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Mill Street Original Organic Lager - Mill Street Brew Pub

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Ratings: 212
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 18.61%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by crwills:
Photo of crwills

Ontario (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev +4.1%

Mill Street has some great stuff, but this one is just OK. Nothing wrong with it... just kind of boring.

Poured into a red wine glass, mostly because the bottle was TINY and would look silly in my pint glasses (being new to craft beer, I do not have the correct glassware for most beers, so its pretty much pint or wine... moving on...)

Colour was a golden yellow, but strong and relatively appealing, not urine-y like most macro lagers.

Very little smell to it, although I did pick up a bit of a floral or earthy scent maybe.

Taste is fairly mild and inoffensive. Mild hops, some grasses, other plants, and root vegetables. Perfect amount of carbonation for this style. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery.

I think you could drink five or six of these without really feeling them. Not sure what Mill Street had in mind with these little bottles, especially considering they have no impact on the price. I'd definitely stick with their other brews -- I love Mill Street Coffee Porter!

Oh -- and the guy working at the brewery bar told me that the Original Organic Lager is actually their Pilsner with a different label on it. Don't know if this is true or not, but kinda weird if so...

11-03-2005 04:01:12 | More by crwills
More User Reviews:
Photo of Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

06-13-2003 14:48:15 | More by Popsinc
Photo of cam477

Newfoundland (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -13.2%

06-20-2013 02:06:40 | More by cam477
Photo of FadetoBock

Alberta (Canada)

2/5  rDev -36.9%

08-19-2013 00:28:10 | More by FadetoBock
Photo of Dalia


2/5  rDev -36.9%

10-07-2012 22:49:21 | More by Dalia
Photo of andrewdanks


2.75/5  rDev -13.2%

05-31-2014 09:37:45 | More by andrewdanks
Photo of Swedes21

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -5.4%

12-13-2011 21:21:32 | More by Swedes21
Photo of wjimson


2.7/5  rDev -14.8%

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.

06-21-2007 01:45:37 | More by wjimson
Photo of huzelj

Alberta (Canada)

1.53/5  rDev -51.7%

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.

12-22-2011 18:27:52 | More by huzelj
Photo of djcreepshow

Nova Scotia (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -21.1%

11-17-2011 07:09:47 | More by djcreepshow
Photo of downtownbrown

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +18.3%

05-21-2012 21:51:37 | More by downtownbrown
Photo of MJ63

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

07-15-2014 00:41:55 | More by MJ63
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

08-19-2009 02:28:16 | More by biboergosum
Photo of mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

2.68/5  rDev -15.5%

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.

08-06-2009 18:48:14 | More by mintjellie
Photo of machinesquad

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -21.1%

06-24-2014 23:23:20 | More by machinesquad
Photo of Griffith


3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

01-26-2014 15:30:58 | More by Griffith
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

06-23-2004 03:32:55 | More by Sammy
Photo of Ralphs66

New York

3/5  rDev -5.4%

08-20-2012 01:36:46 | More by Ralphs66
Photo of joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -6.9%

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

12-16-2010 03:12:30 | More by joemcgrath27
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2/5  rDev -36.9%

09-03-2013 15:23:20 | More by falconxman
Photo of randallpink

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

01-29-2014 19:21:06 | More by randallpink
Photo of vanrassel

Alberta (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

05-12-2007 00:10:08 | More by vanrassel
Photo of eat

Quebec (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +19.9%

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.

12-13-2009 07:29:24 | More by eat
Photo of Skwisgaar

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

08-05-2013 05:23:47 | More by Skwisgaar
Photo of WeizenMike

Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -13.2%

07-14-2013 21:02:28 | More by WeizenMike
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Mill Street Original Organic Lager from Mill Street Brew Pub
73 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.