Point Oktoberfest | Stevens Point Brewery

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Point OktoberfestPoint Oktoberfest

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Stevens Point Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.15%

Availability: Fall

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Added by cdkrenz on 08-17-2007

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Photo of RyanLaCount03
4.3/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was a very good Oktoberfest beer in my opinion. The taste and the smell of this beer was very good. It gave me a sense of what an Oktoberfest beer should be. The appearance of the beer was a brownish color, which was also very pleasing to the eye as well. I will surely drink this beer again in the fall months. It was a good beer for that time of the year.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.23/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Point Oktoberfest brewed by Stevens Point Brewery, with an ABV of 5.15% This brew pours out a nice light brown color with a nice white head. The smell is rich with sweetness and grains. This brew has the smell is like maple syrup. Now for the taste,it is bold at first with a smooth finish. You pick up on some malts and grains in the taste. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth, there is nothing overpowering in this brew. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4.5 out 5. I would buy this brew again.

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Photo of Rennpferd
4.18/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It poured a beautiful clear copper tone with a three inch foamy head. A little light but good looking none-the-less.

A balanced yet light smell of sweet malt and hops.

Moderately malty, a touch of hops. Unbelievably smooth. It left a nice malty starch feeling on my tongue that was accompanied by a mellow hop taste.

If I did not have to work in the morning I would finish this six pack beer after beer this evening.

I was not expecting this from the Stevens Point Brewery. I have had their beer before. I feel that they put out a quality product, but this beer really hit the mark. Thank you Point.

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Photo of ZAP
4.12/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice drinkable Oktoberfest.

Pours a deep, regal gold....nice white head on top...nice clarity

The aroma is toasted malts drizzled with caramel. I really like the way this smells. Some bready notes too. Remind me a little of hacker-Pschorr or Paulaner Ofests on the aroma..

Nice toasty maltiness on the taste....a hint of caramel and breadiness....hops are minimal but seem to lend a dryness to the finish.

Medium bodied...a little sweet but finishes drier..

Boy I am surprised I like this so much. Not as big or full bodied or full flavored as some American made ofests but this seems closer to the German brands I have had. Very enjoyable and the price was right too (6.99 a sixer)

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.11/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$5.49 / Six Pack
Copps Grocery Store
Stevens Point, WI

Appearance - Carmel brown color with about a 1/2 inch of pale tan head. An enticing appearance begging to be consumed.

Smell - Malty scent but not very strong.

Taste - Malt flavor is strong with a full body. The hops kick in after a second or two after you swallow the brew. This is an intriguing taste.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and full of body. There are different textures to this Marzen Style brew to keep my tongue guessing and wanting more.

~ I can't seem to get enough of the Oktoberfest by Point Brewery. This is another Point well made. The Stevens Point Brewery has given me one more reason to love this time of year. Get yourself a six pack of this fine brew, and enjoy.

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Photo of Chugmonkey
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had in a bottle and was like "eh." Had several fresh pints on tap and this turned out to be a fabulous O-fest.

Very true to style, has that perfect O-fest caramal sweet twinge bite at the finish. Color is on the light side - a clearish light amber. Not too sweet, but lightly tasty sweet that you want more. Lacks the wateryness of most Point beers.

I think they nailed this. Don't pass it up if you find it on tap. I picked up a 12er last night to do some more analysis on this baby this week.

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Photo of dhannes
4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured chilled into a Perfect Pint.

A=Nice honey golden color, darker towards the top; two fingers of foam that lasted about 30 seconds.

S=Moderate presence of freshly baked bread.

T=Moderate body, with a hint of citrus; not overly hopped; a bit lighter than other märzens that I've had; paired well with barbecued pork chops.

M=Very drinkable and almost no carbonation.

O=A märzen more suited to drinking with a meal or a session beer; much better than the Leinenkugel's version.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz twist-off bottle poured into a Hofbraü maaskrug.
5.15% ABV, number on neck.

A - Crystal clear and light amber, the cool beer forms a chill haze on the maaskrug mug that's filled to the brim with off-white foam. Slowly crumbling away, the loose bubbles leave some spotty lace on the pint.

S - Plenty of carbonation brings the aroma forwards while the dense head traps it. This Oktoberfest has Munich and Vienna malt written all over it with it's toast and grainy maltiness. Hops are absent save for their balance.

T - Munich and Vienna malt provide a good toast and bready sweetness that lingers throughout the dry beer. Faint noble hops add just a pinch of herbal notes on the finish.

M - Clean, crisp, and dry, Point's Oktoberfest is a medium-light bodied session beer that finishes with a light bite of carbonation and almost demands to be drank in liters.

O - Perfectly accompanying the onset of fall with it's toasted malt flavors, Point's Oktoberfest is an easy drinking beer that would be comfortably in both the hands of a back yard relaxer, or loud, fun festival-goer. In both places, this beer is smooth and delicious with an understated complexity.

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Photo of Jparker37
4.04/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a perfect pint.

