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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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Reviews: 127 | Ratings: 242
Photo of HappyHourHero
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Biting grainy aroma, maybe a pinch of malty sweetness. Fine bubbled, cream colroed head. Amber colored beer is mildly hazy. Faintly sweet pale malt flavor rides just above sweet and spicy piney hops. Noticable alcohol flavor is cut by mild bitterness. The beer sweetens up in the end. I wasn't expecting so much hop flavor in a lager, but it was a nice surprise. Body is just on the light side, just right. Flavors stick to your mouth, but the beer is still an easy drinker. This would have been a pretty good beer, but the aroma just killed it. Thanks again to BuckeyeNation.

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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 feloniousmonk
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright amber color, slight haze, with a thick dollup of creamy foam above.
Nose? Lager-y....very clean, small fruity tones, caramel, nice and malty.
Taste...sweet and tangy, nutty, fruity, zingy,...big malt, but maybe over-carbonated. Light in the body, but filled with flavor. Easy drinker, good taster, hard to find a fault here. Although it falls somewhere in the middle, at the very least...something I'd have no problem downing were I down Iowa way.

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Photo of mentor
3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle obtained from To Your Health (Coralville) in Janurary 2005 and consumed that same evening. Didn't realize I'd already reviewed this one until it had been poured. Freshness date is November. Schildbrau is the pride and joy of Millstream, having won several awards at the GABF. Poured a half-finger head that quickly settled to a ring around the glass. This beer is crystal clear and is a light amber color with a bit of orange. Smell is caramel and water. Really, water. Further sniffing yielded baker's chocolate. Has a smooth clean sweet taste with chocolate and biscuity flavors. There may be some roasted grains beneath. Very drinkable, but not much in depth of flavor. Dry finish, plus I get a slight sour at the end, probably from carbonation acidic. Medium to medium-light mouthfeel. All in all, a decent beer.

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Photo of alexgash
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pleasant coppery amber body with a quickly dissipating, off-white head.
Smells of sweetish toffee/biscuit malt with a toasted, spicy edge.
Taste is lightly sweet cookie malt. Pretty clean. A flash of brandy, and then a smooth, relaxed German bitterness takes it into the short finish. Medium-bodied lager, with a little too much carbonation that makes for a fizzy feel. Decent amber lager.

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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 aracauna
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice little lager. Nice dark amber-brown body topped by an ok head. Aroma has a touch of corn at the beginning of the aroma, but that fades quickly. A touch of caramel and a hint of sweetness keep this from getting too boring. Very clean flavor, but not too bland. Very drinkable and a nice example of the style.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BUCKEYENATION for the trade.Very nice coppery color.Slight head that quickly receedes.Malty aroma-slight caramel and toasted malt aroma.Great malty flavor-toffee like.Killer residual sweetness.Good body-not too thin like some maerzens can be.Overall a really good beer.Would be a great session beer.Well made.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
2.73/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dull deep-amber in color with a semi-lasting layer of rocky off-white head. Sparse glass lacing. Aromas are sorta tough to discern. Roasted malts, some sweetness, and a dash of fruity hops. Flavor also is subdued. Nothing memorable. Some caramel sweetness that only briefly steps aside to let any sort of brisk bittering hops to see the spotlight. Odd undertow of a sourness that I get later on, and it lasts well into the aftertaste. Thin and not overly drinkable. Perhaps I got a bad bottle?

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BuckeyeNation for the trade. The beer is a dark copper/amber color with a thin beige head that dissipated rather quickly. Very thin lacing. Lightly malty aroma, with a hint of nuts. Medium-bodied with a flavor somewhere between a Marzen and a regular Amber. There is a tartness under the malt and caramel that made the character seem a little off. However it was still fairly easy to drink. The finish is alternatingly fruity and malty. Overall not an exceptional beer but it is smooth with a nice taste.

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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 tavernjef
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange glowing body with a bit of a tarnished haze to it, thin and fluffy egg shell colored cap, keeps a fluffy collar; lacing is in minimal spotting.

Aroma is bleak if not transparently open and clean, I wiff and wiff and don't get much of anything. As it warmed some slight toasted husks emerged. Perhaps deserving of a lower number then average, but it has no off aromas and is clean so it gets the average.

Taste is smooth and clean, light caramel malting, a bit of some toasty aspects, crisp and firm in the front, bready and lightly chewy biscuit with caramel/honey edges smooths out a warm and rendered light chewyness in the finish. Light leafy/grassy hops play very secondary and kinda mingle into a small section of fruityness in the middle area.

Feel is firm and smooth, nice little malty chewyness and residual sweeter fruityness across its appealing lighter medium body. This isn't overly flavorful or substantially full in character, but damn if it ain't drinkable. I could have alot of these, would make for a nice session
O-fest brew for sure.
Thanks to mentor for the cross border exchange!

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A chilled sample poured into a pint glass.
The beer pours a rich chestnut hue with a small off-white head of about 1 cm foaming up. The head fades very quickly to a edge layer. Aroma is light but I get some sweet caramel and also light floral hop hits.
First sip, medium bodied with average carbonation. Flavor is rather malty with some caramel and a light chocolate hit on the swallow. I even detect a faint sweet fruit presence. No hops to be found. The beer is very crisp and has a clean finish. A tasty beer that is very easy to drink. Thanks Bditty187 for this treat!

