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 Duff27
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- One inch white head on top of a very pale gold beer. Heda recedes to a thin layer, not much in the way of lacing.

S- Smells spicy, cloves.

T- Follows the nose. Slight breadiness and a hint of lemon zest. Refreshing. No complaints.

M- Light on the palate. Excellent carbonation.

D/O- This would be a great one on the deck on a summer afternoon. Drinkability is high. Better wits are out there but I have no qualms with this one. Recommended for white ale fans.

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Photo of rundocrun
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a bright straw yellow with the expected opacity of a wheat beer. One finger of snow-white head that stays around for quite some time.

S - Smells of dark bread and spices. Floral hops are also present along with an estery tropical fruit aroma.

T - Malty sweet up front. A citrusy tang hits the back of the tongue after each sip that compliments the bready wheat flavor nicely. Citrus peel and coriander are detectable along with a subtle cracked black pepper spiciness.

M - Thinner body, but not quite "watery". Good carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a cloudy pale orange color with one finger of off-white head. Good retention and lace. Lots of carbonation, including some sizable bubbles hanging out at the bottom and eventually breaking free. The lace seems unusually sparkly-- might just be the way the light is catching it, but it's fun.

S: Tame spices let the good wheat aromas come through.

T: Spicy wheat up front, citrus and pepper spice in the middle and then a kind of dissolving wheat at the end. Faint banana and clove closes it out. As the beer warms, the wheat flavor develops a buttery/creamy flavor that is nice.

M: Medium-light body and balanced between creamy/soda effervescence. Very easy going down.

O: A tasty wit. Nothing especially outstanding, but very satisfying, highly drinkable and will definitely buy it again. I can see this one replacing Hoegaarden in the summer lineup at my house-- not as spicy as the Hoegaarden, but a better quality wheat flavor at a much lower price. Another bottle of happiness from Millstream.

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Photo of jera1350
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light yellow color. The head is basically a ring around the pint glass. No lace.

A very nice wheaty and fruity nose. Orange peel and honey notes.

Nice orange peel and coriander presence with a wheat backing. A little honey sweetness. The fresh orange really comes out as it warms. A nice clean flavor all around.

Lighter bodied with soft carbonation and a smooth feel.

A very nice wit, that drinks well. This would make an outstanding summer brew. Well done.

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

This witbier appears typically hazy and yellow / orange in color. The head is nearly an inch thick and leaves a nice sheet of lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma consists of citrus, notably orange and banana, and spices. The flavor is enjoyable, with a slight sweetness to it, and I find it quite drinkable. The feel is medium / thin in body, with adequate carbonation. This is one of the better Iowa brews I have had.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes, tasted on multiple occasions

Pours a very light yellow with a half finger of head. The aroma has a distinct Cap'n Crunch note. No crunchberries though. Some clove and very light spice. The flavor is light and perhaps even mildly tart with some lemon zest, corn, grass, and faint citrus fruit. The body is light and carbonation is high. Overall I find this to be an above average beer that I love to pair with appetizers (salads, cheese, whatever).

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Photo of BieresDesMoines
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The only beer I actually drank this evening. I've got a special place in my heart for this one, brings back old memories of drinking "Dirty John's" on the porch in Dubuque or on tap at Isabella's or the Busted Lift (or the Busted Life as we called it) I don't know what drew me so much to this beer in my younger days, perhaps it's because I was just starting to enjoy Belgian style beers, or perhaps I was just being a "homer" playing favorite to the brewery in the proverbial neighborhood. I have to say though, I'm surprised I've waited four hundred some odd ratings to get around to saying anything about this one. This pours a with a nice big white head that fades, The beer is a hazy sunny yellow color. The aroma is good with spicy and floral characters and some yeastiness. The flavor is at first bitter, quite refreshing for this style of beer. a lot of the flavor seems to be focused around and playing off of the bitterness of the orange peel. There is plenty of good spiciness and some good citrus in there as well. The beer is only mildly sweet and this does not over power the beer at all. I seem to come up with a litany in my mind of what this beer is not, and for these things I love it all the more. It is not soapy, nor is it too sweet, nor is it too fruity. Everything is nicely balanced, a very good witbier indeed.

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Photo of mdwalsh
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
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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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Adam for this tick. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Standard pour creates a .5 finger coarse, white head that dissipates quickly into a ring around the edges. Beer is a cloudy sunshine yellow. Lacing is spotty and sparse with little cling.

S: Notes of rubber, lemon, banana, and various floral esthers. Spicy, tingly, and sweet. Aromatic and simple.

T: Opens watery with subtle hints of lemon and banana. Spiciness builds to a crescendo at the middle. Flowery and powdery as it finishes. Spicy and yeasty right at the end. Aftertaste leaves very little. A bit one dimensional but quenching and enjoyable.

M: Light bodied, crisp, and aggressively carbonated. Watery and lively in the mouth. Coarse and rough all the way down. Finish is accented and aftertaste is relatively clean. Very refreshing.

D: A pretty standard, run of the mill witbier. Nice and refreshing with a simple, crisp flavor. I wouldn't hesitate to have this one again but its nothing out of the ordinary.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz stubby bottle into an Andechs weizen glass. Thanks to ballz50401 for the trade!

Superb retention to the newspaper-colored foam. Active carbonation streams upward through a clear, straw-golden body. The aroma suggests crisp pale malts backed by light coriander notes and sugar-coated orange wedges. Perhaps some grains of paradise, too? Nicely balanced.

Akin to the aroma, the flavor is both quaffable and complex with floral hops leading the way. Quick to follow are the aforementioned brewing spices and a biscuity malt presence. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side and the carbonation is lower than expected given sight of the vigorous bubbles. All in all, a well-crafted American Witbier. The spice finds the right dosage, making this one highly recommended by yours truly.

