Horizon Wheat - Stevens Point Brewery

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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Stevens Point Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  3.65% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: cdkrenz on 04-03-2008

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Photo of deebo
2.58/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Hazy ruddy golden color with a thin white head that quickly breaks down.
S-Surprised that this somewhat reminds me of a pilsner lager or golden ale with just a touch of wheat that is less than most versions of the style.
T-Weak on the wheat. Just a little more malt character than a regular pils.
M-Moderate carbonation. Fair malty fullness with a long pleasant finish.
D-Drinks more like a regular pils lager than most wheat ales.
O-Not enough wheat character for me. Easy to drink but not what I would expect.

Photo of TheGreatBrewTour
4.58/5  rDev +40.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Horizon Wheat Ale is an year round brew, but for me it is a summer seasonal. It’s a light, crisp, refreshing beer that is the perfect compliment to a hot summer day. When I poured one into my glass today I observed a small white head that dissipated pretty quickly. The beer itself is golden and faintly cloudy; less cloudy than most beers of this style that I’ve tried. As for aroma, citrus and wheat were faintly detectable. For me, it’s the mouthfeel and taste that clinch it. It’s a thin beer with a subdued wheat flavor. Not nearly as heavy and “wheaty” as others that I’ve tried in this style. Hints of citrus and spices are noticeable, but do not overpower it. It is an extremely well balanced beer. The hops, malt, and wheat flavors work together to create a fine drinking experience.

When I drink this beer, I’m reminded of a conversation that I once had with Brewmaster John Zappa. He told me that brewing great beer is a balancing act between the bitterness of the hops and the sweetness of the malt. You can add all the hops you want to a brew, but you better have enough malt there to balance it. The same goes for malty beers. You need to have enough hops there to cut the sweet, rich taste and mouthfeel. Point Horizon Wheat is listed at only 10 IBU’s, and follows Mr. Zappa’s rule of beer balance. Low on the hops, low on the malt. The 5% ABV of this brew makes it sessionable and a great summer companion.

If you’re looking for a classic example of this style of beer, you are looking for something a bit heavier and cloudier than Point Horizon Wheat. If you’re looking to head out to the deck and drink a couple cold ones on a beautiful summer day, I can’t think of a better beer to choose.

Photo of tone77
3.18/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some wheat and grains. Taste is also mild, again wheat and grains, a hint of lemon. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a decent beer.

Photo of beerthulhu
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A cloudy lemon pour yields a micro-fizzy paper white head that lapses rather quickly to a patchy and frumpy covering. Visible carbonation is good, fairly strong, with closely knitted micro-bubbles rising fairly rapidly in their ascent. The lacing is clean, refusing to stick leaving no window dressing to be appreciated.

S: Light mentions of tart, semi-dry lemon peels and tangerine peels come to mind. Dry wheat stalks are detected with a bit of orange citrus flowery character appearing on the close.

T: The flavor starts out with dry tart oranges with a fizzy nature similar to maybe orange soda. A bit thin at first with not much else going on transition wise. What you get upfront is what you finish with, a rather disappointing and flatline taste that follows through ending a bit tart, a bit watery and a whole bit disappointing. Some watery wheat and tart oranges best summarizes this simplified flavor hardly worth going on about.

M: Tight mouthful, lively and crisp, seems they got something right here. Perhaps a bit overcarbonated at times with a finish that was a bit scratchy on the swallow.

D: Average drinkability factor here, comes off a bit macro-like consumption wise, easy body, but the seltzer like nature holds it back. A bit coarse and not well rounded, fairly blah excitement wise which also holds back the next sip. Ones enough here.

Photo of BierFan
3.45/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a weizen glass.

Pale hazy yellow, similar to that of a witbier. White head never rose that high but it had okay staying power. Smells of pale wheat malt and a little bit of sourness. Simple flavor, wheat and a little sour. There really isn't that much to this beer. Simple, enjoyable, and forgettable.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into an American Tumbler. No info or date on the bottle.

A - Horizon wheat was poured pretty harshly into the center of of the glass from a good height after the glass was about half full. Half bottle swirled and added. Very quiet pour despite its vigor. It yielded a minor white head less than a full finger with low retention. Body of pale yellow straw is completely hazy and inactive. No lacing. Poor example of a wheat beer thus far.

S - Wheat and dry straw with mild pale malt on the nose with a light lemony spritz. Pretty bland and uninspired. No hop or yeast aroma.

T - Wheat and dry straw with a hefty graininess to it. Clean and crisp with a light citrus zest but nothing significant. Tiny spiciness on the finish. Similar to the aroma but slightly better.

M - Crisp and refreshing, Horizon is a light-bodied wheat with a lower carbonation burst in the mouth giving it a nice smooth finish.

D - Probably the best part of this beer is it's drinkability. For a wheat it's very mediocre but would be a great refresher on a hot summer day nonetheless. A poor example of what a good wheat beer could be but not undrinkable in the last bit.

Photo of matjack85
3.09/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's in Plainfield, IL for $1.39.

The pour was very unimpressive. There was no head on this at all. Iit just left a thin white rim on top of a hazy golden/yellow liquid. Obviously no head retention and also no lacing.

