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Lug Tread Lagered Ale - Beau's All Natural Brewing Company

Lug Tread Lagered AleLug Tread Lagered Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

141 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.87%


Brewed by:
Beau's All Natural Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Golden-hued, crisp and finely balanced, Lug Tread is our tribute to the classic beer of Cologne, Germany. Lug Tread is top fermented (like an ale) and then cold aged (like a lager) for a lengthy period. This gives our beer some light ale notes complemented by a lager-like crispness. Lug Tread displays interwoven malt and hop flavours, subtle fruit flavours and a crisp, lingering finish.

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BuckyBeerBeaver

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

In his selfless quest for the perfect beer, Bucky picked up a 600 ml bottle of Beau’s “Lug Tread Lagered Ale”. Lug Tread was 5.2% alcohol by volume with a bottling date of February 12, 2014 printed on the rear label.

Lug Tread poured an absolutely clear light yellow/gold color with a storm of visible carbonation bubbles. The 1.5” of bubbly white head lasted for about 3 minutes before fading to a collar and thin film of foam, leaving some modest lacing in its wake. Its aroma was of lightly roasted malts, earth and grass. The beer’s taste began with sweet, light malts which gave way to an earthy and slightly grassy flavour, finishing with a mild hop bitterness which lingered as an aftertaste. Despite the abundance of visible carbonation bubbles, both the carbonation and overall mouth feel of the beer were quite soft, and I would describe the beer as light to medium bodied. A well balanced beer and perfectly respectable, but there’s nothing special enough here to elevate Lug Tread above the growing micro-brewery crowd.

One warning if you are planning to buy a single bottle from the LCBO to sample…they have a nasty habit of accidently charging for the full 4 pack, so check your bill before leaving the store. The 4x600 ml pack sells for $15.85.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 21:04:54 | More by BuckyBeerBeaver
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basementbrewer

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I just tried my first one tonight, I have been waiting for the local LCBO to have this in stock and it was there tonight! . i'll rock this in the summer months for sure, great lighter beer with a nice ass end! What else do you need? bring on summer.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 03:52:56 | More by basementbrewer
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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

600 ml bottle from the 4 pack of Beau's lug tread purchased from LCBO for just under $16 CDN. Served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance -Clear pale golden beer. Nice 2+ fingers of head that lingers for a bit but subsides shortly thereafter. Streaky but sparse lacing left behind in the glass.

Smell - Grassy and grainy with a slight malt and fruit aroma undercurrent.

Taste - Mild but very crisp and clean with a slight floral taste, focused on grass. Mild bitterness. Lingering flavors make my tongue sing. There also a lasting grape flavor that I seem to find with most kolschs, that is present but subtle here.

Mouthfeel - Great smoothness with medium-high carbonation here that is just... right.

Overall - A very fine Kolsch, probably y favorite and something that is extremely sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 03:37:39 | More by DenisKolkin
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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a golden yellow with one finger width of foamy off-white head.

Smell - bready and sweet malts, hint of citrus, apple, hops (somewhat noble), and a touch sulphury.

Taste - bready malts, apple, sulphury yeast, touch of hops bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Dry finish, medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - For my first Beau's offering, this Kolsch has all the elements for the style. Quite sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 02:26:58 | More by leaddog
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beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a Beau's Willi Bechler tumblr. A pour straight down the middle of the glass raised a healthy eggshell coloured head that exhibited a nice rockiness, clear pale yellow liquid underneath. The smell is delicate maltiness with a grassy note and lightly hoppy. The taste is light bodied and crisp with a decent hopping for the light body, slightly flowery mixing with a slight biscuity malt flavour. This easy drinking ale finshes crisply with bittersweet end. A session/warm weather quencher for sure. Delicate and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 21:57:03 | More by beerluvr
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IdeaSpeeder

Ontario (Canada)

3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 600ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours with a crystal clear golden/straw colour, with a medium amount of carbonation visible. Poured with a finger of extremely light head, which fades into a soapy foam pretty quickly. Average looking brew.

Smell - Grains and cereal mostly, but also some light roasted malts. Not picking up much else, maybe some extremely faint floral bits.

