Mill Street Brewery Original Organic Lager
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Lager - European Pale
Ranked #82
Ranked #48,254
3.18 | pDev: 18.55%
Mill Street Brew Pub
Ontario, Canada
Mill Street Brewery Original Organic LagerMill Street Brewery Original Organic Lager
Notes: This 100% all natural certified Organic Lager is Ontario’s first organic lager, and contains no pesticides, insecticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers. Brewed with imported malt and hops, this 4.2% European-style pilsner offers a light, crisp and refreshing flavour, with a clean finish.
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HopMaester from Canada

3.58/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Average tasting lager. better than any macro. Good for summer. Not a single defined characteristic that I could call out.
Poured out Clear and light yellow with no real lacing. Tasted Fresh and felt like summer. Maybe nice for a Grill.

May 30, 2020
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metter98 from New York

3.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that gradually died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of buttery diacetyl are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has light to moderate flavors of butter along with hints of pale malts. No flavors from the hops are detectable, but they do contribute a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I surprisingly found the aromas and flavors of butter in this beer to have some enjoyable properties compared to other bland lagers.

Serving type: can

Sep 20, 2019
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Larryfunnell from Canada

3.95/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So far my least favourite Mill Street product. More main stream than the other beers I have sampled, it is very smooth and easy drinking, with a bit more flavour than most of the mainstream beers, but no interesting notes. Overall a good beer to have in stock for non-micro brewery friends and family, including my wife who's tastes go more mainstream.

Jun 12, 2019
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Seangrdn from Canada

1.34/5  rDev -57.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I will start by saying that I didn't have high expectations when I purchased this. I have been suffering with gut issues for a couple years and the craft ales I dearly love are now pretty well off the menu.

I'm not completely opposed to lighter beer. I grew up drinking American adjuncts and euro lager and my go to now is Bud light (because I tolerate it, not because it's a great beer). I was expecting something similar to light American lager but made from barley malt not rice/corn syrup.

The Six pack of clear bottles I bought was just over four months old so possibly they were past their prime but I checked two stores and both stores had beer from the same batch. If your beer tastes like #[email protected]! after a few months then it's on you to make sure it's not sold once it's turned.

Appearance and feel were both similar to mainstream euro lagers like Stella or Heineken.

Nose and taste were both like a heinous blend of 3% ultra light adjunct lager mixed with a green bottled euro lager that got left outside all summer then buried in snow and drank the following spring: sour skunk water.

Horrid stuff.

I will try it again from a can and if it is better I will slightly raise my rating.

Jul 13, 2018
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eberesford from Canada

3.07/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Clear gold with a slightly frothy head with moderate lacing. Aroma caramel - a bit skunky. Flavour overly sweet, not much complexity, not much character.

Feb 25, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.22/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

i had way higher hopes for this, after seeing it in every bar in town, i thought it might have a little more character. lots of pale lagers up there in ontario, lots of them more or less the same, i thought this might be a little better being organic and all, but its a bit sweet and boring like most of the rest of them, a real let down after getting myself to think this was going to be a winner. its absolutely perfectly clear and golden, itd be sexy if the head lasted any more than a coupe of seconds, really almost flat looking after a minute. smells sweet and adjuncty to me, fresh though, which is an interesting combination, its nonmetallic or chemical at all, but its also not real appealing, usually its sort of both, or rather that the absence of these things in light lager usually means a good one, but not necessarily so this time. pils malt character here, but also some corn or something too, and the lager yeast has no flavor. i wish it wasnt as sweet as it is, and i wish for better carbonation. the fact its organic is awesome, but the brew was a bit of a disappointment, even in a style that i often expect to let me down a little...

Feb 13, 2018
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

2.41/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

On draft at Woodbine. This was pretty awful. Creamy feel, but didn't offer any flavor. Was hoping for something distinctly Canadian that would top Molson or Labatt. This didn't even come close.

Jul 14, 2017
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importedfromdet from Michigan

3.63/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

473 mL can from Canada duty free. Not much aroma, though faint smells of wheat. and grain. Taste is of crisp wheat with malty finish, light hop taste. Very clean throughout. Overall very easy drink. Nothing overpowering. A step above a macro. Crisp and clean.

Apr 21, 2017
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john_hugh7 from Canada

2.11/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.5

L- Golden yellow, perfectly transparent
S- Typical Macro lager smell
T- Balanced and sessionable. Lacking body though.
M- Smooth and refreshing, but thin for a craft beer
Overall it's better than a macro beer but weak for a craft lager.

