Oktoberfest
Millstream Brewing Company

OktoberfestOktoberfest
Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
Style:
Lager - Märzen
Ranked #15
ABV:
5.7%
Score:
88
Ranked #13,669
Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 11.9%
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
142
From:
Millstream Brewing Company
 
Iowa, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  17
Gots
  20
SCORE
88
Very Good
OktoberfestOktoberfest
Notes: 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
Reviews: 67 | Ratings: 142 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Storm_Rryder
Storm_Rryder from Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Don't really drink lager anymore, preferring ales which have more "stuff" going on. But I recently had a pilsner and it got my attention for its crisp and simple taste. So just saying, this is not what I would usually buy. For a lager, this is surprisingly sweet, very malty ! I guess that is what a marzen is, just don't recall having one of those before, or if I did, I did not take notes. It does have a clean finish, maybe just a bit watery sometimes. Not really other flavors, simpler type of beer. I like it though, I may get it again when it is this time of the year :-)

Oct 11, 2020
Photo of Mdog
Mdog from Minnesota

3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber, slight haze. Good head initially, but retention is poor.

Smell: Earthy, a little dark fruit note.

Taste: Earthy tones throughout. A very mild sweetness and a bit of dark fruit. The alcohol does show up despite being only 5.7%. Medium body.

Overall: Millstream's been making German-style beers for about 35 years now, I've had them here and there for 20+ years. Picked up the Oktoberfest since it was $8 for a 6 pack. I wasn't too impressed, almost seemed like a watered down Belgian dubbel with the earthiness and dark fruits. Oh well.

Aug 30, 2020
Photo of MNAle
MNAle from Minnesota

3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep, dark, clear amber topped with a tall, thick off-white head that leaves nice-looking strings and loops of lacing. The head has good retention, with a thick domed top.

Bready malt aroma with sweet caramel.

Very malty taste, freshly baked bread and sweet caramel. Excellent lingering taste throughout, great flavor depth, finishing just a bit on the sweet side. Malty with no bitterness. The aftertaste remains on the tongue for quite some time, as with the initial taste, bready, thick, and slightly sweet caramel.

Mouth feel is moderate to thick, like bread dough.

Overall, an excellent, well-done Märzen for those that like the darker, maltier, earlier Oktoberfest style (and I do).

Oct 07, 2019
Photo of garymuchow
garymuchow from Minnesota

4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm impressed. This is not one of my favorite styles but I am enjoying this beer. I think I like the balance between the richness of the malt and maintaining a light enough lager quality to keep a nice clean crispness to the drink. Smooth, rich and clean. Head is a little small and the carbonation is on the low side (which I would prefer over being too high).
Great looking orange color but a smaller and short lived head. Even has a nicer price point at $7.99.
Nicely done.

Aug 31, 2019
Photo of AdmiralOzone
AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Oct 17, 2018
Photo of dcotom
dcotom from Iowa

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

Sep 15, 2017
Photo of StonedTrippin
StonedTrippin from Colorado

4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Sep 08, 2017
Photo of bwood06
bwood06 from Wisconsin

4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
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

Nov 03, 2016
Photo of GStone899
GStone899 from Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Oct 01, 2016
Photo of hoptheology
hoptheology from South Dakota

3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Aug 24, 2016
Photo of NickSMpls
NickSMpls from Washington

3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
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

Oct 31, 2015
Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
ParnellJoseph1138 from Minnesota

3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Sep 27, 2015
Photo of Awolter
Awolter from Minnesota

4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A great true to style Oktoberfest. Very well balanced and full bodied, has a slight carmel taste, and complex malt profile. My favorite Millstream beer!

Sep 23, 2015
Photo of beergirlteresa
beergirlteresa from Iowa

5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This Oktoberfest is very true to the style. Coppery color and nice lacy head. The malty backbone of this beer real brings on the rich full-bodied flavor I enjoy in a true Munich style brew. Probably my favorite Oktoberfest brew I tried to date. I would very highly suggest getting your hands on a 6 pack of this one!

