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Oktoberfest | Millstream Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Millstream Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
millstreambrewing.com

Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Millstream's Oktoberfest is similar to the our Munich style Schild Brau Amber, but it has more flavor, is maltier, and darker in color. A truly special beer, to celebrate the harvest, an important part of life here in Amana. Join us for the Amana Colonies Oktoberfest and partake of a pint yourself!

21 IBU

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,762
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
133
pDev:
12.18%
 
 
Wants:
16
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17
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Ratings: 133 |  Reviews: 63
Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a crystal clear orangish amber with a thick white cap that lingers and leaves great lacing. Aroma is caramel and lightly roasted malt. Flavor is sweet, caramel and dark bread with only a slight hop bitterness in the end. Feel is crisp and refreshing. Well carbonated. Overall a great beer from a brewery I wasn't expecting much from.

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Photo of ian_graf
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TCMike
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ClintGoodman
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Chilmer
2.03/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Photo of Half-full
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vidblain
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dcotom
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a German weizen glass. Very attractive appearance. Color of caramel sauce, with a long-lasting light tan head that leaves some nice lacing as it settles. Aromas are malt forward, with a slightly fruity apple-cider overtone. Malt forward on the palate as well. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side. Crisp, mildly sweet finish, with a touch of spicy bitterness on the back of the tongue. Very good example of the style, and a great beer with food. Prost!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer is getting a ton of positive attention wherever i seem to go. i am overhearing folks calling it one of the best theyve had in the style, and saying its as good as it gets, i was excited to finally find it on draft and hook in. it is a really nice marzen lager, no denying it, well made, on style perfectly, and without any flaws of any kind, even somewhat richer in feel, earthier in flavor, and as drinkable as any out there, but i didnt find it as compelling as i expected to, not that it isnt great, it is, just that its not mindblowing in any way, its just quality technical brewing and strict adherence to a good recipe, nothing more. i like it being a little more substantial on the malt side, it adds a deeper layer of flavor in the middle and gives me the structure i really need for a proper fall beer. the lager yeast is crisp and turns mid palate sweetness into a classic dry german finish, crisp for how malty it is earlier on, and almost refreshing when its this cold. it almost has a concentrated malt flavor, like it was boiled longer than is customary or something, and it has a long almost pretzel doughy lead up to the finish, cool trajectory of the flavor for sure. nice carbonation too. this beer is the essence of fall and way better than anything else i have had from millstream, but i still prefer some of the classic imports this time of year for their timeless flavors and high degree of refinement. this is among the best of the american born marzens through for certain.

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Photo of tvenne
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IchLiebeBierZu
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bwood06
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I picked this bad boy up on a recent trip to to Omaha to visit family and race in a triathlon. As with any running or triathlon race, ya gotta have some beer as a reward, right? This is my first ever beer from Iowa right here so I'm hoping it's a good one.

A relatively hard pour produces a 2 finger high head that is off white/taupe in color and dissipates very slowly. The beer itself is a very light amber color, almost orange and is clear with moderate carbonation readily visible. As of finishing these few sentences, the head still has not fully dissipated. Color me impressed. 4.25/5 The aroma is not quite as sweet and heavy as many American Oktoberfests but is still rather sweet, per the style. Caramel malt, sourdough bread, cereal grains, and grassy hops all shine through strongly. The aroma is very simple and straightforward, but strong (not overly so). 4/5 A nice punch of caramel greets the tongue at the initial sip which is followed by fresh white bread, a bit of butter, Cheerios, and a bit of light stone fruitiness (nice touch). Grassy and clean hops come through on the back end providing just a bit of bitterness to cut into the sweetness, which balances things out nicely. 4.25/5 A light carbonation tickle is felt up front but this quickly gives way to a medium body and creamy mouthfeel that seems to coat every square inch of the tongue, and then disappears as quickly as it came without any drying. This beer does not linger on the tongue at all, rather disappearing entirely until the next sip. 4/5 This Marzen/Oktoberfest is much more in line with German Marzens, but it still has that sweetness that is typical of the style (overall). A bit lighter than most American Oktoberfests, this beer is easily sessionable even with its creamy and medium body. 4.25/5

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Photo of Myboymi
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GStone899
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Smell is refreshing as a cool autumn breeze. A really well balanced Oktoberfest. Nice toasted malts with coriander and orange peel. The brewery from Iowa impresses again.

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Photo of Melicita
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L : Pours a beautiful festive orange color with copper-brown hues. The head is large and webby, very creamy, very nice. Clarity about 30%.

S : Caramel malt, fresh sticky wort, coriander, light nut.

T : Oh, yeah this is delicious. Lots of sticky caramel, balanced with strong herbs (namely thyme and basil), cinnamon and coriander, stale nuts, dark bread crusts, and a touch of honey. Towards the finish there's a very stale malt/chalk note and the herbs win out a bit, bringing the score down a bit. The initial rush of flavor is KA-POW! but then it dies down to a stale malt mess. After a little while it becomes pretty much a brown bread crust ale.

F : Semi-creamy, very mild carbonation, light chalky finish.

Overall, this isn't half bad. I think it could use some improvement, especially where the finish and feel are concerned, but it's worth a try no doubt.

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Photo of TonyTwins
4.68/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hohnbaum
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of NickSMpls
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice amber color and clear. Light carbonation for an Oktoberfest. Taste is solid, clean and malt forward with good balance. This is a well crafted beer and is true to the style. Notthe best in our opinion

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of couchsitta
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jmarko579
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Deep amber color and a small thin head and moderate lacing
S: A hearty red and pale malts aroma with caramel smell. A distinct smell of alcohol.
T: Of many Octoberfest beers, this one has a nice malt body. The malt has some bread character, red malts, and caramel sweetness.
M:Moderate carbonation, smooth and full bodied.
O: A traditional, complex, and full bodied Octoberfest beer.

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Oktoberfest from Millstream Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 133 ratings