Millstream Schild Brau Amber - Millstream Brewing Company
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Reviews by Dantes:
3.75/5 rDev +3.9%
Package: 12oz. crowned brown heritage bottle; somewhere between a stubby and a longneck. Common date scale notched at January. No ABV information. Pleasant blue-and-white checked label with standard grist mill logo.
Cost: Acquired via trade
Presentation: Shaker pint at ~45º
Appearance: A crystal clear, vibrant russet-amber. Generated a generous, but loose white head; that resolved quickly down to a floating skim.
Smell: Grainy and fruity and straightforward. Clean and crisp notes of malt and hops.
Taste: Light and sparkly, with a remarkably fruity, slightly sweet ale-like flavor, picked up a bit by some very mild hoppiness. Some toasty, cereal notes in the background. Probably could use a bit more bitterness to counterbalance the sweetness. Finishes cleanly and lightly.
Mouthfeel: Like the other Millstream beers Ive had, this was beautifully carbonated, and somewhat light in body. Very pleasant and smooth.
Drinkability: Easy drinking with an interesting if somewhat too sweet flavor profile. Not extremely challenging, but a fine quaffer.
Backwash: Whenever I drink a beer like this, I always ask myself, Why in Gods name, would someone local EVER buy something from Bud, Miller, or Coors? This will certainly not blow your doors off, but its a fine, drinking beer. Probably my second favorite of the Millstreams (after the odd Oatmeal Stout). Doesnt really drink like a Marzen/Oktoberfest in my opinion, although it shares some of that styles sweetness and maltiness in a lighter way. Its more like a lightly hopped red/amber ale. Not a beer Id go out of my way to find (as they say in Michelin), but what Id probably be drinking if I were a student in Iowa. Im not sure of the cost, but Im sure this is a good value.
05-17-2004 22:00:56 | More by Dantes
More User Reviews:
3.83/5 rDev +6.1%
Presentation: 12 oz short brown with a twist off cap, no freshness date to be found.
Appearance: Garnet red with a fluffy bubbly head that crawls up the glass.
Smell: Clean with a caramel candy like sweetness.
Taste: Incredibly smooth, quite clean and a little chewy with a tasty malt flavour all throughout the mouth. The medium body holds the malt well with a mild toasted flavour, hops leave only a small bite though still enough to add a touch of balance. More grain and malt lead the tastebuds in the finish ... nice mix of grain and residual sweetness.
Notes: Reminiscent of the Oktoberfest style this turns out to be a great amber lager ... very drinkable and very satisfying. A proud beer to have brewed.
06-14-2002 12:11:11 | More by Jason
3.75/5 rDev +3.9%
Pours a nice dark amber color, transparent, and had a white head; but the fact the head left with no trace brings it down. Smell of caramel and toffee. Sweet caramel greets your taste buds, paired with some toffee and a soft, earthy bitterness to even things out. Really well balanced taste. Higher carbonation than average, medium bodied. After finishing up a test, this one hit the spot nicely. I'd have another, but unfortunately this is the only one I had.
Worth a try.
10-26-2006 03:58:36 | More by badbeer
2.7/5 rDev -25.2%
Dull deep-amber in color with a semi-lasting layer of rocky off-white head. Sparse glass lacing. Aromas are sorta tough to discern. Roasted malts, some sweetness, and a dash of fruity hops. Flavor also is subdued. Nothing memorable. Some caramel sweetness that only briefly steps aside to let any sort of brisk bittering hops to see the spotlight. Odd undertow of a sourness that I get later on, and it lasts well into the aftertaste. Thin and not overly drinkable. Perhaps I got a bad bottle?
08-05-2004 18:36:03 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
2.93/5 rDev -18.8%
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.
05-10-2011 16:48:53 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.45/5 rDev -4.4%
This beer pours a golden orange color, with a very tiny white head. The head fades very fast, leaving no lace.
This beer has a very mild aroma. It smells sweet and malty, and slightly caramel like. That is pretty much it. Not much going on here.
This beer tastes much like it smells. Not much going on. A very mild caramel malt flavor.
This beer is crisp and refreshing. It goes down smooth, leaving a slightly caramel like aftertaste.
This beer would probably make a great sessoin beer. It is low in alcohol, and the flavor is very mild.
