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Millstream Oktoberfest - Millstream Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

97 Ratings
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world-class

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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
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of Jason
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Big E-Z Cap swig-top brown one liter bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Russet reddish brown in colour with a creamy tan lace that is absolutely superb.

Smell: Clean in the nose with lots of malt ... some sweetness, a touch of caramel and a whiff of grain.

Taste: A long drawn out malt flavour lingers throughout the medium body that hold a perfect carbonation. More sweetness in the front, lots of lightly toasted malt in the middle and more of a grain flavour towards the end that stays and stays with the palate. Hop bitterness cuts the edge off of the malt to help round out the brew yet hops are still restrained. Finish is a tad clean with hints of carob and grain.

Notes: A very tasty Oktoberfest, one of the better domestic samples BeerAdvocate has tasted ... most others are pale in comparison on flavour and body. Goes well with bratwurst and boiled veggies.

More User Reviews:
Photo of far333
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dark honey color with an off-white head that sinks quickly. Aroma is sweet and malty, with bits of pear and candy, makes me want to jump right in. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, moderately carbed. Flavor is lots of malt, light and sweet, with some banana and butterscotch. A little bit of citrus in the finish, and a hop tingle lingers. I could drink a lot of these. Thanks to BuckeyeNation for passing this on.

Photo of LordofTime25
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a dark amber almost orange color with good clarity. There was basically no head, but the head that was there on pour was a creamy white. The beer had very little fizz to it.

Smelled sweet with a earthy floral scent.

The malt is the over powering taste with a sweetness added in. You can slightly taste the quality hops used.

It is watery with a good flavor add a little fizz.

It is definatly a good seasonable beer that I will enjoy over and over.

Photo of cokes
2.88/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear autumnal amber, with a stunted, off-white head.
Clean, toasty nose. Spot-on smelling, if weakish.
Begins with a malt-structure that's broad but not deep. Toasty caramel, dry roasted nuts, and grain. Lagered clean. The hops bring dead leaves and a destructive burnt rubber notion. Herein a decent brew is rendered fatally flawed.
Light bodied, lacking in flavor and what's present is, at best, not special, and at worst, fairly disagreeable.

Photo of pmcadamis
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A tight one finger khaki-orange head rises over a deep clear crimson and purple brew with orange tints. After a minute, the head reduces to a persistent collar and wispy haze, but a quick swirl easily brings back a full finger. Quite a bit of lace coats the sides of the glass. The head is unremarkable, but the depth of color and clarity in this dark orange-red-purple brew is mesmerizing.

S - Toasty and roasty! I smell toasted oats and Raisin Bran cereal along with some nice campfire and fireplace notes. Black bread (pumpernickel?), river silt, sand, and dirt are there too. This is one complex smelling brew.

T - The same river silt and dirt flavors are there, and it's very, very toasty! This reminds me of toasted whole-grain black bread. The hops are not present in the nose, but show up here in full force top compliment the smoky and woodsy flavors. Bark, woodsmoke, fireplace, campfire, and a touch of beef jerky. A perfect brew for autumn!

M - Medium bodied and solidly malty with fine carbonation that is very understated, but keeps the maouthfeel firm and taught. The finish is salty and well hopped, and a bitter grassy hop note lingers on after swallowing.

D - A nice take on the oktoberfest style. It almost reminds me of an altbier or old ale in it's smoky barky woody-ness. It really doesn't taste much like an O-fest to me, but that's ok. It's pretty good.

Photo of alphagnome
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
2.17/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Well, this and the Oatmeal Stout I got a while back had a big cidery taste, so I have to conclude I got bottles with bacteria in them, or they were lagered too warm, or their yeast got tired. Too bad, because it looked great. Pours a nice deep orange, with a creamy head and plenty of bubbly action. Toward the end, I could get past the cidery taste and find a nice Oktoberfest malt bill and even a touch of balancing hops.

I emailed the brewery and they suggested the off taste came from the fact that I had an 8-month old bottle; since they don't pasteurize their beer, that's past its prime. I will definietly buy more fresh beer and revise this at a future date.

Photo of bashiba
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a perfectly clear ruby/amber color with a very thin light head.

Has the classic toasted malt oktoberfest smell mixing in with a bit of copper.

The flavor has a nice crisp bready malt flavor up front, but then is quickly taken over by an off metallic tinny taste. Not bad, with some nice malty slightly sweet overtones, but the coppery metal flavor makes it seemed slightly flawed.

The mouthfeel is clean and dry with a slight lingering.

Not bad, very close to being good, I just can't quite get past the stale penny flavor in the finish.

