Cattail Ale | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

Cattail AleCattail Ale
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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
Photo of DIPADude01
5/5  rDev +56.7%

Photo of Mitchster
4.59/5  rDev +43.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brewed with (amongst other stuff), Caramel malts, California Ale yeast, and Kent Goldings hops. Bottled June 2004.

Pours out to a clear dark golden, forming a modest white head with OK retention and mild lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. The aroma is wonderful with a beautiful biscuit and toast note comparable to Fat Tire...lots of grain husk balanced by a delicate pale malt sweetness. The huskiness is appreciated much more if swirled in a goblet. Despite being 8 months old, this has a wonderfully fresh aroma, as if it's coming right out of the tap. The mouthfeel is also wonderfully prickly with a gorgeous medium-light body and light acidity, making this extremely easy to drink. Taste begins with some delicate floral hops. Not being a big fan of English hops, I was pleasantly surprised that I liked this one so much, as it didn't have that ruddy oxidized aroma and flavor akin to most English brews (despite their fermentation and yeast characteristics). If you close your eyes, you can imagine catnip (which is a close cousin to hops and MJ). The brewers really worked some magic making these Kent Goldings taste so good! In the middle there is a wonderful toastiness and grain husk that I really enjoy. The finish is very clean and crisp. I could knock back a 6'er of this, no prob. Bitterness is mild, and this is very cleanly fermented with no off-flavors.

This is an excellent brew. It's subtle and delicate...which is perhaps why it doesn't rate high here, as it's not a syrupy bourbon barrel aged hop-laden alcohol monster. To pull off a brew with so much subtlety and so delicate in character is an exceptionally difficult thing to do. Any mistakes are easily discovered and there are none in this. Color me impressed. Very nice!

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Photo of Offa
4.37/5  rDev +37%
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 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 dmowen
4.27/5  rDev +33.9%
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 DrainBamage
4.09/5  rDev +28.2%
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 Frozensoul327
4/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this APA. Pours out to a chilly yellow orange color with a foggy haze about itself. Small head of white foam hangs around for a moment, the takes off. Aroma of fresh malt, sweet corn, mild floral hops, and some sour elements. Nice. Taste is medium bodied and very enjoyable; smooth maltiness gives way to a cereal grain note, adding a bit of dryness. Fresh flowery hops bite at the tongue oh so slighty with a sweet wheat finish. Nice. Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly bubbly. Very drinkable brew. Simple. Pure. Recommended.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.98/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium amber color with moderate white head.
Smell is light with a faint fruitiness noted.
Taste is mostly sweetish malt with a very mild hop presence at the ending.
Very light and refreshing with good taste retention.
Very definitely a session beer. Very nice job

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Photo of Winter
3.98/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cattail Ale is Lakefront Brewery's first new 'year round' beer released in six years. It's classified as a "Wisconsin-style Mild Ale", but comes across more like a Pale Ale. Following the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516, Cattail Ale is brewed with only water, yeast, hops (in this case Kent Golding) and malted barley.

Purrs, I mean pours, a clear golden amber in color with a foamy white head that, haflway through consumption, retreats to the side of the glass. Aroma is very light until the beer warms, but still consists primarily of sweet bready malt. Body is somewhat thin but creamy. Although hardly complex in flavor, it's rich in caramel malt with a nice biscuity tone that lingers throughout the finish. Hops are used to maintain some sort of balance and to keep the taste from being too malty. Just the right amount introduces itself right before the finish. Clean, mildly crisp and easy drinking.

Cattail appears to have been created to appeal to a larger group of beer drinkers. Those more accustomed to say, something between a boring macro and a conservative micro. This would be a good transition beer. Sort of reminds me of a watered-down Sam Adams. For many of those out there that may have been our first intro to "micros". Regardless, this one's definitely worth a try.

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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 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 botham
3.95/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a semi-hazy straw color with a couple fingers of white head that dissipates quickly. no lacings on this one.

smells malty, with notes of ale yeast and mild hops. overall the aroma is sweet, but not overly so. very mild and balanced in the nostrils. has a lightly fruity character overall.

taste is sweet up front, with pale and munich malts dominating the flavor, but upon swishing, mild hops show themselves, providing a much needed balance. finishes semi-dry with residual hops.

mouthfeel is light bodied and creamy. mild bite from CO2, and no alcoholic presence. pleasant.

drinkability is good. this brew is refreshing, and contains a decent hop character in addition to the maltiness. overall, a decent brew from Lakefront's standards.

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Photo of Mdog
3.88/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

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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 plaid75
3.85/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a spicy grassy hop and a very grainy biscuity malt.

