Mill Street Oktoberfest Lager - Mill Street Brew Pub
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
4.05/5 rDev +11.9%
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.
11-25-2003 02:16:33 | More by Jason
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3.95/5 rDev +9.1%
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.
10-09-2012 21:26:03 | More by JohnnyBarman
3.73/5 rDev +3%
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 tight foamy, dirty white head, which leaves a low berm of lace lace around the glass as it readily abates.
It smells of mildly toasted biscuit malt, a touch of bready caramel, and leafy, woody hops. The taste is more 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 leanings, with the lazy, but still prodding hops doing their best to emulate the proletarian ways of the old world.
A decent enough October seasonal, drinkable as the style insists, though a tad underwhelming (unfairly so, I know) after just having Half Pints' version. C'est la vie (I don't know the German equivalent, unfortunately).
10-06-2012 04:29:23 | More by biboergosum
2.93/5 rDev -19.1%
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.
10-19-2004 01:10:26 | More by Sammy
3.08/5 rDev -14.9%
355 ml bottle from Harvest sampler 6 pack.
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.
09-09-2012 17:35:16 | More by heebes
3.49/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
01-10-2013 20:39:47 | More by Phyl21ca
3.5/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
10-08-2012 13:18:46 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.95/5 rDev +9.1%
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.
10-29-2009 03:28:03 | More by ritzkiss
3.45/5 rDev -4.7%
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.
09-26-2012 23:56:19 | More by spinrsx
3.6/5 rDev -0.6%
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.
09-19-2012 23:40:08 | More by SebD
British Columbia (Canada)
3.5/5 rDev -3.3%
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)
09-29-2012 06:29:16 | More by LampertLand
3.81/5 rDev +5.2%
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: 3.81, 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.
09-21-2013 15:18:46 | More by thehyperduck
3.78/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
10-12-2012 13:03:39 | More by Tone
British Columbia (Canada)
4/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
10-03-2007 02:13:14 | More by Derek
Mill Street Oktoberfest Lager from Mill Street Brew Pub
82 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.