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Mill Street Original Organic Lager - Mill Street Brew Pub

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Ratings: 219
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 18.35%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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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 Derek
4.33/5  rDev +37%

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

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

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

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

D: HIGHLY drinkable.

Derek, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of wjimson
2.7/5  rDev -14.6%

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.

wjimson, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.75/5  rDev -13%

Acquired via trade from biegaman, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 222ml bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale gold color with a very thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves almost no lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malt, pungent grain and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is a little sweet with flavors of light but bready malts. A mild but complimentary hops presence comes in next to provide a little bit of balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth with a little crispness, light body, light-to-medium carbonation, there’s little bit of slickness in the finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not filling at all, not much of a kick, it’s a pretty straight-forward lighter beer and isn’t too bad for an organic all-malt lager, but if I’m going to go with something lighter, there are several other beers that I would choose first.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 02, 2007
Photo of vanrassel
3.1/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

vanrassel, May 12, 2007
Photo of aforbes10
2.33/5  rDev -26.3%

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).

aforbes10, Dec 08, 2006
Photo of fisherman34
2.58/5  rDev -18.4%

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.

fisherman34, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of Frozensoul327
2.9/5  rDev -8.2%

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.

Frozensoul327, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of Viggo
1.9/5  rDev -39.9%

Pours a clear golden, small off white head that goes really fast, no lacing. Smell is sweet, some honey, grains, citrus, skunk. Taste is sweet and honeyish up front, citrus in middle, but almost no flavour. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Good thing this comes in a small bottle because I would not want to drink a full 12 oz.

Viggo, Jul 22, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.9/5  rDev -8.2%

Bottle courtesy of Lubière (215ml bottle): Poured a golden color lager with a medium bubbly head with average retention. Aroma of semi-sweet malt with very subtle hops. Taste is refreshing with some hops presence and a good malt presence. I’m not a big fan of the clear bottle but not a trace of skunkyness in this bottle. I’m must say that this is not something that I would be particularly interested in trying again but I had much worse beer in my life.

Phyl21ca, Jun 30, 2006
Photo of TerryW
3.33/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

TerryW, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of crwills
3.3/5  rDev +4.4%

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...

crwills, Nov 03, 2005
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.35/5  rDev +6%

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.

CAMRAhardliner, Aug 14, 2005
Photo of ecoboy
3.23/5  rDev +2.2%

Light straw yellow colored light lager with a fluffy white head.

Clean grain malt aroma.

Good attack to announce its presence, grain in finish. Mouthfeel good, due to lasting non-watery finish of grain malt and touch of hop. Mouthfeel also a touch rounder than average light colored lager. Reaches right into the sinuses for a full-head experience. Just doesn't have a whole lot of character... I guess maybe that's due to the style, but the malt is just so "one note" that it's not enough to recommend it for anyone looking for a sensory experiece instead of a beer drinking experience.

ecoboy, Aug 24, 2004
Photo of inebrius
4.35/5  rDev +37.7%

Clusters of gooey aroma ease up the sides of the glass, marshmallow oat treats baked in a fruitwood fired oven, old struck matches in morning wet meadows. Flavors crisp and clean touched by light honey and an acute finish of oak flavored greens.

This beer is designed for day hikes: a modest container, an ability to maintain good flavor--improve even--as it warms, refreshing and intricate. Pack a dozen in the rucksack and crack 'em for contemplation at the top of Sugarloaf.

inebrius, Aug 06, 2004
Photo of Sammy
3.1/5  rDev -1.9%

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

Sammy, Jun 23, 2004
Photo of marburg
4.15/5  rDev +31.3%

As pale as yellow can be without being off-white. Bright, lightning white foam. Nondescript yet snappy, crisp grainy aroma -- Grape Nuts or some other crunchy unsugared cereal -- with mildly fruity aroma hops. Dried apricots perhaps? Sort of a trail mix. Very crisp, very balanced, very easy. Refreshing, really. The single best beer in this style to act as a post-lawnmowing beer.

marburg, Feb 01, 2004
Photo of JustinBathurst
4.05/5  rDev +28.2%

Poured a small but bubbly and frothy head for the first, and a fairly substantial one the second time. An extremely clear straw gold. Looks great.

Smells of floral hops, apple cider, celery (which seems strong at times).

Has a crisp, hoppy, bitter, but well-balanced, taste. Some honey sweet. It lacks the overwhelming metallic taste of many local beers I've had of late (which would be fine if it didn't take your tongue hostage). Only downside to the taste is the somewhat neutral bitter finish, which detracts from the rest of the positives.

The retro-leaning logo, sleek bottle and mass-appeal of this beer suggest that it is everything that Steam Whistle tries to be (except for organic, I guess). Only downside is the small bottle which requires you to plow through two bottles to get your usual one.

JustinBathurst, Jan 01, 2004
Photo of putnam
4.8/5  rDev +51.9%

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.

putnam, Aug 07, 2003
Photo of Popsinc
3.23/5  rDev +2.2%

Appearance: Clear 195ml bottle. Very light, clear pour with a "bubbly" white head. Looks like a sparkling wine without the carbonation.

Smell: Moderatley hopped. Very floral and light.

Taste: Light hoppiness. Corn-like and grainy. Almost vegetable-like qualities. Medium body w/some maltiness. Bland finish.

Mouthfeel: Fuzzy like a gingerale. Not crisp but a more "soapy" mouthfeel.

Drinkablilty: I would probably buy this beer again. While i didn't fall in love with it, it was different enough to make me crave another sample.

Popsinc, Jun 13, 2003
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Mill Street Original Organic Lager from Mill Street Brew Pub
73 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.