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Point Special - Stevens Point Brewery

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232 Ratings
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Ratings: 232
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 19.03%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | 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 bearrunner44


2.88/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- Clear, golden amber. Thin white head.

Smell- Not much of an aroma; mostly just light malt notes.

Taste- Thin body, slightly toasty malt up front, and then....not much. Almost no hop flavors.

Mouthfeel- Light and smooth; carbonation is just right.

Verdict- Tastes like a Budweiser, only with slightly fewer adjunct flavors and more body. Thirst-quenching, but not worth going out of your way to get it.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2005 21:03:00 | More by bearrunner44
Photo of jimdkc


2.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very clear gold with a very short-lived half-finger of foam.

Very light malt aroma with just the barest hints of hops.

Clean, crisp taste with a small amount of grassy hop flavor.

Thin mouthfeel with fairly light carbonation.

Pretty refreshing and drinkable.

Overall, not bad... but not that "special". I'd choose it over a macro-lager.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2005 01:30:18 | More by jimdkc
Photo of 67cuda


3.6/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a pretty good smell for one classified as a macro lager.. It smelled mostly of malt to me, with a little bit of hops. It poured a golden yellow color, a bit darker than the standard pale yellow of many beers in this style, and had about one finger of foamy white head. This beer has a pretty good amount of carbonation, more than I was expecting. The taste was very crisp, with the malt being the main taste, though hops were present as well. However, the malt taste wasn't too heavy, it was really about right I'd say, made for a tasty beer. The mouthfeel was quite good as well, a bit thicker than I expected. As for drinkability, I'd gladly drink this again if I could get it in Colorado, but I don't think I can make my dad go back to Wisconsin just to bring me more beer. This is probably one of the best macro lager-style beers I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2005 14:57:30 | More by 67cuda
Photo of whynot44


3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear gold color with a modest and short lived white head, no lacing noticed.

Light bodied, somewhat grassy aroma, light malt flavor (with maybe a touch of corn?), topped up with some actual hops - light, but enough to give a fairly crisp dry finish.

Refreshing, a little thin but better than many mass produced lagers. Should go down very well on a hot day in a boat.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2005 03:33:31 | More by whynot44
Photo of HopHeadKen


3.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery, I first must say that I am not much of a light lager drinker.

Probably somewhat overcarbonated at the tap, this had a thick rich white head; smell was malt and not much else.
Taste was smooth and clean, malt but not heavy. Just a trace of hop flavor and bitterness. No perceptible hop aftertaste.

This is a pretty nice Lager, good for a hot summer day.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2005 16:24:32 | More by HopHeadKen
Photo of Brian700


3.58/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have to say, I wasn't amazed by this beer but I was still pleasantly suprised. This beer poured a crystal clear yellow color with a very small white head that didn't stick around very long.

The aroma is doesn't smell like your average lager. It smells like a wheat beer. It smells pretty good actually, wheat malt, corn.

The flavor taste like there is wheat malt present as well. It has citrus hop bitterness. Not bad.

The mouthfeel is light with medium carbonation.

This is a very drinkable beer. I think I will buy this beer again next time I need a good cheap session beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2005 23:26:11 | More by Brian700
Photo of Frozensoul327


2.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very drinkable lager. Poured out to a classic lager appearance; White foamy head, nice carbonation, and a golden yellow color. No lace noted around the glass. Odor was kind of metallic, but hops and malt were noted. Flavor was solid, with a nice overtones of mostly malt and some young hops. Decent mouthfeel, nothing special. This is best cold and in a mug. Appreciate this beer for what it is, a simple American lager. Well made, and a major step up compared to anything any AB, Miller or Coors product. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2005 02:24:19 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of jimbotrost


3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled this beer the way it was designed, ice cold and straight out of the can. Then I sampled it to get the particulars, in a glass, a bit warmer, etc. The best thing about tjis beer is you can not get it everywhere, so it is a treat when you do for that reason. Another good reason is it is made at a regional and we should support the small guy!.

The pour was a bright clear gold, right where it is supposed to be. The aroma was one of grass and slight malty sweetness. It was topped by a big white foamy fizzy head. The flavor was the same light malt and the same grassiness. Finish was short but adequate. Drinkable.

Serving type: can

07-25-2005 21:12:22 | More by jimbotrost
Photo of thechaacster


3.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz twist-off. Part of the "American Craft Beers" pack from Cost Plus World Market... whateva, ho. Pours a clear gold with very little head. Smells like, uh, beer. Tastes like... MGD. Well alreet well alroot well alright. Since it's inoffensive and has macro-level drinkability (i.e. you can drink a hundred and not notice) it makes an easy choice for something to suck down a few with a pizza. Not exactly a beer that will make you jump up and say hey, though.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2005 06:41:20 | More by thechaacster
Photo of karengarys


2.38/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I should have known, but I had to try anyway...

