Mill Street Oktoberfest Lager - Mill Street Brew Pub

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Mill Street Oktoberfest LagerMill Street Oktoberfest Lager

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BA SCORE
82
good

79 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: Jason on 11-25-2003

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Ratings: 79 | Reviews: 34
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Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz brown bomber, no freshness date. A big thanks to Oakes for the sample.

Appearance: Brassy brown colour, the clarity is fine and the lace is tight, bubbly and sticky going down the glass.

Smell: Malty with suggestions of brown sugar and cookie dough.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Slightly crisp moderate body, a bit fluffy in the mouth. Solid but modest malt profile, sweet with toasted tones throughout. Kiss of hops hit hardest in the middle, just enough to balance things out. More lingering toasted malt in the finish.

Notes: A tasty o-fest, I could see drinking this one all night without getting sick of it … that is saying a lot coming from me.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single bottle from Mill Street's Fall seasonal sixpack, along side their Nightmare on Mill Street Pumpkin Ale. Enjoyed on a crisp fall day in the height of KW's Oktoberfest celebrations.

Poured into a nonic. Bright caramel golden, head of about a half inch that recedes into a surprisingly sturdy cap that lasts throughout the bottle. Nice streaks and wisps of lacing as well.

Nose is honey, toasted grain, caramel, grape/raisin, some noble hops (though not much). Right on par for an Oktoberfest lager.

Starts off with a sweet malty flavor that has a fruity component to it (again, raisin is what I'm detecting here), before transitioning to a nice toasted grain, nutty finish. The hops make a late entry on this, providing a crisp bitterness to the finish.

Carbonation is a bit sharp, body is thin and a bit oily.

Nice Oktoberfest brew. Hits all the right marks and brings that warm gemutlichkeit feeling inside.

Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle. Thanks very much to the Edmonton sales rep for the sample.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden bronze hue, with one thick finger of puffy, tightly foamy, and mildly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a low berm of sudsy lace around the glass as it readily abates.

It smells of toasted biscuit malt, a touch of bready caramel, earthy yeast, and leafy, grassy, and woody hops. The taste is more semi-sweet bready, grainy malt, some apple and unripe pear fruitiness, a bit of stale almond nuttiness, and somewhat zingy, leafy noble hops. A small metallic twinge of alcohol nips at the edges of perception.

The bubbles are pretty laid back, only venturing forth to provide the occasional palatal prick, the body medium-light in weight, and well endowed in terms of smoothness. It finishes somewhat off-dry, the malt rather wavering in its sugary leanings, with the lazy, but still prodding hops doing their best to emulate the proletarian ways of the old world.

A decent enough Oktoberfest seasonal, and as drinkable as the style insists, though a tad underwhelming (unfairly so, I know) after just having had Half Pints' sublime version. C'est la vie (I don't know the German equivalent, unfortunately).

Photo of Sammy
2.91/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A smokey pale beer. Nice white head. On malty side, offset by good use of smoke. Some spices in there, ginger, cloves, and sugar. Some hops. Smooth easy drink. California BAs sharing this mixed reports. Better than average and worth a try. Bittersweet aftertaste, medium palate.

Photo of heebes
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

355 ml bottle from Harvest sampler 6 pack.
5.6% abv.

Pours a light copper golden with small bibbly off white head. nose is Munich grains, wheat, sweet barley malt, small hop note. Taste is heavy on the malts; golden Munich, caramel body, grain, dry cereal. Leaves a distinguishing malty aftertaste, medium bodied, smooth and crisp.

Overall a heavy Munich malt beer full of grain for your fall enjoyment.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear light brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of light caramel malt with light biscuit malt notes. Taste is dominated by medium caramel malt with a dryer aftertaste and some light chewy biscuit malt. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not bad but came a bit short in terms of malt backbone.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to tulip.

A - Pale yellow with a touch of amber in the middle and a small layer of off-white head.

S - Bready/grainy malts with some sweet caramel. Some earthy and floral hop aromas are present in the background.

T - Big bready malt flavour profile with sweeter cereal and caramel flavours. A light hop profile is present int he background and adds floral notes.

M -Medium body, somewhat creamy. Moderate carbonation.

Photo of ritzkiss
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

1.89L growler brought over by Bobsy and we made quick work of it - cheers mate!

Orangey caramel brown liquid with a nice finger plus of head that slowly dies down to placid by half-glass mark.

Balanced, balanced brew. Nice bready, caramel malt without being too big, light floral, citrus hop bite but you have to seek it out a bit. Not overly big in any department, medium body. Drinkable, about as to style as them come. Just enough bitterness to keep it interesting. Nothing too genius here, just quaffable marzen.

Photo of spinrsx
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for 2$

Appearance - Clear copper colour with a large size fizzy/frothy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes.

Smell - Malts, grass, cereal, hay, caramel, metallic/plastic notes

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and some corn syrup. There is also a graininess and some hoppy/herbal notes. It ends with a slightly bittersweet aftertaste.

Overall - Not my favourite style of beer, but it's pretty decent. The mouthfeel is bang on and it's quite drinkable. I can see this working well as a session beer for fans of the style. Happy to have tried.

