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Millstream German Pilsner - Millstream Brewing Company

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Millstream German PilsnerMillstream German Pilsner

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42 Reviews

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Reviews: 42
Hads: 70
Avg: 3.17
pDev: 24.61%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | 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:
Beer added by: cokes on 08-27-2002

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
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Reviews: 42 | Hads: 70
Photo of Realale
4.3/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of mynie
4.15/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one excellent example of the style!

Pours dark gold with a wonderful two finger head that lingered until I finished it.

Smells strongly of a really fantastic yeast, sweet and toasted--I can only liken it to a Rogue--along with bitter grain and hops. Nice.

Tastes like it smells, only stronger. I don't think I've ever had such a nice yeast, sweet and creamy, and it fades into grain and lemon zest near the middle and ends with a very nice hop bitterness that leaves a dry taste in your mouth. Fantastic.

This may be the best German Pils I'll ever drink. It's certainly the best one yet. If you get a chance, pick up a sixer.

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Photo of Josievan
4.07/5  rDev +28.4%
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.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.05/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hero27 for this one.

A - Pours a clear straw yellow with a thin white head that dissipates quickly.

S - Grassy, lemon, floral aroma.

T - Slightly sweet pale malt with a touch of honey and a nice herbal/floral balance. There is also a slightly bready taste from the yeast.

M - Crisp, refreshing and well carbonated.

D - I am not a pilsner fan at all but this one is pretty good and goes down very easy. Too bad I am drinking this on a cold day as I could easily see this as a nice summer refresher.

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Photo of chrishickman
3.95/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.87/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of BieresDesMoines
3.82/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with a medium well retained head and some lace. Aroma has some nice baguette breadiness and a bit of sweetness complimented by a nice mild hop character. The flavor is fruity and a tad sweet but in no way sickly or unbalanced. There is a nice herbal hop bite the likes of Bitburger, perhaps it's just because this is more fresh than the standard Bitburger I have but the hoppiness is so much better here, but similar none the less. There is a nice clean but fruity malitness paired well with a nice dry cracker character in here as well. I could drink quite a few of these, and I just might.

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Photo of knepper
3.79/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

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Photo of beergoot
3.73/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The pour produced a light gold colored beer with a thick, frothy, white head. Malt nose with a slightly herbal, grassy aroma. Big malt flavor; dried biscuit; cereal; mildly zesty hop bitterness lingering in the background. Medium bodied; crisp and dry finish.

This pilsner satisfies all around. It squarely hits the style points for a German pilsner. Nicely balanced, good depth as far as flavor, and goes down smoothly on a mid-90s degree late June afternoon while watching a ballgame.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.63/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.63/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Acadia Cafe, the German Pilsner from Millstream Brewing, Amana, Iowa.

Mostly clear, slightly hazy, clean, golden hued, under a generous helping of bone white froth.

Aroma: ah, perfect nose for a German pilsner. Clean, crisp, airy, hoppy, and floral. Scant citric notes.

Taste: a nice malty, cereal flavor coats the palate. Grainy flavor, with a kiss of hops. Light bodied, easy drinking, flavorful enough. Nice one. First Millstream I reviewed from tap, and it hits all the right notes it ought to for the style, though a style I rarely turn to. This personal preference changes some in 90 degree weather, however.

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Photo of alexgash
3.62/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahhh, Iowa beer! Very clear, pale corn/straw body with a fluffy, white summer cloud head.
Smells of smooth, crisp, cereal malt, with a spicy, hard-edged hop sting. Thank Jebus this pilsner’s got hops!
Taste starts off with those crisp, clean pale malts. Good, non-adjuncty malt base. Light honey sweetness. Light to medium bodied, nice mouthfeel. Spicy, floral hops come in midway through and last into the finish. Very snappy, refreshing beer. Hoppier than most pilsners. Very nice.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours out a pale golden color with a small white head on the top. The aroma is very grainy. The taste of this brew is dictated by a nice crisp hop bite and also has the taste of grains. This is a very refreshing drink and should suit you well under a nice hot sun. Pilsner isnt my favorite style, and this isnt my favorite beer. But it is a fine beer non-the-less.

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Photo of daledeee
3.53/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of badbeer
3.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of aracauna
3.42/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of hero27
3.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap @ the brewery..

Relatively small head..aroma is some lemon and mostly grassy hops.
Grassy, herbal hops and a light malt that make this pretty tasty and quite thirstquenching, yet certainly far from mindblowing. Obvious lager yeast presence..a bit light-bodied overall, but then again, it is a pils. I'd say this is a fairly good pilsner. Not a huge fan of the style personally, but I do think it fits the authentic German style pretty well, from the European pilsners I've tried.

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Photo of cokes
3.34/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.28/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of gatornation
3.27/5  rDev +3.2%
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

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Photo of morimech
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright white, meringue looking head is constantly fed by streams of corbonation from below. Grainy aroma is barely sweet with a pinch of lemon zest. Not quite clear, straw colored beer. Slightly sweet grain smell carries over into the taste. There's a pretty strong metallic flavor about midway through that doesn't dimininsh until the mild lemon flavor kicks in at the end creating a tangy bitter finish. The mouthfeel is a bit thick for a pilsner. Overall a nice simple beer that would be very enjoyable if it weren't for the metallic taste.

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Photo of Amdahl
3.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a beer that is brewed in my homestate of Iowa. This beer pours gold in color with very little head that reduces to a thin ring very quickly. There is no lace. The aroma is mainly of hops. The taste is quite bland. Only the hops and a little malt can be tasted. This is an ok pilsner that is weaked bodied, but very drinkable.

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Photo of mentor
2.98/5  rDev -6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle obtained from To Your Health (Coralville) in January 2005 and consumed that same evening. Freshness date says August. Immediate foaming upon pouring...a 5 finger pure white head with just 1/3 of the bottle poured. Hangs around like marangue. Smells sweet, somewhat metallic, and with a bit of melon. A nice enticing smell. Cloudy and very light golden, perhaps even describable as light faded-yellow. Tastes sweet, fruity, with a mild hop bitter (spicey and metallic hints). I get a small amount of clove, which certainly doesn't do this beer any favors. Highly carbonated and medium-light mouthfeel. I'm dumping the remaining 2/3rds so I can move on to what I hope will be a tastier beer.

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Millstream German Pilsner from Millstream Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.