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Blue Point Toasted LagerBlue Point Toasted Lager

Brewed by:
Blue Point Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our flagship and most popular brew, Toasted Lager is the best American Amber Lager you’ll ever taste.

To back up that claim, we use six different grains to perfect a balanced flavor of malt and hops, and a special proprietary lager yeast to give Toasted Lager an exceptional, long-lasting smooth finish that’s meant to be enjoyed year-round. Pairs perfectly with fresh seafood...or any food for that matter.

28 IBU

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Photo of Sammy
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

fresh bottle. Neutral aroma, a bit of coloured body, without noticeable head. If you like toasted lager, this is for you. A little complexity in malt and balanced, so decent for style. Average mouthfeel and carbonation OK. A little like an amber and a festbeer.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.8/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Toasted Lager pours out almost like an amber ale. It's a bit darker than most traditional lagers are. The head comes and goes with ease. The smell is full of grains and malts. Not much of a hop aroma or anything else really. The flavors I felt were a little bland. When looking at the name on this I expected to get some forms of actual toast in this beer. Something that has that real specific taste of char or burned. I wasn't expecting those flavors to be strong in the brew but just a little bit so you can taste them. I wasn't overly impressed by this beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear light copper in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that slowly faded away.
S: There moderate aromas of sweet caramel malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has a mild amount of sweetness and lots of caramel flavors. There are some hints of bitterness and toasted malts in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish has a slight amount of dryness.
D: I could easily drink a few of these beers in one sitting.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this beer as part of a tasting panel. The beer opens with a sharp hop aroma that dominates the glass. A light malt-grain profile rises in the nose and settles into the flavor. Perhaps siding with more grain flavors, but well attenuated nonetheless. Hop flavors take the lead once again in the taste with a heavy grassy, sharp, earthy flavor that never balances out. High alpha-acid hops do much more than balance, and make the beer aggressive and bitey. Any toast character is very light and hardly makes an impact on flavor. Toast doesn't really come through in the nose, but adds to the grainy, astringent texture. Ultimately, the beer is not a train wreck, but the name suggests something much different.

Thanks Gary.

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Photo of brentk56
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives as a clear amber with a head that quickly disspiates; no lacing

Smell: Caramel malt dominates; quite fresh smelling

Taste: Nice caramel base with a crisp finish; rather bitter and slightly medicinal

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A refreshingly tasty lager with a good malt/hop balance

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Photo of biboergosum
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

1L howler from the Capilano Liquor Depot location here in Edmonchuk, a much better deal than quaffing an over-priced pint at the local Fionn MacCool's in the province where this is supposedly the 'exclusive' house offering this particular financial quarter.

This beer pours a crystal clear, bright medium bronzed amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and well bubbly ecru head, which leaves some random streaky and hanging rock artifice lace around the glass as it evenly bleeds off.

It smells of grainy, faintly doughy, and sort of kids' cereal-friendly pale malt, a further grape and sugary lemon bullshit fruitiness, ethereal musty yeast, and wan leafy, grassy, and weakly floral hops. The taste is bready, lightly doughy, and only mildly 'toasted' pale and caramel malt, a still heady white grape-based 'other' fruit juice thing, subtly testy yeast, and plain leafy, weedy, and suitably floral hop esters.

The bubbles are rather unrepresented by their consistent lack of game-day frothiness, the body on the low side of middleweight, and mostly smooth, sure, but not in any way that might make me reconsider my judgement here. It finishes off-dry, a certain lack of toastiness really staring to chafe my virtual and actual palate, I gotta say.

It's a lager, and it's amber, sure, and that's about it - nothing toasted or otherwise interesting about this brew manifests in my consciousness - meh. Overall, it comes off as more crappy chain pub liquid fare (sans the pub), so don't waste your ducats out there, unless there's more heady and obvious reasons (y'all know what I'm getting at) for indulging in such, y'hear?

