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 Profane
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of jsisko01
4.35/5  rDev +41.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear golden-yellow color with a half-inch thick head that dissipates quickly.

Smell - Sweet, grainy, lemon zest, and maybe a slight bit of coriander.

Taste - Pretty sweet with lemon, maybe some corn, grain, grass, and a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Somewhat thin body and light carbonation.

Overall - This would be the perfect beer on a hot summer day. Very crisp.

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Photo of mpcrump
3.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Nice light yellow with a good head. The head dissapates quickly.

S: Rather sweet with grains and mals. Hops and a slight floral accent.

T: Typical of american lagers I think. Some slight corn and just a hint of floral hops.

M: Very light but with some sweetness.

O: A very typical american lager. Nothing too exciting.

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Photo of DerekP
4/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of bigred89
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of fuzzcherry
4/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of KC9LDB
4/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of memoulds
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of socon67
2.53/5  rDev -17.9%
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 TheSarge
3.41/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks great for what it is. Pours nicely for a two finger thick head, with decent retention. The body is pale golden in color, and nicely filtered.

The aroma is husky with a little lemon zest with some dextrose in the nose.

The taste is a little on the sweet cereal grain side, with a corn flake like quality, and a hint of that lemon trait discussed in the aroma.

Feels crisp, clean, and very refreshing to the palate.

This is about as good as an Adjunct can get. Would make a great BBQ/Lawn mower beer!

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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 jadpsu
3.13/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured a clear light yellow color. Shows a decent white head that rises and dies pretty fast. Some light lacing left on the glass.

S- Sweet grainy malts are most prominent to the aroma. Some distant light floral hops also present.

T-Get that light corn adjunct taste that often shows up in inexpensive American Macro's. Give this beer a litlle credit for providing a tinge of floral hop bitterness.

M- Light mouthfeel...with some sweetness for blance.

D- Not a bad inexpensive beer. Comparable to Miller High Life, PBR and Schlitz which are my favorite "cheap" American 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 gatornation
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

from 12 0z bottle

A- pours a clear golden yellow with a i finger white head

S- is malt and a grassy,grainy background then some hops

T- is sweet malts with grass and a slight floral hop taste with that adjunct finish

M- is crisp with good carbonation a little thin on the finish

D- it very easy to drink a not bad taste i guess for an adjunct is as good as it gets ..i would drink this one again especially in the summer

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Photo of bluemoundshines
5/5  rDev +62.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Taste- not bitter, not overly defined- Just right

Smell - Wheaty aroma- perfect head when poured in pilsner glass.

Very well balanced. Awesome on tap. Very good for the price. Great Brewery tour also. Go on it.l I wish more bars in the State of WI would sell it on tap or even in bottles.

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Photo of chuckm
3.97/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At the request of an in-law I picked up a 12 pack in Chicago and took it down to Cincinnati for the holidays, What better time for a review. Beer poured a light golden color with head that was very delicate and disappeared a little quickly, the aroma was not very strong and had little to differentiate it from mass brewed beers.
Surprisingly the taste was light and a little sweet yet it wasn't at all watery. It had body and considering the 12 pack was in a fridge with 7 other competitors and was the first one gone means the 5 men hanging out in the garage found it very drinkable. I know the request has already been placed for more.

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Photo of CHickman
3.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear yellow in color with bubbles racing it, and it had a 1 finger white head that faded quickly; basically no lacing.

Smells of malt, grains, corn, caramel and some light floral hops; pretty light and basic nose that borders on dull.

Tastes like a typical American lager with sweet malt, grains, corn, caramel, light floral hops, herbs or grass and maybe some faint citrus; basically a lager - not anything special.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and easy to drink, with mild carbonation and an almost watery feel; this flowed down like water and was highly drinkable.

A great session beer, just very ordinary in the flavor dept - all that BA advertising paid off since I tried it...too bad I was disappointed since it was just so regular.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a frosted pint glass.

L - clear yellow color with a short white head that stayed as a thin layer with constant carbonation bubbles keeping it that way.

S - grainy smell, adjuncts it is.

T - a fairly sweet tasting beer.

F - light bodied with lots of fizz.

D - I could probably drink a bunch of these while working outside, at the beach, a bbq, watching sports, or just hangin' out.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.32/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can...

A- Poured a clear light yellow color. Two finger white head rises and dies down rather quickly. Light streaky lacing left on the glass.

S- Sweet malts are a backbone to the aroma. Light grainy aroma over the top of the malts. Nothing else really except for very light floral hops.

T- Sweet malts come into play first. Light corn adjunct taste throughout except for a floral hop bitterness that barely shows up in the middle. Hops do not balance the beer out at all leaving this malty and full of adjunct grain flavor as well.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation was high but I suppose good for the style. Felt fizzy on the palate with a malty sweetness that stays on the palate and long into the aftertaste. No alcohol drying on the palate at all. Flavors were one sided with the malts coming through...although overall flavor is minimal.

D- This beer is drinkable and has high drinkability due to lack of overall flavor. This reminds me of a good lawnmower beer that I would drink on a warm summer day.

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Photo of beers2danno
3.88/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A friend brought some back from a trip to Wisconsin and I was delighted.

A...nice golden lager color with decent white head.
S...a hint of hops and corn.
T...very nice sweet and sour tones with a good amount of carbonation.
M...a heavy feel at first but then a smooth finish with a nice after taste, leaving you wanting another sip.
D...Strong drinkability! If this beer were available in Florida, it would be my #1 choice for a session beer, and football games..., much better than the big brewery choices.
I really enjoyed it, too bad the distribution is limited to the Midwest.

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

The pale yellow lager didn't look like anything special as I poured it into my glass and absence of an aroma cautioned my taste buds. Into the beer I went with a casual approach....a bright citrus taste caught in the doldrums of corn based calmness caught my attention. It was drinkable and very plain, except for a little spark in the taste.

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Photo of bnes09
2.95/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Straw-colored lager with lots of bubbles and thin, short-lived head.

Clean smell. Minimal amount of grains and corn.

Smooth adjunct flavor. Very lackluster. Once again some cereal grains and corn. Very mild grassy hop.

Light-bodied with ample bubbles. The malt imparts little texture on the tongue.

Not a bad brew just not something I would look forward to. They should rename it 'average lager' because there is nothing 'special' about it.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.86/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Although Point Special Lager is a stereotypical American-style lager, it has a lot going for it. It has a thick, white head and a golden-yellow color, with high carbonation. The aroma is almost non-existent, but I think I noticed a slight sour note here. Taste is run-of-the-mill beer, but it's still good; just a dab of hops can be detected. Mouth-feel is light and watery. Point Special finished crisp, with some bite to it. Overall, this is a good beer to have in volume, and I thought its sour aspect was very similar to Dixie beer, but the appearance is not cloudy like that New Orleans brand. The color is similar to it, though. Yeah, this is good beer. Too bad it's not sold in Louisiana.


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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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Point Special from Stevens Point Brewery
Beer rating: 3.08 out of 5 with 318 ratings
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