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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

67 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | 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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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Geoffeweizen, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
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 +2.5%
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%
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%

DavidGross, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -17.6%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of mjacquard
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

mjacquard, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of LagerHOGGER
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

LagerHOGGER, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of pixieskid
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

pixieskid, Oct 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

russeII, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of beerhunter13
3/5  rDev -17.6%

beerhunter13, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of Tone
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
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 -3.8%

KrisDLSmith, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
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%
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 -17.6%

FEUO, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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 +9.9%
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 -3.8%
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
Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
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).

biboergosum, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +9.9%

RedAleMan, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of LampertLand
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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

LampertLand, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of andrenaline
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

andrenaline, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of spinrsx
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

spinrsx, Sep 27, 2012
Mill Street Oktoberfest Lager from Mill Street Brew Pub
83 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.