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Mill Street Brewery Original Organic Lager | Mill Street Brew Pub

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mill Street Brew Pub
Ontario, Canada
millstreetbrewpub.ca

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-23-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,034
Reviews:
113
Ratings:
307
pDev:
18.24%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
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56
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Photo of Sammy
3.04/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An Ok beer. Pale with above-average carbonation. More promotion of organic term and the 195 ml. size than quality beer. Hint of honey and lemon mid-sip but like a light taste beer. Low carb too? Aroma is a negative - could be apple cider. Thin mouthfeel. Could get a lady to try a beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.4/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 20oz pint at a St. Louis Wings something-or-other in downtown Toronto, after an emergency lunchtime phone-call to head office. Good flying spaghetti monster in the sky god - beer me, already!

This beer appears a clear, rather pale golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat soapy eggshell white head, which leaves a pleasantly thorough array of layered cloudy lace around the glass as it evenly melts away.

It smells of pale grainy malt, breakfast cereals, a hint of tart lemon, and somewhat skunky grassy hops. The taste is more semi-sweet pale cereal malt, faded citrus tones, a subtle hard water minerality, and tame floral and grassy hops.

The carbonation is average - as in just fizzy enough - the body moderately weighted for the style, a tad oily, and generally, unassumingly smooth. It finishes off-dry, the malt hanging on, and a certain vegetal character arising, amongst some lingering floral hops.

A fairly refreshing quaff, but not really anything that close to a German Pils, I gotta say. That bit of pedantry aside, it went well enough with some decent chain restaurant pulled pork, and also, pro tip here - no booze essence swirled about me when I headed back to the client's offices!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.9/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Lubière (215ml bottle): Poured a golden color lager with a medium bubbly head with average retention. Aroma of semi-sweet malt with very subtle hops. Taste is refreshing with some hops presence and a good malt presence. I’m not a big fan of the clear bottle but not a trace of skunkyness in this bottle. I’m must say that this is not something that I would be particularly interested in trying again but I had much worse beer in my life.

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Photo of superspak
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.7/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired via trade from biegaman, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 222ml bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale gold color with a very thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves almost no lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malt, pungent grain and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is a little sweet with flavors of light but bready malts. A mild but complimentary hops presence comes in next to provide a little bit of balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth with a little crispness, light body, light-to-medium carbonation, there’s little bit of slickness in the finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not filling at all, not much of a kick, it’s a pretty straight-forward lighter beer and isn’t too bad for an organic all-malt lager, but if I’m going to go with something lighter, there are several other beers that I would choose first.

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Photo of nickfl
3.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of XmnwildX12
2/5  rDev -37.1%

Photo of woodychandler
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Big can from the liquor store in Charlottetown
Pours a fairly clear straw color with a huge frothy bubbly white head that persists. Bready earthy light fruity aroma with a hint of floral hop. Bready sweet maltiness with a hint of fruit and spice. Medium to light body with a moderate level of carbonation. Decent lager with a nice breadiness.

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Photo of imbibehour
3.33/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the clear bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

Big bright lemon yellow body color, with a good amount of moderate rising cola sized bubbled carbonation. Head is slightly creamy, if fleeting, and bleach white and leave a thin puck as it settles. Manages to always keep a collar while drinking.

The beer smells like white bread. Like a dough semolina, or French bread. There is no hop presence or even classic sticky lager like yeast quality, but it's fine. No skunking either with a clear bottle luckily.

Palate falls somewhere between classic simple lager without the corn sweetness, and light bodied malt and no hop presence. Comes with a solid malt crispness and dough, hinting of German pilsner thickness but also of simple macro lightness. Somewhere in the middle on that scale. Flavors don't really last and are a bit fleeting for a lager also.

Overall, and ok pils, but most organic brews for me really seem to be missing something to complete a full enjoyable beer experience.

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Photo of liamt07
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have had this hundreds of times and finally got around to reviewing it.

473 ml can poured in to pint glass.

A - Pale yellow with two fingers of bubbly white head that had good retention.

S - Bready malts, cereal, a noticeable sweetness.

T - Some sweetness up front. Bready/grainy malts with a very slight hop profile.

M - Light body. Smooth. Moderate carbonation.

O - A very easy drinking beer and a a decent tasting beer at 4.2%.

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Photo of Derek
4.3/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Surprisingly clear; slight yellow hue; white head, not much retention, but some nice lacing.

S: Pleasant hop aroma (grassy and slightly metallic), with an underlying malty breadyness.

T: Good hop flavour (grassy with a slight metallic mineralness); surprisingly malty for it's weight & colour (bread & toffee). Crisp bitterness. I actually prefer the flavour of this over their Pilsner, and would've guessed the alchol was around 5%.

M: Light to moderate body (not too watery for its weight); modest carbonation.

