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Millstream German Pilsner - Millstream Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
74
okay

56 Ratings
THE BROS
47
awful

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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 20.83%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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)
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of Jason
1.85/5  rDev -40.7%

Presentation: 12 oz short brown twist off bottle with a bottling date.

Appearance: Dull yellowish golden from the slight haze, tight white lacing leaves some sticky rings on the glass.

Smell: Bubbleyum, pear skin and dusty grass … odd.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Funky musty yeast, thin malting and lazy hops.

Drinkability & Notes: I could not even finish the glass … this beer needs some serious work.

Jason, Sep 01, 2004
More User Reviews:
Photo of marvin213
2.68/5  rDev -14.1%

My gentle, careful pour still results in a wait as I make sure not to overflow beer onto the kitchen counter. I make the pour fizz just above the rim of the glass (no spill). It quickly dissipates into a Mr. Bubble-type layer over a decent looking, straw-colored pilsner. It's got potential.

I'm not sure there is a such thing as a good smelling pilsner, but this beverage does not smell appealing. I don't know about those of you who started with craft beer, but I've imbibed more Bud Light Pilsner beer than probably any other alcoholic beverage. When I smell this Millstream Pilsner, I think of the yuck assoicated with mornings after spilled Bud-Light and overflowed ashtrays. Not that some sense of happiness doesn't come with that, but I'll rate it "not impressive" here.

The first taste makes me squint. The second one isn't as bad. I couldn't help but see the bros rated this "avoid," but I'm thinking it might be okay. I taste water and burnt malt, and I picture the hops that infested this production as wind-blown petals scraped from the grass and the road. It's not awful, and it tastes better than it smells. Truth is, however, that my experience with midwestern beers makes me darned proud (and happy) to have the brews I've got here in the Carolinas. I'd be impressed if a buddy of mine brewed this. I realize this is more commentary than beer taste analysis, but the beer tastes like an average pilsner. I guess I'd drink it if it were a local, but I really think it's inferior to the locals I'm privileged enough to enjoy. Enough of my shameless self-promotion...in the whole scheme of pilsners, I'd consider this average (at best).

What do you want in the mouthfeel of a pilsner? It's almost like a paradox to me just considering it. I do think this Millstream Pilsner has enough flavorful maltiness to justify at least an okay mouthfeel rating. I suppose it's my experience with everyday wheat in the macrobrews that makes me say this, but this mid-American Plain Jane Pilsner makes me think again and again of the beloved Butt Light of my youth. If that's my baseline, I'll readily acknowledge this is better than that.

I always give props to Budweiser for its marketing (who doesn't adore the Clydesdales), and credit that beer for drinkability; if I rate the mouthfeel of this one better than your average Butt Light, I'll have to side with multiples on the Anheuser-Busch side. Perhaps I'd feel differently if I lived in the middle of Iowa, but this beer has nearly zero significance in my journey of beer advocacy.

marvin213, May 31, 2009
Photo of badbeer
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Poured a straw yellow with a half inch head that dissipated, leaving a bit of lacing. Smell is grassy with a bit of floral aroma as well. Taste is grassy upfront with a more floral finish to it, very clean and crisp. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Drinkability is pretty good, very sessionable, and a very good lawnmower beer I would say.

badbeer, Jan 18, 2006
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.8/5  rDev -42.3%

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.

Beerandraiderfan, May 10, 2011
Photo of cokes
3.3/5  rDev +5.8%

Moderately hazed pale golden. Small, but well retanined white head. Looks like a weiss.
Fairly potent saaz aromas.
Saaz hops are the major player in the taste dept. Actually, almost the only player..and they are far from strong. Fainter, there are some odd yeasty characteristics. Vaguely powery and sour. Very little malt base. Just a hint of bread. It is not a horrible brew, but far from great. Needs more oomph.
Medium-light bodied. A little chalky in the mouth. Crisp, but not as much as I'd like.
Fairly refreshing. No-brainer type brew. But there are many pilsners that are better than this.

cokes, Aug 27, 2002
Photo of Cooper
3/5  rDev -3.8%

Cooper, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev +20.2%

Gonzoillini, May 31, 2014
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

I got around to rating this long past its due dates, and Millstream doesn't pasteurize or filter their bottled product (one can tell from the small particles of grain husk floating around). Poured in a recommended pilsener glass, it kicked up a nice head, firm as a root beer float's. Good Czech hop character is also much more apparent. This one held its flavor through to the end.

DrunkMcDermott, Apr 01, 2005
Photo of bashiba
2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

Poured a clean bright golden yellow with thick white head.

Smell was slightly grassy and citrusy, not to strong though.

Taste was very light with just a touch of citrus hop flavor in there.

Mouthfeel was light and watery even for a pils.

