German Pilsner
Millstream Brewing Company

German PilsnerGerman Pilsner
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Style:
Pilsner - German
Ranked #720
ABV:
5%
Score:
75
Ranked #47,776
Avg:
3.21 | pDev: 18.07%
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
88
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Millstream Brewing Company
 
Iowa, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  3
Gots
  10
SCORE
75
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German PilsnerGerman Pilsner
Notes: Pilsner is simple, and yet it is a beer of great finesse. Its not easy to make a beer pure enough to really let the hops stand out , but that is the goal of our pilsner. Our lager yeast produces a clean fermentation, which a produces light malt taste that lets the delicate aromatic flavors of the hops shine through. We use Czech Saaz hops that are a delight to the senses and impart an arousing aroma and satisfying flavor. The end result is a crisp refreshing beer that has a pleasant hoppy aftertaste.

25 IBU
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.14/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, straw-yellow color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled skunky like a German Pils in a green bottle. Tasted fairly bitter with some toasted caramel.

Jul 06, 2019
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dfillius from Iowa

3.97/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Super refreshing, nice and easy drinking. Crisp and very clean with a hint of corn sweetness in the aroma and aftertaste. Noble hops, decent bitterness. Pillowy bone white head from modest pour down the center of the glass. Great summer beer.

Jun 01, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.71/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this beer is definitely underrated, its actually one of the better beers i have had from these guys, a fine food beer, and a fairly faithfully traditional take on the style. its basic and simple stuff, with a crackery fresh pils malt base, perhaps a little more substantial than a lot of these and maybe not as cleaned up as some, but i kind of like the weight of it. tall white head and popping carbonation from the tap. a faint grassy hop note is there too, but i immediately wish for more, as its obviously saaz, and i love a heap of it in a beer like this. the flavor is fine and balanced, with the hops a little too light for my personal tastes, but a great bready lager yeast and a dry finish. notes of biscuit dough, light floral honey, and saltine crackers at the end along with a modest bitterness from the hops. simple and clean beer, refreshing and drinkable, not at all filling, and enhancing in a seafood context. i have been pretty unimpressed with some of the beers these guys make, but this pils is pretty good. definitely better than its ratings here...

Dec 29, 2017
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.36/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle:
A nice looking beer, but the nose and taste both lean a little too malty. The nose has a light fruity note to it (apple, maybe), and the taste is almost absent a bitter counter-balance to the malty opening. It’s not sweet, but it is too malty for my tastes.

Nov 18, 2017
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Try-em-all from Missouri

3.79/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light yellow color with one finger head, good, rich flavor and subtle pilsner aroma. I think this is better than how othershe have ever rated it. Give it a shot, you'll like it.

Mar 31, 2017
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gonger from Iowa

2.87/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hard pour into 12 oz mug produces 1/2 inch head that disappears immediately. No pancake. No lacing. Smells like left-over beer and soda crackers. Feel is thin and flat. Pilsner my ass. Taste is just bland. Not awful, just no hops, no anything. I won't be trying this one again.

May 21, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

1.74/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Rough appearance, yellow, thin, head vanished before you could estimate its size. Aroma was of the infected variety, d word.

Taste was metallic, lacking malt or hop flavors, just yeast, maybe have been too soon to release a lager given the diacetyl like notes. Could have cleaned up, weren't huge.

This was a really bad pilsner, would rather have a macro.

Mar 22, 2016
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HoppyBastard from Nebraska

2.58/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, there is no "best by" date notched in the area reserved for it.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear, pale yellow color with less than one-finger white head that quickly dissipated until a thin, broken layer of bubbles remained, there is very little lacing on the glass, lighter than average carbonation.

SMELL: very faint to the nose, grass and crackers.

TASTE: the taste is also muted, grassy but very little hop profile.

PALATE: light body and lightly carbonated.

OVERALL: it's hard to screw up pilsener but, Millstream pulled it off, this is not a good pilsener, I would not purchase this beer again and might not buy any from this brewer again based on my experience and their (bad) reputation, by the way, if you print a label with dates please bother to mark one!

Mar 10, 2016
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Evilyak from Minnesota

2.89/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours very clear yellow, with a fluffy white head. Looks nice.

But that's where it ends.

Smells a bit skunky, but not old. Baseball card bubble gum is next, and that's a bad thing.

Hardly tastes like much of anything. That gum comes back.

I wanted this to be clean and crisp, but it's not that either. Kind of acidic, or vinegary.

Yeah, not much to recommend here.

Oct 12, 2015
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Acadia Cafe, the German Pilsner from Millstream Brewing, Amana, Iowa.

Mostly clear, slightly hazy, clean, golden hued, under a generous helping of bone white froth.

Aroma: ah, perfect nose for a German pilsner. Clean, crisp, airy, hoppy, and floral. Scant citric notes.


Taste: a nice malty, cereal flavor coats the palate. Grainy flavor, with a kiss of hops. Light bodied, easy drinking, flavorful enough. Nice one. First Millstream I reviewed from tap, and it hits all the right notes it ought to for the style, though a style I rarely turn to. This personal preference changes some in 90 degree weather, however.

