Point Special | Stevens Point Brewery

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Point SpecialPoint Special

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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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Photo of maxpower
1.66/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a bright clear golden-yellow color, has a decent foamy white head that doesn't last long, light flowery and grainy aromas. Light bodied with a light thin mouthfeel, finishes clean with a some grainy sweetness, not a very pleasant lasting aftertaste, this reminds me of macroswill.

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Photo of znarf
1.7/5  rDev -45%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Never loved the stuff but drank it in college because it could be had in bottles, three-for-a-buck in the 1980s. Local pubs also had it on tap for about the same amount. For me this stuff is drinkable as a novelty since it is made a few mile from where I was born..

PSB is definitely an authentic Eastern European lager with distinct sulfur components that are popular this that part of the world. Try it for fun.

Hometown loyalty and good business practices help to keep this company afloat. They now produce a few OK beers and an exceptional root beer as well as other soft drinks. Take the tour of the brewery if you are in town.

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Photo of hardy008
1.7/5  rDev -45%
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 pmcadamis
1.88/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Crystal clear pale straw coloring with 1/2 finger of head that disapeared quickly and left only a few ugly dishsoap bubbes on top. There are some champagne bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

Smells grainy and a little fruity. Mildly malty. Maybe the tiniest hints of peach. Definite cheapo corny smell.

This one is light bodied and highly carbonated like most beers of it's ilk. Watery, grainy, slightly fruity. A little bitter (not in a good way). Sweet and clean watery finish with essentially no aftertaste.

This is better than most cheapo macro lagers as it has a stronger flavor, but it's still pretty nasty. I will not be having this again.

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Photo of mynie
2.15/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a straw-color, just a little bit darker than the macro adjuncts. No head nor lacing. It came in a really cool-looking can, though.Smells light with grain and a hint of hops--like most macros, completely unoffensive.

I was really surprised at how much this beer tasted like PBR, only the tolerable uncomplicated sweet and sour hop kiss of Pabst here is much stronger and more foul. This stuff should only be drank while very, very cold.

The body here is thick, but not in a good way. It goes down almost like slime. Not refreshing at all, and pretty hard to drink.

Avoid this beer. It's like Pabst's evil twin, and it is nowhere near worth the ten bucks a 12 pack that it costs. If you're in the mood for a lightly-flavored beer, get one that doesn't taste like garbage and might actually refresh you. This one is just bad.

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Photo of Jables
2.16/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A step up from Bud/Miller.

Pours clear straw yellow with a big fluffy white head.

Smells somewhat sweet but there is this odd scent I can't place, that isn't neccessarilly bad but definitely isn't good.

Tastes sweet at first but that is quickly outdone by fairly strong adjunct corn/rice flavors. The finish is either a plastic grocery sac or lexan I couldn't quite decide. Either way it is very off-putting and hurts the drinkability of what would otherwise be a thirst-quencher.

The same brewery makes Augsburger Golden which is a much better bet, if you can find it.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
2.18/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes.

A. Pale pilsner-ish transparent yellow in color, with a minimal amount of both head and lacing.

S. Very faint grain with corn and just a tiny pinch of citrus. But mostly it smells like water.

T. Light corn and maybe a pinch of nondescript hopping of the floral/citrus variety, but it is really hard to define because of how soft-pedaled the whole thing is.

M. Light and watery body, no real smoothness or palpable texture. At least it is well carbonated.

I don't understand how this beer is considered 'special' in any way that does not include crassness or sarcasm.

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Photo of walleye
2.21/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

from the bottle. poured a medium dark golden color with a white head with some lacing. armoa skunky but not over powering almost like molsons, hops some malts. flavor got that skunkyness but it was a little stronger than the aroma, other than that I got nothing.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.22/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear, amber-yellow beer with a decently sized head that quickly dissipated. Nice enough looking beer.

S - Wow, talk about corn. Corn corn corn. Smells like Tecate on steroids. This is truly bad.

T - More corn, a little floral hops flavor. Pretty gross honestly, tastes a little too thick and corny with a little butter. This is truly awful.

M - Feels fine, light bodied and goes down easily. Good carbonation.

D - Pretty easy to drink, if you can get past the horrible taste.

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Photo of supercolter
2.25/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- didn't get the best look at it, but pretty bland in color- grainy yellow a bit of head, no lacing
S- It doesn;t have too much smell at all a bit of malt
T- not good, pretty much tastes like mexican water
M- pretty smooth in the mouth bubbles up a bit
D- taste plus mouthfeel divided by 2

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Yellow color, no head. Metallic aroma, not beeresque in the least.

Taste, non offensive yellow beer. Barely a tinge of hop presence to it, could be the carbonation masking it. That corn feel. Mineral water qualities.

