1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Fat Cat Lager - The Fat Cat Beer Company

Not Rated.
Fat Cat LagerFat Cat Lager

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
73
okay

67 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

(view ratings)
Ratings: 67
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 21.94%
Wants: 8
Gots: 1 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Fat Cat Lager Alström Bros
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 67 | Reviews: 42 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of zeff80
3.43/5  rDev +10.6%

A - Poured out a clear, amber color with a one-finger head of thick, bubbly, off-white foam. It had okay retention but left very little lace.

S - It smelled of rich malts, grain and caramel. Slight floral hop aroma, too.

T - Nice malty/caramel flavor. There was a slight hop bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied lager that finishes clean and dry.

D - Honestly, this beer shocked me. My brother-in-law had one sitting around and I had really low expectations for it. However, it was surprisingly tasty.

zeff80, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
1.84/5  rDev -40.6%

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.

biboergosum, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of Jason
3.48/5  rDev +12.3%

12oz can with no freshness date, a newer batch from the one we reviewed in the mag.

Clear and copper, head suffers but enough lacing stays around. Smells of caramel and taffy with some toasted graininess. Malty sweetish body, pretty clean with a mild graininess. Modest hopping balances. Hint of alcohol and cooked veggies in the middle. Sweet finish, but not so sweet that another sip is not in order.

Not half bad, the real factor will be pricing ... the value is there but only to a certain level with many other craft lagers in the market.

Jason, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of feloniousmonk
2.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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.

feloniousmonk, Oct 21, 2005
Photo of drabmuh
3.08/5  rDev -0.6%

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.

drabmuh, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of beernads
2/5  rDev -35.5%

beernads, May 17, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
4.22/5  rDev +36.1%

The CANano has been drinking, the CANano has been drinking, but not me! I love Tom Waits as a songwriter and a pianist, but as a singer, oof. Did anybody else notice that the carpet needs a haircut and the telephone is out of cigarettes? The CANQuest (TM) is going retro on this one, boy. The cat looks like a cross between Krazy Kat, Mooch, and Fritz the Cat. F**k. I used to smoke cigars and I think I may have hung out with this cat once before. I do not recommend my life for our younger viewers.

From the (minimalist) CAN: "'We gottit made!"; "Malt, hops, water, bla, bla, bla, what more [CAN] I tell ya? It's just plain ol' good beer!" Now, that's good ad copy! Whaddya need? Hey, you jagov, jest keep movin' if ya know what's good fer ya!

The Crack & Glug produced a little better than a finger of ecru head with better retention than the Bros experienced. Note: please see me if you would like to see the Glug pour performed before your very eyes. It CAN be done in the privacy of your own home or on-stage as audience size may dictate. Color was a slightly hazy orangish-amber, hence the CAN's color. I really dig truth in advertising. Nose was very malty-sweet with a hint of hops underlying the sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium with a really honey-like lager sweetness on the tongue. I may be jaded following so many clinkers out of a CAN, but this was both pleasant and enjoyable. This was unencumbered lager, plain and simple. Finish was unobtrusive, slightly sweet, but not sugary and unquestionably lager. I really liked this and would certainly put it in my infamous beach cooler. Where CAN I get some more?

woodychandler, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of dbrauneis
3/5  rDev -3.2%

dbrauneis, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of wrightst
3.75/5  rDev +21%

wrightst, Thursday at 02:36 AM
Photo of Mebuzzard
2.3/5  rDev -25.8%

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

Mebuzzard, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of sendbeer
2.5/5  rDev -19.4%

sendbeer, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of tone77
3.73/5  rDev +20.3%

The legendary woodychandler comes through again with another canned beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a caramel color with orange hues and a 1 inch head. Smell is big on malts, biscuts, a touch of sweetness. Taste is also very malty, some biscuts and hops, more subdued than the smell. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality brew.

tone77, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of mrfrancis
1.5/5  rDev -51.6%

mrfrancis, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of mynie
1.1/5  rDev -64.5%

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.

mynie, Dec 24, 2005
Photo of garymuchow
3.23/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

garymuchow, Dec 27, 2004
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.18/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of ADR
2.65/5  rDev -14.5%

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.

ADR, Oct 26, 2003
Photo of Pegasus
2.98/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

Pegasus, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.18/5  rDev +34.8%

This beer was brewed and canned in good ol' Monroe, WI; 10 minutes from Granny's farm. Makes me feel proud.

A - The brew pours a surprisingly radiant orange-goldenrod hue, and is capped with a generous volume of ecru froth. The color of this beer is almost identical to that of the can.

S - The nose is the weakest link; there is a mineral-citric quality akin to lime seltzer water, but little else.

T - The flavor is malty-sweet, ever-so-slightly, and has a rich English character (or Viennese) that suggests biscuits, caramel, toffee, and toast. Herbal hops are subdued but discernible. There is a fruity yeast character that is minor, but sublime, and contributes impressions of stone fruit. The deeper I get into this, the more amazed I am at the rich complexity of this Lager.

M - Silky, smooth, softly carbonated.

O - This is a shockingly good beer, albeit subtle. It compares very favorably to SA Boston Lager.

ktrillionaire, May 10, 2011
Photo of TastyTaste
2.4/5  rDev -22.6%

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.

TastyTaste, Sep 17, 2005
Photo of Zach136
3.75/5  rDev +21%

Zach136, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of crossovert
2.35/5  rDev -24.2%

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.

crossovert, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of yemenmocha
2.85/5  rDev -8.1%

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.

yemenmocha, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of tbeq00
3/5  rDev -3.2%

tbeq00, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of shand
3.56/5  rDev +14.8%

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.

shand, May 09, 2013
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Fat Cat Lager from The Fat Cat Beer Company
73 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.