Mill Street Original Organic Lager - Mill Street Brew Pub

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Mill Street Original Organic LagerMill Street Original Organic Lager

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252 Ratings
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Ratings: 252
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 18.67%
Wants: 4
Gots: 28 | 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 huzelj
1.5/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poor example of a pilsner, surprised how this beer makes it out of thebrewery. Lots of off flavours, both in the nose and aroma. Clarity is not good either, unless they are shooting for a kellerbier which this does not taste close to.

I enjoy other mill st beers but this one is sub par. It could be a great beer but needs more attention in the brewhaus.

Photo of Long813
2.62/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a clear golden body with three fingers of white fluffy head. Head retention is great and leaves full lacing.

S: Straw grains, some skunkiness - I'd say it's just bad, but I've had this on many occasions and it's been the same.

T: Light notes of straw grains and some metallic flavours.

M: Light bodied with medium-high carbonation. Smooth creamy texture with a sparkling metallic aftertaste.

O: Another brew from Mill street that is below par of what they should be selling. Wouldn't have it again.

Photo of nighthawk
2.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341mL clear (boo-urns) bottle with no date. Poured into mug. Part of mixed-six pack that is currently available at the better-stocked NSLCs (Bayers Lake in this case).

Pours a typical bright, clear yellow, fizzy, foamy white head that slowly shrinks, then disappears. Little carbonation visible.

Mild grain, wheat, sweet aroma.

Taste is a light general maltiness...honey-like sweetness, a bit of breadiness, little bit of balancing hop bitterness. Hard to pin down a specific flavour here.

Light, a bit slick, low carbonation, but clean overall.

This beer is fine overall, nothing I find particularly interesting or flavourful. Throw it in the "good craft alternative at crappy aal-happy bars".

Photo of dgilks
3.2/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of fostachild
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a light clear golden/yellow colour with an okay amount of foamy/bubbly head.

smell had lots of malt, wheat/bread, and was grainy.

taste was similar to the smell - also smooth, with medium carbonation and pretty good drinkability.

overall it was better than i was expecting - not spectacular but certainly enjoyable.

Photo of spinrsx
3.18/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of
2.36/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer is pretty much a standard yellow lager. There is very little aroma, and what there is is vaguely bready and sweet with zero hops presence. The taste is sweet and bready, with very little bitterness, and that's about all. It may be micro-brewed and organic, but flavour-wise it tastes like a mass-produced factory beer. There is nothing bad about it, it's just not that good; and it certainly isn't worth paying any extra money for.

Photo of Stocean1
3.28/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - poured a creamy pillowy two finger head that dissipated to a half inch collar - pale crystal straw yellow - with fine lacing

S - sweet funky bready malt with some floral notes

T - dry sour malt not as strong as the nose with a slightly bitter aftertaste - some metal - some funk with a somewhat unbalanced sweetness

M - light body, creamy, sour and a little bitter - lightly carbonated

O - this sat in my fridge for a few weeks after I received it from my wife in a mixer pack - it is not my style and I had no real interest in trying it so I was surpised when I found it drinkable although I would never pass up an average ale instead of it.

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

Appearance: It has a nice pale golden colour to it. It has a nice white head that dies down quite fast and has some lacing.

Smell: The aromas give out hints of corn with some grainy and grassy notes.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a sweet grainy malt taste to it with a slight grassy hoppy crisp finish to it.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice clean balance.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavours and aromas. It's great for a warm summer day.

Photo of bryehn
3.75/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New 473 mL cans. Was never a big fan of this one in bottles.

Pours a very clear, bright golden colour with a large, but fleeting head that settles as a moldy-looking film and leaves moderate lace. I swear it has more colour than in the bottle.

Freshwater, grains, honey-sweetened roasted malts and a faint fruitiness make up the aroma. Alcohol smell comes through as it warms.

Crisp and mild taste. Well-balanced, but slightly sweet malt. A sort of white wine grape taste provides a dryness and slight sourness. A toasty flavour comes out in the finish.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side with a light-medium carbonation. The long-lasting collar provides a smooth creaminess. Slight syrupy feeling on the back of the tongue. Bit of lingering sourness.

