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Mill Street Stock Ale - Mill Street Brew Pub

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Mill Street Stock AleMill Street Stock Ale

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80 Reviews
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Reviews: 80
Hads: 161
Avg: 3.09
pDev: 14.56%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mill Street Brew Pub visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Frozensoul327 on 07-02-2005

A golden export-style ale made from only malt and hops, no fillers or adjuncts. A brilliant golden colour gives a “sparkling” appearance as the gas escapes from the glass. The natural sweetness of the malt is perfectly balanced by the bitterness derived from the hops. This beer represents the way blonde ales were made 100 years ago.
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Reviews: 80 | Hads: 161
Photo of JobiWanKenob
3.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

If wanting to grab a quick 6pack to take to a friends, this is great beer. Tasty but not overwhelming, a nice change from the mainstream. Highly recommended, will purchase again!

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.27/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pint on tap at a Calgary pub. Color is somewhere between bright yellow yellow and light amber, with some large white bubbles that broke relatively quickly. Effervescent and fizzy, with a meager aroma of grain husks, light toffee and vanilla, vaguely sweet and with a hint of noble-type hop spice. Palate is similar, grainy and dry with a little buttered bread sweetness, hints of vanilla, a little chewy but basically drinks like a macro-brewed lager. Not a fabulous offering from Mill St.... Coarse and haggard, does nothing to earn the "stock ale" moniker. Might be a decent starter craft brew for the trepidation-fueled lager drinker.

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Photo of Olek4374
3.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not much sense commenting on the colour given that it comes in a clear bottle. I've always liked the clear bottles - they're just more pleasant than the brown bottles, although certainly are not effective at blocking sunlight from entering the beer.

It pours with two fingers of head that gives off a very crisp and pleasant aroma - some sweet malt is what I get right off the bat, but I also get a slight hint of orange, much like I would in a wheat beer. The taste is very refreshing - think corona without the crappy adjuncts. You taste a bit of malt, and you get a pleasantly sweet aftertaste. It's the epitome of a good patio beer - lightly flavoured and it goes down easy. The bottle proclaims that the sweetness of the malt is balanced out by the bitterness of the hops, although admittedly I don't taste much of a hoppy character. There isn't much taste at all in this beer, but I think this is what they were going for.

This is the one to go for if you've moved past Bud and Canadian and need a mild craft beer to get started with. I'll certainly buy this again.

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Photo of Muhly
2.93/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 355 mL bottle into the beery beer glass.

A-Minimal foamy head with little to no retention. Only small bits of lacing. A very clear yellow with slightly gold/orange tint.

S-Sweet like a bowl of honeycombs.

T-mild malty sweetness fades into mild citrus hoppiness.

M-Light body with high carbonation makes it fade off of the tongue quite quickly.

O-Nothing wrong here, but not much to taste either. A clean and easy beer that would please on a nice hot BBQ day.

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Photo of korguy123
3.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Have never had this before. Bought the 10th Anniversary pack and this came in it.

Crystal clear golden yellow pour. Half finger, short lived fizzy white head. Lacing is okay.

Sweet cereal, light grass, digestive cookies, a little pear and some apple skins.

Light grains, sweet bread, pear and apple. Slight earthy notes with a touch of grass.

Light body, high carbonation. Good lawnmower beer.

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Photo of leaddog
3.33/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a clear golden yellow with a finger width of bubbly head that quickly fades.

Smell- Apples, pears, grains, grass, and overall sweet aromas.

Taste- Taken by surprise by the light malt and hops flavours up front. Not nearly as sweet as the smell. Finishes with grains and grass.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with moderate carbonation. A tad thin.

Overall- A crisp blonde ale by Mill Street. Simple and refreshing flavours which seems to run as a common theme in their offerings.

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Photo of joefinnigan15
2.53/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: golden, no head

Smell: very little smell

Taste/Mouthfeel: smooth, a bit flat, kind of a coors light aftertaste, but more body and flavour

Overall: not great. Had less flavour than i was hoping for, reminds me of a generic light beer. Clean and easy drinking but boring.

The bottle claims no adjuncts but this reminded me of an adjunct lager

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.08/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle to pint glass.

A - Pale straw yellow, almost golden yellow. A small amount of white head formed on the pour and immediately disappeared.

S - Bready malts with a touch of sweetness and a very slight hop aroma.

T - Slightly sweet bready malts with a slight hop bitterness. Seems to have a slight corn element in the palate but it is not overwhelming.

M - Light with a slight bit of body at times and moderate carbonation.

O - This one seems geared to the masses, but is still decent enough to drink.

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Photo of scott451
3.2/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the clear (bah!) bottle into a pint glass. Big three finger bubbly white head on a clear straw. Good head retention. Foamy lacing.

