Millstream Schild Brau Amber | Millstream Brewing Company

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Millstream Schild Brau AmberMillstream Schild Brau Amber

Brewed by:
Millstream Brewing Company
Iowa, United States

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by PhantomVodoo on 06-14-2002

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Photo of brewmandan
4.8/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I know I like bock brews the best, but this brew is my top favorite brew from Millstream Brewing Co. (their bock beer trails in a close second). At least once or twice a year, my wife and I visit the Amana Colonies when we visit her sister, of whom lives in Cedar Rapids (not too far away from the Amana's). We always go to the colony where there the brewery in located, which I think is in Middle Amana. Great beer!

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Photo of mynie
4.48/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I was an idiot when I initially reviewed this and am upping the score. This beer came out in 1985. EIGHTY FIVE. It's an incredible approximation of a German Amber and it must have been mind-blowing 31 years ago.

I got to sample this beer at its brewery on the very day that it won a silver medal at the GABF. Neat.

Pour a very pretty dark amber fading to blackness with a nice head. Smells strong like roasted malt and faintly like brown sugar. Tastes basically like it smells, bittersweet roasted malts up fruit and a slight hop bite at the end. Nice but not very strong.

I had this after drinking a few of the Oktoberfests, and I think that it might have been a mistake. It basically tasted like a nuetered version of that great beer. Still, this is a good lager, and well worth a try.

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Photo of terrabyte
4.47/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear, dark amber. I poured aggressively, but only a small head formed.

Aroma smells like creamy caramel and sweet malts.

Flavor was "relaxation in a bottle". Extremely mellow, and very smooth. The main flavor I could pick up was caramel. Seemed to be sweetened by caramel or brown sugar. There was a hint of nutmeg, but not too much.

Mouthful was perfect. Despite the lack of head, it was well carbonated, creamy, and smooth.

This is a great concoction. I'm probably going for a record on using the word "smooth" too much, but that's exactly what this beer is, and I was so ready for another one. Never have I been so disappointed before about only having 1 bottle. It's ironic I've eaten at the Amanas a hundred times but never visited this brewery. Well that is going to change and I'm putting my mouth on this beer's tap!

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Photo of chrishickman
4.4/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm very experienced with this particular beer, as I've had it on tap at the Amana Colonies (the source) during Oktoberfest 2003, on tap at Old Chicago, and in the bottle from HyVee Liquors in Coralville (formerly Regal). Now, Ambers/Maifest/Oktoberfests are my favorite style of beer, and this is my favorite example overall, so my review might be a little biased and over-high. Great head, moderate lacing, great smell, great taste, goes down easy, lasts a long time. It's strong enough in the winter time, yet not too heavy to drink in the summertime unless I was working outside or something, in which case I'd probably be drinking water or Powerade anyway, not beer. I recommend this to anyone passing through Iowa whether on tap or in the bottle, and the Wheat beer if on tap (wasn't too impressed in the bottle). Great everyday beer.

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Photo of Cubsfan1087
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this beer. Looks great, dark amber color with nice head. Great taste and flavor, very drinkable for any beer drinker. Being in Iowa, I need to try some more Millstream beers. This was the first I've had and I look forward to trying others.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

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Photo of mdwalsh
4.24/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first Iowa Beer.

A: Very thin head on this one, something I've noticed in all beers from this six pack. Nice active carbonation though, THe beer is a slight orange/copper (or red, it's very light sensitive) haze with nice lacing.

S: Heavy on the nutty malts, I also get some caramel and some earthy hops. No yeast aromas, but the more I smell, the more bready it gets. But it isn't too strong, just intricate.

T: Still heavy on the nutty/caramel malt, but there is a slightly sharper bite, possibly from roasted grain, but more I think from hops. Still no yeast flavors, totally clean in that regard. As I drink more, it swings back to a residual sweet, toffee taste. There's a mineralness here as well that doesn't add anything good or bad, just a uniqueness.

M: Nice carbonation, medium body: good, but not too sharp of a bite.

D: sessionable (relatively), but interesting as well.

