Schild Brau Amber | Millstream Brewing Company

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Schild Brau AmberSchild 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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Ratings: 249 |  Reviews: 128
Photo of swizzlenuts
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours with a very light copper colour and a slightly off white head of about a centimeter in height. The head lingers for a while, which makes the beer look quite nice. When smelling the beer, toasty, bready flavours come out. In the back end is a nice malty sweetness. When drinking the beer, there is a huge maltiness coming from the Munich malts, and some caramel comes through as well. A floral noble, type hop comes through at the finish with the nice crispness from the lagering of the beer. I think the extra hoppiness makes this beer a little bit out of style, but this tastes great; moreover, this is probably closer to a hoppy Vienna lager. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy with a good carbonation. Quite drinkable.

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Photo of Sammy
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hallertau hops and a most decent lager. Quaffable and satisfying. A medium yellow colour, minimum white head. Neutral aroma, medium mouthfeel. Decent beer all around,I could have one or two. Nothing edgy or really tasty though. Appropriate carbonation.

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Photo of orangemoustache
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a striking resemblance to cheap Canadian Whiskey(my favorite kind) a brown amber is topped by a thin soapy beige head that has poor retention and no sticky remnants. The nose is suprisingly hoppy and has nice soft floral notes as well as a hint of caramel malts. Millstream has a good Marzen here, not outstanding, but very solid. A superb balance of malt and hops, and a near perfect match, though the caramel malts slightly over shadow the fruity hop undercurrent. A touch of spice is very subtle and blends in well. A little tartness / bitterness on the finish adds another dimension and is easily appreciated. The body is full figured for a Marzen and delivers a good amount of texture as well as a nice dry finish. It may be out of the Oktober Fest season, but that didn't stop me from enjoying every drop of this delicious offering.

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Photo of deereless
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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 OStrungT
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a golden orange color, with a very tiny white head. The head fades very fast, leaving no lace.

This beer has a very mild aroma. It smells sweet and malty, and slightly caramel like. That is pretty much it. Not much going on here.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Not much going on. A very mild caramel malt flavor.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. It goes down smooth, leaving a slightly caramel like aftertaste.

This beer would probably make a great sessoin beer. It is low in alcohol, and the flavor is very mild.

Overall: Thanks to BuckeyeNation for generously giving me this beer. It was a good beer, but the flavor was pretty mild and slightly boring. Definately not bad though.

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Photo of bobsy
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This Germanic bottle of Schild Brau ipours a deep orange with red highlights, and a majestically large, smooth tan head, which leaves very decent lace. Pleasant caramel malt nose with some spicy, earthy hops. The flavour is as simple as the nose, but satisfying nonetheless. There's a lot of caramel, some breadiness and a mild earthy hop finish, that lingers like a pleasant memory. The body is medium and the carbonation medium-low.

Schild Brau is a good beer, not a great beer, but a good beer. Its flavours could be more pronounced, but the whole experience is uplifted by a heavenly drinkability, and in this sense the more muted tones do help to make it sessionable. I would definitely return to this oktoberfest again.

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Photo of tburkhart
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
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 deltatauhobbit
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this recently in a trade with mynie.

Pours an amber color with a decent sized head, fades fast with no lacing.

Smell has a faint caramel malt aroma, but not much else going on though.

Taste has a decent malty character with a strong bitterness upfront and lingers, but I can't help the feeling that this just feels a bit thin and watery.

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Photo of jwolfie70
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Hero27 for giving me an opportunity to try this beer.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass. It poured a typical bronze amber, with little carbonation and onlyh a thin head.

Smelled great, and what you would expect from a good Marzen, spiciness, sweetness, and malt.

Tasted like sourdough bread, with spicy malt, some sweetness (but surprisingly dry) and a hint of metallic flavor (not over bearing as in some beers, but a hint was there).

Overall, an enjoyable beer. I am looking forward to trying others from this brewery.

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Photo of LordofTime25
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
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 Gehrig
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, pleasant copper-orange body topped with a thick finger of off-white head; modest duration and lacing accompany it. Subtle malty nose, decent caramel and a bit of hazelnut--not enough of either. The flavor is better with a bit of chocolate emerging eventually. Smooth mouthfeel, very nice. A fine all-around beer, certainly not spectacular nor off-putting, a good solid representative of the style. Wroth trying.

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Photo of Deuane
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My last of my Iowa care package from Badbeer.

A-Clear amber with a thin light tan head that reduced to a thin ring leaving minimal lace.

S-Sweet caramel upfront and a hint of lightly toasted malt in the background.

T-Sweet caramel with a brief hint of light fruit and a wafting of hop bitterness.

M-The best feature with this beer....medium-light body with a very clean,crisp jaunty mouthfeel. Very nice.

D-A decent session brew...but too sweet for me to make it one. This is the Iowa version of Yuengling Lager...only sweeter.

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Photo of Vancer
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
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 BeerZack
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark copper color with minimal head.

Sweet caramel, marzipan, some toffee, fig, hint of spice (nutmeg).

Pleasantly surprising flavor, much more subdued sweetness than the nose shows. Some mild caramel sweetness balanced by some dry roasted barley notes and just enough hop bitterness to almost cleanse the palate.

Medium-heavy carbonation, a bit stinging, medium body. Pretty drinkable.

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Photo of dnichols
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
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 zeff80
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a burgandy/reddish brown color with a small, cream-colored head. No lace.

S - It smelled of grasses and very malty.

T - The dominant taste was a sweet maltiness. It also had a spiciness reminiscent of a Winter Warmer.

M - It was a little thin. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is pretty good. It may have been a little too old. I'd like to try a fresher one during Octoberfest.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.31/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber body with a thin, bubbly white head.

