Mill Street Wit - Mill Street Brew Pub

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Reviews: 88
Hads: 147
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 3
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Mill Street Brew Pub visit their website
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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Reviews: 88 | Hads: 147
Photo of Shadman
1.98/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Certainly has the look of a wit. Pale aprocot in color with a bone white head and decent lacing.

Coriander spice and a sour citrus aroma

Hejus. Hate to say it, but the bottle/case I have is absolutely awful. Other than a hint of coriander spice all I got was an overwelming sourness that made this one of the few I had to pour down the drain. They obviously put wayyy too much orange peel in their mix.

If you can get past the sourness it is par for a wit bier course.

I'm hoping this was a bad/expired batch because....as far as Mill Street goes IMO, stick to the coffee porter... (586 characters)

Photo of jbonapar
2.33/5  rDev -36.7%
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... (451 characters)

Photo of slitherySOB
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This beer I was looking forward to most. I love Belgian wit beers. Any beer with wheat. Pours out of the bottle with a clouded, frosty straw colour. The head is probably a half inch thick, and fades within a minute. Plenty of coriander smell, oranges, lemons, bit of bubblegum and a few other spices. Oddly, not much of a malt smell. The coriander was a bit too strong. Tasted surprisingly bitter for a witbier. Bit of the spices come through, but the malt is weak, the orange flavour tasted more of orange peel(ever eat an orange peel? Bitter), and black pepper. Finished with a banana and slightly stronger malty presence. The mouthfeel is good and thick. Somewhat chewy, and good carbonation. I'm not sure how to rate drinkability, but it is low. The beer itself isn't offensive, but it didn't seem like a witbier to me. And, honestly, I wouldn't seek out another bottle. A bit of a depressing beer. I was hoping for a good wheat beer, and had something that reminded me more of a witbier mixed with an IPA? (1,010 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.53/5  rDev -31.3%
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. (445 characters)

Photo of rarbring
2.6/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A hazy straw colored ale, a white head leaving little lacing and small curtains.

Smelling citric, spicy and yeasty.

The taste is mostly sour, lemon with some coriander, a dash of white vinegar.

Medium carbonation, small foamy bubbles, a dry acidity finish.

Too flat and sour. (279 characters)

Photo of benito
2.83/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at the LCBO before returning to the US. Mill Street showcases its laurels as one of the more adored/people's choice brewpubs in Ontario.

Their wit is a nice, hazy straw color with low carbonation and less persistent head than style guidelines would recommend. Lots of tartness in the aroma and flavor with a strong coriander finish on the palate. Light and refreshing, though the tartness is a little overwhelming and even remniscent of Jolly Pumpkin's brett funk.

I'd prefer a more balanced and less tart wit; nonetheless, it's still palatable. (566 characters)

Photo of TerryW
2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I usually quite enjoy Mill Street brews, but this one misses the mark for me, especially as I enjoy the style.

Overall the beer presents as understated. It hints at the style but never quite impresses. A little spritizier than I would expect as well.

Hazy gold, moderate head. Soft aroma, subdued taste. Thin bodied and a bit too much fizz and pop.

Passable, but not particularly noteworthy. (394 characters)

Photo of cratez
3.12/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

341ml bottle from the Seasonal Sampler #3 mix pack. I've never really liked this beer but others seem to appreciate it so I decided to re-consider tonight.

A: ultra pale and cloudy yellow, on the lightest end of the pilsner/lager spectrum, with a thin ring of bright white head. No lace on this pour.
S & T: fairly strong lemon and citrus, coriander, slight clove, creamy doughiness, barley, a bit salty, tart and malty sourness to end. Definitely not my thing, as none of these flavours meld together to produce an enjoyable, cohesive taste.
M: smooth, slick, oily, thicker than medium, sharp spiciness on the palate, sour and dry finish. Best aspect of this brew.
D: I'm digging the mouthfeel, but not much else. The whole salty/sour/citrus character just doesn't do it for me. A big MEH on this one! (806 characters)

Photo of OskarL
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy yellow color with lots of carbonation and a big white head that leaves nice lacing.

Smells of wheat grain, yeast, faint corriander, citrus.

Taste is not what I expected, lots of bitter orange peel up front that then turns to sweet lemon with wheat and some yeasty spicyness.

Has a medium body with medium carbonation that makes the beer crisp. (361 characters)

Photo of drinkininthewood
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 330ml brown bottle into a Hoegaarden glass.

A- Pours a murky golden/yellow color with a bubbly head that disappears fairly quick leaving some tiny lace spots. Retention.

S- Is of a solid wit. Lots of wheat with coriander and oranges peels, some lemon as well, fairly citrusy overall. Clove. Fairly good aromas.

T- Fair amount of citrus. Some nice yeasty flavors with some wheat. Overall fairly sweet with a tangy/sour dry finish.

M- light with decent carbonation, fairly effervecent.

D- pretty solid drinkability here.

Overall a decent wit. Not much sediment and i didn't like that. But other than that its decent and i would say that its a distant second to Hoegaarden which is a huge compliment to this beer. From a decent brewery too. Good effort from Mill St. but ill go with the Hoagaarden. Still recommended. (835 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy golden colour, with a thin layer of head with decent retention and holds the thin layer throughout, leaving no real lacing.

S - The scent is of sour lemon and cloves with a peppery finish. Could be a little more fruity IMO, but unique to say the least.

T - Fruit flavours dominate with citrus, bananas and pineapple becoming evident. A bit of a bubble gum flavour also noticeable, and the spices (nutmeg and cloves) come through a little on the mild side. The finish is rather bitter and a little peppery, which is a bit of a turn-off.

M - Mouthfeel is perfectly balanced with carbonation that goes down smooth. Definitely the strongest point on this one.

