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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.

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

This is the number 5 out of 6 in my Mill St seasonal sampler.

Appearance: Not much to this one, poured with a crystal clear yellow that is reminiscent of a light beer. A lot of carbonation initially stuck to the sides of the glass on the pour, and it made a good thumb of head. However, within mere minutes the carbonation had completely died out. Needless to say, no lacing either.

Smell: A little bit subdued by that is part of the charm in this case as this beer has a very clean and refreshing smell. I do not detect a single note of rice or corn and I am welcomed to a nice lightly toasted barley smell with the barest note of earthy hops.

Taste: The best word to describe this beer is mild. It starts with a light sweet malt taste that shifts into a more toasted grain and ends with a light dusting of hops with a refreshing albeit slightly watered down end.

Mouthfeel: This beer is exceptionally crisp and clean. It leaves only a slight grain and hop aftertaste which does not linger at all. It does transition fairly well between tastes, but given it's fairly mild flavor that's nothing to write home about. However, points do get deducted on this one for the complete lack of head and lax carbonation.

Drinkability: Very smooth going down, and exceptionally refreshing. It does seem to cause a little bit of an odd feeling in the gut, but it's barely worth mentioning. The mild flavor leaves something more to be desired as well.

Final Thoughts: All in all, this is a pretty solid Lager but really this is a patio or hot day of work beer. The fact this beer is organic is also a slight bonus, and it probably what gives this beer it's mild characteristics. A pleasant experience and a beer that you should try instead of picking up your favorite macro Lager.

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

Pouring into a glass resulted in clear yellow ale with a very fizzy head that quickly evaporated. Smell was kinda sour, not particularly in a good way. The taste is fairly average. Some sweetness that quickly disappears and some slight bitter sourness as the end that also quickly disappears. Overall it is a fairly smooth and light, though mostly unremarkable ale.

Photo of GodOfBeer
3.38/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

They've finally upgraded to bigger bottes instead of the 222ml.

Pours a pale straw colour with a thin white head.

Not much of a smell, sweet, grainy, slighty citrusy or grassy hops.

Malty, some honey citrusness, not much flavour, but it is a light beer, better than Coors light any day!

Smooth mouthfeel, a good drinking beer to get drunk with and you can be healthy at the same time!

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.

Photo of funkengruven
3.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 6 of this, it poured a deep clear golden yellow, a bit of foam at the top, no lacing. Smell I found to be a bit sour, not like gone bad sour, but a somewhat citrus-like smell. This carries well into the flavor profile of this, it is reminiscent of a blonde ale moreso than a lager, at least to me. Mouthfeel is nicely balanced between the boldness of the flavors and the very subtle carbonation, it makes for a pretty decent drinking brew.

It's not bad, but I found it quite expensive. Just based on that alone, I wouldn't really go out of my way for it. But it is worth a try, at least once.

Photo of headlessparrot
3.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Despite being a big fan of the brewery, I never bothered with Mill Street's Original Organic Lager; the 220mL bottles hardly made it seem worth the effort. But now they're available in a full-size bottle, so here goes.

Appearance is of a fairly typical blonde lager. Straw gold in colour, effervescent, and a careful pour resulted in less than a finger of head. Recedes quickly, but stays for awhile at about a half-finger, and offers up a reasonable bit of lacing. I like the Mill Street visual design - their silk-screened bottles, the vaguely old-timey packaging - but the beer itself is pretty average looking.

Smell is fairly mild. Malts are the most obvious, accompanied by just a hint of hopping. Citrus, and a tangy sweetness prevail. Grains. Mineral-heavy water. Maybe some vanilla. Reminiscent of a (very) lightly-hopped pilsner. Nothing nauseating - pretty average.

Taste is quite good, so long as you're not expecting an explosion of flavours. Very mild, but well-balanced, and clean. Malts, mostly - but not bready malt; more like a slightly sweet malt, with a bit of vanilla-citrus on the aftertaste. Very smooth. Ever so slightly dry on the finish.

Surprisingly well-bodied, to boot. For a 4.2% ABV brew, I'd expect a more watery character; but this fellow's very nice. Not heavy, but not like drinking water. And pleasant. Carbonation is noticeable, but not overboard. And drinkability, accordingly, is exceptionally high.