Taste - Way more intense than I expected. Fantastic! Cereal and grain flavours abound! A bit of floral bits here as well. I'm also getting some pretty decent hop bitterness, as well as some faint gape flavour.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, pretty high carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall - 4/5

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 05:03:55 | More by IdeaSpeeder
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cattersley

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours nice, mid-dark golden colour. Mild smell. Big flavour for a lager. I am see the kolsch in this brew, a sweat taste that goes dry, has a noticeable bitter note that even stays with on the tongue a while on the after taste. This is a good lager, Beau's makes some good beers, this is there flag ship and I can see why this is so popular...

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 22:18:48 | More by cattersley
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

2.83/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Unlike most in the area, I am not overy impressed with Beaus (or this beer). Smell is grainy and earthy. Taste is malty and grainy, and for the most part leaves an aftertaste of dirt. moderate bitterness rolls through the finish. Not bad on a summer day but wouldnt be the first beer i would go for. Being that it is made locally still makes me pick one up from time to time

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2012 01:40:33 | More by cfalovo97
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MaxwellSchaefer

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2nd Review on BA
600mL bottle to bolleke globlet

Purchased at a downtown Toronto LCBO for $15.85 per four bottles.

App- The appearance is a nice straw to very pale gold color. The head is substantial and inviting. It is very much appetizing to the eyes with no real turn-offs. It is nice and crisp and everything you would hope for from a cold stored ale character-wise.

Smell- The beer smells amazing. It's highly reminiscent of cereal grains and makes you think of a hearty breakfast. There is a certain fruit character that is underplayed but get's overshadowed by the more powerful wheat character. Despite, or maybe in spite of that power play, this beer's smell begs you to drink it.

Taste-This beer has great balance, the hops come through but so does the malt and the wheat. Lug Tread begs for another sip and you are left sad when the road of discovery leads to an empty bottle.

Mouth-The mouth feel is rather light and crisp but leaves your palette hungering for another sip. The carbonation is at play and is exciting at least until your beer becomes warm (probably because you are savoring each sip and the bottle is rather large).

Drink- Time for some brutal and embarassing honesty from the reviewer. Let it stand as a warning to my fellow Ontario-residents who are shopping singles in the craft section of the LCBO. I grabbed a single bottle of Lug Tread from a four pack and was charged for the full pack. I realized that fact when I double checked the receipt to note the price for this review. By that point in time I had already had my first sip and was in love. I'm excited to try and convince the LCBO to give me the 3 bottles I paid for (but did not receive) so that I can introduce my girlfriend to this beer, my friends, and hopefully mail some to my family in the states. If my home brew were to ever turn out like this beer, I would quit my job.

Serving type: bottle

Notes from the brewery website (interesting to nerds):

Alc./Vol.: 5.2%
Malts: Pilsner and Toasted Wheat
Hops: Perle and Hersbrucker
IBU's: 21
OG: 12°P
FG: 2.2°P
Recommended Serving Temperautre: 4.5 - 7° C

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 03:30:13 | More by MaxwellSchaefer
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Packaged 11/July/12 from LCBO. Pours a fluffy white head, pretty quick to recede, leaving a soupy film and lace. Colour is a light yellow gold, with active carbonation.

Aroma has fresh, slightly floral malt, with a lot of grape/wine character. Hops also but not too dominant. A bit of fruitiness and biscuit malt.

Taste of this is interesting. It has a strong element of vinous, earthy herbal hop character that is quite thick, over top of the roast malt body. Hops are also moderately assertive, adding to a complex flavour profile. Overall its got a strong malty bitterness, just a bit of sour edge.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, carbonation is at a pretty good level, goes quite dry on the finish. Drinkability is solid. Finish is characterized by a balanced dry sour malt.

Quite enjoyable stuff, not your average beer for sure. Refreshing with good balance, nice complexity and flavour.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 23:50:03 | More by mick303
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TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light yellow body that boasts ample carbonation and two fingers of head. Didn't really lace a lot but it did stick around for a decent amount of time.

Smell: Yeast, hops and pears. It's a bit strange but then again, I've never had experienced Kolsch before. Warming helped it come out.

Taste: Has a peppery taste to the whole beer, starting with bread in the background with some brief pear that is dominated by an odd dry yeast taste and ends with a does of floral hops. Really though, it's all in the background to that odd peppery taste.

Mouthfeel: The aftertaste is unsurprisingly peppery, but it eases of fairly well up until you are near the end of the beer. The carbonation is exceptional but it is a little rough around the edges.

Drinkability: It's interesting and it's thirst quenching but I dunno if I'd want to drink it all night. It sit down well and easy to drink but the spiciness is oddly dry.

