Schild Brau Amber
Millstream Brewing Company

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Lager - Vienna
Ranked #98
Ranked #43,589
3.63 | pDev: 13.22%
Millstream Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
Schild Brau AmberSchild Brau Amber
Notes: The name Schild Brau means essentially 'Schild Beer' in German. This is our flagship brew, a microbrew done in the style of the special beers of Munich. This beer is brewed in the style of a Vienna Lager.

Our beer uses these same malts to attain a perfect balance between malty sweetness and a firm bitterness.

16 IBU
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Martin194 from Iowa

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Somewhat cloudy amber with a thin white head that dissipated quickly.

Smell: Pleasant blend of sweet (dark fruit notes) and sort of a "leafy," earthy scent.

Taste: Taste follows smell; sweet notes of cherries and grains up front followed by a more bitter aftertaste.

Feel: Normal carbonation, medium body.

Overall: Excellent brew!

Mar 07, 2021
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LupulusLucas from Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

There’s a reason why this beer is on tap everywhere, its a phenomenal contribution to the style. Gentle dark hue in color, malty back bone with a clean and perfected finish

Feb 10, 2021
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akaizer from Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle with a beer of the month club. Poured with a nice biege head of foam (just shy of 1") with a gorgeous honey golden body. Scent is quite on the maltier and sweeter side, with notes of toffee, dark fruits, and breadiness present along with a slight sweet spiced sensation (the description does this justice)! Taste has more of a caramel sweetness than toffee with just a touch of hop to counteract the sweeter flavors. Feel is medium bodied and very, very smooth. A very enjoyable vienna-style lager!

May 27, 2020
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pub glass.

Pours crystal clear and light amber with limited head but persistent lacing.

The aromas are a simple but well-balanced delivery of caramel malt and grassy hops.

The brew is rather sweet on the tip of the tongue, with caramel malts. Fruity and bready yeast flavors in mid-stream, with white pepper and grassy hops at the end.

The brew is just short of medium and very well carbonated; quite drinkable.

Overall, a nice drinkable version of the style, although a shade sweet.

Jan 05, 2020
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours red orange with a small white head. Smells of sweet dark roasted grain, some fruitiness. Tastes of darker roasted grain with notes of caramel and very slight fruitiness standing out. Beer is light bodied and very easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a good beer.

Jun 01, 2019
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Brookfieldglass from Iowa

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The set up: Purchased directly from/at the Millstream Brewery in Amana, IA. Poured from a one liter bottle into a .5l DAB tall mug. Should be quite fresh and advertised as "one month shelf life".

The look: The beer pours a somewhat cloudy dark orange amber color with a two finger foam head that dissipates but maintains a decent amount of lacing on the glass as the beer is consumed. There's also a decent amount of carbonation bubbles rising to the surface.

The smell: I detect quite a bit of malt/grains and dark bread on the nose, perhaps a bit of hops and there's a toasty element to it as well.

The taste: The taste is much like the smell/aroma but the toasty-ness comes through a bit more. Very blended and flows well from start to finish with no "what the heck" elements popping up.

Mouth-feel: Medium-light body, medium carbonation, a bit bitter on the finish.

Overall: In my opinion this is one of Millstream's long running reliable placeholders. It's a balanced, good brew and a decent take on the style by an Iowa microbrewery - not bad by any means but also not a world class example of the style. If you can get it on tap, that's the most idea, otherwise look for the dates on the six-packs (the brewery will notch the month it was created in on the labeling).

Aug 05, 2018
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dcotom from Iowa

3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured cold from a 12-ounce bottle into a bowtie glass. Clear amber colored body, with a couple of fingers of off-white head that settled rather quickly. Malty aroma, with grain, light caramel, and dark bread. Malt forward on the palate as well, with a hop bite that is bitter and quite spicy. There is a little cidery tartness on the finish, which is dry and rather astringent. This is a decent Vienna lager, very drinkable.

Mar 27, 2018
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sjccmd from Minnesota

3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Crackery bready malts, graham, and toast in the aroma. Not much in the way of hops, but this may not be the freshest example. Still pleasant, balanced aroma. Slightly sweet. Clean lager character. A touch herbal.

