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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

77 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.33%
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 thehyperduck
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
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: 3.81, 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.

thehyperduck, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of cam477
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

cam477, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of Yesdog
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Yesdog, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of Vyronian
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Vyronian, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of IdeaSpeeder
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

IdeaSpeeder, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of mick303
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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 -17.1%

Pmicdee, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of drinkininthewood
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
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 +10.5%

nullbort, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of Watershed
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Watershed, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of Geoffeweizen
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Geoffeweizen, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Feb 12, 2013
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.

Phyl21ca, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of TerryW
3.73/5  rDev +3%
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 +8.6%
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 +3.6%

DavidGross, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -17.1%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of mjacquard
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

mjacquard, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of LagerHOGGER
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

LagerHOGGER, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of pixieskid
2.75/5  rDev -24%

pixieskid, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of russeII
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

russeII, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of beerhunter13
3/5  rDev -17.1%

beerhunter13, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of Tone
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
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 -3.3%

KrisDLSmith, Oct 12, 2012
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.

JohnnyBarman, Oct 09, 2012
Mill Street Oktoberfest Lager from Mill Street Brew Pub
83 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.