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Don Valley Bench - Mill Street Brew Pub

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28 Ratings
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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.16%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mill Street Brew Pub visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: scott451 on 05-16-2013)
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Reviews by TheHammer:
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Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +10%

Appearance: The body of the beer is the dirtiest of dirty blondes with a slight clouding and steady carbonation. It poured with a single finger of head that neither laced nor retained, which is disappointing.

Smell: It has a slight oak tinge to it, but if you are expecting it to be like Innis and Gunn, you'll be disappointed. Slight banana and sweet malt notes also blend with this. It's nice, but it's just not strong enough.

Taste: Sweet malt with banana and pear notes to start as it slowly transistions into a more woody and earthy end with slight yeast fruitiness. Nothing to really complain about here, except that it seems awfully light.

Mouthfeel: The transitioning is exceptional, and the nice mixed fruit and malt aftertaste with only a hint of oak is very pleasant. However the lack of head and somewhat lax carbonation certainly leaves room for improvement.

Drinkability: Light bodied but not without a nice flavour. I could drink this all day and I don't think I'd get tried of it. There is a slight wine-like dryness to it, but it's not without it's charm.

Final Thoughts: It's kinda doing it's own thing and as a hefe it's pretty tame flavour wise. However given the low ABV and that this seems to be a bit of a hybrid beer, I'm willing to let it slide. It's like someone tried to make a light wheat beer and did it right. If you like English Bitter's for their lightness, but want a different flavour then caramel malt, this will be right up your alley.

09-23-2013 01:36:12 | More by TheHammer
More User Reviews:
Photo of beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

10-25-2013 00:01:01 | More by beerhunter13
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev +4.7%

355ml bottle, part of Mill Street's summer mix pack. I've been to downtown Toronto many times, and the name 'Don Valley', to me, resonates only as an extension of the Gardiner Expressway to the northeast of the city. This beer's name implies a grape-growing nature. More research required, it would seem.

This beer pours a cloudy, bright golden yellow hue, with one skinny finger of robustly bubbly, quite loosely foamy dirty white head, which leaves a few meager upward streaks of peninsular lace around the glass as it quickly bleeds away.

It smells of semi-sweet pale malt, some mildly spicy wheatiness, apple and pear fruitiness, an echo of astringent woodiness, and soft leafy hops. The taste is somewhat gritty wheat grain, stale drupe fruit, background pale malt, a hint of earthy yeast, the faintest of barrel notes, and earthy, dead leafy hops.

The bubbles are pretty sedate, the body medium-light in weight, and innocuous in its smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the wheatiness of the grain shining most brightly.

I'm not really grokking the yeast or 'drying acidity' in this offering, but the purported fruit does well to deliver. Hefeweizen? Not so much - more like a decent blonde ale, one dabbling with a timid toe dipped into the world of barrel goodness.

06-17-2013 05:13:48 | More by biboergosum
Photo of ssmack

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

330 ml bottle from the Mill Street summer sampler 6-pack.

Cloudy straw yellow with half inch head that quickly disappeared totally. There were carbonation bubbles but they vanished at the surface. No lacing at all.

A strong yeast aroma with caramel maltiness.

The yeast taste is up front but gives way to vanilla cake with caramel. The oakiness nicely complements this taste. Soft hops. There is lots of favour considering this is only 4.8% alcohol.

A medium feel with a nice snap.

A refreshing summer ale. I enjoyed the yeast and the oak saves this from being another boring brew.

08-30-2013 03:26:20 | More by ssmack
Photo of Fozziebear48

Ontario (Canada)

4.65/5  rDev +37.2%

One of the best beers I have had in a while keep up the great work hope I can find it in a keg would make I great summer brew for the cottage life or a great week party goes done smooth and no after taste very nice beer all around keep up the great work and thank you

06-07-2013 03:21:01 | More by Fozziebear48
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -9.1%

12oz Bottle from the Orleans LCBO - part of a mixed 6 pack for $13

Appearance - Slightly hazy gold colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there isn't much lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Corn, breads/grains

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste corn, apples, and bread/grains. There are also some bread/grains and some light lemon. It ends with a grainy slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall – While it is very drinkable, it is also quite boring. It really doesn't have a whole lot of a smell to it, and the taste is pretty one dimensional. Okay to try I guess, but I wouldn't buy it again.

