Octoberfest Lager - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 169
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 1
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: cdkrenz on 12-09-2007

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Ratings: 169 | Reviews: 52
Reviews by MaximalC:
Photo of MaximalC
3.44/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a modest khaki head that soon disappears. Moderately vigorous carbonation can be observed ascending within the glass. Mild aroma smells of caramel and floral hops, very typical for the style. Flavor is pretty substantive for an oktoberfest, with a caramel malt backbone augmented by grape must and a dash of peppery hops. There's also a wheaty earthiness to the finish that lends some additional complexity. Medium body is more than adequate for the style, but the vigorous carbonation is almost excessive, yielding a prickly texture that veils the flavor profile somewhat.

I'll be the first to acknowledge that Oktoberfests have a hard time earning a good review from me. I find the style to be rather bland and pedestrian on the whole. With that in mind, I have to give a nod to Central Waters for brewing as bold and flavorful an Oktoberfest as I've found. It's not overly creative or elaborate, but it concentrates the hallmarks of the style in a way that makes it easy to appreciate. Both flavorful and sessionable, this a brew for the season that I wouldn't mind having again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of SD-Alefan
3.74/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant, clear copper with a tan head and nice lacing.
The aroma is big on crackers and toffee with a hint of spice.
Tasty brew with a nice toffee and biscuit sweetness up front and a bit of spicy hops and a decent bittering finish.
Mouthfeel is very nice, smooth and nearly creamy.
This seems a well-done take on a traditional Marzen.

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brilliant, brilliant reddish orange. 2” white cap, intricate grandma lace. Smell: Taste: Starts with sweet malt and then it gradually dries out and becomes more bread crusty as it moves through your mouth. Mouthfeel: Clean, creamy and smooth with a medium body and carbonation. Overall: A very drinkable malt driven Oktoberfest beer.

Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a stein glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber orange with lot of rising bubbles. Solid two finger off white head which slowly settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A toasty, bready, and nicely sweet malt forward aroma with hints of caramel, biscuit, and fruit. Toasted barley malt with upfront hints of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, cracker, and lager yeast. Fruit hints of apple, pear, lemon, and a little fig. Subtle spice hints of cinnamon and pepper. Light earthy hop hints. A pretty solid smell.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely bready, toasty, and sweet malt driven taste with notes of biscuit, caramel, and fruit undertones. Toasted barley malt with bready notes of biscuit, caramel, toffee, toast, grains, cracker, and lager yeast. Fried fruit notes of apple, lemon, and pear along with a little fig. Subtle spice notes of cinnamon, clove, and pepper. Very light with the earthy hops. A pretty solid Marzen taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, crisp, and very smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a German style Marzen. Good mix of toasty malt and subtle fruit notes.

Photo of chicagobill13
4.73/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fall and winter beer do change every year unless it comes from on of the mass produce companys, which is not a bad thing either. This one kind of takes pride with it. It says it on the label.

Color: nice amber color just like every other fall octoberfest beers.

Smeell: Not much smell but it is what it is. I can't smell very well.

Taste and Mouth: This beer taste like sitting arond a camp fire and getting graham cracks, mushroms, and chocalate. I really love this taste.

Overall: This beer just became my favorite fall beer and favorite from this brewery just far. I had their Shine On, Red Ale, Puppy Porter, Stout, IPA, etc. I really love this brewery. CHeers!

Photo of morimech
2.69/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I am surprised by how few reviews of this beer there are and then I drank this beer and was surprised by what a poor effort Central Waters put out for their Oktoberfest. It is an attractive beer with its deep amber color and large, long lasting head, but it starts getting poor after that. The aroma is weak with just light notes of musty and cracker like malt. Has no qualities of a Marzen/Oktoberfest. It is more in line with a Munich Helles but that is not saying much for Helles beers. Has a slightly caustic flavor that I do not find appealling. Virtually no hop qualities or bitterness. For a beer with such a deep rich color, it lacks any good flavor. A medium-light body with good carbonation. Nice texture. Did not like this beer very much. Central Waters can do better.

Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the eyncognito for this 12 oz bottle. Anyone know if this is the same as the Brewer's Reserve listing?

