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Fat Cat Lager - The Fat Cat Beer Company

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BA SCORE
73
okay

63 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 22.33%
Wants: 7
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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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Ratings: 63 | Reviews: 42 | Display Reviews Only:
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mynie

Indiana

1.1/5  rDev -64.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Okay pour, for a macro-ish type of beer. Transmission fluid orange with a small white head.

Smells like water and...hmmm...transmission fluid. Strange. Acrid and putrid.

Holy jesus fuck this tastes the way transmission fluid smells! Crankcase oil with a hint of beer.

Man oh man this is easily the most foul tasting beer I've ever come across. Lick your hands after doing some engine work and that's what this tastes like. Cool can, decent pour, but everything else is the very worst.

Serving type: can

12-24-2005 02:27:39 | More by mynie
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

1.5/5  rDev -51.5%

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

Illinois

1.8/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It has been a while since i last found this beer but i do remember it being a not so good experience. I found this beer once at a local sams club and have not seen it since(and i am not sad about it). The can is eye catching and looks like an old cartoon series. the smell was average. I remember the taste was that of a cheap domestic beer with a taste of aluminum. most beers are worthy of trying at least once but you may want to purchase only 1, not an entire case.

Serving type: can

01-18-2010 22:52:24 | More by dostom
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

1.84/5  rDev -40.5%
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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beernads

Florida

2/5  rDev -35.3%

05-17-2013 08:05:40 | More by beernads
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colts9016

Idaho

2/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into my Samuel Adam's Glass at 40 degrees.

Appearance: A frothy two finger head that is a light creamy orange with poor retention. The color of the beer is a medium copper color with reddish hues. The clarity of the beer is clear to brilliant. There is some carbonation bubbles in the beer.

Nose: A funky caramel aroma with toastiness. There is a rich solvent aroma that is sticky sweet. There are light notes of floral and oranges.

Taste: The funky flavor carries over to the taste. The malt is thin caramel, sweet, and toasty. There are notes of floral and oranges.

The mouth feel of the beer is thin and watery.

Overall: The body of the beer is thin and the finish is medium thin. This beer is not at all good. The nose gives an English barleywine aroma and the taste is just a cross between an American Adjunct lager and a red ale that is sweet and under hopped.

Serving type: can

11-24-2010 01:30:59 | More by colts9016
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Hohnbaum

Kansas

2.25/5  rDev -27.2%

06-15-2014 15:40:49 | More by Hohnbaum
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

2.3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Well, this one had been sitting in my fridge for about 2 months and I decided I'd pop it. I've had this beer before, way back in my college days, let's try it again.

Pale yellow, light see through body. No surprise, but the head didn't seem as billow-y as I thought it should be. Yeah, it bulked up, but seemed soapy. No lacing.

Musky malt aroma, sweet. Stale. Ick

taste is on spot for an American Adjunct lager...not Vienna. Light, sweet, stale malty. Corn underlying. Served butt cold, thankfully. Started to warm...I had to drink quickly.

Eh, perhaps a lawn-mowing beer, but it doesn't finish crisp enough

Serving type: can

04-04-2011 04:40:45 | More by Mebuzzard
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crossovert

Illinois

2.35/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz orange can. 5.99 a 12 pack.

It pours a clear orange with a frothy eggshell colored head. The head is fizzy but has some decent retention.

It smells like hoppy dough. That doesn't really mean it is hoppy, just it smell like if you rolled around some hop leaves in some sweet dough.

The flavor is a bit heartier than your typical adjunct lager, but it is much lighter than a malt liquor, it is like a bastard melding of the two. I wouldn't go so far as to say it is a vienna lager, maybe it is brewed with vienna malt but i can't really taste it.

Serving type: can

12-15-2010 04:48:32 | More by crossovert
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

2.4/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer may be the only beer with orange food coloring added to it. The body is bright orange, head is small and off white. Smells like sweet and sour sauce, really a funny egg smell to it. Taste is rather thin and one note, malt and slightly sweet, with barely perceptable hops in the background. Not very good, this is cheap beer that makes an attempt at something other than the classic cheap macro flavor, which is admirable.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2005 01:44:17 | More by TastyTaste
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iemailjack

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -19.1%

01-08-2013 03:06:26 | More by iemailjack
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DES8888

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -19.1%

07-12-2014 03:30:24 | More by DES8888
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sendbeer

Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -19.1%

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

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I do love the retro-design on the label of this thing, the classic-ly styled cartoon cat, complete with cigar...and yet I could tell it wasn't the sort of thing I wanted to spend my own money on. Luckily, a friend was so kind as to provide a can, and away we go...

