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John's Generations White Ale | Millstream Brewing Company

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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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5/5  rDev +35.1%

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5/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of RBorsato
4.87/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very nice white-ish color with a nice white head. Classic appearance. Almost perfect orange and spice (coriander) aroma and flavor. Very nicely balanced orange and spice flavors with white pepper notes. Medium-light bodied and creamy smooth from oats with a beautifully balanced finish; maybe not as cramy as the best but damn good !

Per Bottle: "Produced to celebrate the 50th Anniv of John's Grocery; an Iowa City tradition since 1948"

Per MBC website: O.G. 12.9° Plato, F.G. 3.2° Plato, 14 IBU,
3 SRM, 5.2% ABV
Malt: 100% Briess Malt. 2row brewers malt, Red Wheat, Flaked Wheat, Flaked Oats.
Tettnanger Hops.
Sweet Orange Peel, Bitter Orange Peel, and Coriander.

'6071' lasered on bottom
Tasted: 06/30/06

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Photo of cokes
4.6/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Opaque milky yellow under a milky froth or solid duration and cling.
Nose is full of the archtypal Witbier aromas, coriander-and-Saaz-provided lemon grass, orange zest, wheat. Summer hay. Gentle breezes. Moderate humidity. Starry nights.
Begins with a cracker dryness. Snap of Pils malts, then it settles into a cushier wheat base. A mild, flaked sweetness creeps in. Spices follow. Leafy cilantro, lemon, lime, and orange rinds. Ends with a congruent Saaz lemon-herb clap.
Light bodied, but firm, and well-defined. This is a sleek and muscular beer. And drinkable in vats.
This one does everything exactly right. One of the best I've had.

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4.56/5  rDev +23.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of mdwalsh
4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours, like most Millstream beers, with a small head, this one less than one finger despite a rough pour. The head that is there is very white and sits on top of a orange/yellow, very hazy beer with great active carbonation. This beer could be a little paler, and have a better head, but overall it's pretty good looking. 4

S: As soon as this beer was poured I got the herbs and spices pretty heavy, it's was nice and refreshing. These are the dominating aromas, though the yeast, which has a nice mild Belgian funk to it. I don't get much for malt or hops, or if I do they blend really nicely into the rest of the beer. 4.5

T: Citrus and spice come through nicely here, very true to the Belgian origins of the style. It's light and crisp without being overly biting at all. The yeast, which carries no off flavors, is very prevalent and I think allows this beer to stand out amongst similar beers and be unique while at the same time being very true to the style. 4.5

M: A little rich, at first, but that's cutting back as the sharper spices and citrus come forward, making the beer feel pretty dang good. 4.5

D: Highly drinkable brew. It's refreshing, tasty and interesting all at the same time. 4.5

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4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pale orange color with massive white puffy head. Nice lacing as the head slowly fell. Smell is an extraordinary mixture of citrus and spices (cloves, corriander, pepper) . Perfect for a witbier. Taste is also exceptional with the smells coming through in the taste to present a perfect refreshing beer. Excellent drinkability. Great beer for a summer afternoon. This one dissapeared faster than I wanted.

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4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from BigBry.

Straw colour body, with an effusive white head that slowly died down, allowing me to finally fit the rest of the liquid in the glass. Excellent appearance for a wit, and some good lacing. Fresh spicy smell, with obvious signs of a strong wheat backbone underneath. The flavour is excellent - intensely spicy with a big corriander presence, yet at the same time very well balanced and integrated. This is one of the spiciest beers I've had, but it doesn't feel like an artificial bomb (take note brewers of certain winter warmers). Beautifully soft wheat, lemon and Curacao round off a very solid profile. The effervescence makes for a creamy and satisfying mouthfeel.

An excellent beer. Cheers Bryan!

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4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy light gold with a touch of orange color. Large smooth, creamy, foamy white head with good retention and a nice sticky layer of lace.

S - Quite spicy with a lot of coriander, orange rind, some pepper and a bit of clove as well. A touch of breadiness as well. Good example of the style.

