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John's Generations White Ale - Millstream Brewing Company

John's Generations White AleJohn's Generations White Ale

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214 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 214
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.06%

Brewed by:
Millstream Brewing Company visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
White Ale's are Belgian style beers, often refered to as "Wit" beer. Our version of this classic style is a wonderful spicy brew, infused with orange peel and coriander spices. It has a crisp refreshing flavor and a slight 'white' haze from the large percentage of wheat used in the mash.

14 IBU

(Beer added by: Todd on 05-01-2002)
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Photo of Dodo2step


3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

P- Thanks to my buddy Matt for this brew!

A- sun yellow with a murky unfiltered look as usual with a wit. minimal head and no staying power. minimal lacing as well.

S- Coriander spice and pepper with orange peel and hints of pepper(?). very nicely done for a wit.

F- the coriander comes out more as does the yeast. Pepper and orange peel complement each other well in this brew.

M- spicy but light bodied even though the yeast comes through in the mouth. The wit follows you all the way down to your stomach.

O- one of the best wits I have had. the flavors complement each other well and the smoothness is remarkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 19:19:20 | More by Dodo2step
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3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A very light yellow pour with a light head when poured. I followed typical unfiltered white ale instructions and only poured 2/3 of the beer into the glass, then swirled to stir up the sentiment and finished the pour. A light citrus taste, with mild spice and malt flavor. Very light and with a bunch of carbonation. A great brew for a warm spring or summer day. Refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 18:59:51 | More by AUGRAD06
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3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light straw color appropriate to the style. White cap of fine bubbles.

Smells detect sour apple, lemon, wheat and slight corriander.

Taste has more robust flavors of lemon/bitter orange peel, corriander and light wheat. A spicy bite too.

Mouthfeel is light/moderate carbonation with crisp mouth puckering sour finish.

Overall a good belgian wit beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 20:44:23 | More by 312HopBomb
Photo of Vixie


3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy yellow with almost no head, just a bit of lacing.

Hard to tell exactly what I am smelling here. Seems to be wheat and malt, and liekly a mix of spices.

Can taste the wheat up front. There is a bit of banana and clove, maybe a hint of orange peel and coriander. Finishes with a bit of a hop bite.

Fairly solid feel, decent amount of carbonation makes itself known.

This one is a bit hard to review. It is a bit different, has a lot of flavor, but hard to pinpoint exactly what. It goes down easy, and has a nice flavor to it.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 01:59:40 | More by Vixie
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3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Received as a gift from my sister Tami.

A: Hazy golden peach with short 1/2 finger cap of white head which fades quickly.

S: The aroma reminds me more of a tripel with the peach and apricot aromas mixed with light alcohol, coriander, and orange peel.

T: This is a very flavorful beer, again resembling a wheat tinged tripel due to the tangy apricot and peach mingled with orange peel and riddled with blasts of white pepper. The coriander note is very artful and accentuates without being overbearing.

M: This is still a fairly dry beer but it does carry a good deal of wheaty thickness to it. Millstream was smart though and gave this a healthy dose of carbonation to keep it light.

O: I almost marked this down a touch due to the heftier body than most wits, but the carbonation plus the great melding of typical witbier combo of orange peel, coriander and light fruit, but with the fruit quotient turned up a notch.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 02:10:18 | More by argock
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3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Millstream Brewery, is very creative and skilled it seems.

Bottle poured into weizen

Three finger soapy, off-white head!

Hazy gold color, heavy carbonation

Smells of orange peel, coriander, and candi-sugar

Tastes: sweet orange peel, coriander, wheat malt, with a bitter finish

Mouthfeel: thin, but not too watery like many witbiers

Millstream is a great brewery, that has a lot to offer. I am pleased with the witbier, but I want the hefeweizen!

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 03:56:17 | More by BierStein711
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy pale orange color. The head is an inch and a half in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of oranges, lemongrass, and cardamom. It is a nice aroma complexity wise, but I would like it to be a little bit stronger. The taste has the same elements the aroma has, but with the spices coming through to a greater extent which I really like. It is also a bit stronger than the aroma which I also like. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a smooth texture. I prefer witbiers to be rather highly carbonated, and while this comes close I think it would be a lot more refreshing if there were more carbonation. Overall, this is a good beer that I could drink again, but I can't see myself running out to buy it.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 23:03:14 | More by KarlHungus
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3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce stubby bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Hazy golden hue with a thin white head that does not retain very well. Darker than most beers of the same style.

