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Mill Street Pilsner - Mill Street Brew Pub

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61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mill Street Brew Pub visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: putnam on 07-28-2004)
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Reviews by slitherySOB:
Photo of slitherySOB
4.43/5  rDev +21.4%

Comes out of the bottle with a rusty metal look. Bits of red and yellow mingle throughout. Head is not thick, but it does last. Wow. The first sniff tells me this is not a mass produced, American lager disguised as a pilsner. Plenty of herbs, floral, grass, lemon, grass... A beautiful hoppy aroma that I was not expecting! Their is a bit of a light toast smell as well. The taste starts out bready and lightly sweet, with a hint of caramel. That sweet tastes mingles with plenty of sour, floral, bitter and grassy hops. Wow, is all I can say. Their is a bit of an alcohol presence as well, which seems to aid the beers bittersweet flavour. Smooth, crisp and lightly refreshing mouthfeel. I could drink this all day and not be tired. In fact, I did, and savoured each one. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a good pilsner. I think it would also make a good crossover beer for someone who drinks primarily macrobrews. The pilsner label would not scare them, and it has enough flavour to let them know this is how beer is supposed to taste, without it being overpowering and scaring them away.

slitherySOB, Jul 19, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

biboergosum, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of mintjellie
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%

Part of the mill st. variety pack.

Light amber body. Two fingers of fluffy white head that retreats hastily. No lace. Dark for a pils, but nice colour.

Smells like doughy malt and light floral hops. Simple and appetizing.

Big bread malt base. Mildly sweet. A hint of caramel? Dry, floral hops are in perfect balance. Assertively bitter, in a way that creeps up on you. You notice it more the closer you get to bottom of your glass. Delicious.

A little bit fuller in body than most pilsners I've had, with spritzy carbonation. Easy to drink, refreshing, and very satisfying. I hope Mill Street starts bottling this on its own.

mintjellie, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of Sammy
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%

Decent but not great pils on tap at Fort York Beer Fest. Decent taste, a tad of fruit and medium mouthfeel. Bit of hoppiness. Another middling brew from these brewers. However, that's it, flat in appearance and no aroma. Not bitter, therefore better than their organic pils.

Sammy, Aug 08, 2004
Photo of joemcgrath27
2.95/5  rDev -19.2%

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

joemcgrath27, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of Stocean1
3.65/5  rDev 0%

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

Stocean1, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of paxkey
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%

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.

paxkey, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of Rutager
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

Rutager, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -17.8%

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.

Phyl21ca, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of IronDjinn
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Picked this up in the Mill Street Mini Brew Pub 6 pack, with 6 different selections from Mill Street to sample, the Pilsner being the only one in it not available in its own 6 pack here in Alberta.

Pours out a transparent light amber hue, 2 fingers of tight white spongy head that settles quickly.

Grainy, yet almost a sweet wort character in the aroma, grassy hops. Some toasted breadiness shows up too.

Um, well, in the flavour there is a toasted bready malt character, and yes, there's some dry herbal hops on the finish, but it's all a mish mash, not balanced or blended at all, just sort of thrown at your taste buds at the same time, and thrown at each other it seems as well. Dischord is the term that comes to mind, no balance or harmony to the flavour profile. A shame, as the proper elements seem to be present, they just don't want to play well with one another.

Crisp yet smooth mouthfeel, good prickly carbonation on the finish, dry lingering in the aftertaste.

You know, the more that dischord lingers on my palate, the less appealing this stuff becomes, in the end it tastes more and more like a quickly slapped together macro. Seriously, the elements to make it work are already in there, Mill Street just has to conduct the symphony with a bit more harmony and they'll have a winner here.

IronDjinn, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of ritzkiss
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%

12oz bottle as part of the mixed pack. Pours a beautiful golden with piles of pillowing head that hang around and leave spotty lacing down the glass.

Nose is bready yet clean, just a hint of grassy hops hiding in there. Could be a little bolder but it hints of an easy drinking experience.

Taste is light and clean but full enough to satisfy. A good sweet, slightly bready malty backbone finished off with a dose of bittering, grassy hops, a hint of floral hops, smooth body and bang on carbonation. Can't ask for much more in a pils. Easy drinking, going great with my stir-fry at the moment. A hit for Mill St., hopefully they bottle this on its own.

ritzkiss, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

spinrsx, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of RedAleMan
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

RedAleMan, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of liamt07
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

liamt07, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of ludachris
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%

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.

ludachris, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of philmen
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

philmen, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of mrmanning
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%

Bottle from a mixed 6 at the lick bo- A golden pour sits under a frothy white cap, which leaves some lace. Grassy nose with biscuit and fruit, with fresh euro hops. Tastes of semi sweet malts with floral saaz, some lemon. Medium body with floral finish. Good, if a bit simple.

mrmanning, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

DoctorStrangiato, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of nighthawk
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%

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.

nighthawk, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of Watershed
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Watershed, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of DarrenBrule
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

DarrenBrule, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of bryehn
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

bryehn, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of Derek
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%

On-tap at the brewpub.

A: Gold with a white head. Not as much head retention as some continental examples, but it leaves a very pleasant lacing.

S: Spicy, floral, grassy & earthy hop aromas with only hints of malt in the background.

T: Spicy & earthy, but not overly metallic, with a little floral hop flavour. Quality pilsner malt in the background. Good bitterness (not a wimpy new world version). I'm not a huge fan of the earthy hop flavour, but there's plenty of flavour here, and this is a quality brew.

M: Moderate body is impressive for it's weight (pleasant, smooth, malty backbone).

D: Quite good.

Derek, May 05, 2007
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%

Another winner from Mill St. Brewery. Awesome straight foward pilsner. Short foamy head disappeared quickly after pouring out to a darker golden colour. Strong flavors of hops and barely, smooth and light aftertaste. I could drink this brew all day and have no complaints. This is the epitome of what a good pilsner should be. Highly recommended.

Frozensoul327, Sep 05, 2004
Photo of Jotora
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Jotora, Jan 08, 2014
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Mill Street Pilsner from Mill Street Brew Pub
83 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.