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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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Ratings: 184
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.

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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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cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

1.6/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

222ml bottle
4.2% ABV

I tried this beer on April 30, 2008 after purchasing an assorted 6 pack of Ontario Craft Brews from one of my local LCBO outlets. The beer poured a translucent gold colour with a generous white head which settled down immediately. Tons of effervescence. The smell was very very sour. Almost a turn off. The mouthfeel was light to medium bodied, lots of carbonation. The flavour was a ton of grain with a little bit of hops. Not a beer I would try again.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 23:08:53 | More by cyrenaica
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

1.9/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clear golden, small off white head that goes really fast, no lacing. Smell is sweet, some honey, grains, citrus, skunk. Taste is sweet and honeyish up front, citrus in middle, but almost no flavour. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Good thing this comes in a small bottle because I would not want to drink a full 12 oz.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2006 19:37:53 | More by Viggo
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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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aforbes10

Iowa

2.33/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Was given a bottle of this my a friend (who i'm sure has a BA account, but i dont know her screenname). She is my Mill St. supplier and this one was new to me. Tiny little bottle made me feel like a giant. Poured like watery straw juice. Smelled like corn drippings and old beer. Tastes like the High Life, Canada style. Thin, corny, vaguely sour. Thin and watery. Not a winner, Mill St....maybe that's why it's in such a small bottle: no one wants to drink a full 12oz. good karma for being organic, i suppose, but who knows what that even means anymore. Stick with the coffee porter (i just had another and it's quite a delicious treat).

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2006 21:21:15 | More by aforbes10
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trevorwideman

Manitoba (Canada)

2.33/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

222ml bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Weird size, glass bottle.

Pours a very pale straw, this is light lager territory to be sure. Mellow carbonation and almost no head at all. Little in the way of lace either. Nasty nose, this is one bottle that might have been under the lights a little too long. Skunky, a little bit of apple juice sweetness and crackery malt.

Taste is pretty awful. Sweet, a little too much in my opinion, but it does at least lend flavour to a pretty weak beer. A little bit of grass and graininess. Unfortunately, the skunkiness transmits to the beer as well. This is way past it's prime. It's too bad. Thin mouthfeel, carbonation is about right. Medium-Dry finish. If this was fresh it might not be brutal, but as it is it's nearly a drain pour. Too bad Mill Street.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2007 04:19:59 | More by trevorwideman
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

2.38/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I am not an organic guy, nor a clear bottle (See the Skunk!) guy, but this came in the mixed 6, so be it...

Pours a pale golden colour reminiscent of a BMC lager. There is a small white head with little lacing. The aroma is mainly a light bready malt with a slight spicy hop in there. Not nearly enough aroma for my liking. The body of the beer is exactly like the nose, a bit of malt, a light bitterness but crisp with a slight lingering unpleasantness on the tongue. Good carbonation and feels clean in the mouth, until the lingering flavour appears. Drinkability is significantly hampered by that...

Quite clearly made for organic people that are BMC lovers, not craft drinkers. Looking for craft organic? Drink a Beau's.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 22:27:28 | More by kjyost
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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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drinkininthewood

Ontario (Canada)

2.42/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served from a 222ml clear mini bottle. No BB date shown.

A- Light yellow/gold in color, with an aggressive head of crackling foam which doesn't lace and diminishes fairly quickly.

S- Oraganic skunks...just kidding. The beer does have a fairly skunky aroma to it mixed with some maltiness as well as some grains.

T- Is mostly of grains, and tastes very adjuncty unfortunatley. Some malt is noticed with little or no hops. Similar to most mass produced Mexican brews (ie. corona, sol, you get the picture) Does have a decent clean and crisp finish i will admit.

M- Carbonation is ok, body is fairly light, cant shake the skuny taste from my mouth.

D- Probably better in the scorching hot days of summer instead of a winter blizzard.

