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Point Classic Amber - Stevens Point Brewery

Point Classic AmberPoint Classic Amber

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Ratings: 216
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 16%

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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-29-2002)
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Photo of TheSSG


3.58/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a large, soapy, off-white head that has impressive persistence. Bread dominates the nose. Radiantly clear burnt umber color. Starts with a toasted malt sweetness; almost caramel. A flash of floral hops before a huge wave of biscuit comes through and lingers all the way into the finish.
It has a crisp, smooth mouthfeel that is almost stereotypically lager.

This is some smooth drinking if you want something malty. At $6/6-pack, it's hard to beat.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 01:18:44 | More by TheSSG
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

355ml Bottle: labelled in the UK as Amber Lager for some reason. Poured into a stemmed 'Yuengling' badged glass at home on 26th Nov 13.

Guess what colour it was? Correct, amber: the head being white and lasting. The body clear but not really bright.

The aroma was initially malt led, as the beer warmed a little the hops came into their own smell wise: they overcame the slight malty molasses aroma and took over along with mini metallic twang.

The taste was a pleasant blend of maltiness and bittering hops, the hops giving a dry and long finish.

A bit fizzy for me, but others will say it's well carbonated no doubt: a malty lager, no more, no less.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 16:12:54 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of jwc215


3.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours reddish amber with a thin white head that soon becomes a slowly vanishing island. Little lacing sticks. Nice color, but pretty unimpressive head and lacing.

The smell is of caramel with a floral touch.

The taste is of caramel and honey sweetness balanced by a touch of light toast and some bittering (though pretty much non-flavor enhancing) hops. There is also a hint of red apple in the finish.

It has ample carbonation and is pretty smooth. It has a slightly caramel-ish, minty aftertaste.

A decent, middle-of-the-road-ish amber lager. Decent, but nothing particularly noteworthy.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 21:00:45 | More by jwc215
Photo of flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.8/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle from Morrisons Supermarket (£1.50):
Copper amber with a bubbly white head on top that ends up as a lacing that sticks around the sides of the glass.

Sweet with a lot of malts coming through, mainly caramel and toffee ones but also some floral notes. There is a nice hop presence that adds to the nose with some bread and lighter fruits.

Sweet malts, some caramel and a little bit of brown sugar together with some bread and dried fruits. There is a touch of citrus and then some floral hops with a very faint earthy taste.

Medium with moderate carbonation and a sweetish mouthfeel & a solid balance between flavours. The finish is a bittersweet one with a smooth feel that would make a great session beer.

A fairly decent beer with a nice malt taste that struck a good balance with the sweetness that appeared throughout the beer. A very pleasant beer and one I'll pick up again if it stays at this price.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 09:02:16 | More by flyingpig
Photo of BeerFMAndy


3.25/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 17:53:18 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of DavoleBomb


2.9/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a perfect pint.

2.75 A: Clear orange amber color. Two fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is below average and very little lacing is left.

2.75 S: Quite bland this one is. The other Stevens beers I've had haven't been spectacular, but they all had more going on than this one. Grainy maltiness with a touch of caramel sweetness.

2.75 T: Taste is like the nose. It's a pretty standard amber except that it's much weaker than the standard amber. Grainy malts with caramel sweetness.

3.75 M: The mouthfeel is the best part of the brew. Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Very pleasant creaminess.

3.0 D: Pretty unimpressive amber ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 01:20:34 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of homebrew311


2.3/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is clear amber with some head, poor retention. The nose features uninspiring amber malts with sweet grainy notes. Light waves of grapes an molasses with a hint of caramel. Taste is light and sweet with molasses and watery grain. Not much character. Mouthfeel is light, dry, and highly carbonated. Overall, pretty blah.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 03:41:20 | More by homebrew311
Photo of BierStein711


3.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into pint

Overall not bad; two finger head with moderate carbonation

Smell: hoppy and grainy; a little herbal actually

Taste: balanced throughout, highly sessionable considering the ABV

Mouthfeel: Smooth and moderate! Not watery at all.

Overall, fine beer, I would love to have this on draught

I wouldn't by a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 15:20:30 | More by BierStein711
Photo of andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

2.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a light amber colour, thumb of head with decent retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Scent is slightly metallic, grassy hop notes, hint of peppery spice and a touch of caramel.

