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Highland Cattail Peak Wheat | Highland Brewing

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Highland Cattail Peak WheatHighland Cattail Peak Wheat

Brewed by:
Highland Brewing
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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
Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.45/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours from a 12oz bottle into a wheat glass. Cloudy, grapefruit juice colored beverage with a white head of about one good finger in size. Not much lacing but the head retention is nice. The head stays for almost the entire session.

Aroma is yeasty and lemony. Good amount of clove aroma as well. Not much in the way of hops.

So refreshing and tastey. I chose to pour the yeast into my beverage and the yeast is a main flavor. Plenty of lemon as well and once again, cloves. Pretty spicy with some slight grassy notes.

Low to medium body perfect for a summer session beer. Slightly dry but not so clean the palate is left yearning for more. Perfect carbonation. This might be my second favorite in the style (atleast the second one that comes to mind). I really enjoyed this and will look for this next year, for sure.

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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 carolinahophead
4.28/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is 2010 rendering of Highland Brewing Co.'s Cattail Peak Organic Wheat beer.
A: The color is of a cloudy gold and of a summer's sunset after a mountain thunderstorm.
S: This beer has a clean orange/banana aroma with an unique malt combination present. The lemon comes out when it warms up to a hot summer day.
T: What an easy drinking summer brew. It has a smooth finish with opportunity for an arrange of grilled food to go along with. The wheat is there along with a nice malt and maybe some rye added in.
M: A medium body with a nice finish. The Cattail Peak and being organic, reminds me of why this beer is a summer classic.
D : We have decided this Highland edition is definitely easy to drink and a great drink on a hot carolina day . Its not too heavy but has enough fresh taste to allow the novice beer drinker to enjoy.
A : Give it up to Highland for creating an unique organic brew for everyone to drink during these hot summer days. Love it on tap and in 12 oz bottles.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of cvstrickland
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-ounce bottle poured, swirled, and poured into a weizen glass yields a hazy yellow-orange body capped with a thick finger of soft white foam that recedes to a sheet and leaves drippy rings of lacing on the glass.

The smell is a bit lemony with a note of cantaloupe atop a rich bready backbone.

The taste is tangy, rich, and wheaty with a bit of lemon zest and dry, spicy rye. A floral inkling of cantaloupe lurks in the finish, with just a touch of bitterness.

Medium-bodied with soft feel and good carbonation. A nice seasonal wheat with a twist of spicy, husky rye that separates the drink from the masses.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, hints of citrus and a rye note. In the taste, dry rye and a sweet citrus, yet mellow. A smooth and medium mouthfeel, and a semi dry small fruitiness/ citrus in the aftertaste. Very nice rye notes in a wheat, a bit citrusy, yet not overbarring.

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Photo of brandoncox
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hazy golden pour. Nice frothy white head.

Sugary biscuits and earthy banana citrus with a touch of blended honey caramel. A delightful scent on the nose.

Tastes slightly pale and wheaty while sustaining a solid earthy backbone. I'm getting hints of lemongrass with a touch of hops on the finish. Very minimal bitterness.

Smooth and easy on the palate. Somewhat thin but more close to medium.

This was very refreshing. With its low ABV and drinkability this would make a perfect session beer for your summer afternoon. It doesn't tire your palate or make you too buzzed. Great summer brew. Oh, and it's organic! Another reason to enjoy this.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden yellow color with a thick white head and a little hint of lacing. Smells of grassy earthiness and that strong wheat smell from wheat malts. Tastes of wheat, grassy earthy undertones, a little coriander and black pepper, some yeast bread and maybe biscuit. Mouthfeel is medium with a pleasant carbonation. Drinkability is nice.

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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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Photo of bboven
4.01/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright, yellow grapefruit cloudy body with just a smattering of bubbles and a little lacing. No head here, which is inappropriate for the style.

Aroma is very balanced. Bold citrus tones are checked by a yeast aroma that is not overpowering, as I've had in other examples. This smells like a great brunch beer.

Taste is initial citrus that gives way to a distinct nutty flavor, then finishes citrusy once again.

This is a very thick wheat. It's almost too thick for summer sessions, really. It's very drying once the sip leaves your mouth. It would pair great with a simple cheese omelet, though.

All in all, excellent beer, but maybe not one you'd want right after mowing the lawn. Slow-sipping wheat is not often heard, but this is a good example. Great aroma and flavor, just misses on the body. My only other haggle is the 8.49 price tag for this one. I'd buy it more often if it were a buck or so cheaper.

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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 nmann08
4/5  rDev +11.4%

4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Brewsed
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Ryan011235
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass on 9/9/09

A - Bright yellow/gold in color & somewhat cloudy. Poured a marginal head with minimal retention. Sporadic lacing.

