Headstrong Munich Lager | Wellington County Brewery

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Headstrong Munich LagerHeadstrong Munich Lager

Brewed by:
Wellington County Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by shamus on 04-13-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of PEIBeerGuy
3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden yellow with a tinge or orange / peach colour. White head goes pretty fast and leaves some traces on the sides of the glass.

It has a smell... nothing fantastic, but def. not bad. It's good.

Taste is fine. Nothing that sets it apart from the crowd.

Feels good in the mouth... pretty smooth, and not too much fizz.

Very drinkable! After trying it, though, I can't see me picking it over any ol' average beer.

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Photo of cratez
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473ml can from the LCBO. To my knowledge, this beer is now brewed under contract by Grand River, not Wellington. Golden yellow body with an orange tinge and a ring of bone white head. Speckles of webbed lacing. Mild green grassiness in the smell, malty, a bit doughy (baking flour?), cooked veggies, herbal hops. Taste is light biscuit and fresh herbs. Spicy hops impart grass, mint, and earth. Low bitterness rounded out with a cracker malt flavour. Simple yet satisfying. There's nothing particularly 'great' about this beer, but it's super drinkable. Above average lager.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 473ml can purchased in Toronto 2 weeks ago. The beer is pale yellow colored, clear, with a 2 finger white foam. The beer smells neutrally malty with a little Belgian candi in the background that doesn't seem right. The taste is nice, kind of a hybrid of a Munich helles with a Belgian pale ale. Not too strong in flavor but that's OK for the style, easy drinking and honest.

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Photo of atomicbolt
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a can at the LCBO, I've always seen it there on the shelf but I've never given it a go, let's see how Headstrong stacks up.

Orangey-copper with a big of haziness and a medium-sized, foamy white head that laces down. Smells hoppy, grassy, with biscuity malt and just a bit of sweetness.

The taste is mainly toasty and bready, with a bit of nuttiness that fades into bitterness. Earthy, floral hops take the aftertaste. Nice sharp taste, which matches the crispness of the body nicely. A bit of syrupy-ness to the body, medium-bodied. Nicely accented by the hoppiness. Pretty drinkable stuff, has a nice complexity of flavours that makes it a new experience each drink. Glad I picked this one up.

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another middle of the class beer thanks to my local L.C.B.O. Pours a clear copper color. Good retention and lacing.

The smell and taste is where this beer falls short (for me). Smells a little metallic, grainy/sweet malts, veggies (or DMS as the cool people say) and faint floral hops.

Tastes of malts (toast like), hop bitterness and a mix of what I think is alcohol and lettuce (even tho lettuce doesnt really taste like much).

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.76/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From a 473 ml blue can. Pours out a deep brilliant golden amber, tall white head initially that settles quickly to a foamy cap.

Mild caramel and crystal malts on the nose, floral hops, and a bit of veg or adjunct.

The veg is apparent up front in the flavour as well, not a good sign. Kind of overshadows the otherwise mellow malt profile, nor the true nature of the hops. Aftertaste is bitter, partly from the hops, but also from the adjuncts.

Mouthfeel nothing notable, thin yet carbonated.

Not all that crazy about this stuff, doesn't really do anything for me, just a maltier macro lager in the end.

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Photo of bloberglawp
3.99/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rather cooperish orange color, a little darker than what one would expect, a good head that dissipates down to a thin film and leaves some short lived lacing.

Aroma of spicy hops, toasty/biscuity malt and light malt sweetness. Clean flavor of malt, lightly caramelised malts and a delicate but well balanced hop bitterness. The yeast profile seems a little more pronounced than usual, a bit of esters reminding me of a good ale.

Its nice, but the beer is not as "clean" as German Lager usualy is. I'd dryhop with some cascade hops and call it a APA...

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Photo of Antilochus
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased in a 473mL can, 5.5% abv.

Appearance is a bit hazy orange copper with sudsy white head. Big bubbles on the side. Looks like a lacemaker. Weird that they call it a Helles.

Metallic aromas (uh oh!) grass and floral hop notes, some sweet candy apple. Strong malt backbone, pretty grainy. Fairly bright. Maybe some caramel too.

Sharp and spicy palate, very syrupy though. Toffee-ish, still some metal. Very malty finish, notes of yeast. Something a little off here... Sweetness keeps it less drinkable than normal for the style.

Not bad, I can see myself buying the odd single now and again but this isn't too special.

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Photo of JustinBathurst
3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange-copper with a big soap sudsy head. Lacing remains throughout.

Smells of grassy hops, wet grain, celery, bread dough, brown sugar.

Mouthfeel is crisp with medium carbonation. Not overdone.

