Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

Blue Point Toasted Lager | Blue Point Brewing Company

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
480 Reviews
Read the review
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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-18-2001

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 480 | Ratings: 1,658
Photo of Gatch
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light amber color w/ a white head that builds quickly and fades quickly.

S - Grains, malt, sugar.

T - Very smooth with a lingering roasted-malt sweetness. This isn't very different from most lagers but it remains above average.

M/D - Subtle flavors that move around smoothly and cleanly in the mouth. That's one characteristic that I've taken from lagers. That they're very "clean" tasting. This Toasted Lager doesn't stray far from the middle of the pack but it doesn't disappoint either. I would definitely have another bottle or order another pint. Recommended.

 572 characters

Photo of BeerTruth
3.26/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a light copper hue with a hint of amber. Nice two finger off white head that slowly dies down to a thin layer of frothy goodness. Stickiness is pretty good, some spotty lacing leaving its mark. Smell is of buttery noble hops, caramel malt, and a bit of nuttiness in there as well. Ok, but not the best smelling beer by any means. Taste starts off with a dry caramel malt and some sweet candy like sugar. Aftertaste is a bit on the dry side with a popcorn like flavor. Mouthfeel is a smooth light/medium body with a noticable carbonation tingle. Pretty good drinkability, but there are definitely more lagers out there I'd prefer.

 671 characters

Photo of brantadid
2.38/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass with a quarter inch white head. I was amber in color.

Very little in the nose. Even as the beer warmed it didn't become more fragrant.

Moderate carbonation with a watery mouthfeel.

Nice sweetness on the front palate. Toasted barley flavors. Slight tast of honey with a nice crispness.

This was a tough beer for me to review. It just didn't do much for me.

 385 characters

Photo of funkengruven
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Procured this in a 12oz bottle, Thank you Premier Gourmet.

This poured a nice bright amber with a slight bit of head and a bit of lacing. Smell was a bit weak, slight caramel and malt aromas in there. It does however taste pretty decent, some hops in there matched well with the malt, goes down actually pretty smoothly and it's pretty easy to drink.

A pretty decent example of an Amber lager

 394 characters

Photo of musicjustintime
3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I didn't pour this.... Decent lager, with a bit of hop bitterness that I wasn't expecting. Had that nice roasted...or shall I say "toasted" flavor. Fairly smooth, but again, with that bite, not as smooth as I thought it would be. I would drink it again, but wouldn't go out of my way to get it. Had a nice full-flavor, though, and the bite wasn't too bad. I'm not a hophead, so that's why I mention the "bite" all the time. This was balaced fairly well though. Worth a try, I'd say.

 482 characters

Photo of riversider76
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice amber with an orange hue. Thin off white head,with excellent retention,and lacing.Aroma is of honey,and sweet malts. Nice,but a bit weak. Body is light to medium,with some carbionation. Taste is of sweet fruit,and honey,with a nice little hop balance. Not bad.

 278 characters

Photo of Alexmc2
3.34/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this on tap at The Mews in Wakefield, RI. Despite the dim lighting in the bar this one was a nice golden amber without much head to speak of, though perhaps that had more to do with the pour than the beer. I didn't notice much of a nose to this one, smelled clean, good for the style, but nothing impressive. The taste and mouthfeel were smooth with some hop bitterness to keep it interesting, I'd almost describe it as an Amber ale dialed down to mute. The beer is very crisp and refreshing, I ordered a second one. Worth a try.

 533 characters

Photo of LeftyBWS
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass. A date for "brewery fresh taste" is notched on the side of the label.
A: Amber color, deepish red at top and more orangey towards bottom. One inch of frothy tan head, fades to a thin layer atop the beer. Nice foamy lacing throughout.
S: Sweet malts, with caramel and honey. Toasty and pleasant.
T: Malty at first, with some toastiness and sugars. Slight amount of bitterness towards the finish, but it's mild. Sweet throughout. As the beer warmed, I noticed a stronger, unpleasant alcohol presence in the finish.
M: Solid and refreshing at first, but overly tingly in the finish. Almost harsh as the temperature increased and the alcohol made itself present.
D: Not great. An unpleasant finish.
Overall, an interesting lager. Pleasing at first, but it didn't persist after warming. Drank cold, this would be much better.

 889 characters

Photo of Viggo
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from a 12 oz I picked up at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo.

