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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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BA SCORE
84
good

215 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.3%


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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FreshHawk

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy light gold with a touch of orange color. Large smooth, creamy, foamy white head with good retention and a nice sticky layer of lace.

S - Quite spicy with a lot of coriander, orange rind, some pepper and a bit of clove as well. A touch of breadiness as well. Good example of the style.

T - Nice bready and grainy malt taste make up the backbone. A lot of spices come out with coriander, orange and lemon rind, some pepper, some clove, and some lemongrass. Citrus, spice and bread flavors mix in and out very nicely.

M - Somewhere between light and medium body with a lot of carbonation. Very zesty, spritzy, and refreshing feel.

D - Very easy to drink beer that is extraordinarily crisp and refreshing. Spiced, bready, citrus flavors are great on the tongue and mix well together.

Notes: A very good witbier with a great amount and balance of flavors you would expect from the style. So easy to drink and enjoyable and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 20:38:23 | More by FreshHawk
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz stubby bottle.

This was an odd one; my initial impression from the aroma and appearance were... poor. Appearance is that of a macro lager, with a slightly darker than usual clear golden color and a non-existent quickly fading white head. Aroma is...horrid; an unpleasant balance of cat piss and stale peanuts with a subtle background of citrus and coriander (though that may just be wishful thinking on my part). Flavor however is exceptional for a wit. Medium thick, strongly carbonated body with a pleasant long lasting finish of mild citrus and grains. Body is dominated by a light bready malt backbone with light citrus and yeasty sweetness. Very well balanced and drinkable. As long as I don't actually look at or smell this beer, I really enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 03:39:13 | More by yourefragile
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ballz50401

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle with a yeast swirl(bottled 4/10) into a Weizen glass. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a dense head that fades to a ring. A very nice yeast aroma fills my nose with notes of pepper, spice, and lemon; almost saison like. A complex balance of wheat and barley malts with some slight lemon zest. This really has a nice fullness to the mouthfeel that is smooth. Overall a very easy drinking beer that is very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 00:03:17 | More by ballz50401
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DoctorDog

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle into a nonic.

A- Pale straw, hazy/sediment infused. Pours with ~1 finger of white head, which fades quickly into a thin, effervescence fueled islands of bubbles.

S- Spicy / cloves, hints of zesty citrus, against a Belgian yeast backdrop.

T- Grainy and tangy. Spices and citrus peel. Bitterness low, sweetness moderately low.

M- Very crisp, with high carbonation and a medium feel. Quite a tongue pricker.

D- Good. Not all that exciting, but pleasant enough, and easy to drink. A pretty good summer drink.

Future outlook: A friend scooped a couple of these up for me in Iowa recently. Happy to have tried it, but no need to seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 03:35:56 | More by DoctorDog
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SpdKilz

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Holy overcarbonation batman! I can't even pour this without it foaming up. When it does settle down there is a golden hue color, with slowly dissipating head that leaves good lacing on the glass.

Smell - Spices! Clove, heavy wheat, and slight malts but mostly spices.

Taste - Similiar to the nose though throw in orange citrus and slight yeast. Rather enjoyable on this hot day to be honest.

Mouthfeel - Prickly, loads of carbonation, thin body.

Drinkability - I would pick up a six pack of these in a heartbeat if they were around here. A great tasting witbier that can be easily quaffed on a hot summer day. Nothing out of the ordinary, but good nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 22:05:58 | More by SpdKilz
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armock

New York

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a hazy yellow color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of citrus and wheat malt

T - Follows the nose citrus on top of wheat malt with some spice in the finish

M - This beer has a light body with high carbonation to it

D - Overall this is a good wit fairly average for the style with a good refreshing taste thats easy to drink if you like wits this is worth trying sometime

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 17:55:04 | More by armock
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TheQuietMan22

Iowa

4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The initial three-fourths of the pour was a clear straw, but once I loosened the yeast and poured the rest the beer become a cloudy lemonade straw. Two fingers of fluffy white head developed and dissipated to a spotted lacing and ring around the edge. There's a moderate amount of carbonation action throughout the pint.

Smell: Impressive. My first thought: very much like a hefe. It has that clove, banana, and yeast seduction. There are orange peels and some lemon citrus mixed in.

Taste: Equally impressive, and follows the aroma. Clove spice balances well with prominent banana, yeast, and lemon citrus. The mouthfeel is thin, but it goes down smooth. Very tasty and refreshing.

Drinkability: I always thought of witbier as hefeweizen's short bus riding cousin, but this example has it's own car and picks up its girlfriend in the morning. It ma-ma-ma-makes me happy.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 06:26:27 | More by TheQuietMan22
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beertunes

Washington

3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to pepsican for this one. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a fairly typical whiteish yellow color, with about a half inch of white head that had low retention and minimal lacing.

