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Millstream Schild Brau Amber - Millstream Brewing Company

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198 Ratings
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Ratings: 198
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | 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 brewcrew76
2.23/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to hero27 for this one from the BA fantasy baseball league.

A - Pours a clear amber with very little white head that is gone in seconds.

S - Heavy nutty and biscuit aroma with some vegetal scent mixed in.

T - Tastes like stale beer, which I typically seem to taste in beers with a good deal of biscuit. Very nutty and biscuit flavor with some caramel. I get a little DMS also.

M - Very highly carbonated making me burp after each sip.

D - Too many flavors I did not like to try again.

brewcrew76, Nov 13, 2006
Photo of nouseforotacon
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Props to BuckeyeNation for this one, it was an extra goodie in our trade.

Rich, semi-transparent garnet/amber colored bottom with a really weak head. Tiny, carbonated bubbles on top. No foam, no lacing.

Strong soapy/diacetyl aroma, sweet butterscotch, followed by a smoky/roasted character. Heavy on the malts, pleasant. Touch of fragrant perfume. Really reminiscent of the Baeren Maibock I had in Japan.

Lightly toasted malts and a tart flavor profile. Smoky, like tobacco. Touch of hops. Tartness lingers on the finish. Light, but has some body. Semi-dry mouthfeel. Refreshing, sustainable brew.

This one is not overly complex, but is a pretty good marzen nonetheless. Good for a session.

nouseforotacon, Oct 26, 2006
Photo of badbeer
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

badbeer, Oct 26, 2006
Photo of BretSikkink
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like an Oktoberfest, on the darker side. Flamed malts add distinctive character to nose and taste. Smell a little underwhelming, some grassiness. Taste is very smooth, nothing offensive to the palate, nor particularly stimulating. Light bodied, good spicing from Bavarian hops. Each sip goes down smooth, but I don't think I'll need more than one for now.

BretSikkink, Oct 18, 2006
Photo of beachbum1975
2.95/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Everything thing about this beer was caramel. It poured a cloudy, rich caramel or dark copper with a surprisingly dark tan head that evaporated leaving no lacing or head. It smelled of caramelized malts, faint apples and possibly strawberries. After getting past a wave of almost buttery toasted malts and caramel, the taste reminded me of a light-bodied saison – strange, isn’t it?

To be honest, I was surprised to read this was a Märzen…

Like the other beers I tried from Millstream Brewing Co., I am glad I tried it, but don’t exactly feel the need to fly to Iowa to get more.

Thanks to Mynie for the trade!

beachbum1975, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of Metalmonk
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Metalmonk, Sep 20, 2006
Photo of dirtylou
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
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

dirtylou, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of hopsaplenty
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle, Feb notched on the label.

Glistening caramelized amber. Short, crackling khaki colored head that quickly vanishes leaving only a few stray bubbles. Vibrant carbonation streams pepper the surface with gunshot-like action. The surface moves like smoke across the water. Sweet, glazed apple aromas rise from the glass, but do not drift too far. The taste is slightly sweet with some of the same glazed appley notes present in the aroma. The malt is modestly roasted, with a slightly bittering edge. The hop finish is spicy, but not overly so and it lingers just a brief moment. Medium body with a slightly slick mouthfeel, there is ample but not excessive carbonation. Drinkable, but the malt profile could have been beefed up just a bit to give it a bigger mouthfeel.

hopsaplenty, Jun 21, 2006
Photo of Erdinger2003
2.95/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First appearance the head is 1/2 inch and has spots of lacing left behind after dissapating into a small layer of head with a nice lacing. The color is a dark brown to light gold.

Smell has dark roasted flavor to it with sweet nuttiness. I notice the lager yeast as a sour flavor coupled with malty tones.

Taste has coffee roasted with nuttiness and a slight smokiness .

The mouthfeel is almost watery and medium bodied with little carbonation.

Nice to try, but not worth a second try.

Erdinger2003, May 14, 2006
Photo of hero27
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

Clear bronze, with a finger-thick off-white head. Caramel malt aroma.
The flavors are fairly subtle, and lacks any bold flavor whatsoever. The toffee & caramel flavors come out alright, but the hops are lacking and so is the body. Not bad, but nothing worth tracking down either. If this had more "punch" to it, it would certainly improve by leaps and bounds.

hero27, May 01, 2006
Photo of brewQ
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

brewQ, Apr 21, 2006
Photo of ZAP
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
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


ZAP, Mar 17, 2006
Photo of Bighuge
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Bighuge, Mar 16, 2006
Photo of maxpower
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a clear dark orange-copper color, nice white foamy head that leaves some lacing in my glass. Has a light flowery and malty caramel aromas, sweet and roasty malts flavors, finishes clean and sweet, medium body, a little thin and semi-watery mouthfeel, an average amber.

maxpower, Mar 12, 2006
Photo of Graham21
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is weak with a faint head; amber in color. the nose is malty and slighty sweet, with brown sugar undertones. Its light in the mouth and easy to drink. very little taste; malt, and a light sweetness. Although this beer isnt that good, because im in college, i consider it my budweiser when im out with my friends at a party. Its easy to drink and it doesnt taste bad.

