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

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BA SCORE
84
good

180 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 10
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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.

(Beer added by: Viggo on 01-16-2007)
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From afar in a glass, this beer looks like any old lager. It's clear and yellow. We might drink with our eyes at first but our taste buds soon take over. Beau's Lug Tread is a perfect example of a kölsch, that unique beer from Cologne. Although the appearance isn't anything too exciting, the flavour is. It has a hoppiness that definitely tells you it's there but the bitterness is toned down a bit. The lacing is excellent and the head quickly dissipates. All in all this is an excellent beer to drink year round.

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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.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Meisterburger for this one.

Nice looking bottle though not the ceramic version. This is a beer to enjoy when the weather warms up as it tastes incredibly clean and crisp but with that slightly fruity note that defines a Kolsch. Like Mt Begbies canned version in BC , a well made Kolsch is entirely welcome in my house ( especially since no German versions are sold in BC). Food friendly and incredibly drinkable this beer shows how a simple beer can please as much as a high octane IBU monster

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4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first had Beau's Lugtread at the C'est What Fall Fest last year. I'd actually been interested in it for a while, but it never seemed to make it as far west as Toronto. Since then, Beau's have greatly beefed up their presence in this part of the world, and the beer became available first in 750ml swing-top ceramics, and now in this gorgeously packaged 4-pack of 600ml bottles. In all my days of drinking craft beer I've never seen a product as well-presented as this, and from speaking to Steve I understand that all the design is done in house, so huge kudos to people who can produce decent beer and be good at selling it. Other Ontario brewers need to take note.

On to the important stuff. Straw yellow pour with a tight white cap that had decent retention and puts down a few spots of lace. Some people may be critical of its lightness, but its true to style, and it certainly exhibits more lace and retention than other beers of this colour, and lacks the evidently high carbonarion of the macros. Clean aroma, with lemon, pepper and grass combining with pale malt. Slight breadiness in the background, and the whole combo reminds me of a Czech pils. Flavour is where it should be for the style - very clean with a light character. Some lemongrass, grainy malt, a light sweetness, and perhaps a slight tart wheat element. Decent bitterness for a kölsch, coming from a herbal / grassy hopping combo. Medium body and carbonation with a crisp finish.

This is one of those great beers that should appeal to both craft and macro drinkers - perhaps something akin to a Boston Lager. Its not too far removed from what macro drinkers would expect in a beer, but its done with such a deft hand that it will introduce them to what even an easy drinking beer can be capable of. I'm glad they went this route rather than beginning with some crappy lager or pale ale.

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4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at the Highlander downtown. Didn't know what it was, just saw it was the only micro aside from Cameron's available, so I took a plunge. Sighed when it came out, seeing it was a lager, never promising in Canada. Very pleasantly surprised.

Very thin head, excellent lacings marking each sip. Pale and clear. For me, not a stand-out as far as looks are concerned.

Got citrus and grain from the aroma, maing me hopeful that this wasn't just another NA lager. Flavoursome juicy malt up front, nice grain. Fresh, very fragrant hops take over, hay and citrus. Very refreshing and a nice crisp finish.

Mouthfeel was spot on, not overboard on carbonation. This was a great smooth drink. A session beer with flavour that stays true to it's continental roots. Good stuff.

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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

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4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Draft fresh from the brewery:

What can I say about this subtle under-rated elixer? Certainly it’s a Canadian crafted Kolsch...but how many will recognize it as such and appreciate the delicate subtle complexity of this German cold aged ale?

I’m a fan of this arcane style but having never been to Cologne and being limited to poorly handled exported bottle samples or other North Americanized Kolsh approximations, it’s hard to say how Beau’s compares to the genuine ale of Cologne....all I can say is that it is delicate in complexity, has top tier German ingredients and is very tasty and drinkable due to the 45 day cold fermenting/aging cycle.

The Look: Tapped it puts a lightly hazed pale gold ale in my Kolsch stangen. proper 2 finger frothy white cap with moderate retention and fair lacing qualities.

The Aroma: Very light graininess, subtle apple aromas, light musty-woody tone from Hersbrucker hops, slight wine-like sulphur undertone from yeast....very dulcet aromas...true to style.

Soft rounded character, delicate flavour and balance, smooth delivery, crisp finish.

The profile: Light delicate graininess in the front is balanced by spicey-herbal perle hopping...middle develops light fruitiness, musty-woody tones over light grains...finish is crisp and clean slightly drying with a light hop "bite".

Impression: A very well made and subtly complex Kolsch-styled ale with soft flavourful character and great drinkability.

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4.11/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear filtered golden with little carbonation, 5 fingers of white chunky off white head with large and small bubbles.

S: Malty, vitamin c, aspirin, white grapes, white wine, white grape juice qualities. Very vinous, herbal quality.

T: White wine and grape juice coming through in the taste, a light dull bitter aftertaste, nice maltiness and dough like yeast quality.

M: Medium body, medium low carbonation, dry finish.

O: A great Canadian example of the style. Light and uniquely kolsch. Best example of a kolsch, I dare not say, but a sure good representation.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lug tread comes in a unique ceramic bottle with a resealable growler style stopper. It's a large bottle, holding a a hefty ~750ml but comes with a similarly high pricetag. You do get a beer guaranteed not to be light struck however.

And Beau's has done a good job here. The appearance is a rich golden blond colour with a nice finely bubbled head. In the smell there's something unique and hard to describe. Certainly there's some fruity yeasts and grain but on the periphery that's also an earthy butter. Distinct but not over powering either.

The taste is a very solid balance. The sweetness of the initial malts balanced out well with the finishing hops. It's all wrapped up in a silky smooth package that goes down quicker than you expect.

As someone stated earlier, this would make a great session beer. Now I just need to find out where I can return the bottles!

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Lug Tread Lagered Ale from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.