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Point Classic Amber - Stevens Point Brewery

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Reviews: 130
Hads: 276
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 14.51%
Wants: 5
Gots: 26 | 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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Reviews: 130 | Hads: 276
Photo of ndekke39
2.86/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ordered on-tap at the Exchequer Pub in Chicago, under the title Exchequer Red Ale. Poured a deep copper, red color. Clear, with a thin white head and no lacing. Smell of light maltiness. A little weak. Taste begins a bit watery, with the sweet malt in the middle, then a light touch of hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is again watery, with very little carbonation. Overall, the beer goes down easily, but its weak flavors and watery feel give it no real character. (462 characters)

Photo of granger10
3.22/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at a super po dunk bar right across the street from my po dunk apartment. Quite a clear coppery color with amber on the sides. Head is small then nothing. Signs of carbonation are not present. Smells toasty with touches of caramel and a bit earthy. A touch of nuttyness comes as well. Not much more than that. Taste is fairly bland. Generic caramel flavor, though it seems moderately roasty. An herbal earthy hop character is there. Semi wet paper in the middle which might have been bad taps, I don't think so though. Finish is sweeter with a bready touch. Really smooth but a bit watery and nothing too exciting at all. Not bad for its price though but there are many better ambers out there. (710 characters)

Photo of ryantupy
3.79/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beers most notable point is in its pour. It pours a nice copper hue with tons of tiny little bubbles racing to the top. With a nice off white frothy head and good retention. It smelled of malt sweetness, spice, fruit peels or fruit spcie, and soem floral notes as well. It tasted smooth and sweet with a nice balance of hops and malts. There were hints of malt sweetness, fruit spice, and a slight bitter finish. All around a very nicely balanced beer that was relaxing and enjoyable to drink. (498 characters)

Photo of Winter
2.64/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours an attractive clear amber in color. Great color, but the lack of a head is disappointing. Weird aroma. Started off smelling like wet cardboard. But as the beer was given a chance to breathe, caramel and an almond nuttiness emerge. Medium-bodied mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Taste is disappointing. There's a watered down malt flavor. Some caramel, but not much going on here. A mild hop bitterness emerges toward the back. It doesn't really balance the malt sweetness as it's not that strong to begin with. A very uninteresting amber. (544 characters)

Photo of ByTor2112
3.76/5  rDev +16%
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 (509 characters)

Photo of nicksta
3.47/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is a brown edged copper with a deep red center. The tan head is big but it slowy dissapates and leaves almost no lacing. The smell is caramel and strong on the toasted malts. The taste is good with some caramel smoothness and hints of toast. It also taste the best if you drink it with the big fluffy head in the way. So chug it a little bit right after pouring. The mouthfeel isn't extremely good or bad. It is a little bit thicker than most. It is also more drinkable if you let it warm up. The bottom line is that I have had better. Drink Paulaner Oktoberfest. (578 characters)

Photo of GeoffRizzo
2.83/5  rDev -12.7%
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. (436 characters)

Photo of mentor
2.96/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle provided amid a bunch of stuff given to me for volunteering at 2005 GABF. Thanks much, I really appreciate the opportunity to try craft beers I'd never see otherwise. Pours a two finger light tan head over a crystal clear light brown-red liquid. Smells wet sweet with caramel and some chalky dry munich malt character. A little bit of cardboard and some dirty hops (which indicate tettnanger). Tastes moderate sweet with a later (and also moderate) hop floral. Malt flavors come across stiff and formal. They've got some vienna malt character (ie, similar to, but sweeter than munich malt) as well as a hint of caramel and some iron. Also a bit of cardboard. All these flavors are presented, but not inviting. The hops are earthy, yet light in the floral aspect. The aftertaste is sugar wet sweet and may be the most distinct and refreshing part of this beer. Md sugary mouthfeel and md-high carbonation. (911 characters)

Photo of Oxymoron
2.58/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Didn’t your mother tell you not to pint? This classic amber pours a strong copper color with hints of orange and amber colors. Really this is the like looking at a fresh penny. The head was very small and no lacing. Both were gone quickly.

The smell was light. Some malt characteristics are the most noticeable. Some light munich and vienna flavors in the malt and blend with a somewhat sweeter and earth-esk hop tone. Some what of a minerally or what I can describe as hard-watery nose to it as well.

The taste has a light malt flavor with a bread like taste to it. Some very light roasted characteristics with a lighter base malt mixed together. The hops are very light on the tong too. Some limited earthiness specifically at the front but more lighter, herbal floral tastes as well.

The beer is overall very light but not really watered down. Some good taste are here but they are minute. Also there a “hard-water” in the nose and taste that I just not like. So take it on that. (994 characters)

Photo of HopHeadKen
3.83/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery, this seemed overcarbonated with a lot of foamy ivory colored head which settled down after a bit.

Smell was carmel malt without much hop aroma;
Taste was malt and carmel with well balanced hops.
Good mouthfeel.

I think If I lived in Wisconsin I would drink this often ! (300 characters)

Photo of Fugazme
2.24/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a nice copper with bright, white head. Decent lacing.
Looks are deceiving.

Smell was of grain and rubber. Kind of offensive.

Taste was grain. Not balanced at all. Seems like a cheap beer.
I could see drinking this to get drunk when a macro was the only other choice.

I must be honest and say I wish I hadn't chosen this one for a pick-a-six. (359 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange-bronze with little visible carbonation. The smallish cap of beige foam isn't remarkable, but neither is it a negative. A moderately quick deflation leads to a nearly clean glass. All in all, a strictly average appearance.

