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Millstream Oktoberfest - Millstream Brewing Company

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very good

97 Ratings

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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 13
Gots: 7 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-13-2002

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
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Ratings: 97 | Reviews: 52
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It should be noted that had this been ten years ago, I would have rated it higher. Since then, they have made it an ale, not a lager. it is still good, but no longer is an elite level octoberfest.

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4.1/5  rDev +3.8%

side pour from a bottle (side by side with Summit and Brooklyn Ofests)
A: Copper, clear, with a billowy 2 finger head
S: Some fresh baked bread, some sweetness, caramel malts. Best of bunch, by far.
T: Very nicely put together. Malty, earthy, and sweet; toasted bread with a bit of honey, then a nice short crisp hoppy bite towards the back, followed by a round lingering sweetness. Delicious and very satisfying...a bit more full in taste than many Ofests.
M: Clean, crisp, great.

Overall: Yawohl, mein herr! Great stuff from the Amana Colonies. Here's to the Midwestern German immigrants! Kills the (limited) competition; next time I'll test it against something more worthy.

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4.4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.76/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

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4.04/5  rDev +2.3%

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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.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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Millstream Oktoberfest from Millstream Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.