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Trailhead Premium Lager - Wellington County Brewery

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56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 2.93
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wellington County Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Trailhead is a Vienna-style lager which is characterized by a careful balance of malt sweetness and clean, crisp hop bitterness.

(Beer added by: Shiloh on 02-20-2003)
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Reviews by DoctorStrangiato:
Photo of DoctorStrangiato
2.25/5  rDev -23.2%

Poured a 473-ml can into a pub draught glass.

Appearance - poured a mild yellow-gold colour with fast disappearing 1-inch head. Lighter on the carbonation, and a little foam lace.

Smell - thin corn aromas and average adjunct smell characteristics.

Taste - tasteless beginning and then in the middle it gives way to a little bready-sweet corn flavour, ending in a boring dry finish. The finest Czech hops? Please. Almost no hop bitterness to notice.

Mouthfeel - even effect from start to finish, another beer manufactured for drinkability. Too bad there was no flavour profile for the smoothness.

Drinkability - for me, this will be the first and last time for Trailhead Premium Lager. Not a good product, not a good beer.

DoctorStrangiato, May 18, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of Popsinc
2.78/5  rDev -5.1%

Appearance: Clear golden pour. Small foamy white head. Almost no carbonation at all. Looks like apple juice.

Smell: Lightly hopped, slightly malty and a caramel sweetness in the nose.

Taste: Medium hoppiness. Soft with malty notes. A sweet, lght caramel finish. Lack of body.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and very flat. Almost watered down. It needs more.

Drinkability: It's very light and somewhat refreshing. Possibly on a hot summers day but otherwise, this beer is average at its best.

Popsinc, Jun 15, 2003
Photo of JohnnyBarman
2.8/5  rDev -4.4%

Havent had Trailhead in bottles for ages, figured I'd give it a go.

Poured into a small stein. Light golden in colour, with a thin head that survived in thin patches - not much lacing to speak of.

The nose is particularly sweet, with notes of corn and lemon, and that very distinctive "welly malt" flavor. (I can't really describe it, but it's a flavor I can pick up in pretty much all of Wellington's offerings)

Taste is about the same, albeit a bit tinny. Suprisingly sweet, almost cloying. Malty, with hinds of lemon and grassy, floral hops. The sweetness really cuts into the brew's balance, placing Trailhead among the other oppressively average lagers this country produces. I understand why Welly brews Trailhead - it's a good seller for those who just want "a beer", like Canadian or Blue; and it's also among the discount brands at the Beer Store - but it's still far from their best, and a poor example of the quality the brewery is capable of.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, watery.

As far as a "discount" brew goes, you can do much worse. At around 30 bucks for a 24, it's not a bad brew. Can't say I really enjoyed it that much; it's not among Wellington's best offerings.

JohnnyBarman, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of Swedes21
2.65/5  rDev -9.6%

473 ml poured in a chilled pint glass...

Appearance - the lager pours with a decent amount of head that dissipates fairly quickly. The head is a nice white foamy head with a lot of air pockets. The beer itself is a bit mirky yellow colour with little to no carbonation. Some ok lacing occurring.

Smell -very clean smelling beer with a subtle hint of hops. Not putting off much smell to be honest, all smells are just hints.

Taste - One of those light tasting beers, not a lot of offer in terms of taste besides clean and fresh. The hops do not come through at all in the tasting. There is no aftertaste to this beer either, as i continue to sample, I was able to pick up a slight bit of sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Seems to be a fair amount of carbonation that comes through in the mouthfeel. The beer comes alive a little bit, with a soft taste on the palette.

Drinkability - From a beer perspective, this beer does not have a lot to offer. Would i drink it again, ya, i could see myself drinking if i wanted a fresh light tasting beer. But i would not stock these on a day to day basis.

Swedes21, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
3.18/5  rDev +8.5%

473ml tall pastel blue can, cartoon fish theme and all.

This beer pours a cloudy medium straw colour, with two fingers of dense soapy off-white head, which leaves some random arched lace around the glass as it fades away. It smells of sweet white cracker grain, a bit of corn mash, subtle earthy honey, and mildly grassy hops. The taste is soft grain, weedy, herbal hops, and some very mild nail polish remover-esque alcohol. The carbonation is fairly soft, the body smooth, medium weight, and a bit oily, and it finishes mostly dry, the musty, weedy attributes hanging on tight.

