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Nude Beach Summer 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): 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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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
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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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
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 -3.8%
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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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
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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3.82/5  rDev +11.4%
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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3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
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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3.22/5  rDev -6.1%
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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3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.52/5  rDev +2.6%
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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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
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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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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2.93/5  rDev -14.6%
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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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
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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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Nude Beach Summer Wheat from Stevens Point Brewery
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 312 ratings
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