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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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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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Cattail Ale from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
3.2 out of 5 based on 112 ratings.
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