S: Coriander and a touch of orange peel on the nose, along with some grainy malt and Belgian yeast character.

T: Biscuity malt with honey undertones, followed by a a fair amount of coriander and citrus. Spices are not, however, overpowering. Yeast lends just a touch of fruitiness, with light hops drying out the finish.

Notes: Light in body, with a very smooth mouthfeel. Spice is well-balanced with malt and hops. Overall a very refreshing beer, and one that would be quite good on a warm Summer day. After the last beer I sampled from Millstream, I'm quite impressed.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 02:50:23 | More by WYVYRN527
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4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Beautiful label with a picture of the wonderful John's Grocery of Iowa City and celebrating John's 50th anniversary.

Appearance: Pale beige amber with a nice fat
head and swell lacing.

Aroma: Mellow yellow with coriander and citric peel.

Taste: Nice dry mellow beer. Easy on carbonation for good smoothness. Light spiceness that lingers on the tongue. Nice.

Compares with Amadeus or Hoegaarden. That's the league it's in. A soccer analogy is that this beer competes in the Spanish league very well for a place in the European Champions League! Well balanced with the spices ... coriander and orange peel with hints of lemon.

Notes: A wonderful white ale that goes excellently with the music of free jazz player Paul Smoker on the Cimp label.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 04:14:33 | More by frankiepop
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy dark gold beer, like 1000 ppm you'd think when looking at the haze. Soft white head on it in the 3/4" range. Mild flowery citrus hibiscus coriander thing going on in the aroma, which is what the style is usually going for, so it has that going for it.

A thickness I did not see coming. Wow, if you prefer your wheat beers on the sludgy side, this is the beer for you. I'll give it credit, this is pretty chewy. It has a mineral flower thing in the mouthfeel that isn't my favorite aspect of the beer. Maybe its a minor presence of the alcohol.

This beer truly has been around for generations. The Amana colonies and John's grocery in Iowa City together for this one homies. One of my first Midwestern beers I had ever tried at the close of the 20th century, an interesting time revisiting the beer tonight.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 06:24:19 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from cpolking, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler glass.

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

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, spices, light caramelized malts and touches of citrus and hops.

T: The taste starts out with strong flavors of spice and citrus. Then some mildly bready flavors of Belgian yeast, wheat and a hearty malt character come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, there are better beers in the style but this is still a solid lighter beer to drink for a while.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 00:54:55 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The body is a stunningly bright lemon yellow. The two finger head is very frothy and thick, definitely a nice amount of lacing on the side of the glass. Did I mention the cloudy unfiltered look to the body?

Smell: The nose has a clove and apple flavor to it. Also some citrus lemon mingling with alcohol. It is refreshing,and kind of bland.

Taste: A palate that matches the nose perfectly. The hop bitterness adds to the profile. It adds some tang to the mustier fruit esters. The finish is not all that impressive, but it does not really take away from the beer.

Mouth feel: The beer is incredibly smooth while managing to be a lighter on the tongue thanks to the carbonation.

Overall: This is a pretty good wit bier where you get exactly what you expect to get from taking a whiff of the nose. Since the nose is so appetizing, this is a good thing. Very well balanced and an easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 21:39:16 | More by Pintofbrown
Photo of tone77


3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A big shout out to cpolking for providing this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some lemon and spice. Taste is the same, lemon, spices, some wheat, refreshing. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 14:05:07 | More by tone77
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3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- One inch white head on top of a very pale gold beer. Heda recedes to a thin layer, not much in the way of lacing.

S- Smells spicy, cloves.

T- Follows the nose. Slight breadiness and a hint of lemon zest. Refreshing. No complaints.

M- Light on the palate. Excellent carbonation.

