Cattail Ale | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Cattail AleCattail Ale

Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: English Pale Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.16%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Winter on 04-08-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 112 |  Reviews: 103
Reviews by dwheeler:
Photo of dwheeler
2.31/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle dated March no year given.

A: Cloudy light gold color, very small head that quickly dissipates.

S: Smell is a little funcky, definitely some citrus, grass, and sweetness all merging together, it is not to my fancy.

T: The taste like the smell is messy, it has malt sweetness and some bitterness in the finish but they are all jumbled up, Mouthfeel is light.

I did not enjoy this beer, but I think that given the location I bought it from and the date on the label this beer was probably past its prime.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of NilocRellim
3/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a mixture of yellow and amber. Decent enough pour, nothing special or underwhelming (a theme). Aroma was just bready.

Taste, definitely mild, a session beer if you will. Had that earthy and bready thing going again, no hop quotient was noticeable, didn't seem to have any kind of adjunct or anything about it to stand out. Reminiscient of those old generic 'beer' cans they had back in the day.

Not my favorite offering from Lakefront, but hey, they can't all be zingers.

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Photo of ADR
3.22/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear sub-amber gold appearance. Very white head of small bubbles, 1/4 of an inch to start and lasting about half a minute. lace is mostly dots on th eglass, two incomplete rings. Shortbread aroma betraying a lightly sweetened malt, but also a slightly green graininess and astringency. This plays out in the flavor as well, bready with a catch of dry hoppiness. This would have worked for me as a drinkable and lightly dry Bitter, but the mouthfeel is a little compromised by more carbonation than I like for the light texture or flavor. Actually, I would classify this beer as a Mild or Bitter according to most of what I pick up.

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Photo of brewQ
3.38/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2 month old brew from the cooler.

A golden pine color with a thin white head that swiftly effervesces.
I could coax little aroma out of it beyond grass and a light sweetness.

There isn't much ale character here to be an APA ...
The taste is delicate and balanced... but strikes me as more like a lager.

I am a Lakefront Homie- been with them since they had a small storefront on Chambers Street. I like most of their beers alot- but this offering puzzles me.

I could drink it at times but they offer much better choices.

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Photo of cokes
3.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Deep golden hued with a moderate white head.
Bready nose intially. Mildly metallic Goldings appear as it breathes.
White bread off the bat. Actually, very bready throughout, and approaches toastedness occasionally. Underlying caramel. Turns a bit grainy midway. A quick and muted burst of green apples towards the end, just before the Herbal hops complete things.
Thin bodied and seems almost powdery at times.
Straight-forward and pretty mundane, though quickly drainable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well I wasn't sure to expect from this one based on the brightly colored label, but it's turned out to be just a regular beer and nothing fancy. It's a very basic, well-rounded ale. It pours a hazy golden-amber body beneath a short head of white that holds fairly well and leaves small patchhes of thin sticky lace here and there. The aroma is bright with lots of grainy, gently toasty malt and leafy hops. In the mouth it's medium-light in body, and delicately zesty on the tongue with what seems like a natural carbonation - whether or not it's actually bottle conditioned I don't know. It's got some very tiny bubbles though. The flavor is malty and hoppy upfront, and then some yeastiness steps in. It's softly fruity, kind of like dried apricots. Some floral hop flavors appear as well. There's more to the yeast though, but I can't pin-point what it is. It's very English in nature. Mineralish, I guess. A solid bitterness braces it, and it finishes mainly dry with some lingering notes of biscuity malt and leafy hop. Nicely done. Very drinkable. I could quite easily imagine hanging with the lads at the pub and having three or four of these. If you enjoy English ales, you'll love this one.

