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Mill Street Original Organic Lager - Mill Street Brew Pub

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73
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220 Ratings
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Ratings: 220
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 18.35%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-23-2003)
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Photo of Sammy
3.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An Ok beer. Pale with above-average carbonation. More promotion of organic term and the 195 ml. size than quality beer. Hint of honey and lemon mid-sip but like a light taste beer. Low carb too? Aroma is a negative - could be apple cider. Thin mouthfeel. Could get a lady to try a beer.

Sammy, Jun 23, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.9/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Phyl21ca, Jun 30, 2006
Photo of biboergosum
3.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 20oz pint at a St. Louis Wings something-or-other in downtown Toronto, after an emergency lunchtime phone-call to head office. Good god, beer me.

This beer appears a clear, rather pale golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat soapy eggshell white head, which leaves a pleasantly thorough array of layered cloudy lace around the glass as it evenly melts away.

It smells of pale grainy malt, breakfast cereals, a hint of tart lemon, and fairly skunky, grassy hops. The taste is more semi-sweet pale cereal malt, faded citrus tones, a subtle hard water minerality, and tame floral, grassy hops.

The carbonation is average - as in just frizzy enough - the body moderately weighted for the style, a tad oily, and generally, unassumingly smooth. It finishes off-dry, the malt hanging on, and a certain vegetal character arising, amongst some lingering floral hops.

A fairly refreshing quaff, but not really anything remotely near a German Pils. That bit of pedantry aside, it went well enough with some decent chain restaurant pulled pork. Also, no booze essence swirling about me when I head back to the client's offices.

biboergosum, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.75/5  rDev -13%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 02, 2007
Photo of XmnwildX12
2/5  rDev -36.7%

XmnwildX12, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of wrightst
3/5  rDev -5.1%

wrightst, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of biegaman
3.26/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Unfiltered apple juice with a filmy tinge becoming superimposed when held up against the light. For a very 'pure' sounding crafted beer this fails to look all that pristine. Although prying the cap would instigate a flurry of bubbles to wind their way up the bottleneck, surprisingly few of them would contribute anything once reaching the glass. The top remains completely barren despite a very visible continuing source of carbonation.

I didn't expect anything much from the smell of Mill Street Organic Lager and that's a good thing because I otherwise would have been disappointed. It's more just the nothingness of it, and not any unpleasantries, that is the letdown. I suppose not smelling any corn syrup or adjuncts is a big draw for this type of lager, but the beer's clean base of sweet malt would have made for an ideal backdrop to some lightly floral hops.

I'm neither enchanted nor disenchanted with the taste. It has, perhaps intentionally, very little flavour. Once again it's refreshing not to be tasting any stale adjunct-ridden notes of corn syrup or processed white bread. That being said, Mill Street hasn't made much of an effort to stray from that profile. The use of organic ingredients may have made a more plesant drinking beer but certainly not a tastier one ... not the combination of *these* organic ingredients anyhow.

Part of its easier drinkability would also arise from the fact that the beer is actually lagered for a respectable 5 week period. The end result shows that, when allowed to properly mature, the dry, gritty natured taste of cereal grains can become something delicately sweet and pleasantly creamy. I'm not finding it to be the most refreshing beer but it would certainly make a viable option as session beer, especially for the lager crowd.

I really commend Mill Street for producing an organic lager beer and offering the more environmentally conscious consumer an alternative; I'm especially delighted to see this come from a local micro brewer. Just to play devil's advocate, however, how can we tell if this isn't just a marketing maneuver? How do we know the beer wasn't brewed using barley from the Russian Federation and hops from New Zealand? That's not listed on the bottle.

If really committed, the next step for Mill Street would be to invest in a local farm and have them dedicate part of the land to hop production. Offer special local releases made from and made for the community. Alas, until then, as someone who tries to be conscientious about what I put in my body and who also values the importance of supporting local industry and artisans, I'll be happy to have their Organic Lager brewed just down the road.

biegaman, Feb 06, 2009
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.

smakawhat, Jul 01, 2014
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.

Viggo, Jul 22, 2006
Photo of liamt07
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

liamt07, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of Derek
4.33/5  rDev +37%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Surprisingly clear; slight yellow hue; white head, not much retention, but some nice lacing.

S: Pleasant hop aroma (grassy and slightly metallic), with an underlying malty breadyness.

T: Good hop flavour (grassy with a slight metallic mineralness); surprisingly malty for it's weight & colour (bread & toffee). Crisp bitterness. I actually prefer the flavour of this over their Pilsner, and would've guessed the alchol was around 5%.

M: Light to moderate body (not too watery for its weight); modest carbonation.

D: HIGHLY drinkable.

