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Mill Street Stock Ale - Mill Street Brew Pub

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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 14.56%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | 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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Ratings: 157 | Reviews: 79
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.

Photo of TheHammer
3.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one in my Mill St seasonal sampler. This is the fourth one out of the six that package offers.

Appearnace: Honestly, this stuff looks like ginger ale with a bit more of a golden color. Poured with barley a hair of head, that dissipated as quick as a soft drink's would. The carbonation looks a little bit excessive too, but it boasts excellent clarity and a nice golden appearance.

Smell: In a word, average as I'm getting a nice barley and grain smell with the barest touch of a fruity, almost grape like scent. It didn't take much to come out, but I wouldn't call it remarkable.

Taste: The beer starts with a sweeter malt and fruit taste that is a cross between citrus and grape which then turns to a bit of a strawy bitter kick that doesn't seem to really have a hop presence.

Mouthfeel: The beer is solid, the carbonation however runs a bit lax near the end but it leaves no aftertaste and is exceptionally clean. Very smooth smooth beer but I have to deduct points for the complete lack of head.

Drinkability: This stuff is easy to get down, the carbonation causes no problems and it is quite light on the gut. However, it seems a bit boring for an ale and is something I'd expect more from a lager. I dunno, something holds this beer back and I can't quite place it.

Final Thoughts: I don't think a better name could be given for this beer, then Stock Ale. This beer is pretty generic, and isn't really going to knock your socks off, but it's decent. I'm not quite sure what a 24 pack of this would go for but if it's similarly priced to Mill St's other offerings, I'd say it's not quite enough bang for your buck. I'd say this first offering from Mill St that I've been disappointed by.

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.

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.

Photo of Ralphus
2.58/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had been on the lookout for this one but wasn't interested in a full six pack.. so when I found a single at the LCBO I decided it was time. In hindsight, staying away from a sixer was a great move on my part.

It pours like a macro.. smells like a macro and tastes like one too. This is a fairly sugary drink.. lots of malts up front and very few hops to counterbalance. Fruitiness is lacking as well. Overall the best comparison I can give is Kokanee.

Mouthfeel is average and drinkability poor.. it's just to sweet to want to consume many at a time.

Photo of terryeckmeier
2.31/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a random bottle at the LCBO thought I would give it a try seeing that their Tankhouse is pretty decent but sadly I was let down. Very underwhelming in every aspect, I was expecting something with a little more oomph but all around it's drinkable but don't think I will be getting it again. Very malty reminds me of macro lager more than an micro brewed ale. I've had worse but I've had better.

Photo of BDTyre
2.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Boring. Looks like a macro lager: golden with a white foamy head. Smells like malt and corn, and very syrupy. Taste the same: overly malted, almost like a syrup. Carbonation seems too low, very silky but almost like water.

Ice cold on a hot afternoon? Maybe. But not a great session beer.

Photo of Shadman
2.55/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Surprised to see this in the land of Coors Light and Clam so I caved.

Pure gold in color, clear, average head and lacing.

Very rich and sweet. Almost honey-like.

Meh. Not sure how to discribe this beer. The label says they used hop and I'm guessing maybe 1 or 2 leaves and that's it. Cloyingly sweet and sticky malt were all I could dredge up flavour wise.

If I could ever use the terms thick and watery in the same breath it's now. Starts almost syrupy and then gets thin fast.

Wasted my $$ here. Not my bag at all. Pass

Photo of Antilochus
2.12/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap at the Black Shire Pub in London, Ontario. Served in a Mill Street pint glass.

Clear orangish amber gold with no head to speak of. Ew. A few lazy bubbles.

Nose of pungent sweet pale malt, perhaps a bit of sugared fruit. Rather one-sided.

Palate is sickeningly sweet but grainy, with cloying maltiness that you can't get out of your mouth. Too syrupy for me, this isn't my thing at all. Choked down a glass.

Sorry, Mill Street, but you've done much better.

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.

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.

Photo of iceball585
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pale yellow color, clear, half finger thick fluffy head that lowered quickly

S- Honey, corn, grains, pale malts, overall fairly sweet

T- Light malts, corn, buttery, sugary, faint hops taste

M- Light body, medium carbonation, crisp, smooth, light oily finish

D- Not bad

Not really a beer that I would go crazy for but still decent. Very light and non-offensive in every aspect.

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....

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

The colour of this beer was no surprise, seeing how it came in a clear bottle. Poured into my pint glass, it was highly effervescent bright gold over a thick white head — it looked like ginger ale, actually. The smell was sweet honeysuckle and clover paired with a subtle apple aroma.

The taste was well-balanced, with a moderately bitter, drying finish offsetting the malty start. Highly carbonated with medium body. This isn't a particularly memorable beer, but it could make a nice additive-free alternative to a macro if you need a crowd-pleasing offering for guests.

Photo of trevorwideman
2.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

355ml clear glass bottle poured into a pint glass. Part of a trade with fisherman34. No date on the bottle that I can see.

This beer is about the same colour as an MGD, without the propensity to overflow when you open it, which is good, because the bottle was filled right to the cap basically. When poured, there is a slight 1/4 inch fizzy head that disappears almost as fast as it appears, and leaves very minimal lacing. Carbonation is very mild. Smells very subtle, mostly some candylike aromas fruity notes combined with a very very mild floral hop presence.

Taste is not offensive really, but I'm pretty sure that the bottle is less than fresh, as I'm getting a very slight soapy skunkiness. The taste is extremely mild, a fruit apple juice-like sweetness, light nuttiness, and almost undetectable floral hops. Not at all overcarbonated, and the body is really light and thin, very wet. This is not an exciting beer, but I'll tell you what, I could chug so many of these on a hot day. Not offensive and nice to not have those gross adjuncts to deal with. I guess the word for this one would be "meh."

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.

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.

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

What a disappointment. After the pleasant surprise of the Tankhouse Ale and the Coffee Porter this let me down. The word that sums this one up is 'Average'. I suppose I should have known that this would be the case. They advertize that it is an 'Export' type ale right on the bottle. Ithink the clear bottle in the open case also lent itself to embellishing the flavour with some skunk. Why bother? Well if you like this style of beer it's probably a fine one. It just doesn't have anything very special going for it in my opinion.

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.

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

Appearance
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.

Aroma
Bready, fruity, and a hint of citrus.

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

Mouthfeel
Fresh, clean, refreshing light bodied ale.

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

Overall
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.

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out to a rich gold color with a decent head of white foam that remains mostly consistant at about 1/8 of an inch. Lots of streaming carbonation. Rings of lace scattered in the glass. Aromas of popcorn and malty grains. Taste wasn't impressive; mild maltiness, some sweet notes, again a popcorn like essence. Well balanced, but nothing special. Mouthfeel was nominal, yet the carbonation played only a small role in the overall experience. Drinkability is average. I've had better from Mill St., but this is acceptable.

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Mill Street Stock Ale from Mill Street Brew Pub
72 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.