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Mill Street Pilsner - Mill Street Brew Pub

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60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: putnam on 07-28-2004

Our organic continental lager has a deep golden hue, a giant rocky white head with a malty sweet nose. The first taste is sweet but leads quickly to a dry hoppy bitter finish. In the German style, Mill Street Pilsner finishes dry and is an excellent accompaniment to food or an excellent thirst quencher on its own.
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Ratings: 60 | Reviews: 46
Photo of tbeckett
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pint at the Ottawa location. From notes.

A - Poured golden, bright, very mild carbonation. One finger of white head with ok lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Mild noble hop, grainy.

T - Noble hop, grain, cereal, the noble hop and grainy notes blend well but the grain wins out a bit.

M - Nice carbonation, medium body, crisp with a slight hoppy finish.

O/D - A nice crisp pils. Not great and needs more of that wonderful noble hop punch, but it's good.

Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the brewpub store, unidentifiable code printed on the bottle neck. 355ml bottle into a tulip.

Hazy golden brown, with a couple fingers of a solid white cap. Sheets of lace but only modest retention. Nose is full of Noble hops, a light sweetness. Generally herbal and a hint of spice, but has a stinky quality that I always seem to associate with the hops. A bit of grass and floral forest. Taste is well hopped and pleasantly, more Noble character with some nice fruity notes. A bit of lemon rind and maybe even a tropical hint in there even. Some malt sweetness, lightly sugary in quality. Bitter finish, but of moderate length and encouraging of the next sip. Body is on the lighter side of medium, and carbonation is just about medium as well - complements the body well. One of the better Mill Street offerings I think, quite enjoyable and certainly sessionable. Would've been nicer to have a greater access to this this past summer.

Photo of fostachild
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear light golden colour with a small amount of head - leaves a little bit of lacing that also faded quickly.

smell was malty, grainy and also had a sweetness to it.

taste was similar - malty, grainy. good carbonation and drinkability. not an overly interesting pilsner, but okay enough.

Photo of nighthawk
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355 mL undated bottle poured into pokal. From seasonal six-pack available at NSLC.

Pours a surprisingly orange body with a fizzy white head that is gone in the blink of an eye. Lots of carbonation visible in the clarity.

Earthy noble hop nose with grainy sweet malt.

Sweet honey biscuit tasted first with underlying floral and earthy bitterness that comes out more near the finish.

Medium light body, nicely mild carbonation and a dry clean finish.

Decent beer, refreshing and flavorful, though there are better options in the style.

Photo of Converge
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Just under a finger-and-a-half of bubbly white head that fizzles down quickly. Darker than expected hue, as it's a deep golden-orange. Little head retention, with minimal lacing.

S - Light malt and a pleasant leafy hop presence. Slightly underwhelming.

T - Really malty on the first sip. Lots of floral sweetness and light malt, with a light hop finish. Sweet caramel and biscuit. Finishes with a grassy, floral hop, but the bitterness is really subdued. Overall, really sweet and grassy, with a light hop presence. Strong malt presence is exaggerated as it warms. Enjoyable.

M - Light carbonation, with a medium bodied feel. Compliments the flavor well.

D - I've only tried one other Czech Pilsener (Paddock Wood's Czech Mate) and this definitely didn't pack the same hoppy punch that one did. That being said, this is still a really enjoyable and easy-drinking pilsener worth drinking again.

Photo of paxkey
3.22/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

fizzy yellow lots of carbonation. quickly dissipating head.
some interesting aromas, something sweet underlying, honey, vanilla.

crisp medium dry with very little flavor or taste all around. some more of the sweetness in the aftertaste. quite nice.

beer is thirst quenching and drinkable but offers very little to be excited about. some sips are quite watery and tasteless.

not bad but nothing interesting here whatsoever.

Photo of drinkininthewood
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Found this one in the singles bin at the LCBO, considering ive tried all the other beers in the Mill st taste pack I just saved myself $10 because ive been looking to try this one...just didn't want to buy an entire sixer for one beer.

A- Nice golden color, small white head leaves lace. Lively big bubbles.

S- Nice malt, grassy, touch of honey and biscuit, slight citrus.

