Mill Street 100th Meridian
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American Amber / Red Lager
Ranked #64
Ranked #43,861
3.53 | pDev: 12.75%
Mill Street Brew Pub
Ontario, Canada
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Notes: Our 100th Meridian Organic Amber Lager won gold at the 2017 International Brewing Awards in the Specialty Class 3 Organic Beer category. This beer was originally brewed at our Toronto brewpub, and is an organic beer brewed with ingredients from west of the 100th Meridian. Prairie pale, amber and caramel malts are combined artfully with citrusy and floral west coast hops, and then patiently fermented cool and aged cold in classic lager process to make a truly unique beer. Light copper in colour with a white head and aroma of fresh hops, this is a truly satisfying amber lager for all beer lovers. This beer is from a time and a place where quality and integrity aren’t just bywords or catch phrases, they are part of the authentic fabric of the land and its people.

24 IBU
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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear bronze with a crackly, shortlived head that musters up a good amount of lace. The aroma is of oat bran malts, caramel, toast, some hops. The taste is malty with a roasty edge and light leafy, citry hops in the back. The mouthfeel is light bodied with prickly, high carbonation. The finish is shortlived and malty.

This is a pretty one dimensional amber lager that could do with more hop depth and body. I wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of jlindros
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can code but no date, picked up at the brewery today
Pours a light fizzy head with medium retention, light foamy lacing, crystal clear golden honey pilsner color

Nose very grainy malt, some corn DMS that gets a bit more than it should, little cooked vegetable, a touch of sulfur, light herbal hops

Taste more DMS and cooked vegetables, as well as mild sulfur, mineral notes, light pilsner malt and lager malts, a bit of weird fruity, light herbal hops, medium bitterness, light diacetyl butter, finishing a little drier, but a diacetyl slickness medium-light bitterness, more of all the off flavors

Mouth is medium to lighter bod, medium carb, a little diacetyl slickness

Overall this was a mess, definitely not a well lagered beer unfortunately

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Photo of MichaelGennings
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thick white head that doesn’t stick around. Golden to amber colour. Smell is grain and malt. Subtle hop note. Taste echoes the aroma. This is well-made. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and so is the beer itself. Nice refreshing finish that is a bit wet.

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Photo of Mysticmage
3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Sampled a pint draughty. Light golden pour with no collar present. Nose is minimal here of fruit hops. Taste is slight sour and bitter finish. Crisp and light. Would do in a pinch

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Photo of eberesford
3.69/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours rich clear golden yellow with moderate foamy head and modest lacing. Aroma: malt - caramel, some sulpher at first (soon dissipates) and some faint astringecy. Flavour: caramel, pear, herbal grassy hops. Medium body and finish for a lager.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly veiled golden color with moderate activity and a faint yeast cloud. Light foamy 2-3 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with decent legs and swirl reaction. Flavors of caramel, sweet barley, lime, floral hops and herbal hops. Slick and smooth medium to full body with prickly carbonation. Light to medium strength finish, a bit leafy but more flowery, mostly a butterscotch and grainy feel. The maillard effect is quite high for a lager, although at least pleasant with good freshness. Overall good quality craft.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Copper with lots of carbonation, and a finger of white head. Pretty filtered in appearance.

Smells of glue, malts, slightly floral pears, glass candy and caramel.

The taste follows the nose, but is more cohesive, balanced and beautiful. Tastes very fine on the palate.

Medium body, and moderate carbonation.

Tastes really good. Drinking it on Muskoka, Dec 11th, 2017.

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Photo of Boto
3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draught @ Brewpub: this one pours a crystal clear light amber color. There was a small white head that left some lacing. Mild nose: mainly caramel malts. Some grain and biscuit. The taste is good. Some malt sweetness, grain and a touch of biscuit. Solid beer!

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Photo of moodenba
3.22/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Refrigerated can of Mill street 100th Meridian Organic Amber Lager poured into a glass March 2017. Beer is lighter amber than the name suggests. Nice rocky head with a little lacing later. Simple beery aroma. Flavor is mild with a sweet malty character. It has only a hint of hop bitterness in the background.