A - Dark golden but not quite amber in color. Perfect clarity. Small white head recedes to a small ring around the glass. No lacing.

S - Light base/biscuit malt. The most mild of all munich malts. Hint of fruity/lemony aroma.

T - Pleasant grassy hops enter as early as malt does here, a perfect dance of balance. Malt has a great backbone of toastiness that sits in back and gradually gives way to more and more noble hop flavor within. Finish leaves me with modest bitterness, which is assertive enough to dry and quench, drawing me in for another sip.

M - Medium-light body, medium-light carbonation, mild sweetness yet drying making this all the more drinkable.

O - The only unusual aspect of this beer for me was the citrusy aroma I experienced. A great oktoberfest otherwise all around. Plenty of character yet not a palate crusher, one to please you through the entirety of festival days.

Judgement - Try

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Photo of wingman14
4.02/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish orange with a small white head that fades fast. The smell is nice malty and toasted grain, subtle sweet and spice. Taste is a nice sweet rich malt, and sticks around, finishes with a subtle hop flavor that calms the malt and sweet. The mouthfeel is smooth and rich, and the flavors are deep, a nice crisp medium mouthfeel. Overall a great beer, has all the elements I was expecting with a better flavor. Worth checking out for the Oktoberfest fans.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out clear, gold-amber hues, loud and fizzy carbonation and a creamy 2" cap of foam. Rushing, spazed-out bubbles that creates a hearty with a creamy topped look and some lace.

A dark wheat, herbal-edge and malty aroma. Creamy semi-sweet malt aroma, mild chocolate, earthy herbs and musty-dry hops and yeast blend together well.

A very clean, jazzy medium-bodied feel with a nice malty complexity, semi-sweet and smooth malt effect balanced with a very nice herbal, earthy yeast, dry hops and many subtle undertones of smoke and herbs. Nice balance.

I hate to think of October in late August, but this one is rushing in the season!

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Photo of thebeerdoctor
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice Wisconsin take on the Fall traditional. Everything is in proper place, with hops and malts achieving balance. Proves once again that Oktoberfest is not about competition, its about celebration. Celebration is a point well taken here. A beautiful pour that reminds me that Marzen, like Bock, is all about the love of beer.

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Photo of steveh
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled this brew in the past, but failed to review -- until now. I've enjoyed some of Point's specialty beers in the past, hope this one is up to that speed.

Oktoberfest Marzen (no umlaut) Style -- Hand Crafted.

A -- Clear, amber to copper color with a white head that settles slowly to a persistent, thin cap.

S -- Bready malts up front with some vague citrus to spicy hops back, mild DMS with warming.

T -- Light, sweet, bready malts up front, mild spicy hops in the middle and finishing with a bready, nutty character and a lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.

M -- Light medium body with a very soft, almost creamy mouthfeel, finishing dry.

D -- A very pleasing Ami take on the Bavarian style (despite the lack of Umlaut). Point seems to be stepping up their quality in years past and making some pretty decent to-style brews.

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Photo of generallee
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a small mug. There is no freshness date ABV or description other that its style.

Appearance: The body has a deep orange amber color with good clarity and lots of visible carbonation. From the aggressive pour I got a 1 inch collar of beige foam. This head quickly settles down to thin light layer. Lacing on the glass is spotty and slick.

Smell: There is not much to the aroma. It has a light bready maltiness with some earthy and slightly grassy hops.

Taste/Palate: The flavor is much more interesting. A good medium bodied base of bready malt starts things off. Deeper in there are some light toasted notes with very little sweetness. In the finish I get a lot of nutty and nut shell like notes along with fresh bread and earthy hops. This cleans up fairly quickly and somewhat dry. Carbonation and texture is right on.

Notes: This one is a solid example of the style.

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Photo of DCon
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Wolf Public House in Ballwin, MO for $3 (normally $6 but employee discount was counted in). Tapped from the AWESOME handle with a Cone Head raising his Litre for a cheers & is blue/white checkered into a 16oz Pint Glass.

Aroma- Has a nice light malt, corn-like aroma from the beginning. Seems like a clean lager is going to be the primary taste and while this is a weaker aroma, appropriate for the style.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that stays for decent time. Has a copper body that is clear and is similar to apple juice. Has tons of lacing!

Flavor- Has a nice malty beginning of the drink and then a bit of corn again like the aroma. Malty and just like a lager but then a very dry finish. I could see myself having this at the Kerwe!

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, Refreshing, and has a nice clean finish!

Overall Impression- This is one of my favorite Oktoberfest brews of this season yet! Very smooth, clean, and while not many attributes come with this one, the style doesn't allow for this anyways. Next time I see this, I will be grabbing my Litre and filling up more than this time around!

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Photo of ATPete
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

My first experience with this brewery. The O-fest pours a very transparent light orange copper color with a small white head. That classic Munich malt Oktoberfest nose is there but oh so very subdued. Very light in flavor as well, light malts, an extremely mild bitterness and tongue covering carbonation round out the quaff. I'm unsure if i think that this beer is too light, or if its body is just right for the style, either way it makes for an extremely drinkable fest-style brew. Recommended.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.92/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty nice oktoberfest, I got it as an extra in a trade with David Eddie.

