Horizon Wheat | Stevens Point Brewery

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Horizon WheatHorizon Wheat

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Stevens Point Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.65%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by cdkrenz on 04-03-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 51 | Ratings: 86
Photo of BeerWithMike
3.79/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Chilled down to 36 degrees in my beer cooler. Pours a hazy golden-yellow with a very thin small white head. Some lacing as seen but not a lot. The aroma is of wheat and not much else. The taste was of the wheat but not over powering. Very easy to drink and smooth actually. Refreshing and crisp. Overall a great summer brew.

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Photo of ummswimmin
2.84/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this at a local eatery as the featured beer of the week; which puts it an advantage over Bud, Heineken, etc.

They served the beer with a weird glass (skinny cylinder middle with bubbled out top and bottom).

I got about two fingers of head on my first pour. It looks fine for the style... and I immediately go in for a smell of nothing. There is literally no smell to this beer. I blew my nose thinking that it was a sinus issue. But this beer has no real smell. It doesn't smell bad, which puts this beer in front of all the other offerings by the bar.

The flavor is equally bland. This makes me say that you could pair this with anything. It won't make the food better, but it also doesn't hurt anything you pair with.

I grade this beer: meh.

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Photo of jsprain1
2.74/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Slightly hazed apricot. I expect a bit more haze from a wheat beer. Head is billowy white head. Head retention is decent.
S- The aroma is.... lacking. There is virtually nothing there. A bit of musty wheat is all I am picking out of this.
T- Again, there is virtually no taste there. There is some musty wheat and a bit of lemon. That's about it.
M- Very light. Carbonation is high.
O- It is inoffensive, but there is almost nothing there.

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Photo of jsisko01
4.3/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a slightly hazy, golden color with a half inch thick head that dissipates quickly.

Smell - Has a nice strong aroma of wheat, along with bread dough. Nothing else really..

Taste - Pale malts, wheat, citrus, and breadiness.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with mild carbonation.

Overall - This is just a very simple wheat ale. No special ingredients or anything.. But that's what I love about this beer.

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Photo of RobinLee
3.2/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into glass. Part of sampler box.

A: Hazy, cloudy dark-ish blonde. Yellow-orange. No real head to speak of.

S: Nothing special, just a wheat beer here.

T: Once again, just an average wheat beer, with maybe the traces of lemon.

M: Medium-light. Smooth carbonation.

O: It's a simple wheat beer. Easy to drink, refreshing on a warm summer day.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

With a simplified flavor profile and designed for the abiltiy to quench a thirst, above that of compelxity or intensity- Horizon Wheat Ale gives a neutral yeast character that leaves it light, simplified and mild. A Hefeweizen it is not, but simply an American Wheat Ale.

Pouring with the consistent yellowish hue and expected wheaty haze, the beer fits the bill of Wheats in body but it's terse head formation, retention, and lace proves dissapointing. In general, American Wheat beers usually do this.

Grain and semi-sweet wheat aromas have a mild doughy or bready scent that's not as preferred as true wheat and barley malt blends. Ester and sulfur compounds combine to remind me of under rippened apples, lemons, and underlying tartness.

Flavors definately prefer the part-malt, part-grain character that overshaddows the otherwise hearty wheat malt and pilsner character that gives wheat beers structure and backbone. Grains of cereal, predominantly wheat, give rise to the estery lemons and apples while hops allow for a timid herbal/floral complement.

Medium-light in texture, the early creamy carbonation releases very soon into the drink and allows the grainy flavor to turn to medium grainy astringency that replaces malty dryness in finish. Mild alcohol warmth is to be expected, but the moderate linger of grainy sweetness in aftertaste proves as much a deterrant as a benefit.

The lead way for American Wheat beers allows more forgiving flavor spread than that of traditional Hefeweizens. But that doesn't keep this beer from becomming a shell of what classy wheat beers can be- maybe ok for throwing back a few without thought, but somewhat banal for those expecting a great wheat beer.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a 12pk sampler of Stevens Point Beer for $11.99 from Woodman's in Janesville, WI in Spring 2011.

Pours a golden orange color that is semi-clear with a slight fizzy head. Scent is rather inviting with the aroma of golden harvested wheats with a few citrus hints. The taste is all about the wheat! There is a delicious mixture of wheats that make this beer quite refreshing. This is not an overly bold beer but is rather modest and yet tasty even at its 3.65% abv listing. A great everyday kind of beer in those hot Wisconsin Summer months.

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Photo of soju6
3.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a small head that faded to some lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus and some grain. Quite clean.

T: Taste of fresh grain with citrus and a bit of spice. A mild bitterness and clean finish. A bit more flavor than I expected for a wheat beer.

F: Light body, crisp , clean and refreshing. Has a bit of character.

O: Nice beer, better than I expected. More flavor than a number of wheat ales I have tried. Nothing fancy just a nice beer. It's a good session beer, a backyard BBQ brew or to settle the dust on a hot day. Worth a try.

