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Millstream Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
Ranked #25
Ranked #13,725
3.95 | pDev: 12.15%
Friday at 10:36 PM
Apr 13, 2002
Very Good
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
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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Pours a clear, medium to deep orange/amber color with a mild off-white head. SRM of 12. (3.75)

Aroma: Huge and intensely strong aromas of baked bread, toasted Munich bread malt, and a rich caramel aroma. Earthy, toasty, and malty. (4.50)

Flavor: Flavors follow with very strong baked bread flavors of earthy Munich malt, rich bread malt, toast and amber malt with a smooth, rich bread, honey and caramel finish. Hints of pecan and grape. Leans sweet. (4.25)

Feel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Finish is smooth and sweet. (4.00)

Compared to Revolution Oktoberfest 9/30/22: Pours a darker color. Stronger aromas. More caramel malt and honey. Less pale Munich malt and floral notes. Darker, richer, and sweeter.

Compared to 3 Sheeps Oktoberfest 9/30/22: Pours a lighter color. Stronger aromas. More glaze honey and baked bread malt. Less dark bread spice and pepperoni and pepper.

Overall: Tons of smooth baked bread flavor here. Like a honey and caramel glazed baked-bread roll. Not overly spiced, but aromatic, flavorful and smooth. One of the most flavors in an Oktoberfest that I've had. As others have said this may be one of the best Oktoberfest Marzens out there. (Rating: 4.26)
Friday at 10:36 PM
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Reviewed by Dervunder

4.85/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
I drink at least 40 Oktoberfest beers every year. This one consistently ranks as one of my favorite Oktoberfest from the United States and Germany. It is malty yet has a honey sweet flavor. This is an excellent beer!
Aug 28, 2022
Rated: 4.24 by Rollmeaway2loadout from Illinois

Aug 27, 2022
Rated: 3.95 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois

Sep 17, 2021
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Reviewed by 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
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Rated by MrFitgers from South Dakota

4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
As far as domestic Oktoberfest beers go Millstream is one of the few that has Bavarian fingerprints all over it!
Sep 23, 2020
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Reviewed by 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
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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 3.97 by craigbelly from Iowa

Sep 24, 2019
Rated: 3.87 by LostHighway from Minnesota

Sep 23, 2019
Rated: 4.33 by JMN44 from Minnesota

Sep 08, 2019
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Reviewed by 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
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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 3.84 by ian_graf from Minnesota

Sep 25, 2018
Rated: 4.17 by TCMike from Minnesota

Sep 15, 2018
Rated: 3.87 by ClintGoodman from Iowa

Aug 23, 2018
Rated: 2.03 by Chilmer from Iowa

May 23, 2018
Rated: 3.83 by Half-full from Illinois

Mar 12, 2018
Rated: 3.84 by Vidblain from Minnesota

Dec 18, 2017
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Reviewed by 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
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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 4.25 by tvenne from Minnesota

May 11, 2017
Rated: 4.27 by IchLiebeBierZu from Minnesota

Nov 11, 2016
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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 3.54 by Myboymi from Kansas

Oct 08, 2016
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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 4.14 by Melicita from Maryland

Sep 12, 2016
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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 4.68 by TonyTwins from Nebraska

Apr 20, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Feb 11, 2016
Rated: 3.99 by Hohnbaum from Kansas

Nov 13, 2015
Rated: 3.97 by jaydoc from Kansas

Nov 13, 2015
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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 3.59 by Whiskeydeez from Kansas

Oct 19, 2015
Rated: 4.08 by couchsitta from Minnesota

Oct 06, 2015
Rated: 3.52 by jmarko579 from Minnesota

Sep 29, 2015
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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 4.16 by Smconnor from Iowa

Sep 25, 2015
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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 3.75 by bpfrush from Wisconsin

Sep 21, 2015
Oktoberfest from Millstream Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 145 ratings