A- Pours a light copper color with a thick white foam that settles to a thin ring. Leaves some scattered lacing.
S- Some light crystal malt and toasted grain. A touch of spice, hops (Noble?), and caramel.
T- Quick light hoppy bitterness initially with a smooth malty finish. There are some spices throughout with a nice toasted flavor.
M- Light bodied with good carbonation. Crisp and snappy with a nice Oktoberfest lingering aftertaste.
D- This is a really nice easy drinking Oktoberfest brew. Full flavored with a decently light feel.
09-25-2009 21:53:14 | More by projectflam86
3.1/5 rDev -12.7%
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.
09-24-2009 03:41:52 | More by GeoffFromSJ
3.03/5 rDev -14.6%
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.
09-19-2009 23:41:38 | More by Kooz
3.85/5 rDev +8.5%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a glass mug. Pours a reddish brown with a nice long lasting head and lacing.
Nose full of sweet malt goodness.
A well rounded Oktoberfest beer, caramel, munich and toasted malts all do the dance. Slight graininess and finishes semi dry.
Medium to full bodied with a clean finish.
A very drinkable Oktoberfest and is spot on for the style. I would reccommend trying this, as I found it to be quite good.
09-17-2009 17:03:27 | More by Stinkypuss
3.78/5 rDev +6.5%
Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a 500 mL Baltika dimpled, glass-handled mug.
A: Poured a burnished, golden amber yellow color with great clarity and loosely floating strands of carbonation which built to a three -finger head of rocky, bubbly tan foam.
S: Smells sweet and grainy, like cereal malts, a touch of cotton candy, fruity esters and zesty wheat accents. A stronger whiff reveals some underlying spiciness as well.
T: A little bit of that sweetness translates in the initial taste, which is lightly toasted caramel malt and clean grains. Around mid palate, a slightly metallic, slightly spicy hop flavor rounds into play. The finish is nice and bready with a little lingering bitterness, but there is an undertone of standard American adjunct lager.
M: Light to medium bodied and adequately carbonated.
D: Right in line with that sessionable Oktoberfest ABV and the flavor is not bad at all. There's a certain run of the mill feeling to it and the sneaky adjunct lager flavor might route me towards more extreme flavors for a wake-up call. But not a bad choice to session in the fall.
A decent shot at a true marzen lager and more in line with German standards than a lot of over-malted American "autumn ales." Nice job, Blue Point.
09-17-2009 03:13:14 | More by Gambrinus1184
4.08/5 rDev +14.9%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint.
A--One and a half fingers of creamy off-white foam retains well and laces, especially for a lager. Body is much lighter than expected, more of a shiny penny copper than a deep roasted looking mother. Looks like it's on the Hofbrau Marzen end of things, which could be very, very bad once we get to the tasting end of things.
S--Very exciting, actually. There's plenty of roasted smell going on, with caramel and toffee notes, despite the lighter body. More than that, though, there's an apple cider twinge biting at the back of this. Something sour and crabapple-y in there. I like!
T--Way better than the appearance would suggest. This is a solid, if lighter-bodied than most, American interpretation of the style. Very much meant for quaffing without sacrificing a lick of flavor. Malt is a juicy middle full of whole wheat bread crust and honey, but is surrounded by not only more of that acidic apple cider tang, but also considerable hop bitterness. The tug on the finish combined with the ultra-clean flavor profile makes you want to drink this in quantity.
M&D--can't complain on either one. Definitely thinner as a lager is, opting for crisp simplicity than fruity bulk. Carbonation is pleasant. Drinkability is off the charts. I could pop back plenty of these.
Blue Point had me thinking they were tailored for mass market tastes, after I had one of their summer ales. Now I'm starting to turn the corner a bit, and thinking this is one of the more underrated breweries from NY. This and the toasted lager have been solid, and now I'm eager to try some of their more rare stuff, like the sour cherry stout or the ESB. We shall see...
09-16-2009 20:17:49 | More by TheycallmeTim
3.58/5 rDev +0.8%
A: Pours a clear copper color with pillowy white head that fades slowly and leaves nice lacing on the glass.
S: Light aroma of bready malt and carmel.
T: Biquity and bready malt. Sweet carmel and some brown sugar. Finishes with a light touch of hops.
M: Medium bodied and very smooth
D: This beer is flavorfull and goes down very easy. I could easily drink a 6pk of this with little effort. This isn't the best Oktoberfest I've had, but still a solid offering from Blue Point.
09-16-2009 18:42:01 | More by JMD
3/5 rDev -15.5%
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.
09-16-2009 00:44:29 | More by DavoleBomb
3.4/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
09-12-2009 14:17:35 | More by david18
3.98/5 rDev +12.1%
Pours more of a golden color than the typical amber color of the style. Slight floral aroma to it. I like the mouthfeel for this one, more towards the lighter bodied side. Some decent taste here.. nice and sweet/malty taste, very smooth.. highly drinkable. Could use a little bit more body for my liking but definitely an above average octoberfest. Pretty good beer, throw it in your mix a six and give it a whirl.
09-12-2009 02:32:29 | More by oriolesfan4
4.22/5 rDev +18.9%
Bought a six of this along with a six of S.A. Octoberfest.
Pours a nice deep honey gold and raises a good head of off white foam. Head dissapated shortly after.
Has a slight yeasty aroma. Nothing else here but that could be my sometimes crappy sense of smell.
Taste is another story. Nice and malty, somewhat sweet. Smooth and very drinkable. Finely carbonated. Mouthfeel is a good bit north of thin.
This is becoming one of my favorite styles to session and the Blue Point version will be a repeat purchase for me.
