Point Classic Amber
Stevens Point Brewery

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American Amber / Red Lager
Ranked #147
Ranked #47,634
3.28 | pDev: 15.55%
Stevens Point Brewery
Wisconsin, United States
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German-Helles from Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

pours an amber brownish with white foam that completely disappeared within seconds. Plenty of carbonation, no lacing
The smell is nice, caramel and the malt
Tastes fine, caramel sweetness, a little malty, semi dry, not overly bitter
I can feel the carbonation but it has a light creamy feel
This is a good beer, very drinkable, I like it.

Feb 16, 2019
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

3.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear amber reddish brown with a small tan head that dissipates immediately leaving no lacing. Aroma is faint, almost non existent. Flavor is caramel and lightly roasted malt. Feel is light and crisp. Overall only okay.

Jan 01, 2019
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A great lunch lager.
I am thrilled to review Classic Amber as my first from Point. (I had Point before, but not since I went to college in Wisconsin and it was just 3.2 ABV.... yes, I'm afraid I'm that old.... as that law for 18 year olds was changed in 1974, after I became 21 anyway.) But Point was a very big deal in the early 1970s, winning big-time accolades from the likes of Mike Royko (nationally syndicated columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times) and, in other ways, becoming a cult beer and, I'd argue, opened a window into the world of flavor that crafters have now made into a wonderland.

Point persists to this day: having gone the cycle of family brewery to being bought in the 1990s by a Chicago venture to going back to Wisconsin-owned in this century and, then, expanding into a national brand. An interesting history that today's crafters should know about before selling.

And I'm glad I picked Amber to drink in this later phase of my career of drinking beer. (I'm approaching 1000 brewers.)
For Amber Looks good (actually like many an O-fest.) But Amber Smells like a Vienna (mostly malt and some herbal/floral hops.) And it Tastes like a Vienna (lacking the bittering hops associated more with American O-fests.) Amber sits in the mouth a bit puny... but then, all I'm doing is washing down a veggie burger for lunch.

And after several hundred words, that is my Point !

Dec 28, 2018
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.3/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Woburn Melbourne Florida.
Dark brown body with a weak head. Dark roasted malts and high bitterness for style (but bitterness is still mild). Medium body and carbonation.

Oct 19, 2018
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VermilionVulpine from Iowa

1.9/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The flavor and aroma of the beer were ok but they were hard to detect, like when a drink is watered down. Very muted aftertaste. While not as important as the beer itself, I found the design of the label to be similarly lackluster. Overall, it felt like a half-hearted attempt. Less like a beer and more like a beer flavored beverage.

Feb 04, 2018
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pat61 from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: pours brilliant copper amber to light brown under a cream colored to light tan foam collar with moderate retention.

S: light malts, some toast and very faint green apple.

T: Rich malty sweet with light caramel. The malt is medium and the hop bitterness is low. There is some anise and spice from the malt and faint apple.

F: medium to a little above, and the carbonation is medium.

O: altogether too sweet. There is some hop bitterness but no where near enough to balance the malt.

Jun 18, 2017
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Hackattack from Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Just for old time's sake, I am reviewing this one from memory because I want to get my beer karma up to 300. This was special since it was hard for us to get for distribution and legal age reasons. But this tasted good compared to slamming warm quarts of Blatz in the treehouse.

Apr 03, 2017
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drpimento from Wisconsin

3.4/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma, muted, is a mix of toasted malt, and solvents. Flavor has the toasted malt come out and become the best part of this beer. Body is a little off, bit thin, slightly over carbonated. Still, not a bad brew.

Jul 29, 2016
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.64/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Trying the Amber Lager from a mixed 12. It poured a clear amber with no head and no lace. The scent had hints of malt. The taste was evenly balanced and was easy to drink. The Mouthfeel was lighter in body with poor carbonation. Overall it's a good beer but more carbonation and head would be nice.

Jul 16, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Amber beer pours amber color. Dark amber. Little bit of sweetness, oktoberfest like toffee and nutty notes.

Everything super mild, I guess its well done. Not my thing, its a sweet amber lager. I mean, I might be a sweet amber lover, but lager, that just doesn't do it for me. Middle of the road average lager with some color.

Jan 18, 2016
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ordybill from Georgia

3.23/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear reddish amber color, with a medium sized white head. The aroma is slightly nutty with some sweet maple. This is a very average beer.