A fair shake better than your typical AA (heh) Lager, classification-wise, but it doesn't quite follow through on the packaging's promise of a Vienna Lager by dint of Czech hops and German malts - the requisite crispness and zing just aren't there.

biboergosum, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of Sammy
2.5/5  rDev -14.7%

A pourout at the Fort York Brew Fest 2004. Wateriest and absence of taste of the Wellington line. Golden appearance, no noted aroma. Corny sweet. Some honey mid-sip from yeast. Crisp from Czech hops, altogether below average. Bittery finish. Doesn't work.

Sammy, Aug 08, 2004
Photo of elricorico
2.83/5  rDev -3.4%

A very clear deep gold with two fingers of white head. Head slowly falls to a thin cap but holds there for some time.

Slightly sweet malt aroma. Fairly light smell even for a lager.

Malt flavour gives a faint honey and grain impression. Hops are not strong, and give some metallic flavour. Taste is quite average.

The body has a thickness to it, and the carbonation is fizzy. Not bad.

Easy enough to drink, but it really lacks in substance. Could work for a lawnmower beer.

elricorico, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.42/5  rDev -17.4%

Trailhead Wellington. Dark yellow colored ale with small head and not a whole lot of retention. Aroma is mostly subtle floral malt and very little else. Taste is a balance mix of floral malt with some dryness at the ends. This one lacks character overall and is probably not the best beer from this brewery.

Phyl21ca, Oct 25, 2004
Photo of ThinkAgain
2.75/5  rDev -6.1%

ThinkAgain, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of IronDjinn
3.43/5  rDev +17.1%

Clear golden in colour, quick splash of head that fades quickly.

Wonderful aroma of bready, biscuity malt, rich and lush, ends on a graham cracker sweet note. Floral hops.

The flavour is a malty treat as well, fresh baked bread throughout, very light hop finish, the goodness is only cut short by the bristling unbalanced carbonation of the mouthfeel, it interferes more than it helps to present. As a result it feels thin and watery in the end, even though it isn't. It's actually kind of creamy.

This has potential for sure, just round out the carbonation a bit and we have a winner here, otherwise a great malty lager.

IronDjinn, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of Antilochus
2.93/5  rDev 0%

Purchased at a Kingston, Ontario LCBO (473mL can). Presentation is kind of stupid... a big blue and black can with 'Trailhead' and a jumping fish. Pretty obvious what look they are going for but as a craft brewery it's a little odd.

Poured into a gold-rimmed Stella Artois glass.

Appearance is golden, got a nice bit of colour to it over the bland strawishness of most macro lagers. Little bit of a bubbly white head, too thin to leave lace. Some big bubbles and some fizzy ones.

Aromas: sweet malt, lots of graininess, some floral hop notes, bit of sourness. Some Chardonnay. This isn't half bad, it sure as hell doesn't smell like a macro lager though. EPLish and I'm anticipating EPL taste too.

Oh... wait. Just took a sniff and actually aspirated some beer up my nose. Um... not looking forward to drinking this. Pungent maltiness... think overripe fruits.

Here we go. Definitely a sweet palate, too sweet for my taste. Grain predominates. Some citrus in the background (almost like pop!). Subtle hop notes, way less than what I thought there would be. Finishes a little too cloying and malty for my taste, medium length finish.

I could drink a ton of these, apparently it is a discount beer? This blows away most macros, too bad anyone buying discounts is going to look for higher abv (meaning like 5.5-6%...) and this will get passed over.

But coming from Wellington I would expect much better.

Antilochus, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of MidwestBA
3/5  rDev +2.4%

MidwestBA, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of headlessparrot
3.35/5  rDev +14.3%

Trailhead Lager is one of Wellington's two entries in the discount beer market in Ontario. Both of these brews are lagers, and Wellington seems to have distanced themselves somewhat from both brews - you'd never know they brewed Trailhead (or its brother, Beehive) unless you carefully eyed the packaging. And even then, you might not believe it. However, Trailhead does have at least one good thing going for it - beyond the discount price, it may be the only brew on the Discount Brand board at the Beer Store to actually be adjunct free. One can't blame Wellington for dipping its hand in the discount beer market, for one must pay the bills, I suppose. And maybe its even a decent brew. Let's see.