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.73/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color lager with a n average size foamy head with OK retention. Aroma of light dry cereal notes with some lingering sweetness. Taste is also a mix between some dry generic cereal notes with light lingering sweetness. Body has a somewhat oily texture with medium carbonation. I can’t say I really cared about this one.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Quite a unique beer.. it is probably the most refreshing and crisp beer I've ever had. Alas, it also has almost no taste and it's very bland. I can't put my finger on it but it's just way too easy to drink which is a very good thing, I can't help but think if they added a little flavor to it this would be a damn good beer.

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Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a one-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. The head was relatively short-lived and left some sudsy lace on the glass.

S - It smelled toasty with some grassy hop presence.

T - Toasty with some caramel and toffee. It had a mild hop bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied lager.

O - This is a pretty good vienna lager. I had heard about it for years. Glad I finally tried it.

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Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice rich,clear amber with a sticky white head,aromas a re a little subdued but a real toasted grain presence is there with light caramel note.Very sturdy mouthfeel goes down smoothly,flavors are toasty and lightly sweet some caramel with a nice hop zing in the finish somewhat herbal.This a very nice food friendly lager great with pizza,nice flavor I would definently buy again.

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Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, golden brown body. The head settles rapidly and leaves only minor lace on the glass.

S - A toasted malt aroma with some biscuit notes and a little bit of toffee. Maybe a touch of spicy hop character hiding in the background.

T - Sweet, toasted malt up front with a little bit of husky grain. More malty sweetness in the middle and just a hint of the toffee that was present in the aroma. The beer finishes with lots of biscuity malt and moderately dry toasty notes that linger on the palate with light bitterness and fleeting spicy hops.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - Taken for what it is, this is actually a very drinkable beer. The toasted malt and toffee in the aroma is quite enjoyable and it leads to similar character in the flavor profile. The malt is a touch lighter there but still noticeable. The beer has just enough residual sweetness to keep the malt from developing the burnt bread notes that sometimes occur in excessively dry amber beers and it has a very clean finish that shows that it was well looked after as it conditioned. A nice, simple lager that is very drinkable and very much worth trying if you are in the mood for something light but still flavorful.

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Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled 11/08/2011. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with great retention that reduces to a thick cap that lingers. Some decent soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of apricot, caramel, toasted malt, bread, and light spiciness. Some decent malty aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of toasted malt, bread, caramel, light fruit, nuttiness, and floral spices. Fairly dry finish; but some lingering notes of bread, toasted grain, light fruit, and herbal spice on the finish for a bit. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming on the finish present. Smooth and easy drinkability. Good balance of flavors. Overall this is a solid and drinkable Vienna Lager offering. Good amount of flavor and balance.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Contract brewed by Clipper City in Baltimore, MD - fresh off the bottling line from the brewery. It's crystal clear copper body rests gently beneath a short head of light tan foam that drops shortly to a wide, creamy collar and leaves some nice, thin lace about the glass. The nose is exceptionally clean with a light note of yeasty fruitiness and some mildly sweet and lightly toasted malt. The body is medium/light, and it's very fine, moderate carbonation lightly caresses the tongue before it slides away effortlessly. The lightly toasted malts found in the nose return in the flavor with a bit of leafy hop flavor and some delicate, berry-like fruitiness. It's backed by a solid bitterness that becomes quite apparent towards the swallow, and leads into a dry, grainy finish that lingers in the mouth but never builds beyond that. Very well brewed.

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Photo of chinchill
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear light amber with a small white head. Plenty of carbonation is visible

S: Light and pleasant aroma of caramel malt with hints of hops, apple juice and toast.

T: Flavor corresponds to the aroma, with the malt base of the beer being the primary flavor and aroma component. It has a light bitterness tied to some floral hop flavor.

M: near medium body; moderate+ carbonation; rather dry finish.

O: Excellent example of style. As expected, it is not bold or complex, but it had no detectable flaws and is highly drinkable

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 ounce pint - $6.00 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Lightly hued copper-gold body featuring good clarity underneath a small, fine, white head -- though they did pour this thing to very top.

Smell: A sweetish aroma of (very) lightly toasted, bready malts and caramel candy with low, light notes of spice and fruit.

