Mill Street Wit | Mill Street Brew Pub

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Mill Street WitMill Street Wit

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Mill Street Brew Pub
Ontario, Canada

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Mill St Belgian style Wit is a refreshing beer made with a unique blend of ingredients. The soft texture and pale colour comes from the use of wheat. Coriander, orange peel and our special yeast produce the complexity and depth of fruity flavours contained within the glass. This beer is unfiltered. The resulting cloudiness gave rise to the term Wit, or White beer.

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Photo of funkengruven
4.83/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this on draught in the past and was impressed, so when I saw it for sale in bottles I had to give it a try.

This poured beautifuly, tons of lace on the glass and substantial head. Smell is definitely reflective of what a Witbier should smell like, coriander, orange and a subtle yeastiness. Flavor is quite bold, the coriander leaves a very pleasant spicy aftertaste and the orange gives this beer the perfect tartness. Carbonation is almost at the perfect level, smooth and easy drinking.

Finally a Witbier that I could actually say might be better than Hoegaarden. I'm very impressed indeed.

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Photo of iceball585
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Bright yellow color, clear, thin white lacey head that faded to a thin ring, lots of rising bubbles throughout

S- Oranges, lemons, wheat, pale malts, yeast, some spices

T- Very citrusy, light malts, wheat, grains, sugar, hint of hops

M- Light body, medium carbonation, flavorful, crisp, smooth, tangy

D- Good session beer

I consider this a fairly good witbier. The light and citrusy flavors make it a great summertime beer.

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Photo of ericj551
4.24/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mill Street Wit poured at first a very slightly hazy orange/yellow. It took a lot of rousing, but once I got the sediment into the beer it clouded up well, with a foamy white head that linger. The aroma is soft fruity orange/citrus with some dry powdery yeast and nice muted coriander. The flavor is crisp and sweet upfront followed by a nice tart orange taste that lingers. Bitterness is mild, and it is hard to tell if any of the citrus flavor is coming from the hops.

This one is definitely more towards the fruity orange end of the spectrum, but there is enough corriander to balance it out nicely without any of the soapy characteristics you sometimes get from too much.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pale yellow / straw colour was relatively see through for the style, I expected something a bit more hazy and murky. While there was some haziness, there's also a bit of lime colour in there that surprizes me. A half finger, off white head dissipates and readily gives way to a ring around the glass and good lacing. Nicely carbonated. There's a spicy nose there, a bit of lavender in the mix as well; citrus and marmalade. Hoppy and with a good mouthfeel, balanced bitterness and a pleasant finish make this a real treat all around. I had a lot of yeast in the bottom of the bottle that I spilled into my half-full glass and watched as it clouded the glass; the result was equally satisfying and still tasted quite good. A really nice treat from Mill St., keep up the good work.

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Photo of atomicbolt
4.19/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this (very cool-looking) bottle. I like what they've got going on down at Mill St, let's give this Wit a shot:

Pours a hazy, medium yellow with a thin, fizzy head. The smell's nice and bold - zesty, spicey, a lot of orange, a lot of spice, coriander, cloves.

Big, crisp taste that lingers into a real fruity tang, with orange, bananas and spice. Smooth, lightly carbonated. Long-lasting aftertaste of orange and - ginger? Nice balance of flavours, but maybe a bit too muted.

Overall, I really liked this beer. Although it doesn't stand up to the elite wheat beers of Europe, you can tell that the craft brewing touch is there.

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Photo of headlessparrot
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was really excited about this one; I was aware that Mill Street often had a seasonal wit on tap in their brew-pub, but didn't find out that they'd begun bottling it until a friend mentioned it. I made a trip to the LCBO right away. Not only is Mill Street one of my favourite brewers, but the wit-bier style is very high on my list of favourites, especially during such a brutal summer.

Mill Street Wit poured from the cool Mill Street brown bottle (silk-screened, uniquely shaped, with a pop cap) into my weizen glass as you might expect - lots of visible effervescence, a big cap, and a cloudy-hazy yellow body. The colour was a bit lager-y (slightly orange-y?) for a wit, and the head wasn't quite as frothy as you would expect from the style, but the beer still looks absolutely delicious. The head dies down a bit after a few moments, to about one finger, where it lasts for the rest of the drink, accompanied by very heavy lacing. Not the best looking wit I've tried, but respectable, and tempting.

