Point Special | Stevens Point Brewery

136 Reviews
no score
Send samples
Point SpecialPoint Special

Brewed by:
Stevens Point Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-19-2002

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 136 | Ratings: 312
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.

 484 characters

Photo of BierFan
3.35/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

 362 characters

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!

 414 characters

Photo of MeadnAle
3.05/5  rDev -1%
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.

 544 characters

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.

 447 characters

Photo of ThaBobfather
2.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The head comes, then goes. The golden color is very nice for a lager.
A little citrus and spice on the smell.
A little citrus and spice in the taste, this is a special lager. The spice sticks around for a couple seconds, good quality pale lager.
The finish is refreshing and it is drinkable.

 292 characters

Photo of stephens101
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

 279 characters

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.

 423 characters

Photo of Proteus93
2.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one comes from dkachur.

A: Quite a pale yellow. A light head that leaves a little lacing.

S: Light and subtle... A fair maltiness, not a real adjunct flavour of things like corn.

T: More adjuncts in the flavour... corn and rice, mostly a huskiness. A soft, pale malt. Alright.

M + D: Crisp, semi-dry, easy drinking. I wouldn't reject it, I wouldn't buy it on my own.

 379 characters

Photo of colts9016
3.3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A golden amber color with little head
Nose: Toasted malt, and hints of citrus and floral.
Taste: Not a full flavor lager but a medium strength with malt, yeast and hops all noticeable but fairly balanced.
Body A nice medium body beer to medium light.
Finish: Clean and easy drinking with a hint of bitterness.
Overall: A good and simple made beer that isn't great but isn't bad either

 398 characters

Photo of kickapoodude
4.16/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Point Special is a great american lager that has not changed it's flavor over the years. A crisp and smooth lager that is not light and not heavy. You can taste the history in this brew, like it tasted 100 years ago. I guess I am just idealizing it. But as far as American lagers go, this is premium stuff.

 306 characters

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

Clear pale golden straw with a cap of white foam.

The aroma is lightly toasted, grainy, and musty-lemony.

Flavor is slightly better. It's clean lightly lemony and lightly toasted and sweetish grain, and . . . i think that's it. Decent feeling light-medium body, a touch of crispiness to the fuzzy feeling carb.

Not real great stuff, not terrible. Probably won't buy again.

 375 characters

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

Paid $10.39 for a 12 pack at Santori's Liquors in Lansing, IL last weekend, and I was glad I did. I've had this brew before and don't remember it tasting this good. I prefer to drink it out of the bottle, but doing the review here in a tall beer glass. This is a very drinkable brew and it's definitely a new favorite of mine.

 326 characters

Photo of dstc
3.33/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow with a big white head. Head falls to minimal head with thin lacing.

Not much in the aroma, very clean and a hint of grains.

Thin taste, typical lager. Has quite a bit of sweetness to it that i like.

Thin in the mouth with plenty of carbonation.

Classic Wisconsin beer. Nice example of the style and easily drinkable.

 340 characters

Photo of roadhouse
3.1/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appears a clear pale straw color with a thin white head that sinks to a skim. Pretty typical for the macro style although at least this one keeps some form of a head rather than just looking like yellow water.

Aroma is grainy, maybe a very faint hop presence. Pleasant.

Taste is pretty simple as well. More grainy flavors, some very slight hop bitterness after the swallow with a creamy taste.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Typical for the style.

Not a bad beer, better than the other Wisconsin macro counterpart in Milwaukee. Wouldn't buy it but if it was the best option it's not bad.

 642 characters

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.7/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a pale straw color with a small white head that thins. Mild lacing on the glass.

Fresh, crisp malt aroma with a nice herbal hop presence.

Crisp and malty upfront, a nice herbal hop flavor appears along with a mild bitterness. Finishes clean and dry.

Medium-light body, medium carbonation.

After getting back to my "roots" this summer and re-visiting some old favorite macro style lagers (and being disappointed most of the time) this was a nice find for a summer quencher. Easy to drink while mowing the lawn, while providing a satisfying amount of flavor. No problems breezing through a few of these.

 625 characters

Photo of ibashmuck
3.85/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Medium foamy head on a "standard" lager yellow. Everything about the beer was basic macro lager, except I found the smell and taste to be much smoother than other macros, with slight sweetness and low hops. Very smooth and easy to drink. Considerably better than your average macro lager.

