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Mill Street Original Organic Lager - Mill Street Brew Pub

Mill Street Original Organic LagerMill Street Original Organic Lager

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185 Ratings
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Ratings: 185
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 19.24%


Brewed by:
Mill Street Brew Pub visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This 100% all natural certified Organic Lager is Ontario’s first organic lager, and contains no pesticides, insecticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers. Brewed with imported malt and hops, this 4.2% European-style pilsner offers a light, crisp and refreshing flavour, with a clean finish.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-23-2003)
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.39/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at a small pub/eatery in Calgary (Blind Monk). Beer arrived in a pint glass, a pale lemon drop yellow with one finger or so of white head. Aroma very subdued but maybe my sense of smell isn't so great ... I do get a little sweet bread pilsner malt and a few floral noble hop notes. Not much of an odor however. Fortunately the taste is more interesting. Oddly enough I get some fruit notes (banana, pineapple, a bit of vanilla creme perfume) and a green malt juiciness. The whole package is quite sweet but well-carbonated, hops could be more pronounced but I do get the sweet hay flavor and watermelon rind-like green bitterness that I also taste in Sam Adams Boston Lager and other lagers that feature Hallertau hops (apparently grown in New Zealand rather than Germany, where organic versions are currently unavailable ... Could this account for the different fruit notes described earlier?). Finish pretty clean and crisp although there are clearly some residual sugars. Its not an earth-shatteringly great pilsner but I will say that this brew is better on tap. Bottles I have had were more flat, bland, and devoid of the interesting flavors I could detect here.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2013 03:54:40 | More by CalgaryFMC
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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear bottle as part of holiday season Mill Street Taster's pack from LCBO. Tried the Weizenbock the other day now onto the organic lager. Served cold and poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pale golden colored beer with decent one finger of fluffy looking white head on top. Just dark enough that it doesn't look thin but rather like something of substance. Some effervescent bringing bubbles to the top of the beer in a uniform pattern around the glass. Head doesn't linger but sticks around just along enough to make a respectable showing of it. Respectable amount of lacing left on the glass too.

Smell - Lots of grassy notes and some underlying bready yeast smell in there. Decent nose for the style but not much else here.

Taste - Kinda like the smell, a little thin, but light grassy beer maybe through in with mild wheat and hay flavors taste shines through. No distracting adjuncts here. For what it is it does a good job. Lingering aftertaste adds a little more flavor given how much is actually in your mouth at any one point.

Mouthfeel - A little thin, doesn't quite have the presence that some of its German counterparts do. Watery and refreshing enough medium - heavy carbonation that leaves the beer feeling a little more robust than it actually is.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 21:15:55 | More by DenisKolkin
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AugustusRex

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great >5% session lager. Perfect for buying for groups and parties when a lot of different tastes have to be taken into account. Refreshing like a good bottle of mineral water with no off flavours. The reason for the high rating is that it is hard to find such a fresh light and clean lager so I can have beer in place of water.

Tastes as light as it is at 4.2%, tastes all-malt (what little malt is there) and with very little hops. Overall the small amount of hops dominates the small amount of malt. One of the few beers I drink cold.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 03:05:59 | More by AugustusRex
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Olek4374

Alberta (Canada)

2.56/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

473 mL can poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a light yellow, kinda even neon almost. The head smells of tangy citus, especially lemon. The taste is clean, I'll give it that. Unfortunately it isn't very exciting either. The hopiness is nearly nonexistent, and the malt flavour is also very weak. The beer is also very flat for whatever reason.

Overall, not a very impressive beer. I'd rather have Mill Street's Stock Ale over this any day of the week.

Serving type: can

06-06-2013 03:51:40 | More by Olek4374
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IdeaSpeeder

Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Serving Type - 341ml clear bottle poured into pilsner glass.

Appearance - Pours a clear pale straw colour. Bright white head which dissipates quickly, leaving behind a small amount of lacing.

Smell - Very faint. What's there is giving off some 'bready' notes and hints of grass.

Taste - Considerably under-hopped for the style. Some bread and straw notes. Some sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation for the style. Very, very light.