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

Presentation: Poured from a stubby 12 oz brown bottle into a Duvel chalice. Thanks to my friend DoctorDog for hooking me up with this one. Label is a picture of John's grocery. Looks to be notched for a June or July production.

Appearance: Pours with 1 1/2 fingers of pure white head. This settles to a thin yet complete layer of foam with a larger island above the point of nucleation. The beer itself is pale yellow and hazy. Some suspended particulate matter, but I did swirl the glass mid pour; it is a "white" beer after all. Some sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Tangy wheat upfront with an underlying sweetness and aromas of lemon zest and lemon grass. Slight peppery spiciness in the finish.

Taste: Mild citrus flavor upfront, followed by a creamy body of slightly sweet, slightly tang wheat. Long lingering honey-lemon flavor coupled with bready yeastiness.

Mouthfeel: Average to higher than average carbonation level, as is appropriate for this style. Great mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A crisp and refreshing beer that I will, unfortunately, not have the opportunity to have again.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is yellow and slightly hazy with a soft white head of small bubbles and some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is high and made up of small bubbles, its very steady. Served in a DFH signature glass.

Aroma is mildly citrus, a little grainy, its just OK.

Beer is medium to light in body and has a nice sweetness and mild spice to the whole thing. Carbonation is good on the palate and the beer finishes nicely. There is an odd forward flavor and a slight aftertaste that grows the more you drink. Overall its good and interesting but its not something I would be inclined to drink a lot of.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.35/5  rDev +16%
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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Photo of yourefragile
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz stubby bottle.

This was an odd one; my initial impression from the aroma and appearance were... poor. Appearance is that of a macro lager, with a slightly darker than usual clear golden color and a non-existent quickly fading white head. Aroma is...horrid; an unpleasant balance of cat piss and stale peanuts with a subtle background of citrus and coriander (though that may just be wishful thinking on my part). Flavor however is exceptional for a wit. Medium thick, strongly carbonated body with a pleasant long lasting finish of mild citrus and grains. Body is dominated by a light bready malt backbone with light citrus and yeasty sweetness. Very well balanced and drinkable. As long as I don't actually look at or smell this beer, I really enjoy it.

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Photo of ballz50401
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
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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Photo of DoctorDog
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle into a nonic.

A- Pale straw, hazy/sediment infused. Pours with ~1 finger of white head, which fades quickly into a thin, effervescence fueled islands of bubbles.

S- Spicy / cloves, hints of zesty citrus, against a Belgian yeast backdrop.

T- Grainy and tangy. Spices and citrus peel. Bitterness low, sweetness moderately low.

M- Very crisp, with high carbonation and a medium feel. Quite a tongue pricker.

D- Good. Not all that exciting, but pleasant enough, and easy to drink. A pretty good summer drink.

Future outlook: A friend scooped a couple of these up for me in Iowa recently. Happy to have tried it, but no need to seek out again.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Holy overcarbonation batman! I can't even pour this without it foaming up. When it does settle down there is a golden hue color, with slowly dissipating head that leaves good lacing on the glass.

Smell - Spices! Clove, heavy wheat, and slight malts but mostly spices.

Taste - Similiar to the nose though throw in orange citrus and slight yeast. Rather enjoyable on this hot day to be honest.

Mouthfeel - Prickly, loads of carbonation, thin body.

Drinkability - I would pick up a six pack of these in a heartbeat if they were around here. A great tasting witbier that can be easily quaffed on a hot summer day. Nothing out of the ordinary, but good nonetheless.

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

A - Poured a hazy yellow color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of citrus and wheat malt

T - Follows the nose citrus on top of wheat malt with some spice in the finish

M - This beer has a light body with high carbonation to it

D - Overall this is a good wit fairly average for the style with a good refreshing taste thats easy to drink if you like wits this is worth trying sometime

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The initial three-fourths of the pour was a clear straw, but once I loosened the yeast and poured the rest the beer become a cloudy lemonade straw. Two fingers of fluffy white head developed and dissipated to a spotted lacing and ring around the edge. There's a moderate amount of carbonation action throughout the pint.

Smell: Impressive. My first thought: very much like a hefe. It has that clove, banana, and yeast seduction. There are orange peels and some lemon citrus mixed in.

Taste: Equally impressive, and follows the aroma. Clove spice balances well with prominent banana, yeast, and lemon citrus. The mouthfeel is thin, but it goes down smooth. Very tasty and refreshing.

Drinkability: I always thought of witbier as hefeweizen's short bus riding cousin, but this example has it's own car and picks up its girlfriend in the morning. It ma-ma-ma-makes me happy.

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Photo of beertunes
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to pepsican for this one. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a fairly typical whiteish yellow color, with about a half inch of white head that had low retention and minimal lacing.

The aroma was about what you expect from a Wit, perhaps a bit on the subdued side. The spice, yeast and fruit flavors were well blended with nothing dominating. The flavors were very similar to the aromas, just a bit more pronounced and clear.

The body was a bit thinner than I like for the style, but still crisply refreshing on the tongue. Drinkability was very good, if this were on tap local to me, it would be in my regular rotation, especially during the summer.

Overall, a nice little example of the style, worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of orcasteve
3.19/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

serving size 12oz brown bottle poured into a tulip glass. poured a cloudy light golden color with a thick white head that fades quicky. the smell is strong of brett yeast and slightly sour wheet malt. the first sip is just as it smells, up frount and slightly bitter in the finish. the malt comes out more as the beer warms. this is better as it warms and is a beer i would drink agan if i ran across it. worth a shot if you find it

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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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John's Generations White Ale from Millstream Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 284 ratings.
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