Lemony grass smells. Mild flavour at first. Becomes more nutty as it warms. Still a lemony note. Very mild hop finish.

A light body with a creamy texture. Sessionable but a bit weak in flavour. Too bad about the clear bottle.

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Photo of dgilks
3.08/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear straw colour with a small, shortlasted white head.

Light caramel aroma that is distinctly like diacetyl. Slightly earthy hops.

Smooth creamy malt with a moderate caramel flavour. A little too sweet without sufficient balancoing bitterness and no hop flavour.

Medium light body with moderately high carbonation. Crisp.

A sweet and uninspiring ale. Too sweet and very boring.

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Photo of fostachild
3.08/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a clear light straw yellow. okay head off an aggressive pour, fades immediately.

smell had malt, some sweetness, grain, wheat - nothing too interesting about it.

taste very malty, slight sweetness, grainy - pretty much the same as the smell.

overall it was alright - drinkable but just kind of boring and average.

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Photo of RyanBelle
3.83/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is great for it's style. It's a premium example of what an ABA should be.

It's nice and malty. Very clean taste and alcohol is perfectly in balance at 5%.

A - Golden pale straw yellow but one shade darker than any comparable 5% macro lager.

S - Corn, Wheat, Clean nose.

T - Corn, Hops, A hint of toastiness.

M - carbonated and a subtle bitterness, very subtle though

Overall, My new go-to craft-brewed ABA.

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Photo of SebD
3.1/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice pale yellow colour to it. It has a white head that dies down quite fast and has minimal lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of grainy and bready malts with some grassy hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a sweet grainy malt taste to it with light grassy hops in the back and hints of honey.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice light balance.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with bland flavours and aromas but is very refreshing.

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Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.23/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a nonic glass

LOOK: (3.5 / 5) Pours a nice, crystal clear, pale straw colour. A bone-white head fades quickly to a thin film. No real lacing left. Some carbonation clings to the glass, but it's gone fairly quickly after the pour.

SMELL: (3.0 / 5) Matls are crisp with a corn-derived sweetness. Hops have a grassier, dry-hopped character. Not a particularly strong or interesting smell.

FLAVOUR: (3.0 / 5) Similar to the nose. Crisp malt and the same corn sweetness. Hop bitterness counteracts this sufficiently, but its only really the bitterness and not a lot of flavour. I would have liked to see a stronger hop flavor. There is a balance achieved, but the flavors were fairly weak in general.

FEEL: (3.0 / 5) Watery body with higher carbonation. This supports the hop bitterness at the end with the perception of dryness.

Drinkability is really the best feature. It is quite refreshing and easy to put down - a good session beer for a hot day. However, there is not a lot of character.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.53/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a light clear bright yellow color ale with a large fizzy head with minimal retention and not much lacing. Aroma of light sweet malt is quite bland. Taste is also dominated by light sweet malt notes with not many other noticeable characteristics. Boyd is light with fizzy carbonation. I had somehow missed trying that beer for so many years but I can now say that I wasn’t missing much.

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Photo of nighthawk
2.18/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

341mL clear glass (boo!) bottle with date code (possibly reading May 30, 2011 as bottled-on date) printed on back. Poured into nonic.

Pours a clear straw gold with a thin fizzy white head that fades quickly.

Thin malty aromas of sweet bread, very light pearish fruit esters.

Taste is a honey sweet malt, bit of doughy bread, bit of fruit, pear and apple esters, little to no hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is fuller feeling than I'd like, it's a bit sticky on the palate, without enough carbonation to bring it to life.

Overall this disappoints me a little, and I wasn't going in with high hopes. Seems to be a crossover beer, aimed at giving the BMC lovers something to try without scaring them too much. Unfortunately, it's not very flavourful, and too heavy in the mouth to really take the place of a lawnmower beer or AAL replacement.

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Photo of Stocean1
2.65/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - poured a half finger head that quickly dissipated - no lacing - clear banana soda colour

S - malty grain - sweet - straight forward

T - sweet malt - stale biscuit - little hops - off putting aftertaste - got what I expected - not much

M - light body little carbonation - dry with a funky aftertastes

O - did not expect a lot for the style and it did not disapppoint - really not worth buying again - wife was thoughtful and bought me some craft beer on the way to the trailer - it is the thought that counts

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Photo of Converge
3.1/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Aggressive pour yields a bone-white two-finger head; disappears completely within about a minute. Clear golden-yellow apple juice appearance.

S - Smells of light malt and some sweet, toasty grains, with a touch of grassy hops in the background.

T - Really grainy upfront, with bits of sweetness and cereal. Very little flavor to be honest. As it warms up, I taste a nice touch of honey.

M - Fittingly, this beer has a really thin mouth-feel, and rather watery body. Medium-to-low carbonation.

