Mill Street Stock Ale | Mill Street Brew Pub

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Mill Street Stock AleMill Street Stock Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A golden export-style ale made from only malt and hops, no fillers or adjuncts. A brilliant golden colour gives a “sparkling” appearance as the gas escapes from the glass. The natural sweetness of the malt is perfectly balanced by the bitterness derived from the hops. This beer represents the way blonde ales were made 100 years ago.

Added by Frozensoul327 on 07-02-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
166
Reviews:
80
Avg:
3.09
pDev:
14.56%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
14
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 166 |  Reviews: 80
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.53/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a light clear bright yellow color ale with a large fizzy head with minimal retention and not much lacing. Aroma of light sweet malt is quite bland. Taste is also dominated by light sweet malt notes with not many other noticeable characteristics. Boyd is light with fizzy carbonation. I had somehow missed trying that beer for so many years but I can now say that I wasn’t missing much.

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Photo of nighthawk
2.18/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

341mL clear glass (boo!) bottle with date code (possibly reading May 30, 2011 as bottled-on date) printed on back. Poured into nonic.

Pours a clear straw gold with a thin fizzy white head that fades quickly.

Thin malty aromas of sweet bread, very light pearish fruit esters.

Taste is a honey sweet malt, bit of doughy bread, bit of fruit, pear and apple esters, little to no hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is fuller feeling than I'd like, it's a bit sticky on the palate, without enough carbonation to bring it to life.

Overall this disappoints me a little, and I wasn't going in with high hopes. Seems to be a crossover beer, aimed at giving the BMC lovers something to try without scaring them too much. Unfortunately, it's not very flavourful, and too heavy in the mouth to really take the place of a lawnmower beer or AAL replacement.

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Photo of Stocean1
2.65/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - poured a half finger head that quickly dissipated - no lacing - clear banana soda colour

S - malty grain - sweet - straight forward

T - sweet malt - stale biscuit - little hops - off putting aftertaste - got what I expected - not much

M - light body little carbonation - dry with a funky aftertastes

O - did not expect a lot for the style and it did not disapppoint - really not worth buying again - wife was thoughtful and bought me some craft beer on the way to the trailer - it is the thought that counts

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Photo of Converge
3.1/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Aggressive pour yields a bone-white two-finger head; disappears completely within about a minute. Clear golden-yellow apple juice appearance.

S - Smells of light malt and some sweet, toasty grains, with a touch of grassy hops in the background.

T - Really grainy upfront, with bits of sweetness and cereal. Very little flavor to be honest. As it warms up, I taste a nice touch of honey.

M - Fittingly, this beer has a really thin mouth-feel, and rather watery body. Medium-to-low carbonation.

D - Easy to drink, with a simple taste. Don't exactly love it, but it's not too bad.

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Photo of Rutager
2.9/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance. Pours a clear yella with a thin, bubbly white head that clearly had some shit to do because it didn't stick around for long.

Smell. Sweet, barely toasted grains with a tiny hit of grassy hops.

Taste. Sweet, lightly toasted grains. Some grassy, earthy hops.

Mouthfeel. Light body with medium-strong, bubbly carbonation.

Overall. Not anything to write home about, but better than the crap that sells the most.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.18/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an appropriately golden-blonde colour without much of an accompanying head. There is some lacing on the sides, I guess. The smell is of virtually nothing - I am being serious here, I am having trouble coming up with adjectives because there's nothing to describe.

Taste is malt-forward at first with a bit of light honey sweetness. Finish is fairly clean with only some lingering sweetness; little to no hop presence. Not interesting, but for the style this is a very crisp-tasting example with no glaring faults (or strengths). Rather watery; carbonation is moderate.

This isn't a very interesting beer, but it's serviceable and at least refreshing. It is better than Molson Export, but it also costs considerably more, and that's not really a glowing recommendation. There's nothing here to repel you, but I can't think of any situation where I would be eager to have another Stock Ale.

[Updated Nov. 21 2013]

I picked up a six pack of this, mostly because it's one of a small handful of craft beer options available at my local Beer Store. It still smells like cheap swill, but other than that there is nothing wrong with Mill Street Stock Ale when served cold and fresh. It has a clean backbone of grainy barley malt, offering a mild mixture of sweetness and light bitterness from the faint, grassy hops toward the finish. I don't mind drinking this occasionally, but it's nothing special, and a little too pricy for what you get. A buck or two less and this'd be a solid 'back of the fridge beer' for when non-craft beer fans come over to visit.

Final Grade: 3.18, a passable C+.

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Photo of Antikythera
2.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear golden yellow with bubbles.

Smell and taste: very little! It's not unpleasant, just... bland. That's why the 2.5 in these categories. A bit sour in the aftertaste, not a bad thing.

Mouthfeel: fizzy almost like pop. Refreshing but could be a little less carbonated.

