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Mill Street Oktoberfest Lager - Mill Street Brew Pub

Mill Street Oktoberfest LagerMill Street Oktoberfest Lager

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BA SCORE
82
good

64 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.57%


Brewed by:
Mill Street Brew Pub visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 11-25-2003)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2004 01:10:26 | More by Sammy
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heebes

Ontario (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 17:35:16 | More by heebes
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orangey-golden colour with a ring of white head and very light lacing. Smell is full of bready-caramel malt, lightly sweet points, a bit of fruity scents and some fairly bright hops as well. Tatse is mostly sweet caramel and bready malt, a bit of apple juice as well, mild floral bitterness, earthy and even a bit of booze in the finish. Light-medium carbonation, medium body, full feel with syrupy points. This is ok and I guess just a bit above average but it is fairly underwhelming, a lot less bland than I had expected but the apple juice/booze mixture is a bit too distracting from what would otherwise be a pretty good marzen.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 17:20:18 | More by peensteen
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drinkininthewood

Ontario (Canada)

3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle from the Mill st fall sampler. Poured into a pale ale shaker glass.

A- Clear dark golden color with a thin layer of foam which has some retention.

S- The aroma is malty with hints of caramel and grains with a touch of vanilla and molasses. Slight grassy with a tiny flutter of floral hops.

T- Malt sweetness up front with a hint of fruit ( apricot ) and a touch of caramel and yeast characteristics. Fairly wholesome with flavors of oven fresh bread. Hops are slight but add bitterness and im detecting some earthy flavors and a hint of smoke in the finish. Slightly astringent.

M- Medium bodied with good carbonation. Pretty smooth.

D- A very drinkable Oktoberfest

Overall a decent take on the style with some real nice Malty flavors. Nice aroma.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 01:15:29 | More by drinkininthewood
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 23:56:19 | More by spinrsx
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 20:39:47 | More by Phyl21ca
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LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 06:29:16 | More by LampertLand
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 00:53:39 | More by korguy123
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 13:18:46 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 23:40:08 | More by SebD
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IdeaSpeeder

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 04:24:53 | More by IdeaSpeeder
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.64/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 01:26:33 | More by canucklehead
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 05:34:04 | More by wordemupg
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2009 15:23:06 | More by Viggo
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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 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).

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 04:29:23 | More by biboergosum
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 02:19:39 | More by TerryW
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 19:59:47 | More by mick303
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Tone

Missouri

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2012 13:03:39 | More by Tone
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 00:48:29 | More by andrenaline
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.81/5  rDev +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: 3.81, 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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 15:18:46 | More by thehyperduck
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Kremlock

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 15:14:37 | More by Kremlock
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  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!

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 00:21:40 | More by hopsolutely
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

10-29-2009 03:28:03 | More by ritzkiss
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 21:26:03 | More by JohnnyBarman
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2008 22:43:39 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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Mill Street Oktoberfest Lager from Mill Street Brew Pub
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