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 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 chicagoabbot
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a snifer...head is not huge but it is a nice color, cloudy and bright. A bit of good yeast funk in the nose along with some sharpness from the wheat. I like it.

It's not as sharp on the tongue as I would have hoped, although it's still pretty crisp. Not a bad wheat beer at all.

Nothing to complain about in the mouthfeel either, it's just fine but won't blow you away.

Decent beer at a decent price. At $9.99 for a twelve pack, that's only about a buck more than others might be charging for a six pack. Good value.

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Photo of matjack85
2.6/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Glen Ellyn, IL for $1.49. There is no bottled on or freshness date on the lable, but I know this is a summer brew and I am buying it in Deceember, so it may not be the freshest bottle around.

The beer poured a cloudy yellow color with no head whatsoever. A thin white rim was all I got for a head and even that disappeared in just a few seconds. Some minimal lacing did form on the sides of the glass with each sip.

The smell was nice. Even though the BA style dictionary says the American Pale Wheat Ale will NOT have the banana/clove smell to it like the traditional Hefe Weizen, this one had loads of banana smell to it along with other tropical fruit smells and a lot of wheat.

The taste was a real shocker. I expected all the fruit flavors, the malt, and the wheat, but what I didn't expect, and didn't like, was the high amount of bitter hops in here. A citrus yielding hop would have been great in here I think, but the highly bitter alpha hop oils in here did not blend well with the fruity taste at all. I did not care for the taste of this particular combination of fruit, hops, and malt.

This had a light to medium body to it, but a way over carbinated mouthfeel to it for my liking.

Most reviewers seem to like this beer, so maybe my particular bottle was mishandled or is over the hill, but if this is what it is supposed to taste like, then I won't be buying this one again.

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Photo of generallee
4.38/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured into from a 12oz can into a Weizen glass. The can offers no freshness date, abv or disruption.

Appearance: The body is hazy and has a nice orange/yellow glow in the glass. On top it keeps a small cap of white foam till the end which started off as a three finger tall covering. Lacing is slick and slides right down the glass as I drink.

Smell: In the nose I pick up notes of the wheat malt with some nice citrus and spicy earth yeast.

Taste/Palate: On the tongue I get hints of the classic banana and clove with some nice semi-sweet wheat and lemony citrus. The palate is right on with a nice average medium body and active carbonation.

Notes: This is a very solid American made German Hefeweizen.

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Photo of NODAK
4.37/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nose is a bit of lemon, citrus....perhaps a hint of orange. It's pretty good.

Appearance is much as you'd expect...blonde, cloudy. Standard for a wheat.

The taste is interesting. The upfront and body of the beer is of lemon for the most part. This is the predominant taste. However, on the finish, a honey-like sweetness creeps over the tongue ...which, in my opinion, is an interesting but delicious finish to the beer. After the swallow, a fair amount of wheat becomes noticeable as well.

All in all, it's a great quaffable brew. As far as summer beers go, I think this is on the mark and I enjoyed it.

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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 dstc
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear burnt yellow color with a full white head. Head falls to nothing. Thinnest of lace.

Has a mild wheat aroma that is almost of a roasted quality. Smells a bit metallic too.

Mild wheat taste with not a lot more going on. Seems to be a bit tinny. Slight sweetness in the finish.

Thin mouthfeel and well carbonated.

Average brew. So many better wheat beers out there but Point does a fair job.

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

Pour - soft golden straw-color with a wispy head on top. A little cloudy at first but this one settles clean and clear, even if it is unfiltered.

Aroma - grainy, lemony, some sweet orange peel and a little fresh cut grass. Not a whole lot of aroma but that is par for the style.
Taste - light and tangy. This has a great citrusy bite to it and a nice malt profile. Its nothing complex but I think that is it's strong point. Goes down way too easy. Put a cooler of these near me on a warm day and I'd be all set.

Overall - ridiculously easy to drink! I had my hesitations but Nude Beach surprised me. This was a solid brew with great flavor and a stand out for the style in my opinion.

Would I buy more of it? - I really dig this beer. It's very easy drinking and a great canned alternative to other light summer wheat beers (a la Sam Adams Summer).

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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 cdizinno
4.65/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Cloudy, golden orange with a decent finger of white head that recedes quickly.

S: Definite yeast and zesty lemon. Some wheat grain and sweet malts.

T&M: Wheaty, lemony flavor. Crisp and smooth with a mildly sweet malty taste that gives an overall complex flavor. Light bodied.

For a summer wheat, this is really great. Very drinkable.