Drinkability: okay if it's given to me (which it was). It's not one I go looking for myself; if I want a light, pale, and refreshing beer from Mill Street I much prefer the Organic Lager.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - very bubbly clear straw golden, head dissipated to a light covering fed by the constant rising bubbles
S - very grainy sharpness with a peppery note
D - grainy malt, light grassy hop note, slightly peppery, but the flavours are generally weak
M - strong carbonation, thin and a little bready finish
D - you can pour this down the gullet easily enough, but a very average beer, not one of Mill Street's better efforts

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Photo of paxkey
2.63/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

comes in a clear bottle. pale yellow.
poured in a chalice. tiny head disappears right within seconds.

smell malt right away. tangy sour yeasty smell.
probably light struck from the clear bottle but it came in a box so not sure.
smells like typical see thru bottled fare, corona, et.al.

based on the smell it is probably watery tasting and thirst quenching but not much else. about to find out.

very high carbonation. thin tasting despite the fizz. overall kinda boring. drinkable but not impressed.

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Photo of spointon
3.62/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 12oz clear glass bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This ale poured a very clear yellow/gold color with a 1/2" white head. The head disappeared superfast and only left a couple small spots of lace behind.

S= The aroma is where this little beer began to shine. Yes its a very light, very clean smelling beer, but I found the fresh grainy aroma to be totally pleasant. There was a freshly cut field of barley with a kiss of noble hops hinted at in each sniff.

T= Started off with a lightly sweet malty note, not unlike a good helles lager, and then moved into a less delicate grainy flavor. Possibly a hint of corn in there, but not enough to be a deal breaker. Hops were harly there at all. Just enough noble hop biterness to balance the very light malt. Finish was balanced and short.

MF= Light bodied and a little fizzy, but not harsh in any way.

D= I hate to use this term, but this is a lawnmower beer if there ever was one. Well made and very refreshing, it does its job and does it well.

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Photo of QuestionableScum
2.63/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pale straw yellow with fizzy head that dissipated to a very thin layer quite quickly.

In terms of smell you get bready malts and a little bit of hops in the background, that is it.

In terms of taste much of the same. Sweet bready malts, and corn sweetness and a little bit of hops at the back. The hops have an slight off metallic taste, and the aftertaste is somewhat unpleasant.

Mouthfeel is lightbodied, and somewhat watery. Nothing too terrible, but below average nonetheless. Needs more carbonation.

Drinkable I guess if you are okay with the mediocrity of the brew and the slightly off aftertaste.

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

A - Pours a bright clear yellow. 2 fingers of fizzy head, doesn't stick around. No retention, no lacing.

S - Pale malt. Corn maybe.

T - DMS (corn). Not much here, very pale malt and a very slight bitterness. Finishes a bit sweet for me. Not a fan of the aftertaste either.

M - Light, little body.

D - Almost drinkable, but I think I dumped the last bit.

Having a tough time with this one. Definitely below average for beers I drink, but I guess average or above for what is commonly sold in the beer store.

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Photo of BBP
2.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pale golden yellow, with almost unexistant carbonation and almost completely lacking a head.

S- Bready malts. Very slight hops. Very faint.

T- Slightly sweet malt taste, and slightly bitter from the hops. Nothing all to impressive. A bit underwhelming. While the bottle brags about it being made from only malts and hops, it seems that they either didn't use much of them, or they didn't use very good quality malts and hops.

I don't want to come across as bashing it because it wasn't really offensive in the taste department. It just didn't live up to my expectations or prove to be of as much quality as their other offerings.

M- Medium to thin body, leaning on the thin side. Was a little creamy though.

D- Quite drinkable, but not really impressive. Mill Street should have put a bit more effort into this one.

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Photo of aerozeppl
2.08/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Super light golden color. Nice vclarity. Poured with a little bit of white head that went away quickly.

S: Lots of corn sweetness. Not really much else going on.

T: Honestly it tastes like corn water with just a lilttle bit of sweetness. Not what I look for at all even in an everyday beer. No real traces of malt or hops.

M: Super light in body. Carbonation is low as well.

D: A huge miss for me. This beer really does not have anything going for it. Needs more carbonation. Flavor. Just a mess.

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Photo of kwjd
3.02/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw-yellow colour with some fizzy head that dissipates without lacing. Smell is sweet grainy and buscuit. Taste has almost a mild hint of bitterness, but it is quite sweet. This is really drinkable and more pleasant than macros, but it isn't a great beer. I used to drink this a couple years ago before I really got into beer, but when I wanted something with a bit more flavour.

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Photo of spinrsx
2.7/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - clear, pale, almost straw like yellow. Small fizzy head that was gone in a flash. No lacing. Low carbonation.

Smell - wheat, bready, not much going on
Taste & Mouth - pretty boring plain jane beer taste here. Almost tastes like a light beer. Faint hops, wheat, low carbonation

Drink - it's a beer.. not much more I can say, pretty basic, nothing noteworthy

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Photo of andrenaline
3.3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one has been sitting around, a remnant from my Mill Street summer mixer pack. I've had it before but never wrote a formal review.

