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 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 bartle
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle 03/22/10, batch #: 537

Pours a straw-golden, with a dence white head that retains fairly well. Looks beautiful.
Not to mention the new 600ml bottles and packaging is awesome I'm a sucker for it.

The nose is malt forward, a touch grainy. Pils malt, the sugars are present, with a little corn. A touch of fruitiness and sulphur behind the mild noble hop spice.

There is a great malt sweetness on the palate, slightly grainy, a touch of corn sweetness, and a little mouth pucker (which is truly believe should be in a kolsch). Just enough to feel what lagering an ale yeast can do to a beer. Plenty dry. Beautiful and round with moderate sweetness from the malt, and some pleasant pear like fruitiness from fermentation. Not much hop presence, just enough to balance the malt, fairly mineral like and a little bready.

Dry, a touch of puckering on the back bite, medium carbonation, thin-ish body.

This is easy drinking. I would drink it again. I'll buy more simply for the packaging. It's got a lot of things going right for it.

Personally I would enjoy a little less malt sweetness on the tongue an. Could use a touch more acidity to get me stoked on the style.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brand new 600ml glass bottles which, while not the stunning ceramic, are packaged pretty damn well - great looking 4 pack! Packaged March 22, kudos to Beau's for being conscientious in dating as well as getting their product on the shelf ASAP. This is about 2 weeks old.

Pours a crystal clear straw yellow, about 2 fingers of tight foam on top that recedes to a thin layer.

Nose is clean, light malt presence (almost corn pop like), grassy herbal hopping which borders on reminding me of a farm.

Clean, crisp body. Light pale malts meet a fresh, herbal hopping. Punchy carb, light fruitiness hiding behind. Decent enough hop presence for the style, flavorful yet supremely drinkable. Want a beer to intro you macro swill, lager drinking friends too? This is the ticket.

You could easily pound pints of this in the summer on the patio, at the beach, BBQing... perfect light summer 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 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 eat
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at C'est What?. Clear and pale-amber in colour. Good covering of off-white head. Nice lacing.

Light smelling. Wheat, light hops, touch of citrus, fresh air and a sweet candy-like aroma. Could use more presence.

Very wheaty. There's some kind of candy flavour I can't put my finger on, though it's not overly sweet at all. The quality of the water is very noticeable as a result of the light flavour, being obviously brewed with some nice spring water. Moderately dry finish. Nice and clean, fresh and simple.

Okay feel. Light-medium body with similar carbonation. The carbonation ties in well with the hop profile.

This is very drinkable. Would make a great session beer. Nice flavourful, simple brew. I would definitely order this again.

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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 MattyV
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from one of the new 600 ml bottle that are now available in sixers, the boxes were pretty so I decided to finally pick up a few at the LCBO after having it on tap countless times

Pours a deep straw colour, head quickly dies down to a faint ring

Can't pick up much from the aroma, mostly some grassy/lemony notes, bread.

I've had this one a number of times, and can sum up the taste as grassy, hay-like, pale malts, bready, just the right amount of bitterness to balance it all out

Lively carbonation, works well with its overall crisp/refreshing vibe

Overall, a delicate and well-balanced beer, will definitely be coming back to it regularly in the summer months, especially now that its available in a slightly more affordable package than the previous ceramic bottles

overall nice and crisp, a perfect option on a nice spring/summer afternoon

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Photo of berley31
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Pub Italia, in Ottawa.

A: Poured with a small, white head that surprisingly lasted for a little while. Body is dark golden, and brilliantly clear.

S: Ok, not much going on in the aroma. Maybe a bit of malt, but that's all I'm getting.

T: Slightly sweet with a bit of a bitter, dry finish. Tiny notes of fruit. Very refreshing.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy, with average carbonation.

D: Extremely easy to drink; a great beer to start the evening with, or to have on a hot day. An encouraging flagship brew that only makes me want to try more from Beau's.

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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 presiding 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 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 Long813
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dated: Dec 31/09

G: Pint Glass

A: Clear golden body with 3 fingers of white head. Poor retention, but leaves good lacing.

S: Wheat/grainy, some lemon hints, pale malts and some spice. Aroma is to weak to distinguish much besides the grains.

T: Very light grains and pale malts, slight touch of citrus. Quite a soothing combination.

M: Light bodied and medium carbonation. Smooth and some bitterness to it. Oddly leaves a creamy texture that lingers around for a while. Very pleasant.

D: Wether you are getting this for the style, the beer, or the bottle. It's worth the cost. It's economical, but it doesn't quite comply with my tastes. Good beer none the less.

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

Pours clear gold with a wispy, small head that musters up just a bit of lace. The aroma is bready and lightly herbal with a faint green apple element. The taste is malty with more bread, a bit of butterscotch and some whole-wheat crackers. A lemony, slightly minty hop character provides good balance. A slight adjuncty/corn flavor subtracts points from the flavor score. The mouthfeel is light bodied but well carbonated. The finish is moderately bitter and shortlived.

A decent Kolsch, hoppier than I expected, worth a try.

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Photo of kjyost
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had out of the bottle over a year ago, but got it on tap this time. Reviewing it as a lager, which is how it was sold to me...

The colour was a rich straw yellow that was more opaque than expected, with a head that left minimal lacing during the half hour I sipped away on it. The beer had a strong scent of bread on its nose with little else of note.

The beer tasted pretty nice to start with the chewy bread flavour being at the forefront on the palate with a light lingering bitterness on the palate. After drinking the whole pint the bitterness was at the forefront clinging to the palate for an extended period of time.

The carbonation was balanced and felt nice, which matched the chewiness of the beer.

