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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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
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 GRPunk
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Twist top bottle without dating code, poured into a mug.

A- 2-finger, off-white head quickly settles to 1/2-finger pretty quickly and eventually to a full film. Good sticky rings are left on the glass. The body is a very clean, copper with moderate-to-heavy carbonation.

S- Bready/doughy initially. Lighter, spicy hops in the background. While pleasant, it's all a bit muted.

T- More doughy, breadiness as described in the aroma. Sweeter notes come in a little later. Hopping is on the spicy side and bring things into balance.

M- Moderate to heavy carbonation at first. I either got used to it, or it mellowed a little later on. An initial sting accompanies the surge of carbonation, but again falls off later. Moderate viscosity.

D- It's an easy drinker, but the style as a whole tends to be easy drinking. It doesn't really set itself apart from others. That said, at $5.99 for a sixer, I'd consider buying it again when I need a Marzen fix.

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Photo of riversider76
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber orange with a one finger white head. Lots of bubbles. good retention and a very nice lace. Aroma is of bready malts. Nice,but a bit weak. Body is the lighter side of medium and carbonated. Taste is malty,with a bit of a honey/dark fruit through out. Smooth finish. Another solid offering from Point.

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Photo of jampics2
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
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 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 crossovert
3.49/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz twist off brown bottle.

The appearance for this one is a dead ringer for a Shiner Oktoberfest, It is orange/amber in color, perhaps a bit lighter with a crappy fizzy white head that dissipates in about 10 seconds.

The smell on this oen is decent for an oktoberfest, there is a soapy scent hat is kind of off putting, but overall it is a clean smelling version of the style. It doesn't bring a ton of maerzen character but enough.

This one is also unnofensive int he flavor, though im picking up some diacetyl. It is nutty, caramally, with a sourdough character. It isn't too sweet like a lot of midrange oktoberfests. There is a light hop bitterness, nothing offensive, but nothing flattering.

The mouthfeel seems a bit weak, but it is nice and drinkable.

A middle of the road oktoberfest form a brewery known for brewing some crap.

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Photo of avalon07
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
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 +4.9%
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 Yojimbo1941
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Guinness pint glass.

A- Golden amber with a somewhat thin head.

S- Cinnamon, spices, toasted malt, bread. Pretty nice actually.

T- Carbonation bite really hits quickly leading into a sweet bread flavor with a little spice then a slightly bitter hop aftertaste. Still, not very complex unfortunately and every flavor is muted. It's too bad because this smells great.

M- Medium light, lots of carbonation in the beginning.

D- It's not bad but there are other Oktoberfest beers I would go to first. Still, this is decent; a good fall back beer and it was great for steaming bratwurst with onions last night.

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Photo of dbtoe
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz poured into a pint
Oktoberfest beers are my favorite style so this is a great time for beer. Leinies and Point are the first ones on the shelves here and I just had to pick them up. Both are a fairly average Oktoberfest. Leinies is a hair more spicy and Point is a hair more earthy. Truthfully they both are very similar and I can't tell them from each other unless they are side by side. I can't wait for the other brands to start showing up. I'll be getting more of both Leinies and Point until NG's Staghorn Hits the shelves. I really want to score these much higher. Self control anyone? :)

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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 gordavidson
3.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A clear orange liquid with a few streams of carbonation rising to the top. The head is very light and splotchy and settles to be almost non-existent.

S- Apple juice, and a bit of a floral aspect. Pretty generic smelling, but not too bad.

T- Sweet caramel and fruits. Enjoyable.

M- Clean with a decent carbonation bite.

D- An enjoyable take on the style, although they are beginning to taste pretty similar. The sweetness keeps this unique enough.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.74/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Situation: Capping off a Black Friday...without shopping!
Glassware: Saranac willibecker...
Appearance: healthy orange body with a thick, pillowy two-finger head that settles nicely... consistent effervescence...
Aroma: light hints of malt but basically a pilsner in breadth and depth...
Palate: medium-bodied lager; an effervescent kick early that mellows...
Taste: vigorous malts arrest the throat; a bit sharper than expected, and more of a pilsner in its flavoring than a lager--not a compliment considering the expectations...
Overall: underwhelming take on a fall classic--tought to slag a beer that could prop up a tailgate, but this doesn't make me look forward to next fall or to buying another six of this, sooo...

