John's Generations White Ale | Millstream Brewing Company

286 Ratings
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 dtivp
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bright hazy yellow with a larger white head that dissipated into a lasting white cap with lacing.

Very strong dominate citrus aroma with clove .

Nice citrus fruit, orange and lemon taste with the hint of spice clove and coriander.

Smooth light bodied beer with high/ moderate carbonation.

Nice beer on a hot day after finishing the yard work.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
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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Photo of scruffwhor
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Nick G for the hookup.

The pour enlivens a banana peel yellow with nice bubbling, but a very quick and non-existant head.

The aroma is a lovely bouquet of bananas, cloves, some old-fashoined pink bubblegum, and wet wheat husks.

The taste starts with bananas and lightly toasted wheat grains. Then goes to a faint earthy hop and some equall faint musty grains. The finish is a clean, and mildly citric hop, herbal cloves,and a little chammomile.

Crisp and fruity fresh palate. This is a delightful Summer relaxing beer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

Pours a hazy white-tinged straw with a couple fingers of white steasfast head. The smell is heavy on the citrus fruits and their peels/rinds, with some cloves and coriander thrown in for good measure. The taste follows, with some breadiness added to the citrus peels and coriander and the cloves taking a slightly greater prominence. The body is lightly moderate (very lightly), smooth, and has just the right amount of carbonation, making for one tasty, sessionable, highly drinkable brew, fit for the warmer months (or whenever the hell you feel like having a tasty wit).

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy golden yellow, very bright. Foamy white head that is only about one finger thick. Head quickly fades to a small 1/4" cap. Limited lacing left behind.

S - Very strong fruity aroma with lots of orange peel. Hints of light spice, primarily corriander. As the beer warms the wheat starts to come through even more.

T - Citrus fruits up front with oranges and a little lemon zest. Lightly spiced, especially coming through mid-drink. Light wheat backing but primarily dominated by the citrus notes throughout the beer.

M/D - Light and very crisp on the tongue. Very easy drinking. Light puckering in the finish.

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

Appearance: Cloudy yellow, ok head.

Smell: Cloves, spicy, lemon.

Taste: Wheat, some sweetness, a little spice. It reminds me of Sam Adams White Ale, but less spicy.

Drinkability: Good, sessionable.

This was my favorite of the three beers in the Millstream sampler pack. A pretty nice wit, good flavor, very drinkable.

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Photo of sprucetip
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy pale golden, very active, large fizzy white head, good retention but no lacing.

SMELL is spicy/clovey, strong wheat presence, and just a wee bit of sweetness.

TASTE citrus and clove, Belgian yeasty, and light bitterness. It is crisp and a bit sharp in the finish.

FEEL strong carbonation, thin body, but finishes pretty clean.

OVERALL Decent representation of the style (which I enjoy but am not crazy about). Very easy drinking. Good lawnmower beer, and could be pounded on a warm summer day.

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Photo of NicholasCasber
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer, when poured into a Pilsner glass, produced a nice head which was quickly settled, and left a nice sud ring around the whole glass, producing some fairly stable lacing.

S: Smelled like wheat and a little citrus.

T: The taste was fairly bitter, which was finished off by a nice short sweet end on the aftertaste.

M: The beer felt fairly fullbodied for a white ale, which I was very pleased with.

D: This beer was great to try, still not my favorite although I did rate it fairly high.

Overall, one of the better beers from Millstream, however their Amber still takes the cake for me. Best of luck in your beer findings. Cheers.

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Photo of climax
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

John's White ale poured a cloudy yellow/gold. The head rose and sat like suds from a bubble bath, and left a bubbly crown atop and lace all the way down.

Aroma was good and strong. Soapy, coriander, citrus, banana.

The flavor is good as well, complex and intriguing. A constant battle between peach, coriander, and banana, with subtle spiciness.

The first thing I noticed when this hit my mouth was the carbonation, man it hits sharp. Once the spike settles down, it fades to a tingle, some cheek pinching tartness and a semi dry finish. This is one of the best whites I've tried.

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Photo of CHickman
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Came from Beer of the Month Club. Poured cloudy gold with an average creamy white head and a lot of sediment; smelled of yeast, wheat, grains, clove and spices. Decent lacing that sticks around on the glass.

Tastes of wheat, malt, clover, coriander, pepper, and a fruity mix where orange and lemon come through as well as a little banana; it then finishes with a sour spicy flavor that mixes with the citrus zest. Medium to high carbonation with a grassy/earthy middle and a crisp spicy yeast ending.

