Mill Street Weizenbock - Mill Street Brew Pub
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3.76/5 rDev +6.2%
355ml bottle, a refugee from their current winter mix pack.
This beer pours a murky, dark red-brick brown colour, with two pudgy fingers of tightly foamy, and somewhat bubbly beige head, which leaves a bit of coral reef lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.
It smells quite prominently of fresh-mashed, overripe bananas, astringent yeast, edgy, kind of spicy wheat malt, singed brown sugar, a hint of simple black fruit - boozy raisins, mostly - and a muddled sense of generic Christmas spice. The taste is more heady, fleshy banana, a dense caramel and wheat malt sweetness, middling earthy yeast, a fading clove/coriander seasonal affectation, and mild leafy, weedy hops.
The carbonation is tame, but duly frothy at random junctures, the body a hefty medium-full weight for the style, and quite agreeably smooth, the only chink in the armour a testy burgeoning alcohol character. It finishes on the sweet side, the caramel malt, banana pudding, wheat cereal, and bready spice carrying the day.
A decent, big-boy weizenbock, if perhaps one that relies a bit too much on the banana/yeast sledgehammer, rather than a more subtle touch to get its point across. Overall, worthy of a go, for its warming nature, as well as the unexpected holiday essences hidden within.
12-12-2013 07:46:06 | More by biboergosum
British Columbia (Canada)
3.51/5 rDev -0.8%
One of the 6 brews in their current winter back.
Pours a dark red brown colour with a lacy head that fades rather quickly. Aroma smells of rich banana and brown sugar, and generally tastes that way too with the exception of the alcohol being pretty upfront. Has a fairly malty backbone and slight bit of bitterness at the end as well.
I found that the sweetness was slightly overdone though, and doesn't especially complement the alcohol-ness of this style. One thing I did enjoy was the mouthfeel - it was quite thick and creamy. Definitely more of a winter beer as it warms you up quick.
Overall, an enjoyable beer but not something I'd particularly reach for again - the taste is just a bit too one dimensional for me. I'm overall becoming quite a fan of Mill St. though, this being the 4th beer I've tried from them.
12-23-2013 02:52:28 | More by hansonywu
3.76/5 rDev +6.2%
355 mL bottle from the LCBO, courtesy of their latest sampler pack. Haven't tried a new weizenbock in quite a while, but with the cold weather finally descending upon my home, this particular offering is more than welcome in my glass tonight. Served well chilled.
Pours a muddy, dark coppery-brown colour, topped with one finger of dense, creamy off-white head. It wilts quickly, leaving a thin collar and a few wisps on the surface after only a few minutes have passed. Great aroma, with lots of yeasty banana and wheaty malt, with accompanying hints of raisin and clove. Rather sweet, but appropriate for the style and enticing enough to draw me in.
An enjoyable bock, with nothing surprising and only a few minor gripes for me to whine about. It's quite sweet, with slightly less banana than I picked up on the nose. There's also some wheat malt, raisin and prune, but a little boozy toward the finish and into the aftertaste. I find it integrates nicely with the dark fruits and molasses notes, but it does limit this one's drinkability. Medium-bodied, with light carbonation that gently agitates the tongue. Creamy and smooth going down, with the alcohol warming you nicely after a few sips - it's cold as shit out tonight, and this one is satisfying the job prerequisites competently.
Final Grade: 3.76, a well-earned B+. Mill Street's Weizenbock is a serviceable example of the style, though it really can't hold a candle to the German imports. The yeastiness is there, but the wheat malts simply lack the same aggressiveness and complexity of the paragons of this style. I'd get this again if the price was right, and it makes for a somewhat memorable conclusion to this season's new sampler pack. As an addendum, I am psyched that they opted to exclude the Stock Ale and include another seasonal in its place. The Organic Lager does the same job better anyway - variety is the spice of life!
11-12-2013 23:35:19 | More by thehyperduck
3.33/5 rDev -5.9%
Poured from bottle from Mills Street taster's pack into a pint glass.
Appearance - Dark mahogany color, 1 finger of creamy off-white head that dissipated very quickly. Light soapiness lingers on top and around the edges of the glass. Beer is very opaque and virtually no light can get through.
Smell - Booze and dark fruits right of the bat. Notably overripe cherries. After that some wheat, caramel and molasses. Almost a hint of funky yeasts in play here as well. Not bad but while each of these should combine for a great smelling beer the cohesive of the aromas just isn't there.
Taste - Burnt sugar, dark fruits, lots of sweetness and and boozy with slight bitter aftertaste. The taste is indicative of the ABV level. Still pretty good, but other Weizenbocks definitely hide the booze better. A touch of black licorice flavor as the beer warms slightly. As with the aromas the flavors just don't quite come together as cohesively as I would have hoped.
