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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Mill Street Brew Pub visit their website
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 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 cyrenaica
1.61/5  rDev -49.1%
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.

Photo of Viggo
1.9/5  rDev -39.9%
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.

Photo of Tyler_V2
1.9/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Although I enjoy some of Mill Street's products, I'm personally not a fan of their organic lager. The beer doesn't have a lot of flavour, but the taste that it does have takes away from the refreshing aspect of the beer for me. The hop character in the beer is hardly noticed, and the beer always tastes a little skunky to me. All beers are worth a try, but Mill Street has some much better options than their organic lager.

Photo of IdeaSpeeder
2/5  rDev -36.7%
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?

Photo of aforbes10
2.32/5  rDev -26.6%
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).

Photo of trevorwideman
2.33/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

Photo of
2.36/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

Photo of drinkininthewood
2.4/5  rDev -24.1%
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?

Photo of kjyost
2.4/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

Photo of Converge
2.53/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

Photo of fisherman34
2.58/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

Photo of Olek4374
2.59/5  rDev -18%
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.

Photo of Long813
2.62/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

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 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.

Photo of Bunman3
2.71/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

There is really not much to write about here. It is brightly coloured and has a finger of fizzy head that does not hang around for long. There is a bit of a floral aroma and some sweet bread in the flavour. I would be hard pressed to tell this apart from most macro lagers. If it's better for our world because it is organic, groovy. As a beer, it's really not my thing.

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 cratez
2.74/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Photo of Cramshawbar
2.75/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Not an undrinkable pilsner but nothing you want to try more than once.
Nice touch with the "organic lager" marketing but that in itself will not turn an average beer into a good one.

Photo of ericj551
2.77/5  rDev -12.3%
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!

Photo of CrazyMike
2.78/5  rDev -12%
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.

Photo of Gosox8787
2.78/5  rDev -12%
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.

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 nighthawk
2.88/5  rDev -8.9%
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".

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Mill Street Original Organic Lager from Mill Street Brew Pub
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