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Mill Street 100th Meridian - Mill Street Brew Pub

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BA SCORE
81
good

79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 2
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mill Street Brew Pub visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: spinrsx on 04-29-2014

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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 79 | Reviews: 17
Reviews by DaveBar:
Photo of DaveBar
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at the LCBO as a single. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a good white head that is gone in 1min. Medium gold color

S- Not a lot here

T- Not much at all. Session beer for sure

M- Very creamy. Saving grace here.

O- Not very good. Will not buy again. Can't "taste" organic anyway.

Food Pairing

This ok beer goes with anything you would pair a Bud or Miller with.

Enjoy

More User Reviews:
Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle, from Mill Street's current summer (ha!) mixed sixpack. With apologies to Gord Downie, the label does a decent job of evoking in me a feeling of where the Great Plains begin.

This beer pours a clear, medium copper-amber hue, with three fat fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves some sparse ocean spray (anyone seen the Hip's video for this, that's not exactly set in the prairies?) lace around the glass as it evenly recedes.

It smells of semi-sweet, grainy pale malt, a bit of apple and pear fruitiness, subtle wet toast notes, and laid-back earthy, leafy hops. The taste is lightly toasted and biscuity bready pale and caramel malt, a whisper of white pepper spice (sans the disease), pleasantly muddled drupe fruit with a touch of overripe citrus, and mild leafy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is neither hard, huge, nor haunted in its plain and functional frothiness, the body a pleasant medium weight, and generally quite smooth, with a twinge of airy creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the fruitiness well tempered by the biscuity malt and lingering hops.

A well-wrought amber lager, the organic nature merely an unused sidebar to me (I'm just glad that it doesn't seem to screw anything up). Flavourful, rounded, and pretty tasty overall - more lagers need to be made in this fashion, as if to debunk the American myth of bland, cheap, tainted caramel 'step-ups' from yer typical adjunct swill. And that's every single fucking thing I know on the matter.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.75/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This beer offered very little and drank like a pale lager. There was a fairly noticeable sweetness, but no other elements of an amber/red beer, including the colour, which was more of a medium yellow colour.

Photo of smakawhat
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pokal glass.

Deep brass yellow, somewhat orange tinted body and quite clear. Creamy to frothy head, with an off white color, and swiss cheese bubbled soapy appearance. Stick spider web like lacing as it settles with very little rising carbonation that has cola sized bubbles.

Nice light toasted white bread and small grains. A hint of bar soap slightly though hop like aroma unfortunately. Not too bad, fairly straight forward.

Good amount of spice on this with still a soapy bitterness on the palate. Some hints of light bitter lime astringency on the finish also, and a slightly wet body. Sticky classic lager yeast quality to match, a hint of sweet malt finish off.

A relatively ok lager, probably a slightly better than average in the organic beer realm as well.

Photo of spinrsx
3.36/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $2 or so

Appearance - Copper colour with a small size off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Caramel, malts, breads/grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and toffee. There is also some dry hops, a grassiness, and a graininess.

Overall - While not all that exciting, it does fit the bill of an amber beer. Not an American amber though.. not much hops and no fruity flavours. Kind of like a less sweet version of their tankhouse.

Photo of FRANKIE65
2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Definitely not amber/red.
Smell, meh, no real hint of the hops.
Taste...a decent lager, slight saltiness, but, just might be me.
Mouthfeel...okay, bready
Overall, an okay lager. A point for the organic ingredients.

Photo of SebD
2.86/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: It has a hazy golden/yellow color to it. I though this was supposed to be an Amber Lager? It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately fast and leaves very little lacing.

Smell: The aromas give out hints of grainy/buiscuity malts, some breadiness and just a touch of earthy hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has grainy malts, light biscuit, some breadiness and some earthiness.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a somewhat light overall balance a feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by fairly bland flavors and aromas.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

355 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO, bottled May 9 2014; courtesy of their newest seasonal sampler. Served well-chilled.

Pours a bright golden-amber colour, topped with one finger of soapy froth that seeps away steadily over the next few minutes. A thin cap and collar remain with a webbing of lace left over, messily clinging to the glass. The aroma is malt-forward, with biscuity sweetness and toasted bread accompanied by notes of honey and orchard fruit. Seems like a quality lager so far.

Not bad at all. The malts are still dominant throughout the flavour profile, with bready pale malts and toasted biscuit sweetness comprising the bulk of the flavour. A touch of brown sugar provides an additional kick, with some orchard fruit notes coming through later. Nice bittering at the finish from the hops - some light citrus, but with some leafy/grassy qualities as well. Somewhat dry, with said bitterness lingering on the palate only very briefly. On the lighter side of medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a satisfyingly smooth mouthfeel. This is not a fancy beer, but it's a damn well-made one.

Final Grade: 3.88, a solid B+. Mill Street's 100th Meridian is a straightforward, tasty little organic beer that most beer enthusiasts should find highly agreeable. I rarely purchase Mill Street products (outside of these samplers every few months), but this is a brew that I'd definitely return to if it were to become available in a more convenient format. This is the sort of brew that 'regular' beer drinkers and BAs alike should be able to enjoy equally - well worth including in future samplers.

Photo of SenorBiggles
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A step up from the plain Mill St. Organic but nothing brilliant.

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

355 ml bottle purchased as part of the Mill Street sampler pack. Served col into a Keith's Pint glass.

Appearance - Orange and amber hued beer that is clear and full of bubbles. Thin half finger of head poured and dissipates down to a thin wisp of foam on top quite quickly.

Smell - Fairly substantial bready aroma with just a hint of earthy citrus. There's also a dark fruit blend (prunes and figs perhaps) with caramel a little behind all of that.

Taste - Some doughiness with a trace of caramel before transitioning to the dark fruit blend. Some leafy hop profile too. A little sweeter overall than I expected, but quite good.