Overall: Thanks to BuckeyeNation for generously giving me this beer. It was a good beer, but the flavor was pretty mild and slightly boring. Definately not bad though.
12-13-2008 21:19:56 | More by OStrungT
3.23/5 rDev -10.5%
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.
12-29-2010 02:21:54 | More by richkrull
3.18/5 rDev -11.9%
On tap at the cedar rapids airport (it's nice to see craft beer on tap in such a small airport.) Supper clear copper colored beer with a slightly fluffed, off white head. There is some sudsy stickiness but it dissipates quickly and ends up as a thin coating across the top of the brew.
Smell is almost non-existent. There is a mild sweetness but not much of anything else, although it is pleasant.
The taste is of muted grains and has a light coppery metallic flavor which is reinforced by a delicate bitterness. That description is better then it really deserves because this beer is not just mild it's a borderline ghost. If it wasn't for the carbonation I doubt it would have any taste.
The mouthfeel is not very refreshing and is kind of rough. I do like the carbonation because it redeems this brew from being almost undrinkable. This one could use more of everything, more hops, grain, nose, flavor, you name it. One word can describe it... boring. It's a girlfriend beer.
08-08-2009 02:35:42 | More by jbphoto88
3.9/5 rDev +8%
Tried in the Amana Colonies at the brewery!
Pours dark amber and slightly hazy with a thick creamy off-white head.
It has an aroma is very clean. Malty, caramel and frutiy tones too it.
Tastes tangy, nutty, fruity, with a big malt kick.
Has a light feel in your mouth with a full flavor.
I would drink it again!
10-14-2008 22:28:02 | More by LordofTime25
3.5/5 rDev -3%
Thanks again, Benny.
Actually a deep, clear medium red rather than amber, this beer has a nicely sized frothy head with big, loose bubbling that tightens up to a stiff cream that settles down to just less than a finger in height, retains itself well as it falls but very slowly, and leaves good deposits of patching on the glass.
Lots of malts in this one are toasty, primarily, balanced by grass. Even with a light touch of earth and the toasty dryness, It's a bit too sweet, as a whole lot of caramel shows up and dominates.
It's toasty and the malts make a good show, lots of crust and caramel that, unlike in the nose, isn't overwhelming. There's a light edition of grassy hops with a little bite of spiciness to it as well. Grains come on a little too strongly as it goes. All in all, it's a pretty good showing.
The body is medium, maybe on the lighter side but not too thin. Crispness is just active enough.
07-02-2014 21:08:27 | More by Brenden
3.38/5 rDev -6.4%
A pleasing orange-brown color that pours with fine carbonation and yields a thin head.
The aroma holds a light, fruity sweetness.
I like the taste and finish of this brew.
The body held up to my pizza and green peppers well.
At times, that is an acid test for me.
Will grab this again.
04-21-2006 03:35:25 | More by brewQ
3.63/5 rDev +0.6%
Never tried this beer when I actually lived in Iowa (a whole 25 years), and now it comes to me via my beer-loving brother (BA name mnwags). Thanks bro!
The head lasts only a few seconds, the bubbles are plenty and the color is a clear, glassy amber.
Mild aroma brings caramel, brown sugar and even faint pumpkin to the nose. I really had to sniff hard to get anything out of the aroma here. But what is there I like.
Flavor is strong on the malts, plenty of caramel, toffee and just a little nutmeg. This is helped along by a wonderfully creamy mouthfeel, the best aspect of this beer. It hangs in there like melted butter and never thins.
Easy to like, hard to deeply love, but a good, sensible, worthy offering. Marzen/Oktoberfest purists may have some issues, but I'd never kick this out of my festival mug.
09-20-2006 22:40:30 | More by Metalmonk
3.3/5 rDev -8.6%
Nice, deep golden amber. Foamy off white head, shows moderate retention and lacing.
Hardly anything on the nose. Tiny malt sweetness.
Taste is almost as small. Diluted carmel sweetness. Hints of butter. A touch of slightly spicy hops in the finish. Everything here is fine and dandy, but just not enough. Simple and quaffable. But lacks any real character. Those two sentances could label Millstream.
Mouthfeel is creamy yet vacant of substance. Easy to drink.
