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Highland Cattail Peak Wheat | Highland Brewing

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Highland Brewing
North Carolina, United States | website

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by drperm on 07-05-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 67 | Ratings: 92
Photo of brentk56
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale straw color with a modest head that leaves a few strands of lace

Smell: Both the floral hibiscus and spicy, slightly sour rye adjuncts can be detected in the otherwise grainy aroma

Taste: Bready and grainy, up front, with a definite sour rye element quickly becoming apparent; the hibiscus floral elements are in the background and make their presence known by mid-palate; after the swallow, the tart elements continue to add a lemony presence to the beer

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation

Drinkability: A rare treat this, an American Wheat that is worthy of consideration; well done, Highland

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Photo of Kegatron
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks go to Deuane for hooking me up with a bottle of this.

Pours a slightly hazy pale gold with a finger of foamy brite-white head. Thin creamy layer of retention skims the surface, leaving some moderate lacing behind. The aroma smells of wheat, citrus, floral hops, and just a touch of clove in the back.

The taste is a sweet wheat base that is punched up by notes of lemon zest, light spices, and a tingle of floral hops that rounds things out. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a fairly sharp carbonation with the occasional bit of a slick feel to it.

I'm not a huge fan of wheat beers but this one seemed pretty on par with the style. A crisp and refreshing feel definitely helped things and I would not turn one of these down on a hot summer day.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my own backyard and I just never did get around to trying it, I picked one of these up in the store recently and decided to give it a whirl. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 08/02/2009.
Appearance 4 - Pours out a very pale yellow color. Big white head of foam on top and lots of carbonation rippling up towards the surface.
Smell 4 - Light aroma, grass, hints of grainy bready and a touch of some light fruity notes. Intresting. As it warms lots of grain in the aroma. Nice for the style.
Taste 3.5 - Very light, clean, but a bit forgettable for me. Not really much of an aftertaste and the only thing that really comes across well is a nice touch of light apricot in the mid palate.
Feel 4 - Nice carbonation and very light feel to it. Very drinkable and ultimatlky nice and sessionable.
Drinkability 4 - Could have easily had another right after this one, Very easy to put down.
Overall 3.8 - Solid, not the best thing in the world, but a very nice light summer beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy, yellow body with a full inch of creamy, white head. Scattered lacing on the way down.

Smell: Malted wheat nose with light notes of flowers, sweetened lemon, and spice.

Taste: Sweetish, tangy malted wheat with a very light touch of honey. Gentle trace of citrus. Floral, spicy hops with a restrained bitterness. Begins to develop a slight graininess. Finishes quite crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine, crisp, easy drinking wheat ale if that's the thing you're looking for.

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Photo of chinchill
3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Undated, recently purchased bottle served in a pint glass. Some sediment in the bottom of the bottle added near end of tasting.

Pours a pale golden amber with a very slight haze. Very little head and this dissipates quite quickly. Some visible carbonation.

S - Nice but mild aroma of toasted grains with a bit of subtle floral

T - Most "wheat" beers are, to me, at least a bit unappealing. This is one in the minority that has a thoroughly pleasant taste, with a variety of grain elements and a significant hop component. We're not talking hop slam here, just a nice noticeable hop contribution [Palisade and German Hersbrucker} to the sweet/bitter balance {IBU = 17}and the overall flavor. Strong finish with a fine hop-tinged, toasted grain aftertaste.

M - Given the apparently low carbonation, a surprising crispness, partially from the hops. Semi-dry finish. Medium-light body.

O - Very drinkable; this one goes down about as quickly and easily as any beverage. As a bonus, this is an organic beer as certified by Clemson University. Excellent for style.

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Photo of tdm168
3.26/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow with one finger of head. Decent retention. Smells of grains and wheat. Taste is wheat, yeast, and a hint of citrus. Good carbonation, crisp, smooth, and light bodied.

Just another weak summer beer. Rather forgettable. I'll ignore it next year.

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Photo of Tone
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, yellow color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of yeast, grass, slight herb, slight hop, and wheat. Fits the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is really smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, citrus (banana), wheat, slight grass, slight hop, and herbs. Overall, a good blend, complexity, and body.

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

Thanks goes out to MSchae1017 for this brew.

Pours a nice cloudy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, with some minimal sticky lacing. The nose is malty, grassy, yeasty, with some banannas/coriander. The taste is sweet, malty, with some grassy/yeasty notes, nice touch of banannas/coriander. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice APWA. Thanks Matt.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy pale golden with an okay white head that fades to nothing. Smells of light wheat with a touch of sour grain and a long clean graininess. Some light lemon rounds it out. The taste has a similar lemony taste as well as clean wheat flavors and a hint of earthy hops at the end. Perhaps the barest hint of spice. Very smooth, clean and soft in the mouth. refreshing and enjoyable.

