Nude Beach Summer Wheat | Stevens Point Brewery

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Nude Beach Summer WheatNude Beach Summer Wheat

Brewed by:
Stevens Point Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

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Added by cdkrenz on 05-02-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This obviously caught my eye and bought a 6 pack of it at a liquor store in Delaware after visiting the Dogfish Head Brewpub. The beer poured out as a nice looking hazy golden color. The head was fluffy and white. The smell of the beer is fresh and lightly citric. The taste of the beer has a nice wheat flavor to it. The mouthfeel is smooth and not overly carbonated. Overall this beer is pretty good for summer time. I liked it.

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Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is relatively clear pale straw yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly died down, leaving lacing covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of wheat in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but is not overly complex with only flavors of wheat.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a great craft lawnmower beer because it is easy to drink and has some refreshing properties.

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Photo of zeff80
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a hazy, golden orange color with a one-finger, white head of sudsy foam. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of wheat, lemon and some yeast aromas.

T - It tasted of wheat, lemon zest and orange peel. There was a touch of yeastiness.

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

O - This is an okay American wheat ale. Fairly typical for Point Brewery.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 2/5/2015. Pours very hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, light banana/clove, wheat, biscuit, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus hops, pale malt, and fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, light banana/clove, wheat, biscuit, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Minimal floral/grassy bitterness and slight wheat tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange zest, pear, apple, wheat, biscuit, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness, complexity, and balance of citrus hops, pale malt, and fruity yeast flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with very smooth and moderately creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is a very good pale wheat ale. All around good robustness, balance, and complexity of citrus hops, pale malt, and fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Point Brewing's Nude Beach is an approachable, gently flavored American wheat beer.

It's straw gold body is just lightly hazy, capped by a bright white head. Unfortunately the head retention is lacking, and thus the lacing as well.

The aroma is limited, delivering just a light note of sweetish malt and a background note of hops.

In the mouth it's medium-light in body, and crisp with a slightly elevated carbonation.

The flavor delivers the same sweetish malt found in the nose, and it's just a touch wheaty. That's enhanced by a little bit of berry and apple-like fruitiness from the yeast. What hop flavors are there are low-level, and remain fairly non-descript. It's balanced by a low-level bitterness, and although it finishes with a fair amount of residual sweetness, it doesn't linger for long and it's never cloying.

Overall, it's a fairly drinkable beer. It's well-brewed, and it's fairly flavorful. It would make a great introduction for someone who's never had a wheat. Aficionados will probably find it fairly mainstream, but it certainly has a time and place (summer BBQ's, baseball games, the beach, boating, etc.). Not bad.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.22/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades very quickly and leaves a thin and spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, light malts, citrus and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is a little bready up front with flavors of wheat and a light malt character. Then some sweet flavors of lemon and other citrus fruits quickly. The hops presence is very mild and brings a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, mild kick, decent representation of style, this is a poundable beer because it's so light but there are several other beers in the style that I would choose first.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very hazy pale yellow in color. The beer has a finger tall white head that slowly reduces but shows decent retention properties eventually reducing to a thin layer covering the entire surface of the beer and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: This beer has moderate aromas of wheat with some lighter amounts of citrus, spice (coriander and clove), and light hints of yeast.

T: The flavor of this beer is a little on the lighter side with the primary flavors being wheat and lemon citrus.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Extremely easy to drink and quite refreshing (while enjoying the coast on a warm summer afternoon). This beer is quite sessionable and definitely enjoyable. Might be one to get again for the summer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"(The Point Nude Beach label is) detrimental to the health, safety and welfare of the general public."

--Michigan Liquor Control Commission (who will allow this beer to be sold only on draft)

Kruggerand gold with bright bumblebee borders. Perfect clarity means that multiple bubble streams can be seen rushing up to a several finger crown of dingy eggshell colored foam. A chain-linked necklace of soapy lace graces the upper portion of the pint glass.

Although the aroma is no great shakes, it manages to be above average for the style. It features slightly sweet golden grain and even has a whiff of what smells like German hops. They were grown in the Yakima Valley, but they could still be related to Tettnanger... or others.

The buzz about SPB Nude Beach Summer Wheat (which is "Stevens Point Brewery's most successful new-product introduction ever") has to be because of its name and label. The beer itself is nothing special. If you've had one minimally hopped American pale wheat ale, you've pretty much had them all.

Unmalted white wheat is supposed to lend a wheat-like flavor, and malted red wheat is supposed to lend a little sweetness. Mission accomplished. If that's an ambitious enough mission for you, fine. It isn't enough for me. No real off-flavors and a passing glance of hops keep the taste score from falling lower.

The mouthfeel is middle-of-the-road as well. It isn't watery and the bubbles are within the wide range of acceptable. Drinking is easy... if you feel like drinking it at all.