Jan 05, 2017
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I bought a mixed pack whilst in Hamilton for my son's hockey tournament. It poured a clear yellow with thin white head that left a spotty lace. The scent is faint biscuit . The taste is nicely balanced and easy to drink. There was some saaz presence. The Mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid sessionable beer.

Dec 31, 2016
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D-HopSupreme from Canada

3.11/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear yellow body with a surprisingly good amount of well-retained soapy white head. The aroma is fairly yeasty with a tweak of hop twang. Overall a generic beer aroma. The taste is pretty bland with a near tartness coming in around the sides of the palate. The malts that do come through are some drowned cereal tastes, not that great, but no tastes are overpowering. A good beer as a cold summer beer, though honestly I wouldn't go for it again.

Dec 13, 2016
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kevofficiel from Canada

3.04/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mill Street Brewery Original Organic Lager.

Look: Clear yellow color. No finger of head.

Smell: You get the malt and the hop.

Taste: Easy drinking, smooth, sweet, grassy notes, bitter hops. Remind me of a Modelo.

Feel: Dry finish, very light.

So overall would I recommend ? As a light beer and an organic beer, Yes but overall, No. A bit disappointed because I was expecting much more. I give it a 3/5 but just because it is my first organic beer.

Jun 29, 2016
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Poljazz22 from Canada

3.63/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A nice summer quencher in a German lager style. Some light hop aroma, a bit of bitterness and some light malts.
Easy to drink and refreshing. Makes you want to drink it German style in a yard glass.

Jun 19, 2016
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roosterbrewer57 from Canada

4.66/5  rDev +46.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I have had literally hundreds of different beers. I prefer drinkable Pilsner type beers the most as they are more evolved brews. I have also noticed that most beers are produced, including craft beers, with GMO ingredients. No not all beers are organic, do the research and educate yourself. When I discovered Mill St Brewery Organic Lager I was dubious, but after a few six packs I have concluded that it is one of the finest beers brewed in North America and is one of the most drinkable beers I have had the pleasure to indulge in. It has a clean, crisp taste with a smooth finish and one of the very few beers that does not give me acid reflex issues, probably due to its organic ingredients. It is a sublime beer that makes an impression with it's simplicity and honesty.

May 22, 2016
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TheBierdimpfe from Canada

3.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear straw color with lots of pearly activity. Foamy white 3 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with very faint legs. Flavors of sweet grains, barley, lemon, caramel, faint floral and herbal spices. Sugary and a little syrupy, faint bitter noble hops. Slick and smooth light body with crispy carbonation. Light finish, short and clean, with lingering sweet malts and faint grassy hops. Very fresh with a pleasant soft sharpness. Perfect in a hot summer day. Faint flavors but with quality ingredients, doesn't feel adjunct. Good interpretation of the style. Overall good quality craft.

May 13, 2016
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CanadianBacon from Canada

3.68/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - This beer pours a slightly hazy straw color with 3 fingers white foamy head!. The head fades leaving a half finger on top. The carbonations does seem fairly active in this beer.

Aroma - This is a very doughy lager, I get a white breads dough up front followed by grass, floral hops, and that same clean lager smell that lager yeast emits from almost every lager,

Taste - Crackey pilsner malt dominates and is followed loyally by a well balanced mix of hey, floral hops, earthy hops and that crisp clean lager yeast taste Simple but it works.

Feel - Light body, clean and crisp dry finish really not a bad german pils.

Overall - This is a perfect german pils for someone who wants the taste from the hops without a massive amount of the associated bitterness, relatively speaking that is (non ipa drinkers XD) there are lots of floral and earthy/grassy notes as well as big bready aromas and cracker flavors. Well executed for an organic beer!

May 06, 2016
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.32/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I am beginning to sound like a proselyte, I know, but I am a huge fan of the BCCA after attending the Spring Thaw 2016 show in Mechanicsburg last weekend! I really thought that it was just going to CANsist of looking at CANtiques, but I was elated to find out that people bring current micros for sale/trade/share, including this one & one other Mill Street from a couple who also sold me a belt & buckle. I am now BCCA # 34897.

