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RATINGS: 92   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
We make this beer several months before the harvest so it can age properly. Millstream Oktoberfest is similar to the our Munich style Schild Brau, but is stronger, maltier, and darker in color. A truly special beer, to celebrate the harvest, an important part of life here in Amana.

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3.7
jmohno (1679) - Iowa, USA - NOV 6, 2011
I like the malt aroma on this more than alot of oktoberfests ive tried.Its a sweet oaky/vanilla caramel even coconut seeming with some kind of tropical fruit,maybe from the yeast but it has a nice soft breadyness also,kinda like a good bakery smell.Almost pastry like. Dark gold/copper color some quick head with a ring with decending lacing. Taste of this is maltier more body more sweetness and roastyness than the norm.Its fairly complex in flavor with mirrored aroma there is a fair bit of yeast flavor but prettty pleasant,there is a nice tapering of dryness with the finish which makes this very drinkable. It leaves a nice complex taste in its sweet mild drying toasty flavorfull finish,there is some citrus in the bittering background but the roasted carmel malt shows itself over,giving it a nice malty body.

3.1
fidelis83 (2535) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - NOV 5, 2011
Pours a clear, medium-dark amber with a 3 finger, chunky beige head that has good retention. Aroma is cereal, toast, caramel, hints of spicy hops and toffee. Flavor is cereal, toast, nice, hearty raw grain, crusty white bread, browned butter, spicy, herbal hops and a bit more bitterness than expected. Palate is light to medium bodied a little creamy and a little oily throughout, and lightly carbonated. Not bad, I like grainy malt notes in Marzens.

3.5
bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - OCT 3, 2011
Pours a deep, clear amber with a medium, off-white head. Aroma is malty with hints of light hops and caramel. Flavor is also malt with light hops and nutty, earthy notes and hints of caramel, light fruits, and molasses. Light to medium body with medium carbonation. Not bad.

3
wlajwl (7198) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Along the lines of the breadiness of the good German Oktoberfest, although slightly bland, but overall decent.

2
Stratford (14) - Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2010
A nice mild oktoberfest lager. I could drink quitea few of these. More please and pass the pumpkin pie.

4.3
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 15, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2010 Bottle. A - Dark amber color with a large, thick, creamy, fluffy, smooth, sticky off-white head. Good retention with a nice creamy layer of lace. S - A lot of toasted grain with some toffee malt and a bit of caramel as well. A touch of musty, grassy and floral hops. Touches of bready and cracker taste as well. All this is just a little faint. T - Tons of toasted grain along with caramel and toffee malt. Some dry bread/cracker taste in the background. Some honey sweetness along with just the faintest hint of grassy and herbal hops. Nice spicy background along with a touch of apple fruitiness. Nice mix of sweet and spicy with grainy and malty flavors dominating but a nice background of other flavors. As it warms some more tea like flavors are coming out. M - Lighter side of medium body with a nice level of carbonation. Crisp feel with just a slightly drying finish. D - Very nice mix of flavors and a great mouthfeel really help to make this an easy to drink beer. A little on the sweet side, but not bad or cloying. Notes: A nice Märzen beer with a great mix of flavors. Plenty of grains and malt upfront as you would expect for the style, but a very nice background of hops, spice, and apple. Nice local fall beer.

3.2
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 18, 2010
Oktoberfest Lager--2007 12 oz. Bottle. 5.40% ABV--30 IBU’s. (3.25 / 5.0) Beer of the Month Club Selection September, 2007. Thin white head. Slightly cloudy rich dark red color. No sediment. Cloying mild sweet toffee caramel slightly fruity smooth malty lager body. Smooth clean mild hop end. Rich malty toffee Dark Fest. Aged OK. Sampled 4/18/2010.

3.3
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 7, 2009
Awesome job from the folks at Millstream. I’ve been waiting to this fest for a while. A bit past the celebration but nonetheless a pretty nice Marzen. A clear amber with a very little white head. Aroma is pleasent. Soft hops and cinnamon. Flavors shining through are very biscuity, fresh and lots of ripe fruits. Soem cherry and apple near the finish. Great beer!

4.8
iamqueensblvd (247) - , Iowa, USA - NOV 7, 2009
very clean citrus smell. god this is a delicious smelling beer. amber pour with a light tan head. slight caramel and pumpkin flavor. delicious on the palate. surprisingly delicious octoberfest. one of my favs.

3.1
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 31, 2009
Pours a clear amber, modest off-white head. Clean figgy malt aroma. Flavor has a nice fruity malt complexity, figs, apple cider. The caramel malt cider sweetness is coutnered by a bit of floral hop bitterness, really more a balancing agent than a flavor in their own right. Nice spectrum of flavor. The apple and hoppy elements clashed a bit to my taste. Medium body, crisp palate.


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