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Nude Beach Summer Wheat - Stevens Point Brewery

Nude Beach Summer WheatNude Beach Summer Wheat

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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 16.76%

Brewed by:
Stevens Point Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: cdkrenz on 05-02-2008)
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Photo of Jesse13713


2.35/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this from the 'mystery beer' at Laundry 101 in Kent.

Appearance - A crisp golden sunshine yellow. A light. soapy finger of head that lingers at the top. Fairly opaque.

Smell - This smells really, really bad I'm sorry to say. This smells like a funky baby's diaper. I want to call this some sort of funked belgian property, but it's just plain bad. And this beer isn't a Belgian brew.

Taste -Aw man. Here we go. Well that wasn't nearly as bad as the smell led me to believe. The only funk taste from the aroma comes in the aftertaste. A light, fizzy, wheat beer that I still think has a bit of Belgian quality to it. The malt in the finish is quite delicious.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - Very light-bodied and pretty solid for a summer brew. It feels a bit out of place drinking it in October, but I of course did not dock it for that. This is just okay, but I would never purchase it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 01:37:12 | More by Jesse13713
Photo of matjack85


2.53/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Glen Ellyn, IL for $1.49. There is no bottled on or freshness date on the lable, but I know this is a summer brew and I am buying it in Deceember, so it may not be the freshest bottle around.

The beer poured a cloudy yellow color with no head whatsoever. A thin white rim was all I got for a head and even that disappeared in just a few seconds. Some minimal lacing did form on the sides of the glass with each sip.

The smell was nice. Even though the BA style dictionary says the American Pale Wheat Ale will NOT have the banana/clove smell to it like the traditional Hefe Weizen, this one had loads of banana smell to it along with other tropical fruit smells and a lot of wheat.

The taste was a real shocker. I expected all the fruit flavors, the malt, and the wheat, but what I didn't expect, and didn't like, was the high amount of bitter hops in here. A citrus yielding hop would have been great in here I think, but the highly bitter alpha hop oils in here did not blend well with the fruity taste at all. I did not care for the taste of this particular combination of fruit, hops, and malt.

This had a light to medium body to it, but a way over carbinated mouthfeel to it for my liking.

Most reviewers seem to like this beer, so maybe my particular bottle was mishandled or is over the hill, but if this is what it is supposed to taste like, then I won't be buying this one again.

Serving type: can

12-08-2010 06:08:17 | More by matjack85
Photo of CFHMagnet


2.53/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from can into pint glass. Got a little less than a finger of fizzy white head. The body is an opaque dull gold color, with some bubbles and lots of sediment. Head quickly died, left me nothing and no lacing.

Apple, wheat and light tangerine are my first impressions. Light malt and faint hops make their way into the nose quickly.

Weak malt and slightly funky wheat begin the flavor profile. This is complimented by the taste of apples that have just gone over and ought to be thrown out and some light hops.

Serving type: can

07-20-2012 23:04:58 | More by CFHMagnet
Photo of OWSLEY069


2.58/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy yellow to orange-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, sweet citrus and a small wheat note. In the taste, a sweet light citrus and a small pilsner like hop. A Saaz/ pilsner like hop bite and lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry wheat note in the aftertaste. EH! Somewhere between a pilsner and a wheat.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 20:42:07 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of TheQuietMan22


2.58/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Serving type: 12-ounce can. No freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a 330 ml weizen glass. The color is hazy lemonade. One finger of buttery, white head dissipated quickly to leave a thin island of lacing in the middle of the glass and a thin ring around the edge.

Smell: It smells like canned, summer wheat. Apple juice and Tang-ish orange with some citrus hops. It has a hint of wheat but is mostly sweet and fruity. There is also a little banana and clove spice, too, so it is like hefeweizen light.