Nude Beach Summer Wheat is exhibit 'A' in proving that success in this business is often as much about marketing as it is about the product itself. Maybe the beer's blandness and its easy drinkability appeals to a whole lotta Wisconsonites. More power to 'em, but I'll stick to APWAs that are stylishly dressed.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.93/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

A bit off-season, perhaps, but not by very much, and I just had to try this beer. It pours a clear straw topped by a short-lived finger or so of fizzy dirty white foam. The nose comprises light wheat, lighter grass, very light biscuit, and light acetone. The taste holds notes of cracked wheat, light white bread, sweetgrass, and a twinge of alcoholic fruit (that may sound vague, but not as vague as it tasted...). The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly watery feel. Overall, a pretty tepid beer. Not much going on at all, and what is there I'm not the biggest fan of, though it's in no real way offensive. Just boring, in a shabby kind o' way.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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 third of four attempts to get the Point on my part.

From the CAN: "Stevens Point Brewery Brewing Excellence Since 1857. Point ^ Well Made."

Some semantics before we even start with the beer. As a high school English teacher, I often have to explain the difference between "nude" and "naked". Nude is artistic, for instance, I went to an art gallery recently where they had an exhibit of nudes from the 18th century. Naked is base, as in "Let's get it OOOONNN!!!" Get my Point? Nudity is not meant to be lascivious and even the CAN depicts a simple swimsuit-free day at the beach. Watch as I drink some artistic beer ...

My aggressive pour on this hot evening gave me two fingers' worth of orangish-yellow head that popped and fizzled like a jalopy that was about to run out of gas. The color was a cloudy orangish-amber, like fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice. The nose was soft and gently fruity, slightly citrus, like tangerines or oranges. Mouthfeel was medium with a mild banana-tangerine sweetness on the tongue. It was more fruity than I have come to expect from the style, but it was still pleasant because the banana esters did not dominate. Finish was tangy, slightly citrusy, approaching dry. Not bad and certainly worthy of being in the cooler that also appears on the CAN.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was unsure whether or not I should pour th sediment into the glass. I figured it looks like a hefe, I might as well go for some extra B vitamins. A nice cloudy golden orange hue with a bright white head, lacing forms nicely in fine even layers. Aromatics bring out some nice citric an sharp wheat qualities, if you don't like wheat beers pass on this. However from all of the Stevens Point brews I've tried thus far this is my favorite most drinkabe offering I've come across. Orange peel no spice additions tangy sharp wheat profile, creamy edges slightly acidic nature this is a nice little summer sipper. Nothing too offensive especialy compared to most of these summer American pale wheats. No off flavors a nice light bodied evenly carbonated smooth experience on the palate. Drinkability isn't bad at all, I wish I would have tracked down some cans of this offering.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a tumbler pint, the beer is a cloudy, unfiltered, pale yellow coloring with a thin, white, light head atop the surface. Aromas of toasted bread, bananas, and light clove spicing highlighted by an overall roasting fill the nose. Flavors are slightly muddled, with a creamy texture giving rise to a slightly roasted banana bread and clove blending that is balanced and easy to drink. Light, fruity and slightly spiced aftertaste with a smooth, light finish. The beer is a little too light at points in mouth to support the flavors, but an easy enough beer to drink overall. Good warm weather brew.

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Photo of Tone
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, golden color. There is suspended yeast sediment throughout the glass. 5/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of coriander, wheat, yeast, hops, and clove. Fits the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with a high carbonation level. Tastes of coriander, yeast, wheat, and slight sweet malt. Overall, a decent wheat beer that is nothing to go out of your way to get.

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Photo of aasher
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: golden in color, little to no head, circles the rim of the glass, cloudy yet light bodied

Smell: smells yeasty and light, fruit flavor, perhaps apricot

Taste: good flavor, tastes kind of like the Great White by Lost Coast, tastes of yeast and apricots

Mouthfeel: light and well carbonated, very refreshing

Drinkability: very drinkable, a perfect session beer, light with great flavor, I'd recommend it

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to korguy123 for this bottle. Poured in to Founders tulip.

A - cloudy pale straw yellow with a golden glow around the edges. A small amount of white head formed on the pour.

S - Belgian yeast, cloves, citrus and bready malts.

T - Fairly light and easy-drinking overall. Some sweet bready malts, Belgian yeast and lighter clove and citrus flavours. Druy with a slight bitterness.

M - Light body with some chew. moderate carbonation.

