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Millstream Schild Brau Amber - Millstream Brewing Company

Millstream Schild Brau AmberMillstream Schild Brau Amber

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179 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.57%

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

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
The name Schild Brau means essentially 'Schild Beer' in German. This is our flagship brew, a microbrew done in the style of the special beers of Munich. This beer is brewed in the style of a Vienna Lager.

Our beer uses these same malts to attain a perfect balance between malty sweetness and a firm bitterness.

16 IBU

(Beer added by: PhantomVodoo on 06-14-2002)
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Photo of TreyIsWilson


3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear amber with a two-finger white head. No lacing.

S - Light caramel malts and a small amount of earthiness.

T - Starts sweet with a heavy amount of caramel malts. The middle has a bready/cracker taste. Finish has a bitter hop finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very easy drinking with a very clean mouthfeel.

O - A decent low ABV beer. Nothing mind blowing, just an easy drinking Lager.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 05:01:55 | More by TreyIsWilson
Photo of Honisbygonis

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appetizer: amber darker though; lil or no head (but did pour into chilled pint glass); bouquet is pleasantly different (cant' make out the differing scent)

Entree: decent initial taste, hearty I would say, with mild-moderate aftertaste although a bit harsh, but does not linger too long.

Dessert: Since in Vienna style, nice that it's different, but have nothing to compare to (yet) either way as to meets / doesn't meet expectations.

Prognosis: thirst quencher it is, and not bad, just not overwhelmingly ___ (fill in the blank) or not overwhelming in any way.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 21:05:56 | More by Honisbygonis
Photo of Raki


2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Head dissipated quickly. Can not get past the sour aroma and sour taste. Will not buy again, but probably is just my personal preference for a more balanced, overall drinkable beer, without a major spike in one characteristic that you fixate on while drinking.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 14:46:35 | More by Raki
Photo of hardy008


2.84/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours dark amber with an off white head with decent retention and lacing. Smells like light caramel malt, with some hops for balance.

Tastes like light caramel malt with grassy hops. There is a decent balance between hops and malt sweetness, but nothing extraordinary.

Medium bodied with light carbonation. Not bad, but nothing to get excited about either. I will pass on this one in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 04:54:01 | More by hardy008
Photo of 312HopBomb


3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep clear honey color with light tan head. Light spots of lacing.

Aroma of honey, earthy, slighty spicy european hop and medium roast caramel malt.

Clean, crisp malt and more earthy hop with pepper bite. Nice german flavor.

Medium mouthfeel and well attenuated.

An above average vienna lager.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 21:06:32 | More by 312HopBomb
Photo of Vixie


3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper color with a bit of a tan head that doesn't stick around too long.

Smell is mainly malt, little bit of yeast as well.

Bit sweet, notes of caramel and toffee. Has a bit of nuttiness, and some hop bite at the end.

Not a bad feel, carbonation is a bit high, making itself known on the tongue.

Not a bad beer overall. Others in this style have more hops presence than this one, which is a positive to me. It is a touch sweet, but the nut flavor and hop bite at the end balance it nicely. Easy drinking and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 01:34:00 | More by Vixie
Photo of syrupjoe


3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Village Pub in St. Anthony, MN. Pours a copper brown with one finger almost white head.

Nose: caramel, honey, brown sugar, dark berries.

Taste: caramel malt, aspirin bitterness, honey, graham cracker.

Finishes clean with light bitterness and lingering sweetness. Quite drinkable, nothing spectacular but I'd drink it again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2012 01:09:59 | More by syrupjoe
Photo of KarlHungus


2.9/5  rDev -19%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a cloudy orange-amber color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of caramel malt with a fairly strong sourness to it. It smells more like a Berliner Weisse than a Vienna Lager. It's not a bad aroma. On the contrary it is actually quite pleasant. It just isn't what a Vienna Lager should smell like. The taste is a lot less sour then the aroma, but there is still a faint hint of sourness in the background. Up front there there are some nice caramel notes with some light floral hops. I think I would like it a bit better if the sourness were a little stronger. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation for the style. Overall, I'm not sure if something is off or if the brewer really did intend on this beer beings slightly sour. Either way I can't see myself drinking this one again.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 00:12:26 | More by KarlHungus
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle acquired as part of a mixed pack from Princeton Liquors in Maple Grove, MN. Poured ~4C into a Duvel snifter.