Mouthfeel - Smooth, but a little thin feeling especially comparing to a couple of the other weizenbocks I've had. Low carbonation and medium dry finish
Overall - Nice beer, but would rather have some of their other offerings and there are definitely better Weizenbocks out there. Nonetheless a good effort.
11-08-2013 05:09:02 | More by DenisKolkin
3.63/5 rDev +2.5%
On tap at Volo.
Pours a muddy dark brownish orange, on the darker end of a weizenbock, thin off white head forms and settles down to a thin ring around the glass, some lace spots stick.
Smell is neat, some dark fruit, heavy banana, clove, quite sweet, brown sugar, biscuity malt and some wheat, lightly yeasty, vanilla, more banana, alcohol, not bad.
Taste is similar, alcohol is up front, big banana and some light spiciness, vanilla, very sweet, brown sugar and honey, yeast, wheat, more banana, more alcohol, some dark fruit, reminds me some of Aventinus.
Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty drinkable but a little too sweet for me I think. Like a poor mans Aventinus which is a compliment.
01-05-2010 17:43:17 | More by Viggo
British Columbia (Canada)
3.5/5 rDev -1.1%
Part of the Winter 13 mixed pack. nice banana on the nose , quite a dark shade of brown . On the sweetish side this is a decent Weizenbock with a real dry finish after the sweet first note. Not really yeasty enough for me but I still like where Mill st is going with this beer. Satisfying beer for the winter months.
11-17-2013 00:23:00 | More by canucklehead
3.73/5 rDev +5.4%
The beer's mucky, muddied tones come to resemble a bloody sangria, its hints of honeyed orange seem resistant to bleeding through even when held directly into the light. The beer's high protein content, responsible for making it so cloudy, can't be faulted. Besides, it's not entirely unclear. The head - rather unrepresentative of the style - is minimal.
This interweaving of yeasty patterns is downright dizzying. Its bouquet is a super phenolic cocktail of spices (including the unusual, but appreciated, note of cumin). Clove, also, is in ample supply. The distinct scent of paprika and honey glazed pecans, as well as red hot sauce, blends in with the more typical notes of bananas, prunes and raisins.
Like its aroma, the beer's flavour is an intoxicating blend of honey and heat. Sweetness and spice. There is plenty of bruised fruity flavour, with emphasis on dried and purplish ones (prunes, raisins). The menu, however, also lists more exotic fruits including notes of grilled pineapple and a few stocks of banana (the above doused in clover honey).
Along with hints of cumin, clove and curried spices there is lots of residual sugariness from the malts. The sweet and the spice mix well. Although the alcohol is hardly noticed, I can't help but feel the body could stand to be a little richer and fuller (for a beer of its strength). Then again, that's the beauty of wheat: a lighter, crisper, creamier texture.
For a long time it looked unlikely that Ontario would ever see a style like weizenbock be produced locally; it was only recently that brewers in this province become willing to try new things and brew bolder, more distinctive beers. This change of heart, I believe there is no doubt, can largely be attributed to the success that Mill Street has had...
Which has come in no small part because of their willingness (and ability) to offer more integral, less common and, frankly, much more interesting beers than its competitors. This weizenbock, albeit not the pinnacle of the style, is indisputably well-made and well worth drinking. I can't wait to fill this growler with other quality Mill Street brew!
03-13-2010 23:50:38 | More by biegaman
3.58/5 rDev +1.1%
Appearance: The body is that opaque brown/red bock colour with noticeable carbonation in the body. A single finger of head was produced that retained well but did not lace.
Smell: High levels of caramel malt with a banana presence with a slightly odd yeasty smell to it. Warming helps bring it out but it was suitably strong after the pour as well.
Taste: The sweet caramel malt give way to a banana and plum taste and touches of fruity yeast before rounding out with a slight alcohol and hop touch. It just seems like it should have more flavour but is seems a bit too restrained.
Mouthfeel: Once again, I'm really surprised at the lack of aftertaste on this one. I mean a slight banana and plum taste lingers, but it's nothing very overt. The carbonation could be a bit more aggressive and pans out near the 1/4 left mark, and the beer seems to jumble itself together as you drink it.
Drinkability: Lighter on the end of medium bodied and easy to drink as it settles down extremely quick for a 7.5% beer. It's has just the barest note of dryness that keeps you wanting more. It's just a shame the carbonation isn't working out so well, as well in turns flat, it's not fun.
Final Thoughts: All in all, a serviceable Weizenbock. I'm probably not being very charitable as Weihenstephaner Vitus is the only other beer of this style I've tried and it blows this stuff out of the water. However there is very little to complain about other then the carbonation is odd really. Give it a whirl.
02-04-2014 02:09:37 | More by TheHammer
Mill Street Weizenbock from Mill Street Brew Pub
81 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.