T- Grainy malt, slight fruit - green apple/citrus, honey sweetness, hops are both herbal and grassy but bitterness is on the low side side.

M- is clean and fresh with lively carbonation.

D- refreshing.

Overall a decent enough Pils but there is better offerings available. Worth a try and even a six pack or two.

Photo of Stocean1
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - one finger head which died down to a a thin off white collar - honey yello colour - crystal like clarity

S - sweet malt and floral hops

T - sweet malt, biscuit, floral hops

M - medium bodied for the style, little
bitterness, lightly carbonated, smooth

O - not my favourite style but I found this to be a well balanced flavourful pilsener

Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a bright golden color pilsner with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of lightly sweet malt base with some very subtle floral notes. Taste is also dominated by lightly sweet malt with some very subtle floral notes. Hops presence was very light and almost discernable. Body is a bit fuller then average with good carbonation. Not bad overall but too sweet for my taste buds.

Photo of Rutager
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours a very clear yellow gold with two fingers of white, bubbly head.

Smell. Light toasted grain and spicy, grassy hops.

Taste. Spicy hops, light grains. Bitter floral hop finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with smooth, medium-light carbonation.

Overall. Good pilsner. Nice hop taste.

Photo of peensteen
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale deep golden colour , slight white head and slight lacing. Smell is malty, biscuit, light grassy/floral notes, faint citrus and mild hop. Taste is malty, floral hoppy notes, lemon and biscuit. High carbonation, light to med body, thin and watery at points. Not bad, sort of macro like, drinkable but not overly impressive.

Photo of bryehn
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber-golden colour with a moderate off white head that settles as a collar. There is a visible streak of carbonation running up one side of my glass.

I think this smells wonderful. Freshwater, grains and butterscotch. Develops a hearty booze smell, floral notes and a spicy cinnamon-like tone as it warms.

More sweet and malty up front than I'd expect. Very dry backing though. Simple, but good.

Mouth is prickly at first, then slides down the throat leaving a malty resin on the back of the tongue.

This is pretty much out of character in most ways for the style, but a good beer nonetheless and one I'll be sure to try again.

Photo of BBP
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pale gold with respectable head, and pretty good carbonation as well.

S- Skunk, grains, and a tad of caramel.

T- Nice and crisp. Good amount of caramel malts for sweetness, and enough hops to keep it in check. Cereal grains make a display in the aftertaste. The main taste seems to vanish soon after the beer is off of your tongue though.

M- Medium light body and carbonation is just right.

D- Easy to down and a bit more flavorful than a lot of Czech pilsners. Would be a great drink for a hot summer day. Probably in the upper half of the Mill Street offerings.

Photo of IllNate
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice bright light amber colour. Finger of head, disappearing quickly.

S - Light malt smell, spicy, herbal hops. Not a ton of aroma to be honest.

T - Nice flavor. Crisp malt up front, spicy hop part way through, finishing nice and dry with a bit of bitterness. Well balanced.

M - Very smooth, nice carbonation on this one.

D - Very drinkable.

Photo of aerozeppl
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A:Fairly clear light copper color. Poured with a half finger of white head. Just a touch of lacing. The clarity is there but the color is a little bit darker than I like to see my pilsners.

S: The nose is mostly bready grains. A little bit of hops and that smell I can only describe as the pilsner smell. Quite a powerful nose for the style.

T: Big malty pilsner. ? . Lots of grain comes through. Toffee. Seems like they mashed a little on the high side.

M: The carbonation is there but the body is a little on the heavy side for the style.

D: I liked this beer but it is not a good example of a pilsner. A little bit off style.

Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - golden amber, medium size foamy/fizzy white head that sticks around for a while. Great carbonation and some decent lacing

Smell - hops, slight pilsner sunk, roasted malts

Taste & Mouth - perfect carbonation, crisp, hops up front, dry bitter after taste, citrus zest notes

Drink - wow, another great Canadian brew from right next-door, very happy I tried it and I will definitely be drinking more.

Photo of kwjd
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow with thick white head. Not great retention or lacing though. Lots of grassy hops and grain on the nose. Taste has a nice level of bitterness with some bread flavour. Quite a nice tasting pilsner. This is quite easy to drink lots of. I like to drink pitchers of this at the brewpub and could easily get through more bottles if I had more than one. One of my favourite Ontario pilsners after King and Duggan's.

