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Millstream Oktoberfest - Millstream Brewing Company

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88
very good

87 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 14
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Millstream Brewing Company visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Millstream's Oktoberfest is similar to the our Munich style Schild Brau Amber, but it has more flavor, is maltier, and darker in color. A truly special beer, to celebrate the harvest, an important part of life here in Amana. Join us for the Amana Colonies Oktoberfest and partake of a pint yourself!

21 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-13-2002)
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Ratings: 87 | Reviews: 50 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.79/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look-Wonderful looking ofest. Not a big head but the golden-copper color with good lacing gets one excited for a great beer.
Smell-Not a lot going on due to the big malt. I do pick up some bready sweetness. Ready for the taste.
T-I think this competes beats the European beers. Malty bready ness combo is hard to beat. It really resonates through the nose. There is a great backbone and a mild sweetness presents itself. I'm glad I bought the 6-pack instead of mix n match!
Feel-plain old smooth.
O-I didn't plan on this one becoming possibly my favorite ofest. I've been to the brewery and want to go back. I would love for this to be the first keg in my kegerator when it it's finished.

Gobearswalter34, Monday at 01:01 AM
Photo of TimErickson
4/5  rDev +1%

TimErickson, Oct 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

millertime416, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of billdove5
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

billdove5, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of Beer-lock
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Beer-lock, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of karlt
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

karlt, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of RayVB
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%

RayVB, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +1%

nmann08, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of superfriend
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

superfriend, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of kraticus41
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

kraticus41, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of Catlin
4.04/5  rDev +2%

Catlin, Sep 07, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +2%

skubas86, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of Beestin
3.64/5  rDev -8.1%

Beestin, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of Chaz
4/5  rDev +1%

Copper in color and with excellent/brilliant clarity. Pale tan head with a nice amount of lace -- looks great so far.

Nose is neutral and is all about the malt.

First sip is what this is all about: a big, bready-sweet palate pleaser with just a touch of bitterness and some biscuit malt character in there, too. The color makes it out to be a traditional Maerzen, but I am getting some more of the modern Wiesn/Helles style character as well. I might have to put this up next to Summit's Unchained Festbier, which also straddled the two Oktoberfestbier styles.

Very clean finish, a touch dry, but this is a malty-sweet thing to begin with, rather than a dry and crisp bier. I'm glad that I bought a six-pack, so I can match it with some traditional fare.

Be nice to find it on tap, as well.

Chaz, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of glevy194
4/5  rDev +1%

glevy194, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of alphagnome
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
Pours a crystal clear amber color with a thin, off-white head that hangs around for the duration of the drink. Light, lazy carbonation slowly chugs its way upwards while trace lacing streaks downwards.

Aroma:
Super malty. Rich caramel notes hide a light wheat and grass characters. A minimal amount of spicing but I can't put my finger on it. Very sweet with a cirtus tang.

Taste:
Follows the aroma quite nicely. Sweet, lightly roasted caramel malts hits right up front. Light grassy bitterness on the tail end. Pleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:
Medium bodied light carbonated. Finish is wierd; it's sweet and somehow a bit dry. Crisp and easy to drink.

Overall:
A fantastic Oktoberfest brewed right here in Iowa! Definitely worth seeking out, although that might prove challenging as this is a small brewery we're talking about.

alphagnome, Mar 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

millelacsmark, Feb 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Josievan, Dec 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

jedijezus, Dec 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

TEdubbaD, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of morimech
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, dark amber color with a dense head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left down the glass. Attractive looking beer.

Smells grainy and grassy. The German malt seems to be of the lightly toasted, sweet variety. The grassy hops do not assert themselves very much.

Does have a sweeter flavor. Slight DMS. Lightly toasted malt adds some interest. Very unassertive hop bitterness in the finish with lightly grassy flavor.

Feels like a smaller lager but the carbonation seems off. Gives this beer a thin, watery feel. Not terrible but would like a more creamy texture.

A good effort. By no means one of the better American Oktoberfest beers. Worth a try and would drink this again.

morimech, Oct 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

SaxmanRick, Oct 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

vikinghorn, Sep 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

Brobiehansen, Sep 18, 2013
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Millstream Oktoberfest from Millstream Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.