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 Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good wheat effort by Mill Street, arguably their best. Fresh on tap at Beer Bistro. Did side-by-side with Blache de Chamblay. Mill was a gorgeous blond gold peach with a retained head and good lace in glass. Fresh fruity yeast and wheat smell. Creamy on tongue, easy Summer drink.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz pint at the Distillery District brewpub. There was a sixer bounding about at a friends' move-in after party back in Edmonton earlier this year, yet I somehow missed out on a bottle.

This beer appears a hazy pale golden yellow colour, with barely one finger of weakly foamy, soapy, and yet eventually creamy dirty white head, which leaves a bit of random ocean upswell lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of semi-sweet grainy wheat malt, gritty banana chips, pithy orange peel, coriander, mild yeast, and soft earthy, floral hops. The taste is more rather sweet, grainy, and bready wheat and pale malt, light banana and orange fruit yeast esters, a bland coriander/clove spiciness, and earthy, musty hops.

The carbonation is moderate, just a lilting low-fi frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, fleshy, and a little clammy. It finishes sweet, the graininess and fruity yeast lingering well on.

A pleasant enough, if a little predictably sweet, Canadian witbier, underwhelming and simple in its bearing. Quite possibly much more of a gateway beer for the style than anything made by Molson, or even Hoegaarden.

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Photo of emerge077
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Jay for this beer!
Served in a large tapered mug, intelligible code printed on the bottle, no apparent date.

Murky orange with 3cm of head (metric, get it?) . Not a bad band. Thin skim and very little lacing after the first few sips. Liquid is opaque with frosty edges.

Aroma is mostly coriander, sweet and lightly spicy. Basic wheat with a touch of sweet citrus too.

Flavor is mellow, wheat and coriander dominate, some minerally club soda touches. Slight bite to it, had two bottles, fairly drinkable.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.53/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a yellow color ale with some white hue with a medium foamy head with average retention and subtle ring of lacing. Aroma of wheat with some very subtle coriander and some sourness. Taste is a mix between some medium wheat malt notes with some very subtle spice mix. The whole thing is unfortunately dominated by some sourness which might be explained by some infection. It is kind of surprising since I thought I had a fresh batch.

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Photo of jlindros
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this interesting looking bottle as an extra from grub. Poured into a pilsner glass. This will contrast my dinner of spicy beef stew pretty well.

A: A very light airy head slowly dissipates and leaves little swirling patches of bubbles that reminds me of a witches brew. Its semi hazy but still pretty clear somehow. It's got a pretty bright pale yellow color with almost shades of white in the middle.

N: A nice Bavarian wheat style nose with some Belgian wit malts, some banana, and slight yeast esthers. A very nice Bavarian wheat aroma.

T: Starts with more wheat and Belgian light malts. Some lemongrass and slight banana and orange peel pretty heavy. Pretty light, somewhat sweet and fruity. Pretty frothy with lots of carbonation. It has some spice like clove, coriander, I even detect a bit of salt(?). Slightly creamy and with the yeasty esters, it gives a slight lemon yogurt taste.

M: Lots of carbonation, pretty light on the tongue, but still slightly creamy and definitely unfiltered.

F: Still semi sweet but dries off well. More of the lemon yogurt taste. The spices seem to come out even more on the finish as well. It stays creamy on the finish. It semi disappears pretty well leaving you ready for more, but still has some long lingering ugly spice and esters.

Final thoughts: A pretty light and refreshing beer, some spices and yeast. The spices are still pretty light, and there is lots of fruit with banana, lemongrass, and lots of orange peel. Not bad for a refreshing summer drink, but not something I like to drink every day.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from viggo courtesy of Birthday Club 2, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 341ml bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color with a very thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, yeast and spice with a little bit of lemon & hops in the background.

T: The taste is light but bready with flavors of wheat, Belgian yeast, lemon and coriander spice. The hops presence is very mild and the malt character is thin, but both are in-line with the Witbier style. The after-taste is slightly bready and a little sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, very good representation of style, decent kick, I could certainly see myself drinking a few of these. It’s a good beer to drink when you’re in a Belgian mood and want something light.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lightly hazy goldenrod with sunshine yellow trim. Once the pillowy head begins to melt, a final swirl and pour turns the beer San Francisco foggy. The alabaster colored cap begins to resemble whipped egg whites and is beginning to grace the glass with no more than a few arcing streamers of foam.

The nose is exactly what it should be. The best witbiers are those that put orange peel and coriander right up front and keep them in relative balance. This one seems more lemony than orangey, but that's pretty common in my experience.