Pours a great initiial head with decent retation that stays most of the way down the glass, but disappears on the bottom 1/6th.

Smell is sugary with caramel malting. Hops are faint in the backround with some grape and cooked corn.

Taste is sweet upfront. I don't mind it, but it could manage to do with a little less sweetness. Caramel malts come out in the forefront balanced by a decent, yet relatively low hop bitterness. This beer might be a little sweet for some, but I don't mind it too much. As the beer warms, the sweetness becomes a tiny bit too apparent.

Mouthfeel is fairly decent. The carbonation is nice on the beer which makes it smooth and it clings very well to the palate.

This is a decent oktoberfest. I had to slow down to take good notes on it, I was drinking it too fast.

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Photo of BierFan
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Copper/amber with a very nice tan head. Head retention is very nice.

Smell: Lighter, less rich aroma than I got from Sam Adams Octoberfest.

Taste: Noble hops are very assertive in the taste. Much moreso than they were in the smell.

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Photo of cagocubs
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wanted a decent beer to have while fishing in the September breeze. Local store had this to offer.

A: Orange gold, good marzen look.

S: Sweet sugary molasses. Good honey traits.

T: Good sweet tangy taste. Can taste caramel sweetness mixed with earthy tones like corn.

M: Nice, smooth, good carbonation.

D: high, I enjoyed my six go arounds with this one.

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Photo of pphunkdelux
3.89/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this out of an 8-pack of different Oktoberfests.

The apperance is ok, a little light in color for an Oktoberfest. A two finger head that quicily receeded.

The smell was good, an inviting malty caramel smell..

The taste was very good. an aftertaste of caramel matiness.

The mouthfeel was good, thick and not too carbonated, just the way i like my Oktoberfests.

This beer went down great, i'm sure i could drink a few of these in one sitting no problem.

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Photo of skeetermoses
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoy this as an oktoberfest beer, it was a wee to bit bitter. Although a good enjoyable Oktoberfest, I do wish to have more oktoberfest beers to compare it too. not bad I could see it as a good beer to enjoy saurkraut with, or a decent bratwurst beer. the only other Oktoberfest beer I had ever had was Choctoberfest which I also enjoyed.

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Photo of uwmgdman
3.86/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a nice light copper color with brilliant clarity. A thin white head developed, but diminished quickly. The aroma is moderately malty and slightly sweet; a bit lacking. The flavor is moderately to moderately-high malty and has medium sweetness. The hop bitterness is medium-low, very appropriate. The mouthfeel is quite smooth and body medium. The finish is rather clean, leaving just a little malt/sweetness on the tongue. Overall an impressive, sessionable Oktoberfest. The aroma was a bit weak; but flavor and mouthfeel was very impressive. I’d highly recommend, great value, and reminds me of some German-made Oktoberfests.

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Photo of david18
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a half liter of this at House of Brews in midtown Manhattan. It was surprisingly good. Lighter in body than a typical Oktoberfest it was still malty and very flavorful. Good marzen color, nice aroma and very easy to drink. I enjoyed it very much and will get it again if i see it anywhere.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmmmm, something new from Point. $5.45/6-pack, can't beat that.
Pleasant enough malty aroma. Not quite toasty, but beyond pale malt. Just a hint of the familiar aroma of Point Special (same yeast maybe?).
Crystal clear. Nice orangish amber. Darker head of 1/2 inch that disappeared quick rapidly to a thin scummy head (I mean that in a good way).
Nice flavor the seems quite on for style. Malty, not exceedingly rich, yet heavy and bold enough. Good toastiness. Some mild bitterness, that seems as much from the malt than the hops. Finishes with some sweetness, mild bitterness and fairly long dryness, for style.
Carbonation makes it heavy, although the feel is beyond thin. Bubbles can be a bit prickly, yet also provide nice foamy softness.
This is pretty darn close to right on. Richness in this style often gets to me in time, nonetheless a good drinkable lager.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 9/11/12 Tasting Notes

Poured from 12 oz bottle into Cheers mug. Served chilled...

A) Lighter amber with a finger of soapy foam. This settled fairly rapidly to a wispy dusting. No lacing noted.

S) Nice sweet malty/toasty aroma, light caramel, and some hops, which provide some grass/flower petal to the nose.

T) Near the nose... Very nice flavored Marzen. Bready, toasted cereal, light caramel sweetness, and nice grassy/herbal/floral hops on the backend. Enjoyable...

M) Lighter medium body, and I found the carbonation to be fairly light as well. This was a super smooth Oktoberfest, with a superb finish, very clean. Taste+Mouthfeel on this create high drinkability.

O) I came away pretty impressed with this offering from Point. This O-Fest is right up there with a few of my favorites for this time of year. I would definitely go for this again. Glad to recommend...

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3.5 out of 5 based on 254 ratings.
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