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Fat Cat Lager - The Fat Cat Beer Company

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73
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58 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 22.51%


Brewed by:
The Fat Cat Beer Company
California, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TastyTaste on 10-26-2003)
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Reviews by KYBrewgrass:
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KYBrewgrass

Kentucky

3.43/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- 4 This looks surprisingly nice on the pour out of the can. It is a golden rust orange color with a big 1.5 finger off-white head that mellows down to under 1/4" throughout. It has slippery smooth lacing but non-uniform bubbles.

S- 3 It is pungent but very malt-heavy. I get a hint of orange as well, and also bread / yeast.

T- 3.5 Well, this is unique! Orange comes to mind initially as I first sip it, and then there is a roasted malt that dominates. It is almost nutty even. It is not shabby, but a strange combo and different from most lagers that I've had. Interesting.

M- 3.5 Not a bad feel to this; it is medium-light in body and high in carbonation. Fairly smooth.

D- 3.5 I could easily put down a few of these, though I probably wouldn't want more than a couple. It is unique for what I've tried. I find it a little off-balanced on the malt side but there are some other notes coming through. Not my favorite combination of flavors but decent... For 5.99/12-pack, I can't complain. Better than the average mass-produced domestic anyway!

Serving type: can

04-18-2011 13:57:25 | More by KYBrewgrass
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itsscience

Florida

3/5  rDev -3.5%

10-29-2013 23:23:28 | More by itsscience
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

1.84/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

355ml can, 5.2% ABV by the import label, from one of those shabby, dime-a-dozen liquor stores around town that scream out Minhas associations of some sort or another.

This beer pours a hazy, dark orangish apricot amber colour, with four rambunctious fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and even a bit creamy ecru head, which leaves a few random chunks of retarded sudsy cloud form lace around the glass as it rather quickly sinks away.

It smells of semi-sweet grainy pale malt, a bit of that high fructose corn syrup weirdness, artificial flavoured orange and banana marshmallow peanuts, and a certain, almost damned-near trademarked by now, plastic acetone essence. The taste is more of the same pre-established shit - corny, pale-malt adjacent graininess, a blended fruitiness quite unlikely found in nature, and even more unpleasant industrial plastic factory effluence. Hops? Yer at the wrong party, amigo.

The carbonation is pretty stilted, just a weak hum throughout, after that initial pourgasm maybe, the body a pithy, clammy piece of work, and smooth like your last buddy-buddy car salesman. It finishes off-dry, I guess, but I stopped thinking about this as beer a few sentences or so ago.

It would seem that this brand has gone through at least 2 contract brewers, so that would put them in their terrible twos, which is an apt metaphor for Minhas (at least the Wisconsin set at the present time). Here's hoping that this marketing company comes to their senses the next time around, for their sake.

Serving type: can

10-26-2013 05:14:09 | More by biboergosum
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Zach136

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +20.6%

10-01-2013 22:16:05 | More by Zach136
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

1.5/5  rDev -51.8%

06-30-2013 01:09:32 | More by mrfrancis
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e30todamax

Virginia

3/5  rDev -3.5%

06-04-2013 21:00:30 | More by e30todamax
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beernads

Florida

2/5  rDev -35.7%

05-17-2013 08:05:40 | More by beernads
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shand

Florida

3.56/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Fat Cat pours out a hazy burnt orange color with a head that retains very well. The aroma is deep and malty, with a touch of macro-esque twang that honestly doesn't work too bad. The taste offers a well-developed caramel malt, without much else to hang out. That said, it's tasty, but lacking in any depth whatsoever. The mouthfeel is light for sure, but has a little heft and smoothness to help the malts along. The drinkability is good. Overall, Fat Cat is a solid malty lager.

Serving type: can

05-09-2013 18:24:30 | More by shand
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JoeBlevins

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

04-29-2013 05:43:19 | More by JoeBlevins
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random846

California

3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

04-06-2013 20:58:18 | More by random846
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Mervjahn

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -3.5%

03-29-2013 02:27:38 | More by Mervjahn
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Fusionfingers


4.91/5  rDev +57.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is by far the most refreshing tasty mouthful of deliciousness I have ever experienced in a session beer. I recommend that anyone who gets the chance to taste this beer, do it! It is amazing, with a malty toasted arome and slightly bitter crisp taste and a dry finish. I wish it was available in San Diego, although I hear it is coming soon.

