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Lug Tread Lagered Ale | Beau's All Natural Brewing Company

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Lug Tread Lagered AleLug Tread Lagered Ale

Brewed by:
Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Golden-hued, crisp and finely balanced, Lug Tread is our tribute to the classic beer of Cologne, Germany. Lug Tread is top fermented (like an ale) and then cold aged (like a lager) for a lengthy period. This gives our beer some light ale notes complemented by a lager-like crispness. Lug Tread displays interwoven malt and hop flavours, subtle fruit flavours and a crisp, lingering finish.

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Reviews by Roke87:
Photo of Roke87
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341 mL bottle from the OCB summer discovery pack, slightly chilled and poured into a harp cylinder stange, batch number s001.

Appearance- Pours a clear golden straw with two and a half fingers of soapy white head that eventually dissipates to a nice bubbly top supplied by ample amounts of carbonation.

Smell- Very heavy on the biscuit malts, a very sweet smelling lager, with a nice balance of earthy grassy aromas in there as well.

Taste- Is a lot like the smells, lots of sweet biscuit malts on the palate balanced again with that earthy grassy taste in there as well, some mild fruity flavours come through with a slight touch.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied the ale end of this one really comes through more on the mouth feel, lots of carbonation as well this beer is very clean, crisp, and refreshing.

Overall- Never really tried a “lagered ale” before so I was not sure what to expect from this one, but I was pleasantly surprised, this beer is very sweet and lots of biscuit malts coming through on both the nose and the palate, lots of earthy grassy notes coming through on both the nose and palate with some mild fruity flavours coming through as well. Again a very clean, crisp, and refreshing beer that I would definitely drink again, I kind of had a feeling I should have picked up some of the 650mL 4-packs when I had the chance, but thanks to the OCB summer discovery pack I finally got to try this one.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of beerhunter13
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of grubdunkman
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #47 (Dec 2010):

Lacing draped on the glass is thick and sticky; bright golden clarity is inviting. Clean biscuity nose with hits of apple skin and dried grass. Lager tickles from the brisk carbonation, though the body stands like an ale. Malt bomb of the pale shade with lots of bread and biscuity flavors. Ripe pears in the middle. Clean bite of hops is there to balance and flavor with an herbal spicy edge. Kiss of grain husk and more herbal hop in the dry finish. A well-paid homage to its German counterparts--a whole lot of flavor without distracting from the high level of drinkability.

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Photo of R_Kole
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of talbotjf99
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Kingston Brew Pub.

Pours a lighter golden hue, head is thin but persistent. Flecks of lacing. Light visible carbonation.

Nose is subtle; a bit of apple, lemon, light malts and sweetness. A good cereal character to it. Pretty nice, actually.

A light, peppery brew, with notes of grass, lemon, sugar, cereal and a syrupy sweetness. What it lacks in depth it makes up for in quaffability. Carbonation is light, as is the body, which makes it a great evening drinker.

I've passed it up a few times at the LCBO, but I think I'll be back for a sampling of that next time I'm 'round. Good, highly drinkable stuff.

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Photo of andrewdanks
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Swedes21
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a chilled glass

Appearance - beer pours a clear light ale colour with a nice white fluffy head. There is some good carbonation with some nice lacing.

Smell - I was able to pick up on some earthy tones, grassy based. As well, hops and there was some sweetness in there as well. Found the smell to be a little more dominant than bottle.

Taste - Easy drinking beer with a little bitterness at the end. The beer has some grassy nodes followed by a hint of sweetness. Found the bitterness came from the hops.

Mouthfeel - added amount of carbonation brings fwd a little more bitterness. There sweetness and earthy tones remain in the beer.

Drinkability - As a on tap selection i was quite happy to drink this all night, was a good beer.

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Photo of basementbrewer
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I just tried my first one tonight, I have been waiting for the local LCBO to have this in stock and it was there tonight! . i'll rock this in the summer months for sure, great lighter beer with a nice ass end! What else do you need? bring on summer.

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Photo of djcreepshow
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of MJ63
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

20oz pint, on-tap at C'est What, one of my temporary local haunts in downtown Toronna! And maybe my very first version of this style, to boot!

This beer appears a clear, bright yet pale golden yellow colour, with one finger of weakly foamy, and mostly just soapy off-white head, which leaves a bit of loosely spidery lace around the glass in its relatively quick disappearing act.

It smells of a mildly grainy pale and wheaten malt sweetness, white wine grapes, a touch of generic citrus, earthy yeast, and further leafy, weedy, and floral hop bitters. The taste is soft, semi-sweet grainy pale malt, white breakfast biscuits, hovering lager yeast, middling drupe fruit, and fairly assertive leafy, grassy, and herbal hops, all with a low bitterness quotient.

The carbonation is quite moderate in its gentile frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and a bit prickly in its attempt at overall smoothness, with a wee airy creaminess presiding shortly after the onset. It finishes off-dry, the mixed graininess presiding, with some slightly underwhelming herbal/floral hoppiness providing the proverbial shits and giggles.

In the end, this comes across as an interesting enough 'lagered ale', but not enough to have another here, or drop a full Canadian MacD on one of those big bottles that I've seen recently at the 'local' LCBO. Worth trying out, tho, if you've never have before, IMHO.