Derek, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of johnnnniee
3.66/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

johnnnniee, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of wordemupg
3.03/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330lml bottle poured into 400ml dab glass on aug 19 2009

A crystal clear straw yellow, two finger falls fast and leaves a small amount of lace

S mild hops, sweet grains and a little bit of honey

T as it smells, not great but not offensive

M/D nothing less than average, nothing more either.

what is it that makes a beer organic in canada?
hippies will feel good about themselves drinking this organic lager, you however may regret spending the extra money too drink average beer

wordemupg, Aug 20, 2009
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%.

TheSevenDuffs, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of dgilks
3.18/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear golden colour with no head. Very disappointing head and head retention.

Light grainy malt aroma with some spicy noble hops. Very light aroma.

Slightly sweet malt with some mild herbal noble hops. A little dull and sweet.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.

An okay but ultimately dull lager. The flavours aren’t crisp enough and the slightly sweet malt kills everything.

dgilks, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
3.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

473ml Can

Appearance – Clear yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a below average amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, corn, malts, hops

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste malts mixed with corn and grains. There is also a light amount of hops and a touch of caramel sweetness. The beer finishes with a malty and grainy aftertaste with a bit of lingering caramel sweetness.

Overall – Definitely better than the countless macro lagers on the market. I could easily drink a lot of this stuff on a camping trip or any activity outdoors.

spinrsx, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of tbeckett
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

tbeckett, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of Griffith
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Griffith, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of mhaugo
2.75/5  rDev -13%

mhaugo, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of canucklehead
3.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The clear bottle gives it a Corona look but this beer has a much fuller mouthfeel and great hop profile. Very pale in colour this is decent clean lager that has the all malt taste and not over sweetness that I look for in a craft lager ( not a pils but more modeled on a North American lager). Came as part of mixed six pack but I would consider buying this again next summer.

canucklehead, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of andrenaline
3.15/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First selection from their summer mixer pack.

A - Pours a clean very light golden colour. Thumb of head which quickly dissipates with a little lacing.

S - Sweet corn and bready malt. Surprisingly sweet scent, I would've otherwise figured it would be quite bland.

T - Very grassy and bready in flavour, much like the scent. For a lager I was rather surprised with the strength of flavour that came through. A little dry on the finish, but otherwise quite refreshing.

M - Light bubbly feel which goes down quite smoothly.

D - Nothing mind blowing, but still quite delicious. Very tasty, and would be very tasty on a hot summer afternoon.

andrenaline, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of bobsy
3.15/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Other than this being a style I don't usually drink, I have nothing to say against this beer. It isn't particularly exciting, but it doesn't seem to have any flaws. Pale yellow pour with a bubbly white head that quickly dssipates to a film. Clean grain, sweet malt and mineral aroma. Flavour is pure pale malts with a touch of lemon and mineral. Not exciting, but very clean and well-executed. Body is refreshing and light, and thankfully not as aggressively carbonated as the style can be. Like I said, its not a world beater, but it is more flawless than most american pale lagers.

bobsy, Jul 04, 2009
Photo of IronDjinn
3.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 6 pack of teeny-tiny little clear 222 ml bottles.

Pours out a clear pale straw, massive carbonation action, which assists the tall foamy shock white head. Decent retention, and thick sticky lacing.

The nose is a bit grainy, some metallic notes, along with faint sweet grassy hops.

Quite smooth in the flavour department, but along those lines very quaint and unassuming. Rounded grains up front, waters down in the middle, then a hoppy finish of fresh cut grass.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, as befits this style, but is rounded and creamy as well, very pleasant.

What can I say, this would make a decent high end refreshing lawnmower beer, or something light to throw back on a deck or patio on a hot day, even to quench while barbecuing if you don't want to spoil your palate and appetite filling up on beer before dinner. Probably one of the smoothest organic lagers I've ever sampled, that's for sure. Definitely a great stepping stone lager to ween people off of macros, especially the "lite" beer crowd.

IronDjinn, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of kwjd
3.33/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

kwjd, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of grub
3.68/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. sampled feb 15/2010.

pours crystal clear golden yellow with a small dense pure white head. the head quickly drops to a thin layer and leaves a delicate pattern of lace as it falls.

aroma is nice. cracker and white bread. bit of butterscotch. hint of caramel. lightly herbal. hint of alcohol. fairly clean.

taste is nice. white bread and cracker. lightly buttery. just a hint of dms hiding in the background, but nothing unpleasant or offensive. hint of alcohol. lightly herbal hop character. low bitterness level. hint of caramel. as it warms the dms and buttery character start to come out a little more, but still not too badly.

mouthfeel is good. nice light body. carbonation is just above medium level, but it's fine and well integrated with no noticeable sting.

drinkability is actually pretty good. this is the first time i've tried this one, and i'll admit to not being a lager-head or having high expectations of it, but i've been pleasantly surprised by this. while i don't know that i'd go looking for it since it's not one of my favourite styles, it's a pretty good example of that style and one i wouldn't turn my nose up at. served cold on a warm day it'd be pretty nice.

grub, Feb 16, 2010
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Mill Street Original Organic Lager from Mill Street Brew Pub
73 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.