Point Special | Stevens Point Brewery

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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 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 BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Moderate throughout, Point Special Lager hits the medium stride of all the halmarks that Lagers entail.

Point Special Lager opens with a bright clarity of medium straw colors and an effervescent character that builds an initially part-froathy, part-fizzy head that eventually flames out to nothing relatively quickly- no retention, no lace.

Vibrant aromas paint a picture of grain and malt while carrying a floral, lemon, herbal scent. Almost fruity lemon or apples may be the result of slight ester, hop, and sulfur combinations.

Partly malty and partly grainy, the early sweetness carry the taste of fresh raw barley, cereal, and bready or doughy sweetness. Floral hops turn slightly fruity with the taste of honeysuckle and granny smith apples just before the slightly vegetal-sweet finish. Mildly bitter late, the flavor of dry crackers and lemongrass round out the final lingering in aftertaste.

Moderately creamy to start, the bubbles carry with it a light watery grain texture that stops just shy of bite from sulfur or astringency. Finishing slightly grainy-sweet, the beer carries an herbal bitterness to match before closing with a clean but grain memory.

Point Special Lager is a fine example of what Premium American Pilsners should be. Though not spectacular, it's a good choice while trying to ween your industrial beer drinking buddies off of the swill.

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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 zeff80
3.03/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out a clear, golden-yellow color with a small, white head of bubbly foam. It left a little lace.

S - It smelled of corn, grains and caramel malt. Not much else.

T - It is fairly sweet with a grain and caramel taste. A slight bitterness emerges from some hops.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light bodied lager that is very easy drinking.

D - Though not a great beer, it stands up well within its style.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Point Special is a basic, well-made American lager with a clear golden body and short-lived white head. The aroma displays some mild lager sulphur, a thin maltiness, and some dull hops (Cluster?). It's crisp in the mouth with a gently effervescent carbonation and light-medium body. The flavor has more depth than many, and I'd guess they're not using quite as much adjunct as some of the others. There's a nice, clean maltiness to it, and even some dull, floral and grassy hops. The bitterness is, thankfully, a bit more solid than you'll find in many other American lagers, and it finishes dry and bitter with a bit of lingering maltiness and a smear of hops. It's decidedly American, but at least it leans towards being a mmore hoppy and flavorful European lager. Nicely done!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

16 ounce pint - $4.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a crystalline, yellow body with a small white head. Standard fare.

Smell: Basic, limp, light maltiness coupled with notes of blitzed corn kernels and altogether meek floral hops.

Taste: Modest underlying malts with a soft touch of honey sweetness and a few carefully administered drops of light corn syrup. Feeble floral hop tones and about the bare minimum hop bitterness, which just isn't enough to balance this little guy out, leaving you with a sweetish, lightly corny finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Less-Than-Special Lager isn't nearly as crisp or clean as preferred, which, for me, negates the whole refreshing/quenching angle. Who knows, maybe it's a home run in the bottle, but that's one ball game I won't be attending.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.72/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pale yellow-gold, very nearly straw. The bone white head is several fingers in height and is too soft to last or to leave much lace. Grain and hops comprise the nose; nothing to get too excited about.

It seems as though I've tasted hundreds of mediocre macro lagers in the past several months, but I'm sure the number is closer to dozens. I keep thinking that one of them will surprise me and actually be enjoyable. This one isn't it.

There's a lack of malt support coupled with a harsh hoppiness and an overly thin body. Maybe I should get the keyboard equivalent of a stamp that has just that description, I seem to use it often enough. There isn't enough flavor for the beer to be offensive though.

Point Special won a gold medal at the GABF in 2003 (I recently came across that factoid in a back issue of All About Beer). The silver and the bronze were won by MGD and Budweiser. I'm pretty certain they had the finishing order correct, but to give medals of any kind to those three beers is an embarrassment. Or should be.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I asked indiapaleale, "Hey, CAN you Point me in the right direction on my CANQuest?" and he replied, "Sure!" in spades, if you CAN dig it. This is the first of four attempts to get the Point on my part.

