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Millstream Wheat Lager - Millstream Brewing Company

Millstream Wheat LagerMillstream Wheat Lager

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BA SCORE
79
okay

48 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.91%


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

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Dogbrick on 01-06-2003)
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Erdinger2003

Iowa

1.18/5  rDev -65.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

The appearance is kinda crappy, the head is gone, the color doesn't seem consistant or appable.

The smell is a little sweet with a smell like lager and nothing else.

Taste hits like water and doesn't get any better. I don't think I'll even finish this, pretty dissapointing.

Mouthfeel has no carbonation that I can tell with my mouth, but there are a few little bubbles once in a while as you look at it.

I will never have this ever again.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2006 03:48:42 | More by Erdinger2003
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HappyHourHero

Indiana

2.78/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Small bright white head fades swifty to a ring. Slightly hazy straw colored beer with streams of carbonation bubbles shooting to the surface as some small clear floaties cruise around. Lightly sweet grain flavor up front. I'm not sure what is (I'd go with corn for no good reason), but the aftertaste really reminds me of Busch. Everything had me thinking light crisp beer, but it was body was pretty thick and the mouthfeel is a bit slick. Um....yeah....Busch, that's about it.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2004 02:30:07 | More by HappyHourHero
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brewQ

Missouri

2.85/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Q. Is this an All malt Lager if it has Wheat? Confused on style.

Snow white, highly charged head over a pale gold body with fine carbonation.

Devoid of any particular Aroma.

The taste also is nondescript.. A light sweetness.

Clean, refreshing and decent mouthfeel- though that sounds like an American Macro.

Drinkable, not my favorite Millstream offering by a longshot.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2006 03:54:51 | More by brewQ
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

2.98/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is really nothing special. I just had a sampler glass while visiting the brewery. Tastes not an American Wheat but somewhat lighter. Tastes almost like your average BMC product. This could easily make for a session brew, though I would most likely choose something even a little heavier for a session.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2005 23:12:46 | More by neonbrown82
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aracauna

Georgia

3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy pastel yellow body with a quickly doomed white head. Aroma is light, mostly wheat, maybe a hint of hops, but little more. Has a noticeable bit of acidity, much like some witbiers, but I don’t know if this is what the brewer intended or not. It’s not off-putting or clashing with the other flavors, though. Bready wheat flavors are most of what I get although, I get a slight touch of grassy hops in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2004 02:02:01 | More by aracauna
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hopsaplenty

Virginia

3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle, Feb notched on label.

Sparkling 18K gold. Noisy, fizzy head that sounds like soda. Bone white bubbles quickly build and recede, leaving a short ring. A handful of carbonation streams pierce the surface. Light caramel and wheat notes rise, but on the subdued side. The aroma is minimal. The taste starts with some light sweet malt and a touch of caramel which then gives way to a slightly fruity wheat component. The finish is moderately crisp and has a distinct lageresque tone. There is an apple skin note underneath it as well. The crispness lingers just a brief instant. Light body with just enough carbonation to keep it from feeling flat. Not bad, but not overly distinctive either.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2006 01:30:01 | More by hopsaplenty
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UnionMade

Colorado

3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Let me start off by saying that this is not a twist off cap. It may look like one, but if you can twist it off, you must be a Master Of The Universe. I actually ripped my shirt trying to take it off. Sheesh.
Pours mostly clear, an attractive golden hue. Closer inspection reveals a cadre of floaties manning the base. Minimal head, mostly a scattered, misty coating. Smells like grape nuts with dried bananas. Grainy, more a straight pale lager than what I expect from a wheat beer. Grainy malt dominates the flavor, remaining clean and unadulterated throughout. Perhaps a touch of arid banana? Vague wheaty sourness blends with meek hop bitterness in the finish, cutting off clean and dry. Just a little grape-nut lingers on. No real hop flavor, just a percieved bitterness. A bit of grain husk, chalk and saw dust, with a powdery mouthfeel. Robust carbonation.
I don't think I'd ever be puttering around the house on a Saturday afternoon and think, "Golly, I wish I had some Millsteam Wheat Lager", but I'd have more than one if a buddy brought it on a fishing trip.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2005 07:32:44 | More by UnionMade
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Chilled sample in pint glass. Thanks to bditty187 for the sample!
The beer pours a very clear gold with a soft bleached white head foaming up and fading very quickly.
Aroma is light and offers some caramel and a general light fruitiness with perhaps apple mixed in.
A very light body on the first sip, with fine gentle carbonation that offers only a very faint tactile presence.
Flavor is mild with some sweet wheat twanginess fading quickly to a clean sort of empty finish. Very smooth and easy to drink but a little boring. Nice to try it and would be decent at the beach or just on a hot day. Drink when thirsty not for complexity.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2004 15:16:39 | More by sulldaddy
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale piss yellow. Very slightly hazed. Small ivory white head. Little lace. Decent aroma of husky and grainy malt attributes. Sweet taste. Kind of adjunct based it seems with corn the main player. A slight dryness on the finish, indicating the presence of some hops. Body is medium-full. Carbonation is on the low side. This gives a bit of a syrupy feel. Pretty average stuff here.

