Point Special
Stevens Point Brewery

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American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #42
Ranked #47,813
3.08 | pDev: 19.48%
Stevens Point Brewery
Wisconsin, United States
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Photo of AnSpailpin
3.03/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Look: golden yellow color, a bit of a darker yellow than your average A.A.L. It starts with a big head, but the head fades away quickly.
Smell: Strong note of corn is the most memorable part of the scent
Taste: Like the smell, the corn stands out. Grainy and sweet without much bite.
Feel: The carbonation is pretty weak so the feel is really not much more than "mostly flat lager."
Overall: I'd say the chief virtue of Point Special is that in Wisconsin it's really cheap and reasonably drinkable. I'd much rather grab a PBR or Hamms though.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.26/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Brief impression from a can:

Corn adjunct is evident throughout. Poor unrefreshing mouthfeel.

Give me Heilemans or Strohs Gusto over this any day of the week.


09.13.17 2nd impression from another can from the same pack:

Pours a clear yellow body with a thin weak white cap atop. This is what we think of when we think of "fizzy yellow macros."

Aroma brings heavy corn adjunct and barley (probably 6-row). Aromatic intensity is average.

Taste follows the aroma. Overly sweet from cheap corn adjunct and 6-row barley. No overt hop profile here - not even a faint grassiness.

Texture, to its credit, isn't watery, but it's oddly dry - which is the last thing you want in a beer meant to be as drinkable as possible. Drags on the palate, parching the drinker. Medium-bodied. Unrefreshing. Scratchy.

Overall, it's forgettable fare from a brewery that can do better. I'd honestly sooner have a Miller High Life or Rolling Rock, but in spite of its poor mouthfeel, it's inoffensive.


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Photo of Zorro
2.65/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Clear yellow with a small white head and a high carbonation level. Looks like a thousand other lagers.

Smells slightly sweet and malty with a notable corn aroma. Lesser scent of hay and even less of wood.

Starts out mildly sweet. Hop bitterness is missing. Tastes a bit like creamed corn.

Mouthfeel is watery.

Overall this is pretty much a Budweiser clone.

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Photo of randylenz
4.54/5  rDev +47.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I really like this beer. I was once told that with wine..."big meal big wine", meaning with a robust mean you should have a robust wine. I think with this beer it is the same thing, so Point Special Lager would not be a beer I would have with a T-Bone steak..but sitting outside eating brats/burgers/fish it is great. Very easy to drink. It's also a really good beer to just drink by itself. Also..I like the cans the best...good graphics.

It seems that over the past few years the fruity/heavy craft beers are all the rage..but I have never liked those. Just give me a beer that is not too heavy...that is smooth and won't give me that "too full" feeling after 2-3 beers. Point Special Lager is "spot on".

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Photo of D1noB
2.24/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

A beer with almost a sour after-taste. It tastes like something is wrong.

Taste Rating in Words: It's drinking milk that isn't expired but you can taste that it's on it's way.

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Photo of WiscoBA
4.21/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Number one winner. I always pick up a case of this if I'm in Wood/Portage County. Go for the cans, bottles aren't worth it. You can't beat it for a throw around, old-time Wisconsin social beer. It's cheap and tastes better than MKE's Best, High Life, Bud, Butch Light, etc. Plus, in the marketing is king macro/micro world, this company has basically never changed theirs. Something to think about.

They also have a bunch of well done micros and seasonal beers with fancy marketing.

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Photo of mrpoizun
3.71/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank out of a longneck bottle. This is a good example of an American lager. A bit of a grainy aroma and taste with maybe a touch of black pepper in there somewhere. Very refreshing.

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Photo of Schlitz74
2.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This is a descent beer that is a shade darker than your average macro lager, it doesn't produce much in the way of head, or leave much lacing. I have had this in bottle, can and on tap and it tastes the same either way.
It is too bad this beer is not widely available as it is worth a try .

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.17/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A decent all around lager from a tall boy can. Stevens Points lager pours a nice clear
golden with a modest head of white foam that settles to a thin ring and light lacing.
Nose of sweet malts with touches of corn and a moderate grain bill with a touch of
hops. Flavors hit all the right notes for a standard American lager. Crisp, clean, and
smooth, sweet up front and lightly herbal hopped on the rear. Decent mouth feel
that is a touch watery but perfect for a summer cook out. Overall, nothing to hate
and everything to enjoy for a standard session brew.

