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Point Special - Stevens Point Brewery

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240 Ratings
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Ratings: 240
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 19.42%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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 tugdriver7


3/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

04-02-2008 04:01:19 | More by tugdriver7
Photo of WJVII


2.63/5  rDev -14.9%

This beer (from my current "hometown" brewery) poured into a pint glass was golden colored, almost entirely transparent. This brew had a 1/2in "fluffy" white head that dissipated fast. There was a minimal smell of mild malts, some earthy smell as well. The taste was mild flavored and slightly bitter. Not much that overwhelms. Nothing special, but has stood the test of time. I can get any point beer here for almost less than bottled water so I will stick with the white bier and pale ale (my favorites in the point arsenal).

03-22-2008 03:11:32 | More by WJVII
Photo of BigRedN


3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Saw this for the first time this week. Picked up a mixed 6 pack at the 40th & Old Cheney Hy-Vee location to try (two of each of the three that I saw). This one intrigued me the most. A "craft" macro lager.

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Th beer is completely clear. Bright gold in color. Pour produces a 1/2 inch fluffy white head. Head quickly fades to a small dollop and ring around the glass. Leaves no lacing.

Smell: Light grainy malt, a hint of a herbal/grassy aroma (hop related?).

Taste: Typical macro lager light taste. A touch of grainy malt with little to no bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light in body, well carbonated (short of being fizzy though). Slightly dry finish with no lingering aftertaste.

Drinkability: A nice easy drinking lager. A good macro lager, but for the cost I can get much better, more flavorful beers. When I want macro I usually go cheap. Reminds me of Leinie's Original, but I like that a bit better and its cheaper here.

03-15-2008 02:40:52 | More by BigRedN
Photo of Adam2200


3.93/5  rDev +27.2%

I am a lager fan my self this is a classic lager. the color is right and the taste is very well with peanuts. I like that you can have more than one and still not be full. this beer is one of the top for lagers for me with its clarity and texture. I request this to anyone.

03-10-2008 02:20:29 | More by Adam2200
Photo of riboflavin88


2.68/5  rDev -13.3%

This beer pours a crisp golden color with a good sized white head that disappears almost immediately. Its smell is not very inviting, lightly grainy with slight malts if anything. Its taste was watery, grainy and corn flavors, but nothing popped out, rather bland. Mouthfeel is crisp, moderate carbonation, but its lack of taste doesn't make me want more.

03-09-2008 03:38:44 | More by riboflavin88
Photo of BoitSansSoif


3/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

03-04-2008 16:01:37 | More by BoitSansSoif
Photo of sacfly


3.15/5  rDev +1.9%

12oz. twist off. Part of a mix 12 pack.
Pours a crystal clear, very light straw color. Thin head of small white bubbles. Light, sweet malt aroma. Light flavor- some malt sweetness, a touch of corn. Little to zero aftertaste. Inoffensive and uninteresting. Typical macro lager.

03-01-2008 17:17:04 | More by sacfly
Photo of pb9613


4.55/5  rDev +47.2%

The beer pours a beautiful golden color with a thin white head.

The nose of this brew is a light malt with just a touch of hops.

The taste is sweet with a light but solid hoppy finish.

This beer is a little light on the palate.

This is a beer which can be drank all night long with no taste overload like a heavier beer.

Poit Beer is not just for breakfast anymore. Give it a try.

02-28-2008 01:25:45 | More by pb9613
Photo of ffejherb


3.1/5  rDev +0.3%

12oz. bottle into shaker pint glass on 12/17/08.

A - Clear pale golden/straw colored body with one-finger cloudy white head that quickly diminished into a thin layer of film. Plenty of lively carbonation.

S - Sweet malt, corn and some honey. Just a smidgen of grassy hops in there, but barely.

T - A bit of biscuity malt, light noble hops and some honey sweetness.

M - Light body with watery texture and plenty of active carbonation, resulting in a prickly mouthfeel. Mild bitter finish on the tongue that's clean and crisp.

D - Non-offensive and easy to drink. Pretty middle-of-the-road lager, perhaps a notch or two above a typical macro lager. But it's fresh and quaffable, so it's not too bad.

02-18-2008 00:12:23 | More by ffejherb
Photo of happygnome


3.55/5  rDev +14.9%

a: pours a golden color with a pillowy white head the dissapears quikly leaving very little lacing
s: sweet malts, corn? i cant quite tell
t: corn malts althogh for an american macro lager not too overpowering very little hops not too bad
m: light to medium bodied beer with little carbonation

overall, this isnt a bad macro but not something that ill buy again

01-06-2008 02:20:35 | More by happygnome
Photo of Rddymk


4.03/5  rDev +30.4%

First sip was hard, not acceptable. After a few moments, the hops showed up and then the flavor. Perhaps I was being too judgemental at first. The hops were formitable and seemd too roasted. I accepted that and then savored the sweetness that followed. The second can was easier, maybe becuse we were fishing in the northwoods of Wisconsin. Enjoyed the rest of the five cases that endured the fising trip that week. The beer had a faint hint of saltiness that promoted the flavor of our catches. Musky and panfish were delicious as well at the introduction to Point Special. Wish I couold get it here in Indiana.