Smell: Altogether mild aroma of toasted malts with light notes of apple and flowers.

Taste: Toasty maltiness with a mild sweetness and a hint of red apple peel. Vaguely floral hop character with little bitterness provided. Crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine, easy-drinking beer. Why, it's schild's play!

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Photo of uwmgdman
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew pours a nice deep amber into my pint glass. The head is off white and suspended in the beer are some small chunks, likely a bit of yeast, as it looked to be bottled conditioned (I don’t think it was dry hopped judging by the aroma). Speaking of aroma, the aroma has a moderate-high caramel sweetness, with a bit of toasted character, as well as some dark fruits like raisin and a little spicy hop, a nice nose. The flavor is moderately sweet, has a moderate spicy, toasted malt character, as well as a hint of dark fruit, almost a bit bittersweet. The hop bitterness is moderate and provides a nice balance to lots of malts. The finish is balanced and the beer has moderate carbonation and medium-full body. Overall this was a solid brew. I’d drink it again.

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Photo of Chaz
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear/nearly-brilliant golden-copper in color, with proper visible carbonation. A moderate pour produced a medium-tan head of average duration and lacing. Rich, malt-driven nose is fruity, slightly tangy-sour, and is a touch metallic (copper kettle?) Especially on the nose, this brew could be easily mistaken for an amber ale. Sweet and fruity on the first sip, with a mildly tangy, cleansing middle, and a dry, biscuity finish. A nice, light hint of caramel is present, and fruity esters work their way into the aromatics via the carbonation, and suggest notes of ripe red apple and golden pear. There's a touch of alcohol evident in the aromatics as well, but it is in no way "hot", but rather "present". Very minimal bitterness here, and the hop profile is consistent with the style. The metallic notes evident on the nose are likewise evident here, and are unobtrusive and stylistically consistent. The biscuity, bready malt finish is well anchored in the dry end of the spectrum, and it's this dry biscuity finish that lingers here, much more so than whatever bitterness this brew posesses. Instead, there's a mildly citric (orange) character which is evident throughout that lingering malt profile, and it's quite enjoyable (a bit like orange marmelade on a ginger snap). Schild Brau is a rather faithful rendition of the style, and has remained very consistent over the past five or six years. I enjoy it on draught every year and look forward to bringing some back to share with friends. A solid, session-worthy amber lager.

Served chilled, in a half-liter mug.

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Photo of BigBry
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brought back as part of a mixed case directly from the brewery in Amana.
Slightly shorter brown 12 oz bottle (as pictured above), month clipped into side of label.
Poured a copper/red color with a short white head. No real retention or lacing. Aroma of toasted bread, malty with just a bit of grass. Taste has more maltiness as expected woth some very light hop finish. Clean and light, slightly dry finish. Nothing spectacular, but well made. A great choice for something flavorful but not 'over the top'. I bet it would be great fresh from the tap.

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Photo of pootz
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4


Poured a deep reddish-copper with a 1 finger cap displaying modest retention and lacing. Color is correct for a Vienna (about 15deg. Lovibond) .

Aroma is right for a Vienna..toasty, bready but not sweet some hay-like hallertau hops...very subdued though in this beer.

Taste is better, a fair dose of rich toasty Munich malts in the front are joined mid palate with spicey-herbal noble hops finish is clean lightly drying and biscuity.

This is a decent crafted all malt Vienna....very servicable and drinkable

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Photo of Zorro
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Obtained in a trade with hero27 as an extra in the box.

Quite a dark lager, this is way past what can be called amber and is a red ale with a head that doesn't really form.

The smell is very malty and quite full of the scent of Munich malt. Reasonably strong aromas of toasted grain and toffee candy and a lesser scent of coffee. Faint herbal aroma from hops but not a hop beer by any stretch of the term.

The taste begins neutral with a surprising chocolate and hazelnut taste. The hazelnut taste is so strong that it is almost as if a shot of Frangelico has been dropped in the glass. There is a lot of chocolate and toffee taste to go along with the nut taste and the overall effect is quite nice.

The mouthfeel is good.

Quite a nice beer and one that I could see drinking again.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to hero27 for my first Iowa beer.
Caramel in color thin off white head with little retention. Thin, wet, drippy ring of lace around the rim of the glass.
Aroma has lot's of caramel with a hint of spice. Nutmeg maybe. Smells like a winter warmer. Not a bad smell, I just wish it was a bit stronger.
Lot's of heavy caramel malts flavors. Nice mixture of spiciness in the flavor. Slight hint of butter in the finish but it's so slight it doesn't really detract from the overall flavor of the beer. Pretty good.
Mouthfeel is fuller and heavier than expected. Medium carbonation.
Smooth quaffable beer. Certainly not mind blowing in it's complexity or anything. But, it serves it's purpose. I enjoyed sitting down with this one. Wish I had a couple more.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was poured into a pint glass from the bottle. It has a nice amber color with a decent head that settles into a lacing. The aroma is one of rich, sweet malt. Upon tasting, it's sweet, but not cloying. The malt taste is up front with a gentle hop finish. It's very clean. It has a medium-full body with moderate carbonation.

I think this is a good example of an oktoberfest. It's a bit malty for my own personal tastes of routine consumption, but it's very tasty none-the-less.

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Photo of afinepilsner
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle

Schild Brau Lager was a clear orange-red color with a small off-white head that quickly faded to a thin layer. The aroma was sweet caramel malt and a little toasty. The taste was sweet toasty malt upfront with some bitterness to balance in the finish. The body was medium with plenty of carbonation. Drinkability was above average. It's a decent beer that I have from time to time.

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Schild Brau Amber from Millstream Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 249 ratings