Serving type: can

02-28-2013 22:01:55 | More by Fusionfingers
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Slipperyphoton

Arizona

3/5  rDev -3.5%

01-28-2013 01:39:54 | More by Slipperyphoton
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iemailjack

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -19.6%

01-08-2013 03:06:26 | More by iemailjack
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bushwack

Alabama

4/5  rDev +28.6%

12-15-2012 04:28:46 | More by bushwack
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sendbeer

Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -19.6%

12-03-2012 20:18:04 | More by sendbeer
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Berzerker39

Ohio

4/5  rDev +28.6%

09-15-2012 14:42:49 | More by Berzerker39
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jaminjohnson

Yukon (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

08-29-2012 13:57:02 | More by jaminjohnson
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Wudro


3/5  rDev -3.5%

08-19-2012 15:34:27 | More by Wudro
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busterwhite

Georgia

2.98/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark gold with a 2 finger head. A little lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma of lager yeast mixed with metallic smell and lots of sweet malt.

Straight up malt sweetness in the taste, little to no hop presence. Buttery toffee and caramel flavor.

Mouthfeel is not bad, medium with good carbonation.

Way too sweet for me but light enough to make it drinkable on a hot day.

Serving type: can

07-29-2012 20:18:23 | More by busterwhite
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gunterheidrich

District of Columbia

3.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Dollars to doughnuts, this is one of the best. As the can reads, "Malt, hops, water, bla bla bla, what more can I tell ya? It's jest plain ol' good beer!"

It's like good cheap diner food ...but in beer format. It doesn't really conform to any style per se, but say yes to the wiley pie-eyed cat. It far surpasses any of the American pißwassers and even some of the PBRs, Naty Bohs, Rolling Rocks, and Yuenglings for comparable or lesser price.

Serving type: can

05-12-2012 14:12:36 | More by gunterheidrich
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Onslaught15

Kentucky

3.55/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. I picked up a 12 pack of it for novelty's sake, and well... Here I am.

It pours to a beautiful golden/orange amber. I noted that the color of the beer actually matches the orange the can upon my first pouring.

The carbonation is medium and creates a decent mouth feel.

Lacing is actually pretty close to perfect in the glass.

The smell is damn near perfect for what it is. If I were to try to explain to someone what beer smells like, I might give them a can of this. Sure, there are more complex smells out there, but this one is just beer... "that's what beer smells like"...

The taste is a contemporary lager. No real complexities. No subtle accents. It is what it is. It really reminds me of the first home brew lager I made when I was around 22. It's malty with a slight twinge of floral hops... The alcohol content is there without being overbearing.

No, I don't think it deserves an A, or even a B+, really. It's a good example. A benchmark. we can leave it at that.

For a moderately price novelty I saw on a shelf and kind of laughingly purchased, I was kind of surprised.

Serving type: can

12-12-2011 23:06:00 | More by Onslaught15
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tbeq00

California

3/5  rDev -3.5%

12-12-2011 21:23:07 | More by tbeq00
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KC9LDB

Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +49.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this one at a small dive bar on tap for a buck a pour (1 pint) its great beer for a great price. The initial look of it is light, golden had a great head that lasted for a good amount of time. Smell of a bit of corn, kind of like a Pabst. Its mainly a basic lager mouth feel but its good for after the expensive beer. The taste was nice, crisp clean and down to the point. Worth it!

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2011 16:35:24 | More by KC9LDB
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shared by Paul for some reason. Thanks.

Beer is dark yellow, clear, no real head, no lacing, low retention, low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet and corny.

Beer is medium to light in body and sweet with a heavy finish. Not very good but not too horrid. I don't think I'd ever have it again but it is a new brewery and worth a look. Mildly corn / grain finish on the backend.

Serving type: can

09-23-2011 20:44:34 | More by drabmuh
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Fat Cat Lager from The Fat Cat Beer Company
73 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.