A: Slightly hazy, reddish brown with a great stiff 1+ finger white head that drops to a lasting small cap that leaves little globs of lacing.
S: Nutty with some biscuit. Initially (and off & on throughout the pour) a strong soapy / buttery aroma dominated that seemed off.
T: A very clean beer with a solid malt profile with caramel, biscuit and bread malts. A hint of hop bitterness plays against an otherwise smooth sweetness.
M: Biting carbonation with sweetness and bread flavours that linger.
O: A solis, sessionable lager. Worth buying.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 23:58:45 | More by kjyost
Photo of jsprain1


3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Slightly reddened amber. The head was one and a half fingers, white, at first, but it fell flat very quickly.
S- The aroma is very pleasant. Toasted bread, slightly doughy, with a bit of fruit. It smells very much like Fat Tire. Blindfolded, on aroma, I wouldn't know the difference.
T- Here it loses its punch. Bready, but lighter bread than the aroma made me think. There fruit is there but very mild. A touch of sugar cookie.
M- Very light. The flavors finish quickly, without much lingering flavors. Carb is medium-low.
O- An ok beer but other than the aroma it more or less disappointed me.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 04:11:11 | More by jsprain1
Photo of gatornation


3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a 12 oz bottle

A- pours a mostly clear light amber color with a 1 finger white head a bit of lacing

S- baked bread malts and caramel

T- caramelized malts first and toffee with baked bread some citrusy hops

M- crisp and clean with medium carbonation its sweet and slick on the palate

O- tasty with a < 5% ABV, i could drink this one again , recommended

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 22:18:50 | More by gatornation
Photo of jera1350


3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clean copper/light amber color with a soapy head that quickly shrinks down to a tight ring around the glass. A hair of lacing.

Very, very bready with some light caramel sweetness.

The taste is quite bready also with a nice sweetness, a touch of toffee and hint of hops. Some alcohol is mildly noticeable. Pretty clean taste.

Has a nice lightly chewy body. Feels bigger than an under 5% beer. Some prickly carbonation with a very dry finish.

This is a very nice and easily drinkable beer. Not at the top for the style, but overall, a beer that would easily be sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 02:24:45 | More by jera1350
Photo of knepper


3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pours a deep gold to orange with a thin white head.

Smell: Toasted malts, a hint of light-roasted marshmallow, tart fruit, and vanilla.

Taste: My first impression is of a slightly above average Oktoberfest. The beer is smooth, light bodied, full of biscuity, toasted malts, and ultra drinkable. It does come in a bit fruity though; maybe cotton candy like? A pinch of spice from the hops compliments the finish along with that lager sulphur-like quality. I'm detecting a bit of apple and white grape juice in there as well. For a beer clocking in at below 5%, I have to give Millstream credit for pulling out tons of flavor from the malt bill. If you're looking for a beer to pair with brats/kraut or chili, look no further.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 01:29:25 | More by knepper
Photo of robboyd


3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad brew overall. It pours a deep amber color with a white fizzy head that took some time to dissipate.

It has a real generic smell to it. Malt is the primary smell, maybe a touch of sour fruit.

Taste is again somewhat average. It certainly has the malted punch that my nose picked up. The fruit tones aren't there as much but it is slightly sour. It's not complex so I wouldn't call it balanced but it is enjoyable. It's good in it's simplicity.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 23:14:31 | More by robboyd
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | 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 pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, lager yeast, a good amount of hops and a touch of fruit.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of caramel and some citrus followed by some bready flavors of lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is decent for the style and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice solid beer worth pounding for while.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 02:43:16 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of DesMoinesMike


3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I seem to be consistantly disappointed by this brew. It looks good but has kind of an odd, slightly sour smell to it. The taste has some good malt character but that same slightly sour essence detracts from that too much for me to enjoy it. The body is good but the sourness seems to linger. I've had a bottle before that I drained because it was so bad. This would most likely be a good beer if Millstream did better quality control on it. I've haven't had this problem before with their other brews.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 16:14:07 | More by DesMoinesMike
Photo of woosterbill


3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, notched December (presumably 2010), into a Duvel tulip. Big thanks to mnbearsfan for hooking me up with this, my first Iowa beer: state tick #39.

A: Clear deep amber body under a finger of fine off-white foam. Mediocre retention, but nice delicate lace. Pretty good.

S: Nothing but maltiness: big nuttiness, light caramel, and a hint of fruit. Lacking in complexity, but quite pleasant.

T: Rather sweet, with toffee, figs, and hazelnuts being the major players. Very rich maltiness, with a nice crisp finish. Impressively clean and devoid of off notes from the yeast. Enjoyable.

M: Highly carbonated, somewhat prickly, light-to-medium body. Ok, but not particularly great.

