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Mill Street Original Organic Lager - Mill Street Brew Pub

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Reviews: 98
Hads: 258
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 18.04%
Wants: 4
Gots: 31 | 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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Photo of putnam
4.77/5  rDev +50.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pale yellow liquid...bright white, fine froth resolves slowly.
The smell is encouraging. A belt of aromatic hops right away almost completely covers the crackery Cheerios scent underneath. These are sticky, honeyed hops here. A very clean aromatic image.

In the mouth it's steely and dry with shy fizzics. It doesn't need a lot of gas to structure the malt though, as this beer is almost completely attenuated. Breezy curls of hay, lemon peel and bitter rocks twist on the lengthy finish. This is an impeccably balanced light beer. Outrageously refreshing. (560 characters)

Photo of RyanBelle
4.4/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a VERY good beer. It's charm lies in the fact that it's organic. It's very, very balanced, with the only slightly weak point of the beer being the mouthfeel. The mouthfeel is still above average, I must add. It's a light, but not watered-down taste. It has plenty of flavor.

A - Wonderful. Presentation wants me crack one open, regardless of what lies inside.

S - Wonderful. It's earthy, and sweet.

T - The best light beer I've tried to date. Mill St. is doing their organic lager right. Very tasty. Nice corn notes, after a slightly malty start. Not a super filling beer, which makes it ideal for sessions, but it is also the perfect casual light beer...only difference being that this beer has plenty of taste.

M - Good. It's got the right balance of carbonation going on, and its crisp on the palate. Above average, even though its the weakest point of the beer to me.

D - Oh yes. I would gladly drink a bunch of these and enjoy every last drop. It's a session beer, but with flavor, so it can be enjoyed too!

Great beer. (1,041 characters)

Photo of inebrius
4.39/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clusters of gooey aroma ease up the sides of the glass, marshmallow oat treats baked in a fruitwood fired oven, old struck matches in morning wet meadows. Flavors crisp and clean touched by light honey and an acute finish of oak flavored greens.

This beer is designed for day hikes: a modest container, an ability to maintain good flavor--improve even--as it warms, refreshing and intricate. Pack a dozen in the rucksack and crack 'em for contemplation at the top of Sugarloaf. (480 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.3/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Surprisingly clear; slight yellow hue; white head, not much retention, but some nice lacing.

S: Pleasant hop aroma (grassy and slightly metallic), with an underlying malty breadyness.

T: Good hop flavour (grassy with a slight metallic mineralness); surprisingly malty for it's weight & colour (bread & toffee). Crisp bitterness. I actually prefer the flavour of this over their Pilsner, and would've guessed the alchol was around 5%.

M: Light to moderate body (not too watery for its weight); modest carbonation.

D: HIGHLY drinkable. (548 characters)

Photo of marburg
4.16/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As pale as yellow can be without being off-white. Bright, lightning white foam. Nondescript yet snappy, crisp grainy aroma -- Grape Nuts or some other crunchy unsugared cereal -- with mildly fruity aroma hops. Dried apricots perhaps? Sort of a trail mix. Very crisp, very balanced, very easy. Refreshing, really. The single best beer in this style to act as a post-lawnmowing beer. (381 characters)

Photo of akdo
4.09/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly dark gold beer with a nice smell. Although I drank the beer in a bottle at a Mexican restaurant, I could smell the beer's hint of sweetness right away.

Speaking about the taste, the Mill Street Original Organic Lager's hopiness is more or less noticeable unlike that of Bitburger, for instance. It takes a back seat to the semi-sweet taste of its malted barley. Moreover, some people have complained about the head vanishing quickly. Because I had this beer in a bottle, its head always re-appeared whenever I shook the bottle.

Thirdly, because it is marketed as a lager, Mill Street Original Organic Lager is a step up compared to Moosehead. This is because the taste of the former is bland due to a lack of malt or malted barley.

Finally, although Mill Street Original Organic Lager is not necessarily my favourite beer, it still has its place in a party or a BBQ. (878 characters)

Photo of JustinBathurst
4.05/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a small but bubbly and frothy head for the first, and a fairly substantial one the second time. An extremely clear straw gold. Looks great.

Smells of floral hops, apple cider, celery (which seems strong at times).

Has a crisp, hoppy, bitter, but well-balanced, taste. Some honey sweet. It lacks the overwhelming metallic taste of many local beers I've had of late (which would be fine if it didn't take your tongue hostage). Only downside to the taste is the somewhat neutral bitter finish, which detracts from the rest of the positives.

