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Schild Brau Amber

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Millstream Brewing
Amana, IA

Style: Amber Ale

Jill’s Rating:
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I got to drinking this beer on accident—Baby Boy opened it up because he grabbed the first dark bottle in the fridge, thought it was a root beer, and oops, it wasn’t. So I stepped up to the plate and poured it into a mug for tasting.

On the color and head, things look pretty nice. The beer is a nice shade of amber, and when poured, the head is pretty large. It looked like I was in for a good time.

Then I took a whiff, and things started to get a little iffy. It’s sweet and malty—and you know me, I like a good sweet beer, but when I think something is pretty sweet, the beer is starting to err on the side of not-so-great.

My first sip was a malt smack in the mouth. Ouch! The taste hit the top of my pallet right behind my teeth, and it was like the Wall of Malt had invaded. Where were the Hallertau hops that were supposed to balance out the sweetness? Because as is, this one’s not really drinkable.

The beer had some saving grace though. As it warmed up, the taste mellowed out. It became smoother and much easier to drink. The only problem was that I was left with this thick, malty aftertaste in my mouth that wasn’t exactly pleasant. Unfortunately, that’s not enough to make this more than a one-mug beer for me.

Reviewed by Jill Jaracz on October 24, 2007.
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