Mill Street Belgian Wit (like the other Mill Street beers that I've had so far) is a pretty solid example of its style. That said, it's a little more tangy than I typically prefer. On the other hand, there's enough coriander spiciness to keep things from getting too far out of hand.

Flavors include untoasted pale grains (with no actual graininess), sour citrus zest and a finishing burst of coriander. A fraction less lemon juice tartness and a fraction more malt sweetness would have easily earned the next highest score. It's still an extremely close call.

Although it seems paradoxical, the mouthfeel could use more lush creaminess and less carbonation. In other words, the bubbles need to more deeply buried, to do their work behind the scenes rather than right out in the open.

Even though Belgian Wit is my least favorite Mill Street Brew Pub beer, it's still tasty and is still a worthwhile purchase if you like the style. I won't be so presumptuous as to suggest that the brewery change their recipe, since I'm sure they (and their loyal clientele) like it just the way it is.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Much thanks for korguy123 for this one! Poured into a DFH snifter glass.

A: Pours a cloudy pale yellow color with a small head. Small bubbles continue to rise from the bottom of my glass.

S: Some banana, orange, and a little of the coriander. There is a heavy yeast smell as well.

T: Orange and banana upfront, then a slight bubblegum flavor. Also a little clove action which gives way to the wheat and yeast.

M/D: On the lighter side but smooth with a slightly dry finish. Overall its pretty solid. One a side note, I really like the bottle art and design.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From 03/11/13 notes. Sara brought this back 2 days ago from her Canada work trip, so we drank it with some Thai food. 341ml bottle poured into my Portsmouth 20th Anniversary pilsner glass.

a - Pours a clear bright yellow color with two plus fingers of fluffy off white head and high carbonation evident.

s - Smells of oranges, spice, coriander, yeast, floral hops, and some light fruity malts. Nice but a tiny bit heavy on spice and not super strong. Still nice though.

t - Tastes or oranges, lemon, citrus hops, spice, coriander, yeast, bready malts, floral hops, earthy notes, fruity malts. More citrus and a nice step up from the nose; a lot more flavor.

m - Medium body that is very smooth, and low to moderate carbonation. Great mouthfeel and very easy to drink.

o - Overall a really nice witbier. Had never heard of Mill Street so wasn't expecting a ton from it, and was plesantly surprised. Nice citrus in the taste and super easy to drink, would have it again.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a Hoegaarden tumbler glass.

Classic creamed bleach white head, with some moderate retention. The head slowly settles to a 4mm thin puck, sitting on a very dark lemon yellow body. A bit of clarity through this glass, but still kind of hazy with the cloudiness creeping away towards the edges.

Classic straightforward solid wit bier on the nose so far. A little soapy and bubblegum smelling, but classic coriander and sweet spice content. Hints of chewy wheat slightly and an overall solid aroma.

Pretty much uneventful, but solid on the palate. Hinds of candy like gum, and minimal chewy palate on the malt side. Some spiced finishes, but has more of that sweet sucrose than most wits. Finishes quite clean, with a little bit of orange fruit ever slightly.

A pretty solid basic witbier, not real exciting, but pretty good overall.

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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 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 spinrsx
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - The beer pours a hazy pale gold colour with an average size fizzy white head. There is a fair amount of carbonation showing, and there is some very faint lacing. The head stuck around for only a minute or two before it was gone.

Smell - wheat, a peppery spice mix, corriander, bubble gum

Taste & Mouth - There is a lot of carbonation - lots of little bubbles on the tongue. The first and most noticeable taste is wheat and pears/bubble gum? There is also some citrus zest notes, and a grassiness. The beer finishes with a slightly bitter apple/grape juice flavour mixed with pepper/coriander.

Drink - I'm not a huge wheat beer fan, but this is definitely one of the better ones that I've had. If you're a fan of the style; seek this one out.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341 ml bottle poured into pint glass aug 15 2009

A a cloudy pale yellow, small head falls fast and left no lace

S wheat and lemon and spices quite faint

T not bad, good spice and lots of citrus

M/D fair amount of carbonation, very easy drinking, great hot day beer

this is worth trying grab a mill street 6 pack mixer

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Photo of DrJay
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good offering from Mill St. Hazy straw/caramel colour with an initially thick bright white head that quickly reduces. Good lacing. Plenty of banana fruitiness in the nose, plus a little clove spiciness. Balanced flavour between light bitterness and soft wheat malt, banana and light spice, which lingers at the finish with a little tartness. The body was a bit heavier than expected, a little chewy, and finished with a bit of slickness. Nice beer for sitting on the patio in the summer.

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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 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 andrenaline
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy golden colour, with a thin layer of head with decent retention and holds the thin layer throughout, leaving no real lacing.

