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Mill Street Pilsner - Mill Street Brew Pub

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 64
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 14.75%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Mill Street Brew Pub
Ontario, Canada | website

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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Reviews: 46 | Hads: 64
Photo of Sammy
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -18%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tarnished copper tightly tucked under a blanket of freshly fallen snow. The body is spotlessly clean, its shine rather modest; I inevitably fell in love with this deep, tanned tone after holding it up against the light. The head was initially much bigger, it climbed at least three fingers high, appeared like densely packed cotton balls stacked one atop the other, but is now thin yet remains as adhesive as ever.

I love this aroma so much that I honestly plunked my nose so far into the glass it actually dipped into the beer; when I think 'pilsner' this is exactly the smell that comes to mind. The fragrant, pungent bouquet that combines earthy herbals and bitter, leafy florals is so strongly present that even a light breeze is enough to carry the scent. (Mill Street skipped out none on the hops, good on them, other Ontario brewers take note.)

Giving in and taking a sip was the most relieving, gratifying thing I remember doing in a long time. The taste is sweet and bready; who'd have thought that pale malt could be so full and flavourful? It wouldn't be unlikely to pick up on hints of honey-rolled oats. Of course that's assuming one could look beyond the bitter, leafy, floral taste of (presumably Saaz) hops.

The duality of sweetness/bitterness plays out in the beer like the battle between good and evil in ancient Greek theater or, for the younger generations, the Star Wars saga. Both sweet and bitter components are at natural, reasonable and relatively subtle levels. Both, however, make a pleading case for the tongue's attention. Ultimately, it is the grassy rose petal-like bitterness of the Noble hop that prevails.

I don't know who or what we have to credit for this pilsner, but thank you! The pilsner style has unfortunately been the victim of some rather poor renditions here in the Ontario market; fortunately, Mill Street has righted much of those previous wrongs. Pilsners can be incredibly delectable and refreshing beers, never more so than in the summer months, and I think I've found a new 'go-to' until the Fall.

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Photo of Derek
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle poured into pint glass aug 12 2009

A clear copper, with a big bubbly head that leaves some patches of lace

S sweet grains with a nice amount of hops, and just a little bread

T quite nice, the sweetness blends well throughout . you can taste the hops and it is a good thing

M/D very crisp with a little bite, not too shabby. dont see lots of bubbles but the carbonation comes out when it enters your mouth. very easy too drink

this is a very good example of the style, i love the mixer pack, 6 bottles 6 beers can you ask for more?

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Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of Viggo
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

W00t, review # 1900. 355 ml bottle from the mixed pub pack.

Pours a clear amber, dark golden, thick white head forms, drops a ton of chunky lace on the glass as it settles down to a good layer. Smell is nice, lightly skunky, grassy, honey, citrus, very clean malty middle, biscuit, sharp and herbal aroma, nice stuff. Taste is good too, floral, some grainy malts, orange peel/citrus, honey sweetness, toast through the middle, lightly grassy and herbal in the finish, could use some more bitterness. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium to high carbonation. I could drink this stuff on a regular basis, a pretty solid pilsner.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.55/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of Rutager
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.1/5  rDev +12%
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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Photo of kwjd
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of peensteen
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of bobsy
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Newly bottled and available in a mixed six sampler pack.

Clear golden body with a floral white head that died to a film, but gave a lot of very good lace. The aroma is dominated by the grassy spiciness of the saaz, which also has a bit of a floral aspect. There's also the hint of some toasty malt in the background.

The flavour is classic Czech Pilsner all the way, with a huge dose of saaz hops providing a bitterness that many local breweries would shy from, and some quality pils malt underpinning it all. Really its a very simple beer that lets the quality of its ingredients shine, and is the better for it. Its complimented by a nicely balanced body, which does a great job of encapsulating the refreshing and quenching characteristics of a pils.

Right now I'd say this is Ontario's second best pilsner, slotting right in behing King's maltier version. Mill Street have made a simple beer that works, and I'll happily drink it again.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.01/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
2.93/5  rDev -19.9%
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

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of pootz
3.55/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the brewpub.

It pours pale gold, on the lighter side for the style. The crackly head lasts a decent amount of time and leaves the odd meandering lace trail on the glass. The aroma is sharply citric with lots of saaz sea air. The taste nicely hoppy with a lush floral feel. Biscuity pale malts wrestle for control, but the battle is already over. Matellic edges are evident The finish is briskly bitter and long. The mouthfeel is pretty standard for a pilsner with none of the hop oil coating feel of really hoppy ales.

This is a fantastic pilsner and one of Millstreet's best. Definitely worth a try if you like your pilsners on the hoppy side. Similar to King Pilsner, but less delicate.

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Photo of kjyost
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
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...

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Photo of putnam
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Extraordinarily creamy, molten, buttercream-colored head over amber/yellow, clear liquid.
The aromas are a curious, intense blend of wilted, bitter hops, hot cereal, and raw, cracked grain. Lemon oil and white bread emerge in time.
On the palate it is broad and rich, with remarkable chew. This density provides flavors of boiled greens, pasta, fresh herbs and whole, scalded cream. Savory. I look for sweet flavors and - despite the evidence of serious malt content in the fat, unctuous texture - any honey or sugar flavors are perfectly obscured with the bold, boiled hop tip. A hop-lovers dream of a lager. Why can't more craft lagers be this ambitious?
Stylists may want to parse what category this belongs to.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Mill Street Pilsner from Mill Street Brew Pub
83 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.