Millstream Maifest | Millstream Brewing Company

35 Ratings
Millstream MaifestMillstream Maifest

Brewed by:
Millstream Brewing Company
Iowa, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by packetknife on 08-28-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 33
Reviews by mhewes:
Photo of mhewes
2.71/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A : Pours a copper color with a small white head.

S : Very weak smell. Can barely make out some malt and orange aromas

T : There's a caramel malt flavor and not much else. Maybe a tiny hint of bitterness on the finish

M : Crisp but thin and watery

D : It was easy to drink but there wasn't much to it flavorwise. Not one I'd go back for.

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Photo of Jason
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown twist off bottle with bottling date on the label.

Appearance: The head has similarities to the froth on a latte and sticks to the glass quite well. Deep reddish orange with a slight haze, lots of tiny bubble struggle to the top.

Smell: Thick stodgy malt aroma, not overly sweet yet you could nearly cut it with a knife. Faint aromas of alcohol (blueberry skin) and herbal hop are noticeable as well.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Maltiness plays from a hulking bread flavor to some raw honey to toasted biscuit. Hops are mild and balance well, quick shade of alcohol in the back. Finishes semi-dry with a long lingering toasted malt character.

Drinkability & Notes: This is one of the few styles I really admire yet so few breweries even attempt it. This one get the thumbs up in my book.

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Photo of cokes
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice-looking deep golden, with orange highlights. Thin white head is sticky and lasting.
Interesting aroma of candied malts and cinnamon.
Flavor arrives with the malts leading the charge. Sweet carmel apples come to mind. This couples wonderfully with the hints of cinnamon. I don't think this is actually spiced, but it tastes like it. Toasted grains enter next, drying this one out quite a bit. Hops are barely noticed...if at all. Retains an apple cider-like quality thoughout. Very pleasant tasting. A little more heft from the malts, and this would be my favorite maibock (currently Tyranena's Fighting Finches).
Smooth buttery body. Just a hair on the thin side to qualify as great.
An elite seasonal. Delighful to drink. One to be careful with.
Easily my favorite Millstream product.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.34/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - A nice finger of tan/orange head rises above a cloudy deep brown/orange brew. The beer looks dirty and gritty....that's a goog thing with me! The head disappears after a few minutes, but it leaves a lot of really pretty lace on the glass.

S - Super malty! Biscuits and sweet molasses with some orange-rind-flecked chocolate candy too. Lots of toffee and maple syrup along with some really fruity hops.

T - Pancakes drizzled in maple syrup with a big glass of fresh orange juice. This is a malt bomb for sure, but the fruity flavors keep it interesting and lively. Big hops come out with warmth. This is nicely balanced.

M - Medium bodied with mellow carbonation and a very firm and solid mouthfeel. Alcohol is slightly apparent, but that only adds to the tight and firm feeling.

D - Interesting and highly drinkable stuff! I'm quite impressed with Millstream's lagers!

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Photo of PirateUlf73
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle had a nice label with a picture depicting two young maidens dancing 'round a maypole (of all things). Poured into a cylindrical Spaten glass.

A: Light amber in color and clear. Head went down slightly but never completely dissipated.

S: Sweet malts and yeast on the nose for the most part. Slight breadiness as well as a smidgen of hops, but not much.

T: Again, sweet, bready malt, yeast and a smattering of hops. Slight fruitiness and ester notes as well. I must confess that I'm not intimately familiar with this style, but the flavor DOES seem appropriate for a springtime beer.

M: Good carbonation, light to medium body.

D: Silky smooth and balanced nicely, leaning toward the malt, but containing enough of a hop presence to clean things up.

As I said, I've not much experience with Maibocks, but left to its own devices this was a very solid beer. Interesting that it comes from Iowa. I'd like to try some more of this style. I would definitely recommend this one to anyone trying to branch out and try new styles.

P.S. - I noticed that the label in the picture on the website and the one on my bottle are completely different. I wonder if mine was a limited release(?). I picked this up as part of a mix-a-six pack and there were only two bottles of this kind left. Guess I'll have to do some more research...

