John's Generations White Ale
Millstream Brewing Company

John's Generations White AleJohn's Generations White Ale
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Style:
Wheat Beer - Witbier
Ranked #131
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
84
Ranked #33,565
Avg:
3.74 | pDev: 13.1%
Reviews:
160
Ratings:
293
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Millstream Brewing Company
 
Iowa, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  13
Gots
  35
SCORE
84
Good
John's Generations White AleJohn's Generations White Ale
Notes: White Ale's are Belgian style beers, often refered to as "Wit" beer. Our version of this classic style is a wonderful spicy brew, infused with orange peel and coriander spices. It has a crisp refreshing flavor and a slight 'white' haze from the large percentage of wheat used in the mash.

14 IBU
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Czechmate from Iowa

4.26/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This has been in my top favorite 3 Wit styles for quite some time. The fact that I live 30 minutes away from where this is brewed and that I have shopped at the grocery store in which this ale is named after only adds to the drinking experience.

This is a heavy handed witbier. The look is super hazy with a thick layer of dark yeasty/spicy sediment at the bottom of the bottle. The aroma is heavy spice, floral with notes of rose, and mildly fruity with orange being predominant. Taste is heavy with spice, thick wheaty breadiness, very light orange/banana, and light floral hops. The feel has fine and soft carbonation bubbles tickling my palate help to lighten the feel of this otherwise heavy handed ale and leave a mostly crisp feel after swallowing.

The only thing that keeps this brew in my top 3 favorites Wits instead of being my "All-time favorite" is that the banana notes are very subdued, and the banana notes are something I love about a Witbier. Don't get me wrong, the banana notes are evident, but they seem a bit overpowered by the spice. Perhaps a different yeast strain or lessening the spice load would bring out more of the banana notes that I love in a Wit, but this brew will always be in my rotation.

Mar 05, 2018
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.29/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Tasted in a Spiegelau wheat glass from a 12 oz bottle on December 7, 2017. A decent interpretation of the style. Very hazy for this style. I am glad I got to try this, but I would not seek it out again.

Dec 13, 2017
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jwilcox767 from Ohio

3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy light gold color, little head
S - typical of a witbier, slightly floral and sweet citrus
T - flowery and spicy, flavors are somewhat muted
M - smooth but light bodied
O - Nothing special, definitely drinkable if it's the only thing around. Not gonna seek it out though.

May 25, 2017
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

To me it had the strangest color,like watered down orange juice. Smell was like other white ales with wheat coming through a bit heavy. Had a great feel and had all the qualitys of a white ale with orange peel and spice being present. Wheat was a little heavy but it also was a nice change from some other white ales I've had

Mar 16, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Super chunky haze going on in a darker yellow beer with a white head just under an inch. Aroma had plenty of flower power spice rack and citrus fruit bowl.

Taste was just a chunky experience, like unmalted wheat or something. Too much flowers. I think if you're a white beer fan this might be up your alley because it drops a lot of that genre's hallmarks. Thought it was a little heavy handed myself but a worthy addition.

Jan 09, 2016
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Tone from Missouri

3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, maize color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and good lacing. Smells of clove, sweet malt, wheat, slight yeast, slight coriander, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of a Witbier. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong clove, wheat, slight sweet malt, hint of yeast, hint of pale malt, hint of hop, and a hint of coriander. Overall, decent appearance and aroma, but the the body is not well blended and mostly spice.

Oct 29, 2015
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drpimento from Wisconsin

2.95/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Aroma's mostly yeast with a bit of spice. Colossal head that settles shortly. Flavor's like nose plus fruit and a little malt. Something about this beer rubs me the wrong way.

Sep 21, 2015
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BigDaddyWarbuxx from Iowa

4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A very strong flavor to it. Lots of great flavor notes. Incredibly potent, with some mild citrus notes hanging in the back as well. Really good, but definitely a sipper.

Jul 31, 2015
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Qbdoo from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at George's in Iowa City. Pours a pale and cloudy yellow with scenet of coriander and orange zest. Taste is similar. Body is crisp. I had this ages ago when they first commisioned this and it's way better now. I really enjoyed this.

Jul 11, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours slightly hazy straw gold under a ½” white foam cap. Refreshing, medium body and medium carbonation. It is pleasant enough and easy to drink but the wheat is a little restrained.

Jun 20, 2015
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jzlyo from Iowa

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Is among the great witbiers, very close in quality to Hoegaarden. Traditional coriander and orange peel, no off tastes, the only reason this doesn’t get a higher rating is sometimes I’ve had samples that are sour, a sign of it going bad.

