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Millstream German Pilsner - Millstream Brewing Company

Millstream German PilsnerMillstream German Pilsner

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BA SCORE
74
okay

52 Ratings
THE BROS
47
awful

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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 20.13%


Brewed by:
Millstream Brewing Company visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Pilsner is simple, and yet it is a beer of great finesse. Its not easy to make a beer pure enough to really let the hops stand out , but that is the goal of our pilsner. Our lager yeast produces a clean fermentation, which a produces light malt taste that lets the delicate aromatic flavors of the hops shine through. We use Czech Saaz hops that are a delight to the senses and impart an arousing aroma and satisfying flavor. The end result is a crisp refreshing beer that has a pleasant hoppy aftertaste.

25 IBU

(Beer added by: cokes on 08-27-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 52 | Reviews: 39 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Josievan:
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Josievan

Iowa

4.08/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: I've never thought of this before, but pilseners, more than any other style of beer, really are the color of barley. Don't know if it's significant that this beer gave me that idea, but it did. Millstream Pilsener has a head that is quite substantial, due in part to a less than careful pour.

Smell: There's a pleasant earthy hop aroma, and the smell provides whiffs of light malt as well.

Taste: The taste is on the bready side for a pilsener, and that's a good thing. Hop flavor is moderate, giving the beer the right amount of slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, yet a touch grainy: right on for a pilsener. There's just enough of a bite to keep you on your toes.

Drinkability: Boy, this is a great everyday, warm weather type beer! Very refreshing.

Notes: I think I previously underestimated my homestate Millstream Brewing Company. I'm glad I discovered that this brewery makes fine beer, since it's naturally widely available around these parts.

I've tried several Millstream beers recently, including their Iowa Pale Ale, Oatmeal Stout, and Schokolade Bock. All these have been solid examples of their respective styles, with the Schokolade Bock especially standing out. Now I can add Millstream's Pilsener to that list. I can see this beer becoming a mainstay for the summer months.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2010 23:21:44 | More by Josievan
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BillRoth

Maryland

3/5  rDev -4.2%

12-29-2013 03:14:10 | More by BillRoth
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Minnesota

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gatornation

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3.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

on tap in pint glass

A- pours a golden yellow color with a white head ad ok lacing and collar
S- floral grassy with malts and lemon
T- floral noble hops were faint i get some baked bread caramel malts some lemon grass
M- crisp but thin with just ample hops and malts
O-not one to reach for when in the mood for a pils

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2013 21:55:46 | More by gatornation
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MN_Beerticker

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -4.2%

07-04-2013 02:26:52 | More by MN_Beerticker
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Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

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Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -4.2%

06-12-2013 02:47:07 | More by superfriend
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Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -4.2%

04-21-2013 16:29:35 | More by Localdrinklax
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knepper

Wisconsin

3.86/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm a bit miffed at the various reviews here. My particular beer, while a bit fruity on the nose, was clean and tasting of fresh wort. Its a good to above average version of a lager. The bitterness is restrained; well balanced but leaning towards the clean, fresh malt side of things. The body is crisp. I like this one - goes great with some bbq wings while watching a Cyclones game. Find a fresh one and you should be good to go.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 02:24:52 | More by knepper
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Chucker17

South Dakota

3/5  rDev -4.2%

03-03-2013 18:01:10 | More by Chucker17
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Cooper

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -4.2%

09-16-2012 17:27:18 | More by Cooper
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Herky21

Iowa

1.5/5  rDev -52.1%

07-13-2012 18:09:00 | More by Herky21
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beagle75

Iowa

2.53/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a becker glass.

A: Clear, light yellow color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass and an even distribution of variously sized bubbles rise in the column.

S: Grassy and moderately malty for the style, with a shared presence of acetaldehyde and carbon dioxide that can be strong at times. Bubble gum esters also detract.

T: Begins dry, with acidic base malt and a whiff of yeast esters. Powdery pilsner malt becomes more pronounced in the middle, along with a fine thread of plastic or electrical fire, as carbonic acid starts to fade. The finish is relatively good, with bready malt that finds its stride late and volatile grassy hop flavors that transmit elements of dried hay and green plant.

M: Thin viscosity, slightly acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This Bavarian-styled lager jumps the tracks as soon as it is perceived by the nose, with early flavors doing nothing to help its case. It is a case of misplaced emphasis on all of the wrong qualities, allowing yeast metabolites to muddle and confuse a sensory profile that should appear much cleaner and more simple. Only in the final act does it begin to resemble the beer it ought to be, but by then the damage is done.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 17:36:22 | More by beagle75
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

2.05/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer pours a cloudy golden-orange color (pilsners aren't supposed to be cloudy or orange). The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of caramel with a quite noticeable butterscotch quality (pilsners aren't supposed to smell like caramel and butterscotch). The taste is similar to the aroma, but the butterscotch is a bit less strong (pilsners aren't supposed to have any butterscotch flavor). The mouthfeel is medium bodied with aggressive carbonation. Overall, this is a bad beer. I'm not sure if there is something wrong with it (the butterscotch I'm picking up doesn't seem strong enough to be from a major diacetyl problem). What I am sure of is that this beer does not resemble a pilsner in anyway. I will not drink this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 00:24:37 | More by KarlHungus
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WYVYRN527

Minnesota

2.4/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

A: Pours a deep golden hue with good clarity and fine carbonation. The thin white head has decent retention, and leaves a nice lace on the glass.

