This European style Lager from the Wellington County Brewery in Guelph, Ontario, Canada is perfect for an afternoon on a patio or dock. It has a crisp, dry and somewhat malty taste and woody aroma thanks to specialty malts from Germany and Czech hops. Trailhead has a smooth, dry finish with a little bitter aftertaste and a light golden colour.
The can is an attractive powder blue that uses the silver aluminium of the can to evoke a river. The logo features a jumping fish drawn with a hard black outline and a distinctive all-caps typeface.
I usually purchase Trailhead at my local LCBO, where it is sold in single, pint-sized cans. I have also seen it available in standard 341 mL bottles at The Beer Store.
(Updated January 08, 2013)
Ah, my very first beer review. It’s pretty bad. You can tell I really had no idea what I was doing. But…from humble beginnings…a journey of 1000 miles…
Turned out that this hobby really stuck with me and I’m proud to be involved in promoting the world of craft beer. I revisited Trailhead to update the photo and decided to take fresh notes.
Look: Hazy pencil yellow, large white head, settles as a thin film, no lacing.
Smell: Floral and soapy hops, sweet malts, light tea.
Taste: Quite sweet, malts, grains and grasses, sharp bitterness, slight soapiness, rather mild over all.
Mouth: Syrupy, oily, grainy, medium body, low carbonation, slightly metallic finish and aftertaste.
Opinion: Very accessible, maybe a bit too sweet, great choice for barbecues or sitting on a dock.
Type: Vienna Lager
Region: Ontario, Guelph
Brewery: Wellington County Brewery Incorporated
Format Purchased: 473 mL
Alcohol By Volume: 4.5%