Dismiss Notice
Sneak peek! BeerAdvocate magazine #104 (September 2015) featuring Leah & Oscar from Highland Brewing in Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more ...

Mill Street Pilsner - Mill Street Brew Pub

Not Rated.
Mill Street PilsnerMill Street Pilsner

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
84
good

46 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 46
Hads: 62
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | 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:
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.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Reviews: 46 | Hads: 62
Photo of joemcgrath27
2.93/5  rDev -21.4%
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 (434 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -19.6%
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. (431 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
3.01/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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. (1,311 characters)

Photo of nighthawk
3.06/5  rDev -18%
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. (538 characters)

Photo of cratez
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle from the Mill Street Seasonal Sampler pack. Pours a golden bronze hue with a fluffy white head and spots of lacing on the pint glass. The hops emit a floral, fresh cut grass aroma while the pils malt smells of sweet cereal grains. Taste is grainy, bread-like malts, tangy biting hops, some grassiness, and a zesty Saaz bitterness to end. Mouthfeel is light bodied, well carbonated, smoothly bitter, parched and drying finish. Damn, Mill Street has crafted an excellent pils here. If the brewery is trying to determine whether they should release this beer on its own, I say start bottling!

EDIT (May 2011): gone is the pronounced floral-grassy Noble bitterness that distinguished this beer from other pilsners on the market. Now it just tastes like a creamy, malty, and biscuity pale lager with no hops. Similar to the macros, though I'm assuming they don't use adjuncts. I won't be bothering with this one anymore. (929 characters)

Photo of drinkininthewood
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
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. (690 characters)

Photo of paxkey
3.22/5  rDev -13.7%
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. (425 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.26/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (274 characters)

Photo of mrmanning
3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (276 characters)

Photo of ecoastman
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drinkability - A decent brew but not my personal favourite taste with the grassy/earthy hops. I'll probably try another beer from this brewery.

Appearance - dark, clear amber with a good starting head that recedes to a thin layer.

Smell - mild sweet honey malt and light citrus hops.

Taste - bold grassy hop with med-high grapefruit bitterness, low malt and a dry finish. The grassy hop notes are in the aftertaste. The flavour improves as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel - thin and watery with good carbonation and is slightly coarse in the finish. (551 characters)

Photo of peensteen
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
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. (326 characters)

Photo of BBP
3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (572 characters)

Photo of pootz
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (270 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (464 characters)

Photo of fostachild
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (298 characters)

Photo of kjyost
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
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... (672 characters)

Photo of Converge
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (948 characters)

Photo of bryehn
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (646 characters)

Photo of aerozeppl
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (632 characters)

Photo of Rutager
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (304 characters)

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (346 characters)

Photo of Stocean1
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
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 (346 characters)

Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (950 characters)

Photo of IllNate
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (351 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (417 characters)

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Mill Street Pilsner from Mill Street Brew Pub
84 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.