Point Belgian White - Stevens Point Brewery

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Ratings: 250
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 18.67%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.38% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: Gehrig on 02-10-2008)
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Photo of pmcadamis
3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
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 BEERchitect
3.23/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I may have gotten cheated on this one. Poured to a clear light golden BMC-lager color, with high carbonation, no suspended solids, a thin white head that dissipated alomost immediately, and little to no lacing. Aroma was an okay mix of clove, cookie dough, honey and bananas, but the mouthfeel was fairly stale and flat and not much of the nose carried over to the taste.

Not real impressed with this one.

Photo of ommegoose
3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of BDIMike
3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours more see-through then I am used to with a Witbier. Also, slightly too golden, should be more white in color.
Nice, complex smell. Very biscuity smell with a finish of orange and coriander.
Very biscuity taste. Not much of the orange or coriander at all. Kind of bland tasting.
Mouthfeel is very sharp for a witbier. There is no thickness and not very smooth.
One could drink a couple of these, but it is not smooth enough for its style. I would not recommend it.

Photo of sacfly
3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. twist off. Part of a mix 12 pack.
Pours a hazy yellow/straw color with a one finger head of fluffy white bubbles. Aroma is typical orange peal and coriander. More of the same in the flavor. Mild yeasty aftertaste. One of the best of teh mix pack. This beer suffers however from the same issue as the rest in the mix pack. Solid examples of the styles, but nothing interesting. If you want variety, this is OK. Nothing to wow you. Geared towards the Bud drinker looking for something different and serves this purpose perfectly.

Photo of Gehrig
3.63/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first beer I've tried from Stevens Point Brewery, Point Belgian White pours two fingers of dense white head on a cloudy lemon-gold body. Ample lacing lattices the glass--quite nice. The smell is mainly of spice, primarily coriander and some pepper, with orange peel and lemon in tow. A mild sugar aroma somewhat offsets the sour-spice nose.

Lemon dominates the taste which, on the whole, is certainly tart but not bad. The orange peel ably assists the tangy flavor. A smooth texture balanced by adequate carbonation helps to make this rather easy to enjoy. It compares favorably to Blue Moon's offering, but is less sweet and smooth that Hoegaarden. Still, Stevens Point did a fine job with this mildly tart version of Witbier. Worth a stab.

Photo of nicnut45
3.98/5  rDev +19.9%
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 happygnome
3.55/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a very light clear golden with about an eigth inch of head that dissapears fast leaving no lacing
s: strong citrusy aroma light wheat malt aroma very crisp smelling beer
t: sharp carbonation strong citrusy flavor from the hops a very light and crisp refreshing tasting beer
m: light bodied beer with a lot of carbonatoin

overall, this is probably one of the top 3 wits ive had but i dont think that ill buy it again

Photo of thagens
4.05/5  rDev +22%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For $4.99 a six-pack this beer is pretty damn good.
Pours an opaque light yellow with not much head to speak of.
Smells of coriander and orange peel slightly phenolic.
Taste is pretty smooth with a nice spiciness, hint of orange peel and again slightly phenolic.
High level of carbonation makes for a nice feeling in the mouth.
Drinkability on this one is pretty high. Goes down real smooth.

Photo of WJVII
4.18/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured with a 3/4 inch head that lasted throughout the pint. It has a cloudy orange cream color. This brew has a citrus smell with hints of bread and spices. The taste matches the smell with a yeasty wheat flavor matched by an orange kick. This is one of my favorite beers from the Point Brewery. I give it two thumbs up!

Photo of KI9A
3.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy yellow, with obvious yeast settlement on bottom of bottle. Nice spicy aroma, and noticeable clove/orange taste. Finishes with a bit of bananna and corrinder.

Very drinkable, and not as sweet as Blue Moon, or Leinies Sunset. I'll buy more, will be a great summer beer.

Also, noticed they changed the name to "Point Belgian White". Maybe tweaked the recipe also?

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 chuckm
2.17/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

very faint coloration on initial pour with heavy carbonation. head didnt last and had a sour scent with wheat hints. mouthfeel was similar to an alka seltzer due to the carbonation and not enjoyable. Perhaps that biased my view of the taste but not one I enjoyed.

