Blue Point Brewing Company

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German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #482
Ranked #44,162
3.53 | pDev: 12.46%
Blue Point Brewing Company
New York, United States
Notes: Originally brewed a couple hundred years ago to celebrate the betrothal of the Crown Prince of Bavaria, we’re helping keep the tradition alive by brewing Oktoberfest every fall for our most royal/loyal followers.
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Photo of chitoryu12
3.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Dark, toasted, clear gold with lots of visible carbonation bubbles. One finger of white head with good retention.

Smell: Grassy hops, biscuity sweet malt, orange peel.

Taste: Bready, dry malt with a slight bitter aftertaste that turns doughy. Little to no hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy body with very high carbonation.

Overall: A decent beer, though severely lacking in hops for the style.

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Photo of Peach63
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a 1 inch white head. Heavy lacing which lasts to the end.

Aroma of cloves. Not much else.

Tastes of nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon.

Light bodied, semi-dry finish. Light carbonation.

Not bad if you like pumpkin spice type beers.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.32/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

(12 oz bottle, 5.7% abv, best by 27JAN20; purchased single off shelf... poured into a 500 ml mug)

L: foam sizzling away upon pour, thin broken ugly cap left; brilliantly-clear, lion-fur amber liquid... thin collar remains, little lace of note

S: rather caramel-malty dominant aromas, little yeast character; weak overall intensity... hard sniffs draw out some generic honey and vague toasted spice

T: a little more nuance upon first sip, though the malt is a bit bloated, lacking dimension with absence of underlying yeast/mineral coloring... baked orange and biscuit nectar interplay all's there is to it; bland aftertaste

F: as with the malt flavor, its body seems a touch inflated up front, though the finish drops away well... still, it feels like a quick ale that was lagered and stripped... little warmth; relatively clean

O: seems like a lousy recipe and execution, saved only by the ultra-fine filtering applied... tried it merely to fill in a gap on my marzen list, but this is seriously one of the lamest genre exercises I've come across in this style (1508)

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Photo of officerbill
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: clear honey/amber with no head
S: little aroma, what's there is a malty caramel
T: minimal sweetness, some malt, light brown sugar, a hint of lemon in the back end
F: mild carbonation, a little thin with a slight bitter-sweet aftertaste
O: not a bad oktoberfest, but nothing memorable either. I'd place it slightly above average for American versions

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours yellow orange red with a tiny head that disappears quickly. Smells of sweet darker roasted grain. Tastes of sweet grain with slight caramel. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a slightly above average beer.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oktoberfest brewed by Blue Point Brewing Company, with an ABV of 5.50% This Oktoberfest pours out of a 12oz bottle into a pint beer glass . The color is a deep golden amber color with a small white head. There is some thin spotty lacing to this brew, the head an lacing go away fast. The smell is rich with grains and malts. There is also a nice amount of sweetness mixed with a little bit of hop bitterness. So far this is a nice inviting brew. Now for the taste , it is Bold with flavors. You first pick up on a sweetness mixed with mild grains and malts. Then the ending is a nice mild hop bitterness. This is a well put together Oktoberfest. I will give it this , this is one of the more sweeter Oktoberfest brews on the market, not saying that is a bad thing. There is nothing overpowering about this brew,it has a super nice balance to it. I can't get over how smooth this brew goes down. The mouth feel is Bold, Rich, Clean, Smooth, and Refreshing. Overall I'm going to give Oktoberfest a soild 4 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. Blue Point Brewing Company, did a super nice job with this Oktoberfest brew.

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Photo of zeff80
3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of toasted caramel, toffee and floral notes. It was sweet and malty with a toasted caramel backbone.

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Photo of JerryLevinson
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I would place this in my top-tier of domestic Oktoberbests, one I would not regret purchasing a six-pack or two of. Fresh taste and full-bodied, rich malt with slight bitterness.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into standard Pint glass. Bottled on August 27th, 2018.

L: Honey gold, perfectly clear, finger off-white head has good retention.

S: Honey and grains.

T: Follows the nose with grassy hops, decent Oktoberfest.

F: Light, crisp, clean.

O: Pretty good.

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden body with some chill haze that clears as it warms. One and half finger white head that dissipates to a ring around the glass with some spotty but sticky lace.
Nice aroma of toasted grains, crisp apples from the yeast and some grassy and medicinal hops.
Toasted malts in the taste, some honey sweetness, green apple and mild, spicy hops. A bit muddled in the finish.
Medium body and active carbonation. Might mouth feel, crisp finish.

I was surprised by this little guy. Over all it is a nice marzen. Blue Point does ok with lagers.

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Photo of FLima
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with a fluffy thin head with short retention.
Aroma with notes of bread crust, somewhat toasted malts, grassy hops and white grapes.
Flavor with notes of toasted malts, just some caramel-biscuit, white grapes, floral and herbal hops and a bit of spice. Dry aftertaste with a moderate bitterness but making sure it finishes non-sweet.
Light to medium body with good carbonation.
Well-blended and easy to drink Marzen with a subtle but nice hop complexity that does not predominate over the style malt layers.

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Photo of mynie
2.58/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Artwork looks like something from the cover of a Sammy Hagar-fronted supergroup from the early 2020's, a band called Tuna Arm, or something like that, with the dude from Slipknot on drums.

Lighter-colored pour, somewhere between an American and German marzen, filtered, with a small head.

