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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: 185
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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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear bottle as part of holiday season Mill Street Taster's pack from LCBO. Tried the Weizenbock the other day now onto the organic lager. Served cold and poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pale golden colored beer with decent one finger of fluffy looking white head on top. Just dark enough that it doesn't look thin but rather like something of substance. Some effervescent bringing bubbles to the top of the beer in a uniform pattern around the glass. Head doesn't linger but sticks around just along enough to make a respectable showing of it. Respectable amount of lacing left on the glass too.

Smell - Lots of grassy notes and some underlying bready yeast smell in there. Decent nose for the style but not much else here.

Taste - Kinda like the smell, a little thin, but light grassy beer maybe through in with mild wheat and hay flavors taste shines through. No distracting adjuncts here. For what it is it does a good job. Lingering aftertaste adds a little more flavor given how much is actually in your mouth at any one point.

Mouthfeel - A little thin, doesn't quite have the presence that some of its German counterparts do. Watery and refreshing enough medium - heavy carbonation that leaves the beer feeling a little more robust than it actually is.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 21:15:55 | More by DenisKolkin
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AugustusRex

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great >5% session lager. Perfect for buying for groups and parties when a lot of different tastes have to be taken into account. Refreshing like a good bottle of mineral water with no off flavours. The reason for the high rating is that it is hard to find such a fresh light and clean lager so I can have beer in place of water.

Tastes as light as it is at 4.2%, tastes all-malt (what little malt is there) and with very little hops. Overall the small amount of hops dominates the small amount of malt. One of the few beers I drink cold.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 03:05:59 | More by AugustusRex
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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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NV9

Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale straw colour, very little head and almost no retention. Important here to note this is from a bottle, I've had better experiences with this beer on tap.

Smell is grainy/grassy and some skunkiness as well.

Smooth tasting, medium body, medium carbonation, nice overall mouthfeel and very drinkable. Lots of flavour, doesn't taste like a light lager.

The fact that it's organic doesn't matter to me. What I do like is it's a fairly widely available beer that most people who aren't craft beer drinkers can still agree on. Great for sharing a pitcher with friends.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 03:10:06 | More by NV9
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.26/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a sot fluffy white head, decent retention. Colour is a light yellow gold colour. Clear bottle. Leaves some lacing.

Smell has barley malt, some citrus, pretty crisp and cerial-ly. Pretty unremarkable, smells like molson.

Taste is somewhat grainey, mostly malt driven, some bready malts come later with a touch of sweetness, not much hop character, it finishes quite smooth, dry, with a crisp graininess.

Mouthfeel has light body, crisp carbonation. Definitely light, a bit thin but not watery, leaves a sort of malty cracker chalky coating. Sessionable and refreshing when cold. Has a bit of substance so not all bad.

Far from amazing, a half-decent lager that I would reach for before others at a party or the dock, simply because it doesn't taste like water. Still a lot to wish for tho, middle of the road, but nice for summer session beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 03:29:12 | More by mick303
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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a very bubbly straw gold with a finger and a half of fizzy white head.

Smell- Tart apples, grass, straw, light grains

Taste- The taste is strongly led by the grains and grass flavours, which carries through into the finish, and is then followed by a touch of apple.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with moderate to heavy carbonation. Crisp and dry finish.

Overall- A simple Euro Pale Lager by Mill Street. The flavours are not complex, nor should they be. This brew is kept clean and simple, making it a refreshing summer session brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 23:53:27 | More by leaddog
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 23:16:58 | More by korguy123
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scott451

Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the clear (bah!) bottle into a pint glass. Two finger bubbly white head on a clear light amber. Good head retention. Some minor lacing.

Grainy, grassy malt smells. Mild but smooth flavour up front. Toasty cereals bring up the rear.

Mouthfeel is medium light and smooth. Not bad at all. Clean taste and well balanced. Too bad about the clear bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 17:08:05 | More by scott451
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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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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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fostachild

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 18:22:02 | More by fostachild
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Stocean1

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 22:44:26 | More by Stocean1
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice pale golden colour to it. It has a nice white head that dies down quite fast and has some lacing.

Smell: The aromas give out hints of corn with some grainy and grassy notes.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a sweet grainy malt taste to it with a slight grassy hoppy crisp finish to it.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice clean balance.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavours and aromas. It's great for a warm summer day.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 03:19:16 | More by SebD
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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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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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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.19/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This came in a sampler pack, and frankly if it hadn't I'm not sure I would ever try this - not that I think it will be awful or anything, it just sounds a little gimmicky.

