Point Oktoberfest | Stevens Point Brewery

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Brewed by:
Stevens Point Brewery
Wisconsin, United States | website

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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99
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253
Avg:
3.49
pDev:
22.35%
 
 
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Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber orange in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high beige head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of sweet caramel malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has some malty sweetness with flavors of caramel malts and notes of toasted malts. No bitterness is detectable, but they help the malty nature of this beer from becoming too sweet.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This would probably be a nice beer to drink outside during the Oktoberfest when it's a little chilly outside because it seems a little maltier and fuller bodied compared to other beers in the style. I liked the sweetness, especially since it wasn't overdone.

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Photo of zeff80
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, orange/amber color with a one-finger, off-white head of foam. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled floral and malty. Not much going on here.

T - It actually had a spicy hop bite up front with some bready maltiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and fairly smooth. A light to medium bodied lager.

O - This is an okay oktoberfest. Fairly typical brew from Point - a nice gateway beer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.91/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dried apricot orange with tangerine and amber highlights when backlit with sunshine. Atop the crystal clear liquid can be seen two fingers of whipped frothiness that is a little short on character. Thin sheets of lace decorate less than half the glass.

The nose is woefully short on power. So much so that I might not have been able to identify the correct style if blinded. A little toastiness and... that's about it. Maybe warming will help.

Although Point Oktoberfest is no go-getter, it has more flavor than aroma. It wouldn't take much. This brewery tends to brew simple, inexpensive beer that is anywhere from slightly below average to slightly above average. This offering is no exception.

All the classic flavors are present and accounted for, though they don't make a memorable impression. Vienna malt provides the usual (and extremely subtle in this case) toasted-earthy-nuttiness. Hallertau hops provide a modicum of balancing bitterness and an herbal sort of vibe that comes on with a wee bit more gusto at the finish.

The mouthfeel is midway between a 'light Oktoberfest' and a typical member of the style. Its best feature is a slightly slick, lagery smoothness that appears as the beer approaches room temperature. More heft is needed for a higher score.

To get right to the Point, Oktoberfest is stunningly average. I'm sure many of the locals are happy, but anyone interested in good-great Wisconsin beer (and there's plenty of it) should steer clear of Stevens Point Brewery.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange-amber body with a finger or two of off-white suds. A few glass-clinging smears of lace on the descent.

Smell: Sweetish nose, primarily bready, but with some toasty and nutty accents to it and a far-off hint of light caramel syrup. Herbal, spicy, earthy Noble hops.

Taste: Maltiness tasting of ever so slight toasted bread brushed with a coating of sugary caramel. Lightly nutty. Faint fruitiness. Spicy, earthy German hops with ample supporting bitterness. The initial, light nuttiness grows a bit as you near the drying, reasonably crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: A standard, simple, but easy-drinking O-fest (at a decent price) to kick-start the weekend.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

Another new O-Fest, courtesy of the most recent Bliss tasting. It pours a clear golden amber topped by a finger of dirty light tan foam. The nose comprises light caramel, white bread, light grass, cracked wheat, and a very light touch of clove. It's pretty bready in my nose right now. The taste follows pretty closely, though the breadiness is toned down a bit, the caramel is slightly sweeter, and there's now a small amount of orange-centered citrus. There's still a good amount of wheat in there, keeping things lighter than usual. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta watery feel. Overall, a decent O-Fest, one that's lighter, thinner, and grainier than most.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad pours a clear amber caramel hue with a nice off white head fine speckled lacing all around my glass. Aroma has a spicy noble hop tone with some toasted caramel malts backbone, pleasant smell. Flavor has a nice spicy caramel malt backbone, has a bit of a sour flavor to the malts but it actually works here. Mouthfeel is light but not thin carbonation not perfectly natural but not overdone. This is a good value Ofest from Stevens Point I really haven't had a beer I enjoy from them yet, now I can say I have.

