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:
#13,473
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
133
pDev:
12.12%
 
 
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Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 133
Photo of LordofTime25
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a dark amber almost orange color with good clarity. There was basically no head, but the head that was there on pour was a creamy white. The beer had very little fizz to it.

Smelled sweet with a earthy floral scent.

The malt is the over powering taste with a sweetness added in. You can slightly taste the quality hops used.

It is watery with a good flavor add a little fizz.

It is definatly a good seasonable beer that I will enjoy over and over.

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Photo of daledeee
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always nice to try the local brewery stuff!

This beer pours orange and clear with a nice head. The head leaves good lace throughout the drink.

Nose is fresh but not real strong with any special smell.

Taste is caramel, malt and hop finish. Could be some roastiness in the finish as well. Clean and refreshing. Mouthfeel is very nice with the right amount of bite.
A good example of the lager group.

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Photo of afinepilsner
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle

Millstream Oktoberfest was a dark amber color with a light tan head. The head started out fairly small and soon faded to a thin layer. The aroma was nice and malty, a little toasty with a hint of spice. The taste was sweet toasted malt and somewhat fruity with some bitterness to balance towards the dry finish. It was medium bodied with good carbonation. Drinkability was good. This was a pretty good Oktoberfest and the flavor definitely improved as it warmed.

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Photo of rundocrun
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours the characteristic deep orange of an oktoberfest beer. Thin white head that fades to a film on the surface. Lazy bubbles drift up from the bottom of the glass. Moderate lacing on the glass.

S - Sweet, malty and caramely. There is a distinct biscuit-like aroma amid everything else. Very mild alcoholic notes waft up too. There is a deeply herbal character to the hops in this lager too.

T- Hugely malty and caramely. A dry, toasted bread flavor is prevalent here. Incredibly crisp and clean as an oktoberfest should be. I'm even getting very mild hints of light cocoa. The hops balance out the sugary backbone of this beer with just the right amount of herbal flavors and assertive bitterness. Has a spicy, black pepper-like finish that fades into malty goodness.

M - Has a medium body, prominent carbonation, and has a moderately dry but clean finish.

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Photo of dcotom
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
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 neonbrown82
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a good Oktoberfest for an American brewer. Pretty much the only brew from Millstream that I actually look forward to.

This beer pours to a dark coppery color, fairly clear with a decent display of carbonation. The head is thick and white at first, but dies down to a thin collar. It is a real tease with the lacing, though, as it leaves a wonderful curtain that recedes back to the liquid at the speed of molasses.

The smell is of toasty munich malts and caramel. Just a subtle amount of hops. Very bready.

The taste is good as well. Sweet up front, fading into a slight crisp bitterness from the kilned malts and the hops. Finishes medium-dry with a lingering caramel flavor. Has a weird sulfuric aftertaste as well, but as I get used to it I don't seem to mind as much. It's got some body to it, which I enjoy. This is probably as drinkable as it gets from Millstream.

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Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
3.96/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of tgbljb
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly hazy medium copper color with sparse off-white creamy head.
Smell is light with some mild tones of caramel detected.
Taste is nicely malty.Caramel notes prervail with some subtle fruit aspects.
Nice and refreshing finish withn enough sweetness to be enjoyable without going too far.
Very easy drinking. Good job from this brewery.

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Photo of beerphilosopher
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber brown color with a bubbly pale tan head. Active carbonation in the pint glass and thin rings of lacing are evident. The nose is of roasted malt, slightly nutty and a touch of floral hops. The palate is quite malty, with a pleasant nutty character that is , to me, not unlike a good nut brown ale. Well-balanced flavors and enough hop presence to keep this one on the dry side. Mouthfeel is medium, at best, and quite crisp and clean on the finish. This is certainly one of the better American-made Oktoberfest beers I've tried in recent memory.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As oktoberfests go this is is very nice. It is smooth and has good flavor that doesn't overpower.

It's a nice medium-amber color and perfectly clear. The head is two fingers of eye-candy that disappears after about two minutes. The aroma is earthy with a bit of sweetness. Flavor wise it's well balanced with cinnamon and caramel. The flavor ligers for a long time but it's a light aftertaste that I found rather enjoyable. I would put in the upper range for marzens I've tried. It is just a small step below spectacular. Another winner from Millstream.