10-19-2007 02:43:19 | More by Rddymk
Photo of splat215


3.13/5  rDev +1.3%

A - Has that "generic macro" look - straw yellow, crappy head that dissipated quickly.
S - Barley, lime (?), alcohol - a sweet smell - pretty good, not what I expected
T - Fruity with some metallic taste. Not sure why, but I taste something cherry like.
M - Coarse and watery, too bubbly and carbonated
D - The hints of fruitiness in this make this a lot better then I expected it to be. Mouthfeel is a little off, appearance not much, but pretty good taste wise.

10-14-2007 22:29:30 | More by splat215
Photo of MrMcGibblets


3.1/5  rDev +0.3%

this was one of the more palatable options at a cubs rooftop game, and i was pleasantly surprised. it poured a clear light copper (i expected a straw color) into a plastic cup. the nose had an actual malt presence with a bit of caramel. if they are using adjuncts in this they are well-hidden. malts were also noticeable in the taste along with a bit of vegetal hop bitterness. spritzy mouthfeel and sessionable at 4.5%.

09-23-2007 02:55:09 | More by MrMcGibblets
Photo of cdkrenz


4.05/5  rDev +31.1%

$2.00 / Can
Archies Bar
Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Appearance - Golden brown with a honey 's deepness to the color. The head is white and pours an inch and half but fades quickly away. Carbonation is evident by the consistent bubbles rising from the bottom.

Smell - There's a certain graininess to the scent. More than you'd find with most macros. The aroma indicates there will be something to this lager.

Taste - The taste is firm and obvious. There is malt and grain here. Very little hops if any, and no bitterness in the aftertaste. However, to enjoy a Point takes a special individual willing to be patient. Most who try Point Special need some time to adjust to it's full flavor.

Mouthfeel - Goes down smooth to the experienced Point taster. Those who've experienced Point know the following morning may tell a different story. Usually from the backend.

~ This is my 'recreational" beer of choice. When I'm hangin' with friends, watchin' a ballgame at the sports bar, out on the boat, or dining with the wife I usually enjoy a Point Special.

Point ^ Well Made

08-04-2007 04:40:37 | More by cdkrenz
Photo of scootercrabb


3.88/5  rDev +25.6%

This beer is light gold yellow smells of corn and a light malt has little foam but lacing on the glass all the way to the bottom has a good after tast very good on a hot day better than most big brands and the price is right.My go to beer for when i just want a plain lager with some tast.

07-10-2007 01:31:04 | More by scootercrabb
Photo of Beerman420


3.88/5  rDev +25.6%

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.

03-13-2007 00:59:47 | More by Beerman420
Photo of tgbljb


3/5  rDev -2.9%

Poured a bright golden color with modest white puffy head. Little retention but nice lacing.
Smell is very minimal with only a light sweetish note detected.
Taste is also very light, yet refreshing when cold, like a typical macro lager.
Finish is nice when cold, less so as it warms.
An OK beer, but very expensive when compared to other beers in this class.

01-24-2007 01:37:24 | More by tgbljb
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.33/5  rDev +7.8%

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!

01-07-2007 15:27:41 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of Rennpferd


2.93/5  rDev -5.2%

Poured from a cold 12oz bottle into a clean room temperature pint glass.

It poured a slightly carbinated light yellow with a 3/4 inch white head that shrank down after a few moments into a 1/4 inch head.

It smells of corn sugar and a hint of malt.

It is light with a slight courseness towards the back of the mouth. There is a touch of malt taste to this beverage.

It is fairly good, light and drinkable.

12-08-2006 06:33:52 | More by Rennpferd
Photo of bluejacket74


2.93/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

11-18-2006 00:15:39 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of gmfessen


3.53/5  rDev +14.2%

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a clear light golden color. Little head on the pour, which quickly faded into a thin rim of suds with lots of bubbles rising to the top. Smell is of yeast, corn and slightly of hops. Taste is predominantly light malt and corn, decently balanced with a slightly sweet finish. Probably one of my preferred macro lagers. The mouthfeel is light with lots of carbonation. Overall, this beer is pretty cheap and doesn’t taste too bad, making it a desirable drinking beer.

11-01-2006 03:46:45 | More by gmfessen
Photo of pmcadamis


1.9/5  rDev -38.5%

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.

09-01-2006 02:48:58 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -6.1%

Another selection in the World Market "Summer Brews - 10 Great Beers for Your Enjoyment" mixed case brought back from the Sates. 12 oz brown bottle (as in picture). Pours a basic golden yellow color with a small white head. Lots of carbonation and there is a steady stream of bubbles. Light grain and corn smells. Flavor is the same, corn sweetness with light grainyness on the finish. Clean tasting with nothing offensive. Mouthfeel is pretty light, with lots of carbonation. A good brew for summertime. I'd probably have it again.

08-06-2006 14:34:15 | More by BigBry
Photo of rhoadsrage


2.55/5  rDev -17.5%

(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.

07-27-2006 20:34:03 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of Winter


2.38/5  rDev -23%

There's nothing speical about Point's Special Lager. The beer pours a clear pale light golden in color with a white head. Odd aroma. Stale, yet somewhat sweet grainy nose. Smells like a good "brat cooking beer" = cheap lager. Thin mouthfeel with decent carbonation. Inexpensive lager taste that doesn't stand out much. Weak malty front with flavors of spent grain and sweet corn. Dries out the tongue toward the back with some slight hop bitterness. Alcoholic vapors in the finish, especially as the beer warms.

The flagship beer is lackluster to say the least. I'd almost take the watered down Honey Light over this one. This is not the best Point has to offer.

07-15-2006 04:01:10 | More by Winter
Point Special from Stevens Point Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.