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Cattail Ale - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Cattail AleCattail Ale

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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 19.18%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Mild Ale |  5.16% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Described as a Wisconsin Mild Ale, brewed with water, malt, hops and yeast; hopped with Kent Golding and finished with a California Ale yeast strain.

(Beer added by: Winter on 04-08-2003)
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Photo of yesyouam

New York

2.1/5  rDev -34%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Lakefront Cattail Ale is a clear golden beer with no head. It smells a little funky with a faint note of lemon. It is soft and medium-light bodied with a clean finish. It tastes a little skunky and grassy. It's very mild, but I can taste a little alcohol in it. I just wanted to taste a Mild Ale in a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 14:54:39 | More by yesyouam
Photo of splat215


2.65/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Interesting shade of orange/red, bubbly, full of carbonation not much head.
S - Hoppy with slightly citrus/orange notes
T - IPA-Like hoppiness in the front, clean finish - strangely uneven as a result
M - Bubbly, tingly, slightly overcarbonated in my opinion
D - A bit one dimensional for me. There's one flavor, it hits you, then it goes away. Not something I'd drink a bunch of.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 23:04:51 | More by splat215
Photo of prototypic


3.3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Much gratitude is extended to Pauly2X for sending this one. The ever elusive English Pale Mild is finally here. Many thanks, Pauly.

A light layer of haze clouds its pale straw color. The beer itself looks nice. The head however was white, foamy and didn't even quite stand a finger tall. It was very quick to dissipate and left no lacing behind to speak of.

I really hope there's more to the flavor than the nose. It's weak and tough to pull much out of this one. Primarily, it's yeasty and biscuit-like. There's some light apple and pear fruit notes. Perhaps a little pale malt. Hops are extremely faint and nearly go unnoticed. Smells like an English variety to the extent they're noticeable. Tough sledding here. Very average.

The flavor picks up a little, not a great deal. Yeast and bread or biscuit-like notes are prominent. It's has an odd, yet interesting, buttery flavor. Generally, I'm not a fan of that flavor, but it doesn't offend here. Pale malts are noted and taste strong once they emerge. Some English variety of hops must have been used in this. I'm not familiar with the hop flavor. They're light, but seem to provide a faint bitter taste. Very light apple and pear add some fruit sweetness. It finishes sweet and ever so slightly bitter.

As far as body goes, it's light. Carbonation is not quite buzzy, but somehow has a crisp bite. It's above average, but not exactly smooth. Drinkability isn't bad, but it is average. The flavor's okay, but doesn't stand out in any way. It's easy to drink, but doesn't have any characteristics that really draw you in.

Cattail Ale is above average as a beer. Obviously, I'm not very familiar with the style, but I'm guessing it's spot-on. English Pale Mild doesn't seem to be a style that's deep and full of flavor and character. That's exactly where this beer lacks. Depth, character, and flavor. It's passable, but ho-hum all around. Nonetheless, I'm thankful for the opportunity to try it and very pleased to cross the style off the list. Thanks again, Pauly. I really appreciate the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 04:06:38 | More by prototypic
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West Virginia

3.4/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark gold color, with a pure white head that does stick around for a bit. Lacing is above average.

Aroma of pale malts, earthy and mild. Some spicy hops in there as well. The taste is a bit grainy, with some more of the hop spice, also pumpkin spice that I was not expecting. It finishes with some nice bitterness that lingers on for a spell.

Good feel, nicely carbonated and easy to drink. Nothing extraordinary but a good solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 23:45:24 | More by ZimZamZoom
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3.58/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle - $5.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Bottled During the 3rd Week of October.

Appearance: Pours a nearly clear, coppery body with, despite an enthusiastic pour, only a very thin, extremely short-lived, white head.

Smell: Faint notes of spicy, zesty Noble-type hops mixed with mild tones of crumbled, day-old biscuits. As it warms a bit, some light hints of fruit and flowers emerge.

Taste: Lightly biscuity malts with an equally light sweetness attached to it. Predominately spicy hop character, with a tiny bit of lemon zest, and an overall medium-low bitterness. Floral hints in the latter half. Finishes dry and a bit crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Reasonably tasty and drinkable with a thirst-quenchingly low ABV percentage.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2009 19:28:43 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3.33/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

had this at the brewery tour.

it poured an amber color, no real head that impressed, and faded quickly.

a touch of sweet in the beginning, a touch of bitter as it ended. easy to drink, but i am afraid easy to forget also.

a nice thirst quencher that went down well, but was all to easily forgetten when i moved on to the next selection.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2009 20:10:22 | More by sabalon
Photo of riversider76

New York

3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've never had this style before so I really have nothing to compare it to. Pours a cloudy golden. Thin white head with no retention or lacing. Aroma is bready and sweet.Very week. Body is thin and carbonated. Taste is also sweet and bready with a tart finish. Didn't really care for this.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 00:08:47 | More by riversider76
Photo of tmoneyba


3.63/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured clear amber color with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing.