Pours clear light copper with a small white head. Ok lacing and good retention.

Sweet honey, apples, caramel, graham cracker upfront. Toasty and rich. Some balancing hop bitterness but subdued.

Medium light body, medium carbonation. Somewhat sweet, lingering finish.

Overall nice character, drinkable, but a touch sweet.

Apr 05, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Impressive amber appearance in color, substantial clarity, head in the 1/3" range, white. Aroma hit those malt sweet notes in the Vienna/Oktoberfest vein.

Taste was smooth, but enough malt to chew on. I know its not down for style, but a little more hops would have been nice, not overly done, but to kick some life into it. Nutty and caramel, the regular stuff is here, could use more carbonation and/or hops though to keep it from seeming too sticky.

Mar 24, 2016
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Evilyak from Minnesota

3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

pours amber with a decent, white head. starting out ok.

notes of caramel and honey in the nose. honey is very prevalent in the taste.

rinses clean, with nothing lingering. pretty uneventful beer, but does the trick.

Oct 12, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours brilliant amber with a slight brown tint under a thin, white foam collar. Starts with a light malty sweetness and finishes with a mild bitter hop accent. A clean smooth, flavorful easy to drink amber lager.

Jun 20, 2015
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a sparkling honey colored body with a nice 3 finger head. Lots of carbonation in the head.

It smells like an amber with toasted grains, fresh hop, grassiness and citrus, and some caramel notes. Bouquet is medium strength.

The taste is rich with honey bourbon and toasted malts, very rich, very sophisticated. A slight gravel from carbonation yields to a velvety smooth finish. There's strong hop presence but not overstated. It's about a 60/40 malt and hop balance respectively. That's about where I like my ambers. The finish is chock full of roasted malts, barley, honey, a little cedar, and a slight whiskey finish.

Overall this beer is a winner. I'd buy it again. Very smooth.

Jan 15, 2015
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Linkn from Nebraska

3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A solid amber colored Vienna Style lager. The beer has a nice roasted malt backbone with only a touch of sweetness. The finish is crisp and refreshing. This has been one of my go to beers this summer since I first saw it in the grocery store a few months back. I fell in love with Millstream's Baltic Porter over the winter, this is another offering from the Amana, IA based brewery that does not disappoint.

Aug 03, 2014
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Brenden from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again, Benny.

Actually a deep, clear medium red rather than amber, this beer has a nicely sized frothy head with big, loose bubbling that tightens up to a stiff cream that settles down to just less than a finger in height, retains itself well as it falls but very slowly, and leaves good deposits of patching on the glass.
Lots of malts in this one are toasty, primarily, balanced by grass. Even with a light touch of earth and the toasty dryness, It's a bit too sweet, as a whole lot of caramel shows up and dominates.
It's toasty and the malts make a good show, lots of crust and caramel that, unlike in the nose, isn't overwhelming. There's a light edition of grassy hops with a little bite of spiciness to it as well. Grains come on a little too strongly as it goes. All in all, it's a pretty good showing.
The body is medium, maybe on the lighter side but not too thin. Crispness is just active enough.

Jul 02, 2014
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beergoot from Colorado

3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Crystal clear amber body with a thick, lasting, white head. Faint cereal-like aroma; bread crusts. Lightly toasted grain flavor with a smoothly bitter finish and softly warm malt flavor aftertaste. Medium body; clean and crisp.

A very drinkable, respectable amber lager. Perhaps it won't blow you away, but it certainly won't disappoint you either. Nice and refreshing.

Jun 07, 2014
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear amber with a two-finger white head. No lacing.

S - Light caramel malts and a small amount of earthiness.

T - Starts sweet with a heavy amount of caramel malts. The middle has a bready/cracker taste. Finish has a bitter hop finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very easy drinking with a very clean mouthfeel.

O - A decent low ABV beer. Nothing mind blowing, just an easy drinking Lager.

Apr 19, 2014
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Honisbygonis from North Carolina

3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appetizer: amber darker though; lil or no head (but did pour into chilled pint glass); bouquet is pleasantly different (cant' make out the differing scent)

Entree: decent initial taste, hearty I would say, with mild-moderate aftertaste although a bit harsh, but does not linger too long.