There's nothing really special about Mill Street Organic Lager - I'd take virtually every other Mill Street entry over it (weird, considering it was their flagship) - but it's got a nice summer-drinking character that I can't get enough of. It's peaking at 40 degrees in the middle of the afternoon these days, and a bottle of this stuff is a perfect heat-beater. Like a very palatable, all-malt shot at the macro lager (take from that what you will).

A shoot-the-shit beer, for sure.

Photo of cyrenaica
1.6/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

222ml bottle
4.2% ABV

I tried this beer on April 30, 2008 after purchasing an assorted 6 pack of Ontario Craft Brews from one of my local LCBO outlets. The beer poured a translucent gold colour with a generous white head which settled down immediately. Tons of effervescence. The smell was very very sour. Almost a turn off. The mouthfeel was light to medium bodied, lots of carbonation. The flavour was a ton of grain with a little bit of hops. Not a beer I would try again.

Photo of drinkininthewood
2.42/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served from a 222ml clear mini bottle. No BB date shown.

A- Light yellow/gold in color, with an aggressive head of crackling foam which doesn't lace and diminishes fairly quickly.

S- Oraganic skunks...just kidding. The beer does have a fairly skunky aroma to it mixed with some maltiness as well as some grains.

T- Is mostly of grains, and tastes very adjuncty unfortunatley. Some malt is noticed with little or no hops. Similar to most mass produced Mexican brews (ie. corona, sol, you get the picture) Does have a decent clean and crisp finish i will admit.

M- Carbonation is ok, body is fairly light, cant shake the skuny taste from my mouth.

D- Probably better in the scorching hot days of summer instead of a winter blizzard.

Overall Mill St. has some awsome brews, but sadly this is not one of them. Its hard to believe that the brewery survived considering this was their first offering. I wish i could say that this is a step up from your typical macro but thats not the case. I will try the Tap version to make a final review of the beer. And why the mini bottles? Why do brewers do this?

Photo of ChrisCage
3.45/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

A- This is a very pale, straw colored lager....upon pouring, it had a thick, loose foamy head that I thought would stand up but alas, it dissapeared within 60-90 seconds to a very thin layer covering the top of the beer. Has a nice clean, clear look but also looks very fizzy based on the amount of bubbles rising to the top.

S- Has a potent, grainy, malty aroma to it, very similar to a standard Pilsner style brew. Not much more to say here, but maybe the fact that it's an organic brew gives it a stronger, more natural smell.

T- Definately a clean, malty flavour, but it doesn't have the same intensity that I thought the aroma had. I was impressed with the clean aftertaste. Very much reminds me of a better end American macro lager.

M- Very light...a little more so than my liking and very fizzy at first, as the appearance suggested but noticeably smooths itself out after about 7 minutes...a bonus in my books!

D- This is a nice refreshing lager that I could easily have many of in a sitting and the 4.2% is a nice change too from the standard 5%. Very drinkable and thirst-quenching!

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

Poured from one of those weird 222mL bottles (purchased in a six-pack at a Beer Store in London, Ontario) into a Stella Artois glass. Appearance is pale straw, little head but some streaming bubbles. Sticky lace.

Noticable bouquet upon pouring of citrus fruit and erroneous sourness (grass?). No floral.

Aromas are acidic and metallic, with grains and sweet malt. Nothing of any substantial character. I'm a little afraid to warm this one up.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly medium bodied for a lager of this type (and at 4.2%).

Taste is metallic, bready, grain husks, finish is very starchy with alcohol notes. Not bad. Definitely tastes fairly "organic". Heh. Leaves a sweet candied corn aftertaste.. eugh.

Time and a place for everything. It won't knock your socks off but it isn't terrible.

Photo of trevorwideman
2.33/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

222ml bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Weird size, glass bottle.

Pours a very pale straw, this is light lager territory to be sure. Mellow carbonation and almost no head at all. Little in the way of lace either. Nasty nose, this is one bottle that might have been under the lights a little too long. Skunky, a little bit of apple juice sweetness and crackery malt.

Taste is pretty awful. Sweet, a little too much in my opinion, but it does at least lend flavour to a pretty weak beer. A little bit of grass and graininess. Unfortunately, the skunkiness transmits to the beer as well. This is way past it's prime. It's too bad. Thin mouthfeel, carbonation is about right. Medium-Dry finish. If this was fresh it might not be brutal, but as it is it's nearly a drain pour. Too bad Mill Street.

Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very pale yellow, see through, one finger white head with steady carbonation. Smells of wet grass, an aired out spring basement. Taste is light, grain, wheat, pomegranite. I find not a lot of hops; a very light, thin mouthfeel but a smooth texture just the same. The finish is semi-bitter, dry, crisp, clean. The overly-small 222 ml. bottle is very annoying. Well worth a try, straightforward and easy drinking lager.

Photo of MMansfield
3.15/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Offered a 241 mL bottle by a friend. Thanks Andrew.

Appearance: A very pale pale yellow straw colour with a bit of a bone white head, settles quickly to a small ring.

Aroma: Skunked from the clear bottles, also a bit of grass and sweetness, not much from the hops aside from a bit of flowers.

Taste: Sweet with a bit of light bitterness in the finish, which is sadly pretty skunked.

Mouthfeel: Very light bodied, drinkability would be higher if not for it being destroyed by the clear bottles.

Final Statement: An organic, slightly crafted version of Corona I suppose. Suitable for hot days such as it was today. Nothing to seek out, but probably better on tap.

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.

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.

Photo of wjimson
2.7/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pale in colour with little thin head, a promise of flat watered down beer. Smells acidic and flat, no indication of floral flavours. Taste strange and metallic. The malty taste catches on early but leaves the tongue with a aftertaste of metal and annoying sourness. This taste reminds of homebrew of questionable quality. No floral notes. Hardly bitter at all or enough. One good thing about the beer is that it is not heavy, for those who thinks its a good thing.

Another drinkable beer for the summer. I will settle for their coffee porter instead.

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.

Photo of vanrassel
3.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a clear 222 mL bottle a pale straw colour with a one-finger white head sitting on top of an effervescent body. The head had good staying power and left sticky lace on my glass. The smell was bready malt with a hint of sweetness, grass and grain husks. Overall, the taste was unremarkable — malty up front with a only a faint bitter bite from hops and a bit of a rough grainy finish that gave it some character. The small bottles and low ABV make it a nice alternative to a gawdawful light macro, but there are so many other beers I'd rather have.

Photo of aforbes10
2.33/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Was given a bottle of this my a friend (who i'm sure has a BA account, but i dont know her screenname). She is my Mill St. supplier and this one was new to me. Tiny little bottle made me feel like a giant. Poured like watery straw juice. Smelled like corn drippings and old beer. Tastes like the High Life, Canada style. Thin, corny, vaguely sour. Thin and watery. Not a winner, Mill St....maybe that's why it's in such a small bottle: no one wants to drink a full 12oz. good karma for being organic, i suppose, but who knows what that even means anymore. Stick with the coffee porter (i just had another and it's quite a delicious treat).

Photo of fisherman34
2.58/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Light gold in colour with strong carbonation. Aromas are of light bread and some surprisingly sweet honey and nuts... perhaps a bit of a spicy hop note hiding in there too. Malt forward flavor with more of the sweetish malt character.Thankfully, it dries out fairly quickly with some nice prickly bitterness and a bit more of those spicy hops. If they could thin out the malt character a bit, this would be much better. As it stands, it’s average at best.

Photo of Frozensoul327
2.9/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of TerryW
3.33/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of crwills
3.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Mill Street has some great stuff, but this one is just OK. Nothing wrong with it... just kind of boring.

Poured into a red wine glass, mostly because the bottle was TINY and would look silly in my pint glasses (being new to craft beer, I do not have the correct glassware for most beers, so its pretty much pint or wine... moving on...)

Colour was a golden yellow, but strong and relatively appealing, not urine-y like most macro lagers.

Very little smell to it, although I did pick up a bit of a floral or earthy scent maybe.

Taste is fairly mild and inoffensive. Mild hops, some grasses, other plants, and root vegetables. Perfect amount of carbonation for this style. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery.

I think you could drink five or six of these without really feeling them. Not sure what Mill Street had in mind with these little bottles, especially considering they have no impact on the price. I'd definitely stick with their other brews -- I love Mill Street Coffee Porter!

Oh -- and the guy working at the brewery bar told me that the Original Organic Lager is actually their Pilsner with a different label on it. Don't know if this is true or not, but kinda weird if so...

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