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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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 edwardhopper
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ordered on a whim at a nice restaurant in Ontario. Was pleasantly surprised when it arrived with a bright golden color and a slightly fruity aroma. The first sip was very crisp and refreshing with a full bodied, but balanced taste. The flavor was interesting, but not distracting and it complemented the multi-course meal nicely. A very easy drinking beer that I would definitely seek out in the future. As the flagship for Beau's Brewery, I am excited to try out their other brews.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation - 600 ml bottle bought in a 4 pack from the brewery bottle has the beaus tractor raised out of the glass.

Appearance - poured into a beaus pint glass, golden yellow, crystal clear. finger and a half of head which disappears fast but a small head remains

Aroma - Grainy, white bread, floral hops.

Taste - follows the nose but isnt as grainy as the aroma, you taste light grains then some hop bitterness, not a whole lot though. after you swallow it tastes of bread in the back of your mouth.

Mouth feel - medium bodied, decent amount of carbonation.

Overall - This is an excellent beer very refreshing on a hot day and has a good flavor to it. ive bought it a few times already and intend to again.

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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 canucklehead
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Meisterburger for this one.

Nice looking bottle though not the ceramic version. This is a beer to enjoy when the weather warms up as it tastes incredibly clean and crisp but with that slightly fruity note that defines a Kolsch. Like Mt Begbies canned version in BC , a well made Kolsch is entirely welcome in my house ( especially since no German versions are sold in BC). Food friendly and incredibly drinkable this beer shows how a simple beer can please as much as a high octane IBU monster

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

I first had Beau's Lugtread at the C'est What Fall Fest last year. I'd actually been interested in it for a while, but it never seemed to make it as far west as Toronto. Since then, Beau's have greatly beefed up their presence in this part of the world, and the beer became available first in 750ml swing-top ceramics, and now in this gorgeously packaged 4-pack of 600ml bottles. In all my days of drinking craft beer I've never seen a product as well-presented as this, and from speaking to Steve I understand that all the design is done in house, so huge kudos to people who can produce decent beer and be good at selling it. Other Ontario brewers need to take note.

On to the important stuff. Straw yellow pour with a tight white cap that had decent retention and puts down a few spots of lace. Some people may be critical of its lightness, but its true to style, and it certainly exhibits more lace and retention than other beers of this colour, and lacks the evidently high carbonarion of the macros. Clean aroma, with lemon, pepper and grass combining with pale malt. Slight breadiness in the background, and the whole combo reminds me of a Czech pils. Flavour is where it should be for the style - very clean with a light character. Some lemongrass, grainy malt, a light sweetness, and perhaps a slight tart wheat element. Decent bitterness for a kölsch, coming from a herbal / grassy hopping combo. Medium body and carbonation with a crisp finish.

This is one of those great beers that should appeal to both craft and macro drinkers - perhaps something akin to a Boston Lager. Its not too far removed from what macro drinkers would expect in a beer, but its done with such a deft hand that it will introduce them to what even an easy drinking beer can be capable of. I'm glad they went this route rather than beginning with some crappy lager or pale ale.

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Photo of smcolw
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap at Vices & Versa.

Crystal clear golden hued beer. Modest head but it lasts. A couple of streaks and spots for lace.

Semisweet smell with a hint of berry.

Soft pale malt dominates the start. The hop kicks in on the swallow--dry nearly astringent. The aftertaste goes back to the malt creating a complex and well-balanced finish. Leans rich, particularly for the style. Modestly to lightly carbonated.

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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 MaxwellSchaefer
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2nd Review on BA
600mL bottle to bolleke globlet

Purchased at a downtown Toronto LCBO for $15.85 per four bottles.

App- The appearance is a nice straw to very pale gold color. The head is substantial and inviting. It is very much appetizing to the eyes with no real turn-offs. It is nice and crisp and everything you would hope for from a cold stored ale character-wise.