Oct 03, 2015
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beergoot from Colorado

3.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The pour produced a light gold colored beer with a thick, frothy, white head. Malt nose with a slightly herbal, grassy aroma. Big malt flavor; dried biscuit; cereal; mildly zesty hop bitterness lingering in the background. Medium bodied; crisp and dry finish.

This pilsner satisfies all around. It squarely hits the style points for a German pilsner. Nicely balanced, good depth as far as flavor, and goes down smoothly on a mid-90s degree late June afternoon while watching a ballgame.

Jun 29, 2014
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gatornation from Minnesota

3.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

on tap in pint glass

A- pours a golden yellow color with a white head ad ok lacing and collar
S- floral grassy with malts and lemon
T- floral noble hops were faint i get some baked bread caramel malts some lemon grass
M- crisp but thin with just ample hops and malts
O-not one to reach for when in the mood for a pils

Jul 17, 2013
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knepper from Wisconsin

3.79/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm a bit miffed at the various reviews here. My particular beer, while a bit fruity on the nose, was clean and tasting of fresh wort. Its a good to above average version of a lager. The bitterness is restrained; well balanced but leaning towards the clean, fresh malt side of things. The body is crisp. I like this one - goes great with some bbq wings while watching a Cyclones game. Find a fresh one and you should be good to go.

Mar 16, 2013
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beagle75 from Iowa

2.51/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a becker glass.

A: Clear, light yellow color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass and an even distribution of variously sized bubbles rise in the column.

S: Grassy and moderately malty for the style, with a shared presence of acetaldehyde and carbon dioxide that can be strong at times. Bubble gum esters also detract.

T: Begins dry, with acidic base malt and a whiff of yeast esters. Powdery pilsner malt becomes more pronounced in the middle, along with a fine thread of plastic or electrical fire, as carbonic acid starts to fade. The finish is relatively good, with bready malt that finds its stride late and volatile grassy hop flavors that transmit elements of dried hay and green plant.

M: Thin viscosity, slightly acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This Bavarian-styled lager jumps the tracks as soon as it is perceived by the nose, with early flavors doing nothing to help its case. It is a case of misplaced emphasis on all of the wrong qualities, allowing yeast metabolites to muddle and confuse a sensory profile that should appear much cleaner and more simple. Only in the final act does it begin to resemble the beer it ought to be, but by then the damage is done.

May 12, 2012
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KarlHungus from Minnesota

2.05/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer pours a cloudy golden-orange color (pilsners aren't supposed to be cloudy or orange). The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of caramel with a quite noticeable butterscotch quality (pilsners aren't supposed to smell like caramel and butterscotch). The taste is similar to the aroma, but the butterscotch is a bit less strong (pilsners aren't supposed to have any butterscotch flavor). The mouthfeel is medium bodied with aggressive carbonation. Overall, this is a bad beer. I'm not sure if there is something wrong with it (the butterscotch I'm picking up doesn't seem strong enough to be from a major diacetyl problem). What I am sure of is that this beer does not resemble a pilsner in anyway. I will not drink this beer again.

Apr 11, 2012
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WYVYRN527 from Minnesota

2.44/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

A: Pours a deep golden hue with good clarity and fine carbonation. The thin white head has decent retention, and leaves a nice lace on the glass.

S: Very yeasty on the nose, with some bready malt character and a fruity hint in the middle. Diacetyl is present towards the end.

T: Bready, honey-like flavors at first are pleasant, but then that yeast really shows with off-putting fruity undertones. Almost bubblegum-like. Hops are very faint in the finish, showing some grassy, floral notes.

Notes: Light in body with a decent mouthfeel, although unbalanced flavor. There are just too many things going on with this beer that shouldn't be going on. Being one of my favorite session styles, this piilsener just does not live up to my standards. Definitely needs some serious improvement.

Feb 18, 2012
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Beerandraiderfan from Nevada

1.83/5  rDev -43%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Yellow beer, some clingy lace produced, but the head never amounted to anything special or even average. Lacks clarity. Aroma was vegetal, no hops, no crispness, diacetylish.

Taste, yeasty, not hoppy, yeast flavor and texture was gritty, like it was older. Got the beer in Iowa, so I don't know how old it could have been, but I digress. Bitterness comes from the metallic tinge the yeast seems to produce, rather from the hops that aren't there.

I don't see why this would be good in any season, but especially summer. Its not refreshing, its chunky yeast grittiness sticks to your teeth, there's no hop effervesence. Of any beer, this one comes to closest to tasting like the sediment and yeast is actually dirt.

May 10, 2011
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DesMoinesMike from Iowa

3.63/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Beercrazy. The new label shows it as "German Pilsner"

In a pilsner glass it's a bright, clear yellow color with a thick cap of white foam but almost no carbonation in the glass. Weird. The aroma is some straw with maybe corn and a hint of fruit. The taste has a tad more emphasis on the friut. The body is good and it's very smooth leaving only a small amount of the hops on the tongue. It's not meant to be a fierce brew, just an enjoyable one. Much better than the typical macro of the same style.