Taste: It mostly mirrors the smell. It has a beer-like mouthfeel, but the fruitness is a little off-putting. Apple juice, a little orange, citrus sourness, and some wheat-like grains. There may also be a hint of spice. As it warms, the beer takes on a much more agreeable and wheat-like feel: the haziness makes itself known.

Drinkability: It turns into a reasonable and worthwhile purchase, but there are many other (and better) wheats to enjoy during the summer.

Serving type: can

07-11-2012 03:54:11 | More by TheQuietMan22
Photo of sixerofelixir


2.63/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. On the label, people chillin on a nude beach. On the side of the bottle neck, a 3 digit Julian code(?).

Pours a completely clouded, true straw-yellow. A white head soon rings up, but washes the glass. Smells like a bunch of mineral, but also some bittersweetness underneath. Taste just sort of unfolds into an oversweetness that I can only describe as "wort-like." Feel is thick and oily. Ends sour, but seriously - I think this stuff got bottled too soon..

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 04:25:32 | More by sixerofelixir
Photo of chocosushi


2.7/5  rDev -22%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can from Byron's (on sale for Memorial Day)

A ~ Cloudy yellow. Huge head.

S ~ Sweet roll, Grains, Rice (mostly rice)

T~ Wheatbread, Touch of hops, Corn Syrup. Faint banana and honeysuckle.

M ~ Good. Not too fizzy, would go great with Pepperoni Pizza.

D ~ I like it okay. Nothing spectacular going in, but it's not too sweet like most "summer wheats." Good on hot day of digging in the dirt.

Serving type: can

05-28-2011 22:46:58 | More by chocosushi
Photo of clayrock81


2.83/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hadn't heard or seen this but was at Tap House in Hampton and bartender let me try it since it was being heavily promoted. Poured a cloudy yellow w/ good head on top of a grainy yet smell of hops and a touch of yeast. Wouldn't have thought this was a pale wheat as it seemed more to me as a crappy fruit beer - the yeast is overpowered by just bitter hops and this cloying, fruity sweetness that I couldn't stomach for an entire glass. It was alright to try but not my pick for a beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2011 11:48:14 | More by clayrock81
Photo of HosP


2.85/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this bottle from Evbowski. Thanks buddy for the brew. Poured 12oz into pint glass.

A- Pours pretty hazy, light orange, deeper yellow. Starts with nice 1/2 finger white head. Recedes quickly down to very very thin cap.

S- Nose is fairly weak. Some grainy, wheat aroma mixed with slight citrusy hop smell. Hoping for more taste!

T- Better than the nose led with. Subtle lemon, orange hop taste. Get a wheat flavor backbone throughout the beer. Very little bitterness to it. Wish the hop flavors were stronger and stuck around a bit more.

M- Lighter body, moderate carbonation. Pretty thin in the mouth.

O- Decent wheat ale. Good summer beer on a hot day. I could still drink quite a few of these as the flavor isn't bad. I would just wish for a little more out of it. Still thanks for the beer Evan.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 02:32:59 | More by HosP
Photo of ruckus232


2.93/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a Weizen glass

Appearance: Cloudy dark yellow/light orange in color with about an inch of head

Smell: A little disappointing, with this being a wheat ale I would have expected a lot more powerful fruit and spice smell. There are nice orange and grassy notes to it but nothing too prominent.

Taste: The taste is less flavorful then some wheats but it is very refreshing with with a slight citrus flavor. All and all a little more bland then I would expect but other then that not too bad.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 20:04:48 | More by ruckus232
Photo of TMoney2591


2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

A bit off-season, perhaps, but not by very much, and I just had to try this beer. It pours a clear straw topped by a short-lived finger or so of fizzy dirty white foam. The nose comprises light wheat, lighter grass, very light biscuit, and light acetone. The taste holds notes of cracked wheat, light white bread, sweetgrass, and a twinge of alcoholic fruit (that may sound vague, but not as vague as it tasted...). The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly watery feel. Overall, a pretty tepid beer. Not much going on at all, and what is there I'm not the biggest fan of, though it's in no real way offensive. Just boring, in a shabby kind o' way.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 01:22:26 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of DangQuesadilla


3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drinking one right now. There are 25 other wheat ales I would rather be drinking. I found this one rather boring. Nothing is exciting me about it. The best part of this beer is the label. I would probably drink this after drinking 6 of something else.