S - The scent is of sour lemon and cloves with a peppery finish. Could be a little more fruity IMO, but unique to say the least.

T - Fruit flavours dominate with citrus, bananas and pineapple becoming evident. A bit of a bubble gum flavour also noticeable, and the spices (nutmeg and cloves) come through a little on the mild side. The finish is rather bitter and a little peppery, which is a bit of a turn-off.

M - Mouthfeel is perfectly balanced with carbonation that goes down smooth. Definitely the strongest point on this one.

D - Overall, quite impressed with the look and feel, however, was a little disappointed on the flavours. The sour and bitter finish were a bit of a turnoff, but the bananas and bubble gum were pretty nice. Wouldn't buy a 6-er of this for myself, but wouldn't turn one down if offered.

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Photo of papat444
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to grub for this one.

Appearance: A strikingly white 2 finger head that i wish lasted longer but the body is perfect showing off a cloudy golden look with wisps of yeast.

Smell: Pepper, yeast, lemon and spices. Very alive and zesty. I like it.

Taste: Very lemony, lots of yeast character. A little spicy finish, coriander maybe with some pepper. Good but i would have preferred more spices and less fruit zest but i'm nitpicking a little because it still tastes good.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is low, finish is crisp and clean while the body is light. Everything is in line as per the style.

Drinkability: Easy to enjoy and drink.

Overall: A bit lacking in the flavor department but otherwise another solid offering from Mill Street.

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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 canucklehead
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty decent Wit though I am spoiled by Granville Island and Driftwoods versions in BC. Pale cloudy and quite carbonated with the citrus notes on the nose. Not too spicy though well balanced I found it a little thin for the style( kinda like Celis White). I prefer the Pilsner to their Wit as a patio beer

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Photo of tpd975
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Used this one to drink along a real spicey chili while watching college football. Nice little beer to put out the flames.

A: Pours a very pale yellow with a nice tall foamy head. Pretty good retention with a streak or two of lace.

S: Typical wit aromas. Lots of bread, citrus, banana and corriander.

T: Mild in flavor. Nice clove and corriander up front. Very citric with nice yeasty tones which come forward as banana.

M: Very light, fairly crisp.

D: Not bad, wanted something light to cool down the fire in my mouth. It fit the bill, though it was not the best pairing.

Thanks Grub!

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, cloudy golden-yellow colour. Head is quite thin and is gone almost immediately, although a white collar remains around the edge of the glass for most of the drink and there's plenty of lacing. Carbonation level looks average. Smell hits most of the usual wit notes - wheat & yeast, as well as some coriander spiciness. A bit of lemon citrus and banana.

This is a solid witbier, lots of stuff going on. Wheat malt backbone; a little sweet, with some lemony citrus sourness. Pepper and coriander spiciness near the end as well as some banana notes. Yeasty in the finish, not so much anywhere else. Moderate carbonation is fizzy and prickles the tongue. Medium-thin mouthfeel.

This is a pretty tasty wit - I've reviewed a few lame efforts recently so this was a nice change of pace, not that I expected to be disappointed by Mill Street. This will probably enter the wit rotation. Courtesy of the OCB summer mixer pack, one of the better selections in it.

[Updated Dec. 5 2013]

I've been gradually schlepping my way through this village's somewhat spartan craft beer selection over the past few months, and a six-pack of Mill Street Wit caught my eye. Not the freshest offering (bottled Aug 9 2013), but there's a good reason they don't stock much craft beer in Ridgetown - it doesn't get cycled through all that quickly. As for the beer itself - this is a serviceable, textbook wit along the lines of Hoegaarden, with a little less spice and a little more banana/citrus. Nice hint of pepper at the finish. Like the vast majority of Mill Street's beers, this one doesn't really stray into adventurous territory, but it's still a respectable example of the style that I'd be willing to return to again.

Final Grade: 3.75, a B+.

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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 IronDjinn
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Yet another Mill Street offering to be found out West here.

Pours out a pale straw colour, with a tall foamy white head that recedes to a thick creamy cap.

Lots of wheat and yeasty spice up front in the nose, coriander, plus lemon and orange struggling for dominance in the citrus department.

The flavour is pleasant but muted, a bit watered down. Wheat and lemon zest up front, while the spice and orange peel carries it to the finish. Coriander and citrus rind lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light and a bit watery, it affects the delivery of the flavour.

Overall this would make an okay patio session ale for a wit, or a safe gateway introduction to the style. Is also a reasonably priced domestic for the style as well.

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Mill Street Wit from Mill Street Brew Pub
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