Mill Street Lemon Tea Ale | Mill Street Brew Pub

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Mill Street Lemon Tea AleMill Street Lemon Tea Ale

Brewed by:
Mill Street Brew Pub
Ontario, Canada

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sunset-coloured (orangey-amber) slightly sweet, malty palate with dry lemon-tea finish. Beer made with addition of Black tea leaves and lemon in aging tank. Very smooth and quenching; unfiltered.

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Photo of rudzud
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bpk59 for sharing.

A - Poured into a standard pint glass a nice crystal clear tea hue with a thin head that fades to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of little lemon very light tea notes.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, very light lemons, faint herbal tea notes. Very soft and subtle tea flavours.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, thin, bit watery.

O - Overall this was a decent brew, interesting tea notes. In the right environment this would be solid.

Serving Type: can

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Photo of beersareonme
2.85/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I was disappointed with this one. I was expecting "more". More tea, more lemon, more pop overall from the pint. It is subtle, yet after 2 I was not wanting a 3rd. A good concept, maybe they will improve on it ?

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Photo of Trosevear
4.59/5  rDev +33%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 473ml can

L: Yellow Brown with a nice white head leaving a nice white head.

S: Sweet malt, and a slight smell of lemon with a strong earl gray tea smell.

T: Earl gray tea with a slight hint of lemon no beer taste at all from it with no alcohol taste either.

F: Nice mouth feel and a nice drinker.

O: A fantastic beer. Super nice on a hot day and super easy drinker.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

15 ounce can into imperial pint glass, canned on 11/12/2014. Pours hazy deep orange/amber color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, orange, black tea, wheat, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of lemon/tea spice, bready malt, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, orange, black tea, wheat, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Minimal herbal/spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, black tea, wheat, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of lemon/tea spice, bready malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is a very good spiced wheat ale. All around good robustness and balance of lemon/tea spice, bready malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.74/5  rDev +8.4%

473 mL can marked F2414 M52 2326 at 40 degrees into an imperial pint
Aroma of lemon
Head large (6 cm), off white, creamy, slowly diminishing to
Lacing fair – some small partial rings with stalactites
Body medium yellow, cloudy
Flavor distinctly lemony with a hint of tea, slightly astringent; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 3.75, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.75. Final weighted score 3.7375
Nice – I was expecting more of a radler but this was pretty good.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500 ml can from LCBO into a pint glass. I picked this up on a whim, feeling like something a bit different.

Appearance- Hazy, dark golden color, kind of like a darker hefeweizen. Impressive 1.5 fingers of head with great retention. Leaves a creamy white head, with a nice fluffy cap. Good lacing on glass.

Smell - Iced Tea, Lemon, Other citrus, maybe a hint of orange, oh and did I mention lemon?

Taste - It tastes like what it says it is. Crossed between lemon iced teas and beer, but not in a sickly sweet sort of way. Again lemon and maybe orange peel in there.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation is noticeable, but this works since I think this is best served very cold. Very nice and refreshing and not too thin tasting.

Overall - Very enjoyable and not overly sweet. Perfectly refreshing on a hot summer day and plenty of flavor available as well.

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Photo of gabrielsyme
2.1/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Tall boy can. I was fairly convinced this would be horrible, but it's not that bad. This is not to say that it's particularly good. If I hadn't known this was 'lemon tea' I might not have noticed those flavors, but they are definitely there albeit subtle. The tea is in the initial taste while the finish is a standard, somewhat aqueous lager.

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Photo of slitherySOB
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear gold colour with a nice chunky head that quickly dissipated into nothing, leaving behind no lace. Smells of iced tea, lemon, and wheat beer. Apparently, they used a blend of orange pekoe and earl grey to make this beer. I could taste the earl grey. Reminded me of when I drank earl grey tea as a kid because of Jean Luc Picard in Star Trek. Strong lemon aroma, with some grainy malts and tea leaves. Tastes a little stronger than it smells. Like someone mixed in lemon iced tea with a rather boring hefeweizen. I could see myself drinking this on a hot summers day after mowing the lawn. Then again, I could also have an iced tea after mowing the lawn as well. Would I drink it again? If it were offered. Would I buy it again? No.

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Photo of Olek4374
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a featured summer beer at my store. I'm a big fan of Mill Street so I have high hopes for this beer.

The beer pours a dark orange-brown that looks very much like real iced tea. The smell is also just that - tea predominantly with some light beer aromas. The taste is really nice - it's like iced earl grey tea with some extra bitterness thrown in.

Excellent beer on the whole - super refreshing and very tasty. If you like beer and tea, this is a no brainer. Coors Light Iced T can eat its heart out.

