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Point Special - Stevens Point Brewery

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222 Ratings
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Ratings: 222
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 19.42%

Brewed by:
Stevens Point Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-19-2002)
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Photo of JerUrbans


2.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a golden yellow color with a very fizzy 1 inch head that reduced quickly, wow just a ton of carbonation. Smell is a little dull some grain and faint hop. Taste is ok, sweet fruit notes with a little bitter in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and light.

Overall, it's an ok beer nothing that will knock your socks off, but also very drinkable. My suggestion for serving this beer...is that it tastes way better served very cold. Great beer for frozen mugs.

One more note, I always keep a few cans of this beer around for cooking brats, it makes one of the best brat hot tubs. Cheers!

Serving type: can

02-16-2014 18:22:07 | More by JerUrbans
Photo of hardy008


1.68/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours pale yellow with a white foamy head with about average retention and lacing.Thje aroma has corn and grain, with a small amount of hops.

Taste wise there is nothing to get excited about. Corn, some grain, and a light amount of hops. Has a somewhat sweet flavor, and a little bitterness at the end.

Light bodied with too much carbonation. Not worth trying again.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 22:30:05 | More by hardy008
Photo of beergoot


3.08/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Soft, golden color with a foamy white head; vibrant carbonation. Vegetal aroma. Very light grain flavors; lightly sweet cereal; thin bitterness. Crisp, clean, dry finish.

As an adjunct lager, this is a fair beer. Thin, little in the way of distinctive flavors but looks good and feels soft and mellow. I'd go for another one but only if the other options were a Coors or Miller or such.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 23:09:58 | More by beergoot
Photo of rangerred


3.59/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear dark gold with just a tiny fizzy head. Nothing at all in the way of head retention or lacing.

Aroma of light sweet corn and bread with just a touch of biscuit. Some light grassy hops floating on top.

Fairly light flavor as well but there is nothing off about it. Corn and bread along with some spicy, grassy hops and a light refreshing bitterness. Moderate mouthfeel with a very clean finish.

Overall, one of the better AAL's I have had. Very refreshing and no off flavors. One to pick up again.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 00:47:04 | More by rangerred
Photo of BeerFMAndy


3.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a pilsner glass.
4.5% ABV,

A - Brilliant clarity shows off the bright pale yellow straw color of this lager. Briefly impressive, the tall head drops rather quickly only to. Ale minimal spoty lacing on the glass.

S - Sweet corn husk and cereal grains trailed by pale malt give Point Special a classic American lager aroma, capped off by a hint of European hops.

T - Starting sweet, this lager reflects the aroma with an upfront adjunct flavor of corn and graininess only to finish out with next to no hop flavor.

M - Smooth and refreshing, Point Special is a very light bodied lager that lingers with sweetness unbalanced by hops though not cloying.

O - Point special is your grandpa's lager, the pre-pro, corn-brewed, golden beer. It's not a craft-brewed pilsner but it's not brewed to be, it's meant to be a classic American lager: simple, affordable, refreshing.

Serving type: can

07-19-2013 13:31:30 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of steveh


3.51/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With nostalgia running thru some of the threads, I've been wanting to try some of the old beers I used to drink before the Micro Boom®. When I saw Point in a cooler this afternoon, I thought, "Why not?"

Point was always one of those semi-rare beers in my youth. It always seemed elusive to Northern Illinois, so when I was driving more and could make my way to the Dairy State, I often opted for this brew for novelty's sake. Probably haven't had one for almost 10 years, even though I've enjoyed some of Point's more recent forays into craft brewing.

I'll be honest and true the American Adjunct Lager this is brewed to be.

12 ounce longneck with a twist off cap. No date to be found clearly.

A -- Pours a clear, pale gold -- even more color than the last Bud I saw. A pretty decent, sudsy white head that settles slowly to a thin, but persistent, cap.

S -- Well, there's little nose to this at all, but that's the beer it's supposed to be. At least it's not full of off, bad aromas. Slightest of grain, if anything.

T -- Ever so lightly sweet graininess with some hop bitterness in the finish and cereal grains in the aftertaste.

M -- Light body with a crisp, dry mouthfeel. No real carbonic bite, so that makes me like this better to me than the average macro.

O -- This is the old-fashioned US beer that it's supposed to be -- and being pretty easy-drinking at that. There are no bad characters to it and it goes down easy and smooth -- the quintessential lawn mowing beer. However, it also shows me why I gravitated to more flavorful beers when they started appearing. They were more pleasing and exciting to my palate -- even the regional all malt lagers that preceded the micros made me take notice. That said, I have to admit that I wouldn't hesitate to grab a sixpack of Point now and again for a refreshing BBQ beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 21:17:07 | More by steveh
Photo of DavoleBomb


2.29/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Poured a pils glass.

2.75 A: Clear golden yellow color. Just over one finger of foamy white head. Retention is below average and no lacing is left.

