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Mill Street Wit - Mill Street Brew Pub

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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.57%
Wants: 3
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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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: 146 | Reviews: 88
Photo of MMansfield
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled bottle at work 11/09/07.

Appearance: Pours a peach colour with a fizzy head diminishing to a little lacey ring. Small amount of haze, not completely murky.

Aroma: Plenty of coriander, orangey, not much wheat in the nose.

Taste: More wheat in flavour, quite light and citrusy.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied as expected. Pretty good drinkability as it's not dominated by spicey notes.

Final Statement: Not a bad wit beer but not elite.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.53/5  rDev -29.9%
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 TerryW
2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

Photo of Antilochus
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
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 Rudgers73
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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 sstackho
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of elricorico
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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 shamus
4.17/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice foamy head that is retained throughout drinking. A golden chill hazed body with fine carbonation. Smells of orange, coriander and sandalwood. A dry mouthfeel with a lovely taste perfect for this style. It reminds me of an old favourite from Quebec, Coupe des Grisous. I'm glad to be able to find this at the Rideau LCBO.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of pootz
3.39/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


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.

Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pale yellow / straw colour was relatively see through for the style, I expected something a bit more hazy and murky. While there was some haziness, there's also a bit of lime colour in there that surprizes me. A half finger, off white head dissipates and readily gives way to a ring around the glass and good lacing. Nicely carbonated. There's a spicy nose there, a bit of lavender in the mix as well; citrus and marmalade. Hoppy and with a good mouthfeel, balanced bitterness and a pleasant finish make this a real treat all around. I had a lot of yeast in the bottom of the bottle that I spilled into my half-full glass and watched as it clouded the glass; the result was equally satisfying and still tasted quite good. A really nice treat from Mill St., keep up the good work.

Photo of funkengruven
4.83/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this on draught in the past and was impressed, so when I saw it for sale in bottles I had to give it a try.

This poured beautifuly, tons of lace on the glass and substantial head. Smell is definitely reflective of what a Witbier should smell like, coriander, orange and a subtle yeastiness. Flavor is quite bold, the coriander leaves a very pleasant spicy aftertaste and the orange gives this beer the perfect tartness. Carbonation is almost at the perfect level, smooth and easy drinking.

Finally a Witbier that I could actually say might be better than Hoegaarden. I'm very impressed indeed.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.26/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was really happy to see a new bottled offering from Mill Street at the LCBO, and a style rarely attempted by Ontario brewers no less. The silk screened bottle portrays an alewife carrying a bushel of barley or wheat over her shoulder. Very cool bottle.

The beer pours a hazy, luminescent straw color, with plenty of yeast left in the bottom of the bottle. The fluffy head quickly reduces, leaving plenty of lace trails on the glass. The aroma is citrusy and tart with a distinctive sweet tangerine feel. The taste is of crisp refreshing wheat and a good amount of citrus peel. Coriander like spiceyness is subdued in the background. Hops are pretty much AWOL. The finish has a sturdy acidity mingled with bitter orange. The mouthfeel is light and replete with tiny carbonation bubbles.

This is a decent Witbier, more intense and tart than the Hoe and just as good.

Photo of crwills
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First bottle from a 6-pack purchased at the LCBO. Poured into a Big Rock glass because everything else was dirty. Pale yellow/gold with a small bubbly head that fades fast. Spicy, lemony aroma - big coriander presence there and in the flavour. Body is OK, although slightly watery, which makes the spices a little too dominant for me. Mild banana notes in the aftertaste. Taste dulls when it gets too warm - seems best at near-refrigerator temperatures. Regardless of flaws, I did like this, and it's nice to have a local witbier available in bottles, as an alternative to Hoegaarden.

Photo of headlessparrot
4.17/5  rDev +15.5%
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 Sushi
3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six-pack of this beer at the LCBO at Yonge and Highway 7 in Richmond Hill. 341mL bottle.

Pours a pale yellow color, and is slightly cloudy. A very thin head is present, but it dissipates very quickly. The smell is not particularly strong, with a nice hint of citrus fruits. The flavor of the beer is good; banana and orange are present, with some spiciness. There was slightly more carbonation than I expected. Drinkability is excellent; the beer goes down easily, with a faint, pleasant aftertaste.

Overall, a good beer. Recommended for anyone who is not familiar with wheat beers, and wants a good introduction to this style. The only gripe I have is the complete lack of head.

Photo of Derek
4.01/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brew pub.

A: Amber-orange, not cloudy at all; initially a little white head, no retention or lace. Where's the wheat protein?

S: Orange, spice & some bready malt.

T: Maltier than expected, with a pleasant biscuit/bread backbone; Fruity esters seem more British than Belgian; pleasant orange & subtle spicing.

M: Moderate body, modest carbonation.

D: Quite good.

Photo of DrJay
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good offering from Mill St. Hazy straw/caramel colour with an initially thick bright white head that quickly reduces. Good lacing. Plenty of banana fruitiness in the nose, plus a little clove spiciness. Balanced flavour between light bitterness and soft wheat malt, banana and light spice, which lingers at the finish with a little tartness. The body was a bit heavier than expected, a little chewy, and finished with a bit of slickness. Nice beer for sitting on the patio in the summer.

Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a real hazy golden yellow, big fluffy white head, lace all over. Smell is banana, clove, spices, as it should be. Taste has nice banana tones, a lot of malt is detectable, spicy middle and a tart finish. Also some nice yeasty flavours going on. Very fullbodied, very smooth, medium carbonation. I would say Mill Streets best beer as well, they should bottle this stuff. Almost rivals Denisons.

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Mill Street Wit from Mill Street Brew Pub
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