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Mill Street Oktoberfest Lager | Mill Street Brew Pub

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Mill Street Oktoberfest LagerMill Street Oktoberfest Lager
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3.63/5
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95 Ratings
Mill Street Oktoberfest LagerMill Street Oktoberfest Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mill Street Brew Pub
Ontario, Canada
millstreetbrewpub.ca

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 11-25-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#33,909
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
95
pDev:
11.02%
Bros Score:
4.03
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
13
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 95 |  Reviews: 37
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4.5/5  rDev +24%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tapped a amber-orange with a fair cap with moderate retention.

Aroma is light toasted bread crusts over some herbal-woody noble tones.

Medium bodied decent malt spine toasty-woodsy character, creamy mouth feel.

Nice toasty malts in the front, joinded by ample noble balance...deep woody-herbal-toasty tones mid palate...finishes lightly drying with nice Hersbrucker"bite" in the finish and a slow herbal bittering with a bready after taste.

Good malty O-fest...slightly hop biased...very very drinkable.

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4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle served cold into a shaker pint. Cost about $2.30 CDN. Part of the Mill Street seasonal pack. 2015 edition advertised as 5.6% ABV.

Appearance - mostly clear rich coppery color with just enough haze to make this not see through. Decent finger and change of off- white head, recedes to a small white cap on top.

Smell - predominately grains, some corn, just a hint of harvest vegetables, some crackery goodness and a touch of brown sugar too top it off. Very enticing Oktoberfest beer.

Taste - grains, bitterness up front. Some rich graininess follows it up. Flavours of fresh corn. Nice caramel malt backbone. Earthy richness throughout, tastes like autumn in a glass.

Mouthfeel - smooth, rich, good carbonation and good feel.

Overall - awesome representation of the style, embodies what an Oktoberfest beer is all about. Just delicious and given that the pumpkin ale was also quite nice, I can see myself picking up a couple more of these mill street seasonals in the next month or so.

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4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep gold colour, very clear, with a dense white head. Excellent retention and stickage to the glass. The aroma was made up of a sweet, grainy maltiness and smooth earthy hops with a light lager crispness. The delicate grain flavour and light sweetness were balanced by a significant hop bitterness and an earthy/floral hop flavour. Medium/light body, medium carbonation. Bitter and earthy hop character at the finish leaves the palate quite clean and dry.

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4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice frothy head with a tinge of dark brown, nice and creamy one that lingers for quite a time. Dark amber of the brown-orange variety.

Has a commanding aroma of celery, some spices (a little clove-like, but not quite), some hint of the alcohol content (7% on the bottle from the brewery itself) is detected.

Mouthfeel is slightly thicker than I expected, a little bit heavier too, but nice.

Taste is roasted coffee and a tinge of salt. The roasted taste is focused, with a warm bitterness that seeps in with the aftertaste. Aftertaste lingers nicely, fading off gradually without ever becoming 'stale'. A touch of malt sweet is only faintly detected at first, but then becomes more prominent as the beer warms slightly.

This is a fine brew as far as I'm concerned. It's somewhat deceiving too--doesn't taste like 7%, but you can feel it. I'm glad I have a couple of these 650 mL bottles kicking around for later, but one is enough at this ABV.

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4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz brown bomber, no freshness date. A big thanks to Oakes for the sample.

Appearance: Brassy brown colour, the clarity is fine and the lace is tight, bubbly and sticky going down the glass.

Smell: Malty with suggestions of brown sugar and cookie dough.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Slightly crisp moderate body, a bit fluffy in the mouth. Solid but modest malt profile, sweet with toasted tones throughout. Kiss of hops hit hardest in the middle, just enough to balance things out. More lingering toasted malt in the finish.

Notes: A tasty o-fest, I could see drinking this one all night without getting sick of it … that is saying a lot coming from me.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I sampled this at the C'est fall festival, but also enjoyed a glass at Mill Street.

A: Bronze with a white head, good retention & lace.

S: Grassy spicyness, bready, light caramel.

T: Caramel, grassy spice, bready, good bitterness. A touch too much residual sugar for me, but not inappropriate for the style.

M: Moderate body is smooth, some residual sugar, moderate carbonation.

D: Quite drinkable.