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Photo of mintjellie
2.57/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A golden coloured ale with a fingers worth of fizzy white head. The head is poorly retained and leaves no lace behind. Smells like pils malt, grass, and hay with a faint hint of lemon. Very mild aroma. The flavour shows bread malt and tangy lemon with a grassy finish. Finishes dry with medium bitterness. I have to dock it for the cooked vegetable note that comes forward as it warms. It's bad enough to completely ruin an otherwise fairly tasty beer. It reminds me of the vegetative flavour in the Nickel Brook Organic Lager. Light bodied with medium carbonation, feels crisp. Drinks easy. It's alright, but I don't know if I would buy it again at eight dollars per 750mL bottle.

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Photo of Sammy
2.48/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Clock Tower in Ottawa as a guest tap. Fresh. Pale yellow with a good head.Significant candy sugar aroma. Watery. A faint bitterness offsetting the taste of sugar and water. Drinkable on a hot summer day, maybe the formula has been altered as it should have more hops.

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Photo of CanuckRover
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at the Highlander downtown. Didn't know what it was, just saw it was the only micro aside from Cameron's available, so I took a plunge. Sighed when it came out, seeing it was a lager, never promising in Canada. Very pleasantly surprised.

Very thin head, excellent lacings marking each sip. Pale and clear. For me, not a stand-out as far as looks are concerned.

Got citrus and grain from the aroma, maing me hopeful that this wasn't just another NA lager. Flavoursome juicy malt up front, nice grain. Fresh, very fragrant hops take over, hay and citrus. Very refreshing and a nice crisp finish.

Mouthfeel was spot on, not overboard on carbonation. This was a great smooth drink. A session beer with flavour that stays true to it's continental roots. Good stuff.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.39/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a Beau's Willi Bechler tumblr. A pour straight down the middle of the glass raised a healthy eggshell coloured head that exhibited a nice rockiness, clear pale yellow liquid underneath. The smell is delicate maltiness with a grassy note and lightly hoppy. The taste is light bodied and crisp with a decent hopping for the light body, slightly flowery mixing with a slight biscuity malt flavour. This easy drinking ale finshes crisply with bittersweet end. A session/warm weather quencher for sure. Delicate and refreshing.

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Photo of HopsCraftHouse
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on draft the other day. Actually I had the pleasure of pouring it for a beer festival in upstate NY. This review is my interpretation of the beer however almost everyone I poured for had a very similar experience with this beer.

A- Poured a tad foamy (could be because it was in a jockey box) with a thick white head. The head died down quickly but never disappeared. The color was golden with light bubbles constantly moving around.

S- Grainy malts, Biscuit, cracker, white bread, slight citrus and grape from the hops

T- Coincides with the aromas. Biscuit and cracker right from the start, White grapes on the aftertaste and finishes with a white bread and sweet malts.

M- Light to medium body, moderate carbonation on the tongue, finishes a tad dry (in a positive way)

O- Great interpretation of a Kolsch style beer. Very light, crisp, and refreshing (Perfect for a hot summer day) Very sessionable. I'm looking forward to purchasing some of these.

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Photo of grahuba
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of k47k
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of heebes
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle
01 03 11. Batch 1033

Pours a clear light yellow with a foamy white head that dissipates quickly. Nose is strong of farmhouse hay, grain, corn and faint malt. Taste is actually much better than expected...More malt profile in the flavour and balanced quite well with the yeast. Some bitterness lingers, but mainly grassy taste remains. A lighter mouthfeel that is dry. One bottle will suffice, perhaps a step up from any macro lager but otherwise I wouldn't reach for another. Great looking custom bottle and label/cap, Beaus got that right at least.

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Photo of eat
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at C'est What?. Clear and pale-amber in colour. Good covering of off-white head. Nice lacing.

Light smelling. Wheat, light hops, touch of citrus, fresh air and a sweet candy-like aroma. Could use more presence.

Very wheaty. There's some kind of candy flavour I can't put my finger on, though it's not overly sweet at all. The quality of the water is very noticeable as a result of the light flavour, being obviously brewed with some nice spring water. Moderately dry finish. Nice and clean, fresh and simple.

Okay feel. Light-medium body with similar carbonation. The carbonation ties in well with the hop profile.

This is very drinkable. Would make a great session beer. Nice flavourful, simple brew. I would definitely order this again.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of stpatty
4.53/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From afar in a glass, this beer looks like any old lager. It's clear and yellow. We might drink with our eyes at first but our taste buds soon take over. Beau's Lug Tread is a perfect example of a kölsch, that unique beer from Cologne. Although the appearance isn't anything too exciting, the flavour is. It has a hoppiness that definitely tells you it's there but the bitterness is toned down a bit. The lacing is excellent and the head quickly dissipates. All in all this is an excellent beer to drink year round.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the LCBO for $4.05 for a 600ml bottle. Served at 3deg C in a draught glass

A- Very good. Nice opening to a golden cloudy color

S- Citrus and Amarillo hops

T- Amarillo hops.

M- Open and dry. Nothing special.

O- Pretty good. Will guy again but sparingly

Food Pairing

This ok beer went ok with.... pizza. This time it was whole wheat with meat lovers.


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