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Octoberfest Lager - Central Waters Brewing Co.

Octoberfest LagerOctoberfest Lager

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BA SCORE
80
good

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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Wisconsinality

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 17:08:48 | More by Wisconsinality
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
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..

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 04:34:25 | More by ZAP
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 09:01:19 | More by feloniousmonk
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gatornation

Minnesota

3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 22:12:23 | More by gatornation
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crossovert

Illinois

2.7/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 21:37:29 | More by crossovert
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brewmudgeon

Wisconsin

2.63/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 22:20:03 | More by brewmudgeon
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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 21:16:52 | More by tavernjef
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hardy008

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -28.4%
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?

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2009 04:40:41 | More by hardy008
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neorunner

Virginia

3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2009 02:00:40 | More by neorunner
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dfillius

Michigan

4/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 22:56:27 | More by dfillius
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 07:20:47 | More by corby112
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +14.6%
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.
 

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 21:52:08 | More by mikesgroove
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pweis909

Wisconsin

3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
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."

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 00:12:14 | More by pweis909
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spointon

Illinois

2.63/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2009 18:36:25 | More by spointon
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morimech

Minnesota

2.63/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 22:02:18 | More by morimech
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 21:38:03 | More by akorsak
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WJVII

Wisconsin

3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 02:45:16 | More by WJVII
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cdkrenz

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

{Update made on 10/21/2008 and will be reflected by placing the updated information in brackets.}

Drinking local beer, and supporting local brewers.

Appearance - Amber in color with a hazy glow. The head faded quickly but started out at about 1/4 inch.
{Very nice lacing as I tip this pint back sip after sip.}

Smell - Malt and grain but the aroma is slight.

Taste - Bready flavor with a spicy midsection. Refreshing.
{The midsection really doesn't have any spice. This is a long malt favor throughout.}

Mouthfeel - Goes down easily with texture on the outsides of the back of my tongue.

~ I really enjoy this brew. Central Waters has a Brewer's Reserve Octoberfest as well. I'd like to give that a try sometime.
{I picked up three growlers on Saturday night from the CW Brewery Kegroom. I tossed the first one back Sunday night and this one I just started tonight. I think I'll be saving my Porter for Friday night. We'll see if it makes it that long.}

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2007 01:45:35 | More by cdkrenz
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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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Octoberfest Lager from Central Waters Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.