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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
4/5  rDev +11.4%

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 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 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 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 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 micromaniac129
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours golden in color with little head. Foam receeds quicklyleaving some spotty lacing. well carbonated.
Aroma was typical of wheat beers but since this ia an Americian alot of the aromas are muted and sutle.
Taste is light and tart lemony some wheat malts come through.
Mouthfeel is medium in body and has a slight metallic aspect.
Not bad and to style but really why does anyone drink this style is beyond me.

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Photo of grayburn
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a thin but sticky white cap. The head quickly recedes to a small ring but the lace clings to the side of the glass.
The nose is rather muted, some light bread notes and a little clove. There are some very light citrus notes hiding in the backseat.
The taste is similar to the nose, but everything is a bit more pronounced. Very breast with a light toasted clove finish. Light citrus hops balance everything out.
The mouthfeel is thick and creamy, Highland hit the nail on the head here.
Good beer, not great, and the Germans have nothing to fear yet.

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Photo of joepais
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this in the under 100 BIF. I poured it into a Sam Adams pint glass. It produced a finger worth of white head that went away to nothing the body of the brew was a hazy yellow in color. The brew smelled sweet and lemony with a light grassy note. The flavor was light and bready with a touch of citrus fruit to it. The brew had good carbonation and was light in the mouth.

I could drink a few of these, not a bad summer brew at all. If it was closer I would have loved a six pack of these to see how a few in a row might change things

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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 July2Nov
3.37/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Looks like a pale yellow color, with virtually no lacing at all. Nothing to write home to mom about.

Smell: Has that wheat smell and also, an "earthy" scent like wet grass.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Very light in body.almost water-like that perks up a bit in the middle with a grainy feel. Has a dry champagne aftertaste. Unfortunately it's kind of nondescript.

Drinkability: Was looking a bit more out of this one. It was just kind of so-so. I wouldn't turn this one down if it was given to me, I just wouldn't go out searching for it.

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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 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 Tone
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, yellow color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of yeast, grass, slight herb, slight hop, and wheat. Fits the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is really smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, citrus (banana), wheat, slight grass, slight hop, and herbs. Overall, a good blend, complexity, and body.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.27/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz Bottle poured into Weizen glass

A: Straw yellow.... about 1/2 a fingers worth of head... little bit of sediment but very clear with nice carbonation. Head fades to nothing with little to no lacing.

S: Very wheaty with some citrus notes... there is a hint of yeast and a little caramel. Very nice.

T: OK, I'm getting spicy wheat with some caramel malt sweetness, yeast are there not to big, the hops moderate and with of lemon. It finishes well with a light bitterness.

M: Med to light bodied. The carbonation is not to over powering... Pretty nice for the style.

D: Pretty drinkable.... could be a nice session brew. But over all pretty normal for the style... It is a little more beer tasting than most wheat beers I've had.

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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 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 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 kels
3.06/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Beer pours into my pint a mostly clear, light straw yellow. Light carbonation bubbles up from the bottom and only the tiniest bit of white head fizzles out nearly immediately to a thin white ring.

Smell: Smell is not much to speak of. In fact, all I really get is the lightest bit of skunky grains and a little bit of lemon.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The taste is a very light blend of wheat, dry and biscuity malt, and lightly citrus hops. Feel is light and moderate with nicely balanced carbonation.

Drinkability: Moderate - would be high if it was more flavorful overall.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- cloudy lemon yellow, witbier lookin, dense white head with great retention and plenty rings and sheets of lace. foam settles to a thick disk and holds steady.

S- 'organic hibiscus' is immediately evident in the nose with it's floral, tropical fruity almost guava like aroma. i can't remember which, but i've had a beer or two with hibiscus in it and it really imparts a nice layer that suits this style well. some orange and nectarine, rye is on the label too and i guess i can detect it, but if i didn't know better the spiciness may have blended in with the other aromas. some pale grain as well. very summery, fruity and floral aroma.

T-fruit and flower are put on the back burner and serve as merely an accessory to what is a rather blank tasting brew. there's a soft, flat level of noble hop bitterness from start to finish and not much in between but some white bread. some spicy rye flavor appears in the finish along with the return of citrus and floral flavors and herbal hops.

MF- fizzy and burpy, light and crisp, but not watery. more like apple juice. as the carbonation settles down the burps cease and it takes on a very soft cottony wheaty feel with a slight astringency.

D- if the taste were as good as the smell this would be a real winner for me. a killer brew in all other aspects, perfect for summer and modest in alcohol. smellin while i'm drinkin somewhat compensates for the lackluster flavor profile making this one totally drinkable summer thirst quencher. this is a back yard by the grill beer.

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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 PDXHops
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Pours very pale gold with a modest white head. Poor retention and lacing. Things get better from there, though. It's a pretty nice refreshing brew, with plenty of crisp wheat, a squeeze of tart lemon and some lingering husky grain flavors. Light bodied with lowish carbonation and a goes-down-easy feel. Not bad at all. Just the thing for a hot Carolina summer day.

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Photo of GJ40
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle in a tulip shaped pint glass. Purchased from Whole Foods in Cary, NC. No noticeable brewed on or best by date.

A - A light straw color with lots of haze and a small white head.

S - Lemon, banana and wheat.

T - A slightly tart, lemony flavor with a faint bitterness. Not a lot of flavor but enough.

M - A moderate consistency with a nice low carbonation.

D - Smooth, easy to drink and very refreshing. Just perfect for a warm summer day in NC.

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Photo of aubuc1
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a very pale hazy golden with a white head.

Smell is a slightly sour fruity with a slight metallic finish.

Taste is pretty nice, better than I expected. Light wheaty, slightly banana with a little hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel is right on, and this is a classic summer, easy drinking beer. I am not a wheat fan, and this beer doesn't change my life, but certainly a nice beer.

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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
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 92 ratings
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