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Point Belgian White - Stevens Point Brewery

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Ratings: 252
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 18.37%
Wants: 4
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stevens Point Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.38% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Gehrig on 02-10-2008

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Ratings: 252 | Reviews: 130
Reviews by brewskifan55:
Photo of brewskifan55
3.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass at the Keg and Barrel

Apperance: lemon yellow; clear; half finger head that doesn't last long.

Smell: citrus notes with lots of coriander in the mix.

Taste: Kind of a banana taste (which I liked) and a corander finish. Very similar to Blue Moon. Smooth, tasty.

Mouthfeel: Light, thin, not much carbonation

Overall: very sessionable. Good with spicy foods. A light, summery taste. Good representation of a Belgian white. I haven't met a Point beer I haven't liked.

More User Reviews:
Photo of wrycon
3.34/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pretty nice yellow-golden color. The nose is pretty great - large wheat notes with underlying yeast and sweetness. Only wish the taste followed the smell. To its credit, it doesn't oversell the wheat elements, but in doing that it doesn't taste like much of anything. Slightly spicy and fruity, it grips the tip of the tongue. Finishes somewhat clean but lingers with an odd tang.

Like it? Don't Hate It, For What That's Worth

Photo of blackearth
2.79/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours pale golden with rising bubbles and a tight, fluffy white head that falls to a cap. Aroma of fruity esters dominate along with cloves, grain and light hops. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation and light malt flavor. Too light really. Clean finish that is a bit dry. Not too bad, but not really much flavor, so won't be reaching for this one again.

Photo of generallee
3.8/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The label is light on info as there is no freshness date or abv%.

Appearance: The body has a hazy or cloudy look with a fairly dark tan/yellow color. On top sits a small white head which fades slowly and coats the glass with slick lacing. Some spots of lace stick to the glass as I drink.

Smell: It has a big tangy wheat presence with some notes lemon zest and grassy/citrusy hops. There seems to be a slight hint of bubble gum as well.

Taste/Palate: It starts with a very wheaty/bready base and adds notes of citrus zest and mild light spice. Hop flavor and bitterness is light and complementary with citrus notes of its own. The finish has a mellow semi dry citrus hop bitterness. On the tongue it has a good smooth medium feel but with a lively carbonation too.

Notes: It's not bad at all for the style and I would say it's on par with other decent Belgian White Ales.

Photo of deebo
3.97/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Point's version of a style that I almost always enjoy.

A-Pours a cloudy golden color with tight white head that quickly dissipates.
S-Typical of belgian white. Strong yeasty fruity esters with a coriander spice note.
T-Yeasty fruity citrus flavor is strong throughout. Slight hoppiness. Well balanced. Not dominated by fruity flavor like many US versions.
M-Very smooth. Light carbonation and medium body.
D-High. Smooth with no alcohol sting = 1 of my favorite American versions of the style.
O-Very nice Belgian white. Wouldn't mind having this in my fridge. Recommended.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow beer, delivers on the haze, average lace and retention. Wheat isn't specifically discernable, but the citrus rind is.

Coriander, spice, lemon, weird metallic-ness in the taste. At times gritty, yet thin, more sweetness than I care for in this (and almost any/every) kind of beer style. No massive off flavors, just another average beer from an average regional brewery. Thankfully, they know their mold, so they make this stuff relatively cheap. Now, this beer, I never saw on special anywhere like the regular point lager, like on 25 cent goth night on the southside of Milwaukee, and therefore, it does seem a little expensive in the stores for a 6 pack.

I can't really think of a niche for this beer other than girlfriend beer. Guys into wits will not pick this probably other than to try it once.

Photo of ADR
3.27/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy appearance, less than light orange, more in the pineapple juice range. The pale head powers down fast, but there is delicate lace on the far side of the glass. Semi spicy aroma, some definite citrus to the smell. In contrast to the aroma, the flavor is a little weak and off overall, slightly sour with a far away sense of baking spices. Finishes light, with a light touch of pepper, but in total, there's not a huge amount of flavor. Some Wits set me off in the proportion of coriander/pepper/orange emphasis, some I like. This is neither here or there in its approach. As a style, I was surprised that Point brews it though...

Photo of Brenden
3.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Notes are a couple nights old.

