Horizon Wheat | Stevens Point Brewery

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Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 87 |  Reviews: 51
Reviews by coldmeat23:
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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

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Photo of deebo
2.58/5  rDev -20.9%
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 kschm628
3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of RDW
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of TheGreatBrewTour
4.58/5  rDev +40.5%
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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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of tone77
3.18/5  rDev -2.5%
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 beerthulhu
3/5  rDev -8%
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 BierFan
3.45/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a weizen glass.

Pale hazy yellow, similar to that of a witbier. White head never rose that high but it had okay staying power. Smells of pale wheat malt and a little bit of sourness. Simple flavor, wheat and a little sour. There really isn't that much to this beer. Simple, enjoyable, and forgettable.

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4/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into an American Tumbler. No info or date on the bottle.

A - Horizon wheat was poured pretty harshly into the center of of the glass from a good height after the glass was about half full. Half bottle swirled and added. Very quiet pour despite its vigor. It yielded a minor white head less than a full finger with low retention. Body of pale yellow straw is completely hazy and inactive. No lacing. Poor example of a wheat beer thus far.

S - Wheat and dry straw with mild pale malt on the nose with a light lemony spritz. Pretty bland and uninspired. No hop or yeast aroma.

T - Wheat and dry straw with a hefty graininess to it. Clean and crisp with a light citrus zest but nothing significant. Tiny spiciness on the finish. Similar to the aroma but slightly better.

M - Crisp and refreshing, Horizon is a light-bodied wheat with a lower carbonation burst in the mouth giving it a nice smooth finish.

D - Probably the best part of this beer is it's drinkability. For a wheat it's very mediocre but would be a great refresher on a hot summer day nonetheless. A poor example of what a good wheat beer could be but not undrinkable in the last bit.

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Photo of matjack85
3.09/5  rDev -5.2%
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 dstc
3.05/5  rDev -6.4%
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 Zaphog
3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +22.7%
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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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Jimboe
2/5  rDev -38.7%

Photo of fizzy
2.82/5  rDev -13.5%
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 PokerGod
3.88/5  rDev +19%
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 SicemWT
3.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of climax
3.45/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one poured a pretty cloudy pale gold with a decent size white bubbly head which faded quickly.

Nose is immediately wheat with a bit of sour fruitiness and a dash of toasty malt and a smaller dash of hoppiness.

Flavor is predominately yeast, and some bready sourness.

Body is medium to light but never watery, carbonation keeps it crisp while it finishes a bit dry.

Not bad, definitely drinkable and refreshing (in my case after a dip in the pool). Other than that.... pretty ordinary.

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Photo of sweemzander
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a pint. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a clear yellow color. Lackluster head formation; just white bubbles.

(S)- Slightly floral lemon with corn attributes.

(T)- Light floral honey and lemon. Good wheat aspect to it. A corn mineral going on.

(M)- Smooth, crisp, and even slightly sweet. A little weak in the carbonation department, but I am just being picky perhaps.

(D)- An ok wheat beer. It could have been so much more than this.

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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of soju6
3.35/5  rDev +2.8%
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 Tone
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, pale yellow color. 5/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, wheat tartness, and some yeast characteristics. Fits the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation level. It is also slightly watery. Taste is of wheat up front, slight hops (fades after a few sips), slight pine (associated with the hops), and some sweet malt. Overall, an easy drinking beer with really no body, but fits the style.

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Horizon Wheat from Stevens Point Brewery
Beer rating: 3.26 out of 5 with 87 ratings