The aroma was about what you expect from a Wit, perhaps a bit on the subdued side. The spice, yeast and fruit flavors were well blended with nothing dominating. The flavors were very similar to the aromas, just a bit more pronounced and clear.

The body was a bit thinner than I like for the style, but still crisply refreshing on the tongue. Drinkability was very good, if this were on tap local to me, it would be in my regular rotation, especially during the summer.

Overall, a nice little example of the style, worth trying if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 22:42:44 | More by beertunes
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orcasteve

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

serving size 12oz brown bottle poured into a tulip glass. poured a cloudy light golden color with a thick white head that fades quicky. the smell is strong of brett yeast and slightly sour wheet malt. the first sip is just as it smells, up frount and slightly bitter in the finish. the malt comes out more as the beer warms. this is better as it warms and is a beer i would drink agan if i ran across it. worth a shot if you find it

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 18:42:49 | More by orcasteve
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dtivp

West Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bright hazy yellow with a larger white head that dissipated into a lasting white cap with lacing.

Very strong dominate citrus aroma with clove .

Nice citrus fruit, orange and lemon taste with the hint of spice clove and coriander.

Smooth light bodied beer with high/ moderate carbonation.

Nice beer on a hot day after finishing the yard work.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 00:18:55 | More by dtivp
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alleykatking

Indiana

4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Thanks to drhinehart for this local gem.

A- Pours a hazy golden bright yellow color. One finger white head comes and caps on the top of the beer after a minute or so. No real lacing left behind....everything falls back into the beer.

S- Big spices in the front of this beer with some light orange in the front of the aroma. As the beer warms the wheat comes into play a lot more and becomes the dominate aroma. The orange makes a bigger appearance once the beer warms.

T- Big citrus flavors right off the get go. Lemon and orange are the main flavors. Light spices come into play in the middle with some light wheat. The wheat notes come into play in the ending of it and makes a little more presence when warmed up.

M- Medium light mouthfeel. Carbonation was dead on for the style. Nice citrus upfront on the palate with some light wheaty notes and spicing in the aftertaste. Flavors blend perfect in the mouth and doesn't throw in any off flavors.

D- This is an amazing beer that I wish was available around here. I would make this a staple in my spring and summer time beer drinking. Very good with drinkability although I wouldn't want a sixer of this.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 02:28:49 | More by alleykatking
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Nick G for the hookup.

The pour enlivens a banana peel yellow with nice bubbling, but a very quick and non-existant head.

The aroma is a lovely bouquet of bananas, cloves, some old-fashoined pink bubblegum, and wet wheat husks.

The taste starts with bananas and lightly toasted wheat grains. Then goes to a faint earthy hop and some equall faint musty grains. The finish is a clean, and mildly citric hop, herbal cloves,and a little chammomile.

Crisp and fruity fresh palate. This is a delightful Summer relaxing beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 00:25:53 | More by scruffwhor
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

Pours a hazy white-tinged straw with a couple fingers of white steasfast head. The smell is heavy on the citrus fruits and their peels/rinds, with some cloves and coriander thrown in for good measure. The taste follows, with some breadiness added to the citrus peels and coriander and the cloves taking a slightly greater prominence. The body is lightly moderate (very lightly), smooth, and has just the right amount of carbonation, making for one tasty, sessionable, highly drinkable brew, fit for the warmer months (or whenever the hell you feel like having a tasty wit).

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 06:30:42 | More by TMoney2591
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ckeegan04

Texas

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy golden yellow, very bright. Foamy white head that is only about one finger thick. Head quickly fades to a small 1/4" cap. Limited lacing left behind.

S - Very strong fruity aroma with lots of orange peel. Hints of light spice, primarily corriander. As the beer warms the wheat starts to come through even more.

T - Citrus fruits up front with oranges and a little lemon zest. Lightly spiced, especially coming through mid-drink. Light wheat backing but primarily dominated by the citrus notes throughout the beer.

M/D - Light and very crisp on the tongue. Very easy drinking. Light puckering in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 18:22:18 | More by ckeegan04
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Mdog

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy yellow, ok head.

Smell: Cloves, spicy, lemon.

Taste: Wheat, some sweetness, a little spice. It reminds me of Sam Adams White Ale, but less spicy.

Drinkability: Good, sessionable.

This was my favorite of the three beers in the Millstream sampler pack. A pretty nice wit, good flavor, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 20:25:28 | More by Mdog
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sprucetip

Alaska

3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy pale golden, very active, large fizzy white head, good retention but no lacing.

SMELL is spicy/clovey, strong wheat presence, and just a wee bit of sweetness.

TASTE citrus and clove, Belgian yeasty, and light bitterness. It is crisp and a bit sharp in the finish.

FEEL strong carbonation, thin body, but finishes pretty clean.

