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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.

Added by Viggo on 01-16-2007

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Reviews: 78 | Ratings: 262
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 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 cfalovo97
2.87/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Unlike most in the area, I am not overy impressed with Beaus (or this beer). Smell is grainy and earthy. Taste is malty and grainy, and for the most part leaves an aftertaste of dirt. moderate bitterness rolls through the finish. Not bad on a summer day but wouldnt be the first beer i would go for. Being that it is made locally still makes me pick one up from time to time

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Photo of Jeffo
2.93/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this one at the LCBO last summer. Was happy to see a single bottle and not be forced to buy a four pack.

From a 600ml bottle into a snifter.
Batch no. 3675
Bottled on 25 June 2014

APPEARANCE: Pours a 2+ finger, bubbly, thinner, fluffy white head with decent retention. Head fades to a thick and foamy cap. Perfectly clear amber yellow with lower levels of carbonation. A faint wisp and ring remain leaving falling dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Grainy malts, white bread, corn and light floral hops. Very lager like.

TASTE: Follows the nose, but not quite as grainy. White bread, corn, with some light bitterness at the swallow. Medium but lingering finish of bread, floral hop bitterness, touches of caramel sweetness and some grainy bread flavors. More lager-like, though less grainy than expected.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough, but a touch watery perhaps, goes down smooth and finishes a touch dry.

OVERALL: A well-made beer for sure, but a touch too grainy in the nose for me. Luckily that quality didn’t transfer to the flavor profile, so it was more enjoyable to drink than initially expected off the aroma. Not something I’ll need to drink again anytime soon, but I was glad to finally give it a shot. If you’re a lager fan, you’ll enjoy this ale as well.

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Photo of Sercoli
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice clear golden yellow look, smell - light floral hops, bread-hoppy taste. Nice but too hoppy for me and slight bitterness throws me off. Indifferent about recommending.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a deep clear golden color Kölsch with a big foamy head with average retention and no lacing. Aroma of unrefined grain and weird dry ester is not overly pleasant. Taste is a mix between rich medium sweet grains with again some dry ester. Full body with good carbonation is pleasant. I have to admit that this is not a style that I am overly knowledgeable about or that I appreciated a whole lot but I thought this was acceptable.

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Photo of paxkey
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

came in a 4 pack. very unique packaging. very appealling with a brand name lace tied round the bottles.
bottles are 600 ml with a bottlecap not like bottle in photo. they have at least 4 different bottlecaps for the same beer and at first i thought i was buying a variety pack.

according to freshness date my bottle is about 3 weeks old.

beer pours clear with a pale yellow color and a healthy white head.

not a lot going on with the aroma. some grasiness, cereal grain aroma. difficult to pull much of the nose.

very smooth and easy drinking with some malty aftertaste. almost no bitterness. nothing bad tasting just very boring. not a lot going on here.

this beer is for someone who likes macro lager and wants to try something a little cleaner tasting. i dont dislike it but there is nothing to bring me back either.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3


Appearance - The beer pours a clear yellow colour with an small creamy off white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some excellent lacing down the sides of the glass. The head didn't last for every long before it was gone.

Smell - breads/grains, hay/straw, corn, a grassines

Taste & Mouth - The beer actually has quite a bit of carbonation on the tongue, more than I expected after what I saw. Most of the taste is made up of breads/grains and straw/hay notes mixed with a corn syrup sweetness. There is also a grassiness to it and some very faint hops. The beer finishes with a slightly bitter farm like aftertaste.

Drink - Although this beer was better on draft than from the bottle, I still don't enjoy the 'farm taste'. The straw/hay notes really overpower the beer.

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Photo of dgilks
3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear golden colour with a foamy white head. Poor head retention. Some lacing.

Grainy malt aroma with a touch of sweetness. Mildly fruity.

Crisp grainy malt with a touch of stonefruit and some herbal hops.

Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A nice crisp ale. For me the graininess is too high, especially given that it is meant to be a Kolsch.

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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 BeerWatcher
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

600ml bottle at Zak’s Restaurant. Pours a light straw color. Thin white head. Definitely filtered. Lively carbonation. Aromas of light citrus with hints of caramel malt. Mouthful is light and refreshing. Tastes of a citrus and malt balance. Has a nice lime infused tingle on the swallow. A bit old school but very sessionable.

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Photo of Stocean1
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured a one finger head at the kiwi - light golden colour - decent lacing and retention

S - malt - biscuit - floral

T - follows the nose a little pepper in the finish with some floral hops - some apple

M - light body with some carbonation - pretty smooth with a nice bitter peppery aftertaste - dry - refreshing

O - not a bad brew although I will not being gabbing the $15 4 pack after sampling this

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Photo of peensteen
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear pale blonde colour, one finger of white head with some lace. Smell is grainy and earthy, malt is there too but fresh earth dominates this brew. Taste is malty and grainy, cereal like, lots of muddy-earthy notes, moderate bitterness rolls through the finish. Medium body, med-high carb, good weight. Not bad on a hot day like the one I had this on, this bottle was about 5 weeks old and this beer is much better when it is fresh as possible, I will revisit this though I am sure.

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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 IronDjinn
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Viggo for this from the CanBIF 6. Comes in a 600 ml brown bottle. Pours out a translucent pale golden colour, creamy white head with good retention.

