Point Special - Stevens Point Brewery

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Reviews: 128
Hads: 280
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 12.18%
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: 128 | Hads: 280
Photo of colts9016
3.3/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A golden amber color with little head
Nose: Toasted malt, and hints of citrus and floral.
Taste: Not a full flavor lager but a medium strength with malt, yeast and hops all noticeable but fairly balanced.
Body A nice medium body beer to medium light.
Finish: Clean and easy drinking with a hint of bitterness.
Overall: A good and simple made beer that isn't great but isn't bad either (398 characters)

Photo of kickapoodude
4.16/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Point Special is a great american lager that has not changed it's flavor over the years. A crisp and smooth lager that is not light and not heavy. You can taste the history in this brew, like it tasted 100 years ago. I guess I am just idealizing it. But as far as American lagers go, this is premium stuff. (306 characters)

Photo of Slynger
3.08/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear pale golden straw with a cap of white foam.

The aroma is lightly toasted, grainy, and musty-lemony.

Flavor is slightly better. It's clean lightly lemony and lightly toasted and sweetish grain, and . . . i think that's it. Decent feeling light-medium body, a touch of crispiness to the fuzzy feeling carb.

Not real great stuff, not terrible. Probably won't buy again. (375 characters)

Photo of cadizkyguy
3.86/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Paid $10.39 for a 12 pack at Santori's Liquors in Lansing, IL last weekend, and I was glad I did. I've had this brew before and don't remember it tasting this good. I prefer to drink it out of the bottle, but doing the review here in a tall beer glass. This is a very drinkable brew and it's definitely a new favorite of mine. (326 characters)

Photo of dstc
3.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow with a big white head. Head falls to minimal head with thin lacing.

Not much in the aroma, very clean and a hint of grains.

Thin taste, typical lager. Has quite a bit of sweetness to it that i like.

Thin in the mouth with plenty of carbonation.

Classic Wisconsin beer. Nice example of the style and easily drinkable. (340 characters)

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appears a clear pale straw color with a thin white head that sinks to a skim. Pretty typical for the macro style although at least this one keeps some form of a head rather than just looking like yellow water.

Aroma is grainy, maybe a very faint hop presence. Pleasant.

Taste is pretty simple as well. More grainy flavors, some very slight hop bitterness after the swallow with a creamy taste.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Typical for the style.

Not a bad beer, better than the other Wisconsin macro counterpart in Milwaukee. Wouldn't buy it but if it was the best option it's not bad. (642 characters)

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.7/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a pale straw color with a small white head that thins. Mild lacing on the glass.

Fresh, crisp malt aroma with a nice herbal hop presence.

Crisp and malty upfront, a nice herbal hop flavor appears along with a mild bitterness. Finishes clean and dry.

Medium-light body, medium carbonation.

After getting back to my "roots" this summer and re-visiting some old favorite macro style lagers (and being disappointed most of the time) this was a nice find for a summer quencher. Easy to drink while mowing the lawn, while providing a satisfying amount of flavor. No problems breezing through a few of these. (625 characters)

Photo of ibashmuck
3.85/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Medium foamy head on a "standard" lager yellow. Everything about the beer was basic macro lager, except I found the smell and taste to be much smoother than other macros, with slight sweetness and low hops. Very smooth and easy to drink. Considerably better than your average macro lager. (352 characters)

Photo of Chugmonkey
3.4/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I've killed tons of cans, bottles, taps, & barrels of Point. Slightly grainy but mild compare to most macro lagers. Really smooth and not filling though, you can really handle a lot of these w/o getting filled up or burnt on any off flavors.

By no means a good craft beer, way too watery. But a very drinkable lager w/o any lingering bitterness or sharp grainy bite. Don't expect too much flavor. But you can wash down just about anything with it, including your thirst, since it is such a clean neutral beer. (510 characters)

Photo of jeremyd365
3.7/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight from the can after a brutally hilly 16 miles, this thing was a gift from god. This may have been mild dehydration already set it, or maybe the nectar of the gods is found in Wisconsin. Ignoring my possible impared judgement, this wasn't a bad brew. It was surely the best beer I've ever had out of a can. I would much like to try it again, but I'm not sure if it can be easily purchased in my area (mid-Michigan) (421 characters)

Photo of orangemoustache
3.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a standard macro gold with a white thin head that leaves behind little lace is it recedes.There is some slightly sweet malt and some wet cardboard aromas,smell is not the best quality here.This has some nice malty flavor along with some suttle hop bitterness and is a decent offering of the style.If this had any more flavor I think I would have been dissapointed,because then It would be under flavored like a shitty brown ale or somthing.Seems to be a good even balance overall,I was suprised a little I must confess,this one won't blow anybodys mind,but it will quench a thirst while offering some nice flavor and a clean crisp finish. (649 characters)

Photo of shadow1961
2.78/5  rDev -10.9%
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. (844 characters)

Photo of pweis909
3.7/5  rDev +18.6%
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. (554 characters)

Photo of tugdriver7
2.98/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (623 characters)

Photo of WJVII
2.63/5  rDev -15.7%
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). (527 characters)

Photo of BigRedN
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (987 characters)

Photo of Adam2200
3.95/5  rDev +26.6%
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. (273 characters)

Photo of riboflavin88
2.68/5  rDev -14.1%
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. (355 characters)

Photo of BoitSansSoif
2.98/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (746 characters)

Photo of sacfly
3.15/5  rDev +1%
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. (276 characters)

Photo of pb9613
4.52/5  rDev +44.9%
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. (385 characters)

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. (705 characters)

Photo of happygnome
3.55/5  rDev +13.8%
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 (363 characters)

Photo of Rddymk
4/5  rDev +28.2%
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. (612 characters)

Photo of splat215
3.14/5  rDev +0.6%
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. (464 characters)

Point Special from Stevens Point Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.