Point Nude Beach Summer Wheat

Technically, the brewer's name is Stevens Point Brewery, but Point is very big on the bottle, so I went with it. I'm not usually a fan of wheat beers, but some have surprised me, and a summer ale on a summer day is right where I can give it the best chance of pleasing the palate.

She's a hazy beer - fairly gold. The head dissolves into nearly nothing, with a few, scant bubbles grasping at the sides as best they can. The aroma is grain and malt. Narry a hop to be sniffed, as far as I can tell, but that doesn't mean this will be a bland taste. My past dislike of most wheats was the fact that they rely on citrus to bolster their flavor - and this one has only a hint of orange peel about its smell. Hopefully, this will bring out the best of wheats instead of wallowing in the expected. Cammo made a damn fine watermelon wheat.

First sip, and things are looking up. I know I said I didn't want a bunch of citrus in there, but it is combining with the malt to really cut through the grain well. It's kind of a sweet lemony taste with a finish like bread or rolls; there's absolutely nothing harsh about it at all. But, as I know too well, a sip does not tell the taste of the beer. It takes a good swig to really understand a proper beverage.

There's a bit more of a bite right in the middle when you quaff like an adult. It's the wheat with a cut of a sour mandarin right there. It then goes back to the mellow finish. I can only assume that the bite just doesn't have time to manifest during a sip. It bites the tip of the tongue and the back of the throat, but it's still not that bad. It's kind of a nudge to let you know it's there and it wants your soul.

All told, it's one of the better wheat beers that I've had. It is indeed a mild beer fit for a summer day. I'd have to say that I'm a fan.



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