2.75 S: Reeks of corn and I'm not sure if there's rice in there or not. Sweet grassiness and hints of rubber. Faint grassy hoppiness.

2.0 T: Sickeningly sweet grassy corn. That's by far the dominant flavor. It's worse than in most of the big boys AALs.

2.5 M: Lighter body. Carbonation is a bit stingy. Could use a bit more creaminess.

2.25 D: This isn't something I recommend drinking. It might be even worse than a lot of the BMC out there.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 20:53:23 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium sized pure white head quickly falls into a pretty decent lacing above a clear straw golden colored beer.

Light bitter hops and sour grain malt aroma.

Light grain malt taste with added light hops, pretty much the same thing as Bud Light, etc.

A very light sourness in a lightly dry aftertaste on this light bodied beer.

Blah, another light American lager, why when there is so much more out there to be made.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 21:58:58 | More by LXIXME
Photo of WoodBrew


3.1/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A thin off-white head dissipates quickly above the straw colored brew. There's no lacing to speak of. Aroma involves grain, grass and some faint sweet malts. Tastes of rice and malts. Very light bodied and dry. Not a whole lot going on, but could be worse. I could have a couple.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 15:47:14 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a small stemmed pilsner glass. Pours a honey-gold, with a big, frothy, white head on top. Great retention. Mild citrus, dry grains, smack of lemon the finish. Crisp, clean mouth feel wets the palate. Not too slick. Really fresh beer. I love the flavor on this one! Fresh crisp bitterness, lemon, lime rind, grassy notes - really a "green" beer. I like this one a lot. This is an adjunct? For reals? I thought this had a lot of pilsner character with the sharp pale citrus, hop presence, and crisp feel. If this is an adjunct, this is one of the best out there. I would stock and restock the fridge with this beer. I'll be getting this one again when I'm back in WI.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 01:51:43 | More by Onenote81
Photo of metter98

New York

3.15/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly disappeared, leaving only a few bubbles on the surface.
S: There are light aromas of grainy malts along with some notes of grassy hops and hints of corn.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of grainy malts and a slight amount of bitterness. No corn flavors are detectable.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This isn’t a bad beer for the style as the smell and taste of adjunct malts are not that prevalent. It’s rather drinkable and I would take this any day over any of the other mass-produced adjunct lagers.

Serving type: can

08-17-2012 20:15:59 | More by metter98
Photo of schoolboy


3.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was hoping that maybe, just maybe this would not be just another American lager. But it is. There really isn't much of anything distinguishing about this beer. It is extremely well made, with no particular flaws. It's clean, sweet and refreshing. I probably would not buy it again because I don't drink these.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 00:30:24 | More by schoolboy
Photo of WastingFreetime


2.18/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes.

A. Pale pilsner-ish transparent yellow in color, with a minimal amount of both head and lacing.

S. Very faint grain with corn and just a tiny pinch of citrus. But mostly it smells like water.

T. Light corn and maybe a pinch of nondescript hopping of the floral/citrus variety, but it is really hard to define because of how soft-pedaled the whole thing is.

M. Light and watery body, no real smoothness or palpable texture. At least it is well carbonated.

I don't understand how this beer is considered 'special' in any way that does not include crassness or sarcasm.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 18:50:58 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of RobinLee


3.23/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a 24-pack of cans for around $13.

A: Yellow, blonde.

S: Smells like your average lager. Grainy.

T: It's a bit more bitter than the average adjunct lager. Slightly lemony.

M: Light. Thin. Crisp carbonation.

O: Easy drinking beer that still has flavor, it's a nice alternative to Budweiser or Miller, albeit at a slightly higher price point.

Serving type: can

02-18-2012 08:17:05 | More by RobinLee
Photo of BEERchitect


3.5/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Moderate throughout, Point Special Lager hits the medium stride of all the halmarks that Lagers entail.

Point Special Lager opens with a bright clarity of medium straw colors and an effervescent character that builds an initially part-froathy, part-fizzy head that eventually flames out to nothing relatively quickly- no retention, no lace.

Vibrant aromas paint a picture of grain and malt while carrying a floral, lemon, herbal scent. Almost fruity lemon or apples may be the result of slight ester, hop, and sulfur combinations.

Partly malty and partly grainy, the early sweetness carry the taste of fresh raw barley, cereal, and bready or doughy sweetness. Floral hops turn slightly fruity with the taste of honeysuckle and granny smith apples just before the slightly vegetal-sweet finish. Mildly bitter late, the flavor of dry crackers and lemongrass round out the final lingering in aftertaste.

Moderately creamy to start, the bubbles carry with it a light watery grain texture that stops just shy of bite from sulfur or astringency. Finishing slightly grainy-sweet, the beer carries an herbal bitterness to match before closing with a clean but grain memory.