T - Nice bready and grainy malt taste make up the backbone. A lot of spices come out with coriander, orange and lemon rind, some pepper, some clove, and some lemongrass. Citrus, spice and bread flavors mix in and out very nicely.

M - Somewhere between light and medium body with a lot of carbonation. Very zesty, spritzy, and refreshing feel.

D - Very easy to drink beer that is extraordinarily crisp and refreshing. Spiced, bready, citrus flavors are great on the tongue and mix well together.

Notes: A very good witbier with a great amount and balance of flavors you would expect from the style. So easy to drink and enjoyable and refreshing.

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4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of orangemoustache
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a kind of cloudy corn-silk blonde with a thicker than average white head that leaves some nice sticky sheets of lacing as it slowly deflates. The nose is spicy,full of pepper and corriander. The backbone is yeasty and full of gentle spice that maintains a complex smoothe character with optimum drinkability. Some buicuty malt flavors and minimal hoppage keep this one true to the style. Light body and subtly dry,yet very crisp and extremely clean finish rounds off one hell of a Witbier. I will be revisiting this one as soon as I can make it back to the local mix-a-six! Great warm weather thirst quencher or anytime sipper.

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4.29/5  rDev +15.9%

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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4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle with a yeast swirl(bottled 4/10) into a Weizen glass. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a dense head that fades to a ring. A very nice yeast aroma fills my nose with notes of pepper, spice, and lemon; almost saison like. A complex balance of wheat and barley malts with some slight lemon zest. This really has a nice fullness to the mouthfeel that is smooth. Overall a very easy drinking beer that is very refreshing.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
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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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Thanks to drhinehart for this local gem.

A- Pours a hazy golden bright yellow color. One finger white head comes and caps on the top of the beer after a minute or so. No real lacing left behind....everything falls back into the beer.

S- Big spices in the front of this beer with some light orange in the front of the aroma. As the beer warms the wheat comes into play a lot more and becomes the dominate aroma. The orange makes a bigger appearance once the beer warms.

T- Big citrus flavors right off the get go. Lemon and orange are the main flavors. Light spices come into play in the middle with some light wheat. The wheat notes come into play in the ending of it and makes a little more presence when warmed up.

M- Medium light mouthfeel. Carbonation was dead on for the style. Nice citrus upfront on the palate with some light wheaty notes and spicing in the aftertaste. Flavors blend perfect in the mouth and doesn't throw in any off flavors.

D- This is an amazing beer that I wish was available around here. I would make this a staple in my spring and summer time beer drinking. Very good with drinkability although I wouldn't want a sixer of this.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy light straw color with a finger of head that falls slowly to a full coat over top. A moderate carbonation is cascading through the beer and clarity is only slight, as a good yeasty blast came out at the end of the pour. Smell is creamy wheat, light banana and coriander spiceyness. It's very nicely balanced, with all the aromas coming together very well to present a blended smell. Nice. Flavor is a little subdued. Initially, I get a slight tartness on the side of my tongue, moving to creamy wheat and light spicey citrus and banana, but everything is just a bit distant. The finish is all about the wheat. Mouthfeel is light to moderate with a moderate to strong carbonation. This one really is light on my tongue. This is a nice beer. Its a the aroma is nice and the flavors are good, but could be a touch more bold. I think this will be the new brew I keep around for guests or people that don't want to drink my "weird" beers.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color with a slight haze. The head is large and rocky and leaves a sticky lacing. Aroma is fruity (bubblegum and citrus) and spicy with an earthy background. Mouthfeel is light; crisp, and effervescent with a light hop finish. Flavor is light and sweet with fruit overtones and a well paced light hop finish.

Damn good. A pleasant surprise.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of BuckeyeNation. Pours a nice hazy golden color with a thick and rocky off-white head that fizzed away slowly. Thin lacing toward the top of the glass and less as it was consumed. The aroma is well-spiced, along with citrus and wheat. Crisp, light body with a great flavor profile. Spice and herbs (coriander, clove) are predominant, plus citrus, malt and hops. The finish is creamy and wheaty, making for a great beer overall. This is definitely one of the better Wits I have tried.

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John's Generations White Ale from Millstream Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 286 ratings
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