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 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 StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev 0%
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 metter98
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
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 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 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 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 TheSevenDuffs
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in to Sierra pint glass.

A - Poured a pale yellow with a lot of carbonation and half a finger of bubbly white head.

S - Light bready malts. Not much going on with the nose.

T - Bready malts with a hint of spice and citrus. A nice palate.

M - Light body, good amount of carbonation.

D - A very enjoyable beer. Getting through the bomber of this was no problem at all.

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Photo of biegaman
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lug Tread is a lovely spring-time shade of yellow; it is a wall of paint so bright and unmarked and fresh that you'd swear it was just touched up the day before. Although its head suffers some deficiency in size, bubbles continue to sprout up like mushrooms and what is there registers any agitations as sensitively as a seismograph.

Kölsch beers, even the best of them, play out sort of like a children's book: the story is real simple and easy to follow and it's not really meant to be read into too closely. The characters are spelled out cut and dry; in this case we have Mr. Bready Malt and his wife Mrs. Dry White Wine Grape and their three children, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, and little baby Granny Smith. It's a nice, happy, good-smellin' family.

The beer drinks with a medium bitterness and finishes with a lasting dryness and an ever-so-slight pucker. There are more apples in the flavour as well as dry bready crumbs, but they become eclipsed by a luscious pineapple flavour and the sugary sweet echo that accompanies it. It may be simple but it leaves the tongue happy. This has a comparable flavour to many lagers but is much more malty, and infinitely more clean and wholesome.

Not only is this an overall pleasing beer but its style is an anomaly on any beer scene (save for its native Germany, of course). Kölsch is a curiously under represented style considering what agreeable, flavourful and pleasant lagers they make. Of course, this particular one was made all that more agreeable, flavourful and pleasant given that the brewery had it delivered and on the shelves of my local beer store within 3 days of bottling!

More and more breweries are opting to use organic ingredients in their beers. Beau's has matched that and taken it one step further: their packaging uses only 100% post-consumer recycled unbleached cardboard and labels. Not only that, but in doing so, they've reduced the cost for us consumers from $1.02/100mL to 0.65 cents/100mL...

In other words, they're now offering more beer at a cheaper price and, in the process, are saving Mother Nature a great deal too. Now this a microbrewery that *truly* understands the term "social responsibility." What else can be asked of them: they preserve historic styles, use only local and organic ingredients and environmentally friendly packaging, they offer a variety of seasonals and initiate social programs in their community...

And, oh yea, they have a pretty quality, kick-ass flagship beer too!

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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 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 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 bylerteck
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pint at the Mayflower pub on Elgin in Ottawa. From notes.

A - Poured golden, mild carbonation coming up, no head, no lace, and just a film of retention.

S - Noble hops and bread are mostly what's there.

T - Fruity, some pear, noble hops. A nice blend of biscuity malts there too to be a fine drink.

M - Good carbonation, medium in the mouth, nice and smooth.

O/D - Pretty smooth and tasty. Something to drink over conversation as I did. It's quality doesn't get in the way of the company, but doesn't disgust.

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

Picked up a bottle in the OCB summer mixer pack.

A - Pours a crystal clear golden clour, finger of egg white head, some retention and sporadic lacing.

S - Sweet corn and bready malts with a touch of citrus and grassy hops on the finish.

T - The grassy hops come off the top, with the sweet corn and breaded malt that lingers on the palette.

M - Medium bodied ale that goes down with the slightest prickle and finishes nice and wet.

O - A tasty koslch, offering a solid dose of flavour and a nice crisp and clean finish. A quality example of the style.

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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 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 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 kwjd
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw yellow colour, with a big foamy white head. Smells of light, grassy almost. I get some hops in the taste. It has a nice bitterness to it and very crisp. It is very smooth, compared to other lighter beers that I find to be over-carbonated. I could drink a lot of this on a summer's day.

I love the new 4 packs of 600mL bottles that are in the LCBO. I think this is a great beer for the macro crowd, while still being interesting enough for the beer geeks.

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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 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 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 thehyperduck
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden yellow colour, topped with a half-finger of short-lived white head. A patchy cap and collar are retained for most of the drink. Doesn't look particularly heavily carbonated. I quite like the smell of this but it's a little hard to describe... sweet biscuit malts and herbal hops are the only things I can identify confidently.

There's more going on in the flavour department than the other categories lead me to believe. Starts off with biscuity malts and roasted grains, with some honey sweetness leading into an herbal hop finish that reminds me of mushy peas. Moderate to high carbonation and light-bodied. Quite crisp, refreshing and tasty.

This was my first kolsch, and I rather liked it. Worth a try, I'd say, and definitely more interesting than many other fizzy yellow lagers that may superficially resemble it.

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