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Octoberfest Lager - Central Waters Brewing Co.

Octoberfest LagerOctoberfest Lager

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113 Ratings
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 13.75%


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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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2012 17:55:18 | More by rfgetz
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 03:47:04 | More by BeerFMAndy
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USAF77

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 21:29:57 | More by USAF77
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sweemzander

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 16:05:27 | More by sweemzander
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MaximalC

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 01:20:17 | More by MaximalC
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SleepyDrunk

Wisconsin

3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 00:04:27 | More by SleepyDrunk
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Jparker37

Wisconsin

3.44/5  rDev -1.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 01:38:58 | More by Jparker37
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TheSSG

Illinois

3.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a soft, light head that collapses quickly. Slightly sweet aroma is dominated by spiciness. Great burnt umber color. Starts with spicy hops and carbonation. Froths into the mouth. As the bitterness peaks at a low-medium bitterness of spice, there is a flash of metallic and then the malt comes in. That malt sits atop the spicy hops to make for a delicious spiced bread like flavor. The finish is lingering spicy hops and malt.

This is really good if you like Oktoberfests for that spiciness. Really well emphasized in this one, but balances nicely with maltiness. The frothy, assertive carbonation works well in this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 01:50:12 | More by TheSSG
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BrownAleMale

Wisconsin

3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Kasteel goblet glass

Appearance- À clear orange color with a half finger of fizzy white heads that basically dissipates completely.

Smell- Lots of bread malts with a slight tart hop.

Taste- Lots of malts including bread and a rice like malt with some orange zest and bitter hops on the finish. Balances very nicely.

Mouthfeel- On the lighter side of medium but definitly not watery. A very easy drinking Marzen.

Overall- A greatly balanced Oktoberfest that is tasty and easy on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 03:39:07 | More by BrownAleMale
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 02:30:45 | More by facundoCNB
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a coppery amber with good clarity but a flash head that dies back to a scattered raft of floating bubbles in a minute, leaving no lacing behind. Light body and refreshing texture, medium carbonation strength, sessionable.

Smells of caramel, toffee, nuts, and toasted malts as a Marzen should. The flavor reflects this but also has some nice leafy herbal and earthy hop tones as garnishes. My main complaint is that the beer overall seems too muted and restrained for it's own good. Some gentle amplification overall would be nice, especially to the thinner than typical toasted nut aspects.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 05:04:52 | More by WastingFreetime
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +16%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 00:15:24 | More by DrDemento456
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +14%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 07:33:25 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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chanokokoro

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 02:42:58 | More by chanokokoro
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emerge077

Illinois

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...

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 23:24:07 | More by emerge077
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mjpolzin

Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am admittedly a sucker for Central Waters beers although I have always that their regular and/or seasonal beers aren't as good as some of their specialty brews. The Octoberfest tasted very familiar because I think it is very similar to a lot of other brewery's takes on this style. Because of that, I wouldn't take my chances doing a blind taste test on this one hoping to pick it out over other Octoberfest beers but I would buy it again just because I do like to support Central Waters.

The taste was what I think an Octoberfest should be. It was very malty and a little more hearty especially after being used to lighter, summer beers. It was also easy drinking though and although I don't know what the abv is, it is low enough that this could be a good session beer.

Finally, something else I like about Octoberfest beers is that extra heartiness reminds you that the excellent stouts, porters and barleywines of winter will soon be upon us!

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 04:46:05 | More by mjpolzin
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 26 Oct 2011. Courtesy of R&S, thank you! Served in the 0.3 L Spaten dimpled mug.

Medium sized tan head. Medium carbonation. Clear bright amber in color. Moderately malty aroma, caramel, mineral, sweet. Starts with some lightly toasted malts. Touch of nuttiness. Lightly sweet and bready. Medium to light body, moderate ethanol. A touch of mineral throughout. Lingering malty mineral aftertaste.

Would be good to have a few of these on a cool fall day.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 04:30:17 | More by htomsirveaux
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robbyc1

Illinois

3.28/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 20:00:56 | More by robbyc1
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 00:57:55 | More by TMoney2591
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samie85

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 02:02:22 | More by samie85
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chicagobill13

Illinois

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!

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 00:30:22 | More by chicagobill13
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knepper

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Malt bomb - yum. I thought this was the best Oktoberfest beers around Wisconsin this year. A deep orange hue with a clean malt aroma. Taste is bready, full of melanoidans and a slight spice from the noble hops. It's full but not filling, unlike this year's Staghorn which was thin and slightly less tasty. A perfect i'm-watching-football-eating-brats beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 15:54:35 | More by knepper
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A) It's a nice looking copper color. There was a half finger of head. The head dissolved pretty quickly, lacing was minimal.

S) Not strong in aroma, but pleasing. It's clean, with malt upfront. A little sweetness, touch of hops and light spice.

T) Lightly roasted malt and grain. A nice earthy quality. There's some bready sweetness. Nicely balanced flavors.

M) Medium/light body, well carbonated. A slightly dry finish, but ultimately this is really smooth.

O) Really enjoyed this beer. One of the better Oktoberfests I've had so far this fall. Central Waters has some pretty good brews, and if you haven't tried anything by this brewer yet, you should check them out. Tastes even better when your team is winning on Sunday.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 01:32:23 | More by RoamingGnome
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Brunite

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 03:24:25 | More by Brunite
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Arbitrator

California

2.8/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 02:46:58 | More by Arbitrator
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Octoberfest Lager from Central Waters Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.