Drinkability is fine, there is nothing at all wrong with this beer and is easy to finish on a hot summer day, just nothing that stands out either.

bashiba, Jul 31, 2005
Photo of morimech
3.28/5  rDev +5.1%

Clear golden color with one inch of white head that quickly settles to a thin layer of bubbles. Thin spotty lacing. Mild aroma of pilsner malt. Very little hop presence. A touch of diacetyl as well. The flavor is on the sweeter side overall. Mostly malt with a touch of butterness. Bitterness is low. Hops give a touch of peppery charactor to the beer. Light body with aboundant carbonation. Suited to the style of beer. Easy drinking and a good hot weather beer. Refreshing but I would of preferred something more on the dry side. A lot of room for improvement in this beer.

morimech, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of marcobrau
3.88/5  rDev +24.4%

A straw-colored pilsner that pours with an initial frothiness that falls quickly leaving a little bit of lace. This Millstream Pilsener has a slightly spicy nose, a soft mouthfeel, light body and a pleasant toasted malt flavor laced with spicy hops that fades towards the finish into a cracker-like dryness. The finish is mineral-like and dry with just enough hop bitterness that builds on the tongue with each sip. This is a pretty tasty microbrewed pilsener.Wish I didn't have to drive 70 miles to get it.

marcobrau, May 01, 2006
Photo of MN_Beerticker
3/5  rDev -3.8%

MN_Beerticker, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of FreshHawk
2.8/5  rDev -10.3%

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.

FreshHawk, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of gatornation
3.26/5  rDev +4.5%

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

gatornation, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of neonbrown82
4.05/5  rDev +29.8%

This is a good example of a true pilsener. Pours to a clearn light yellow color that almost appears green when held up to the white glow of my computer screen. There is a nicely aerated white head that sticks around quite a while thanks in part to the tremendous amount of carbonation packed into this beer.

The beer smells grassy and floral hoppy. Very sharp malty aroma buried beneath. Nice yeasty aroma that carries over well in the taste.

This is a very clean and crisp beer, as the style is meant to be. Starts off with a light bit of sweetness, but the bitterness wins over throughout the swig. Very refreshing herbal, floral hop in the end.

The mouthfeel is light and hugely carbonated. Feels very soft in the mouth. Drinkability is huge for this pils. It's a style I've actually grown to like after having once disowned it due to its bastard cousin, the American macro-adjunct lager.

neonbrown82, Aug 30, 2005
Photo of gxblade
1.75/5  rDev -43.9%

gxblade, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of chrishickman
3.98/5  rDev +27.6%

Had this on tap at the Colony Inn in Amana. Have had it before, this seems to be one of those beers that gets better every time you have it. Very smooth, very mild, moderate hoppy twang. This does the style proud when compared to the ones I had while in germany. My 2nd favorite of this style all around, next to Rogue's Imperial Pilsner, which is in a world all it's own. Easily my favorite "regular" pilsner, would like to see this one become an all-year brew as an alternative to the Bud's and Miller's of the world, at least in my corner of Iowa.

chrishickman, Jul 24, 2004
Photo of aracauna
3.4/5  rDev +9%

Very pale golden body that is clear as expected. The head is fizzy and fleeting, but none of the Millstream beers other than the John’s Generations had much in the head department. The smell is definitely saaz hops with not much else. The flavor is a dry pilsner malt with a touch of bitterness from the hops. This is really not bad for a pils, although there are better ones out there.

aracauna, Sep 19, 2004
Photo of mike727
3/5  rDev -3.8%

mike727, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of tom79mp
4.25/5  rDev +36.2%

tom79mp, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of Realale
4.33/5  rDev +38.8%

Deep gold. Bright white extremely fine head sits and stays throughout leaving some lace.

Fresh white bread, with a touch of cracker on the nose. Good supporting dose of noble German hop adds spicy notes. Tiny whiff of sulphur that is not at all off-putting.

Really well integrated and balanced in the mouth. Plenty of good bready malt with a solid whack of hop bitterness throughout to add balance and complexity. Long finish, that ends with a fine snap of bitterness.

Could use a touch more refinement in the mouthfeel, which is a bit coarse, but still fine. Easily drinkable, especially on hot, humid Iowa summer day sitting in the brewery's biergarten.

Realale, Aug 23, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
2.42/5  rDev -22.4%

Pours a two finger, white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Nearly cloudy, light amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. No nose. Starts hoppy, hints of sweetness, smooth clean finish, better than the macro pilsners. $1.29 for a 12oz bottle from John's Grocery Iowa City, IA. Best by Feb 15, 2007. Best by April, year??

jdhilt, Nov 18, 2006
Photo of TheQuietMan22
2.9/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

TheQuietMan22, May 26, 2010
Photo of sauron681
2.63/5  rDev -15.7%

Pours a clean, clear golden color with good carbonation. A more thick head than most pilsners seem to have. Smells of buttery grain and lemon. Light and dull in the mouth, and obviously no body cause its a pilsner. Taste is sweet at first like any good pilsner and finishes dry, bitter and slightly acidic. Was not very happy with this beer and I had also tried it on tap at the Amana Colonies.

sauron681, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of beagle75
2.53/5  rDev -18.9%

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.

beagle75, May 12, 2012
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Millstream German Pilsner from Millstream Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.