Overall - 2/5 Side note: A pils plain enough to be mistaken for an american adjunct. Not that it's necessarily bad, its just that it isn't really anything. 'Beer' flavoured beer?

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 04:02:33 | More by IdeaSpeeder
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NV9

Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale straw colour, very little head and almost no retention. Important here to note this is from a bottle, I've had better experiences with this beer on tap.

Smell is grainy/grassy and some skunkiness as well.

Smooth tasting, medium body, medium carbonation, nice overall mouthfeel and very drinkable. Lots of flavour, doesn't taste like a light lager.

The fact that it's organic doesn't matter to me. What I do like is it's a fairly widely available beer that most people who aren't craft beer drinkers can still agree on. Great for sharing a pitcher with friends.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 03:10:06 | More by NV9
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.26/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a sot fluffy white head, decent retention. Colour is a light yellow gold colour. Clear bottle. Leaves some lacing.

Smell has barley malt, some citrus, pretty crisp and cerial-ly. Pretty unremarkable, smells like molson.

Taste is somewhat grainey, mostly malt driven, some bready malts come later with a touch of sweetness, not much hop character, it finishes quite smooth, dry, with a crisp graininess.

Mouthfeel has light body, crisp carbonation. Definitely light, a bit thin but not watery, leaves a sort of malty cracker chalky coating. Sessionable and refreshing when cold. Has a bit of substance so not all bad.

Far from amazing, a half-decent lager that I would reach for before others at a party or the dock, simply because it doesn't taste like water. Still a lot to wish for tho, middle of the road, but nice for summer session beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 03:29:12 | More by mick303
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JamesMN

Minnesota

3.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Mostly translucent straw color with lots of effervescence and a very thin white head.

Aroma: A mix of crystal/pilsen malt and a little bit of corn sweetness. Not much to this aroma.

Taste: It definitely fits in that Euro Pale Lager style. Lots of real malt flavor and sort of a wet grass and biscuit taste that you get with others of the style. It's a pretty sweet palate because of the malts but there is a bit of hop presence to help balance that. There's not really any bitterness but the hops add a nice crispness to the palate and the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with lighter carbonation than you'd expect given the bubbly appearance. Real easy drinking beer.

Final Thoughts: This beer is as advertised; a micro-brewed lager. They seem to have followed common sense and left out any adjuncts. There are some real nice flavors in this one that stay true to the style. While it isn't more that just a slightly above average beer, it's still a far cry from the macro-lagers that elude all conventional wisdom and fly off the shelves.

Serving type: can

09-21-2012 04:14:11 | More by JamesMN
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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a very bubbly straw gold with a finger and a half of fizzy white head.

Smell- Tart apples, grass, straw, light grains

Taste- The taste is strongly led by the grains and grass flavours, which carries through into the finish, and is then followed by a touch of apple.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with moderate to heavy carbonation. Crisp and dry finish.

Overall- A simple Euro Pale Lager by Mill Street. The flavours are not complex, nor should they be. This brew is kept clean and simple, making it a refreshing summer session brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 23:53:27 | More by leaddog
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into pint.

A- Super clear yellow pour with a two finger soapy white head. Lacing is spotty.

S- Grass and slight earthy hops. Slightly sweet.

T- Sweet with a nice grassy taste. There is a touch of biscuit. There is a bit fruit skin (apple or pear)

M- Light bodied, refreshing with good carbonation.

O- Refreshing and satisfying, everything you need in a light lager.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 23:16:58 | More by korguy123
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have had this hundreds of times and finally got around to reviewing it.

473 ml can poured in to pint glass.

A - Pale yellow with two fingers of bubbly white head that had good retention.

S - Bready malts, cereal, a noticeable sweetness.

T - Some sweetness up front. Bready/grainy malts with a very slight hop profile.

M - Light body. Smooth. Moderate carbonation.

O - A very easy drinking beer and a a decent tasting beer at 4.2%.

Serving type: can

02-05-2012 01:41:51 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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scott451

Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the clear (bah!) bottle into a pint glass. Two finger bubbly white head on a clear light amber. Good head retention. Some minor lacing.

Grainy, grassy malt smells. Mild but smooth flavour up front. Toasty cereals bring up the rear.