Pours a pale straw colour with a thin white head that fades to patches of bubbles on the surface rather quickly. Carbonation looks rather light. Smell is sweet with maybe some grass; very nondescript.

First thought: wow, this beer has almost no flavours at all. There is a slight grainy malt sweetness followed by a slight grassy note. Basically, it's the same as the smell, except on your tongue instead of in your nose. I did not really get any corn or adjunct taste-vibes from this; then again I didn't detect a lot of any flavours. Mouthfeel is very light, and the carbonation moderate to low giving it a very smooth and drinkable feel. There is no aftertaste to speak of.

This is a highly unimpressive beer. Maybe if they just knocked off one-fifth of a percentage ABV and called it their Organic Light Lager, it would score considerably higher, but for a pale lager, this has almost nothing to offer besides its inoffensiveness. It is potentially sessionable, but unless you like the taste of diluted beer, why bother?

[Updated Nov. 10 2013]

Another bottle from a random sampler. Maybe I'm just becoming less cynical in my old age - or maybe this bottle is just much fresher than the one I originally reviewed in Edmonton - but I've had this lager more than a few times since and I really don't mind it too much. It smells and tastes quite clean, although it's a little too bland and light for me to consider this an adequate pilsener. As far as regular Euro-style lagers go, this beats the pants off the usual suspects (Heineken et al.). If you just want something 'regular' to stock in the fridge for your less adventurous friends (and refuse to spend your money on cheaper, generally inferior macros), this is a great option.

Final Grade: 3.19, a C+.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 04:32:27 | More by thehyperduck
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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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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Frothy white head of 3 fingers that is fading slowly, but it's going. Pale golden sort of colour with a good amount of carbonation. A good amount of lacing is left behind. Bright.

S - Very faint. VERY faint. Some honey, grainy corn-like aromas, and floral notes I guess but I have to dig for that.

T - Not too terrible for the style. Quite floral and alot less grainy than most. Sweet from that grainy sort of element, but not cloying. Not the most crisp finish but still very smooth and refreshing.

M - Medium carbonation in the mouth with a medium body that moves very smooth.

D - Sessionable. Not a great beer but I could see this being a patio beer no problem if it's all that I had access to. I wouldn't turn one down on a hot day but I wouldn't seek it out.

Definately the least interesting of the Mill Street lineup but not terrible for the style. This was my first Mill Street brew, back when I would scam these baby bottle beers off my pops.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 23:55:36 | More by tbeckett
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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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PEIBeerGuy

Prince Edward Island (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a crystal clear, golden beer. No wonder they bottled it in clear bottles. There is some head that's gone ASAP. A few tiny spots of lacing appear as the drink empties from the glass.

As for the smell and flavour, there's something grass-like to it... like dried grass or sweet grass almost. There's also something slightly dried-fruity about it. It reminds me a bit of a Corona, with just a bit of lime in it.

The feel is crisp and clear. For this style, everything is A-OK. It's refreshing and not dry, not too watery, and the carbonation is just right.

The drinkability is good. A bit more refreshing than most average lagers / pilseners.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 01:52:42 | More by PEIBeerGuy
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paxkey

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 04:54:11 | More by paxkey
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IllNate

British Columbia (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale yellow. Slightly cloudy. Finger of white head that doesn't linger.

S - Some hopiness, but not much for smell really. Pretty typical american lager smell.

T - Clean bitterness, pale malt base obviously.

M - Mouth feel is where this one stands out I think. It's very nice, smooth and refreshing.

D - Good drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 23:00:59 | More by IllNate
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aerozeppl

New York

3.43/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 00:54:22 | More by aerozeppl
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw-yellow colour that started with big white head after a vigorous pour. Head dissipates after a minute or so leaving a hint of spotty lacing. Smells very clean of grain and faint grassy hops. Flavour has a hint of bitterness, but very clean. Carbonation level is pretty nice for the style. I only buy this beer at bars without better selection (though typically pubs in Toronto that have this also have Tankhouse as well) or as part of the Mill Street seasonal packs when I want the other beers. I usually just leave this and the Stock for guests that come over though.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 01:20:57 | More by kwjd
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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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Mill Street Original Organic Lager from Mill Street Brew Pub
74 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.