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Octoberfest Lager - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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159 Ratings
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Ratings: 159
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cdkrenz on 12-09-2007)
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Reviews by sweemzander:
Photo of sweemzander
3.28/5  rDev -6%
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.

sweemzander, Oct 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Guinnsslvr, Sep 21, 2012
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1.75/5  rDev -49.9%

deebo, May 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

bpfrush, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

MattyG85, Oct 02, 2014
Photo of chicagobill13
4.78/5  rDev +37%
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!

chicagobill13, Oct 05, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

UWBadgerFan4Life, Sep 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Beezee, Mar 13, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Cooper, Sep 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Gonzoillini, Sep 07, 2013
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3.12/5  rDev -10.6%

Acubflem, Aug 27, 2014
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3/5  rDev -14%

falconxman, Oct 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

zillo043068, Oct 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

sjstraub, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of morimech
2.63/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

morimech, Oct 08, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

DarthTremens, Oct 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Kunstman, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

akorsak, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of tourdot
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

tourdot, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
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...

emerge077, Sep 18, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

jsh420, Aug 19, 2014
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3.72/5  rDev +6.6%

just_in, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

BeerFMAndy, Nov 20, 2013
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3.84/5  rDev +10%

Beestin, Sep 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

enelson, Nov 08, 2012
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Octoberfest Lager from Central Waters Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.