 352 characters

Photo of Chugmonkey
3.4/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I've killed tons of cans, bottles, taps, & barrels of Point. Slightly grainy but mild compare to most macro lagers. Really smooth and not filling though, you can really handle a lot of these w/o getting filled up or burnt on any off flavors.

By no means a good craft beer, way too watery. But a very drinkable lager w/o any lingering bitterness or sharp grainy bite. Don't expect too much flavor. But you can wash down just about anything with it, including your thirst, since it is such a clean neutral beer.

 510 characters

Photo of jeremyd365
3.7/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight from the can after a brutally hilly 16 miles, this thing was a gift from god. This may have been mild dehydration already set it, or maybe the nectar of the gods is found in Wisconsin. Ignoring my possible impared judgement, this wasn't a bad brew. It was surely the best beer I've ever had out of a can. I would much like to try it again, but I'm not sure if it can be easily purchased in my area (mid-Michigan)

 421 characters

Photo of orangemoustache
3.33/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a standard macro gold with a white thin head that leaves behind little lace is it recedes.There is some slightly sweet malt and some wet cardboard aromas,smell is not the best quality here.This has some nice malty flavor along with some suttle hop bitterness and is a decent offering of the style.If this had any more flavor I think I would have been dissapointed,because then It would be under flavored like a shitty brown ale or somthing.Seems to be a good even balance overall,I was suprised a little I must confess,this one won't blow anybodys mind,but it will quench a thirst while offering some nice flavor and a clean crisp finish.

 649 characters

Photo of shadow1961
2.78/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Stevens Point Brewery's Point Special Lager pours
a big stiff head over a clear yellow brew. Carbonation
is rapid and steady, and the nose is corn, rice, and
lager yeast- pretty typical adjunct lager characteristics.
The flavor is also more or less standard adjunct lager-
a little sweet corn upfront and the ghost of a hop off
the back- they did manage to avoid that weird boiled
veggie flavor you get in a lot of this sort of lager. Mouth-
feel is light, and there's not a lot of aftertaste. It is an
innoffensive example of a beer style which is itself
intended to be innoffensive. If you live in Wisconsin,
and this is a style you like, and you're mowing the lawn
or watching the game, you should be knocking back
this, and not Bud or Coors. This stuff is no different,
and you'll support your neighbors, not some fatcat
in St Louis.

 844 characters

Photo of pweis909
3.7/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the best American lager I've had in a long time, reminding me of the continental European roots of the style more than it reminded me of BMC lagers. It poured deep gold and had a thin white head. As the glass approached my nose, I first got a faint sulfury whiff, followed by some hoppiness reminiscent of noble hops (I'll guess Mt. Hood, but I could be way off). The lightly sweet maltiness did not seem watered down and overly laden with adjunct. Bittering was appropriate for the style. With it's clean malts, it's easy to drink and enjoyable.

 554 characters

Photo of tugdriver7
2.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I should have checked this out before buying. I wanted to like it. And it poured really nicely into the glass, but then fell flat almost instantly into a bubble-less yellow liquid that tasted like one of the "big three." Sadly, I was not impressed. This on the heels of some really fantastic beers of late. Definite adjunct (rice? corn?) taste in the mix. And no real hops to speak of, just a rather bland (dare I say "beer-y") flavor that really disappointed. Definitely a good "wash down the BBQ" beer (better than many at that job), but definitely not worth enjoying by itself. For the price, pick-up a Pabst. Seriously.

 623 characters

Photo of WJVII
2.63/5  rDev -14.6%
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).

 527 characters

Photo of BigRedN
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saw this for the first time this week. Picked up a mixed 6 pack at the 40th & Old Cheney Hy-Vee location to try (two of each of the three that I saw). This one intrigued me the most. A "craft" macro lager.

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Th beer is completely clear. Bright gold in color. Pour produces a 1/2 inch fluffy white head. Head quickly fades to a small dollop and ring around the glass. Leaves no lacing.

Smell: Light grainy malt, a hint of a herbal/grassy aroma (hop related?).

Taste: Typical macro lager light taste. A touch of grainy malt with little to no bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light in body, well carbonated (short of being fizzy though). Slightly dry finish with no lingering aftertaste.

Drinkability: A nice easy drinking lager. A good macro lager, but for the cost I can get much better, more flavorful beers. When I want macro I usually go cheap. Reminds me of Leinie's Original, but I like that a bit better and its cheaper here.

 987 characters

Point Special from Stevens Point Brewery
3.08 out of 5 based on 312 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.