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Photo of happygnome
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pours a beautiful golden orange color with about an inch of white head that doesnt disappear too fast but when it does it leaves a slim layer of lace covering the entire top of the beer
s: caramel and earthy aroma biscuity aroma
t: caramel with hints of earthy bitterness very nice
m: light to medium bodied beer with ample carbonation

overall, i really enjoyed this brew will get it again especially with the very reasonable price

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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 ibbjamin
3.39/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $1.33 for a 12oz bottle from Festival Foods in Manitowoc, WI. Poured into a pint glass to review.

White head of about an inch that is fizzy towards the bottom and frothy up top. Quite carbonated visually. Transparent copper color. About a quarter inch of fizzy retention and some nice, thick sheets of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Has a grainy, raw adjunct aroma with some grassy hops, biscuity malts and mild wheat.

Taste is balanced with grassy hops and grainy malts dominating.

Light to medium in body with a lower alcohol content makes this go down quickly. Good carbonation. Nice, creamy and lively mouthfeel with a medium length finish of biscuity malts.

A nice late fall holiday accompaniment that was pleasant to drink.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 11-16-09
Cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Dark tan/copper colored, decent carbonation but less than 1 finger of foam

S - Sweet malt note, hint of pine trailing behind.

T - Not much of a sweet taste, overpowered by the malts, piney aftertaste

M - Medium bodied, strong malt aftertaste, finished pretty smooth surprisingly

D - My first brew from Stevens Point, a decent Oktoberfest, pretty strong in the malt category but does smooth out to a lighter finish. This is a brew that I can enjoy more than one of.

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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 wheatyweiss
3.27/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a skiiny American pint.

Pours a medium copper, light orange. Huge three finger head stands proud and sticks well.

Aroma is a bit weak even when warm. Ligh malt aroma with a bit of sweet honey and toast.

Flavor is malt, up front. Malt is sweet and mealy. Slightly corn and husky grain. Hops are non-existant, but the malt is there. Malt roast causes a big amount of caramel flavors.

Mouthfeel is tin to medium with a decent amount of carbonation.

Not a bad beer for a Marzen, but not great.

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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 WakeandBake
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper,with a faint light tan head no lacing. Aroma of caramel, hay,and nuts. A very light mouthfeel, little carabonation.Flavor of sweet malt,hay,and lightly roasted caramel, medium carbonation, short finish, light body. Not a bad brew but very average in all aspects,would try again.Quite sessionable.

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Photo of webbcreative
2.7/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured light copper color, with 2 finger white head. A = faint toasty-ness, not too much else going on here. T = little bit more of the toasty flavor, but its pretty weak. The hops barely show up here, just enough to keep it from being unbalanced to the sweet side. mouthfeel is maybe a notch below medium.

Overall this is just a really typical offering from Point, which average at best. Seems like every aspect of this beer needs to be bumped up a notch or two. This is just to light overall for me.

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Photo of danielharper
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Transparent, orange/red, with thin white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Sweet, malty, slightly nutty.

Taste: Rich, heavy with malt, strongly yeasty. Slightly dry on the finish. Actually quite good.

Mouthfeel: Moderate thickness, no particular hoppiness or carbonation. Good, clean.

Drinkability: A nice Oktoberfest. Definitely worth a try for fans of the style.

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Photo of bort11
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into an 30 oz mug. That gives me plenty of room to do a hard pour and get a massive head. Nice to look at, though it doesn't hold up as long as I would like it to. Color is a clear shiny copper. It's the shade of a brand new penny.

Smell has a toasted malt and cracker aroma. Mild hint of noble hops. Taste has a dark bread flavor with a mild ginger finish. That ginger leaves a mild tingle sensation on the sides of my tongue.

Mouthfeel has a mild chewiness to it, but overall goes down smooth and quickly. It does sit a little heavy, so I'm not sure how long I could last Maß after Maß. I would probably get full before I got drunk.

Blipped "Polka Your Eyes Out" by Weird Al Yankovic

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another Oktoberfest beer hot fresh from the brewery. Well as fresh as my local store could get it. Poured into my glass the beer is bright clear golden brown hue. It looks alot like apple juice. The aroma isn't very strong. What is there is sweet and a tad malty. It actually has a fruity hint to the nose. The flavor is about as muted as the aroma. Slightly malty some yeasty breadiness, almost no hop bite at all. Sweet and dry on the tongue for sure. Medium body with little carbonation. Overall it's not offensive but, not exactly memorable either.

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Point Oktoberfest from Stevens Point Brewery
3.5 out of 5 based on 254 ratings.
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