Final Thoughts: This beer to me comes across as a more lager like Kellerbier. The peppery taste is there and amped up, the malt isn't quite there but the hops make more of a presence known. All in all, this would be great with a summer time steak.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 03:27:38 | More by TheHammer
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pint at the Mayflower pub on Elgin in Ottawa. From notes.

A - Poured golden, mild carbonation coming up, no head, no lace, and just a film of retention.

S - Noble hops and bread are mostly what's there.

T - Fruity, some pear, noble hops. A nice blend of biscuity malts there too to be a fine drink.

M - Good carbonation, medium in the mouth, nice and smooth.

O/D - Pretty smooth and tasty. Something to drink over conversation as I did. It's quality doesn't get in the way of the company, but doesn't disgust.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2011 17:22:19 | More by tbeckett
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funkengruven

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 44 pack that's been inhabiting my fridge, this poured a slightly cloudy yellow orange with a touch of lacing at the top. Smell is very malty grassy aroma, pleasant. Flavor is good, refreshing, malt is dominant with a german hop bitterness finish. Mouthfeel is very clean. Overall this is a very simple refreshing summer beer, a little expensive but good nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 18:15:50 | More by funkengruven
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Stocean1

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured a one finger head at the kiwi - light golden colour - decent lacing and retention

S - malt - biscuit - floral

T - follows the nose a little pepper in the finish with some floral hops - some apple

M - light body with some carbonation - pretty smooth with a nice bitter peppery aftertaste - dry - refreshing

O - not a bad brew although I will not being gabbing the $15 4 pack after sampling this

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2011 20:53:51 | More by Stocean1
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dgilks

Australia

3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear golden colour with a foamy white head. Poor head retention. Some lacing.

Grainy malt aroma with a touch of sweetness. Mildly fruity.

Crisp grainy malt with a touch of stonefruit and some herbal hops.

Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A nice crisp ale. For me the graininess is too high, especially given that it is meant to be a Kolsch.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2011 11:00:40 | More by dgilks
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden yellow colour, topped with a half-finger of short-lived white head. A patchy cap and collar are retained for most of the drink. Doesn't look particularly heavily carbonated. I quite like the smell of this but it's a little hard to describe... sweet biscuit malts and herbal hops are the only things I can identify confidently.

There's more going on in the flavour department than the other categories lead me to believe. Starts off with biscuity malts and roasted grains, with some honey sweetness leading into an herbal hop finish that reminds me of mushy peas. Moderate to high carbonation and light-bodied. Quite crisp, refreshing and tasty.

This was my first kolsch, and I rather liked it. Worth a try, I'd say, and definitely more interesting than many other fizzy yellow lagers that may superficially resemble it.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 07:04:44 | More by thehyperduck
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle in the OCB summer mixer pack.

A - Pours a crystal clear golden clour, finger of egg white head, some retention and sporadic lacing.

S - Sweet corn and bready malts with a touch of citrus and grassy hops on the finish.

T - The grassy hops come off the top, with the sweet corn and breaded malt that lingers on the palette.

M - Medium bodied ale that goes down with the slightest prickle and finishes nice and wet.

O - A tasty koslch, offering a solid dose of flavour and a nice crisp and clean finish. A quality example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 19:15:17 | More by andrenaline
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice pale golden/yellow colour to it. It has a nice white head that dies down quite fast and has some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of biscuty malts, grassy hops and a woodsy smell.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a biscuty/bready malt taste to it upfront with a nice grassy hop bitterness, some spices and a bit of apple.

Mouthfeel: It has a high carbonation with a very nice overall balance of flavours.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavours and aromas. Props to Beau's.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 00:28:19 | More by SebD
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear pale blonde colour, one finger of white head with some lace. Smell is grainy and earthy, malt is there too but fresh earth dominates this brew. Taste is malty and grainy, cereal like, lots of muddy-earthy notes, moderate bitterness rolls through the finish. Medium body, med-high carb, good weight. Not bad on a hot day like the one I had this on, this bottle was about 5 weeks old and this beer is much better when it is fresh as possible, I will revisit this though I am sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 16:39:27 | More by peensteen
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Roke87

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341 mL bottle from the OCB summer discovery pack, slightly chilled and poured into a harp cylinder stange, batch number s001.

Appearance- Pours a clear golden straw with two and a half fingers of soapy white head that eventually dissipates to a nice bubbly top supplied by ample amounts of carbonation.