S - Earthy with a penchant for wheat grain, hay & grass. There is a bit of lemon & hints of other light fruit - apple & pear.

T - Rather straight-forward with a grainy wheat taste. There are mild hop hits mixed with other spices - pepper & maybe clove. Also lemon peel & a touch of orange.

M - On the lower end of moderate carbonation. Medium to light in body with some grit. Clean finish.

D - An easy drinker. Good choice for hot, languid summer days. Though it might get a bit monotonous as a session beer, it is solid nevertheless.

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Photo of brentk56
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale straw color with a modest head that leaves a few strands of lace

Smell: Both the floral hibiscus and spicy, slightly sour rye adjuncts can be detected in the otherwise grainy aroma

Taste: Bready and grainy, up front, with a definite sour rye element quickly becoming apparent; the hibiscus floral elements are in the background and make their presence known by mid-palate; after the swallow, the tart elements continue to add a lemony presence to the beer

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation

Drinkability: A rare treat this, an American Wheat that is worthy of consideration; well done, Highland

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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 ffejherb
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle into Sam Adams glass on 2/11/09. Thanks to Kegatron for toting some Highland stuff back for me after a trip down south.

A - Slow pour revealed a slightly hazy, pale golden body with vigorous carbonation and very thin white head that disappeared after a few moments and didn't leave much in the way of lacing behind.

S - Slight bready malt, a subtle hint of clove and a splash of sweet citrus fruit comprise the initial aroma, with a very faint spicy yeast character in the back.

T - Taste blends fruity and malty aspects with plenty of doughy, bready wheat malt and a touch of sweet citrusy hops. The yeast develops more towards the middle and finish, imparting a tingly spiciness suggesting clove. Finish reveals some subtle hop bitter notes and a mild tart character.

M - Light bodied with a bit of a syrupy texture and bristly carbonation on the tongue. Finish is sweet and just a little tart with a dash of hop bitterness on the palate.

D - At first, I found this wheat beer to be a bit boring, but after a while, the hoppy and tart characteristics emerged, giving this easy-to-drink brew a bit of flair. This brew falls somewhere between a pale wheat ale and a Berliner Weiss.

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Photo of Durge
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a fuzzy straw color with a modest white head and decent lacing. The aroma brings the expected wheat with an apple highlight. The flavor has an interesting apple cinnamon feel with a mild wheat background. It is nicely carbonated, very refreshing and easy drinking. Not so much rye pesence as I hoped based upon the ingredient listing but there is a hint floating around with a touch of cherry at the tip of the tongue. Has a decent mouth feel for a crispy wheat beer. All in all it's a good choice with food or on a hot day on the back porch.

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Photo of mentor
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to GCBrewingCo for this chance. Pours a one-finger oranged head over a murky dark apricot liquid (sediment was swirled and dumped in on purpose). Smells light. Pears, peaches, and oranges. This must be an american wheat, as it doesn't have strong banana or clove. The clove that is present is tame, more like a gentle ginger zing.

Tastes clovey, dry orange peel, and light berry (strawberry mostly. Hop flavor is lemon, vanilla, and grapefruit pithy that penetrates through the wheat and yeast flavors. Decent hop bitter is clean of most grassiness and mixes with the carbonation. Carb has almost a sour character. Interesting balance between the earthy wheat/yeast with a sweet trying to keep things around and the carb lifting things clean amid the hop bite.

Light body and modest, but stingy carbonation.

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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 Strix
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy pale yellow with a good head that dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell is a bit weak, wheaty and citrusy.

Taste is pretty good. I do pick up the rye they mention on the bottle, and a floral note on top of a base of wheat and citrus. Light and refreshing. This paired very well with some pasta with white sauce and chicken.

Mouthfeel adequate for the style, very crisp and refreshing.

This was solid, I'd have it again.

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

Pours a slightly hazy pale golden with an okay white head that fades to nothing. Smells of light wheat with a touch of sour grain and a long clean graininess. Some light lemon rounds it out. The taste has a similar lemony taste as well as clean wheat flavors and a hint of earthy hops at the end. Perhaps the barest hint of spice. Very smooth, clean and soft in the mouth. refreshing and enjoyable.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decided to have a bottle of this with lunch today. Poured into my weizen glass a very pale straw yellow. Slightly hazy texture. Decent head right off, but this dwindles to nothing. Some spotty lacing. Smells of grass, lemon, and bananas.

The mouth on this is crisp and wonderful. Moderate amount of carbonation. Flavor profile is of tame breads, citrus zest, and a slight hop bite at the end. This reminds me of a pilsner, rather than a wheat ale. Drinkable? At this low ABV, with a nice crisp mouth and mellow flavor, heck yeah, it's drinkable. Not bad.

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Highland Cattail Peak Wheat from Highland Brewing
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