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. 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. It’s 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 don’t drink it too cold, because it gets better as it warms. dberger624 (1028) - Voorhees, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2004
Bottled. Not a bad beer. Good German malt flavor to it. Easy drinking beer. jde123 (775) - 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! 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 Trader’s basement, so judge the low ratings accordingly.
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! MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2003
Orange-copper, puffy white head. Nose bready, bit adjuncty. Harsh, caramel, hoppy, off. bbrock81 (317) - 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. TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2003
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 (1638) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2003
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.