The Trailhead bottles have a rather cool cartoony logo, but no design on the cap, and nothing to really suggest 'craft' or 'premium' - but the brew pours into the pint glass a dark golden straw - think macro, but with more significantce, and body to it. A fair bit of bubbling is going on, contributing to a faint one finger head that dies down to a small ring rather quickly. That ring, however, provides considerable lacing (especially if you choose to look at this as a discount beer). Not a bad look for a macro-style lager, but nothing special.

Smell is quite dry. A certain amount of malt in the backbone with some mildy spicy hops more toward the front end. Faintly dough-y with a distant fruitiness, mostly citrus and berries. Once again, not bad.

Taste is a little off, but still impressive for a discount brand - slight bitterness, with a bready maltiness, some grassiness, and an ever so faint crispness from the slightly spicy hops. Some floral notes, but its slightly uneven, and finishes slightly (oddly) acidic, and unusually (almost unpleasantly) dry.

Mouthfeel isn't bad, however. This brew is overcarbonated like most macros, though not nearly as much. I can actually get through the spritziness to discover a taste. The body is also rather substantial for a macro-style. Certainly not watered down, there's a real substance here that feels good in the mouth.

Drinkability is also certainly high - discount beers are brewed to be put away 10 at a time, and I'm sure this is no exception.

This is definitely a good summer brew - when the budget is low, but the heat is high, this is a brew that fits the bill. A thirst quencher that I wouldn't think too much about, but would certainly enjoy - in a pint glass, or even straight from the bottle. Trailhead is, in all likelihood, the best lager you'll find on the discount board at the Beer Store. So bottom's up.

headlessparrot, Jun 02, 2006
Photo of spinrsx
2.55/5  rDev -13%

473ml Can from the LCBO

Appearance - Clear yellow colour with a small size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there isn't much lacing. The head lasted for 2 minutes.

Smell - Bread, apples, corn, grains

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation an I can taste bread mixed with corn syrup and apple juice. There is also a light amount of a grassiness and some grains.

Overall - Nothing to write home about. Just another basic adjunct lager that is inter-changeable with so many other beers in it's style category.

spinrsx, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of Shiloh
3.25/5  rDev +10.9%

The brew that" supports wildlife and conservation endeavours"
Very nice and the beer ain't bad either..Colour is a dark golden with redish undertones and somewhat murky...the body is medium and has limited head.
The taste is a little sweet but the hops are also evident in a twangie(sp) aftertaste that also leaves you dry and wanting more..Worth a try.

Shiloh, Feb 20, 2003
Photo of mrmanning
2.85/5  rDev -2.7%

Pretty average lager all around, and not the best I have had from the brewery, but a decent beer nonetheless. Head is foamy, and white, medium sized. Body is a dark amber colour. Aroma is stale hops, corn, and a faint sweetness. Taste is hoppy, bitter, sweet like sugar, and slight corn. Finish is a tad watery, leaving a mild bite in the throat as well. Not horrid, but they make better stuff!

mrmanning, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of thehyperduck
3.1/5  rDev +5.8%

Tallboy can from the LCBO; best before July 2012. I knew before I bought this that it was not really much of a craft beer, but given past experience with Wellington I expect it to be at least good for what it is.

Pours that familiar pale golden-yellow colour, topped with one finger of foamy white head. Not very effervescent, but the head retains itself for a few minutes; impressive given the style. It leaves behind a thin, creamy cap with minimal lacing. I like the doughy, vaguely sweet malt character of the aroma; it's approachable for the style but unfortunately it's still quite faint. A little corny, with that apple juice feel I find in a lot of adjunct lagers.

