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Mill Street Original Organic Lager - Mill Street Brew Pub

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Ratings: 252
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 18.67%
Wants: 4
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
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Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-23-2003

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.
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Ratings: 252 | Reviews: 100
Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.37/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Popsinc
3.2/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear 195ml bottle. Very light, clear pour with a "bubbly" white head. Looks like a sparkling wine without the carbonation.

Smell: Moderatley hopped. Very floral and light.

Taste: Light hoppiness. Corn-like and grainy. Almost vegetable-like qualities. Medium body w/some maltiness. Bland finish.

Mouthfeel: Fuzzy like a gingerale. Not crisp but a more "soapy" mouthfeel.

Drinkablilty: I would probably buy this beer again. While i didn't fall in love with it, it was different enough to make me crave another sample.

Photo of wjimson
2.72/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pale in colour with little thin head, a promise of flat watered down beer. Smells acidic and flat, no indication of floral flavours. Taste strange and metallic. The malty taste catches on early but leaves the tongue with a aftertaste of metal and annoying sourness. This taste reminds of homebrew of questionable quality. No floral notes. Hardly bitter at all or enough. One good thing about the beer is that it is not heavy, for those who thinks its a good thing.

Another drinkable beer for the summer. I will settle for their coffee porter instead.

Photo of huzelj
1.5/5  rDev -52.5%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 20oz pint at a St. Louis Wings something-or-other in downtown Toronto, after an emergency lunchtime phone-call to head office. Good god, beer me.

This beer appears a clear, rather pale golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat soapy eggshell white head, which leaves a pleasantly thorough array of layered cloudy lace around the glass as it evenly melts away.

It smells of pale grainy malt, breakfast cereals, a hint of tart lemon, and fairly skunky, grassy hops. The taste is more semi-sweet pale cereal malt, faded citrus tones, a subtle hard water minerality, and tame floral, grassy hops.

The carbonation is average - as in just frizzy enough - the body moderately weighted for the style, a tad oily, and generally, unassumingly smooth. It finishes off-dry, the malt hanging on, and a certain vegetal character arising, amongst some lingering floral hops.

A fairly refreshing quaff, but not really anything remotely near a German Pils. That bit of pedantry aside, it went well enough with some decent chain restaurant pulled pork. Also, no booze essence swirling about me when I head back to the client's offices.

Photo of mintjellie
2.66/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw body with 2-3 fingers of tight white head. Decent retention. Some lace left bhind. It's extremely fizzy looking.

Faint sweet grain and hop aroma. Kind of hard to pick up.

Cereal and grassy hops, both very mild. A lemony note in the middle.

Light bodied and gassy. It's a thirst quencher on a hot day, but that carbonation is a bit much.

Photo of Sammy
3.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An Ok beer. Pale with above-average carbonation. More promotion of organic term and the 195 ml. size than quality beer. Hint of honey and lemon mid-sip but like a light taste beer. Low carb too? Aroma is a negative - could be apple cider. Thin mouthfeel. Could get a lady to try a beer.

Photo of joemcgrath27
2.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - clear straw golden, short white head dissipated to a very thin random covering
S - corn .... that's about all I can say
T - very corn grainy malt is overwhelming, very light grassy hop note and just a little peppery
M - good carbonation level, watery thin, bready and a little dry finish
D - very one dimensional, easy drinking but only because it's thin and generic, one of their poorer offerings, i suspect they are simply capitalizing on the whole "organic" buzz, which people don't even understand

Photo of nbarriga
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Appearance: Clear straw color, thin white head, some lacing.
Smell: Sweet, malty, clean.
Taste: Sweet and malty. A touch more hops would be welcome.
Mouthfeel: Light with moderately high carbonation.
Overall: Easy drinking beer. A bit too sweet and light for my taste, but a decent choice to introduce a commercial beer drinker to craft beer.

Photo of vanrassel
3.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a clear 222 mL bottle a pale straw colour with a one-finger white head sitting on top of an effervescent body. The head had good staying power and left sticky lace on my glass. The smell was bready malt with a hint of sweetness, grass and grain husks. Overall, the taste was unremarkable — malty up front with a only a faint bitter bite from hops and a bit of a rough grainy finish that gave it some character. The small bottles and low ABV make it a nice alternative to a gawdawful light macro, but there are so many other beers I'd rather have.

Photo of eat
3.77/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clean, pale-yellow with a fairly dense bright-white head. The head settles down to a thin blanket over the surface and then to just a ring around the glass. No retention and only the smallest bit of lacing.

