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Mill Street Wit - Mill Street Brew Pub

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147 Ratings
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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 3
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sammy on 07-15-2005

Mill St Belgian style Wit is a refreshing beer made with a unique blend of ingredients. The soft texture and pale colour comes from the use of wheat. Coriander, orange peel and our special yeast produce the complexity and depth of fruity flavours contained within the glass. This beer is unfiltered. The resulting cloudiness gave rise to the term Wit, or White beer.
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Ratings: 147 | Reviews: 88
Reviews by DoctorStrangiato:
Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - hazy yellow-gold colour, though still moderate clarity in the beer. Very little head, some lacing around the edge. Carbonation is prominent and audible.

Smell - clean aromas of wheat, bread basket, the spice cupboard - it's all there. Quintessential.

Taste - a slow start with some initial tartness and then the immediate burst of fruit, balloons intensely from the centre of the mouth outward with wheat inflections and heaps of spice.

Mouthfeel - truly, this beer's mouthfeel is like bungee jumping. You can almost sense the initial leap and then the flavours and wheat intensity rebound you back. Flutters away on a pretty even smooth finish.

Drinkability - a couple of these, not more. This style is not one where I have my reference point yet. Therefore I would not stick with this too long before balancing with something more common to me.

More User Reviews:
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a few random bottles of this in the LCBO single rack.

Poured into a weissbier glass. Pale golden, slightly opaque, leaves behind an inch head that survives as a sturdy ring. Loads of visible carbonation - hope the stuff doesn't burn off...very pretty to look at though.

Nose is overripe banana, wheat, vanilla, a touch of lemon.

A damned decent Ontario take on the wit style. Sweeter than most. Notes of bubble gum, sweet banana at the start, with lemon candy and wheat to the finish, which is quick and slightly dry.
Not very complex, but refreshing and tasty.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, almost watery. The carbonation is on the low side, but not flat.

A fine local wit, definitely worth the pickup. One of the few in small bottles, which would make this frighteningly easy to drink in quantity. Simple, but does the job well. I'll pick up more of these again.

Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz pint at the Distillery District brewpub. There was a sixer bounding about at a friends' move-in after party back in Edmonton earlier this year, yet I somehow missed out on a bottle.

This beer appears a hazy pale golden yellow colour, with barely one finger of weakly foamy, soapy, and yet eventually creamy dirty white head, which leaves a bit of random ocean upswell lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of semi-sweet grainy wheat malt, gritty banana chips, pithy orange peel, coriander, mild yeast, and soft earthy, floral hops. The taste is more rather sweet, grainy, and bready wheat and pale malt, light banana and orange fruit yeast esters, a bland coriander/clove spiciness, and earthy, musty hops.

The carbonation is moderate, just a lilting low-fi frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, fleshy, and a little clammy. It finishes sweet, the graininess and fruity yeast lingering well on.

A pleasant enough, if a little predictably sweet, Canadian witbier, underwhelming and simple in its bearing. Quite possibly much more of a gateway beer for the style than anything made by Molson, or even Hoegaarden.

Photo of mintjellie
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow with two fingers of white head. Decent retention, no lace.

Coriander, tangy wheat, and hints of orange and lemon in the aroma.

Nice coriander, wheat, bread, orange flavour.

The orange gets stronger as the beer warms, both the scent and the flavour.

The yeast in suspension help give this otherwise light bodied brew a bit of substance. Fine, soft carbonation lends itself to a smooth feel. Easy drinking and sessionable.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Much thanks for korguy123 for this one! Poured into a DFH snifter glass.

A: Pours a cloudy pale yellow color with a small head. Small bubbles continue to rise from the bottom of my glass.

S: Some banana, orange, and a little of the coriander. There is a heavy yeast smell as well.

T: Orange and banana upfront, then a slight bubblegum flavor. Also a little clove action which gives way to the wheat and yeast.

M/D: On the lighter side but smooth with a slightly dry finish. Overall its pretty solid. One a side note, I really like the bottle art and design.

