Mill Street Original Organic Lager - Mill Street Brew Pub

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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 18.35%
Wants: 3
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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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 paxkey
3.63/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Photo of IllNate
3.43/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of aerozeppl
3.43/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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.

Photo of kjyost
2.38/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

Photo of cratez
2.73/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341ml bottle from the Seasonal Sampler mix pack. Pours a bright golden yellow with one finger of foamy white head and drapes of lacing on the lager glass. Lots of carbonation in the body. Smell and taste are creamed corn, cooked veggies, metal, light floral, grains of some sort, water, flavourless malts, empty hop spiciness, a bit salty. Mouthfeel is creamy, medium, almost slick, crisp bite mid-palate, fleeting dryness, no aftertaste. Inoffensive but characterless, and sadly I think that's what the brewer was aiming for. An accessible beer for the masses, this lacks soul, flavour, and good traits in general. Not a terrible lager, just way too uninteresting. I won't purchase again.

Photo of OskarL
2.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear pale yellow color with two finger head that consists of big bubbles and dissipates quite fast and leaves some lacing.

Smells of sweet grain and bread with citric hints.

Tastes of pale malt, white bread and finishes with some herbal hops.

Has a thin body, is smooth with medium carbonation.

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.

Photo of seand
3.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear pale yellow with a small amount of white head. Most of it dissipates, but a thin film does leave a bit of lacing.

S: Light citrus-like fruit, backed by some thin grain.

T: Slight sweetness, light grains, not bad though not much flavor.

M: Fairly light body, medium carbonation.

D: Drinks quite easily.

Photo of ericj551
2.75/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mill Street Organic Lager pours a clear light gold with not much of a head. The aroma is slightly sweet and grainy, with maybe just a touch of sulfur (it was purchased in an enclosed six pack and transferred straight to the fridge, but still just a hint of skunk). Not much going on in the flavor, some graininess and just a touch of light malty sweetness. No hop flavor is noticeable, but there is a twang of bitterness in the finish. The beer is fairly full bodied considering the flavor. Organic beers don't have to be bland and boring, but this one certainly is!

Photo of Lukecook
3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Clear straw color, 1 finger head, head disappears quickly leaving a thin layer, minimal lacing.

S- slight smell of honey and wet straw.

T- pale malt, doesn't taste bad, just not much to rave about.

M- The mouthfeel is oily with little carbonation.

D- Easy enough to drink but it is not a beer that I would buy again.

Photo of RyanBelle
4.4/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a VERY good beer. It's charm lies in the fact that it's organic. It's very, very balanced, with the only slightly weak point of the beer being the mouthfeel. The mouthfeel is still above average, I must add. It's a light, but not watered-down taste. It has plenty of flavor.

A - Wonderful. Presentation wants me crack one open, regardless of what lies inside.

S - Wonderful. It's earthy, and sweet.

T - The best light beer I've tried to date. Mill St. is doing their organic lager right. Very tasty. Nice corn notes, after a slightly malty start. Not a super filling beer, which makes it ideal for sessions, but it is also the perfect casual light beer...only difference being that this beer has plenty of taste.

M - Good. It's got the right balance of carbonation going on, and its crisp on the palate. Above average, even though its the weakest point of the beer to me.

D - Oh yes. I would gladly drink a bunch of these and enjoy every last drop. It's a session beer, but with flavor, so it can be enjoyed too!

Great beer.

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.

Photo of Gosox8787
2.78/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a clear 12 oz. bottle into my Allagash tulip glass. Got this as part of a variety six pack of Mill Street brews.

Appearance is golden yellow with a thin white lacing. Almost no head. Aroma is some barely noticable pale malts. No hint of hops here. Taste is also light. Pale bready malts are the highlight. No hop presence here either . Clean finish, but definitely watery overall. Mouthfeel is light bodied, with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good due to really light flavors and low ABV.

Overall, bland and uninteresting. It only really has one note, and absolotely no hops. Not bad as an alternative to american lagers, but nothing I would actively seek out.

Photo of eat
3.8/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clean, pale-yellow with a fairly dense bright-white head. The head settles down to a thin blanket over the surface and then to just a ring around the glass. No retention and only the smallest bit of lacing.

Wheat, yeast, and a little bitter astringency: smells a lot like your average lager, only much fresher.