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle purchased at Chip's in Kill Devil Hills, NC.

A: The ale is pale and hazy, shining with a golden brilliance. A small head on pour was quick to bubble away.

S: I like the aroma, subtle wheat that has some tartness and a crisp citrus lemony sweetness.

T: The first sip delivered a blast of carbonation that could be mistaken for a cola. As the bubbles pass, the tartness of the wheat is evident. Lemony sweetness mixes with a clean hop bitterness that is grassy. The carbonation seems linger, adding a briskness to the finish.

M: The wheat tartness is refreshing, soft and not too biting. The carbonation is a little too abrasive.

D: A good wheat beer that has a decent hop bite. A nice beer to pound down.

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Photo of avalon07
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pale yellowish color and a cloudy consistency. there was a small amount of foamy head that didn't last very long. Decent lacing.

S: Aroma of wheat, bananas and citrus.

T: Tasted of wheat, lemon, bananas and some other spices. Not as complex as it could be, but not bad either.

M: A nicely carbonated beer with a smooth, dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: This is an easy-going, drinkable beer, but not one that awed me in any particular way. Not bad and worth a try, though.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Comes out of the bottle a clear solar yellow with a thick, fluffy white head that does not stick around too long. Strong aroma is wheaty, yeasty and rather fruity, the latter being mainly sweet citrus - orange with more than a hint of lemon. Flavor is typical of a decent wheat beer, being wheaty with an undertone of yeast and a citrus hint. Texture has average body and a fair amount of fizz. Nothing special, but still refreshing. Brings a ray of sunshine into a chilly winter day.

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Photo of Durge
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a fuzzy straw color with a modest white head and decent lacing. The aroma brings the expected wheat with an apple highlight. The flavor has an interesting apple cinnamon feel with a mild wheat background. It is nicely carbonated, very refreshing and easy drinking. Not so much rye pesence as I hoped based upon the ingredient listing but there is a hint floating around with a touch of cherry at the tip of the tongue. Has a decent mouth feel for a crispy wheat beer. All in all it's a good choice with food or on a hot day on the back porch.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, hints of citrus and a rye note. In the taste, dry rye and a sweet citrus, yet mellow. A smooth and medium mouthfeel, and a semi dry small fruitiness/ citrus in the aftertaste. Very nice rye notes in a wheat, a bit citrusy, yet not overbarring.

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Photo of blackie
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: into a big ass weizen glass, sediment and all, gives a moderate off-white head over a hazy hay golden beer, eventually falls flat

s: pretty nice, pulpy citrus hop tones run underneath a big wheaty nose, chalky yeast aromas, just a touch of caramel malt in there, well done

m: carbonation falls around medium, perhaps a bit lifeless for the style but far from flat, body lies somewhere between light and medium

t: big and somewhat spicy wheat with a subdued and well rounded caramel malt sweetness, yeast flavors not huge but certainly not absent, hops moderate and citrusy with notes of lemon, finishes well with a light bitterness and lingering wheat flavors

d: no problem, would love a sixer of these summer camping in the lovely mountains of North Carolina

overall: don't really pick up on the rye much, but this is a flavorful, highly enjoyable, very solid example of the style

single from Whole Foods Raleigh...teeny etching below the label reveals a bottling date of 07/14/08 (props for finally dating, Highland)

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Photo of ffejherb
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle into Sam Adams glass on 2/11/09. Thanks to Kegatron for toting some Highland stuff back for me after a trip down south.

A - Slow pour revealed a slightly hazy, pale golden body with vigorous carbonation and very thin white head that disappeared after a few moments and didn't leave much in the way of lacing behind.

S - Slight bready malt, a subtle hint of clove and a splash of sweet citrus fruit comprise the initial aroma, with a very faint spicy yeast character in the back.

T - Taste blends fruity and malty aspects with plenty of doughy, bready wheat malt and a touch of sweet citrusy hops. The yeast develops more towards the middle and finish, imparting a tingly spiciness suggesting clove. Finish reveals some subtle hop bitter notes and a mild tart character.

M - Light bodied with a bit of a syrupy texture and bristly carbonation on the tongue. Finish is sweet and just a little tart with a dash of hop bitterness on the palate.

D - At first, I found this wheat beer to be a bit boring, but after a while, the hoppy and tart characteristics emerged, giving this easy-to-drink brew a bit of flair. This brew falls somewhere between a pale wheat ale and a Berliner Weiss.