Aug 25, 2015
Photo of jcpdx
jcpdx from Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap16 oz pour. Caramel in color with a lght grainy aroma and minimal marbled head. Rich in flavor but lacking the caramel sweetness I look for in an oktober.

Aug 23, 2015
Photo of pat61
pat61 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: It pours dark amber with a one finger beige head with very nice lacing all the way down the glass.
S: Spicy, bready nose.
T: Dark bread, spice and kettle sugars.
F: Clean, smooth, medium to medium full body and medium carbonation.
O: A well balanced Oktoberfest.

Jun 20, 2015
Photo of Taybeh
Taybeh from Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%

side pour from a bottle (side by side with Summit and Brooklyn Ofests)
A: Copper, clear, with a billowy 2 finger head
S: Some fresh baked bread, some sweetness, caramel malts. Best of bunch, by far.
T: Very nicely put together. Malty, earthy, and sweet; toasted bread with a bit of honey, then a nice short crisp hoppy bite towards the back, followed by a round lingering sweetness. Delicious and very satisfying...a bit more full in taste than many Ofests.
M: Clean, crisp, great.

Overall: Yawohl, mein herr! Great stuff from the Amana Colonies. Here's to the Midwestern German immigrants! Kills the (limited) competition; next time I'll test it against something more worthy.

Oct 29, 2014
Photo of GoBearsWalter34
GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

4.76/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look-Wonderful looking ofest. Not a big head but the golden-copper color with good lacing gets one excited for a great beer.
Smell-Not a lot going on due to the big malt. I do pick up some bready sweetness. Ready for the taste.
T-I think this competes beats the European beers. Malty bready ness combo is hard to beat. It really resonates through the nose. There is a great backbone and a mild sweetness presents itself. I'm glad I bought the 6-pack instead of mix n match!
Feel-plain old smooth.
O-I didn't plan on this one becoming possibly my favorite ofest. I've been to the brewery and want to go back. I would love for this to be the first keg in my kegerator when it it's finished.

Oct 20, 2014
Photo of Chaz
Chaz from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +1.3%

Copper in color and with excellent/brilliant clarity. Pale tan head with a nice amount of lace -- looks great so far.

Nose is neutral and is all about the malt.

First sip is what this is all about: a big, bready-sweet palate pleaser with just a touch of bitterness and some biscuit malt character in there, too. The color makes it out to be a traditional Maerzen, but I am getting some more of the modern Wiesn/Helles style character as well. I might have to put this up next to Summit's Unchained Festbier, which also straddled the two Oktoberfestbier styles.

Very clean finish, a touch dry, but this is a malty-sweet thing to begin with, rather than a dry and crisp bier. I'm glad that I bought a six-pack, so I can match it with some traditional fare.

Be nice to find it on tap, as well.

Aug 30, 2014
Photo of alphagnome
alphagnome from Iowa

4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
Pours a crystal clear amber color with a thin, off-white head that hangs around for the duration of the drink. Light, lazy carbonation slowly chugs its way upwards while trace lacing streaks downwards.

Aroma:
Super malty. Rich caramel notes hide a light wheat and grass characters. A minimal amount of spicing but I can't put my finger on it. Very sweet with a cirtus tang.

Taste:
Follows the aroma quite nicely. Sweet, lightly roasted caramel malts hits right up front. Light grassy bitterness on the tail end. Pleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:
Medium bodied light carbonated. Finish is wierd; it's sweet and somehow a bit dry. Crisp and easy to drink.

Overall:
A fantastic Oktoberfest brewed right here in Iowa! Definitely worth seeking out, although that might prove challenging as this is a small brewery we're talking about.

Mar 04, 2014
Photo of morimech
morimech from Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, dark amber color with a dense head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left down the glass. Attractive looking beer.

