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Point Classic Amber - Stevens Point Brewery

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Point Classic AmberPoint Classic Amber

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BA SCORE
75
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251 Ratings
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Ratings: 251
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 2
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stevens Point Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-29-2002)
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4.25/5  rDev +30.8%

MaddDogg84, May 20, 2013
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Tiernan, Sep 07, 2013
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3.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby-amber body with a thin white head that falls to a cap. Aroma is bready malt with a hint of fruity yeast esters. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Flavors of toasted malt are at the center with a light hop flavor and a dry finish. I think this tastes better out of the tap, but not a bad beer. Good drinkability.

blackearth, Feb 02, 2010
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3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The label is light on info as there is no freshness date or abv%.

Appearance: From the pour I got a clear reddish amber body with a small creamy off white head. This small head fades to a very thin layer of foam that disappears about half way down the glass. On the way it makes some slick lacing.

Smell: The aroma light overall and has a thin maltiness with light hops and a slight metallic presence.

Taste/Palate: The flavor matches the aroma with a light/thin body. A simple (but not off putting in any) mild maltiness gives way to a thin herbal hop fading finish. Its light on the palate add side down easily.

Notes: Overall this comes off as a nice average beer.

generallee, Oct 28, 2010
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1.78/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance:caramel in color, 1/4 inch head, high carbonation, clear

Smell: toasted malt, chemicals, and suger

Taste: toasted malt, chemicals, touch of apple, and suger

Mouthfeel: light bodied, high carbonation, sweet

Drinkability: Not a favorite. This one tastes way to chemical like and not well balanced. I will pass on this in the future.

tigg924, Apr 20, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

NilocRellim, Sep 29, 2012
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3.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A 355ml bottle with a BB of May 2014, so it's a little out of date. Acquired a while back from a supermarket. This UK version is called Point Amber Lager on the label but I presume it's the same beer.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A rich coppery-amber hue with faint haze and good carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Slight lacing. Aroma of caramel malt with hints of mild pine, spice, fruity ale yeast, barley sugar and stewed hops. Faintly sweet.

Tastes of caramel malt with a spicy hop character and a crisp, bitter finish. Notes of pine resin, subtle weed, spicy hops, caramel, fruity ale yeast, a hint of sugar and stewed hops. Slightly sweet, followed by a restrained bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and good body. Mildly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of pine resin, bitter hops and sweet caramel.

Not too shabby; in fact it goes down quite nicely. Looks the part, while the aroma and flavour have a caramel malt backbone paired with some satisfying pine notes. Good body. A pretty solid amber lager with more flavour than most. Worth sampling if you come across it.

jazzyjeff13, Jun 30, 2014
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2.2/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Oh what an eventual disappointment this beer is once it hits the palate. It pours from the bottle a dark copper color. There is a faint fruity hoppy aroma. There is a massive head which lasts for but a few brief moments. The taste is bland, with barely a lingual taste bud being tantalized. The mouth feel is best described as being wet, like drinking a class of water. I could only recommend this beer for those actively flying commercial aircraft or doing extensive yard work on a steaming hot day.

BadBadger, Jan 29, 2010
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3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber and red appearance in the amber/red lager category, who woulda think it? Doesn't have the clarity you'd normally want in a lager, but it is rather dark, so slack can be cut. Mix of mild toasty malt notes and lightly sweet caramel.

Taste, not really much, mild toasted notes again with some nuttiness. A little watery, everything about this beer is pretty much best described as mild, nothing is over the top or aggressive.

Sprecher's amber/vienna/black lagers are all better and more classic than this.

Beerandraiderfan, Jan 06, 2012
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3.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear ruby amber color, good 3/4 inch head, but its small bubbles start deconstructing a little early. Some drips and dots for lace. Pleasant pecan nutty aroma, bit of maple. Very smooth mouthfeel, works pretty well with a mild malted milk character -- but could use more toastiness. Lower carbonation than my expectations. Hops are what's lacking in this brew, even for a Vienna Red (while its hair splitting, I think this qualifies better as a Vienna Lager), there's just nothing much to balance the beer and make it a better sessioner. As it is, it flattens to a sugar water close. Not too bad, easy drinking.

ADR, May 04, 2004
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3/5  rDev -7.7%

IchLiebeBierZu, Dec 09, 2013
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3.8/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice Amber color. A medium tan head dissipated but left a thin ring and comes back with a nice swirl of the glass. I loved this beer from the moment the mild hops hit the palate. A nice malty flavor is present and the Pale malt is easily tasted. A good froth on the palate releases nice sweeter malt flavors and the finish gest the hops back in play. Point has done well in improving their offerings and this brew was good and very drinkable. A perfect example of what an Amber should be. Cheers, Joe

ByTor2112, Jun 22, 2006
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3.25/5  rDev 0%

LXIXME, Mar 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +23.1%

kschm628, Jan 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The jewel like royal brown appearance was very nice.
The aroma was an unexpected plus- I did not realize this was marzen style til it hit me in the nose. Sweet roasted malt- not a macro red as I might have expected.

