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Millstream Schild Brau Amber - Millstream Brewing Company

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186 Ratings
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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | 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 homebrew311


3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra in a trade with drhinehart- thanks a bunch!

A: pours a mildly hazy orangeish amber with a nice looking fluffy white head, good head retention

S: smell is breads, yeast, caramel malts, and a slight sweetness on the finish

T:taste starts with a touch of malty sweetness and is followed by deeper bready notes with a little yeast on the finish, some hints of tea flavor and a slight citric zest... flavors seem to be appear in the opposite order of the smell

MF: pretty spot on for the style, nice medium body that holds up the bready flavors well

D: this is quite quaffable and enjoyable. The flavors are subtle but there seems to be a decent amount of complexity for such a light beer This leaves a nice flavor in the mouth which will keep you coming back for more. This typically isn't my style, but I found this version to be quite enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2009 23:08:36 | More by homebrew311
Photo of hooliganlife


3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 11:45:06 | More by hooliganlife
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2009 18:03:30 | More by kruse
Photo of drhinehart


3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Pours to a copper color with a nice, fluffy off white head. Aroma is mainly malt, some caramel. Sweet taste, caramel, kind of bready with a slight bite at the end. A very tasty beer. Medium bodied with the right amount of carbonation. Overall a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 07:54:13 | More by drhinehart
Photo of gmfessen


3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass, beer is a clear, copper color with a thin but solid off-white head. The nose is readily apparent and is of lightly toasted, slightly sweet amber malt. No hops to speak of. The taste has the same feel; lots of caramel and lightly toasted grain (victory perhaps?), a bit bready and hops to balance but no real hop presence. The mouthfeel is light in body with an almost creamy carbonation and a slightly dry finish. Certainly a drinkable beer, this could be an easy session beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 20:07:05 | More by gmfessen
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3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2009 02:35:42 | More by jbphoto88
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3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Amber with a slight chill haze and active carbonation. A fizzy cream head starts small and quickly settles to a thin sheet. Leaves a small amount of lace.

S: Lemon and sweet caramel stuck the most to me. There a small amount of fresh cut grass as well.

T: Quick bittersweet. Caramel sweetness and a pepper bitterness create this sensation. The sweetness hits first, but the pepper bitterness soon follows. The pepper becomes more pronounced in the finish were it's joined by a faint metallic flavor.

M: The medium light body is dry and feels over carbonated.

D: This is a decent beer. It didn't tug at my heartstrings, but I still enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 22:50:54 | More by Rayek
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3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent offering of the generally bland "amber" non-category (which oft-times gets shuffled into "Vienna Lager." Well-balanced, with a nutty, bready sweet flavor offsetting a moderate amount of bitterness. Defintely a step beyond the "Fat Tire," "Killian's" breed of this entry level style; with a more forceful front edge and a thicker mouthfeel. Enjoyable enough, but nothing to set the world on fire.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2009 22:07:36 | More by hylton44
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3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2009 02:39:41 | More by PirateUlf73
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3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nutty, caramel color with minimal head and a likewise big, sweetly malted and nutty nose! Flavor is great, sweet honey and rich malt. Nice mouthfeel, quite syrupy for a lager.

Overall a surprisingly tasty lager, not at all what I was expecting. Very enjoyable!

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 02:13:36 | More by Reanimator
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3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - orangish-amber in color with a small head
S - Has a sweet malt aroma
T - I really like the sweet bready malts on this beer. It has a real nice caramel sweetness to it as it lingers. Has a touch of bitterness to it at the end. It Definitely fits the marzen label, although they don't specifically call it that.
M - It has that crisp lager flavor with a fairly light body that is well representative of the style.
D - I enjoy this beer and it drinks as well as any marzen that i've had the pleasure of drinking. I am eating some buttered popcorn along with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2009 02:37:34 | More by BeenJammin
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3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass, courtesy of mattafett.

A: Pours a reddish copper color. Translucent against the light, with some carbonation up the center of the glass. Develops half a finger of head that recedes quickly; no lacing down the glass.

S: Toasty, bready, and caramel malt, with a mild floral hop presence. Not a strong nose, and requires some agitation to bring it out.

T: Slight bitterness from the floral hops in the initial taste. Develops into a sweet and bready flavor from the malt, which lingers through to the finish. Aftertaste has light toast and caramel flavors.

M: Light-bodied, with light carbonation. Fairly crisp finish, and no hint of the alcohol.