"White" is no joke. This beer pours out perhaps the palest I've ever seen. I suppose that's appropriate. A bone-white head forms between one and two fingers high, becoming quite dense and, while lacing isn't heavy, the adequate amount of lacing that is left behind is extremely sticky.
The nose is extremely pale. There's something a bit dusty, with an adequate grains backing over some citrus notes. That's all.
There's a light mix of sweetness and grains with a sulfuric note. Something nags at the back of my mind before I realize that this is almost exactly like a Munich Helles. Maybe my bottle's funny, but I get the dry, crackery malt and sulfuric notes of a completely different style. Granted, the fact that there's not much of the orange peel evident and it's pretty light helps with that comparison. Coriander is noticeable, and it's not as though the orange peel isn't there at all; I just don't like to have to strain for what are supposed to be the prominent characteristics.
Carbonation is above average and the body is light to medium. It's not distinct in the mouthfeel, but there's enough activity to it. There's a touch of sourness and a tinge of acidity in the finish.
I wouldn't pick this one up again, but I wouldn't avoid it.

Photo of lumberjerk
3.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle in a glass.

Beer is a murky and slightly dark golden color. Not extremely attractive, it looks more like a fruit juice than a beer.

The nose on this beer was very citrus-heavy. It overpowered any other scents that might be present.

The taste is crisp, and slightly less citrus-y than the smell is. Definitely can taste the wheat in the background. A little spicy, but the citrus definitely shines through on this one.

It has a good body on it; I'd say it's fairly typical for the style. Drinks well, too. I only had one bottle to taste, but I could see more going down easily.

Overall, not a fantastic beer that I would trip over myself to get more of, but a very citrus-y representation of the style. I might try this one out on friends I was trying to get into craft beer.

Photo of nicnut45
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- Pours a light golden yellow color followed by about a fingers worth of silky smooth creamy white head.

Smell- The smell of wheat dominates followed by that typical coriander orange peel smell. Although I would say this beer seems to have a stronger scent compared to other witbiers I have had.

Taste- Immediate taste of wheat upfront followed by bitter orange peel which blends nicely with the type of hops used. The taste is great but it seems a little watered down to me. But for $4.19 a six pack this is exceptional.

Mouthfeel- If you drink this cold the carbonation is a bit too much. After it warms up a though, it is smooth and creamy. Alittle on the light side though.

Drinkability- These beers go down extremely easy. There is nothing offensive about it. Plus it is a bit watered down so it wont overwhelm you. I will definetly be buying more of these.

Photo of Metalmonk
2.76/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks good, with a cloudy and pale straw-colored yellow that shows why this style was dubbed "white" way back in the day. Good lacing too, covering the glass in a web-like sheet.

Aroma is okay, if fairly average for the style: citrus (more lemon than orange) and coriander are timid but do have some character. Also a light layer of earthy straw.

Flavor-wise there's a delicate essence of fresh angel-food cake, but that's as good as it gets. The spicing and fruit zest lay down and die behind what is a nearly flavorless, generic "beer" flavor. That doesn't make much sense--until you're actually drinking it. Not awful, but awfully uninspired.

Carbonation is a bit high--but then I'm not sure a creamier feel would have helped deliver the flavor...as there isn't much of that to be had.

Smells of your average U.S. brewer wanting to get on the Blue Moon bandwagon and only getting halfway there. It's okay, but nothing you should go out of your way for. Stick to Allagash's version, or better yet, some of the real deals from Belgium.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.67/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale lemon-yellow and slighlty hazy with a small white cap. Mixing the yeast in results in a cloudier pour, and a bit more foam, but it can barely be called a head. Despite the decapitated nature of this beer, some nice sparkling lace is left on the glass.

S - Lemon rind and sugar. This smells much like a lemon shake up that you can buy at fairs and festivals. There isn't a whole helluva lot going on here besides crisp, clean, lemon notes...maybe some coriander spice and a hint of hops. Actually, this nose improves dramatically with warmth, and becomes more complex.

T - Again, crisp and clean lemon rind. Lemon shake-ups, lemonhead candy, and a hint of nutmeg or some similar spice. Quite good really.

M - Crisp, clean, refreshing, and highly carbonated. It's light in body, but never watery feeling.