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Photo of prototypic
3.28/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.31/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a clear honey with white head that dropped fast. Head retention and lacing were minimal

Smell: A riot of floral hops and malt

Taste: Light floral hops with some spiciness. Good malt presence is accompanied by a slight citrus hops bite. Dry finish

MF: Smooth, well balanced and good carbonation

Extemely drinkable more suited for summer time though. Would consider this more on the low end of pale ales for ABV and taste profile, but still worked for me

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Photo of bditty187
2.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Almost sickly yellow-gold in hue, is this beer a macro lager? Is it trying to be? What is with the lack of color? Yuck. A steady stream of bubbles raced to the white head. At the apex the foam reached one finger in height before quickly falling to a soapy collar. There wasn’t any subsequent lacing. Dull. Unimpressive. The nose is bready sweet with lemon intertwined. Light herbal hops. Grain. Thankfully it is clean and the potency is low because I don’ really care for what I’m smelling. This sweet/bready combination doesn’t work for me in any beer of this sort. Well, whatever this beer is trying to be. It is listed as an APA on BA, I say no way in hell. Where are the hops? Not inviting. The palate is simple. Grainy. Husky. Sweet. Bready. Herbal at the back, from the hops I assume. There are weak fruity notes that fail to attach themselves to anything. Poor. Their website says it meets the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516. Could have fooled me. This beer is proof this “law” means shit. The palate, in sum, is boring but inoffensive. Yawn. Medium-light in body, watery, the carbonation is very low. This is yet another Lakefront beer with a sub-par mouthfeel. Am I drinking flavored water? Sure this beer is easy to drink but what is the point. This “ale” is targeted towards the macro lager crowd. That’s not me, thus I need not drink this beer again. Hell, I need not drink any Lakefront beer again. It was purchased as part of a sampler-pack in Milwaukee, WI. This was my last bottle. Thank god.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
2.38/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Originally reviewed June 7 2007. 12 Oz Bottle. Aroma is a weak sickly malt, a touch rubbery. Pours deep gold, with rim of off-white sparse head. Flavor is a plain, very bland middle sugar with a nip of corn and bread. Smacks out in some sort of lemon confusion. A pale Mild? Not interesting. I wish the Kent Goldings showed more and that it wasn’t so bland. Unoffensive. It tastes as you think it would, after looking at the label. Really pretty awful as a Mild Ale.

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Photo of bashiba
2.92/5  rDev -8.5%
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 Gmann
3.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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 MuenchenerKindl
3.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle toa pint glass the liquid is a light cloudy orange with ok carbonation. The head is small. on finger white that fades leaving little lace.

The smell is faint, perhaps some hops.

The taste is better, light malt but a pleasant hops.

The mouthfeel is good, cots of nice carbonation and a just lighter then medium body.

The drinkability is OK. not to bad to try but not a brew to seek out.


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Photo of tjd112
3.56/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Presentation - Poured into Flying Fish Pint glass

Appearance - Golden coloured with foamy finger white head, well- retained with some lacing

Smell - Very weak maltiness

Taste - Fruit and butter

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and creamy

Drinkability - Sessionable

Overall - An OK beer, nothing I'd go out of my way for

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Photo of tone77
3.28/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Mild aroma, some notes of fruit. Taste is sweet with a bit of hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is not a bad beer at all.

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Photo of DIPADude01
5/5  rDev +56.7%

Photo of emerge077
3.11/5  rDev -2.5%
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 BierFan
3.55/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Slim white head and a slightly hazy bright yellow/orange body. Carbonation is much more active than I was expecting. The smell is fruity, flowery, and a tiny bit buttery. Taste is much like the smell. Has a bit of tartness to the finish.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.48/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Lakefront pint with bottled during notched - Mar. Week 1.

A - Crisp and nicely carbonated golden clear color with a small white head that maintains itself with a good dense lumpyness.

S - Crisp, dry wheats and a husky-grainy aroma with a slight hop aroma in the background.

T - Dry, grainy and wheaty with a "wet" hop flavor thats very subtle (wet hop, like, young, soaking wet, not the practice of throwing freshly picked hops in brewing). Finishes with a little bitter, dry hoppyness that's more of a genuine hop flavor. Tastes more like a lager.

M - Smooth and very light with a slickness on the palate.

D - The best part of this beer is it's drinkability. It has a very lager-like taste and goes down well which makes it a good session beer.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.85/5  rDev +20.7%
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 jaydoc
3/5  rDev -6%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.95/5  rDev +23.8%
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 Amalak
2.56/5  rDev -19.7%
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 deltatauhobbit
3.1/5  rDev -2.8%
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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