Blue Point Oktoberfest | Blue Point Brewing Company

Blue Point OktoberfestBlue Point Oktoberfest
BA SCORE
36%
Liked This Beer
3.52 w/ 397 ratings
Blue Point OktoberfestBlue Point Oktoberfest
BEER INFO

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

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bitterbill on 10-14-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39,383
Reviews:
150
Ratings:
397
Liked:
143
Avg:
3.52/5
pDev:
12.78%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
56
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 397 |  Reviews: 150
Photo of zymurgist12
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An ok version of Oktoberfest but disappointing knowing Blue Points lager brewing track record. It scored in 6th place in our recent Waterstone Beer Club Oktoberfest event.

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Photo of TimBeaulieu
3.34/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KonigObHops
3.09/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a light copper color with a beige head. Head was two fingers width and dissipated quickly.

The aroma has some light caramel notes perhaps with a bit of citrus.

The initial taste is of faint toasted malt. The middle is about the same, but the malt comes on strong at the end. Whatever the citrus was in the aroma is entirely absent.

The mouth feel is pretty thin with a slightly above average carbonation.

Overall, I would call this a light version of an Oktoberfest. If you are looking for a session Oktoberfest, then this might be the one for you. For me it was a bit watered down.

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Photo of rypkr
4.06/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Solid but nothing special. Very light and drinkable though.

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Photo of iRun2Beer
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dur921
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TopherBreski
3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Not a bad Marzen but too light and carbonated for me to say that it's really good.

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Photo of Jlabs
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Icemann383
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SLAWLOR70244
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Electros
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MorganMessersmith
4.35/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Better than average domestic Oktoberfest

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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Stignacious
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of blinky1717
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of BlackHawk89
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of BltByKrmn
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of JKV96
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of biegaman
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Blue Point Oktoberfest, as the name might suggest, has a fall-time motif: it's as if its crisp, golden complexion is awash in tired sunshine and its head is bulky like a bundle of hay (which leaves behind strands of straw-like lacing). Warm weather, cool weather - this looks equally suited to both.

The only knock I've ever heard on German beers is that they lack innovation. One could rightly argue there's no need for it - that recipes and regional specialties have been perfected over hundreds of years of tinkering - and, sure, why try to fix what ain't broken? I agree.

But I also admire creativity and interpretation - which is why some of my favourite examples of German styles, Märzen included, happen to hail from American brewers who are more free and prone to experimenting. Blue Point, however, seems to have gone the traditional route - this bouquet smells straightforwardly malty. It's typical, unexciting, and fairly no-frills...

And there's definitely no increase in either the hoppiness or the darkness level of the malts (features often found in 'New World' variations). Nope, this is fairly classic as far the style goes: a dry, lightly grainy/bready, overall simple maltiness that is reminiscent of a slightly stronger Helles Lager. Unlike other American examples this has zero toasty or caramelly notes.

The best examples of the style can be described in exactly the same terms - but this is far from one of the finest examples. The difference isn't in character but in quality; here there's no enhancement in terms of richness and complexity yet somehow the booze seems magnified. There's also somewhat corn-like sweetness noted that shouldn't be.

Arguably, no country takes more pride in the quality of its beers than Germany - it's hard to live up to standards set by centuries of proud brewing tradition. Nonetheless, Blue Point has made an honorable effort that, while it doesn't quite rank on par, is a nice ode to the more traditional, original versions of Oktoberfest beers. But it's certainly nothing to celebrate about.

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Photo of Jensen83
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of newbeeraday
1.75/5  rDev -50.3%

Photo of Fievel
1.5/5  rDev -57.4%

Photo of Onawen12
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Blue Point Oktoberfest from Blue Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 36% out of 100 with 397 ratings
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