Trailhead Premium Lager | Wellington County Brewery

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Brewed by:
Wellington County Brewery
Ontario, Canada
wellingtonbrewery.ca

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:
12.84%
 
 
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Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 44
Photo of kwjd
2.98/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear pale orange colour with white head that dissipates quickly, but some lacing around the glass. Smells of bready malt with some very faint grassy hops. Not much in the way of flavour, but nothing off about it. Is there actually adjuncts in here? Ok carbonation level and easy to drink.

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Photo of grac1970
2.94/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 473mL can into a pint glass. In all fairness I think my initial taste of this beer was at too cold of a temperature. I decided to let this sit for a few minutes before going any further.
A = A crisp, clear golden yellow in appearance. Lots of carbonation. A minimal head with little lacing.
S = I have to say it seemed a bit boring or light in smell. Not much there for me to comment on.
T = A smooth citrus taste - very much like a lemon/lime flavour. A bit on the sweet/tart side. Although I think I detected something like a caramel taste hidden in there.
M = This beer was not dry or watery. It went down quite well. It did leave a tart, bitter after-taste. I think there was too much carbonation though which distracted me from the taste.
D = This beer was just alright. Nothing fantastic here. But it would do quite nicely on a very hot summer day.

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

Clear and gold, 1/2 inch white head that dissipates quickly. Not looking much like a Vienna Lager as the can states.

Aroma is sweet and grainy, perhaps a hint of pear. Not offensive in any way but not outstanding either.

Taste is actually exactly like the aroma and is on the sweeter side. I kind of like it but at the same time don't think I would want to session it.

Mouthfeel is medium, pretty smooth but ultimately the beer does have quite a sweetness to it and ends up hurting the drinkability. I have no problem with sweetness in something like a Barleywine or RIS because it has depth but this is just grainy sweetness.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.59/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Medium carbonation. Golden, corny, yellow colour. White head that only sticks around for 5 minutes and doesn't leave a cap whilst consumption ensues.

S - Sweetish. Grassy and grainy. Noticable saaz hops. Good for what it is.

T - Grainy and malty up front with a nice grassy hop finish and mild bitterness. Once again, not amazing but for the style it's good.

M - Thin, somewhat watery. This is where it reminds you what it is. Carbonation is present. Goes down smooth.

D - Fairly high. If I wanted a really really easy drinking Ontario lager with just barely enough flavour for an evening of drinking,this would have to be it. The 4.5 ABV is also swell.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
2.83/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Havent had Trailhead in bottles for ages, figured I'd give it a go.

Poured into a small stein. Light golden in colour, with a thin head that survived in thin patches - not much lacing to speak of.

The nose is particularly sweet, with notes of corn and lemon, and that very distinctive "welly malt" flavor. (I can't really describe it, but it's a flavor I can pick up in pretty much all of Wellington's offerings)

Taste is about the same, albeit a bit tinny. Suprisingly sweet, almost cloying. Malty, with hinds of lemon and grassy, floral hops. The sweetness really cuts into the brew's balance, placing Trailhead among the other oppressively average lagers this country produces. I understand why Welly brews Trailhead - it's a good seller for those who just want "a beer", like Canadian or Blue; and it's also among the discount brands at the Beer Store - but it's still far from their best, and a poor example of the quality the brewery is capable of.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, watery.

As far as a "discount" brew goes, you can do much worse. At around 30 bucks for a 24, it's not a bad brew. Can't say I really enjoyed it that much; it's not among Wellington's best offerings.

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Photo of cratez
2.61/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

473ml can from the Silver Selection Pack. The Wheat Ale didn't go too well so hopefully this fares better.

A: golden yellow with lots of carbonation in the body and one finger of bubbly white head. Couple dots of lace on the pint glass.
S & T: blood, iron, burnt toast, grains, sweet corn, malt, and water. Completely lacking any discernible hop flavour, though a hollow and minutely floral grassiness comes through on the nose. Yikes! NOT a Vienna Lager, as the label claims, but rather an Adjunct Lager in the tasteless macro mold. Incredibly bland.
M: thin, high carbonation, a tad spicy, light bodied, watery finish, dry corn aftertaste.
D: a drain pour for me, and yet another clunker in the Wellington lineup. They still make some good beers, but Trailhead isn't one of them. Don't bother.

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

From the OCB Discovery Pack Summer 2010.
473ml can poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a clear yellow with a 1cm head. Head was quickly gone and no lacing is produced.

S - Mild malty sweetness and a hint of citrus.

T - Mild malty sweetness, a hint of citrus and some hops. The finish has a slight metallic taste.

M - A bit creamy at first and a bit watery in the finish. A little crisp but it's really pretty average.

D - It's drinkable but only because it's plain and bland. It could definitely use more hops. There's nothing redeeming about this "macro" wannabe.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.18/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473ml tall pastel blue can, cartoon fish theme and all.

This beer pours a cloudy medium straw colour, with two fingers of dense soapy off-white head, which leaves some random arched lace around the glass as it fades away. It smells of sweet white cracker grain, a bit of corn mash, subtle earthy honey, and mildly grassy hops. The taste is soft grain, weedy, herbal hops, and some very mild nail polish remover-esque alcohol. The carbonation is fairly soft, the body smooth, medium weight, and a bit oily, and it finishes mostly dry, the musty, weedy attributes hanging on tight.

A fair shake better than your typical AA (heh) Lager, classification-wise, but it doesn't quite follow through on the packaging's promise of a Vienna Lager by dint of Czech hops and German malts - the requisite crispness and zing just aren't there.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
2.61/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a turbid orangey yellow with a small head that dissipates quickly. A slight ring of foam persists for a while. Lacing: Negligible.

The aroma is...trace elements of floral hops. A little grassy. Mildly sweet. Meh.

