Mill Street Helles Bock | Mill Street Brew Pub

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Mill Street Helles BockMill Street Helles Bock

Brewed by:
Mill Street Brew Pub
Ontario, Canada

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A pale (Helles in German, orange colour), strong German lager brewed with 100% Organic malt and hops. A great big white head gives way to a sweet malty note which is quickly followed by the aroma of alcohol. A rich malty flavour with hints of current and oranges is found on the first sip. The hops have a gentle bitterness to balance the malt. The alcohol is not a dominant flavour, but you certainly feel it after a glass or two.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-18-2004

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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 26
Reviews by Watershed:
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

More User Reviews:
Photo of biboergosum
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer appears a clear golden orange hue, with a small meniscus of wispy white head, that actually leaves a modicum of lace behind. It smells of bready biscuit malt, and mild noble hops. The taste is off-dry biscuit grain malt, booze warming, and light earthy hops. The carbonation is average, the body warm and a bit edgy, and it finishes bone dry, a grain alcohol essence lingering at the back of the throat.

Not bad, but the booze needs to be more finely integrated to make this a winner.

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Photo of mintjellie
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Deep gold in colour with a hint of orange and brilliantly clear. A fingers worth of fizzy white head makes a swift exit, leaving no lace. It smells of honey, tropical fruit, bread, and floral hops. The fruit really seems to come forward as the beer warms. Otherwise, it has a fairly light scent. It has that non-specific fruity flavour the aroma hints at, along with some cracker and caramel. Delicate herbal hopping and mild bitterness. Alcohol is spicy enough to notice, but isn't hot. Medium bodied; fairly high carbonation makes it feel slightly prickly. It's a decent enough beer. I enjoyed it as part of the current Mill Street variety pack, but aren't sure it was worth going through Stock Ale and Organic Lager just to try this. I might buy this once in a blue moon if it were available as a single unit.

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Photo of Sammy
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have used the on-tap rating of this, the 2008 batch. Decent bitterness, medium mouthfeel. Little colour.Quaffable.

Bottle version in 2004 was on the thin and weak side. A bit of bitterness was noted and that's all.Same light colour, less drinkable.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mill Street Bock Bottle: Poured a clear dark yellow beer with nice foamy head with average retention. Aroma consists mainly of strong malt with some floral notes also noticeable. Taste is quite creamy (with some banana) with some nice strong malt and some bitterness at the end. Overall, this is very enjoyable but not the greatest example of the style.

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Photo of WillAndSarah
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of IronDjinn
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A clear light coppery hue in appearance, minimal carbonation, thus not much of a head on the pour whatsoever. Nose contains rich roasted malt, a honey sweetness, rounded out by very faint floral hops, and an underlying presence of alcohol. Roasted malt dominates the flavour upfront, transforming more into sweet malt in the middle, finishing with a very faint flowery hop curtsey, which leaves a very small astringent aftertaste, although I think even the malt might play a hand in this as well. Mouthfeel lacks body, and the finish possesses an oily alcohol texture to it. Actually, the farther down the glass I get there seems to be a building hop presence in the finish and aftertaste, the hops definitely have woken up. A very nice sample for my first taste of a Mill Street beer. A deep bow and low curtsey goes out to northyorksammy for getting me a bomber of this straight from the brewery.

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Photo of Canada_Dan
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of ritzkiss
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

15oz glass on tap at the brewpub, arrives a brilliant clear coppery orange with a notable absence of any head.

Flavor and smell on this coincide, caramel and biscuity malts, light fruitiness leaning almost to strawberry, floral, hint of spiciness, light mineral hop bite. The distraction for me on this one was the carbonation which was overdone, bordering on harsh and prickly - not what I would choose for the style. Felt like belching after every sip. Otherwise, a well done, refreshing beer.

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Photo of spinrsx
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Appearance - Clear golden 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 only a short while

Smell - Malts, breads/grains, herbal notes, corn

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts and corn mixed with some slightly harsh herbal notes. There is also something along the lines of an apple juice sweetness. It ends with a grainy aftertaste.

Overall - It reminded me of one of those strong euro lager beers. It's drinkable but not something I'd drink again.

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Photo of Dithyramb
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at Beerbistro--that is several minutes after the bartender was gracious enough to look in my general direction. Orange with a clingy off-white ring. Caramel and Euro hops on the aroma.

Very full malt profile that appears dominated by caramel/ Some herbal/peppery hops. But nothing boozy related to give you the hint of 7%.-

Creamy, buttery finish on the tongue that leaves a dry aftertaste. My only bock so far and interesting in its own way.