This is either a different recipe or benefits from not being packaged in clear bottles, but in my opinion this is a much more drinkable, aromatic, flavourful, smooth experience with the can. Good thing, a 12 cost me $31.

Photo of Converge
2.53/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Pours with one finger of fizzy white head. Bright straw yellow; transparent. Head fizzles down to a small cap. Some slight lacing.

S - Grainy malt and corn. And something in there I can't quite pick out, but I don't like it...

T - The flavor opens up with strong grainy malt, and that's about it. Could really benefit from some honey or citrus or something, this flavor is just too flat and boring for my liking.

M - Mouth-feel is what you'd expect from a lager. Light-bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Although I didn't expect to enjoy this all that much, and didn't, I must say kudos to Mill Street for brewing this beer organically. Just not really my thing.

Photo of Rutager
2.8/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This came in a sampler pack, and frankly if it hadn't I'm not sure I would ever try this - not that I think it will be awful or anything, it just sounds a little gimmicky.

Pours a pale straw colour with a thin white head that fades to patches of bubbles on the surface rather quickly. Carbonation looks rather light. Smell is sweet with maybe some grass; very nondescript.

First thought: wow, this beer has almost no flavours at all. There is a slight grainy malt sweetness followed by a slight grassy note. Basically, it's the same as the smell, except on your tongue instead of in your nose. I did not really get any corn or adjunct taste-vibes from this; then again I didn't detect a lot of any flavours. Mouthfeel is very light, and the carbonation moderate to low giving it a very smooth and drinkable feel. There is no aftertaste to speak of.

This is a highly unimpressive beer. Maybe if they just knocked off one-fifth of a percentage ABV and called it their Organic Light Lager, it would score considerably higher, but for a pale lager, this has almost nothing to offer besides its inoffensiveness. It is potentially sessionable, but unless you like the taste of diluted beer, why bother?

[Updated Nov. 10 2013]

Another bottle from a random sampler. Maybe I'm just becoming less cynical in my old age - or maybe this bottle is just much fresher than the one I originally reviewed in Edmonton - but I've had this lager more than a few times since and I really don't mind it too much. It smells and tastes quite clean, although it's a little too bland and light for me to consider this an adequate pilsener. As far as regular Euro-style lagers go, this beats the pants off the usual suspects (Heineken et al.). If you just want something 'regular' to stock in the fridge for your less adventurous friends (and refuse to spend your money on cheaper, generally inferior macros), this is a great option.

Final Grade: 3.16, a C+.

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

Straw golden apperance with thin head that disappears quickly. Has a generic sweet corn smell, nothing significant.

Taste is similar to the smell, sweet corn with grassy hops. Picked up some maltiness, but the overall the taste is light. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Aftertaste is dye with some bitterness.

This beer is nothing special overall, except the gimmick of being organic. It is refreshing though, only try if your into light beers.

Photo of tbeckett
3.21/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of joemcgrath27
2.93/5  rDev -7.3%
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

Photo of PEIBeerGuy
3.38/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a crystal clear, golden beer. No wonder they bottled it in clear bottles. There is some head that's gone ASAP. A few tiny spots of lacing appear as the drink empties from the glass.

As for the smell and flavour, there's something grass-like to it... like dried grass or sweet grass almost. There's also something slightly dried-fruity about it. It reminds me a bit of a Corona, with just a bit of lime in it.

The feel is crisp and clear. For this style, everything is A-OK. It's refreshing and not dry, not too watery, and the carbonation is just right.

The drinkability is good. A bit more refreshing than most average lagers / pilseners.

Photo of paxkey
3.67/5  rDev +16.1%
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
3.4/5  rDev +7.6%
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
3.41/5  rDev +7.9%
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
2.4/5  rDev -24.1%
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
2.74/5  rDev -13.3%
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
2.96/5  rDev -6.3%
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
3.17/5  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.

Mill Street Original Organic Lager from Mill Street Brew Pub
73 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.