This is not a bad beer, but is a disappointing brew from Mill Street in that it doesn't have a lot going for it

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Photo of ewpass
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Amber with average head, sweet caramel nose, more body and maltier than Organic Lager. Crisp, slightly bitter finish. I slightly prefer this over Barking Squirrel.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I got this beer from a mixed pack that I bought whilst in Hamilton for my son's hockey tournament. It poured a golden with white head that is not leaving much lace. The scent is non-descript. The taste is nicely balanced and easy to drink. There was a sweet malt base balance by crisp hop. The Mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid sessionable beer.

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Photo of kevofficiel
2.84/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Mill Street 100th Meridian from the 12 mix summer pack

Look: Orange golden color. White head that goes away. The color could be more amber. A bit light for my taste

Smell: A bit of grapefruit. Feels like a mix between an IPA and a Pilsner. But the smell is not that strong.

Taste: Caramel, the citrus is on the finish. Very malty. The bitterness is on the background.

Feels: Pretty good, the flavor settle down after a bit and comes back. A bit watery tho.

So overall would I recommend? Yes and No. I mean if the beer comes in a 12 mix pack I guess its okay. I personally wont buy it again on its own but as a 12 mix summer pack it"s fine with me.

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Photo of curto25
1.5/5  rDev -57.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A - Drinking out of a can I don't know what the Appearance is
S - The after taste is like sucking on a penny
T - kind of gross, but you can swallow it.
F - Moderate body - not too heavy nor fizzy.
O - this stuff is disgusting. Where is the Budweiser.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.37/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

When they describe this guy as "amber," they're being pretty generous: the colour here is rather anemic--barely leaning into the orange/red range--and that lightness presents itself in a few different aspects. Light body, decent crispness, but ultimately the flavour leans toward being a slightly maltier version of the flagship Mill Street Organic (which is to say: sawdust. Lots and lots of sawdust). Some lemon, biscuit, herbal, toasted malt, but mostly sawdust.

Your tolerance for this (like your tolerance for Organic) will depend on your tolerance for that Sawdust flavour. I don't personally hate it, myself, but can see how it might be unappealing. 100th Meridian, moreover, strikes me as a beer that's simply a bit behind the times. That's not necessarily a knock against intrinsic quality, just an observation that if it had been released a year (or even six months) later, it would have been hopped out the wazoo in the West Coast style.

Anyway, it's fine. Kinda meh. But fine.

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Photo of beersareonme
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an awesome amber. Smooth, exceptional clean finish, but with a slight lingering tang on your palate. Wherever I see it on tap I get at least one. Cheers.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.12/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured into tulip 11/12/15

A hazed orange amber with plenty of bubbles popping up from everywhere, thumbs width of foam hangs around for a couple sips leaving some random patches on the way down

S soggy cornflakes, a little tangerine and leafy notes but for the most part its a malty mess

T again its mostly malt, and nothing really worth mentioning too be honest, a bit of sourdough and not a whole lot from the hops

M has a little weight and creams up, perhaps a high point for this brew, the aftertaste is almost sour though

O pretty meh brew, nothing really noteworthy or overly offensive, another one and done

Maybe this ones a little over the hill from the Summer Mixer but I can't imagine it would be anything to write home about if it was super fresh either

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Photo of staubot
3.86/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Great head and lacing makes up for the hazy lager appearance

Smells of (mandarin) orange citrus hops, nice mix.

Tastes a bit light on any malts but more in the taste than the smell. However hops are blended well with the citrus flavour.

Nice a smooth all around and you walk away with a nice reminder in your mouth.

Overall nice beer, better than expected and certainly worth another go anytime.

