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Cattail Ale - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Cattail AleCattail Ale

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103 Reviews
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Reviews: 103
Hads: 112
Avg: 3.2
pDev: 18.44%
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:
Beer added by: Winter on 04-08-2003

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.
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Reviews: 103 | Hads: 112
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.38/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of hwwty4
3.1/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of Amalak
2.56/5  rDev -20%
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.

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Photo of iceball585
3.85/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.95/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

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Photo of Offa
4.37/5  rDev +36.6%
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.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.85/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.45/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.33/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of jjanega08
2.48/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.11/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.55/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of bashiba
2.92/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
3.13/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of Goliath
2.5/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

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Photo of Mdog
3.88/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with a small head and no lacing.

Smell is rather plain, bready and malty like a typical lager, nothing really standing out.

Taste is light and crisp, similar to a lite lager, the carbonation is a bit high but adds to the crispness, malty yet not overly sweet, not much of a hop or bitter presence.

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Photo of dmowen
4.27/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a medium amber with a small head that dissapates rapidly to nothing; not even any lacing.Smells kinda fruity. Mouth-feel is OK and taste is kinda fruity/hoppy that finishes good. A good exampel of this type of style. Would definetly
buy this again.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.83/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester as part of this brewery's sampler 8-pack. Pours a hazy orange-yellow body with a half inch or so of off-white head. A very slight fruity grassy aroma, though hard to detect.... Tastes sweet and bready and slightly fruity toward the finish. On the lighter side of medium-bodied with ample carbonation. An easy-drinking

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Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a bubbly, orange, gold color with a small, foamy, egg-shell white head. It left no lace.

S - It smelld of grains, corn and some yeast.

T - It tasted of some mild spice and light caramel malt. Some grain-like flavors, too.

M - It was sharp and very crisp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good beer. It is my first ever of the style and I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Gmann
3.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear toasted straw color with a very little head, no lacing detected. Not much aroma to talk about, I picked up some hints of caramel. The taste is of light toasted grains, some honey malt and mineral water. The brew has a subtle sweet/tart flavor. The feel is light but not watery, proper carbonation for the style. Finishes balanced with a slightly dry kick. I know why they call these session beers. You can easily down several without knowing. This is a great alternative to the macro, its light, not heavy on flavor with no grainy or adjuncty flavors.

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Photo of Misfit138
2.41/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass from longneck bottle

A- Light orange in color, very see through. Nice two inch head that left a nice lacing on the side.

B- Smelled like a lager, could be PBR or Bud based on smell. Mostly malts.

T- I know this is supposed to be an ale, not a lager but to me it taste much like a regular macro-brew. It largely is malty, with some grains, it does have some mild hop bitterness at the end which helps the taste some.

M- Pretty light and carbonated.

D- I wouldn't go out of my way for this, its not all that interesting. It would do well with the fans of the mainstream beers, would be a good choice for grilling out on a hot day. I never had an English Pale Mild Ale before, but like I said it seems like a lager.

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Photo of DrainBamage
4.09/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear dark copper color with a lace of head and looks highly carbonated. Smells like a macro lager, but a little sweeter. Mouthfeel is very carbonated and taste is very complex. The malts and hops are very well balanced. This is a pretty good beer. It's the only English Pale Mild Ale I've had and I'll have to have this again sometime.

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Photo of Patrick999
3.39/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wow, an English mild - here's a style waypoint I don't come across very often, this style is a departure for me.

A - Head bubbles up and settles to a very thin ring. Gold body with active carbonation, but I'd like to see a little better head retention.

S - Sweet bready notes with some floral hops.

T - Kind of like sucking on hard toffee candy without too much sweetness, replaced by a few nips of hop. Any sweetness is more residual than up front.

F - Has crackle and pop. A little stickiness.

D - I didn't find this quite as easy to drink as I thought it would be; I think I'm just not used to beers like this. I like it, but I think it has a macro-like aftertaste I'm not too crazy about, but I won't slag it based on an aftertaste. This beer really makes me want to have a fish and chips, though.

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Cattail Ale from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
74 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.