A: The lagerbier is a bright orange copper color, to bright to be a penny. The narrower base of my glass looks like the bright glow of an early morning sunrise. A finger and a half of head has laced for an entire finger above the top of the beer.

S: The nose has a toasted grain aroma, a combination of pale biscuit and caramel malts. An earthy hop aroma adds a balancing element.

T: The o-fest is a rather dry one, highlighted by a dark bready flavor, almost rye-like (but not quite as peppery). A formidable hop presence matches the malts and the carbonation scrubs the tastebuds with each sip. The only downside comes near the end of each sip, where a vegetal flavor emerges that tastes like a celery stalk. A dry malty flavor returns though, to save the day.

M: The malt body is generally robust but that odd flavor near the finish is unpleasant. Otherwise, this is a malty good brew.

D: I wasn't expecting much, so I was pleasantly surprised by this one. The o-fest has a decent malty flavor that has enough oomph to sustain a chilly Sunday afternoon.

Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single dropped into a tulip. Crystalline amber orange with a bunch of racing carbonation. Tight cap of velvety off-white foam on the surface. Creamy surface texture. After awhile the head dissipates into a floating island of skim and a ring at the edges.

Soft bready aroma, nothing too out of the ordinary. Malt driven with a tiny bit of dried fruit esters, husky nutty grains.

Feel is smooth, mellow feel with a slight bite and more dried fruit in the end. Mellow bready grains upfront, balanced and not too sweet or bitter. Toasted grain husks and nuts. Easy drinking by the liter...

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.27/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint.
4.2% ABV

A - Central Waters Octoberfest pours a bright pumpkin orange color which lacks any sort of visible carbonation. A moderately retained cream-colored head leaves some delicate, patchy lacing on the pint but the thin skim left over allows the aroma to escape easily.

S - Toasty Vienna malt undertones and Munich sweetness capture the bready essence of an Oktoberfestbier but muted fruity notes of fig and dirty apricots take away from the overall crisp, malty presence of this lager.

T - Maintaining it's malt-forward profile, this Octoberfest offers an overarching bready characteristic that's smeared with light fruit jam; a reiteration of the aroma that shows promise for a malty lager but shouldn't suggest fruit.

M - This easily drinkable lager starts with a modest level of carbonation that leaves the beer smooth from start to finish where dryness finishes.

O - Central Waters Octoberfest has a lovely golden amber color that foreshadows it's malt forward aroma and flavor, which shine with bready characteristics but it's constant reminder of fruity undertones found in this lager distract from the core of the style. Smooth and drinkable, this fall beer does have it's place.

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another new one from Berkshire for me. I have had so many of their offerings when I stumble upon a new one I am always shocked. Served cold and poured into a tall pilsner glass, this one was consumed on 10/19/2009.
 
Nice pour with a golden and pale straw color coming through right away with loads of carbonation bubbling up toward the surface. Head of white capped it nicely but faded off very quickly leaving almost nothing in its wake. Light aroma, lots of grain and light bready notes, hints of wheat and a touch of light hops around the edges but nothing really jumping out at me here. The flavor was clean and crisp though, very light and refreshing it drank like water. Light bready flavor accented with a touch of piney hops that really did not go very far at all. It was a quick hitter and the flavor was gone almost before it started. Still more then a decent body on it and drank superb so you cannot really knock it for that.
 
Overall I thought it was good, just a touch forgettable for me. Needed just that extra little bit to really push it out and over the top.
 

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear light orange amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short beige head that quickly died down, leaving delicate lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted malts are present in the nose.
T: Much like the smell, the overall taste is quit malty and has lots of toasted malt flavors with some hints of residual sweetness. Only a little bitterness is perceptible, but there are enough underlying hops to prevent this from being sweet.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied, a little clean, and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Although this beer is very malty, it's quite drinkable and is a good American representation of a German style.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with coded bottled on date of July 29, 2014 printed on the bottleneck. A new beer to me from Central Waters, acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. Expectations are good given the brewery.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours a burnt sienna orange color, typical of the style, with a half finger of khaki head that leaves behind some nice spotty soapy lacing. Looks nice for the style.