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good wheat effort by Mill Street, arguably their best. Fresh on tap at Beer Bistro. Did side-by-side with Blache de Chamblay. Mill was a gorgeous blond gold peach with a retained head and good lace in glass. Fresh fruity yeast and wheat smell. Creamy on tongue, easy Summer drink.

Photo of jbonapar
2.33/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Decided to try a bottle after liking the TankHouse Ale.

Poured a golden clear with minimal head. Not really a "wit" by the looks of it!

Smell: Ouch, strong bitter orange. Nothing else.

Taste: Wow, the smell was nothing compared to the taste. Bitter stale orange with a sour finish. No wheat smoothness to be had.

Not impressed, this kind of is a bit of an joke as far as a "Wit" is concerned. I'll stick to the tankhouse and other Wheat beers...

Photo of elricorico
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow (yeast swirled and poured in). Thin white head on top. Looks like you would expect a witbier to look like.

Sweet bubblegum and citrus aroma. Lemondrops and spice. Not bad.

Light citrus flavour leads to a strong coriander presence that dominates the overall taste. Plenty flavourfull yet light at the same time.

Mouthfeel is light and effervescent, as a summertime quaffing beer tends to be. Not watery, but not filling.

More than adequate witbier. Stands up against the classics.

Photo of Stocean1
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured a one finger head - sticky lacing - fluffy head - light yellow colour

S - lots of yeasty goodness - some banana - citrus - spicy

T - yeasty and wheat malt up front - not as much bananas - spices dominate the middle - cant quite put my finger on the spice, nutmeg? coriander? Orange peel at the back end with a little bitterness - somehwat tart - very nice

M - medium body plenty of carbonation - not overly bitter - nice big bubbles

O - a very nice offering from Mill Street - not my favourite wheat beer but still a definite rebuy - great summer beer

Photo of emerge077
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Jay for this beer!
Served in a large tapered mug, intelligible code printed on the bottle, no apparent date.

Murky orange with 3cm of head (metric, get it?) . Not a bad band. Thin skim and very little lacing after the first few sips. Liquid is opaque with frosty edges.

Aroma is mostly coriander, sweet and lightly spicy. Basic wheat with a touch of sweet citrus too.

Flavor is mellow, wheat and coriander dominate, some minerally club soda touches. Slight bite to it, had two bottles, fairly drinkable.

Photo of paxkey
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

mill street has been a huge influence on my foray into craft beers. It's local, has a brewpub and constantly puts out different styles. I am a fan.

poured into a nonic. tonnes of carbonation with bubbles clinging to the side of the glass and streams of bubbles coming up from the bottom. three finger white head. creamy frothy, nice head. beer is cloudy yellow typical of the style. looks decent.

lots of nice aroma. clove is prominent. slight cracker malt aroma.

goes down smooth and refreshing. a little bite from the carbonation. citrus zest with a nice malt finish. no bitterness. tastes like a wit beer.

my only complaint which holds true for most of mill street beer is that it is a little bit watery.

i like this beer and its worth a gulp, not the best wheat beer i've tried but tasty and refreshing.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.53/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a yellow color ale with some white hue with a medium foamy head with average retention and subtle ring of lacing. Aroma of wheat with some very subtle coriander and some sourness. Taste is a mix between some medium wheat malt notes with some very subtle spice mix. The whole thing is unfortunately dominated by some sourness which might be explained by some infection. It is kind of surprising since I thought I had a fresh batch.

Photo of smakawhat
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a Hoegaarden tumbler glass.

Classic creamed bleach white head, with some moderate retention. The head slowly settles to a 4mm thin puck, sitting on a very dark lemon yellow body. A bit of clarity through this glass, but still kind of hazy with the cloudiness creeping away towards the edges.

Classic straightforward solid wit bier on the nose so far. A little soapy and bubblegum smelling, but classic coriander and sweet spice content. Hints of chewy wheat slightly and an overall solid aroma.

Pretty much uneventful, but solid on the palate. Hinds of candy like gum, and minimal chewy palate on the malt side. Some spiced finishes, but has more of that sweet sucrose than most wits. Finishes quite clean, with a little bit of orange fruit ever slightly.