Moderate yeasty cider aroma.

Light to medium body and soft carbonation.

Medium sweet flavor with a medium sweet fruity finish of short duration.

Refreshing drinkable beer and good for style.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2009 17:23:32 | More by tmoneyba
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3.4/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, gift from R&S.

Tried 19 Jul 2008.

Small white head. Well carbonated, fizzy. Muted golden color. Light malty sweet aroma. Starts fruity sweet, flavor is light but refreshing. Finish is just lightly bitter and somewhat tart, peachy. Easy to drink, not too complex.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 04:28:03 | More by htomsirveaux
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3.1/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Brother Thelonious goblet. This beer pours a slightly hazy, honey brown with a slight, fish eyed, white head that quickly disappears into nothingness. The aroma is mildly, malty sweet. That's really about all. No hops, really no nothing, just sweet. The flavor is mildly sweet and slight grainy. There is a noticeable amount of honey that comes out on the finish. The mouthfeel is light and crisp, leaving a lingering grainy flavor on the palate. If they toned down the alcohol content to about 4%, this could really be a good session beer. The alcohol is just a little to high for me to really consider it a mild.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 22:11:03 | More by hwwty4
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New York

2.6/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Not really a very strong offering. I got as part of an assorted eight pack. It had a gold color, slightly see through, limited head. It also had a sour smell.

I guess that it is crisp, but it had very little flavor to it. I didn't get the ale taste, really, it tastes more like an American lager. Decent American lager, but there are better ales out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 20:25:38 | More by Amalak
Photo of iceball585

New York

3.88/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden yellow color, semi-cloudy, thin white layer that faded to a thin ring, lots of bubbles rising when first poured

S- Citrus, grassy, earthy, grains, bitter hops, flowery

T- Fresh pears, orange peels, pale malts, grassy, light hops bite

M- Light/medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, tart, crisp

D- Worth buying again

This beer definitely has its own original flavor. The fruity flavors really come out once it warms up a bit.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 22:56:59 | More by iceball585
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South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bif thanks to Goliath for sending me this one to help me knock off another style on my belt. I served this one cold and poured it into a pint glass. Consumed on 12/11/2008.

The pour was decent enough. Light brown in color with a moderate level of cloudiness to it. Nothing out of this world, but certainly not bad by any means. Nice light head of white sitting up on the top and it faded rather quickly, leaving only some light lacing in its wake.

Light aroma, grian, fresh grass, hints of pears or some other light fruit and a touch of some light hops. Maybe an apricot or two as it really got warmed up. The flavor was very light, but very nice. Super smooth profile coated the tongue with light malts and a hint of delicate hoppiness. Smooth finish left only the lightest hint of flavor on the tongue but left you wanting another sip almost immediatley.

Overall a very solid little beer. An interesting style as it seems it is a cross between a light pale ale and a light wheat beer, but lighter then both in the end. Would not mind trying another in the category at all.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 02:45:49 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of Offa


4.4/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Light, pleasant, and smooth, this is nevertheless quite tasty.

Copper-gold in colour, it has a medium, off-white head diminishing slowly to a wispy top.

The aroma is bread, grain, a flowery character with a light earthiness, and a hint of pine. It's rather like a lighter English ale, which seems about right since it's supposed to be a pale mild.

The taste is similar, but mostly malty with only a very light hoppy bitterness. It s characterized primarily by light maltiness with toasted grain and hint of caramel but with some nice, very juicy flavours and a light lemon element. It is lightly sweet and tartly juicy with a light appetizing bitterness becoming noticeable near the finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 00:26:54 | More by Offa
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3.88/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle from a brewery holiday 8 pack sampler, November 2008 for $12.99 at La Bodega in Riverside, CA.

Pours a reddish copper into an English pint glass. Minimal head, but a moderate amount of carbonation keeps a steady stream of bubbles coming.

Aroma is of bready malts and bright crisp clean hops. Nicely balanced. Not strong, but pleasant.

Flavor at first is a hard hops bite, quite sharp, but this is just getting the palate ready. Upon additional sips, this is a very nicely balanced, although a bit thin, English-style ale that is quite enjoyable. This one is all about balance- good malt base and enough hop sharpness to be interesting without being overpowering. A good session beer, I'm sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 22:59:07 | More by Dukeofearl
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at FLB in Ithaca.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic. "Bottled During Aug Wk4" notched on the side.

Pours a foggy sunset bronze with a one finger bleach white head that disappears in seconds. Not much of anything left on the sides of the glass. Smell consists of grains, dirt, grass, with faint citrus. Some corn and toasted malts in the nose as well. Taste is pretty bready at first with a touch of sweet lemon and zest. Midway light pepper and grit find their way on the tongue. Aftertaste has some interesting corn stalk flavors with caramel malts and salty butter in the the finish. Light to medium body with a slightly creamy feel. The soft and flowing carbonation fits well. Definitely a drinkable brew, but the rest of the beer is lacking a bit. I had the Portsmouth American Mild over the weekend at the brewpub and it blows this beer away, so technically this is my second "Pale Mild Ale". I brought home a bottle of Portsmouth's offering for a review, look for that pretty soon.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2008 03:12:43 | More by BeerTruth
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3.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, a Wisconsin Mild, let's see what that's about,

A: Pours golden with a light white head with good retention, mild lacing.

