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Millstream Schild Brau Amber - Millstream Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

206 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | 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 robboyd
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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.

Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of woosterbill
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Cheers!

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
2.45/5  rDev -31.9%
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.

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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of msjacilynn
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of JMad
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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.

Photo of richkrull
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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.

Photo of FreshHawk
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light, crisp copper, orange color. Smaller than average, foamy, bubbly, active head. Below average retention with just a small patch of lace left.

S- A lot of toasted malt with caramel and toffee coming out strong. Also a bunch of apple and floral aromas comes out. Hints of toasted bread, but not much.

T - Similar to the nose with a lot of toasted caramel malt and plenty of apple. Some spicy, earthy hops along with some herbal and floral hops as well. They definitely play second fiddle to the caramel malt though. Some mineral and toasted bready flavors come out, but they are definitely an after thought. Some grainy and earthy/nutty flavors mid to finish sip.

M - Lighter side of medium body with around average carbonation. Fairly crisp with a sticky feel.

D - Pretty drinkable beer with a decent mix of flavors. Pretty standard for the style.

Notes: An average/middle of the road beer. Not bad but not outstanding. A lot of malty flavor with a decent hop flavor.

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!

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.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of ckeegan04
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Orangish brown, a touch darker han expected. Big, foamy, khaki colored head. Moderate lacing left on the glass.

S - Clean, somewhat sweet aroma. Earthy and floral notes come through as the beer warms.

T - Light sweetness backed by an earthy hop note. Floral tastes come through more and more as the beer warms. Hints of caramel.

M/D - Light to medium bodied and very crisp feel. Very easy drinking.

Photo of Mdog
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Amber, good head.

Smell: Floral.

Taste: Mild sweetness, floral hops, a little metallic in the end.

Drinkability: Not bad, but not great either.

I had several of these in Iowa over the holidays from the sampler pack and it was by far my least favorite in flavor. Those were drinking straight out of the bottle vs. this review, where it was from a glass, made a huge difference. From the bottle, not palatable at all, very metallic. From the glass, the floral and malt sweetness comes through and hides most of the metal. Decent beer, not my favorite style.

Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Millstream Schild Brau Amber from Millstream Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.