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Photo of Tone
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, copper/gold color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, slight hops, hint of yeast, and a hint of caramel malt. Fits the style of a Marzen / Oktoberfest. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is a nice dryness as well. Tastes of European yeast, pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of hop, and a hint of caramel malt. Overall, decent appearance, decent body, aroma, and blend.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The head was active on the surface, with a feverish display of micro bubbly explosions that quickly eroded its initial 1 finger statue to a distant memory within seconds after the pour. Against lighting a pumpkin orange coloring is revealed with a spacious separation of effervesce. The lacing was weak on the hold. Would of enjoyed a more marzen/amber coloring and a sturdier head.

S: Sweet toasted caramel syrup appears on the opening nose along with moist orange peels and some sugary cereal grain. The strength was about right, maybe a bit more so then usual but personally prefer a toasted munich or Vienna malting along with some noble hops.

T: Really sweet upfront, loaded with sweet caramel syrup and sugary cereal grains with mentions of wet lemony hops. Flowery noble hops do manage to find their way within midway through the experience taming and balancing the initial sweetness. The beer progresses nicely with each sip. On the finish lied some wet lemony moments and some herbal parsley gently coating the tongue upon the swallow.

M: Sharp feel, light body with an oily texture. Nice bubbly sensation but lacked a malt fulfillment and creaminess. Overall decent.

D: After an initial sugary shock and start the beer does manage to level out and become more traditional in taste providing some light toasty malts and flowery hops. I can go for a couple of these.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.02/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

A- Pours a clear copper color with golden hues when held up to the light.

S- The aroma is toasted malt and some tart citrus in the nose as well.

T- The taste like the aroma is mostly toasted malt flavors with a very moderate touch of hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied and heavily carbonated.

O- Overall, this is a pretty average brew that I probably wouldn't purchase again. Not bad, but not something that stands out among Oktoberfest beers.

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Photo of avalon07
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden brown color and a clear consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Almost no lacing.

S: Not much of an aroma, but there were traces of malt and something sugary.

T: Tasted of malt and caramel up front but finished in a weak, watery way. Not a terrible flavor, but definitely uneven.

M: An average amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: Not undrinkable, but hardly memorable.

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Photo of Bung
3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bright orange/gold pour, about a finger of white head. Appears like a large amount of carbonation's in there.

Aroma is pretty nice and malty, bready. Some yellow raisin, citrus.

Taste is also malty, caramel and a citrus tart that cuts through. Finishes a little wishy washy, cardboard, tea.

Carbonation is just a bit too high here. Not aweful, but it is too lively. Otherwise there are no problems drinking this, other than I would probably not reach for another.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a light copper/ orange amber color with a one finger of fizzy white head. The head fades fast at first, but then slows at is gets smaller, eventually fading to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of lightly toasted malt and a good amount of caramel sweetness. These aromas are the bulk of the smell, but other lighter aromas of a grassy and toffee aroma are there as well, overall creating a sweet and lightly roasted aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with some bready flavors with some caramel sweetness. As the flavor advances the bready flavors gain a bit of roasted nature toward the middle and the end. Along with the change in the bready flavors, there are also changes in the sweet flavors as well. The caramel at the front is joined by some toffee flavors in the middle and a lighter fruit flavor at the end. With all these transitions, an herbal and grassy flavor comes to the tongue more toward the end of the taste, leaving a decently roasted but moderately sweet and grassy flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly lighter side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side. Both are rather appropriate for the style and quite appropriate for the flavor profile of the beer.

Overall – A rather average Oktoberfest. A decent blend of malt, roast, sweet and hop creating a rather easy drinking brew overall.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.05/5  rDev +16%
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 ZAP
4.12/5  rDev +18.1%
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 KarlHungus
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear bronze-amber color. The head is one inch in height and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is quite malty. Strong notes of caramel and toffee, but not much else. The taste is like the aroma. It isn't bad, but it isn't captivating the way a good marzen can be. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, there is nothing wrong with this beer, but it is rather mundane for the style. I could drink it again, but I don't see myself doing so.

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

Pours a clear copper with a very large white head that quickly disipates leaving a little lacing at the top of the glass as it departs. Almost a solid cap remains but not quite.

