Oktoberfest | Blue Point Brewing Company

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Blue Point Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Bitterbill on 10-14-2002

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Ratings: 416 |  Reviews: 154
Photo of Lexluthor33
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber with golden highlights.
Small head and almost zero lace.
The aroma is of malts,caramel and butter.
The taste is sweet,caramel hints,malty,light hops and really buttery.
The feel is low carbonation,medium body,smooth and creamy.

Notes:Not much to say on this one because it was dominated by the "butter". I can not say it was bad,but a tad bit below average.

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Photo of Gmann
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with an average white head that dissipates into a slight ring. The aroma is of buttery caramel malt, little rust, and a small hop spice. The taste is of sweet caramel malt, quite buttery, some honey, not much in the way of hops. Reminds me of a more malty version of their toasted lager. The buttery taste seems out of place for an Oktoberfest. The feel is moderate, slightly chewy, well carbonated, finishes with a malty sweetness. Not a bad beer but I have had better Oktoberfests. This one seems to miss the mark with the buttery flavor.

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Photo of czfreeman
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

blue point's offering pours out a a malty amber copper tone, capped by a nice two finger head in a straight pour. Looks good
Smells of malts, a wheat-like sourness, toasted grains, oakiness, lots of up-front maltiness. Good authentic nose for the style.
Flavor is a little more tart than the smell. More yeasty tartness, malts, a citric-lemonlike bite, more on the carbonationed side. I like the bite of this beer, as many American brewers seem to lean on the sweet side for thier oktoberfest biers, this one stays biting, lighter an highly drinkable.

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Photo of erosier
4.32/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice copper-amber color with a medium sized and medium bodied head that laces nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of very sweet malts, some light hops, and some spices.
T: Very nice malty taste and then a good clean and light hop finish.
M: Very clean, crisp, refreshing with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, could kill a six pack in no time. Very well balanced and delicious beer.

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

12oz bottle (new for '08) served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear, sort of a light copper color with a fizzy white head, carbonation bubbles rose endlessly.

S - sweet malt with some spices.

T - sweet malty taste with light hop bitterness.

F - light/medium bodied, crisp and refeshing.

D - easy drinking brew, prost!

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Photo of madmanjf
3.86/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saw this at Half-Time and bought two bottles since this is a favorite brewery of mine. The label was awesome!

I poured this beer into the special Sam Adams glass. It poured great with about 2 fingers of head. The color was a dark topaz, slightly lighter than one would expect but certainly not too light in color.

The aroma was of sweet malt with no hop character; what you'd expect for the style

The flavors were on point but on the mild side. It certainly had the expected flavor but was not over-powering. This made it a great session beer. I only had one, but suspect it wouldn't be difficult to work through a 6-pack of these.

It was very smooth drinking, great flavor and not heavy.

I'd have to say it's one of the better domestic Oktoberfests I've had and would put it up against Sam Adams version.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Blue Point- Oktoberfest

A- Light yellowish orange with a good foamy head. Moderate lacing.
S- Nice sweet caramel malt, buttery bread grains, and shortbread.
T- Sweet buttery caramel malt with hints of shortbread.
M- Sweet and malty up front but toning down and becoming watery in the end.

Overall- A good decent sessionable season beer. Worthy enough to start off your night.

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Photo of RichThatchr
4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pre-release sample at Bellport Beer from one of the Blue Point brewmaster assistants. We poured the bottle into tasting glasses and noted the orange/gold tone to it as it came up with a sudsy head resembling milk froth. The subtle aroma of wheat and mild spices came to mind, but the first taste to follow was flowing with blond malts. I had to stop for a moment as the aftertaste was revealing most of the ornate elements. I couldn't reflect off of a beer judge to describe what I was tasting, but the base reminded me a delicious hefeweizen. I was sorry we only had two bottles, but I made mental note to buy a case of this upon its release this weekend. It was very easy to drink with nuances of the traditional Oktoberfest flavor to it.

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

I had out of a 12 oz bottle.
A- Rusty orange. Great foamy head and lacing. Slightly bubbly.
S- Slight spicyness to it.
T- Crisp and carbonated, it has something of a European Oktoberfest taste to it, than a Micro-brew American.

