Point Special - Stevens Point Brewery

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Ratings: 280
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 18.83%
Wants: 8
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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Stevens Point Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-19-2002

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Reviews by znarf:
Photo of znarf
1.7/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Never loved the stuff but drank it in college because it could be had in bottles, three-for-a-buck in the 1980s. Local pubs also had it on tap for about the same amount. For me this stuff is drinkable as a novelty since it is made a few mile from where I was born..

PSB is definitely an authentic Eastern European lager with distinct sulfur components that are popular this that part of the world. Try it for fun.

Hometown loyalty and good business practices help to keep this company afloat. They now produce a few OK beers and an exceptional root beer as well as other soft drinks. Take the tour of the brewery if you are in town.

More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.41/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well carbonated clear straw with a short lived creamy head. Smooth as can be. Slight honey taste over light malts and grain. Some corn and just a touch of hops. Light, crisp, clear, and refreshing. Better then many of the competitors. Absolutely no off-putting flavors or negative traits. Just not very exciting.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.07/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An aggresive pour of this beer produces a thin spittle pillow that quickly evaporates to give a clear view of the hazy, urine-colored beer below. Big carbonation bubbles cling curiously to the sides of my glass. Aroma is nothing but the faintest hint of apple.

The taste wieghs on the tounge despite the slightly watery mouthfeel of the beer. It tastes mostly of jimica with an assertive bitterness that eases in and out. What really makes this beer stand out however, is an intensely crisp finish that almost compares to Grolsch or Hienekin. There is a Wonderbready aftertaste. I noted a cheesey off-flavor on some sips.

The mouthfeel is a billion carbonation bubbles rebounding off your tounge like a tennis ball hit against a wall. Drinkability is rated high due to what I call "the potato chip effect". You know it is not good for you, you feel gross after having your fill, and it isn't really even that tasty, yet what you are ingesting is so unsubstantial you think nothing of popping one after another.

Photo of Rifrafboy
2.82/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours yellow with almost no head. Forget lacing. Taste is sweet and smooth. Corn is present, but not overpowering. Faint hops. This is not bad. It is better than Bud by far. I might try this again for a taste of typical American lager. It is $4.99 a six pack where I live.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.3/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

Photo of ADR
2.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pale straw color with a ton of fizz and a macro head. Sweet aroma, mostly, but a little detergent. Pretty malty but in a corn-like way without a tasty hop balance. Like many Point brews, the carbonation leaves me with an unsettled impression. Some people swear by this stuff, and since its more-or-less local, I'll take it over a macro...

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.57/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- The straw yellow body is crystal clear with a big boiling carbonation and a head made of big bubbles amass on the top of the beer. The head fades before I can set the glass down on the table.

S- The smell of light dry malt is very faint with a faint noble hop note in the finish.

T- The light hint of malt is followed by a faint noble hop in the finish. As I drink more I notice the light sulfury cooked corn note that gets stronger and stronger as the beer warms.

M- This beer is light with a watery texture and a strong fizz finish.

D- The light watery beer with a light flavor is not my style. The corn notes overpowered the hint of malt. I had a tough time finishing this one.

Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of Brenden
2.59/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Photo of cokes
2.61/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden with hints of orange. Thin head fades quickly.
Very little aroma. Faintly maltly and (adjuncty?) sweet.
Taste is similarly faint. This is standard american lager all the way. Honey-ish sweetness with a little underlying grain. Adjuncts seem minimal, but there might be some corn notes. Hops are a non-factor.
Thinnish, unexciting mouthfeel.
Regional swill. This stacks favorably against the macros, but there is nothing here to be excited about.

Photo of pmcadamis
1.88/5  rDev -39%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Crystal clear pale straw coloring with 1/2 finger of head that disapeared quickly and left only a few ugly dishsoap bubbes on top. There are some champagne bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

Smells grainy and a little fruity. Mildly malty. Maybe the tiniest hints of peach. Definite cheapo corny smell.

This one is light bodied and highly carbonated like most beers of it's ilk. Watery, grainy, slightly fruity. A little bitter (not in a good way). Sweet and clean watery finish with essentially no aftertaste.

This is better than most cheapo macro lagers as it has a stronger flavor, but it's still pretty nasty. I will not be having this again.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Point Special is a basic, well-made American lager with a clear golden body and short-lived white head. The aroma displays some mild lager sulphur, a thin maltiness, and some dull hops (Cluster?). It's crisp in the mouth with a gently effervescent carbonation and light-medium body. The flavor has more depth than many, and I'd guess they're not using quite as much adjunct as some of the others. There's a nice, clean maltiness to it, and even some dull, floral and grassy hops. The bitterness is, thankfully, a bit more solid than you'll find in many other American lagers, and it finishes dry and bitter with a bit of lingering maltiness and a smear of hops. It's decidedly American, but at least it leans towards being a mmore hoppy and flavorful European lager. Nicely done!

Photo of socon67
2.53/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.11/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.4/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had to get this when I saw it on sale for $5 a sixer at the store. Here's a long-standing brand that's returned to local control after a disastrous period of ownership by Barton Brands, and is now back in the Chicago market. That's the kind of beer story we need to hear more about!