S - Aroma is typical of the style also - a rich nutty malty aroma, with notes of caramel, toast, brown bread, and some berry-esque fruitiness. Maybe some minor alcohol fumes noticeable on the end.

T - Taste follows the nose - toasty, nutty, bready, and malty. Notes of caramel, toffee, and raisins. Perhaps some very minor alcohol content noted.

M - The feel is extremely crisp and clean. Very easy drinking; light-bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, an average representation of the style from Central Waters. Nothing terrible, but nothing great either. I would place it firmly in the middle of the pack as far as Märzen / Oktoberfest beers go.

Central Waters Octoberfest Lager -----3.5/5

Photo of DrDemento456
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very sweet looking Oktoberfest. It has a 1/2 inch of head atop of a golden amber beer and some bubbly carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom to boot!

S - A nice kick German style I get strong toasted malts and almond with a caramel malts sweetness and an underlining hop profile.

T - Very good taste the hops come and go but the star of this beer is the toasted grain profile next to the caramel like malt sweetness. No skunky taste here and it's so smooth!

M - Great beer it is medium bodied and chewy but goes down like water. Tasty stuff.

Overall much better than the Imperial stout this beer was worth the mixed six price. Try it now! DO IT!

Photo of gatornation
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours an amber color with a beige frothy head..smell is malts,toast caramel notes some vienna lager smells ..taste is kinda bland..its light on all the tastes that make a marzen good malts roasted malts sweey caramel all light..mouth feel is kinda creamy no problem drinking this ..its just not one i will reach for next year

Photo of samie85
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a clear copper color with two fingers of white head.

S-Smells of spicy, herbal hop notes with some bready and caramel notes.

T-Bready malt with a bit of fruitiness and some herbal hops on the finish.

M-Slick with low carbonation and a medium body.

D-This is a decent example with the exception of the fruity taste I picked up in the flavor profile; its not to style and sticks out in a bad way.

Photo of rfgetz
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden straw in color, moderate cap of head. Scent is mild but breaddy with light sweetness and faint citrus rind, splash of fresh dried grain. Taste leads with freshly dried grain, backed by bready notes, finishes with faint citrus rind and floral hops. Medium bodied, good moderate carbonation. Nice beer all around, not as aggressive as some others in style, but more balanced.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.97/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Golden orange bodied beer with 1 full finger of head. locing is fairely spotty.

Smell: solid nose. nothing mindblowing. Mildly sweet malts and that nice hefty grain smell to it that I love from this beer style. Just a good smelling oktoberfest beer all around.

Taste: Really nice malt profile on this beer. A touch of malt sweetness. Nice toasted grain flavor. A touch of spicy hops that dont add much bitterness.

Mouthfeel: light end of a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Nice crisp and clean mouthfeel that lets ya know this is a well made lager.

Overall: This is a nice oktoberfest beer from Central Waters! This beer does a great job of representing its respective style very well; it has no frills and is all business. Its not New Glarus Staghorn, but Staghorn is the BEST Oktoberfest beer that is brewed within this beer style in my opinion! You surely wont be dissapointed if you buy a 6 pack of this beer because your in the mood for a great oktoberfest beer. It will deliver! Good seasonal offering by Central Waters!

Photo of Wisconsinality
3.81/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a stein.

A- Pours a nice orange copper that is pretty translucent. A decent finger worth of head that recedes quickly and leaves no lacing on the glass.

S- Nice sweet malts up front, a little bit of hops and a touch of cinnamon. A little bit of graham cracker on the tail end. Nothing too complex here.

T- The malt really shines through here like in the nose. Not overly sweet with a small hint of roastiness. A little bit of wheat and a creamy after taste. Also a little bit of a fruitiness in there as well.

M- Just about right for the style. Medium bodied that has nice carbonation but feels smooth on the tongue.

D- It's a marzen so it was meant to be drank in succession. Good flavors and a nice balance matched with a great mouth feel makes this another solid beer from Paul and Central Waters.

Photo of pweis909
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Updated Impression:
Crystal clear, orange, with thin white head.

