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Mill Street Stock Ale - Mill Street Brew Pub

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Reviews: 80
Hads: 161
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 13.96%
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 Derek
3.29/5  rDev +6.8%
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! (686 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.27/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (637 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.26/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (1,779 characters)

Photo of Amalak
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (371 characters)

Photo of iceball585
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (384 characters)

Photo of grub
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (763 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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 (432 characters)

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.23/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (1,003 characters)

Photo of ritzkiss
3.2/5  rDev +3.9%
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). (997 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.2/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (474 characters)

Photo of scott451
3.2/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (370 characters)

Photo of TheHammer
3.19/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (1,708 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
3.18/5  rDev +3.2%
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+. (1,598 characters)

Photo of allergictomacros
3.14/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Clear bottle. Clear straw colour with a big, chunky, sticky head

S - A whiff of skunky hops and euro-lageryness. Some graininess shows up as the skunkiness clears.

T - Soft buttery overtones, and a crisp bitter finish. Light graininess on the palate as well.

M - Slick and creamy.

D - Easy drinking for sure. Not overly flavourful or exciting. This is my first American blond I think... Anyway, reminds me of a pils of some sort more than anything. (464 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.13/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (973 characters)

Photo of vanrassel
3.1/5  rDev +0.6%
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. (575 characters)

Photo of SebD
3.1/5  rDev +0.6%
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. (519 characters)

Photo of Gosox8787
3.1/5  rDev +0.6%
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. (512 characters)

Photo of Converge
3.1/5  rDev +0.6%
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. (630 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.08/5  rDev 0%
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. (511 characters)

Photo of fostachild
3.08/5  rDev 0%
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. (322 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.08/5  rDev 0%
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. (383 characters)

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.06/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (524 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.03/5  rDev -1.6%
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 (420 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
3.03/5  rDev -1.6%
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.... (1,312 characters)

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