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Photo of grub
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. sampled feb 15/2010.

pours crystal clear deep gold with a big fluffy cream coloured head. the head drops very slowly and leaves a thick layer of lace as it falls.

aroma is nice. honey and caramel. white bread and cracker. light alcohol. buttery. definite bock-like character here. lightly herbal hops. touch of biscuit.

taste is nice. light alcohol. low bitterness level. slightly toasted white bread and cracker. touch of biscuit. light caramel. butterscotch. herbal and slightly earthy hops. just a touch of floral character.

mouthfeel is pretty good. just over medium carbonation level. slightly below medium body.

drinkability is pretty good. nicely balanced. good depth without going overboard. a nice helles.

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Photo of Derek
3.89/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub.

A: Orange-amber with an off-white head. Very little retention or lace. Lack-luster compared to its German rivals. It should be full of protein & have a stand-up head.

S: Grassy hops, with bread & toffee.

T: Fairly hop-forward, predominantly grassy, slightly spicy, with a little metalic earth & orange-rind zest. Slight bready & caramel malt flavour. Balanced bitterness. Alcohol flavour is subtle (I'm not sure if it's still 7%).

M: Moderate to full body is relatively smooth; modest carbonation.

D: While not exceptional, it is certainly a drinkable brew.

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Photo of Jotora
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Gosox8787
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance is clear, deep orange with a one finger beige head and not much retention whatsoever. Aroma is a nice balance of caramel richness and breadiness. The flavor profile is a bit deeper. The malts are nicely offset by some citrus hop notes. Not overpowering, but certainly noticable. There is a bite from the alcohol in this too, but nothing that is too overpowering. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp. Drinkability is good, the ABV really tastes lower than it is, although sometimes it can feel a little boozy. The light and clean flavors make this dangerously drinkable.

Overall, an enjoyable, better than average interpretation of the style. I was pleasantly surprised. Nice balanced flavors and layers make this worth trying.

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Photo of MattPS
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of crwills
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a pint of this at Mill Street Brewpub. Very nice looking in a tall 15oz glass, a deep, clear orangish brown with very little head. Aroma is mild, but what's there is very deep, toasted malts. Body is the first thing that jumps out upon tasting - very thick, somewhat oily. Definitely unique and I'm not sure if it's quite right for the style. Heavy on the malt, but with some definite European hop presence in there to balance things out. Mild notes of dark fruits in with the prominent caramel flavours. Very drinkable - this was easily my favourite of the night.

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Photo of Viggo
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at beerbistro. Pours a clear red/orange, big off white head, some lace and good retention. Smell is sweet, citrus and caramel, grass, floral, some fruits. Taste is sweet caramel, grassy/floral, pretty rich, some spices, orange, maybe a little wheat. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, very smooth, little bit of alcohol warming. I thought it was pretty damn good.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear deep golden with a thick white head. A good looking beer.

Smells citrusy, bready and somewhat hoppy. Tastes malty and nutty upfront, and finishes nutty and hoppy with some citrus.

This is very drinkable stuff and really smooth, a very good representation of the style, although there are many better ones...

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.29/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewhouse, July 9th 2013.

Pours a gold colour, clear, with thin head. Lace is OK but yeah, looks a little heavy. OK for the style.

Smells mildly citric, with a soft drink kind of note. Maybe some malt and herbs. Pretty uninspiring, would like more aroma depth or complexity.

Taste is a little creamy, actually, with a touch of vanilla and some boozey notes. Marmalade, touch of whiskey. Orange maybe and a mild rye spice. Quite boozey and dry, have had better and more nuanced helles Bocks. But not overall bad.

Foamy, very foamy. Not hot in the mouth, but a bit sharp/warm on the very back. Not bad.

Decent enough Helles Bock, but I wouldn't mind the same finish on a bolder, more flavoursome palate.

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Photo of ericj551
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to see the Mill Street mix pack at the LCBO today. The Helles bock pours a nice clear light copper gold with a thin head. The aroma is a bit fruity with some sweet pilsner malt and a bit of herbal hops. The flavor is crisp and smooth, not much of the fruitiness from the aroma. Clean, dry pale malt leads into a hint of toasted, almost nutty character, reminiscent of their Tankhouse Ale. Herbal, slightly earthy and spicy hops come in followed by a clean finish.

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Photo of pootz
4.04/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 2004 edition. This bock is a clear, rich orange-amber color with a nice frothy, rocky cap that laces nicely. Aroma is glorious musty-herbal hallertaus over sweet bready a Dortmunder on steroids. The taste is very much like a strong Dortmunder..malty to the max ( not too sweet) for a big lager, great balance with herbal hops to stop cloying. Peppery mouth feel and then the finish starts to go dry with the light rye-like malts dropping off and the great blend of german hops thrill the tongue in the after taste leaving a musty woodsy impression...I love it!! This is a very good (and drinkable) blonde bock in the helles or more correctly, Dortmunder style. Great offering Mill Street.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of LoveBeerNo7
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of DbbC
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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