Octoberfest Lager - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 169
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 1
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 169 | Reviews: 52
Photo of robbyc1
3.27/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of samie85
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of chicagobill13
4.73/5  rDev +35.1%
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!

Photo of knepper
4.06/5  rDev +16%
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.

Photo of RoamingGnome
3.85/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of Brunite
3.06/5  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.

Photo of Arbitrator
2.84/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Photo of mactrail
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pleasant sipping but some odd flavors for the style.

Color is a beautiful coppery amber, always a nice hue for a beer. Malt is quite modest. Seems to be missing the pleasing malty richness that I hope for in a Marzen German style. Just a hint of sweet malt, but there is an odd sourish taste. Not so noticeable after half a bottle. A hint of hops that seems appropriate and well balanced given the unassuming malt.

These Oktoberfest beers can be really good, but this one seems a little insipid and more sharp than mellow. Quite drinkable if you think of it as a lager with some malt taste.

Photo of Wisconsinality
3.81/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a stein.

A- Pours a nice orange copper that is pretty translucent. A decent finger worth of head that recedes quickly and leaves no lacing on the glass.

S- Nice sweet malts up front, a little bit of hops and a touch of cinnamon. A little bit of graham cracker on the tail end. Nothing too complex here.

T- The malt really shines through here like in the nose. Not overly sweet with a small hint of roastiness. A little bit of wheat and a creamy after taste. Also a little bit of a fruitiness in there as well.

M- Just about right for the style. Medium bodied that has nice carbonation but feels smooth on the tongue.

D- It's a marzen so it was meant to be drank in succession. Good flavors and a nice balance matched with a great mouth feel makes this another solid beer from Paul and Central Waters.

Photo of ZAP
4.02/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Tan colored...a little too much haziness for my liking

S-Malty aroma...toasted malts...

T-I love the toasted maltiness of this....reminds me of the old Sammy ofest of a few years back in flavor...

M-Medium bodied....creamy texture..

D-A very enjoyable ofest with the toasted maltiness I really enjoy..

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Central Waters Oktoberfest

Hazy orange coloration, slim head.

Aroma: dry, cereal grain husks, minor hops,

Taste: pleasantly sweet, malty flavor. Bright, and tasty. Nicely carbonated, Medium bodied, great malt profile.

Doesn't stand out to much, impress in any regard, except how danged delicious it is. And delicious, it is.
Ends a little dry, but stays tasty.

Photo of gatornation
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
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

Photo of crossovert
2.74/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

Photo of brewmudgeon
2.65/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

Photo of tavernjef
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden bronzey brown casted with a large hazey body and some carbonation in the middle. Perfect medium cap of beige foam lifts firmly to top it and fades keeping a heavy skim. Moderate lacing is placed across the glass in droopy sheets.

Aroma is nearly non-exsistent at first with an openness to some slight nutty sweetness. As it sits and warms, a light, clean, round, doughy malt approaches the surface with a nice bready touch.

Nice, clean, malty forward profile in the taste that renders nutty sweetness and some slight bready doughyness. A tuft of grassyness and a pinch to some hops filter thru towards the finish.
Quite simple and just above average with a decent profile of clean tender taste. It just doesn't quite pull into a bigger roundedness and lasting tone.

Body is just under medium with a small tender smoothness to some softly nutty sweetness and pull to some carbonation in the midrange. Which I found took away a tad from what could be one very yummy, creamy, silken malted smoothness. It goes it favorable smoothness however as it warms.

Out of the style for O-fest this is good brew by Central Waters and drinkable much like any other O-fests out there. But comparatively it comes up shy and short to most others on the seasonal shelf for this time of year.

Photo of hardy008
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%
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?

Photo of neorunner
3.43/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of dfillius
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass

A: Aggressive pour yields 1/2 finger of ivory head with fair retention - better retention would be nice. Chill hazy orange copper liquid.
S: Noble Hops, some alcohol, some grain. Hard to get a read on it. Some off aroma unfortunately.
T: Mostly biscuity malt. Some slight hop. Some bright citrus. Tasty and very standard for an Oktoberfest beer.
M: Smooth, some brightness
D: Good. This is a session beer. I'd buy a sixer and order another.

Photo of corby112
2.95/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another new one from Berkshire for me. I have had so many of their offerings when I stumble upon a new one I am always shocked. Served cold and poured into a tall pilsner glass, this one was consumed on 10/19/2009.
 
Nice pour with a golden and pale straw color coming through right away with loads of carbonation bubbling up toward the surface. Head of white capped it nicely but faded off very quickly leaving almost nothing in its wake. Light aroma, lots of grain and light bready notes, hints of wheat and a touch of light hops around the edges but nothing really jumping out at me here. The flavor was clean and crisp though, very light and refreshing it drank like water. Light bready flavor accented with a touch of piney hops that really did not go very far at all. It was a quick hitter and the flavor was gone almost before it started. Still more then a decent body on it and drank superb so you cannot really knock it for that.
 
Overall I thought it was good, just a touch forgettable for me. Needed just that extra little bit to really push it out and over the top.
 

Photo of pweis909
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Updated Impression:
Crystal clear, orange, with thin white head.

Some maltiness to the aroma, but just a glimmer

Taste is slightly sweet up front with a dry minerally finish. There is a hint of soap.

Mouthfeel - some acidic prickle on the lips, cheeks, and tongue.

It's a nice, drinkable clean lager. I'd like to see a little more maltiness in the aroma and flavor, not necessarily sweet, but toasty.

Old Review
This beer falls outside my interpretation of the Octoberfest style. To me, it is more like an off-color pilsner.

Defitely has the festbier color down, it's orange, with a chill haze that clears up as rhw bwwe warms. The white head faded, but it continued to effervesce.

The aroma was initially dominated by a strong, sort of repulsive sulfur smell, sort of cabbagey. The pugency faded, revealing what I believe was a saaz hop aroma, or at least, an aroma that reminded me of a Bohemian pils.

There is a light malty taste, but not the maltiness I associate with an Octoberfest. The body is crisp. The beer is drinkable, but not "festive."

Photo of spointon
2.68/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

Photo of morimech
2.69/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Octoberfest Lager from Central Waters Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.