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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-29-2002

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Photo of drpimento
3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.64/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.03/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of ordybill
3.23/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.57/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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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 Pegasus
3.54/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.29/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.12/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.67/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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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 BrewAskew
3.01/5  rDev -7.7%
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!

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.54/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of Hergestridge
3/5  rDev -8%
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!!!~

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Photo of TheSSG
3.58/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.08/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours reddish amber with a thin white head that soon becomes a slowly vanishing island. Little lacing sticks. Nice color, but pretty unimpressive head and lacing.

The smell is of caramel with a floral touch.

The taste is of caramel and honey sweetness balanced by a touch of light toast and some bittering (though pretty much non-flavor enhancing) hops. There is also a hint of red apple in the finish.

It has ample carbonation and is pretty smooth. It has a slightly caramel-ish, minty aftertaste.

A decent, middle-of-the-road-ish amber lager. Decent, but nothing particularly noteworthy.

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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 BeerFMAndy
3.28/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

12 oz. twist-off bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
4.7% ABV

A - Clear autumnal bronze in color, this amber is a looker topped with a stiff pile of off-white suds which leave nice lacing on the glass as it slowly descends.

S - Delectable toasted malts is drizzled with sweet caramel but punctuated with sweet corn adjuncts. Malt forward, this amber doesn't quite offer any hop aroma beyond a kiss of balancing earthiness.

T - Toast and sweet caramel are abolished by cheap grain and corn flavors that allows little earthy hops past for a cheap taste.

M - Point's Amber has a lovely smoothness which carries through the light-bodied beer to the mildly dry finish for a very easy drinking amber profile.

O - Point's Amber drinks wonderfully with it's smooth profile making it really too bad the aroma and flavor seem so cheap. Nice notes of toasted malt and caramel sweetness are marred by the adjunct corn and cereal grains - imagine a "light" beer darkened up a few shades.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a perfect pint.

2.75 A: Clear orange amber color. Two fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is below average and very little lacing is left.

2.75 S: Quite bland this one is. The other Stevens beers I've had haven't been spectacular, but they all had more going on than this one. Grainy maltiness with a touch of caramel sweetness.

2.75 T: Taste is like the nose. It's a pretty standard amber except that it's much weaker than the standard amber. Grainy malts with caramel sweetness.

3.75 M: The mouthfeel is the best part of the brew. Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Very pleasant creaminess.

3.0 D: Pretty unimpressive amber ale.

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Photo of homebrew311
2.34/5  rDev -28.2%
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 BierStein711
3.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into pint

Overall not bad; two finger head with moderate carbonation

Smell: hoppy and grainy; a little herbal actually

Taste: balanced throughout, highly sessionable considering the ABV

Mouthfeel: Smooth and moderate! Not watery at all.

Overall, fine beer, I would love to have this on draught

I wouldn't by a six pack.

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Photo of andrenaline
2.98/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a light amber colour, thumb of head with decent retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Scent is slightly metallic, grassy hop notes, hint of peppery spice and a touch of caramel.

T - A pleasant caramel flavour dominates, bready Malta linger alongside a touch of toffee and grassy hop notes.

M - Comes across a tad thin and finishes a little to dry for my liking.

O - A decent amber, but nothing spectacular. Easy drinking but needs a bit of a flavour boost to kick it to the next level.

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Photo of BrownAleMale
3.12/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Horny Goat pint glass.

Appearance- Very light brown to amber with a very small amount of white head that dissipates away. Lots of carbonation bubbles.

Smell- I get lots of bread and wheat with a tart hop.

Taste- Very malty, wheaty and bready. Hops is almost non existent.

Mouthfeel- Overly carbonated causing for a more difficult swallow/mouthfeel.

Overall- Kind of sad that this isn't better balanced with hops. The nose and carbonation leads me to believe that everything is in line for a decent amber but the lack of hop balance leaves me wanting something else added in.

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