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Photo of rundocrun
4.09/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours light brown with copper highlights. Not much of a head. Light lacing on the glass.

S - Smells of caramel, plums and milk chocolate. A very pungent beer! Almost like a less intense cousin of some old ales that I've tried.

T - Has a huge malt presence! Toasty grains and sweet brown sugar can be found all the way from start to finish. Very slight bitterness toward the middle. Has a crisp, refreshing character to it, which is unexpected because it smelled so syrupy and candy-like.

M - Light body with good carbonation. Has a sticky finish.

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Photo of rings
4.09/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Millstream's flagship Schild Brau Amber is a Vienna style lager. Deep copper in color, it pours lovely with a full head that sticks to the glass as you sip. The initial sip is malty and sweet (for a lager), with a gentle rolling bite of bittering hops. With another swirl of the glass and a sample sip or two, there's a spicy herbal aroma at the nose--I suspect dry-hopping--that opens up a small dinner party in your mouth ...not the Animal House type, but the cocktails and good conversation type of party. The layers are complex and interesting. Very clean, well balanced with an excellent body for two-row malt.

Quite simply, this is outstanding.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep brownish-red with one finger of head that dies down to a small collar quickly. There is minimal lacing left on the glass. The smell is malty with toffee sweetness. A slight grassiness and even a touch of cocoa on the nose as well. The taste is rich and full of sweet caramel malt. Some toffee and burnt sugar linger. Touches of hops here and there. Fairly well balanced. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and smooth. The drinkability is great. A really good Marzen.

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Photo of kruse
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the brewery.
Pours a lovely amber color with a creamy white, long-lasting, head.
Subtle malty aroma with toffee and citrus undertones.
Nice balanced flavor with good, but not overpowering, maltiness.
Mouthfeel is decent, but could be a bit fuller.
A very drinkable beer, especially sitting out in the brewery's beer garden.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It's been a while since I supported my local brewery, so I decided to revisit this Millstream front-runner. It's MUCH different than I remember it now that I am more apt at picking out smells and flavors in beer. No bottling date, but this is for sure a 2005 release as it has the 20th anniversary cap, unlike some old bottles you see on the shelves around here sometimes.

The appearance is very intriguing. It has a deep plum color with a thin fluffy off-white head that recedes to a ring around the glass. The liquid is quite clear, but it is still difficult to see through the dark cherry tint.

The smell is probably the most exceptional thing about this beer. It smells almost like a lambic blend. Very biscuity initially, but as it warmed more and more dark currant and cherry smell began to dominate the nose.

The taste is also a bit biscuity initially, but then the sour tastebuds become enveloped in a cassis/kriek taste. The hops are very minimal but provide nice a bit of a spicy bite in the finish along with a slightly piney taste. It's medium-bodied and finishes moderately dry.

I used to think this beer was much more drinkable, but after I began exploring more and more beers rather than buying the alternating usual suspects each week, I can't stand to drink more than a few per session. It is very tasty, but I no longer consider a beer to be good just because it doesn't taste like a macro a beer but doesn't taste like shit either. That being said, I enjoy quaffing a few of these, but I can no longer session them like I used to, even though the ABV is only 5%.

I'll have to try drinking some more from different glassware, or even from the bottle itself, but this doesn't seem hardly at all like the beer I remembered. Sure, I remember it tasting like juice compared to BMC, but I don't remember it being overwhelmingly lambic-like.

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Photo of swamiswamu
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like Millstream. The brewery couldn't be less pretentious; you'll never see a double IPA coming out of a Millstream, but it simply produces great basic beers. This is an unusual Marzen, it comes off a lot more like an amber. It is amber in color with a 1/2 inch head. The flavor's tart, with hints of apple and plenty of toasted malt. It is easy drinking and simply a great beer to have in the fridge. Cheers to Millstream!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from cpolking so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, lager yeast, a good amount of hops and a touch of fruit.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of caramel and some citrus followed by some bready flavors of lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is decent for the style and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice solid beer worth pounding for while.