Jan 12, 2016
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BigDaddyWarbuxx from Iowa

3.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not a lot of flavor to this one. A high level of carbonation makes me think they were aware of this and tried to compensate, but all it has is a malt flavor.

Aug 12, 2015
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The-Adjunct-Hippie from South Dakota

3.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A : The head pours a slightly musty yellow color, 1 finger tall. It quickly dissipates into nothing. The body is an interesting prune juice purple with hints of iced tea here and there. 80% opaque. No lacing left on the glass from the head. Major deduction for the lack of head.

S : Oh, it even smells like prune juice. Slight rooty, musty malt. Not much else to remark.

T : It's got a nice roasted fig flavor with some well-done barley malts and brown bread crust. The baked flavor is good here, perhaps a tad oat-y, and ends fruity with some red grape and vinous flavors. Lots of good caramel flavors, bread crusts, and fruity notes.

F : Exciting carbonation on top of a dry body and a papery wet finish. Slight dryness on the finish as well.

O : The best part about this is the taste. Obviously that's the most important thing, so I'd have this again. Not bad in the taste department - a sure departure from the typical amber ale.

Aug 03, 2015
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Pegasus from Texas

3.54/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear dark copper in color, with a robust, moderately dense cream-colored head, with excellent retention. Belgian-style lacing adorns the g;ass walls, and there is profuse, fine-beaded, fast-rising carbonation.

Aroma: Moderately sweet caramel and toasted malt dominate the aroma, there are floral, spice, and fruit notes from the hops that blend well with the malty character of the aroma.

Taste: The caramel and toasted bread malts are out front in the taste, soon after, some tea flavors present. The tea and the malt flavors dominate the taste to the close, with a little late hop spiciness, although the malt is surprisingly dominant.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, with very soft carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Pleasant and very drinkable as summer draws to a close.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Jul 24, 2015
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

3.29/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle

Pours a clear amber brown, bit of fizzy lacing.

Smells of caramel and brown sugar with biscuit undertones. Rich and malty.

Tastes of toasty bread and sugary malts with a papery finish.

Light body with stinging carbonation.

Fairly decent malty lager, not especially memorable. The aroma is nice but the flavor is more bland than you'd expect. All in all, passable.

Jul 17, 2015
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StoutHunter from Michigan

3.12/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Point's Classic Amber last week for $1.79 at Boyne Country Provisions. I've never had this beer before and I was looking for some new beers to try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok,it's plain and it isn't too eye catching. It poured a fairly clear amber color that took on more of a red color when held to the light and it had two and a half fingers worth of creamy and fluffy light tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it didn't leave any lacing behind. This was a nice looking beer, but I wish it left some lacing behind.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts being the first to show up and they impart some caramel malt, light grainy and sweet malt aromas with some doughy and fruity yeast showing up in the background. Towards the end there just a slight earthy hop aroma. This beer has a decent aroma, but I wish it had more balance.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts being the first to show up and they impart the same malty aspects that they did in the aroma with no single one seeming to stick out the most and it's followed by the yeast which takes on more of a fruity aspect this time. On the finish there's just a slight hoppy flavor with a sweet malt and caramel malt aftertaste. This beer tastes Ok, but it seems to be very average for the style.

M- Smooth, pretty crisp, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is decent, but it could use a little less carbonation.

Overall I thought this beer was just ok and I thought it was a very average example of the style, it seemed to be pretty true to style, but nothing stuck out and it seemed to be pretty average in just about every aspect. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, one is enough for me, I don't have the urge to drink another. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance, it's nice and it's the highlight of this beer. What I like the least about this beer is the taste and drinkability, they were very average and could use some work. I wouldn't buy this beer again and I can't say I would recommend it. All in all this beer was just ok, it wasn't bad, but it didn't have anything to make it memorable. It's one of my least favorite beers from this brewery and it's average at best for the style. Better luck next time guys, this one could use some work.

Jun 26, 2015
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superspak from Michigan

3.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 1/29/2015. Pours fairly crystal clear deep copper/amber color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of caramel, toast, biscuit, brown sugar, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, biscuit, brown sugar, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light earthy herbal/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, brown sugar, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Nicely clean on lager flavors with minimal yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.7%. Overall this is a nice Vienna lager style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

May 16, 2015
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.67/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Classic Amber pours a dark reddish color with a small head. There is a very sweet spicy aroma, its very odd, and a bit offensive. The taste is very crisp, clean, with a nice malty flavors. Good flavors, a little flat. Overall its a very clean, crisp and tasty amber lager.

