Point Classic Amber | Stevens Point Brewery

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Point Classic AmberPoint Classic Amber

Brewed by:
Stevens Point Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-29-2002

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Reviews: 133 | Ratings: 301
Photo of tigg924
1.81/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance:caramel in color, 1/4 inch head, high carbonation, clear

Smell: toasted malt, chemicals, and suger

Taste: toasted malt, chemicals, touch of apple, and suger

Mouthfeel: light bodied, high carbonation, sweet

Drinkability: Not a favorite. This one tastes way to chemical like and not well balanced. I will pass on this in the future.

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Photo of mightyhef
2.17/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance- Deep copper color deeper than most ambers

Smell- none, (Vacuumed packed for freshness??)

Taste-Light sweetness upfront with even caramel malt body..short finish, as in falling off a cliff short..

Mouthfeel- light

drinkability-might be ok for macro drinkers,but not for anyone accustomed to taste

overall-wants to be a macro when it grows up

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Photo of PokerGod
2.18/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance- red-tan color pours clearly. One finger head leaves a nice small bubbled foamy crown which lingers.

Smell- Strange for this style, smells kind of chocolatey. Malty without the over-the-top bready notes that some dislike.

Taste- Mildly malty with a bit of a roasted caramel taste. But it seems to have a metallic aftertaste that I find a bit disheartening.

Overall- I've had other beers from this brewer that I liked and I'm a fan of Amber Ales. i thought two and two would equal four, but here it apparently equals zero. I won't be buying this again.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.21/5  rDev -32%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a pint. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a reddish amber. Disappointing head formation. Just white bubbles.

(S)- Corny sweet malts. . .

(T)- Corn husk with a pale-ish hoppy malt thing.

(M)- Crisp and slightly sweet and bitter. Fine carbonation level.

(D)- Very dissapointing for its amber classification. Very lackluster in every way. Almost bland.

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Photo of Quaffer
2.21/5  rDev -32%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: This was a deep amber beer with a fizzy tan head. It disappeared almost immedeately, leaving a thin ring around the glass. This, too, had vanished before the beer was gone. There was no lacing at all.

Smell: Oooo, this was not good. There was a very light, sweet malt aroma that tried to make itself known through the other not-so-pleasant smells. Corn and a stinging, antiseptic-like aroma were the main components. Of course, this got worse as the beer got warmer. At one point, I even started to smell bile rising from the glass. Like I said, not good.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied and watery on the finsh. Kind of smooth, though.

Taste: The taste was just mild, sweet malt combined with a little spiciness. There were no hops flavors at all. A bit of that macro-like corn flavor hangs around in the background, but it is not very strong. I hate to leave it at that, but that's all there is to this beer.

This beer is not worth the effort. It reminds me a lot of weak, wannabe beers like Killians and Amber Bock. And the smell is bad.

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Photo of BadBadger
2.24/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Oh what an eventual disappointment this beer is once it hits the palate. It pours from the bottle a dark copper color. There is a faint fruity hoppy aroma. There is a massive head which lasts for but a few brief moments. The taste is bland, with barely a lingual taste bud being tantalized. The mouth feel is best described as being wet, like drinking a class of water. I could only recommend this beer for those actively flying commercial aircraft or doing extensive yard work on a steaming hot day.

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Photo of Fugazme
2.24/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a nice copper with bright, white head. Decent lacing.
Looks are deceiving.

Smell was of grain and rubber. Kind of offensive.

Taste was grain. Not balanced at all. Seems like a cheap beer.
I could see drinking this to get drunk when a macro was the only other choice.

I must be honest and say I wish I hadn't chosen this one for a pick-a-six.

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Photo of marc77
2.29/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear ruddy amber hue. Initially fluffy, off white head recedes into a thin, but dense layer that manages loose lace. The aroma is odd, unbalanced combination of toasted malt, sweet caramel, herbal hops along with a grainy, lighty metallic twang and slight sulfur. Hint of sickly sweet corny DMS adds a macroesque edge. Non descript, sugary toffee hits the palate at first, then is ensued by mildly astringent, grainy 6-row husk and non descript ambient sweetness. As the beer breathes, graininess mellows into a refined white bread like quality. Paltry hop bitterness leaves residual sweetness unhindered and nearly cloying if not for the thin, overly attenuated body. DMS emerges late along with a resurgence of dark caramel malt, lending a cooked, creamed corn on stale toast impression. Finishes faintly herbal, with notes of dry cracker and hominy. Classic Amber is a poor Marzen, and is reminescent of a 25% Rolling Rock, 25% Killians, 50% Spaten Ofest mix. If this is all malt, they sure tried to make it taste like it has large amount of adjuncts. Skip this one.