09-11-2009 21:49:18 | More by BrewMaven
3.35/5 rDev -5.6%
Pours a very pale copper hue when compared to most of this season's oktoberfest styles, this one has a very nice bright white head with distinct chunky lacing forming with each sip. Seems to be contracted in Rochester at High Falls, seems like a trend for alot of crafts out there. Very nice spicy hop nose present, a touch of caramel drizzled on a biscuit cracker with nice lively citrus and grassy hops kickin'. A stong mineral water characteristic creeps throughout the entire drinking experience. Flavors is a bit dull in malt presence, a quick touch of caramel and biscuit that disappear quick and are replaced by a carbonated watery graininess. Not as much hop action as the nose was entailing, maybe a bit of lingering spicy hop edge in a burp or two but that's about it. Mouthfeel is pretty lackluster light to medium bodied with odd carbonation much a metallic mineral water edge with sweetness with a touch of rust and spicy herbal hop finish. Drinkability overall is decent not a beer I'd pick to win the race but one that I know will finish effortlessly, not the best craft fal seasonal out there worth a shot for sure.
09-06-2009 04:50:19 | More by WVbeergeek
3.58/5 rDev +0.8%
Pours golden with a very thick white head. Excellent retention and nice lacing. Aroma is of bready malts and sweet fruits. Nice,but weak. Body is on the light side with some carbonation. Taste is buttery up front with a malty cereal finish. A lighter version of this style,but worth a try.
09-06-2009 02:32:36 | More by riversider76
2.95/5 rDev -16.9%
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
09-02-2009 21:09:21 | More by animal69
3.88/5 rDev +9.3%
12oz bottle in pint glass
A: Golden copper color, with a huge white head at first, despite a slow pour. Head dissipates quickly leaving a good amount of cream-colored lacing on the glass.
S: Mild bready malts and almost indiscernable hop characteristics.
T: A sweet breadiness up front with a bit of bitterness giving it a little balance. Very yeasty, slightly fruity, but the bready character dominates the mouth. Not quite as pronounced in the sweetness as most other Marzen's I've had. Aftertaste is somewhat sweet, but not cloying.
M: Very smooth, perhaps a little light bodied compared to other oktoberfest beers, but not off style.
D: Very drinkable, and the smooth finish leaves the beer enjoyable.
08-29-2009 19:16:09 | More by BWMKappaSig
3.7/5 rDev +4.2%
Thanks to biggness for this one.
A - Clearn golden orange with an enourmous thick off-white head. Excellent retention and lacing. Lots of little bubbles rising up through the beer.
S - Aroma of toasted bread and a slight malty sweetness. Light fruity hints underneath provide a somewhat unqiue O-fest aroma. In all, a slightly weak aroma but rather inviting.
T - RIch, bready sweetness initially. A light bitterness mid-drink provides some balance. In all, the breadiness of this beer is the dominant taste. Taste like a classic o-fest with somewhat muted tastes.
M/D - Medium boided with a very lively amount of carbonation, almost tickles the tongue. Very easy drinking.
01-18-2009 19:43:12 | More by ckeegan04
3.33/5 rDev -6.2%
I poured this 12 ounce bottle into my SA glass. Semi-aggressive head resulted in a ever so slightly off-white head of creamy white bubbles. The head hung around around for quite a long time and left very very nioce lacing. A fine looking oktoberfest.
. The aroma weak caramel malts with a mettalic twinge.
The taste is similar to the nose, caramel and biscuit matls with a mettalic twinge. A little more complex than the nose with a slight sweet-n-sour like quality as well. There is a slight spicy/earthy hop flavor and very light bitter edge in the finish.
The mouthfeel is generally on target, could be a little fuller in body for the style. But the creamyness in the feel is cut nicely by a lively effervesence.
There are defintely many better Oktoberfest out there but there are also worse ones for sure. Not terrible to drink but I wouldhave to look elsewhere for my O-Fest fix in the future.
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12-17-2008 00:19:20 | More by jackorain
2.63/5 rDev -25.9%
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.
12-15-2008 15:06:24 | More by Risser09
3.58/5 rDev +0.8%
poured from a bottle into my church brewworks pint glass
A - pours a deep copper color with 1/4 inch of foam that disappears quickly
S - light malty aroma but nothing else
T - very mild malt taste, not really alot to speak of
M/D - nice carbonation and the flavors do tend to come out more
as this one warms up. overall nothing really to get excited about and i doubt i'd be trying this one again.
11-23-2008 19:04:28 | More by mikereaser
3.85/5 rDev +8.5%
A: Poured a beautiful, clear coppery-orange with a soft creamy beige colored head that retained for a minute or two before lapsing and leaving a slight rim lacing. Visible carbonation was very soft, almost non-detect. I really liked the coloring of this, a little lighter then usual but bright with a nice capping makes this a solid example appearance wise.
S: The nose yielded soft fresh caramel scents, fresh orange peels, fresh bread, with a gentle noble hopping making a nice appearance in the end.
T: light sweet caramel with toasted bread notes. The flavor transition was very smooth from start to finish with light fresh orange peels, sweet caramel and honey toasted bread adding a nice sweetness that was light enough not to be overbearing while letting a gentle flowery hop presence sneak in. The flavor overall I thought was very clean, without any indication of dms on the nose or on the tongue.
M: light with a slightly oily viscosity. A gently carbonation is detected with a touch of breadiness lining the tongue.
D: Drinkability is perhaps its strong point here making this a highly sessionable oktoberfest and six pack worthy by all means. Worthy of prosting to and one that easily goes down.
11-22-2008 13:52:31 | More by beerthulhu
Blue Point Oktoberfest from Blue Point Brewing Company
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