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Highland Cattail Peak WheatHighland Cattail Peak Wheat

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Highland Brewing
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Summer

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Added by drperm on 07-05-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 92 |  Reviews: 67
Reviews by EGledhill:
Photo of EGledhill
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to wcudwight for this one

poured into Sam Adams glass

A. Pale, cloudy body with little white head that fades quickly

S. A Cirtusy lemon, banana scent. Nice

T. Sharp zesty taste, leaving a weird lemon aftertaste. ryealso makes an appearance. But not much, if any banana. Kind of disappointed after the smell.

M. Mouth feel was full and smooth.

D. Wouldn't be my choice for session beer but for someone who was into the beer, sessionability would be very good. not filling and pretty refreshing.

Glad to have had the chance to try this one. Average beer. If I was in the mood for a hefe or something in the like style. I'd go with something else. but a solid beer nonetheless

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.

An easy pour produced a slightly hazy pale yellow brew with about one and a half fingers worth of fluffy white head. Head retention wasn't the best and dissipated pretty quickly to just a spattering of bubbles. Lacing is pretty light, but good all the way down the glass.

Smells like most wheat beers, if a little fresher. There's a touch of bubblegum, some citrus, a little bit of yeast. Pretty good but nothing magnificent.

First pull provided a mouthfeel that was a little more smooth than I would have expected, just short of creamy. Nice thin carbonation and a relatively smooth texture combines well with the wheat & pale malts that made this plain old tasty and refreshing. The finish is just a touch watery but it was mostly clean - none of that "wheat chafe" taste like other wheats. Nice light and refreshing. Beauty. This is easily a nice quaffable summer brew with with just the right combination of flavor and refreshment.

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Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of merlin48
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pours a hazy, very pale golden body with a small white head that leaves little lacing. Aroma is subdued, with citrusy lemon, wheat, and vague spices. Light bodied with crisp carbonation. Taste has a pleasant wheat twang, accented with lemon, grassy hop bitterness, and vague spices. I don't really pick up the rye. An excellent summer beer but nothing here to elevate its pedestrian style.

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Photo of chinchill
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Undated, recently purchased bottle served in a pint glass. Some sediment in the bottom of the bottle added near end of tasting.

Pours a pale golden amber with a very slight haze. Very little head and this dissipates quite quickly. Some visible carbonation.

S - Nice but mild aroma of toasted grains with a bit of subtle floral

T - Most "wheat" beers are, to me, at least a bit unappealing. This is one in the minority that has a thoroughly pleasant taste, with a variety of grain elements and a significant hop component. We're not talking hop slam here, just a nice noticeable hop contribution [Palisade and German Hersbrucker} to the sweet/bitter balance {IBU = 17}and the overall flavor. Strong finish with a fine hop-tinged, toasted grain aftertaste.

M - Given the apparently low carbonation, a surprising crispness, partially from the hops. Semi-dry finish. Medium-light body.

O - Very drinkable; this one goes down about as quickly and easily as any beverage. As a bonus, this is an organic beer as certified by Clemson University. Excellent for style.

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Photo of 4runner4ever
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of whitekiboko
2/5  rDev -44.3%

Photo of tdm168
3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow with one finger of head. Decent retention. Smells of grains and wheat. Taste is wheat, yeast, and a hint of citrus. Good carbonation, crisp, smooth, and light bodied.

Just another weak summer beer. Rather forgettable. I'll ignore it next year.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks go to Deuane for hooking me up with a bottle of this.

Pours a slightly hazy pale gold with a finger of foamy brite-white head. Thin creamy layer of retention skims the surface, leaving some moderate lacing behind. The aroma smells of wheat, citrus, floral hops, and just a touch of clove in the back.

The taste is a sweet wheat base that is punched up by notes of lemon zest, light spices, and a tingle of floral hops that rounds things out. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a fairly sharp carbonation with the occasional bit of a slick feel to it.

I'm not a huge fan of wheat beers but this one seemed pretty on par with the style. A crisp and refreshing feel definitely helped things and I would not turn one of these down on a hot summer day.