Mouthfeel - Drier than average finish, but the mouthfeel is limp as it feels like its lacking in carbonation to some extent. Light body.

Overall - A pretty decent amber that has a really good smell and taste, but can't quite measure up across the board to some of the best. Nevertheless something I wouldn't turn down if offered again.

Photo of leaddog
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a slightly hazy straw gold with two fingers of foamy white head.

Smell - grains, barley malts, grassy hops, hay yeast.

Taste - grains and biscuity barley malts upfront followed by a hint of grassy hops, and the hay yeast.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes crisp and dry.

Overall - An easy drinking amber lager with a solid malt backbone. Nothing too complex with this brew, just a simple malty lager.

Photo of canucklehead
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Part of the summer mixed six pack. This is a totally credible attempt at a pre-prohibition lager much like Sam Adams lager. Nice hops and malt mix with a long finish this is a beer that should be part of the regular lineup. Totally session able yet interesting enough to warrant buying again

Photo of biegaman
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The label calls 100th Meridian an "Amber Lager" so, naturally, I find the bright golden liquid that poured and its blindingly sunny highlights somewhat puzzling. Is the whole brewery colour blind? Or just the marketing department? (They only see green, ba-dum-chh!) Seriously though, for an amber lager to lack colour it likely means it lacks malt too.

Wait, pause that thought for a moment - it doesn't smell short-changed of malt. Actually, this bouquet has a more than sufficient amount of toasted grain and doughy aromatics. But the brewery's not off the hook yet - what about those Bravo and Cascade hops that were also promised in the description on the back of the bottle?

Lies! All lies! Aside from a very minimal trace of earthy pungency that can hardly even be detected - even the tasting equivalent of a microscope could miss it - there is no hoppiness worth mention. No spring flowers or citrus rinds or leafy bitterness - none of the wonderful characteristics I love about those specific hop varieties.

But hey, that's me. I'm not most consumers. Chances are most in Mill Street's demographic won't notice their absence (and may not appreciate them even were they more pronounced). Fair enough, 100th Meridian is a very simple, standard, super easy-drinking lager and any bitterness or supplemental flavours could (for mainstream drinkers) detract from that.

About the only selling point I can make for 100th Meridian is that it's organic. More important than that even, the ingredients are good. The taste may leave something to be desired, but it's exceptionally clean. Beyond that, however, there's not much to separate it from the oceans of swill (both micro and macro) already out there.

Not to sound petty, but I still can't over that this so-called "Amber Lager" is actually bright gold. It speaks to the fact that this recipe lacks virtually all the components intrinsic to the style - even the most basic element (colour) that's listed right there in beer's name! Almost designed as a hybrid between Organic and Tankhouse, 100th Meridian isn't as good as either.

Photo of TheHammer
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured with a solid two fingers of head that produced a solid amount of lace and retained quite well. The carbonation in the body is consistent, but amber is a bit of a misnomer, as there's quite a bit of gold on this one.

Smell: A very even balance of plain leafy hops and mild biscuit malt with a small hint of raspberries. Warming brings it out a little bit, but not extremely so.

Taste: The biscuit malt takes priority to start with a plain hop note that builds and takes over the beer with a bitter hit with a slight berry note in the middle and then ends. That's really it, nothing too complex here but it is well done.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation helps out the entire beer and the beer transistions well. The malt seems to take priority on the aftertaste which keeps itself very level headed. The only mild issue I found is you sometimes can get a dry snap on this one.

Drinkability: Smooth and easy to drink, but with enough hop character to stay interesting. It's on the lighter end of medium bodied, which struck me as odd. Also the occasional dryness is a bit of a downer, but still a fan.

Final Thoughts: I heard a rumor that this beer was brewed to have the IBU dead between Mill St. Organic and Mill St. Tankhouse, and that's really what this beer taste like. A dead center compromise on the very smooth and easy but mild Lager and the more robust, hoppier character of Tankhouse. For what that is worth, I think it's a pretty good beer. Thumbs up.

Photo of Eric_Standard
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear coppery amber with a large bubbled head

Smell: Sweet, fruity, malty.

Taste: Sweetish. A bit bready, some earthiness, a little of some orchard fruits, especially pear. Nice balance of hops and malts.

Mouthfeel: Peppy and active but tempered with a bit of creaminess.

Overall: A finely balanced and tasty beer, this is another solid offering from Mill Street. Pretty good stuff.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

355 ml bottle poured into a nonic. A burnished reddish gold hue with three fingers of frothy off-white foam. Billed as "our quintessential American-style craft lager" with Cascade and Bravo hops mentioned by name.

As a matter of fact, I do get a whiff of orange and grapefruit on the nose, but just a whiff. The aroma is mostly doughy sweet malts, biscuit and light caramel with a little dry cacao perhaps. Tastes pretty much the same. Bready caramel malts in the driver's seat, a vague dry nuttiness, faint orange peel marmalade, grass, butterscotch, yellow flowers, subdued lager yeast. If this beer is a jelly donut (not a reference to its taste), there's a herbal dry bitterness at the center. Body is decidedly middle of the road, as is the carbonation. Finishes quite crisp and a little grainy.

Meh. Being organic is a selling point and this makes a nice companion to this brewery's original organic pale lager (see that review). Safe, should appeal to the masses and those just venturing forth into Sleeman's or Rickard's land from paler climes.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Looks alright. Clear amber, medium head.
S - A little bit of toffee, a little bit of herbal hops.
T - On the sweeter side. Pretty bold/rough bitterness for an amber.
F - Moderate body - not too heavy nor fizzy.
O - OK drinker. Middle-of-the road, accessible beer.

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Mill Street 100th Meridian from Mill Street Brew Pub
81 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.