D - A killer, killer, killer thirst quencher. Thirst quenching? Check. Refreshing? Check. Tasty? Check. Not overly taste-bud-taxing? Check. Cheap? Check. Summer session brew? Hell yes.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coriander and citrus peel (mainly lemon, some orange, even some grapefruit) greet you in the nose of Point's White Biere. It offers the typical appearance of a Belgian witbier, and the creamy bright-white head holds well and leaves some nice, thin but sticky lace behind. The body is light-medium, and it's gently crisp on the palate with a median carbonation. The flavor is not unlike the aroma, and it's initially gently sweet with malt before the tanginess and citrus flavor (orange, lemon) kicks in. The coriander appears across the middle, followed by a chalkiness that leads into a dry and gently spicy finish. Very nicely done, it's properly delicate but flavorful, and remarkably well-balanced and drinkable. A very nice example of the style.

Photo of hodgsongreg
2.92/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I don't know what I was expecting, but I thought it would be more cloudy than a lager. I can the read fine print of Atlas Shrugged through my glass. Really, I can't complain. It was $5 for a 6er. It smells like some of the less fragrant hefeweizen's I've had. It has a taste to match, with more banana taste. It's not great, it's not terrible. I'll finish my stock, and will not be reluctant to do so.

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a pretty tasty Wisconsin version of a Belgian biere. Appearance is yellow-white. Good wheaty head, and a pleasant coriander spicy bite, with clove just beneath. If they had a rating for “value,” this one would get a “5,” since I found it for $6 a sixer in Wisconsin.

Photo of jackndan
3.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Point White biere in a twelve ounce bottle. Fluffy white head sits atop a hazy yellow beer. Thick lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is astrigent and lemony. Typical Belgian wit taste, lacking only the hint of sourness that is commonly found in such beers. Very light bodied with a clean aftertaste. Decent, can be a fairly nice substitute for Hoegarden, given the not unreasonable price.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Haze, clear seltzer water appearance, off-yellow hue, thin carbonated off-white head. Orange peel, black pepper and biscuits on the nose. Chalky, tender hops bitterness, coriander and lemon highlights; brisk and creamy. Lemon accents and thin wheat crackers should also classify the body. Finishes sweet and dry, just a touch of black pepper to round it out. Refreshing, it’s ok stuff.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.91/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

A: Pours a crystal clear darkish straw yellow with a creamy and rocky half inch head held up by some lazy ropes of carbonation. This beer is only slightly lighter than the Busch Light I just sampled as a point of comparison.

S: Pretty damn strong aroma on this one, heavy on the coriander and orange peel with clove, nutmeg, cinnamon and all those other good spices, this was a nice surprise considering the appearance. Slight corny aroma bumps this one down just a little from being great.

T/MF: Nice blend of orange and mild lemony zest coupled with a good balance of those same herbs and spices (clove, coriander, etc) encountered in the aroma. The mouthfeel is smooth and with a good solid bite from the carbonation to spread that flavor all over the tongue and leaves the lingering sensation of cinnamon and orange peel. The slight taste of corn knocks the score here down just a bit.

D: A deceptively complex beer whose taste belies its appearance. Tasty refreshing and easy to drink and very nice surprise for anyone looking for a good beer on the cheap.

Photo of tone77
3.8/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of oranges and spices. Taste is good, citrus and spice, very flavorful. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a good quality beer.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A lemon peel pour reveals only light instances of effervesce. The head is soapy, pourous and weak on retention and hold offering little in the way of incentive.

S: Tart lemon-orange scents mingle with some wheat character. Lemony flower notes come in on the close. Overall fairly simple, ample in strength but lacked the traditional spiciness ive come to expect from true Belgian white examples.

T: The flavor faired a bit better then anticipated after an otherwise average start. Crisp delivery brings forth a slightly dry and tart lemony-orange flavor along with some dry wheat character. Lemon grass and some flowery aspect soon reveals itself along with a good deal of acidic nature. The finish finds a twang of citrus orange tartness.

M: Fairly crisp despite the calm visual demeanor of the carbonation. Sharp with a lively tingle especially around the tongues edges. The body was light, almost to the point of being watery would be my only complaint.

D: Good for a serving, not up to my typical expectations or wow factor such as a hoegaarden, but certainly not a macroish interpretation either. Easy with a good bite of carbonation and acidity may hold this back in terms of multiples but fairs well per style.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.71/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz twist-off bottle poured into a tulip
5.38% ABV

A - Turbid but bright golden in color, Point's wit retains it's white cap of foam briefly before residing to a ring of loose bubbles and little lace left on the glass.