Hey, it's a lager.....it's summer.....fills the bill.


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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.36/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Weak yellow pour with like, no head, looks like total frat party keg beer. Aroma was a little metallic bitterness and not much else.

Taste was watery, a little bit of noble and cascade hops I'd guess, still metallic even though watered down. Highly carbonated.

Never gonna be impressed with this, but its just as good as any other swill in a 24 or 30 pack I'd imagine.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.43/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled this past Saturday on 11/21/15. Comes in a 12-ounce bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a 12 ounce flute glass.

brew pours a typical pale-golden yellow in color with a thin white head that is common for this brew style. Very minor lacing is seen after each sip. Aroma is of sweet grains and corn. Taste follows the nose also for this one. Very drinkable and much better that a "Bud" was this is the same style. Lighter-bodied with average carbonation. Overall, a decent brew.

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Photo of jeranbrews
2.42/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

A - Apple juice amber body super clear. Teeny tiny fine bead head with some lacing. No continued carbonation. 2.5

S - Slightly reminds me of smoked gouda. Some faint vegetal off smells. Generic lager malts. Vienna malts gone bad. 2.25

T - Like a marzen gone bad. Malty and highly caloric but stale and hay like. 2.5

M - Not enough carbonation. Otherwise nice thick smooth malty mouthfeel. 2.75

D - Meh. Unremarkable. A good enough substitute for Bud or Miller but hardly worth seeking out. 2.25

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Photo of dukeandduke
2.79/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

3/16/15 (Can) - Light Golden Pour, minimal white head, mild carbonation, not much aroma. Taste and feel mild, not much taste, smooth going down. Overall OK.

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Photo of JerUrbans
2.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a golden yellow color with a very fizzy 1 inch head that reduced quickly, wow just a ton of carbonation. Smell is a little dull some grain and faint hop. Taste is ok, sweet fruit notes with a little bitter in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and light.

Overall, it's an ok beer nothing that will knock your socks off, but also very drinkable. My suggestion for serving this beer...is that it tastes way better served very cold. Great beer for frozen mugs.

One more note, I always keep a few cans of this beer around for cooking brats, it makes one of the best brat hot tubs. Cheers!

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Photo of hardy008
1.7/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours pale yellow with a white foamy head with about average retention and lacing.Thje aroma has corn and grain, with a small amount of hops.

Taste wise there is nothing to get excited about. Corn, some grain, and a light amount of hops. Has a somewhat sweet flavor, and a little bitterness at the end.

Light bodied with too much carbonation. Not worth trying again.

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Photo of beergoot
3.07/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Soft, golden color with a foamy white head; vibrant carbonation. Vegetal aroma. Very light grain flavors; lightly sweet cereal; thin bitterness. Crisp, clean, dry finish.

As an adjunct lager, this is a fair beer. Thin, little in the way of distinctive flavors but looks good and feels soft and mellow. I'd go for another one but only if the other options were a Coors or Miller or such.

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Photo of rangerred
3.59/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear dark gold with just a tiny fizzy head. Nothing at all in the way of head retention or lacing.

Aroma of light sweet corn and bread with just a touch of biscuit. Some light grassy hops floating on top.

Fairly light flavor as well but there is nothing off about it. Corn and bread along with some spicy, grassy hops and a light refreshing bitterness. Moderate mouthfeel with a very clean finish.

Overall, one of the better AAL's I have had. Very refreshing and no off flavors. One to pick up again.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a pilsner glass.
4.5% ABV,

A - Brilliant clarity shows off the bright pale yellow straw color of this lager. Briefly impressive, the tall head drops rather quickly only to. Ale minimal spoty lacing on the glass.

S - Sweet corn husk and cereal grains trailed by pale malt give Point Special a classic American lager aroma, capped off by a hint of European hops.

T - Starting sweet, this lager reflects the aroma with an upfront adjunct flavor of corn and graininess only to finish out with next to no hop flavor.

M - Smooth and refreshing, Point Special is a very light bodied lager that lingers with sweetness unbalanced by hops though not cloying.

O - Point special is your grandpa's lager, the pre-pro, corn-brewed, golden beer. It's not a craft-brewed pilsner but it's not brewed to be, it's meant to be a classic American lager: simple, affordable, refreshing.