Taste is grapefruit citrus, bitter hops finish, touch of aspirin, touch of caramel.

Overall, a decent session. I quite enjoyed it, but it certainly doesn't jump out at you and pull your hair, does it?

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Photo of demcorhip
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to chonyr for bringing this one north.

First off I must admit im not entirely sure what style this lager fits into. Colourwise its almost more of a munich dunkel lager versus a munich helles.

A deep amber hued ale mixed with some orange. This slightly hazy brew (another characteristic of a munich dunkel in addition to the colour) managed a half finger white head, and very thin and intricate lacings.

Nice toasty malt aromas with a touch of honey sweetness. Hints of toasted nuts and caramel also present. Noble hop aroma with pleasant floral essence, as well as earthy hints of lemon, grass, and spice.

Very nice toasted bread crust like character, also hints at roasted nuts. Some malt sweetness hints at honey and caramel. Almost peppery, earthy floral hops with a hint of lemon grass make their presence known midway through the taste, but the rich toasted malt flavour carries this lager from start to finish.

Almost medium bodied, and somewhat crisp, but definately refreshing. Toasted malts present from start to finish give a dry finish, as well as a pleasing malty aftertaste. Nicely accented with a mild yet pronounced hop finish. A very mild astringency present, perhaps the result of the malt bill and not the hops.

A very drinkable and sessionable lager. Would make for great summer fare, as this is one approachable lager with rich flavours of toasted malts. Definately worth trying, will gladly drink again if chance permits.

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Photo of drinkininthewood
3.72/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

served from a 650ml brown bottle in a pint glass.

A- foggy orange/amber in color. small head, slight lacing.

S- nice malty aromas, caramel,slight hop aroma

T- nice malt character, lots of caramel and bread flavors. Bitter hop flavoring.

M- clean,creamy,medium bodied, nice carbonation

D- fair drinkability

Overall a nice brew pick up a bottle and try it for yourself. Recommended.

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Photo of biegaman
3.26/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden delicious apple with strong bronze tinting. The mild haze really subtracts from its luster. Flurries of bubbles collide on every motion, however slight. Stucco head clings to the sides and appears eminently perched over top. For a beer labeled "helles" this really isn't all that light coloured or bright.

My first sniff didn't exactly coax me to go right back for a second. The otherwise appetizing scent of apples baking with a pinch of brown sugar is compromised by an off-putting copper-metallic overtone. It avoids the unpleasant stench of adjuncts but does little to tempt a sip.

The beer drinks considerably clean with only a light note of corn syrup. It's best enjoyed on the cooler side although warming will invoke flavours of bruised apple and cinnamon stick. There is a splash of buttery toffee that may of may not be attributed to diacetyl.

Virtually no hop bitterness allows this lager to achieve its full malt flavour but really sells out the mouthfeel. The texture becomes almost cloyingly sweet and can border on syrupy at times. A little crispness would go a long way with a beer like this.

This style is meant to be refreshing and simply put, this was not. It would require a lot more crispness and a stronger dose of hops to really be considered session worthy. The Ontario market has a lot worse to offer than the Headstrong Munich Lager but that said, it is closer to those lesser pale lagers than it is to a true Münchner Helles.

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Photo of DrJay
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear deep gold with a short, white head that fell quickly. The remaining ring produced some spotty lacing after each sip. Grainy malt aroma, some husk and toast, with bright, floral hops. Slight dms. Solid bitterness, higher than expected, with a fair bit of malt backing it up. Some caramel, biscuit, and floral hop notes. The finish is on the dry side, with warm sweetness balancing the bitterness and slightly spicy hops. Lively carbonation with a medium/light body and creamy texture. A solid lager, but it seems to lack the crispness I expect from a helles.

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Photo of grub
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a golden yellow colour with a thin white head. head drops quickly and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is ok. spicy hops. bready malt. hint of dms.

taste is ok. some dms up front. mild bitterness. bready malt. hint of sweetness. caramel.

mouthfeel is good. medium body with a good carbonation level.

drinkability is ok. definitely better as it warms.

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Photo of wjimson
3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Putting the beer in a 650ml bottle is a good call. Its too bad it isn't in the big 770ml because this beer is so nice and drinkable. It is fairly priced at 650ml.

Nice amber colour poured to an inch head. Smells of faint coffee like malt. The taste is a well balanced. Slightly stronger malt taste than hops, but both elements are soft yet pronouced. Overall, it has a nice bready bite with a dry aftertaste. Maybe I was just so into this that I didnt' remember tasting the alcohol. The mouthfeel is soft and nice, same goes for the drinkability.

