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
Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of emerge077
3.11/5  rDev -2.8%
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 zeff80
3.55/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a bubbly, orange, gold color with a small, foamy, egg-shell white head. It left no lace.

S - It smelld of grains, corn and some yeast.

T - It tasted of some mild spice and light caramel malt. Some grain-like flavors, too.

M - It was sharp and very crisp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good beer. It is my first ever of the style and I enjoyed it.

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Photo of nickfl
3.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - One finger of white foam that settles quickly and leaves no lace. Golden body with good clarity.

S - Grainy with an herbal hop character.

T - Grainy, with a sweet malt character. Mild herbal hop flavor with mild bitterness. Sweet, cidery finish.

M - High carbonation with a moderate body.

D - Moderately drinkable. The hop character is pretty nice, but the green apple flavors and sweetness become quite cloying towards the end of the glass.

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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 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 russpowell
4.31/5  rDev +34.7%
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 smcolw
3.18/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cloudy gold color. No lasting lace on the glass. Low level head that dies to a single level of tiny bubbles.

Creamy, slightly sour aroma; some "refrigerator" smells. No discernible hop

Clean mostly malty flavor. Closest in taste to a pilsner, although this is an ale. Fuller body than would be expected. No dramatic flaws, but little on the interesting side of the ledger.

This is an offering to the lawn mower Gods. Other than the aroma, it is a rather innocent mild ale. I'd put it with salad, but little else.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.95/5  rDev +23.4%
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 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 RblWthACoz
3.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy orange with a decent crème head that is falling rather quickly. Nose smells like dirty water. Then it turns to an almost stale kind of smell. The label tells me this was bottled 5 or 6 weeks ago. So I know it is fresh. Flavor is okay. Kind of a dirty grain flavor profile. That is about all that is there. This seems average at best to me. Feel is okay. Drinkability is low as this seems like mass produced beer and not something that could be of high quality. Pass.

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

There's no blurb on the lable describing this brew, or touting the choiceness of it's hop or malt bill, just a picaresque scenario of a pussycat stalking a bird among the cattail rushes...I'm going to go wild and guess that this is a "chick" beer.
Crystal clear, pale golden color, fine froth, milky white, though not too long-lasting. Aroma: none.
Taste: spare, bare, and just about non-existent. A soft fruitiness peeps in around the edges, but there truly is not a flavor to be discerned. Nothing from hops, and just a smidgen of sweetness from malt. Little finish, leaves the mouth without a word, unmissed and unmarked, body is lightness supreme.
I take it back, women usually want something more from a beverage...perhaps this is aimed at "chicks" of lesser discrimination. In any case, not the beer you want when flavor is your aim, just an ale to wet your whistle without troubling your mind or your senses.

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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 Gavage
3.55/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a hazy yellowish orange color with a 1/2" head that breaks apart quickly. No lacing develop.

Smell: orange and floral bitterness are mild but pleasant on the nose.

Taste: light malt profile here. Some caramel, orange slices, green grapes, and a floral bitterness make up a mellow beer.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. Orange citrus dominates in the aftertaste. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: decent if you are in the mood for the style, but it is a bit weak for all afternoon enjoyment for the tastebuds.

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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 WesWes
3.13/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a very basic pale malt scent with little hop aroma to speak of. The taste is average as well. It has a dry pale malt flavor with a light hop taste as well. It goes down with some prickly carbonation and finishes with a bit of citrus zest. The mouthfeel is average. It is a medium bodied beer with a little too much CO2. This is an average beer at best. I'm not sure what they were attempting to replicate with this one.

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Photo of plaid75
3.85/5  rDev +20.3%
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 wrightst
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.45/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, a Wisconsin Mild, let's see what that's about,

A: Pours golden with a light white head with good retention, mild lacing.

S: Fruity hops, light berry, sweet malt, sugar.

T: Sweet bread immediately broken by a hop bite. Grape, strawberry, an interesting mix of flavours.

M: Relatively light bodied, mild acidity, smooth, creamy, watery at times.

D: Another average/good beer from Lakefront. A rare style in these here United States, I'm glad to see someone brewing it.

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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 barleywinefiend
2.8/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep golden hued with a moderate white head.
Bready nose intially. White bread off the bat. Actually, very bready throughout, and approaches toastedness occasionally. Underlying caramel. Turns a bit grainy midway. Thin bodied and seems almost powdery at times.
Straight-forward and pretty mundane, though quickly drainable.

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Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

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 Bighuge
3.03/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear copper hue. Just the right amount of CO2 bubbles seem to be making its way to the surface. A soft and creamy bone white head adds a nice touch. It slowly recedes to a thin coating. The aroma is sweet, malty and fruity. A bit of floral hops are noted as well. There's a slight fruity presence perceived on the tongue. More bitterness than their website description leads you to believe. The malt presence is adequate. Hops come off more as herbal and dry than anything else. The lingering bitterness is not particularily enjoyable. But's it's not harsh either. There's a definite "adjunct-like" sweetness present. Tastes like a macro in that way. But a good macro. Maybe this is a good crossover brew to bring more macro drinkers to the craft world. But it's pretty average if you ask me.

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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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Cattail Ale from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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