Point Belgian White - Stevens Point Brewery
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3.23/5 rDev -3.3%
Lightly fogged pale butter with a good-sized cap of creamy white foam. The ruppled, bubbly surface takes its sweet time descending toward the surface of the beer (make that biere) and leaves behind a few stray squiggles of watery lace. Not a standout, but it'll do.
The aroma is good, but isn't aromatic enough. Coriander is uppermost, probably because it's the most distinctive and the 'strongest' of the usual witbier ingredients. Citrus peel is barely noted; a shame since I love orangey wits.
I can't be so kind in terms of the flavor since the beer is so... unflavorful. It's a bad sign when the wit (wheat) is so easily noted in the flavor profile of a witbier. That tells me that way too little coriander and orange peel have been added. I can more easily forgive overzealousness of flavor additives than stinginess. In fact, if blinded, I would have called this beer a typical American pale wheat.
There's very little sweetness, so it's doubtful that much barley malt was utilized. It doesn't taste like very much wheat malt was used either. Bitterness is king, although the biere isn't very bitter. Hallertau and Saaz are obvious... once I'm made aware of the hop bill. The finish is clean, with a mildly hoppy, barely corianderish tail.
The mouthfeel is on the light side; no surprise, given the lack of ingredients. Actually, it's on the lighter side of the light side, but never deteriorates to the frankly watery. This would make a pretty good lawnmower beer that could be tossed back with reckless abandon; as long as one isn't too picky about flavor, that is.
Stevens Point (if I can be permitted to have an opinion after drinking four of their beers) is a strictly average regional brewer. I don't remember much about the others, but this one is just too dumbed down to be successful. Better wits should be a cinch to find.
02-17-2006 14:24:24 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.23/5 rDev -3.3%
A decent Witbier attempt. The look certainly fits the bill. A milky textured straw color (hefeweisbier-like) with fair head formation and retention- perhaps a bit fizzy at first. Aromas of juicy citrus, barley sweetness, lemons, and a hint of lactose and mustiness. Flavors begin (and stay) quite sweet with a part-barley, part-lemon shandy flavor. Barley flavors prove a bit heavy, followed by strong citrus and residual sugars. Again a light musty flavor persists. The beer feels a bit heavy and full for the style, but refreshing with light, but sharp hoping rates, and a mild acidic note. But the beer lacks the mellow creaminess and airiness exhibited by great Belgian Whites. Still a nice beer.
05-26-2008 02:30:53 | More by BEERchitect
3.15/5 rDev -5.7%
Appearance: Hazy, yellow body with a medium-sized, fizzy, snow white head.
Smell: Mild aroma of soft wheat with notes of sour lemons, coriander, and yeast.
Taste: Light wheat malt taste with a slight sugary sweetness. Some sour lemons and bananas. Hint of coriander. A tad yeasty. No apparent bitterness. Drying, lightly sour finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium, though somewhat fizzy carbonation.
Drinkability: Very simple, very straight-forward wit.
07-04-2008 19:23:16 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.55/5 rDev +6.3%
Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.
Finally returning to some good ol'-fashioned Bliss tastings. It's been far too long... This stuff pours a partly cloudy pale straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises mild orange zest, coriander, and cracked wheat. The taste brings in more of the same, though the orange really shines fairly brightly. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly grainy feel. Overall, a nice little wit, nothing close to special, but it'll feed your wit need decently well.
10-26-2012 05:04:28 | More by TMoney2591
3.3/5 rDev -1.2%
A - Poured out a cloudy, yellow color. It had a small, short-lived head, but it did leave some lace.
S - It smelled of orange, wheat and yeast.
T - As for the taste, the wheat elements really came through, with some corriander/orange.
M - It was crisp and dry. Light-bodied.
D - Not a bad beer. I think I like it better than the other Point beers that I've had.
12-03-2006 15:45:18 | More by zeff80
4.1/5 rDev +22.8%
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.
03-18-2007 00:08:19 | More by NeroFiddled
3.6/5 rDev +7.8%
Appearance: pale yellow color, on the verge of true whiteness, head is fine, white, long-lasting.
Aroma: big, bold, & flowering, a perfect picture of a wit nose that really stands out, lovely and soft, yet spicy and lively, awash in citric sophistication. Quite nice.
Taste: nice, neat little hop dance up front, then mellow and mild. Refreshing and relaxing, with good spark, and easy drinkability. Light-bodied, but adequately flavorful, a consistent delight. Coriander-curacao combo continues to tap happily on the tongue. This easily beats out Blue Moon, which I recently revisited. Gets more lemony at the end. Actually, dries out a bit and my enthusiasm becomes dampened. Ah, well...
For who knows what reason, this is the first product from this brewery I've ever sampled, after all these years. And a nice attempt at this refreshing style.
11-04-2003 07:37:25 | More by feloniousmonk
3.68/5 rDev +10.2%
The beer pours a cloudy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice pale and wheat malt scent along with a fruity yeast aroma. It has a subtle bitter orange peel character. The taste is decent as well. It has a smooth pale and wheat malt flavor. It's sweet up front with a good deal of esters in the finish. It's quite fruity with a dry finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tasty Belgian white. I don't understand the low reviews for this beer. It's light with excellent malt and yeast character; a good drinker.