May 10, 2011
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daledeee from Iowa

3.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A single bottle to try.

Poured a good white head and gold clear body.

Nose is dusty grain.

Taste is corn, lemon, hint of pepper and grass. I thought this was pretty drinkable. I have had some that hold the head and nice foamy mouth feel better, but overall this was easy to drink and pretty acceptable.

Apr 21, 2011
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FreshHawk from Illinois

2.83/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear, light straw gold color with a large, light, foamy, whispy, white head. Pretty good retention and a really nice lacing.

S - Pretty much what I expected. Some sweet graininess and grassy, herbal, spicy hops (Saaz heavy). A slightly sweet and musty fruitiness (orchard fruit) is faint in the background. Nice but nothing special.

T - The first few sips were nice with a nice bready/doughy flavor with a good grassy Saaz hop balance. This quickly faded and became dominated by a musty hayish malt. Dull slightly spiced bitter hop also there. A strange faint orchard fruit with almost a slight tartness.

M - Thin body with average carbonation. A little to thin with a drying finish.

D - The first couple of sips were nice, but this isn't really a beer that I would want to drink a couple of.

Notes: Not the best offering from Millstream. Dominated by a musty and bitter flavor and a slight strange fruitiness. I liked the first couple of sips and then it went downhill. Overall just average or slightly below.

Mar 13, 2011
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yourefragile from District of Columbia

2.75/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz stubby bottle.

This beer didn't do too much for me, particularly compared to the great pilsners I have regular access to like Sunshine, Prima, Pikeland, Stoudts, etc. Appearance and aroma take on that of a typical macro adjunct brew. Flavor has barely perceptible, slightly sweet flavor, heavy on grain and adjunct. Body is very thin and leaves and unpleasant aftertaste. Sorry, this misses the mark.

Aug 02, 2010
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TheQuietMan22 from Iowa

2.88/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is a clear, clean, bright gold. Two fingers of white head developed and dissipated to leave a nice lacing and ring. Great retention.

Smell: Not much, but there's enough to detect. Mostly sweet adjunct grains with some floral hops. Just a little better than your average macro. As it warms, a hint of fruit comes into play. Maybe strawberry?

Taste: It has a nice hoppy bite. I haven't had a pilsner for a while, so this is very appreciated. It has a barnyard malt quality reminiscent of the better German helles, but there's only a hint. It's mostly adjunct grains. Much like with the smell, a fruit flavor makes an appearance after the pint has warmed for a couple minutes.

Drinkability: To me it's not as bad as The Bros suggest, but it's also nothing spectacular. It's definitely the most unimpressive Millstream brew I've had to date. It's drinkable, especially on an unseasonably warm May day in Iowa City like this one.

May 27, 2010
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BieresDesMoines from Iowa

3.82/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with a medium well retained head and some lace. Aroma has some nice baguette breadiness and a bit of sweetness complimented by a nice mild hop character. The flavor is fruity and a tad sweet but in no way sickly or unbalanced. There is a nice herbal hop bite the likes of Bitburger, perhaps it's just because this is more fresh than the standard Bitburger I have but the hoppiness is so much better here, but similar none the less. There is a nice clean but fruity malitness paired well with a nice dry cracker character in here as well. I could drink quite a few of these, and I just might.

May 12, 2010
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Josievan from Iowa

4.07/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: I've never thought of this before, but pilseners, more than any other style of beer, really are the color of barley. Don't know if it's significant that this beer gave me that idea, but it did. Millstream Pilsener has a head that is quite substantial, due in part to a less than careful pour.

Smell: There's a pleasant earthy hop aroma, and the smell provides whiffs of light malt as well.

Taste: The taste is on the bready side for a pilsener, and that's a good thing. Hop flavor is moderate, giving the beer the right amount of slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, yet a touch grainy: right on for a pilsener. There's just enough of a bite to keep you on your toes.

Drinkability: Boy, this is a great everyday, warm weather type beer! Very refreshing.

Notes: I think I previously underestimated my homestate Millstream Brewing Company. I'm glad I discovered that this brewery makes fine beer, since it's naturally widely available around these parts.

I've tried several Millstream beers recently, including their Iowa Pale Ale, Oatmeal Stout, and Schokolade Bock. All these have been solid examples of their respective styles, with the Schokolade Bock especially standing out. Now I can add Millstream's Pilsener to that list. I can see this beer becoming a mainstay for the summer months.

Apr 15, 2010
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afinepilsner from Iowa

2.75/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz brown bottle

Millstream Pilsner Beer was slightly hazy and golden in color. It had a short fizzy white head with poor retention. The aroma was very light and unimpressive. The taste was light malt with some herbal hop flavor. The finish was dry with a lingering bitterness and somewhat metallic flavor. It was medium-light bodied with good carbonation. Drinkability was below average due to the aftertaste. This beer is far from the best by Millstream.

Oct 10, 2009
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Beer rating: 75 out of 100 with 88 ratings