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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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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 Sammy
2.7/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

LIght coloured, light bodied, not much head. Some mid-sip fruit taste. Was light mouthfeel and malts and hops made it drinkable. But not as drinkable as their Tankhouse Pale. Dry aftertaste.Another flavoured sparkling water or soft drink replacement from these guys.Weak link in lineup.

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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 biboergosum
3.13/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pint at the brewpub in the Distillery District of downtown Toronto.

This beer appears a slightly hazy medium golden yellow hue, with one finger of puffy, bubbly, and silkily foamy off-white head, which leaves a few specks of paramecia lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of grainy, bready cereal malt, a bit of warm lemon juice, and earthy, leafy, somewhat floral hops. The taste is more bready cereal malt, an astringent, yet stale citrus fruitiness, a touch of stony minerals, and tame earthy, leafy hops.

The bubbles are a tad frisky up front, but settle to a dull hum soon enough, the body medium-light in weight, and generally quite smooth. It finishes off-dry, the cereal malt persisting, while the hops mostly peter out.

A standard (or 'stock', I suppose) ale indeed. Nothing all that memorable, but I gather that's the point - easy drinking, just flavourful enough, and still a broad step above any of the big boys' offerings of the kind.

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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 biegaman
3.26/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mill Street Stock Ale looks like something out of a beer advertisement. Its golden coat is brimming and lustrous, its head is bleach white and its clarity so pristine you'd swear it was airbrushed. There's even a steady stream of bubbles for decor. It certainly is nice to look at, no wonder they put this stuff in clear bottles!

I wonder if the aroma was overlooked in the blue prints or if it was intentionally left out. Beers this style rarely offer much to the sense of smell (less maybe some unpleasant stench of adjuncts) but I'd of thought they'd give it a little more thought. All I can make out is something slightly metallic, slightly corny and I'd hesitate to categorize it as 'malty'.

Even if it seems no aromatic hops were used they certainly included a decent dose for bittering. The beer possesses a crisp, clipping bitterness that bites down with a sharp set of teeth. It is far more assertive than I would have assumed looking at it. This also has a lot more body than you'd expect from a plain ale or lager. It's definitely a quenching beer.

That being said, it doesn't offer much for flavour. There is enough light maltiness to suggest hints of straw, grains and white bread. Although it lacks the good flavours it more importantly also lacks the bad ones. There is no off-putting, chemical-like taste to sully the palate. As result, the beer is much more appealing and immensely more drinkable.

Nothing about Mill Street Stock Ale makes it fantastic but there are plenty of things that make it worthwhile drinking, especially if you're into simple-minded beers. There are no adjuncts used and the result is a much cleaner, agreeable product than most (if not all) of what's offered by macro breweries. All things considered, this is a solid offering.

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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 Derek
3.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the bottle:
"Mill Street Stock Ale is a golden export-style ale made from only malt and hops, no fillers or adjuncts."

I actually expected something like a classic Canadian Ale, with a bitter, husky-roughness resulting from the use of native 6-row barley. But... this is nothing like Molson Stock ale.

A: VERY clear, yellowish hue with a white head. Poor head retention, but very nice lacing.

S: A little malt & hops, similar to a macro lager.

T: Bitterness is very well balanced with malt sweetness, leaving a slightly bready flavour.

M: Light body, light-to-moderate carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink. Hopefully this will appeal to some of those macro-lovers!

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Photo of DrJay
3.2/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale yellow, slight chill haze, topped by a fluffy, white head. Good retention and clumpy lace. Very mild aroma, with hints of honey and hops. Mild flavour, honey sweetness again, with a bit of bitterness that lingers into the short finish. Fairly high carbonation, light body, quite crisp. Refreshing, light flavoured beer. There's not a lot going on, but what's there works. This would probably work well if you're trying to transition friends away from industrial lagers.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into pint glass aug15 2009

A not quite crystal clear straw yellow with not much head at all

S sweet grains, some faint hops, maybe some apple not much else

T sweet grains balanced with mild hops. nothing special at least there was no skunk with the clear bottle