A very good white ale/wit beer that's complex, tart and leaves a lingering citrus taste, yet is light and easy to drink.

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Photo of bassmantin
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fairly transparent yellow into a 6 oz mason jat at Country Junction in Dyersville, IA. Nice.

The initial taste hits the mouth with sourness that persists until it gets lost in the aftertaste, which is overtaken my mild sweetness.notes of orange peel and coriander. Very nice beer. The sourness almost reminds me of a Berlinerweisse.

Enjoy it. Also try their amber.

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Photo of Rayek
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Wiezen glass.

A: Foggy gold, with hyperactive carbonation. A Foamy white cap has decent retention and leaves a fair amount of lace.

S: Lemon, coriander, sourdough bread and maybe a hint of orange.

T: Crisp, tart and sour sum things up for me. A coriander spiciness dominates the proceedings. It's backed by a lemon tartness and a moderate sourdough bread flavor. Finishes with a lingering coriander spiciness.

M: The somewhat grainy body has biting carbonation that lingers on the tongue.

D: I don't know what the ABV is, but this beer came across light and eminently sessionable. I picked it up at John's Grocery, so I'm pretty sure my bottle was quite fresh too. All in all, a nice summer refresher.

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Photo of ILikeGoodCider
3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on 07.30.09 from a 12oz brown bottle into a 14oz pint glass. Part of a BOTM club gift.

A: Light, golden yellow w/ a beefy white head.

S: Good coriander w/a hint of citrus. Some bready yeastiness around the nose.

T: Strong; wheat, bready flavor with with citrus and spice.

M: Light-moderate and well-carbed w/ a dry spicy end.

D: Good wit. One of the better BOTM club brews. Good on a summer evening...

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Photo of nycwinter
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was one of my Beer of the Month by mail selections.
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A= At the top, a cloudy orange transitioning to a yellow tint towards the bottom. Thick fluffy head initially from vigorously swirling the last 2/3rds as recommended. Settled to a consistently thin white head that allowed the sunshine below to glow through.

S= Primarily corriander and pepper with notes of roses. There is a smell reminiscent of a peanuty-Thai dish overall.

T= True to the style. Mildly spicy with wheat and citrus in the aftertaste.

M= Light and refreshing.

D= I think I'll have another.

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

pours a cloudy yellow with a one finger white head and some patchs of lace ringing the glass. aroma was a little weak with wheat malt, yeast, hint of some spice. taste same with a strong pepper note some spice with a slightly tangy finish. would have liked to have had a little more clove and coriander. mouthfeel and carbonation good. overall not bad that peppery taste mades it a little bit different.

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Photo of hike20
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale yellow with a small, quickly vanishing, white head. Sweet citrus, clove and hops aroma. Flavor is tangy wheat, orange, lemon and coriander. Mouth feel is light and bubbly. Pretty decent overall, but not remarkable. A good summer beer for easy drinking.

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Photo of cdkrenz
2.95/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Dirty peach colored body with no chance of transparency. The pure white head is bubbly and standing about an inch and a half tall before fading slowly to a quarter inch.

S - Banana, apricot and a spicy hint.

T - It has a mix of malt and subtle banana to start. There's an odd flavor in the middle that has a somewhat stale taste to it. Unfortunately, it's carried out through the rest of the brew.

M - Smooth, silky and creamy to start. The middle offers a slight coarse texture and the finish is again soft and easy.

~ That sad part about reviewing beers is when the everything goes well except for the taste. The truth is, it is hard to give a beer a high drinkability value when the flavor just isn't up to par.

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Photo of WJVII
3.17/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

BOM sampler "Malt Beverage brewed with spices" noted under picture. The color is a straw yellow, very transparent. A foamy white head explodes but settles to very active carbonation. The aroma is strong with banana, citrus, and sweet spices. Not much of a malt balance to be noted. The taste is a little off from the smell. There is a strong pepper taste in the front, thin mouth feel with a lot of carbonation. Once the carbonation allows the flavor to travel back in the mouth, you can taste some of the spice and the banana from the nose. This is a OK brew. Definitely a winter brew as the name states so might be accepted better in the cold, rather than a mild summer day.

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Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a DT tulip. Extra special thanks to BuckeyeNation for this extra in our trade!