Some maltiness to the aroma, but just a glimmer

Taste is slightly sweet up front with a dry minerally finish. There is a hint of soap.

Mouthfeel - some acidic prickle on the lips, cheeks, and tongue.

It's a nice, drinkable clean lager. I'd like to see a little more maltiness in the aroma and flavor, not necessarily sweet, but toasty.

Old Review
This beer falls outside my interpretation of the Octoberfest style. To me, it is more like an off-color pilsner.

Defitely has the festbier color down, it's orange, with a chill haze that clears up as rhw bwwe warms. The white head faded, but it continued to effervesce.

The aroma was initially dominated by a strong, sort of repulsive sulfur smell, sort of cabbagey. The pugency faded, revealing what I believe was a saaz hop aroma, or at least, an aroma that reminded me of a Bohemian pils.

There is a light malty taste, but not the maltiness I associate with an Octoberfest. The body is crisp. The beer is drinkable, but not "festive."

Photo of crossovert
2.74/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz brown bottle. Im not sure on the dare.

It is either an old bottle or a fairly unfiltered lager as it pours a decent brownish orange with a bunch of floaties. The head is foamy and white.

There is a decent amount of herbal hoppiness in the smell a keen candy/caramel smell, and some toastiness.

The flavor has some oxidized fruit and caramel, it is basic, perhaps a bit on the sweet side.

Not the best ofest, but I think it is an old bottle.

Photo of brewmudgeon
2.65/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

undated, but 2010 per woodmans

a 3 medium light orange amber. the head froths up but subsides quickly. no ring or anything, but whatd'ya know, the second pour yields a nice ring and temporary lacework. oddly, the beer is not clear like a normal lager. it's hazy and hey, what the heck, there's a significant amount of yeast sludge in the bottom of the bottle! i never mind that as i loves yeast, but what's up?

s 3-3.5 decent power on the nose, at least from an o'fest, and at least at first. nothing too interesting, though, blandly toasty and some slightly roasty malt

t 2.5-3 this one is pretty sweet and coating, but not in a caramelly, german, or otherwise typical oktoberfest way. more like a fairly wet white wine, canned pears (which i am now picking up in the nose as well), sweet and quite tangy around the edges. white grapes and pears in a fest? it doesn't taste bad exactly, but, hmmmm. (a few bottles later and a thin metalic flavor seems to predominate)

m 2.5-3 vigorous carbonation turns a little creamy if you swish. overall though a bit too bracing and prickly.

d 2.5 a drinkable concoction. and the flavor holds up throughout the glass. but i have come to dislike it.

Photo of sweemzander
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a hazed deep caramel color. Produced some good white froth with solid retention. Minimal lacing.

(S)- A nice amber grainy mild sweetness to it throughout. Ever so slight apple cider aroma as it opens up.

(T)- An underlying caramel sweetness throughout. Very minimal graininess meets a rather pale-like hop note.

(M)- A nice carbonation level. For me, its a bit sweet for the style, but what is here is well balanced.

(O)- It is pretty good, but again, its a bit sweet for me for a Marzen.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

I think this'll finally be my last late O-Fest of this year... It pours a clear copper-amber topped by a finger or so of cream-white foam. The nose comprises light toffee, grass, and sweet flowers. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a nice bite of orange zest tossed in there for good measure. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a nearly dry finish. Overall, a solid, if not-wholly-memorable, traditional O-Fest. Not bad.

Photo of chanokokoro
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured inot a glass mug

Pours a orangish amber with an off-white one and a half finger head that dissipates fairly quickly. Caramel, toffee, and biscuit aromas on the nose. Opens with light sweet caramel, malty almond and toffee notes midpalates combine with mild earthy and grassy hops on the finish. Well carbonated smooth heavy light to very light medium bodied. A solid marzen and a tasty choice for the Octoberfest season.

Photo of robbyc1
3.27/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter, this was a clear off orange look. Nice disapating head.

Not much on the nose, taste of slight malty goodness, a bit watery, hops support the dryness to give a balanced taste, but not overpowering or very memorable. Average for the style, the thinness took away from everything else, I think I'll stick with their other specials, this one is just average.

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Octoberfest Lager from Central Waters Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.