The smell was not strong - just some faint wheat with a touch of lemon.

The taste was similar to the smell. A mild wheat taste with a little citrusy lemon zest. Its not complex by any means, but not offensive either. Not much to it but at least the wheat and lemon go well together, so you get a simple but decent beer.

The beer is light and refreshing with just medium carbonation, so it leans towards the smooth side.

This is an easy to drink beer that won't win any awards for anything but it does get the job done of quenching a thirst.

Photo of dstc
3.05/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy gold color with a small white head. Head falls to just about nothing. Thinnest of lace.

Aroma is of wheat with a musty quality behind it. Seems to be some lemon in there too.

Rather big taste. Wheat taste with very little citrus and a tanginess to it. Finishes rather clean.

Thin to medium bodied in the mouth with just the right amount of carbonation.

This is ok. Better than some of the low reviews on here (not much better though).

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I do believe this is the lightest wheat beer I ever reviewed clocking in at 3.65%

A - Man they got this one right clear golden yellow with slight haze and a very pretty creamy looking head that has mild sticky lacing.

S - Light in smell but you can still pick up the wheat and barley in the nose. Faint but never offensive.

T - Again light but very balanced so it feels like a beer and not just water. I can surprisingly pick up a slight bitterness from the hops and grains but the sweet malt in this is spot on. As I type I am halfway through the glass!

M - Light. A very flavorful session ale.

Overall I am surprised I like this over their pale ale offering (my favorite style) but it just tastes that good. I even prefer it a bit over the witiber since it's not tart just sweet and balanced. A very nice brew.

Photo of fizzy
2.82/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First off, I am not a fan of wheat beers. This bottle came in one of those 12 pk samplers. Lemon rind, coriander, cloves, etc. just don't make it in the beers I like. This one is not quite as hefty as some I have had so that is a +. There are breweries that really excel in this type of beer, but my "two cents" worth doesn't go to Stevens Point.

Photo of PokerGod
3.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a weissen glass

Appearance- pretty light straw color. lightly cloudy. It says unfiltered on the label, but it looks pretty clear. one-finger head dissipates pretty quickly, not much lacing.

smell- smells good, light citrusy. a little bready,

taste- clean, nice and refreshing. not at all yeasty like i was expecting, but breadier amd still full of flavor. not watery.

Overall- I found this beer a delight. Refreshing. a nice summer wheat beer. At 3.65% ABV, you can enjoy a few without getting that annoying tipsy feeling (just kidding). I would definitely get this beer again.

Photo of climax
3.45/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one poured a pretty cloudy pale gold with a decent size white bubbly head which faded quickly.

Nose is immediately wheat with a bit of sour fruitiness and a dash of toasty malt and a smaller dash of hoppiness.

Flavor is predominately yeast, and some bready sourness.

Body is medium to light but never watery, carbonation keeps it crisp while it finishes a bit dry.

Not bad, definitely drinkable and refreshing (in my case after a dip in the pool). Other than that.... pretty ordinary.

Photo of sweemzander
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a pint. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a clear yellow color. Lackluster head formation; just white bubbles.

(S)- Slightly floral lemon with corn attributes.

(T)- Light floral honey and lemon. Good wheat aspect to it. A corn mineral going on.

(M)- Smooth, crisp, and even slightly sweet. A little weak in the carbonation department, but I am just being picky perhaps.

(D)- An ok wheat beer. It could have been so much more than this.

Photo of soju6
3.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a small head that faded to some lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus and some grain. Quite clean.

T: Taste of fresh grain with citrus and a bit of spice. A mild bitterness and clean finish. A bit more flavor than I expected for a wheat beer.

F: Light body, crisp , clean and refreshing. Has a bit of character.

O: Nice beer, better than I expected. More flavor than a number of wheat ales I have tried. Nothing fancy just a nice beer. It's a good session beer, a backyard BBQ brew or to settle the dust on a hot day. Worth a try.

Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, pale yellow color. 5/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, wheat tartness, and some yeast characteristics. Fits the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation level. It is also slightly watery. Taste is of wheat up front, slight hops (fades after a few sips), slight pine (associated with the hops), and some sweet malt. Overall, an easy drinking beer with really no body, but fits the style.

Photo of Wisconsin
3.08/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear, straw colored body with lots of carbonation present. A half inch head rises and fades rather quickly to a lace.

S - Wheat, malts, honey and some citrus scents.

T - Faint signs of wheat and citrus zest. There are faint signs of honey but overall the beer just doesn't have the full bodied flavor I was hoping for.

M - Very weak flavor overall. You really have to take multiple sips and focus in order to even determine some sort of decent mouthfeel. After quite some time and many sips here is what I have: lemon, citrus zest with some wheat up front and a very weak bodied transition to a carbonation type finish.

D - This beer is rather easy to drink, although the flavor is quite disappointing considering this is closest thing I've had to a wine cooler in years.

Photo of ruckus232
3.07/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Fairly bright cloudy yellow with a decent amount of head that disappears quickly. The unfiltered part of the beer appears to be almost suspended in the liquid part which is a little odd looking.

