Lemon Tea Beer from the Mill Street Brewery in Toronto, Ontario is cloudy in appearance and golden-amber in colour. It doesn’t pour with much of a head, but what’s there stays as a collar. This unique hybrid of wheat beer, two teas and lemon puree has a predominantly sweet, honey-like aroma, with fresh grainy tones and a slight maltiness.
The sourness of the lemon purée comes through in the taste of Lemon Tea Beer right away. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery for a wheat ale, but carries a decent-feeling carbonation. The bitterness of orange pekoe and earl grey teas really balance things out, resulting in a very clean aftertaste and overall refreshment quality.
This strong seasonal brew pours a very nice dark ruby-nut colour with a moderate, but thick and spongy tan head that leaves a thick layer of lace. Amsterdam Spring Bock from the Amsterdam Brewing Company Limited in Toronto, Ontario carries a subdued aroma even after warming. What is there is deep and malty, with a dark fruit tone and a hint of chocolate syrup.
Amsterdam Spring Bock has the taste of dark fruit and chocolate. It has a syrupy sweetness and a strong, but not overpowering bitterness. It carries a hearty, but creamy mouthfeel and does a devilish job of masking its ABV percentage. A subtle spiciness arrives as the beer warms and the fruity taste lingers in the finish along with a pronounced woody flavour.
Orange Peel Ale from the Great Lakes Brewery in Toronto, Ontario is another great example of seasonal flavoured beer done right. It Pours a clear golden colour with a big soapy head that leaves a fair amount of lace before it settles as a film and collar.
This beer definitely has the aroma of orange peels, though it invokes grapefruit and/or lemon at times as well. A week or two after arriving in stores, this beer smells extremely fresh, crisp and clean. There is a warm, sweet honey backing that comes out as the beer warms reminiscent of a Creamsicle.
This unfiltered wheat beer pours a cloudy, pale pineapple juice-like yellow with a decent head that lasts but a few seconds. Mill Street Belgian Wit from the Mill Street Brewery in Toronto, Ontario has a very sweet, malty aroma with lots of orange tone and a peppery spiciness to it.
The aroma is appetizing, if not a bit heavy; kind of like the syrup from a fruit cup or canned pears. The taste of Mill Street Belgian Wit is also quite sweet in taste after an initial citrus bite. Its malt forward with a banana and a sort of trading card bubble gum or lychee flavour to it. The finish has a fruity tartness that comes off as crisp and refreshing.
This rich, dark beer from the Mill Street Brewery in downtown Toronto, Ontario has real brewed Balzac’s Coffee added during the brewing process. Coffee Porter pours a deep, almost black, ruby-brown colour with a sizable, but fleeting sandy brown head. I find the beer has a surprisingly bubbly mouthfeel, imparting an unexpected, crisp freshness.
Mill Street Brewery Coffee Porter carries a typical deep malt aroma with strong chocolate syrup notes and a hint of smoky wood. The rich, malty and syrupy taste common to porters is very well-balanced by the bitterness of the coffee and a smoke-tinged, slightly fruity aftertaste.