Point Classic Amber | Stevens Point Brewery

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Point Classic AmberPoint Classic Amber

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Stevens Point Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of ommegoose
4.4/5  rDev +35%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had two of these at a barbecue over the weekend, and couldn't believe how good they were. And only $5 for a sixer, I couldn't wait to get to a review. In the end, I'm not sure you can get more bang for your buck than with this brew.

Having only had these out of the bottle, I wasn't so sure what the beer would look like. It poured out a surprisingly deep red, almost cranberry in color. More of a chestnut when held to the light. The head seemed overly fizzy, and receded quite quickly, only leaving a thin cap, and then just a ring after a few sips. On subsequent pours a faster pour left a plentiful head and sticky lacing.

Sweet caramel, toasty malts mark the nose. Buttery, nutty notes here and there. Out of nowhere a burst of fruit salad comes through. More than enough going on, but would have scored a bit better if hops were more prominent. Of the three, I find more Hallertau than Cascade - not so sure what Tettnang are like - but only because I know what I should be looking for.

The malt profile is interesting. There's a mix of Vienna and Marzen type malts. Toffee, caramel sweetness is nice, and it's reminiscent of both a Vienna lager and an Oktoberfest. Toasty flavors can be rich, and almost smoky at times. Coffee and cocoa notes are faintly present, and some citrus notes from the Cascades are there too. The beer is fairly well hopped for something in this price range. Hops linger on the finish, although it is pretty clean otherwise. Cascades take a backseat to the earthier hops here. There's tons going on with this beer.

Mouthfeel is not the best part of the beer. A little more fullness would complement the beer better. Still performs quite well for a lager. Carbonation is okay, and there's still some body to it.

I'm surprised scores aren't better for this. I think people may have let price influence perception of quality. This is one of the tastiest lagers I've had, and I can't recall being able to find something this good for this cheap. Then again, I haven't delved into this style before this beer, so I'll temper my excitement. I was tempted to score this even higher in a few spots. It goes down so easy too. Easy to down a sixer, considering the moderate abv. The best from Point I've had - but their Belgian White and Augsburger Golden Lager hold their own, too.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty nice tasting beer from Stevens Point Brewery. I got this in a mixed grab bag and I am actually pretty impressed. There is a nice color and aroma to this and the mouthfeel is very balanced. Dry malty overtones fill your mouth and you are left with virtually no aftertaste. Nothing amazing, but a nice session beer.

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Photo of sacfly
3.98/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz twist off, part of a mix 12 pack. No date.

Pours a clear amber/orange color with a moderate head of large off white bubbles. Aroma is caramel malt, but not too sweet, lightly burnt. Taste follows with more of a sweet fruitiness- pear. Little to no aftertaste, very light bitterness. Easy to drink and one of the more interesting of the bunch.

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Photo of phenomenologian
3.97/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Upon opening some smoke comes out. Upon pouring a white head comes that is about a finger high. It does not retain well but it laces a bit, so it looks okay but not what I am looking for. The body is of a reddish color and is pretty dark but you can still see bubbles rise to the top as they should be.

The smell makes me more excited for it. I think I smell hops and maybe roasted maltiness. maybe barley??? It has a smell to it I am familiar with and its one I like but I can't put my finger on it entirely. Smells very appealing.

It has nutty roasty malty and hoppy tastes to it. Its very very enjoyable the intertwining tastes in it. It is not strong or robust flavor but its subtlety comes in nicely making it a nice beer to drink.

For mouthfeel, its very drinkable. It has some carbonation but enough that is goes with the other features of the beer. It also has this air to it that makes you want to drink more of it.

Overall, being a person who wants beers with robust strong character, its nice to have a nice enjoyable delicious beer to drink that does not to do by being strong as it can do so while being subtle. Give this one a try. I would say that it should be rated more than what BA together gives it.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Point Amber pours a surprisingly dark copper body with almost a crimson tint to it. It's clear, and glows with amber and orange highlights beneath a creamy head of off-white that holds fairly well and leaves walls of spotty lace behind.

Some spicy and floral hops liven the nose atop its gently sweet and lightly caramel-accented maltiness.

The flavor follows the lead that the nose gives, and is de rigueur for the style with a welcome dose of medium-dark crystal malts that gives it some lightly sweet darkened-sugar flavor. The bitterness is present, but limited, falling somewhere around 18 IBU's. The spicy, floral and grassy hops, however, give it just a little edge that places it above and beyond some of the more basic examples.

