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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: 184
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2004 03:32:55 | More by Sammy
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2006 13:47:53 | More by Phyl21ca
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2009 02:28:16 | More by biboergosum
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2.75/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2007 01:15:21 | More by TheManiacalOne
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.26/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 18:20:44 | More by biegaman
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

1.9/5  rDev -40.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2006 19:37:53 | More by Viggo
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +36.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2007 01:38:17 | More by Derek
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -4.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2009 01:42:25 | More by wordemupg
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dgilks

Australia

3.18/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2011 12:39:45 | More by dgilks
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: can

09-27-2011 18:44:47 | More by spinrsx
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2009 23:05:37 | More by canucklehead
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +11.4%
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%.

Serving type: can

02-05-2012 01:41:51 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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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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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2009 01:16:49 | More by bobsy
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2007 16:06:04 | More by IronDjinn
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 01:03:11 | More by grub
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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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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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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 02:48:52 | More by andrenaline
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

2.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A fair offering, but I prefered the Organic Pils. Pours out to a medium golden color with a smaller head of white foam. Medium carbonation. Aromas of malt and grass mix with soured hops. Taste is medium light bodied, and a dry malt flavor dominates, with hints of grassy hay and grain. Not bad, but nothing special. Mouthfeel was nominal and on par for the style. Drinkability borders on average. A fairly unmemorable brew. I've had better from Mill St.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 01:19:14 | More by Frozensoul327
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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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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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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

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

This pours a super pale gold color (like watered down apple juice) with a pillowy ivory head with good retention and concentric rings of lace. The aroma is of firm grainy malt and some wet grass hoppiness, its a little weak. The taste is malty yet dry. Malt flavors of crackers and honey dominate a fresh Saaz sea air aroma. The finish is sweet but light and definitely not cloying. The mouthfeel is light with a delicate subdue carbonation.

This is a highly drinkable and surprisingly flavorful light beer. Its more like Creemore Springs than Blue Light. Decent. The 200 mL bottles are cute bit a bit too small for a 4 percent beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2005 21:46:53 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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putnam

Michigan

4.8/5  rDev +51.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pale yellow liquid...bright white, fine froth resolves slowly.
The smell is encouraging. A belt of aromatic hops right away almost completely covers the crackery Cheerios scent underneath. These are sticky, honeyed hops here. A very clean aromatic image.

In the mouth it's steely and dry with shy fizzics. It doesn't need a lot of gas to structure the malt though, as this beer is almost completely attenuated. Breezy curls of hay, lemon peel and bitter rocks twist on the lengthy finish. This is an impeccably balanced light beer. Outrageously refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2003 18:27:27 | More by putnam
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

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

Clear pale yellow beer with a brittle short-lived white head and no lacing. Slightly sharp nose, full of hops.

The beer is almost spritzy with pretty lively carbonation (though you wouldn't know to look at it). Pleasantly crisp, with good hops and a noticeable graininess. Fairly light in body, but still suibstantial enough to come across as a decent beer. Good for cleansing the palate.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2006 20:03:43 | More by TerryW
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Mill Street Original Organic Lager from Mill Street Brew Pub
74 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.