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Photo of homebrew311
2.34/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is clear amber with some head, poor retention. The nose features uninspiring amber malts with sweet grainy notes. Light waves of grapes an molasses with a hint of caramel. Taste is light and sweet with molasses and watery grain. Not much character. Mouthfeel is light, dry, and highly carbonated. Overall, pretty blah.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
2.5/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this beer on tap at the Rum Line Bar in Bayfield, Wisconsin.

Appearance - Clear reddish-amber color. Minimal head and not much lacing.

Smell - Very Light. Some malt and maybe a whiff of weak hops.

Taste - Light and mildly flavored, mostly malts and just a little hint of hops. Nothing special.

Mouthfeel - Light and thin, almost watery.

Drinkability - Eh, I've had better Ambers and Point Brewery is doing nothing special with this one.

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Photo of barczar
2.51/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear amber with solid 1 finger cream head that lingers.

Citrus fruit and toasted caramel malt lead the aroma, followed by a hint of herbal hop and a slight nuttiness.

Lemony tang underlies the flavor throughout, with bready malt eventually providing relief in the finish. It's fairly simple.

Mouthfeel is slightly watery, with moderate carbonation accentuating the tang, giving a spritzy sensation.

Not what I expected as an amber. Hoping I got a bad bottle. Not nearly enough hop or malt flavor.

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Photo of logmacschlog15
2.56/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours a red translucent amber. A little over one finger of white head that dissapates fairly quickly. Looks like an amber ale.

S: There is some very skunky smells coming from this one. Also some very light grainy notes, almost corny.

T: Grainy sweetnes with some very, very, slight caramel notes. Very light. A very slight hop bitterness to balance out the sweetness.

M: The mouthfeel is a tad bit watery but the carbonation adds a slight creamy feel. Light bodied.

O: This beer is okay if your looking for something like a darker version of PBR.

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Photo of Oxymoron
2.58/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Didn’t your mother tell you not to pint? This classic amber pours a strong copper color with hints of orange and amber colors. Really this is the like looking at a fresh penny. The head was very small and no lacing. Both were gone quickly.

The smell was light. Some malt characteristics are the most noticeable. Some light munich and vienna flavors in the malt and blend with a somewhat sweeter and earth-esk hop tone. Some what of a minerally or what I can describe as hard-watery nose to it as well.

The taste has a light malt flavor with a bread like taste to it. Some very light roasted characteristics with a lighter base malt mixed together. The hops are very light on the tong too. Some limited earthiness specifically at the front but more lighter, herbal floral tastes as well.

The beer is overall very light but not really watered down. Some good taste are here but they are minute. Also there a “hard-water” in the nose and taste that I just not like. So take it on that.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.59/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Clear, caramel coloration, a dark amber, with a nice, thick creamy off-white head. Aroma is, wel, too sweet and malty, with little balance, and an adjuct-y flintiness. Too much like the unpleasant swill smell I've tried to avoid throughout my beer drinking career. Slight hops and mineraly-ness, but it falls flat, and lays there like a stinker.
Taste? there's a malty feel, a caramel tone that swims around the palate, but it leaves as quick as it comes. Light body, short finish, little texture, too much carbonation at the front. Hollow, listless...a trace amount of flavor trickles back and flits down the throat, but it's not a terribly happy sensation. This one's definitely for the lower rung, and will impress only those with small reserves of taste and infinite tolerance for blandness.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.61/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear light amber color. The head is a quarter inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of very faint caramel malt, but mostly there is no aroma. The taste is a little stronger, but mostly water. The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a very weak amber ale that I cant see myself drinking again.

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Photo of Winter
2.64/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours an attractive clear amber in color. Great color, but the lack of a head is disappointing. Weird aroma. Started off smelling like wet cardboard. But as the beer was given a chance to breathe, caramel and an almond nuttiness emerge. Medium-bodied mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Taste is disappointing. There's a watered down malt flavor. Some caramel, but not much going on here. A mild hop bitterness emerges toward the back. It doesn't really balance the malt sweetness as it's not that strong to begin with. A very uninteresting amber.

