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Octoberfest Lager - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Octoberfest LagerOctoberfest Lager

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55 Reviews
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Reviews: 55
Hads: 182
Avg: 3.51
pDev: 22.51%
Wants: 2
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 55 | Hads: 182
Photo of hardy008
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Amber color with an off white head which does not last very long. Smells of some hops and malt, nothing special. Taste of biscuit malt and some hops. has a bit of a sour taste which is unpleasant. The mouthfeel is thin and watery with decent carbonation.

Disappointing, but I would be willing to try this again and adjust my score if need be. Most Central Waters beers are really good. This one surprised me that it was not. Could have sat on the store shelf too long?

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Photo of brewmudgeon
2.65/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

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Photo of spointon
2.68/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured this one from a 12ox brown bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This ale poured a bright copper amber color with a thin white head. The head dropped pretty fast and left little lacing. Very clear and nice to look at.

S= The aromas were pretty muted, especially for this style, and I found a bit too much sulfur and mot enough of the classic O-fest maltiness.

T= Things really went downhill in the flavor. Really odd mix of faint maltiness that should have been a lot sweeter and an odd dryness. There were some detectably grassy hops in the background too, which didn't fit the style too well. The worst thing though, was a tiny hint of sourness near the finish. Really strange.

MF= Light side of medium body. Average carbonation and crispness.

D= This was not a very good beer at all. It wasn't a drain pour, but it was a huge disappointment coming from a brewery this good.

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Photo of morimech
2.69/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

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Photo of crossovert
2.74/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.84/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. A generous extra from boatshoes. Thanks, Fletcher!

A: Pours a hazy, translucent orange-copper body capped with a short-lived off-white foam. It does not leave any curtains or lace during sips.

S: Toasted grain, bread, apple cider, and nuts. Very pleasant.

T: A rustic, apple cider and multi-grain bread flavor. It is somewhat weak in flavor, on the watery side (I suppose that's a mouthfeel complaint).

M: Watery in flavor when cold. I let it warm up and it remained watery. Weak in flavor.

D: Hmmm... Disappointing. I guess I was hoping this would be as awesome as Staghorn.

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Photo of steveh
2.95/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Found some of this on sale because the season is over.

A -- Good, clear, deep orange-amber with a light tan head that settles pretty quickly.

S -- Mild caramel nose with some vague spicy hops.

T -- Mellow caramel with some hop spiciness in-between and a light nuttiness in the finish. Ever so vague bitterness back.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and smooth to a crisp finish and a light-medium body.

O -- Another U.S. micro brewing, what amounts to, an Amber Ale or Brown Ale. It's not a bad drinker, but it just doesn't taste like a, malty, bready Oktoberfest.

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Photo of corby112
2.95/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden orange/amber color with pale golden orange hues when held to a light source and a one finger off-white head that quickly settles into a thin lasting ring.

Slightly earthy aroma with hints of toasty nutty malt, autumnal spice and earthy hops.

Thin watered down mouthfeel with a lot of spicy notes up front, mostly clove, cinnamon and brown sugar. Slight vanilla presence with lots of toasty malt, roasted nut and caramel malt. Crisp dry hops lasts throughout and are prominent in the dry earthy finish. I mean earthy is the most literal sense, as in tasting like soil. Kind of bland but easy drinking.

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Photo of facundoCNB
2.99/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a ruby/copper pour with a finger of creme colored head, visible carbonation and good retention.
not getting much aroma from this beer... a slight hint of citrus, slight bready notes and that's about it.
a somewhat tart citrus flavor, lightly bitter, very malty.
light/medium body with high carbonation. crisp and refreshing.

nothing all that impressive. i was honestly expecting way more from this brewery after tasting their peruvian morning and bourbon barrel stout.

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Photo of Brunite
3.06/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A nice orange/amber color with a tan head.

S: Hmmmm,...not much going on. Very faint hints of malt sweetness. Some hop notes.

T: Average. It follows the smell. Pretty bland.

M: Medium body....adequate carb.

O: Dissapointed. Was hoping for more. Just an average beer.

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Photo of WJVII
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Took this from my parents-in-laws' house... ya they know I am on BA and try to get locally brewed beer for holidays when I am over... oddly enough, very nice of them?!

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a nice amber color that leans to a brownish red in the light. The head is slight and almost unnoticeable. The aroma is very heavily grainy and has a slight yeast smell. The taste isn't quite right as a Marzen style. There is too much of a dry alcohol taste and isn't quite "thirst quenching". A lot of grain and not much hop balance. Don't get me wrong, this isn't a bad brew, but doesn't seem to fit the style correctly. Could enjoy a few, in fact I did on Christmas Eve, but not what I was expecting for an Octoberfest brew. On the average end of CW brews.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Another solid octofest. Heavy on the Carmel biscuit, with a balanced clove. Not super sweet. Slight German bite after. Not much head on the pour. A little lighter on the color. Nice. Not everything comes together in the end.

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Photo of Tone
3.26/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, caramel malt, hint of alcohol, hint of wheat, and hint of hops. Fits the style of a Marzen / Oktoberfest. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, caramel malt, hint of pale malt, slight hops, hint of alcohol, and wheat. Overall, body is too sweet and not well blended, below average aroma, and weak appearance.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.27/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of robbyc1
3.27/5  rDev -6.8%
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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Photo of NickSMpls
3.29/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Starts with a nice pour and color and a brief waft of malt and hops which doesn't stick around for the main event. Weak and un-differentiated taste with not much going on.

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Photo of samie85
3.3/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of gatornation
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
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

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Photo of sweemzander
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of SleepyDrunk
3.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint.

Appearance- deep copper color, crisp white head (thin).

Aroma- A traditional malty and biscuity smell that Octoberfest's are known for.

Flavor- Malt and biscuit flavors up front, has a bit of a roasted taste to it.

Mouthfeel- Pretty standard mouthfeel, crisp clean bite that finishes smooth.

Overall- Decent beer - definitely an Octoberfest that can be enjoyed on a nice fall day. Not abrasive - can drink several of these without getting overwhelmed.

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Photo of neorunner
3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a pint glass, amber orange color with a light head that dissipated quickly and no lacing / residue left on sides of the glass.

S- Some hops and malt, but also a cooked stew vegetable smell.

M- Thin body with a large amount of carbonation. Leaves a sharp feeling on your tongue at first.

T- Lighter than the other fest beers I've had this year. Good flavors in there but seemed to be watered down. Pilsner malt flavor and some noble hops.

D- Will re-visit but not my favorite fest beer.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.44/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of Jparker37
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Seidel.

S - Biscuity malt, layers of toasted malt. Clean fermentation.

A - Perfect deep-orange color. Excellent clarity. Off-white head slowly falls to a ring. No lacing.

T - Solid light toasty malt. Little bit of fruitiness throughout. Metallic after awhile. Mild sweetness but a little more than the style would permit. Bitterness is a little bit shy as well.

M - Medium-light body, moderate carbonation, semi-sweet.

O - This beer was bought warm off the shelf perhaps contributing to a weak aroma. The taste flaws I perceived were just barely off. On the light end of Oktoberfests.

Judgement - Try

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of chanokokoro
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Octoberfest Lager from Central Waters Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.