A pretty nice, all-around amber lager. I could easily see enjoying a few of these at a ball game, wedding reception, or fall festival. Nicely done. Well-brewed and well-balanced.

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Photo of ZAP
3.95/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a bad vienna style beer that can be had relatively cheaply. I consider Point Brewery much better than their rivals Leinie's..and I've toured both..

This pours a reddish orange color with a clean, clear look and very little head....the nose is toasty and nutty...not real strong but a nice smell....the bigest knock is probably the body which is on the thin side but it isn't horrible...just not as strong as the rest of this beers characteristics..Taste is very nice, but subdued.....toasted malts...some hints of caramel...and almonds....this is really a pretty decent beer....not in the upper echeleon of Vienna's but a very good session beer and one I wouldn't mind drinking just about anytime...

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Photo of jsisko01
3.9/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a very dark amber color with a centimeter thick head that dissipates quickly. Has pretty nice lacing.

Smell - Roasted malts, bready, nutty, and a subtle sweetness.

Taste - Sweet with roasted malts, nutty characters, bready, and herbal.

Mouthfeel - Has a pretty light body with high carbonation.

Overall - So far I like every beer I've tried by Steven Point Brewery. This is a good amber ale.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gift From Finnel & Sager
2 Six Packs

Appearance - Carbonation is evident in the pour with alot of action. It has a dark brown to very deep red color while remaining transparent. The head at completed pour is white and stands about a 1/2 inch tall. The head is completely gone within a minute or two.

Smell - A carmel smell with hint of sweetness. The scent is faint but long lsting in my mind.

Taste - The flavor of carmeled malt is refreshing in summer or winter. There is no hint of hops as you may find with other Octoberfest or Marzen beers.

Mouthfeel - This beer feels wet as it enters the mouth. The biggest reason for that is due to the lack of hoppiness in the beer. This allows for a refreshing and less dry aftertaste in the Amber.

~ This is one of choicest local brews around Stevens Point, Wisconsin. I frequent the fine establishment Archies on a weekly basis during the winter volleyball season where they offer this fine Point selection on draft, and I take full advantage. If you haven't indulged in a Point Amber I suggest you give in and enjoy one or two or more.

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Photo of logansboat15
3.87/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A decent beer at an affordable price. Pours a deep copper hue with a thick foamy head with a surprisingly long-lasting lace. Smells fresh and piney with light hoppiness. Tastes well-blanced with a crisp, malt first wave with a tight hop finish. Moderately light mouthfeel and a light alcohol finish makes Classic Amber a moreish brew. Highly drinkable and not at all disrespectful for those with a thin wallet but desiring more than the typical domestic pilsner. I buy this regularly, mixing it up with my high ABV big beers

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.87/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic.

Pours a light rust with a nice tan one finger head.

Aroma is of wheat and grain. Sour lager yeast notes on top of the malt aroma.

Flavor is hard to pin down. This beer starts as a very malty lager with a slight astringent character, then it fades to sour-like saison notes, then moves into an almost artificial nuttiness. I think I get a little hazelnut flavor in there. Seems to be more of a mutant nut-brown than an amber. The finish is sweet, nutty and slightly fruity. There is a bit of adjunct there I just can't figure what it is.

Mouthfeel is crisp. High amount of carbonation bites the tongue. I fear without it the sweetness may be cloying. Light body, but it is supposed to be a lager profile and not an ale, so I let it pass.

Not bad overall, interesting to say the least. this is quite a bit of flavor for what I'd assumed would be an adjunct lager type beer.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.85/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a light brown amber with ok carbonation. The head is small tan and leaves little lace.

The smell is a light caramel sweet malt.

The taste follow, much more like the classic Marzen I adore then many others.

The mouthfeel is good, nice body and good carbonation.

The drinkability is good, smooth easy drinking brew. Prosit, MK

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Photo of Lemke10
3.85/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a 12pk sampler of Stevens Point Beer for $11.99 from Woodman's in Janesville, WI in Spring 2011.

Pours a dark copper color with a slight fluffy head. Scent is mostly that of grains and sweet malts. Taste is slightly heavier than I expected. Toasted malts and sweet malts clash together to ignite the taste buds. Overall has a sweet, refreshing taste that is very drinkable. A great everyday kind of beer.

