John's Generations White Ale | Millstream Brewing Company

very good
157 Reviews
John's Generations White AleJohn's Generations White Ale

Brewed by:
Millstream Brewing Company
Iowa, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Todd on 05-01-2002

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
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

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.3/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of Tone
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
2.95/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of Qbdoo
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of jzlyo
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of Beer_Borg
2.71/5  rDev -27.7%
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.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.29/5  rDev +14.4%

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.

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Photo of beergoot
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of AUGRAD06
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of 312HopBomb
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of Vixie
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of argock
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of BierStein711
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
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!

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of frankiepop
4.05/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from cpolking, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler glass.

A: The beer is a light murky gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, spices, light caramelized malts and touches of citrus and hops.

T: The taste starts out with strong flavors of spice and citrus. Then some mildly bready flavors of Belgian yeast, wheat and a hearty malt character come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, there are better beers in the style but this is still a solid lighter beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The body is a stunningly bright lemon yellow. The two finger head is very frothy and thick, definitely a nice amount of lacing on the side of the glass. Did I mention the cloudy unfiltered look to the body?

Smell: The nose has a clove and apple flavor to it. Also some citrus lemon mingling with alcohol. It is refreshing,and kind of bland.

Taste: A palate that matches the nose perfectly. The hop bitterness adds to the profile. It adds some tang to the mustier fruit esters. The finish is not all that impressive, but it does not really take away from the beer.

Mouth feel: The beer is incredibly smooth while managing to be a lighter on the tongue thanks to the carbonation.

Overall: This is a pretty good wit bier where you get exactly what you expect to get from taking a whiff of the nose. Since the nose is so appetizing, this is a good thing. Very well balanced and an easy drinker.

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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A big shout out to cpolking for providing this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some lemon and spice. Taste is the same, lemon, spices, some wheat, refreshing. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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John's Generations White Ale from Millstream Brewing Company
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