May 31, 2015
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Beer_Borg from Kansas

2.71/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

I was not very impressed with this beer. There was no head to speak of and the color seemed a bit pale even for a witbier. The taste was a bit yeasty (I noticed yeast sediment in the bottom of the bottle so I left that last part in the bottle). There were other notes of citrus but overall it wasn't great.

Reading another review on here I'm thinking I may have had a bad batch so I would't rule trying this one again but if given the choice on a regular basis I would drink a Banquet over this one. The only reason it's 2.74 is because I was ranking it compared to the BA description of a Witbier.

Oct 09, 2014
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.29/5  rDev +14.7%

After a couple horrible beers I'm looking forward to this one being good. And I'll end the night on a good note (hopefully).

Serving style : 12 oz stubbie bottle poured into glass for appearance.

Appearance (4) : Yeee. About a four fingered head resting on top of an apricot-pineapple colored body. Density is great and shows character. Sediment floating as well, love it. Leaves some great lacing on the glass as the head slowly recedes.

Smell (4) : In the glass there's fresh orange rind, sunflower seeds, ripe banana. Dew grass, some tart pineapple.

Out of the bottle you get a better scent of orange dreaminess - perhaps a day old in the trash, with hits of ginger and peppermint. Strong banana. It's downright beautiful out of the bottle.

Taste (4.5) : Eyes-roll-into-back-of-head good. You get some lightly sour wheat notes out front, but that transforms into creamy banana, orange, pineapple, and finally a tart and smooth fruit smoothie finish. Dominant notes on the finish are pineapple and blood orange. Gingerbread. This is to die for.

Mouthfeel (4.5) : If there's a creamy beer, particularly a Wit, this is it. I can feel it flow down the back of my throat like I'm drinking whole milk. Yet out of the bottle it has a slight pop to it that makes it curiously exciting. It's up there with some of the best finishes I've had, ever.

Overall (4.29) : Totally a winner for sure. Go get you some. Smooth, creamy, buttery, full of pineapple, banana, blood orange, and fruit smoothie. All with a back taste of creamy wheat. It's got this baked bread/ginger bread aftertaste to it. My goodness. If you can find it, grab it.

Sep 05, 2014
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beergoot from Colorado

3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one at a local Amana Colony restaurant with lunch.

Very pale yellow body, cloudy; very thin white head although it does leave rings of foam on the glass. Light, dry grass aroma with a very faint citrus component. Taste has a delicate graininess; grapefruit and faint lemon notes. Light bodied; crisp, clean, and very dry.

A tough beer to love or hate. It's light and delicate all around, perhaps a little to much so, yet a few other sips brings out a subtle intrigue of flavor. On whole, it's fair enough if you're not looking for anything other than a lightweight, relatively dry beer.

Jun 07, 2014
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metter98 from New York

3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is very hazy light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short bright white head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center of the glass, a collar around the edge, and a thin layer of bubbles in between.
S: Light aromas of wheat are present in the nose along with some hints of orange peels.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the orange peels are stronger and linger through the finish. Only slight hints of coriander are detectable.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an easy drinking witbier and has some refreshing properties. It would make for a good summer beer.

May 01, 2014
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Dodo2step from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

P- Thanks to my buddy Matt for this brew!

A- sun yellow with a murky unfiltered look as usual with a wit. minimal head and no staying power. minimal lacing as well.

S- Coriander spice and pepper with orange peel and hints of pepper(?). very nicely done for a wit.

F- the coriander comes out more as does the yeast. Pepper and orange peel complement each other well in this brew.

M- spicy but light bodied even though the yeast comes through in the mouth. The wit follows you all the way down to your stomach.

O- one of the best wits I have had. the flavors complement each other well and the smoothness is remarkable.

Apr 05, 2014
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AUGRAD06 from Alabama

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A very light yellow pour with a light head when poured. I followed typical unfiltered white ale instructions and only poured 2/3 of the beer into the glass, then swirled to stir up the sentiment and finished the pour. A light citrus taste, with mild spice and malt flavor. Very light and with a bunch of carbonation. A great brew for a warm spring or summer day. Refreshing.

Mar 30, 2014
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312HopBomb from Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light straw color appropriate to the style. White cap of fine bubbles.

Smells detect sour apple, lemon, wheat and slight corriander.

Taste has more robust flavors of lemon/bitter orange peel, corriander and light wheat. A spicy bite too.

Mouthfeel is light/moderate carbonation with crisp mouth puckering sour finish.

Overall a good belgian wit beer.

Nov 23, 2012
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Vixie from Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy yellow with almost no head, just a bit of lacing.

