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
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0
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Ratings: 166 |  Reviews: 80
Photo of Long813
2.63/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

G: Pint Glass

A: Clear golden body with two fingers of foamy head. Poor retention and minimal lacing.

S: Faint and light malts, grainy hops. Very weak aroma.

T: Malts are apparent but very weak/light. A distict graininess dominates. Not off putting taste, but nothing I would applaud.

M: Light bodied and medium carbonation. Very watery and leaves a slight grainy feel, nothing to strong.

D: This is nothing special to say the least. It feel like a adjunct to me IMO. It's not bad if you want something light and easy to drink, but for the price it's not worth it.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

part of a mixed six pack.

This is a beer that gets a bad rap for being too accesible ( kinda like Griffons Blonde) since it is meant to replicate the stock ales ( golden ales from the 1950,s). I liked this beer since it tasted fresh , clean with a little sweet ale softness on the finish ( kinda like Anchor Steam) . More full bodied than Griffon Blonde but still low on the hop levels, this a beer for the patio or people who usually only like lagers.

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Photo of ecoastman
3.42/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drinkability - OK as a lawn mowing beer which is exactly what I did before drinking this beer. Better than a macro but nothing outstanding.

Appearance - clear light orange-gold. Soda-like carbonation which seems to be common with Mill Street. Starts with a good head but quickly fizzes away with no lacing.

Smell - pleasant with sweet malt and light hops.

Taste - watery light malt with some hop notes. Nothing great, nothing bad. Some butterscotch/caramel notes and the flavour improves dramatically as the beer warms up - don't drink too cold!

Mouthfeel - thin and watery. Not much creaminess or coarsness but there is some slickness in the mouth afterwards. Holds the carbonation well.

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

341ml bottle poured into pint glass aug15 2009

A not quite crystal clear straw yellow with not much head at all

S sweet grains, some faint hops, maybe some apple not much else

T sweet grains balanced with mild hops. nothing special at least there was no skunk with the clear bottle

M/D very light ale, thin but easy too drink

not the worst thing you could drink on a warm day, not the best thing either. over all fairly average

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Photo of mintjellie
3.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Straw gold body with two fingers of white head. Head disappears pretty quick and leaves no lace behind.

Aroma of green apple and bread malt. Faint hops. A little bit of caramel.

Bread malt, apple, caramel, and faint grassy hop flavours. All very mild though.

Light bodied and finely carbonated. Drinkable in that inoffensive thirst quenching kind of way. It's a decent lawnmower beer.

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Photo of Voonder
3.42/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow with very thin bubbly head which dissipated fairly quick. Smell - sweetness of malts comes in first, some caramel, a bit spicy perhaps, some hopes are coming through as well. Taste - good balance of hops and malts, nothing much else, but I think this beers serves its purpose - great session beer, mass beer, good beer on a hot day. I would buy it again as it it inexpensive, easy going and still flavorful beer. And as it was mentioned below, it is probably a pretty good start into craft beers.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.2/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle as part of their mixed six pack - can't say I would have grabbed it normally as the clear glass bottle highlights the extraordinarily light coloring for an ale. Looks more like a lager with only a finger of head from a vigorous pour that jets faster than a Boeing.

Nose is light caramel, bread, and a faint fruity/apple hint.

Taste is... a step beyond their lager. It's crisp carbonation teams up with an innocuous pale malt, a slight sweetness, a faint herb/grassy hop, and an even fainter fruit taste to provide a relatively flavorful beer for the lager drinker, something that just about any adjunct drinker wouldn't be offended by. The mouthfeel, despite the carbonation, somehow feels smooth and makes this drinkable.

While nothing for the average BA to run to (especially with the odd faint follow through bitterness) this is a decent example of a light craft crossover beer that you might want to start a friend on or have around for parties with the general public (haha).

