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Mill Street Brewery Original Organic Lager | Mill Street Brew Pub

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Mill Street Brewery Original Organic LagerMill Street Brewery Original Organic Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mill Street Brew Pub
Ontario, Canada | website

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-23-2003

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Reviews: 105 | Ratings: 277
Photo of roosterbrewer57
4.66/5  rDev +46.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I have had literally hundreds of different beers. I prefer drinkable Pilsner type beers the most as they are more evolved brews. I have also noticed that most beers are produced, including craft beers, with GMO ingredients. No not all beers are organic, do the research and educate yourself. When I discovered Mill St Brewery Organic Lager I was dubious, but after a few six packs I have concluded that it is one of the finest beers brewed in North America and is one of the most drinkable beers I have had the pleasure to indulge in. It has a clean, crisp taste with a smooth finish and one of the very few beers that does not give me acid reflex issues, probably due to its organic ingredients. It is a sublime beer that makes an impression with it's simplicity and honesty.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear straw color with lots of pearly activity. Foamy white 3 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with very faint legs. Flavors of sweet grains, barley, lemon, caramel, faint floral and herbal spices. Sugary and a little syrupy, faint bitter noble hops. Slick and smooth light body with crispy carbonation. Light finish, short and clean, with lingering sweet malts and faint grassy hops. Very fresh with a pleasant soft sharpness. Perfect in a hot summer day. Faint flavors but with quality ingredients, doesn't feel adjunct. Good interpretation of the style. Overall good quality craft.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
3.68/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - This beer pours a slightly hazy straw color with 3 fingers white foamy head!. The head fades leaving a half finger on top. The carbonations does seem fairly active in this beer.

Aroma - This is a very doughy lager, I get a white breads dough up front followed by grass, floral hops, and that same clean lager smell that lager yeast emits from almost every lager,

Taste - Crackey pilsner malt dominates and is followed loyally by a well balanced mix of hey, floral hops, earthy hops and that crisp clean lager yeast taste Simple but it works.

Feel - Light body, clean and crisp dry finish really not a bad german pils.

Overall - This is a perfect german pils for someone who wants the taste from the hops without a massive amount of the associated bitterness, relatively speaking that is (non ipa drinkers XD) there are lots of floral and earthy/grassy notes as well as big bready aromas and cracker flavors. Well executed for an organic beer!

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Photo of woodychandler
3.32/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I am beginning to sound like a proselyte, I know, but I am a huge fan of the BCCA after attending the Spring Thaw 2016 show in Mechanicsburg last weekend! I really thought that it was just going to CANsist of looking at CANtiques, but I was elated to find out that people bring current micros for sale/trade/share, including this one & one other Mill Street from a couple who also sold me a belt & buckle. I am now BCCA # 34897.

From the CAN: "Our Original Organic Lager is the pure, refreshing beer that launched Mill Street Brewery. Smooth and crisp with a distinctively clean finish, it is brewed with the finest organic ingredients and aged 2-3 times longer than ordinary beer. At Mill Street, we lovingly brew our signature beers in small batches and carefully guard their reputation for unsurpassed quality and [CAN]sistency."; "Proof that Organic is Better"; "Certified Organic By OCIA".

The Crack! was somewhat subdued and I began to worry that the dented CAN may have been CANpromised at some point. Even the gentlest of Glugs allayed my fears as three-plus fingers of dense, fluffy, rocky, bone-white head came roaring up, leaving nice lacing as it slowly fell. Color was a slightly hazy Pale-Straw (SRM = 1 - 2). Nose smelled of lemon zest and biscuit malt. Mouthfeel was kind of thin, not precisely watery, but not much more, either. The taste had the clean, honey-like sweetness of adjunct-free lager along with a light biscuit flavor. Finish was semi-dry, clean, definitely a lager. It was a simple beer, but one that would not be out of place in a cooler on a hot, humid summer's day.

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Photo of beersareonme
3.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A great lager. Smooooooooth. And with a velvety finish on your tongue. If you want just a straight forward lager for you and your mates, you cannot go wrong with this one.

