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Point Special | Stevens Point Brewery

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Brewed by:
Stevens Point Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-19-2002

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Ratings: 318 |  Reviews: 141
Photo of BuckyNBeer
3.41/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I purchased a 16 ounce can of this from a local gas station. This is my local AAL as it is only made about half an hour from where I currently live. Point Special pours a one fingered head that dissipates very quickly with no noticeable lacing. There is however a nice golden hue to the beer. At first there is a noticeable aroma of corn and grain with a slight sweetness but that also dissipates. The flavor turns this around though. It has a sweetness upfront with hints of corn and grain but there is just enough of a bitterness in the finish to give it a bit more character than other old school American lagers I have had before. The finish is nice and I thought even a bit thirst quenching. Overall Point Special is a nice old school American Lager that I can purchase relatively cheaply and still be able support a local business.

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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 MTKATL
2.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 DinoVindaloo
3.47/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A nice beer meant to be drank cold. On par with Miller, nothing too fancy but it's not trying to be. Above average, for sure.

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Photo of Dan_Metcalf
2.51/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of RootBeard
3.51/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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 hof_1991
2.25/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Dovers
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Chackman151
3.2/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 freewill35
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of lupercmda
4/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While lagers are not my favorite style this is a really good lager.

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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 Beerasaurus
3.54/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Photo of Squire123
2.95/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BigAl18
2.24/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of a77cj7
3/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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