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

Golden yellow in colour with almost no head. Lots of bubbly carbonation in the body. Smells of mild floral hops and sweet cereal grains. Wheat and yeast aromas. Taste consists of wheat malt, honey, and cereal flavours at first, with light and vaguely bitter hops in the aftertaste. More wheat towards the end. Mouthfeel is light-bodied and crisp, followed by a dry and chalky finish. A decent beer overall, but I probably wouldn't drink this again. It doesn't have much flavour and there are better, more interesting blondes.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as part of Mill Street's seasonal sampler pack, or I don't think I would have ever bought it again. Man this brings back memories. I used to drink this all the time a few years back (out of the bottle no less) before I moved on to better things.

Pours like a standard ale. Nothing out of the ordinary. Yellow, as you can see in the photo above. Minimal head that quickly and completely disappears, never to be seen again. There's little to no head retention which is always a little disappointing.

I am picking up very little in the aroma, not much but a hint of malt and grains and...um. Fruit? Some kind of fruit I guess.

The taste is actually better than I was expecting. I guess there was a reason I drank this so much back then. A fairly okay amount malt with an inoffensive barely bitter finish, with an overall lemony fruitness to it.

Nice sticky yet refreshing mouthfeel.

I don't think this beer is aspiring to be anything but a well brewed crowd pleaser and if that is the case it does its job well. This wouldn't be a bad beer at all to session or slake your thirst or drink when your attention was focused elsewhere. I'd probably prefer something with a bit more character than this myself, but you could do a lot worse. I think this would be a great beer to keep in your fridge to offer guests who are used to macros.

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Photo of bobsy
3.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Burnished gold with a bone white head that gave up a couple touches of lace. Sweet malt aroma mixed in with biscuit. Lots of caramel in the flavour, along with a distinct breadiness, dry grain and lemon-bitter finish. There's also a surprising alcohol warmth on the way down. The mouthfeel was far heavier than I expected, and almost verged on chewy, which I feel compliments the caramel flavours well, and elevates the drink in general.

This was far better than I expected, and I've avoided this beer for a long ime because I assumed it was another crappy lager. While its not something I'd drink again I can appreciate why people like this. Its a definite step above the macros, while keeping many of the features that would appeal to the drinkers of mass-produced beer. The sort of offering that will help Mill Street expand into other markets, but not build a fanbase in ours.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one in my Mill St seasonal sampler. This is the fourth one out of the six that package offers.

Appearnace: Honestly, this stuff looks like ginger ale with a bit more of a golden color. Poured with barley a hair of head, that dissipated as quick as a soft drink's would. The carbonation looks a little bit excessive too, but it boasts excellent clarity and a nice golden appearance.

Smell: In a word, average as I'm getting a nice barley and grain smell with the barest touch of a fruity, almost grape like scent. It didn't take much to come out, but I wouldn't call it remarkable.

Taste: The beer starts with a sweeter malt and fruit taste that is a cross between citrus and grape which then turns to a bit of a strawy bitter kick that doesn't seem to really have a hop presence.

Mouthfeel: The beer is solid, the carbonation however runs a bit lax near the end but it leaves no aftertaste and is exceptionally clean. Very smooth smooth beer but I have to deduct points for the complete lack of head.

Drinkability: This stuff is easy to get down, the carbonation causes no problems and it is quite light on the gut. However, it seems a bit boring for an ale and is something I'd expect more from a lager. I dunno, something holds this beer back and I can't quite place it.

Final Thoughts: I don't think a better name could be given for this beer, then Stock Ale. This beer is pretty generic, and isn't really going to knock your socks off, but it's decent. I'm not quite sure what a 24 pack of this would go for but if it's similarly priced to Mill St's other offerings, I'd say it's not quite enough bang for your buck. I'd say this first offering from Mill St that I've been disappointed by.

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Photo of biegaman
3.26/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mill Street Stock Ale looks like something out of a beer advertisement. Its golden coat is brimming and lustrous, its head is bleach white and its clarity so pristine you'd swear it was airbrushed. There's even a steady stream of bubbles for decor. It certainly is nice to look at, no wonder they put this stuff in clear bottles!