Seriously, this stuff was .25 on tap on Wednesday nights at the goth bar in Milwaukee while I was attending Marquette. Made for an interesting mix of folks those nights, let me tell ya. Good times with not so good beer.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This is about the same as any macro brew I have ever had. I only got to try it because a buddy is from stevens point, WI. Drank it straight out of the bottle, and honestly, could not tell the difference between budweiser, if that is a good thing. Get it for the novelty, if there is any for you.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.33/5  rDev -24.6%
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 rodbeermunch
2.36/5  rDev -23.6%
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 Winter
2.36/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

There's nothing speical about Point's Special Lager. The beer pours a clear pale light golden in color with a white head. Odd aroma. Stale, yet somewhat sweet grainy nose. Smells like a good "brat cooking beer" = cheap lager. Thin mouthfeel with decent carbonation. Inexpensive lager taste that doesn't stand out much. Weak malty front with flavors of spent grain and sweet corn. Dries out the tongue toward the back with some slight hop bitterness. Alcoholic vapors in the finish, especially as the beer warms.

The flagship beer is lackluster to say the least. I'd almost take the watered down Honey Light over this one. This is not the best Point has to offer.

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Photo of karengarys
2.4/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I should have known, but I had to try anyway...

Pours light amber, clear, looks like miller but no head.

Smells a bit pilsner like, a bit skunky too. Nothing really there.

Tastes like water with soda water carbonation mixed with a beer flavored syrup bag.

Mouthfeel. That of a macro brew. Hardly none, but it is fizzy.

It is drinkable. Boring, but drinkable. No aftertaste, and no scary flavors to fend off the average customer. But it is drinkable. I do not recommend this beverage.

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Photo of jeranbrews
2.42/5  rDev -21.7%
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 CNeilP09
2.51/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

first and foremost, i do not recommend this beer, unless you are looking for a six pack to feed to your dog while you're working out in your yard drinking real beer. i picked up a sixer basically because it was cheap and it was a new name to me. the beer poured a typical light gold/yellow color. had the head of cola, smelled like corn and spinach witha touch of hops. this beer really tasted like creamed corn. oily mouthfeel, foulish aftertaste. after the first bottle, i gave the rest to rufus, my girlfriend's greyhound. he drank it up like it was a godsend, or maybe he just wanted to get drunk. either way, this beer isn't that great. one could probably manage drinking two or three but sooner or later, the flavor and aftertaste is going to throw you off. Stray Away.

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Photo of socon67
2.53/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours light yellow with decent foam retention.

S - I bit musty; reminded me of Moosehhead beers.

T - Light, crisp, with minimal citrus flavor.

M - Thin, refreshing, but a bit watery.

O - It is what it is; a light lager. Not much else. I wouldn't go out of the way for it.

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Photo of Schlitz74
2.53/5  rDev -18.1%
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 rhoadsrage
2.57/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- The straw yellow body is crystal clear with a big boiling carbonation and a head made of big bubbles amass on the top of the beer. The head fades before I can set the glass down on the table.

S- The smell of light dry malt is very faint with a faint noble hop note in the finish.

T- The light hint of malt is followed by a faint noble hop in the finish. As I drink more I notice the light sulfury cooked corn note that gets stronger and stronger as the beer warms.

M- This beer is light with a watery texture and a strong fizz finish.

D- The light watery beer with a light flavor is not my style. The corn notes overpowered the hint of malt. I had a tough time finishing this one.

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Photo of Brenden
2.59/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A clear yellow gold in color, after an extremely fizzy white head falls off (that is, very quickly), this one just sits there. It's in my SA perfect pint and there's very little activity. Some tiny spots of lacing do manage to stick.
The aroma is the best thing about this beer. It's a bit dull with some sulphuric notes to it. Light malts do come through a bit with a light floral and herbal hops undertone. It's all just so vague that it's hard to tell much about it, though the hops do come out more as it sits.
This would be average if only the hops didn't turn tangy and the sulphur flavor wasn't so heavy. Malts kind of die away, and there's something sweet in here that bounces off a suspiciously corn-like flavor that lingers underneath.
The mouthfeel is shallow, light and thin, offering at first the crispness even a macro will before that fades away. Carbonation keeps it from going dead and adds a bit to it, and smoothness isn't completely missing, but it's dull. It just goes very thin.

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Photo of cokes
2.61/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden with hints of orange. Thin head fades quickly.
Very little aroma. Faintly maltly and (adjuncty?) sweet.
Taste is similarly faint. This is standard american lager all the way. Honey-ish sweetness with a little underlying grain. Adjuncts seem minimal, but there might be some corn notes. Hops are a non-factor.
Thinnish, unexciting mouthfeel.
Regional swill. This stacks favorably against the macros, but there is nothing here to be excited about.

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Photo of ADR
2.63/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pale straw color with a ton of fizz and a macro head. Sweet aroma, mostly, but a little detergent. Pretty malty but in a corn-like way without a tasty hop balance. Like many Point brews, the carbonation leaves me with an unsettled impression. Some people swear by this stuff, and since its more-or-less local, I'll take it over a macro...

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Photo of WJVII
2.63/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer (from my current "hometown" brewery) poured into a pint glass was golden colored, almost entirely transparent. This brew had a 1/2in "fluffy" white head that dissipated fast. There was a minimal smell of mild malts, some earthy smell as well. The taste was mild flavored and slightly bitter. Not much that overwhelms. Nothing special, but has stood the test of time. I can get any point beer here for almost less than bottled water so I will stick with the white bier and pale ale (my favorites in the point arsenal).

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