Trailhead Premium Lager - Wellington County Brewery

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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 2.97
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | 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:
Beer added by: Shiloh on 02-20-2003

Trailhead is a Vienna-style lager which is characterized by a careful balance of malt sweetness and clean, crisp hop bitterness.
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Ratings: 60 | Reviews: 44
Photo of spinrsx
2.55/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.1/5  rDev +4.4%
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/Keith's), 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.

Photo of Antikythera
3/5  rDev +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.

Photo of Mit
3.05/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of grub
2.16/5  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.

Photo of Viggo
1.64/5  rDev -44.8%
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!!

Photo of Swedes21
2.65/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Photo of kwjd
2.98/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of grac1970
2.94/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of roadhouse
3.37/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Photo of tbeckett
3.59/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
2.83/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of cratez
2.61/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of decimator
2.8/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.18/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of MeisterBurger
2.61/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of wordemupg
3.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Shadman
3.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of mrmanning
2.85/5  rDev -4%
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!

Photo of ecoastman
3.4/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of TheHammer
3.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
2.28/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.44/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Voonder
2.98/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of elricorico
2.81/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Trailhead Premium Lager from Wellington County Brewery
71 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.