philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 18, 2010
Millstream German Pilsner--2001 12 oz. Bottle. 4.90% ABV--25 IBU’s. (4.0 / 5.0) Hazy lemon straw color. Mild lacy head. Floral citrus Saaz hop front. Crisp clean tangy mild citrus butter Pilsner malt body. Mildly sweet. Tangy clean citrus hop end. Nice but mild. Sampled 4/21/2003. Malt of the Earth Beer of the Month Club Selection April, 2003. DrnkMcDermott (3176) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2012
Draft at Millstream. $3.25 for pint. I had a taster of this at first while trying their doppelbock, but decided to chase it down with this. Very pale in a glass taster, but there’s a little more color to be seen in the larger cup, even if it is white plastic. A thin layer of fizz instead of the bubbly head of a canned lager. Toasty malt smell with a side of peppery Noble hops. Taste: well, I still have some of the doppel stuck to my tongue, but this is darn hearty. Clearly a full grain beer with a light pils toast. Interesting that the ingredient list above shows no real surprises in specialty grains. It’s hard to find a pils with any great complexity by definition, but then again, I can appreciate a beer with everything a light lager should have and no shortcuts or off tastes. On the unseasonably warm March day that I tasted this, the cup warmed up enough to let a bit of ester off the beer. Happy little burp at the finish. nuplastikk (6514) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2011
12oz bottle. Slightly hazy yellow-tan. Thin, soapy head. Mild aroma, some fresh lemon and doughy malt. A pretty nice Pilsner, somewhat yeasty medium body. Solid noble hops really capture the essence of the style. Not quite World Class, but a well executed offering. DuchessOfIowa (161) - Iowa, USA - FEB 3, 2016
On tap. Bright straw with good clarity. Thin white head that has minimal lacing. Biscuit and cereal malt flavor with a medium floral finish. Very well done and clean pilsner. crossovert (14152) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 17, 2017
Blind tasted with 3 other pilsners. Beers were 1. Woodland Empire Pilsner 2. Crooked Fence Old Lure 3. Nevin’s Pilsner 4. Millstream German Pilsner. Rater 1 rated the beers 3142, Rater 2 3142, Rater 3(ME) 4312.
muzzlehatch (4975) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 25, 2016
355ml bottle. Lightly hazed light gold pour. Aroma is slight lemon lime, Flavor is a bit sweet but it has a "classic" component.
Post tasting thoughts:
Good german style.
12 ounce bottle from Brennan’s Market on University Avenue, Madison, served just out of the fridge in a König Pils glass. Moderate to large fluffy head decays slowly to a light haze atop the luminous pale gold body...fresh, light grassy aroma, earthy humus and faint pepper and honey...on the tongue, lightly sweet at first, slowly growing moderate bitterness which climaxes in a dryer, somewhat hard and mineralic finish...body is quite full, verging on too slick/syrupy but never getting there, carbonation soft and tingly. A very, very solid example of the style, in particular when considering the fine interplay of these lightly sweet pale malts and the dry herbal bitterness of the noble hops. Balance. Not quite outstanding but I have the feeling this bottle was not at it’s freshest - couldn’t tell of course because even though there’s a month-line on the side it’s unchecked. If you’re going to date for freshness, go all the way and actually provide legible information! CanIHave4Beers (4245) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAY 11, 2010
Pours a nice golden color with a medium well retained head and some lace. Aroma has some nice baguette breadiness and a bit of sweetness complimented by a nice mild hop character. The flavor is fruity and a tad sweet but in no way sickly or unbalanced. There is a nice herbal hop bite the likes of Bitburger, perhaps it’s just because this is more fresh than the standard Bitburger I have but the hoppiness is so much better here, but similar none the less. There is a nice clean but fruity malitness paired well with a nice dry cracker character in here as well. I could drink quite a few of these, and I just might. fiveacestx (977) - Texas, USA - JUN 17, 2013
Bottle - HUGE head on this one. I had to drink it a half a glass at a time because of all the foam. Pillowy white head and a fizzy, cloudy yellow color to it. The taste is grass and lemon and mildly bitter and somewhat sour on the finish. Better than some of the Czech pilsner brews that I’ve had lately. SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 2, 2010
On tap at the brewery. Pours dark gold with a medium white head. Has a fantastic aroma very pronouncing of tettnanger hops. Has a slight up front citrus and a big hop bitterness for a pils. This then slips into a mild and lingering aftertaste of oranges. A very nice American version of a German pilsner. wlajwl (7214) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 13, 2011
Tastes and aroma is similar to a helles/pilsner hybrid, with the bread flavor mixed with the pilsner dryness. A good pilsner overall, Millstream has been making some good beers as of late.