Photo of SebD
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of bready malts, caramel and spicy hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a dominant bready malt character along with some caramel, spicy noble hops and light citrus.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium/high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas. Fairly decent Marzen.

Photo of LampertLand
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mill St. Brewery's "Oktoberfest" @ 5.8% , from the Autumn Harvest 6pack 355 ml bottle ,
A-pours a nice clear orange/gold with a big fine tight off white head leaving lots of lacing along the stein
S-bready aroma , herbal/woodsy scents , similar to a pils
T-surprising taste of smoke , sweet caramel maltyness , a restrained hop thru out
MF-medium carbonation , medium body
Ov-ok beer ,would I buy again no (bought so I could try "Nightmare" three times)

cheers LampertLand

Photo of thehyperduck
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

355 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO, courtesy of their Fall sampler pack. Listed at 5.6%, and served slightly chilled - this is one of those styles that I haven't had the opportunity to try a lot, but each new marzen raises my impression of the style. What can I say - I'm an unabashed malty lager enthusiast.

Pours a bright, clear golden-amber colour, generating a little more than one finger's worth of foamy, frothy white head. Good retention; it takes more than a few minutes for the froth to dissipate, eventually settling into a dense, creamy cap and a collar of sticky lacing. The aroma is fairly standard, but enticing enough - bready malts, toasted grains and lager yeast are all apparent, in addition to lesser notes of caramel and earthy, grassy hops. A little sulphury, but not in an objectionable way. Looks pretty good from here.

Perhaps a little sweeter than I anticipated, but still reasonably well-balanced. Bready, biscuity malts and toasted nuts are the first flavours I pick up, followed by a modest wallop of caramel sweetness. This is soon countered by the noble hop bill, which comes off as rather leafy, or even earthy; either way, it does a respectable job of neutralizing the caramel - such that the brew finishes with only a touch of residual sweetness, in addition to the light earthiness. This continues into the aftertaste, which has an almost woody/herbal quality to it. Medium-bodied, with a smooth mouthfeel that becomes creamier as the (initially moderate) carbonation begins to weaken. I probably served this too cold, because by the end of the glass I was really starting to dig this one.

Final Grade: 3.82, a solid B+. Mill Street Oktoberfest Beer is a tasty, malty, quality session beer that qualifies as one of this brewery's better lagers. It's deftly balanced, with just enough caramel and toasted malt sweetness to grab your attention, and a hop bill that both counters and complements the malts perfectly. A fine lager that I'd be happy to return to again - though I doubt I'll pick up a second sampler just for this. Put this in a tallboy can and release it each September/October and I'd be all over it.

Photo of Tone
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, gold color. 4/5 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hint of earthy malt, slight caramel malt, slight yeast, hops, and slight nut. Fits the style of a Marzen / Oktoberfest. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight earthy malt, slight yeast, slight pale malt, hint of sweet malt, and slight hop. Overall, good appearance, aroma, feel, and blend.

Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I sampled this at the C'est fall festival, but also enjoyed a glass at Mill Street.

A: Bronze with a white head, good retention & lace.

S: Grassy spicyness, bready, light caramel.

T: Caramel, grassy spice, bready, good bitterness. A touch too much residual sugar for me, but not inappropriate for the style.

M: Moderate body is smooth, some residual sugar, moderate carbonation.

D: Quite drinkable.

A well-crafted brew, but for the style, I think it suffers from a lack of German malt. The malty flavour is a little more "American Crystal" than Munich or Vienna.

Photo of Viggo
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at C'est What? and next day at Mill Street.

Pours a clear orange amber, thick white head forms, quickly settles down to a thick layer and ring around the glass. Smell is nice, nice and malty, a little light, sweet, caramel, biscuit, nice toasty malt, corn syrup, a bit of fruit/orange, smells alright. Taste is similar, nice big maltiness, caramel, toast and biscuit, lightly fruity, some sugar, quite sweet and malty but nice. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. A pretty solid marzen.

Photo of andrenaline
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A treat to find at the local LCBO in their Autumn mixer.

A - Pours a nice copper colour, finger of head with some retention and no real lacing.

S - Scent is dominated by leafy green hop notes, bready biscuit, burnt cracker and toasted grains.

T - Flavour is much like the nose with the leafy green hop notes dominating, but nicely countered by the grainy and bready malt notes. A buttery flavour lingers on the palette alongside some sour citrus rind bitterness.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and finishes rather dry.

O - This is a tasty brew and fitting of the style and full of flavour. An easy drinking ale to bring in the season, and well worth taking for a spin.

Photo of wordemupg
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle poured into pint glass 21/9/12

A clear light copper with almost as many bubbles as you could fit in a glass, thumbs width of off white foam has great retention and leaves plenty of unorganized lace deep down the glass

S bread and caramel malt with a little grassy hops and steely metallic notes, faintly nutty and slightly fruity about what I expect for the style

T much like the smell but its a little toned down, malty and some faint booze, hazelnuts faint and the fruits hard to place

M pretty thin but the bubbles help its cause, from looking at it I'd assume it would turn to foam but its not even creamy, nutty metallic notes on the finish

O not a bad example of the style but not amazing either, easy enough to drink and I was hoping the look and smell would follow through in every area

I'm not upset I have another pair of these in from My Mill Street Fall mixer, decent stuff but missing just a little something to put it up with the true German versions of the style

Photo of pootz
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tapped a amber-orange with a fair cap with moderate retention.