Mouthfeel is medium light and smooth. Not bad at all. Clean taste and well balanced. Too bad about the clear bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 17:08:05 | More by scott451
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huzelj

Alberta (Canada)

1.53/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poor example of a pilsner, surprised how this beer makes it out of thebrewery. Lots of off flavours, both in the nose and aroma. Clarity is not good either, unless they are shooting for a kellerbier which this does not taste close to.

I enjoy other mill st beers but this one is sub par. It could be a great beer but needs more attention in the brewhaus.

Serving type: can

12-22-2011 18:27:52 | More by huzelj
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Long813

Ontario (Canada)

2.55/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a clear golden body with three fingers of white fluffy head. Head retention is great and leaves full lacing.

S: Straw grains, some skunkiness - I'd say it's just bad, but I've had this on many occasions and it's been the same.

T: Light notes of straw grains and some metallic flavours.

M: Light bodied with medium-high carbonation. Smooth creamy texture with a sparkling metallic aftertaste.

O: Another brew from Mill street that is below par of what they should be selling. Wouldn't have it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 03:54:46 | More by Long813
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nighthawk

Nova Scotia (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341mL clear (boo-urns) bottle with no date. Poured into mug. Part of mixed-six pack that is currently available at the better-stocked NSLCs (Bayers Lake in this case).

Pours a typical bright, clear yellow, fizzy, foamy white head that slowly shrinks, then disappears. Little carbonation visible.

Mild grain, wheat, sweet aroma.

Taste is a light general maltiness...honey-like sweetness, a bit of breadiness, little bit of balancing hop bitterness. Hard to pin down a specific flavour here.

Light, a bit slick, low carbonation, but clean overall.

This beer is fine overall, nothing I find particularly interesting or flavourful. Throw it in the "good craft alternative at crappy aal-happy bars".

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 00:27:38 | More by nighthawk
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dgilks

Australia

3.18/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear golden colour with no head. Very disappointing head and head retention.

Light grainy malt aroma with some spicy noble hops. Very light aroma.

Slightly sweet malt with some mild herbal noble hops. A little dull and sweet.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.

An okay but ultimately dull lager. The flavours aren’t crisp enough and the slightly sweet malt kills everything.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2011 12:39:45 | More by dgilks
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fostachild

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a light clear golden/yellow colour with an okay amount of foamy/bubbly head.

smell had lots of malt, wheat/bread, and was grainy.

taste was similar to the smell - also smooth, with medium carbonation and pretty good drinkability.

overall it was better than i was expecting - not spectacular but certainly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 18:22:02 | More by fostachild
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

473ml Can

Appearance – Clear yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a below average amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, corn, malts, hops

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste malts mixed with corn and grains. There is also a light amount of hops and a touch of caramel sweetness. The beer finishes with a malty and grainy aftertaste with a bit of lingering caramel sweetness.

Overall – Definitely better than the countless macro lagers on the market. I could easily drink a lot of this stuff on a camping trip or any activity outdoors.

Serving type: can

09-27-2011 18:44:47 | More by spinrsx
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2.38/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer is pretty much a standard yellow lager. There is very little aroma, and what there is is vaguely bready and sweet with zero hops presence. The taste is sweet and bready, with very little bitterness, and that's about all. It may be micro-brewed and organic, but flavour-wise it tastes like a mass-produced factory beer. There is nothing bad about it, it's just not that good; and it certainly isn't worth paying any extra money for.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2011 21:47:56 | More by
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Stocean1

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - poured a creamy pillowy two finger head that dissipated to a half inch collar - pale crystal straw yellow - with fine lacing

S - sweet funky bready malt with some floral notes

T - dry sour malt not as strong as the nose with a slightly bitter aftertaste - some metal - some funk with a somewhat unbalanced sweetness

M - light body, creamy, sour and a little bitter - lightly carbonated

O - this sat in my fridge for a few weeks after I received it from my wife in a mixer pack - it is not my style and I had no real interest in trying it so I was surpised when I found it drinkable although I would never pass up an average ale instead of it.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 22:44:26 | More by Stocean1
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice pale golden colour to it. It has a nice white head that dies down quite fast and has some lacing.

