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Mill Street Oktoberfest Lager - Mill Street Brew Pub

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BA SCORE
84
good

34 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 34
Hads: 80
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 5.68%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews: 34 | Hads: 80
Photo of pootz
4.18/5  rDev +13%
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. (507 characters)

Photo of DrJay
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (456 characters)

Photo of JustinBathurst
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice frothy head with a tinge of dark brown, nice and creamy one that lingers for quite a time. Dark amber of the brown-orange variety.

Has a commanding aroma of celery, some spices (a little clove-like, but not quite), some hint of the alcohol content (7% on the bottle from the brewery itself) is detected.

Mouthfeel is slightly thicker than I expected, a little bit heavier too, but nice.

Taste is roasted coffee and a tinge of salt. The roasted taste is focused, with a warm bitterness that seeps in with the aftertaste. Aftertaste lingers nicely, fading off gradually without ever becoming 'stale'. A touch of malt sweet is only faintly detected at first, but then becomes more prominent as the beer warms slightly.

This is a fine brew as far as I'm concerned. It's somewhat deceiving too--doesn't taste like 7%, but you can feel it. I'm glad I have a couple of these 650 mL bottles kicking around for later, but one is enough at this ABV. (965 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (659 characters)

Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (568 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (2,011 characters)

Photo of bobsy
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint at the brewpub. Appearance-wise, this beer is spot on, with a nice amber body, and a finger of white head, that leaves decent lace as it diminishes. Aroma is fresh, with a strong bready aroma. Taste has spices and sweet caramel malts all over it, finishing with a moderate hoppy bitterness. Huge breadiness throughout. Medium body and carbonation. Decent drinkability. (373 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (640 characters)

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (922 characters)

Photo of ritzkiss
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (519 characters)

Photo of hopsolutely
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
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! (504 characters)

Photo of Kremlock
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Staw colour with a hint of orange. Head pours thin with none to low lacing.

S: Caramel, toffee with hints of biscuit flavours. low earthy hops in the background

T: Caramel, biscuit flavours, nice hop balance. Hint of smokiness balances with a bit of sweetness.

M: Creamy, crisp and dry.

O: A very good octoberfest beer. The balance of this beer is well suited for a light afternoon drink or to consume with rich cheese and/or sausage. (441 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Single bottle from a Mill St. fall sampler pack poured into a tulip glass. A lovely burnished brass color with a finger of thick, creamy light beige head. Aroma is the classic Oktoberfest honeyed breakfast cereal malts with a hint of brown sugar, raisin/grapes, and very mellow hay-like hops. Taste mirrors the nose, with caramel, granola cereal, biscuit, and vinous fruit melding together. Soft mouth feel, a little creamy, moderate body and carbonation. Rather dry finish during which some noble hop grass and spice notes finally emerge, yet some nutty malt sweetness lingers for quite some time. Maybe I am getting something floral near the middle section. I am indeed reminded of some fall harvest motif. Maybe one of the better Mill St. seasonals; the style is pegged nicely here and there is enough going on to dissuade comparisons to some of the rather pedestrian macro-brewed takes emerging lately. (906 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (2,153 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (448 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (668 characters)

Photo of TerryW
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good looking beer, rich golden yellow with a great big head. Settles to a heavy film that gives good lace.

Fruity, honey sweet nose, some graininess. Very fulsome nose, lots of things happening. Sweet and full in the mouth. Malt and bread. Nice bitter hop finish. Quite tasty and well put together.

Worth a try. (313 characters)

Photo of mick303
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This has a nice lacing and film in the glass with a bright light amber colour. Very clear and bright.

S - mild grassy and floral hop profile with a lot of biscuity malts, toasty and caramel, bit of faint smoke and earthy complexities, some lemon, hay. Subdued but overall pretty nice.

T - a grainy maltiness, with some floral and biscuity sweetness, apple/pear fruits, some very mild bitterness (hay, faint florals) some nuttiness and pronounced malty notes, butterscotch, toffee, then the finish is slightly sour, with a smoky cereal malt.

M - crisp and refreshing, light body with plenty of carbonation, easy to drink with a quite dry bittered malt aftertaste. Easy drinking refresher with some decent flavour.

Tasty and sessionable, but I'd like to explore the field to justify the belief that there are better oktoberfest beers out there. This was crisp and malty, with some fairly good full flavours. But the finish was weak imo and overall it wasn't that exciting. I would have it again casually and like the style so will delve more deeply. Good beer and worth a try. (1,078 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev 0%
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). (1,222 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (519 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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 (999 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (286 characters)

Photo of SebD
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (542 characters)

Photo of IdeaSpeeder
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (428 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (431 characters)

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Mill Street Oktoberfest Lager from Mill Street Brew Pub
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