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Photo of bditty187
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tawny-gold with bronze highlights, clear, minimal animation, a white head of a fourth of an inch tops off the beer. The head retention was fair at best as it slid quickly to a foamy collar. Subsequent lacing was nonexistent. The nose is interesting; there is a unique fruitiness to it, oranges and caramel apples. This blends wonderfully with the caramel maltiness, toasty gains, and a bit of wood soaked alcohol. I can’t place one smell exactly but it smells “ample”... is that an aroma? Anyway. For a bock it doesn’t have that lager airiness to it, which is neither good nor bad. The potency is little too small; regardless the invitation is clearly positive. The palate has a good number of little flavors; there is no real start or finish for the tastes. It is just a constant mix of nuts, toasty malts, caramel malts, orange, caramel apples, cider, a kiss of alcohol, and wood. I have hard time classifying this as a Maibock or a Bock of anytime or frankly a lager at all. Regardless it is quite tasty. The nutty sweetness grows as it warms, this is distracting after awhile. Maybe I drink too slowly. Medium in body, it lacks a little malty heft, the carbonation is modest, and the mouthfeel is good. So far this is the best Millstream beer I have had and I would easily purchase this again, next May. I acquired this sample at the brewery in Amana as part of a variety pack. I should have got more.

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Photo of Beertracker
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Millstream Brewing Company's self-titled Maifest was on tap during my last visited. The Maifest poured up creamy & smooth into a red logo house pounder (pint) glass. The Maifest had a gorgeous deep golden-orangish amber color with a dense, rocky top that faded all to quickly. The clarity suffered some from the cold serving temps as well. The aroma had a nice toasted cracker/soda bread nose with just a touch of honey & spicy Noble hops. The flavor starts off rather toasty with some definite Munich derived malt character, but the bitterness just never seems to catch-up causing the finish to be syrupy (caramel) & sweet with just a touch of yeastiness. There's some rich creaminess in this medium-full bodied lager, but IMO it could use a touch more alcohol, bitterness & carbonation to livin' things up a bit. I found Millstream's Maifest to not be as generous as a traditional German-style Maibock, but still well worth the visit. This one would pair nicely with honey braised short ribs and a golden baked sweet potato smothered in cinnamon butter, marshmallow cream & raisins.

CHEERS! Beertracker

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep red and orange and a light white head with minimal sticky lace.
Aroma of light caramel malt and some grainy wheat bread. Just a hint of ethyl alcohol and some flowery hops.
Flavor is a solid mixture of toasted bread and malt with some sweet molasses or honey.
Mouthfeel has some sticky sweet malt and some mild bittering on the finish. Just a hint of toasted dryness on the finish.
Drinkability is pretty solid. Lighter side of style but pleasant tasting and thirst quenching.

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As it sets in the glass a winsome copper color, the head is prodigious in size, the structure creamy, the color a beauteous light tan, as it evanesces, the lace left behind a fine sheet to cover the glass. Nose is sweetly malt, quite crisp and clean with the start malt laden and lightly sweet, the top middling in feel. Finnish is lightly carbonated, the hops present, quite sweet and dry aftertaste, can’t say it does much for me, drinkable but average at best.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.09/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to pepsican for this LIF return extra (say that three times fast)

Pours a golden/honey color with a small head that fades fast and leaves no lacing.

Smell is rather weak, I can barely make out any aroma, slight malty sweetness and orange but I had to strain my nose to find it.

Taste is crisp, decent slickness of the mouth, much drier than I expected though, caramel and malt the most present with a slight citrus/bitterness to balance it.

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Photo of sweethome
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper with a bright white head. Rather rich malty nose.
A medium mouthfeel, sweet malts prevail. Carmel malt flabors. Slight hop on finish, less hoppy than the classics of this style.
A little watery in the midmouth and finish. Lacks complexity and depth, but a very drinkable and pleasurable beer - just fails to live up to what I want in this style. Maibock is near the top of my favorite styles so I admit I am quite demanding on rating them. This one is drinkable and...just OK.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty solid Maibock from my local brewers. Probably my favorite from Millstream so far. The beer pours to a nice golden amber with a nice carbonation and a decent fluffy white head. Lacing is decent.

The smell is somewhat lacking, however. A feint little bit of sweet with some caramel malty notes, but only when huffing the glass like a shoe polish addict.

The taste is good. Sweet with a very slightly roasted caramel malt flavor. Fairly crisp. Fairly clean for a Millstream beer as well. Very soft palatable flavors. This is an easy spring drinker.

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Photo of BigBry
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One final bottle left from the parents trip to the Amana Brewery. 12 oz. stubby brown bottle, bottling date notch along the right side of label.
Color is quite orange, slightly hazy an off white head, not a lot of retention, shrinking to a thin cap and even thinner lacing. Smells like toasted grain, and some slightly fruity or flowery hops. Flavor of grain, bready and caramel malts. Sharp hops finish, but no lingering bitterness. Good carbonation, smooth taste, dry finish. Another good tasting, easy to drink beer, in a unique style.

