Point Classic Amber - Stevens Point Brewery

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Ratings: 268
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 15.95%
Wants: 4
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
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Stevens Point Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-29-2002

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Reviews by soco7tyx7:
Photo of soco7tyx7
2.79/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A nice dark amber color with a thick soapy off-white with some decent lacing

S - Mostly malt with a wet rag smell with a touch of hops but not much else going on

T - About the same as the smell. Mostly bready malt, not much in the way of hops, corny with a touch of bitterness in the finish

M - Feels decent in the mouth. Medium-light body, dry and pretty refreshing

D - Overall kinda disappointing. Wanted to give Point a try and was hoping for a solid amber but for the style it is lacking. Kinda tasteless but certainly easy to drink. I must say that it is a great looking beer! I'll give em' another try. I hear the RIS is good

More User Reviews:
Photo of blackearth
3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of generallee
3.45/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of tigg924
1.81/5  rDev -44.5%
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.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.54/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of BadBadger
2.24/5  rDev -31.3%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of ADR
3.3/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of ByTor2112
3.76/5  rDev +15.3%
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

Photo of brewQ
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of mightyhef
2.17/5  rDev -33.4%
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

Photo of ChopperSmith
2.5/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

Photo of pmcadamis
2.84/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

Photo of bditty187
3.04/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
2.83/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.85/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a light brown amber with ok carbonation. The head is small tan and leaves little lace.

The smell is a light caramel sweet malt.

The taste follow, much more like the classic Marzen I adore then many others.

The mouthfeel is good, nice body and good carbonation.

The drinkability is good, smooth easy drinking brew. Prosit, MK

Photo of EagleTalon
3.01/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours to a thin off-white head that falls to a thin layer that laces minimally and a dark amber color. Aroma is a toasty malt, brown sugar and slightly fruity notes and a touch of grassy hops. Taste is weak and dusty (this beer may be old?) with toasted, caramel malt and a weak, waxy hop balance. It's not bad but it is rather unremarkable. Mouthfeel is crisp and fizzy, much like BMC. Overall a so-so beer. Bear in mind I could not find a freshness date on this beer and it was stored at room temperature for lord only knows how long. In an Oklahoma package store. Change the damn law already!

Photo of TYE
3.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a caramel/amber color that produces a pretty dense white foam head that dissipates somewhat quickly to a covering with little to no lace.
S - A mix of grains and sweet fruit. A little light, but still enjoyable. Maybe a hint of caramel or brown sugar sweetness?
T - Too light. Can taste some grain, more like bread, and a slight bit of fruit. Taste is even lighter than smell.
M - Light to medium body, feels a little watery. Medium to high carbonation. A slight hoppy bite, but fades quickly to just a bit of grain aftertaste.
D - Very easy to drink. Good for someone just going into reds. Might be a good session beer, if I didn't think it may get a little boring after a couple. Not bad, not great.

Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of sweet malts, a touch of hops. Taste is also a good balance of malts and hops, very refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.28/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

12 oz. twist-off bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
4.7% ABV

A - Clear autumnal bronze in color, this amber is a looker topped with a stiff pile of off-white suds which leave nice lacing on the glass as it slowly descends.

S - Delectable toasted malts is drizzled with sweet caramel but punctuated with sweet corn adjuncts. Malt forward, this amber doesn't quite offer any hop aroma beyond a kiss of balancing earthiness.

T - Toast and sweet caramel are abolished by cheap grain and corn flavors that allows little earthy hops past for a cheap taste.

M - Point's Amber has a lovely smoothness which carries through the light-bodied beer to the mildly dry finish for a very easy drinking amber profile.

O - Point's Amber drinks wonderfully with it's smooth profile making it really too bad the aroma and flavor seem so cheap. Nice notes of toasted malt and caramel sweetness are marred by the adjunct corn and cereal grains - imagine a "light" beer darkened up a few shades.

Photo of scaliasux
2.81/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Medium reddish-amber. Clear. Thick off-white head - appears fairly persistent.

Smell - Light. Mildly spicy malt. Maybe a whiff of yeast.

Taste - Flavor is rather light. Mildly spicy sweet malt. Appears pretty well balanced. Best described as unobtrusive.

Mouthfeel - Light, almost watery. Crisp.

Drinkability - A little more flavor and a little different flavor than a macro lager. Nothing especially notable here, though. Might be a good choice if options are few.

Photo of Ottertude
3.51/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle of Point Amber poured a coppery orange color into my pint glass. A nice off-white head quickly disappeared but left some nice lacing on my glass.

The smell was rather faint. Maybe some caramel and something else sweet such as brown sugar.

The taste was kind of faint as well. Some caramel malt with a slight hop finish. About what one would expect for an amber. The flavor is mild and doesn't come on strong like some other beers of this ilk.

The mouthfeel was thin. A step thicker than plain water. So of course this went down pretty easy and I can totally see this as a session beer that at least is better than drinking BMC.

Photo of Ragingbull
3.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with light prickle and little to no head. Malty nose that is heavy and rich. Clean attack that takes a while to develop. When it does there is a full malt flavor and a thick mouthfeel. The finish is pretty clean. There are some mild hints that are reminiscent of nut but are just a result of the richness of the malt I think.

Photo of Brent
2.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm not sure why this is listed as a Marzen, other than the label references some lagering. Overall, this is a pretty average amber lager. A bit murky. Flavor profile is flat, with some sweet caramel malt and a touch of apple. Mouthfeel leans slightly to the watery side. Smooth and uneventful.

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Point Classic Amber from Stevens Point Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.