D - Overall, quite impressed with the look and feel, however, was a little disappointed on the flavours. The sour and bitter finish were a bit of a turnoff, but the bananas and bubble gum were pretty nice. Wouldn't buy a 6-er of this for myself, but wouldn't turn one down if offered. (961 characters)

Photo of allergictomacros
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up yesterday at the 'bo. I can see right through the bottle though... I assume this is the way it's supposed to be. Looks like the yeast has settled in the bottle. Pours a slightly hazy yellow-gold with pungent yeastiness immediately pouring out of it. Head is a little wimpy. Maybe this one needs a good shake before pouring. Orange/citrus aroma and a slight spiciness are at the forefront. I'm getting a whiff of movie-theatre popcorn as well. Tastewise, this starts off tart and finishes dry. Purely in flavour though, it seems a bit lacking and doesn't live up to the nose. Quite fizzy, and easy to drink. (621 characters)

Photo of tonyf55
3.27/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Visual (2.5): Head, white, fizzles out, even with a robust pour. A slightly golden, foggy colour is a little darker than most witbiers...closer to a golden lager. No lacing with a few small carbonation bubbles

Aroma (3): Strong citrus aromas with other scents of yeast (dough) and orange. The wheat malt gives a slight tartness to the aroma; light but noticeable.

Taste (3.5): Sweet and bitter flavours on the pallet - orange predominantly - with the citrus bitterness lasting lightly at the back of the throat. A dull yeasty flavour also lingers after the swallow as well.

Mouthfeel (4): Very light body with slight carbonation coarseness to the beer. Very easy to drink, and refreshing, just as it should be.

Overall (3): Mill ST. Wit meets all the requirements for a Witbier but doesn't hit it out of the park on any of them. The citrus was a little over-powering in the flavour and aroma, and could have been balanced better. The mouthfeel was well developed, benefiting from the lingering flavours, and contributed to a welcoming drinkability for this summer sipper. (1,075 characters)

Photo of ZorPrime
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
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. (548 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.35/5  rDev -9%
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. (796 characters)

Photo of pootz
3.39/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle:

Poured slightly hazed pale straw color...not as infiltered as I like a wit. Fluffy 2 finger cap with fair to poor retention.

Aroma is a bit more promising than the look...nice floral hops under a great corriander spicey tone...light whiffs of citrus and malt.

Light, spritzy, spicey and dry in the finish with some light citrus and sweetness.

One of the best locally made Witbiers....all natural, refreshing but over filtered and focused at mass appeal. Good effort but not authentic enough for my tastes...I’ll buy this is Hoegaarden is not available. (565 characters)

Photo of tpd975
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Used this one to drink along a real spicey chili while watching college football. Nice little beer to put out the flames.

A: Pours a very pale yellow with a nice tall foamy head. Pretty good retention with a streak or two of lace.

S: Typical wit aromas. Lots of bread, citrus, banana and corriander.

T: Mild in flavor. Nice clove and corriander up front. Very citric with nice yeasty tones which come forward as banana.

M: Very light, fairly crisp.

D: Not bad, wanted something light to cool down the fire in my mouth. It fit the bill, though it was not the best pairing.

Thanks Grub! (590 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (514 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty decent Wit though I am spoiled by Granville Island and Driftwoods versions in BC. Pale cloudy and quite carbonated with the citrus notes on the nose. Not too spicy though well balanced I found it a little thin for the style( kinda like Celis White). I prefer the Pilsner to their Wit as a patio beer (306 characters)

Photo of bryehn
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

True to style, pours cloudy with sediment; a a pale, "pineapple juice" yellow. Decent, but fleeting head that leaves a small collar.

Very sweet, malty aroma with lots of orange tone and a peppery spiciness. It's very appetizing, if not full. Kind of like the syrup from a fruit cup or canned pears.

Also quite sweet in taste, after the initial crispy citrus tang. Malt forward with a sort of trading card bubble gum or lychee flavour to it. I get a nice fruity tartness on the back end.

A bit out of character, maybe a bit complicated, but very good for fans of the style. Quite a refreshing brew, really easy to drink. (622 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341 ml bottle poured into pint glass aug 15 2009

A a cloudy pale yellow, small head falls fast and left no lace

S wheat and lemon and spices quite faint

T not bad, good spice and lots of citrus

M/D fair amount of carbonation, very easy drinking, great hot day beer

this is worth trying grab a mill street 6 pack mixer (322 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330 bottle poured into a pint glass

A- An Aggressive Pour yields minimal head and even that is fast receding. Pours a nice golden hazy color although no lacing is present

S- Scent of orange, other citrus and coriander, although backdrop of wheat is present.

T- Lots of orange and hints of coriander, pineapple and other tropical fruits. Does have a bready undertone as well. Very mild on the whole.

M-Quite bubbly indicating high carbonation. Not bad however but not as creamy and as smooth as other beers in the style. Slight let down here.

O-Nice beer but not quite as refined nor as complex as others in its class. Nonetheless a summer beer worth guzzling again. (675 characters)

Photo of sstackho
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased from brewery. Pours a cloudy pale straw. Medium spicy aroma. Taste is nicely spicy and wheaty. I sound like a stereotype, but this really IS a nice beer on a hot day like today. I was told at the brewery that the bottled versions is a bit different than on draft - more spices and yeast, I think it was. (325 characters)

Photo of seand
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly cloudy pale yellow, with a small amount of white head. The head dissipates fairly quickly, leaving very little lacing.

S: Sweet with a touch of Belgian-style spices and citrus fruit.

T: Similar to the aroma, sweet with touches of citrus fruit.

M: Fairly light body, medium carbonation.

D: Drinks reasonably easily, though I can't say it really leaves me wanting more. (391 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (1,141 characters)

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