Point Classic Amber | Stevens Point Brewery

Point Classic AmberPoint Classic Amber
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-29-2002

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Ratings: 304 |  Reviews: 136
Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.18/5  rDev -2.8%
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%
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 LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +12.5%
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 +20.8%
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 XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.28/5  rDev +0.3%
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 -8.3%
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 -9.2%
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 ZEB89
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Zaphog
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.64/5  rDev +11.3%
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 jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of tdm168
3.54/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of ejimhof
2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of imperialking
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of a77cj7
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jwc215
3.39/5  rDev +3.7%
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 Tone
2.9/5  rDev -11.3%
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 feloniousmonk
2.59/5  rDev -20.8%
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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Point Classic Amber from Stevens Point Brewery
Beer rating: 19.1% out of 100 with 304 ratings
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