09-21-2010 00:58:42 | More by WesWes
3.81/5 rDev +14.1%
Pours golden (not as hazy as expected) with a thin, lasting head. Some lacing sticks.
The smell is of coriander, orange peel, some bready notes and pale malt.
The taste is of coriander, orange peel, and honey-like sweetness. It has a firm pale malt backbone. Finishes with a spicy dryness with a sweet kiss.
It is smooth, with a spritzy, but not fizzy, carbonation level. Very refreshing!
It uses the spices well - forward, but not overwhelming. The malt is strong and the yeast strain is somewhat muted for the style. It is an easy-drinking beer with nice aroma and flavors.
I was surprised to find it in a winter variety pack, but it does work for something lighter in the winter. It is an enjoyable, year-round brew!
11-19-2013 19:46:33 | More by jwc215
3.43/5 rDev +2.7%
Pours a five finger white head that goes quickly to a thin layer leaving a little lace. Cloudy pale amber color. Light carbonation and light bodied. Yeasty/orange nose. Starts with wheat and some yeast then there is a hint of orange, clean finish. $1.09 for a 12oz bottle from Blue Max Liquor Burnsville, Mn.
07-19-2006 00:31:28 | More by jdhilt
3.05/5 rDev -8.7%
A pale, cloudy, golden pour. Looks weak, but the big white, semi-rocky head is a nice touch. Lace dies down to a slight ring of bubbles. Swirl produces...not much
Coriander dominant nose, with some soggy orange peel. Some slight sweet corn comes into play. Still, seems refreshing.
A flat lemon, coriander taste. No zing or zip to it. Seems a bit flat which is a bit of a let down considering the huge head. Flat is a good word. This just seems like a tired brew. Flavors are there, but weak and not very complex.
Lightly added hops.
Still, the tastes are not bad, and is drinkable. Perhaps serve very cold. That might add to the refreshing-ness.
12-23-2009 09:25:13 | More by Mebuzzard
3.38/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
10-04-2010 22:44:31 | More by beerthulhu
3.03/5 rDev -9.3%
This beer has a creamy white/light straw color to it. Very hazy as expected. A small white head recedes to a thin coating rather quickly. Lacing is adequate. Malted wheat aroma is spiked with a very light orange zest smell. The flavor of this wit is quite bland. Some very light wheat mixed with some hard to find spicing. A little sweet orange curacao. And an adjunct like taste, although I don't think adjuncts are used. A bit refreshing, but definitely a watered down version. If you took 2 parts Grays Witbier and mixed with 1 part water, this is what you'd get.
05-30-2003 19:14:05 | More by Bighuge
3.03/5 rDev -9.3%
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.
02-22-2012 00:59:06 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.55/5 rDev +6.3%
Pours a clear, yellow color. One inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of wheat, coriander, and sweet malt. Fits the style of a Witbier. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of coriander, wheat, tart malt, yeast cleanliness, and some slight sweet malt. Overall, a little watery in body, but easy to drink. A decent brew, nothing to go out of your way for.
05-04-2009 06:01:19 | More by Tone
3.66/5 rDev +9.6%
12 oz twist-off bottle poured into a tulip
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!
08-03-2013 17:49:42 | More by BeerFMAndy
4/5 rDev +19.8%
A - Best part of the brew it pours a hazy golden straw color with a nice inch of creamy foamy head.
S - Smells about right. I get orange peal, coriander, and maybe a slight bit of lemon.
T - I did enjoy it but the yeast level was kind of high in this Witbier. Still orange peal and spices made their way through. It drank rather well.
M - Light to medium.
Overall I like the style and find this to be a very drinkable beer. Glad I have 3 more in my variety pack.
07-05-2011 01:34:09 | More by DrDemento456
3.83/5 rDev +14.7%
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.
08-16-2010 14:24:54 | More by tone77
3.55/5 rDev +6.3%
Pours a mildly hazy yellow color with a thin cap of white foam that has average retention and lacing. Pretty typical looking wit aside from the small head.
Nose is quite faint, but most wit characteristics are there...the coriander, orange and tangy wheat. Smells fresh and tasty, not much to complain about.
Taste is a bit watery and heavy on the tangy wheat. The coriander and citrus hang out in the background. Has more of a lemony flavor as opposed to orange peel. This is not a bad stab at the style and it is pretty refreshing. Way better than the Point Einbock I had the other night.
03-18-2009 23:59:58 | More by twiggamortis420
3.75/5 rDev +12.3%
Aroma is quite strong and almost indescribable, very fruity and wheaty, almost cider-like, strong hints of apple and orange as well as yeast. Clear straw-yellow is fairly typical, but white frothy head is very thick and quite persistent. Flavor is fruity, malty, yeasty and wheaty, a little on the thin side but still perky. Texture is pleasingly smooth, a bit watery but still worthy.
12-24-2008 03:26:26 | More by Cyberkedi
Point Belgian White from Stevens Point Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.