Original Organic Lager – Mill St. Brewery (Toronto, ON, Canada)

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Original Organic Lager – Mill St. Brewery, 4.2% ABV, 341ml., (Toronto, ON, Canada)


on the back of the bottle:

“Mill Street Original Organic Lager is a pure, refreshing European style beer. Batch-crafted from the finest organic ingredients, it takes 2 to 3 times longer to brew than ordinary beer. Light and crisp, it is cold-aged for 5 smooth weeks, creating a creamy, soft palate with a distinctively clean finish.”

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  • Style: Pale Lager
  • Taste: Basic liquid barley malt background CO2 hints of grainy corn
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $15 CAD (after 10% off) – 6 x 355ml-ish, September 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: please father no

Visual: (seasonal sampler 6-pack). Pours orange-yellow with a quickly dissipating soda bubble head, several steady active streams, micro dark sediment remaining in the bottle.

Nose: very very faint barley, some plastic. (lvl-2)-pungency

Attack: crisp, watery body

Mid-palate: (lvl-4-sweetness), liquid barley malt, a touch of grainy corn, background CO2

Finish: subtle burpy,

Summary: Another ‘too basic’ lager from Mill St. Just chug it and forget it. FWIW organic or not it doesn’t make a difference in this case.

Cass Fresh – Oriental Brewery (AB-InBev) (Seoul, Korea)

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Cass Fresh – Oriental Brewing (Anheuser-Busch InBev owned), 4.5% ABV, 640ml, (Seoul, Korea)


  • Style: Pale Lager
  • Taste: Crisp bite short length red apple light barley malt
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor
  • How much: $5 (after 10% off) – 640ml., December 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no, but a decent meal beer

Visual: Pours ultra clear golden yellow with a decent creamy dissipating head, a thin half layer of retention, a few clusters of steady streams.

Nose: filtered apple juice, bready-grainy sweet barley malt. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: very crisp bite, tingly entry

Mid-palate: sparkling-fizzy, (lvl-3)-sweetness, (MAIN) red apple juice,  light liquid barley malt

Finish: burpy, off-dry light grainy barley malt, super subtle short-lived hops, some palate roughness as it warms.

Summary: Must drink extremely chilled. Initial sips are very refreshing but the enjoyability decreases exponentially as it warms and loses carbonation. Thin bodied and short length of flavour.

Central City/Parallel 49 2014 Calendar Day #11 – Craft Lager

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Central City/Parallel 49 2014 Calendar Day #11

Craft Lager (formerly aka Mystery Lager) – Parallel 49 Brewing, 5.0% ABV – 341ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

on the front-left label:

“Standing tall over Clark Drive you’ll find the light of the iconic East Van cross. Here you’ll find a light, clean lager with a hint of malt and subtle hop flavour standing tall over the others: An iconic East Van beer.”

  • Style: Pale Lager
  • Taste: grainy bread malt subtle hopped
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah

Visual: Pours clear yellow-orange with a very small head, a thin half-layer of retention, several steady spread out streams.

Nose: light fart-malt, a bit of apple (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: crisp, incoming subdued hops

Mid-palate: almost salty, (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) straw, grainy barley malt, light bread

Finish: dry barley malt, yeasty, liquid malt finish.

Summary: A decent drinkable lager, nothing special and not something that I would remember a month from now.

Orion Premium Draft – Orion Breweries

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Orion Premium Draft – Orion Breweries, 5% ABV, 334ml., (Okinawa, Japan

  • Style: Pale Lager
  • Taste: clean liquid sweet barley malt
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $5 (after 10% off) – 334ml., September 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours rich golden amber with barley any head, a thin layer of micro retention, lots of fast singular streams.

Nose: barely anything, a bit of hay/straw. (lvl-2)-pungency

Attack: liquid malt sweetness

Mid-palate: (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) barley malt, straw,

Finish: crisp, trace amounts of hopped bitterness, light clean barley malt finish.

Summary: Very clean and nicely sweet. No complexity but a good hot meal beer.

Mongozo Premium Pilsener – Brouwerij Huyghe (Melle, Belgium)

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  • My Rating: C

Mongozo Premium Pilsener – Brouwerij Huyghe, 5.0% ABV – 33cl, (Melle, Belgium)

  • Fairtrade (as is the case with their fruit beers) – Organic – Gluten Free

Ingredients: water, barley malt, rice, yeast, hops.

  • Style: (specialty grain) Pilsener
  • Taste: crisp creamy barley malt lager
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $3 (after 10% off) – 33cl., January 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours clear glowing golden orange-yellow, small lasting ultra foamy head, lots and lots of fast activity, a good layer of retention.

Nose: barley malts, with a touch of metallic apple. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: creamy crisp

Mid-palate: (lvl-4)-barley sweetness, (MAIN) grassy off-dry barley malts, bread-grainy, metallic

Finish: residual barley sweetness, super light hopped mild bitter finish.

Summary: Crisp and creamy smooth for a lager. But as with most of the limited lagers I’ve tried, this is a straightforward barley malt beverage without much depth or complexity.

Baltika 7 (export)

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Baltika 7 (export), 5.4% ABV – 500ml, (St. Petersburg, Russia)

  • Style: Pale Lager
  • My Rating: D-
  • Taste Profile: Yeast/bready -> banana/malts -> rough finish
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $2.35,  December 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Tasting notes: pours light golden yellow, small head, a few very slow streams. Bright malts on the nose. Drinks with lots of yeast and breadiness up front, light banana, and very malty, and finishing rough. Low complexity, low depth, overall not worth my time.

San Miguel Pale Pilsen

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San Miguel Pale Pilsen, 5.0% ABV – 330ml, (Manila, Philippines)

  • Style: Pale Lager
  • My Rating: D-
  • Taste Profile: fizzy CO2 -> rough/bready -> jagged/dry finish
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $11.55/6pack, December 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: heck no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Tasting notes: pours apple juice yellow, almost all no head, and slow streams. A pretty muted nose. Drinks with a lot of fizziness, very rough mouth feel, bready, finishing jagged and dry. Low complexity, low depth, no good carry, and no good depth. Not recommended at all, perhaps as a meal beer but barely at that.