The mouthfeel has a metallic taste to it. The odor is rather weak. Overall, very average. I wouldn't buy again.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 21:11:09 | More by DangQuesadilla
Photo of schoolboy


3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had one or two other Points that were worthwhile - the 6 hop IPA - but this is another disappointmment. It is not hoppy enough and it is too sweet.

There is a slightly funky aroma (and I knwo these are fresh). It looks good in the glass. The taste is just OK, and the aftertaste is actually a little better, with some nice nuance coming through.

There is something not quite right here. This brew would benefit from a piece of fruit in it. Enough said.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 19:24:29 | More by schoolboy
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stevens Point Nude Beach

Pours a hazy straw yellow, decent sized head on the cloudy body. Aroma of wheat and some lemon predominate in the nose, follows through with a basic wheat/banana/citrus interaction and also a little grainy. Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied alittle thin. Overall I thought this was a decent American wheat.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 17:43:07 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of ChrisPratz


3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A nice cloudy light golden amber color pours to a fingers worth of head that dissipates to a thin veil around the top and edges.

S: Very aromatic. Some nice grainy malt along with some pineapple and pear. Also some bready/doughy scents.

T: Biscuit and dough flavors, but sadly not much else going on here. Catching some very weak pear esters with a little bit of citrus but its all very very faint. A bit disappointed, was expecting more.

M: Light carbonation, flavors are crisp and clean with little after taste.

O: Kind of bland, was hoping for more flavor. Would like to try it on tap or again in a bottle to compare.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 01:58:04 | More by ChrisPratz
Photo of Chugmonkey


3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This is a really light offering. Pretty wimpy beer with very little character whatsoever. No off tastes, but very little to get excited about here. I guess it would be okay out in the boat on a hot day. But it was pretty unsatisfying. Compared to a 312 or a Spotted Cow, it is just lame. Wimpy, wimpy, wimpy.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2008 18:14:11 | More by Chugmonkey
Photo of korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into tumbler.

A- Super hazy sunshine yellow pour. Light soda fizz for a head that dissipates almost instantly.

S- Grain, biscuit, fresh baked bread, grass and a touch of apple skins. Very bakery smelling.

T- Sweet malts, grain, grass and fresh baked bread. Floral hops add a touch of flavor to this.

M- Light and a little watery. Good carbonation.

O- On a hot day this would be king. Right now, it's just okay.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 01:15:30 | More by korguy123
Photo of FreshHawk


3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly hazed straw gold color with an average sized bubbly, foamy, whispy, white head. Average retention leaving a thin ring of lace.

S - Some musty tart wheat aroma. A hint of lemon. A touch of grassy hops. Nice aroma, but it is pretty limited.

T - Similar to the nose with slightly spicy and tart wheat. Some bready wheat and lemon flavors as well. Pretty simple and fairly bland.

M - Light body with average carbonation. Slightly smooth body.

D - Easy to drink and nothing offensive. A decent cheap summer kind of beer. Refreshing but kind of bland.

Notes: Bland beer but somewhat refreshing for a cheap summer beer. Simple pale wheat beer, nothing with a lot of flavor but it is refreshing. For the price and the fact that they can it makes it a nice summer beer, but other than that it isnt worth the trouble.

Serving type: can

05-29-2011 00:40:03 | More by FreshHawk
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to korguy123 for this bottle. Poured in to Founders tulip.

A - cloudy pale straw yellow with a golden glow around the edges. A small amount of white head formed on the pour.

S - Belgian yeast, cloves, citrus and bready malts.