The retro-leaning logo, sleek bottle and mass-appeal of this beer suggest that it is everything that Steam Whistle tries to be (except for organic, I guess). Only downside is the small bottle which requires you to plow through two bottles to get your usual one. (815 characters)

Photo of gmattkennedy
4.01/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer tasted so close to a a traditional Belgian beer, I couldn't tell the difference. The beer looks ok, and smells light but the flavor is top notch. I just wish they would remove the word "Organic" from the label. Adds nothing to the desire to drink it. (263 characters)

Photo of PorterPro125
4/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type:

A- Clear Golden straw colour with a 1 1/2 finger foamy white head. LIttle bit of lacing on the glass. Good head retention.

S- Cracker, bread, grass, light citrus. Lots of malty action!

T- Follows the taste to the T. Extremely refreshing.

M- Light body and lively carbonation.

O- One of the best European Style Lagers to come out of North America (that I've tried anyway). Crisp and Malty. (411 characters)

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.93/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - bright straw yellow beer with decent foamy white head, gently subsiding with respectable lacing on the slopes of the glass. Notable carbonation.

Smell - fresh cidery-malty aromas with a slight corny cooked-vegetable element.

Appearance - very full flavour and in fact a nice taste profile from start to finish. Matches the aroma with a cooked veggie subtlety with the grainey crispness throughout. Malt is sweet but not overbearing.

Mouthfeel - bright carbonation but overall well balanced.

Drinkability - this is fairly expensive but this is also a highly drinkable beer that I could easily pack away quite a few of these. (684 characters)

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. (1,326 characters)

Photo of bryehn
3.75/5  rDev +18.7%
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. (972 characters)

Photo of JobiWanKenob
3.69/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A nice, clean, crisp beer. Can drink 6 or more during an evening without feeling weighed down or over-doing it. Highly recommended and will purchase again! (156 characters)

Photo of grub
3.68/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. sampled feb 15/2010.

pours crystal clear golden yellow with a small dense pure white head. the head quickly drops to a thin layer and leaves a delicate pattern of lace as it falls.

aroma is nice. cracker and white bread. bit of butterscotch. hint of caramel. lightly herbal. hint of alcohol. fairly clean.

taste is nice. white bread and cracker. lightly buttery. just a hint of dms hiding in the background, but nothing unpleasant or offensive. hint of alcohol. lightly herbal hop character. low bitterness level. hint of caramel. as it warms the dms and buttery character start to come out a little more, but still not too badly.

mouthfeel is good. nice light body. carbonation is just above medium level, but it's fine and well integrated with no noticeable sting.

drinkability is actually pretty good. this is the first time i've tried this one, and i'll admit to not being a lager-head or having high expectations of it, but i've been pleasantly surprised by this. while i don't know that i'd go looking for it since it's not one of my favourite styles, it's a pretty good example of that style and one i wouldn't turn my nose up at. served cold on a warm day it'd be pretty nice. (1,202 characters)

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. (686 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.65/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Big can from the liquor store in Charlottetown
Pours a fairly clear straw color with a huge frothy bubbly white head that persists. Bready earthy light fruity aroma with a hint of floral hop. Bready sweet maltiness with a hint of fruit and spice. Medium to light body with a moderate level of carbonation. Decent lager with a nice breadiness. (342 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
3.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The clear bottle gives it a Corona look but this beer has a much fuller mouthfeel and great hop profile. Very pale in colour this is decent clean lager that has the all malt taste and not over sweetness that I look for in a craft lager ( not a pils but more modeled on a North American lager). Came as part of mixed six pack but I would consider buying this again next summer. (376 characters)

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. (1,930 characters)

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%. (444 characters)

Photo of korguy123
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (378 characters)

Photo of fostachild
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (324 characters)

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! (1,096 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.46/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce can into lager glass, no can dating. Pours slightly hazy pale straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lemon, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Okay aromas with balanced pale malt and earthy hop flavors; with decent strength. A bit estery, but not too bad. Taste of lemon, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Good balance and robustness of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors in the taste with minimal yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is a very solid Euro pale lager style. All around good robustness and balance of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and clean to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering. (1,365 characters)

Photo of aerozeppl
3.41/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like the old skool look of the bottle. The one font looks just like southern tier's logo though.

A: Super clear golden color with a ton of visible carbonation. Poured with a this cover of white head that remained. Just a touch of lacing.

S: Pale malt. Little bit of sweetness. Not that much going on really. Super tight nose.

T: Taste is not that bad. Little bit of that lager funk/ skunk. It tastes fresh which is the most important part. The grain comes through nicely and the sweetness is not overwhelming. Abrupt finish.

M: Super light body and well carbonated.

D: It is one of the better examples of the style I have had. If you rate this beer to style it has to get a decent review. Not something I would seek out but this would be great on a hot summer day. (771 characters)

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. (1,160 characters)

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Mill Street Original Organic Lager from Mill Street Brew Pub
74 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.