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 bditty187
2.83/5  rDev -11.6%
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 schrist275
2.5/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Another beer, paradise, hopefully this will never end. This one comes out the bottle in the all to familiar golden yellow that is seen with most Ales, head goes from there to gone in no time flat, with no misting nor edge-head lacing. Extremely carbonated (hmm.. no head??) smells somewhat fruity and oaty, would compare to a breakfast cereal with a caramel backdrop. First sip comes as fruity but only makes it half way down the tongue before the flavor dissolves, not much by way of mouthfeel, we will call in tip of tongue feel, flavor is smooth, not bitter, lightly buttered malts might be.. there is always the next bottle.

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

Probably the worst Lakefront beer I've had. How's that for spoiling the review in the first sentence? Pours a clear golden with a small, spittly white head. Smells of mild malt and stale hops. You gotta love stale hops. Taste starts with a bland cereal malt backbone. Very light bodied for an ale. Tangy, almost sour toward the end. Finish is lightly bitter and dry. Meh. I'd almost rather drink Old Milwaukee.

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Photo of redmosquito
2.98/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Deep golden color. Yeasty aroma with some bread like malt in the background. Laid back kind of beer, definately some good malt flavor, some yeast flavor, no hops and no roasted malts. This is a good drinking beer, but I wouldn’t categorize it as a "mild." This is perhaps a mild pale ale.

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Photo of ADR
3.22/5  rDev +0.6%
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 tavernjef
2.95/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear pale golden yellow, thin white puff of a head. Aroma has a strange metallic twinge, with a somewhat bready softness underneath and notes of floral hop crispness. Taste is a bit off for a pale if that is indeed its intent cuz the hops are barely traceable with hints of floral/herbal. Light malty sweetness, kinda bready, there's a strange sharpness in the body that doesn't fit for me. Would like to have this come through smoother with an unmistakeable hop profile. A minimal effort, short and lacking, my first big disappointment from Lakefront which to this point has made me gleem with joy. Now that Cream City Pale they make is where it's at!

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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 AtLagerHeads
3.18/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour started out fair enough - good dark gold/light amber body with a small off-white head. Unfortunately it disappeared quickly and left nary a trace o' lace.

The nose is huge on bread and grain, but slightly off. The flavor is bisquity and bready with little real sense of full malt goodness. The hopping is there but not bittering in the pale ale sense, but as an adjunct to the grain. Poor feel from the body though nicely medium. Drinkability suffers from the taste dimension.

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Photo of cokes
3.1/5  rDev -3.1%
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 ZAP
3.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A session ale all the way...lovely nose of noble hops and breadiness...body is thin...pours an impressively clean looking amber..extremely clear for an ale....lace rims the glass as you drink....pretty light tasting...some soft breadiness and the noble hops add a nice finish...I wish this had a bit more body and a stronger flavor....a decent beer to try to convert a macro drinker with...not bad at all, just not enough flavor in my opinion...

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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 Winter
3.98/5  rDev +24.4%
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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