T - Fairly light and easy-drinking overall. Some sweet bready malts, Belgian yeast and lighter clove and citrus flavours. Druy with a slight bitterness.

M - Light body with some chew. moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 03:52:52 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades very quickly and leaves a thin and spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, light malts, citrus and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is a little bready up front with flavors of wheat and a light malt character. Then some sweet flavors of lemon and other citrus fruits quickly. The hops presence is very mild and brings a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, mild kick, decent representation of style, this is a poundable beer because it's so light but there are several other beers in the style that I would choose first.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 21:04:55 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"(The Point Nude Beach label is) detrimental to the health, safety and welfare of the general public."

--Michigan Liquor Control Commission (who will allow this beer to be sold only on draft)

Kruggerand gold with bright bumblebee borders. Perfect clarity means that multiple bubble streams can be seen rushing up to a several finger crown of dingy eggshell colored foam. A chain-linked necklace of soapy lace graces the upper portion of the pint glass.

Although the aroma is no great shakes, it manages to be above average for the style. It features slightly sweet golden grain and even has a whiff of what smells like German hops. They were grown in the Yakima Valley, but they could still be related to Tettnanger... or others.

The buzz about SPB Nude Beach Summer Wheat (which is "Stevens Point Brewery's most successful new-product introduction ever") has to be because of its name and label. The beer itself is nothing special. If you've had one minimally hopped American pale wheat ale, you've pretty much had them all.

Unmalted white wheat is supposed to lend a wheat-like flavor, and malted red wheat is supposed to lend a little sweetness. Mission accomplished. If that's an ambitious enough mission for you, fine. It isn't enough for me. No real off-flavors and a passing glance of hops keep the taste score from falling lower.

The mouthfeel is middle-of-the-road as well. It isn't watery and the bubbles are within the wide range of acceptable. Drinking is easy... if you feel like drinking it at all.

Nude Beach Summer Wheat is exhibit 'A' in proving that success in this business is often as much about marketing as it is about the product itself. Maybe the beer's blandness and its easy drinkability appeals to a whole lotta Wisconsonites. More power to 'em, but I'll stick to APWAs that are stylishly dressed.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2009 12:20:05 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of raznug


3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy pale golden with a inch and half of head the dissipates very quickly
Smell: I say wheat malt is the main player in the nose aspect no hops no yeast that I can smell of.
Taste: Malt is all you can taste not much else rather disappointing.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is thin so taste leaves quick

Serving type: can

06-25-2011 13:54:44 | More by raznug
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours hazy light copper/gold with no foam,. Yeast adds marked cloudiness.

Light malt smell with orange notes.

Citrus/orange taste backed with malt and a light hop. Taste kind of like an orange creme.

Limited carbonation. East drinking, good summer beer. Unremarkable though.,

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2010 01:51:46 | More by KTCamm
Photo of cdkrenz


3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy burnt orange body with a quarter to half inch of pure white head. The head fades very fast leaving wisps of white across its naked surface.

S - The aroma is weak. It has a soapy malt scent. It is an inviting smell but nothing special.

T - It has a pungent malt flavor. This is a solid wheat that is full of robust flavor.

M - The texture is far coarser than your average wheat. It starts at the tip of my tongue and migrates slowly all the way to the back of my throat. I think the feel really assists in unveiling the flavor of the Nude Beach Summer Wheat.

~ This is a solid brew that I'll recommend to friends. On a side note, it's nice to see the Point Brewery dabbling in different beers and extending their beer selection.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2008 02:56:32 | More by cdkrenz
Photo of matty


3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Very light aroma has a citrusy zest to it.Taste is orange,wheat grains and a hint of lemon.Overall kind of an average beer that really doesn't have much to get excited about.I does seem like it would be refreshing on a hot day.I'm 50/50 on whether I would recommend this as for me I would only drink again if it was free.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 13:54:39 | More by matty
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Nude Beach Summer Wheat from Stevens Point Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.