Point Special | Stevens Point Brewery

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Brewed by:
Stevens Point Brewery
Wisconsin, United States | website

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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132
Ratings:
303
Avg:
3.09
pDev:
29.13%
 
 
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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 jadpsu
3.13/5  rDev +1.3%
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 -25.6%
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 gatornation
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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 +61.8%
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 +28.5%
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 +2.9%
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 +6.8%
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 +7.4%
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 +25.6%
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 bonbright7
2.65/5  rDev -14.2%
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 -4.5%
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 +24.9%
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.

RJT

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Photo of woodychandler
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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 biggred1
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear yellow with a soft white head that burns off pretty quickly. Untoasted grain, corn, hay and faint grassy hop notes are present in the nose. Pretty standard fare for the style. Dry husky malt flavors with a touch of grits and herbal hop bitterness. Light bodied with seltzery carbonation. A slightly hoppier than average adjunct lager. This would make a good "cheapo" lawnmower beer if only it was cheap. I'll stick with Hamm's.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.68/5  rDev -13.3%
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 rednrag
3.45/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pretty tasty stuff. No offensive flavors, actually some good ones. Better than BMC? I don't know, but I'd bet if this was marketed as aggressively, it might give the big boys a run for their money.
I like it, and would offer to friends that like the standard stuff.
Well done, Stevens Point.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden color, very clear and a pretty pure white head.

There's a nice sweet malt aroma, a touch of hops in it, and I guess some corn/adjunct aroma. Over all, very low-key and non-intrusive, but it does have some depth. This is not your father's American adjunct lager. Actually a nice bit of hop flavor, with some earthy-sweet malt. Not getting much adjunct flavor from this beer, there is a grainy taste though.

This beer has some body to it, not just a watery macro lager.

Hey this is an easy drinking session lager. I can't imagine one I've had in this category that beats this one.

Graded against the others I've had, mostly BMC...this is a solid B.

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Photo of avalon07
2.78/5  rDev -10%
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 wahhmaster
3.14/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a nonic imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Translucent and pale yellow like a macro lager. The thin fizzy head dissipates almost immediately leaving barely any lacing.

Smell: Corny and grainy with just a hint of maltiness. Typical macro territory here.

Taste: Fuller-bodied than I'd expected but not that complex. Grainy and corny with a very mild hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Pretty full-bodied but a little over-carbonated.

Drinkability: A little better than your average macro, but not much better. Certainly not something I would go out of my way to get.

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Photo of zeff80
3.03/5  rDev -1.9%
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 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 BierFan
3.35/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Thin white head disappeared pretty quickly. Looks like your average pale lager. In my opinion, this doesn't seem like an adjunct lager at all. Far as I can tell it's all-malt. This beer could use a bit more hops to improve the flavor and help to balance the sweetness more, but that aside it's pretty okay stuff.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.87/5  rDev -7.1%
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 MeadnAle
3.05/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

The returnable bottles are the thickest out there. Nice long necks are durable and efficient. The labels are a bit hard to get off but nothing a few hours in some once step cleaner won't solve.
The beer isn't bad either.

Just what you would expect from a larger brewery lager. The beer is inoffensive and easy to drink. With a hardly noticeable hop character and a bit more taste than a BMC.

The beer is better in keg's but then you can't fill the bottles back up with homebrew. For $14 a case with awesome bottles there is no better option.

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Point Special from Stevens Point Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.
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