The taste is decent, but nothing memorable. More grainy, slightly doughy malts with a light honey sweetness. Light lemon citrus and tart apple juice notes with some slight dryness toward the end of the sip. Weird sourness in the aftertaste is the only thing that stops this from being a noticeably superior adjunct lager. Thin-bodied and watery, with relatively low carbonation for the style. Crisp and refreshing enough to get the job done.

The packaging leads one to believe that this might be a genuine Vienna lager, but an adjunct lager categorization is much more appropriate. It's an above-average pale lager with no serious flaws, but few redeeming qualities of note.

Final Grade: 3.1, about a C+. This tallboy was priced the same as a can of the 'premium' macro equivalent (e.g. Canadian/Blue), rather than a value brand like Lakeport or Lucky. In terms of quality, I would wedge Trailhead between those two groups - a little better than the cheap stuff, but not any better than your typical domestic premium lager. Purchase accordingly.

thehyperduck, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of Voonder
3/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours clear golden yellow with moderate white head which dissapeared quickly. Smell - malts mostly, average smell for this type of beer. Taste - sweet malts, corn, not too bad actually, at least id doesn't taste like medicine, like other brews of this kind. Feels a bit flat, but stil OK with clean finish. It's pretty drinkable, this is not something I'd drink on a regular basis, but still an OK beer.

Voonder, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of grub
2.13/5  rDev -27.3%

500ml can. sampled march 8/2011.

pours hazy pale yellow with a big fluffy white head. the head drops quickly and leaves almost no lace.

aroma is okay. honey and buttery toffee. bit of dms. corn. white bread and cracker. light alcohol. bit of faint floral/herbal character.

taste is delicious! well, maybe not... bit of carbonation bite, but not as bad as the silver wheat before it. bit of honey and butter on white bread. dms and corn, more than in the aroma. low bitterness level, but with a sort of clingy lingering unpleasant aftertaste.

mouthfeel is bad. bit of sting from the medium-high carbonation. light body, almost watery. unpleasant clingy lingering mouthfeel.

drinkability is okay. i suppose it's not aiming very high to begin with, but still not interesting or enjoyable.

grub, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of TheBeeraholic
2.75/5  rDev -6.1%

TheBeeraholic, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of Antikythera
3/5  rDev +2.4%

You know, this is a lawnmower beer but it's tasty. Clear with a little bit of head around the edge, applejuice yellow in colour, hoppy smell. Little bit of bitterness going down, very pleasant and no weird aftertaste. I'm going to call it average all around, but I'm enjoying it.

Antikythera, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of funkengruven
3.15/5  rDev +7.5%

Stopped off at the beer store in the sticks on my way home, thought i'd pick me up something cheap and macro-y and saw this sitting there, and thought what the hell. So I took it home, cracked one open and here it goes.

This pours very calmly, very little head, it's very clear and yellow. Smell is a bit grassy, kinda sweet, nothing special. Flavor is very subdued, a bit malty, don't detect much in the way of hops there. It does have some redeeming features however. This is perfect lawnmower beer. Refreshing and watery, hits the spot, and isn't difficult to drink either.

Honestly I expected a bit better than this from Wellington, but for what it is it's not terrible. Worth a try at least.

funkengruven, May 29, 2008
Photo of Derek
3.25/5  rDev +10.9%

Wellington says "No ordinary lager! A Euro-traditional style lager derived from Czech hops."

It's definitely more of a Euro Pale Lager than a macro.

A: Clear, golden-straw. Subtle, fizzy white head quickly dissipates. No retention or lace.

S: Earthy, metallic & floral hops with some underlying maltyness (bread with a touch of light caramel).

T: Plenty of hop flavour (earthy, metallic & a little floral), a little malty sweetness up front, with a moderate bitterness in the finish. Slight buttery flavour. Personally, I'm not a fan of the Czech hop flavour. It does have a nice malty flavour.

M: Light to moderate body (surprising for its strength); moderate carbonation.

D: A good, sessionable beer, but the hop profile isn't my style.

Derek, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of Jotora
3.25/5  rDev +10.9%

Jotora, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of JasonThaler
3.75/5  rDev +28%

JasonThaler, Aug 27, 2014
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Trailhead Premium Lager from Wellington County Brewery
71 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.