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

Have been enjoying a 6 of this over the past few days. I think this is the third or fourth I've poured so far, and thought I should review one properly before I go through the lot.

As has been the case for all of them, poured nicely into a pilsner glass...white head contrasting with the slightly cloudy pale gold. Carby bubbles rising steadily throughout. Interesting...I'd swear this one's a bit more cloudy than the first 2 or 3. Looks nice, though, and although the head dies back, it never really goes away entirely, and laces the glass as the beer goes down. Pretty.

This one smells a little more muted than those of the past couple days. Fresh, and a bit citrusy, but not as spicy. Nice, but not amazing.

And hey...that's neat. Earlier in the week, I found myself wishing for a little more citrus, but this one seems even tangier than I would have been looking for, and a little sweeter somehow as well. Less balanced, but still quite tasty. I do enjoy this beer, and am glad the weather is warmer these days so I can enjoy this beer in its element.

In the mouth, this one is pretty fizzy. Moreso than the previous ones. I like it, as it cuts the sweetness and goes with the tang.

Overall, as I've been enjoying these quite a bit. They're plenty drinkable. The variability is interesting, though. The first two or three were markedly different from this one. Try it. You'll probably like it.

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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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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 ludachris
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this in the loose basket at the LCBO. Anything a little out of the ordinary in there and Im more than happy to pick it up rather than buying a six pack.
Pours a cloudy peach juice orange with a finger and a half of white rocky head that slowly made itself to one side of the glass. Minimal lacing. Can still see signs of carbonation despite its murkiness.
Bouquet of spice, mineral, citrus, banana and clove. Really nice.
Yeast, spice and mineral upfront followed by a burst of citrus and spice. Zero hop presence and a slight dry malty finish.
Dry and clean. Goes down smooth and quite easy to drink.

Overall, an exceptional, well balanced witbier. Would prefer this any day over hoegaarden. After having this and the coffee porter, Mill Street is moving up in my books of craft beer.

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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 DoctorStrangiato
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - hazy yellow-gold colour, though still moderate clarity in the beer. Very little head, some lacing around the edge. Carbonation is prominent and audible.

Smell - clean aromas of wheat, bread basket, the spice cupboard - it's all there. Quintessential.

Taste - a slow start with some initial tartness and then the immediate burst of fruit, balloons intensely from the centre of the mouth outward with wheat inflections and heaps of spice.

Mouthfeel - truly, this beer's mouthfeel is like bungee jumping. You can almost sense the initial leap and then the flavours and wheat intensity rebound you back. Flutters away on a pretty even smooth finish.

Drinkability - a couple of these, not more. This style is not one where I have my reference point yet. Therefore I would not stick with this too long before balancing with something more common to me.

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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 nighthawk
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341mL bottle with no freshness date poured into Hoegaarden wit glass.

Pours a cloudy yellow with tons of carbonation streaming up from the bottom. Mid-sized white cap takes a minute or two to settle to a half-centimetre ring that retains well.

Aromas of coriander, pepper, hint of citrusy zests (somewhere between lemon tartness and bittersweet orange).

Spicy coriander and pepper up front, followed by a zing of lemon only slightly moderated by lighter orange. Wheat hits with a grainy snap just before the finish that turns mildly sour (think a light lemon as opposed to mouth-puckering).

Clean and crisp in the mouth, okay carbonation levels. Light to medium bodied.

Light and refreshing, this would be a very nice summer beer.

Overall, this is a decent wit, good tasting beer and quite refreshing. Recommended.

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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 Shadman
1.98/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Certainly has the look of a wit. Pale aprocot in color with a bone white head and decent lacing.

Coriander spice and a sour citrus aroma

Hejus. Hate to say it, but the bottle/case I have is absolutely awful. Other than a hint of coriander spice all I got was an overwelming sourness that made this one of the few I had to pour down the drain. They obviously put wayyy too much orange peel in their mix.

If you can get past the sourness it is par for a wit bier course.

I'm hoping this was a bad/expired batch far as Mill Street goes IMO, stick to the coffee porter...

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Photo of benito
2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at the LCBO before returning to the US. Mill Street showcases its laurels as one of the more adored/people's choice brewpubs in Ontario.

Their wit is a nice, hazy straw color with low carbonation and less persistent head than style guidelines would recommend. Lots of tartness in the aroma and flavor with a strong coriander finish on the palate. Light and refreshing, though the tartness is a little overwhelming and even remniscent of Jolly Pumpkin's brett funk.

I'd prefer a more balanced and less tart wit; nonetheless, it's still palatable.

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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 bloberglawp
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy yellow, nice pillowy head and exellent lacing, a looker.

Aroma of clove, wheat and yeast. Reminds me much more of a German Hefe than a Belgian Wit. Flavor of wheat malt, german hefe and a dry crisp finish.

Exellent, but compared to a Hogaarden, its much more like a Schneider Weisse.

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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 irishkyle21
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a bright white head that dies quick. Some lacing. A nice cloudy straw color.

Smells of citrus, oranges, wheat and spices (mostly coriander).

Tastes crisp with notes of citrus, wheat and coriander. This ain't to shabby and I can certainly see myself drinking this on a hot day.

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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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Photo of drinkininthewood
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 330ml brown bottle into a Hoegaarden glass.

A- Pours a murky golden/yellow color with a bubbly head that disappears fairly quick leaving some tiny lace spots. Retention.

S- Is of a solid wit. Lots of wheat with coriander and oranges peels, some lemon as well, fairly citrusy overall. Clove. Fairly good aromas.

T- Fair amount of citrus. Some nice yeasty flavors with some wheat. Overall fairly sweet with a tangy/sour dry finish.

M- light with decent carbonation, fairly effervecent.

D- pretty solid drinkability here.

Overall a decent wit. Not much sediment and i didn't like that. But other than that its decent and i would say that its a distant second to Hoegaarden which is a huge compliment to this beer. From a decent brewery too. Good effort from Mill St. but ill go with the Hoagaarden. Still recommended.

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Photo of MMansfield
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled bottle at work 11/09/07.

Appearance: Pours a peach colour with a fizzy head diminishing to a little lacey ring. Small amount of haze, not completely murky.

Aroma: Plenty of coriander, orangey, not much wheat in the nose.

Taste: More wheat in flavour, quite light and citrusy.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied as expected. Pretty good drinkability as it's not dominated by spicey notes.

Final Statement: Not a bad wit beer but not elite.

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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 TerryW
2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I usually quite enjoy Mill Street brews, but this one misses the mark for me, especially as I enjoy the style.

Overall the beer presents as understated. It hints at the style but never quite impresses. A little spritizier than I would expect as well.

Hazy gold, moderate head. Soft aroma, subdued taste. Thin bodied and a bit too much fizz and pop.

Passable, but not particularly noteworthy.

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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 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 sstackho
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased from brewery. Pours a cloudy pale straw. Medium spicy aroma. Taste is nicely spicy and wheaty. I sound like a stereotype, but this really IS a nice beer on a hot day like today. I was told at the brewery that the bottled versions is a bit different than on draft - more spices and yeast, I think it was.

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Mill Street Wit from Mill Street Brew Pub
3.64 out of 5 based on 158 ratings.
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