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Highland Cattail Peak Wheat - Highland Brewing

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82
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92 Ratings
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Highland Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Summer

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: drperm on 07-05-2008)
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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of brentk56
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
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

Photo of mikesgroove
3.78/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of nickfl
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Kegatron
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of chinchill
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of tdm168
3.25/5  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.

Photo of Tone
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of avalon07
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Photo of Durge
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of RBorsato
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of pathman
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of blackie
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
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)

Photo of jophish17
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of ffejherb
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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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Highland Cattail Peak Wheat from Highland Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.