I am rating this on the heels of several Great Lakes Eliot Ness'....my premier Vienna. This one pales greatly in comparison. Not bad, but well short of stellar.
08-28-2002 00:14:42 | More by cokes
3.08/5 rDev -14.7%
Hallertau hops and a most decent lager. Quaffable and satisfying. A medium yellow colour, minimum white head. Neutral aroma, medium mouthfeel. Decent beer all around,I could have one or two. Nothing edgy or really tasty though. Appropriate carbonation.
02-22-2009 02:38:10 | More by Sammy
4/5 rDev +10.8%
I like Millstream. The brewery couldn't be less pretentious; you'll never see a double IPA coming out of a Millstream, but it simply produces great basic beers. This is an unusual Marzen, it comes off a lot more like an amber. It is amber in color with a 1/2 inch head. The flavor's tart, with hints of apple and plenty of toasted malt. It is easy drinking and simply a great beer to have in the fridge. Cheers to Millstream!
02-10-2005 01:59:20 | More by swamiswamu
3.55/5 rDev -1.7%
12oz single, must have come from Brennan's on a cheese/sausage/wierd beer run
appearance: poured into pint glass...bright amber body, small tan head with light lacing left behind...pretty standard
smell: sweet malt body, quite nutty, caramel, sweet apple/pear, a touch bready
taste: initial main taste a sweet and nutty flavour, sweet malt and grain form the body, light caramel...good but rather standard
mouthfeel: medium body, quite smooth
drinkability: pretty good
07-24-2006 02:59:34 | More by dirtylou
3.3/5 rDev -8.6%
Poured into a mug.
A: Pours a clear ruby-brown color with a thin, fizzy white head that dissipated rather quickly.
S: Rich caramel and toffee aromas with an underlying nutty character. Big malty sweetness with nary a whiff of hops to be found.
T: Pretty nice toasty notes to support the aforementioned malty character. Pleasant tasting, but not particularly deep. I love the tastes it has going on, but I wish there were more.
M: Lighter side of a medium body and lower carbonation. This beer seems to strive for a rich, chewy feel, but never quite gets there. Finishes pretty clean.
D: Easy drinking with this one. A maltier all-night beer for some.
Not a bad start, but this beer seems like its crying out to be something more. I enjoyed the bottle I had, but I wouldn't fancy a second.
04-25-2009 02:39:41 | More by PirateUlf73
3.3/5 rDev -8.6%
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.
03-02-2011 16:00:30 | More by msjacilynn
3.7/5 rDev +2.5%
pour was a hazy copper with a light head that quickly gave way
very light malts, not much on nose at all
a slight sweet pear up front that quickly turned bitter and then malty through the finish. very nice.
fairly full bodied with a nice medium carbonation.
not bad at all, pretty easy to drink and a nice flow of flavors that complimented each other.
10-26-2009 11:45:06 | More by hooliganlife
3.9/5 rDev +8%
You may call me prejudiced because Im from Iowa, which doesnt have a major brewing scene, but this is one of the best ambers Ive had. Has a nice malty smell and pours a thick brownish head over an excellent coppery, bubbly body. There's a big caramel and brown sugar maltiness, with the right balance of German hops to keep it from getting too cloying. Won a Bronze at GABF, where it competed as a Vienna, and at the North American Brewers Association where it competed as a Mârzen. Go figure. Just a short detour off I-80 at the Colonies.
12-16-2003 14:00:47 | More by DrunkMcDermott
3.18/5 rDev -11.9%
Clear bronze-amber hue, served with a modest off-white head of a finger in height, it faded to half that size, a loose cap hung together well. No lace was produced. The nose is realty lacking in potency, hard whiffs induce only a trace of toasty-caramel malts and I am making an assumption about that. The palate is decent, toasty malts with a well-balanced addition of hops for a crisp bitterness that cuts the toasty malts just long enough to allow for a caramel note in the finish. There is an odd mineral twang but it is tolerable. This is a solid amber lager. Medium in body, natural carbonation, this allows for an easy drinking beverage. I could session with this but I might get bored after a couple. It is worth drinking if in Iowa, you need not seek it out unless you want a beer from all fifty states. It is a decent beverage and probably the easiest to find from this brewery.
02-09-2004 21:04:40 | More by bditty187
Millstream Schild Brau Amber from Millstream Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.