Photo of tgbljb
4.43/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a crystal clear amber color with massive white puffy head,
Smell is loaded with spices, combining a nice mixture of cloves and corriander.
Taste matches the smell wiith distinct notes of corriander and cloves. Some citrus flavors also evident.
Nice, long-lingering mouth feel.
A very well made beer. Great example of the style. Superior drinkability.

Photo of TexIndy
3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
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 gmfessen
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a cloudy yellow-golden color with minimal fizzy head. The smell is of spice and clove, sweet with malt. There is something offputing about the taste... not sure what, the beer actually has a decent hop balance and the clovey/spice taste comes through at the end. Beer recomends an orange... it couldn't hurt. The mouthfeel is watery and the carbonation burns the tongue. Overall this beer should be more drinkable, but it's just not that good.

Photo of Rennpferd
2.63/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a cold 12oz bottle into a room temperature pint glass.

It poured a hazy yellow with a think one inch white head. Slight carbination rises from the bottom and the head slowly shrank down to leave a nice lacing on the uppermost sides of the glass.

A slightly tang/sour smell.

A medium body with a slight courseness. It slightly tastes like bread dough, it otherwise is devoid of flavor.

This beverage is pretty drinkable. Not quite to my tastes but I would not turn one down or turn someone away from trying it.

Photo of zeff80
3.3/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of jdhilt
3.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Winter
3.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale yellow. Sustained bleach-white head. Aroma consists of creamy vanilla, coriander and wheat malt. The mouthfeel is unbelieable soft. It's full-bodied but a little bit too "airy". There's a lot of wheat malt in the flavor of this one. Coriander and spicy yeast provide most of the additional flavors. Some vanilla and a touch of cream. Midway through the flavor turns a bit sour, with a lemony twang. The finish retains some hop bitterness and is a touch acidic. Overall, this isn't a bad wit biere.

Photo of xtremejammn
2.25/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

The first white biere i've had.

A: The crystal clear color that it has sort of surprised me, when they say white beer they don't lie. After pouring it it turned an average piss color with a lasting head that eventually turns into a white ring arround your glass.

S: I could smell the wheat and the smell had little hop presence.

T: Nothing special nothing bad. I just don't like the way it tastes sadly. I can taste the wheat. The taste is also very spicy and sort of hoppy.

M: A really bad mouthfeel, far too bubbly to get anything above a 1.5.

D: Rough, and leaves an aftertaste. But it's not quite that bad.

Bottom Line: A quite below average white beer i'm sorry to say. I would reccomend this to a white beer fan but no one else.

Photo of mugoogio
3.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've now had three bottles of this wit, and my opinion has not changed; this is a thoroughly mediocre beer. I picked it up recently instead of Blue Moon. With Blue Moon, I knew what I was getting - a fairly good wit. I took a chance with this affordable alternative.

After being poured, the thin, fine, head disappears fairly quickly. The first thing you notice about this is that it really doesn't look like a Belgian white. It is almost completely clear. You expect a wit to be cloudy.

The aroma is pleasant, and you can definitely detect the citrus. This beer smells better than it tastes.

This beer makes your mouth tingle quite a bit when you drink it, even though it doesn't appear highly carbonated. It does feel the way it looks - a bit too watery.

The taste is unspectacular, and a bit bland. No flavors really jump out at you. It tastes like a wit, but far too weak. You get a hint of the spices, and a hint of the citrus, but it really leaves me wanting more. This is not a bitter beer either. It strikes me as less sweet than other wits. However, it is a refreshing, quenching, beer.

This beer does go down easy. If I cared to, I could drink quite a few. Unfortunately, I don't care to.

Photo of neonbrown82
4.08/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a pretty decent wit at a very good price. Pours to a very light and clear yellow color with a thin wispy head. Lacing could be better. Carbonation is adequate. Lacks the haziness a witbier should have, thus it is not very "white."

The aroma cannot hide the cheap malt bill, though the spicing makes up for it. Very nice coriander and orange peel aroma. Very zesty. Hint of lemon and more spices.

The taste is surprisingly quite good. Sweet and spicy with banana and clove along with orange and lemon zest. Very quenching for a hot summer day.

Despite being a light and filtered witbier, this beer actually has some body to it. Or maybe it's just the carbonation giving my tongue a good spritzing. Either way it's good and very drinkable.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.23/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Point Belgian White from Stevens Point Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 250 ratings.