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Photo of MMAJYK
3.07/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Dingy dirty orangish yellow color. Looks like dull orange juice with no pulp. Looks somewhat disgusting.

S- Musky like a basement with some light citrus notes. It kind of matches the appearance in a weird way.

T- Milky cirus with a light banana and pineapple spin.

M- I would say this was by far the best aspect. Lots of creamy body, like a cream ale with medium carbonation.

D- I did not like it enough to ever want to order another.

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Photo of GeoCait
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of philipquarles
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy light gold with a small white head that disappears quickly. Smells citric and spicy, along with the characteristic wheat notes. Slight hints of cannabis-like hops. Tastes primarily of tart wheat, citrus, coriander, and a surprising amount of hop character. Light feel with light-medium carbonation; easy to drink. Pleasant and refreshing.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: It pours yellow-orange with a finger of white head.

S: Lots of cereal malts, some citrus, and some metallic notes.

T: Cereal malt, tangerine, grapefruit, and some yeasty notes.

M: The body is light and a little low in carbonation.

O: This is beyond mediocre. It is very quaffable but it is not special at all.

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle purchased at Chip's in Kill Devil Hills, NC.

A: The ale is pale and hazy, shining with a golden brilliance. A small head on pour was quick to bubble away.

S: I like the aroma, subtle wheat that has some tartness and a crisp citrus lemony sweetness.

T: The first sip delivered a blast of carbonation that could be mistaken for a cola. As the bubbles pass, the tartness of the wheat is evident. Lemony sweetness mixes with a clean hop bitterness that is grassy. The carbonation seems linger, adding a briskness to the finish.

M: The wheat tartness is refreshing, soft and not too biting. The carbonation is a little too abrasive.

D: A good wheat beer that has a decent hop bite. A nice beer to pound down.

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Photo of philbe311
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A fingers worth of crisp densely packed slightly off-white colored head... Minimal retention gives way to a full lacing... A pale medium gold color with a faint haziness... A modest bit of moderate paced carbonation rises throughout...

S - Simple and fairly restrained... Fragrant spicy wheat... Melon... Perhaps a bit of lemon zest...

T - Interesting... A slight, but surprising and refreshing hop bite throughout... Lemon grass... The wheat notes are buried...

M - Light to medium bodied... A very nice brisk carbonated punch... Crisp... Clean... Refreshing... Very nice...

D - A pleasant surprise... A lot of good flavor going on here for sub 5% ABV... Looks and smells like a prototypical wheat offering, but the flavor packs a nice little punch and keeps this one very interesting... If this were local to the PA area I would make sure to pick up a six-pack at minimum each summer... Nicely done...

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Photo of 828beagle
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy yellow gold with a 2 finger fizz head. Citrus smell. Slightly bitter lemon taste. Highly carbonated with a light-medium body. Crisp finished with a strange metallic aftertaste. Definitely not one of Highland's best efforts. I might give it another try when I find it on tap somewhere. Otherwise not worth it.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my own backyard and I just never did get around to trying it, I picked one of these up in the store recently and decided to give it a whirl. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 08/02/2009.
Appearance 4 - Pours out a very pale yellow color. Big white head of foam on top and lots of carbonation rippling up towards the surface.
Smell 4 - Light aroma, grass, hints of grainy bready and a touch of some light fruity notes. Intresting. As it warms lots of grain in the aroma. Nice for the style.
Taste 3.5 - Very light, clean, but a bit forgettable for me. Not really much of an aftertaste and the only thing that really comes across well is a nice touch of light apricot in the mid palate.
Feel 4 - Nice carbonation and very light feel to it. Very drinkable and ultimatlky nice and sessionable.
Drinkability 4 - Could have easily had another right after this one, Very easy to put down.
Overall 3.8 - Solid, not the best thing in the world, but a very nice light summer beer.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy pale yellow in color. Thin fizzy white head and some mild lace. Citrus, banana, and a hint of fresh cut grass in the aroma. Flavor is similar to the aroma with a bit of a kick from the rye. Nice fresh crisp mouthfeel. Highland is spot on with the carbonation. Overall I'm not a big fan of wheat beers but this is one I'd be willing to visit again. The rye adds an interesting touch to the flavor.

