Snow Pilot
Stevens Point Brewery

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Stevens Point Brewery
Wisconsin, United States
American Brown Ale
Ranked #212
Ranked #23,058
3.65 | pDev: 14.25%
Dec 29, 2023
Dec 05, 2016
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Rated: 3.77 by lsudduth from Ohio

Dec 29, 2023
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Reviewed by TheHammer from Canada (ON)

2.6/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
Appearance: Poured without any head to speak of which is odd since the body seems to carry with it some rather large bubbles of carbonation, in fairly decent supply. Speaking of the body, it's bright amber, bordering on orange and it's cloudy. It doesn't look that appetizing.

Smell: Caramel malt rules the nose, but without a doubt the Pistachio's are there, but it's off. It's like there's some kind of sweet element that doesn't belong. I don't think it's the malt, and part of me wants to say may Saccharin or Stevia. It's not aspartame, but it's got some kind of artificial sweetener thing going on with it. I think there might be a vanilla note in there too. It's odd, I mean it's as advertised, but doesn't seem entirely right.

Taste: Starts as it smells, caramel malt with pistachio and some kind of sweeter note, and then it turns to a watery note followed by grassy hops. It's not offensive, it's just the middle of the transitioning is absent, and the start of the beer isn't potent enough to carry through, making it rather one noted and boring.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is trying it's best, as it does appear and the front and back of the beer. Thankfully it misses the middle part and thus dodges a "seltzer-like" bullet. The transitioning as noted, isn't good because of the middle note of the beer being absent and the aftertaste is grass with a bit of a pistachio note to it.

Drinkability: I mean, it's easy enough to drink and guzzle down, which isn't exactly something most brown ales are known for. This drinks more like lager, although to be truly fair this drinks like a gimmick. I guess if pistachio is your thing, and you just want to put it back, this is your beer.

Final Thoughts: The bottle listing "Ale brewed with natural flavor" does not inspire confidence, because to me that screams "You brewed it with flavoring, somehow dubiously extracted from something natural" instead of saying "Brewed with whole or diced Pisachio nuts." This beer tastes like either the brewer wanted to make a cheap gimmick run of something or was doing someone of favor and offloading whatever the heck is giving this beer it's weird funk. Hard pass on this one.
Mar 19, 2023
Rated: 3.52 by Rollmeaway2loadout from Illinois

Jan 07, 2023
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Reviewed by mfnmbvp from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12 oz. bottle, no apparent date. A new one to me from Stevens Point Brewery, this one a "Pistachio nut brown ale" with "Natural Flavors". Let's see what we've got.

Poured to a Piraat snifter.
Pours a sort of chestnut-mahogany color with good clarity, and a small finger of tan head that falls to a ring almost instantly. Minor spotty lacing. Looks ok.
Warm aromas of brown bread, malted nuttiness, hints of cherries?, cream, vanilla icing. Has that vague sort of pistachio muffin or cake mix aroma, that doesn't feel entirely natural. Maybe a slight whiff of booze fumes.
Taste is the same: Definitely "pistachio" nut flavor, but it gives off the vibe of being brewed with fake pistachio cake mix more than it was brewed with actual pistachios. No saltiness or earthy flavors. It does taste like it might have a hit of lactose in it - notes of vanilla & cream are apparent, as are brown breads, and warm roasty maltiness, and a touch of medicinal cherry / booziness.
Feel is smooth, crisp, creamy. Medium-bodied and fairly easy drinking stuff, with a minor touch of booze heat on the finish. Fairly enjoyable, but as I've said, I'd like to see what a real pistachio nut ale might taste like, instead of a pistachio nut flavored ale.

Stevens Point Brewery Snow Pilot -----3.5/5
Nov 26, 2022
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Reviewed by TheOccasionalBeer from Wisconsin

3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pouring a transparent hazelnut color with a rapidly disappearing thin beige head, this beer gives off a slight scent of hazelnuts. That is what I'm also picking up in the taste (though one man's pistachio may be another's hazelnut), but slightly more pronounced. The viscosity feels about right, but there is a shade too much carbonation burn and bitterness toward the tail. The nuttiness almost hides that. One bottle is probably enough.
Dec 24, 2020
Rated: 3.77 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

Aug 20, 2020
Rated: 3.73 by craigbelly from Iowa

Feb 07, 2020
Rated: 4 by jwmoore from Iowa

Nov 18, 2019
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Reviewed by wl2bill from Wisconsin

3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Nice brown ale, good, not the best I have had. Nice pistachio flavor.This is a nice fall\ winter beer.I have 11 more to go, I enjoyed this beer and will get it again.
Oct 25, 2019
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Rated by hof_1991 from Wisconsin

3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Good if you like pistachios, which I personally don't.
Oct 22, 2019
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Rated by Philip3shady from Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Very nutty, brown ale with no head. Love the taste, not a fan over the lasting bitterness
Apr 24, 2019
Rated: 3.46 by GarbageMan10 from Texas

Feb 15, 2019
Rated: 3.74 by Grazzini19 from Illinois

Jan 12, 2019
Rated: 3.52 by Danmullens1 from Wisconsin

Jan 06, 2019
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Reviewed by AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Pours a murky brownish red with a thin tan cap that falls away rapidly with no lacing. Aroma is faint, malty and full of pistachios. Flavor is weak Dr. Pepper and some roasted malt. Feel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Overall a disappointment, not drain pour bad but only drinkable.
Jan 04, 2019
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Reviewed by lwillitz from Wisconsin

3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" nonic

A - 2 fingers of quickly-disappearing khaki foam over a slightly cloudy body of copper amber

S - light malt, pistachio/vanilla

T - nuts, light brown sugar, grassy bitterness, pistachio

M - solid medium body with low/medium carbonation

O - not really my thing
Jul 22, 2018
Rated: 4.6 by lisanotsobright from Wisconsin

Jun 13, 2018
Rated: 5 by JPHockey from Illinois

Mar 12, 2018
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
I got a bottle of this off the single shelf at a grocery store outside of Milwaukee whilst there for a hockey tournaments. It poured a clear amber with no head and no lace. The scent had maple and nut. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with pistachio hints with maple sweetness. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a decent beer.
Feb 24, 2018
Rated: 3.9 by christimm from Florida

Dec 14, 2017
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