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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: 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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Photo of bryehn
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
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
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
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
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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
3.58/5  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.

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
3.98/5  rDev +9%
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
3.55/5  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...

Photo of andrenaline
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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
2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
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
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
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
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
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

Photo of Viggo
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of IronDjinn
3/5  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.

Photo of ecoastman
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of wordemupg
3.98/5  rDev +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?

Photo of mintjellie
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mrmanning
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of ritzkiss
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of slitherySOB
4.43/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of biegaman
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mill St. for coming out with their six bottle sampler pack in time for Fathers Day, this was the one in the pack I had not yet reviewed. Poured auburn colour, one finger beige head, medium carbonation, ring and a bit of lace. Smells of wet, cut grass and hops. Hop forward in the mouth, bitter malt middle, dry hop finish. Pretty good all around. The label says this is a European style lager but I think it tends more towards American style hoppiness, a bit like an IPA. Good stuff.

Photo of cratez
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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