Nov 19, 2014
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BeerWithMike from Nebraska

3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

Sampling right now on 10/27/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a 'CHEERS-BOSTON" handled glass stein.

Pours a very deep amber in color with a good 1-finger off-white cap that settles down to just along the sides of the glass. Some spotty lacing is seen when sipped that slides back down the sides after a minute of so. The aroma is of some roasted malts and some brown sugar. Little more going on with the taste with some caramel malts, hint of spice, dark fruit and yeast in the mix as well. A very slight 'pine' finish which adds some to this brew. No harsh or bitter aftertaste is noted though. Medium-bodied with lower carbonation. Overall it is a decent brew

Oct 27, 2014
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BrewAskew from Oklahoma

3.01/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours to a thin off-white head that falls to a thin layer that laces minimally and a dark amber color. Aroma is a toasty malt, brown sugar and slightly fruity notes and a touch of grassy hops. Taste is weak and dusty (this beer may be old?) with toasted, caramel malt and a weak, waxy hop balance. It's not bad but it is rather unremarkable. Mouthfeel is crisp and fizzy, much like BMC. Overall a so-so beer. Bear in mind I could not find a freshness date on this beer and it was stored at room temperature for lord only knows how long. In an Oklahoma package store. Change the damn law already!

Jul 04, 2014
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jazzyjeff13 from England

3.54/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A 355ml bottle with a BB of May 2014, so it's a little out of date. Acquired a while back from a supermarket. This UK version is called Point Amber Lager on the label but I presume it's the same beer.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A rich coppery-amber hue with faint haze and good carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Slight lacing. Aroma of caramel malt with hints of mild pine, spice, fruity ale yeast, barley sugar and stewed hops. Faintly sweet.

Tastes of caramel malt with a spicy hop character and a crisp, bitter finish. Notes of pine resin, subtle weed, spicy hops, caramel, fruity ale yeast, a hint of sugar and stewed hops. Slightly sweet, followed by a restrained bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and good body. Mildly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of pine resin, bitter hops and sweet caramel.

Not too shabby; in fact it goes down quite nicely. Looks the part, while the aroma and flavour have a caramel malt backbone paired with some satisfying pine notes. Good body. A pretty solid amber lager with more flavour than most. Worth sampling if you come across it.

Jun 30, 2014
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EmperorBevis from England

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled and purchased from bargain supermarket B&Ms
Pours a rusty red hued amber with decent enough white head that pretty much sticks around
Slightly sweet good amber

Jun 05, 2014
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Hergestridge from Illinois

3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Classic Amber is just ok. Nothing Special, because overall, Stevens Point Brewery puts out a consistently good product. This is not one of them. Since this was part of a craft variety pack, the rest of the lot made the purchase well worth the while.. But then.. maybe it's just me.. being on an IPA tear and all...
~Carry On Citizens!!!~

Apr 23, 2014
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TheSSG from Illinois

3.58/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a large, soapy, off-white head that has impressive persistence. Bread dominates the nose. Radiantly clear burnt umber color. Starts with a toasted malt sweetness; almost caramel. A flash of floral hops before a huge wave of biscuit comes through and lingers all the way into the finish.
It has a crisp, smooth mouthfeel that is almost stereotypically lager.

This is some smooth drinking if you want something malty. At $6/6-pack, it's hard to beat.

Apr 09, 2014
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BlackHaddock from England

3.08/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

355ml Bottle: labelled in the UK as Amber Lager for some reason. Poured into a stemmed 'Yuengling' badged glass at home on 26th Nov 13.

Guess what colour it was? Correct, amber: the head being white and lasting. The body clear but not really bright.

The aroma was initially malt led, as the beer warmed a little the hops came into their own smell wise: they overcame the slight malty molasses aroma and took over along with mini metallic twang.

The taste was a pleasant blend of maltiness and bittering hops, the hops giving a dry and long finish.

A bit fizzy for me, but others will say it's well carbonated no doubt: a malty lager, no more, no less.

Nov 26, 2013
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Beer rating: 76 out of 100 with 315 ratings