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Photo of BigBry
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was one of the draft offerings at Craft Beer Market in Calgary.
This beer arrived looking slightly hazy, brown orange liquid with a short chunky head. Foam quickly faded leaving no lace.
It smells of black tea, along with some caramel malt sweetness. The taste has a distinctive iced tea flavor. I was pleasantly suprised by both the aroma and taste, with the iced tea coming through nicely, but still not overpowering. Refreshing lemon finish.
The carbonation is average, the body light, would make a great hot weather / summer drink.

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Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, maize color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of strong earl grey tea, slight pale malt, slight sweet malt, and a hint of hop. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Fits the style of a Herbed / Spiced Beer. Tastes of strong tea, slight pale malt, slight sweet malt, and slight hops. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and body. Since, this was a 'tea' beer the domination of tea in body and aroma was very pleasing. I also enjoyed the distinct and discernible flavor of the Earl Grey.

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Photo of SebD
3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice clear golden/yellow color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves no lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of lemon, citrus, iced tea and grainy malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a lemony flavor with citrus notes, iced tea like sweetness and some grainy malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a decent overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with light but decent flavors and aromas.

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Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome to see this as part of the Summer mixed pack for 2012. This is a very unique Summer beer that uses the Tea notes and the Lemon in a balanced and understated way. You can tell its a Wheat beer but the tea flavours add some depth and dryness and the lemon adds a citrus note to the finish. Nice full mouthfeel and long finish, I will be buying more of this as the days get hotter.

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Photo of leaddog
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a foggy honey colour with a finger width of foamy white dense head.

Smell- Citrus/lemon, hint of orange pekoe tea aroma, wheat.

Taste- Predominately wheat flavours with a touch of the orange pekoe playing a supporting role. Subtle hint of lemon and mild sweetness.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied with light carbonation. Very smooth texture. Has a pleasant refreshing quality.

Overall- A great summer sipper by Mill Street. The unique tea flavours make this beer one of a kind. I'm pleased that the lemon and sweetness levels are well balanced and not overpowering. Session worthy on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Antikythera
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: golden brown with a light head.

S: the tea really comes out in the aroma.

T: lemony, tart, and complex on top of a maybe nondescript beer. Very refreshing.

M: not drying or acidic as you might think with all that lemon and tea.

O: I'll definitely buy this again -- it's a great summer beer that's more interesting than your average lager.

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Photo of fostachild
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a murky light orange/yellow color. little bit of head that fades pretty quickly - not that appealing.

smell was malty, sweet, fruity. bit of lemon peel and ice tea as well.

tasted like ice tea with some wheat, malt. also fruity/lemony - pretty good.

had good carbonation and was easy to drink - overall an enjoyable beer to try.

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Photo of nighthawk
3.39/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

473mL can poured into mug. Date code on bottom. Part of seasonal six-pack from Mill St. available at Bayers Lake NSLC (among other well-stocked locations)

Pours a slightly murky orange-brown with amber highlights. Looks like a hazy iced tea. Head is initially fluffy, white and large, but quickly disappears.

Bright lemon, sweet bread and cake aroma. Dominated by the lemon and tea.

Lots of bold lemon tea, skirts overpowering. Sweet bready and biscuit malts, hints of bitter grassy hops. Finishes sweet with a lingering lemon iced tea taste.

Mouthfeel is medium, nice bright carbonation, and a slightly sticky but not cloying finish.

Different, refreshing, flavourful, but a bit too much like iced tea for my liking.

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Photo of mgclark
2.89/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured out of a can into a tulip glass. Nice rich white head frothed forward but quickly dissipated to a soapy film. That too vanished quickly.

S: This is where the beer shines. The smell is malty, slightly bready with lemon and tannon.

T: It doesn't work for me. The lemon is out of balance with the absent acid which makes the malt kind of pop in a fruity way.

M: Bigger body then I would have thought, it was cut with a nice, but maybe too high, level of carbonation.

O: It was a neat experiment, and its not a bad beer in the heat, but overall its not my thing. I probably wont get this again.

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Photo of Stocean1
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - one finger head from a can, yellow colour with a slight orange hue, a little patchy lacing

S - oranage, tea, wheat

T - orange, lemon, tea, wheat malt

M - some bitterness and lingering stale biscuit/metal aftertaste -light to medium body - plenty of carbonation

O - an interesting brew however somewhat unbalanced - still plenty drinkable

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Photo of Converge
3.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

473ml can poured a 20oz tumbler.

A - Just under a two finger head, slightly off white, and gone in seconds. Looks like iced-tea.

S - Upfront I'm getting a lot lemon and iced-tea type aromas. There's a distinct bready malt in the background here as well.

T - The lemon doesn't quite feel like the focus of the flavor here, as I had expected. The tea certainly isn't very prominent at all. Some sweet, toasty grains and mild malt are also present here. Not a particularly strong flavor, but there's also something else that feels really off-putting. Bits of orange are becoming more apparent as it warms.

