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RATINGS: 176   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Blue Point Octoberfest is another palate-pleasing seasonal brew. Originally brewed in 1810 to celebrate the betrothal of the Crown Prince of Bavaria, Blue Point continues the celebration by traditionally brewing this special malty amber lager every October. Octoberfest lager is stored cold for 2 months to ensure its distinct smooth flavor. Tap a pint and celebrate the season!


3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Onslow (1211) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - SEP 21, 2012
Pour from a 12oz bottle. Amber brew with off white head that soon settles. Clear. Aroma of malt with vegetal overtones. Taste is lagerish, sweet, with a little malt. Light hops in the finish but still ends a little sweet. Overall - a nice light brew, nice example of the style.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hangover (1065) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - SEP 18, 2012
Orange pour with a frothy white head. Aroma has some vegetable, bread and faint metallic notes. Nice carbonation. Flavor is actually pretty malty, with medium sweetness and a lingering vegetable aftertaste. Bitter finish. Middle of the road for a fest beer but not bad.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GL2814 (361) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2012
This was on my favorite beers at the Blue Point tasting I attended. With a spicy aroma and taste, this is a very nice beer for the fall.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rlgk (11551) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 10, 2012
Draught at Rattle&Hum, NYC. Malty, fruity, bready aroma, sicy, biscuits, apples and pears, hop notes, some grass. Malty caramel flavor, banana, pear, hay, some pepper. Bitter finish, spicy and with some citrus. Thin bodied and a bit boring.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
joebudzjoe (667) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 9, 2012
Draft @ Brass City Brew Fest. Pours a brownish-ruby head with a minimal off-white head. A solid malt-heavy beer with a slight hop bite. Some spice notes and a hint of chocolate. An average, but enjoyable Oktoberfest.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2012
Orange Amber Color with nice effervescent. Smells like fall. The body is similar to other Blue Point brews. Not a bad flavor but feels like a typical Blue Point Beer with some fall spices added. OK but not the best Oktoberfest.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
rbrazell (1702) - Florida, USA - AUG 29, 2012
Draft at Momo's Tennessee St. Dark gold pour with small white head that fades quickly. Aroma of boring pale malts and light bready sweetness. Flavor is very similar and not interesting. Pretty bland.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ChainGangGuy (4423) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 27, 2012
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.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Chad9976 (1250) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2012
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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2012
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.


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