The taste followed through in exceeding my expectations. A clean brew with nice body. Very drinkable.

Despite some ownership changes this old time brewery appears to be on the right track. It's good to see. And at $5.49 a six pack this is a nice value beer.

As a Wisconsin native I am happy with this one.

brewQ, Mar 29, 2004
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3/5  rDev -7.7%

RDW, Apr 28, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev 0%

wander4, May 28, 2013
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2.17/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance- Deep copper color deeper than most ambers

Smell- none, (Vacuumed packed for freshness??)

Taste-Light sweetness upfront with even caramel malt body..short finish, as in falling off a cliff short..

Mouthfeel- light

drinkability-might be ok for macro drinkers,but not for anyone accustomed to taste

overall-wants to be a macro when it grows up

mightyhef, Mar 03, 2008
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2.5/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this beer on tap at the Rum Line Bar in Bayfield, Wisconsin.

Appearance - Clear reddish-amber color. Minimal head and not much lacing.

Smell - Very Light. Some malt and maybe a whiff of weak hops.

Taste - Light and mildly flavored, mostly malts and just a little hint of hops. Nothing special.

Mouthfeel - Light and thin, almost watery.

Drinkability - Eh, I've had better Ambers and Point Brewery is doing nothing special with this one.

ChopperSmith, Aug 21, 2009
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2.85/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - A nice two finger light-tan head rests on top of a clear amber/brown brew that looks almost caramel in color. Head retention is pretty weak, and very little lace is left on the glass. Not a real looker...were not getting off to a good start here.

S - Dried apricot and caramel on the nose. Smells pleasant, but sort of unassertive and basic. It lacks the requisite roasted malt note that it's listed style (o-fest? not an American amber?) would suggest.

T - Mineral and tart citrus funk clash with the sweet taffy malt base note. This is all over the place...it's very mineral-leaden, but also sweet and slightly gooey. Not a good combination.

M - Light in body, this has a very aggressive amount of carbonation. Raspy...like soda pop.

D - This is either a slightly below average amber ale, or a really shitty oktoberfest. I personally disagree with the classification of this beer as an O-fest, and I'm rating it as if it were and American amber lager. This ain't bad for the price, but it's not all that great either.

pmcadamis, May 20, 2008
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3.95/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Point Amber pours a surprisingly dark copper body with almost a crimson tint to it. It's clear, and glows with amber and orange highlights beneath a creamy head of off-white that holds fairly well and leaves walls of spotty lace behind.

Some spicy and floral hops liven the nose atop its gently sweet and lightly caramel-accented maltiness.

The flavor follows the lead that the nose gives, and is de rigueur for the style with a welcome dose of medium-dark crystal malts that gives it some lightly sweet darkened-sugar flavor. The bitterness is present, but limited, falling somewhere around 18 IBU's. The spicy, floral and grassy hops, however, give it just a little edge that places it above and beyond some of the more basic examples.

A pretty nice, all-around amber lager. I could easily see enjoying a few of these at a ball game, wedding reception, or fall festival. Nicely done. Well-brewed and well-balanced.

NeroFiddled, Mar 18, 2007
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3.05/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, orangey-bronze in hue. Slightly off-white head, very modest in size (maybe a half a finger), fair retention, some unorganized lace. It does look nice in my glass. The nose is unbalanced, half toasty, nutty, maltiness and the other half is odd dull butter and DMS. The potency is mild so the “off-ness” can be over looked. The taste is better, the light nutty-toasty malt is the focal point, the hops bitterness is mild but very complementary… towards the finish a clean sweetness emerges (an adjunct?). Medium-light body, slick carbonation, watery in spots. The aftertaste is tacky & sweet and it falls apart a little as it warms. This is a serviceable beer, if the price was right it would be worth drinking on occasion. But since I’ve never seen this in my area I need to thank ZAP for the sample.

bditty187, Oct 01, 2003
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3/5  rDev -7.7%

TheMrFarnham, Jul 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

ironwill54, Nov 28, 2012
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2.85/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ruby red, has some nice brown highlights. ¼ inch plain creamy white head, nil lacing. Grainy nose, some sweet malts barely detectable. Biscuity, some toasted malts off the cuff; very thin in the body, contrary to the style characteristics. There are some caramel and wheat cracker notes, the palate is left cleansed. There isn’t much going on here, and this certainly fails to the O-Fest/Marzen standards. Another plain-Point-product.

GeoffRizzo, Feb 19, 2006
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Point Classic Amber from Stevens Point Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.