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Photo of steveh
3.45/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

With nostalgia running thru some of the threads, I've been wanting to try some of the old beers I used to drink before the Micro Boom®. When I saw Point in a cooler this afternoon, I thought, "Why not?"

Point was always one of those semi-rare beers in my youth. It always seemed elusive to Northern Illinois, so when I was driving more and could make my way to the Dairy State, I often opted for this brew for novelty's sake. Probably haven't had one for almost 10 years, even though I've enjoyed some of Point's more recent forays into craft brewing.

I'll be honest and true the American Adjunct Lager this is brewed to be.

12 ounce longneck with a twist off cap. No date to be found clearly.

A -- Pours a clear, pale gold -- even more color than the last Bud I saw. A pretty decent, sudsy white head that settles slowly to a thin, but persistent, cap.

S -- Well, there's little nose to this at all, but that's the beer it's supposed to be. At least it's not full of off, bad aromas. Slightest of grain, if anything.

T -- Ever so lightly sweet graininess with some hop bitterness in the finish and cereal grains in the aftertaste.

M -- Light body with a crisp, dry mouthfeel. No real carbonic bite, so that makes me like this better to me than the average macro.

O -- This is the old-fashioned US beer that it's supposed to be -- and being pretty easy-drinking at that. There are no bad characters to it and it goes down easy and smooth -- the quintessential lawn mowing beer. However, it also shows me why I gravitated to more flavorful beers when they started appearing. They were more pleasing and exciting to my palate -- even the regional all malt lagers that preceded the micros made me take notice. That said, I have to admit that I wouldn't hesitate to grab a sixpack of Point now and again for a refreshing BBQ beer.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.33/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Poured a pils glass.

2.75 A: Clear golden yellow color. Just over one finger of foamy white head. Retention is below average and no lacing is left.

2.75 S: Reeks of corn and I'm not sure if there's rice in there or not. Sweet grassiness and hints of rubber. Faint grassy hoppiness.

2.0 T: Sickeningly sweet grassy corn. That's by far the dominant flavor. It's worse than in most of the big boys AALs.

2.5 M: Lighter body. Carbonation is a bit stingy. Could use a bit more creaminess.

2.25 D: This isn't something I recommend drinking. It might be even worse than a lot of the BMC out there.

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Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium sized pure white head quickly falls into a pretty decent lacing above a clear straw golden colored beer.

Light bitter hops and sour grain malt aroma.

Light grain malt taste with added light hops, pretty much the same thing as Bud Light, etc.

A very light sourness in a lightly dry aftertaste on this light bodied beer.

Blah, another light American lager, why when there is so much more out there to be made.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A thin off-white head dissipates quickly above the straw colored brew. There's no lacing to speak of. Aroma involves grain, grass and some faint sweet malts. Tastes of rice and malts. Very light bodied and dry. Not a whole lot going on, but could be worse. I could have a couple.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.23/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a small stemmed pilsner glass. Pours a honey-gold, with a big, frothy, white head on top. Great retention. Mild citrus, dry grains, smack of lemon the finish. Crisp, clean mouth feel wets the palate. Not too slick. Really fresh beer. I love the flavor on this one! Fresh crisp bitterness, lemon, lime rind, grassy notes - really a "green" beer. I like this one a lot. This is an adjunct? For reals? I thought this had a lot of pilsner character with the sharp pale citrus, hop presence, and crisp feel. If this is an adjunct, this is one of the best out there. I would stock and restock the fridge with this beer. I'll be getting this one again when I'm back in WI.

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Photo of metter98
3.15/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly disappeared, leaving only a few bubbles on the surface.
S: There are light aromas of grainy malts along with some notes of grassy hops and hints of corn.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of grainy malts and a slight amount of bitterness. No corn flavors are detectable.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This isn’t a bad beer for the style as the smell and taste of adjunct malts are not that prevalent. It’s rather drinkable and I would take this any day over any of the other mass-produced adjunct lagers.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.03/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was hoping that maybe, just maybe this would not be just another American lager. But it is. There really isn't much of anything distinguishing about this beer. It is extremely well made, with no particular flaws. It's clean, sweet and refreshing. I probably would not buy it again because I don't drink these.

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Point Special from Stevens Point Brewery
Beer rating: 70 out of 100 with 325 ratings