Trailhead Premium Lager | Wellington County Brewery

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Brewed by:
Wellington County Brewery
Ontario, Canada | website

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Trailhead is a Vienna-style lager which is characterized by a careful balance of malt sweetness and clean, crisp hop bitterness.

Added by Shiloh on 02-20-2003

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2.96
pDev:
15.2%
 
 
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Reviews: 44 | Ratings: 62
Photo of hegelec
2.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sampled in bottle at David's Bistro in London, poured into a fluted pilsner glass. Had asked for the Wellington Arkell, which they usually stock, but they were out. This was offered as a comparable beer from the same brewery.

Clear, yellow liquid with minimal head. Definitely more appealing than a macro lager, but really is nothing special.

Nose is malty and biscuity. Sweet, with touches of honey. Pretty good so far.

Taste is not as full and sweet as the nose would lead you to believe, but there is a nice biscuitiness. A little noble hop bite with some herbal, citrusy notes, but not much. The finish is odd though, like stale crackers. And a little sour.

Hmmm ... There's just something about this beer that doesn't sit right. Perhaps it's too passive.

Mild carbonation. It's sort of thin and weak -- not very refreshing. Not what I expect from this style; it should be crisp and fresh. Drinkability is hurt here.

Not terrible, but not worth what I paid for it. Why couldn't they have found an extra case of Arkell in the storeroom?

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Photo of funkengruven
3.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stopped off at the beer store in the sticks on my way home, thought i'd pick me up something cheap and macro-y and saw this sitting there, and thought what the hell. So I took it home, cracked one open and here it goes.

This pours very calmly, very little head, it's very clear and yellow. Smell is a bit grassy, kinda sweet, nothing special. Flavor is very subdued, a bit malty, don't detect much in the way of hops there. It does have some redeeming features however. This is perfect lawnmower beer. Refreshing and watery, hits the spot, and isn't difficult to drink either.

Honestly I expected a bit better than this from Wellington, but for what it is it's not terrible. Worth a try at least.

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Photo of slitherySOB
2.59/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was expecting something a bit better from Wellington brewery. This seems more along the lines of the discount, buckabeer brews. Perhaps that's what it's meant to be? Anyways... Pours a very pale straw colour with a head that quickly fades away, leaving a small film of foam on top. Sort of a basic, sweet, bready smell with a small floral hop scent. Bit sweet tasting with plenty of grain. Has a very mild citrus and grassy/floral aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit dry and watery. Sort of a 'meh' beer. Decent for camping, but their are much better session beers.

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Photo of Antilochus
3.03/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at a Kingston, Ontario LCBO (473mL can). Presentation is kind of stupid... a big blue and black can with 'Trailhead' and a jumping fish. Pretty obvious what look they are going for but as a craft brewery it's a little odd.

Poured into a gold-rimmed Stella Artois glass.

Appearance is golden, got a nice bit of colour to it over the bland strawishness of most macro lagers. Little bit of a bubbly white head, too thin to leave lace. Some big bubbles and some fizzy ones.

Aromas: sweet malt, lots of graininess, some floral hop notes, bit of sourness. Some Chardonnay. This isn't half bad, it sure as hell doesn't smell like a macro lager though. EPLish and I'm anticipating EPL taste too.

Oh... wait. Just took a sniff and actually aspirated some beer up my nose. Um... not looking forward to drinking this. Pungent maltiness... think overripe fruits.

Here we go. Definitely a sweet palate, too sweet for my taste. Grain predominates. Some citrus in the background (almost like pop!). Subtle hop notes, way less than what I thought there would be. Finishes a little too cloying and malty for my taste, medium length finish.

I could drink a ton of these, apparently it is a discount beer? This blows away most macros, too bad anyone buying discounts is going to look for higher abv (meaning like 5.5-6%...) and this will get passed over.

But coming from Wellington I would expect much better.

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Photo of allergictomacros
2.73/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a clear straw with a decent white head of foam.

S - Sweet, slighty sulfury smell with a touch of leafy hops.

T/M - Drier than expected with an astringent edge. Rough, albeit mild, hop bitterness in a watery finish. Not overly fizzy.

D - Overall, a clean, light, watery brew. A good choice for people who don't like beer.

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Photo of shamus
3.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

very sudsy head; like bubblebath in fact. This is in a can so there is a tinny metallic smell but part of that is the style as well, I think. This from a brewery that in my opinion is better than the macros like Sleemans, Labatts and company, but falls short of making really great beer. It's almost like they purposely fall short of making crafted beer because they are afraid that brewing real character into the product might scare people away. I don't really know what the company's reasoning is but that's the impression I get.

