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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Ratings: 305 |  Reviews: 136
Photo of thisladyluck
3/5  rDev -8%

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 tvv375ia
3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-copper colored with about a finger of head that fades completely without any lacing

S-not much here just a bit of some malt

T-much like the smell not a lot going on just a light maltiness

M-pretty light bodied

O-not much to write home about with this one, it's beer without much flavor or smell

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Photo of dragomni
3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of SargeC
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of brewskifan55
3.45/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass

Appearance: Clear ice tea amber/orange. Tan half finger head that quickly dissipates. Light lacing

Smell: Malts and caramel

Taste: Smoky malts, toffee, caramel. Clean with a smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: medium; great carbonation

Overall: A very sessionable amber. Goes well with red beans and rice.

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Photo of xmasboy
5/5  rDev +53.4%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of scootercrabb
4/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of fuzzcherry
3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of barnzy78
3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of logmacschlog15
2.56/5  rDev -21.5%
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 PokerGod
2.18/5  rDev -33.1%
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 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 FreshHawk
3.05/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark bronze color with a average sized, foamy, bubbly, smooth, off-white colored head. Disappears pretty fast leaving a thin layer of lace.

S - Some toasted caramel and grainy malt. This is probably the strongest aroma, but it isn't very strong. Some earthy and herbal hops in the back. A little on the weak side.

T - Better than the nose, but not by much. Toasted caramel malt and grain along with some herbal/tea and earthy hops. Pretty sweet.

M - Medium to light body with average carbonation. Overall just pretty average. Maybe slightly creamy.

D - Overall this is just average. Goes down easy but doesn't inspire me to drink it. Pretty bland and average but not bad.

Notes: Meh. Just an average beer. Pretty bland with just caramel malt and hints of hops. A little on the sweet side, but fairly balanced. It doesn't wow but it is quaffable.

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Photo of gatornation
3.45/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

from 12 oz bottle

A- pour a clear dark chestnut color with a thin khaki head that settles to a filmed collar

S- is caramel ,malts,and toffee a little bread

T- is caramel and bread with a slight bready taste a little sweet toffee background

M- is nicely carbonated with a thin taste somewhat watery

D- decent enough to say i would drink one again but would not buy a sixer i would do another single

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Photo of TheBear11D
3.12/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

Pours a clear copper orange color with a small light beige head that shrunk quickly and left no evidence of its existence behind.

The caramel stands out in the nose among a variety of hops, the most noticeable being floral.

The flavor is soft with caramel also standing out up front. I can pick up a little spice, but the hops are not really noticeable. Not much happening in the aftertaste.

Medium body with light carbonation.

This is not a beer that will wow you, but it isn't terrible either. This is similar to the kids that don't ask questions in class, don't fail but also do not get great grades, they just attempt to go by unnoticed.

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Photo of hangh
3.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber clear colored beer with a small white fine head. Head dissapates very quickly. Some mild lacing. There are not many carbonation bubbles, it's pretty plain looking. Smell is rather plain. Some basic malts but they are hard to pick out. It's kind of bland. Taste is pretty smooth with some caramel malts and a slight bitter finish. Pretty smooth but not really distinctive. It's an average amber at best but reasonably priced so it gets some drinkability points. Light bodied, light carbonation and smooth. I'd not buy a six-pack but if I was at a bar and it was on tap, I'd probably get one.

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Photo of soju6
3.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark amber color with a off-white head that fades to a bit of lacing.

S: Has a mild caramel & malt aroma. Not a lot here.

T: Has a mild malt taste with a bit of sweetness.
Fairly bland finish.

F: Fairly light body, smooth & unoffensive.

D: Easy drinker, good for a couple. Sort of middle of the road for the style.

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Photo of scarfacecrowe
2.72/5  rDev -16.6%
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 FDMattioli
3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First beer review :)

Got this bottle in the Point variety 12 pack along with 5 other beers. Average looking bottle, average name. So i went in expecting something just as generic.

When poured into a tumbler i noticed the dark red-brown color which, to me, looked quite nice. Held about a quarter inch head for a minute or two which then left a very minimal head and lacing on the glass

The scent seemed to change as i drank the beer. at first it smelled very sweet and fruity, changing to more of a bitter scent

The taste is sort of fruity and hoppy. Cannot pinpoint exactly what fruit specifically it reminds me of but it tastes like it has hints of some sort of berry. I like the taste enough that i'd grab another if i had one. after drinking about half the glass its starting to taste a little soapy/artificial as far as that initial nice fruit flavoring goes but its not bugging me enough to make a big deal out of it

It feels peppy and a little grainy in your mouth. Its a tad bit watery but i sort of expected that going in. It goes down easy but sits kind of hard. I'd probably be able to down 2 or 3 without a problem though.

To sum it up, not sure if this is one i'd buy a 6 pack of on a weekly basis. i wouldn't consider this a go-to beer but it is certainly something i'd pick up every once in a while for a change of pace

1 thumb up from me

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Photo of generallee
3.45/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The label is light on info as there is no freshness date or abv%.

Appearance: From the pour I got a clear reddish amber body with a small creamy off white head. This small head fades to a very thin layer of foam that disappears about half way down the glass. On the way it makes some slick lacing.

Smell: The aroma light overall and has a thin maltiness with light hops and a slight metallic presence.

Taste/Palate: The flavor matches the aroma with a light/thin body. A simple (but not off putting in any) mild maltiness gives way to a thin herbal hop fading finish. Its light on the palate add side down easily.

Notes: Overall this comes off as a nice average beer.

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Photo of fizzy
3.56/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have always liked Steven's Point beer. It is one of the original "old" Wisconsin breweries. For that reason alone we should be buying and drinking their beers. Pretty much everything everybody else has reported on this beer has at least a little of what I would agree with. This came in an assorted 12 pk that includes some wheat beers. Come on over, you can drink them if you want!!

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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 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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Point Classic Amber from Stevens Point Brewery
3.26 out of 5 based on 305 ratings.
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