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Trailhead Premium Lager - Wellington County Brewery

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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 2.91
pDev: 12.37%


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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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

1.63/5  rDev -44%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

473 ml can, big thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a clear dark straw yellow, medium sized white head forms and settles down to a thin ring around the glass, no real lacing, disappears pretty quick.

Smell is weird, almost acrid, lightly sweet and malty, corn/rice and a bit adjuncty, a bit of garbage bag, honey, some grass, really weird.

Taste is the same, kind of weird and sweet, not really sure what flavour profile is going on, honey and corn, lightly buttery, a bit grassy and some floral, not good at all.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium to high carbonation. A huge mess, I would avoid. Thanks Russ!!

Serving type: can

03-09-2011 00:25:06 | More by Viggo
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

2.13/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: can

03-09-2011 00:35:29 | More by grub
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DoctorStrangiato

Alberta (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Serving type: can

05-18-2009 21:27:22 | More by DoctorStrangiato
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.42/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2004 13:59:30 | More by Phyl21ca
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2004 22:20:43 | More by Sammy
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

2.55/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: can

02-15-2012 20:37:05 | More by spinrsx
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

2.58/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a straw gold color with a pathetic non existent head and a few wisps of lace. The aroma has a mildly synthetic feel. Very weak grainy flavor mixes with an equally anemic hop presence. The taste is bland and watery with some light herbal hops and a wiff of DMS. The finish is sweetish and short lasting. The mouthfeel is light and carbonation levels are low for a lager.

A very lackluster beer, but still a notch up from BMC

Serving type: can

12-13-2007 05:19:47 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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slitherySOB

Ontario (Canada)

2.58/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was expecting something a bit better from Wellington brewery. This seems more along the lines of the discount, buckabeer brews. Perhaps that's what it's meant to be? Anyways... Pours a very pale straw colour with a head that quickly fades away, leaving a small film of foam on top. Sort of a basic, sweet, bready smell with a small floral hop scent. Bit sweet tasting with plenty of grain. Has a very mild citrus and grassy/floral aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit dry and watery. Sort of a 'meh' beer. Decent for camping, but their are much better session beers.

Serving type: can

04-28-2008 21:26:22 | More by slitherySOB
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cratez

Ontario (Canada)

2.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

473ml can from the Silver Selection Pack. The Wheat Ale didn't go too well so hopefully this fares better.

A: golden yellow with lots of carbonation in the body and one finger of bubbly white head. Couple dots of lace on the pint glass.
S & T: blood, iron, burnt toast, grains, sweet corn, malt, and water. Completely lacking any discernible hop flavour, though a hollow and minutely floral grassiness comes through on the nose. Yikes! NOT a Vienna Lager, as the label claims, but rather an Adjunct Lager in the tasteless macro mold. Incredibly bland.
M: thin, high carbonation, a tad spicy, light bodied, watery finish, dry corn aftertaste.
D: a drain pour for me, and yet another clunker in the Wellington lineup. They still make some good beers, but Trailhead isn't one of them. Don't bother.

Serving type: can

07-13-2010 05:15:04 | More by cratez
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MeisterBurger

Ontario (Canada)

2.63/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a turbid orangey yellow with a small head that dissipates quickly. A slight ring of foam persists for a while. Lacing: Negligible.

The aroma is...trace elements of floral hops. A little grassy. Mildly sweet. Meh.

The taste is barely there. Mild honey malt. A little light biscuit here. A tiny nibble of hops there. A touch of dry mineral in the finish. Pretty mediocre overall.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery.

Overall verdict: Wellington should stick to English ales. This isn't a bad beer by any means, it's just a really boring one.

Serving type: can

09-24-2009 00:54:53 | More by MeisterBurger
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Swedes21

Ontario (Canada)

2.65/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: can

10-20-2010 00:40:39 | More by Swedes21
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

2.7/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a clear straw with a decent white head of foam.

S - Sweet, slighty sulfury smell with a touch of leafy hops.

T/M - Drier than expected with an astringent edge. Rough, albeit mild, hop bitterness in a watery finish. Not overly fizzy.

