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Point Special - Stevens Point Brewery

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Ratings: 267
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 19.16%
Wants: 6
Gots: 13 | 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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Photo of shadow1961
2.78/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Stevens Point Brewery's Point Special Lager pours
a big stiff head over a clear yellow brew. Carbonation
is rapid and steady, and the nose is corn, rice, and
lager yeast- pretty typical adjunct lager characteristics.
The flavor is also more or less standard adjunct lager-
a little sweet corn upfront and the ghost of a hop off
the back- they did manage to avoid that weird boiled
veggie flavor you get in a lot of this sort of lager. Mouth-
feel is light, and there's not a lot of aftertaste. It is an
innoffensive example of a beer style which is itself
intended to be innoffensive. If you live in Wisconsin,
and this is a style you like, and you're mowing the lawn
or watching the game, you should be knocking back
this, and not Bud or Coors. This stuff is no different,
and you'll support your neighbors, not some fatcat
in St Louis.

Photo of pweis909
3.7/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the best American lager I've had in a long time, reminding me of the continental European roots of the style more than it reminded me of BMC lagers. It poured deep gold and had a thin white head. As the glass approached my nose, I first got a faint sulfury whiff, followed by some hoppiness reminiscent of noble hops (I'll guess Mt. Hood, but I could be way off). The lightly sweet maltiness did not seem watered down and overly laden with adjunct. Bittering was appropriate for the style. With it's clean malts, it's easy to drink and enjoyable.

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

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).

Photo of BigRedN
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Adam2200
3.95/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of riboflavin88
2.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

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 sacfly
3.15/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of pb9613
4.52/5  rDev +46.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ffejherb
3.1/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of happygnome
3.55/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Rddymk
4/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of splat215
3.14/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.1/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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%.

Photo of cdkrenz
4/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$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

Photo of scootercrabb
3.85/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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 tgbljb
3/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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 Rennpferd
2.89/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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 gmfessen
3.52/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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 BigBry
2.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Point Special from Stevens Point Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 267 ratings.