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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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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 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 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 biegaman
3.1/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

biegaman, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of Viggo
1.63/5  rDev -44.4%

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
Photo of DrJay
3.13/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

DrJay, Oct 13, 2005
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 wordemupg
3.28/5  rDev +11.9%

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

wordemupg, Sep 17, 2009
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 tbeckett
3.58/5  rDev +22.2%

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 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 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 kwjd
2.95/5  rDev +0.7%

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 19, 2010
Photo of pootz
2.93/5  rDev 0%

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.

pootz, Mar 30, 2005
Photo of allergictomacros
2.7/5  rDev -7.8%

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.

allergictomacros, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.58/5  rDev -11.9%

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

CAMRAhardliner, Dec 13, 2007
Photo of hopsolutely
2.5/5  rDev -14.7%

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

TerryW, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of sliverX
3.25/5  rDev +10.9%

sliverX, Aug 13, 2012
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 roadhouse
3.38/5  rDev +15.4%

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 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 ZachT
2.75/5  rDev -6.1%

ZachT, Oct 10, 2013
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 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
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Trailhead Premium Lager from Wellington County Brewery
71 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.