Pours light amber, clear, looks like miller but no head.

Smells a bit pilsner like, a bit skunky too. Nothing really there.

Tastes like water with soda water carbonation mixed with a beer flavored syrup bag.

Mouthfeel. That of a macro brew. Hardly none, but it is fizzy.

It is drinkable. Boring, but drinkable. No aftertaste, and no scary flavors to fend off the average customer. But it is drinkable. I do not recommend this beverage.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2005 01:29:01 | More by karengarys
Photo of granger10


2.83/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer had a very, very light appearance. Almost watery looking. But there was a nice head and good lacing. Appeared quite carbonated. Aroma had a mild vegetal aspect to it but there was also a little bit of bitter hops in there. The body had a dry grainy feel to it that covered the base. That vegetal aspect came back once again and was a bit unpleasant but not that bad. Hops were noticeable but quite weak. In fact this whole beer was quite weak. Easy to drink quite a few of there but I don't think I'd want to.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2005 12:41:30 | More by granger10
Photo of RBorsato


3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tasted on 5/11/05 at Bricks (Beer Bar) in Cedar Rapids, IA.

Clear gold with decent carbonation bubbles but absolutely no head in a short period of time. Solid malty grainy aroma and flavor. Light bodied and seemed watery and thin.

Pretty average Premium American Lager here so I'm pretty surprised by all of the GABF awards below ...

Per SP website:
Malts: Select Brewers Grains
Hops: Yakima Hops

Gold, American Premium Lager Division, GABF, 2003
Bronze, American Premium Lager Division, GABF, 1996
Silver, American Premium Lager Division, GABF, 1995
Bronze, American Premium Lager Division, GABF, 1993

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2005 18:18:38 | More by RBorsato
Photo of feloniousmonk


2.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ultra-clear, supremely pale yellow countenance, under a thinnish layer of fizzy white...
Drab aroma, nothing much, not bad, but, "eh, it's beer"...
Light inoffensive entry on the palate, smooth and slight, the major character is "moist"...mostly thin wet air, that's all. Lightness in body, mouthfeel, flavor, etcetera. Some small honeyish sweetness. Doesn't taste bad, but again, doesn't taste like anything, either. Very weak.
better than Bud, though...barely.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2005 09:12:10 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of sabrills70

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing as an adjunct lager. Pours a medium straw color. Crystal clear with lttle head and very little lace. Aroma of sweet malt with some honey notes and minimal hop presence. Smells of typical macro minus except that the corn and rice smells are not as evident. Taste is a bit better than the big macros. It has a bit more depth due to the fact that there is less corn and rice present.The malt is not quite as sweet probably because they add a bit more hops to help balance it out. Has a nice malt aftertaste though. Finishes a bit dry, as a pilsner should. I could drink a ton of these, not for the flavor, but it is just easy going down. Not a great beer but it is a small step up from BMC

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2005 00:40:45 | More by sabrills70
Photo of longarm


3.75/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a dark yellow appearance with a little more depth and color than most of the big macros. The head unimpressively does not last very long, but does generate a continuous supply of champagne-esque bubbles.

Has better aroma than one expects in an American Lager. Nice pils malts and a little caramel sweetness and light hops.

Flavor is a bit of a letdown after the expectations generated by the smell. Adjunct and corn-like up front with decent bitterness in the middle and a relatively clean finish, this beer is a significantly more complex beer than its bigger brothers but doesn't quite live up to its potential. It coats exceptionally well without cloying.

This beer has always made me wonder if this is what basic American lagers may have tasted like for my grandparents. It just always has a little more than the basics produced in this country now that all taste the same. A very drinkable beer at a reasonable price, this brew always keeps me coming back again.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2005 02:20:32 | More by longarm
Photo of mynie


2.13/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a straw-color, just a little bit darker than the macro adjuncts. No head nor lacing. It came in a really cool-looking can, though.Smells light with grain and a hint of hops--like most macros, completely unoffensive.

I was really surprised at how much this beer tasted like PBR, only the tolerable uncomplicated sweet and sour hop kiss of Pabst here is much stronger and more foul. This stuff should only be drank while very, very cold.

The body here is thick, but not in a good way. It goes down almost like slime. Not refreshing at all, and pretty hard to drink.

Avoid this beer. It's like Pabst's evil twin, and it is nowhere near worth the ten bucks a 12 pack that it costs. If you're in the mood for a lightly-flavored beer, get one that doesn't taste like garbage and might actually refresh you. This one is just bad.

