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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Photo of rodbeermunch
3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow and mild orange color pour, 1/3" white head. Bready aroma.

Taste was super grassy and mild. Earthy bread notes. No hops, adjuncts, bitterness to really speak of. Really tames down the flavors in terms of yeast, hops or malt. Just a chill beer.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -6.3%
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 DrDemento456
2.8/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ow god I had no idea this was retired before I drank it. Could explain why it tasted awful.

A - Clear straw yellow color with decent head for a retired beer.
S - Mostly grass and slight undetectable smell (butter?)
T - Buttery Cornish taste with mild citrus in the background. Hated it to the point of spitting it out.
M - Rough on the palate. Really expected more citrus hops then a grassy buttery flavor. Aggravating.
D - No thanks so thankfully its retired. Was really the only beer in the pack that was a drain pour and will probably dispose of the other two bottles.

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Photo of tjd112
3.56/5  rDev +11.3%
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 tpd975
3.85/5  rDev +20.3%
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 stakem
3.22/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cattail Ale...ok what is it? No identification as to what I am about to dive into, but lets give it a whirl.

Bottled during: 3rd week of May (no year)

Pours a clear yellow color with a bit of an orange shade to it. Less than a finger of white head that quickly dissolves to just a lace upon the top of the beverage. Nose is faint in hops, mostly citrus and a bit of spice. Also picking up on a bit of yeast and clove. Taste is a little bitter upfront with malt sweetness filling out the thin body and a bit of clove character in there as well.

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Photo of drizzam
3.35/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a clear pint glass. The beer is a clear pale straw color with sediment floating in it...I'm assuming this is a bottle conditioned ale due to the sediment. Poured with an egg shell white one finger head that dissipated rather quickly, leaving a small amount of lacing.

S - Not high on the aroma scale...smells like sweet caramelized malt. It even seems to have a buttery quality in the nose...reminds me of a malt liquor I've tried recently.

T - Malty and yeasty with some pale hops trying to come through. This is not at all high on the IBU scale but there is a very, very minor hoppiness to it.

M & D - Thin, light bodied mouthfeel...a bit on the watery side. Finishes crisp, with very little aftertaste. The low ABV makes this pretty drinkable...this is one of those brews that you would drink on a hot summer day while BBQ'ing. Not one of those beers that is memorable or even recommendable, but I wouldn't turn it down if it was offered to me. Better than drinking macro, for sure.

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Photo of tone77
3.28/5  rDev +2.5%
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 brewmudgeon
3.15/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

lakefront cattail ale

3.5 clear golden amber, modest head leaves a sparse cap and ring. that too soon backs out of the deal, leaving no trace of lace.
3.5 smells like english malts and there's an odd sweet/sulphery odor. the aroma is not pronounced at all; it's like a very reserved englishman.
2.5-3 not much at all to report in the way of flavor. it's inoffensive enough, and is pretty damned similar to very weak iced tea with a twist of lemon.
3 mouthfeel is extraordinarily watery. the carbonation is modest, but at least it doesn't get in the way.
3 given the dearth of flavor and body, this beer ought to be more like 3% abv, not 5.something. third beer i've tried from this brewery, and am very unimpressed so far. feeling bloody ripped off, actually.
3 it can be drunk easily, and probably in large quantity, but with so little going on per % alc, why bother? you'd be smashed by the time you felt you had tasted enough to know what you were drinking. on the other hand, if this were very low strength i'd regard it rather fondly.

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Photo of BierFan
3.55/5  rDev +10.9%
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 williamherbert
2.78/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The appearance is a sunny, clear yellow. Hint of orange. Tons of carbonation. Icy, white lace. Decent specks of lace.

The smell is of a light ale, almost to the point of being lager-like. Strictly average.

The taste is that of a very skimpy lager. Corny and close to a macro for sure. Not really unpleasant but bargain basement flavor.

