Today I’ve got my hands on a new flavor – Blue Point Toasted Lager, the flagship beer from the Blue Point Brewing Co., located in Patchogue, NY. I kept seeing the name of this new brewery around town (well new to me anyway) and wondered what it was all about. Well hello, since I live in the Tri-State area it should come as no surprise that this Long Island brewery would be popular.
My first venture into Blue Point is the Toasted Lager, a Vienna style lager. Interesting name, I thought to myself when I bought a six pack. I was eager to try this, so as soon as I got home I opened one up and poured it into a weissen glass. Clear dark amber/copper color for the beer, the head rising and falling like the surf at the beach. Before I knew it, the head was nowhere to be found, and only a thin layer of film sat at the top. Immediately I thought to myself, this is going to be thin. The nose gave me the aroma of toasted bread (what a shock right?) but also of some nutty characteristic, perhaps hazelnut.
I was pleasantly surprised when I actually took a pull. My palate told me I was getting a malty flavor reminiscent of toasted bread. How appropriate for a beer named Toasted Lager. There was also a touch of caramel, which is often present in beers of this color or style. Must be something in the dark malt. This one is going down fairly easily, thin and kind of light, almost like a Budweiser or Yuengling would. But the flavor is obviously different. The malts (caramel is obviously what first came to mind) and breadiness match well with the level of hops in this beer. There isn’t much bitterness, just enough to make it respectable. I bet that can be attributed to the fact that it was dry-hopped. Maybe they were also toasted. Regardless, at the end of the day they all work pretty well together.
I mentioned before about how thin and quick to disappear the head was. There was some girth to the head when it poured, but after a moment or two of looking at it, the big fluffy white cloud above the bronze ocean seemingly disappeared. Anything that remains in the glass after you drink some of it dissipates pretty quickly. There was a decent amount lacing to contend with, and it gave us the old college try – struggling to hang around and party as long as possible – but it just didn’t happen. Like I said, kind of thin. But that’s not to say it isn’t enjoyable.
While this might not rank up there in my top 10, or top 25 even, it’s a pretty solid beer for its style. The bready/nutty/caramel combo works nicely enough. This could be a good seasonal, maybe a fall beer. Compared to much of what I’ve been tasting lately, this is pretty light for a medium-bodied beer. It’s easily quaffable and doesn’t leave you too full when you finish, just enough to tempt you into having another. That decision however is up to you. As far as I’m concerned, I’ll get back to you with more details after I finish round two…