Wheat, yeast, and a little bitter astringency: smells a lot like your average lager, only much fresher.

It's quite sweet for a lager, but in a nice way. The taste is light and well-balanced. Clean wheaty taste with some background hops to round it out; that's about it! But I'm sure this is what they were going for. They want this beer to sell, not to scare people away. The bottle is dated J22 09. I'm not familiar with their dating system, I suppose this could be any of January, June or July. Regardless it tastes very fresh, could this be the organic quality? I'm really not a fan of this style of light lager but in terms of the style, this one is probably one of the best I've had. Way better than any similar macro, that's for sure. Clean finish, as described on the back of the bottle.

The feel is better than average for this type of beer. Smooth and moderately carbonated. I like it.

Not bad! This is quite drinkable. I actually bought a six of this to use in making pizza dough but would potentially buy it in the summer to drink ice-cold on a scorching day; it's that kind of beer for sure.

Photo of ChrisCage
3.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

A- This is a very pale, straw colored lager....upon pouring, it had a thick, loose foamy head that I thought would stand up but alas, it dissapeared within 60-90 seconds to a very thin layer covering the top of the beer. Has a nice clean, clear look but also looks very fizzy based on the amount of bubbles rising to the top.

S- Has a potent, grainy, malty aroma to it, very similar to a standard Pilsner style brew. Not much more to say here, but maybe the fact that it's an organic brew gives it a stronger, more natural smell.

T- Definately a clean, malty flavour, but it doesn't have the same intensity that I thought the aroma had. I was impressed with the clean aftertaste. Very much reminds me of a better end American macro lager.

M- Very light...a little more so than my liking and very fizzy at first, as the appearance suggested but noticeably smooths itself out after about 7 minutes...a bonus in my books!

D- This is a nice refreshing lager that I could easily have many of in a sitting and the 4.2% is a nice change too from the standard 5%. Very drinkable and thirst-quenching!

Photo of Stocean1
3.28/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of paxkey
3.67/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

clear bottle. looks like lemonade inside.almost clear with a yellow tint.

poured into a pint glass. huge 3 finger head. the color suggests i'm in for a light beer experience. but great looking head.

smells really good.citrus hops yeast.light corn smell but not in a bad way.

tangy and sweet with a light sweet finish. almost palate cleansing in its exit.
thirst quenching. this beverage needs to be chugalugged on a hot day. goes down smooth and clean. almost what all the bmc type beers strive for but lose out in their adjunct foulness.

i'm not sure that thirst quenching should be a priority in a beer. i prefer to savour fine flavors and aromas. but this beer does hit the spot.

Photo of Rutager
2.8/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Lubière (215ml bottle): Poured a golden color lager with a medium bubbly head with average retention. Aroma of semi-sweet malt with very subtle hops. Taste is refreshing with some hops presence and a good malt presence. I’m not a big fan of the clear bottle but not a trace of skunkyness in this bottle. I’m must say that this is not something that I would be particularly interested in trying again but I had much worse beer in my life.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.53/5  rDev +11.7%
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%.

Photo of smakawhat
3.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the clear bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

Big bright lemon yellow body color, with a good amount of moderate rising cola sized bubbled carbonation. Head is slightly creamy, if fleeting, and bleach white and leave a thin puck as it settles. Manages to always keep a collar while drinking.

The beer smells like white bread. Like a dough semolina, or French bread. There is no hop presence or even classic sticky lager like yeast quality, but it's fine. No skunking either with a clear bottle luckily.

Palate falls somewhere between classic simple lager without the corn sweetness, and light bodied malt and no hop presence. Comes with a solid malt crispness and dough, hinting of German pilsner thickness but also of simple macro lightness. Somewhere in the middle on that scale. Flavors don't really last and are a bit fleeting for a lager also.

Overall, and ok pils, but most organic brews for me really seem to be missing something to complete a full enjoyable beer experience.

Photo of Lukecook
3.01/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Clear straw color, 1 finger head, head disappears quickly leaving a thin layer, minimal lacing.

S- slight smell of honey and wet straw.

T- pale malt, doesn't taste bad, just not much to rave about.

M- The mouthfeel is oily with little carbonation.

D- Easy enough to drink but it is not a beer that I would buy again.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 6 pack of teeny-tiny little clear 222 ml bottles.

Pours out a clear pale straw, massive carbonation action, which assists the tall foamy shock white head. Decent retention, and thick sticky lacing.

The nose is a bit grainy, some metallic notes, along with faint sweet grassy hops.