Overall Mill St. has some awsome brews, but sadly this is not one of them. Its hard to believe that the brewery survived considering this was their first offering. I wish i could say that this is a step up from your typical macro but thats not the case. I will try the Tap version to make a final review of the beer. And why the mini bottles? Why do brewers do this?

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2008 04:24:50 | More by drinkininthewood
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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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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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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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fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

2.58/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Light gold in colour with strong carbonation. Aromas are of light bread and some surprisingly sweet honey and nuts... perhaps a bit of a spicy hop note hiding in there too. Malt forward flavor with more of the sweetish malt character.Thankfully, it dries out fairly quickly with some nice prickly bitterness and a bit more of those spicy hops. If they could thin out the malt character a bit, this would be much better. As it stands, it’s average at best.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2006 03:27:59 | More by fisherman34
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mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

2.68/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 18:48:14 | More by mintjellie
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wjimson

Antarctica

2.7/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2007 01:45:37 | More by wjimson
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cratez

Ontario (Canada)

2.73/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341ml bottle from the Seasonal Sampler mix pack. Pours a bright golden yellow with one finger of foamy white head and drapes of lacing on the lager glass. Lots of carbonation in the body. Smell and taste are creamed corn, cooked veggies, metal, light floral, grains of some sort, water, flavourless malts, empty hop spiciness, a bit salty. Mouthfeel is creamy, medium, almost slick, crisp bite mid-palate, fleeting dryness, no aftertaste. Inoffensive but characterless, and sadly I think that's what the brewer was aiming for. An accessible beer for the masses, this lacks soul, flavour, and good traits in general. Not a terrible lager, just way too uninteresting. I won't purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 04:30:38 | More by cratez
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2.75/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2007 01:15:21 | More by TheManiacalOne
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ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mill Street Organic Lager pours a clear light gold with not much of a head. The aroma is slightly sweet and grainy, with maybe just a touch of sulfur (it was purchased in an enclosed six pack and transferred straight to the fridge, but still just a hint of skunk). Not much going on in the flavor, some graininess and just a touch of light malty sweetness. No hop flavor is noticeable, but there is a twang of bitterness in the finish. The beer is fairly full bodied considering the flavor. Organic beers don't have to be bland and boring, but this one certainly is!

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 02:33:19 | More by ericj551
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

2.78/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a clear 12 oz. bottle into my Allagash tulip glass. Got this as part of a variety six pack of Mill Street brews.

Appearance is golden yellow with a thin white lacing. Almost no head. Aroma is some barely noticable pale malts. No hint of hops here. Taste is also light. Pale bready malts are the highlight. No hop presence here either . Clean finish, but definitely watery overall. Mouthfeel is light bodied, with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good due to really light flavors and low ABV.

Overall, bland and uninteresting. It only really has one note, and absolotely no hops. Not bad as an alternative to american lagers, but nothing I would actively seek out.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 00:20:29 | More by Gosox8787
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CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

2.78/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Straw golden apperance with thin head that disappears quickly. Has a generic sweet corn smell, nothing significant.

Taste is similar to the smell, sweet corn with grassy hops. Picked up some maltiness, but the overall the taste is light. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Aftertaste is dye with some bitterness.

This beer is nothing special overall, except the gimmick of being organic. It is refreshing though, only try if your into light beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 01:38:54 | More by CrazyMike
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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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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2006 13:47:53 | More by Phyl21ca
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

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

A fair offering, but I prefered the Organic Pils. Pours out to a medium golden color with a smaller head of white foam. Medium carbonation. Aromas of malt and grass mix with soured hops. Taste is medium light bodied, and a dry malt flavor dominates, with hints of grassy hay and grain. Not bad, but nothing special. Mouthfeel was nominal and on par for the style. Drinkability borders on average. A fairly unmemorable brew. I've had better from Mill St.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 01:19:14 | More by Frozensoul327
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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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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -6.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 03:12:30 | More by joemcgrath27
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Mill Street Original Organic Lager from Mill Street Brew Pub
74 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.