I wonder if the aroma was overlooked in the blue prints or if it was intentionally left out. Beers this style rarely offer much to the sense of smell (less maybe some unpleasant stench of adjuncts) but I'd of thought they'd give it a little more thought. All I can make out is something slightly metallic, slightly corny and I'd hesitate to categorize it as 'malty'.

Even if it seems no aromatic hops were used they certainly included a decent dose for bittering. The beer possesses a crisp, clipping bitterness that bites down with a sharp set of teeth. It is far more assertive than I would have assumed looking at it. This also has a lot more body than you'd expect from a plain ale or lager. It's definitely a quenching beer.

That being said, it doesn't offer much for flavour. There is enough light maltiness to suggest hints of straw, grains and white bread. Although it lacks the good flavours it more importantly also lacks the bad ones. There is no off-putting, chemical-like taste to sully the palate. As result, the beer is much more appealing and immensely more drinkable.

Nothing about Mill Street Stock Ale makes it fantastic but there are plenty of things that make it worthwhile drinking, especially if you're into simple-minded beers. There are no adjuncts used and the result is a much cleaner, agreeable product than most (if not all) of what's offered by macro breweries. All things considered, this is a solid offering.

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Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.59/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a tall tulip glass.

Appearance - golden yellow colour with very little head, some surface bubbles as a result of the moderate carbonation.

Smell - sweet-smelling creamy malt scents with vanilla, with fresh shortbread in there as well.

Taste - decent flavour strength of pure malt, lasting not quite long enough. Sweet indeed, with limited spice or citrus inclusion.

Mouthfeel - smooth and balanced, what it lacks in complexity it makes up with the stable flavour profile.

Drinkability - I could definitely have a few of these. Decent taste, reasonably refreshing. A good pint.

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Photo of Ralphus
2.58/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had been on the lookout for this one but wasn't interested in a full six pack.. so when I found a single at the LCBO I decided it was time. In hindsight, staying away from a sixer was a great move on my part.

It pours like a macro.. smells like a macro and tastes like one too. This is a fairly sugary drink.. lots of malts up front and very few hops to counterbalance. Fruitiness is lacking as well. Overall the best comparison I can give is Kokanee.

Mouthfeel is average and drinkability poor.. it's just to sweet to want to consume many at a time.

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Photo of terryeckmeier
2.31/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a random bottle at the LCBO thought I would give it a try seeing that their Tankhouse is pretty decent but sadly I was let down. Very underwhelming in every aspect, I was expecting something with a little more oomph but all around it's drinkable but don't think I will be getting it again. Very malty reminds me of macro lager more than an micro brewed ale. I've had worse but I've had better.

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Photo of BDTyre
2.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Boring. Looks like a macro lager: golden with a white foamy head. Smells like malt and corn, and very syrupy. Taste the same: overly malted, almost like a syrup. Carbonation seems too low, very silky but almost like water.

Ice cold on a hot afternoon? Maybe. But not a great session beer.

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Photo of Shadman
2.55/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Surprised to see this in the land of Coors Light and Clam so I caved.

Pure gold in color, clear, average head and lacing.

Very rich and sweet. Almost honey-like.

Meh. Not sure how to discribe this beer. The label says they used hop and I'm guessing maybe 1 or 2 leaves and that's it. Cloyingly sweet and sticky malt were all I could dredge up flavour wise.

If I could ever use the terms thick and watery in the same breath it's now. Starts almost syrupy and then gets thin fast.

Wasted my $$ here. Not my bag at all. Pass

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Photo of Antilochus
2.12/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap at the Black Shire Pub in London, Ontario. Served in a Mill Street pint glass.

Clear orangish amber gold with no head to speak of. Ew. A few lazy bubbles.

Nose of pungent sweet pale malt, perhaps a bit of sugared fruit. Rather one-sided.

Palate is sickeningly sweet but grainy, with cloying maltiness that you can't get out of your mouth. Too syrupy for me, this isn't my thing at all. Choked down a glass.