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Photo of WesWes
3.37/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a 1/2" white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a good mix of pale and wheat malt scents along with a crisp, dry fruitiness. There are a decent amount of esters present. The banana/ clove aromas are mild, but well perceived. The taste is decent. It has a smooth pale and wheat malt flavor. It goes down easy with some prickly carbonation in the finish. It seems a bit watery and lacking in yeast character. Also, it's a bit heavier than most summer beers. It is a medium bodied beer with good/too much carbonation. This is a drinkable beer, but not the best wheat beer on the market. The AB wheat beers are better.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stevens Point Nude Beach

Pours a hazy straw yellow, decent sized head on the cloudy body. Aroma of wheat and some lemon predominate in the nose, follows through with a basic wheat/banana/citrus interaction and also a little grainy. Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied alittle thin. Overall I thought this was a decent American wheat.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.84/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a can stamped 0242 on the bottom. Sampled on June 16, 2012. The pour is a hazy pale to golden yellow with a small white fizzy head that disappears quickly. The aroma is pleasant with an array of wheat, yeast, and citrus zest on the nose. The body is light as a summer ale should be but my particular can had a slight acidity to it. The can did have a dent but it was the last one left when I bought it. The taste ushers in a soothing wheat flavor along with a zing of lemon and a nicely balanced mellow hop finale.

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Photo of clayrock81
2.86/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hadn't heard or seen this but was at Tap House in Hampton and bartender let me try it since it was being heavily promoted. Poured a cloudy yellow w/ good head on top of a grainy yet smell of hops and a touch of yeast. Wouldn't have thought this was a pale wheat as it seemed more to me as a crappy fruit beer - the yeast is overpowered by just bitter hops and this cloying, fruity sweetness that I couldn't stomach for an entire glass. It was alright to try but not my pick for a beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A bright lemon coloring with a bit of slight haze opens things up appearance wise, being capped off by a fizzy, bubbly head that was dirty white and short in retention. Visible carbonation was medium. Overall a generally decent show and color, a possible longer lasting head may have pushed this up a bit.

S: Bowl of freshly cut lemons appear aroma wise against a good backing of dry wheat. A slight tartness of moderate strength is detected supplying some dry grated oranges on the close.

T: The flavor was slightly tart and orangey, with a fairly assertive nature upfront followed by a backing of dry wheat grains. Semi-dry lemons move in with a bit of grapefruit pulp which closes things out with a nice touch of grated lemon peels and wheat. Overall had a nice wheaty character to it, a fair share of hopping per style of modest intentions, and a lingering bit of lemon hops on the fade and close.

M: Fairly good crispness due to the active effervesce. Sits well with a medium consistency on the tongue along with a smooth and slippery texture. Fairly good lemon tart twang appears upon the swallow.

D: Drinkability was good, though not necessarily exciting, it does what a basic example is asked for, and easily goes down with little effort as long as you're not overly critical. Could be a nice thirst quencher and downer and a safe play for mixed crowds for that summer party, perhaps on the beach, perhaps clothes optional. I wouldn't of been disappointed with a six pack purchase.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.2/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
5% ABV,

A - Hazed through and through, nude beach still shines with a delectable golden rod hue that's further accented by the tall white head which leaves a nice curtain of lace on the glass.

S - Soft and smooth wheat is offset by grainy pale malt, balancing sweetness with a refreshing note of dry straw. Hops are absent on the refreshing nose of this beer but a touch of dried apricot wafts in on the finish.

T - Wheat is really showcased in this beer, pushing all other flavor characteristics to the background but the pale malt acts to balance and soft notes of fruit emerge slowly for a very tasty wheat ale.

M - Nude Beach offers a smooth, soft feel that's pleasant to the palate and quite refreshing on the finish, capping off with a lingering dryness that brings further refreshment with it.

O - Like a nude beach, this beer keeps it simple; a summer beach beer to it's core, Nude Beach is a refreshing beer that showcases wheat wonderfully and balances it well, finishing with exceptional smoothness.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden colour, finger of head with little retention and no lacing.

S - Scent is mild, hints of honey, sourdough bread and a wheat grass finish.

T - Honey notes and sweet lemon and mandarin come through alongside a solid wheat and buttered bread finish.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness.

O - A tasty wheat ale, surprisingly flavorful, easy drinking and a solid patio ale.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy pale orange color. The head is an inch and a half in height, and recedes slowly into a quarter inch cap of white foam. The aroma is lemon zest, tangy wheat, and a hint of clove. It is a lot more aromatic than more American style wheat beers, and I like that. The taste is just as strong as the aroma. There is lots of lemon, lots of wheat, and again a hint of clove. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with fairly high carbonation which is alright for the style. Overall, this is a very nice surprise from Stevens Point Brewery. In a style that is almost always dumbed down it is nice to see a brewery that almost always dumbs down its beer actually craft something interesting.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.59/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy yellow to orange-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, sweet citrus and a small wheat note. In the taste, a sweet light citrus and a small pilsner like hop. A Saaz/ pilsner like hop bite and lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry wheat note in the aftertaste. EH! Somewhere between a pilsner and a wheat.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.21/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours hazy light copper/gold with no foam,. Yeast adds marked cloudiness.

Light malt smell with orange notes.

Citrus/orange taste backed with malt and a light hop. Taste kind of like an orange creme.

Limited carbonation. East drinking, good summer beer. Unremarkable though.,

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Nude Beach Summer Wheat from Stevens Point Brewery
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