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Photo of blackie
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: into a big ass weizen glass, sediment and all, gives a moderate off-white head over a hazy hay golden beer, eventually falls flat

s: pretty nice, pulpy citrus hop tones run underneath a big wheaty nose, chalky yeast aromas, just a touch of caramel malt in there, well done

m: carbonation falls around medium, perhaps a bit lifeless for the style but far from flat, body lies somewhere between light and medium

t: big and somewhat spicy wheat with a subdued and well rounded caramel malt sweetness, yeast flavors not huge but certainly not absent, hops moderate and citrusy with notes of lemon, finishes well with a light bitterness and lingering wheat flavors

d: no problem, would love a sixer of these summer camping in the lovely mountains of North Carolina

overall: don't really pick up on the rye much, but this is a flavorful, highly enjoyable, very solid example of the style

single from Whole Foods Raleigh...teeny etching below the label reveals a bottling date of 07/14/08 (props for finally dating, Highland)

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Photo of alefreak
4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am not a real fan of Highland Beers, but the owner of the store where I buy my kegs said he felt I would like it and he is usually right, he turned me on to Bells Two Hearted Ale - nuf said. This wheat is a little different as it seems to have more body and has some hoppiness to it and some spices as well. I was not able to research prior to buying, but would recommend it as a good, flavorable summer wheat beer with a nice finish.

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Photo of pathman
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Likeburning
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Bruisin' Ales in Asheville NC the day I toured this particular brewery. This poured a hazy golden yellow color, very characteristic to wheat beers. Sweet, light, lemony, and floral. Everything that a summer wheat beer should be. Nice to take out on the boat on a summer day. (only if you're a passenger that is) Cheers to Oscar and the guys (and girls) down at Highland for this one.

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Photo of daliandragon
2.55/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The color is right, with a cloudy, pale golden hue but the head dies almost instantly despite what i thought was a pretty good pour into a Warsteiner plzen glass. The nose is wheaty and fresh with slight bubble gum, butter and banana tones. Decent but not awesome.

Initially, this one provides plenty of wheat flavor but it all goes south pretty quickly. Some serious diactyl hits, with a bitter, face clenching finish. Highly disappointing. The mouthfeel is okay but its had to get past that taste. I won't be looking for this one again.

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Photo of Crittervision
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a vigorous pour results in a quarter- to half-inch head into a tulip. the head drops quickly over the course of a few minutes and tries its very best not to come back. golden, a little hazy. i guess i was expecting a more opaque beer, but later noticed the style as american pale wheat ale, and not hefe, so that may explain its near clarity.

i pick up the slightest bit of wheat, maybe banana, its a little lemony, but the smell is definitely dominated by a smell very reminiscent of, but bolder than, [insert generic macro]. i cannot point to exactly which one that would be.

the taste follows the smell. i imagine 25% of a great hefeweizen blended with 75% of one of the better macros. the result could be this.

mouthfeel is nice. nothing to complain about for the style i believe. it feels nice and spritzy, clean and clear. the alcohol is very gentle, as expected from a drink of this abv.

drinkability is good. could i drink a six-pack if i wanted to? with ease. given a variety of options, would i want to drink more than one of these in a sitting? probably not.

i guess, for me, the attraction to this was that it is seasonal, organic, local, and a wheat beer. this falls short of the poofy poofy heads and densely packed flavors of my favorite wheat beers. in the end, all this has going for it is that it is seasonal, organic, and local. i appreciate highland for going the organic route with this, but to me, thats not enough to buy it again.

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Photo of cjohnson
4.01/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy straw color with a nice, big white head. Very nice looking beer.

The nose is a bit thin, but a little doughy.

The taste is slightly fruity (leaning towards citrus fruits), a little bit of mild spice too.

Mouthfeel is pretty medium bodied and well carbonated. Very drinkable.

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Highland Cattail Peak Wheat from Highland Brewing
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 92 ratings