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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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72
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153 Ratings
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Ratings: 153
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 14.89%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | 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 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.

Voonder, Jul 30, 2009
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.

bobsy, Jul 04, 2009
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.

ecoastman, Aug 27, 2009
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.

mintjellie, Aug 06, 2009
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3.39/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Olek4374, May 29, 2013
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3.38/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Jul 11, 2007
Photo of GodOfBeer
3.38/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

GodOfBeer, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of leaddog
3.35/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

leaddog, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of drinkininthewood
3.35/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

drinkininthewood, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of Amalak
3.33/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Amalak, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of demcorhip
3.3/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

demcorhip, Aug 19, 2006
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!

andrenaline, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of iceball585
3.28/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

iceball585, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of Derek
3.28/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

Derek, Oct 01, 2005
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.26/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

CalgaryFMC, May 05, 2014
Mill Street Stock Ale from Mill Street Brew Pub
72 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.