Photo of kjyost
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as part of the Mill St. 2010 summer sampler pack.

Pours a surprisingly orange & dark colour for what is supposed to be the palest of traditional beers. Looks way more like a dextrin filled pale ale than a lager. Little head and no lacing. The aroma though comes in and saves the day. Spicy hops atop a bready malt. Some vegetal aromas are also present. The body comes off as crisp initially but over time builds a bit of a sweetness that is off for the style. Enjoyable light bitterness that initially pairs well with the body. Strong and enjoyable carbonation, and a good beer to drink on a hot summer day, just not the traditional pilsner I was looking for...

Photo of andrenaline
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice golden copper brown with a thick thumb of head which dissipates slowly, yet still leaves a thin layer of head lingering. No real lacing evident afterward.

S - Scents of grainy biscuit malts and a slight citrus hop. A little stronger scent much to my delight.

T - Chocolate malts right off the bat finishing with a mellow citrus hop. The finish is slightly dry and a little bitter. Sweet alcohol is also noticeable in the aftertaste.

M - Light and pretty carbonated, yet still goes down pretty smooth.

D - Pretty impressed by this offering as it was much more flavorful than I expected. Would definitely buy this one again, and is one of the more memorable pilseners' that I've tried.

Photo of joemcgrath27
2.93/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - clear golden/amber, one finger of head that laced well

S - light bready malt and floral aroma, has that distinct "Pilsnerish" smell

T - pleasant bitter floral hop notes, finishes with lasting buscuity malt and slight metallic tinge lingering

M - light and bubbly at first, with a little more filling feel on the back of the mouth

D - the definite drinkability of a typical czech pils with decent flavour, possible session beer

Photo of pootz
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Brewpub:

Golden color. tight cap laces well..

...grainy light floral aroma.

Nice whack of biscuit malt in the front but the balance wasn't there from the Saaz..light clean finish.

Tasty, malty-fresh, smooth and drinkable but not on target for the style.

Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer appears a clear medium amber hue, with one finger of soapy white head, which leaves a ring of lace in its wake. It smells of crisp, crackery white grain, and muted spicy, grassy hops. The taste is bready, cracker, and caramel malt, and fruity, grassy hops. The carbonation is a wee bit high, the body solidly weighty, and a bit oily, and it finishes crisp and hoppy.

A very pleasant and well-rendered Pils.

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance - very nice deep gold colour with plenty of head which quickly settles to a 1/8-inch surface foam. Noticeable carbonation.

Smell - deep malt aromas with a creamy-brown sugar quality. Some corn-veggie-hops in there as well. Really looking forward to tasting.

Taste - full flavoured deep fire-roasted barley malt with a long but clean hop finish. On subsequent tastes it is subdued a bit by the carbonation, but also more of a subtle cream malt underneath.

Mouthfeel - very enjoyable borderline complex character. Heavily cabonated, the only thing that takes away from the brew.

Drinkability - thirst-quenching and delicious. Goes down very easy. Not boring at all. Expensive but a treat if you get some.

Photo of ludachris
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Two fingers of paper white head crown this crystal clear deep golden hued pilsner, which surprisingly leaves zero lace.

Clean. That's the first thing that comes to mind upon first whiff. Citrus, herbal hops, light metallic funk, somewhat skunky, and some nice solid bready malt.

All the same in the mouth; bread and biscuit quickly followed by a crisp lingering pinke-like hop finish.

Medium bodied, smooth, crisp, clean and a perfecrt amount of carbonation. Seems like the perfect summer beer.

Overall, THE best pilsner I've had to date. Based on others I've had, I was less inclined to pick up this style. But I saw this gem hiding in the loose basket at the LCBO and I figured why not. Another great beer from a great brewery.

Photo of canucklehead
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Seems Ontario makes better Pils than BC IMHO ( Creemore, Steam Whistle etc) and this is a nice addition to the list. Clean crisp with just enough hops to make it different than the more Canadian orientated organic lager. I could drink this a lot and hope to find it in six packs rather than the mixed pack. Very nice take on the style

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Mill Street Pilsner from Mill Street Brew Pub
83 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.