O: I wasn't expecting much from this one at all, as it's a 9-month-old bottle of a style I've never really fancied. Happily my low expectations were far more than met: this is a well-made, thoroughly enjoyable amber lager. I'd gladly drink it again.


Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 22:44:35 | More by woosterbill
Photo of ForWhatAlesYou


2.45/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Lindstrom Municipal Bar in downtown Lindstrom, MN. Poured into a Copperhook "bullet".

Note: Sometimes I review these beers and then see other reviews and wonder what other people were tasting or if it was just a bad taste at the place I tried it.

A: Off brown amber in color with an ample white foam

S: A little caramel and biscuit. Interesting.

T: Like a generic amber beer with a fair amount of cardboard dissolved into it. A little sourness.

M: Decent viscosity but papery texture is off putting.

D: I would try this one again in Iowa, but never again any where else.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2011 16:28:06 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
Photo of rundocrun


4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours light brown with copper highlights. Not much of a head. Light lacing on the glass.

S - Smells of caramel, plums and milk chocolate. A very pungent beer! Almost like a less intense cousin of some old ales that I've tried.

T - Has a huge malt presence! Toasty grains and sweet brown sugar can be found all the way from start to finish. Very slight bitterness toward the middle. Has a crisp, refreshing character to it, which is unexpected because it smelled so syrupy and candy-like.

M - Light body with good carbonation. Has a sticky finish.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 04:28:01 | More by rundocrun
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a good amber color, with good clarity, minimal head, this looks the part of a Vienna Lager. Aroma was lacking that vienna malt sweetness to look for in this style. Wasn't bad put off bad, but was just, meh.

Taste, smooth and the malt content seems to be just right, thin enough, yet chewy. Would have liked to have seen just a little more hop zest, 20-30 ibu, instead of what tastes like 10-15. But its probably more in the tradition of a good Vienna or oktoberfest. Plenty of that nutty caramel thing going on in the mouthfeel, but it just is too middle of the road for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 16:48:53 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of TheQuietMan22


3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straight pour into a becker glass. Not the correct beerware, but it will do. The color is a light amber/copper. One finger of white head developed and dissipated almost immediately to leave a spotted lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: Mostly caramel and toffee, but there is a hint of chocolate to give it a little darker richness.

Taste: Mirrors the aroma and is very straightforward. Caramel, toffee, and a hint of chocolate. There is a subtle hop bitterness at the end of each sip.

Drinkability: Not much complexity, but it is tasty, rich, and very drinkable. As an Iowan I hate to say this, especially since this beer just won a gold medal at the World Beer Cup: when it comes to Vienna style lager, I think Trader Joe's Vienna Style Lager beats Schild Brau. By a hair, though.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 05:36:57 | More by TheQuietMan22
Photo of msjacilynn


3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing from old notes: 9/9/10

A: Pours clean amber with an orange tint.

S: Nut and mild nut but very weak in terms of aroma.

T: Caramel, bourbon and sweet malts...decent amber.

M: Medium and well carbonated.

D: Not my favorite but would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 16:00:30 | More by msjacilynn
Photo of JMad


3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass...

The liquid was a very light amber/ copper color with a thin white head. It smells mostly of sweet caramel malt, there is a hint of nutty malt and it's a little yeasty. I could taste some apricot, also toasted bread and sweet caramel candy. The body is light - medium and the carbonation kind of bites the tongue and it leaves the mouth sticky. The Schild Brau has very rich flavor for a lager, I would love to be able to get this on a normal basis.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 17:56:58 | More by JMad
Photo of rings


4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Millstream's flagship Schild Brau Amber is a Vienna style lager. Deep copper in color, it pours lovely with a full head that sticks to the glass as you sip. The initial sip is malty and sweet (for a lager), with a gentle rolling bite of bittering hops. With another swirl of the glass and a sample sip or two, there's a spicy herbal aroma at the nose--I suspect dry-hopping--that opens up a small dinner party in your mouth ...not the Animal House type, but the cocktails and good conversation type of party. The layers are complex and interesting. Very clean, well balanced with an excellent body for two-row malt.

Quite simply, this is outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 20:43:00 | More by rings
Photo of richkrull


3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pretty good beer. I was surprised that it's brewed in Iowa - the label doesn't seem to fit that. Interesting name as well.

Nice amber color, good taste and feel. A little bit of a bitter aftertaste. Almost no head at all when pouring. It's worth a taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 02:21:54 | More by richkrull
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Millstream Schild Brau Amber from Millstream Brewing Company
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