Mill Street Original Organic Lager - Mill Street Brew Pub

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Reviews: 98
Hads: 254
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 18.04%
Wants: 4
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
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Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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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 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 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. (424 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 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 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 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. (370 characters)

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. (183 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 nbarriga
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

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. (342 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 smakawhat
3.33/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (1,004 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.37/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (1,178 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.13/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (1,853 characters)

Photo of AugustusRex
3/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (551 characters)

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. (454 characters)

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? (619 characters)

Photo of NV9
3.23/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (581 characters)

Photo of mick303
3.26/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (854 characters)

Photo of JamesMN
3.35/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Mostly translucent straw color with lots of effervescence and a very thin white head.

Aroma: A mix of crystal/pilsen malt and a little bit of corn sweetness. Not much to this aroma.

Taste: It definitely fits in that Euro Pale Lager style. Lots of real malt flavor and sort of a wet grass and biscuit taste that you get with others of the style. It's a pretty sweet palate because of the malts but there is a bit of hop presence to help balance that. There's not really any bitterness but the hops add a nice crispness to the palate and the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with lighter carbonation than you'd expect given the bubbly appearance. Real easy drinking beer.

Final Thoughts: This beer is as advertised; a micro-brewed lager. They seem to have followed common sense and left out any adjuncts. There are some real nice flavors in this one that stay true to the style. While it isn't more that just a slightly above average beer, it's still a far cry from the macro-lagers that elude all conventional wisdom and fly off the shelves. (1,056 characters)

Photo of leaddog
3.33/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (550 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 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 scott451
3.35/5  rDev +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. (362 characters)

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. (355 characters)

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. (515 characters)

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