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Point Belgian White | Stevens Point Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stevens Point Brewery
Wisconsin, United States
pointbeer.com

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.38%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Point Belgian White is a smooth refreshing and distinctive beer brewed in the tradition of Belgian Style White Ales. Our recipe boasts the finest barley and wheat malts, white wheat, rolled oats, and Noble Hallertau and Saaz hops - naturally flavored with a hint of Curacao orange peel and coriander. The result is a light-bodied beer renowned for its signature golden-white haze. Try it with an orange slice.

Added by Gehrig on 02-10-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,440
Reviews:
139
Ratings:
275
pDev:
18.18%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
22
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Ratings: 275 |  Reviews: 139
Photo of spointon
3.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at Hamburger Mary's in Chicago on 6/2/2009.

A= This ale poured a cloudy pale yellow color with a super-dense 1" white head. Seriously, this head was like meringue. Huge rings of sticky lace left down my glass as this head retained all the way to the finish.

S= The aroma was mainly wheat malt and a nice Belgian fruitiness with a lightly tart citrus note. A bit too much sulfur in the nose as well, keeping this part of the score down.

T= I found a decent malt sweetness up front complete with a tangy wheat component. Decent esters in the middle coupled with the yeast to make a refreshing sweet/tart combo. Finish was fairly dry and slightly tart.

MF= Light bodied and very crisply carbonated. Sort of thin but highly refreshing.

D= Though this is far from the best Belgian-style wit out there, it was enjoyable and quite easily sessionable. Paired well with a buger and fries!

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Photo of wryepicures
3.05/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours hazy pale gold with a huge white fluffy head that deflates pretty fast.

Smells strongly of honey initially, vanilla, sweet spices (almost like baking) wheaty, citrus. as it opens up its got some peppery, floral notes.

Tastes crisp, not as sweet as it smells. Very floral and orange up front- peppery dry overcomes any sweetness to make an almost sour finish. Wheat and orange are the dominant flavors.

Light bodied, carbonated, with an astringent finish. Not cloying, this beer does not stay with you.

Its ok. Light, refreshing, decent grill-out summer beer. A fairly ok example of the style, but others certainly do it better.

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Photo of Tone
3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, yellow color. One inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of wheat, coriander, and sweet malt. Fits the style of a Witbier. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of coriander, wheat, tart malt, yeast cleanliness, and some slight sweet malt. Overall, a little watery in body, but easy to drink. A decent brew, nothing to go out of your way for.

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Photo of Metalmonk
2.76/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks good, with a cloudy and pale straw-colored yellow that shows why this style was dubbed "white" way back in the day. Good lacing too, covering the glass in a web-like sheet.

Aroma is okay, if fairly average for the style: citrus (more lemon than orange) and coriander are timid but do have some character. Also a light layer of earthy straw.

Flavor-wise there's a delicate essence of fresh angel-food cake, but that's as good as it gets. The spicing and fruit zest lay down and die behind what is a nearly flavorless, generic "beer" flavor. That doesn't make much sense--until you're actually drinking it. Not awful, but awfully uninspired.

Carbonation is a bit high--but then I'm not sure a creamier feel would have helped deliver the flavor...as there isn't much of that to be had.

Smells of your average U.S. brewer wanting to get on the Blue Moon bandwagon and only getting halfway there. It's okay, but nothing you should go out of your way for. Stick to Allagash's version, or better yet, some of the real deals from Belgium.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a clear pale straw color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. This beer looks absolutely nothing like a Belgian Witbier. The aroma is of overpowering cardamom. This taste is like the aroma, but not quite so overpowering. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with a watery texture. This again is nothing like a Belgian Witbier. Overall, this beer seems like it is trying to be a wiitbier, but trying just isn't enough. I will not be drinking this beer again.

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Photo of skeetermoses
3.42/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

overall this was one of the more generifc belgian whites that I have had. Not too impressive and it is not all that bad. I did not really expect too much from the beer seeing how reasonably priced it was. Overall a good beer one that I would not kick out of bed. Slight bit of orange and lemon to it. This was one beer I might try again based on the price.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a mildly hazy yellow color with a thin cap of white foam that has average retention and lacing. Pretty typical looking wit aside from the small head.

Nose is quite faint, but most wit characteristics are there...the coriander, orange and tangy wheat. Smells fresh and tasty, not much to complain about.

Taste is a bit watery and heavy on the tangy wheat. The coriander and citrus hang out in the background. Has more of a lemony flavor as opposed to orange peel. This is not a bad stab at the style and it is pretty refreshing. Way better than the Point Einbock I had the other night.