A pretty solid basic witbier, not real exciting, but pretty good overall.

Photo of ZorPrime
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Adil for this beer.

The beer is pale yellow color and slightly veiled. There is little head and what I got is very thin. The aroma is typical for Witbier. Nothing out of the ordinary. Banana and some cloves. I can't get anything else. On the taste side, the beer is slightly spicy. I still get the same as the smell. This is a refreshing beer for summer time. Maybe not the best thing to have on a cold october night. The carbonation is there in the mouth... maybe a little too much.

Overall a decent beer but nothing out of this world.

Photo of bloberglawp
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy yellow, nice pillowy head and exellent lacing, a looker.

Aroma of clove, wheat and yeast. Reminds me much more of a German Hefe than a Belgian Wit. Flavor of wheat malt, german hefe and a dry crisp finish.

Exellent, but compared to a Hogaarden, its much more like a Schneider Weisse.

Photo of irishkyle21
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a bright white head that dies quick. Some lacing. A nice cloudy straw color.

Smells of citrus, oranges, wheat and spices (mostly coriander).

Tastes crisp with notes of citrus, wheat and coriander. This ain't to shabby and I can certainly see myself drinking this on a hot day.

Photo of Seanont
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mill street has a cool retro look to their bottles and advertising.

Had out of the bottle poured in a frosty pint glass and served with out an orange very cloudy, with a decent smell of wheat and citrus with a hint of bananas. Not much head and limited lacing

Taste is Belgium Wit and not your American style wheat beer. Very tasty and very strong citrus flavor compared to many wheat beers which can be a plus or a negative depending on your preference.

Over all a very good offering from Mill Street and very enjoyable to drink. I would try again for sure

Photo of IronDjinn
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Yet another Mill Street offering to be found out West here.

Pours out a pale straw colour, with a tall foamy white head that recedes to a thick creamy cap.

Lots of wheat and yeasty spice up front in the nose, coriander, plus lemon and orange struggling for dominance in the citrus department.

The flavour is pleasant but muted, a bit watered down. Wheat and lemon zest up front, while the spice and orange peel carries it to the finish. Coriander and citrus rind lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light and a bit watery, it affects the delivery of the flavour.

Overall this would make an okay patio session ale for a wit, or a safe gateway introduction to the style. Is also a reasonably priced domestic for the style as well.

Photo of Antilochus
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 341mL bottle, purchased at a Kingston LCBO in a six pack.

Pour is a very hazy light almost pastel golden yellow, with decent white foamy head that reduced in size quickly to a half-centimetre or so.

Aroma is (in this order) belgian yeast, bubblegum, spices, citrus.

Taste is light, dominated by coriander, typical wheaty flavours, and yeast. Spicy finsh. Nice and smooth, highly quaffable. One of Mill Street's better offerings.

Photo of ritzkiss
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle as part of Mill St.'s mixed six. Pours a light, hazy golden color with some light head that doesn't have much staying power.

Nose is a nice mix of coriander, oranges and lemons, wheat. Coriander comes out the strongest but is not overpowering.

The grains come first on entry followed by the coriander which is balanced by a lemony backing. Touches of honey. Not bad flavor but I feel it is a little offset by the carbonation which pushes it through too quickly and leaves too much razzle dazzle; could be smoother and highlight the flavors more.

All in all, a pretty decent wit - though the carbonation also limits the drinkability (I feel full already).

Photo of papat444
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to grub for this one.

Appearance: A strikingly white 2 finger head that i wish lasted longer but the body is perfect showing off a cloudy golden look with wisps of yeast.

Smell: Pepper, yeast, lemon and spices. Very alive and zesty. I like it.

Taste: Very lemony, lots of yeast character. A little spicy finish, coriander maybe with some pepper. Good but i would have preferred more spices and less fruit zest but i'm nitpicking a little because it still tastes good.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is low, finish is crisp and clean while the body is light. Everything is in line as per the style.

Drinkability: Easy to enjoy and drink.