Photo of morimech
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Photo of burns1066
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good exemplar of the style. Caramel and chocolate flavors are most apparent, carbonation is pleasant. Sweet, medium-bodied... a great early fall beer. Finish is dry, but flavor profile lingers for quite some time. The sweetness/maltiness is a wonderful companion to chili; it's also a nice stand-alone beer.

Photo of bismarksays
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.

Photo of FreshHawk
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark amber color with a large, thick, creamy, fluffy, smooth, sticky off-white head. Good retention with a nice creamy layer of lace.

S - A lot of toasted grain with some toffee malt and a bit of caramel as well. A touch of musty, grassy and floral hops. Touches of bready and cracker taste as well. All this is just a little faint.

T - Tons of toasted grain along with caramel and toffee malt. Some dry bread/cracker taste in the background. Some honey sweetness along with just the faintest hint of grassy and herbal hops. Nice spicy background along with a touch of apple fruitiness. Nice mix of sweet and spicy with grainy and malty flavors dominating but a nice background of other flavors. As it warms some more tea like flavors are coming out.

M - Lighter side of medium body with a nice level of carbonation. Crisp feel with just a slightly drying finish.

D - Very nice mix of flavors and a great mouthfeel really help to make this an easy to drink beer. A little on the sweet side, but not bad or cloying.

Notes: A nice Märzen beer with a great mix of flavors. Plenty of grains and malt upfront as you would expect for the style, but a very nice background of hops, spice, and apple. Nice local fall beer.

Photo of MTNboy
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- A dark hazy bronze orange color. Virtually no head but what little head it had it was an off white color. The body is a little fizzy and there is a nice amount of lacing.

Smell- Sweet and earthy floral scents are predominant in this beer.

Taste- There is a little bit of roasty sweetness to this beer. The large amount of malt is evident but there is a little sense quality hop taste to as well.

Mouthfeel- It is watery, thin and mad fizzy.

Drinkability- It I enjoyed this beer and can’t wait to have it again next year.

Photo of neonbrown82
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a good Oktoberfest for an American brewer. Pretty much the only brew from Millstream that I actually look forward to.

This beer pours to a dark coppery color, fairly clear with a decent display of carbonation. The head is thick and white at first, but dies down to a thin collar. It is a real tease with the lacing, though, as it leaves a wonderful curtain that recedes back to the liquid at the speed of molasses.

The smell is of toasty munich malts and caramel. Just a subtle amount of hops. Very bready.

The taste is good as well. Sweet up front, fading into a slight crisp bitterness from the kilned malts and the hops. Finishes medium-dry with a lingering caramel flavor. Has a weird sulfuric aftertaste as well, but as I get used to it I don't seem to mind as much. It's got some body to it, which I enjoy. This is probably as drinkable as it gets from Millstream.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle thanks to jhammerly

Pours a clear copper color with a small off-white head that fades. No real lacing on the glass.

Aroma of caramel malt with just a hint of hops and a light toasted nuttiness.

Caramel malty upfront with a faint hop flavor. Leads into a light toasted nutty flavor and another touch of caramel malt before finishing clean.

Medium light body, well carbonated.

A nice drinkable O-fest and a solid offering for the style. Look for this one next time you are celebrating the 'fest.

Photo of beerphilosopher
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber brown color with a bubbly pale tan head. Active carbonation in the pint glass and thin rings of lacing are evident. The nose is of roasted malt, slightly nutty and a touch of floral hops. The palate is quite malty, with a pleasant nutty character that is , to me, not unlike a good nut brown ale. Well-balanced flavors and enough hop presence to keep this one on the dry side. Mouthfeel is medium, at best, and quite crisp and clean on the finish. This is certainly one of the better American-made Oktoberfest beers I've tried in recent memory.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is slightly dark copper/amber. Two and a half fingers of off-white head developed and dissipated quickly to leave a spotted lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: It reminds me of a Ferrero Rocher chocolate ball with caramel or chocolate mousse inside. There is an immediate cocoa aroma laced with sweet caramel. Very enticing. Also noticeable after the pint warms are scents of toffee, honey, and grassy barnyard malts.

Taste: Reminds me a lot of the Red Trolley Ale I drank at Dodger Stadium. The very smooth cocoa/chocolate mousse shines through in the taste, and the caramel adds a touch of sweetness. However, the tail has a nice bitter edge that leaves the back of the mouth tingling. As it warms the flavor aligns with the later emerging scents: toffee, honey, and grassy barnyard malts.

Drinkability: Solid. From past experience, märzen was just a darker, slightly toasted lager, but Millstream's Oktoberfest completely strays from that norm. It's malty, toasty, slightly spicy, and just a hair heavy. Basically, it's a damn good beer.