From the CAN: "Our Original Organic Lager is the pure, refreshing beer that launched Mill Street Brewery. Smooth and crisp with a distinctively clean finish, it is brewed with the finest organic ingredients and aged 2-3 times longer than ordinary beer. At Mill Street, we lovingly brew our signature beers in small batches and carefully guard their reputation for unsurpassed quality and [CAN]sistency."; "Proof that Organic is Better"; "Certified Organic By OCIA".

The Crack! was somewhat subdued and I began to worry that the dented CAN may have been CANpromised at some point. Even the gentlest of Glugs allayed my fears as three-plus fingers of dense, fluffy, rocky, bone-white head came roaring up, leaving nice lacing as it slowly fell. Color was a slightly hazy Pale-Straw (SRM = 1 - 2). Nose smelled of lemon zest and biscuit malt. Mouthfeel was kind of thin, not precisely watery, but not much more, either. The taste had the clean, honey-like sweetness of adjunct-free lager along with a light biscuit flavor. Finish was semi-dry, clean, definitely a lager. It was a simple beer, but one that would not be out of place in a cooler on a hot, humid summer's day.

Apr 17, 2016
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beersareonme from Canada

3.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A great lager. Smooooooooth. And with a velvety finish on your tongue. If you want just a straight forward lager for you and your mates, you cannot go wrong with this one.

Feb 25, 2016
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tomghiley from Canada

1/5  rDev -68.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

let me learn you something people, all beer is organic, thats a fact, good on this brewery for capitalizing on the word "organic" as a marketing ploy, because it has worked to sell this truly horrendous beer. looks like water, smells like paper, tastes a lot like paper, not just because it might have some light damage due to the clear bottles, but even in a can or on draft, it absolutely tastes awful, any time i've had this beer, its way too carbonated or completely flat.

Oct 14, 2015
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mylespetro from Canada

3.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - Golden straw colour, crystal clear. Half a finger of white head, almost no lacing. Very fine carbonation.
S - Grain, corn, malt, cut grass.
T - Very similar to the smell of the beer. Corn, malt, slight citrus and grass, and a hint of funk that offsets the crispness.
M - Very light, bright mouthfeel. Not too dry.
O - An average easy-drinking pilsener.

Sep 05, 2015
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akdo from Canada

4.09/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly dark gold beer with a nice smell. Although I drank the beer in a bottle at a Mexican restaurant, I could smell the beer's hint of sweetness right away.

Speaking about the taste, the Mill Street Original Organic Lager's hopiness is more or less noticeable unlike that of Bitburger, for instance. It takes a back seat to the semi-sweet taste of its malted barley. Moreover, some people have complained about the head vanishing quickly. Because I had this beer in a bottle, its head always re-appeared whenever I shook the bottle.

Thirdly, because it is marketed as a lager, Mill Street Original Organic Lager is a step up compared to Moosehead. This is because the taste of the former is bland due to a lack of malt or malted barley.

Finally, although Mill Street Original Organic Lager is not necessarily my favourite beer, it still has its place in a party or a BBQ.

May 24, 2015
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Tyler_V2 from Canada

1.9/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Although I enjoy some of Mill Street's products, I'm personally not a fan of their organic lager. The beer doesn't have a lot of flavour, but the taste that it does have takes away from the refreshing aspect of the beer for me. The hop character in the beer is hardly noticed, and the beer always tastes a little skunky to me. All beers are worth a try, but Mill Street has some much better options than their organic lager.

May 19, 2015
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PorterPro125 from Canada

4/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type:

A- Clear Golden straw colour with a 1 1/2 finger foamy white head. LIttle bit of lacing on the glass. Good head retention.

S- Cracker, bread, grass, light citrus. Lots of malty action!

T- Follows the taste to the T. Extremely refreshing.

M- Light body and lively carbonation.

O- One of the best European Style Lagers to come out of North America (that I've tried anyway). Crisp and Malty.

May 10, 2015
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superspak from Michigan

3.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce can into lager glass, no can dating. Pours slightly hazy pale straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lemon, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Okay aromas with balanced pale malt and earthy hop flavors; with decent strength. A bit estery, but not too bad. Taste of lemon, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Good balance and robustness of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors in the taste with minimal yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is a very solid Euro pale lager style. All around good robustness and balance of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and clean to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

May 05, 2015
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JobiWanKenob from Canada

3.69/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A nice, clean, crisp beer. Can drink 6 or more during an evening without feeling weighed down or over-doing it. Highly recommended and will purchase again!

Apr 07, 2015
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