Smell- The beer smells amazing. It's highly reminiscent of cereal grains and makes you think of a hearty breakfast. There is a certain fruit character that is underplayed but get's overshadowed by the more powerful wheat character. Despite, or maybe in spite of that power play, this beer's smell begs you to drink it.

Taste-This beer has great balance, the hops come through but so does the malt and the wheat. Lug Tread begs for another sip and you are left sad when the road of discovery leads to an empty bottle.

Mouth-The mouth feel is rather light and crisp but leaves your palette hungering for another sip. The carbonation is at play and is exciting at least until your beer becomes warm (probably because you are savoring each sip and the bottle is rather large).

Drink- Time for some brutal and embarassing honesty from the reviewer. Let it stand as a warning to my fellow Ontario-residents who are shopping singles in the craft section of the LCBO. I grabbed a single bottle of Lug Tread from a four pack and was charged for the full pack. I realized that fact when I double checked the receipt to note the price for this review. By that point in time I had already had my first sip and was in love. I'm excited to try and convince the LCBO to give me the 3 bottles I paid for (but did not receive) so that I can introduce my girlfriend to this beer, my friends, and hopefully mail some to my family in the states. If my home brew were to ever turn out like this beer, I would quit my job.

Serving type: bottle

Notes from the brewery website (interesting to nerds):

Alc./Vol.: 5.2%
Malts: Pilsner and Toasted Wheat
Hops: Perle and Hersbrucker
IBU's: 21
OG: 12°P
FG: 2.2°P
Recommended Serving Temperautre: 4.5 - 7° C

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Photo of SebD
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice pale golden/yellow colour to it. It has a nice white head that dies down quite fast and has some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of biscuty malts, grassy hops and a woodsy smell.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a biscuty/bready malt taste to it upfront with a nice grassy hop bitterness, some spices and a bit of apple.

Mouthfeel: It has a high carbonation with a very nice overall balance of flavours.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavours and aromas. Props to Beau's.

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Photo of pootz
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Draft fresh from the brewery:

What can I say about this subtle under-rated elixer? Certainly it’s a Canadian crafted Kolsch...but how many will recognize it as such and appreciate the delicate subtle complexity of this German cold aged ale?

I’m a fan of this arcane style but having never been to Cologne and being limited to poorly handled exported bottle samples or other North Americanized Kolsh approximations, it’s hard to say how Beau’s compares to the genuine ale of Cologne....all I can say is that it is delicate in complexity, has top tier German ingredients and is very tasty and drinkable due to the 45 day cold fermenting/aging cycle.

The Look: Tapped it puts a lightly hazed pale gold ale in my Kolsch stangen. proper 2 finger frothy white cap with moderate retention and fair lacing qualities.

The Aroma: Very light graininess, subtle apple aromas, light musty-woody tone from Hersbrucker hops, slight wine-like sulphur undertone from yeast....very dulcet aromas...true to style.

Soft rounded character, delicate flavour and balance, smooth delivery, crisp finish.

The profile: Light delicate graininess in the front is balanced by spicey-herbal perle hopping...middle develops light fruitiness, musty-woody tones over light grains...finish is crisp and clean slightly drying with a light hop "bite".

Impression: A very well made and subtly complex Kolsch-styled ale with soft flavourful character and great drinkability.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear filtered golden with little carbonation, 5 fingers of white chunky off white head with large and small bubbles.

S: Malty, vitamin c, aspirin, white grapes, white wine, white grape juice qualities. Very vinous, herbal quality.

T: White wine and grape juice coming through in the taste, a light dull bitter aftertaste, nice maltiness and dough like yeast quality.

M: Medium body, medium low carbonation, dry finish.

O: A great Canadian example of the style. Light and uniquely kolsch. Best example of a kolsch, I dare not say, but a sure good representation.

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Photo of akdo
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I tried this beer in a restaurant in Toronto. It was served in a 20-ounce glass and I ordered a hamburger made with beer, lettuce, tomatoes, red onions and two whole wheat breads. The beer was yellow and its white head was half of a finger. After a few minutes, the head more or less vanished, but left a few residues at the surface. With that said, Beau's Lug Tread's visual identity might turn some off.

