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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
83
good

72 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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Photo of mick303
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.

mick303, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of Pmicdee
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Pmicdee, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of drinkininthewood
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.

drinkininthewood, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of nullbort
4/5  rDev +10.2%

nullbort, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of Watershed
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Watershed, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of Geoffeweizen
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Geoffeweizen, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Phyl21ca, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of TerryW
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.

TerryW, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of hopsolutely
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!

hopsolutely, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of DavidGross
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

DavidGross, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -17.4%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of mjacquard
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

mjacquard, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of LagerHOGGER
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

LagerHOGGER, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of pixieskid
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

pixieskid, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of russeII
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

russeII, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of beerhunter13
3/5  rDev -17.4%

beerhunter13, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of Tone
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.

Tone, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of KrisDLSmith
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

KrisDLSmith, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of JohnnyBarman
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.

JohnnyBarman, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of Kremlock
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.

Kremlock, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of FEUO
3/5  rDev -17.4%

FEUO, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

biegaman, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of korguy123
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.

korguy123, Oct 07, 2012
Mill Street Oktoberfest Lager from Mill Street Brew Pub
83 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.