The smell is gorgeous. Dominated by orange, clove, coriander. A hint of bananas. A slight, musty wheatiness. Yeast. Not as strong of a scent as the other wits that I've tried, but it has a nice, crisp freshness to it that Hoegaarden and Blanche de Chambly seem to lack.

The taste lives up to the smell. Big banana and curaco orange at front, accented by a very nice wheat body. Subtle coriander and clove, a hint of bubblegum (not too much). Sweet initially, but dries - well balanced, and simply delicious. Again, this doesn't have the 'hit you over the head' big flavour of other wits, but where it lacks there, it more than compensates with the fact that it's simply so fresh, crisp, and clean. A bit of orange-banana bubblegum with a hint of yeast and wheat on the finish.

The mouthfeel is also great; obviously the carbonation is big, because of the style. But the body feels simply great in the mouth, and the heavy carbonation is almost unnoticeable because of the rich taste and lovely freshness. Drinkability - as with most wits and hefes - is outstanding. I could drink most all night, and this is no exception.

For me, Mill Street's Wit is far and away the definitive Canadian interpretation of the witbier. It simply blows Unibroue's Blanche De Chambly out of the water, and it holds its own against Canadian wheat beers of any style. This beer is most definitely worth a try. My only qualm is that this stuff isn't available for long. I guess my next goal is to convince the Mill Street guys to make it a regular part of their line-up.

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Photo of shamus
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice foamy head that is retained throughout drinking. A golden chill hazed body with fine carbonation. Smells of orange, coriander and sandalwood. A dry mouthfeel with a lovely taste perfect for this style. It reminds me of an old favourite from Quebec, Coupe des Grisous. I'm glad to be able to find this at the Rideau LCBO.

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Photo of kwjd
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow with thick white head that dissipates and still leaves a thin layer on the the top. Has some spotty lacing. Smell of orange, clove and wheat. Has a tart flavour with lots of orange and spices. Very refreshing.

This was actually the first wheat beer that I ever liked back when I wasn't a fan of the style (only style that I didn't love at first sip). While there are some better ones out there, I still enjoy this a lot.

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Photo of TheHammer
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six pack of this stuff when I turned in my empties at the Beer Store on Upper James in Hamilton. I've been having a couple and have almost polished it off.

Appearance: Hazy yellow color with a bit of white although there is still a degree of clarity which keeps the beer from a higher score. Pours with a solid thumb of head that laces decently but retains exceptionally well.

Smell: If I wanted to give an example at how a Witbier should smell, this would be my choice. Definite wheat smell with undertones of citrus and coriander. I'm also catching the barest scent of barley as well as cloves. Could be a little bit more pronounced, could be a bit more innovative but all in all solid.

Taste: Quite nice all in all, as it has impressed me. Starts with a nice grain flavor, of which the citrus is apparent. It then shifts to a very well balanced citrus, clove and coriander taste with the barest touch of bananas. Ends with a last touch of bitterness though that doesn't quite transition right, although I suspect this is due to the orange peel and not the hops. All in all it needs to be just a touch stronger. Still excellent stuff.

Mouthfeel: This beer transitions exceptionally, apart from the final touch of bitter. The carbonation is solid, the aftertaste is pleasant and actually somewhat disappoints that it doesn't linger for a while. A very smooth offering, that earns nearly a perfect score.

Drinkability: I polished this stuff off fairly quick. A lot quicker then any other wit I've had. It's easy on the gut, doesn't cause gas, is very refreshing but not so refreshing you couldn't drink it as a desert beer. The only downside this one has is that it doesn't go to well with food but that is a minor beef.

Final Thoughts: I'm fairly sure most BAs have that wit experience when Hoegaarden just isn't as good as it used to be. I don't know if I'd go that far but this beer is easily on par if not better the Hoegaarden, that is for sure. Mill St continues to impress me, and I'm looking forward to the next one of their offerings.

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Photo of ecoastman
4.14/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinkability - Very drinkable since it is light tasting and watery - a decent beer for this style but certainly not the best. Improving the head, carbonation and mouthfeel might make this one a bigger winner.

Appearance - a cloudy banana yellow with soda-like carbonation. A good head to start but quickly recedes to a thin layer with no lacing.

Smell - nice, slightly sweet and clean with some phenolic and candy aromas similar to banana, bubblegum and cloves in weizens as well as other belgium whites.

