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Fat Cat Lager - The Fat Cat Beer Company

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BA SCORE
74
okay

70 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 21.54%
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)
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Photo of colts9016
2/5  rDev -35.7%
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 woodychandler
4.22/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

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?

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.18/5  rDev +2.3%
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 yemenmocha
2.85/5  rDev -8.4%
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 Chaz
3.1/5  rDev -0.3%
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 zeff80
3.43/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of bagpiper2005
3.48/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

My arm was twisted into trying this last night.

Pour: Light golden-amber color with a finger of white head that dissipates kinda fast. A little bit of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Wow, this doesn't have the slightest bit of skunky aroma! Caramel and pale malt, some fruit, and a slight burnt sugar note.

Taste: Wow, I'm surprised! A caramel malty front and middle, yeasty middle, and a molasses and brown sugar bittersweet finish. Not skunky or grainy at all.

Mouthfeel: Light, clean, and crisp. Fair amount of carbonation in this one.

Drinkability: I can pound these all day. Refreshing.

Final Notes: I actually, for some reason, really like this beer. An ideal beer to take with you to the beach or tailgating when you can't carry glassware and just want to drink straight from a can. Your lesser-beer drinking buddies will also appreciate it, I think.

Photo of dostom
1.8/5  rDev -42.1%
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 jjanega08
3.93/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A= pours a nuclear orange color like has been described in other reviews it looks like there may have been food coloring added. A small one finger head rises and falls from it with no lacing.
S= like a refreshing beer. Semisweet and watery.
T= like beer. It sort of has a hop taste maybe and a little sweet malt but mostly just beer and adjunct..
M= smooth crisp and refreshing.
D= very high. Ill be enjoying these all summer. What a great cheap beer.

Photo of mnstorm99
3.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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 umustdrink
3.43/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Slightly cloudy orange color, (looks a lot like the can!). Head is offwhite settles at an eighth inch . A fair amount of lacing going on here.

S - Rich caramel malts but slightly sweet, sort of reminds me of a weizenbock scent.

T - Taste is at first mostly malty but is quickly rounded off with a sugary sweetness somewhat akin to sweetcorn that lasts until after you swallow.

M - Carbonation brings a crispness to it and the consistency is thin but is able to leave a lasting taste.

D - Not bad at all, certainly better than I had anticipated. The guy who said it tasted like transmission fluid or whatever definitely got a bad batch.
Sweet can design.

Photo of Pegasus
2.98/5  rDev -4.2%
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 CharlesDarwin
2.8/5  rDev -10%
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 dmowen
2.68/5  rDev -13.8%
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 mynie
1.1/5  rDev -64.6%
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 feloniousmonk
2.5/5  rDev -19.6%
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 TastyTaste
2.4/5  rDev -22.8%
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 garymuchow
3.23/5  rDev +3.9%
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 ADR
2.65/5  rDev -14.8%
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 JeffreyG
3.28/5  rDev +5.5%
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)!

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Fat Cat Lager from The Fat Cat Beer Company
74 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.