Millstream Wheat Lager | Millstream Brewing Company

48 Ratings
Millstream Wheat LagerMillstream Wheat Lager

Brewed by:
Millstream Brewing Company
Iowa, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Dogbrick on 01-06-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 48 |  Reviews: 45
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.57/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear bright yellow-amber with fine, lazy carbonation. The head is pure white and looks soft and pillowy. It deflates to a thick disk fairly rapidly, then more slowly to a thin film, leaving almost no lace. The nose is quiet, but pleasant. Lightly toasted malt/wheat/grain with a underlying lemoniness.

The flavor is underwhelming, but then the style isn't really capable of 'wowing' anyone. Fresh grain/pale malt with a hint of lemon and a very gentle hop bitterness. The finish is brief and is crisp, clean and semi-dry. Not a bad body; light in the mouth without being watery.

Wheat Lager is another above-average, but not all that remarkable Millstream beer. It is pretty quaffable, though, and tasted good after a hard workout.

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Photo of Jason
4.12/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with what I presume to be a packaged on date on the side of the label.

Appearance: A thin lace is all that is left after a quick froth, great clarity yields a shinny golden hue.

Smell: Malty with a spicy wheat and hop mix, very clean as a lager should be.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Spice and soft fruit from the hops give a nice mild bite within the crispness, very malty with a clean and semi-dry palate. Light bodied with a perfect carbonation. Nice wheat malt twang in the finish.

Notes: Ultra refreshing, this is a hard labor beer … I crave a beer just like this after a hard days work.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow color, nice carbonation, a fizzy head which left quickly, not much lacing afterwards. The nose is of malts, slight hops, spices, and slight grassy tones. The taste is sweet/malty, slightly bitter. Light-Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew, would be great for a hot summer day. Thanks to BuckEyeNation for the chance to check this one out.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale yellow with a thin white head. Wheaty, grainy aroma. Light grainy taste with no hop characteristics. Light bodied and crisp. There were no real outstanding characteristics in any direction, good or bad.

A decent refreshing American style wheat. Good summer time brew.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale piss yellow. Very slightly hazed. Small ivory white head. Little lace. Decent aroma of husky and grainy malt attributes. Sweet taste. Kind of adjunct based it seems with corn the main player. A slight dryness on the finish, indicating the presence of some hops. Body is medium-full. Carbonation is on the low side. This gives a bit of a syrupy feel. Pretty average stuff here.

Thanks big ol ZAP!

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Photo of ZAP
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first forray into the Millstream family..

Golden color...with a big fluffy 1/2 inch head....

Nose is soft wheat crackery...some bready Helles like notes too..

Body is light-to-medium...very creamy and rounded...not as crisp as I expected but much tastier....a nice light wheat bread flavor...just a slight lemongrass hint too....

Overall, this is better than I expected...has a nice little wheat flavor and is highly drinkable....while it's still winter in Northern Minnesota I would imagine this would pour nicely during the summer..and at 4.2% a person could drink damn near a 1/4 barrel by themselves if you wanted to....nothing jaw dropping about it but a nice enough wheat lager....

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Photo of mynie
3.57/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Underwhelming pour of light gold with a nice head.

Light grainy smell with subtle nodes of lemon. Not much wheat to be spoken of. Still, a solid odor.

Tastes a bit stronger and more complex. Nice lager grain malt backed up by a more bitter malt near the back and a very slight hint of citrus at the end.

Nothing great here. A solid beer, I guess, but not the best Millstream has to offer.

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Photo of Gusler
3.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer after its escape from the 12-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a hazy golden amber color with a modest sized head that is bright white and spumous in texture, the lace a thin curtain to conceal the glass. Nice hint of wheat, sweet and fresh with the start somewhat sweet and a fair grain profile, the top is light in its feel. Finish is benign in acidity with the hops light but adequate for the style, a drinkable beer.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.27/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BuckeyeNation for the trade. Pours a clear golden orange color with a miniscule white head that was gone in no time. No lacing. The aroma is lightly wheaty with a glimmer of hops. Light-bodied and crisp, with a subdued yeast, spice and wheat flavor. Very little aftertaste aside from a touch of wheat and malt. Not big in the flavor department, but fairly drinkable overall.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Soft and light canary yellow color, frothy foamed bright white head about a finger high emerges, fizzes away rather quick and leaves a small collar; small spotty lacing drips back in. Aroma is faint and drab but clean and semi-crisp of wheat bread sweetness and softer bubblegum notes. Taste is soft and semi fruity with a nice wheat malt sweet base, crisp, clean, subdued bready softness and drying quality in the finish. Feel is soft and semi sweet, lighter bodied and clean, yet keeping a firm malt base making for a creamier and smoothing slick drinkability. A nice little lager done right. Thanks to mentor for the many Millstream samples!

