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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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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 ThatWineGuy
3.72/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a clear bottle that turns some people off. Clear light honey colour. One to two finger head, white. Large bubbles, a bit fizzy. Decent lacing. Fruity pineapple nose and the taste is a bit sweet, understated hops. This beer impressed me with its mouthfeel, very smooth with subtle bitterness, again understated. This went very well with my dinner tonight. Fresh tasting and pure, although I hate to sound like a TV ad for the stuff ... clean finish. crisp but not overly. Not overly complicated, but I'd happily serve this to guests as it's sure to have broad appeal. Not bad at all, glad I tried this tonight.

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Photo of ericj551
3.7/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mill Street Stock Ale pours a light golden color with just a hint of darker hues. The aroma is fruity yet dry with just a hint of graininess. The flavor is sweet and fruity upfront, with esters almost as Belgian yeast strain would produce. Dry pale malt flavor takes over, with a light bitter and a just a hint of herbal hops.

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Photo of pootz
3.65/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. This is a light pale "export" type Canadian ale they way they were made in grandad’s day...for a light golden ale this piles a nice white frothy cap and laces like real ale....it’s aroma is floral-herbal with some sweet malt..not overly pronounced but very distinguishable. Light on body but with enough real pale ale presence to warrant a second glass. maybe too light for CARMA groupies but at least it’s real and head and shoulders above the corn-ale of the mega brewers.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

part of a mixed six pack.

This is a beer that gets a bad rap for being too accesible ( kinda like Griffons Blonde) since it is meant to replicate the stock ales ( golden ales from the 1950,s). I liked this beer since it tasted fresh , clean with a little sweet ale softness on the finish ( kinda like Anchor Steam) . More full bodied than Griffon Blonde but still low on the hop levels, this a beer for the patio or people who usually only like lagers.

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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 seand
3.62/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a relatively clear pale yellow amber, with a small amount of white head which disappears fast, leaving no lacing.

S: Fairly light, slightly earthy, mild fruit.

T: Soft grain with a touch of honey, or possibly butterscotch. Not a lot of flavor, but what's there isn't bad.

M: Body is on the medium side of light, medium to high carbonation.

D: Quite easy drinking, as is likely the goal.

Fairly mediocre, but I also imagine they did what they intended to do with this beer.

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Photo of funkengruven
3.61/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this individually at the LCBO as they had them sitting out on sale as such. Didn't want to buy a whole case, so I figured I'd try one and maybe buy a case if it's good.

This poured out of the clear bottle into the glass a medium gold with a mild head that didn't stick around too long, not too bad. Smell is skunky, obviously the consequence of being in a clear bottle. This however did not adversely affect the taste. This beer is actually quite nice, a sweet malty aroma makes it's way with a slight bitterness in the finish. Extremely refreshing and pretty easy to drink.

I think on warm days, this would be well worth picking up. Overall a very nice beer.

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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 DoctorStrangiato
3.59/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a tall tulip glass.

Appearance - golden yellow colour with very little head, some surface bubbles as a result of the moderate carbonation.

Smell - sweet-smelling creamy malt scents with vanilla, with fresh shortbread in there as well.

Taste - decent flavour strength of pure malt, lasting not quite long enough. Sweet indeed, with limited spice or citrus inclusion.

Mouthfeel - smooth and balanced, what it lacks in complexity it makes up with the stable flavour profile.

Drinkability - I could definitely have a few of these. Decent taste, reasonably refreshing. A good pint.

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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 aforbes10
3.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a bottle donated to my cause by a Canadian. Thanks!

Pours perfectly clear and orange soda-like. white head. Slightly apple-like light malt odor. smells crisp and clean. tastes slightly metallic and clean with a hint of something like fake apple and cherry candy. Kind of tastes like budweiser without the additives and crap. Goes down easy...if i've ever had a lawnmower beer, this would be it.

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Photo of kjyost
3.51/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear and golden with little head and no lacing. By far the greatest disappointment that this beer had to offer. The aroma is pleasant with biscuit notes and a faint sweetness. The body is crisp and light with fruity esters that complement the low bitterness. A clean finish makes this a great beer to pair with spicy food on a warm summer night.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.49/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've just moved to Toronto, and sampling all of the Mill Street brews was pretty high on my list of things to do... With that done, I guess I might as well share my reactions. From the looks of it, the Stock Ale seems to get a bad rep, especially when compared to the brewery's other offerings. I rather like it, however.

Poured from a gorgeous non-standard shape silk-screen clear bottle (though the clear bottle combined with the non-protective six-pack sleeve is a bit of a concern in terms of the risk of sun damage (their Tankhouse and Coffee Porter offerings are in identical bottles that are brown, so I don't quite understand the decision); a good pour results in less than a finger of head that quickly subsides, but there remains a lot of lacing. The colour is an unusual sort of light-ish - almost transparent - gold, with just a hint of amber.

Smell is something I can't quite latch onto... almost a breadiness to it, mostly malts and hops with perhaps a bit of vanilla and caramel (a bit of dark chocolate?), but not much else. There's also a sort of unsual... buttery smell to the proceedings.

The taste is initially a bit malty and creamy, with a bit of hops appearing after a few seconds in the mouth; a bit of a bread-y taste, but quite smooth. Hints of vanilla and caramel, although the buttery smell translates to something vaguely (but not overly) unpleasant in the mouth. Still, very tasy.

Mouthfeel is not bad, perhaps a bit over-carbonated as it goes over the tongue.