S: Fruity hops, light berry, sweet malt, sugar.

T: Sweet bread immediately broken by a hop bite. Grape, strawberry, an interesting mix of flavours.

M: Relatively light bodied, mild acidity, smooth, creamy, watery at times.

D: Another average/good beer from Lakefront. A rare style in these here United States, I'm glad to see someone brewing it.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 01:20:07 | More by Halcyondays
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3.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale, clear copper with a slight head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is bready malt with a definite metallic character.

Taste is initially sweet, bready malt. Surprisingly fruity, orange citrus aspect. Hops bring a bit of spicy bitterness. Finish holds a lingering mineral feel.

Mouthfeel is light bodied.

Appears to match the style well. Very mild and inoffensive. Could be a good crossover brew for your macro friends.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 00:08:19 | More by Blakaeris
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2.48/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A=golden amber that's a little hazy, one finger head, decent head retention, no lacing
S= citrus hops, corn , and a wheat or rice something
T= great deal of spicy bitter hops at the end, in the middle its very citrus, for some reason I'm getting lemons or something really sour? There's sort of a corn taste up front
M=medium body and average carbonation
D= decent but the weird taste will turn me off after about two. I would prolly get bored with this and need to find something tastier.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 05:47:33 | More by jjanega08
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3.15/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, I can say it's certainly not the best beer from Lakefront. This stuff is pretty pedestrian and ho-hum. Style dictates serving at a cool temp, so let it warm up from the fridge. Bottle notched: AUG and WK2

Rich gold color, a finger of foam, then a thin skim bounded by a thicker ring at the edge. Irregular legs of foam where it gets sloshed and stays in place. Stale grain in the nose, mildly sweet cream of wheat or malt-o-meal cereal.

Flavor has a mild sweetness, honey and raw cereal grain flavor. Puffed wheat or rice, definitely a cereal character. No hop flavor or bitterness to speak of. Easy going but kinda wishy-washy. Low carbonation, true to style. Not really something that holds my interest.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 01:18:36 | More by emerge077
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New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a hazy yellowish orange color with a 1/2" head that breaks apart quickly. No lacing develop.

Smell: orange and floral bitterness are mild but pleasant on the nose.

Taste: light malt profile here. Some caramel, orange slices, green grapes, and a floral bitterness make up a mellow beer.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. Orange citrus dominates in the aftertaste. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: decent if you are in the mood for the style, but it is a bit weak for all afternoon enjoyment for the tastebuds.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2008 16:35:13 | More by Gavage
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2.85/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer starts out very promising, with a nice golden color with some amber highlights. The head is a good inch, but quickly becomes rather thin with little retention and no lacing.

The smell has a light buttery nose with a bit of grain and a touch of floral hops.

The flavor is fairly week and flawed. It a diacytl filled body with a mixture of butter and grain, the hops are present, but are a bit dull and flat and struggle to get past the ever present buttery flavor. Usually I find a bit of Diacytl in an English Pale or Mild acceptable or even done correctly desireable. In this however its detrimental and leaves a boring flat beer.

The mouthfeel is thin and watery with a long oily finish making the flaws of this beer linger longer.

Once was enough for this one, not a good omen for my first ever Lakefront beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2008 00:32:24 | More by bashiba
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New York

3.13/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a very basic pale malt scent with little hop aroma to speak of. The taste is average as well. It has a dry pale malt flavor with a light hop taste as well. It goes down with some prickly carbonation and finishes with a bit of citrus zest. The mouthfeel is average. It is a medium bodied beer with a little too much CO2. This is an average beer at best. I'm not sure what they were attempting to replicate with this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2008 22:49:50 | More by WesWes
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2.45/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale golden color with a thin white head. Poor retention and no lacing.

Aroma is ok. A bit of citrus and pale malts. Not a whole lot going on.

The taste is ok. A big citrus note followed by a bit of pale malt. Really not too impressive.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated.

Drinkability is moderate. Definitely sessionable, but just not that good.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 19:53:59 | More by Goliath
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3.9/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Gold, good carbonation bubbles through the glass, ok head.

Smell: Sweet bread, light grass note saves it from being too macro-like.

Taste: A little bit of sweetness before moving into a moderate tea and grassy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Not too heavy.

Drinkability: Not sure if I could really "session" this if it's above 5%, but it went down smooth.

This was a pretty good summer beer with a little different flavor profile than the usual wheats and pilsners of the hot months. I don't see it around as much as the other Lakefront beers, but I'd have it again sometime.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 21:45:18 | More by Mdog
Cattail Ale from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
74 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.