D - Easy to drink, with a simple taste. Don't exactly love it, but it's not too bad.

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Photo of Rutager
2.9/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance. Pours a clear yella with a thin, bubbly white head that clearly had some shit to do because it didn't stick around for long.

Smell. Sweet, barely toasted grains with a tiny hit of grassy hops.

Taste. Sweet, lightly toasted grains. Some grassy, earthy hops.

Mouthfeel. Light body with medium-strong, bubbly carbonation.

Overall. Not anything to write home about, but better than the crap that sells the most.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.18/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an appropriately golden-blonde colour without much of an accompanying head. There is some lacing on the sides, I guess. The smell is of virtually nothing - I am being serious here, I am having trouble coming up with adjectives because there's nothing to describe.

Taste is malt-forward at first with a bit of light honey sweetness. Finish is fairly clean with only some lingering sweetness; little to no hop presence. Not interesting, but for the style this is a very crisp-tasting example with no glaring faults (or strengths). Rather watery; carbonation is moderate.

This isn't a very interesting beer, but it's serviceable and at least refreshing. It is better than Molson Export, but it also costs considerably more, and that's not really a glowing recommendation. There's nothing here to repel you, but I can't think of any situation where I would be eager to have another Stock Ale.

[Updated Nov. 21 2013]

I picked up a six pack of this, mostly because it's one of a small handful of craft beer options available at my local Beer Store. It still smells like cheap swill, but other than that there is nothing wrong with Mill Street Stock Ale when served cold and fresh. It has a clean backbone of grainy barley malt, offering a mild mixture of sweetness and light bitterness from the faint, grassy hops toward the finish. I don't mind drinking this occasionally, but it's nothing special, and a little too pricy for what you get. A buck or two less and this'd be a solid 'back of the fridge beer' for when non-craft beer fans come over to visit.

Final Grade: 3.18, a passable C+.

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Photo of Antikythera
2.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear golden yellow with bubbles.

Smell and taste: very little! It's not unpleasant, just... bland. That's why the 2.5 in these categories. A bit sour in the aftertaste, not a bad thing.

Mouthfeel: fizzy almost like pop. Refreshing but could be a little less carbonated.

Drinkability: okay if it's given to me (which it was). It's not one I go looking for myself; if I want a light, pale, and refreshing beer from Mill Street I much prefer the Organic Lager.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - very bubbly clear straw golden, head dissipated to a light covering fed by the constant rising bubbles
S - very grainy sharpness with a peppery note
D - grainy malt, light grassy hop note, slightly peppery, but the flavours are generally weak
M - strong carbonation, thin and a little bready finish
D - you can pour this down the gullet easily enough, but a very average beer, not one of Mill Street's better efforts

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Photo of paxkey
2.63/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

comes in a clear bottle. pale yellow.
poured in a chalice. tiny head disappears right within seconds.

smell malt right away. tangy sour yeasty smell.
probably light struck from the clear bottle but it came in a box so not sure.
smells like typical see thru bottled fare, corona, et.al.

based on the smell it is probably watery tasting and thirst quenching but not much else. about to find out.

very high carbonation. thin tasting despite the fizz. overall kinda boring. drinkable but not impressed.

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Photo of spointon
3.62/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 12oz clear glass bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This ale poured a very clear yellow/gold color with a 1/2" white head. The head disappeared superfast and only left a couple small spots of lace behind.

S= The aroma is where this little beer began to shine. Yes its a very light, very clean smelling beer, but I found the fresh grainy aroma to be totally pleasant. There was a freshly cut field of barley with a kiss of noble hops hinted at in each sniff.

T= Started off with a lightly sweet malty note, not unlike a good helles lager, and then moved into a less delicate grainy flavor. Possibly a hint of corn in there, but not enough to be a deal breaker. Hops were harly there at all. Just enough noble hop biterness to balance the very light malt. Finish was balanced and short.

MF= Light bodied and a little fizzy, but not harsh in any way.

D= I hate to use this term, but this is a lawnmower beer if there ever was one. Well made and very refreshing, it does its job and does it well.

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Photo of QuestionableScum
2.63/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pale straw yellow with fizzy head that dissipated to a very thin layer quite quickly.

In terms of smell you get bready malts and a little bit of hops in the background, that is it.

In terms of taste much of the same. Sweet bready malts, and corn sweetness and a little bit of hops at the back. The hops have an slight off metallic taste, and the aftertaste is somewhat unpleasant.

Mouthfeel is lightbodied, and somewhat watery. Nothing too terrible, but below average nonetheless. Needs more carbonation.

Drinkable I guess if you are okay with the mediocrity of the brew and the slightly off aftertaste.

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Mill Street Stock Ale from Mill Street Brew Pub
73 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.