M/D very light ale, thin but easy too drink

not the worst thing you could drink on a warm day, not the best thing either. over all fairly average

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Photo of Viggo
1.5/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Tried at Volo, they had it on tap for Gay Pride Week or something. Pours the most bizarre colour, its like a pale pale gold? A little bit of haze, head goes away fast but there was some lacing. Smells like nothing, some sweetness from the malt, but thats it, probably the most bland beer I've smelled. The taste is equally pointless, watered down and basically nothing is discernible other than a little sweetness from the malt. Mouthfeel is pretty thin, the carbonation is medium low. Boo.

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Photo of spinrsx
2.7/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - clear, pale, almost straw like yellow. Small fizzy head that was gone in a flash. No lacing. Low carbonation.

Smell - wheat, bready, not much going on
Taste & Mouth - pretty boring plain jane beer taste here. Almost tastes like a light beer. Faint hops, wheat, low carbonation

Drink - it's a beer.. not much more I can say, pretty basic, nothing noteworthy

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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 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 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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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 kwjd
3.02/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw-yellow colour with some fizzy head that dissipates without lacing. Smell is sweet grainy and buscuit. Taste has almost a mild hint of bitterness, but it is quite sweet. This is really drinkable and more pleasant than macros, but it isn't a great beer. I used to drink this a couple years ago before I really got into beer, but when I wanted something with a bit more flavour.

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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 IronDjinn
3.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a nice looking blonde ale, which is what I exclaimed out loud as I held it up to the light in a glass. Rich clear golden colour, tall frothy shock white head that retains well, and slowly settles down to a thick creamy cap, a fisherman's net of sticky lacing in its wake.

The aroma is soft and rounded, mild bready malt, a honey-like sweetness, flowery notes most likely from the hops. A little bit of corn and veggies detected however.

The flavour however is fairly basic, corn and veggies seem to overpower much of the malt and hops, making it taste far more macro-produced than it probably should. What malt that does make itself apparent is a light biscuit, and the hops maintain a flowery character. However the more I drink this, the more the deficiencies become more dominant and difficult to ignore. Serious cooked veggie aftertaste.

And yet the mouthfeel is great, medium-bodied, smooth and creamy. Very good for this style in fact. It's an efficient messenger carrying less than savoury news in the end.

All the aspects are there for a great beer with this stock ale, all except the most important, and that it falls short a great deal in the flavour department. The appearance and mouthfeel really stand out, yet the taste doesn't really warrant any return visits in my books. A shame....

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Photo of grub
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. sampled feb 15/2010.

pours crystal clear deep golden yellow with a small dense off-white head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is nice. lightly fruity. hint of dms. honey and a bit of caramel. touch of butterscotch. herbal and earthy, with a light floral component. white bread.

taste is nice. light honey and caramel. bit of butterscotch. fruity. touch of green apple. nice light herbal aspect. touch of alcohol. low bitterness level. white bread and cracker.

mouthfeel is pretty good. medium-light body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is ok. the caramel/honey sweetness is a little more than i'd like, definitely taking away from the drinkability. fairly nice overall, but not one i'm likely to look for again.

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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 Amalak
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: very light gold, bubbly, average head, dissipates quickly, slight lace.

S: Not much there. Kind of bitterish.

T: Very interesting taste. Crisp and almost buttery. Tastes kind of like vegetables.

M: Weird sticky kind of feel.

D: Smooth and crisp. Sits kind of heavy.

Interesting flavor. I would try again, but I am not sure if I would ever love this style of beer.

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Photo of aerozeppl
2.08/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Super light golden color. Nice vclarity. Poured with a little bit of white head that went away quickly.

S: Lots of corn sweetness. Not really much else going on.

T: Honestly it tastes like corn water with just a lilttle bit of sweetness. Not what I look for at all even in an everyday beer. No real traces of malt or hops.

M: Super light in body. Carbonation is low as well.

D: A huge miss for me. This beer really does not have anything going for it. Needs more carbonation. Flavor. Just a mess.

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