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 BEERchitect
3.18/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very light and delicate nearly-sessionable beer. Surprisingly refreshing and well balanced between malt sweetness and floral hops, this American style Amber delivers with a stride of drinkability and light complexity.

Pouring a moderate hue of copper and amber, there's a back light of bright gold and bronze. The beer forms a creamy head that retains fairly while leaving behind evenly sparsed pockets of foam that makes the beer appealing to the eye.

Very floral (almost over floral) with the late hop additions revealing an aroma of flower boquets, honeysuckle, and perfume. Somewhat expected of fresh German Lagers, but surprisingly unusual for the usual citrusy-focused American Amber Ales.

Flavors of light caramel, moderate malt, and soft bread crust begin to sculpt the malt profile. But with the short lived and crisp flavor of true malt, the flavors waiver and lead to a mid palate taste of bland light breads that fail to deliver meaningful malt flavor from the early palate to finish. However, the finish does deliver a malty dryness that avioids grain flavors then leaving the finish malty, yet empty- odd.

Medium malty, the beer forms a creamy start to the session and carries the firm texture well into mid palate. But after that, the beer seems to recess into the background and leaves nothing to the finish. While I expect an American hop citrus bitterness and dryness to finish the beer, only an herbal note finishes here.

The more I drink of this beer, I want to read the flavors of Vienna Lager that fuses with American Amber Ale maltiness- maybe this is what the brewery is targeting. Regardless, it leads to a very floral and lightly carmelly beer that could use more citrusy hop bitterness to balance- this one just becomes too sweet and one-dimensionally floral.

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Photo of zeff80
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Hadn't had any in several years so I grabbed one in a mixed pack and figured I should finally review it.

A - Poured out a copper/burgandy color with a small, bubbly, caramel-colored head. Left a little foamy residue on the glass.

S - It smelled malty with hints of maple and fruit.

T - This had a nice roasted malt character with a littl hop spice. Also, some slightly fruity flavors.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - I think this beer is a little underrated, possibly because the name has you expecting an amber ale not a marzen/oktoberfest. Very sessionable.

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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 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 ChainGangGuy
3.28/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish-brown body with a small, white head.

Smell: Somewhat meager aroma of toasted malts and watered down apple juice.

Taste: Toasted malts with a mild caramel sweetness. Mild spicy bitterness. Mild hint of fruit. Abrupt, drying finish. You get the idea.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body with a decidedly watery texture. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not exactly something deserving of the label of "classic", but it's alright as long as you fully understand you're getting a light, though easy-drinking amber lager.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange-bronze with little visible carbonation. The smallish cap of beige foam isn't remarkable, but neither is it a negative. A moderately quick deflation leads to a nearly clean glass. All in all, a strictly average appearance.

The nose struggles to be average as well. It's a balanced mix of light caramel and a multi-faceted hoppiness. The fruitiness of the Cascade is tempered by the earthy spiciness of the Hallertau and Tettnang. Repeated sniffs tell me that the German varieties have the upper hand. It's too dull to make much of an impression though.

There's a bit more life on the palate. Then again, that may be wishful thinking on my part. Point Classic Amber needs a massive injection of personality. It's a simple amber ale that is as two-dimensional as they come. As far as specifics, it's thinnly malted and tastes like artificial caramel and weak tea. The tea-like notes are slight, akin to a hemidemisemiquaver perhaps?

Although most of the Cascade flavor is lost in the shuffle, I can appreciate a slight citrusiness on the finish. In the end, the beer is neither sweet nor bitter; as if it can't be bothered to make up its mind. The light mouthfeel is on the lifeless side, and as a result, matches the flavor profile perfectly.

I hate to be a nitpicker, but why is a beer that has 'amber' on the label and all over the Stevens Point website, and is brewed year-round, called an Oktoberfest? It kinda, sorta tastes like one, but still. Average, average, average... aver... zzz... zzz...

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Photo of woodychandler
2.97/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I asked indiapaleale, "Hey, CAN you Point me in the right direction on my CANQuest?" and he replied, "Sure!" in spades, if you CAN dig it. This is the second of four attempts to get the Point on my part.

From the CAN: "Stevens Point Brewery Brewing Excellence Since 1857. Point ^ Well Made."

This started well, with my pour creating two fingers' worth of medium-tam head with good retention. Amber?!? I would have said ruby-red with NE-quality clarity. This really looked pretty in the glass. Nose had a grassy hop presence overlaying the malty sweetness inherent in the style. Mouthfeel was medium with a lightly hoppy taste in the mouth. Finish had a mild sweetness, but I wanted more throughout. It was not a bad tasting beer, it just suffered from a mildness that could have been avoided. Get the Point?

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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 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 feloniousmonk
2.59/5  rDev -20.6%
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 Tone
2.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, orange/amber color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and poor lacing. Smells of yeast cleanliness, slight pale malt, and a hint of hops. Barely fiits the style of an American Amber / Red Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong yeast cleanliness up front, hint of hops, and and very faint sweet malt. Wow, there is just no real body. Both the hop and malt flavors are severely lacking.

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Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of sweet malts, a touch of hops. Taste is also a good balance of malts and hops, very refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

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Photo of WesWes
3.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a beautiful dark amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, roasted malt scent along with a touch of caramel sweetness. The taste is average. It has a bone dry roasted/caramel malt flavor that's weak and watery. It goes down quick, but finishes bitter and overly dry. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is your basic amber ale. It's a middle of the road beer with little to get excited over.

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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 sweemzander
2.21/5  rDev -32.2%
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 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 barczar
2.51/5  rDev -23%
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 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 tigg924
1.81/5  rDev -44.5%
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 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 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 Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber and red appearance in the amber/red lager category, who woulda think it? Doesn't have the clarity you'd normally want in a lager, but it is rather dark, so slack can be cut. Mix of mild toasty malt notes and lightly sweet caramel.

Taste, not really much, mild toasted notes again with some nuttiness. A little watery, everything about this beer is pretty much best described as mild, nothing is over the top or aggressive.

Sprecher's amber/vienna/black lagers are all better and more classic than this.

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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 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 mynie
3.18/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Point is really good at making unexceptional, boiler plate versions of your basic American craft styles. Their amber is maybe the best embodiment of this thing that they do.

If I had to give an amber to somebody who'd never had an amber, it'd be this one. Think about it: if the first beer you have in a style is too good, then you're going to look down upon--or at least be disappointed with--most other attempts at that style. This is so *in the middle*. It does everything it's supposed to, no frills or surprises but also no bad nodes or offness.

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3.26 out of 5 based on 302 ratings.
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