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Photo of BDIMike
2.67/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear reddish-brown color. No carbonation or head.
Smells barely of malt. Nothing else really.
Not much taste at all. Straight malt.
Good mouthfeel. A little sharp, but smooth on the way down.
Drinkability is ok. It is smooth, but very boring and weird after-taste, so I wouldn't drink more than one or so.
Beer is boring and a little odd tasting.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
2.71/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

A. Pours out a clear standard amber in color with about a minute’s worth of two fingers of white foamy head, some minor lacing gets left behind with each sip.
S. Very faint floral hopping on top of a light generic maltiness aroma.
T. Same as the nose, I would have liked to have a component of mild grassy or herbal hopping or even some kind of nutty malt flavor, but it just isn’t happening here. Sticks to the same generic malt flavor as on the nose.
M. Medium texture and heft, lightly carbonated.
Rather run of the mill and forgettable if not for a slightly better-than-average head structure.

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Photo of scarfacecrowe
2.72/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured a watery chocolate color with alot of carbination, the head disappeared almost immediately. Beer did not have much of an aroma and the flavor was a bit watered down, I did notice hints of bread and coffee and aftertaste of honey. This is just an average beer, I think I would enjoy Killian's just as much.

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Photo of soco7tyx7
2.79/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A nice dark amber color with a thick soapy off-white with some decent lacing

S - Mostly malt with a wet rag smell with a touch of hops but not much else going on

T - About the same as the smell. Mostly bready malt, not much in the way of hops, corny with a touch of bitterness in the finish

M - Feels decent in the mouth. Medium-light body, dry and pretty refreshing

D - Overall kinda disappointing. Wanted to give Point a try and was hoping for a solid amber but for the style it is lacking. Kinda tasteless but certainly easy to drink. I must say that it is a great looking beer! I'll give em' another try. I hear the RIS is good

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Photo of scaliasux
2.81/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Medium reddish-amber. Clear. Thick off-white head - appears fairly persistent.

Smell - Light. Mildly spicy malt. Maybe a whiff of yeast.

Taste - Flavor is rather light. Mildly spicy sweet malt. Appears pretty well balanced. Best described as unobtrusive.

Mouthfeel - Light, almost watery. Crisp.

Drinkability - A little more flavor and a little different flavor than a macro lager. Nothing especially notable here, though. Might be a good choice if options are few.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
2.83/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ruby red, has some nice brown highlights. ¼ inch plain creamy white head, nil lacing. Grainy nose, some sweet malts barely detectable. Biscuity, some toasted malts off the cuff; very thin in the body, contrary to the style characteristics. There are some caramel and wheat cracker notes, the palate is left cleansed. There isn’t much going on here, and this certainly fails to the O-Fest/Marzen standards. Another plain-Point-product.

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Photo of whynot44
2.83/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium bodied, nice reddish amber color with a light tan head.

Aroma is mild toasted malt.

Taste is mild toasted malt, slightly sweet, maybe a bit of caramel, with a touch of hops bite at the end. Not a particularly complex beer, but pleasant, very drinkable anytime.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.84/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - A nice two finger light-tan head rests on top of a clear amber/brown brew that looks almost caramel in color. Head retention is pretty weak, and very little lace is left on the glass. Not a real looker...were not getting off to a good start here.

S - Dried apricot and caramel on the nose. Smells pleasant, but sort of unassertive and basic. It lacks the requisite roasted malt note that it's listed style (o-fest? not an American amber?) would suggest.

T - Mineral and tart citrus funk clash with the sweet taffy malt base note. This is all over the place...it's very mineral-leaden, but also sweet and slightly gooey. Not a good combination.

M - Light in body, this has a very aggressive amount of carbonation. Raspy...like soda pop.

D - This is either a slightly below average amber ale, or a really shitty oktoberfest. I personally disagree with the classification of this beer as an O-fest, and I'm rating it as if it were and American amber lager. This ain't bad for the price, but it's not all that great either.

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Photo of ndekke39
2.86/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ordered on-tap at the Exchequer Pub in Chicago, under the title Exchequer Red Ale. Poured a deep copper, red color. Clear, with a thin white head and no lacing. Smell of light maltiness. A little weak. Taste begins a bit watery, with the sweet malt in the middle, then a light touch of hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is again watery, with very little carbonation. Overall, the beer goes down easily, but its weak flavors and watery feel give it no real character.

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