The taste was upfront spicy hops, reminiscent of a kolsch or pils, which is unusual for an English style. There was also a solid graininess with a mild sweetness.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness with a biting hop.

Overall a tasty and easy drinking ale. Very similar hop wise to a German pils or kolsch.

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Photo of iceball585
3.85/5  rDev +20.7%
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 tpd975
3.85/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

HUGE thanks goes out to kbutler1 for sending this one my way. I had been looking for it for awhile to finish the 103 styles list.

A cool day in Florida means this one was ready for consumption right off the Fed Ex truck.

A: Pours a nice light clear yellow hue with a tall foamy white head. Okay retention with just a spot or two of lace.

S: Very sweet malty aromas. Lots of fresh bread with hints of cream of corn.

T: Malty sweet up front. Mildly doughy with the corn coming through. There is a wonderful hop addition though to balance all the sweetness. Mild citrus notes with a nice bit of bitter floral and grassy hops in the finish.

M: Light in body, smooth, sparkling carbonation.

D: Good, for a lighter beer this one really packs a punch. Too bad they retired it cause it is the best Lakefront beer I have ever had. Beats all the light Macro swill by a mile.

For what it is, a real solid beer.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.83/5  rDev +20.1%
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 sjohansen
3.78/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy straw colored pint. Thick two finger white head from a rough pour. Disappears pretty quickly and leaves a thin film on top of the brew. Leaves some artsy lacing on random parts of the glass. I feel like I should take a picture of the design and frame it for the mantle.

Subtle hops and malts are all I can pick up in the nose.

Good hop bitterness throughout the palate, strongest in the finish. Good sweet balance on the front of the tongue. As it warms the yeast comes out a little bit and gives the finish some punch.

The mouthfeel is slightly watery, however the slight carbonation does shake things up just enough to give it some character.

This is a great tasting session brew. Not super powerful, but big on flavor.

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Photo of martymoat
3.76/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass. Sweet and Mild bready aromas up front. Crystal clear and golden with a good bubbly head and a good amount of carbonation bubbles. Taste is sweet up front with a slight hint of earthy hop flavoring, has a almost pilsner like taste, finishes off dry but lingering and light to semi medium bodied .

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Photo of granger10
3.65/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't understand what people have against this beer. It's not a pale ale but more of a golden ale. It might be a lager even actually. Clearer golden yellow color with a small but firm white head. Smells fruity and tastes a touch fruity. Smooth flavors but nothing really comes out strong. Good for washing down a burger and quenching a thirst. A touch of biscuit in there. A tad thin on body but the finish is nice and crisp. Not great but pure and good to have at times, esp in the summer.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.64/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$9.99 / 8 Pack
Variety Pack
Dan's Liquor
Plover, Wisconsin

Appearance - Medium to light brown in color. Nearly no head, and I like head.

Smell - It smells like a fresh grain field. There is a hint at something sweet in this ale.

Taste - It starts off with a grainy flavor and moves to finish with hops. It's a complex tasting brew for the first few tastes and then very enjoyable. The hoppy finish is not overdone. It's a light bitter taste that's done very well.

Mouthfeel - The Lakefront native is wet. It feels across the middle of my tongue almost in a straight line and finishes with the flavor towards the back.

~ The flavor of this brew saves it. I've had this one at the brewery tour in Milwaukee before and I remember the experience being much more fulfilling. I'll certainly try it again because I'm thinking the bottle I had may have been towards the end of its life span.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.63/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.6/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle was a gift from a friend. I am pouring at room temp into a pint glass. The beer pours bright clear gold with fizzy bleached white head that fades to a thin edge layer rapidly. Aroma is lite with some caramel and honey and a touch of grainy malt as well.
First sip is average to light bodied with fine and tingly carbonation. Flavor is similar to nose which starts off with some white grape and grainy malt and a touch of lemon and honey as well. I get just a hint of grassy hops on the finishmaking for a bit of a crisp bite. A very easy drinker that is mild in flavor but crisp enough to be enjoyable.

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Photo of Tone
3.57/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden/orange color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and poor lacing. Smells of earthy malt, pale hops, some yeast cleanliness, and strong butter aroma. Fits the style of an English Pale Mild Ale. Mouth feel is smooth, crisp and average carbonation level. Tastes of grass up front, pale hops come through next, some fruit flavors from yeast, and noticeable butter flavors. Wow, this is definitely a unique flavor. From what I've read it fits the category; I don't think I could drink more than a couiple of these at the most because of the butter flavor mostly.

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Cattail Ale from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 17.9% out of 100 with 112 ratings
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