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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Ratings: 315 |  Reviews: 137
Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of spycow
2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.01/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 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 WillieThreebiers
3/5  rDev -2.6%

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 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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2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of krome
4/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3/5  rDev -2.6%

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

Photo of sendbeer
1.49/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.25

Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -2.6%

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 enelson
3.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of bigred89
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

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Point Special from Stevens Point Brewery
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