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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.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 Roke87
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341 mL bottle from the OCB summer discovery pack, slightly chilled and poured into a harp cylinder stange, batch number s001.

Appearance- Pours a clear golden straw with two and a half fingers of soapy white head that eventually dissipates to a nice bubbly top supplied by ample amounts of carbonation.

Smell- Very heavy on the biscuit malts, a very sweet smelling lager, with a nice balance of earthy grassy aromas in there as well.

Taste- Is a lot like the smells, lots of sweet biscuit malts on the palate balanced again with that earthy grassy taste in there as well, some mild fruity flavours come through with a slight touch.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied the ale end of this one really comes through more on the mouth feel, lots of carbonation as well this beer is very clean, crisp, and refreshing.

Overall- Never really tried a “lagered ale” before so I was not sure what to expect from this one, but I was pleasantly surprised, this beer is very sweet and lots of biscuit malts coming through on both the nose and the palate, lots of earthy grassy notes coming through on both the nose and palate with some mild fruity flavours coming through as well. Again a very clean, crisp, and refreshing beer that I would definitely drink again, I kind of had a feeling I should have picked up some of the 650mL 4-packs when I had the chance, but thanks to the OCB summer discovery pack I finally got to try this one.

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

On tap at the Kingston Brew Pub.

Pours a lighter golden hue, head is thin but persistent. Flecks of lacing. Light visible carbonation.

Nose is subtle; a bit of apple, lemon, light malts and sweetness. A good cereal character to it. Pretty nice, actually.

A light, peppery brew, with notes of grass, lemon, sugar, cereal and a syrupy sweetness. What it lacks in depth it makes up for in quaffability. Carbonation is light, as is the body, which makes it a great evening drinker.

I've passed it up a few times at the LCBO, but I think I'll be back for a sampling of that next time I'm 'round. Good, highly drinkable stuff.

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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 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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Lug Tread Lagered Ale from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 262 ratings.
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