It's quite sweet for a lager, but in a nice way. The taste is light and well-balanced. Clean wheaty taste with some background hops to round it out; that's about it! But I'm sure this is what they were going for. They want this beer to sell, not to scare people away. The bottle is dated J22 09. I'm not familiar with their dating system, I suppose this could be any of January, June or July. Regardless it tastes very fresh, could this be the organic quality? I'm really not a fan of this style of light lager but in terms of the style, this one is probably one of the best I've had. Way better than any similar macro, that's for sure. Clean finish, as described on the back of the bottle.

The feel is better than average for this type of beer. Smooth and moderately carbonated. I like it.

Not bad! This is quite drinkable. I actually bought a six of this to use in making pizza dough but would potentially buy it in the summer to drink ice-cold on a scorching day; it's that kind of beer for sure.

Photo of ecoastman
3.43/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second review...I can't decide if I like this beer or not anymore.

The smell is more more corny this time with something funky that I can only describe as sour, roasted peanuts and tobacco.

The taste isn't offensive - but it is different with an obvious corny sweet malt. Vegetables and slightly acidic...

Mouthfeel is fine and although I don't love it, it would still be easy to drink a few if I was thirsty...

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.95/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - bright straw yellow beer with decent foamy white head, gently subsiding with respectable lacing on the slopes of the glass. Notable carbonation.

Smell - fresh cidery-malty aromas with a slight corny cooked-vegetable element.

Appearance - very full flavour and in fact a nice taste profile from start to finish. Matches the aroma with a cooked veggie subtlety with the grainey crispness throughout. Malt is sweet but not overbearing.

Mouthfeel - bright carbonation but overall well balanced.

Drinkability - this is fairly expensive but this is also a highly drinkable beer that I could easily pack away quite a few of these.

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.

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

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.

Photo of mintjellie
2.68/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw body with 2-3 fingers of tight white head. Decent retention. Some lace left bhind. It's extremely fizzy looking.

Faint sweet grain and hop aroma. Kind of hard to pick up.

Cereal and grassy hops, both very mild. A lemony note in the middle.

Light bodied and gassy. It's a thirst quencher on a hot day, but that carbonation is a bit much.

Photo of slitherySOB
3.03/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This was actually a surprisingly decent beer. Came in a clear bottle, which had me worried. Poured pale yellow, with a thin foam. The foam stayed, however. Bit of a light caramel and malt smell, with some light honey and I think apricot scent. Some sort of fruit that I could not quite figure out. Tasted good. Nice blend of honey, caramel, various fruits both sweet and sour, and finished slightly bitter. Mouthfeel is a tad thin. Overall, a good session or lawn mower beer.

Photo of ritzkiss
2.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle as part of Mill St.'s mix pack.

Pours a light lager pale wheat color. You know how it looks. Light foam on the pour that jets off faster than you do when there's a half-off sale on barleywines.

Nose is all pale wheat/grains with just a faint hint of honey and some weird fruit scent.

Really clean taste and, honestly, not bad for a lager; it has to be up there with Creemore's for one of the better Ontario lagers. Grains (a bigger grain profile than the average), again that slightly off fruit note, that lager aftertaste. Slightly too much carbonation for my liking (belching like a sailor). Pretty standard craft pale lager - not much to really like but drinkable in a pinch on a warm summer day - especially if faced with this or a macro.

Photo of MeisterBurger
3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Like the Stock Ale from the seasonal mixed pack, this is another one that I probably would have never bothered to pick up or try again much less review, but this is what Mill Street made me do to get a Pilsner, so I reckon I might as well get another review out of it for my trouble.

Pours a very weak clear yellow with a good amount of bright white head. It looks like a beer that won't have much to it, and it delivers on that promise well. It actually had some lacing...so bonus marks for that at least.

Smells a little of grain and malt and a really mild tinge of hops...and little else. It doesn't smell good or bad so much as it doesn't smell like much at all.

Taste is pale malt with a chalky unsweetened lemonade taste to it at first, but the lemon fades with each sip. Has a dry-ish finish. It's better than I remember it being in the past.

This is by no means horrible and it's actually well brewed for what it is. But at the same time it just isn't really much of anything. It's very bland and underwhelming. It's drinkable, but in the way that water is drinkable when you need something to refresh rather than something to enjoy.

I've long held the theory that organic beers are brewed more to cash in on the organic trend by brewing a middle-of-the-road, watered down macro-esque beer that won't put people who aren't used to good beer off than they are about brewing a world class beer using organic ingredients, and I think this is a textbook example of this.

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.

Mill Street Original Organic Lager from Mill Street Brew Pub
73 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.