Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Blue Point Oktoberfest

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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Chad9976 (719) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2012
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.

Grade: 4/10

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