As for the taste, I first tried it without biting the hamburger. Although we can still sense the bitterness from the hops, the malt gives it a mild taste of a wheat-based product such as plain cereals. However, upon biting the hamburger, the beer augmented the hop's bitterness and gave it an interesting finish. Once you swallow the beer, you sense the bitterness intensify on parts of your lung and your wind pipe.

All in all, the beer is easy to drink. Unfortunately, I had a little bit of reservations because of its visual identity.

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Photo of Ralphus
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lug tread comes in a unique ceramic bottle with a resealable growler style stopper. It's a large bottle, holding a a hefty ~750ml but comes with a similarly high pricetag. You do get a beer guaranteed not to be light struck however.

And Beau's has done a good job here. The appearance is a rich golden blond colour with a nice finely bubbled head. In the smell there's something unique and hard to describe. Certainly there's some fruity yeasts and grain but on the periphery that's also an earthy butter. Distinct but not over powering either.

The taste is a very solid balance. The sweetness of the initial malts balanced out well with the finishing hops. It's all wrapped up in a silky smooth package that goes down quicker than you expect.

As someone stated earlier, this would make a great session beer. Now I just need to find out where I can return the bottles!

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Photo of ludachris
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The 600ml brown bottle is different from the aluminum swingtop in the picture, but just as appealing. I bought a 4 pack of this, and they went all out with the packaging; from the case itself, to the string tied around the bottles, to the coaster contained at the bottom that made for a nice surprise. Trying to justify the near $16 price tag? I think so. I will say that it did help a bit in my purchase.

A slightly hazed, aggressively carbonated golden honey body spells refreshing from the get-go. A finger of paper white frothy head is what's produced after a quick pour.

Fresh dough, pepper, and cereal grains are the first things to greet the nose. Notes of lemon and a herbal grassy hop character also make their way into the mix as well as a faintly sweet and mysterious smell that I can't quite put my finger on. Maybe a touch of honey?

More rich and full in taste than what I had anticipated. A fresh doughy, textured body plays as a solid backbone for the beer that is occasionaly cut into by refreshing notes of white pepper and lemon zest. A refined herbal character makes a quick appearance midway through. Crisp and buttery in the finish with a good dose of grassy hops to finish it off.

Light bodied, crisp, and dry in the finish, cleaning the palate out nicely and coaxing you to take sip after sip. Oh so drinkable and oh so refreshing.

This marks my first beer from Beau's and I'm quite impressed. I think I've only had three Kolsch's up to this point, and this was by far my favorite. Refreshing crisp, and easyyyy drinking; perfect for the months of summer. This may not be the best time to drink this beer, but I still enjoyed it nonetheless. Worth a pick up for sure!

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Photo of notdan
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into my tiny Kolsch glass with a clear, straw/golden colour and moderate white head. Aroma shows off fresh grainy biscuit mixed with lemon zest and spice. The biscuit flavour dominates the taste at first but quickly leads into a delicious fruity apple-like sweetness with just enough herbal/spicy hops to balance things out. It isn't intensely flavourful or overly complex, but it's everything I would want from this rare style. Grateful to have access to fresh Kolsch all summer long (purchased at LCBO two days after bottling!).

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Photo of wordemupg
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

600ml bottle poured into pint glass april22 2010

A clear golden yellow with lots of bubbles floating up to a fast falling thumbs width of head that left no lace

S grassy hops and a little lemon with enough sweet malt to balance it out a bit

T a little more malt then I could smell but still a fair bit of hops with a little honey I didn't notice on the nose and even more lemon

M light, crisp and clean and well carbonated

D very much so, lots of flavor for a session beer and it's very easy to drink. Ideal summer beer and I would drink this again without any thought

thanks ritzkiss for a nice random beer that I never would have tried otherwise.

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Photo of bryehn
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First of a four pack of bombers bottled on April 7, 2011 (five days ago), it's not going to get much better than this.