D/O- This would be a great one on the deck on a summer afternoon. Drinkability is high. Better wits are out there but I have no qualms with this one. Recommended for white ale fans.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 02:20:41 | More by Duff27
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3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a bright straw yellow with the expected opacity of a wheat beer. One finger of snow-white head that stays around for quite some time.

S - Smells of dark bread and spices. Floral hops are also present along with an estery tropical fruit aroma.

T - Malty sweet up front. A citrusy tang hits the back of the tongue after each sip that compliments the bready wheat flavor nicely. Citrus peel and coriander are detectable along with a subtle cracked black pepper spiciness.

M - Thinner body, but not quite "watery". Good carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 05:11:08 | More by rundocrun
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4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a cloudy pale orange color with one finger of off-white head. Good retention and lace. Lots of carbonation, including some sizable bubbles hanging out at the bottom and eventually breaking free. The lace seems unusually sparkly-- might just be the way the light is catching it, but it's fun.

S: Tame spices let the good wheat aromas come through.

T: Spicy wheat up front, citrus and pepper spice in the middle and then a kind of dissolving wheat at the end. Faint banana and clove closes it out. As the beer warms, the wheat flavor develops a buttery/creamy flavor that is nice.

M: Medium-light body and balanced between creamy/soda effervescence. Very easy going down.

O: A tasty wit. Nothing especially outstanding, but very satisfying, highly drinkable and will definitely buy it again. I can see this one replacing Hoegaarden in the summer lineup at my house-- not as spicy as the Hoegaarden, but a better quality wheat flavor at a much lower price. Another bottle of happiness from Millstream.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 23:58:20 | More by AmericanGothic
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3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light yellow color. The head is basically a ring around the pint glass. No lace.

A very nice wheaty and fruity nose. Orange peel and honey notes.

Nice orange peel and coriander presence with a wheat backing. A little honey sweetness. The fresh orange really comes out as it warms. A nice clean flavor all around.

Lighter bodied with soft carbonation and a smooth feel.

A very nice wit, that drinks well. This would make an outstanding summer brew. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 23:21:33 | More by jera1350
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This witbier appears typically hazy and yellow / orange in color. The head is nearly an inch thick and leaves a nice sheet of lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma consists of citrus, notably orange and banana, and spices. The flavor is enjoyable, with a slight sweetness to it, and I find it quite drinkable. The feel is medium / thin in body, with adequate carbonation. This is one of the better Iowa brews I have had.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 18:30:17 | More by Huhzubendah
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3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes, tasted on multiple occasions

Pours a very light yellow with a half finger of head. The aroma has a distinct Cap'n Crunch note. No crunchberries though. Some clove and very light spice. The flavor is light and perhaps even mildly tart with some lemon zest, corn, grass, and faint citrus fruit. The body is light and carbonation is high. Overall I find this to be an above average beer that I love to pair with appetizers (salads, cheese, whatever).

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 01:03:34 | More by alcstradamus
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3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The only beer I actually drank this evening. I've got a special place in my heart for this one, brings back old memories of drinking "Dirty John's" on the porch in Dubuque or on tap at Isabella's or the Busted Lift (or the Busted Life as we called it) I don't know what drew me so much to this beer in my younger days, perhaps it's because I was just starting to enjoy Belgian style beers, or perhaps I was just being a "homer" playing favorite to the brewery in the proverbial neighborhood. I have to say though, I'm surprised I've waited four hundred some odd ratings to get around to saying anything about this one. This pours a with a nice big white head that fades, The beer is a hazy sunny yellow color. The aroma is good with spicy and floral characters and some yeastiness. The flavor is at first bitter, quite refreshing for this style of beer. a lot of the flavor seems to be focused around and playing off of the bitterness of the orange peel. There is plenty of good spiciness and some good citrus in there as well. The beer is only mildly sweet and this does not over power the beer at all. I seem to come up with a litany in my mind of what this beer is not, and for these things I love it all the more. It is not soapy, nor is it too sweet, nor is it too fruity. Everything is nicely balanced, a very good witbier indeed.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 16:52:59 | More by BieresDesMoines
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4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours, like most Millstream beers, with a small head, this one less than one finger despite a rough pour. The head that is there is very white and sits on top of a orange/yellow, very hazy beer with great active carbonation. This beer could be a little paler, and have a better head, but overall it's pretty good looking. 4