D: HIGHLY drinkable.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
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.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

473ml Can

Appearance – Clear yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a below average amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, corn, malts, hops

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste malts mixed with corn and grains. There is also a light amount of hops and a touch of caramel sweetness. The beer finishes with a malty and grainy aftertaste with a bit of lingering caramel sweetness.

Overall – Definitely better than the countless macro lagers on the market. I could easily drink a lot of this stuff on a camping trip or any activity outdoors.

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Photo of biegaman
3.26/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Unfiltered apple juice with a filmy tinge becoming superimposed when held up against the light. For a very 'pure' sounding crafted beer this fails to look all that pristine. Although prying the cap would instigate a flurry of bubbles to wind their way up the bottleneck, surprisingly few of them would contribute anything once reaching the glass. The top remains completely barren despite a very visible continuing source of carbonation.

I didn't expect anything much from the smell of Mill Street Organic Lager and that's a good thing because I otherwise would have been disappointed. It's more just the nothingness of it, and not any unpleasantries, that is the letdown. I suppose not smelling any corn syrup or adjuncts is a big draw for this type of lager, but the beer's clean base of sweet malt would have made for an ideal backdrop to some lightly floral hops.

I'm neither enchanted nor disenchanted with the taste. It has, perhaps intentionally, very little flavour. Once again it's refreshing not to be tasting any stale adjunct-ridden notes of corn syrup or processed white bread. That being said, Mill Street hasn't made much of an effort to stray from that profile. The use of organic ingredients may have made a more plesant drinking beer but certainly not a tastier one ... not the combination of *these* organic ingredients anyhow.

Part of its easier drinkability would also arise from the fact that the beer is actually lagered for a respectable 5 week period. The end result shows that, when allowed to properly mature, the dry, gritty natured taste of cereal grains can become something delicately sweet and pleasantly creamy. I'm not finding it to be the most refreshing beer but it would certainly make a viable option as session beer, especially for the lager crowd.

I really commend Mill Street for producing an organic lager beer and offering the more environmentally conscious consumer an alternative; I'm especially delighted to see this come from a local micro brewer. Just to play devil's advocate, however, how can we tell if this isn't just a marketing maneuver? How do we know the beer wasn't brewed using barley from the Russian Federation and hops from New Zealand? That's not listed on the bottle.

If really committed, the next step for Mill Street would be to invest in a local farm and have them dedicate part of the land to hop production. Offer special local releases made from and made for the community. Alas, until then, as someone who tries to be conscientious about what I put in my body and who also values the importance of supporting local industry and artisans, I'll be happy to have their Organic Lager brewed just down the road.

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3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of wordemupg
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330lml bottle poured into 400ml dab glass on aug 19 2009

A crystal clear straw yellow, two finger falls fast and leaves a small amount of lace

S mild hops, sweet grains and a little bit of honey

T as it smells, not great but not offensive

M/D nothing less than average, nothing more either.

what is it that makes a beer organic in canada?
hippies will feel good about themselves drinking this organic lager, you however may regret spending the extra money too drink average beer

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Photo of bylerteck
3.21/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Frothy white head of 3 fingers that is fading slowly, but it's going. Pale golden sort of colour with a good amount of carbonation. A good amount of lacing is left behind. Bright.

S - Very faint. VERY faint. Some honey, grainy corn-like aromas, and floral notes I guess but I have to dig for that.

T - Not too terrible for the style. Quite floral and alot less grainy than most. Sweet from that grainy sort of element, but not cloying. Not the most crisp finish but still very smooth and refreshing.

M - Medium carbonation in the mouth with a medium body that moves very smooth.

D - Sessionable. Not a great beer but I could see this being a patio beer no problem if it's all that I had access to. I wouldn't turn one down on a hot day but I wouldn't seek it out.

Definately the least interesting of the Mill Street lineup but not terrible for the style. This was my first Mill Street brew, back when I would scam these baby bottle beers off my pops.

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Photo of Canada_Dan
3.36/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of grahuba
3.71/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Viggo
1.9/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clear golden, small off white head that goes really fast, no lacing. Smell is sweet, some honey, grains, citrus, skunk. Taste is sweet and honeyish up front, citrus in middle, but almost no flavour. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Good thing this comes in a small bottle because I would not want to drink a full 12 oz.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.17/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First selection from their summer mixer pack.

A - Pours a clean very light golden colour. Thumb of head which quickly dissipates with a little lacing.

S - Sweet corn and bready malt. Surprisingly sweet scent, I would've otherwise figured it would be quite bland.

T - Very grassy and bready in flavour, much like the scent. For a lager I was rather surprised with the strength of flavour that came through. A little dry on the finish, but otherwise quite refreshing.

M - Light bubbly feel which goes down quite smoothly.

D - Nothing mind blowing, but still quite delicious. Very tasty, and would be very tasty on a hot summer afternoon.

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