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Photo of alexgash
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light golden-lemon body with a thin, white head.
Smells of crisp wheatgrass and cereal malt. Not much to get me excited.
Taste starts with snappy, fruity-apple malt, with notes of lemon. Nice, lively, refreshing feel. Light-bodied. Fades, disappointingly into a barely-bitter, dry finish. This is an okay summer refresher.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Chilled sample in pint glass. Thanks to bditty187 for the sample!
The beer pours a very clear gold with a soft bleached white head foaming up and fading very quickly.
Aroma is light and offers some caramel and a general light fruitiness with perhaps apple mixed in.
A very light body on the first sip, with fine gentle carbonation that offers only a very faint tactile presence.
Flavor is mild with some sweet wheat twanginess fading quickly to a clean sort of empty finish. Very smooth and easy to drink but a little boring. Nice to try it and would be decent at the beach or just on a hot day. Drink when thirsty not for complexity.

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Photo of BigBry
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a sampler case, brought back direct from the brewery at Amana, Iowa.
Pours a straw yellow color, slightly hazy, with a thin white head. Fresh smells of wheat and some citrus and lemon. Decent pale wheat ale flavor, with citrus and nice wheat taste. Light body, well carbonated with a crisp finish. A great hot-weather, easy drinking brew.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good pour brings a bad just about disappeared as soon as the beer was poured. A glassy golden-yellow color with very mellow bubbles. Far from impressive-looking.

A sweet aroma brings grass/hay freshness, caramel corn and pear sweetness. Would be nice if the flavors came out more, you really have to pull it in to get anything, but what's there is nice.

The sip delivers a distinctive pear flavor with lingering sweetness in the finish...not exactly dry, not sticky either. The wheat comes through in a fresh, bready sort of flavor, and there's nothing here that's offending or "off". Really solid.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side, with moderate carbonation. Does well enough considering the style and its flavors.

This one wins purely on flavor, when you're in the mood for a lighter lager that doesn't resort to typical macro-lager weakness.

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Photo of bditty187
3.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, golden in hue with no animation. A white head of a half a finger in height quickly faded to a bubbly collar. Frankly this beer is very ordinary to look at. A lack of head retention is concerning and there was no subsequent lacing. It can only get more exciting from here. The first whiff was nothing but a powerful blast of herbal potpourri and a kiss of lemon. I had to set my glass down and recuperate. The second whiff was malty, it reminded me of Cheerios. There were also some hints of wheat bread too and typical lager cleanliness, which is appropriate. The more I smelled the beer the more I liked it. The bouquet is nothing special but for a Pale Lager, I find it inviting. Modest potency. The palate is distinctly Millstream, every beer I’ve tried from this brewery has the same underlying mineraly-malty quality and this is no exception. Actually these flavors seem the focal point of this offering. Again I got the Cheerios taste, which is a good taste, albeit odd. Unlike the nose the Cheerios taste was accompanied by a nutty suggestion. The wheat imparts vague flavors and it is only found it the aftertaste; I assume it was really used as an adjunct to thin the body (and curb the flavor). If so, mission accomplished. The hopping is low and it is not bitter at all with only kisses of lemon. There is some sweetness that mingles well with stray grainy notes, hay too. The palate is unspectacular, frankly this was expected; as there is no doubt this beer was not brewed to bowl over the tastebuds. This is a lawnmower beer and nothing more. Pleasant enough. Medium/medium-light in body, low carbonation (yet another trademark of the brewery), the mouthfeel is ordinary, if not a bit watery. I guess this could be a product of the style. I have no qualms about this beer, the low abv and light taste lends itself to a good hot summer day beer. Why this is brewed year round is frankly beyond me. This is not worth seeking but there is no need to avoid it either. I acquired this sample at the brewery in Amana as part of a variety pack. You want the other three bottles?