OVERALL Decent representation of the style (which I enjoy but am not crazy about). Very easy drinking. Good lawnmower beer, and could be pounded on a warm summer day.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 04:52:19 | More by sprucetip
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NicholasCasber

Iowa

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer, when poured into a Pilsner glass, produced a nice head which was quickly settled, and left a nice sud ring around the whole glass, producing some fairly stable lacing.

S: Smelled like wheat and a little citrus.

T: The taste was fairly bitter, which was finished off by a nice short sweet end on the aftertaste.

M: The beer felt fairly fullbodied for a white ale, which I was very pleased with.

D: This beer was great to try, still not my favorite although I did rate it fairly high.

Overall, one of the better beers from Millstream, however their Amber still takes the cake for me. Best of luck in your beer findings. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 23:53:49 | More by NicholasCasber
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climax

Missouri

4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

John's White ale poured a cloudy yellow/gold. The head rose and sat like suds from a bubble bath, and left a bubbly crown atop and lace all the way down.

Aroma was good and strong. Soapy, coriander, citrus, banana.

The flavor is good as well, complex and intriguing. A constant battle between peach, coriander, and banana, with subtle spiciness.

The first thing I noticed when this hit my mouth was the carbonation, man it hits sharp. Once the spike settles down, it fades to a tingle, some cheek pinching tartness and a semi dry finish. This is one of the best whites I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 01:06:02 | More by climax
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CHickman

New York

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Came from Beer of the Month Club. Poured cloudy gold with an average creamy white head and a lot of sediment; smelled of yeast, wheat, grains, clove and spices. Decent lacing that sticks around on the glass.

Tastes of wheat, malt, clover, coriander, pepper, and a fruity mix where orange and lemon come through as well as a little banana; it then finishes with a sour spicy flavor that mixes with the citrus zest. Medium to high carbonation with a grassy/earthy middle and a crisp spicy yeast ending.

A very good white ale/wit beer that's complex, tart and leaves a lingering citrus taste, yet is light and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 03:47:55 | More by CHickman
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bassmantin

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fairly transparent yellow into a 6 oz mason jat at Country Junction in Dyersville, IA. Nice.

The initial taste hits the mouth with sourness that persists until it gets lost in the aftertaste, which is overtaken my mild sweetness.notes of orange peel and coriander. Very nice beer. The sourness almost reminds me of a Berlinerweisse.

Enjoy it. Also try their amber.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 00:31:30 | More by bassmantin
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Rayek

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Wiezen glass.

A: Foggy gold, with hyperactive carbonation. A Foamy white cap has decent retention and leaves a fair amount of lace.

S: Lemon, coriander, sourdough bread and maybe a hint of orange.

T: Crisp, tart and sour sum things up for me. A coriander spiciness dominates the proceedings. It's backed by a lemon tartness and a moderate sourdough bread flavor. Finishes with a lingering coriander spiciness.

M: The somewhat grainy body has biting carbonation that lingers on the tongue.

D: I don't know what the ABV is, but this beer came across light and eminently sessionable. I picked it up at John's Grocery, so I'm pretty sure my bottle was quite fresh too. All in all, a nice summer refresher.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 01:03:29 | More by Rayek
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ILikeGoodCider

California

3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on 07.30.09 from a 12oz brown bottle into a 14oz pint glass. Part of a BOTM club gift.

A: Light, golden yellow w/ a beefy white head.

S: Good coriander w/a hint of citrus. Some bready yeastiness around the nose.

T: Strong; wheat, bready flavor with with citrus and spice.

M: Light-moderate and well-carbed w/ a dry spicy end.

D: Good wit. One of the better BOTM club brews. Good on a summer evening...

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 03:59:22 | More by ILikeGoodCider
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nycwinter

California

4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was one of my Beer of the Month by mail selections.
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A= At the top, a cloudy orange transitioning to a yellow tint towards the bottom. Thick fluffy head initially from vigorously swirling the last 2/3rds as recommended. Settled to a consistently thin white head that allowed the sunshine below to glow through.

S= Primarily corriander and pepper with notes of roses. There is a smell reminiscent of a peanuty-Thai dish overall.

T= True to the style. Mildly spicy with wheat and citrus in the aftertaste.

M= Light and refreshing.

D= I think I'll have another.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 01:30:02 | More by nycwinter
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billybob

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy yellow with a one finger white head and some patchs of lace ringing the glass. aroma was a little weak with wheat malt, yeast, hint of some spice. taste same with a strong pepper note some spice with a slightly tangy finish. would have liked to have had a little more clove and coriander. mouthfeel and carbonation good. overall not bad that peppery taste mades it a little bit different.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2009 15:54:06 | More by billybob
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hike20

Iowa

3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale yellow with a small, quickly vanishing, white head. Sweet citrus, clove and hops aroma. Flavor is tangy wheat, orange, lemon and coriander. Mouth feel is light and bubbly. Pretty decent overall, but not remarkable. A good summer beer for easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 22:46:26 | More by hike20
John's Generations White Ale from Millstream Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 215 ratings.