On second tasting, this was quite good. Who knows, maybe my tastes changed since 2007.

Previous review, on tap (10/6/07). 4/4/2/4/3.5
A: Gold with a tremendous head.

S: Mild, but fruity.

T: Ok, now maybe it's because this particular bar never cleaned out its lines and Blue Point Blueberry was still in there, but this tasted nothing like an Octoberfest. It had a very blueberry taste, and no offense because it wasn't bad, but if I am having an Octoberfest, I want that bitter pumpkin taste.

M: Sits nicely with lots of flavor.

D: Very fruity, blueberry, it goes down well but I can't have a lot of them.

Don't get me wrong, its a good beer, but it wasn't what I want out of an Octoberfest. I will give it another chance, though, if I see it somewhere else.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Even though I live in New York it seems that this brewery has all of a sudden become available everywhere.

Nice deep amber color with nice rich head. Very smooth although a little on the light side for a marzen. While other reviewers noted that this was on the simple side I think that it is an advantage for this beer. Very drinkable with a sweet taste while finishing with a slight spicy taste.

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Photo of plaid75
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a solid malt graininess and mild allspice aroma.

The taste was grainy and mildly sweet with a gentle spicines.

The mouthfeel was a bit thin but smooth. Good carbonation.

Overall a good drinkable marzen. Simplistic as far as the style goes, but a nice effort nonetheless

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Snagged a growler on my visit to the brewery yesterday...
A honey amber color with a full finger of white head with an agressive pour...most of which disappears too rapidly and leaves no lacing whatsoever.
Mild spice in the nose with a mellow sweet maltiness to go with it.
The taste is ok...a bit lacking in depth and very thin for the style.
Spice is much less than what was showing up in the nose, but a generous hop profile helps clean up the back end, which also carries a peat/smoked flavor that I like.
Thin mouthfeel with enough carbonation to come across very fresh.
Not my favorite offering from Blue Point, but still quite drinkable.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.02/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a few growlers from the brewery on Railroad Ave for the weekend and figured I should give this a shot since it won't be around much longer, plenty of time for ESB and Winter later on.
A light orange and brown meld of color topped with only a wisp of head and little evident carbonation. Light scent of fruit and spice over a basic layer of malt and sugars.
A bit fruity with a muted balance between hops and malt. A sweet aftertaste that matures through the sip. A bit understated really, at least compared to the other Oktobers I've tried this fall already and exactly the opposite of a beer like Hoptical Illusion, which just brings the noise.
Mouthfeel is a little thin but not unpleasant.
This is a good beer although I'm not sure if the understatedness is them not trying hard enough or purposeful and sophisticated. I like Blue Point, so I'll guess the latter. Fresh local growlers..get some..

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

On draft, pour a clear dark honey amber, with a moderate tan head. Leaving minor lacing. Nosa is sweet malt. Decent octobetfest, moderate sweetness, smooth and tasty. Lingering maltyness on the palate. Not the most exciting of styles in my book, but this one is pleasant and drinkable. Always good to support NY state. More respectable brew from BP.

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Photo of AsburyParkJMH
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

eh. that's pretty much the best word i can think of to describe blue point's oktoberfest. actually, if i didn't watch the bartender pour this one from the tap, i could have easily mistaken this for their toasted lager. it pours an amber colour with hardly any head to speak of and has a malty, bready smell to it, with hints of citrus. there was also a bit of staleness present in the smell, which is strange considering the bartender shared with me that it was just received and tapped that day. this one tastes average at best, and seemed a bit watery at times. not horrible, but maybe my least favourite o'fest this season. i'd try any other fest brews on hand before sampling this one, but at the same time can't say that i'd never sample it again. overall, average but uninspired.

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Photo of far333
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper color with a biege foamy head that sits low, but leaves spotty lacing around the glass as I drink. Nose is sweet and fruity. Flavor is sweet malt, with hints of apricot and honey. Mouthfeel is tingly. A lingering mild hop bitter creeps in as the aftertaste.

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Oktoberfest from Blue Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 416 ratings