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Millstream Hefe "R" Weissen - Millstream Brewing Company

Millstream Hefe "R" WeissenMillstream Hefe "R" Weissen

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37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 10.06%


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

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
Now this is a Hefeweissen made for Iowa! We took a little liberty with putting a twist on the name and making ours a Hefe"r"weissen to fit in the whole Iowa thing we have going on at Millstream Brewery.

While we took liberties and played with the name, we did not compromise on making a true German Hefeweizen. As with a Hefeweizen, ours is quite sweet and fruity, with a full body. Our yeast produces the unique phenolic flavors of banana and cloves. It is very lightly hopped so it has little bitterness.

12 IBU

(Beer added by: cokes on 08-27-2002)
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Ratings: 37 | Reviews: 25 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by JackieTH:
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JackieTH

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at 2012 Autumn Brew Review, from notes

Light golden yellow pour with a head of white billowy foam.

Smells sweet and fruity, hints of banana and light hop.

Taste is a bit less pronounced than the nose, but is classic hefeweizen. Sweetness, fruits, a light hop bitterness. Banana, clove and bubblegum, come in late and are mild. Medium light body very well carbonated. Very easy drinking, quite typical flavors for style, decent, but nothing memorable.. except the labeling.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2012 20:39:05 | More by JackieTH
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

12-29-2013 03:13:04 | More by BillRoth
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bismarksays

Iowa

3/5  rDev -11.2%

10-22-2013 03:41:00 | More by bismarksays
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chickenflea

Florida

3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On tap at Cedar Rapids airport bar. This beef is just too heavy in ultisols ways. Very thick mouthfeel, cloying sweetness and a very chewy mouthfeel. It comes off more like an imperial version of the style. The color is good. The aroma is close wit good banana and clove. But some balancing citrus notes would have been optimal. Also the draft version had a slight alcohol burn! I am not sure what Millstream wag shooting for with this brew, but it was just too much off-style for my tastes

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2013 17:58:48 | More by chickenflea
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Vixie

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy yellow with a hint of orange when held up to the light, and a lot of bubbles from the carbonation. Forms a pretty good sized white head that soon reduces to about a half inch of head.

Smell is bready, good amount of yeast and malt.

Starts out fruity, kind of lemon like. There is a hint of banana and clove as well, the downside is a bit of a funky flavor at the back, probably from the hops.

Feel is good, the carbonation adds a lot of tingling.

A decent wheat beer, but a bit short of the really good ones. What keeps this from from being better to me is the finish and the aftertaste. It starts out nice enough, good flavors there, but the back and aftertaste don't really mesh with the front, leaving kind of a weird aftertaste. It is easy to drink, and not bad, just not outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 00:51:10 | More by Vixie
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erjbeer

Nebraska

3/5  rDev -11.2%

09-06-2013 20:25:21 | More by erjbeer
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ajzy

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -11.2%

08-14-2013 13:43:21 | More by ajzy
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njpencook

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

07-15-2013 06:55:30 | More by njpencook
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Eric908

South Dakota

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

06-15-2013 04:00:20 | More by Eric908
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Herky21

Iowa

2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

03-13-2013 02:45:05 | More by Herky21
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bravefan44

Iowa

3/5  rDev -11.2%

02-13-2013 20:27:19 | More by bravefan44
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DubbelTrubbel

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

01-07-2013 00:35:28 | More by DubbelTrubbel
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falloutsnow

Illinois

2.7/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From: Hyvee, Council Bluffs, IA
Glass: Weihenstephan weizen glass
Date: "July" is notched on bottle label, from July 2012

Millstream's hefeweizen comes across like a bad homebrew version of the style: it's not appealing to look at, it's missing most of the expected aromas (and really any interesting scent at all), and tastes fairly mediocre. One I would not bother with locating or trying again.

Pours a 0.5cm cap of white foam that dissipates extremely rapidly, leaving no lace at all. Body is an opaque golden orange color, with light bringing out the pale orange-yellow tones. Carbonation is nonexistent through the haze of the body. About the only thing that would detract the score further would be the presence of floaties.

Aroma is primarily of muddied yeast with bread-like malt scents. I don't detect anything I would consider banana, phenolic, or remotely hefeweiss-like in this beer: it smells like bread dough that's been sitting out for a bit too long.

Opening flavor is of bread dough, which by mid-palate is modified slightly to include a bit of very mild banana flavor and some mineral qualities that are probably from the water. Back of palate picks up a bit of a bit of tartness alongside the continued yeasty bread dough and banana flavors. Lingering aftertaste of yeast and dough, not particularly exciting.

Beer is medium-light to light bodied, with low carbonation, which produces a slightly sluggish and watery mouthfeel. Finishes dry.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 06:00:50 | More by falloutsnow
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Handy50322

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

09-23-2012 03:59:19 | More by Handy50322
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DocG

California

4/5  rDev +18.3%

07-15-2012 03:41:58 | More by DocG
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Daisy


3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

05-02-2012 19:00:27 | More by Daisy
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TheDeuce

New York

3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Millstream Heffer-weizen in a bottle

Appearance-pale gold color with a cloudy hazy complexion. Light one finger head.

Smell-a little of the hazy spice and malt, spice and alcohol, a little banana peel.

Taste/Mouthfeel-light mouthfeel, breaded malts and a watery feel, banana spice mixed with wheat. Alcohol fairly hidden, lots of carbonation and flavors are strong. Finishes relatively clean with a last note of light spice and malt.

Overall-Passable, not a true standout. Better versions out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 03:11:10 | More by TheDeuce
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Adam for this one. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Harpoon pilsner glass. August bottled on date.

A: Standard pour yields a 1 finger coarse, white head that dissipates quickly into a thin film atop the brew. Beer is a cloudy yellow with a slight orange tint. Lacing is spotty at best with little cling.