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Photo of deebo
2.58/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Hazy ruddy golden color with a thin white head that quickly breaks down.
S-Surprised that this somewhat reminds me of a pilsner lager or golden ale with just a touch of wheat that is less than most versions of the style.
T-Weak on the wheat. Just a little more malt character than a regular pils.
M-Moderate carbonation. Fair malty fullness with a long pleasant finish.
D-Drinks more like a regular pils lager than most wheat ales.
O-Not enough wheat character for me. Easy to drink but not what I would expect.

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Photo of woosterbill
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Clear yellow body with a thin cap of fine white foam. Spotty lace. Meh.

S: Nothing much. Light wheat spice, light malt sweetness, and light hops. Boring and (did I mention it?) light.

T: Follows the nose: boring malt/wheat sweetness up front, vague hoppy bitterness closing things out. Not terrible, but quite average.

M: Lively light body. Good for the style.

O: While not a terribly flawed beer, this one was certainly not worth much attention. I drank it side-by-side with New Glarus Dancing Man Wheat, and the difference in quality could not have been more apparent. If you can find Horizon, you can almost certainly find something better.


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Photo of PokerGod
3.88/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a weissen glass

Appearance- pretty light straw color. lightly cloudy. It says unfiltered on the label, but it looks pretty clear. one-finger head dissipates pretty quickly, not much lacing.

smell- smells good, light citrusy. a little bready,

taste- clean, nice and refreshing. not at all yeasty like i was expecting, but breadier amd still full of flavor. not watery.

Overall- I found this beer a delight. Refreshing. a nice summer wheat beer. At 3.65% ABV, you can enjoy a few without getting that annoying tipsy feeling (just kidding). I would definitely get this beer again.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I do believe this is the lightest wheat beer I ever reviewed clocking in at 3.65%

A - Man they got this one right clear golden yellow with slight haze and a very pretty creamy looking head that has mild sticky lacing.

S - Light in smell but you can still pick up the wheat and barley in the nose. Faint but never offensive.

T - Again light but very balanced so it feels like a beer and not just water. I can surprisingly pick up a slight bitterness from the hops and grains but the sweet malt in this is spot on. As I type I am halfway through the glass!

M - Light. A very flavorful session ale.

Overall I am surprised I like this over their pale ale offering (my favorite style) but it just tastes that good. I even prefer it a bit over the witiber since it's not tart just sweet and balanced. A very nice brew.

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Photo of TheGreatBrewTour
4.58/5  rDev +39.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Horizon Wheat Ale is an year round brew, but for me it is a summer seasonal. It’s a light, crisp, refreshing beer that is the perfect compliment to a hot summer day. When I poured one into my glass today I observed a small white head that dissipated pretty quickly. The beer itself is golden and faintly cloudy; less cloudy than most beers of this style that I’ve tried. As for aroma, citrus and wheat were faintly detectable. For me, it’s the mouthfeel and taste that clinch it. It’s a thin beer with a subdued wheat flavor. Not nearly as heavy and “wheaty” as others that I’ve tried in this style. Hints of citrus and spices are noticeable, but do not overpower it. It is an extremely well balanced beer. The hops, malt, and wheat flavors work together to create a fine drinking experience.

When I drink this beer, I’m reminded of a conversation that I once had with Brewmaster John Zappa. He told me that brewing great beer is a balancing act between the bitterness of the hops and the sweetness of the malt. You can add all the hops you want to a brew, but you better have enough malt there to balance it. The same goes for malty beers. You need to have enough hops there to cut the sweet, rich taste and mouthfeel. Point Horizon Wheat is listed at only 10 IBU’s, and follows Mr. Zappa’s rule of beer balance. Low on the hops, low on the malt. The 5% ABV of this brew makes it sessionable and a great summer companion.

If you’re looking for a classic example of this style of beer, you are looking for something a bit heavier and cloudier than Point Horizon Wheat. If you’re looking to head out to the deck and drink a couple cold ones on a beautiful summer day, I can’t think of a better beer to choose.

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Photo of boudreaux
4/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a hazy, unfiltered deep golden color, with yeast sediment prevalent; head pours frothy, about 2.5 fingers thick (very lively), before reducing to leave a nice bit of lacing

S: bananas, clove, spice, and orange peel; honey and lemon/citrus present; bitter hop notes also here

T: everything in the aroma is increased; the spices are really noticeable up front, with the crisp citrus and hop flavors following; finishes with a crisp, fruity flavor on the tongue

M: crisp and refreshing; surprisingly light and clean for an unfiltered beer; really well done and pleasant feel on the tongue

O: this is a well-crafted beer that remains true to the wheat ale style; definitely a great way to end a hot day in the sun

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Photo of DocAJ
2.51/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Clear yellow-gold color, small head that disappears quickly, zero lacing

S-Citrus, lemon/orange/tangerine, nice aroma

T-Little flavor, very bland, almost felt like a was drinking water

M-Okay carbonation, very light, lacking somewhat although smooth

D-I could probably drink a ton of these, but not sure I would want to due to lack of flavor

My expectations for this brew were squashed, as played this one up in my head due to reviews in magazines I'd read on this award-winning beer. I am hoping I just got a hold of a bad batch, and plan to review this one again in the future.