06-07-2013 23:11:48 | More by spinrsx
Photo of RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

07-14-2013 05:19:42 | More by RedAleMan
Photo of Jotora

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-08-2014 21:08:39 | More by Jotora
Photo of evil_liver

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

07-22-2013 04:05:46 | More by evil_liver
Photo of nullbort

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

05-20-2013 20:50:52 | More by nullbort
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -1.8%

355ml bottle poured into tulip 18/6/13

A hazy golden orange with just a few bubbles and nothing for head or lace, look pretty still

S banana, sour apple, pear and some earthy notes but no a whole lot of barrel, some cereals and I'd say its a little faint and pretty basic

T a little wood and just a slightly pumped version of the nose, apple juice comes out with some herbal spicy notes

M thin bodied but it has some pin prick bubbles that surprises me after looking at it, some woody pear on the finish

O a little boring and I was expecting more from the barrel, I can't think of another barrel aged Wheat beer a first for me perhaps

a strange brew that didn't really do it for me, odd concept and I could take it leave it

06-18-2013 16:34:53 | More by wordemupg
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2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

06-17-2013 02:09:58 | More by DbbC
Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

06-20-2013 17:35:18 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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3/5  rDev -11.5%

06-13-2013 02:40:15 | More by PaFbird
Photo of yancot

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

07-09-2013 16:01:40 | More by yancot
Photo of IdeaSpeeder

Ontario (Canada)

2.78/5  rDev -18%

Serving Type - 355ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Very, very pale. Unfiltered and cloudy, but one of the lightest coloured beers I've ever had (seen?), even for a hefe. This thing is lighter than straw. About 1 finger of head which disappears in a hury, leaving behind next to no lacing. Not necessarily bad looking, just very unusual.

Smell - Predominantly bananas here. The bottle claims it has notes of pear and apple but I'm not getting much of either in the nose. There is a faint woody smell from the oak aging which is quite pleasant.

Taste - The pear and apple feature predominantly here, as does the oak, but not nearly as much as I'd hoped. There is an extremely light citrus taste towards the end.

Mouthfeel - Super-extra ridiculously light. Medium carbonation makes for a crisp finish.

Overall - 2.75/5 I feel like this was meant to be a session beer of sorts. But after one I'm simply not interested enough to ever want another. It could be considered an understated beer, but given the wide selection of hefe's available from other Ontario brewers, I'm not sure what the appeal is here.

Serving type: can

05-26-2013 03:54:04 | More by IdeaSpeeder
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.89/5  rDev +14.7%

Part of the new summer mixed 6 pack this is a Hefe though the label hypes the oak aging. The beer looks and smells pretty dead on for the style but the taste is a little weak on the banana and cloves that I expected. I do get a little vanilla from the oak aging which makes it a different take on the Hefe . A smooth drink that lacks some of the big flavours of some hefes but adds a vanilla note that works well with the style.

05-25-2013 01:17:13 | More by canucklehead
Photo of Cycle69

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

06-13-2014 04:57:11 | More by Cycle69
Photo of scott451

Ontario (Canada)

3.01/5  rDev -11.2%

Swirl poured into a pint glass. A two finger head on a hazy pale apricot. The head soon diminishes to a ring.

Yeasty bread smells with some citrusy notes.

Some very mild fruit notes in the taste. Not much wood apparent although the label claims it to be oak aged.

Nice and smooth mouthfeel. A bit watery. Lightly carbonated.

Not a bad wheat beer. I would like to try it on tap.

05-16-2013 00:30:46 | More by scott451
Photo of TT--Cashout

Newfoundland (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

06-15-2013 00:40:34 | More by TT--Cashout
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -11.5%

08-12-2014 19:56:06 | More by fostachild
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -11.5%

08-23-2013 18:51:32 | More by ArrogantPrick
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

04-26-2014 04:54:04 | More by Bf_89
Photo of slitherySOB

Ontario (Canada)

2.98/5  rDev -12.1%

Pours a hazy amber colour with about two fingers of head that quickly dissipates and leaves minimal lacing on the glass. Smells of banana, wheat, pears, granny smith apples and cereal. Tastes rather bland. Oak aged apple juice would best describe it. A decent session ale, but rather boring. Mouthfeel is light to medium body, with low carbonation.

08-11-2013 17:56:41 | More by slitherySOB
Photo of Vyronian

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

08-17-2013 14:05:11 | More by Vyronian
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Don Valley Bench from Mill Street Brew Pub
79 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.