A: Pours a cloudy, pale-gold color with a creamy and sticky bright-white head that, despite only being a finger thick, retains for a decent amount of time and leaves some pretty lace webbing in the glass.

S: Crisp and clean aromas of coriander and lemon and/or orange peel. Toasty and bready grains, too.

T: Simple and well executed flavors of the aforementioned coriander, lemon zest/orange peel, toasted grains, and some vague spiciness.

M: Decent amount of fruity tang that plays nice with the dry grains and prickly white pepper.

D: This is a great summer beer...if only I could get iy up in the Chi!

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Photo of BigBry
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from my Millstream mixed case, a "malt beverage brewed with spices".
Poured slightly cloudy, pale yellow color with a small white head. Decent retention, thinnest lace strings. Smell is yeasty, and some mild spices, orange and corriander.
Taste has the wheast and yeastiness as expected. Light spiciness mirrors the smell, citrus fruits, a bit peppery to finish. Light in body, good carbonation, refreshing, a good summer brew. Well done.

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Photo of bsp77
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received in June shipment of my beer of the month club.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into new Summit Pint.

Appearance: Pale hazy yellow that is very active with a fast forming head.

Smell: Major orange peel, with some coriander and wheat.

Taste: Tart orange is dominate with nice coriander notes. More tart than the typical Witbier, but not much complexity beyond that.

Feel: High carbonation and light body. Maybe a little too fizzy.

Drinkability: The tartness makes it quite refreshing, like lemonade. Otherwise, a fairly average Wit.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jwale73 for this one
Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass
A - Poured slightly cloudy pale yellow with a smallish white head that falls to a skim layer.
S - Yeasty, mild spices and wheat.
T - Starts with a little sweetness then I get wheat. Light spiciness follows and the aftertaste tastes a little soapy?
M/F - Light in body but carbonation is a bit course.
D - This one is a little hard to pin down. Sometimes it tasted pretty good then I'd get a slightly strange aftertaste.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint glass. Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a thin, consistent white skim of foam that slowly lost its cohesion, forming a soapy swirl; no lacing on this one. Mild nose - a hint of coriander and wheat. Taste follows nose, but finishes a little buttery; really muted flavor profile. Mouthfeel is a little prickly and burned the back of my throat a bit; a little too carbonated. Decent brew, but the mouthfeel is too off for me - it just doesn't go down easy enough considering the style and the abv.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Millstream- John's Generation White

A- A hazy bright yellow with a good thick white head. Chunky ringed lacing down the pint glass.
S- Sour orange coriander.
T- Sugary sweet and sour orange peel with lemon. Floral coriander and lavender body.
M- Sweet up front with a bold fruity sour body. Floral dryness and a thick sour finish.

Overall- Good solid flavorful Wit.

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Photo of marvin213
2.7/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Initially it came out crystal clear white and looking like a pure beer. By the time I finished the pour, however, it turned kinda cloudy and I actually saw sediment floating thru the liquid! I hardly ever notice sediment. It seems almost too cloudy to be a "white" ale, but I'm wondering if the muddiness might make this one better...

The smell is a lemony burst--it approaches pungency. Despite its carbonation and fizziness, it's like old lemonade. It smells more like lemon PEEL than lemon--really more like discarded lemons/peels. I'm picturing the morning after an obnoxious Cinco de Mayo party (replace lime with lemon). The smell of this beer definitely has character, and I respect it for that.

The taste is like everything else so far: interesting, but not quite good. In fact, further sipping leads to more associations with the stale lemonade. I want to respect John's Grocery and Iowa City, and I do. I want to like this 50th anniversary production, but I can't. I just don't think it's very good. It's over-carbonated, under-filtered, and totally unpolished. That might be what they were going for. Still, it's too acidic--like it's corroding my teeth. Oddly, however, I continue to drink it. I wonder if it'd be better if I put an orange in it. Without one available, I'll have to conclude that more sugar and citric acid won't offer too much help.

I'm amazed I continue to drink this while I continue to confirm the stale, sour qualities. It's funny because it's still not a bad beer. The feel isn't great but, as with the smell, I respect a beer that's trying to do something. Though I don't really like it, the mouthfeel is a distinct one.

Though I can talk about and give credit for uniqueness in every other category, the bottom line is I wouldn't really ever want to drink this beer again. All this description...and then that;)

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John's Generations White Ale from Millstream Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 286 ratings.
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