Oktoberfest Beer from Mill Street Brewery in Toronto, Ontario pours a slightly hazy, copper-tinged amber colour with a small but frothy white head that leaves a some minor lace and gets retained as a thin collar. This märzen smells of sweet, toasted malts and grains as well as mild floral hops, with an alcohol aroma that comes forward after warming.
The taste of Mill Street Oktoberfest Beer is very sweet and malt forward with a subtle roasted character and nutty accent. The lager is very thin for the style with mild carbonation, resulting in a somewhat slimy mouthfeel. The finish is moderately dry, with an earthy and slightly burnt aftertaste and a lingering syrupy feeling.
The label of Mill Street Oktoberfest has an oval-shaped logo printed primarily in gold and blue, with brewing ingredient imagery underneath the familiar red brewery logo. You will find a description of the beer and an ingredients list on the back label and a rather cryptic freshness code is stamped on the bottle.
Mill Street Oktoberfest Beer is too sweet and thin-bodied for me. The roasted qualities are nice but there’s just not enough to it, I prefer a heartier take on the style. Märzens typically pair best with pretzels and bratwurst, though they can also provide a nice accent in a fall stew.
You can find Mill Street Oktoberfest Beer in an Autumn Harvest sampler at LCBO stores here in Ontario, as well as stores in Alberta and Manitoba. You can also try it on tap and take home a sampler from the brewpubs in Toronto and Ottawa.