Thanks big ol ZAP!

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2006 04:44:43 | More by Bighuge
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OStrungT

California

3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear pale straw yellow color, with a very thin white head. The head fades very fast, leaving no lace.

This beer has a very mild, hard to pick out aroma. It smells very mildly spicy. A slight grainy aroma is also present. It reminds me of an adjunct lager.

This beer tastes like it smells. Very subtle. Some grains and spices come out but they are hard to detect, and harder to distinguish. It tastes slightly like an adjunct lager, but not as much as it smells.

This beer is crisp. It leaves a very mild spicy aftertaste. It is highly carbonated.

I think this beer might make a decent session beer. The low alcohol makes it easy to drink. I think it could have some more flavor though.

Overall: Thank you BuckeyeNation for giving me the chance to try this beer. I didnt hate it, but it didnt do anything for me. It just isnt my style. I guess I fall into the trendy category since I prefer more extreme beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2009 03:28:10 | More by OStrungT
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BretSikkink

Mexico

3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden. You can almost see through it. Less than one inch head, poured vigorously.

Does not have the prominent beer smell of other Millstreams. Weak and muted. A little spicing, wheat and malt.

The taste is crisp and clean. Not as thin as macro lagers, with prominent wheat flavor. Conservative hops.

For slaking thirst quickly.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2006 08:17:51 | More by BretSikkink
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Dogbrick

Ohio

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

Thanks to BuckeyeNation for the trade. Pours a clear golden orange color with a miniscule white head that was gone in no time. No lacing. The aroma is lightly wheaty with a glimmer of hops. Light-bodied and crisp, with a subdued yeast, spice and wheat flavor. Very little aftertaste aside from a touch of wheat and malt. Not big in the flavor department, but fairly drinkable overall.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2004 22:19:28 | More by Dogbrick
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wcudwight

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to hero27 for the beer.
Pours a straw yellow. No head or lacing. Some carbonation bubbles rose to the top.
The aroma is pleasent enough, but you really have to sniff hard to get anything. Smell is grainy with a hint of lemon.
This is a very refreshing beer. Grainy wheat bread. The hint of lemon in the flavor really adds a zest not often found in this style. I also get some gum flavors. Reminds me of Juicy Fruit.
Mouthfeel is thin and smooth. Par for the style.
This was a great refreshing beer to have after a softball game. Much better option than BMC, and a good cross-over beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2007 02:37:20 | More by wcudwight
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swamiswamu

Indiana

3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This one is about as ho-hum as possible. That being said, it is a great one to have in the fridge at all times. It is refreshing and couldn't be much more drinkable. It resembles macros in most ways, but has far more classic American "beer" flavor. This would be a great beer to start weening someone off Bud.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2005 21:32:59 | More by swamiswamu
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bditty187

Nebraska

3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, golden in hue with no animation. A white head of a half a finger in height quickly faded to a bubbly collar. Frankly this beer is very ordinary to look at. A lack of head retention is concerning and there was no subsequent lacing. It can only get more exciting from here. The first whiff was nothing but a powerful blast of herbal potpourri and a kiss of lemon. I had to set my glass down and recuperate. The second whiff was malty, it reminded me of Cheerios. There were also some hints of wheat bread too and typical lager cleanliness, which is appropriate. The more I smelled the beer the more I liked it. The bouquet is nothing special but for a Pale Lager, I find it inviting. Modest potency. The palate is distinctly Millstream, every beer I’ve tried from this brewery has the same underlying mineraly-malty quality and this is no exception. Actually these flavors seem the focal point of this offering. Again I got the Cheerios taste, which is a good taste, albeit odd. Unlike the nose the Cheerios taste was accompanied by a nutty suggestion. The wheat imparts vague flavors and it is only found it the aftertaste; I assume it was really used as an adjunct to thin the body (and curb the flavor). If so, mission accomplished. The hopping is low and it is not bitter at all with only kisses of lemon. There is some sweetness that mingles well with stray grainy notes, hay too. The palate is unspectacular, frankly this was expected; as there is no doubt this beer was not brewed to bowl over the tastebuds. This is a lawnmower beer and nothing more. Pleasant enough. Medium/medium-light in body, low carbonation (yet another trademark of the brewery), the mouthfeel is ordinary, if not a bit watery. I guess this could be a product of the style. I have no qualms about this beer, the low abv and light taste lends itself to a good hot summer day beer. Why this is brewed year round is frankly beyond me. This is not worth seeking but there is no need to avoid it either. I acquired this sample at the brewery in Amana as part of a variety pack. You want the other three bottles?