Smell: A little bit of an American wheat smell with a slightly lemony scent that is closer to a candy smell in sweetness.

Taste: This is lacking in flavor, even for this type of beer. It has a slight grainy taste at first and finishes sweet but the taste is not very pronounced.

Photo of KarlHungus
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a cloudy pale orange color. The head is a half inch in height, and recedes quickly into almost no lacing. The aroma is of tangy wheat with a hint of bubblegum, but it is all quite faint overall. The taste is of is like the aroma. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a decent beer, however, it is rather lacking in depth of both taste and aroma.

Photo of Redrover
3.85/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a 12 pack of this for $9.99, turned out to be a heck of a value!!

Poured into a standard pint glass, the beer is a hazy gold with a bone white head.

The aroma is wheat, malts and faint citrus.

The taste is slightly sweet with grains; some spice (white pepper) a touch of citrus at the tale. Bitterness creeps up a bit as I get half way through the beer.

The mouth is crisp with active carbonation. Easy drinker on these summer days!!

Point has launched two new wheats this summer (Naked & Horizon). Add these to their fine Belgian Wit and you have a great trio of crisp & refreshing wheat beers.

Photo of WakeandBake
3.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A fairly clear meduim golden color ,with very little head ,medium carbonation , no lacing. Aroma is faint ,light wheat,bread crust and corn. Flavor is light , some detectable wheat ,and faint hops , lightly sweet, nothing offensive but not very flavorful . Thin body , medium carbonation , crisp very light hop finish . Very sessionable and drinkable but nothing that stands out to make it a great brew .

Photo of RobinLee
3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into glass. Part of sampler box.

A: Hazy, cloudy dark-ish blonde. Yellow-orange. No real head to speak of.

S: Nothing special, just a wheat beer here.

T: Once again, just an average wheat beer, with maybe the traces of lemon.

M: Medium-light. Smooth carbonation.

O: It's a simple wheat beer. Easy to drink, refreshing on a warm summer day.

Photo of BEERchitect
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

With a simplified flavor profile and designed for the abiltiy to quench a thirst, above that of compelxity or intensity- Horizon Wheat Ale gives a neutral yeast character that leaves it light, simplified and mild. A Hefeweizen it is not, but simply an American Wheat Ale.

Pouring with the consistent yellowish hue and expected wheaty haze, the beer fits the bill of Wheats in body but it's terse head formation, retention, and lace proves dissapointing. In general, American Wheat beers usually do this.

Grain and semi-sweet wheat aromas have a mild doughy or bready scent that's not as preferred as true wheat and barley malt blends. Ester and sulfur compounds combine to remind me of under rippened apples, lemons, and underlying tartness.

Flavors definately prefer the part-malt, part-grain character that overshaddows the otherwise hearty wheat malt and pilsner character that gives wheat beers structure and backbone. Grains of cereal, predominantly wheat, give rise to the estery lemons and apples while hops allow for a timid herbal/floral complement.

Medium-light in texture, the early creamy carbonation releases very soon into the drink and allows the grainy flavor to turn to medium grainy astringency that replaces malty dryness in finish. Mild alcohol warmth is to be expected, but the moderate linger of grainy sweetness in aftertaste proves as much a deterrant as a benefit.

The lead way for American Wheat beers allows more forgiving flavor spread than that of traditional Hefeweizens. But that doesn't keep this beer from becomming a shell of what classy wheat beers can be- maybe ok for throwing back a few without thought, but somewhat banal for those expecting a great wheat beer.

Photo of zeff80
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a slightly hazy, golden yellow color with a small, short-lived head of white bubbly foam. It left no lacing.

S - It smelled of wheat, some yeast and lemon. Not much else going on here.

T - It tasted of wheat and lemon. A nice yeast presence and some spiciness.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is okay. I've had better pale wheat ales.

Photo of garymuchow
3.8/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Still one of the best logo's for a beer company. Nice looking label too.
Sweetness, sourness a touch of wheaty fruit. Not too complex, and nice enough.
Head is kinda' small and pretty darn white and leaves rather quickly. Definitely pale yellow and cloudy. Lots of rising bubbles (or could it be the Sam Adams glass).
Soft wheat flavor up front and enjoyable fruity sour mild tart flavor at the finish. Quick dryness, but some flavors hang on the palette.
Fully carbonated which adds softness and also some extended fullness. On the thinner side. This goes down quickly.
Overall a rather simple drink which makes the beer go down fast, especially if thirsty (although the carbonation will slow that process down). Good summer drink, but pour aggressively to relieve some of the pressure.

Photo of jsprain1
2.74/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Slightly hazed apricot. I expect a bit more haze from a wheat beer. Head is billowy white head. Head retention is decent.
S- The aroma is.... lacking. There is virtually nothing there. A bit of musty wheat is all I am picking out of this.
T- Again, there is virtually no taste there. There is some musty wheat and a bit of lemon. That's about it.
M- Very light. Carbonation is high.
O- It is inoffensive, but there is almost nothing there.

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Horizon Wheat from Stevens Point Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.