A well-crafted brew, but for the style, I think it suffers from a lack of German malt. The malty flavour is a little more "American Crystal" than Munich or Vienna.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

High-kilned malt definitely provides a bit of 'visual machismo' relative to paler lagers, but it also makes for a rather dainty looking beer. Despite the orange-brown hue, this thing sparkles like something from Tiffany's. Its bright, polished complexion allows full, spotless clarity. There's little head over top, likely because most of it has been splattered around the glass.

Kilning not only lends colour to the malt, but also aromatic, juicy flavour notes as well. This aroma smells loosely of toasted nuts, toffee, honeycomb, browned butter, dried fruit and smells plentiful of toasty, bready melanoidins. Also quite impressionable is the scent of sulfur (which is not uncommon with fresh lagers). Its enticing sweetness lures like a siren song, albeit with much more positive outcome.

This Oktoberfest, like the best of 'em, is characterized by a light, sweet, soft start and a dry, rounded finish. The taste is slightly raisin-y but overall best described as nutty. Slightly biscuity with a very subtle hop character that is all but lost despite a crisp, leafy, lightly spicy finish. Mill Street doesn't always achieve the potential of their ingredients but in this case they have; rich, gratifying Vienna malt is on full display.

Of all styles, Oktoberfest beers provide perhaps the best balance between delicacy and density. The soft, well-rounded, sweetish malt makes a beer that is every bit as copiously quaffed as paler lagers, but with far more complexity and lip-licking flavour. The mouthfeel is almost buttery where fullness is concerned and both grainy yet somewhat caramelly with regards to texture.

Mill Street Oktoberfest is a definition of the style worthy of Websters (or, rather, the BJCP). I wouldn't hesitate to call it my favourite local, domestic offering of the style I've tried in recent years and actually prefer it to a number of the prominent German brands. And I wouldn't think twice about branding it my favourite Mill Street seasonal either. Definitely recommended.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint at the brewpub. Appearance-wise, this beer is spot on, with a nice amber body, and a finger of white head, that leaves decent lace as it diminishes. Aroma is fresh, with a strong bready aroma. Taste has spices and sweet caramel malts all over it, finishing with a moderate hoppy bitterness. Huge breadiness throughout. Medium body and carbonation. Decent drinkability.

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3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at C'est What.

It came to my table a deep copper color with red hints on the sides of the glass. A small, creamy ring of foam musters up a little bit of lace, nothing special. The aroma is bready with an accompanying spicey noble hop character. The taste follows suit with an amber malt toastyness and a pleasant amount of residual sweetness. Hops are restrained throughout. The mouthfeel is clean and light with moderate carbonation. Bitterness and malt sweetness compete in the shortlived finish.

This is a pleasant, malty Oktoberfest lager and another delicious beer from Mill Street. would make a great session beer.

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3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single bottle from Mill Street's Fall seasonal sixpack, along side their Nightmare on Mill Street Pumpkin Ale. Enjoyed on a crisp fall day in the height of KW's Oktoberfest celebrations.

Poured into a nonic. Bright caramel golden, head of about a half inch that recedes into a surprisingly sturdy cap that lasts throughout the bottle. Nice streaks and wisps of lacing as well.

Nose is honey, toasted grain, caramel, grape/raisin, some noble hops (though not much). Right on par for an Oktoberfest lager.

Starts off with a sweet malty flavor that has a fruity component to it (again, raisin is what I'm detecting here), before transitioning to a nice toasted grain, nutty finish. The hops make a late entry on this, providing a crisp bitterness to the finish.

Carbonation is a bit sharp, body is thin and a bit oily.

Nice Oktoberfest brew. Hits all the right marks and brings that warm gemutlichkeit feeling inside.

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3.95/5  rDev +8.8%

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3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

1.89L growler brought over by Bobsy and we made quick work of it - cheers mate!

Orangey caramel brown liquid with a nice finger plus of head that slowly dies down to placid by half-glass mark.

Balanced, balanced brew. Nice bready, caramel malt without being too big, light floral, citrus hop bite but you have to seek it out a bit. Not overly big in any department, medium body. Drinkable, about as to style as them come. Just enough bitterness to keep it interesting. Nothing too genius here, just quaffable marzen.

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Mill Street Oktoberfest Lager from Mill Street Brew Pub
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 95 ratings
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