jde123 (763) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow, a great beer from Iowa! Pours a rich amber color with a foamy lasting head. Goes down well, great flavor!
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 24, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2006 This is the flagship brew at Millstream. It is worth stopping for a six-pack when traveling across Iowa. Very surprising lager flavor especially if allowed to warm a little.
UPDATE 1/26/6: Still a fine beer! Nice beautiful dark amber with a yellowish-beige head. Rich caramel malt aroma. Nice medium malt body with a mild carbonation and a clean crisp finish. Hop bitterness is low, but provides what it needs to to balance the beer. Well made. While this beer has color, it is indeed a light lager and needs to be consumed fresh. It may not survive well in the Ratebeerian Trader’s basement, so judge the low ratings accordingly.
anderiv (3) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2004 does not count
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow - surprising taste for the style. The first sip provides a tart mouthfeel, which is quickly taken over by the heave malt. Very smooth and exceptionally drinkable!
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2003
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Orange-copper, puffy white head. Nose bready, bit adjuncty. Harsh, caramel, hoppy, off.
bbrock81 (304) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - DEC 18, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is one of the best beers I've had, a very pleasing surprise. The aroma is nice and malty, just the way I like it. The color is a beautiful dark orange-amber. The flavor is deliciously malty, a little sweet, with just a hint of hop presence. I don't know what some of the other people are talking about when they say it has a thin mouthfeel, as this was the creamiest, smoothest bottled beer I've ever had. Absolutely delightful, and I'll definitely keep some of this around.
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not a bad beer, for a bottled beer. It woulld probably rate higher had I not just come from Onopa Brewery and sampled some incredible beers, but this is still good.
jzzbassman (1467) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - DEC 8, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
This was a bit of a surprise for me, in that I didn't expect to like a lager this much. Aroma of fresh bread, and I would have scored it higher if the mouth feel wasn't so thin. It made you wish for more lingering on the flavor.
jimhilt (2387) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 7, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a two-fingered white head that goes slowly and leaves a little lace. Clear amber color. Moderate carbonation. Starts with a good mix of malt and hops, finishes clean but slightly on the sweet side but there are metallic hints. Light - medium bodied.
DrnkMcDermott (2776) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Okay, call me prejudiced because I’m from Iowa, which doesn’t have a major brewing scene, but this is one of the best “ambers” I‘ve had. Has a nice malty smell and pours a thick brownish head over an excellent coppery, bubbly body. There's a big caramel and brown sugar maltiness, with the right balance of German hops to keep it from getting too cloying. Won a Bronze at GABF, where it competed as a Vienna, and at the North American Brewers Association where it competed as a Mârzen. Go figure. Just a short detour off I-80 at the Colonies.
crazyvin (1900) - New York, USA - NOV 24, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
eh, it looked good. Amber color white head. Flavour had some malt character and hints of caramel but overall it seemed watered down. Nothing really distincitve impressed me about this beer.