T - A pleasant caramel flavour dominates, bready Malta linger alongside a touch of toffee and grassy hop notes.

M - Comes across a tad thin and finishes a little to dry for my liking.

O - A decent amber, but nothing spectacular. Easy drinking but needs a bit of a flavour boost to kick it to the next level.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 01:37:59 | More by andrenaline
Photo of BrownAleMale


3.1/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Horny Goat pint glass.

Appearance- Very light brown to amber with a very small amount of white head that dissipates away. Lots of carbonation bubbles.

Smell- I get lots of bread and wheat with a tart hop.

Taste- Very malty, wheaty and bready. Hops is almost non existent.

Mouthfeel- Overly carbonated causing for a more difficult swallow/mouthfeel.

Overall- Kind of sad that this isn't better balanced with hops. The nose and carbonation leads me to believe that everything is in line for a decent amber but the lack of hop balance leaves me wanting something else added in.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 21:05:40 | More by BrownAleMale
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another one from these guys that I got from my brother. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear red with a frothy white head. Nose is sweet and fruity. Mild citrus, apple, honey. Crisp mouth, clean, subtle twangy finish. Sweet beer with sugar cookies, citrus, mild bitterness. Another good beer that is as simple as it is tasty.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 01:59:18 | More by Onenote81
Photo of TX-Badger


3.73/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stevens Point Classic Amber, a taste of the northwoods, poured a 12oz bottle into a pint/nonic glass.

A: The beer poured a rich clear copper-red, with about a half inch of fluffy white head at the top.

S: The aroma is mainly caramel malt with a hint of hops, bread, and nuts.

T: I mainly get caramel malt, some nuttiness, and a subtle spice. The beer leaves a slightly sweet finish on the palate.

M: Crisp, clean, a medium-bodied beer, carbonation was ok.

O: A very good offering from Stevens Point. The Classic Amber is a very approachable beer with some character.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 01:26:40 | More by TX-Badger
Photo of jsisko01


3.9/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a very dark amber color with a centimeter thick head that dissipates quickly. Has pretty nice lacing.

Smell - Roasted malts, bready, nutty, and a subtle sweetness.

Taste - Sweet with roasted malts, nutty characters, bready, and herbal.

Mouthfeel - Has a pretty light body with high carbonation.

Overall - So far I like every beer I've tried by Steven Point Brewery. This is a good amber ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 04:09:24 | More by jsisko01
Photo of CreamCity

3.2/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass.

A- One finger head. Dark caramel amber with red tint. Very bubbly. Head retention was about a minute. Pocked head with minor lacing.

S- Moderate nuttiness. Light citrus hops. Almost smelled like a white wine.

T- Light sweetness. Slightly bitter. Bready.

M- Medium body. In between creamy and watery. Lively fizz.

O- A sweet and lively amber. Wish the aroma had a larger presence. Pretty one flavored taste. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 18:40:01 | More by CreamCity
Photo of barczar


2.45/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear amber with solid 1 finger cream head that lingers.

Citrus fruit and toasted caramel malt lead the aroma, followed by a hint of herbal hop and a slight nuttiness.

Lemony tang underlies the flavor throughout, with bready malt eventually providing relief in the finish. It's fairly simple.

Mouthfeel is slightly watery, with moderate carbonation accentuating the tang, giving a spritzy sensation.

Not what I expected as an amber. Hoping I got a bad bottle. Not nearly enough hop or malt flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 04:44:15 | More by barczar
Photo of WastingFreetime


2.7/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

A. Pours out a clear standard amber in color with about a minute’s worth of two fingers of white foamy head, some minor lacing gets left behind with each sip.
S. Very faint floral hopping on top of a light generic maltiness aroma.
T. Same as the nose, I would have liked to have a component of mild grassy or herbal hopping or even some kind of nutty malt flavor, but it just isn’t happening here. Sticks to the same generic malt flavor as on the nose.
M. Medium texture and heft, lightly carbonated.
Rather run of the mill and forgettable if not for a slightly better-than-average head structure.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 19:18:37 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of RobinLee


3.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into glass. Part of sampler box.

A: Deep, deep red/amber, as advertised. White head.

S: Smells sweet. Flowery, like a field in spring.

T: Fairly sweet, but not overtly so- hops are still present. Not bold, but still solid.

