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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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3/5  rDev +2.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -6.1%

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3/5  rDev +2.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -6.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.25/5  rDev +10.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -14.7%

Adge0058, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of spinrsx
2.55/5  rDev -13%
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.

spinrsx, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of thehyperduck
3.1/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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
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2.5/5  rDev -14.7%

hopsolutely, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of Antikythera
3/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Antikythera, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of Mit
3.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Mit, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of grub
2.13/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

grub, Mar 09, 2011
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1.63/5  rDev -44.4%
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!!

Viggo, Mar 09, 2011
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2.65/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Swedes21, Oct 20, 2010
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2.95/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

kwjd, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of grac1970
2.95/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

grac1970, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of roadhouse
3.38/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

roadhouse, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of tbeckett
3.58/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

tbeckett, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of JohnnyBarman
2.8/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

JohnnyBarman, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of cratez
2.6/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

cratez, Jul 13, 2010
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Trailhead Premium Lager from Wellington County Brewery
71 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.