M - Pretty fizzy feeling. Light-to-medium feeling body.

D - Decent, but not all that enjoyable. Something different, and worth a try, but probably not worth revisiting.

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Photo of Roke87
3.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

473 mL can, chilled and poured into a pilsner glass.

Apperance- Pours a clear golden amber colour with a huge three fingers of soapy white head that very quickly dissipates to a nice bubbly top eventually surrendering a bubbly ring leaving

Smell- The smells coming from this one are very interesting, but in a good way. I definitely do get the lemon and tea aromas right away which are quite inviting. There is a somewhat weird aroma that I can’t really put my finger on, and other than the lemon aromas there’s not too much else going on here.

Taste- The tastes are actually better than the smells, the lemon tea aromas come through so much better in the tastes, it actually does taste like a lemon tea; to be honest it also really reminds of a box of fruit loops both in the tastes and aromas. Some mild malty grain flavours coming through in the background as well, I’m not really getting much hops but maybe that’s because I am used to hop dominated American IPA’s?

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with what starts off with ample carbonation that quickly turns into a below average carbonation, it is a very smooth, crisp, and refreshing beer though.

Overall- Very interesting beer here from a very quality Ontario craft brewery, I know it’s not your average beer and I haven’t seen any other lemon tea beers out there (and I make trips down to the states monthly). But for how out there this beer may be, it is something that you probably don’t want to miss, especially for you lemon and tea lovers this is a no brainer. I would definitely get this one again to sit down on my patio and drink it during a hot summer night, congrats Mill St. yet again another very quality beer, you keep showing us Ontarioins what you’re really made of.

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Photo of Rutager
3.66/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours a slightly hazy gold-amber with over a finger of smooth foamy white head that leaves some nice sheets of lace.

Smell. Ivory soap and a little lemon peel. Not especially appealing to me.

Taste. Some toasty grains, a little grassy hops and lemons with a hint of bergamot in the end.

Mouthfeel. Lighter body with smooth medium-low carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

Overall. Very nice beer for a hot summer day. The flavours work much better together than I would have expected.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Of the six varieties inside the Mill Street sampler I picked up, this is probably the weirdest, but I am still pretty eager to try it. Pours a slightly hazy golden-copper color, with a thin fizzy head that fizzes itself right out of existence in a few seconds, similar to soda pop. Smell is of sour lemon and wheat, maybe a bit of an iced-tea vibe to it but that could just be the lemon.

Taste is definitely different, but not in a bad way. The lemon and soda pop carbonation are the most notable things, but there is some barley malt sweetness underlying it, as well as spice, but wheat is the main flavor. The aftertaste is dominated by lemon and tea bitterness. Carbonation is quite high and very biting on the tongue; very suitable for a hot day.Thin-to-medium bodied; slightly creamy.

I have a feeling this is the kind of brew people either love or hate, and I think I tend toward the former. If you're a purist and don't like the taste of tea or fruit in your beer, you probably shouldn't bother with this - without those pretensions though, this is a refreshing summer beer and is worth a try.

[Updated June 10 2015]

Another can, in another sampler. Lots of nice lacing, with a head that fades steadily over the next three minutes. Smells like grainy malt and lemons, and tastes similarly, though the flavour profile does have an enjoyable 'iced tea' feel to it. Light-bodied and easy to drink. I like most Mill Street beers, but I have never been a big fan of this one, which is odd because I generally enjoy black tea. That being said, it is a fairly well-made gimmick beer that does not happen to tickle my fancy. I don't go out of my way to buy this, but I don't mind it showing up in the sampler once a year, either.

Final Grade: 3.5, a B grade.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.11/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Can thanks to rmalinowski4 in the Generosity BIF. Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip.

Pour yields a murky light golden beer with a single-finger white head that dissipates pretty quickly and leaves a few spots of lacing behind. The nose brings forward a bit of lemon and not too much tea. Maybe a slight herbal character. Hint of toffee. The flavor reveals a strong diacetyl presence. The lemon is completely covered up. No bueno. Mouthfeel is pretty bad with a thick buttery character. Mild carbonation. Yuck.

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Photo of CrazyMike
2.7/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazy orange appearance with thick white head that slowly settles down. Smell mainly consists of citrus and orange, picked up some brown sugar.

Taste also consists of citrus and orange. Picked up some sweetness, has a bitter finish. Taste is very light though, doesn't fit the smell. Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Aftertaste is dry with a lingering orange taste.

I'm surprised that this is 4.9% ABV from the light taste. Interesting and alternative beer but doesn't have enough kick to it. If you want to try something different, check it out, otherwise it's nothing special.

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Mill Street Lemon Tea Ale from Mill Street Brew Pub
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