Highland Cattail Peak Wheat | Highland Brewing

Highland Cattail Peak WheatHighland Cattail Peak Wheat
92 Ratings
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 atsprings
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a thin diminishing head. Aroma was lemon zest, sweet malts and a tiny bit of rye. The taste is dominated by lemon and citrus hops. Rye, wheat and sweet malt linger in the back with rye lingering in the finish. The beer is just as light and refreshing as you'd expect in a wheat beer. This one surely makes a good summer brew.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one an-tap at Barley's Asheville location.

It came to me a hazy, pale yellow color. Pale, but bright. It was capped by a head of bright white bubbles and the dreaded lemon slice. There was some good lacing with this one, also.

The aroma was almost the standard Pale Wheat Ale smell. Wheat was at the forefront, with some citrus thrown in for good measure. Could have been that damn lemon, though.

The taste was a little hoppier than what I was expecting. Still, it was just the standard wheat and spice flavors with a noticeable hop addition.

The mouthfeel was light, crisp, and refreshing. It had a bit of a zip there at the finish that I enjoyed. I had one of these before moving on to other choices, but I could see having a 2 or 3 in one sitting during a summer party or the like.

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

This beer was fresh and delicious. Served a tad cold (which may have muted the smell a bit) but it really hit the spot. This is a no-frills wheat beer down the line. What really stands out about it is the color. It has this bizarro hazy yellow white-ish color that kinda seems to glow. I don't see any particulate floating in it though I gave the bottom inch a healthy swirl. It seems to be filtered but with a relatively coarse screen.

Down to business:
Poured strong down the center and got a bright 2 finger white head. Held its own for a minute. Bubbles clinging to the inside. Doing well so far. Smell was mild but hinted of fresh grass with an underlying sweetness.

Taste is dry and mildly wheaty. Pretty thin mouthfeel. Must have a higher than usual wheat-to-barley ratio. About half way down the glass and the head is all gone. Lace disappeared too. Lack of malt proteins. It's warming some and I'm picking up some macro hints. That tangy metallic flavor I so do not crave. Still refreshing I should add though.

Finishing a little tangy/bitter/dry. Perhaps some hops poking their lovely little heads up. I've been missing them thus far.

I'd buy more of it. It's the Corona of wheat beers. Light enough anyone could drink it on a hot day and be pleased. Even a 6 pack or so. Overall I'd like it a bit heavier and more flavorful. A tad more malt would go a long way.

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

Well hazed apricot yellow with a foamy white head that leaves subtle lace. Retention is good.

Aroma is a bit milder than I expected from Highland. Almost standard APWA notes of tangy wheat, light citrus, subtle spice, and grassy/floral hops.

Flavor a bit more pronounced then the nose but on the same line. Wheat and citrus, light honey and spice, with a herbal floral note and grassy hop finish.

Body is nice and slick with good wheaty effervescence. Smooth and quaffable, body may be the best aspect. Definately worth trying but not as exciting as I hoped. I wasn't too impressed withg the Shining Rock either, but am very glad to see this great brewery trying new things. I will buy anything they brew!

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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 drperm
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow...could I really be the first to rate the new seasonal from Highland?

It's pretty nice and definitely a propot for a hot NC summer.

Appearance: Very pale yellow, quite cloudy/opaque and yeasty. Fun to look at in the glass.

Aroma: Rye, wheat, a bit of papaya, brown sugar, and as the label suggests, hibiscus.

Taste: Clove, allspice, banana, and some choice hops. Nice!

Palate: Very refreshing and tangy, with a slightly disappointing "young homebrew" finish to it. I'm tempted to cellar it for a couple of months.

Overall: Not my favorite Highland, but still QUITE solid. I'd have it again.

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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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