Smells grainy and grassy. The German malt seems to be of the lightly toasted, sweet variety. The grassy hops do not assert themselves very much.

Does have a sweeter flavor. Slight DMS. Lightly toasted malt adds some interest. Very unassertive hop bitterness in the finish with lightly grassy flavor.

Feels like a smaller lager but the carbonation seems off. Gives this beer a thin, watery feel. Not terrible but would like a more creamy texture.

A good effort. By no means one of the better American Oktoberfest beers. Worth a try and would drink this again.

Oct 20, 2013
Photo of beagle75
beagle75 from Iowa

3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy, light amber color with less than one finger of diminishing white foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Caramel and baking spices are both well-represented, with lesser yeasty bread also present.

T: Begins off-dry, with heavy caramel malt and weizen-style aromatic clove spice. Acidity is restrained but citric into the middle where malt flavored become more refined but less distinct. The third act also features malt behaving in dynamic fashion, turning very bready with a yeasty flair. Mild bitterness is accompanied by dark citrus and fermented plants that blend well with other elements of the flavor profile, rather than standing out.

M: Medium to thick viscosity; smooth, creamy, and slightly acidic on the palate; with moderate carbonation.

D/O: While the smell and flavor represent the style well enough, it is the textures encountered here that really turn heads. Remarkably chewy and viscous for the style, it really demands the respect of the drinker. Other features are predictably malt-focused, but enjoyable. It promises to be an epic cooking beer.

Mar 13, 2012
Photo of Pintofbrown
Pintofbrown from Texas

4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

App- The beer has a reddish-brown body with golden highlights. The head foamed to a three finger tan cap. There is just a bit of foamy lace sticking to the side of the glass. It is a very good looking beer.

Smell- A good amount of herbal notes that remind me of fall. There might even be clove in there. The hops in here are a bit grassy. Of course, being a Maerzen, there are a nice amount of caramel malts as a backbone.

Taste- The nose is very similar to what's on the taste profile. The herbal notes are more in the finish. The caramel malt and sort of roasted malt flavor are at the front and middle of the drink. The hops are bittering and show up in the middle and last well into the finish.

Mouth feel- It is a really nice medium body. The drink is also incredibly creamy and smooth. It is really great for an Ofest/Maerzen.

Overall- The Millstream take on the Oktoberfest has a pitch perfect mouth feel, great nose, and luckily, a taste that imitates that nose.

Oct 28, 2011
Photo of falloutsnow
falloutsnow from Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a 1.5cm head made up of medium bubbles. Fairly dense. Collapses in a minute to a ring around the glass with a large island f foam in center. Body is a semi-hazy and dark-brown copper with orange highlights.

Sweet, malt-forward with mixed chocolate scents too. Classic Oktoberfest with a bit of variety. No real hop presence to balance though.

Taste follows scent with a heavy malt sweetness that contains hints of chocolate malt. In the close, there's a hint towards spicy hops. Aftertaste is of some bitter and spicy hops alongside sweet caramel flavors.

Medium to medium-heavy bodied, this is a hearty marzen that is superb with a meal. Carbonation is a bit prickly, could be toned down slightly. Finish is dry.

Overall, a very good Oktoberfest and unique for the stle. One of the better American varieties I've had, a shame they don't get wider distribution.

Oct 05, 2011
Photo of Herky21
Herky21 from Iowa

2.54/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Great pour, golden, caramel color with a nice head.

Smell: Has some good bitter notes that play off your nose. Caramelized scent is slight, hint of hops too.

Taste: Slight chocolate hint, and the hops are also on the back end. Probably pretty true to what an oktoberfest is supposed to be, but should be slightly maltier in my opinion to get better depth of flavor and a little more body.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, nothing spectacular. Carbonation is alright.

O-- It's a refreshing, average Oktoberfest. I expected it to be a bit better. I'm a Millstream fan usually.

Sep 21, 2011
Oktoberfest from Millstream Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 142 ratings