Very, very light aroma. Like smelling a bag of pale DME. Just a hint of a sweetish aroma like it's the inside of a Whopper candy. No hops whatsoever. No spice. No complexity.

Tastes like it smells: nothing offputting, but very very tame. A little bit of inorganic spice, then a malt finish that's weirdly similar to Naragannsett, which is pretty good in an American adjunct but not really acceptable for a marzen.

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Photo of jkblr
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottled 8/9/17 poured into a.5L krug at fridge temp 5.7% ABV. The beer pours bright light honey in color with off white head. The head recedes to a thin ring and a few bubbles with no lacing. The aroma is faint sweetness, bread and yeast. The taste is semisweet caramel up front that slowly tapers off to an undry finish. Mouthfeel is thin bodied, very carbonated and finishes with a seltzer like bitterness with no signs of hops. Overall, not a fan. I detect no off flavors or flaws, but this is a very generic amber lager, not a Marzen.

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Photo of pro45
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, Very light amber color. Fait nose of caramel and toffee. Taste is light and subdued with caramel malts. Brown toast. Again, all subdued. Good carb, goes down easy. A very pedestrian Marzen. Wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a conical pint; produced 16 July 17.
A: Pours a perfectly clear, light copper color with a half inch, white head with good retention, but little lacing.
S: Floral easternness, but tart with a hint of pitted fruit at the apricot end of the spectrum.
T: Smooth, light caramel with balanced light bitterness.
M: Light bodied; good effervescence.
O: Lighter bodied and less scented/flavorful than I expect from this style, but very drinkable and refreshing as a summer offering. Wouldn't think twice about trying again and would certainly serve to good friends.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.44/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent offering from Blue Point in the October Fest category...

I think I've had a couple of other Blue Points before, but in any event, this one in the October Fest category is not too shabby. The liquid has nice yellow and orange highlights to go with a head that dissipates halfway down the glass and has no lacing to mention - but it does look good. The smell was good, not spectacular, nothing memorable, but solid. Feel-wise I sensed medium carbonation, a light body, and some slight astringent-ness added in for added effect. The taste was lager all the way with a hint of cumin to my mouth. Though this might not be the best October Fest I've had, it's not bad, and I'm glad to have a six pack to enjoy.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This FINE fest pours a very nice
glowing amber with a fluffy head of white foam that falls to a thick ring,
thin layer, and spotty lacing. Nose of big breaded malts, herbal hops,
and caramel...all the usual suspects present! Flavors follow the nose with
breaded malts touched by caramel and floral and herbal hop notes present on
the rear of the taste. Balanced and sessionable; smooth, medium mouth feel,
lightly crisp, and finish sweet. Very nice.


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Photo of D1noB
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A medium bodied beer with breads and grains in the front that rounds off into a well portioned hoppy bitterness.

Taste Rating in Words: It's a night out, dancing on straw and tossing back beers.

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Photo of logicalparadox
2.61/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wouldn't buy this again. Falls flat in all categories. Palate is unbalanced by a slightly harsh bitter note that lingers and isn't compensated for in any way by the other elements. Hard to finish.

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Photo of Tone
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and poor lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, hint of caramel malt, slight hops, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of an Marzen / Oktoberfest. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, pale malt, hint of yeast, hint of hops, and slight caramel malt. Overall, a more traditional Marzen, but mild body with a good blend.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours deep golden with tall, long-lasting, fluffy white head. Aroma is of grassy hops and bready malt. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Herbal hops and biscuit malt nicely balanced on the palate. Finish is long and dry. Good brew.

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Photo of cyguyjg
4.18/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle, pours to a crystal clear medium amber color. Not much of a head and it doesn't last. The smell of the malt is evident and pleasant. Full flavored, as expected, and smooth taste. There is some heft to the body -- again, as expected. This beer is a good representative of the Oktoberfest style. I would drink it again and would welcome the chance to try it on draft.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.65/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

My apologies....but I thought the Blue Point Oktoberfest was poor. It poured a clear yellow with thin white head that dissipated and did not leave any lace. The scent was sharp and so was the taste....sharp toward a weak bitter hop. The mouthfeel was lighter in body and ok carbonation. Overall....don't need to try this one again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A rather same and straightforward take on the style, made a little more American than many with a more sturdy hop punch on the back end, but it's well within conventions. Brass colored grey, lively head and carbonation, crystal clear. Smells and tastes a little sweet, quite a bit if residual sugar here, but it's simultaneously grainy, fresh, and natural tasting. Sweet German malt, almost a bock tasting base with a honey flavor and a healthy lager yeast. Maybe a little more time in a fermenter would improve this, it didn't have the mellow lager feel I like in the style, but it's easy enough to drink, and is carbonated highly. Blue point has been hit or miss across the board for me, but I tend to prefer their hoppy stuff to their more traditional styles and malt driven brews. I much prefer the imports to this on this time of year, but a serviceable beer without any flaws of any kind and a deep nuttiness. Those who like a little sweetness in their German styles will find this delightful I am sure.

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Photo of TurboBrew
4.33/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Pours a clear clean orange light color. Slight head that dissapates to nothing. Smell is toasted oats and sweet malt. Taste follows. Sweet malt. Carmel notes and a sweet malty backbone. Super drinkable n true to style. Feel is toasty malt and a slight hop bite. Perfection.

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