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Millstream Schild Brau Amber - Millstream Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

204 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 204
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 5
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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 brewmandan
4.83/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I know I like bock brews the best, but this brew is my top favorite brew from Millstream Brewing Co. (their bock beer trails in a close second). At least once or twice a year, my wife and I visit the Amana Colonies when we visit her sister, of whom lives in Cedar Rapids (not too far away from the Amana's). We always go to the colony where there the brewery in located, which I think is in Middle Amana. Great beer!

brewmandan, May 11, 2010
Photo of WestHam973
4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

Great Lager, this is what American Lagers should strive to be like

WestHam973, Oct 29, 2014
Photo of BierStein711
4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

BierStein711, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of terrabyte
4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear, dark amber. I poured aggressively, but only a small head formed.

Aroma smells like creamy caramel and sweet malts.

Flavor was "relaxation in a bottle". Extremely mellow, and very smooth. The main flavor I could pick up was caramel. Seemed to be sweetened by caramel or brown sugar. There was a hint of nutmeg, but not too much.

Mouthful was perfect. Despite the lack of head, it was well carbonated, creamy, and smooth.

This is a great concoction. I'm probably going for a record on using the word "smooth" too much, but that's exactly what this beer is, and I was so ready for another one. Never have I been so disappointed before about only having 1 bottle. It's ironic I've eaten at the Amanas a hundred times but never visited this brewery. Well that is going to change and I'm putting my mouth on this beer's tap!

terrabyte, Dec 20, 2006
Photo of eph1291
4.5/5  rDev +25%

eph1291, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of chrishickman
4.4/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm very experienced with this particular beer, as I've had it on tap at the Amana Colonies (the source) during Oktoberfest 2003, on tap at Old Chicago, and in the bottle from HyVee Liquors in Coralville (formerly Regal). Now, Ambers/Maifest/Oktoberfests are my favorite style of beer, and this is my favorite example overall, so my review might be a little biased and over-high. Great head, moderate lacing, great smell, great taste, goes down easy, lasts a long time. It's strong enough in the winter time, yet not too heavy to drink in the summertime unless I was working outside or something, in which case I'd probably be drinking water or Powerade anyway, not beer. I recommend this to anyone passing through Iowa whether on tap or in the bottle, and the Wheat beer if on tap (wasn't too impressed in the bottle). Great everyday beer.

chrishickman, Feb 27, 2004
Photo of Cubsfan1087
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this beer. Looks great, dark amber color with nice head. Great taste and flavor, very drinkable for any beer drinker. Being in Iowa, I need to try some more Millstream beers. This was the first I've had and I look forward to trying others.

Cubsfan1087, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of Brodie
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Brodie, Sunday at 03:03 PM
Photo of Handy50322
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Handy50322, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of dmilewsk
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

dmilewsk, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of mdwalsh
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first Iowa Beer.

A: Very thin head on this one, something I've noticed in all beers from this six pack. Nice active carbonation though, THe beer is a slight orange/copper (or red, it's very light sensitive) haze with nice lacing.

S: Heavy on the nutty malts, I also get some caramel and some earthy hops. No yeast aromas, but the more I smell, the more bready it gets. But it isn't too strong, just intricate.

T: Still heavy on the nutty/caramel malt, but there is a slightly sharper bite, possibly from roasted grain, but more I think from hops. Still no yeast flavors, totally clean in that regard. As I drink more, it swings back to a residual sweet, toffee taste. There's a mineralness here as well that doesn't add anything good or bad, just a uniqueness.

M: Nice carbonation, medium body: good, but not too sharp of a bite.

D: sessionable (relatively), but interesting as well.

mdwalsh, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of rings
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

rings, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of rundocrun
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

rundocrun, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of SheepNutz
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep brownish-red with one finger of head that dies down to a small collar quickly. There is minimal lacing left on the glass. The smell is malty with toffee sweetness. A slight grassiness and even a touch of cocoa on the nose as well. The taste is rich and full of sweet caramel malt. Some toffee and burnt sugar linger. Touches of hops here and there. Fairly well balanced. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and smooth. The drinkability is great. A really good Marzen.

SheepNutz, Aug 04, 2004
Photo of kruse
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the brewery.
Pours a lovely amber color with a creamy white, long-lasting, head.
Subtle malty aroma with toffee and citrus undertones.
Nice balanced flavor with good, but not overpowering, maltiness.
Mouthfeel is decent, but could be a bit fuller.
A very drinkable beer, especially sitting out in the brewery's beer garden.

kruse, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of swamiswamu
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

swamiswamu, Feb 10, 2005
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

AndrewBV, Feb 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

nbutzier, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

styleisking, Jul 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

mike727, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of Chefaprilrose
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Chefaprilrose, May 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

DubbelTrubbel, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of timlyon
4/5  rDev +11.1%

timlyon, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of Benvarine
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Benvarine, Feb 02, 2014
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Millstream Schild Brau Amber from Millstream Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 204 ratings.