Millstream German Pilsner | Millstream Brewing Company

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Millstream German PilsnerMillstream German Pilsner
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Millstream Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
millstreambrewing.com

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by cokes on 08-27-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,243
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
82
pDev:
18.73%
Bros Score:
1.88
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
10
Trade:
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Ratings: 82 |  Reviews: 48
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.71/5  rDev +17.8%
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...

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Photo of cjgiant
3.36/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of mothman
3/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Weak Pilsner. Not to style. On tap.

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Photo of everyhumanist
2.75/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Try-em-all
3.79/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

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Photo of gonger
2.87/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sparx1100
3.27/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
1.74/5  rDev -44.8%
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.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
2.58/5  rDev -18.1%
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!

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Photo of Miami66
3.55/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of a77cj7
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nuebs
3.52/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Evilyak
2.89/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of jpuetz
3.19/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.63/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of LukeGude
3.3/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ryan33iowa
3.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrJones
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jzlyo
3.48/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tastes and aroma is similar to a helles/pilsner hybrid, with the bread flavor mixed with the pilsner dryness.

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Photo of BrewRaider
2.36/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

I did not care for this beer. Very little hop flavor, and undercarbonated for the style.

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Photo of bismarksays
3.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jsprain1
3.4/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Justdoit1234
3.71/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of holder1422
2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

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Millstream German Pilsner from Millstream Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.15 out of 5 with 82 ratings