Taste - Like it smells but a little thin and diluted tasting in the first sip. The flavour improves dramatically as you get further into the drink and it warms up. There's a mild touch of orange-lemon citrus in the aftertaste. Reminds me of Denisons - another good local wheat beer.

Mouthfeel - thin and watery which makes it refreshing for the summer. A drier finish than others and the carbonation puts it slightly on the coarser side. A little more creaminess would be beneficial.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was really happy to see a new bottled offering from Mill Street at the LCBO, and a style rarely attempted by Ontario brewers no less. The silk screened bottle portrays an alewife carrying a bushel of barley or wheat over her shoulder. Very cool bottle.

The beer pours a hazy, luminescent straw color, with plenty of yeast left in the bottom of the bottle. The fluffy head quickly reduces, leaving plenty of lace trails on the glass. The aroma is citrusy and tart with a distinctive sweet tangerine feel. The taste is of crisp refreshing wheat and a good amount of citrus peel. Coriander like spiceyness is subdued in the background. Hops are pretty much AWOL. The finish has a sturdy acidity mingled with bitter orange. The mouthfeel is light and replete with tiny carbonation bubbles.

This is a decent Witbier, more intense and tart than the Hoe and just as good.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale cloudy yellow/white with a thin white head, pretty decent retention.

Smells of cloves, yeast, winey, banana, tropical fruit, and a hint of alcohol.

Tastes like it smells, very spicey with cloves, some orange citrusy notes, yeasty.

Thin, lightly carbonated mouthfeel, pretty drinkable, this is a pretty good witbier, very refreshing, this rivals even Hoegaarden!

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Photo of spointon
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

A= This ale poured an appropriately cloudy yellow/gold color with a full on 1.5" white head. The head dropped relatively fast but retained a thin skim and left a lot of sheet lace on my glass. Lots of tight carbonation release throughout.

S= Hit all of the witbier notes I like. Tangy smelling wheat malt, citrus, coriander, yeast, pepper, and maybe even a hint of chamomille in the aroma. Very nice!

T= Much like the aroma indicated. Malts were sweet with a refreshing wheat-y twang. Yeast threw lots of peppery phenolics and lemony esters, and the spices were dead on for the style. Finished fruity with a faint hint of tartness to keep it on the refreshing side.

MF= Lighter than medium bodied with a very active but still soft carbonaton feel. Sort of carressed my tongue.

D= A great example of the style and easily my favorite Mill Street beer.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Appearance is pale straw yellow and slighty hazy. Not much of a head to speak of. Smell is light orange and coriander. Taste is actually rather tart upfront. Lemon and orange peel hit hard first and then give way to coriander. Slight hop presence here, just enough to offer a slightly bitter hint to the end. Nice clean finish. Mouthfeel is rather light, and not much carbonation. It works well enough for the style. Drinkability is really good for me. The flavors are strong and not overpowering. good balance and manageable ABV tell me this could be a very sessionable brew.

Overall, an above average wit that feel fresh to me thanks to the tart taste upfront and just good balance. Certainly worth a try to anyone who likes the style.

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Photo of Antilochus
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 341mL bottle, purchased at a Kingston LCBO in a six pack.

Pour is a very hazy light almost pastel golden yellow, with decent white foamy head that reduced in size quickly to a half-centimetre or so.

Aroma is (in this order) belgian yeast, bubblegum, spices, citrus.

Taste is light, dominated by coriander, typical wheaty flavours, and yeast. Spicy finsh. Nice and smooth, highly quaffable. One of Mill Street's better offerings.

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Photo of Derek
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brew pub.

A: Amber-orange, not cloudy at all; initially a little white head, no retention or lace. Where's the wheat protein?

S: Orange, spice & some bready malt.

T: Maltier than expected, with a pleasant biscuit/bread backbone; Fruity esters seem more British than Belgian; pleasant orange & subtle spicing.

M: Moderate body, modest carbonation.

D: Quite good.

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Photo of Rudgers73
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at the bar in a Hefe glass.

Pours a cloudy yellow with a quickly fading head. The aroma is rich and full of citrus, belgian yeast, and spices. The flavor is very lively and complex with clean and bittersweet orange peel, deep and rich coriander, and a mellow sticky-sweet yeast. The beer gets better as you drink it and as it warms with a more full and sweet flavor.

Good Wit.

