Trailhead Premium Lager - Wellington County Brewery
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Ratings: 55 | Reviews: 44 | Display Reviews Only:
3.58/5 rDev +22.6%
A - Medium carbonation. Golden, corny, yellow colour. White head that only sticks around for 5 minutes and doesn't leave a cap whilst consumption ensues.
S - Sweetish. Grassy and grainy. Noticable saaz hops. Good for what it is.
T - Grainy and malty up front with a nice grassy hop finish and mild bitterness. Once again, not amazing but for the style it's good.
M - Thin, somewhat watery. This is where it reminds you what it is. Carbonation is present. Goes down smooth.
D - Fairly high. If I wanted a really really easy drinking Ontario lager with just barely enough flavour for an evening of drinking,this would have to be it. The 4.5 ABV is also swell.
09-11-2010 21:56:16 | More by tbeckett
3.43/5 rDev +17.5%
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.
10-19-2008 02:56:37 | More by IronDjinn
3.43/5 rDev +17.5%
very sudsy head; like bubblebath in fact. This is in a can so there is a tinny metallic smell but part of that is the style as well, I think. This from a brewery that in my opinion is better than the macros like Sleemans, Labatts and company, but falls short of making really great beer. It's almost like they purposely fall short of making crafted beer because they are afraid that brewing real character into the product might scare people away. I don't really know what the company's reasoning is but that's the impression I get.
Any way this beer is like that. it tastes alright but just isn't anything memorable. So i won't try it again.
02-16-2008 22:51:25 | More by shamus
3.4/5 rDev +16.4%
I'm afraid I chilled this too much and will have to review again. I got a bit of ice forming in the cold glass when I tried to cool a can and mug from room temperature in the freezer.
Drinkability - Could drink many of these easy drinking low-flavour summer time refreshers.
Appearance - clear golden.
Smell - Typical clean lager - nothing particularly outstanding.
Taste - slightly grainy. Refreshing for a hot summer day but nothing remarkable. Better than a macro beer. Very easy to drink.
Mouthfeel - smooth and watery.
07-28-2009 02:59:24 | More by ecoastman
3.38/5 rDev +15.8%
Clear and gold, 1/2 inch white head that dissipates quickly. Not looking much like a Vienna Lager as the can states.
Aroma is sweet and grainy, perhaps a hint of pear. Not offensive in any way but not outstanding either.
Taste is actually exactly like the aroma and is on the sweeter side. I kind of like it but at the same time don't think I would want to session it.
Mouthfeel is medium, pretty smooth but ultimately the beer does have quite a sweetness to it and ends up hurting the drinkability. I have no problem with sweetness in something like a Barleywine or RIS because it has depth but this is just grainy sweetness.
09-23-2010 13:14:58 | More by roadhouse
3.35/5 rDev +14.7%
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.
06-02-2006 18:15:51 | More by headlessparrot
3.28/5 rDev +12.3%
500ml can poured into pint glass sept17 2009
A slightly cloudy golden yellow with a decent one finger head with fair retention and very little lace. This is one of the more carbonated beers I've seen lots of bubbles.
S a little bread with some floral hops
T a little grass and some mild hops, nothing great but nothing offensive
M light, lots of bubbles, pretty crisp and clean
D overall not a bad beer better then average but not by much
not bad for a Canadian lager
09-17-2009 23:39:18 | More by wordemupg
3.25/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
02-20-2003 18:37:20 | More by Shiloh
British Columbia (Canada)
3.25/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
08-21-2006 23:44:03 | More by Derek
3.2/5 rDev +9.6%
on tap at Jimmy Jazz in Guelph, a dive to be sure, but at least I get to try a new beer.
Average looking lager, heftier and more depth than most macros. Not much head but good lacing. A fair bit of carbonation going on in there too. Smell isn't too pronounced, with more hoppiness than I expected, and none of the adjunct that I though would be present. In fact, a fairly clean malt presence, which was a welcome surprise.
Taste is a little more muddled, with an unpleasant acidity that sets off what is otherwise a pretty tasty beer. There's a slight citrus and grassy hop presence along with a punchy malt backbone, but something in the finish says "cheap". A shame really, because otherwise this is a very refreshing lager. A bit over-carbonated perhaps, but full-bodied. A decent offering, and certainly drinkable, but not the Holy Grail of lagers either....
07-30-2006 19:03:20 | More by trevorwideman
3.18/5 rDev +8.9%
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.
01-16-2010 23:38:05 | More by biboergosum
3.15/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
05-29-2008 20:50:31 | More by funkengruven
3.15/5 rDev +7.9%
Nice looking lager, slighty hazy pale straw in color. Really nice head and head retention,
Smell is less than stellar. Slight grainy malts with definite cooked veggie adjunct odor.
Pretty light & unassumming in taste. Weak right across the board. Weak malts, weak hops, weak metallic twang.
Smooth due to it not being over carbonated. Light body as evidenced in the 4.5% ABV.
Not the worst AAL I've tried, but really that far ahead in the taste dept from Old Milwaukee either
09-06-2009 02:30:41 | More by Shadman
3.15/5 rDev +7.9%
Got this one at an LCBO in Oakville I believe, while I was picking up a collectors pack of Johnnie Walker. Came in a blue can with a fish on it, with a best before date sometime in August.
Appearance: The beer poured with a solid thumb of head, but it does not lace, nor does it retain very well. The beer itself shows quite a bit of carbonation although it is hard to tell, given the murky yellow color of the beer that shows hints of green when put up to the light.
Smell: Well I am getting a smell, but I wouldn't call in diverse by any means. Corn is clearly dominant with hints of floral hops and biscuit grains. It's not offensive by any means, but it's a bit tame.