A - Pours a crystal clear light golden colour, with a thin layer of head with no retention and no lacing.

S - Sweet corn, grassy and bready malts are the only scents coming through on this one. Nothing unique or special here.

T - Much the same as the scent, though the flavours come through a little more mild than the scent might imply. Not all that memorable, but fitting of the style. Sweet corn and bread linger on the tongue on the finish. I also noticed that the sweet corn becomes more noticeable as it warms.

M - Quite light and bubbly, goes down very smooth with the perfect amount of carbonation.

D - The last time I had this I wasn't all that impressed. It's by no means terrible, but it's just not all that memorable. Flavours are bland and it does not offer any unique properties which make for a memorable experience. That being said, I had this on a hot sunny afternoon this time around and it was quite light and refreshing. The situation/climate may have improved the ranking on drinkability for this one!

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Photo of kjyost
3.51/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear and golden with little head and no lacing. By far the greatest disappointment that this beer had to offer. The aroma is pleasant with biscuit notes and a faint sweetness. The body is crisp and light with fruity esters that complement the low bitterness. A clean finish makes this a great beer to pair with spicy food on a warm summer night.

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

Pours a clear pale golden color with lots of bubbles rising, a head that dissipates quite fast and leaves no lacing.

Smells grainy with hints of fruit.

Tastes grainy, some caramel, butterscotch and hints of fruit.

Mouthfeel is light with medium carbonation but still a bit creamy as it washes down.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
2.96/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Recent addition at the NSLC. Somewhat surprised these are packed in clear bottles in open six packs. Reminders of last year's poor choice in the organic lager, but....

Pours a clear yellow color with a thin layer of head.

Some minor grains in the nose.

Some light malt taste. Some sweetness that reminds me of honey. No real hop bitterness, despite what the label says. Wet finish.

My glass was finished before I realized it, so it is definitely drinkable. A decent beverage I guess, but nothing to go out of your way for.

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Photo of seand
3.62/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a relatively clear pale yellow amber, with a small amount of white head which disappears fast, leaving no lacing.

S: Fairly light, slightly earthy, mild fruit.

T: Soft grain with a touch of honey, or possibly butterscotch. Not a lot of flavor, but what's there isn't bad.

M: Body is on the medium side of light, medium to high carbonation.

D: Quite easy drinking, as is likely the goal.

Fairly mediocre, but I also imagine they did what they intended to do with this beer.

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Photo of ericj551
3.7/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mill Street Stock Ale pours a light golden color with just a hint of darker hues. The aroma is fruity yet dry with just a hint of graininess. The flavor is sweet and fruity upfront, with esters almost as Belgian yeast strain would produce. Dry pale malt flavor takes over, with a light bitter and a just a hint of herbal hops.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.13/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pint at the brewpub in the Distillery District of downtown Toronto.

This beer appears a slightly hazy medium golden yellow hue, with one finger of puffy, bubbly, and silkily foamy off-white head, which leaves a few specks of paramecia lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of grainy, bready cereal malt, a bit of warm lemon juice, and earthy, leafy, somewhat floral hops. The taste is more bready cereal malt, an astringent, yet stale citrus fruitiness, a touch of stony minerals, and tame earthy, leafy hops.

The bubbles are a tad frisky up front, but settle to a dull hum soon enough, the body medium-light in weight, and generally quite smooth. It finishes off-dry, the cereal malt persisting, while the hops mostly peter out.

A standard (or 'stock', I suppose) ale indeed. Nothing all that memorable, but I gather that's the point - easy drinking, just flavourful enough, and still a broad step above any of the big boys' offerings of the kind.

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Photo of grub
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. sampled feb 15/2010.

pours crystal clear deep golden yellow with a small dense off-white head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is nice. lightly fruity. hint of dms. honey and a bit of caramel. touch of butterscotch. herbal and earthy, with a light floral component. white bread.

taste is nice. light honey and caramel. bit of butterscotch. fruity. touch of green apple. nice light herbal aspect. touch of alcohol. low bitterness level. white bread and cracker.

mouthfeel is pretty good. medium-light body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is ok. the caramel/honey sweetness is a little more than i'd like, definitely taking away from the drinkability. fairly nice overall, but not one i'm likely to look for again.

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.1/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Clear bottle poured into my Allagash glass.

Appearance is clear golden color with moderate carbonation. Almost no head and no retention. Aroma is smooth grain and a slight roasted biscuit. A little astrigent booze is present too. Falvor is pretty bland. Some roasted biscuit and a little booze bit. Mouthfeel is light and without much bite from the carbonation. Drinkability is good thanks to low AV and rather bland flavors.

Overall, a rather blond, uneventful beer. Nothing remotely memorable.

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Mill Street Stock Ale from Mill Street Brew Pub
3.09 out of 5 based on 166 ratings.
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