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 staubot
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many beers make claims to be of a German style and having lived there I find most of the time I'm let down but not this time. Nice clean feel and excellent look. Scent is great with nice apple tones and taste is authentic and brings me back. Great job!

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Photo of SSS
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A-Golden straw yellow with a white head that quickly dissipated
S-Sweet aroma, mainly regular floral kolsch smell
M-Light body with a medium carbonation
T-Sweet front and clean back end with a pleasant malt flavour in between.
O-Decent yellow beer with a kick of malt flavour that is nice.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

cool that this is all organic, very much a workingmans brew, light but interesting, hearty and almost healthy feeling, nutritive, easy. golden and rather clear on the pour from the pretty and unique and affordable glass bottle. good head, good bubbles, good nose. grassy and golden, straw and hay, honey and pollen, bready lager yeast, but something is up with the yeast, odd strain or odd conditions, clean and bright, accentuates bitterness, rustic but delicate, perfect for this beer and maybe its most undersung and intriguing element. medium body, grassy bitter hops, is this even a lager? nice carbonation, more malt flavor than most beer this pale has, maybe thats the unique organic grain the label mentions, either way, this is very good. rich for being dry, big for being light, and not in need of overanalyzation so much as it is in need of being consumed whe its chilly and fresh. these guys have been cool in limited exposure, and seem to be doing it well on both ends, what comes in and what goes out. need to get access to more of their beers...

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Photo of HopsCraftHouse
4.3/5  rDev +15%
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 smcolw
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
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 Sercoli
3/5  rDev -19.8%
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 CanadianBacon
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
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 akdo
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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 metter98
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: Light aromas of biscuit and cracker malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the biscuit and cracker malt flavors are a little stronger and there are additional hints of white grapes.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. Faint hints of dryness are perceptible in the finish.
O: This beer is quite easy to drink and seems to be a good representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Jeffo
2.93/5  rDev -21.7%
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 BeerWatcher
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
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 DaveBar
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
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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Photo of stpatty
4.53/5  rDev +21.1%
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 patre_tim
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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 BuckyBeerBeaver
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

In his selfless quest for the perfect beer, Bucky picked up a 600 ml bottle of Beau’s “Lug Tread Lagered Ale”. Lug Tread was 5.2% alcohol by volume with a bottling date of February 12, 2014 printed on the rear label.

Lug Tread poured an absolutely clear light yellow/gold color with a storm of visible carbonation bubbles. The 1.5” of bubbly white head lasted for about 3 minutes before fading to a collar and thin film of foam, leaving some modest lacing in its wake. Its aroma was of lightly roasted malts, earth and grass. The beer’s taste began with sweet, light malts which gave way to an earthy and slightly grassy flavour, finishing with a mild hop bitterness which lingered as an aftertaste. Despite the abundance of visible carbonation bubbles, both the carbonation and overall mouth feel of the beer were quite soft, and I would describe the beer as light to medium bodied. A well balanced beer and perfectly respectable, but there’s nothing special enough here to elevate Lug Tread above the growing micro-brewery crowd.

One warning if you are planning to buy a single bottle from the LCBO to sample…they have a nasty habit of accidently charging for the full 4 pack, so check your bill before leaving the store. The 4x600 ml pack sells for $15.85.

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Photo of basementbrewer
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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 DenisKolkin
4/5  rDev +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 leaddog
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a golden yellow with one finger width of foamy off-white head.

Smell - bready and sweet malts, hint of citrus, apple, hops (somewhat noble), and a touch sulphury.

Taste - bready malts, apple, sulphury yeast, touch of hops bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Dry finish, medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - For my first Beau's offering, this Kolsch has all the elements for the style. Quite sessionable.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.39/5  rDev -9.4%
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 IdeaSpeeder
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 600ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours with a crystal clear golden/straw colour, with a medium amount of carbonation visible. Poured with a finger of extremely light head, which fades into a soapy foam pretty quickly. Average looking brew.

Smell - Grains and cereal mostly, but also some light roasted malts. Not picking up much else, maybe some extremely faint floral bits.

Taste - Way more intense than I expected. Fantastic! Cereal and grain flavours abound! A bit of floral bits here as well. I'm also getting some pretty decent hop bitterness, as well as some faint gape flavour.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, pretty high carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall - 4/5

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Photo of Electros
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours nice, mid-dark golden colour. Mild smell. Big flavour for a lager. I am see the kolsch in this brew, a sweat taste that goes dry, has a noticeable bitter note that even stays with on the tongue a while on the after taste. This is a good lager, Beau's makes some good beers, this is there flag ship and I can see why this is so popular...

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Photo of cfalovo97
2.87/5  rDev -23.3%
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 MaxwellSchaefer
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
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 mick303
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Packaged 11/July/12 from LCBO. Pours a fluffy white head, pretty quick to recede, leaving a soupy film and lace. Colour is a light yellow gold, with active carbonation.

Aroma has fresh, slightly floral malt, with a lot of grape/wine character. Hops also but not too dominant. A bit of fruitiness and biscuit malt.

Taste of this is interesting. It has a strong element of vinous, earthy herbal hop character that is quite thick, over top of the roast malt body. Hops are also moderately assertive, adding to a complex flavour profile. Overall its got a strong malty bitterness, just a bit of sour edge.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, carbonation is at a pretty good level, goes quite dry on the finish. Drinkability is solid. Finish is characterized by a balanced dry sour malt.

Quite enjoyable stuff, not your average beer for sure. Refreshing with good balance, nice complexity and flavour.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
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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