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Photo of climax
3.84/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one poured a soft tangerine orange with a delicate finger of head that receded quite quickly. It was completely cloudy with a shadow of yeast in the glass held up to the light.

Definite yeast and a dash of zesty lemon in the nose. As it warmed, more darker grains, nuttiness, and banana esters came through the wheaty haze.

The flavor was very wheaty and refreshing. Citrus and tropical fruitiness add the last bit of complexity. Flavor was bold and satisfying.

The body was light but not lacking. Lots of carbonation and a crisp chalky finish made it definitely easy to drink and refreshing, now I gotta find a nude beach....

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.21/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Point Nude Beach has a medium, cream-colored head and a very cloudy orange-gold color. Carbonation is medium. Aroma is slight, but I think I detected some orange smell. The taste is very good, and it has a nice barley-hops balance, with the hops coming through in the back end of the sip. Citrus character was definitely present. Mouth-feel is light and watery. Nude Beach finishes wet and thirst-quenching. Overall, this is an outstanding summer wheat ale.


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Photo of riversider76
3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden with a fizzy white head. Excellent retention and very nice laceing. Aroma is of wheat and citrus. Nice but a bit weak. Body is medium with some carbonation. Taste is malty up front with lemon and citrus throughout. tangy,spicy finish. very nice.

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

I poured this one from a 12oz can into a shaker pint glass while visiting Three Corners Pub in Lemont, IL.

A= This ale poured a hazed yellow gold color with a 1/2" fizzy white head. The head dropped pretty fast and did not leave much in the way of lace/stickage..

S= Light wheat twang, moderate lemony citrus notes and a very faint fruity/ester aroma.

T= Started off with a kiss of malt sweetness before moving into some fairly assertive wheat flavors. The citrus notes in the nose carried through to the flavor as well. Hops were there but never in the forefront. Finished with a refreshing but slight tartness.

MF= Light to medium in body with a spritzy carbonation level that made this quite refreshing.

D= Very drinkable. In my opinion this is better than many of its competitors, including 312, Blue Moon, Shock Top, etc. Not a world class beer, but a good summer lawnmower beer nonetheless.

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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 BeerLover48Fan
4.73/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought this as a single bottle at the Liquor Barn in Florence NJ . Pours great , poured into a pint glass.

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. Nice to see a good micro come out of Wisconsin

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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 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 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 trbergman
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz can.

A - Hazy, dark orange-gold with one finger of bone-white head.

S - Smell is a bit subtle, with tangy wheat, grainy cereal, and hints of vanilla and spice.

T - Thankfully, banana is more readily apparent in the taste than the aroma indicates. It's not too pronounced, however, and blends well with a bit of clove and creamy vanilla. There's also a restrained hop bitterness to complement the phenolic spice.

M - Medium body that's pleasantly smooth.

D - A nicely done American wheat from Point. I certainly wouldn't mind having it again, and it seems like it would be a good crossover for non- craft drinkers. Pretty good bang for your buck, too.

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Photo of PoisonOakAdam
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is orangish yellow in my glass and looks like it could be a refreashing brew.

Not much in the nose, but I enjoy its mellowness.

Tastes alright, not a huge amount of depth but it does have the apropriate flavor profile.

Really light in the mouth, mellow carbonation on the tongue that helps the flavor pop.

Drinkability is quite good. The fact that its not too pronounced makes it easy to drink many in a roll. A good pick for a session beer at the 8.99 I paid for the 12pk of cans.

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Photo of matty
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Very light aroma has a citrusy zest to it.Taste is orange,wheat grains and a hint of lemon.Overall kind of an average beer that really doesn't have much to get excited about.I does seem like it would be refreshing on a hot day.I'm 50/50 on whether I would recommend this as for me I would only drink again if it was free.

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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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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 scaliasux
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pale yellow. Cloudy. Clearly well carbonated. Tall white head with good retention.

Smell - Light. Some sweet maltiness. More prominent is a lemony/citrus aroma.

Taste - Not especially sweet, but there are some quite light malty flavors. The sour citrus finish is much stronger. Dry. Nothing spectacular, but fine for a summer beer.

Mouthfeel - Medium to medium-full. Well Carbonated.

Drinkability - If you like lemony flavored beers, but don't like alchopops, skip the Leine's Summer Shandy and try this. It's no world beater, but its refreshing and tastes like a wheat beer.

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Nude Beach Summer Wheat from Stevens Point Brewery
3.5 out of 5 based on 312 ratings.
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