And it's a nice beer. A foamy head that dissipates quickly, but underneath is a noticably darker beer than most pilseners, with a constant stream of tiny bubbles. The malt has a slightly toasty taste, with a nice hop balance and nice effervescence. Some adjunct is hinted at, but not noticeable. It leaves a nice malty aftertaste behind. It's a standard beer that's almost good for sipping slowly.

Photo of jackndan
2.69/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Point: Thick white head, tan body. Macro lager aroma. First sip, very watery. Good head retention. It is a good American lager, and that is not saying much. I'd have PBR all day long over this.

Photo of alleykatking
3.32/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can...

A- Poured a clear light yellow color. Two finger white head rises and dies down rather quickly. Light streaky lacing left on the glass.

S- Sweet malts are a backbone to the aroma. Light grainy aroma over the top of the malts. Nothing else really except for very light floral hops.

T- Sweet malts come into play first. Light corn adjunct taste throughout except for a floral hop bitterness that barely shows up in the middle. Hops do not balance the beer out at all leaving this malty and full of adjunct grain flavor as well.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation was high but I suppose good for the style. Felt fizzy on the palate with a malty sweetness that stays on the palate and long into the aftertaste. No alcohol drying on the palate at all. Flavors were one sided with the malts coming through...although overall flavor is minimal.

D- This beer is drinkable and has high drinkability due to lack of overall flavor. This reminds me of a good lawnmower beer that I would drink on a warm summer day.

Photo of bluejacket74
2.93/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a straw gold color with about an inch white head which goes away very quickly. It smells like grain, corn and malt, that's it. It tastes the same way, very grainy. Mouthfeel is light, but crisp. The drinkability is good, it does go down pretty easy, and the taste isn't offensive. Overall it's OK, better than your typical BMC macro lagers.

Photo of BierFan
3.35/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Thin white head disappeared pretty quickly. Looks like your average pale lager. In my opinion, this doesn't seem like an adjunct lager at all. Far as I can tell it's all-malt. This beer could use a bit more hops to improve the flavor and help to balance the sweetness more, but that aside it's pretty okay stuff.

Photo of tugdriver7
2.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I should have checked this out before buying. I wanted to like it. And it poured really nicely into the glass, but then fell flat almost instantly into a bubble-less yellow liquid that tasted like one of the "big three." Sadly, I was not impressed. This on the heels of some really fantastic beers of late. Definite adjunct (rice? corn?) taste in the mix. And no real hops to speak of, just a rather bland (dare I say "beer-y") flavor that really disappointed. Definitely a good "wash down the BBQ" beer (better than many at that job), but definitely not worth enjoying by itself. For the price, pick-up a Pabst. Seriously.

Photo of dukeandduke
2.79/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

3/16/15 (Can) - Light Golden Pour, minimal white head, mild carbonation, not much aroma. Taste and feel mild, not much taste, smooth going down. OK.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.27/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of BoitSansSoif
2.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Nice yellow gold w/light head that quickly fades. Completely clear.

S-Corn, hint malt, boiled veggies, and I think I'm catching a little hops. When glass was 99% empty, it started to smell like honey.

T-Surprisingly better than the aroma. It's got a little corn, some lightly roasted malt, hint of sodium and mineral, the cooked veggies again, and grain. The finish is crisp and clean, w/a tiny bit of hops. After it's gone, I almost forgot I'm drinking beer.

M-Clean and light, but very refreshing despite an unimpressive palate. The carbonation is prickly and lively, and it gives the brew some much needed oomph. It's better than most macros.

D-Not a great beer by any standards, but it's easy to drink, goes down smooth, and it's clean.

Photo of Beerman420
3.83/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This is my favorite standard beer of all time. No doubt about that. Budweiser and Miller should bow down! Back when I lived in Wisconsin I could get a 20 pack of bottles (returnable) in Sun Prarie for $12! And this was in 2003. It's a great standard beer, no fancy flavors, no fancy smells, just good old slightly chewy lager.
A - Normal bronze color. Thick head from tap, thin from bottles. Not much lace.
S - Smells a little like Miller High Life, stronger and richer if anything.
T - Rich, easy going taste. No berries or peanuts, just beer!
M - Great served cold, good for afterwork on a July afternoon.
D - The best part. Doesn't leave a strong aftertaste, refreshing and tasty. Especially out of a tap or cold bottle. Cans I don't care for.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.86/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Although Point Special Lager is a stereotypical American-style lager, it has a lot going for it. It has a thick, white head and a golden-yellow color, with high carbonation. The aroma is almost non-existent, but I think I noticed a slight sour note here. Taste is run-of-the-mill beer, but it's still good; just a dab of hops can be detected. Mouth-feel is light and watery. Point Special finished crisp, with some bite to it. Overall, this is a good beer to have in volume, and I thought its sour aspect was very similar to Dixie beer, but the appearance is not cloudy like that New Orleans brand. The color is similar to it, though. Yeah, this is good beer. Too bad it's not sold in Louisiana.


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Point Special from Stevens Point Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.