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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 BeerWithMike
4.48/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Straight across the board for me with a "4.5". Sampled 2 nights ago on 11/10/15 after bowling. Comes in a 12-ounce bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a 10-ounce 'das boot'.

Brew pours a pretty copper-amber in color with a good 1-finger creamy off-white head. A decent amount of lacing was seen that stuck to the sides of the glass when sipped. Aroma is of caramel malts and yeast. Taste follows the nose with some toffee and biscuit also. VERY smooth and goes down easy. No bitter or harsh aftertaste at all unlike some of this style. Medium-bodied with the same for carbonation. Overall, really enjoyed this great seasonal brew!

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Photo of MorganJ
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: what you'd expect in a marzen - more red than brown. Virtually no head after poured into a glass

Smell: nose in glass - faint smell of lager with hints of malt

Taste: good and actually a little thin compared to some others in this style. Not overly anything -- sweet, Carmel or malty. Not hoppy at all. No surprise ingredients.

Feel: smooth and a little bite of at end of each drink.

Overall: drinkable and a decent microbrewery Octoberfest. Would drink more and like many other Central Waters beers. Bought a sixer of bottles. Not as good as I remember when I first had it in 2011.

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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 pat61
4/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.74/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
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

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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 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 mfnmbvp
3.58/5  rDev +2%
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

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Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

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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 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 USAF77
3.59/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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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 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 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 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 TheSSG
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of BrownAleMale
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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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 WastingFreetime
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
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!

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.97/5  rDev +13.1%
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!

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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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Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
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...

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