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Photo of hodgsongreg
2.92/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I don't know what I was expecting, but I thought it would be more cloudy than a lager. I can the read fine print of Atlas Shrugged through my glass. Really, I can't complain. It was $5 for a 6er. It smells like some of the less fragrant hefeweizen's I've had. It has a taste to match, with more banana taste. It's not great, it's not terrible. I'll finish my stock, and will not be reluctant to do so.

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Photo of Yetiman420
2.93/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A watery Belgian white that is actually quite drinkable. All other aspects are average or less. A bit of an extra boost for my ratings because the bottle actually contained dregs of yeast (at least that's what I hope that was).

Not among the true contenders of this style, but done well enough to not turn a seasoned palate off.

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Photo of larsee01
3.04/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into Hoegaarden glass

A--Kind of soda-pop bubbly upon pour. Ascending carbonation with unsubstantial head. Cloudy as expected, but not milky...best description of color and clarity is like early AM urine (sorry). Still surprised by volume of carbonation!

S--Pleasant and mild. Sweet. Coriander and orange peel as advertised. Wheaty, yeasty twang not unlike Blue Moon, but not as potent.

T--1st impression is an uninspiring middle ground between Hoegaarden and Blue Moon. Not sweet. Modest spicing. Simple and unoffensive. Uninspiring flavor potency.

M--Rather thin. Again, prominent carbonation doesn't do it for me.

D--Drinkable because it's weak and not really worth savoring. Burp-inducing carbonation reduces drinkability.

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Photo of jtothamo
2.3/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- Poured a hazy yellow, small head, decent lace retention.

S- Nothing surprising. Detected the fruit (orange) and spice (coriander) used in the brewing process. Light hint of a soapy alcohol scent, if that makes any sense.

T- I really felt that this fell short of my expectations of a "Belgian White." Not a lot of flavor.

M- Pretty bubbly. A bit over-carbonated.

D- Not on my list to try again.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.79/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is quite strong and almost indescribable, very fruity and wheaty, almost cider-like, strong hints of apple and orange as well as yeast. Clear straw-yellow is fairly typical, but white frothy head is very thick and quite persistent. Flavor is fruity, malty, yeasty and wheaty, a little on the thin side but still perky. Texture is pleasingly smooth, a bit watery but still worthy.

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Photo of colts9016
3.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour: A cloudy pale amber color with a little bit of a head
Nose: Oranges, Wheat, Coriander, some spice and yeast.
Taste: Oranges, spices wheat, hint of malt and yeast.
Body: Medium and a bit creamy
Finish: A little lingers on the Palate but very clean.
Overall: The nose was great I thought that this was going to be a good beer but the taste let me down a bit. Good Beer!

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Photo of kickapoodude
3.19/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As many Wisconsin breweries are attempting to duplicate the success of "spotted cow" (Point is especially guilty of this), it was nice to drink a beer that is a little more of a witbier. This is a lighter style of witbier, maybe to get a macrobeer drinker introduced to the style. It is much like the Point Pale Ale, flavorful yet light on the pallet.

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Photo of mralphabet
2.58/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 Oz Bottle Poured into Pint Glass

A: Pale yellow very clear, 2 finger head with lots of lacing that sticks around.

S: Orange rind and coriander spice with a hint of hops, maybe a little grass.

T: Taste is much like the smell... I'm tasting Orange rind, coriander spices, hops and some grassy notes... I like orange taste in my beer not the rind....

M: Crisp & clean somewhat over carbonated. The body is very light but not overly watery feeling.

D: Not a bad brew, just not my taste... I love Blue Moon and thought I'd give this one a try.... It is no Blue Moon I'm sorry to say...

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a hazy yellow-gold w/1.5-finger white head. Carbonation beads up the edges of the glass, and decent lacing.
S-Banana and clove, faint orange, light coriander. Tart lemony citrus cuts into the smooth wheat.
T-Starts off w/slightly smooth wheat and spice, midway there's banana, grass, sharp lemon, and dough. Aftertaste is even blend of banana, clove, and lightly sweet wheat. Faint orange rind emerges only after.
M-Crisp and clean, fairly even, and well-carbonated.
D-This seems to me a witbier for people who like to add lemon...except it's already in there. Overall a good brew.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.49/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - In the pour it looks allot like lemonade. The head is white with very light stamina and nearly no height. The body is a cloudy and dingy yellow.

S - The scent is weak and consists of soap and malt.

T - There a some flavors here to make up for what it's lacking in appearance and aroma. It starts out sweet and moves to a slightly citrus filled malt. From there is hints at apricots and oranges before going out with a bitter-sweet finish.

M - The feel begins watery and progressively gets more and more coarse throughout the sip. This coarse over-taking adds allot to the brew as it does a solid job of bringing out some of the much appreciated flavors.