D: This is a great summer / BBQ / session beer. It's nice to have a good lager that reminds you of what you enjoyed about beer in the first place. I'll look around for a local brew that is comparable to this for my summer drinking.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 08:29:46 | More by Arbitrator
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3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours with a very light copper colour and a slightly off white head of about a centimeter in height. The head lingers for a while, which makes the beer look quite nice. When smelling the beer, toasty, bready flavours come out. In the back end is a nice malty sweetness. When drinking the beer, there is a huge maltiness coming from the Munich malts, and some caramel comes through as well. A floral noble, type hop comes through at the finish with the nice crispness from the lagering of the beer. I think the extra hoppiness makes this beer a little bit out of style, but this tastes great; moreover, this is probably closer to a hoppy Vienna lager. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy with a good carbonation. Quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 03:10:02 | More by swizzlenuts
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Ontario (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 02:38:10 | More by Sammy
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3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a striking resemblance to cheap Canadian Whiskey(my favorite kind) a brown amber is topped by a thin soapy beige head that has poor retention and no sticky remnants. The nose is suprisingly hoppy and has nice soft floral notes as well as a hint of caramel malts. Millstream has a good Marzen here, not outstanding, but very solid. A superb balance of malt and hops, and a near perfect match, though the caramel malts slightly over shadow the fruity hop undercurrent. A touch of spice is very subtle and blends in well. A little tartness / bitterness on the finish adds another dimension and is easily appreciated. The body is full figured for a Marzen and delivers a good amount of texture as well as a nice dry finish. It may be out of the Oktober Fest season, but that didn't stop me from enjoying every drop of this delicious offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 17:58:25 | More by orangemoustache
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4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A burgundy bronze color, paper thin layer of tight bubbles over the beer, very clear - 4.00, S: Lots of amber malts, some burnt brown sugar, faintest sign of hops - 4.25, T: Very smooth and pleasing, more malt than hops but there is the slightest touch of hop bitterness on the tail of this beer, caramel - 4.00, M: Pleasant mouthfeel - 4.00, D: This beer was a surprise, not generally my style but I found this to be extremely drinkable, a solid representation of the style - 4.00

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 01:28:22 | More by deereless
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3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 21:19:56 | More by OStrungT
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Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This Germanic bottle of Schild Brau ipours a deep orange with red highlights, and a majestically large, smooth tan head, which leaves very decent lace. Pleasant caramel malt nose with some spicy, earthy hops. The flavour is as simple as the nose, but satisfying nonetheless. There's a lot of caramel, some breadiness and a mild earthy hop finish, that lingers like a pleasant memory. The body is medium and the carbonation medium-low.

Schild Brau is a good beer, not a great beer, but a good beer. Its flavours could be more pronounced, but the whole experience is uplifted by a heavenly drinkability, and in this sense the more muted tones do help to make it sessionable. I would definitely return to this oktoberfest again.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2008 20:41:23 | More by bobsy
Photo of tburkhart


3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to LordofTime25 for this one. Thanks Tyler.

Pours a light copper color with very thin head that clings to the side of glass. Lighter than I would have expected for a Marzen/Oktoberfest.

Smells slightly of malt. Not overwhelming. Just enough to let you know it is there.

Pretty solid taste to this beer. Lingers on the palate.

Very solid brew from Millstream. Quite impressed. Hope to try some more from them in the future.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 03:09:07 | More by tburkhart
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3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this recently in a trade with mynie.

Pours an amber color with a decent sized head, fades fast with no lacing.

Smell has a faint caramel malt aroma, but not much else going on though.

Taste has a decent malty character with a strong bitterness upfront and lingers, but I can't help the feeling that this just feels a bit thin and watery.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 00:45:57 | More by deltatauhobbit
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3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Hero27 for giving me an opportunity to try this beer.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass. It poured a typical bronze amber, with little carbonation and onlyh a thin head.

Smelled great, and what you would expect from a good Marzen, spiciness, sweetness, and malt.

Tasted like sourdough bread, with spicy malt, some sweetness (but surprisingly dry) and a hint of metallic flavor (not over bearing as in some beers, but a hint was there).

Overall, an enjoyable beer. I am looking forward to trying others from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 02:38:16 | More by jwolfie70
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3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2008 22:28:02 | More by LordofTime25
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3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, pleasant copper-orange body topped with a thick finger of off-white head; modest duration and lacing accompany it. Subtle malty nose, decent caramel and a bit of hazelnut--not enough of either. The flavor is better with a bit of chocolate emerging eventually. Smooth mouthfeel, very nice. A fine all-around beer, certainly not spectacular nor off-putting, a good solid representative of the style. Wroth trying.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2008 15:02:21 | More by Gehrig
Photo of Deuane


3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My last of my Iowa care package from Badbeer.

A-Clear amber with a thin light tan head that reduced to a thin ring leaving minimal lace.

S-Sweet caramel upfront and a hint of lightly toasted malt in the background.

T-Sweet caramel with a brief hint of light fruit and a wafting of hop bitterness.

M-The best feature with this beer....medium-light body with a very clean,crisp jaunty mouthfeel. Very nice.

D-A decent session brew...but too sweet for me to make it one. This is the Iowa version of Yuengling Lager...only sweeter.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 22:11:59 | More by Deuane
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3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep oaken amber, capped with a firm and frothy tan head. Bready, woody resins dominate the aroma, even some spicy notes mixed in the batch. And these aromas are all present in the quaff, along with some black pepper.

Medium bodied and drinks smooth and easy like a malty lager should. Very good beer from a behind the scenes brewer. A close to session brew for cooler temps with the 5% abv.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 22:55:46 | More by Vancer
Millstream Schild Brau Amber from Millstream Brewing Company
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