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Photo of crwills
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle bought at the LCBO. Bottling date was March '06, so this guy is a little past prime, but it tastes the same as I remember previous bottles so...

Pours a deep gold, just a little bit hazy, into one of my glass steins. Decent white head that fades fairly quickly.

Aroma is rather faint, which is typical for a lager (I think), but is a little grainy with very mild hops (a plus). Hints of starchy fruits in there (i.e. banana), but very very mild.

Taste is ... a step up from your average lager, but nothing to write home about. Decent balance of hops and malt, no real characteristic stand out elements. Mouthfeel is quite pleasantly smooth, which makes this easy drinking. No detectable skunk or other off flavours, even at 6-7 months old.

I would actually like to try this on tap, or even on cask -- I can see it being a decent session beer.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

An enjoyable Munich Helles. Presented a medium autumn color of orange and brownish gold with a lively head of white foam. Medium carbonation. Halos of lace. Aromas of fresh malts and buttery grains. Nice. Tastes like it was just made; very fresh. Caramel malts, mildly sweet grains, a touch of bread and yeast, with some hoppy bitterness toward the finish. Mouthfeel was nominal. Drinkability is quite good. Special thanks to Derek for the sample.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.7/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a light yellow color lager with a big foamy head with average retention. Aroma of dry malt is quite accentuated with very little hop. Taste is also dominated by dry malt with some very subtle lingering sweetness. Body is slightly above average. Would have love a bit more floral aspect to the malt as well as some crisp hops. Overall this is an OK beer but I was expecting a bit more.

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Photo of Viggo
3.57/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber, small off white head forms, some spots of lace. Smell is sweet, caramel, quite nutty, with some floral. Taste is sweet, caramel, nut, bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. It was pretty thin, and not the most flavourful however it was quite refreshing, and the price is right.

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Photo of Popsinc
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Quite suprised by the flat pour on this one. Apple juice looking without much head whatsoever. The nose was mild, some malts, bready notes, a pinch of sweetness. taste was again mild....some malty-sweetness....minimal hoppiness....light fruitiness....soft, watery mouthfeel...light and drinkable...i'm not overly familiar with munich Lagers but i was suprised at how flat and watered down this particular brew was....the more i got through this beer the more the hop/malts started to show up....for a hot july day like today, this is an ok beer to down several of

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Photo of funkengruven
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one came in a nice big bomber bottle, poured a slightly dark amber with a slight ring of head that sits around the glass. Smell is very clean, hops and nothing nasty. Taste is delicate, the hopping is not too agressive and therefore this is not too bitter, which makes it quite refreshing. Smooth and easygoing on the finish, and also very easy to drink this stuff. This is quite a nice lager, and is an excellent hot weather beer.

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Photo of slitherySOB
3.86/5  rDev +10%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ahh, quite possibly the perfect beer after a long, hard day. This lager pours a slight amber colour, with very little head whatsoever. What head does show quickly disipates away to a thin film of scum. Now, scum is not perhaps the correct word, but it's the closest word I can think of when describing the foam left. Pleasant smell; a mixture of caramel, malts, toast, grass, pine and floral hops. Aah, tasty. Excellent balance. Enough sweetness to keep you sipping, with enough of a hop bite to leave you refreshed. A bit hoppier than expected. Light malt taste, but not weak. Overall, very refreshing. Mouthfeel is a bit light, with a somewhat spritzy, soda pop feel. Overall, an excellent session beer.

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Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Significant bitterness and generous malting makes it quite drinkable. fresh and refreshing.Mid sip grassiness. Leaf bitter drying finish Orangey with white crown. Suitably carbonated.Surprisingly good lager, and the better of the two contract brews to date. I had this on tap a year later at Smokelss and it was very ordinary.

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Photo of pootz
3.82/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The more I drink this beer the better I like it. Tried it on tap today and the pint they poured me was either very fresh or unpasturized or both.

Looks amber-gold in a 16 oz mug....large puffy cap that stays and laces.

Flavours more pronounced in the kegged version...deeper malt presense in the nose and palate,( you can taste the malt layering) North West (willimette/cascade) hop bite is spicey and lingering in the finish. A malty spicey North west style amber lager in spades.

Great session beer ...even if it isn't a real Munich lager. I wish it was in more pubs than it is

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Photo of Mandrake
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of my CANBIF2 package from pootz.

Pours a medium copper, rather darker then I'd expected, with a thick white head that lasts well and leaves substantial lacing. Smell is malty, with caramel the dominant aroma and a rather grassy note present in the slight hop bite in the taill end. Taste is very malty and sweet, with more caramel sweetness and a touch of hoppiness in the finish. Mouthfeel is nice and substantial, and drinkability is pretty average. Not bad at all.

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