Pours a very nice, deep golden colour with a moderate white head and a variable ton of visible carbonation. It's burning off fast and I'm not getting much lacing.

It smells very, very fresh. Sweet roasted malts and a grassy hop tone are joined by a slightly buttery note and one of freshwater.

The taste is primarily toasted malts for me, with a real grassy character and a decent bitterness on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is creamy at first, but takes on a bready or yeasty character as the carbonation burns off. The aftertaste is quite dry and crisp, with a hint of malt and a slight earth/dirt note.

Good value overall at about $3.50 per bomber and has a rich, satisfying taste, maybe a bit heavy as a session beer, but great for 1-2 pints. Drink it fresh though, I've had some older ones that weren't nearly as good.

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Photo of allergictomacros
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml opaque ceramic pop-top bottle.

A - Pours a clear gold/straw with thick, creamy head - very dense with fine bubbles and good retention.

S - Aroma is honey and light fruit, mild citrus and some floral hops.

T - Surprisingly deep maltiness. There's a rich graininess and floral fruit - pears maybe with soft finishing bitterness.

M - Light but not watery - again gives an impression of richness without being heavy or syrupy. Quite dry.

D - Easy drinking, light, but with plenty of character. Would be nice to session (also the bottle is cool).

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Photo of funkengruven
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 44 pack that's been inhabiting my fridge, this poured a slightly cloudy yellow orange with a touch of lacing at the top. Smell is very malty grassy aroma, pleasant. Flavor is good, refreshing, malt is dominant with a german hop bitterness finish. Mouthfeel is very clean. Overall this is a very simple refreshing summer beer, a little expensive but good nonetheless.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brand new 600ml glass bottles which, while not the stunning ceramic, are packaged pretty damn well - great looking 4 pack! Packaged March 22, kudos to Beau's for being conscientious in dating as well as getting their product on the shelf ASAP. This is about 2 weeks old.

Pours a crystal clear straw yellow, about 2 fingers of tight foam on top that recedes to a thin layer.

Nose is clean, light malt presence (almost corn pop like), grassy herbal hopping which borders on reminding me of a farm.

Clean, crisp body. Light pale malts meet a fresh, herbal hopping. Punchy carb, light fruitiness hiding behind. Decent enough hop presence for the style, flavorful yet supremely drinkable. Want a beer to intro you macro swill, lager drinking friends too? This is the ticket.

You could easily pound pints of this in the summer on the patio, at the beach, BBQing... perfect light summer beer.

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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 Derek
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear, golden-straw with a white head, some retention & lace.

S: Pleasant grassy & peppery hopping with hints of herbs.

T: Pleasant noble hoping is modest, subtle bitterness, with an apple-like crispness (a little wheaty?).

M: Light to moderate body has a very crisp, dry finish.

D: A good drinker.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

600 ml bottle from the 4 pack of Beau's lug tread purchased from LCBO for just under $16 CDN. Served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance -Clear pale golden beer. Nice 2+ fingers of head that lingers for a bit but subsides shortly thereafter. Streaky but sparse lacing left behind in the glass.

Smell - Grassy and grainy with a slight malt and fruit aroma undercurrent.

Taste - Mild but very crisp and clean with a slight floral taste, focused on grass. Mild bitterness. Lingering flavors make my tongue sing. There also a lasting grape flavor that I seem to find with most kolschs, that is present but subtle here.

Mouthfeel - Great smoothness with medium-high carbonation here that is just... right.

Overall - A very fine Kolsch, probably y favorite and something that is extremely sessionable.

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

Had at the C'est What? Festival of Small Breweries.

Pours a slightly hazy golden/yellow, thick white head, nice lacing, looks good. Smell is sweet, very clean, malty, some yeast, citrus, refreshing. Taste is nice and malty, some sweetness, wheat, very grainy, citrus, with a dry finish, kind of lemony. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, low carbonation. I understand they've had some consistency problems with this one, but a decent drink and an underrepresented style.

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