Point Special Lager is a fine example of what Premium American Pilsners should be. Though not spectacular, it's a good choice while trying to ween your industrial beer drinking buddies off of the swill.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 04:26:02 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of tvv375ia


3.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-straw yellow with about a finger of head that faded quickly with no lacing

S-not much here except corn and rice with a faint citrus hop finish

T-just a bit of malt and not quite as much corn/grain taste as most

M-thin and watery just like you would expect

O-just what you would expect from the style may be the thing to get someone to try some of their other beers and get them converted but for someone that is already looking for flavor not something very worthwhile

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 22:49:37 | More by tvv375ia
Photo of jsisko01


4.3/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear golden-yellow color with a half-inch thick head that dissipates quickly.

Smell - Sweet, grainy, lemon zest, and maybe a slight bit of coriander.

Taste - Pretty sweet with lemon, maybe some corn, grain, grass, and a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Somewhat thin body and light carbonation.

Overall - This would be the perfect beer on a hot summer day. Very crisp.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 04:20:30 | More by jsisko01
Photo of mpcrump


3.08/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Nice light yellow with a good head. The head dissapates quickly.

S: Rather sweet with grains and mals. Hops and a slight floral accent.

T: Typical of american lagers I think. Some slight corn and just a hint of floral hops.

M: Very light but with some sweetness.

O: A very typical american lager. Nothing too exciting.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 04:09:21 | More by mpcrump
Photo of socon67

New York

2.55/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours light yellow with decent foam retention.

S - I bit musty; reminded me of Moosehhead beers.

T - Light, crisp, with minimal citrus flavor.

M - Thin, refreshing, but a bit watery.

O - It is what it is; a light lager. Not much else. I wouldn't go out of the way for it.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 19:37:52 | More by socon67
Photo of TheSarge


3.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks great for what it is. Pours nicely for a two finger thick head, with decent retention. The body is pale golden in color, and nicely filtered.

The aroma is husky with a little lemon zest with some dextrose in the nose.

The taste is a little on the sweet cereal grain side, with a corn flake like quality, and a hint of that lemon trait discussed in the aroma.

Feels crisp, clean, and very refreshing to the palate.

This is about as good as an Adjunct can get. Would make a great BBQ/Lawn mower beer!

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 22:38:03 | More by TheSarge
Photo of Brenden


2.58/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A clear yellow gold in color, after an extremely fizzy white head falls off (that is, very quickly), this one just sits there. It's in my SA perfect pint and there's very little activity. Some tiny spots of lacing do manage to stick.
The aroma is the best thing about this beer. It's a bit dull with some sulphuric notes to it. Light malts do come through a bit with a light floral and herbal hops undertone. It's all just so vague that it's hard to tell much about it, though the hops do come out more as it sits.
This would be average if only the hops didn't turn tangy and the sulphur flavor wasn't so heavy. Malts kind of die away, and there's something sweet in here that bounces off a suspiciously corn-like flavor that lingers underneath.
The mouthfeel is shallow, light and thin, offering at first the crispness even a macro will before that fades away. Carbonation keeps it from going dead and adds a bit to it, and smoothness isn't completely missing, but it's dull. It just goes very thin.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 22:10:55 | More by Brenden
Photo of jadpsu


3.13/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured a clear light yellow color. Shows a decent white head that rises and dies pretty fast. Some light lacing left on the glass.

S- Sweet grainy malts are most prominent to the aroma. Some distant light floral hops also present.

T-Get that light corn adjunct taste that often shows up in inexpensive American Macro's. Give this beer a litlle credit for providing a tinge of floral hop bitterness.

M- Light mouthfeel...with some sweetness for blance.

D- Not a bad inexpensive beer. Comparable to Miller High Life, PBR and Schlitz which are my favorite "cheap" American Lagers.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 02:41:39 | More by jadpsu
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


2.4/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Yellow color, no head. Metallic aroma, not beeresque in the least.

Taste, non offensive yellow beer. Barely a tinge of hop presence to it, could be the carbonation masking it. That corn feel. Mineral water qualities.

Seriously, this stuff was .25 on tap on Wednesday nights at the goth bar in Milwaukee while I was attending Marquette. Made for an interesting mix of folks those nights, let me tell ya. Good times with not so good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2011 19:22:13 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of gatornation


3.23/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

from 12 0z bottle

A- pours a clear golden yellow with a i finger white head

S- is malt and a grassy,grainy background then some hops

T- is sweet malts with grass and a slight floral hop taste with that adjunct finish

M- is crisp with good carbonation a little thin on the finish

D- it very easy to drink a not bad taste i guess for an adjunct is as good as it gets ..i would drink this one again especially in the summer

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 22:14:29 | More by gatornation
Photo of rrg1gb


4.13/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light gold. Has a slight grassy aroma, like a freshly mown lawn. Has a mellow taste, light and crisp, with a hint of the corn sweetness peeking out. Easy on the palate, with clean finish. I could easily drink a 6pack in a sitting. Very good - a great alternative to regular BMC lagers.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 16:11:37 | More by rrg1gb
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Point Special from Stevens Point Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.