Hard to tell exactly what I am smelling here. Seems to be wheat and malt, and liekly a mix of spices.

Can taste the wheat up front. There is a bit of banana and clove, maybe a hint of orange peel and coriander. Finishes with a bit of a hop bite.

Fairly solid feel, decent amount of carbonation makes itself known.

This one is a bit hard to review. It is a bit different, has a lot of flavor, but hard to pinpoint exactly what. It goes down easy, and has a nice flavor to it.

Sep 30, 2012
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argock from Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Received as a gift from my sister Tami.

A: Hazy golden peach with short 1/2 finger cap of white head which fades quickly.

S: The aroma reminds me more of a tripel with the peach and apricot aromas mixed with light alcohol, coriander, and orange peel.

T: This is a very flavorful beer, again resembling a wheat tinged tripel due to the tangy apricot and peach mingled with orange peel and riddled with blasts of white pepper. The coriander note is very artful and accentuates without being overbearing.

M: This is still a fairly dry beer but it does carry a good deal of wheaty thickness to it. Millstream was smart though and gave this a healthy dose of carbonation to keep it light.

O: I almost marked this down a touch due to the heftier body than most wits, but the carbonation plus the great melding of typical witbier combo of orange peel, coriander and light fruit, but with the fruit quotient turned up a notch.

Jun 07, 2012
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BierStein711 from Illinois

3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Millstream Brewery, is very creative and skilled it seems.

Bottle poured into weizen

Three finger soapy, off-white head!

Hazy gold color, heavy carbonation

Smells of orange peel, coriander, and candi-sugar

Tastes: sweet orange peel, coriander, wheat malt, with a bitter finish

Mouthfeel: thin, but not too watery like many witbiers

Millstream is a great brewery, that has a lot to offer. I am pleased with the witbier, but I want the hefeweizen!

May 17, 2012
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KarlHungus from Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy pale orange color. The head is an inch and a half in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of oranges, lemongrass, and cardamom. It is a nice aroma complexity wise, but I would like it to be a little bit stronger. The taste has the same elements the aroma has, but with the spices coming through to a greater extent which I really like. It is also a bit stronger than the aroma which I also like. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a smooth texture. I prefer witbiers to be rather highly carbonated, and while this comes close I think it would be a lot more refreshing if there were more carbonation. Overall, this is a good beer that I could drink again, but I can't see myself running out to buy it.

May 05, 2012
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WYVYRN527 from Minnesota

3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce stubby bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Hazy golden hue with a thin white head that does not retain very well. Darker than most beers of the same style.

S: Coriander and a touch of orange peel on the nose, along with some grainy malt and Belgian yeast character.

T: Biscuity malt with honey undertones, followed by a a fair amount of coriander and citrus. Spices are not, however, overpowering. Yeast lends just a touch of fruitiness, with light hops drying out the finish.

Notes: Light in body, with a very smooth mouthfeel. Spice is well-balanced with malt and hops. Overall a very refreshing beer, and one that would be quite good on a warm Summer day. After the last beer I sampled from Millstream, I'm quite impressed.

Feb 18, 2012
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frankiepop from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Beautiful label with a picture of the wonderful John's Grocery of Iowa City and celebrating John's 50th anniversary.

Appearance: Pale beige amber with a nice fat
head and swell lacing.

Aroma: Mellow yellow with coriander and citric peel.

Taste: Nice dry mellow beer. Easy on carbonation for good smoothness. Light spiceness that lingers on the tongue. Nice.

Compares with Amadeus or Hoegaarden. That's the league it's in. A soccer analogy is that this beer competes in the Spanish league very well for a place in the European Champions League! Well balanced with the spices ... coriander and orange peel with hints of lemon.

Notes: A wonderful white ale that goes excellently with the music of free jazz player Paul Smoker on the Cimp label.

Feb 02, 2012
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Beerandraiderfan from Nevada

3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy dark gold beer, like 1000 ppm you'd think when looking at the haze. Soft white head on it in the 3/4" range. Mild flowery citrus hibiscus coriander thing going on in the aroma, which is what the style is usually going for, so it has that going for it.

A thickness I did not see coming. Wow, if you prefer your wheat beers on the sludgy side, this is the beer for you. I'll give it credit, this is pretty chewy. It has a mineral flower thing in the mouthfeel that isn't my favorite aspect of the beer. Maybe its a minor presence of the alcohol.

This beer truly has been around for generations. The Amana colonies and John's grocery in Iowa City together for this one homies. One of my first Midwestern beers I had ever tried at the close of the 20th century, an interesting time revisiting the beer tonight.

Jan 15, 2012
John's Generations White Ale from Millstream Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 293 ratings