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Photo of jcpdx
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Chaz
4/5  rDev +1%

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.

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Photo of arizcards
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as part of the September MicroBeerClub shipment.

Beer poured a deep red as a result of the caramel and chocolate malts with a decent lasting tan head. Nose is very malty with a hint of floral hops. Taste is the same as the nose, with caramel malts predominating finishing slightly dry and smooth. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and glides nicely across the palate. Drinkability is good, this is a beer that does not quite hit the style as defined but it pretty smackable nonetheless!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark orange-amber with a faint auburn hue that nearly pushes into the realm of bronze. Impressive, thickly creamy head of golden beige that stays humped in the center as it descends, leaving small, but attractive sheets of Iowa lace.

The nose isn't short on power, is nicely toasted malty and is appealingly spicy. I hope that the flavor is a fair approximation of the aroma... and it is. Heavy on toasted, caramel-like barley malt to the exclusion of all else. True to style and delicious to boot.

As the beer warms, the flavor becomes more complex with the addition of spiced autumn fruits and tea leaves. Slightly sweet early, it dries out at the midway point and finishes significantly dry and crisp (at least as much as is possible for a beer this malty and this flavorful).

Oktoberfest may be the only one of Millstream's regular offerings that I hadn't sampled until today and is definitely one of their best. I discovered good beer--and this site--last October and, unfortunately, missed the 2003 version. I'm looking forward to an autumn full of Marzen/Oktoberfests and this was a great way to get the season started.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A tight one finger khaki-orange head rises over a deep clear crimson and purple brew with orange tints. After a minute, the head reduces to a persistent collar and wispy haze, but a quick swirl easily brings back a full finger. Quite a bit of lace coats the sides of the glass. The head is unremarkable, but the depth of color and clarity in this dark orange-red-purple brew is mesmerizing.

S - Toasty and roasty! I smell toasted oats and Raisin Bran cereal along with some nice campfire and fireplace notes. Black bread (pumpernickel?), river silt, sand, and dirt are there too. This is one complex smelling brew.

T - The same river silt and dirt flavors are there, and it's very, very toasty! This reminds me of toasted whole-grain black bread. The hops are not present in the nose, but show up here in full force top compliment the smoky and woodsy flavors. Bark, woodsmoke, fireplace, campfire, and a touch of beef jerky. A perfect brew for autumn!

M - Medium bodied and solidly malty with fine carbonation that is very understated, but keeps the maouthfeel firm and taught. The finish is salty and well hopped, and a bitter grassy hop note lingers on after swallowing.

D - A nice take on the oktoberfest style. It almost reminds me of an altbier or old ale in it's smoky barky woody-ness. It really doesn't taste much like an O-fest to me, but that's ok. It's pretty good.

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Photo of burns1066
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good exemplar of the style. Caramel and chocolate flavors are most apparent, carbonation is pleasant. Sweet, medium-bodied... a great early fall beer. Finish is dry, but flavor profile lingers for quite some time. The sweetness/maltiness is a wonderful companion to chili; it's also a nice stand-alone beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +1%
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 kdpark
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very solid Oktoberfest, just what an Oktoberfest should be: balanced, not too heavy, great malt flavor, very drinkable.

A: Copper with white head, fades

S: Some toasty malt, much like most Oktoberfests

T: Full, rich, melanoidin character, very balanced

M: Medium body

D: Not overbearing, very drinkable

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Photo of Taybeh
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
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 bwood06
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
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 Pintofbrown
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at the Amana brewery in a 16 oz plastic cup. Appearance was difficult to judge, as the cup was translucent. Thick off-white head that lasted. Lightly toasted grain aroma with some hops present. Light caramel flavor with a hint of smokiness. Hops are there at the finish. Chewy mouthfeel. I'm not an Oktoberfest drinker, but I found this one very palatable. Lots of flavor and nice balance.

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Photo of alphagnome
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of beerfan82
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the best beer made by millstream. The taste is complex and interesting. The beer has a character to it but it isn't to strong. It is also has some interesting character to it that makes stand out among other beers. The best time of the year to drink this beer is in the winter usually around Thanksgiving.

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Oktoberfest from Millstream Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 133 ratings