Fat Cat Lager - The Fat Cat Beer Company
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3.1/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
10-16-2010 02:16:10 | More by Chaz
3.43/5 rDev +11%
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.
10-07-2010 00:21:13 | More by zeff80
3.48/5 rDev +12.6%
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.
09-01-2010 13:14:11 | More by bagpiper2005
1.8/5 rDev -41.7%
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.
01-18-2010 22:52:24 | More by dostom
3.93/5 rDev +27.2%
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.
06-10-2009 01:23:58 | More by jjanega08
3.2/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
09-09-2008 19:38:33 | More by mnstorm99
3.43/5 rDev +11%
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.
02-01-2007 03:06:35 | More by umustdrink
2.98/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
01-16-2007 02:44:47 | More by Pegasus
2.8/5 rDev -9.4%
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, its not bad.
12-08-2006 17:44:20 | More by CharlesDarwin
2.68/5 rDev -13.3%
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
02-20-2006 02:22:06 | More by dmowen
1.1/5 rDev -64.4%
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.
12-24-2005 02:27:39 | More by mynie
2.5/5 rDev -19.1%
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.
10-21-2005 09:26:41 | More by feloniousmonk
2.4/5 rDev -22.3%
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.
09-17-2005 01:44:17 | More by TastyTaste
3.23/5 rDev +4.5%
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.
12-27-2004 19:23:01 | More by garymuchow
2.65/5 rDev -14.2%
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.
10-26-2003 18:22:57 | More by ADR
3.28/5 rDev +6.1%
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)!
08-27-2002 09:49:16 | More by JeffreyG
Fat Cat Lager from The Fat Cat Beer Company
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