Clear, pure yellow, huge head, a fluffy white pillow

Nose is typical, average lager-y smell, a little lemon-y, grainy, hints of corn...but sweet malt stands tallest in this saddle, when all is said and done.

Taste: not much. Mostly watery, thin bodied, with little finish. Flat and uncluttered by any flavor. Well, that's on first sip, let's give it another chance...

...light sweet malt presence, but little else. Wetness is all it can boast of, sorry to say. This won't scare away fans of other flat, boring beers, but those who yearn for more, don't bother.

I still like the can design, although it'd be nice if they had a good beer inside.

Serving type: can

10-21-2005 09:26:41 | More by feloniousmonk
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ADR

Pennsylvania

2.65/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

So now Huber has taken over the Fat Cat label from defunct Minnesota Brewing...still under the mysterious "MDI" label but moved to Wisconsin...

Darker than I expected, fully reddish copper with a watery 1/8 of an inch head that hangs for about 40 seconds. Comma-like lace. Lightly butterscotch malt aroma. Flavor goes the opposite direction, slightly astringent with lemon Life Saver candy elements. Flattens and bottoms out at the close with just a touch of bittering. A little south of par in comparison to regional macros, but the appearance was much more impressive than it could have been.

Serving type: can

10-26-2003 18:22:57 | More by ADR
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dmowen

Iowa

2.68/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Seen this in the store and had to try it. Really cool can design.
Pours a pretty orange color with a good creamy head that stays
for a while. Smells kinda sweet. Has a nice mouth-feel and goes down good. Too bad it doesn't have much taste. tastes kinda watered down. Don't think I'd buy again but glad I can
say I tried it. With beer somthing new or different is always worth
a try.

Serving type: can

02-20-2006 02:22:06 | More by dmowen
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CharlesDarwin

Rhode Island

2.8/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Originally reviewed on March 16, 2006. Poured from a can. Pours an orange copper, with a fast fading white head. Aroma of dusty malt and light sweetness. Flavor is similiar, with a markedly surprising sweetness and caramel quality, for the style at least. Palate is watery, but drinkable. As I commented to the purveyor, for a Pale Lager in a can from Wisconsin, it’s not bad.

Serving type: can

12-08-2006 17:44:20 | More by CharlesDarwin
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yemenmocha

Arizona

2.85/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rather dirty orangey-golden like hue with huge tan head. Nose was a little bready. On the palate it was light bodied, watery even, with mellow malt flavors and a bit of melon fruit. A peep of hop bitterness hits towards the end, and into the finish. Drinks easy but only because flavors are so muted and body is so light.

Serving type: can

11-08-2010 01:58:04 | More by yemenmocha
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Pegasus

Texas

2.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear golden-orange color, with a small white head, slight streams of carbonation, and slight, broken lacing.

Aroma: Sweet, mildly malty, honey-like aroma, with a slightly spicy hop presence.

Taste: Mildly malty, bread note at the open, with slight toasted malts, lemon hops, and a solid herbal hop presence at the finish, which is a bit dry.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, with champagne-like carbonation, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A very pleasant, drinkable example.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce pop-top aluminum can, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Many thanks to Kenneth G for graciously sharing this beer.

Serving type: can

01-16-2007 02:44:47 | More by Pegasus
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busterwhite

Georgia

2.98/5  rDev -3.6%
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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ronniebruner

Arizona

3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the definition of a hipster beer. The same people who drink this stuff are the same people who ironically drink PBR, pretending its cool, which it is not. This beer is exactly what you would think it is and has no distinguishing features other than the cute can.

Serving type: can

12-05-2010 06:42:24 | More by ronniebruner
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -2.9%

06-24-2014 11:35:31 | More by dbrauneis
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michaelfcasey

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -2.9%

06-07-2014 23:24:39 | More by michaelfcasey
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Slipperyphoton

Arizona

3/5  rDev -2.9%

01-28-2013 01:39:54 | More by Slipperyphoton
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e30todamax

Virginia

3/5  rDev -2.9%

06-04-2013 21:00:30 | More by e30todamax
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Fat Cat Lager from The Fat Cat Beer Company
73 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.