Highland Cattail Peak Wheat | Highland Brewing

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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
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 SilentSabre
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was pretty average all the way around. Poured up *very* pale yellow like a witbier with a rather weak head. Didn't look awful, but I really like Highland and kind of expected a little more out of this. Smell was a bit muted, but what I could get was kind of pseudo-hefe. Taste was nice and had a bit of a banana thing going on whilst also having a mild hop profile lurking in the back, as well. Mouthfeel was very light and I could certainly see knocking out 6 of these on a hot day. Not a terrible beer, but Highland can do much better.

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Photo of Drew966
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Highland Cattail Peak Wheat pours a hazy yellow with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is kind of grainy with a hint of citrus. The flavor is grainy, perhaps a hint of citrus. That's about it. This beer is disappointing at best.

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Photo of czfreeman
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Greenville, SC.
Poured out typical American wheat look, light lemony tone, hazy, light white dissapates pretty quickly.
Smell is good, nothing standoutish. Light, lemony esthers, a bit of musty wheats, some yeast note, pale malt. Pretty decent nose.
Taste falls a bit short. The lemony/wheat flavor comes through upfront, backed by a nice amount of carbonation, but the finish is more watery than I really care for. A weaker relative to Allagash White.
For the low ABV and light easy drinking character, I will definatley add this to a summer cooler of brews.

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Photo of beer2day
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw gold with a light two-finger head. Decent retention and faint lacing. Nice carbonation.

Nose hints at the malt content of the beer, with a faint breath of lemon.

Hits with a nice combination of sweet and dry. The lemon flavor is there, but malt-wheat taste dominates. Slightly bready.

Good for a hot day in the mountains.

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Photo of HopDerek
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy straw gold color with 2 fingers of white foamy head into a shaker pint glass. OK retention and not much in terms of lacing. Smells of clove, lemon, yeast, and bread malt. Tastes of lemon juice, honey glazed biscuits, clove, and yeast with a bitter finish of spicy hops, grass, and some more citrus zest. Medium-light in body with some prickly carbonation. Somewhat syrupy and tart with a nice bitter finish. Somewhat dull at first, but gets better as it warms. I could see enjoying this on the deck on a Summer day.

Thanks to Kegatron for the chance to try this.

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Photo of Gish
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Pours a cloudy straw yellow with a minimal head.

S - Fairly faint smell, I can detect a bit of wheat and yeast though.

T - Herbal with grassy and yeasty notes. A dose of sweetness balances it fairly well. Definitely more interesting than some other Pale Wheat Ales.

M - Nicely carbonated, fairly light body.

D - While this beer is not very complex it is eminently refreshing and enjoyable. A perfect beer for hot weather for sure.

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Photo of farrago
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep bone white head, settles quickly into a thin sheet across the surface, lacing not very sticky. Cloudy light yellow color with a warm glow, looks "summery." Crisp and light nose, but has some punch, like a featherweight boxer, wheat, sourdough bread, pretzels, lemon peels, at first seems malty but keener hoppiness takes over, light mixed fruit dash, nothing distinct. Light to medium-bodied, the carbonation leaves a bigger impression than the body weight. More sour baking dough, wheat and general grassy sort of elements. The lemon to orange citrus maintains a tenuous presence, no real juiciness. The malt smoothness on the weak side, at times you might get a chocolate powder accent. No one component seems to take the lead, this not meant to suggest harmonious integration rules the day. At times reminds one of an American Pilsner.

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Photo of avalon07
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pale yellowish color and a cloudy consistency. there was a small amount of foamy head that didn't last very long. Decent lacing.

S: Aroma of wheat, bananas and citrus.

T: Tasted of wheat, lemon, bananas and some other spices. Not as complex as it could be, but not bad either.

M: A nicely carbonated beer with a smooth, dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: This is an easy-going, drinkable beer, but not one that awed me in any particular way. Not bad and worth a try, though.

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Photo of Gyle41386
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy lemon yellow. Small head dissipates quickly. Not much in the way of lacing.

Aroma is of wheat, lemon, banana, spice, and a floral hop character.

The wheat is fairly sweet in this one. There are some citrus notes present, mostly lemon. There is a very light touch of hop bitterness. Kind of grainy in the finish.

Body is medium. Lots of carbonation, but it seems appropriate. Fairly smooth drinker. Crisp and refreshing. Pretty easy to put a few of these away.

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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 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 Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to MSchae1017 for this brew.

Pours a nice cloudy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, with some minimal sticky lacing. The nose is malty, grassy, yeasty, with some banannas/coriander. The taste is sweet, malty, with some grassy/yeasty notes, nice touch of banannas/coriander. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice APWA. Thanks Matt.

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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 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 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 johnd513
3.27/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy golden color with a small white head that quickly disappears. Smells of citrus with lemon and banana. The tastes of citrusy with lemon and banana. The mouthfeel has medium body and is nicely carbonated but ends a little watery. This beer is easy to drink but I could only see myself having a couple. Overall nothing spectacular but I could easily see myself drinking this in the summer time.

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Photo of MSchae1017
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was poured from the 12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

The beer pours a hazy pale orange with a decent sized white head. Unfortunately this head is not quite what you would expect from a wheat beer and the head does not hold that well, and really only leaves a bit of lace as the head dissipates.

The aroma is also fairly weak. A bit of breadyness along with a touch of citrus hops.

The flavor of the beer is also pretty straight forward with the wheat flavor and a bit of hoppyness that certainly picks up as the beer warms.

The mouthfeel is light with effervescent carbonation.

Overall an easy drinking wheat beer with a bit of hop character to liven things up. Nonetheless, its not exactly my cup of tea and it will be a while before I go for one of these again.

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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 ncvbc
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow with a medium white head that fades quick. Good smell that is lightly floral with a sweet lemon zest, light hoppy scent, and a touch of pepper. Also a bit of yeast. Taste is basically the same, a little less of a bitterness than expected in the finish. Still a little dry, though. Moderately hoppy but not so much. Smooth and a light in body, just a bit thin. Pretty drinkable as most of their beers are overall but not one of my favorite offerings from Highland.

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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 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 ChainGangGuy
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy, yellow body with a full inch of creamy, white head. Scattered lacing on the way down.

Smell: Malted wheat nose with light notes of flowers, sweetened lemon, and spice.

Taste: Sweetish, tangy malted wheat with a very light touch of honey. Gentle trace of citrus. Floral, spicy hops with a restrained bitterness. Begins to develop a slight graininess. Finishes quite crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine, crisp, easy drinking wheat ale if that's the thing you're looking for.

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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 JayQue
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reminds me of Sam Adams Summer Ale. Pours the usual wheat beer hazy straw color. Bubbly white head, not as big or long lasting as some. Fairly light aroma, lemony but no hint of spices.

Tastes ok. Wheat or spices not pronounced. The smoothness of the wheat and a slight wheat taste is there. The lemon is the predominant taste

Mouthfeel is ok also. Good wheat beers give you a little tingle of spices that are missing here but the overall mouthfeel is rich and crisp enough, not watery.

Drinkability is pretty good. Nothing outstanding but a pleasant summer drink

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