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Photo of skeetermoses
3.84/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this beer last night, although it was the last beer of the night. It held up to the Killians and others I had last night, I do say this is really a beer I will enjoy in the future. i am looking forward to the other beers this brewing company offers.

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Photo of HopHeadKen
3.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery, this seemed overcarbonated with a lot of foamy ivory colored head which settled down after a bit.

Smell was carmel malt without much hop aroma;
Taste was malt and carmel with well balanced hops.
Good mouthfeel.

I think If I lived in Wisconsin I would drink this often !

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.8/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Color is pretty good, a bit darker brown than I expected but really no head from this one, it turns to a slight ring.

S - Slight toasted almond with a bit of sweet malts. Smells ok.

T - Taste starts with a bit of toasted almond with a mild bit of hops but very faint and finishes very sweet with a light bit of caramel and toffee.

M - Light to medium but one of the lightest amber's I ever had.

Overall I actually like this more than Yuengling's amber lager which is puzzling since it's a lower score.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.8/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle from Morrisons Supermarket (£1.50):
Copper amber with a bubbly white head on top that ends up as a lacing that sticks around the sides of the glass.

Sweet with a lot of malts coming through, mainly caramel and toffee ones but also some floral notes. There is a nice hop presence that adds to the nose with some bread and lighter fruits.

Sweet malts, some caramel and a little bit of brown sugar together with some bread and dried fruits. There is a touch of citrus and then some floral hops with a very faint earthy taste.

Medium with moderate carbonation and a sweetish mouthfeel & a solid balance between flavours. The finish is a bittersweet one with a smooth feel that would make a great session beer.

A fairly decent beer with a nice malt taste that struck a good balance with the sweetness that appeared throughout the beer. A very pleasant beer and one I'll pick up again if it stays at this price.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.8/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a deep clear amber color. A nice looking beige head tops the beer and coats the glass nicely as I drink. There's a pretty nice somewhat thick malt aroma. Seems like a munich and/or vienna style of malt. This is really a pretty decent amber lager. Nice malt taste. But an even nicer dry, hoppy note. It accentuates the maltiness in this beer very nicely. Body is about medium. Very drinkable.

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Photo of ryantupy
3.79/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beers most notable point is in its pour. It pours a nice copper hue with tons of tiny little bubbles racing to the top. With a nice off white frothy head and good retention. It smelled of malt sweetness, spice, fruit peels or fruit spcie, and soem floral notes as well. It tasted smooth and sweet with a nice balance of hops and malts. There were hints of malt sweetness, fruit spice, and a slight bitter finish. All around a very nicely balanced beer that was relaxing and enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.78/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Photo of ByTor2112
3.76/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice Amber color. A medium tan head dissipated but left a thin ring and comes back with a nice swirl of the glass. I loved this beer from the moment the mild hops hit the palate. A nice malty flavor is present and the Pale malt is easily tasted. A good froth on the palate releases nice sweeter malt flavors and the finish gest the hops back in play. Point has done well in improving their offerings and this brew was good and very drinkable. A perfect example of what an Amber should be. Cheers, Joe

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Photo of Onenote81
3.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another one from these guys that I got from my brother. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear red with a frothy white head. Nose is sweet and fruity. Mild citrus, apple, honey. Crisp mouth, clean, subtle twangy finish. Sweet beer with sugar cookies, citrus, mild bitterness. Another good beer that is as simple as it is tasty.

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Photo of Hackattack
3.75/5  rDev +15%
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.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.75/5  rDev +15%

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

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stevens Point Classic Amber, a taste of the northwoods, poured a 12oz bottle into a pint/nonic glass.

A: The beer poured a rich clear copper-red, with about a half inch of fluffy white head at the top.

S: The aroma is mainly caramel malt with a hint of hops, bread, and nuts.

T: I mainly get caramel malt, some nuttiness, and a subtle spice. The beer leaves a slightly sweet finish on the palate.

M: Crisp, clean, a medium-bodied beer, carbonation was ok.

O: A very good offering from Stevens Point. The Classic Amber is a very approachable beer with some character.

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Photo of wahhmaster
3.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent amber color with a large tan head. The head dissipates slowly but leaves little lacing.

Smell: Malty with a bit of grassy hoppiness.

Taste: Very sweet and malty but balanced well with some hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A little thin up front but gains some body towards the finish. Finishes a little dry.

Drinkability: A decent amber lager. This beer is interchangable with almost any other amber lager out there but is still pretty good. Worth a try but don't go out of your way.

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