S: A good amount of skunkiness in the aroma. Sweet in the background with a nice spiciness and a subtle, lemon citrus twang.

T: Opens lemon, slight wheat spiciness, and a strong, malt backbone. This one gets sweeter and sweeter as it progresses. But there's not much else going on. Spices peak through every now and then but this one is very malt-forward. Wheaty finish and a sweet, filmy aftertaste.

M: Light bodied, crisp, and highly carbonated. Watery going down though a bit filmy in parts, which throws me off a bit. Finish is accented and aftertaste lingers.

D: A bit too sweet for my liking, but still, quite a drinkable brew. Not much complexity here, but given the style, quite appropriate. The body and aroma could use a little work though.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 22:59:23 | More by SpeedwayJim
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FreshHawk

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy tangerine gold color with a below average sized, foamy, bubbly, white head. Not great retention with a thin bubbly layer of lace left.

S - Good amount of banana and a lot of bubblegum aroma. Hints of clove and other spices. Some musty, grainy, wet wheat in the background. A touch of cracker in the background as well.

T - Similar to the nose with typical flavors for the style. Plenty of banana and bubblegum. Fair amount of clove, pepper, and lemon zest come in and out as well. Some grainy wheat taste along with a bit of a bread flavor in the background. Nothing too exciting, but it mixes well together.

M - On the fuller side of a light body with plenty of carbonation. Has a bit of a bubbly/zesty/spritzy feel that detracts some of the smoothness.

D - Not too sweet or spicy. Easy to drink beer with a nice amount of flavor traditionally found in the style.

Notes: Not a bad beer. Displays flavors and aromas typical of the style with the bubblegum aspect maybe a touch stronger than others. Not as full of a head or as creamy as others in the style, and the flavors didn't wow me as much as some others. All in all this isn't too bad of a beer and pretty easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 06:24:55 | More by FreshHawk
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daledeee

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I wonder if this beer is from a farm state. Funny name

Poured this from the bottle rather aggressively and got no head. Color is bright yellow orange.

Nose is bread citrus and some spice. Might be hints of banana.

Taste is pretty true to hefeweisen. Nice yeast with citrus and spice. Very clean aftertaste.

Mouth feel is not carbonated enough.

Drinkability is still pretty good but carbonation would have raised the overall score quite a bit. With some work this could be a top hefeweisen. The taste is spot on.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 00:06:00 | More by daledeee
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emerge077

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quite possibly the dumbest label art i've ever seen.

Poured into a tulip glass with all the yeast sediment with it's B vitamin goodness. Murky opaque/dull orange, fading into canary yellow at it's edges.

Skunky hops at first, which seem out of place. Later it's more of the expected banana and clove notes, with some creamy sweetness as well.

The odd hops come through briefly in the flavor, but are similarly steamrolled by the more dominant notes of wheat, sweet banana creme pie, and light spicy clove. Sweetness is brief, and it finishes clean with a pleasant aftertaste. Fairly quenching, a little dry after the swallow. Overall a good hefe, the faded hops are distracting though.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 01:43:36 | More by emerge077
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Goliath

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale orange color with a one inch bright white head. There is poor head retention and no lacing.

The aroma is decent. There's some pale wheat, banana, and a little spice.

The taste is ok. Again, mostly familiar flavors. Some banana and clove dominate the glass.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with an ample dose of fine carbonation.

Drinkability is high. The beer is decently made, the flavor is fine, and the abv is presumeably low making for a nice little package and familiar but satisfying hefe.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 00:34:06 | More by Goliath
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Rayek

Colorado

3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Weizen glass.

A: Cloudy gold with active carbonation. A rocky off-white cap has nice retention and leaves spots of lace.

S: Lemon and clove dominate. Biscuits and banana are in the background.

T: Dry and tart. The flavor doesn't quite live up to the nose, but is still nice. A sourdough bread flavor is joined by a balancing combination of lemon and clove. Finishes slightly sour, with a lingering clove spice.

M: The grainy body has the biting carbonatiopn I expect from this style.

D: This is a nice and refreshing hefe. Perfect for a warm summer day.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 04:20:36 | More by Rayek
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katan

Colorado

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

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Light white golden color - apparently from the very high amount of yeast suspension. Head formation is very strong, well retained. Bright white incolor.

S - A combination of some bready wheat notes with a lesser amount of banana and clove yeast notes. Esters are present, but perhaps not to the level of most hefes.

T - Starts off with some light wheat sweetness and a bit of hull-like astringency. Mid-stream hides the bitterness, and shows little hops. Only on the aftertaste does the esters, banana and clove, of the yeast shine through. Some almost bubblegum like tastes are present in the aftertaste.

M - Light body - carbonation is strong and biting however. No coating sensations. A bit of creaminess does hang around for a second.

D - Easily drinkable, as a hefe should be. ABV is low enough to be manageable.

A solid beer, but unfortunately nothing exception in the world of traditional German hefes.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 03:07:46 | More by katan
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TheQuietMan22

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very attractive brew, but, then again, all hefes are attractive to me. Poured a cloudy light-wheat, which was close to straw blond. Three fingers of thick head developed, but there was little retention.

Smell: Banana and lemon dominate, but there is also a sweet apple cider aroma and bubble gum. The yeast comes through, too, as well as some clove spiciness.

Taste: Lemon sweetness is prevalent, but the banana takes a back seat, even to the bubble gum. The yeast is more pronounced than it was in the smell, and the clove is much more powerful.

Drinkability: It's not complex, but it's good drinking. The Amana's German founders would approve, I think.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2009 05:31:45 | More by TheQuietMan22
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Millstream Hefe "R" Weissen from Millstream Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.