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Photo of deereless
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A burgundy bronze color, paper thin layer of tight bubbles over the beer, very clear - 4.00, S: Lots of amber malts, some burnt brown sugar, faintest sign of hops - 4.25, T: Very smooth and pleasing, more malt than hops but there is the slightest touch of hop bitterness on the tail of this beer, caramel - 4.00, M: Pleasant mouthfeel - 4.00, D: This beer was a surprise, not generally my style but I found this to be extremely drinkable, a solid representation of the style - 4.00

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep red color, medium head. A full-bodied amber. Intense malt flavor, sweet and very robust. Not very hoppy. Good balance. Nice flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and very smooth. Aftertaste is malty and slightly sweet. Very nice beer.

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Photo of Vancer
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep oaken amber, capped with a firm and frothy tan head. Bready, woody resins dominate the aroma, even some spicy notes mixed in the batch. And these aromas are all present in the quaff, along with some black pepper.

Medium bodied and drinks smooth and easy like a malty lager should. Very good beer from a behind the scenes brewer. A close to session brew for cooler temps with the 5% abv.

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Photo of dnichols
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A friend in Iowa sent me a mixed six pack of Millstream brews including this one. I poured the capped 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A: It poured a slightly hazy amber body with a finger high head of off-white bubbles that receded to an even cover over the top of the beer. The head and modest carbonation supported a lacing that was spotty and leggy.

S: It had aromas of lightly toasted malts with hints of caramel and fresh flowers and apples. It was very refreshing and clean.

T: It began with sweet toasted malts with hints of apples and pears, as well as floral hops.

M: It was light-bodied with medium carbonation and a clean crisp finish. No lingering aftertaste.

D: It was a refreshing and crisp brew that has a body and ABV level meant for a long session.

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Photo of tburkhart
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to LordofTime25 for this one. Thanks Tyler.

Pours a light copper color with very thin head that clings to the side of glass. Lighter than I would have expected for a Marzen/Oktoberfest.

Smells slightly of malt. Not overwhelming. Just enough to let you know it is there.

Pretty solid taste to this beer. Lingers on the palate.

Very solid brew from Millstream. Quite impressed. Hope to try some more from them in the future.

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Photo of Reanimator
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nutty, caramel color with minimal head and a likewise big, sweetly malted and nutty nose! Flavor is great, sweet honey and rich malt. Nice mouthfeel, quite syrupy for a lager.

Overall a surprisingly tasty lager, not at all what I was expecting. Very enjoyable!

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Photo of 312HopBomb
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra in a trade with drhinehart- thanks a bunch!

A: pours a mildly hazy orangeish amber with a nice looking fluffy white head, good head retention

S: smell is breads, yeast, caramel malts, and a slight sweetness on the finish

T:taste starts with a touch of malty sweetness and is followed by deeper bready notes with a little yeast on the finish, some hints of tea flavor and a slight citric zest... flavors seem to be appear in the opposite order of the smell

MF: pretty spot on for the style, nice medium body that holds up the bready flavors well

D: this is quite quaffable and enjoyable. The flavors are subtle but there seems to be a decent amount of complexity for such a light beer This leaves a nice flavor in the mouth which will keep you coming back for more. This typically isn't my style, but I found this version to be quite enjoyable

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Photo of LordofTime25
3.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried in the Amana Colonies at the brewery!

Pours dark amber and slightly hazy with a thick creamy off-white head.

It has an aroma is very clean. Malty, caramel and frutiy tones too it.

Tastes tangy, nutty, fruity, with a big malt kick.

Has a light feel in your mouth with a full flavor.

I would drink it again!

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You may call me prejudiced because I’m from Iowa, which doesn’t have a major brewing scene, but this is one of the best “ambers” I‘ve had. Has a nice malty smell and pours a thick brownish head over an excellent coppery, bubbly body. There's a big caramel and brown sugar maltiness, with the right balance of German hops to keep it from getting too cloying. Won a Bronze at GABF, where it competed as a Vienna, and at the North American Brewers Association where it competed as a Mârzen. Go figure. Just a short detour off I-80 at the Colonies.

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