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Photo of Morris729
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium amber color with a short creamy off-white head that soon fades into a thin lace. Nose is lightly toasted malts and caramel with some faint underlying sour grain notes. Moderate in body and carbonation. Taste begins with sweet buttery toffee along with some light fruity notes followed by some mildly bitter hops. A decent brew though nothing special. Thanks to bditty187 for the sample!

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Photo of Dantes
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Package: 12oz. crowned brown “heritage” bottle; somewhere between a stubby and a longneck. Common “date scale” notched at January. No ABV information. Pleasant blue-and-white checked label with standard grist mill logo.

Cost: Acquired via trade

Presentation: Shaker pint at ~45º

Appearance: A crystal clear, vibrant russet-amber. Generated a generous, but loose white head; that resolved quickly down to a floating skim.

Smell: Grainy and fruity and straightforward. Clean and crisp notes of malt and hops.

Taste: Light and sparkly, with a remarkably fruity, slightly sweet ale-like flavor, picked up a bit by some very mild hoppiness. Some toasty, cereal notes in the background. Probably could use a bit more bitterness to counterbalance the sweetness. Finishes cleanly and lightly.

Mouthfeel: Like the other Millstream beers I’ve had, this was beautifully carbonated, and somewhat light in body. Very pleasant and smooth.

Drinkability: Easy drinking with an interesting if somewhat too sweet flavor profile. Not extremely challenging, but a fine quaffer.

Backwash: Whenever I drink a beer like this, I always ask myself, “Why in God’s name, would someone local EVER buy something from Bud, Miller, or Coors? This will certainly not blow your doors off, but it’s a fine, drinking beer. Probably my second favorite of the Millstreams (after the odd Oatmeal Stout). Doesn’t really drink like a Marzen/Oktoberfest in my opinion, although it shares some of that style’s sweetness and maltiness in a lighter way. It’s more like a lightly hopped red/amber ale. Not a beer I’d go out of my way to find (as they say in Michelin), but what I’d probably be drinking if I were a student in Iowa. I’m not sure of the cost, but I’m sure this is a good value.

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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 BuckeyeNation
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Millstream Schild Brau Amber is a little darker than expected. Rather than being amber, it's a gemstone-like shade of reddish orange. The beer is crystal clear and has steady, slow-moving carbonation rising up to a crown that is light caramel brown in color, falls fairly quickly and doesn't leave much lace.

The nose is pleasant. It's equally balanced between malt and hops, with an underlying spiciness. Actually, it has quite a bit of character. The flavor follows the aroma: caramel malt with a touch of spicy, earthy hops. Even bolder flavor would be better. The finish is long and the mouthfeel is medium for the style.

Schild Brau is my first beer from Millstream, the only brewery left in the state of Iowa. It's no world-beater, but it's a helluva lot better than similar offerings from the Big 3.

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Photo of bditty187
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear bronze-amber hue, served with a modest off-white head of a finger in height, it faded to half that size, a loose cap hung together well. No lace was produced. The nose is realty lacking in potency, hard whiffs induce only a trace of toasty-caramel malts and I am making an assumption about that. The palate is decent, toasty malts with a well-balanced addition of hops for a crisp bitterness that cuts the toasty malts just long enough to allow for a caramel note in the finish. There is an odd mineral twang but it is tolerable. This is a solid amber lager. Medium in body, natural carbonation, this allows for an easy drinking beverage. I could session with this but I might get bored after a couple. It is worth drinking if in Iowa, you need not seek it out unless you want a beer from all fifty states. It is a decent beverage and probably the easiest to find from this brewery.

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light tan head sits atop this copper brew.
Aroma of caramel malt dominates. Notes of fruit, earthiness, and floral.

Taste shows mostly sweet, nutty caramel flavor. A bit fruity and floral. Some crispness, but definitely sweet overall. Sweetness lingers on the palate at the finish and almost seems artificial. Not bad, but something seems off in this beer.

Solid body for an amber lager.
Overall, a decent beer with average drinkability.
Big thanks to AKSmokedPorter for another hard to find Iowa sample!

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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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Photo of jdhilt
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two-fingered white head that goes slowly and leaves a little lace. Clear amber color. Moderate carbonation. Starts with a good mix of malt and hops, finishes clean but slightly on the sweet side but there are metallic hints. Light - medium bodied.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little white head sits on this amber colored body. The smell is of a caramel flavored lager. As for the taste, its pretty good. Similar to some oktobers that ive had, with a little more of a bitter finish in the back. Metallic notes in there as well. Not a bad drink, could be worth your while to try if you run into it.

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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 Gusler
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On the pour, the beer is a translucent deep copper color on the pour with the head minimal in size and frothy in texture, the color an off white with the resultant lace a fine sheet. The nose is malt, sweet; hints of caramel or maple syrup more like it, with the front is sweet and fair in malt; the top skeletally thin. Finish middling in carbonation and the minimal hops spiciness does little to help this beer.

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Photo of marc77
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber / light red hue and lightly hazy, lacking lager - like clarity. Thin, but dense off white head leaves sparse lace. Dry, toasty malt, subdued caramel and fruity sweetness in aroma, w/ trace herbal and spicy noble hops. The flavor mirrors the aroma, with generic caramel malt sweetness and toasty munich dominating. Non - diacetyl buttery malt notes thankfully add depth and richness only to be downplayed by an overly light body and thin mouthfeel. Lightly herbal hop flavor. Finishes lightly toasty, with dextrin pseudosweetness lingering. Nothing outstanding in Schild Brau, but clean and just malty enough for good drinkability.

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Millstream Schild Brau Amber from Millstream Brewing Company
3.58 out of 5 based on 242 ratings.
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