Any way this beer is like that. it tastes alright but just isn't anything memorable. So i won't try it again.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Straw colour witha half finger white head that spread out soon enough with minimal lacing. A mix of large and small bubble carbonation. Smells of fresh grass, mild citrus. Taste is citrus hoppy, dry, bitter, malt, slightly sour finish. Light to medium body. Not a bad lager overall but not a great one by any stretch. This might appeal to the scores of lager lovers who don't want to spend too much, it's certainly better than many of the macro lagers that have unfortunately cornered a certain market here in Ontario. From Wellington County, an honest effort at compromise, better than most they're competing with on this level.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.56/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a straw gold color with a pathetic non existent head and a few wisps of lace. The aroma has a mildly synthetic feel. Very weak grainy flavor mixes with an equally anemic hop presence. The taste is bland and watery with some light herbal hops and a wiff of DMS. The finish is sweetish and short lasting. The mouthfeel is light and carbonation levels are low for a lager.

A very lackluster beer, but still a notch up from BMC

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Photo of drinkininthewood
3.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ive been thinking about this beer for quite some time now as my search for a quality beer at a quality price continues...

Served from a 341 brown twist off bottle into a pint glass. BB 10 08 07

A- Fairly nice golden color with a big fizzy head which settles and leaves some slight lacing. Lot of big bubbles flowing.

S- Slightly metallic with some malt and some floral hop character noticeable. Fairly grainy overall but not bad. Much better than you're typical macro for sure.

T- More of the same. Crisp and clean, somewhat spritzy with a decent hop profile with some grain but slightly metallic in the finish. Tastes better than alot of typical macros.

M- Light in body but not watery and moderately carbonated.

D- Not alot of flavor but drinkability is high. Good sessionable beer.

Overall for the price of this beer you can't go wrong. You pay for what you get, and in Trailhead Lagers case, that is an above average brew at a great price. Its hard to find cheaper beers that are of decent quality but, Wellington brewery makes a pitch into the buck-a-beer market and for once we see a brewery make a decent,drinkable, natural beer thats better than you're basic macros at an unbeatable price. Give this brew a shot! It may not be the best beer out there, but it sure is one of the best discount beers.

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Photo of biegaman
3.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Trailhead's prairie gold colour is smeared in a foggy mist to make for an appearance that, curiously, is at once sunny and smoggy. Almost microscopic bubbles race through the beer at near time warping speed. They come to a screeching halt, however, once hitting the tarp of filmy white lather that extends over the beer's surface.

The aroma showcases a very sweet graininess that is one part pleasant (honeyed oats) and one part unpleasant (canned cream corn). The Saaz hops that are advertised can hardly be noted - if at all - although a tinge of floral-accented bitterness does leak out. I'm still unsure if I want my nose in the glass, I reckon it's just as well left out of it.

You're not doing the beer any disservice drinking it at near freezing temperature - you're probably doing yourself a favor. At very least, you aren't missing out on anything (nothing important, anyhow). Not to suggest the taste is bad, rather just plain and conventional and, well, not exactly good. It just tastes like grain, specifically a mix of barley and corn.

And when I say corn I don't mean corn syrup or any distasteful canned corn-like flavours, but rather that of a grist that was minimally diluted with a little flaked maize in the way American lagers traditionally have been. Like any adjunct lager it's not entirely desirable but, unlike those which use corn (or its syrups) too liberally, this is at least agreeable.

Fortunately there's enough good beer out there that none of us should ever have to settle for something that's just 'agreeable'. Trailhead was obviously designed for those with low standards and, while not the bottom of the barrel for beers in this style and price range, I personally would have to feel pretty down on myself to sit through another pint of it.

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Photo of Derek
3.27/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wellington says "No ordinary lager! A Euro-traditional style lager derived from Czech hops."

It's definitely more of a Euro Pale Lager than a macro.

A: Clear, golden-straw. Subtle, fizzy white head quickly dissipates. No retention or lace.

S: Earthy, metallic & floral hops with some underlying maltyness (bread with a touch of light caramel).

T: Plenty of hop flavour (earthy, metallic & a little floral), a little malty sweetness up front, with a moderate bitterness in the finish. Slight buttery flavour. Personally, I'm not a fan of the Czech hop flavour. It does have a nice malty flavour.

M: Light to moderate body (surprising for its strength); moderate carbonation.

D: A good, sessionable beer, but the hop profile isn't my style.

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Photo of trevorwideman
3.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

on tap at Jimmy Jazz in Guelph, a dive to be sure, but at least I get to try a new beer.

Average looking lager, heftier and more depth than most macros. Not much head but good lacing. A fair bit of carbonation going on in there too. Smell isn't too pronounced, with more hoppiness than I expected, and none of the adjunct that I though would be present. In fact, a fairly clean malt presence, which was a welcome surprise.