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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 decimator
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml ceramic bottle poured into a pint glass.
Beer was bottle on Sept. 4th. It's fresh and there's no chance of skunkiness.

A - Poured a clear golden color with a 3/4" head. Pretty good lacing throughout.

S - Bread, herbs, hint of fruits. Overall the aroma is a bit mild.

T - Malty sweetness at first, then some fruity sour notes (lemons, hint of apples, hint of berries), with a hoppy bitter finish. I found the bitterness is just a little off. The taste got better as it warmed up.

M - Pretty good. Tangy & crisp.

D - It's easy to drink. I was surprised how quickly it went down.

It's local. It's good. But it's expensive.
At almost $8 a 750ml bottle it's hard to justify drinking this regularly.

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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 krisandajt
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass...

Appearance: Pours a nice golden color with a nice little bit of head (about 1/2 inch) that fades quickly and leaves behind some light soapy lacing.

Smell: Smell is elusive, I can't quite pick out what it is I'm smelling. Slight flowery, hoppy smell.

Taste: Elusive, like the smell. Starts off slightly sweet, but is quickly rounded off by some slight hop bitterness. Very well balanced, very easy drinking.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, almost creamy, and refreshing.

Drinkability: A very simple beer, perfect for that hot summer night of relaxing on the porch. I will be keeping an eye out for more on my travels.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm re-reviwing this beer. The first one I had was in a ceramic swing-top bottle and it was soapy. I can only think the bottle hadn't been properly rinsed or something, because I have had it on tap a few times since then and really enjoyed it.

Now that it's available in four packs (a much more sensible format for a regular offering in my opinion) I figured I'd pick one up and give it another go.

Before I begin, I have to say the new four-pack design is stunning. Easily the best beer packaging in Ontario. And frankly, I'm hard pressed to think of any thing that even come close to this in the world. Honestly. One of the most unique and appealing packages ever, and the fact that they put the bottled-on date proves these guys care about the quality of their beer.

As for the beer, it pours a nice clear golden hue topped by an eggshell white head that leaves crooked fingers of lacing.

The aroma is straw and grains--almost like popcorn--with some pale malts with a grassy noble hop kick.

The tastes is like Matzo bread and a creamy, toasty malt met by a grassy peppery hop biet in the back end. Dry with a little hint of lemony seltzer water in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is a tad light as is the carbonation.

A fantastically moreish drinker, very light but satisfying at the same time. It has a aura of a macro taste about it, but at the same time it reeks of quality. A very smart choice for a flagship beer in this market as I think those who are used to macro lagers and order this because it's local will be pleasantly surprised enough to make the switch.

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Photo of Ralphus
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lug tread comes in a unique ceramic bottle with a resealable growler style stopper. It's a large bottle, holding a a hefty ~750ml but comes with a similarly high pricetag. You do get a beer guaranteed not to be light struck however.

And Beau's has done a good job here. The appearance is a rich golden blond colour with a nice finely bubbled head. In the smell there's something unique and hard to describe. Certainly there's some fruity yeasts and grain but on the periphery that's also an earthy butter. Distinct but not over powering either.

The taste is a very solid balance. The sweetness of the initial malts balanced out well with the finishing hops. It's all wrapped up in a silky smooth package that goes down quicker than you expect.

As someone stated earlier, this would make a great session beer. Now I just need to find out where I can return the bottles!

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Photo of KaiMiller
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

10oz, Draught, Pub Italia in Ottawa

When they brought this out in an authentic-style, Beau's-branded, narrow vertical Kölsch glass, I knew these guys were serious about doing this right. It's a straw-coloured beer with a billowy, constantly replenishing head. Malt is grainy, a bit sweet but not pils-like. Right at the edge of noticeability there's a hint of floral, grassy hop. Flavour is sweet, with enough bitterness to make it crisp, quite clean with a Kölsch yeast note.

This is a well-done version of a style I find boring. I'm unlikely to order it again, but it will be successful and rightly so. It's well-made craft beer.

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Photo of allergictomacros
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml opaque ceramic pop-top bottle.

A - Pours a clear gold/straw with thick, creamy head - very dense with fine bubbles and good retention.

S - Aroma is honey and light fruit, mild citrus and some floral hops.

T - Surprisingly deep maltiness. There's a rich graininess and floral fruit - pears maybe with soft finishing bitterness.

M - Light but not watery - again gives an impression of richness without being heavy or syrupy. Quite dry.

D - Easy drinking, light, but with plenty of character. Would be nice to session (also the bottle is cool).

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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 shamus
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden lager colour. The scent and taste remind of some pilsners I have. This has lot's of character. I like the after taste a lot - grassy and classy. i've had this on draft before but surprisingly I'm enjoying this more out of the bottle. It tastes a lot fresher. The ceramic bottle with the rubber sealed stopper is a keeper too. Very nice.

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Photo of CanuckRover
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at the Highlander downtown. Didn't know what it was, just saw it was the only micro aside from Cameron's available, so I took a plunge. Sighed when it came out, seeing it was a lager, never promising in Canada. Very pleasantly surprised.

Very thin head, excellent lacings marking each sip. Pale and clear. For me, not a stand-out as far as looks are concerned.

Got citrus and grain from the aroma, maing me hopeful that this wasn't just another NA lager. Flavoursome juicy malt up front, nice grain. Fresh, very fragrant hops take over, hay and citrus. Very refreshing and a nice crisp finish.

Mouthfeel was spot on, not overboard on carbonation. This was a great smooth drink. A session beer with flavour that stays true to it's continental roots. Good stuff.

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