D - Overall, a clean, light, watery brew. A good choice for people who don't like beer.

Serving type: can

02-20-2008 02:48:31 | More by allergictomacros
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Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

2.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2003 11:33:40 | More by Popsinc
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decimator

Ontario (Canada)

2.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the OCB Discovery Pack Summer 2010.
473ml can poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a clear yellow with a 1cm head. Head was quickly gone and no lacing is produced.

S - Mild malty sweetness and a hint of citrus.

T - Mild malty sweetness, a hint of citrus and some hops. The finish has a slight metallic taste.

M - A bit creamy at first and a bit watery in the finish. A little crisp but it's really pretty average.

D - It's drinkable but only because it's plain and bland. It could definitely use more hops. There's nothing redeeming about this "macro" wannabe.

Serving type: can

07-03-2010 01:15:02 | More by decimator
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

2.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 17:37:31 | More by JohnnyBarman
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elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

2.83/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: can

10-11-2008 16:25:03 | More by elricorico
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mrmanning

Ontario (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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!

Serving type: can

08-03-2009 14:21:18 | More by mrmanning
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

2.93/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Shepherd’s pub: Tapped a golden colour. Moderate heaed...soft carbonation... Light doughy malt aroma mixed with light fruit tones. Soft malty, taste in a light/soft mouthfeel. Tasty light lager with a hint citrus and low bitterness. If I closed my eyes I’d have though this was Neustadt Bruce county lager. A faily light lager...good thirst buster.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2005 03:02:13 | More by pootz
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Antilochus

Ontario (Canada)

2.93/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

02-27-2008 01:13:30 | More by Antilochus
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hegelec

Ontario (Canada)

2.93/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sampled in bottle at David's Bistro in London, poured into a fluted pilsner glass. Had asked for the Wellington Arkell, which they usually stock, but they were out. This was offered as a comparable beer from the same brewery.

Clear, yellow liquid with minimal head. Definitely more appealing than a macro lager, but really is nothing special.

Nose is malty and biscuity. Sweet, with touches of honey. Pretty good so far.

Taste is not as full and sweet as the nose would lead you to believe, but there is a nice biscuitiness. A little noble hop bite with some herbal, citrusy notes, but not much. The finish is odd though, like stale crackers. And a little sour.

Hmmm ... There's just something about this beer that doesn't sit right. Perhaps it's too passive.

Mild carbonation. It's sort of thin and weak -- not very refreshing. Not what I expect from this style; it should be crisp and fresh. Drinkability is hurt here.

Not terrible, but not worth what I paid for it. Why couldn't they have found an extra case of Arkell in the storeroom?

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2008 05:19:32 | More by hegelec
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grac1970

Ontario (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 473mL can into a pint glass. In all fairness I think my initial taste of this beer was at too cold of a temperature. I decided to let this sit for a few minutes before going any further.
A = A crisp, clear golden yellow in appearance. Lots of carbonation. A minimal head with little lacing.
S = I have to say it seemed a bit boring or light in smell. Not much there for me to comment on.
T = A smooth citrus taste - very much like a lemon/lime flavour. A bit on the sweet/tart side. Although I think I detected something like a caramel taste hidden in there.
M = This beer was not dry or watery. It went down quite well. It did leave a tart, bitter after-taste. I think there was too much carbonation though which distracted me from the taste.
D = This beer was just alright. Nothing fantastic here. But it would do quite nicely on a very hot summer day.

Serving type: can

09-27-2010 23:47:41 | More by grac1970
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear pale orange colour with white head that dissipates quickly, but some lacing around the glass. Smells of bready malt with some very faint grassy hops. Not much in the way of flavour, but nothing off about it. Is there actually adjuncts in here? Ok carbonation level and easy to drink.

Serving type: can

10-19-2010 23:15:53 | More by kwjd
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Voonder

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

10-17-2008 05:30:24 | More by Voonder
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Antikythera

New York

3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 02:05:48 | More by Antikythera
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Mit

Ontario (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 22:45:16 | More by Mit
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Trailhead Premium Lager from Wellington County Brewery
70 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.