The feel is light but with a touch of a creamy body; not bad. It's a very basic, unchallenging brew. Not much to distinguish it. A challenge to finish, quite honestly.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.17/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma is fairly strong, malty and yeasty, with just a hint of lemon and maybe even a touch of vegetable. It pours a clear amber golden with a typical white head. Flavor is mouth-filling, not complex but satisfying and refreshing; it is mainly malty with some yeasty tones and more than a hint of hops but very little bitterness. Texture is tingly and fizzy, like any good beer.

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Photo of Tone
3.57/5  rDev +11.6%
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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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +24.1%
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 Seanibus
2.71/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I really wish the taste lived up to the aroma. But it doesn't.

Pours a slightly hazy golden with a thin head that collapses to nothing instantly. The aroma, however, is really good, noticeable from several feet away as I opened and pours - grainy, sharp, slightly acidic and refreshing, like a good lager, with a bit of overripe floral hop. I actually held off taking a sip just to breath in the aroma for a moment longer. But the flavor? Not so great. Ok, but nothing like the aroma. It is a bit sour, grainy, with a flavor a bit like rice - it has a strange saki-like tone to it. Not unpleasant, but not a beer that will bring me back. The mouthfeel is insubstantial and the hop bitterness is slight on the finish.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.48/5  rDev +8.8%
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 thekevlarkid
3.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bottle this beer was a cloudy gold color with lots of sediment and a two-finger white head. The retention was only so-so and the lacing the same. The aroma was light and dry, yeast, pale malt, and hints of sweetness from the citrus hops. The flavors were unusual. Starting with tangy citrus and yeast it had a semi-sweet, doughy malt middle and a dry finish. Interesting, but the flavors did not compliment each other. The mouthfeel was average, the body medium and the carbonation good.

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Photo of dwheeler
2.31/5  rDev -27.8%
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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Photo of yesyouam
2.1/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Lakefront Cattail Ale is a clear golden beer with no head. It smells a little funky with a faint note of lemon. It is soft and medium-light bodied with a clean finish. It tastes a little skunky and grassy. It's very mild, but I can taste a little alcohol in it. I just wanted to taste a Mild Ale in a bottle.

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Photo of prototypic
3.28/5  rDev +2.5%
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 ZimZamZoom
3.43/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark gold color, with a pure white head that does stick around for a bit. Lacing is above average.

Aroma of pale malts, earthy and mild. Some spicy hops in there as well. The taste is a bit grainy, with some more of the hop spice, also pumpkin spice that I was not expecting. It finishes with some nice bitterness that lingers on for a spell.

Good feel, nicely carbonated and easy to drink. Nothing extraordinary but a good solid beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.57/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle - $5.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Bottled During the 3rd Week of October.

Appearance: Pours a nearly clear, coppery body with, despite an enthusiastic pour, only a very thin, extremely short-lived, white head.

Smell: Faint notes of spicy, zesty Noble-type hops mixed with mild tones of crumbled, day-old biscuits. As it warms a bit, some light hints of fruit and flowers emerge.

Taste: Lightly biscuity malts with an equally light sweetness attached to it. Predominately spicy hop character, with a tiny bit of lemon zest, and an overall medium-low bitterness. Floral hints in the latter half. Finishes dry and a bit crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Reasonably tasty and drinkable with a thirst-quenchingly low ABV percentage.

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Photo of sabalon
3.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

had this at the brewery tour.

it poured an amber color, no real head that impressed, and faded quickly.

a touch of sweet in the beginning, a touch of bitter as it ended. easy to drink, but i am afraid easy to forget also.

a nice thirst quencher that went down well, but was all to easily forgetten when i moved on to the next selection.

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Photo of riversider76
3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've never had this style before so I really have nothing to compare it to. Pours a cloudy golden. Thin white head with no retention or lacing. Aroma is bready and sweet.Very week. Body is thin and carbonated. Taste is also sweet and bready with a tart finish. Didn't really care for this.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.63/5  rDev +13.4%
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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