I CAN only hope that it is easier to drink than it was to open - I dang near broke the tab off when it bent nearly in half! The subsequent pour netted me a finger of bone-white head that popped and fizzled its way into oblivion. Color was a pale lemon-yellow with NE-plus quality clarity. Nose was typical for the style - lager sweetness underlain with cereal adjuncts. This is one aspect of the CANQuest that I never anticipated, but it makes me appreciate hoppy beers all the more. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was actually pretty innocuous. My buddy, Ski, grew up drinking this beer and often disparaged it, but it was not bad. Not great either, but not something gag-inducing. Finish was more of the same. It was kind of bland, but in this style, that is not necessarily a bad thing. I CAN imagine a bunch of guys hanging out in a cabin in the Wisconsin woods, drinking a lot of this. I would not fault them for it, either.

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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 feloniousmonk
2.83/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ultra-clear, supremely pale yellow countenance, under a thinnish layer of fizzy white...
Drab aroma, nothing much, not bad, but, "eh, it's beer"...
Light inoffensive entry on the palate, smooth and slight, the major character is "moist"...mostly thin wet air, that's all. Lightness in body, mouthfeel, flavor, etcetera. Some small honeyish sweetness. Doesn't taste bad, but again, doesn't taste like anything, either. Very weak.
better than Bud, though...barely.

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Photo of Tone
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, pale yellow color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and poor lacing. Smells strongly of adjunct and some slight yeast characteristic. Fits the style of an American Adjunct Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of adjunct mostly, some yeast characteristic, and some slight pale malt. Overall, a decent American adjunct lager, but still not my personal favorite style of beer.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.87/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a pint. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a clear yellow color. Minimal white foam with decent retention. Minimal lacing as well.

(S)- Lots of lemon, wheat, and corn husk.

(T)- Lemony corn husk with a slightly floral finish.

(M)- Crisp and smooth with good carbonation level.

(D)- Easy, light, crisp, and refreshing. But thats about it. Not a ton going on with this, but hey, its a beer!

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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 rhoadsrage
2.57/5  rDev -16.6%
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 RBorsato
3.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tasted on 5/11/05 at Bricks (Beer Bar) in Cedar Rapids, IA.

Clear gold with decent carbonation bubbles but absolutely no head in a short period of time. Solid malty grainy aroma and flavor. Light bodied and seemed watery and thin.

Pretty average Premium American Lager here so I'm pretty surprised by all of the GABF awards below ...

Per SP website:
Malts: Select Brewers Grains
Hops: Yakima Hops

Gold, American Premium Lager Division, GABF, 2003
Bronze, American Premium Lager Division, GABF, 1996
Silver, American Premium Lager Division, GABF, 1995
Bronze, American Premium Lager Division, GABF, 1993

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Photo of avalon07
2.78/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow color and a clear consistency. Not much head or lacing - in short, a typical macro lager.

S: Smelled predominately of corn, with traces of malt. Not very pleasant to the nose.

T: Tastes like it smell. Corn and a little malt, with a watery backbone. Not offensively bad, but simply average.

M: Not overly carbonated, but has a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: Wouldn't go back to this one. It's just too average to even make fun of.

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Photo of bluejacket74
2.93/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a straw gold color with about an inch white head which goes away very quickly. It smells like grain, corn and malt, that's it. It tastes the same way, very grainy. Mouthfeel is light, but crisp. The drinkability is good, it does go down pretty easy, and the taste isn't offensive. Overall it's OK, better than your typical BMC macro lagers.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.3/5  rDev -25.3%
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 ZAP
3.35/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light straw in color with a lot of carbonation...smooth creamy head...slight sweet aroma...Has a very creamy sweet but clean taste...seems heavy on the usage of corn to achieve a somewhat unique taste for a basic lager...I've always liked this one but it isn't readily available in my neck of the woods..It's NOT worth paying major $$$ for, but when measured up against the top macro's it fares very well...Definitely worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of mynie
2.15/5  rDev -30.2%
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 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 KarlHungus
3.44/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear pale straw color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes withing seconds leaving no lacing. The aroma is sweet malt and corn. The taste has a nice malt sweetness to it. There is no real complexity, but it is much stronger than most other adjunct lagers. The mouthfeel is light bodies with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty good adjunct lager. I could drink this again if in a pinch.

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Photo of Brenden
2.59/5  rDev -15.9%
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 AgentZero
2.22/5  rDev -27.9%
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 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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