This is a very (underline very) drinkable brew. Simple, yes, but very tasty, creamy and smooth. It may become my new session beer once Mill Street expands their operations a bit and becomes available throughout Southwestern Ontario this spring (as their Marketing director told me via e-mail recently). Certainly not the best offering from Mill Street, but a very good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of bobsy
3.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Burnished gold with a bone white head that gave up a couple touches of lace. Sweet malt aroma mixed in with biscuit. Lots of caramel in the flavour, along with a distinct breadiness, dry grain and lemon-bitter finish. There's also a surprising alcohol warmth on the way down. The mouthfeel was far heavier than I expected, and almost verged on chewy, which I feel compliments the caramel flavours well, and elevates the drink in general.

This was far better than I expected, and I've avoided this beer for a long ime because I assumed it was another crappy lager. While its not something I'd drink again I can appreciate why people like this. Its a definite step above the macros, while keeping many of the features that would appeal to the drinkers of mass-produced beer. The sort of offering that will help Mill Street expand into other markets, but not build a fanbase in ours.

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Photo of Voonder
3.42/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow with very thin bubbly head which dissipated fairly quick. Smell - sweetness of malts comes in first, some caramel, a bit spicy perhaps, some hopes are coming through as well. Taste - good balance of hops and malts, nothing much else, but I think this beers serves its purpose - great session beer, mass beer, good beer on a hot day. I would buy it again as it it inexpensive, easy going and still flavorful beer. And as it was mentioned below, it is probably a pretty good start into craft beers.

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Photo of ecoastman
3.42/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drinkability - OK as a lawn mowing beer which is exactly what I did before drinking this beer. Better than a macro but nothing outstanding.

Appearance - clear light orange-gold. Soda-like carbonation which seems to be common with Mill Street. Starts with a good head but quickly fizzes away with no lacing.

Smell - pleasant with sweet malt and light hops.

Taste - watery light malt with some hop notes. Nothing great, nothing bad. Some butterscotch/caramel notes and the flavour improves dramatically as the beer warms up - don't drink too cold!

Mouthfeel - thin and watery. Not much creaminess or coarsness but there is some slickness in the mouth afterwards. Holds the carbonation well.

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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 mintjellie
3.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Straw gold body with two fingers of white head. Head disappears pretty quick and leaves no lace behind.

Aroma of green apple and bread malt. Faint hops. A little bit of caramel.

Bread malt, apple, caramel, and faint grassy hop flavours. All very mild though.

Light bodied and finely carbonated. Drinkable in that inoffensive thirst quenching kind of way. It's a decent lawnmower beer.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
3.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice deep golden yellow with a decent-sized head that lasts. Carbonated like crazy, a nice sparkling beer.

Smells like a lager, grainy, some honey and dry hoppy aroma.

Tastes creamy upfront, grainy, almost taste vegetables? Finishes sweet with a hint of honeyand grass.

This is a perfect beer for a hot summer day, but that's about it.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.35/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from biegaman, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 341mL bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale gold color with a short foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, honey, spice and some fruit.

T: The taste is starts out with sweet apple and honey flavors, with a little bit of hops coming in next. Then the sweet flavors start to turn a little sour. The malt character is very thin. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, it’s nothing special but it’s a decent lighter beer to stick with for an evening.

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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 demcorhip
3.32/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Looks like ginger ale, poured a sharply clear pale amber. Got a 1/2 finger head out of it, and fine lacings. The beer was also finely carbonated.

Bready, fruity, and a hint of citrus.

A clean mild sourdoughy bread taste was complemented with mild grassy and floral hops.

Fresh, clean, refreshing light bodied ale.

A very drinkable light and refreshing ale. Not much for taste or substance.

A decent summer ale for when one seeks refreshment from a warm/hot summer's day. Would only recommend as a session brew or crossover fare. A good way to introduce a Molbatt's drinker to something else.

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Photo of drinkininthewood
3.32/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served from a 341 ml clear bottle into a pilsner glass.

A- pours clear gold with a frothy head which laces. Not much retention.

S- herbal, grainy, with some decent malt aromas. Not really much in terms of hops.

T- Light bready malts, somewhat sugary with the slightest hint of honey, hops are there and do add some pretty good balance to the brew. Crisp, clean refreshing finish.

M- light bodied, carbonation is ok, fresh, Clean.

D- Good, but best suited to the perfect scenario>>>On a sun drenched deck or patio.

Overall an ok blonde ale. Thirst quencher. Good intro beer for newcomers. Worth a shot and even a session.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one has been sitting around, a remnant from my Mill Street summer mixer pack. I've had it before but never wrote a formal review.

A - Pours a crystal clear light golden colour, with a thin layer of head with no retention and no lacing.

S - Sweet corn, grassy and bready malts are the only scents coming through on this one. Nothing unique or special here.

T - Much the same as the scent, though the flavours come through a little more mild than the scent might imply. Not all that memorable, but fitting of the style. Sweet corn and bread linger on the tongue on the finish. I also noticed that the sweet corn becomes more noticeable as it warms.

M - Quite light and bubbly, goes down very smooth with the perfect amount of carbonation.

D - The last time I had this I wasn't all that impressed. It's by no means terrible, but it's just not all that memorable. Flavours are bland and it does not offer any unique properties which make for a memorable experience. That being said, I had this on a hot sunny afternoon this time around and it was quite light and refreshing. The situation/climate may have improved the ranking on drinkability for this one!

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