Millstream Hefe "R" Weissen - Millstream Brewing Company
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2.7/5 rDev -20.4%
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.
11-12-2012 06:00:50 | More by falloutsnow
3.5/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
09-18-2012 20:39:05 | More by JackieTH
3.1/5 rDev -8.6%
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.
10-30-2011 03:11:10 | More by TheDeuce
3.13/5 rDev -7.7%
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.
10-11-2010 22:59:23 | More by SpeedwayJim
3.43/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
09-16-2010 06:24:55 | More by FreshHawk
3.75/5 rDev +10.6%
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.
09-09-2010 00:06:00 | More by daledeee
3.83/5 rDev +13%
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.
08-24-2010 01:43:36 | More by emerge077
3.65/5 rDev +7.7%
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.
02-11-2010 00:34:06 | More by Goliath
3.7/5 rDev +9.1%
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.
08-04-2009 04:20:36 | More by Rayek
3.48/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
07-31-2009 03:07:46 | More by katan
3.25/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
07-24-2009 05:31:45 | More by TheQuietMan22
3/5 rDev -11.5%
Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a clear (relatively) golden color with a non-existent head. The nose is slightly sweet and fruity but lacks any of the standard hefe phenols, banana or clove smells. There is a slight hint of the phenols in the flavor, light banana and clove sensations do come through a little. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a minimal carbonation which has a smooth feel. Overall a drinkable beer, not bad tasting but very underwhelming. My bottle is labeled as the "Hefe Weissen" not the "R" as it now is so I'm guessing I could be drinking an older beer. The side of the label has June notched off, but there is no year so this could be from last year or even previous. I hope that a fresher version would be much more impressive.
07-20-2009 00:49:00 | More by gmfessen
3.5/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
11-05-2008 23:12:52 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
2.95/5 rDev -13%
Pours to a amber hue that is very clear with a white head that will last for a while, but has very spotty lacing.
Smells bit of banana and bubblegum. No clove spiciness at all. Wheat malt biscuity aroma barely present.
Tastes sweet with a fruity element. There is also a bitterness. You can taste ahint of hops.
Light bodied with crisp dry finish. Too carbonated though.
OK beer definatly wouldn't drink as my primary Hefe!
11-02-2008 01:14:45 | More by LordofTime25
3.7/5 rDev +9.1%
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.
08-17-2008 21:56:19 | More by Deuane
3.53/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
08-14-2008 03:36:46 | More by Contagion
3.5/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
08-11-2008 00:44:08 | More by barleywinebrewer
4/5 rDev +18%
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.
07-21-2008 09:54:16 | More by giblet
3.4/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
07-07-2008 12:02:09 | More by BuckeyeNation
Millstream Hefe "R" Weissen from Millstream Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.