Taste: Lightly bready, faintly biscuity malts with an initial opening salvo of sweet caramel. Minor spicy hop character, just a bit of citrus in there, too, and with a relatively light bitterness. Quick flash of baked apple. Renewed accents of toasted grain, bread, and the biscuit. All the while, there's that caramelly sweetness, and still, on the finish, it remains sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: A tasty, satisfyingly refreshing brew, though, for the price, I might have to give the edge to SABL.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color with a very thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is heavy with caramelized malt, apples and honey. There’s a slight touch of hops as well.

T: The taste is malty but light, with flavors of roasted grain, caramel and a tiny bit of spice. The hops presence comes out more in the taste than it does in the smell and leaves a little bitterness in the after-taste. However, the after-taste is mostly bready and sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, clean finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not very filling, it might be a good transitional beer for those that are trying to ease their way into craft beer. However, I prefer something more flavorful and with more of a kick to it.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.06/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this as another extra in my recent trade. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 03/01/2009.

The pour was nice enough with a light, coppery amber and a nice clarity to it. Really intresting mix here of light carbonation and as mooth, white, frothy head. Very light aroma here, soft malts, light grains and a touch of off fruit notes mixed in with a earthy touch to it. The flavor was light, crisp, medium bodied with a light hop notes and a smooth grain profile to it. Really nice bite in the finish as the hops take front and center stage. Light dry finish and a nice smooth touch to finish it off. Overall not bad at all, not the best but still a very sessionable little lager.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this at Al's of Hampden -served chilled in a Nonic.

A dark golden with slighty reddish hue -thick cap of cream settles rapidly and carbonation beads remain. The smell is creamy -butter and slightly fruity. The diacetyl is a pretty prominent odor and some mild toasted grain in the mix too. The feel is a little to creamy for a vienna lager IMO- the diacetyl is a little high for my taste also with slick and slightly thin body w/ pretty gassy and dry finish.

The taste is creamy smooth and mildly yeasty with some toasted malt and grainy flavor that leaves a littel to be desired, the yeast fruitiness is not unpleasant but the flavor drops off midway and the diacetyl is noticeable in the taste. I can't say this is my favorite style, but so many do it better than this. I actually remember enjoying this from the bottle, maybe this keg was not the norm but I didn't really find this to be very drinkable for the style.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Drew for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a clear dark golden color with a small white head.

S: The nose starts off with a sweet apple juice sort of aroma. There's a nice toasted malt note to it as well, which maybe is suggested a little bit by the name. A decent enough breadiness and perhaps some floral hops.

T: There's a touch of bitterness to the beer along with some floral hop character. The malt base of the beer is solid and gives off a pleasant breadiness and sweetness. There is also a touch of creaminess to the beer.

M: The body is light to medium with a moderate carbonation.

D: Pretty decent lager, I would say. Nothing that really blows me out of the water, but really easy to drink.

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Photo of Jason
3.21/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle with a purchase before date on the side of the label.

Appearance: Inviting fresh looking head, bubbly and frothy just the way I like it. Bright copper colour, with a brilliant clarity.

Smell: Clean with a meek aroma. Light toasted grain, hint of sweetness and bread with a very faint hop aroma.

Taste: Clean and crisp with a moderate body, toasted flavours are a bit dull but still add to the palate. Graininess is laid back with a quick flash of sweetness then the hops roll in with a balanced bitterness and faint flashes of oily and herbal flavour. Grain flavours border on husky in the drying finish and become a tad bothersome.

Notes: A run of the mill amber lager, flavours are placid though sometimes plain is good. Its just and easy drinking brew, nothing special.

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

Review from notes. Had on tap at the Pickled Pig.

A: Served in a 20oz mug, the beer is a copper/orange color with a small off-white head, moderate retention and minimal lacing.

S: Some toasted malt and grainy and some light sweetness, with a light hop fruity hop aroma.

T: A good bit of bready/toasted malt, not surprising based on the name. There is a slight hop presence, adding a bit of fruity sweetness.

M: Light to medium bodied, crisp and smooth.

O: Easy drinking, and overall not bad. Not something I would want to drink all the time, but there is nothing wrong with it.

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Photo of smcolw
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light amber and clear. Initial head is decent but dies quickly. Some slippery lace on the glass

Nice malty aroma, crisp.

