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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Dogbrick on 01-06-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 48 |  Reviews: 45
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 swamiswamu
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This one is about as ho-hum as possible. That being said, it is a great one to have in the fridge at all times. It is refreshing and couldn't be much more drinkable. It resembles macros in most ways, but has far more classic American "beer" flavor. This would be a great beer to start weening someone off Bud.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is really nothing special. I just had a sampler glass while visiting the brewery. Tastes not an American Wheat but somewhat lighter. Tastes almost like your average BMC product. This could easily make for a session brew, though I would most likely choose something even a little heavier for a session.

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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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Photo of hero27
4.02/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap from the Lava Lounge in Waterloo, Iowa..

Appearance: Pale golden/yellow straw color. Decent head as it was poured, but retention not so good...dies down to a thin cap rather quickly. Nice carbonation also.

Smell: Wheaty/grainy aroma, with a sweet lemon hint to it. Smell isn't as evident as I thought it'd be, but it smells good nonetheless.

Taste: The malt hits me right away and it tastes great. Very refreshing, light taste to the brew. Not complex at all, but simple sweet lemon taste and nice wheaty flavor.

Mouthfeel: I guess you'd consider this as having a light mouthfeel, even though it has a great, soft feel to it. The carbonation is superb..makes it extremely crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability: Good drinkability due to the very refreshing & light body and flavor. Would be a great summer brew.

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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 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 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 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 rugger
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a nice wheaty straw color with a nice white head that left a nice lace pattern on the glass, and the wheat smell was very nice. As for the taste there was a lot of carbonation bite. The mouthfeel was also mostly carbonation, this is a nice beer for a hot day. This is a very easy drinking wheat beer that doesn't really stand out, but it is good. I have other beers that are local that are as good or better.

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Photo of SeanChouffe
3.82/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straw colored with lots of fine-bubbled carbonation. The head is full and, but dies quickly. Aroma is fruity with some bubblegum background and a little skunky. Mouthfeel is smooth and watery. Taste is lightly sweet with little to no hops present. Well balanced, but not very exciting. Would be a very refreshing summer drink, but not a memorable experience.

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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 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 Morris729
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden color with a moderate white head that fades into a wispy lace. Nose is sweet malt and fresh wheat along with some fainter fruity aromas. Light in body with a crisp, refreshing mouth feel. Taste begins with some initial sweet malty and fruity notes followed by dry grains and some semi-spicy yeasts with the taste of wheat becoming more apparent towards the finish. Definitely a nice brew for a July afternoon in Texas. Thanks to bditty187 for the sample!

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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 xgrigorix
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce brown twist cap. Month notched on label, on indication if its month of bottling, or best buy.

Pale straw gold colour, brish medium sized bubbles seek out freedom. Topped by a thin white head that quickly falls.

Herbal hop aromas & tart lemony notes.

Crisp & tart, herbal hops & lemony notes along with a honey like sweetness. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Clean, straight forward, & very refreshing.

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

Package: 12oz. crowned brown “heritage” bottle; somewhere between a stubby and a longneck. Common “date scale” notched at January. No ABV information. Pleasant honey-colored label with grist mill logo.

Cost: Acquired via trade

Presentation: Shaker pint at ~45º

Appearance: A crystal clear, vibrant yellow with a touch of green apple. Generated a generous, but loose white head; that resolved quickly down to a floating skim.

Smell: Grainy and fruity and straightforward. Clean and crisp notes of malt and hops.

Taste: Light and sparkly, with green apple crispness, some sweetly cereal-like notes, and a faint spiciness. Some wheat-like flavors, but I’m not sure I’d have picked this out as a “wheat lager” if blindfolded. Finishes very quickly and cleanly.

Mouthfeel: Like the other Millstream beers I’ve had, this is on the watery side. It’s more apparent here than in the oatmeal stout, which offers more intense flavors. Carbonation is gently fine.

Drinkability: Easy drinking with an interesting, but diluted flavor profile. Interestingly, I liked some of the flavors in this more than some other wheat ales, but I just wanted more of them.

Backwash: I don’t know if I’d go out of my way to find this beer, but it’s a solid, enjoyable quaffer I’d be more than happy with if I were local.

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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 Tballz420
3.57/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a dark golden/orange color, clear liquid with rising bubbles. Small foamy white head on top. The scent of this one is grainy malts. The taste is all clean, wheaty/grainy malt, not much hops if any at all. This beer is what i expected it to be, liquid cherios. Not a bad drink, would really hit the spot in the summer.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.46/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the brewery. Thinking back, I believe this was the first microbrew I ever had, way back in the 1980's. Today's pour was a nice-looking, heady sample, with very little haze and a nice fizzy wheat flavor. Some breadiness and a citrus nose. An easy, pleasing beer.

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