Photo of sauron681
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium ruby red. Excellent head, with slow even carbonation, with pretty good lacing.
Couldnt pick up any specific aroma, mayber a hint of muddiness.
Medium body in the mouth, clean and bold. Very nice.

Heavy roasted caramel malt, with little grain in the beginning for sweetness. Finishes acceptably bitter with a nice hoppy finish. Slight tings of import lager (metal) taste. I get to the amana colonies a couple times a year and i will definetly get this brew again

Photo of kimcgolf
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a nice autumn-like red-brown-ornage, with a medium off-white had that left okay lacing. Nose was the expected malty nuts, earth and dark fruits, with a hint of toffee, and the mouthfeel full and slightly sweet. Taste was more of the malty fall taste, and the finish wet, but offset by just enough hops to be pleasant.

Photo of beagle75
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy, light amber color with less than one finger of diminishing white foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Caramel and baking spices are both well-represented, with lesser yeasty bread also present.

T: Begins off-dry, with heavy caramel malt and weizen-style aromatic clove spice. Acidity is restrained but citric into the middle where malt flavored become more refined but less distinct. The third act also features malt behaving in dynamic fashion, turning very bready with a yeasty flair. Mild bitterness is accompanied by dark citrus and fermented plants that blend well with other elements of the flavor profile, rather than standing out.

M: Medium to thick viscosity; smooth, creamy, and slightly acidic on the palate; with moderate carbonation.

D/O: While the smell and flavor represent the style well enough, it is the textures encountered here that really turn heads. Remarkably chewy and viscous for the style, it really demands the respect of the drinker. Other features are predictably malt-focused, but enjoyable. It promises to be an epic cooking beer.

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light, earthy malt aroma. Big light-tan colored head faded quickly to a ring around the glass. Hazy chestnut colored beer with an orange hue. Mild malt flavor with a pinch of cocoa and some crisp fresh hops. Moderately full body is smooth and carries the flavors well. Something is off with the smell, but otherwise a nice brew. Thanks to BuckeyeNation for the chance to try this one.

Photo of terrabyte
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, caramel amber with a small head.

Aroma seems typical of the style: Cumin and allspice. I also detect a welcome caramel smell.

Flavor has a nice, smooth & mellow caramel base, followed by boring oktoberfest spices: cumin and allspice. However, the spices were authentic, not powdery. A dry hop finish makes the taste a bit more enjoyable.

Mouthful is excellent. Stellar! It’s well carbonated, and very smooth.

Drinkability is actually very good. I have to note that most Oktoberfest beers bore me, and the flavor here was no exception. However, I found the beer very interesting solely on the smooth mouth. If you’re a fan of this style, I would highly recommend this beer.

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

App- The beer has a reddish-brown body with golden highlights. The head foamed to a three finger tan cap. There is just a bit of foamy lace sticking to the side of the glass. It is a very good looking beer.

Smell- A good amount of herbal notes that remind me of fall. There might even be clove in there. The hops in here are a bit grassy. Of course, being a Maerzen, there are a nice amount of caramel malts as a backbone.

Taste- The nose is very similar to what's on the taste profile. The herbal notes are more in the finish. The caramel malt and sort of roasted malt flavor are at the front and middle of the drink. The hops are bittering and show up in the middle and last well into the finish.

Mouth feel- It is a really nice medium body. The drink is also incredibly creamy and smooth. It is really great for an Ofest/Maerzen.

Overall- The Millstream take on the Oktoberfest has a pitch perfect mouth feel, great nose, and luckily, a taste that imitates that nose.

Photo of tgbljb
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly hazy medium copper color with sparse off-white creamy head.
Smell is light with some mild tones of caramel detected.
Taste is nicely malty.Caramel notes prervail with some subtle fruit aspects.
Nice and refreshing finish withn enough sweetness to be enjoyable without going too far.
Very easy drinking. Good job from this brewery.

Photo of rundocrun
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours the characteristic deep orange of an oktoberfest beer. Thin white head that fades to a film on the surface. Lazy bubbles drift up from the bottom of the glass. Moderate lacing on the glass.

S - Sweet, malty and caramely. There is a distinct biscuit-like aroma amid everything else. Very mild alcoholic notes waft up too. There is a deeply herbal character to the hops in this lager too.

T- Hugely malty and caramely. A dry, toasted bread flavor is prevalent here. Incredibly crisp and clean as an oktoberfest should be. I'm even getting very mild hints of light cocoa. The hops balance out the sugary backbone of this beer with just the right amount of herbal flavors and assertive bitterness. Has a spicy, black pepper-like finish that fades into malty goodness.

M - Has a medium body, prominent carbonation, and has a moderately dry but clean finish.

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