Despite its name, 100th Meridian Organic Amber Lager from Mill Street Brewery in Toronto, Ontario is actually a deep golden colour with the faintest of amber tinges and yields a small, tight white head that hangs around as a thin cap while leaving scattered streaks of lace on your glass. This American amber lager smells mainly of sweet grains and light caramel malts, though there is also a noticeably earthy and slightly sour quality reminiscent of freshly cut field grasses.
100th Meridian Organic Amber Lager has a rather sweet taste. Flavours of earth, fresh and toasted grains, white grape and red berry juices, cocoa and citrus peel can all be found in this lager. A distinct and sharp saltiness appears in the finish, along with a mild bitterness that’s just enough to balance the brew out. A fairly thick and bready mouthfeel is lightened up somewhat by a moderate effervescence and a mild grain flavour resonates in the aftertaste.
The painted label of 100th Meridian Organic Amber Lager uses a simple three colour sketch to depict the great plains. An ingredients list and brief description of the lager are found on the back of the bottle, while freshness dating is nowhere to be found on bottles or the unbleached cardboard sleeve.
Though its contrast between sweet and sharp can come off as a bit harsh, 100th Meridian Organic Amber Lager makes a sound choice for casual beer drinkers looking for something comfortable, yet slightly outside the norm. This lager is well-suited to grilled meats and poultry, simple charcuterie or farmhand’s lunch plates and it also fared well with red sauce in my experience.
100th Meridian Organic Amber Lager is listed at more than 100 LCBO stores, available on tap or for take home at the Toronto and Ottawa Brewpubs and retail stores and at select licensees in Ontario. Mill Street Brewery also distributes products to several other provinces including British Columbia, Manitoba and Alberta.
Type: American Amber Lager
Region: Ontario, Toronto
Brewery: Mill Street Brewery
Format Purchased: 6 x 341 mL
Alcohol Content: 5.0%