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Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a real hazy golden yellow, big fluffy white head, lace all over. Smell is banana, clove, spices, as it should be. Taste has nice banana tones, a lot of malt is detectable, spicy middle and a tart finish. Also some nice yeasty flavours going on. Very fullbodied, very smooth, medium carbonation. I would say Mill Streets best beer as well, they should bottle this stuff. Almost rivals Denisons.

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Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow summer squash with a distinguishing lime tinge; the colour is dulled like a faded pastel. In large part, this stems from the haze (it is, after all, bottle conditioned) which is expected for the style. Nevertheless, there is some transparency if held directly into the light. A fine froth of ivory suds washed over from the pour but it has now rescinded.

This is the perfect answer for when someone asks what a witbier smells like. This bouquet has all the required musty, spicy and tangy elements. To be more specific, it is replete with fresh cracked coriander seeds and dried orange peel. It places whole grains and oats in a bed of flowers and seasons crisp wheat straw in white pepper. Good show!

That merger of things fruity, floral, spicy and grainy continues as all the above integrate into one harmonious flavour. Sweet malts and grainy wheat, spices and fruit, all compliment one another. Once again, flavours of wheat straw, oats and whole grains have been doused in coriander and white pepper before being wrapped together by strings of orange peel.

This medley of spice, tang, and grain is wonderfully flavourful. The brewer must have a steady hand and a keen eye when putting together these ingredients; the balance is perfect. The carbonation is about where you'd want it to be - enough to fulfill the refreshing component but not too strong as to pave over the palate.

When Mill Street first introduced their witbier a number of years back, I wasn't the only one to have it on-tap and imagine how great it would be if they were to ever bottle it. Since only a fraction of what they offer at the brewpub makes it to the bottling line, I'm really happy this was elected as one of the special few. This is arguably one of their finest brews.

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Photo of bobsy
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draught at the Mill Street Brewery. Cloudy yellow body with a thin white head. Coriander, wheat and citrus in the aroma. Very refreshing, with a crisp grainy taste, and slightly spicy flavour. Smooth grainy finish and aftertaste. Medium bodied with a refreshing amount of carbonation. A great summer beer.

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Photo of SingleCell
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass after warming out of the fridge for 15 mins.

A: Pours a very hazy and very pale straw colour. A one inch white head is produced which dies down to a thin wisp atop the beer.

S: Sweet and spicy for this one. Lots of sweet bubblegum scents along with that sweet Belgian yeast scent. Hints of all spice and coriander. Cannot for the life of me detect the orange peel promised on the label.

T: All the flavours are quite mellow and reserved for this one. The scents I mentioned above are mirror imaged in the taste however they are subdued. Slight hint of alcohol in the finish.

M: Light and fine carbonation leads to a very soft creamy mouthfeel. Very pleasing.

D: This is a very drinkable beer. Very mellow yet there is enough flavour to keep you interested. Its almost like the beer equivalent to comfort food.

Overall a good beer, I would buy it again. I'm looking forward to trying more from Mill Street.

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Photo of dgilks
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden colour with a small white head. Really poor head retention for a witbier.

Light orangey note with some mild spicing. A very weak aroma.

Crisp, bright orangey flavour with some spicy coriander. Nice and fresh wheat tartness. Really quite good.

Medium body with moderately high carbonation. Good.

A really solid witbier. Very heavily flavoured but that works here. Nice.

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Photo of Voonder
3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudly yellow with decent white head. Smell - very wheaty and citrusy. Some spices are there as well.Taste - lemon, orange, wheat. Wery nice and refrehing. Crisp and light. This stuff is very drinkable. Very nice beer even though there is nothing different or outstanding. Will have more.

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Photo of NV9
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass (no orange).

very cloudy beer with a good head that doesn't stay around too long and leaves little lacing.

Spicy, citrus, orange smell with a faint bit of wheat.

light body, medium carbonation, very smooth with a bit harsher finish from the carbonation. taste of banana and pepper, very nice flavour.

very drinkable, great flavours and smell and is a true wheat beer.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy pale gold with a creamy white head.

Smells nicely lemony and floral. Some coriander, pale malt and wheat.

Tastes clean and mellow. A little sour lemon at first with some spice, yeast and wheat present. A little orange rind towards the end.

Mouthfeel is light. Nice and crisp.

There's not much else to say. It's a decent witbier. Very enjoyable. A really nice and refreshing summer beer.

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