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Millstream Schild Brau Amber - Millstream Brewing Company

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Reviews: 124
Hads: 227
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 16.48%
Wants: 5
Gots: 15 | 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:
Beer added by: PhantomVodoo on 06-14-2002

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
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Reviews: 124 | Hads: 227
Photo of Sammy
3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Millstream Schild Brau Amber is a little darker than expected. Rather than being amber, it's a gemstone-like shade of reddish orange. The beer is crystal clear and has steady, slow-moving carbonation rising up to a crown that is light caramel brown in color, falls fairly quickly and doesn't leave much lace.

The nose is pleasant. It's equally balanced between malt and hops, with an underlying spiciness. Actually, it has quite a bit of character. The flavor follows the aroma: caramel malt with a touch of spicy, earthy hops. Even bolder flavor would be better. The finish is long and the mouthfeel is medium for the style.

Schild Brau is my first beer from Millstream, the only brewery left in the state of Iowa. It's no world-beater, but it's a helluva lot better than similar offerings from the Big 3.

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Photo of zeff80
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a burgandy/reddish brown color with a small, cream-colored head. No lace.

S - It smelled of grasses and very malty.

T - The dominant taste was a sweet maltiness. It also had a spiciness reminiscent of a Winter Warmer.

M - It was a little thin. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is pretty good. It may have been a little too old. I'd like to try a fresher one during Octoberfest.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber body with a thin, bubbly white head.

Smell: Altogether mild aroma of toasted malts with light notes of apple and flowers.

Taste: Toasty maltiness with a mild sweetness and a hint of red apple peel. Vaguely floral hop character with little bitterness provided. Crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine, easy-drinking beer. Why, it's schild's play!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

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Photo of Jason
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright amber color, slight haze, with a thick dollup of creamy foam above.
Nose? Lager-y....very clean, small fruity tones, caramel, nice and malty.
Taste...sweet and tangy, nutty, fruity, zingy,...big malt, but maybe over-carbonated. Light in the body, but filled with flavor. Easy drinker, good taster, hard to find a fault here. Although it falls somewhere in the middle, at the very least...something I'd have no problem downing were I down Iowa way.

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Photo of Zorro
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Obtained in a trade with hero27 as an extra in the box.

Quite a dark lager, this is way past what can be called amber and is a red ale with a head that doesn't really form.

The smell is very malty and quite full of the scent of Munich malt. Reasonably strong aromas of toasted grain and toffee candy and a lesser scent of coffee. Faint herbal aroma from hops but not a hop beer by any stretch of the term.

The taste begins neutral with a surprising chocolate and hazelnut taste. The hazelnut taste is so strong that it is almost as if a shot of Frangelico has been dropped in the glass. There is a lot of chocolate and toffee taste to go along with the nut taste and the overall effect is quite nice.

The mouthfeel is good.

Quite a nice beer and one that I could see drinking again.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to tedpeer for this one.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with lots of caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, with some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice one to drink.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two-fingered white head that goes slowly and leaves a little lace. Clear amber color. Moderate carbonation. Starts with a good mix of malt and hops, finishes clean but slightly on the sweet side but there are metallic hints. Light - medium bodied.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear copper. Thin beige head. Spotty lace. Aroma is fairly light. Toasted malts and a little biscuit. Body is close to full. There's a good amount of carbonation. Taste is kind of forgettable. Not a lot going on. Some of your basic caramel and toasted notes, light as they may be. And also some sweet sugary kinds of traits. But all in all, it's not doing anything for me. Average...at best.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.91/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to Nick G. for the Iowa beer hook-up.

Pours a nice clear copper color with a quick dissolving head of off-white. But pretty good bubbling though.

The aroma is grainy and dry caramel malts with maybe a little astringent, just cut gardening plant hop aroma for balance.

The taste starts caramel, crystal, and biscuit malt. Then moves to a somewhat musty hop middle. But the nice grainy, malty flavors ring true throughout the whole flavor profile.

The palate starts malty and ends malty. But the middle has a weird, musty hop palate that doesn't bridge the gap between sweet and bitter very well. All and all a nice session lager that I wouldn't mind buying again.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours brilliant amber with a slight brown tint under a thin, white foam collar. Starts with a light malty sweetness and finishes with a mild bitter hop accent. A clean smooth, flavorful easy to drink amber lager.

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Photo of Gusler
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On the pour, the beer is a translucent deep copper color on the pour with the head minimal in size and frothy in texture, the color an off white with the resultant lace a fine sheet. The nose is malt, sweet; hints of caramel or maple syrup more like it, with the front is sweet and fair in malt; the top skeletally thin. Finish middling in carbonation and the minimal hops spiciness does little to help this beer.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of ZAP
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Apparently this has won "repeated awards"...I don't see it...

orange/amber color....decent enough toasty nose...so far so good...but then things go to hell in a hurry...mouthfeel is more reminiscent of Mich Ultra than Elliot Ness....thin and fizzy....flavor has some toasty malts and caramel but very lightly flavored...and a weird off-taste finish....as this warms this improves and the toasty qualities become more apparent..I guess it's decent enough...just not an elite effort


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Photo of Brenden
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BuckeyeNation for the trade. The beer is a dark copper/amber color with a thin beige head that dissipated rather quickly. Very thin lacing. Lightly malty aroma, with a hint of nuts. Medium-bodied with a flavor somewhere between a Marzen and a regular Amber. There is a tartness under the malt and caramel that made the character seem a little off. However it was still fairly easy to drink. The finish is alternatingly fruity and malty. Overall not an exceptional beer but it is smooth with a nice taste.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange glowing body with a bit of a tarnished haze to it, thin and fluffy egg shell colored cap, keeps a fluffy collar; lacing is in minimal spotting.

Aroma is bleak if not transparently open and clean, I wiff and wiff and don't get much of anything. As it warmed some slight toasted husks emerged. Perhaps deserving of a lower number then average, but it has no off aromas and is clean so it gets the average.

Taste is smooth and clean, light caramel malting, a bit of some toasty aspects, crisp and firm in the front, bready and lightly chewy biscuit with caramel/honey edges smooths out a warm and rendered light chewyness in the finish. Light leafy/grassy hops play very secondary and kinda mingle into a small section of fruityness in the middle area.

Feel is firm and smooth, nice little malty chewyness and residual sweeter fruityness across its appealing lighter medium body. This isn't overly flavorful or substantially full in character, but damn if it ain't drinkable. I could have alot of these, would make for a nice session
O-fest brew for sure.
Thanks to mentor for the cross border exchange!

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Photo of mynie
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got to sample this beer at its brewery on the very day that it won a silver medal at the GABF. Neat.

Pour a very pretty dark amber fading to blackness with a nice head. Smells strong like roasted malt and faintly like brown sugar. Tastes basically like it smells, bittersweet roasted malts up fruit and a slight hop bite at the end. Nice but not very strong.

I had this after drinking a few of the Oktoberfests, and I think that it might have been a mistake. It basically tasted like a nuetered version of that great beer. Still, this is a good lager, and well worth a try.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.91/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

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Photo of jera1350
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
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.


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Photo of cokes
3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Millstream Schild Brau Amber from Millstream Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.