Mill Street Oktoberfest
Reviewed by Brady White on September 12, 2014 in Autumn Guide
- 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 !
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).