Saturday, October 26, 2013

Millstream Oktoberfest

This is a 5.7% ABV Oktoberfest lager from the Millstream Brewing Company of Amana, Iowa. They have been brewing since 1985.

The beer pours a clear, deep, yet bright, chestnut brown, copper and amber in color. There is a short, and short-lived, head of off-white foam, just a touch creamy. The aroma is malty, caramel, nutty, light plum-like fruit, with a grassy end. The taste follows the aromas quite directly, first a blast of nutty caramel malt, and then a dry and grassy finish, moderately bitter. The taste is a very pleasant amalgam of caramel, nut and plum and berry fruitiness. There is sweetness, but also a fairly dry and bitter finish. The beer drinks smooth with a light and tingling carbonation. This is exactly what you want from an Oktoberfest lager.

I like the previous version of this label better:

Trying again in 2017: The beer pours copper and amber in color. There is a short head of light tan foam. The aroma is malty, caramel, with a bit of nut and dark and berry fruit. The taste follows the aromas, malty, caramel, fruit, nut. The finish is dry, with a light to moderate bitterness. The beer drinks easy, smooth and moderately carbonated. 

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