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice golden amber color. No real head to speak of. Low aroma-some sweet,toasted malt. Mellow, malty flavor-while it doesnt stand out it has a nice, crisp, almost citrusy sort of tone. Decent body. A good beer overall-perfect for a hot summer day or a plate of spicy wings. Thanks buckeyenation.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden. You can almost see through it. Less than one inch head, poured vigorously.

Does not have the prominent beer smell of other Millstreams. Weak and muted. A little spicing, wheat and malt.

The taste is crisp and clean. Not as thin as macro lagers, with prominent wheat flavor. Conservative hops.

For slaking thirst quickly.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hero27.

A - Pours a straw yellow with a thin white head.

S - Apple and lemon with a spicy wheat malt backbone.

T - Green apple and lemon. Spicy with a wheaty pale malty finish.

M - Light and crisp.

D - Very refreshing. This would be a good lawn mower beer.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Let me start off by saying that this is not a twist off cap. It may look like one, but if you can twist it off, you must be a Master Of The Universe. I actually ripped my shirt trying to take it off. Sheesh.
Pours mostly clear, an attractive golden hue. Closer inspection reveals a cadre of floaties manning the base. Minimal head, mostly a scattered, misty coating. Smells like grape nuts with dried bananas. Grainy, more a straight pale lager than what I expect from a wheat beer. Grainy malt dominates the flavor, remaining clean and unadulterated throughout. Perhaps a touch of arid banana? Vague wheaty sourness blends with meek hop bitterness in the finish, cutting off clean and dry. Just a little grape-nut lingers on. No real hop flavor, just a percieved bitterness. A bit of grain husk, chalk and saw dust, with a powdery mouthfeel. Robust carbonation.
I don't think I'd ever be puttering around the house on a Saturday afternoon and think, "Golly, I wish I had some Millsteam Wheat Lager", but I'd have more than one if a buddy brought it on a fishing trip.

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Photo of aracauna
2.98/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy pastel yellow body with a quickly doomed white head. Aroma is light, mostly wheat, maybe a hint of hops, but little more. Has a noticeable bit of acidity, much like some witbiers, but I don’t know if this is what the brewer intended or not. It’s not off-putting or clashing with the other flavors, though. Bready wheat flavors are most of what I get although, I get a slight touch of grassy hops in the finish.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.14/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

yellow n' beery from a 12oz bottle. a steady but scarsely populated highway of bubbles. no head once the initial pour has left... some collection of foam around the edges.

smell is light but sweet with malt.. some tart fruit as well.. maybe fresh apple? light and interesting.

goes down real easy and tastes pretty good. big clean nuttiness makes up the majority of the flavor here. some lactose in the finish, as well as mild banana wheat and some lemon. overall lagery goodness though, and i wish i had three more. the best beer by far i've had from this brewery.

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Photo of daledeee
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Local beer. Gotta support em. A wheat lager. Not sure how common this is.

Nice golden yellow. A good head that went away so quickly I was dissapointed at first; then I saw nice bubbles from the bottom. Good bity taste. A full bodied malty and somewhat sweet taste. Pretty dry finish. A little too dry for me. This is an enjoyable tasting beer.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to hero27 for the beer.
Pours a straw yellow. No head or lacing. Some carbonation bubbles rose to the top.
The aroma is pleasent enough, but you really have to sniff hard to get anything. Smell is grainy with a hint of lemon.
This is a very refreshing beer. Grainy wheat bread. The hint of lemon in the flavor really adds a zest not often found in this style. I also get some gum flavors. Reminds me of Juicy Fruit.
Mouthfeel is thin and smooth. Par for the style.
This was a great refreshing beer to have after a softball game. Much better option than BMC, and a good cross-over beer.

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Photo of maxpower
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a clear golden color with a small white head that leaves some lacing in my glass. Grassy, grainy aromas, bready, fruity flavors with a mild sweetness. Light bodied with a nice crisp, carbonated mouthfeel. Very light and very refreshing.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
2.82/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Small bright white head fades swifty to a ring. Slightly hazy straw colored beer with streams of carbonation bubbles shooting to the surface as some small clear floaties cruise around. Lightly sweet grain flavor up front. I'm not sure what is (I'd go with corn for no good reason), but the aftertaste really reminds me of Busch. Everything had me thinking light crisp beer, but it was body was pretty thick and the mouthfeel is a bit slick. Um....yeah....Busch, that's about it.

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Millstream Wheat Lager from Millstream Brewing Company
3.38 out of 5 based on 48 ratings.
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