Fat Cat Lager - The Fat Cat Beer Company

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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 22.4%
Wants: 8
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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The Fat Cat Beer Company
California, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: JeffreyG on 08-27-2002

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Ratings: 73 | Reviews: 43
Photo of mynie
1.12/5  rDev -63.6%
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.

Photo of HookemHoos
1.13/5  rDev -63.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Just not a very well made beer.

Photo of biboergosum
1.89/5  rDev -38.6%
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.

Photo of dostom
1.9/5  rDev -38.3%
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.

Photo of colts9016
2/5  rDev -35.1%
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.

Photo of Mebuzzard
2.26/5  rDev -26.6%
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

Photo of crossovert
2.34/5  rDev -24%
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.

Photo of TastyTaste
2.38/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
2.53/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Photo of ADR
2.66/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Photo of dmowen
2.73/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Photo of CharlesDarwin
2.78/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of yemenmocha
2.87/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of busterwhite
2.96/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of Pegasus
2.98/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of ronniebruner
3/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of Beejay
3.06/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Crystal clear, and medium amber. Nice off white tan head. Decent amount of bubbles coming up through the beer.

S: Some sweet and tart notes. Bready, with almost a dark bread thing going on a bit. The tart thing seems really out of place.

T: There is a tart sharpness to it. But besides that there are some bread notes, a bit of sweetness, and some biscuit flavors. Almost a hint of raisons in there.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation seems about right.

D: Decent, but not great. I could see this being a pretty good choice for a hot summer bbq. But then again, there are a lot of canned beers out there that are way better. Average all around.

Photo of drabmuh
3.08/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Chaz
3.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep reddish-orange in color, very clear/NB and with a bit of chill haze. A rocky, two-fingered, off-white head tops this one, and settles slowly, leaving behind relatively good arcs of lace.

Nose is semi-sour/tangy, and a bit metallic. Lightly vegetal, and ever-so-slightly acidic.

Thinner and crisper than I recall it being, but with a nice tangy-sweetness followed by a very mild, lingering bitterness. This one isn't as fresh as it should be but there's a nice beer in this can, somewhere . . . a sessioner in fact.

Just about par for the style, and a good value at under $8 a 12-pack.

The exectuion of this recipe by Minhas is indeed quite admirable, as compared from memory to the first batch I tried (which was Melanie @ Lacrosse City Brewery.)

Packaged 10085. Brewed in Monroe.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #32 (Sep 2009):

The retro marketing pushes us to drink straight from the can, but we resist and find our non-logoed pint tumblers.

A thick froth crackles to a thin ring of lace; filtered clarity displays the copper color. Sweet malty aroma with suggestions of cooked corn, caramel, brown bread and fresh-cut grass. Slick and a tad thin, with sufficient crispness. Quick sting of hop bitterness is enough to keep the sweetness from tipping the front over. More graininess with toasted bread crust flavors middle to end. Semidry with a bit of vegetal and herbal taste in the finish.

Sometimes beer is just beer; perhaps this is not the poster beer for Vienna Lagers, but it does quench the thirst. Aside from the poor head retention, this is your basic quaffable Amber Lager.

Photo of garymuchow
3.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great can, someone should get a picture of this on here. (I've been informed that it's the same can as the previous makers of this had).
I found this not too bad. The color is pumpkin orange with a tannish head that was short-lived.
Aroma was pretty non-descript, but largely a malt quality.
The taste fit a macro style with a mild malt base and a shot of not-unpleasant bitterness for the finish. And even better it stayed decently flavorful even as it warmed.
The feel was typically thin.
This is not bad for a cheap macro-style lager. The flavor characteristics are more positive than not.

Photo of mnstorm99
3.2/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one is a staple in my house, which is a good thing, for the style and price this beer goes great on a summer afternoon. Nice orange copper pour but no head to speak of after a real short time. Aroma is of a typical vienna lager, malt. Taste is much of the same, mostly base malt, with a touch of specialty caramel malts and possibly even a tinge of rye (probably not). Some hops just to balance it out. This is a very drinkable beer as are most in this style, but what I like is that at $6.49/12 pack, I get no hints of crappy additives in this beer, their may be a touch of corn, but it tastes pretty good.

Photo of JeffreyG
3.26/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well I wasn't really expecting much with this beer and actually I was pleasantly surprised. I found out about this beer on this site and I always kept an eye out for it. I finally found it being sold in single cans. I figure since Mn Brewing is bankrupt, they are just trying to get rid of it. I does have a nice deep orange color to it and a surprising foamyness that sticks in white lace. Taste is mostly malt with a slight hop bitterness. I'd take this over most American Style Lagers (esp. the macros). While it is enjoyable I don't know if it is a drink all day kind of beer. I'll test that out on my labor day weekend fishing trip. I was looking for another decent beer in cans (no bottles allowed)!

Photo of cpolking
3.26/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours light brown and orange, slightly cloudy, with a small off-white head that dissipates fairly rapidly.

The aroma is malty, biscuity, yeasty and fruity.

The taste is slightly sweet, a bit of slightly burnt caramel, malty and fruity with a slightly bitter and dry finish.

This is a nice amber/vienna lager, and nothing like its packaging and price range (less than $9 for a twelve pack) would suggest. It is brewed and canned in Monroe, Wisconsin so apparently contract brewed by Minhas.

Photo of danielplainview
3.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I think I paid $6.99 for a 12 pack of this so my expectations aren't the highest going in. . .
A - Clear, amber color with thick, bubbly, off-white foam. Little lacing though.

S - I didn't get much on the nose. Very muted

T - a little hoppiness comes across but not as snappy as I would like from this style

M - not a ton of body but its more substantial than normal domestic piss. Good for the price

D - Nothing wrong with the beer. clean finish and the fact that it comes in a can mean that I can probably drink several.

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Fat Cat Lager from The Fat Cat Beer Company
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