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Photo of chrishickman
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this on tap at the Maifest itself at the Amana Colonies (home of Millstream Brewery) and picked up a 6-pack from the brewery on a separate trip. I am not very familiar with this style but after this offering I think I'd like to be! Very refreshing beer without being too "thin" as I feel many beers described with this characteristic tend to be. Mild to moderate hoppiness, less maltiness than the Schild Brau. Overall I found this to be a very enjoyable brew, one that I could enjoy year-round if it was offered as such. Get this one while you can.

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Photo of RBorsato
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark gold to copper color with a decent beige head. Spicy (Munich malt) malt aroma and flavor. Nicely balanced but maybe more like an Oktoberfest due to the Munich malt. Light-medium bodied.

A very nice Spring seasonal from Millstream that I would gladly drink again but not really true to style in my book.

Per MBCo website: 50% Munich malt.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mentor for sending me this one as part of the BIF16 jumpstart.

Thank goodness for BA! The bottle reads, "Maifest Lager", so I'm thinking lager with its attendant characteristics, but it's listed as a maibock on BA, so I go to Millstream BC's website and sure enough, maibock. No harm, no foul, but something to bear in mind.

It poured with a nice white head that almost immediately began to dissipate away to nothing. Still, there were lots of CO2 bubbles in evidence even after the head was gone, so that was a hopeful sign. The nose was quite malty with an underlying smell of alcohol. The color was a very clear deep amber. It had a semi-hot (tingly, but not burning) mouthfeel with the malt a big presence. The malt was also huge on the finish. I found it to be an entirely quaffable drink and had it with my lunch of a sub sammich. I'd be interested to know ABV, however.

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Photo of PatYoda
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Appearance is pretty weak. Nice golden color but hardly any head or lacing. The smell is nice. Sweet bready malts along with some alcohol and grassy/herbal hops. Taste is more of the same. The sweet malts and sweet herbal hops really blend together well, with just a little bit of bitterness to keep things in check. Mouthfeel could stand to be a bit crisper with carbonation, but maybe this bottle is old. Very drinkable and refreshing. I would definitely keep this around if it were local to me. Thanks for the bottle mentor!

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Photo of tayner
3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz stubby bottle, says maifest lager on the bottle, notched march, courtesy of BuckeyeNation

Poured a copper color with a frothy white and small head, light lacing.

light smell of spices, pepper and almost like rosemary.. strange.

taste was of slight sweetness from caramel malt, but really tasted quite watery and thin. There was only slightly hopped finish, barely noticable at the end.

Mouthfeel was light and watery, thin and not all that carbonated.

This is a mild tasting, lightly carbonated lager you could throw back a sixer of and think nothing of it, literally and figuratively. I would not choose to drink this one, but i could see why people would suck it down in the hot summer at a bbq.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Earthy malt aroma with a pinch of cocoa. Medium sized foamy head held for a minute then faded to a film. Hazy light brown colored beer with an orange hue. Solid, malty flavor is barely sweet up front that mixes with some hop tea flavor. There is just a pinch of bitterness on the end of the soft, easy drinking beer. A tasty session beer that would be great on a cool afternoon. Thanks to BuckeyNation for the chance to try this one!

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Photo of packetknife
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark orange, through with small bubbles, fluffy white head that head to the finish. Slightly spicy on the nose, just for a moment, gives way to something like fresh white curled bread. Roasted malts and a bit of hopiness across the tongue. Leaves a sweet aftertaste that lingers for a long while. Carbonation was just about right, drinkable. Something to enjoy year-round IMO.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light copper color. Large head. Aroma is caramel and a touch grassy. A light bodied bock/lager. Malts are sweet with a touch of orange. Hops are slightly spicy. Not a typical bock as it’s a little light bodied. Light and refreshing. Nothing special, but very drinkable. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This brew is a lighter brown, darker red color brew, big cream colored head. The scent is similar to the rest of this line, must me something with the water or something. Big malty taste, nuts, some hops, really the best way to describe it is as a Millstream maibock. If youve had some of their brews you will recognize a regular taste exclusive to their brewery. This one is one of their better beers.

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Photo of SheepNutz
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep coral color with two fingers of head. There is just a little lacing left on the glass. The smell is sweet and malty, some caramel present. A little bit of alcohol too. Just a little light. The taste is sweet and fruity. Some cherry and apple in there. Fairly grainy as well. A mix of hops and alcohol on the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly strong and heavy. The drinkabiliy is good for a maibock. A nice solid brew.

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Photo of jhammerly
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Being that I can't handle too much Bock beer, this was a pleasant surprise for me. I just don't care too much for the sweetness that most Bocks offer. This one may be a bit weak for most lovers of this style, but for me, it is very drinkable.

It pours a light copper with a decent head. A hint of caramel that isn't overwhelming touches the nose. The taste and mouthfeel are light to medium. This is a good beer for the Spring time.

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Photo of uturn
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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