Taste: Nothing bad, but nothing outright good on this offering. Starts with a slight sweeter corn taste that turns to a more biscuit like taste, which finishes off with probably a touch of rather generic hops. Nothing here is going to knock your socks off, and if I could, I'd give it a 2.75.
Mouthfeel: Well the beer is quite carbonated but it actually helps it's case. It has practically no aftertaste and leaves your mouth very clean and only slightly dry. As plain as the beer may be, it transitions quite well too.
Drinkability: This beer can be put back with great ease and is exceptionally refreshing. It's not heavy but the carbonation does cause a little bit of a gas issue but apart from that good stuff.
Final Thoughts: Well, I knew this beer was one of Wellington's weaker offerings, but even still it has it's niche. This would be a great after a long hike in the woods, which is really what this beer sorta implies by it's name. It's not bad for an adjunct lager, but when you pour it into the glass, the lackluster smell and appearance doesn't do it any favors during the review.
06-09-2009 00:38:45 | More by TheHammer
3.13/5 rDev +7.2%
Straw colour witha half finger white head that spread out soon enough with minimal lacing. A mix of large and small bubble carbonation. Smells of fresh grass, mild citrus. Taste is citrus hoppy, dry, bitter, malt, slightly sour finish. Light to medium body. Not a bad lager overall but not a great one by any stretch. This might appeal to the scores of lager lovers who don't want to spend too much, it's certainly better than many of the macro lagers that have unfortunately cornered a certain market here in Ontario. From Wellington County, an honest effort at compromise, better than most they're competing with on this level.
12-27-2007 18:29:07 | More by ThatWineGuy
3.13/5 rDev +7.2%
Very clear golden colour topped with a thin sheet of fine bubbles. Fair retention and a bit of lacing. Smells of malt/corn sweetness with a bit of fruit and mild spicy hops. The flavour is a bit fruity, the bitterness quite mild, and it has a slightly acidic sharpness at the end. Very light hop flavour that's on the spicy side, it finishes off-dry. Sweetness is pronounced throughout and it's too much for the beer to handle. The body is light, but not to the point of being watery. Easy to drink, nothing special but worth a try.
10-13-2005 00:56:29 | More by DrJay
3.1/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
02-04-2012 08:36:12 | More by thehyperduck
3.1/5 rDev +6.2%
Trailhead's prairie gold colour is smeared in a foggy mist to make for an appearance that, curiously, is at once sunny and smoggy. Almost microscopic bubbles race through the beer at near time warping speed. They come to a screeching halt, however, once hitting the tarp of filmy white lather that extends over the beer's surface.
The aroma showcases a very sweet graininess that is one part pleasant (honeyed oats) and one part unpleasant (canned cream corn). The Saaz hops that are advertised can hardly be noted - if at all - although a tinge of floral-accented bitterness does leak out. I'm still unsure if I want my nose in the glass, I reckon it's just as well left out of it.
You're not doing the beer any disservice drinking it at near freezing temperature - you're probably doing yourself a favor. At very least, you aren't missing out on anything (nothing important, anyhow). Not to suggest the taste is bad, rather just plain and conventional and, well, not exactly good. It just tastes like grain, specifically a mix of barley and corn.
And when I say corn I don't mean corn syrup or any distasteful canned corn-like flavours, but rather that of a grist that was minimally diluted with a little flaked maize in the way American lagers traditionally have been. Like any adjunct lager it's not entirely desirable but, unlike those which use corn (or its syrups) too liberally, this is at least agreeable.
Fortunately there's enough good beer out there that none of us should ever have to settle for something that's just 'agreeable'. Trailhead was obviously designed for those with low standards and, while not the bottom of the barrel for beers in this style and price range, I personally would have to feel pretty down on myself to sit through another pint of it.
11-06-2006 18:14:47 | More by biegaman
3.1/5 rDev +6.2%
Ive been thinking about this beer for quite some time now as my search for a quality beer at a quality price continues...
Served from a 341 brown twist off bottle into a pint glass. BB 10 08 07
A- Fairly nice golden color with a big fizzy head which settles and leaves some slight lacing. Lot of big bubbles flowing.
S- Slightly metallic with some malt and some floral hop character noticeable. Fairly grainy overall but not bad. Much better than you're typical macro for sure.
T- More of the same. Crisp and clean, somewhat spritzy with a decent hop profile with some grain but slightly metallic in the finish. Tastes better than alot of typical macros.
M- Light in body but not watery and moderately carbonated.
D- Not alot of flavor but drinkability is high. Good sessionable beer.
Overall for the price of this beer you can't go wrong. You pay for what you get, and in Trailhead Lagers case, that is an above average brew at a great price. Its hard to find cheaper beers that are of decent quality but, Wellington brewery makes a pitch into the buck-a-beer market and for once we see a brewery make a decent,drinkable, natural beer thats better than you're basic macros at an unbeatable price. Give this brew a shot! It may not be the best beer out there, but it sure is one of the best discount beers.
07-26-2007 21:38:08 | More by drinkininthewood
3.05/5 rDev +4.5%
Pours a pale golden clear colour with respectable head.
Malty slight sour bitterness...very slight hoppy smell.
Light fairly unsassuming...mild malt and hop characteristics.
Good for the abv.
Overall it's pretty good...nice lawnmower beer that is inexpensive.
04-25-2011 22:45:16 | More by Mit
3/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
10-17-2008 05:30:24 | More by Voonder
3/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
10-30-2011 02:05:48 | More by Antikythera
Trailhead Premium Lager from Wellington County Brewery
70 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.