Smell: The aromas give out hints of corn with some grainy and grassy notes.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a sweet grainy malt taste to it with a slight grassy hoppy crisp finish to it.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice clean balance.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavours and aromas. It's great for a warm summer day.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 03:19:16 | More by SebD
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bryehn

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New 473 mL cans. Was never a big fan of this one in bottles.

Pours a very clear, bright golden colour with a large, but fleeting head that settles as a moldy-looking film and leaves moderate lace. I swear it has more colour than in the bottle.

Freshwater, grains, honey-sweetened roasted malts and a faint fruitiness make up the aroma. Alcohol smell comes through as it warms.

Crisp and mild taste. Well-balanced, but slightly sweet malt. A sort of white wine grape taste provides a dryness and slight sourness. A toasty flavour comes out in the finish.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side with a light-medium carbonation. The long-lasting collar provides a smooth creaminess. Slight syrupy feeling on the back of the tongue. Bit of lingering sourness.

This is either a different recipe or benefits from not being packaged in clear bottles, but in my opinion this is a much more drinkable, aromatic, flavourful, smooth experience with the can. Good thing, a 12 cost me $31.

Serving type: can

07-09-2011 17:10:56 | More by bryehn
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Converge

Alberta (Canada)

2.55/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Pours with one finger of fizzy white head. Bright straw yellow; transparent. Head fizzles down to a small cap. Some slight lacing.

S - Grainy malt and corn. And something in there I can't quite pick out, but I don't like it...

T - The flavor opens up with strong grainy malt, and that's about it. Could really benefit from some honey or citrus or something, this flavor is just too flat and boring for my liking.

M - Mouth-feel is what you'd expect from a lager. Light-bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Although I didn't expect to enjoy this all that much, and didn't, I must say kudos to Mill Street for brewing this beer organically. Just not really my thing.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 23:42:56 | More by Converge
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

2.78/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance. Pours a clear gold-straw with a finger of frothy white head.

Smell. Light grains and corn. Some light floral hops.

Taste. Lightly toasted light grains, corn syrup, some faint hops and honey.

Mouthfeel. Light body with medium-strong carbonation.

Overall. Not bad, but nothing particularly appealing here except for the fact that it's organic.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 02:13:24 | More by Rutager
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.19/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This came in a sampler pack, and frankly if it hadn't I'm not sure I would ever try this - not that I think it will be awful or anything, it just sounds a little gimmicky.

Pours a pale straw colour with a thin white head that fades to patches of bubbles on the surface rather quickly. Carbonation looks rather light. Smell is sweet with maybe some grass; very nondescript.

First thought: wow, this beer has almost no flavours at all. There is a slight grainy malt sweetness followed by a slight grassy note. Basically, it's the same as the smell, except on your tongue instead of in your nose. I did not really get any corn or adjunct taste-vibes from this; then again I didn't detect a lot of any flavours. Mouthfeel is very light, and the carbonation moderate to low giving it a very smooth and drinkable feel. There is no aftertaste to speak of.

This is a highly unimpressive beer. Maybe if they just knocked off one-fifth of a percentage ABV and called it their Organic Light Lager, it would score considerably higher, but for a pale lager, this has almost nothing to offer besides its inoffensiveness. It is potentially sessionable, but unless you like the taste of diluted beer, why bother?

[Updated Nov. 10 2013]

Another bottle from a random sampler. Maybe I'm just becoming less cynical in my old age - or maybe this bottle is just much fresher than the one I originally reviewed in Edmonton - but I've had this lager more than a few times since and I really don't mind it too much. It smells and tastes quite clean, although it's a little too bland and light for me to consider this an adequate pilsener. As far as regular Euro-style lagers go, this beats the pants off the usual suspects (Heineken et al.). If you just want something 'regular' to stock in the fridge for your less adventurous friends (and refuse to spend your money on cheaper, generally inferior macros), this is a great option.

Final Grade: 3.19, a C+.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 04:32:27 | More by thehyperduck
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Mill Street Original Organic Lager from Mill Street Brew Pub
74 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.