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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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BA SCORE
73
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156 Ratings
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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 14.56%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: Frozensoul327 on 07-02-2005)
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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.

Photo of IllNate
3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a bright clear yellow. 2 fingers of fizzy head, doesn't stick around. No retention, no lacing.

S - Pale malt. Corn maybe.

T - DMS (corn). Not much here, very pale malt and a very slight bitterness. Finishes a bit sweet for me. Not a fan of the aftertaste either.

M - Light, little body.

D - Almost drinkable, but I think I dumped the last bit.

Having a tough time with this one. Definitely below average for beers I drink, but I guess average or above for what is commonly sold in the beer store.

Photo of BBP
2.95/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pale golden yellow, with almost unexistant carbonation and almost completely lacking a head.

S- Bready malts. Very slight hops. Very faint.

T- Slightly sweet malt taste, and slightly bitter from the hops. Nothing all to impressive. A bit underwhelming. While the bottle brags about it being made from only malts and hops, it seems that they either didn't use much of them, or they didn't use very good quality malts and hops.

I don't want to come across as bashing it because it wasn't really offensive in the taste department. It just didn't live up to my expectations or prove to be of as much quality as their other offerings.

M- Medium to thin body, leaning on the thin side. Was a little creamy though.

D- Quite drinkable, but not really impressive. Mill Street should have put a bit more effort into this one.

Photo of aerozeppl
2.13/5  rDev -31.1%
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.

Photo of kwjd
3/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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

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!

Photo of kjyost
3.53/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Photo of OskarL
3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear pale golden color with lots of bubbles rising, a head that dissipates quite fast and leaves no lacing.

Smells grainy with hints of fruit.

Tastes grainy, some caramel, butterscotch and hints of fruit.

Mouthfeel is light with medium carbonation but still a bit creamy as it washes down.

Photo of Seanstoppable
3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Recent addition at the NSLC. Somewhat surprised these are packed in clear bottles in open six packs. Reminders of last year's poor choice in the organic lager, but....

Pours a clear yellow color with a thin layer of head.

Some minor grains in the nose.

Some light malt taste. Some sweetness that reminds me of honey. No real hop bitterness, despite what the label says. Wet finish.

My glass was finished before I realized it, so it is definitely drinkable. A decent beverage I guess, but nothing to go out of your way for.

Photo of seand
3.63/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

Photo of ericj551
3.73/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

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.

Photo of grub
3.23/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of Gosox8787
3.1/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Clear bottle poured into my Allagash glass.

Appearance is clear golden color with moderate carbonation. Almost no head and no retention. Aroma is smooth grain and a slight roasted biscuit. A little astrigent booze is present too. Falvor is pretty bland. Some roasted biscuit and a little booze bit. Mouthfeel is light and without much bite from the carbonation. Drinkability is good thanks to low AV and rather bland flavors.

Overall, a rather blond, uneventful beer. Nothing remotely memorable.

Photo of Long813
2.63/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

G: Pint Glass

A: Clear golden body with two fingers of foamy head. Poor retention and minimal lacing.

S: Faint and light malts, grainy hops. Very weak aroma.

T: Malts are apparent but very weak/light. A distict graininess dominates. Not off putting taste, but nothing I would applaud.

M: Light bodied and medium carbonation. Very watery and leaves a slight grainy feel, nothing to strong.

D: This is nothing special to say the least. It feel like a adjunct to me IMO. It's not bad if you want something light and easy to drink, but for the price it's not worth it.

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.

Photo of ecoastman
3.43/5  rDev +11%
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.

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

Photo of mintjellie
3.4/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of Voonder
3.45/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of ritzkiss
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle as part of their mixed six pack - can't say I would have grabbed it normally as the clear glass bottle highlights the extraordinarily light coloring for an ale. Looks more like a lager with only a finger of head from a vigorous pour that jets faster than a Boeing.

Nose is light caramel, bread, and a faint fruity/apple hint.

Taste is... a step beyond their lager. It's crisp carbonation teams up with an innocuous pale malt, a slight sweetness, a faint herb/grassy hop, and an even fainter fruit taste to provide a relatively flavorful beer for the lager drinker, something that just about any adjunct drinker wouldn't be offended by. The mouthfeel, despite the carbonation, somehow feels smooth and makes this drinkable.

While nothing for the average BA to run to (especially with the odd faint follow through bitterness) this is a decent example of a light craft crossover beer that you might want to start a friend on or have around for parties with the general public (haha).

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

Golden yellow in colour with almost no head. Lots of bubbly carbonation in the body. Smells of mild floral hops and sweet cereal grains. Wheat and yeast aromas. Taste consists of wheat malt, honey, and cereal flavours at first, with light and vaguely bitter hops in the aftertaste. More wheat towards the end. Mouthfeel is light-bodied and crisp, followed by a dry and chalky finish. A decent beer overall, but I probably wouldn't drink this again. It doesn't have much flavour and there are better, more interesting blondes.

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.05/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as part of Mill Street's seasonal sampler pack, or I don't think I would have ever bought it again. Man this brings back memories. I used to drink this all the time a few years back (out of the bottle no less) before I moved on to better things.

Pours like a standard ale. Nothing out of the ordinary. Yellow, as you can see in the photo above. Minimal head that quickly and completely disappears, never to be seen again. There's little to no head retention which is always a little disappointing.

I am picking up very little in the aroma, not much but a hint of malt and grains and...um. Fruit? Some kind of fruit I guess.

The taste is actually better than I was expecting. I guess there was a reason I drank this so much back then. A fairly okay amount malt with an inoffensive barely bitter finish, with an overall lemony fruitness to it.

Nice sticky yet refreshing mouthfeel.

I don't think this beer is aspiring to be anything but a well brewed crowd pleaser and if that is the case it does its job well. This wouldn't be a bad beer at all to session or slake your thirst or drink when your attention was focused elsewhere. I'd probably prefer something with a bit more character than this myself, but you could do a lot worse. I think this would be a great beer to keep in your fridge to offer guests who are used to macros.

Photo of bobsy
3.45/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Mill Street Stock Ale from Mill Street Brew Pub
73 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.