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Photo of tomghiley
1/5  rDev -68.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

let me learn you something people, all beer is organic, thats a fact, good on this brewery for capitalizing on the word "organic" as a marketing ploy, because it has worked to sell this truly horrendous beer. looks like water, smells like paper, tastes a lot like paper, not just because it might have some light damage due to the clear bottles, but even in a can or on draft, it absolutely tastes awful, any time i've had this beer, its way too carbonated or completely flat.

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Photo of mylespetro
3.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - Golden straw colour, crystal clear. Half a finger of white head, almost no lacing. Very fine carbonation.
S - Grain, corn, malt, cut grass.
T - Very similar to the smell of the beer. Corn, malt, slight citrus and grass, and a hint of funk that offsets the crispness.
M - Very light, bright mouthfeel. Not too dry.
O - An average easy-drinking pilsener.

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Photo of akdo
4.09/5  rDev +28.6%
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.

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Photo of Tyler_V2
1.9/5  rDev -40.3%
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.

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Photo of PorterPro125
4/5  rDev +25.8%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.46/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of JobiWanKenob
3.69/5  rDev +16%
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!

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Photo of Bunman3
2.71/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
2.75/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of gmattkennedy
4.01/5  rDev +26.1%
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.

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Photo of nbarriga
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Appearance: Clear straw color, thin white head, some lacing.
Smell: Sweet, malty, clean.
Taste: Sweet and malty. A touch more hops would be welcome.
Mouthfeel: Light with moderately high carbonation.
Overall: Easy drinking beer. A bit too sweet and light for my taste, but a decent choice to introduce a commercial beer drinker to craft beer.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.65/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.33/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the clear bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

Big bright lemon yellow body color, with a good amount of moderate rising cola sized bubbled carbonation. Head is slightly creamy, if fleeting, and bleach white and leave a thin puck as it settles. Manages to always keep a collar while drinking.

The beer smells like white bread. Like a dough semolina, or French bread. There is no hop presence or even classic sticky lager like yeast quality, but it's fine. No skunking either with a clear bottle luckily.

Palate falls somewhere between classic simple lager without the corn sweetness, and light bodied malt and no hop presence. Comes with a solid malt crispness and dough, hinting of German pilsner thickness but also of simple macro lightness. Somewhere in the middle on that scale. Flavors don't really last and are a bit fleeting for a lager also.

Overall, and ok pils, but most organic brews for me really seem to be missing something to complete a full enjoyable beer experience.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.37/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at a small pub/eatery in Calgary (Blind Monk). Beer arrived in a pint glass, a pale lemon drop yellow with one finger or so of white head. Aroma very subdued but maybe my sense of smell isn't so great ... I do get a little sweet bread pilsner malt and a few floral noble hop notes. Not much of an odor however. Fortunately the taste is more interesting. Oddly enough I get some fruit notes (banana, pineapple, a bit of vanilla creme perfume) and a green malt juiciness. The whole package is quite sweet but well-carbonated, hops could be more pronounced but I do get the sweet hay flavor and watermelon rind-like green bitterness that I also taste in Sam Adams Boston Lager and other lagers that feature Hallertau hops (apparently grown in New Zealand rather than Germany, where organic versions are currently unavailable ... Could this account for the different fruit notes described earlier?). Finish pretty clean and crisp although there are clearly some residual sugars. Its not an earth-shatteringly great pilsner but I will say that this brew is better on tap. Bottles I have had were more flat, bland, and devoid of the interesting flavors I could detect here.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.13/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Overall - a decent pilsner that won't blow you away but is accessible enough and refreshing enough that it's superior to many other lagers in Ontario. Nevertheless it's not as good as some of the imported pilsners from Germany and the Czech Republic among others.

EDIT: had this again August 1, 2014, and noticed that it did match up with the previous ratings and flavours with one exception. The beer I enjoyed had a much stronger cracker and biscuit like flavor to it than I recall. Not sure why the discrepancy, but it was enough to be noticed. Still a decent Ontario Pilsner.

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Photo of AugustusRex
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Olek4374
2.59/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

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Photo of IdeaSpeeder
2/5  rDev -37.1%
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?

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Photo of NV9
3.23/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of mick303
3.26/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Mill Street Brewery Original Organic Lager from Mill Street Brew Pub
74 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.