Pours a brilliant colour, reddish, orange, very clear, just amazing, thick white head, lots of lace, great retention, head never leaves, I have to give this a 5 for appearance, simply one of the best looking beers I've ever seen. Smell is sweet, very malty, bit of toast, floral, almost adjuncty, corn, disappointing. Taste is much better, sweet, caramel, floral, citrus, very fruity hops, very assertive citric bitterness, malty toast finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. Flavour is really nice, appearance is amazing, smell kind of turned me off. Maybe better aroma when fresh? Still good!

 678 characters

Photo of Abita45
3.09/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown, 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This beer has a nice, copper color, but poured with relatively no head and only mild lacing. There is not much aroma to comment on; slightly malty and grassy, but nothing distinct. I had anticipated a richer or mildly smoky aroma. Similarly, I anticipated that in its taste as well, however, instead it tasted like a basic lager with a faint roasted malt and mild sweetness. It is a decent lager, but not as interesting as I had hoped. On the upside, it is a nice tasting beer and easy to drink. It was a welcome refreshment on a hot Saturday.

 596 characters

Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to NutBrown for the brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy tan head, some nice sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is malty, slightly hoppy, some spices, and lots of caramel. The taste is kinda sweet, malty, hoppy, nice little spice bite, and lots of caramel. There is a nice clean finish. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice amber lager, would recommended.

 418 characters

Photo of biegaman
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A banal appearance, not even quite amber in colour, but rather a pumpkin orange. A couple bubbles sit on the bottom, no head either - the appearance, in every aspect, simply put, is just plain "blah". The aroma is equally insipid and really doesn't boast much of anything. A small does of stale amber malt is all I can detect. The mouthfeel is somewhat quenching, a crisp mineral character with very low (basically undetectable) level of bitterness. I wonder at this point: where are the hops? The flavour is essentially that same stale amber malt, only more outright. Some 'toasty' element to the malt bill, but not enough to carry the profile.
I wouldn't deny that this is decently brewed, but it's simply so uninteresting, even if seeking a simple, summertime lager. Fantastically in·sip·id.The best description may just be "meh" ...

 840 characters

Photo of cbl2
3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

6/30/2007 $15.99 12 pack 5.30% Best by Sep 07 notched in side.


As the style implies, this pours a lovely amber with a touch of chill haze. Head is minimal though, with only a faint wisp of white rimming the edge.


Slightly nutty with an overwhelming nose of brewed tea.


Good nuttyness due to the toasting, leads off this highly drinkable, if unexciting brew. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Malts lead off with the nuttyness, and hops don't really appear until the finish, imparting a tea-like quality I mentioned in the aroma. Pleasant, though uninspiring, this is easy to drink, and could make a nice session beer.

 666 characters

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown bottle into my shaker "pint" glass. Appears a clear golden amber color with about two fingers of off-white foam that leaves a slight lace on the glass. Smells of, as the name suggests, of sweet malt, and bread along with crisp fruit. Taste is, again, of sweet toasted malts followed by a nice dose of mildly bitter, fruity hops. Finish is also clean and slightly dry. Medium in both body and carbonation. I wish I would have thrown more than one of these into my mixed sixer. Well done.

 506 characters

Photo of cichief
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at Friscoe's Grille, Columbia, MD. Pours a deep gold, with a thin off-white head. It smells malty sweet, with a slight nuttiness. Tasted malty sweet, a hint of roasted (toasted??) malt, and a slight dry finish. It was fairly smooth, thin to medium on the tongue, but did not linger. Overall a decent American lager, which woud be tasty on a warm day.

 363 characters

Photo of potownbill
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Rye Oyster Bar.
Appearance: Transparant light "Coca-cola" coloring. Quickly dissipating head.

Smell: Light toasted malt. Little hops.

Taste: Typicall Lager evenness, with a slight Toasted Malt flavor

Mouthfeel: average

Drinkability: Very good.

This was a nice light malty alternative on a hot afternoon. Pleasant to drink.

 352 characters

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.

 310 characters

Photo of alexskovan
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured clear amber with a big fluffy white head. Aroma is rich with toasted malts and hops behind that, as well as a subtle citrus quality. Taste is mild and agreeable, slightly sweet, but with a sour twang at the finish.

A nice, easygoing beer. Not trying too hard, good at being what it is.

 296 characters

Photo of Bitterbill
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours from 12oz bottle(best by June 2007) a clear amber with a huge head of foam that shrinks fairly quickly leaving a fine broken layer with some lacing.

The smell has a big nose of sweet malt and has a bit of a fruity note to it.

The taste on first sip has a caramel malt flavour with some hop bitterness in the background to take the edge off the sweetness.