I smell the caramel malt and just a hint of floral hops.

The beer is true to style but otherwise unremarkable in flavor. Slightly sweet malt with just a bit of hops to clean it up. An easy drinking if a slightly thin beer with good carbonation. A solid effort but I can't really see myself seeking this beer out next fall.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
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 david18
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
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 socon67
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours amber, off-white color foam. Some lacing, and visible carbonation.

S - Smells of caramel malt, honey, and fresh grain. Quite nice.

T - Refreshing taste. Flavors of caramel and english malt come out. Sweetness of honey as well. Tastes a little like golden grahams cereal; the grainy taste is noticeable.

M - A bit of a grainy feel. Light bodied, and has a swwet finish.

O - Liked this the best of the Stevens Point beers I tried. Maybe not an iconic marzen but it is a solid enough fall beer that I'fd have it again. Particularly good beer with a heavy meal.

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Photo of Redrover
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I just returned from a visit to Stevens Point and this new offering was everywhere I went.

At the Hilltop on hwy 10, the beer is served in a standard pint, the beer is copper colored with an off-white clingy head.

The nose is if of caramel & malts.

The taste is slightly sweet and nutty. The malts add a nice roasted quality to the beer. It has just a hint of bitterness in the aftertaste. This is definitely one of the newer lighter O-fests, but it is well done with no off or odd tastes.

The mouth is pleasantly sturdy with enough heft to add some substance. This is an easy drinker that goes well with food.

Well done Point!

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From fall brew tasting notes (2010): Pours a crystal clear, golden-orange-copper colored body with a finger-width, frothy, white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a moderate lacing throughout. Aroma is some sweeter caramels with a light grainy toast. A hint of earth, honey, nuts, and bread. Flavor is solid. Caramels, a light grain, honey, toffee, bread, some nuts, a light toast, and florals. Finishes with a light, balancing earth that helps dry this out before leaving a light bitterness and a medium-length aftertaste. Very smooth, light-medium body and soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a decent Oktoberfest.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Oktoberfest pours an amber color with a nice lacing head. There is a caramel aroma, with hints of a nice crisp malt notes. The taste is the same, crisp malt backbone, with some nice caramel notes. Pretty watery, nice carbonation. Overall it has some nice flavors, good caramel notes; like a watery Sam Adams Oktoberfest.

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Photo of jampics2
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Looks nice, it's a relatively clear amber-orange with honey highlights and active carbonation. However, the head is just a small ring and the lace is spotty at best.

Smells OK, there's some sweet and toasted malt giving caramel and bread impressions and a touch of noble hops. Also a bit of weird cooked veggies that bring the score down. Not expressive enough and just a bit off.

The taste is nice, perhaps a touch better than average. The malt gives nice sweetness and some toasted notes, along with lingering sweetness and nuttiness. A touch of fruitiness but there's a strange pocket of nothing inbetween the initial tastes and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is acceptable and even over average for the style. It's light and refreshing and has decent carbonation. Finish is sweet and nutty. I like this beer (that is to say there's nothing offensive about it), but the nuttiness in the aftertaste and the overall weirdness surrounding the missing flavors make it just average for drinkability. Kick it up a notch and we'll meet again!

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Photo of Omnium
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice clear amber, one finger of fizzy white head, little lacing.
S - Some caramel malt, toasted grains, not mach else.
T - Sweet toasted caramel malt, some minor nutty character, roasted malts, a tad bit of earthy undertone. Pretty accurate for a octoberfest
M - A little sticky sweet, but not overdone.
O - Accurate portrayal of an octoberfest, not too sweet, decently balanced, good for the season.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear and orange, head and lacing ain't bad but ain't spectacular either.

Malty with bready character and some of the typical Octoberfest aromas you'd expect. OK but not memorable.

Taste is malty, plenty of sweet doughy breads, with some spices and a little bit of fruitiness.

Body is crisp and refreshing with ample carbonation. Not bad at all, very easy to drink.

As far as Octoberfest beers go, it's good, but it's nothing special.

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