Overall: A bit lacking in the flavor department but otherwise another solid offering from Mill Street.

Photo of headlessparrot
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was really excited about this one; I was aware that Mill Street often had a seasonal wit on tap in their brew-pub, but didn't find out that they'd begun bottling it until a friend mentioned it. I made a trip to the LCBO right away. Not only is Mill Street one of my favourite brewers, but the wit-bier style is very high on my list of favourites, especially during such a brutal summer.

Mill Street Wit poured from the cool Mill Street brown bottle (silk-screened, uniquely shaped, with a pop cap) into my weizen glass as you might expect - lots of visible effervescence, a big cap, and a cloudy-hazy yellow body. The colour was a bit lager-y (slightly orange-y?) for a wit, and the head wasn't quite as frothy as you would expect from the style, but the beer still looks absolutely delicious. The head dies down a bit after a few moments, to about one finger, where it lasts for the rest of the drink, accompanied by very heavy lacing. Not the best looking wit I've tried, but respectable, and tempting.

The smell is gorgeous. Dominated by orange, clove, coriander. A hint of bananas. A slight, musty wheatiness. Yeast. Not as strong of a scent as the other wits that I've tried, but it has a nice, crisp freshness to it that Hoegaarden and Blanche de Chambly seem to lack.

The taste lives up to the smell. Big banana and curaco orange at front, accented by a very nice wheat body. Subtle coriander and clove, a hint of bubblegum (not too much). Sweet initially, but dries - well balanced, and simply delicious. Again, this doesn't have the 'hit you over the head' big flavour of other wits, but where it lacks there, it more than compensates with the fact that it's simply so fresh, crisp, and clean. A bit of orange-banana bubblegum with a hint of yeast and wheat on the finish.

The mouthfeel is also great; obviously the carbonation is big, because of the style. But the body feels simply great in the mouth, and the heavy carbonation is almost unnoticeable because of the rich taste and lovely freshness. Drinkability - as with most wits and hefes - is outstanding. I could drink most all night, and this is no exception.

For me, Mill Street's Wit is far and away the definitive Canadian interpretation of the witbier. It simply blows Unibroue's Blanche De Chambly out of the water, and it holds its own against Canadian wheat beers of any style. This beer is most definitely worth a try. My only qualm is that this stuff isn't available for long. I guess my next goal is to convince the Mill Street guys to make it a regular part of their line-up.

Photo of Rudgers73
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at the bar in a Hefe glass.

Pours a cloudy yellow with a quickly fading head. The aroma is rich and full of citrus, belgian yeast, and spices. The flavor is very lively and complex with clean and bittersweet orange peel, deep and rich coriander, and a mellow sticky-sweet yeast. The beer gets better as you drink it and as it warms with a more full and sweet flavor.

Good Wit.

Photo of spinrsx
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - The beer pours a hazy pale gold colour with an average size fizzy white head. There is a fair amount of carbonation showing, and there is some very faint lacing. The head stuck around for only a minute or two before it was gone.

Smell - wheat, a peppery spice mix, corriander, bubble gum

Taste & Mouth - There is a lot of carbonation - lots of little bubbles on the tongue. The first and most noticeable taste is wheat and pears/bubble gum? There is also some citrus zest notes, and a grassiness. The beer finishes with a slightly bitter apple/grape juice flavour mixed with pepper/coriander.

Drink - I'm not a huge wheat beer fan, but this is definitely one of the better ones that I've had. If you're a fan of the style; seek this one out.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from viggo courtesy of Birthday Club 2, 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 light yellow color with a very thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, yeast and spice with a little bit of lemon & hops in the background.

T: The taste is light but bready with flavors of wheat, Belgian yeast, lemon and coriander spice. The hops presence is very mild and the malt character is thin, but both are in-line with the Witbier style. The after-taste is slightly bready and a little sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, very good representation of style, decent kick, I could certainly see myself drinking a few of these. It’s a good beer to drink when you’re in a Belgian mood and want something light.

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Mill Street Wit from Mill Street Brew Pub
82 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.