This is predominantly a malty brew with a touch of hop at the end of the sip. Some creaminess to the body, which is a great treat for a lager.

No flaws, but nothing special either.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From 07/23/11 notes. Big thanks to SpeedwayJim for sending this one; thanks Jim! Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a dark amber color with one finger of white head and moderate to high carbonation. Some light lacing on the glass and pretty good retention.

s - Smells of toasted malts, caramel malts, anf light nuts.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, nuts, bready malts, and some light fruit. A definite step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy, and very easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty decent lager. Lots of toasted and nuts to it, would have it again.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been a fan of the last couple offerings from Blue Point for as many adds I've seen about these two breweries in beer publications it's amazing I've never seen them. Appears a nice copper amber hue with a nice off whtie head leaves even webbed lacing as it slowly dwindles away. Aroma has a mild zingling pine/citrus hop combo with some toasted grain brings about light nut/biscuit components and a trace of caramel presence, but I was taken a back from the hops I was picking up especially for a flagship lager. Taste contains a mix of mineral tones, caramel biscuit malts, and expressive hop flavors including pine and citrus with mild overall bitterness, the malts were very nice toasty as the label describes. Mouthfeel is medium to light body range even natural carbonation some light hop slick oily feeling about it, damn. Drinkability comes off with a classic flavorful lager damn tasty good hop presence and I could drink these all day, definitely a fan of this and the Hoptical Illusion.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.86/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hmm. I am not a fan of the fact that I CANnot do a separate review for different Serving Types as in the past, but The CANQuest (TM) CANnot allow minor speed bumps to stand in its way. The following review is for Serving Type CAN with my previous Bottle review following. Viva The CANQuest (TM)!

From the CAN: "Craft Brewed Extremely Fresh"; "Long Island's Brewery".

Extremely fresh?!? Extremely active, more like! No sooner had the Crack taken place than I was starting to get a lot of foam attempting to throw me off of my game. I cleverly employed a quick Glug to start getting it into the glass before anything else untoward could occur. I soon had two fingers of dense, eggshell-white head with very good retention and things began to mellow out. Color was a deep golden-amber with NE-quality clarity. The nose had a grassiness to it that made me want to look at its style characteristics. The CAN identifies it as an "Ameri[CAN] Amber Lager" and I think that is closer than "Vienna Lager", which is its current designation. There was also a definite biscuit malt presence on the nose, reinforcing my desire to submit an update. Mouthfeel was soft, lightly carbonated. allowing it to sit on my tongue and sink in. It was actually fairly sweet with notes of caramel prevalent along with a light anise-like bitterness. I was already liking this much more than what I had gotten in bottle form. Finish was semi-dry and I was reminded again of how enjoyable a well-made lager CAN be. Take it from me - I have CANsumed a lot of crappy CANned lagers by now to be able to spot the diamond among all of the coal. I missed celebrating Hula in the Coola Day (01 Feb, annually) a couple of weeks ago, but this is a prime cooler CANdidate.

(The below review dates to 22 Nov 2011, BT, 4; 3.5; 4; 3.5; 3.5 = 3.75)

My new home away from home, aka The Fridge, had bottles of this in their cooler recently and I decided to round out my mixed-8 with this one. Yay, lager!

From the bottle: "The Finest Lager on Land or Sea"; "An amber tide of rich flavors brewed with our own unique blend of six malts."; "American Style Amber".

My pour netted me two-plus fingers of dense, rocky, eggnog-colored head with good retention. Color was a deep-gold with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a sweetness that I do not generally find in standard lagers. This had more of a caramel-like sweetness as opposed to the standard malt-driven sweetness that comes with non-adjunct lagers. I have really come to embrace lagers in recent years, having routinely poo-poohed them in my hophead salad days. The more I sniffed at this one, the more it grew on me. My first sip was very pleasant, surprisingly full for a lager and with a slight mintiness from the hops that balanced nicely with the sweetness noted on the nose. Finish was semi-sweet with the malt balanced well with the hops. I may not want a steady diet of this one, but as a change-up, it sure filled the bill.

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