Octoberfest Lager - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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3.25/5 rDev -6.3%
12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint.
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.
11-20-2013 03:47:04 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.6/5 rDev +3.7%
A lovely looking Beer to poor with a rich head that soon disappears. Really a pretty deep gold.
Moderate hoppy smell without a whole lot of character. My nose is poor tho.
This is a rather sweet beer without the crispness of regular lager and certainly not the dryness in the after taste that leaves you begging for the next sip. I have to say tho I really, really, like the taste of this beer. A sweet malty joy that I could see with a bratwurst despite its shortcomings.
It takes a really bad beer for me not to see any good in it. However, and Im not one for sweetness in my Beers, I still liked this one pretty well.
11-13-2013 21:29:57 | More by USAF77
3.28/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
10-30-2013 16:05:27 | More by sweemzander
3.45/5 rDev -0.6%
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.
10-08-2013 01:20:17 | More by MaximalC
Octoberfest Lager from Central Waters Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.