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Point Classic Amber - Stevens Point Brewery

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Point Classic AmberPoint Classic Amber

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Ratings: 261
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 16.31%
Wants: 4
Gots: 20 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-29-2002

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4.4/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had two of these at a barbecue over the weekend, and couldn't believe how good they were. And only $5 for a sixer, I couldn't wait to get to a review. In the end, I'm not sure you can get more bang for your buck than with this brew.

Having only had these out of the bottle, I wasn't so sure what the beer would look like. It poured out a surprisingly deep red, almost cranberry in color. More of a chestnut when held to the light. The head seemed overly fizzy, and receded quite quickly, only leaving a thin cap, and then just a ring after a few sips. On subsequent pours a faster pour left a plentiful head and sticky lacing.

Sweet caramel, toasty malts mark the nose. Buttery, nutty notes here and there. Out of nowhere a burst of fruit salad comes through. More than enough going on, but would have scored a bit better if hops were more prominent. Of the three, I find more Hallertau than Cascade - not so sure what Tettnang are like - but only because I know what I should be looking for.

The malt profile is interesting. There's a mix of Vienna and Marzen type malts. Toffee, caramel sweetness is nice, and it's reminiscent of both a Vienna lager and an Oktoberfest. Toasty flavors can be rich, and almost smoky at times. Coffee and cocoa notes are faintly present, and some citrus notes from the Cascades are there too. The beer is fairly well hopped for something in this price range. Hops linger on the finish, although it is pretty clean otherwise. Cascades take a backseat to the earthier hops here. There's tons going on with this beer.

Mouthfeel is not the best part of the beer. A little more fullness would complement the beer better. Still performs quite well for a lager. Carbonation is okay, and there's still some body to it.

I'm surprised scores aren't better for this. I think people may have let price influence perception of quality. This is one of the tastiest lagers I've had, and I can't recall being able to find something this good for this cheap. Then again, I haven't delved into this style before this beer, so I'll temper my excitement. I was tempted to score this even higher in a few spots. It goes down so easy too. Easy to down a sixer, considering the moderate abv. The best from Point I've had - but their Belgian White and Augsburger Golden Lager hold their own, too.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty nice tasting beer from Stevens Point Brewery. I got this in a mixed grab bag and I am actually pretty impressed. There is a nice color and aroma to this and the mouthfeel is very balanced. Dry malty overtones fill your mouth and you are left with virtually no aftertaste. Nothing amazing, but a nice session beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz twist off, part of a mix 12 pack. No date.

Pours a clear amber/orange color with a moderate head of large off white bubbles. Aroma is caramel malt, but not too sweet, lightly burnt. Taste follows with more of a sweet fruitiness- pear. Little to no aftertaste, very light bitterness. Easy to drink and one of the more interesting of the bunch.

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3.97/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Upon opening some smoke comes out. Upon pouring a white head comes that is about a finger high. It does not retain well but it laces a bit, so it looks okay but not what I am looking for. The body is of a reddish color and is pretty dark but you can still see bubbles rise to the top as they should be.

The smell makes me more excited for it. I think I smell hops and maybe roasted maltiness. maybe barley??? It has a smell to it I am familiar with and its one I like but I can't put my finger on it entirely. Smells very appealing.

It has nutty roasty malty and hoppy tastes to it. Its very very enjoyable the intertwining tastes in it. It is not strong or robust flavor but its subtlety comes in nicely making it a nice beer to drink.

For mouthfeel, its very drinkable. It has some carbonation but enough that is goes with the other features of the beer. It also has this air to it that makes you want to drink more of it.

Overall, being a person who wants beers with robust strong character, its nice to have a nice enjoyable delicious beer to drink that does not to do by being strong as it can do so while being subtle. Give this one a try. I would say that it should be rated more than what BA together gives it.

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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.

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3.95/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a bad vienna style beer that can be had relatively cheaply. I consider Point Brewery much better than their rivals Leinie's..and I've toured both..

This pours a reddish orange color with a clean, clear look and very little head....the nose is toasty and nutty...not real strong but a nice smell....the bigest knock is probably the body which is on the thin side but it isn't horrible...just not as strong as the rest of this beers characteristics..Taste is very nice, but subdued.....toasted malts...some hints of caramel...and almonds....this is really a pretty decent beer....not in the upper echeleon of Vienna's but a very good session beer and one I wouldn't mind drinking just about anytime...

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Point Classic Amber from Stevens Point Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.