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Photo of merlin48
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pours a hazy, very pale golden body with a small white head that leaves little lacing. Aroma is subdued, with citrusy lemon, wheat, and vague spices. Light bodied with crisp carbonation. Taste has a pleasant wheat twang, accented with lemon, grassy hop bitterness, and vague spices. I don't really pick up the rye. An excellent summer beer but nothing here to elevate its pedestrian style.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours golden in color with little head. Foam receeds quicklyleaving some spotty lacing. well carbonated.
Aroma was typical of wheat beers but since this ia an Americian alot of the aromas are muted and sutle.
Taste is light and tart lemony some wheat malts come through.
Mouthfeel is medium in body and has a slight metallic aspect.
Not bad and to style but really why does anyone drink this style is beyond me.

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Photo of JayQue
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reminds me of Sam Adams Summer Ale. Pours the usual wheat beer hazy straw color. Bubbly white head, not as big or long lasting as some. Fairly light aroma, lemony but no hint of spices.

Tastes ok. Wheat or spices not pronounced. The smoothness of the wheat and a slight wheat taste is there. The lemon is the predominant taste

Mouthfeel is ok also. Good wheat beers give you a little tingle of spices that are missing here but the overall mouthfeel is rich and crisp enough, not watery.

Drinkability is pretty good. Nothing outstanding but a pleasant summer drink

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Photo of philbe311
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A fingers worth of crisp densely packed slightly off-white colored head... Minimal retention gives way to a full lacing... A pale medium gold color with a faint haziness... A modest bit of moderate paced carbonation rises throughout...

S - Simple and fairly restrained... Fragrant spicy wheat... Melon... Perhaps a bit of lemon zest...

T - Interesting... A slight, but surprising and refreshing hop bite throughout... Lemon grass... The wheat notes are buried...

M - Light to medium bodied... A very nice brisk carbonated punch... Crisp... Clean... Refreshing... Very nice...

D - A pleasant surprise... A lot of good flavor going on here for sub 5% ABV... Looks and smells like a prototypical wheat offering, but the flavor packs a nice little punch and keeps this one very interesting... If this were local to the PA area I would make sure to pick up a six-pack at minimum each summer... Nicely done...

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Photo of atsprings
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a thin diminishing head. Aroma was lemon zest, sweet malts and a tiny bit of rye. The taste is dominated by lemon and citrus hops. Rye, wheat and sweet malt linger in the back with rye lingering in the finish. The beer is just as light and refreshing as you'd expect in a wheat beer. This one surely makes a good summer brew.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decided to have a bottle of this with lunch today. Poured into my weizen glass a very pale straw yellow. Slightly hazy texture. Decent head right off, but this dwindles to nothing. Some spotty lacing. Smells of grass, lemon, and bananas.

The mouth on this is crisp and wonderful. Moderate amount of carbonation. Flavor profile is of tame breads, citrus zest, and a slight hop bite at the end. This reminds me of a pilsner, rather than a wheat ale. Drinkable? At this low ABV, with a nice crisp mouth and mellow flavor, heck yeah, it's drinkable. Not bad.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass on 9/9/09

A - Bright yellow/gold in color & somewhat cloudy. Poured a marginal head with minimal retention. Sporadic lacing.

S - Earthy with a penchant for wheat grain, hay & grass. There is a bit of lemon & hints of other light fruit - apple & pear.

T - Rather straight-forward with a grainy wheat taste. There are mild hop hits mixed with other spices - pepper & maybe clove. Also lemon peel & a touch of orange.

M - On the lower end of moderate carbonation. Medium to light in body with some grit. Clean finish.

D - An easy drinker. Good choice for hot, languid summer days. Though it might get a bit monotonous as a session beer, it is solid nevertheless.

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Photo of mentor
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to GCBrewingCo for this chance. Pours a one-finger oranged head over a murky dark apricot liquid (sediment was swirled and dumped in on purpose). Smells light. Pears, peaches, and oranges. This must be an american wheat, as it doesn't have strong banana or clove. The clove that is present is tame, more like a gentle ginger zing.

Tastes clovey, dry orange peel, and light berry (strawberry mostly. Hop flavor is lemon, vanilla, and grapefruit pithy that penetrates through the wheat and yeast flavors. Decent hop bitter is clean of most grassiness and mixes with the carbonation. Carb has almost a sour character. Interesting balance between the earthy wheat/yeast with a sweet trying to keep things around and the carb lifting things clean amid the hop bite.

Light body and modest, but stingy carbonation.

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Photo of GJ40
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle in a tulip shaped pint glass. Purchased from Whole Foods in Cary, NC. No noticeable brewed on or best by date.

A - A light straw color with lots of haze and a small white head.

S - Lemon, banana and wheat.

T - A slightly tart, lemony flavor with a faint bitterness. Not a lot of flavor but enough.

M - A moderate consistency with a nice low carbonation.

D - Smooth, easy to drink and very refreshing. Just perfect for a warm summer day in NC.

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Highland Cattail Peak Wheat from Highland Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.