Millstream German Pilsner | Millstream Brewing Company

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78 Ratings
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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
Ratings:
78
Reviews:
46
Avg:
3.15
pDev:
19.05%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
9
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 78 |  Reviews: 46
Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.75/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a pale, straw yellow body with a bubbly, full white head.

Smell: Light aroma of faintly bready malt, damp hay, and flowery hops.

Taste: Light malt flavor that’s only barely bready and a single drop of sweetness. Hint of hay. Soft notes of floral hops. Finishes dry, with a very light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Watery texture.

Drinkability: An average pilsner at best.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.85/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Slightly cloudy, bright yellowish amber with an eggshell-colored head. The cap is substantial and stays humped in the center as it falls, leaving a respectable amount of lace in its wake. Standard noble hop nose (Saaz) with loads of fresh grain and a faint citrusiness.

The flavor follows the nose fairly closely, but while the nose is soft, the flavor borders on harsh. This beer needs a serious malt infusion to achieve any sort of balance at all. The hops, while not providing an abundance of flavor, provide a great deal of too-sharp bitterness.

When beer first enters mouth, it isn't too bad. But as the middle fades into the finish, the flinty, mineral-like bitterness builds to the level of unpleasantness. The beer is also pretty intensely dry, another indication of a lack of malt sugars. While not overly so, the body is somewhat thin.

I'm working my way through Millstream's offerings as the seasons come and go and this pilsener is my least favorite yet. I'm not really a fan of the style, but even so, this one is a disappointment. I know that Iowa's only brewery can do much better than this.

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Photo of Jason
1.88/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Presentation: 12 oz short brown twist off bottle with a bottling date.

Appearance: Dull yellowish golden from the slight haze, tight white lacing leaves some sticky rings on the glass.

Smell: Bubbleyum, pear skin and dusty grass … odd.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Funky musty yeast, thin malting and lazy hops.

Drinkability & Notes: I could not even finish the glass … this beer needs some serious work.

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

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of BillRoth
3/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of yourefragile
2.75/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.41/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a two finger, white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Nearly cloudy, light amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. No nose. Starts hoppy, hints of sweetness, smooth clean finish, better than the macro pilsners. $1.29 for a 12oz bottle from John's Grocery Iowa City, IA. Best by Feb 15, 2007. Best by April, year??

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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 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 Beerandraiderfan
1.83/5  rDev -41.9%
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.

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Photo of mynie
4.15/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one excellent example of the style!

Pours dark gold with a wonderful two finger head that lingered until I finished it.

Smells strongly of a really fantastic yeast, sweet and toasted--I can only liken it to a Rogue--along with bitter grain and hops. Nice.

Tastes like it smells, only stronger. I don't think I've ever had such a nice yeast, sweet and creamy, and it fades into grain and lemon zest near the middle and ends with a very nice hop bitterness that leaves a dry taste in your mouth. Fantastic.

This may be the best German Pils I'll ever drink. It's certainly the best one yet. If you get a chance, pick up a sixer.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.05/5  rDev -34.9%
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.

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Photo of morimech
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear golden color with one inch of white head that quickly settles to a thin layer of bubbles. Thin spotty lacing. Mild aroma of pilsner malt. Very little hop presence. A touch of diacetyl as well. The flavor is on the sweeter side overall. Mostly malt with a touch of butterness. Bitterness is low. Hops give a touch of peppery charactor to the beer. Light body with aboundant carbonation. Suited to the style of beer. Easy drinking and a good hot weather beer. Refreshing but I would of preferred something more on the dry side. A lot of room for improvement in this beer.

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Photo of Chucker17
3/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of beergoot
3.73/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

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Photo of cokes
3.34/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Moderately hazed pale golden. Small, but well retanined white head. Looks like a weiss.
Fairly potent saaz aromas.
Saaz hops are the major player in the taste dept. Actually, almost the only player..and they are far from strong. Fainter, there are some odd yeasty characteristics. Vaguely powery and sour. Very little malt base. Just a hint of bread. It is not a horrible brew, but far from great. Needs more oomph.
Medium-light bodied. A little chalky in the mouth. Crisp, but not as much as I'd like.
Fairly refreshing. No-brainer type brew. But there are many pilsners that are better than this.

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

Photo of alexgash
3.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahhh, Iowa beer! Very clear, pale corn/straw body with a fluffy, white summer cloud head.
Smells of smooth, crisp, cereal malt, with a spicy, hard-edged hop sting. Thank Jebus this pilsner’s got hops!
Taste starts off with those crisp, clean pale malts. Good, non-adjuncty malt base. Light honey sweetness. Light to medium bodied, nice mouthfeel. Spicy, floral hops come in midway through and last into the finish. Very snappy, refreshing beer. Hoppier than most pilsners. Very nice.

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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 gatornation
3.27/5  rDev +3.8%
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

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Photo of Herky21
1.5/5  rDev -52.4%

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

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Millstream German Pilsner from Millstream Brewing Company
3.15 out of 5 based on 78 ratings.
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