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Millstream Schild Brau Amber - Millstream Brewing Company

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Ratings: 216
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 4
Gots: 12 | 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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Ratings: 216 | Reviews: 124
Photo of hopsaplenty
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
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 -17.8%
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
3.01/5  rDev -16.2%
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
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
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 -3.9%
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


Photo of Bighuge
3.06/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Photo of maxpower
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
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 -8.1%
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
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
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
3.06/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Photo of goodbyeohio
1.84/5  rDev -48.7%
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.

Photo of UnionMade
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of neonbrown82
4.02/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.38/5  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.

Photo of swamiswamu
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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!

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of mentor
3.51/5  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.

Photo of alexgash
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pleasant coppery amber body with a quickly dissipating, off-white head.
Smells of sweetish toffee/biscuit malt with a toasted, spicy edge.
Taste is lightly sweet cookie malt. Pretty clean. A flash of brandy, and then a smooth, relaxed German bitterness takes it into the short finish. Medium-bodied lager, with a little too much carbonation that makes for a fizzy feel. Decent amber lager.

Photo of mynie
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of aracauna
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice little lager. Nice dark amber-brown body topped by an ok head. Aroma has a touch of corn at the beginning of the aroma, but that fades quickly. A touch of caramel and a hint of sweetness keep this from getting too boring. Very clean flavor, but not too bland. Very drinkable and a nice example of the style.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BUCKEYENATION for the trade.Very nice coppery color.Slight head that quickly receedes.Malty aroma-slight caramel and toasted malt aroma.Great malty flavor-toffee like.Killer residual sweetness.Good body-not too thin like some maerzens can be.Overall a really good beer.Would be a great session beer.Well made.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
2.73/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dull deep-amber in color with a semi-lasting layer of rocky off-white head. Sparse glass lacing. Aromas are sorta tough to discern. Roasted malts, some sweetness, and a dash of fruity hops. Flavor also is subdued. Nothing memorable. Some caramel sweetness that only briefly steps aside to let any sort of brisk bittering hops to see the spotlight. Odd undertow of a sourness that I get later on, and it lasts well into the aftertaste. Thin and not overly drinkable. Perhaps I got a bad bottle?

Photo of Dogbrick
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of SheepNutz
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep brownish-red with one finger of head that dies down to a small collar quickly. There is minimal lacing left on the glass. The smell is malty with toffee sweetness. A slight grassiness and even a touch of cocoa on the nose as well. The taste is rich and full of sweet caramel malt. Some toffee and burnt sugar linger. Touches of hops here and there. Fairly well balanced. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and smooth. The drinkability is great. A really good Marzen.

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Millstream Schild Brau Amber from Millstream Brewing Company
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