S - Supple wheat gives way to grainy pale malt and a subtle waft of sweet orange peel and a dash of spicy coriander. Yeast esters contribute notes of clay and bubblegum but this has an American wit written all over it.

T - Heavy grainy pale malt topples the push-over soft wheat flavor as this becomes even more Americanized in flavor; it almost completely abandons the classic yeast profile found in witbiers leaving a soft touch of coriander along the finish, drying out the faintly sweet orange peel.

M - Soft wheat qualities make it through but this beer has a resounding harshness on the back end with it's grainy malt profile and dry spiciness leaving a lasting impression on the tongue.

O - Point's Belgian White looks and smells the part but drops off into what might be considered an American Pale Wheat Ale with it's lack of forward Belgian yeast characteristics and somewhat higher of a pale malt profile. The coriander and orange peel give it a refreshing quality though which makes it one easy drinking summer beer!

Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.18/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a hazy yellow-gold w/1.5-finger white head. Carbonation beads up the edges of the glass, and decent lacing.
S-Banana and clove, faint orange, light coriander. Tart lemony citrus cuts into the smooth wheat.
T-Starts off w/slightly smooth wheat and spice, midway there's banana, grass, sharp lemon, and dough. Aftertaste is even blend of banana, clove, and lightly sweet wheat. Faint orange rind emerges only after.
M-Crisp and clean, fairly even, and well-carbonated.
D-This seems to me a witbier for people who like to add lemon...except it's already in there. Overall a good brew.

Photo of TexIndy
3.15/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle with no dating. Was a pale straw color and had a small head that quickly dissipated. Mouthfeel was average. The smell was more malty than witish compared to the many others in the style I've had. Wasn't a bad aroma but just didn't grab me. The taste was also middle of the road and seems off compared to others in the style. Can't really recommend since I've had much better but worth trying if in someone else's fridge and you can steal one. (3, RB, T, O)

Photo of larsee01
3.04/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into Hoegaarden glass

A--Kind of soda-pop bubbly upon pour. Ascending carbonation with unsubstantial head. Cloudy as expected, but not milky...best description of color and clarity is like early AM urine (sorry). Still surprised by volume of carbonation!

S--Pleasant and mild. Sweet. Coriander and orange peel as advertised. Wheaty, yeasty twang not unlike Blue Moon, but not as potent.

T--1st impression is an uninspiring middle ground between Hoegaarden and Blue Moon. Not sweet. Modest spicing. Simple and unoffensive. Uninspiring flavor potency.

M--Rather thin. Again, prominent carbonation doesn't do it for me.

D--Drinkable because it's weak and not really worth savoring. Burp-inducing carbonation reduces drinkability.

Photo of ommegoose
3.56/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at The Cellar near Harlem and Belmont (Chicago). These $5 Point six packs intrigue me. Low price has such a strong correlation with low quality, but if any of these are even average, it's a good value buy. Witbier seems kind of hard to get wrong, as this is probably the easiest style of beer to drink, and one that I've yet to have a bad one of.

This one looks white indeed. Very pale before adding the sediments, and then a cloudy tangerine color, that reveals itself to be almost a light green pear shade when held to the light. The sediment hung in the beer in weird cloudy formations for maybe a minute, but then dissolved evenly throughout. A quarter inch creamy cap stays on top, and lacing is spotty, but persists all the way around. A few bits of spices float around.

The bottle says that this is brewed with coriander and orange peel, and those are certainly present. Orange peel definitely dominates spices. Smells pretty good, but simple, and a few notches below better examples of the style.

There's a pretty heavy kick of orange peel in the taste too, but it's not overly sweet. It adds a touch of bitterness at the end too. I'm at a bit of a loss for words to describe this. It tastes like a typical witbier for sure, but I'm not picking much out of it. Again, seems simple. There's a nice hit of coriander in the finish.

Carbonation is a touch prickly, but otherwise this is a soft and smooth beer.

Easy to drink. I bought the six pack intending to down them all, and I should be able to do so without a problem. I'm not finding any issues with this beer, but there are definitely better ones out there. I don't think I'll ever pay $9 for a pack of Hoegaarden again when I can get this for $5. Hell, it's even $2 cheaper than Blue Moon, and it's better than Blue Moon. Very solid budget beer.

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Point Belgian White from Stevens Point Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.