Taste is a little more muddled, with an unpleasant acidity that sets off what is otherwise a pretty tasty beer. There's a slight citrus and grassy hop presence along with a punchy malt backbone, but something in the finish says "cheap". A shame really, because otherwise this is a very refreshing lager. A bit over-carbonated perhaps, but full-bodied. A decent offering, and certainly drinkable, but not the Holy Grail of lagers either....

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.37/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Trailhead Lager is one of Wellington's two entries in the discount beer market in Ontario. Both of these brews are lagers, and Wellington seems to have distanced themselves somewhat from both brews - you'd never know they brewed Trailhead (or its brother, Beehive) unless you carefully eyed the packaging. And even then, you might not believe it. However, Trailhead does have at least one good thing going for it - beyond the discount price, it may be the only brew on the Discount Brand board at the Beer Store to actually be adjunct free. One can't blame Wellington for dipping its hand in the discount beer market, for one must pay the bills, I suppose. And maybe its even a decent brew. Let's see.

The Trailhead bottles have a rather cool cartoony logo, but no design on the cap, and nothing to really suggest 'craft' or 'premium' - but the brew pours into the pint glass a dark golden straw - think macro, but with more significantce, and body to it. A fair bit of bubbling is going on, contributing to a faint one finger head that dies down to a small ring rather quickly. That ring, however, provides considerable lacing (especially if you choose to look at this as a discount beer). Not a bad look for a macro-style lager, but nothing special.

Smell is quite dry. A certain amount of malt in the backbone with some mildy spicy hops more toward the front end. Faintly dough-y with a distant fruitiness, mostly citrus and berries. Once again, not bad.

Taste is a little off, but still impressive for a discount brand - slight bitterness, with a bready maltiness, some grassiness, and an ever so faint crispness from the slightly spicy hops. Some floral notes, but its slightly uneven, and finishes slightly (oddly) acidic, and unusually (almost unpleasantly) dry.

Mouthfeel isn't bad, however. This brew is overcarbonated like most macros, though not nearly as much. I can actually get through the spritziness to discover a taste. The body is also rather substantial for a macro-style. Certainly not watered down, there's a real substance here that feels good in the mouth.

Drinkability is also certainly high - discount beers are brewed to be put away 10 at a time, and I'm sure this is no exception.

This is definitely a good summer brew - when the budget is low, but the heat is high, this is a brew that fits the bill. A thirst quencher that I wouldn't think too much about, but would certainly enjoy - in a pint glass, or even straight from the bottle. Trailhead is, in all likelihood, the best lager you'll find on the discount board at the Beer Store. So bottom's up.

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Photo of DrJay
3.13/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very clear golden colour topped with a thin sheet of fine bubbles. Fair retention and a bit of lacing. Smells of malt/corn sweetness with a bit of fruit and mild spicy hops. The flavour is a bit fruity, the bitterness quite mild, and it has a slightly acidic sharpness at the end. Very light hop flavour that's on the spicy side, it finishes off-dry. Sweetness is pronounced throughout and it's too much for the beer to handle. The body is light, but not to the point of being watery. Easy to drink, nothing special but worth a try.

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Photo of pootz
2.92/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Shepherd’s pub: Tapped a golden colour. Moderate heaed...soft carbonation... Light doughy malt aroma mixed with light fruit tones. Soft malty, taste in a light/soft mouthfeel. Tasty light lager with a hint citrus and low bitterness. If I closed my eyes I’d have though this was Neustadt Bruce county lager. A faily light lager...good thirst buster.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.42/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Trailhead Wellington. Dark yellow colored ale with small head and not a whole lot of retention. Aroma is mostly subtle floral malt and very little else. Taste is a balance mix of floral malt with some dryness at the ends. This one lacks character overall and is probably not the best beer from this brewery.

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Photo of Sammy
2.51/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A pourout at the Fort York Brew Fest 2004. Wateriest and absence of taste of the Wellington line. Golden appearance, no noted aroma. Corny sweet. Some honey mid-sip from yeast. Crisp from Czech hops, altogether below average. Bittery finish. Doesn't work.

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Photo of Popsinc
2.8/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear golden pour. Small foamy white head. Almost no carbonation at all. Looks like apple juice.

Smell: Lightly hopped, slightly malty and a caramel sweetness in the nose.

Taste: Medium hoppiness. Soft with malty notes. A sweet, lght caramel finish. Lack of body.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and very flat. Almost watered down. It needs more.

Drinkability: It's very light and somewhat refreshing. Possibly on a hot summers day but otherwise, this beer is average at its best.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The brew that" supports wildlife and conservation endeavours"
Very nice and the beer ain't bad either..Colour is a dark golden with redish undertones and somewhat murky...the body is medium and has limited head.
The taste is a little sweet but the hops are also evident in a twangie(sp) aftertaste that also leaves you dry and wanting more..Worth a try.

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Trailhead Premium Lager from Wellington County Brewery
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