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Mill Street Original Organic Lager - Mill Street Brew Pub

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Ratings: 243
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 18.1%
Wants: 3
Gots: 21 | 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:
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 ecoastman
3.38/5  rDev +7.3%
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
3.93/5  rDev +24.8%
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 +14.3%
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 -3.8%
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 +7.9%
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
2.66/5  rDev -15.6%
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
3.02/5  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
2.97/5  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
2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
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%
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.

Photo of TheHammer
3.34/5  rDev +6%
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
2.96/5  rDev -6%
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
3.35/5  rDev +6.3%
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 +3.5%
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
3.38/5  rDev +7.3%
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
3.57/5  rDev +13.3%
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
1.61/5  rDev -48.9%
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
2.4/5  rDev -23.8%
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
3.47/5  rDev +10.2%
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
3/5  rDev -4.8%
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%
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
3.24/5  rDev +2.9%
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
3.08/5  rDev -2.2%
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
3.22/5  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
4.3/5  rDev +36.5%
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.

Mill Street Original Organic Lager from Mill Street Brew Pub
73 out of 100 based on 243 ratings.