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RATINGS: 219   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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The name Schild Brau means essentially 'Shield beer' in German. This is our Flagship brew, a Microbrew done in the style of the special beers of Munich. This beer is brewed in the style of a Vienna style lager. This style was first developed by Anton Dreher in Vienna in 1841. He used a new type of sweet caramelized malt that gave the beer a wonderful reddish, coppery color and a juicy malt character. Word soon spread to Germany where this style of beer became immensely popular, and stronger versions called Marzen or Oktoberfest were soon made. Our beer uses these same malts to attain a perfect balance between malty sweetness and a firm bitterness. Our Hallertau hops are imported from Germany give it subtle spicy flavor. The repeated awards that we have received for this beer only confirm why many people consider this beer to be synonymous with Millstream Brewing at its best.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dogbrick (9446) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2004
Acquired via trade. The beer is a dark copper/amber color with a thin beige head that dissipated rather quickly. Very thin lacing. Lightly malty aroma, with a hint of nuts. Medium-bodied with a flavor somewhere between a Marzen and a regular Amber. There is a tartness under the malt and caramel that made the character seem a little off. However it was still fairly easy to drink. The finish is alternatingly fruity and malty. Overall not an exceptional beer but it is smooth with a nice taste.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 27, 2004
Orange glowing body with a bit of a tarnished haze to it, thin and fluffy egg shell colored cap, keeps a fluffy collar; lacing is in minimal spotting. Aroma is bleak if not transparently open and clean, I wiff and wiff and donít get much of anything. As it warmed some slight toasted husks emerged. Perhaps deserving of a lower number then average, but it has no off aromas and is clean so it gets the average. Taste is smooth and clean, light caramel malting, a bit of some toasty aspects, crisp and firm in the front, bready and lightly chewy biscuit with caramel/honey edges smooths out a warm and rendered light chewyness in the finish. Light leafy/grassy hops play very secondary and kinda mingle into a small section of fruityness in the middle area. Feel is firm and smooth, nice little malty chewyness and residual sweeter fruityness across its appealing lighter medium body. This isnít overly flavorful or substantially full in character, but damn if it ainít drinkable. I could have alot of these, would make for a nice session O-fest brew for sure.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2004
Pours a deep caramel color with a lasting head from the tap. Flavor and aroma is of hops, caramel, vanilla, and barley. Good mouthfeel and excellent aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - JUL 7, 2004
Very nice amber red color with a small tan head. The aroma is a bit nutty and sweet with faint fruit tones, mostly apple, present. Itís sweet and medium bodied and there is a nice carmel malt bill that is quite smooth. A somkey/nuttyness is lingering in the mouth a bit, making this a good beer overall. Make sure you donít drink it too cold, because it gets better as it warms.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2004
Bottled. Not a bad beer. Good German malt flavor to it. Easy drinking beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jde123 (767) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 20, 2004
Wow, a great beer from Iowa! Pours a rich amber color with a foamy lasting head. Goes down well, great flavor!

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 24, 2004
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 Traderís basement, so judge the low ratings accordingly.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anderiv (3) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2004 does not count
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!

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2003
Orange-copper, puffy white head. Nose bready, bit adjuncty. Harsh, caramel, hoppy, off.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bbrock81 (312) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - DEC 18, 2003
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.


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