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2004 01:21:31 | More by bditty187
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rugger

Arkansas

3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a nice wheaty straw color with a nice white head that left a nice lace pattern on the glass, and the wheat smell was very nice. As for the taste there was a lot of carbonation bite. The mouthfeel was also mostly carbonation, this is a nice beer for a hot day. This is a very easy drinking wheat beer that doesn't really stand out, but it is good. I have other beers that are local that are as good or better.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2004 16:30:00 | More by rugger
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alexgash

Connecticut

3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light golden-lemon body with a thin, white head.
Smells of crisp wheatgrass and cereal malt. Not much to get me excited.
Taste starts with snappy, fruity-apple malt, with notes of lemon. Nice, lively, refreshing feel. Light-bodied. Fades, disappointingly into a barely-bitter, dry finish. This is an okay summer refresher.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2004 23:55:15 | More by alexgash
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Wasatch

Utah

3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow color, nice carbonation, a fizzy head which left quickly, not much lacing afterwards. The nose is of malts, slight hops, spices, and slight grassy tones. The taste is sweet/malty, slightly bitter. Light-Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew, would be great for a hot summer day. Thanks to BuckEyeNation for the chance to check this one out.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2006 21:01:02 | More by Wasatch
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Gusler

Arizona

3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer after its escape from the 12-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a hazy golden amber color with a modest sized head that is bright white and spumous in texture, the lace a thin curtain to conceal the glass. Nice hint of wheat, sweet and fresh with the start somewhat sweet and a fair grain profile, the top is light in its feel. Finish is benign in acidity with the hops light but adequate for the style, a drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2004 23:33:35 | More by Gusler
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DesMoinesMike

Iowa

3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a meduim gold color with a finger of white head that quickly dissapears.

That aroma puzzled me, I can't really place it, a tiny bit wheaty and a bunch of somehting else. Weird.

The taste is a bit hoppy, leaves a somewhat sour aftertaste at the back of the tongue.

I'm not overly impressed with this one. Millstream has plenty of good brews, this falls into the mediocre range.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 01:31:59 | More by DesMoinesMike
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Generik420

Indiana

3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks go out to BuckeyeNation for providing me the oppurtunity to try this one. This beer pours a golden straw color, which was actually very clear for a wheat beer. I didn't pour it very vigorously, and found there to be no head to really speak of and no lacing at all.

Smell had a mild citrus aroma that I found to be very pleasant. Overall a light and somewhat airy feel to the aroma. I think this is one of the better 'American style' wheat beers. I generally find them to be fairly bland, but this one had a nice citrus flavor that was not overbearing. A fairly strong malty finish rounded out the flavor nicely.

The maltiness in the back of this beer gives it a heavier feel. It seems a little bit weighted down. Overall I found this to be a beer I could have drank quite a few of. I would definitely drink this again if I had the chance.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2006 00:49:30 | More by Generik420
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DrunkMcDermott

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the brewery. Thinking back, I believe this was the first microbrew I ever had, way back in the 1980's. Today's pour was a nice-looking, heady sample, with very little haze and a nice fizzy wheat flavor. Some breadiness and a citrus nose. An easy, pleasing beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2003 14:46:22 | More by DrunkMcDermott
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maxpower

Missouri

3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a clear golden color with a small white head that leaves some lacing in my glass. Grassy, grainy aromas, bready, fruity flavors with a mild sweetness. Light bodied with a nice crisp, carbonated mouthfeel. Very light and very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2006 20:46:05 | More by maxpower
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scoobybrew

Indiana

3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass. It has a straw color and is very clear, unusually so for a wheat beer. The head dissipated quickly into a small lacing. It has a malty scent, definitely wheat malt in there. The flavor is, as expected, very rich with wheat malt. It's balanced well enough, but slightly sweet. It has a medium-light body with moderate carbonation.

Overall, it's a decent American wheat beer. There are very little American wheat beers I'm fond of however. This stands a little above average.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2007 22:41:27 | More by scoobybrew
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RBorsato

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale yellow with a thin white head. Wheaty, grainy aroma. Light grainy taste with no hop characteristics. Light bodied and crisp. There were no real outstanding characteristics in any direction, good or bad.

A decent refreshing American style wheat. Good summer time brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2003 06:57:43 | More by RBorsato
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Millstream Wheat Lager from Millstream Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.