Graham21, Mar 07, 2006
Photo of bennetj17
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber/ dark copper color. Faint head, medium carbonation. The smell is weak, just a lightly malty "beer" aroma. Taste has a clean, mild, caramel malt flavor. The bitterness is very low. Mouthfeel is light, but coats decently with adequate carbonation. With its mild flavor, and low alcohol, it is an easy drinker, however it lacks any real complexity.

bennetj17, Mar 06, 2006
Photo of beveragecaptain
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Pours out a dark brown color with a small head. Weak toasted malt aroma. The flavor is nutty malt with some candy sweetness. Grain flavor comes in at the finish. This beer is much too watery. The malt flavor is too weak. I did not detect the sourness that other reviewers have mentioned. There is nothing bad about this beer except that it's boring.

beveragecaptain, Sep 28, 2005
Photo of goodbyeohio
1.8/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

thanks mark

very clear amber color.. perfect image of whats on the other side of the glass doesnt say much for body or density, although its a nice color. no head remains after 30 seconds post-pour. fizzy inside the glass though..

smells musty and wet.. overripe, almost rotten berries. sweet malts.

first thing about the taste i notice is metallic tartness. tangy. tin foily. tastes like old beer, but its not. a rye like spiciness and lots of carbonation covers up some of this rank flavor, but not much. finishes hot.. not like a big abv hot, more like alcohol separation. i am having the misfortune of experiencing every one of these off flavors, one by one.

looks good, and thats about it. avoid.

goodbyeohio, Sep 13, 2005
Photo of UnionMade
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A rough pour generates a finger's worth of dense white foam, quickly settling into a patchy mist. Deep, glowing, reddish brown, perfectly clear. The head all but disappears before I can take the first sip.
The aroma is richly malty, featuring a distinct munich malt graininess. Very clean, no off scents I can detect. Perhaps a slight touch of cabbage. Light on the hops, just a faint floral touch.
The flavor starts out with a modest caramel sweetness. I was honestly expecting more. A smooth, almost watery mouthfeel, confusing with the dominating caramel of the flavor. Usually I expect something more substantial on the tongue with this kind of maltiness. Moves evenly into the finish, where a dash of floral hops add a touch of bitterness. Clean, and pleasant enough, if lacking some substance. Dryish finish, with a lingering grainy maltiness. A bit of cabbage in the finish as it warms.
Not quite dark enough to be a dunkel, somewhere on the darker end of the "amber" range. Almost a marzen, but not substantial enough. A good choice if you're looking for some flavor without having to think too hard about what you're drinking. I'd have another.

UnionMade, Sep 05, 2005
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear deep amber with a frothy and tall tan head which rose tall and lasted well to coat the glass.

The aroma was malty with a slight grainy aromatic. Also present was some slight DMS and a light caramel malt presence. The aroma also contained a low fruity aspect.

The flavor was malty with a caramel sweetness that contained a grainy presence. The malt had a slight nutty flavor like Munich or Vienna. Also present was a low fruit component and a slight DMS.

The finish was even with a lasting caramel malt presence. The body was medium. A crisper and cleaner flavor would have really made this beer shine.

12 ounce twist off bottle, thanks MABZ! 20th anniversary cap.

GCBrewingCo, Jul 22, 2005
Photo of neonbrown82
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It's been a while since I supported my local brewery, so I decided to revisit this Millstream front-runner. It's MUCH different than I remember it now that I am more apt at picking out smells and flavors in beer. No bottling date, but this is for sure a 2005 release as it has the 20th anniversary cap, unlike some old bottles you see on the shelves around here sometimes.

The appearance is very intriguing. It has a deep plum color with a thin fluffy off-white head that recedes to a ring around the glass. The liquid is quite clear, but it is still difficult to see through the dark cherry tint.

The smell is probably the most exceptional thing about this beer. It smells almost like a lambic blend. Very biscuity initially, but as it warmed more and more dark currant and cherry smell began to dominate the nose.

The taste is also a bit biscuity initially, but then the sour tastebuds become enveloped in a cassis/kriek taste. The hops are very minimal but provide nice a bit of a spicy bite in the finish along with a slightly piney taste. It's medium-bodied and finishes moderately dry.

I used to think this beer was much more drinkable, but after I began exploring more and more beers rather than buying the alternating usual suspects each week, I can't stand to drink more than a few per session. It is very tasty, but I no longer consider a beer to be good just because it doesn't taste like a macro a beer but doesn't taste like shit either. That being said, I enjoy quaffing a few of these, but I can no longer session them like I used to, even though the ABV is only 5%.

I'll have to try drinking some more from different glassware, or even from the bottle itself, but this doesn't seem hardly at all like the beer I remembered. Sure, I remember it tasting like juice compared to BMC, but I don't remember it being overwhelmingly lambic-like.

neonbrown82, Jul 12, 2005
Photo of HappyHourHero
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Biting grainy aroma, maybe a pinch of malty sweetness. Fine bubbled, cream colroed head. Amber colored beer is mildly hazy. Faintly sweet pale malt flavor rides just above sweet and spicy piney hops. Noticable alcohol flavor is cut by mild bitterness. The beer sweetens up in the end. I wasn't expecting so much hop flavor in a lager, but it was a nice surprise. Body is just on the light side, just right. Flavors stick to your mouth, but the beer is still an easy drinker. This would have been a pretty good beer, but the aroma just killed it. Thanks again to BuckeyeNation.

HappyHourHero, Jun 23, 2005
Photo of swamiswamu
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

feloniousmonk, Jan 18, 2005
Photo of mentor
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle obtained from To Your Health (Coralville) in Janurary 2005 and consumed that same evening. Didn't realize I'd already reviewed this one until it had been poured. Freshness date is November. Schildbrau is the pride and joy of Millstream, having won several awards at the GABF. Poured a half-finger head that quickly settled to a ring around the glass. This beer is crystal clear and is a light amber color with a bit of orange. Smell is caramel and water. Really, water. Further sniffing yielded baker's chocolate. Has a smooth clean sweet taste with chocolate and biscuity flavors. There may be some roasted grains beneath. Very drinkable, but not much in depth of flavor. Dry finish, plus I get a slight sour at the end, probably from carbonation acidic. Medium to medium-light mouthfeel. All in all, a decent beer.

mentor, Jan 07, 2005
Millstream Schild Brau Amber from Millstream Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.