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Photo of Mdog
4/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy yellow-gold, ok head.

Smell: Quite lemony.

Taste: Lots of crisp lemon but not sour. Balanced by a little breadiness.

Drinkability: Very quenching drink. Low ABV, low priced, nice "session" beer.

My dad picked this up for something "adventurous" to him, I took one for a review. Nice little beer, I liked the flavor and lightness. For $5 a sixer I'm going to have to get some more of this as a everyday drinker.

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Photo of dstc
3.05/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy gold color with a small white head. Head falls to just about nothing. Thinnest of lace.

Aroma is of wheat with a musty quality behind it. Seems to be some lemon in there too.

Rather big taste. Wheat taste with very little citrus and a tanginess to it. Finishes rather clean.

Thin to medium bodied in the mouth with just the right amount of carbonation.

This is ok. Better than some of the low reviews on here (not much better though).

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Photo of zeff80
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a slightly hazy, golden yellow color with a small, short-lived head of white bubbly foam. It left no lacing.

S - It smelled of wheat, some yeast and lemon. Not much else going on here.

T - It tasted of wheat and lemon. A nice yeast presence and some spiciness.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is okay. I've had better pale wheat ales.

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Photo of fizzy
2.82/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First off, I am not a fan of wheat beers. This bottle came in one of those 12 pk samplers. Lemon rind, coriander, cloves, etc. just don't make it in the beers I like. This one is not quite as hefty as some I have had so that is a +. There are breweries that really excel in this type of beer, but my "two cents" worth doesn't go to Stevens Point.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A cloudy lemon pour yields a micro-fizzy paper white head that lapses rather quickly to a patchy and frumpy covering. Visible carbonation is good, fairly strong, with closely knitted micro-bubbles rising fairly rapidly in their ascent. The lacing is clean, refusing to stick leaving no window dressing to be appreciated.

S: Light mentions of tart, semi-dry lemon peels and tangerine peels come to mind. Dry wheat stalks are detected with a bit of orange citrus flowery character appearing on the close.

T: The flavor starts out with dry tart oranges with a fizzy nature similar to maybe orange soda. A bit thin at first with not much else going on transition wise. What you get upfront is what you finish with, a rather disappointing and flatline taste that follows through ending a bit tart, a bit watery and a whole bit disappointing. Some watery wheat and tart oranges best summarizes this simplified flavor hardly worth going on about.

M: Tight mouthful, lively and crisp, seems they got something right here. Perhaps a bit overcarbonated at times with a finish that was a bit scratchy on the swallow.

D: Average drinkability factor here, comes off a bit macro-like consumption wise, easy body, but the seltzer like nature holds it back. A bit coarse and not well rounded, fairly blah excitement wise which also holds back the next sip. Ones enough here.

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Photo of tone77
3.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some wheat and grains. Taste is also mild, again wheat and grains, a hint of lemon. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a decent beer.

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Photo of ZAP
4.3/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

American Wheats are one of my least favorite styles but this is highly underrated in my opinion.

This has session beer written all over it. 3.65% ABV..."cream of wheat"-iness to the texture...it is not thin and astringent at all....it has a nice sweeter wheat flavor...a little bit of hay and straw....hops are low and lend just a very light lemony touch on the finish...

I'm stunned I like this one this much....would match up well against any American Wheat out there...probably better than most...

Update-(7/17/10)..have had probably six more and still love the hell out of this for a basic american wheat...about as good as this basic style will get..

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Photo of matjack85
3.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's in Plainfield, IL for $1.39.

The pour was very unimpressive. There was no head on this at all. Iit just left a thin white rim on top of a hazy golden/yellow liquid. Obviously no head retention and also no lacing.

The smell was not strong - just some faint wheat with a touch of lemon.

The taste was similar to the smell. A mild wheat taste with a little citrusy lemon zest. Its not complex by any means, but not offensive either. Not much to it but at least the wheat and lemon go well together, so you get a simple but decent beer.

The beer is light and refreshing with just medium carbonation, so it leans towards the smooth side.

This is an easy to drink beer that won't win any awards for anything but it does get the job done of quenching a thirst.

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Photo of Wasatch
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this brew.

Pours a nice hazy golden pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some yeast/grass notes, slighlty spiced. The taste is malty, yeasty, grassy, with some slight spice note. Light-Medium body. Drinkable, a thirst quencher at best.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass the beer is a lightly cloudy very pale golden hue. About one finger of bone white head fades rather quick leavigna touch of soapy lace.

The aroma is rather light. Some biscuit along with a hint of citrus. There's a bit of a metalic thing goin on in the nose that's a little off putting.

The flavor is just as muted as the nose. Light wheat with a dash of citrus. Maybe some sweet grain but not much else.

Light body with average carbonation.

Overall a rather forgettable beer. Not offensive at all just not real flavorful.

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Horizon Wheat from Stevens Point Brewery
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