M: The lighter side of medium, or the heavier side of light.

O: I like this beer. It's at that balance point where it's not heavy that you can't drink more than one, but not light enough to have too many of.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 08:07:39 | More by RobinLee
Photo of Lemke10


3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a 12pk sampler of Stevens Point Beer for $11.99 from Woodman's in Janesville, WI in Spring 2011.

Pours a dark copper color with a slight fluffy head. Scent is mostly that of grains and sweet malts. Taste is slightly heavier than I expected. Toasted malts and sweet malts clash together to ignite the taste buds. Overall has a sweet, refreshing taste that is very drinkable. A great everyday kind of beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 04:08:56 | More by Lemke10
Photo of phenomenologian


3.98/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 05:40:33 | More by phenomenologian
Photo of BEERchitect


3.15/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very light and delicate nearly-sessionable beer. Surprisingly refreshing and well balanced between malt sweetness and floral hops, this American style Amber delivers with a stride of drinkability and light complexity.

Pouring a moderate hue of copper and amber, there's a back light of bright gold and bronze. The beer forms a creamy head that retains fairly while leaving behind evenly sparsed pockets of foam that makes the beer appealing to the eye.

Very floral (almost over floral) with the late hop additions revealing an aroma of flower boquets, honeysuckle, and perfume. Somewhat expected of fresh German Lagers, but surprisingly unusual for the usual citrusy-focused American Amber Ales.

Flavors of light caramel, moderate malt, and soft bread crust begin to sculpt the malt profile. But with the short lived and crisp flavor of true malt, the flavors waiver and lead to a mid palate taste of bland light breads that fail to deliver meaningful malt flavor from the early palate to finish. However, the finish does deliver a malty dryness that avioids grain flavors then leaving the finish malty, yet empty- odd.

Medium malty, the beer forms a creamy start to the session and carries the firm texture well into mid palate. But after that, the beer seems to recess into the background and leaves nothing to the finish. While I expect an American hop citrus bitterness and dryness to finish the beer, only an herbal note finishes here.

The more I drink of this beer, I want to read the flavors of Vienna Lager that fuses with American Amber Ale maltiness- maybe this is what the brewery is targeting. Regardless, it leads to a very floral and lightly carmelly beer that could use more citrusy hop bitterness to balance- this one just becomes too sweet and one-dimensionally floral.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 08:23:09 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 00:17:15 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of tvv375ia


3.23/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-copper colored with about a finger of head that fades completely without any lacing

S-not much here just a bit of some malt

T-much like the smell not a lot going on just a light maltiness

M-pretty light bodied

O-not much to write home about with this one, it's beer without much flavor or smell

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 23:45:30 | More by tvv375ia
Photo of brewskifan55


3.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass

Appearance: Clear ice tea amber/orange. Tan half finger head that quickly dissipates. Light lacing

Smell: Malts and caramel

Taste: Smoky malts, toffee, caramel. Clean with a smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: medium; great carbonation

Overall: A very sessionable amber. Goes well with red beans and rice.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 22:23:51 | More by brewskifan55
Photo of logmacschlog15


2.58/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours a red translucent amber. A little over one finger of white head that dissapates fairly quickly. Looks like an amber ale.

S: There is some very skunky smells coming from this one. Also some very light grainy notes, almost corny.

T: Grainy sweetnes with some very, very, slight caramel notes. Very light. A very slight hop bitterness to balance out the sweetness.

M: The mouthfeel is a tad bit watery but the carbonation adds a slight creamy feel. Light bodied.

O: This beer is okay if your looking for something like a darker version of PBR.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 04:03:50 | More by logmacschlog15
Photo of PokerGod


2.15/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance- red-tan color pours clearly. One finger head leaves a nice small bubbled foamy crown which lingers.

Smell- Strange for this style, smells kind of chocolatey. Malty without the over-the-top bready notes that some dislike.

Taste- Mildly malty with a bit of a roasted caramel taste. But it seems to have a metallic aftertaste that I find a bit disheartening.

Overall- I've had other beers from this brewer that I liked and I'm a fan of Amber Ales. i thought two and two would equal four, but here it apparently equals zero. I won't be buying this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 03:06:38 | More by PokerGod
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Point Classic Amber from Stevens Point Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 216 ratings.