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Millstream Hefe "R" Weissen - Millstream Brewing Company

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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%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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mynie

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Millstream's Wheat is pretty bland, but John's White is consistent and solid enough that I was really surprised they shelved the pilsener for a Hefe. But then I checked out their website and saw that the hop shortage was to blame, but they still wanted to come out with a summer seasonal.

Pours great into a Hefe glass. Maybe a little dark for the style--not quite the sunshine golden you get from a perfect hefe pour--but there's still a wonderful head.

Smells like your usual suspects. Strong wheatmalt with large nodes of white pepper and cloves and just a wee little hint of citrus. Not quite as ballsy or complex as some of the more stellar hefes, but pretty damn good nonetheless. No off nodes.

The mouthfeel is a bit off. Great hefes are smooth all the way through, this one's kind of fizzy at the back. But that's my only complaint, really. This is yet another solid offering from Millstream.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2008 06:26:38 | More by mynie
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DocG

California

4/5  rDev +18.3%

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

Ohio

4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

quite yummy. had this at the brewery and in the bottle afterward. nice color, slight cloudiness. good head and steady carbonation. nice flavor of wheat with a little bit of citrus. decent amount of lace down the glass. this is a pretty darn good beer from an unusual brewer. this brewery is in a small german town of amana. nestled in central Iowa... cool.

suckem up and movem out.

giblet

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2008 09:54:16 | More by giblet
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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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DubbelTrubbel

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

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

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My second of 4 Millstream brews I received in a trade with Badbeer, thanks a lot!

A-Amber hued golden yellow. Clear, none of the haze that I expect with a hefe. Thin bright white head last for a bit and then fades away to a thin ring leaving spotty lace.

S-A bit of banana and bubblegum. No clove spiciness at all. Wheat malt biscuity aroma barely present. Nice but lacking.

T-While the aroma is a bit lacking the flavour is much closer to where it needs to be. Initial sweetness with fruity esters is followed quickly by a nice sharp bitterness from some clove elements and a touch of hops. Hints of lemony citrus in the background.

M-Light bodied and fairly crisp and refreshing. One thing puts it off though....it is too carbonated which gives it a harsh feel. I would appreciate a softer feel with more emphasis on the bite from the clove and hops.

D-Regardless of the carbonation I found myself liking this beer. Another surprisingly good beer from this small Iowa brewery. If they could soften this up a bit I would be sold.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 21:56:19 | More by Deuane
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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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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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Contagion

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

There is a nice golden honey color to it. It is cloudy, light passes through it easily enough, you just can't see through it clearly. When poured there is a good half inch white head that rapidly dissipates to a thin head and then to nothing.

The smell is a very discernible combination of banana and cloves like most hefe weissens. There are some other subtle scents to it, but I wasn't able to accurately identify any of them. However the combination is reminiscent of pear. The taste is a pleasant mix of banana and cloves. It's not overpowering like I've tasted in other hefe weissens. This is a very pleasant combination that is pleasing to the tongue.

It is a light bodied beer that slips past the tongue, there is no mouth coating at all. It is very easily drunk. This is a perfect hot summer day beer. It's easy to drink and palatable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2008 03:36:46 | More by Contagion
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barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

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

thanks to hero27 for the chance to try this neat beer. another rainy day, another barbeque, another wheat. A trend if you read my reviews in my sequence, pointless notes otherwise. A nice golden color with a white head. Very light wheat notes dominate. Light bodied, summer session beer. I'd be curious to try this on tap if I'm in the Iowa area.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2008 00:44:08 | More by barleywinebrewer
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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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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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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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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

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

I got this brew from LordofTime25, Thanks Tyler!

12oz bottle swirled and served in a weisse glass.

L - cloudy yellow color with a small white head that went away after a few minutes despite the constant rise of tiny carbonation bubbles.

S - yeast and lemon aromas is what I got.

T - the yeast and lemon are in the taste as well.

F - light/medium body with mild carbonation.

D - it goes down easy.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2008 23:12:52 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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Daisy


3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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

New York

3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So let me preface this review by saying that I lived in Germany for 3 years as a young lad so I was able to enjoy some of the best Hefeweisen this world has to offer.
I was given a bottle of this by my soon to be brother-in-law, it came as part of his most recent beer of the month club shipment. I choose it because Hefe's are one of my favorite styles of beer. I was a little surprised to see that it is brewed in Iowa, never really thought of Iowa as a hotbed for micro-brews. None the less the beer poured a little less cloudy than I am normally used to (for a hefe) a good two finger head quickly dissipated and left a slight lace around my glass. The brew was enjoyable. As another reviewer already said certainly not the best hefe that I have ever had and certainly not the worst. I would drink it again if it were offered to me, and I'll be sure to thank my brother-in-law the next time I see him. Thanks Brent!

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2008 22:07:02 | More by tdawgydog
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich amber with pale lemon edges and a pristine interior that indicates filtering. I hope the hefeweizen yeast character hasn't been filtered out (as in most kristalweizens). The snow white crown is neither attractive nor ugly, but somewhere in between. Acceptable foam persistence and a decent amount of sudsy lace help the cause.

Cloves are barely detectable and there are no banana esters either. Nor is there much wheatiness goin' on. Hell, there isn't much emanating from the glass at all. Is this a true hefe or is it a pale wheat? Warming pulls the nose, kicking and screaming, up to average.

One sip is all it takes to confirm that Hefe Weissen isn't simply Windmill Wheat with a new label. While I couldn't appreciate fruit and spice in the first few sniffs, the flavor profile is much closer to where it needs to be. This isn't an outstanding effort, but it ain't half bad either.

The barley and wheat malt backbone is just about right in terms of heft. Sweetness and bitterness are pretty closely matched, with spiciness nipping at their heels. This offering definitely isn't bland. The hefeweizen banan-o-meter score is a respectable 2.5/4.0 and the clove esters are warm and mildly pungent.

Mouthfeel is a tough call. The underlying light creaminess is nice, but the harshness of the bubbles isn't. The fact that they're settling down as the ounces pass is the main reason why the score ends up where it does.

Millstream Hefe Weissen (label)/Hefeweissen (website) is pretty good, pretty drinkable beer. Although it's nowhere close to scaring the Bavarians, it's a nice option for those Iowans who prefer local products. Guaranteed freshness is nothing to sneeze at.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 12:02:09 | More by BuckeyeNation
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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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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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BillRoth

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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

Wisconsin

3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Muddy golden-orange body, with minimal head. Good lacing however.
Appealing nose of banana, pear and clove.
Taste follows suit with banana, clove, and (guess what) pear. Relatively large dough flavors, with some slightly sour yeast notes. Mushy banana aftertaste. Not bad, but nothing dazzling. Seems restrained.
Body is somewhat spritzy, but lacks substance. Thin, and not very creamy.
Not a beer I'd choose to consume in quantity, since there are alot of great hefeweizens around. This is far from the worst I've had, but equally far from the best.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2002 22:54:53 | More by cokes
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Millstream Hefe "R" Weissen from Millstream Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.