The nose struggles to be average as well. It's a balanced mix of light caramel and a multi-faceted hoppiness. The fruitiness of the Cascade is tempered by the earthy spiciness of the Hallertau and Tettnang. Repeated sniffs tell me that the German varieties have the upper hand. It's too dull to make much of an impression though.

There's a bit more life on the palate. Then again, that may be wishful thinking on my part. Point Classic Amber needs a massive injection of personality. It's a simple amber ale that is as two-dimensional as they come. As far as specifics, it's thinnly malted and tastes like artificial caramel and weak tea. The tea-like notes are slight, akin to a hemidemisemiquaver perhaps?

Although most of the Cascade flavor is lost in the shuffle, I can appreciate a slight citrusiness on the finish. In the end, the beer is neither sweet nor bitter; as if it can't be bothered to make up its mind. The light mouthfeel is on the lifeless side, and as a result, matches the flavor profile perfectly.

I hate to be a nitpicker, but why is a beer that has 'amber' on the label and all over the Stevens Point website, and is brewed year-round, called an Oktoberfest? It kinda, sorta tastes like one, but still. Average, average, average... aver... zzz... zzz... (1,517 characters)

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.13/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This really doesn't fit what I would consider a typcial Marzen, but for a macro, it comes off pretty well. Poured out to a darker amber brown color with a nice foamy head. No lace in the glass. Very weak aroma of hops and spices. Flavor was sort of bland, but notes of caramel, hops and malt were noted. Finsh was slightly sweet. This could be a nice session beer. For a major brewery to make a go at this style, I give them props. (431 characters)

Photo of whynot44
2.83/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium bodied, nice reddish amber color with a light tan head.

Aroma is mild toasted malt.

Taste is mild toasted malt, slightly sweet, maybe a bit of caramel, with a touch of hops bite at the end. Not a particularly complex beer, but pleasant, very drinkable anytime. (275 characters)

Photo of sabrills70
2.98/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear medium amber with a 2 finger head and small amounts of lace. As with most of the POINT brews, there is not much aroma. Some slightly roasted maltiness, a bit smoky, with caramel notes and a minor hop presence. Taste is OK, not horrible, but OK. A mild roasty, smoky malt. Some vanilla and caramel notes but both are minor. A decent hop presence for a Marzen, maybe just the fact that it is not as malty as it shoud/ needs to be. A bit watery. It seems that this brewery is trying to make their brews more mass market friendly. For each of their styles, they seem watery for the style. Decent beers, but not too complex. These would be a good leap into the world of BA. (682 characters)

Photo of jimdkc
3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very clear, darkish-amber colored brew with a decent white head. Leaves a little spotty lace on the glass. Smell and taste are both sweet and malty. Not much in the way of hop flavor... just enough that you know they're there. Moderately fizzy carbonation, medium-thin mouthfeel. Not sure this belongs in the Marzen/Oktoberfest style... maybe a Vienna-style lager? Overall, a straight middle of the road beer... Nothing really bad about it, but nothing really exciting either! (476 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
2.59/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Clear, caramel coloration, a dark amber, with a nice, thick creamy off-white head. Aroma is, wel, too sweet and malty, with little balance, and an adjuct-y flintiness. Too much like the unpleasant swill smell I've tried to avoid throughout my beer drinking career. Slight hops and mineraly-ness, but it falls flat, and lays there like a stinker.
Taste? there's a malty feel, a caramel tone that swims around the palate, but it leaves as quick as it comes. Light body, short finish, little texture, too much carbonation at the front. Hollow, listless...a trace amount of flavor trickles back and flits down the throat, but it's not a terribly happy sensation. This one's definitely for the lower rung, and will impress only those with small reserves of taste and infinite tolerance for blandness. (796 characters)

Photo of moulefrite
3.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An average Joe here. Things start out ok with a fair bit of deep caramel on the pour, and a good bit of frothy, and sticky head that offers good retention. But, things slide downhill from there. Aromas are malty, yet also skunky and barnyardy (in a bad way) as well. The mouthfeel is crisp though somewhat syrupy. Flavors are hard to define? Mildly malty, watery marzen-esc flavors, some burnt caramel and a nutty quality on the tail end-some sourness as well. I guess this is fair for a mass marketed Marzen, but as one who truly enjoys the style this is just another Amber for the quassi adventerous. (602 characters)

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4/5  rDev +23.5%
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. (320 characters)

Photo of ADR
3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (612 characters)

Photo of brewQ
3.5/5  rDev +8%
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. (533 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
3.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruddy brown color, with almost no head. This beer is a lot better than the Point Special I tried. Has a deeper flavor of malt and a nice hop finish. I may even consider getting this beer again, if the chance ever presents itself. This beer may best as a standby, a solid choice over the macros. (294 characters)

Photo of bditty187
3.04/5  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. (810 characters)

Photo of Brent
2.9/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (294 characters)

Photo of Redrover
3.53/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz long neck brown bottle with a new and I don't think improved label.

Beer pours a nice amber with decent head and some lacing. You can smell some malt and caramel, maybe a hint of hops.

Beer tends towards sweet, with not much hop bitterness. Beer has good carbonation. Taste falls off as it warms, which seems strange given the malt characteristics.

Drinkability and mouthfeel are fine, but not outstanding.

I think they may have changed the formula and made this beer a little less bold. Either that, or my taste buds have changed. It is still decent, but now, it is a just above average beer. (613 characters)

Point Classic Amber from Stevens Point Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.