S: As soon as this beer was poured I got the herbs and spices pretty heavy, it's was nice and refreshing. These are the dominating aromas, though the yeast, which has a nice mild Belgian funk to it. I don't get much for malt or hops, or if I do they blend really nicely into the rest of the beer. 4.5

T: Citrus and spice come through nicely here, very true to the Belgian origins of the style. It's light and crisp without being overly biting at all. The yeast, which carries no off flavors, is very prevalent and I think allows this beer to stand out amongst similar beers and be unique while at the same time being very true to the style. 4.5

M: A little rich, at first, but that's cutting back as the sharper spices and citrus come forward, making the beer feel pretty dang good. 4.5

D: Highly drinkable brew. It's refreshing, tasty and interesting all at the same time. 4.5

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 14:16:25 | More by mdwalsh
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New York

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Adam for this tick. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Standard pour creates a .5 finger coarse, white head that dissipates quickly into a ring around the edges. Beer is a cloudy sunshine yellow. Lacing is spotty and sparse with little cling.

S: Notes of rubber, lemon, banana, and various floral esthers. Spicy, tingly, and sweet. Aromatic and simple.

T: Opens watery with subtle hints of lemon and banana. Spiciness builds to a crescendo at the middle. Flowery and powdery as it finishes. Spicy and yeasty right at the end. Aftertaste leaves very little. A bit one dimensional but quenching and enjoyable.

M: Light bodied, crisp, and aggressively carbonated. Watery and lively in the mouth. Coarse and rough all the way down. Finish is accented and aftertaste is relatively clean. Very refreshing.

D: A pretty standard, run of the mill witbier. Nice and refreshing with a simple, crisp flavor. I wouldn't hesitate to have this one again but its nothing out of the ordinary.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 21:58:30 | More by SpeedwayJim
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3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz stubby bottle into an Andechs weizen glass. Thanks to ballz50401 for the trade!

Superb retention to the newspaper-colored foam. Active carbonation streams upward through a clear, straw-golden body. The aroma suggests crisp pale malts backed by light coriander notes and sugar-coated orange wedges. Perhaps some grains of paradise, too? Nicely balanced.

Akin to the aroma, the flavor is both quaffable and complex with floral hops leading the way. Quick to follow are the aforementioned brewing spices and a biscuity malt presence. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side and the carbonation is lower than expected given sight of the vigorous bubbles. All in all, a well-crafted American Witbier. The spice finds the right dosage, making this one highly recommended by yours truly.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 19:19:03 | More by wagenvolks
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4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a stubby 12 oz brown bottle into a Duvel chalice. Thanks to my friend DoctorDog for hooking me up with this one. Label is a picture of John's grocery. Looks to be notched for a June or July production.

Appearance: Pours with 1 1/2 fingers of pure white head. This settles to a thin yet complete layer of foam with a larger island above the point of nucleation. The beer itself is pale yellow and hazy. Some suspended particulate matter, but I did swirl the glass mid pour; it is a "white" beer after all. Some sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Tangy wheat upfront with an underlying sweetness and aromas of lemon zest and lemon grass. Slight peppery spiciness in the finish.

Taste: Mild citrus flavor upfront, followed by a creamy body of slightly sweet, slightly tang wheat. Long lingering honey-lemon flavor coupled with bready yeastiness.

Mouthfeel: Average to higher than average carbonation level, as is appropriate for this style. Great mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A crisp and refreshing beer that I will, unfortunately, not have the opportunity to have again.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 03:19:29 | More by beveritt
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3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is yellow and slightly hazy with a soft white head of small bubbles and some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is high and made up of small bubbles, its very steady. Served in a DFH signature glass.

Aroma is mildly citrus, a little grainy, its just OK.

Beer is medium to light in body and has a nice sweetness and mild spice to the whole thing. Carbonation is good on the palate and the beer finishes nicely. There is an odd forward flavor and a slight aftertaste that grows the more you drink. Overall its good and interesting but its not something I would be inclined to drink a lot of.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 23:39:35 | More by drabmuh
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John's Generations White Ale from Millstream Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.