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

279 Ratings
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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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 dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nickfl
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very straight forward, but nicely put together "lager".

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Photo of nathanmiller
2.96/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of vfgccp
3/5  rDev -20%

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 Gkruszewski
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 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 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 Latarnik
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 TheBeerdedCharmer
2.85/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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 shigg85
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shelby415
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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