Mill Street Oktoberfest

Reviewed by on September 12, 2014 in Autumn Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Mill St. Brewery

  • Origin: Toronto, ON, CA

  • Rated On: September 11, 2014

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.6%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Oktoberfest/Märzen

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Mill Street is a brewpub in Toronto’s historic Distillery District, who have recently expanded to an Ottawa location as well.  They seem to have an affinity for the traditional (including, but not specifically, German) styles, such as this iteration of their fall seasonal.

This 355ml bottle pours a clear, pale golden bronze hue, with one thick finger of puffy, tightly foamy, and mildly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a low berm of sudsy lace around the glass as it readily abates.

It smells of toasted biscuit malt, a touch of bready caramel, earthy yeast, and leafy, grassy, and woody hops. The taste is more semi-sweet bready, grainy malt, some apple and unripe pear fruitiness, a bit of stale almond nuttiness, and somewhat zingy, leafy noble hops. A small metallic twinge of alcohol nips at the edges of perception. The bubbles are pretty laid back, only venturing forth to provide the occasional palatal prick, the body medium-light in weight, and well endowed in terms of smoothness. It finishes somewhat off-dry, the malt rather wavering in its sugary leanings, with the lazy, but still prodding hops doing their best to emulate the proletarian ways of the old world.

A decent enough Oktoberfest offering, and as drinkable as the style insists on, though a tad overshadowed (unfairly so, I know) after recently having had a few of das Vaterland’s more sublime versions. C’est la vie (I’m not familiar with the German equivalent, unfortunately).

Brady White



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