Sorry, Mill Street, but you've done much better.

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Photo of drinkininthewood
3.32/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served from a 341 ml clear bottle into a pilsner glass.

A- pours clear gold with a frothy head which laces. Not much retention.

S- herbal, grainy, with some decent malt aromas. Not really much in terms of hops.

T- Light bready malts, somewhat sugary with the slightest hint of honey, hops are there and do add some pretty good balance to the brew. Crisp, clean refreshing finish.

M- light bodied, carbonation is ok, fresh, Clean.

D- Good, but best suited to the perfect scenario>>>On a sun drenched deck or patio.

Overall an ok blonde ale. Thirst quencher. Good intro beer for newcomers. Worth a shot and even a session.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
3.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice deep golden yellow with a decent-sized head that lasts. Carbonated like crazy, a nice sparkling beer.

Smells like a lager, grainy, some honey and dry hoppy aroma.

Tastes creamy upfront, grainy, almost taste vegetables? Finishes sweet with a hint of honeyand grass.

This is a perfect beer for a hot summer day, but that's about it.

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Photo of iceball585
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pale yellow color, clear, half finger thick fluffy head that lowered quickly

S- Honey, corn, grains, pale malts, overall fairly sweet

T- Light malts, corn, buttery, sugary, faint hops taste

M- Light body, medium carbonation, crisp, smooth, light oily finish

D- Not bad

Not really a beer that I would go crazy for but still decent. Very light and non-offensive in every aspect.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a nice looking blonde ale, which is what I exclaimed out loud as I held it up to the light in a glass. Rich clear golden colour, tall frothy shock white head that retains well, and slowly settles down to a thick creamy cap, a fisherman's net of sticky lacing in its wake.

The aroma is soft and rounded, mild bready malt, a honey-like sweetness, flowery notes most likely from the hops. A little bit of corn and veggies detected however.

The flavour however is fairly basic, corn and veggies seem to overpower much of the malt and hops, making it taste far more macro-produced than it probably should. What malt that does make itself apparent is a light biscuit, and the hops maintain a flowery character. However the more I drink this, the more the deficiencies become more dominant and difficult to ignore. Serious cooked veggie aftertaste.

And yet the mouthfeel is great, medium-bodied, smooth and creamy. Very good for this style in fact. It's an efficient messenger carrying less than savoury news in the end.

All the aspects are there for a great beer with this stock ale, all except the most important, and that it falls short a great deal in the flavour department. The appearance and mouthfeel really stand out, yet the taste doesn't really warrant any return visits in my books. A shame....

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Photo of Amalak
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: very light gold, bubbly, average head, dissipates quickly, slight lace.

S: Not much there. Kind of bitterish.

T: Very interesting taste. Crisp and almost buttery. Tastes kind of like vegetables.

M: Weird sticky kind of feel.

D: Smooth and crisp. Sits kind of heavy.

Interesting flavor. I would try again, but I am not sure if I would ever love this style of beer.

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Photo of pootz
3.65/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. This is a light pale "export" type Canadian ale they way they were made in grandad’s day...for a light golden ale this piles a nice white frothy cap and laces like real ale....it’s aroma is floral-herbal with some sweet malt..not overly pronounced but very distinguishable. Light on body but with enough real pale ale presence to warrant a second glass. maybe too light for CARMA groupies but at least it’s real and head and shoulders above the corn-ale of the mega brewers.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.72/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a clear bottle that turns some people off. Clear light honey colour. One to two finger head, white. Large bubbles, a bit fizzy. Decent lacing. Fruity pineapple nose and the taste is a bit sweet, understated hops. This beer impressed me with its mouthfeel, very smooth with subtle bitterness, again understated. This went very well with my dinner tonight. Fresh tasting and pure, although I hate to sound like a TV ad for the stuff ... clean finish. crisp but not overly. Not overly complicated, but I'd happily serve this to guests as it's sure to have broad appeal. Not bad at all, glad I tried this tonight.

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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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