Aroma is light toasted bread crusts over some herbal-woody noble tones.

Medium bodied decent malt spine toasty-woodsy character, creamy mouth feel.

Nice toasty malts in the front, joinded by ample noble balance...deep woody-herbal-toasty tones mid palate...finishes lightly drying with nice Hersbrucker"bite" in the finish and a slow herbal bittering with a bready after taste.

Good malty O-fest...slightly hop biased...very very drinkable.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at C'est What.

It came to my table a deep copper color with red hints on the sides of the glass. A small, creamy ring of foam musters up a little bit of lace, nothing special. The aroma is bready with an accompanying spicey noble hop character. The taste follows suit with an amber malt toastyness and a pleasant amount of residual sweetness. Hops are restrained throughout. The mouthfeel is clean and light with moderate carbonation. Bitterness and malt sweetness compete in the shortlived finish.

This is a pleasant, malty Oktoberfest lager and another delicious beer from Mill Street. would make a great session beer.

Photo of korguy123
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 batch. Last bottle from my two Autumn sampler boxes.

A- Crystal clear light golden pour. Half finger snow white head. Lacing is decent.

S- Light grains, cereal, earthy hops, sweet malts, caramel and toffee.

T- Caramel, toffee, roasted malts, earthy hops with some digestive cookies.

M- Light body, high carbonation.

Photo of hopsolutely
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a style I choose often, but believe this is a well brewed version and could hold its own if served in Bavaria...

Bottle pours a dark and clear golden colour with copper tones. A decent white head lingers with attractive residual lacing. The aroma I could only describe as "German yeast" with biscuit and breadiness. Brings back lots of bier garten memories... Likewise with the flavour, sweet malted barley breadiness with a hint of bittering hops in the finish.

Well done Mill St. - very German!

Photo of DrJay
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep gold colour, very clear, with a dense white head. Excellent retention and stickage to the glass. The aroma was made up of a sweet, grainy maltiness and smooth earthy hops with a light lager crispness. The delicate grain flavour and light sweetness were balanced by a significant hop bitterness and an earthy/floral hop flavour. Medium/light body, medium carbonation. Bitter and earthy hop character at the finish leaves the palate quite clean and dry.

Photo of IdeaSpeeder
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - 355ml bottle, poured into a small pint glass

Appearance - Copper colored, crystal clear. White head sits on top. Moderate lacing.

Smell - Lot's of malt. Malt for days. Heavy caramel, but not a lot of anything else. light floral bits.

Taste - Heavy caramel malts here as well. Also lots of bready malts. Very bready. Light hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Moderately heavy body. Light carbonation, smooth finish.

Photo of canucklehead
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A solid offering that puts a malty spin on the style and adds a bready note to the finish and the nose. A big mouthfeel and rounded finish make this very satisfying. Combine this with a very good Pumpkin beer in the mixed pack and you have a nice set of Fall seasonals from Mill Street.

Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

High-kilned malt definitely provides a bit of 'visual machismo' relative to paler lagers, but it also makes for a rather dainty looking beer. Despite the orange-brown hue, this thing sparkles like something from Tiffany's. Its bright, polished complexion allows full, spotless clarity. There's little head over top, likely because most of it has been splattered around the glass.

Kilning not only lends colour to the malt, but also aromatic, juicy flavour notes as well. This aroma smells loosely of toasted nuts, toffee, honeycomb, browned butter, dried fruit and smells plentiful of toasty, bready melanoidins. Also quite impressionable is the scent of sulfur (which is not uncommon with fresh lagers). Its enticing sweetness lures like a siren song, albeit with much more positive outcome.

This Oktoberfest, like the best of 'em, is characterized by a light, sweet, soft start and a dry, rounded finish. The taste is slightly raisin-y but overall best described as nutty. Slightly biscuity with a very subtle hop character that is all but lost despite a crisp, leafy, lightly spicy finish. Mill Street doesn't always achieve the potential of their ingredients but in this case they have; rich, gratifying Vienna malt is on full display.

Of all styles, Oktoberfest beers provide perhaps the best balance between delicacy and density. The soft, well-rounded, sweetish malt makes a beer that is every bit as copiously quaffed as paler lagers, but with far more complexity and lip-licking flavour. The mouthfeel is almost buttery where fullness is concerned and both grainy yet somewhat caramelly with regards to texture.

Mill Street Oktoberfest is a definition of the style worthy of Websters (or, rather, the BJCP). I wouldn't hesitate to call it my favourite local, domestic offering of the style I've tried in recent years and actually prefer it to a number of the prominent German brands. And I wouldn't think twice about branding it my favourite Mill Street seasonal either. Definitely recommended.

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Mill Street Oktoberfest Lager from Mill Street Brew Pub
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