Serving type: can

09-10-2004 20:49:01 | More by mynie
Photo of BuckeyeNation


2.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pale yellow-gold, very nearly straw. The bone white head is several fingers in height and is too soft to last or to leave much lace. Grain and hops comprise the nose; nothing to get too excited about.

It seems as though I've tasted hundreds of mediocre macro lagers in the past several months, but I'm sure the number is closer to dozens. I keep thinking that one of them will surprise me and actually be enjoyable. This one isn't it.

There's a lack of malt support coupled with a harsh hoppiness and an overly thin body. Maybe I should get the keyboard equivalent of a stamp that has just that description, I seem to use it often enough. There isn't enough flavor for the beer to be offensive though.

Point Special won a gold medal at the GABF in 2003 (I recently came across that factoid in a back issue of All About Beer). The silver and the bronze were won by MGD and Budweiser. I'm pretty certain they had the finishing order correct, but to give medals of any kind to those three beers is an embarrassment. Or should be.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2004 18:42:23 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of Jables


2.15/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A step up from Bud/Miller.

Pours clear straw yellow with a big fluffy white head.

Smells somewhat sweet but there is this odd scent I can't place, that isn't neccessarilly bad but definitely isn't good.

Tastes sweet at first but that is quickly outdone by fairly strong adjunct corn/rice flavors. The finish is either a plastic grocery sac or lexan I couldn't quite decide. Either way it is very off-putting and hurts the drinkability of what would otherwise be a thirst-quencher.

The same brewery makes Augsburger Golden which is a much better bet, if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2004 04:25:32 | More by Jables
Photo of DrunkMcDermott


3.43/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2003 19:50:46 | More by DrunkMcDermott
Photo of TastyTaste


2.33/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This is about the same as any macro brew I have ever had. I only got to try it because a buddy is from stevens point, WI. Drank it straight out of the bottle, and honestly, could not tell the difference between budweiser, if that is a good thing. Get it for the novelty, if there is any for you.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2003 21:52:29 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of winomark


2.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pale straw color, small head with lots of streaming bubbles.

Aroma: Sweet malt aroma, a little yeasty/grainy, but nothing "special".

Taste: Slightly sour on the palate. Has a maize/rice flavor that reminds me of macors. No hops.

Mouthfeel: Very light on the palate. Mostly just carbonation. No finish.

Drinkability: An OK thirst-quencher, but nothing I will try again. This beer is for someone who likes the taste of macros, but wants something "special"

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2003 00:31:04 | More by winomark
Photo of daledeee


3.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another American lager. Pours golden yellow with a little head. The nose is grainy . The taste is the same as most other American lagers. Some malt a little hops a little sweet. Nothing remarkable. Easy to drink. Alot like MGD or several others. I can't run it down because it is a clean tasting beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2003 01:21:23 | More by daledeee
Photo of maxpower


1.65/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a bright clear golden-yellow color, has a decent foamy white head that doesn't last long, light flowery and grainy aromas. Light bodied with a light thin mouthfeel, finishes clean with a some grainy sweetness, not a very pleasant lasting aftertaste, this reminds me of macroswill.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2003 18:32:06 | More by maxpower
Photo of stoutman


3.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Point is just a regional brew..conditioned for the local tastes and cheap. Light tangy hop aroma--neither here nor there...Run-of-the-mill color and even thinner-than-normal fizzy head. Flavor is bright and bite actually provided by hops as opposed to carbonation, which is kept relatively light. This also allows light malt to sneak-in its two-cents-worth as well. Body is predictably thin but flavor balance is quite acceptable. This is quite refreshing and generally a cut above almost all the macro-brewed lagers.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2003 12:35:37 | More by stoutman
Photo of Redrover


3.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz longneck with no freshness date.

Beer pours a nice vibrant yellow. Seems to be slightly darker than most of its macro competition. Nice head & minimal lace. Very small carbonation bubbles race up the glass, compare these to the big bubbles in Miller/Bud. The smell is clean, hints of hops and definitely some corn in there as well.

The taste is not too shabby, but doesn’t knock your socks off either. The malt and hops are present and seem well balanced, just need a little more of each to jump to the forefront! There is some sweetness from the corn, but it adds to the taste. This is a good beer to have at a Wisconsin fish fry or while on lake on a hot summer day.

This beer is better than Macros, but I like some of their regional competitors (Old Style & Leines) better. I think this beer is best enjoyed fresh while in Stevens Point! I think most people will enjoy this one for what it is, a solid regional beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2003 11:54:39 | More by Redrover
Point Special from Stevens Point Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.