Millstream Schild Brau Amber - Millstream Brewing Company

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206 Ratings
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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 Chaz
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear/nearly-brilliant golden-copper in color, with proper visible carbonation. A moderate pour produced a medium-tan head of average duration and lacing. Rich, malt-driven nose is fruity, slightly tangy-sour, and is a touch metallic (copper kettle?) Especially on the nose, this brew could be easily mistaken for an amber ale. Sweet and fruity on the first sip, with a mildly tangy, cleansing middle, and a dry, biscuity finish. A nice, light hint of caramel is present, and fruity esters work their way into the aromatics via the carbonation, and suggest notes of ripe red apple and golden pear. There's a touch of alcohol evident in the aromatics as well, but it is in no way "hot", but rather "present". Very minimal bitterness here, and the hop profile is consistent with the style. The metallic notes evident on the nose are likewise evident here, and are unobtrusive and stylistically consistent. The biscuity, bready malt finish is well anchored in the dry end of the spectrum, and it's this dry biscuity finish that lingers here, much more so than whatever bitterness this brew posesses. Instead, there's a mildly citric (orange) character which is evident throughout that lingering malt profile, and it's quite enjoyable (a bit like orange marmelade on a ginger snap). Schild Brau is a rather faithful rendition of the style, and has remained very consistent over the past five or six years. I enjoy it on draught every year and look forward to bringing some back to share with friends. A solid, session-worthy amber lager.

Served chilled, in a half-liter mug.

Photo of BigBry
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brought back as part of a mixed case directly from the brewery in Amana.
Slightly shorter brown 12 oz bottle (as pictured above), month clipped into side of label.
Poured a copper/red color with a short white head. No real retention or lacing. Aroma of toasted bread, malty with just a bit of grass. Taste has more maltiness as expected woth some very light hop finish. Clean and light, slightly dry finish. Nothing spectacular, but well made. A great choice for something flavorful but not 'over the top'. I bet it would be great fresh from the tap.

Photo of pootz
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4


Poured a deep reddish-copper with a 1 finger cap displaying modest retention and lacing. Color is correct for a Vienna (about 15deg. Lovibond) .

Aroma is right for a Vienna..toasty, bready but not sweet some hay-like hallertau hops...very subdued though in this beer.

Taste is better, a fair dose of rich toasty Munich malts in the front are joined mid palate with spicey-herbal noble hops finish is clean lightly drying and biscuity.

This is a decent crafted all malt Vienna....very servicable and drinkable

Photo of Zorro
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of wcudwight
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to hero27 for my first Iowa beer.
Caramel in color thin off white head with little retention. Thin, wet, drippy ring of lace around the rim of the glass.
Aroma has lot's of caramel with a hint of spice. Nutmeg maybe. Smells like a winter warmer. Not a bad smell, I just wish it was a bit stronger.
Lot's of heavy caramel malts flavors. Nice mixture of spiciness in the flavor. Slight hint of butter in the finish but it's so slight it doesn't really detract from the overall flavor of the beer. Pretty good.
Mouthfeel is fuller and heavier than expected. Medium carbonation.
Smooth quaffable beer. Certainly not mind blowing in it's complexity or anything. But, it serves it's purpose. I enjoyed sitting down with this one. Wish I had a couple more.

Photo of scoobybrew
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was poured into a pint glass from the bottle. It has a nice amber color with a decent head that settles into a lacing. The aroma is one of rich, sweet malt. Upon tasting, it's sweet, but not cloying. The malt taste is up front with a gentle hop finish. It's very clean. It has a medium-full body with moderate carbonation.

I think this is a good example of an oktoberfest. It's a bit malty for my own personal tastes of routine consumption, but it's very tasty none-the-less.

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

12oz brown bottle

Schild Brau Lager was a clear orange-red color with a small off-white head that quickly faded to a thin layer. The aroma was sweet caramel malt and a little toasty. The taste was sweet toasty malt upfront with some bitterness to balance in the finish. The body was medium with plenty of carbonation. Drinkability was above average. It's a decent beer that I have from time to time.

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!

Photo of brewcrew76
2.23/5  rDev -38.1%
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.

Photo of nouseforotacon
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of badbeer
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.6/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of beachbum1975
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
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!

Photo of Metalmonk
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
3.55/5  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

Photo of hopsaplenty
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Photo of Erdinger2003
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Photo of hero27
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Photo of brewQ
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of ZAP
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
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 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 this warms this improves and the toasty qualities become more apparent..I guess it's decent enough...just not an elite effort


Photo of Bighuge
3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
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. best.

Photo of maxpower
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Photo of Graham21
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of bennetj17
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of beveragecaptain
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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