Smell- Very heavy on the biscuit malts, a very sweet smelling lager, with a nice balance of earthy grassy aromas in there as well.

Taste- Is a lot like the smells, lots of sweet biscuit malts on the palate balanced again with that earthy grassy taste in there as well, some mild fruity flavours come through with a slight touch.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied the ale end of this one really comes through more on the mouth feel, lots of carbonation as well this beer is very clean, crisp, and refreshing.

Overall- Never really tried a “lagered ale” before so I was not sure what to expect from this one, but I was pleasantly surprised, this beer is very sweet and lots of biscuit malts coming through on both the nose and the palate, lots of earthy grassy notes coming through on both the nose and palate with some mild fruity flavours coming through as well. Again a very clean, crisp, and refreshing beer that I would definitely drink again, I kind of had a feeling I should have picked up some of the 650mL 4-packs when I had the chance, but thanks to the OCB summer discovery pack I finally got to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 05:39:29 | More by Roke87
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edwardhopper

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ordered on a whim at a nice restaurant in Ontario. Was pleasantly surprised when it arrived with a bright golden color and a slightly fruity aroma. The first sip was very crisp and refreshing with a full bodied, but balanced taste. The flavor was interesting, but not distracting and it complemented the multi-course meal nicely. A very easy drinking beer that I would definitely seek out in the future. As the flagship for Beau's Brewery, I am excited to try out their other brews.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2011 15:48:46 | More by edwardhopper
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Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice faint golden colour with a good two finger of head. Some lacing down the glass.

S: Fairly low-key smell with nothing too strong on the nose. Picking up a sweet malt smell, citrus notes that include banana and orange, and some earthy grain.

T: An overall bitter and grassy earthy taste, with a bit of lemon sourness in there. Pretty refreshing and tasty. Not sure what happened to the sweetness in the smell, as this one definitely leans towards bitter. Finishes pleasantly dry.

M: Moderately to above-avg carbonation. Light but pleasing texture.

D: Nicely drinkable. Have had this on-tap a few times and prefer it in that format as it tastes much fresher. Looking forward to trying other Beau's offerings.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 00:28:43 | More by Digimaika2
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bryehn

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First of a four pack of bombers bottled on April 7, 2011 (five days ago), it's not going to get much better than this.

Pours a very nice, deep golden colour with a moderate white head and a variable ton of visible carbonation. It's burning off fast and I'm not getting much lacing.

It smells very, very fresh. Sweet roasted malts and a grassy hop tone are joined by a slightly buttery note and one of freshwater.

The taste is primarily toasted malts for me, with a real grassy character and a decent bitterness on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is creamy at first, but takes on a bready or yeasty character as the carbonation burns off. The aftertaste is quite dry and crisp, with a hint of malt and a slight earth/dirt note.

Good value overall at about $3.50 per bomber and has a rich, satisfying taste, maybe a bit heavy as a session beer, but great for 1-2 pints. Drink it fresh though, I've had some older ones that weren't nearly as good.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 17:07:43 | More by bryehn
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Mit

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beau's Lug Tread Lager.

First off I was super impressed by the packaging as lame as that sounds. Really interesting stuff. Not sure how the cost
turns out with the 4 bombers for 15+ dollars, but I do like the fact that they are bombers.

a-Pours a golden clear colour with a very nice lasting head. Looks clean and crisp.

s-mild malt notes maybe some spicey hops and slight yeasty smells emanating from the glass. Found it fairly muted in the
smell dept.

t-getting some mild citrus type notes followed by some slight malts. Some fruity notes but they are faint and hard to place,
Very crisp and refreshing. Some earthy flavours in the aftertaste.

m-solid for the abv.

o-overall this was quite good. Solid offering from Beau's for sure. I def want to try more of their stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 03:44:18 | More by Mit
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #47 (Dec 2010):

Lacing draped on the glass is thick and sticky; bright golden clarity is inviting. Clean biscuity nose with hits of apple skin and dried grass. Lager tickles from the brisk carbonation, though the body stands like an ale. Malt bomb of the pale shade with lots of bread and biscuity flavors. Ripe pears in the middle. Clean bite of hops is there to balance and flavor with an herbal spicy edge. Kiss of grain husk and more herbal hop in the dry finish. A well-paid homage to its German counterparts--a whole lot of flavor without distracting from the high level of drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 23:16:37 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Lug Tread Lagered Ale from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
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