S: Very yeasty on the nose, with some bready malt character and a fruity hint in the middle. Diacetyl is present towards the end.

T: Bready, honey-like flavors at first are pleasant, but then that yeast really shows with off-putting fruity undertones. Almost bubblegum-like. Hops are very faint in the finish, showing some grassy, floral notes.

Notes: Light in body with a decent mouthfeel, although unbalanced flavor. There are just too many things going on with this beer that shouldn't be going on. Being one of my favorite session styles, this piilsener just does not live up to my standards. Definitely needs some serious improvement.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 02:15:23 | More by WYVYRN527
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mike727

Iowa

3/5  rDev -4.2%

02-03-2012 02:17:05 | More by mike727
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NoBeerLeftBehind

Iowa

3/5  rDev -4.2%

12-30-2011 15:52:03 | More by NoBeerLeftBehind
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BrewHawkeye

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

12-02-2011 02:14:59 | More by BrewHawkeye
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

1.8/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Yellow beer, some clingy lace produced, but the head never amounted to anything special or even average. Lacks clarity. Aroma was vegetal, no hops, no crispness, diacetylish.

Taste, yeasty, not hoppy, yeast flavor and texture was gritty, like it was older. Got the beer in Iowa, so I don't know how old it could have been, but I digress. Bitterness comes from the metallic tinge the yeast seems to produce, rather from the hops that aren't there.

I don't see why this would be good in any season, but especially summer. Its not refreshing, its chunky yeast grittiness sticks to your teeth, there's no hop effervesence. Of any beer, this one comes to closest to tasting like the sediment and yeast is actually dirt.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 16:27:35 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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DesMoinesMike

Iowa

3.68/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Beercrazy. The new label shows it as "German Pilsner"

In a pilsner glass it's a bright, clear yellow color with a thick cap of white foam but almost no carbonation in the glass. Weird. The aroma is some straw with maybe corn and a hint of fruit. The taste has a tad more emphasis on the friut. The body is good and it's very smooth leaving only a small amount of the hops on the tongue. It's not meant to be a fierce brew, just an enjoyable one. Much better than the typical macro of the same style.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 16:07:44 | More by DesMoinesMike
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daledeee

Iowa

3.53/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A single bottle to try.

Poured a good white head and gold clear body.

Nose is dusty grain.

Taste is corn, lemon, hint of pepper and grass. I thought this was pretty drinkable. I have had some that hold the head and nice foamy mouth feel better, but overall this was easy to drink and pretty acceptable.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 22:33:18 | More by daledeee
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FreshHawk

Illinois

2.8/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear, light straw gold color with a large, light, foamy, whispy, white head. Pretty good retention and a really nice lacing.

S - Pretty much what I expected. Some sweet graininess and grassy, herbal, spicy hops (Saaz heavy). A slightly sweet and musty fruitiness (orchard fruit) is faint in the background. Nice but nothing special.

T - The first few sips were nice with a nice bready/doughy flavor with a good grassy Saaz hop balance. This quickly faded and became dominated by a musty hayish malt. Dull slightly spiced bitter hop also there. A strange faint orchard fruit with almost a slight tartness.

M - Thin body with average carbonation. A little to thin with a drying finish.

D - The first couple of sips were nice, but this isn't really a beer that I would want to drink a couple of.

Notes: Not the best offering from Millstream. Dominated by a musty and bitter flavor and a slight strange fruitiness. I liked the first couple of sips and then it went downhill. Overall just average or slightly below.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 05:07:36 | More by FreshHawk
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

2.75/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz stubby bottle.

This beer didn't do too much for me, particularly compared to the great pilsners I have regular access to like Sunshine, Prima, Pikeland, Stoudts, etc. Appearance and aroma take on that of a typical macro adjunct brew. Flavor has barely perceptible, slightly sweet flavor, heavy on grain and adjunct. Body is very thin and leaves and unpleasant aftertaste. Sorry, this misses the mark.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 01:39:39 | More by yourefragile
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TheQuietMan22

Iowa

2.9/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is a clear, clean, bright gold. Two fingers of white head developed and dissipated to leave a nice lacing and ring. Great retention.

Smell: Not much, but there's enough to detect. Mostly sweet adjunct grains with some floral hops. Just a little better than your average macro. As it warms, a hint of fruit comes into play. Maybe strawberry?

Taste: It has a nice hoppy bite. I haven't had a pilsner for a while, so this is very appreciated. It has a barnyard malt quality reminiscent of the better German helles, but there's only a hint. It's mostly adjunct grains. Much like with the smell, a fruit flavor makes an appearance after the pint has warmed for a couple minutes.

Drinkability: To me it's not as bad as The Bros suggest, but it's also nothing spectacular. It's definitely the most unimpressive Millstream brew I've had to date. It's drinkable, especially on an unseasonably warm May day in Iowa City like this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 23:58:45 | More by TheQuietMan22
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Millstream German Pilsner from Millstream Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.