~ This beer is good if you drink it straight from the bottle. If you have to look at it before you take a swig you may not think it to be so inviting. Because of the way this review has played out I'm going to rate it at average.

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Photo of lowbrau
3.77/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very pale straw color. Hazy with thin carbonation and a fizzy white head.

Smell: Very sweet. Hints of citrus and coriander.

Taste: Crisp flavor that finishes clean. Heavy notes of spices, especially coriander.

Mouthfeel: Seems slightly under carbonated. Finished a litle flat on the tongue.

Drinkability: Very refreshing. Pairs well with many foods.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.28/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Point Belgian White pours a big creamy head over a cloudy yellow
brew. Yow! Lots of big chunks. Carbonation is very brisk- you can
really watch those floaties go up and down, up and down. The nose
is nice- clove and bananna yeast esters. The flavor is about spot on-
not quite as strong as in what I would call a real wit- smooth, slightly
sweet wheat malt, notes of coriander and a bit of peppery spiciness.
Mouthfeel is round and smooth, yet crisp. Not a bad little wit, though
if they were toning things down for the American palate, I think the
chunks might be a huge negative to the neophyte. There was good
lacing (with more chunks sticking to the glass), as the brew went down.

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Photo of dbtoe
3.87/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass from a 12 oz bottle.

A Looked cloudy yellow body with a finger of white head that stayed around until the finish

S Smelled very good, mild wheat with lemon and orange.

T Much like the smell started with wheat and finished with a mild citrus taste no bitterness and very smooth.

M very creamy with good carbonation.

D I could drink a lot of these. Very smooth and just right for afternoons and all day long.

C I think this is much better than Blue Moon and really for the price I think it is the best bang for the buck in this style. Heck at the price for this in Stevens Point this is going to be my first choice at this price.

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Photo of Chugmonkey
3.78/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Really light yellow color with nice foamy white head and minor lacing. Light citrus & spice aroma and taste. Goes down extremely smooth. Lacks traditional Wit cloudiness and looks suspicously lager like. Very refreshing and delicately spiced, a nice change from the normal strong orange & coriander Wit taste. I can see some calling it wimpy, but I enjoy the delicate balance of this beer.

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Photo of mynie
3.95/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours nice, maybe kind of a translucent for a witbier but the coloring is spot on and the head is thick, soapy and retentive as all hell.

Smells nice and solid. Wheatmalt is firm pepper with lighter nodes of clove and there's some moderate hints of lemongrass to balance things out. Not very strong, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Tastes very good, if a little light. Lemongrass starts things out, moving into a cream of wheat center that see a chewy graininess along with light spices. Things end on a sweeter citrus node and then a little bit of spicy Belgian yeast lingers on the pallet.

I really forgot how much I liked the other Steven's Point selection I've tried. They're all cheap and solid and wonderful session beers. I know there's not all that much of this summer left, but if you get invited to any more picnics this should be the beer that you bring along.

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Photo of ibashmuck
3.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a medium thick head on a very light yellow, semi cloudy body. Smells were faint, with coriander and a touch of citrus. Very smooth in the mouth, easy to drink, not as "wheaty" as others in the style (or wheaty enough for me), but still a very drinkable brew. Reminded me a great deal of a cream ale, ala Spotted Cow.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.15/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy, yellow body with a medium-sized, fizzy, snow white head.

Smell: Mild aroma of soft wheat with notes of sour lemons, coriander, and yeast.

Taste: Light wheat malt taste with a slight sugary sweetness. Some sour lemons and bananas. Hint of coriander. A tad yeasty. No apparent bitterness. Drying, lightly sour finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium, though somewhat fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability: Very simple, very straight-forward wit.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.91/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

A: Pours a crystal clear darkish straw yellow with a creamy and rocky half inch head held up by some lazy ropes of carbonation. This beer is only slightly lighter than the Busch Light I just sampled as a point of comparison.

S: Pretty damn strong aroma on this one, heavy on the coriander and orange peel with clove, nutmeg, cinnamon and all those other good spices, this was a nice surprise considering the appearance. Slight corny aroma bumps this one down just a little from being great.

T/MF: Nice blend of orange and mild lemony zest coupled with a good balance of those same herbs and spices (clove, coriander, etc) encountered in the aroma. The mouthfeel is smooth and with a good solid bite from the carbonation to spread that flavor all over the tongue and leaves the lingering sensation of cinnamon and orange peel. The slight taste of corn knocks the score here down just a bit.

D: A deceptively complex beer whose taste belies its appearance. Tasty refreshing and easy to drink and very nice surprise for anyone looking for a good beer on the cheap.

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Point Belgian White from Stevens Point Brewery
Beer rating: 3.3 out of 5 with 275 ratings
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