Further sips in and I'm getting just a wee touch of spice...I'd call it cinnamon. There's also some graininess and a bit of tartness. The mouthfeel is on the light side and tends to be watery at times but the flavours keep me interested enough to make me kind of over look that negative. The finish is somewhat biscuity and ends slightly on the bitter side. This is pretty good stuff.

Bottom line: I like this Amber Lager and I thank jwc215 for including this in our trade!

 844 characters

Photo of jwc215
3.21/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Best before June '07"

Pours bright amber with nice clarity. A creamy head thins and lasts. Minimal lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell is of lightly toasted grain. Not much aroma here, though nothing "off".

The taste is of sweet maly grain with light toastiness that almost gives it a mild burnt toast aftertaste. A quick, somewhat criso, finish. Not much to say about this one.

A rather bland feel, though it does have something of a body to it, for the style.

Easy enough to drink, but rather bland, even for the style. Nothing special about it.

 565 characters

Photo of yourunclewalt
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear red body with minimal head that quickly recedes to lacing.

S - Sweet; caramel underscored by name-appropriate (very) lightly "toasted" aroma

M - More full than expected, judging by the clarity of the beer I was expecting something a bit lighter but the body weighs down on the tongue with a creamy finish.

T - Again, the beer delivers its "toasted" quality; similar to a smoked beer but less pronounced and considerably sharper, more bitter.

D - Overall a pretty solid beer, but without enough of a presence to really hold up to that second or third bottle. File this under mix-pack.

 607 characters

Photo of maddogruss
3.29/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was expecting a little bit more out of this beer. It did pour a nice, amber body with about a half-inch, off-white head. The retention was very good, but it eventually slowed to a decent lacing that stayed with the beer. The smell was a little bitter but nothing overly significant. The taste did have a little bit of a "toasty," burnt taste that may be due to the fact that this beer is brewed in a kettle house (which is what drew me to it in the first place). There was a slightly hoppy aftertaste, but nothing too prevalent; ok taste overall, nothing too specatacular. The mouthfeel was pretty good and full-bodied. A pretty easy drinking beer; the taste does not really stay with the beer, which takes away from its drinkability. I would definitely recommend it.

As a side note, I had a taste of this beer that my girlfriend got on-tap. It definitely tasted better, so I recommend a draft of this over a bottle of it.

 927 characters

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.38/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a tall glass mug. The liquid is a dark amber with very good carbonation. The Head it a tall 3 fingers, white with a rocky surface and it leaves just a small bit of lace.

The smell is faint, but suggests a sweet dark bread.

The taste is quite alive and extremely good. Wow, Red lager works for me but I sure with more Oktober Feast brews tasted this good. Slightly sweet, bready, and very nicely toasted.

The mouth feel is right on. This beer just fits right. Great carbonation medium body, very good indeed.

The drinkability is excellent, I will be buying more of this great beer.
prosit und Zun Wohl. MK

 648 characters

Photo of jbsteiny
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber with a frothy head which dissipates quickly, leaving spotty lacing. Carbonation is big to begin with, but settles and is fairly consistant if mellow. Smells attractive -- the toasted malts are sweet and bready. They're also prominent on the tongue, but they're balanced by a faint bitter hop. Thick body for a lager, but easily quaffed. Another good showing from Blue Point, and a great example of what can be done with an American lager.

 457 characters

Photo of akorsak
4.35/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz bottle purchased at Thirsty's in York, PA.

A: The lager is a calm, clear brilliant amber red color. The only carbonation activity is from the notch in the bottom of the Chimay glass. The head is thin but leaves a thick ring of lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is toasted grain, thick and breadlike with a strong biscuity body.

T: Ah! A delicious, malty lager. I find them so few and far between (especially in my cellar). It really is a shame because a good lager is very hard to beat. Here the flavor is very strong on the malts. They are biscuity, like chewing on a fresh baguette, with some nutty undertones that accentuate the tight dry flavor. The malts are highlighted by a bit of hoppy bitteress but those malts are the scene stealer here.

M: Chewy with a pleasing bread-like finish, these malts are not afraid to be bold.

D: At 5.3%, this is a beer that I could easily pound in the middle of the summer or on the coldest darkest winter night.

 973 characters

Blue Point Toasted Lager from Blue Point Brewing Company
3.52 out of 5 based on 1,658 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • 10 Years of BeerAdvocate Magazine

    We're celebrating 10 years of BA mag with $10 print subscriptions for US residents!