Dessert: Since in Vienna style, nice that it's different, but have nothing to compare to (yet) either way as to meets / doesn't meet expectations.

Prognosis: thirst quencher it is, and not bad, just not overwhelmingly ___ (fill in the blank) or not overwhelming in any way.

Apr 18, 2014
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Raki from Iowa

2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Head dissipated quickly. Can not get past the sour aroma and sour taste. Will not buy again, but probably is just my personal preference for a more balanced, overall drinkable beer, without a major spike in one characteristic that you fixate on while drinking.

Apr 05, 2014
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hardy008 from Minnesota

2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours dark amber with an off white head with decent retention and lacing. Smells like light caramel malt, with some hops for balance.

Tastes like light caramel malt with grassy hops. There is a decent balance between hops and malt sweetness, but nothing extraordinary.

Medium bodied with light carbonation. Not bad, but nothing to get excited about either. I will pass on this one in the future.

Jan 12, 2013
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312HopBomb from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep clear honey color with light tan head. Light spots of lacing.

Aroma of honey, earthy, slighty spicy european hop and medium roast caramel malt.

Clean, crisp malt and more earthy hop with pepper bite. Nice german flavor.

Medium mouthfeel and well attenuated.

An above average vienna lager.

Nov 23, 2012
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Vixie from Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper color with a bit of a tan head that doesn't stick around too long.

Smell is mainly malt, little bit of yeast as well.

Bit sweet, notes of caramel and toffee. Has a bit of nuttiness, and some hop bite at the end.

Not a bad feel, carbonation is a bit high, making itself known on the tongue.

Not a bad beer overall. Others in this style have more hops presence than this one, which is a positive to me. It is a touch sweet, but the nut flavor and hop bite at the end balance it nicely. Easy drinking and worth a try.

Oct 01, 2012
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syrupjoe from Florida

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Village Pub in St. Anthony, MN. Pours a copper brown with one finger almost white head.

Nose: caramel, honey, brown sugar, dark berries.

Taste: caramel malt, aspirin bitterness, honey, graham cracker.

Finishes clean with light bitterness and lingering sweetness. Quite drinkable, nothing spectacular but I'd drink it again.

Apr 20, 2012
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KarlHungus from Minnesota

2.91/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a cloudy orange-amber color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of caramel malt with a fairly strong sourness to it. It smells more like a Berliner Weisse than a Vienna Lager. It's not a bad aroma. On the contrary it is actually quite pleasant. It just isn't what a Vienna Lager should smell like. The taste is a lot less sour then the aroma, but there is still a faint hint of sourness in the background. Up front there there are some nice caramel notes with some light floral hops. I think I would like it a bit better if the sourness were a little stronger. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation for the style. Overall, I'm not sure if something is off or if the brewer really did intend on this beer beings slightly sour. Either way I can't see myself drinking this one again.

Apr 16, 2012
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kjyost from Canada (MB)

3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle acquired as part of a mixed pack from Princeton Liquors in Maple Grove, MN. Poured ~4C into a Duvel snifter.

A: Slightly hazy, reddish brown with a great stiff 1+ finger white head that drops to a lasting small cap that leaves little globs of lacing.
S: Nutty with some biscuit. Initially (and off & on throughout the pour) a strong soapy / buttery aroma dominated that seemed off.
T: A very clean beer with a solid malt profile with caramel, biscuit and bread malts. A hint of hop bitterness plays against an otherwise smooth sweetness.
M: Biting carbonation with sweetness and bread flavours that linger.
O: A solis, sessionable lager. Worth buying.

Mar 01, 2012
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jsprain1 from Minnesota

3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Slightly reddened amber. The head was one and a half fingers, white, at first, but it fell flat very quickly.
S- The aroma is very pleasant. Toasted bread, slightly doughy, with a bit of fruit. It smells very much like Fat Tire. Blindfolded, on aroma, I wouldn't know the difference.
T- Here it loses its punch. Bready, but lighter bread than the aroma made me think. There fruit is there but very mild. A touch of sugar cookie.
M- Very light. The flavors finish quickly, without much lingering flavors. Carb is medium-low.
O- An ok beer but other than the aroma it more or less disappointed me.

Jan 21, 2012
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