ChainGangGuy (4353) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 27, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, golden-amber body with a small, near white head.
Smell: Mild bready malt scent, a little foraged apple with some sweetish hints to it. That’s about it.
Taste: Modestly bready malts given a pinch of powdered sugar. Cidery apple hints. Very faintly spicy hops, near nil bitterness. Folds back in the sweetness until the near crisp, quick finish. Sadly, this one totally lacks complexity, even for a simple, little O-fest.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-plus carbonation. Feels a little soda pop-like at times.
Overall: It’s not nice to point fingers. It’s also not nice to Blue Point Oktoberfest.
Chad9976 (1140) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
If you have to think about what flavors you just got in a beer or you have to make a conscience decision to pay attention to the palate, then it’s probably not a good beer. That’s what I had to do with Blue Point Oktoberfest - another generic, bland and just plain boring American take on the Marzen style.
I poured a 12oz bottle into my OktoBEERfest mug.
Appearance: Beautiful, crystal-clear shade of bright orange copper. Forms a large, off-white, soapy head which mostly dissipates, but does leave pretty nice lacing on the glass.
Smell: Typical lager aroma with no distinct ingredients - just generic grain scent. Possibly adjunct funk.
Taste: Even though I’m giving Blue Point Oktoberfest a thumbs down, it’s not a beer I am hostile to. It’s much more neutral-tasting than it is bad tasting. It’s just that there’s not much for the taste buds to grasp onto here. Most beers I can drink and recognize the flavors and analyze the palate without having to think too intently about it. With this one I had to savor each swig so I’d know what to write for this review. I’m still struggling to find appropriate descriptions.
It’s closer to an economy lager than a true Marzen. Not particularly bitter, not sweet at all. Beers of the style should have a toffee and caramel taste, but this does not. It just tastes like the epitome of lager. There’s even a trace of sour or metallic flavor right as it finishes, but I think only sensitive palates would detect this. At least it has a clean aftertaste, but isn’t what I’d call a refreshing beer.
Drinkability: A fairly thin body and mouthfeel all around, it feels wet in the mouth and finishes clean. Not very effervescent so it’s easy to drink Blue Point Oktoberfest in big gulps, although the lack of appeal to the palate will likely prevent binging. The 5.5% ABV weight seems a bit high, as it drinks like a light macro lager.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle poured into snifter. Didn’t really find anything super special about this one. Up front malt presence with a slightly sweet flavor. Didn’t knock my socks off but it was easily drinkable and not super sweet.
ROGUE (2085) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JUN 22, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Pours a dark copper color with a light biege foamy head that leaves spotty lacing. Nose is sweet and fruity. Flavor is sweet malt, with hints of apricot and honey. A lingering mild hop bitter creeps in as the aftertaste. Medium bodied, slightly slick with mild carbonation.
Fratto (2616) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 18, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Cavie. Orange pour with a white head. Aroma is caramel, sweet spices, and grain. Taste is bready, oranges, spices, and a little metallic.
Braudog (5600) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Classic fest appeal -- amber, bubbly and well-topped. There’s a stark appley aroma, like cider’s brewing on the stove. It drinks with the same similar appeal -- sweet, orchard-fruity, and light bodied. (#4482, 2/23/2012)
bkurtz (728) - PERU - JAN 28, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured cleared amber with a decent head. Bready aroma followed by sweet malts and slight bitterness. Nothing special, but not bad.
nick76 (4184) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma is mind and slightly acidic with malt and grassy hops. The appearance is orange gold with a small head. The taste is like the aroma and bread like. The palate is average. Overall a decent beer.
Palidor19 (2930) - Brandon, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very solid all the way,has a nice rich caramel malt with a nice sharp mouth body. good carbonation which makes it not to fizzy to drink. very little on the hops but it brings out what is good for an marzen style.
Elwood (3027) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from State Line Liquors. it pours a very nice amber color with a large off white head. The nose is pleasantly malty with some toast and white bread crust notes. There is a hint of oxidation as well. A touch sweet with caramel and bread notes dominating. I get a hint of what may have been grassy hops but now taste stale. Medium bodied with softer than average carbonation leading to a medium, slightly dry finish. Decent.