Quite smooth in the flavour department, but along those lines very quaint and unassuming. Rounded grains up front, waters down in the middle, then a hoppy finish of fresh cut grass.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, as befits this style, but is rounded and creamy as well, very pleasant.

What can I say, this would make a decent high end refreshing lawnmower beer, or something light to throw back on a deck or patio on a hot day, even to quench while barbecuing if you don't want to spoil your palate and appetite filling up on beer before dinner. Probably one of the smoothest organic lagers I've ever sampled, that's for sure. Definitely a great stepping stone lager to ween people off of macros, especially the "lite" beer crowd.

Photo of Antilochus
3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from one of those weird 222mL bottles (purchased in a six-pack at a Beer Store in London, Ontario) into a Stella Artois glass. Appearance is pale straw, little head but some streaming bubbles. Sticky lace.

Noticable bouquet upon pouring of citrus fruit and erroneous sourness (grass?). No floral.

Aromas are acidic and metallic, with grains and sweet malt. Nothing of any substantial character. I'm a little afraid to warm this one up.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly medium bodied for a lager of this type (and at 4.2%).

Taste is metallic, bready, grain husks, finish is very starchy with alcohol notes. Not bad. Definitely tastes fairly "organic". Heh. Leaves a sweet candied corn aftertaste.. eugh.

Time and a place for everything. It won't knock your socks off but it isn't terrible.

Photo of ritzkiss
2.97/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle as part of Mill St.'s mix pack.

Pours a light lager pale wheat color. You know how it looks. Light foam on the pour that jets off faster than you do when there's a half-off sale on barleywines.

Nose is all pale wheat/grains with just a faint hint of honey and some weird fruit scent.

Really clean taste and, honestly, not bad for a lager; it has to be up there with Creemore's for one of the better Ontario lagers. Grains (a bigger grain profile than the average), again that slightly off fruit note, that lager aftertaste. Slightly too much carbonation for my liking (belching like a sailor). Pretty standard craft pale lager - not much to really like but drinkable in a pinch on a warm summer day - especially if faced with this or a macro.

Photo of headlessparrot
3.57/5  rDev +13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Despite being a big fan of the brewery, I never bothered with Mill Street's Original Organic Lager; the 220mL bottles hardly made it seem worth the effort. But now they're available in a full-size bottle, so here goes.

Appearance is of a fairly typical blonde lager. Straw gold in colour, effervescent, and a careful pour resulted in less than a finger of head. Recedes quickly, but stays for awhile at about a half-finger, and offers up a reasonable bit of lacing. I like the Mill Street visual design - their silk-screened bottles, the vaguely old-timey packaging - but the beer itself is pretty average looking.

Smell is fairly mild. Malts are the most obvious, accompanied by just a hint of hopping. Citrus, and a tangy sweetness prevail. Grains. Mineral-heavy water. Maybe some vanilla. Reminiscent of a (very) lightly-hopped pilsner. Nothing nauseating - pretty average.

Taste is quite good, so long as you're not expecting an explosion of flavours. Very mild, but well-balanced, and clean. Malts, mostly - but not bready malt; more like a slightly sweet malt, with a bit of vanilla-citrus on the aftertaste. Very smooth. Ever so slightly dry on the finish.

Surprisingly well-bodied, to boot. For a 4.2% ABV brew, I'd expect a more watery character; but this fellow's very nice. Not heavy, but not like drinking water. And pleasant. Carbonation is noticeable, but not overboard. And drinkability, accordingly, is exceptionally high.

There's nothing really special about Mill Street Organic Lager - I'd take virtually every other Mill Street entry over it (weird, considering it was their flagship) - but it's got a nice summer-drinking character that I can't get enough of. It's peaking at 40 degrees in the middle of the afternoon these days, and a bottle of this stuff is a perfect heat-beater. Like a very palatable, all-malt shot at the macro lager (take from that what you will).

A shoot-the-shit beer, for sure.

Photo of spinrsx
3.18/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.7/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired via trade from biegaman, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 222ml bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale gold color with a very thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves almost no lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malt, pungent grain and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is a little sweet with flavors of light but bready malts. A mild but complimentary hops presence comes in next to provide a little bit of balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth with a little crispness, light body, light-to-medium carbonation, there’s little bit of slickness in the finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not filling at all, not much of a kick, it’s a pretty straight-forward lighter beer and isn’t too bad for an organic all-malt lager, but if I’m going to go with something lighter, there are several other beers that I would choose first.

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Mill Street Original Organic Lager from Mill Street Brew Pub
73 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.