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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3/5  rDev -8%

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5/5  rDev +53.4%

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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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3/5  rDev -8%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

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1.5/5  rDev -54%

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4/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of CreamCity
3.21/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass.

A- One finger head. Dark caramel amber with red tint. Very bubbly. Head retention was about a minute. Pocked head with minor lacing.

S- Moderate nuttiness. Light citrus hops. Almost smelled like a white wine.

T- Light sweetness. Slightly bitter. Bready.

M- Medium body. In between creamy and watery. Lively fizz.

O- A sweet and lively amber. Wish the aroma had a larger presence. Pretty one flavored taste. Very drinkable.

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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

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4/5  rDev +22.7%

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 WastingFreetime
2.71/5  rDev -16.9%
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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4/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of RobinLee
3.41/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into glass. Part of sampler box.

A: Deep, deep red/amber, as advertised. White head.

S: Smells sweet. Flowery, like a field in spring.

T: Fairly sweet, but not overtly so- hops are still present. Not bold, but still solid.

M: The lighter side of medium, or the heavier side of light.

O: I like this beer. It's at that balance point where it's not heavy that you can't drink more than one, but not light enough to have too many of.

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Photo of sweett3k
3.69/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This has been on tap at my local watering hole for quite some while. Just realized I have never reviewed it I think. This is prob. The best beer Point makes. The best thing about this beer is the way it looks. Very rich amber color with a beautiful head that has nice lacing. Not much aroma going on but I do not have the best smeller. Very mild. The flavor of this beer has nutty, dried fruit, and grain. Kind of like a granola bar. Nice to drink I am on my second one so it is decent. 312 Goose Island tap has been staring me down though. Hope my chicken wings get here soon.

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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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3/5  rDev -8%

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3/5  rDev -8%

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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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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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3/5  rDev -8%

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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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Point Classic Amber from Stevens Point Brewery
3.26 out of 5 based on 303 ratings.
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