The taste is barely there. Mild honey malt. A little light biscuit here. A tiny nibble of hops there. A touch of dry mineral in the finish. Pretty mediocre overall.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery.

Overall verdict: Wellington should stick to English ales. This isn't a bad beer by any means, it's just a really boring one.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.3/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml can poured into pint glass sept17 2009

A slightly cloudy golden yellow with a decent one finger head with fair retention and very little lace. This is one of the more carbonated beers I've seen lots of bubbles.

S a little bread with some floral hops

T a little grass and some mild hops, nothing great but nothing offensive

M light, lots of bubbles, pretty crisp and clean

D overall not a bad beer better then average but not by much

not bad for a Canadian lager

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Photo of Shadman
3.16/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking lager, slighty hazy pale straw in color. Really nice head and head retention,

Smell is less than stellar. Slight grainy malts with definite cooked veggie adjunct odor.

Pretty light & unassumming in taste. Weak right across the board. Weak malts, weak hops, weak metallic twang.

Smooth due to it not being over carbonated. Light body as evidenced in the 4.5% ABV.

Not the worst AAL I've tried, but really that far ahead in the taste dept from Old Milwaukee either

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Photo of mrmanning
2.85/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pretty average lager all around, and not the best I have had from the brewery, but a decent beer nonetheless. Head is foamy, and white, medium sized. Body is a dark amber colour. Aroma is stale hops, corn, and a faint sweetness. Taste is hoppy, bitter, sweet like sugar, and slight corn. Finish is a tad watery, leaving a mild bite in the throat as well. Not horrid, but they make better stuff!

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Photo of ecoastman
3.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm afraid I chilled this too much and will have to review again. I got a bit of ice forming in the cold glass when I tried to cool a can and mug from room temperature in the freezer.

Drinkability - Could drink many of these easy drinking low-flavour summer time refreshers.

Appearance - clear golden.

Smell - Typical clean lager - nothing particularly outstanding.

Taste - slightly grainy. Refreshing for a hot summer day but nothing remarkable. Better than a macro beer. Very easy to drink.

Mouthfeel - smooth and watery.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one at an LCBO in Oakville I believe, while I was picking up a collectors pack of Johnnie Walker. Came in a blue can with a fish on it, with a best before date sometime in August.

Appearance: The beer poured with a solid thumb of head, but it does not lace, nor does it retain very well. The beer itself shows quite a bit of carbonation although it is hard to tell, given the murky yellow color of the beer that shows hints of green when put up to the light.

Smell: Well I am getting a smell, but I wouldn't call in diverse by any means. Corn is clearly dominant with hints of floral hops and biscuit grains. It's not offensive by any means, but it's a bit tame.

Taste: Nothing bad, but nothing outright good on this offering. Starts with a slight sweeter corn taste that turns to a more biscuit like taste, which finishes off with probably a touch of rather generic hops. Nothing here is going to knock your socks off, and if I could, I'd give it a 2.75.

Mouthfeel: Well the beer is quite carbonated but it actually helps it's case. It has practically no aftertaste and leaves your mouth very clean and only slightly dry. As plain as the beer may be, it transitions quite well too.

Drinkability: This beer can be put back with great ease and is exceptionally refreshing. It's not heavy but the carbonation does cause a little bit of a gas issue but apart from that good stuff.

Final Thoughts: Well, I knew this beer was one of Wellington's weaker offerings, but even still it has it's niche. This would be a great after a long hike in the woods, which is really what this beer sorta implies by it's name. It's not bad for an adjunct lager, but when you pour it into the glass, the lackluster smell and appearance doesn't do it any favors during the review.

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Photo of DoctorStrangiato
2.28/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a 473-ml can into a pub draught glass.

Appearance - poured a mild yellow-gold colour with fast disappearing 1-inch head. Lighter on the carbonation, and a little foam lace.

Smell - thin corn aromas and average adjunct smell characteristics.

Taste - tasteless beginning and then in the middle it gives way to a little bready-sweet corn flavour, ending in a boring dry finish. The finest Czech hops? Please. Almost no hop bitterness to notice.

Mouthfeel - even effect from start to finish, another beer manufactured for drinkability. Too bad there was no flavour profile for the smoothness.

Drinkability - for me, this will be the first and last time for Trailhead Premium Lager. Not a good product, not a good beer.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.44/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear golden in colour, quick splash of head that fades quickly.

Wonderful aroma of bready, biscuity malt, rich and lush, ends on a graham cracker sweet note. Floral hops.

The flavour is a malty treat as well, fresh baked bread throughout, very light hop finish, the goodness is only cut short by the bristling unbalanced carbonation of the mouthfeel, it interferes more than it helps to present. As a result it feels thin and watery in the end, even though it isn't. It's actually kind of creamy.

This has potential for sure, just round out the carbonation a bit and we have a winner here, otherwise a great malty lager.

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Photo of Voonder
2.98/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear golden yellow with moderate white head which dissapeared quickly. Smell - malts mostly, average smell for this type of beer. Taste - sweet malts, corn, not too bad actually, at least id doesn't taste like medicine, like other brews of this kind. Feels a bit flat, but stil OK with clean finish. It's pretty drinkable, this is not something I'd drink on a regular basis, but still an OK beer.

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Photo of elricorico
2.81/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A very clear deep gold with two fingers of white head. Head slowly falls to a thin cap but holds there for some time.

Slightly sweet malt aroma. Fairly light smell even for a lager.

Malt flavour gives a faint honey and grain impression. Hops are not strong, and give some metallic flavour. Taste is quite average.

The body has a thickness to it, and the carbonation is fizzy. Not bad.

Easy enough to drink, but it really lacks in substance. Could work for a lawnmower beer.

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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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Trailhead Premium Lager from Wellington County Brewery
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