Don Valley Bench | Mill Street Brew Pub

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Don Valley BenchDon Valley Bench

Brewed by:
Mill Street Brew Pub
Ontario, Canada

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Summer

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Added by scott451 on 05-16-2013

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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by evil_liver:
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of MJ63
3.96/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle, part of Mill Street's summer mix pack. I've been to downtown Toronto many times, and the name 'Don Valley', to me, resonates only as an extension of the Gardiner Expressway to the northeast of the city. This beer's name implies a grape-growing nature. More research required, it would seem.

This beer pours a cloudy, bright golden yellow hue, with one skinny finger of robustly bubbly, quite loosely foamy dirty white head, which leaves a few meager upward streaks of peninsular lace around the glass as it quickly bleeds away.

It smells of semi-sweet pale malt, some mildly spicy wheatiness, apple and pear fruitiness, an echo of astringent woodiness, and soft leafy hops. The taste is somewhat gritty wheat grain, stale drupe fruit, background pale malt, a hint of earthy yeast, the faintest of barrel notes, and earthy, dead leafy hops.

The bubbles are pretty sedate, the body medium-light in weight, and innocuous in its smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the wheatiness of the grain shining most brightly.

I'm not really grokking the yeast or 'drying acidity' in this offering, but the purported fruit does well to deliver. Hefeweizen? Not so much - more like a decent blonde ale, one dabbling with a timid toe dipped into the world of barrel goodness.

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Photo of Powers30
3.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.21/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft: Poured a hazy light yellow color ale with a medium foamy had with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of light dry wheat malt with some notes of Chardonnay. Taste is also a mix of dry wheat malt with light dry Chardonnay notes. Body is full with medium carbonation. Not bad thought it is lacking some complexity.

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Photo of ssmack
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle from the Mill Street summer sampler 6-pack.

Cloudy straw yellow with half inch head that quickly disappeared totally. There were carbonation bubbles but they vanished at the surface. No lacing at all.

A strong yeast aroma with caramel maltiness.

The yeast taste is up front but gives way to vanilla cake with caramel. The oakiness nicely complements this taste. Soft hops. There is lots of favour considering this is only 4.8% alcohol.

A medium feel with a nice snap.

A refreshing summer ale. I enjoyed the yeast and the oak saves this from being another boring brew.

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Photo of Fozziebear48
4.6/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best beers I have had in a while keep up the great work hope I can find it in a keg would make I great summer brew for the cottage life or a great week party goes done smooth and no after taste very nice beer all around keep up the great work and thank you

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Photo of spinrsx
3.06/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle from the Orleans LCBO - part of a mixed 6 pack for $13

Appearance - Slightly hazy gold colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there isn't much lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Corn, breads/grains

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste corn, apples, and bread/grains. There are also some bread/grains and some light lemon. It ends with a grainy slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall – While it is very drinkable, it is also quite boring. It really doesn't have a whole lot of a smell to it, and the taste is pretty one dimensional. Okay to try I guess, but I wouldn't buy it again.

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355 mL bottle from the LCBO, courtesy of their latest mixed pack. Dated Jan 20 2016 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a hazy golden colour, capped off with one centimetre of soapy, short-lived white head. A thin collar survives; no lacing. Visually this is very weak for the style. Wheaty grains and pale malt sweetness on the nose, with subtle notes of red apple and banana. Not getting any oak in the aroma.

A passable wheat ale without too much going on. Wheat malts are dominant, providing a bready, doughy flavour with some mild grainy sweetness. Red apple, pear, banana and citrus also come through, with a grassy dryness rounding out the back end. Subtle hint of oaky vanilla in the aftertaste. Light in body, with assertive carbonation that prickles the palate, giving this beer a crisp mouthfeel and refreshing nature. Easy to drink, but not memorable in any way whatsoever.

Final Grade: 3.28, a C+. Mill Street's Don Valley Bench hasn't got anything on the imported German competition. The oak ageing has contributed very little to this beer, and honestly I think it would make more sense to come up with a quality wheat beer recipe before starting to fool around with oak. At the very least, this is thirst-quenching and unobjectionable - most people could drink this beer without a fuss, but I don't expect it to stir up a whole lot of enthusiasm. Very meh, but I guess it's still better than another bottle of Organic Lager or Stock Ale in the sampler.

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Photo of tyronegangsta
2.26/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.19/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

355 ml bottle served at cellar temperature into a pint glas.s Purchased as part of Mill Street's seasonal Brewmaster's Pack. About $2.30 CDN for the bottle.

Appearance - Pours a cloudy golden colored with nearly a finger of white head. Virtually no retention and merely a soapy collar around the rim of the glass.

Smell - Subdued bananas, mild grain, hints or orange and lemon.

Taste - Pretty much like it smells. A dialed back hefe / wit hybrid with banana, grain, elements of vanilla (oak-aging maybe) and mere traces of citrus fruit. The oak-aging was very quiet.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation is on the high side, making this a tad gassy, mouthfeel finishes dry but lacks the super soft and smooth texture of many other hefes.

Overall - While not a bad beer, this is essentially a dialed back hefe crossed with a blonde ale. Drinkable and enjoyable enough in the summer, but nothing I'd rush out to purchase on its own. Here's hoping the last bottle in the pack is a little better than this.

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Photo of Chris_r2112
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Look: Hazy, maybe a finger of head. Not as cloudy as I might have expected considering it's unfiltered.

Smell: Grassy, grainy. Not too too much more to be honest.

Taste: Not too bad. As was the case with the smell, mostly grassy/grainy. Slight cloves and banana, as can be expected with a hefe. If I could describe it in one word, that word would be "average".

Feel: Much thinner than I was hoping for. High carbonation leaves a tingling sensation on the tongue. Slightly disappointed, as I prefer hefes to be slightly thicker/smoother.

The very definition of an average wheat beer. It's tasty and refreshing, but it won't blow your socks off if you're used to more robust, German wheat beers. That being said, give it a try if you're a fan of Mill St.

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3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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3.84/5  rDev +12.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +25%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

355ml bottle poured into tulip 18/6/13

A hazy golden orange with just a few bubbles and nothing for head or lace, look pretty still

S banana, sour apple, pear and some earthy notes but no a whole lot of barrel, some cereals and I'd say its a little faint and pretty basic

T a little wood and just a slightly pumped version of the nose, apple juice comes out with some herbal spicy notes

M thin bodied but it has some pin prick bubbles that surprises me after looking at it, some woody pear on the finish

O a little boring and I was expecting more from the barrel, I can't think of another barrel aged Wheat beer a first for me perhaps

a strange brew that didn't really do it for me, odd concept and I could take it leave it

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3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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Don Valley Bench from Mill Street Brew Pub
Beer rating: 3.4 out of 5 with 43 ratings