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Millstream German Pilsner - Millstream Brewing Company

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74
okay

56 Ratings
THE BROS
47
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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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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.8/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Slightly cloudy, bright yellowish amber with an eggshell-colored head. The cap is substantial and stays humped in the center as it falls, leaving a respectable amount of lace in its wake. Standard noble hop nose (Saaz) with loads of fresh grain and a faint citrusiness.

The flavor follows the nose fairly closely, but while the nose is soft, the flavor borders on harsh. This beer needs a serious malt infusion to achieve any sort of balance at all. The hops, while not providing an abundance of flavor, provide a great deal of too-sharp bitterness.

When beer first enters mouth, it isn't too bad. But as the middle fades into the finish, the flinty, mineral-like bitterness builds to the level of unpleasantness. The beer is also pretty intensely dry, another indication of a lack of malt sugars. While not overly so, the body is somewhat thin.

I'm working my way through Millstream's offerings as the seasons come and go and this pilsener is my least favorite yet. I'm not really a fan of the style, but even so, this one is a disappointment. I know that Iowa's only brewery can do much better than this.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 24, 2004
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.73/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a pale, straw yellow body with a bubbly, full white head.

Smell: Light aroma of faintly bready malt, damp hay, and flowery hops.

Taste: Light malt flavor that’s only barely bready and a single drop of sweetness. Hint of hay. Soft notes of floral hops. Finishes dry, with a very light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Watery texture.

Drinkability: An average pilsner at best.

ChainGangGuy, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of Jason
1.85/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

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
Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -3.8%

XmnwildX12, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of yourefragile
2.75/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

yourefragile, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of jdhilt
2.42/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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 Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev +20.2%

Gonzoillini, May 31, 2014
Photo of BillRoth
3/5  rDev -3.8%

BillRoth, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.8/5  rDev -42.3%
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.

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

cokes, Aug 27, 2002
Photo of mynie
4.15/5  rDev +33%
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.

mynie, May 18, 2005
Photo of KarlHungus
2.05/5  rDev -34.3%
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.

KarlHungus, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of alexgash
3.63/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

alexgash, Nov 06, 2004
Photo of morimech
3.28/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

morimech, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of lackenhauser
2.35/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Somewhat cloudy golden color Im assuming it is unfiltered. Slightly skunky or should I say "funky" aroma. Stewed veggies? Very mettallic like. Pronounced hop bitterness in the flavor backed by a malty sweetness. Average enough body. Dont know how many of these I could go though. I basically slammed the remainder of the glass just ot be done with it. Says German Pilsner and I liken it to a Warsteiner or Dinckelacker sort of beer. Skip this one.

lackenhauser, Sep 15, 2004
Photo of bashiba
2.75/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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 Herky21
1.5/5  rDev -51.9%

Herky21, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of mentor
2.93/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

mentor, Jan 07, 2005
Photo of gatornation
3.26/5  rDev +4.5%
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

gatornation, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of FreshHawk
2.8/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

FreshHawk, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of brewcrew76
4/5  rDev +28.2%
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.

brewcrew76, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of beergoot
3.74/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

beergoot, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of Chucker17
3/5  rDev -3.8%

Chucker17, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of aracauna
3.4/5  rDev +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.

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

Localdrinklax, Apr 21, 2013
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Millstream German Pilsner from Millstream Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.