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Photo of kevinlater
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

473ml can into nonic pint. "H0615" printed on the top of the can which i'm guessing means a canning date of aug 6 2015. consumed oct 13 2015

a: super transparent light amber/dark orange with three fingers of off-white head

s: sweet doughy, caramel-like malt with a hint of citrus and maybe even apple. nice!

t: malty all around with noticeable hoppy grapefruit. mild bitterness at the end

m: light with moderate carbonation

o: pretty surprised by this one. a tasty lager that immediately makes its way into my go-to beer list when at ontario pubs with mediocre tap lists

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.02/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and light lacing notes. Aroma of light citrusy notes with caramel malt is pretty dry. Taste is also dominated by dry caramel malt notes with light citrusy notes with a dry aftertaste. Body is about average with good carbonation. Short on complexity with so-so drinkability won’t’ make me seek this beer again.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This beer offered very little and drank like a pale lager. There was a fairly noticeable sweetness, but no other elements of an amber/red beer, including the colour, which was more of a medium yellow colour.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

355 ml bottle poured into a nonic. A burnished reddish gold hue with three fingers of frothy off-white foam. Billed as "our quintessential American-style craft lager" with Cascade and Bravo hops mentioned by name.

As a matter of fact, I do get a whiff of orange and grapefruit on the nose, but just a whiff. The aroma is mostly doughy sweet malts, biscuit and light caramel with a little dry cacao perhaps. Tastes pretty much the same. Bready caramel malts in the driver's seat, a vague dry nuttiness, faint orange peel marmalade, grass, butterscotch, yellow flowers, subdued lager yeast. If this beer is a jelly donut (not a reference to its taste), there's a herbal dry bitterness at the center. Body is decidedly middle of the road, as is the carbonation. Finishes quite crisp and a little grainy.

Meh. Being organic is a selling point and this makes a nice companion to this brewery's original organic pale lager (see that review). Safe, should appeal to the masses and those just venturing forth into Sleeman's or Rickard's land from paler climes.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.84/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pale copper in color, with a dense bubbly white head that extends two fingers up the side of the glass, lacing down. The aroma is interestingly spicy, with very faint floral hops as well adding in. On the palate, the beer exhibits more spicy hop notes along with a citrus pith bitterness, which is led along by a non-intrusive well-toasted malt characteristic. In body, it is surprisingly light, adding to the drinkability of the beer. Really good.

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Photo of FRANKIE65
2.9/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Definitely not amber/red.
Smell, meh, no real hint of the hops.
Taste...a decent lager, slight saltiness, but, just might be me.
Mouthfeel...okay, bready
Overall, an okay lager. A point for the organic ingredients.

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Photo of biegaman
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The label calls 100th Meridian an "Amber Lager" so, naturally, I find the bright golden liquid that poured and its blindingly sunny highlights somewhat puzzling. Is the whole brewery colour blind? Or just the marketing department? (They only see green, ba-dum-chh!) Seriously though, for an amber lager to lack colour it likely means it lacks malt too.

Wait, pause that thought for a moment - it doesn't smell short-changed of malt. Actually, this bouquet has a more than sufficient amount of toasted grain and doughy aromatics. But the brewery's not off the hook yet - what about those Bravo and Cascade hops that were also promised in the description on the back of the bottle?

Lies! All lies! Aside from a very minimal trace of earthy pungency that can hardly even be detected - even the tasting equivalent of a microscope could miss it - there is no hoppiness worth mention. No spring flowers or citrus rinds or leafy bitterness - none of the wonderful characteristics I love about those specific hop varieties.

But hey, that's me. I'm not most consumers. Chances are most in Mill Street's demographic won't notice their absence (and may not appreciate them even were they more pronounced). Fair enough, 100th Meridian is a very simple, standard, super easy-drinking lager and any bitterness or supplemental flavours could (for mainstream drinkers) detract from that.

About the only selling point I can make for 100th Meridian is that it's organic. More important than that even, the ingredients are good. The taste may leave something to be desired, but it's exceptionally clean. Beyond that, however, there's not much to separate it from the oceans of swill (both micro and macro) already out there.

Not to sound petty, but I still can't over that this so-called "Amber Lager" is actually bright gold. It speaks to the fact that this recipe lacks virtually all the components intrinsic to the style - even the most basic element (colour) that's listed right there in beer's name! Almost designed as a hybrid between Organic and Tankhouse, 100th Meridian isn't as good as either.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Looks alright. Clear amber, medium head.
S - A little bit of toffee, a little bit of herbal hops.
T - On the sweeter side. Pretty bold/rough bitterness for an amber.
F - Moderate body - not too heavy nor fizzy.
O - OK drinker. Middle-of-the road, accessible beer.

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