Bready, biscuity malt in the aroma, with the faintest of floral hops.

Clean grainy flavour up front, but then an odd fishy, oystershell flavour kicks in, then finishing with spicy hops that linger and gets more and more intense into the aftertaste. Some creamy sweet malt also rises up in the aftertaste after some time. Curious, but it all doesn't seem to gel together.

Creamy smooth mouthfeel, medium-bodied, with a small carbonation zip on the finish.

Has some good characteristics, but aspects of it seem really off to my palate, just doesn't work for me.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
3.44/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes in a fancy-pantsy ceramic bottle and pours a cloudy gold with a nice thick head, good retention.

Almost a chemically smelling aroma, sweet fruity malts and bread.

I'm not a fan of this style at all, so here goes nothing. Tastes bready and a strange chemical almost plastic taste which is a turn off. Some sour fruit, maybe some apple and a very nice bitter fnish which redeems the chemical taste.

Nice mouthfeel and pretty drinkable, something has to be done about this plastic taste though.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light yellow body that boasts ample carbonation and two fingers of head. Didn't really lace a lot but it did stick around for a decent amount of time.

Smell: Yeast, hops and pears. It's a bit strange but then again, I've never had experienced Kolsch before. Warming helped it come out.

Taste: Has a peppery taste to the whole beer, starting with bread in the background with some brief pear that is dominated by an odd dry yeast taste and ends with a does of floral hops. Really though, it's all in the background to that odd peppery taste.

Mouthfeel: The aftertaste is unsurprisingly peppery, but it eases of fairly well up until you are near the end of the beer. The carbonation is exceptional but it is a little rough around the edges.

Drinkability: It's interesting and it's thirst quenching but I dunno if I'd want to drink it all night. It sit down well and easy to drink but the spiciness is oddly dry.

Final Thoughts: This beer to me comes across as a more lager like Kellerbier. The peppery taste is there and amped up, the malt isn't quite there but the hops make more of a presence known. All in all, this would be great with a summer time steak.

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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 arising 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 Digimaika2
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice faint golden colour with a good two finger of head. Some lacing down the glass.

S: Fairly low-key smell with nothing too strong on the nose. Picking up a sweet malt smell, citrus notes that include banana and orange, and some earthy grain.

T: An overall bitter and grassy earthy taste, with a bit of lemon sourness in there. Pretty refreshing and tasty. Not sure what happened to the sweetness in the smell, as this one definitely leans towards bitter. Finishes pleasantly dry.

M: Moderately to above-avg carbonation. Light but pleasing texture.

D: Nicely drinkable. Have had this on-tap a few times and prefer it in that format as it tastes much fresher. Looking forward to trying other Beau's offerings.

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Photo of Mit
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beau's Lug Tread Lager.

First off I was super impressed by the packaging as lame as that sounds. Really interesting stuff. Not sure how the cost
turns out with the 4 bombers for 15+ dollars, but I do like the fact that they are bombers.

a-Pours a golden clear colour with a very nice lasting head. Looks clean and crisp.

s-mild malt notes maybe some spicey hops and slight yeasty smells emanating from the glass. Found it fairly muted in the
smell dept.

t-getting some mild citrus type notes followed by some slight malts. Some fruity notes but they are faint and hard to place,
Very crisp and refreshing. Some earthy flavours in the aftertaste.

m-solid for the abv.

o-overall this was quite good. Solid offering from Beau's for sure. I def want to try more of their stuff.

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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 papat444
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap @ Pub Italia last Saturday night.

Appearance: Thin 1 finger head, golden body with a slight chill haze. Looks nice & healthy.

Smell: A grain-like aroma, some bitterness though not much. A touch of cereal.

Taste: A crisp taste with some cereal or wheat and a bit of hops in the background. Earthy with a moderately lasting bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Quite good. Refreshing and clean. Low carbonation with a fairly good body for the style.

Drinkability: Super easy to drink and taste is just enough to keep me coming back for more.

Overall: This is a hard style to review for me as it is not the most flavorful of beer styles (for me anyways). Regardless, i enjoyed it and would have it again.

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Photo of flipper2gv
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Super pale yellow brew with almost no head at all (pure white). The head has almost no retention with absolutely no lacing.

S: Quite big bready like/biscuit malts coming. A good level of light honey is in there too. Slight citrus smell. Some pepper and grassy like hops. Smell is quite good actually.

T: Very clean tasting beer. Very refreshing. Light honey taste with some definitive biscuit and tart like malts. Some light grass hops and citrus. A tiny bit of pepper. Very light tasting.

M: Super crisp feeling. Light body with high level of carbonation.

D: Extremely drinkable, very very sessionable.

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Photo of cratez
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

600ml bottle from the Cooper Street LCBO in Toronto, Ontario. Pours into the stange a golden straw yellow with a ring of white head that persists for the duration of the beer. Aroma and flavour are yeast, sweet and grainy malts, honey, a bit of funk, lemon grass, soapy and herbal hops, and a parched, wheat cereal aftertaste. Mouthfeel is crisp and medium bodied with a spicy, peppery bite and dry finish. Very clean and refreshing. One of the best session beers in the province, great for quaffing on a sunny afternoon!

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