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Ouisconsing Red Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.

Ouisconsing Red AleOuisconsing Red Ale

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196 Ratings
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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.08%


Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-03-2002)
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JerUrbans

Wisconsin

2.95/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice amber red color with 1" white head with big foamy bubbles. Malt smell but nothing to big. Tastes of malt, some caramel, toast, a little bitterness and iron at the end. Mouthfeel is smooth and with a little carbonation, easy drinking.

Overall, an ok beer I would drink in a pinch but Central Waters has some way better offerings than this. Worth trying but don't go out of your way to get it.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 01:06:02 | More by JerUrbans
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date of November 26, 2013 per the bottleneck, 33013. Another new beer to me from Central Waters. I'm not entirely sure what to expect, but I have great faith in these guys.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a nice fiery orange color with some red highlights when held to the light. About a finger of bubbly foamy khaki head. Some nice big lacing. Looks pretty nice.

S - Smell is nice, but sort of lacking. Caramel / amber malt, some mustiness, lightly grainy, lightly soapy, some green apple skin. Faint nuttiness. Light floral / earthy hop presence.

T - Taste is of smooth clean bready caramel / amber / red malt, light earthiness, lightly grainy, & some sticky green apple skins on the finish. Faintly metallic.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, and clean. Somewhat thin and watery. Light-bodied with good carbonation. Finishes dry.

Overall, it is certainly an easy drinker, but it falls short of greatness. Definitely a less than memorable offering from Central Waters. Light and easy to drink, but it has poor depth and duration of flavor. Glad to have tried it, but I wouldn't want it again.

Central Waters Ouisconsing Red Ale ---3/5.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 05:34:24 | More by mfnmbvp
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A smoky orange pour looks a orangish-amber in the vessel with a dense clarity and good deal of micro-particles suspended about. A slight milky khaki head soon disipates leaving no visible window dressing.

S: Soothing caramel-flower aroma with a good deal of toasty caramel sweetness there-after. Small touch of spicy flowery hops.

T: Flavor wise loaded with caramel, soft flowery hops with a slight touch of spiciness, the center stage is the malt. Caramel-citrus hops come through late in tasting but is pretty dominate when they do. Light bready dryness, pie crust, some piney notes with an increased hoppy awareness that is slightly sticky with resinous oils give this a better appreciation deeper into the drinking experience.

M: Thick syrupy body, decent rate of carbonation, once again, big heavy body.

O: Overall a beer that seems to increase with interest deeper in the experience. Doesn't start out strong impression wise but its the subtle things that come that save this from a below par example. The body is quite full, the hopping seems just right, good for two or three, spicy, a solid good try. worth a six pack for a try. Light abv% ensures you won't be weighed down.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 01:09:01 | More by beerthulhu
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

I half-expect Alice Cooper to come out and explain some etymology here... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunset amber topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises mild buttery biscuit, light caramel, flowers, and a general sense of vague grass. The taste brings in more of the same, the malt taking the van, the grass and flowers the tail. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, this just came across as a weak offering in general from CW. It verged on watery, it had no distinguishing character, and it just left me wanting in most areas when the glass was empty.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 03:45:23 | More by TMoney2591
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scaliasux

Wisconsin

3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Medium-dark amber. Short just off-white head with little persistence. Appears slightly hazy.

Smell - Light sweet malts and caramel. Only faint citrusy hops.

Taste - Begins sweet, though a little watery, with a touch of caramel or toffee. Finishes with a medium dose of citrus and floral hops that I wasn't expecting after the nose. Flavor is good, but comes across as a little thin.

Mouthfeel - Medium-light.

Overall - Not a bad tasting beer, reasonably to style, and certainly not something I'd avoid, but the dominant impression I get from this beer is that its a little watery.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 04:40:58 | More by scaliasux
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TheSSG

Illinois

3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice, soapy, off-white head that collapses, leaving soapy lacing. A floral, almost tart aroma at first - notes of sweet, biscuity malt. Radiant, amber-red. Starts off oddly bitter, sweet, hoppy, and tart. Builds into a floral hoppiness, a touch of spiciness, then as the hops become somewhat citrus-rind like and medium bitter, the malt appears. A nice malt flavor begins to meld with the hoppiness. Lingering bitterness over the malt in the finish.

This isn't too bad. It's a strange initial flavor, but it rapidly transitions into something very nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 01:29:44 | More by TheSSG
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours reddish amber with 1/4 inch of white foam. Caramel nose. Light watery malty taste. Slight sweetness. Mild hop bitter at the close. Mild malty flavor, pretty typical red. Sure is good though. Nice Wisconsin offering.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 13:32:10 | More by KTCamm
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chickenflea

Florida

2.6/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried this beer in a sample pack on my way through WI. It produced a soapy beige head on a clear red-brown body. Malts and a touch of herbal hops in the nose. Fruit malts in the flavor with herbal bitter piney notes. Touch of chocolate in the taste was unexpected and not welcome in a scotch ale. Strange metallic taste as well. Might have been a bad bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 02:59:19 | More by chickenflea
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Clear orange amber color. One fingers of frothy white head. Retention is about average and a short ring of lacing is left.

3.0 S: Grainy malts with a light toastiness and a touch of earthy hoppiness. Otherwise, clean without a lot going on.

3.5 T: Like the nose, this is grainy and toasty. A bigger hop presence is found though. Earthy flavor with a moderate bitterness.

3.0 M: Lighter medium to medium body. Upper end of what I want the carbonation to be, but the bigger problem is that it's a bit bity. Otherwise okay.

3.0 D: Solidly average brew. That's about all there is to say.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 19:45:45 | More by DavoleBomb
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Central Waters Ouisconsing Red Ale, Microbrew for the Microfew, …there's some words on the sides for when I want to cock my head. Let's read it later, as we do. By which I mean me. The royal me.

Clear, amber, small whitish head.

Aroma: malt malt malt. red. sweet, just balanced enough. A kiss of the hops. Right on red ale aromatics.

Taste: There it is again, the malt malt malt, and the sweet, just curbed enough so things don't go awry. Tasty, tasty with the malty malty. Dries out nicely in the finish. Very enjoyable, excellent sessioner. For those searcher for a nice, uncomplicated amber/red that's geared for one-after-another drinkin'….take one of these, and another, please.

Now, let's see what they say: "This smooth amber ale with it's mellow nutty flavor and subtle flowery nose is a hit with even the newest of specialty beer drinkers. Named for the Algonquin word for the Wisconsin river, Ouisconsing Red makes even our neighbors to the west and south "want to be a badger."

So, Minnesota wants to be a badger because of this beer, as well as Illinois and Iowa, but not Michigan or Ontario? Whatever, Wisconsin...WHAT...ever.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 08:17:03 | More by feloniousmonk
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dhannes

Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into standard pint glass.

A=Rich red color with white foamy head.

S=More malt than hops.

T=A nicer red...robust, not too sweet nor too bitter; roasted malts come through with just a hint of hops.

M=Very nice...good body, rather robust.

O=A very nice red that I will definitely purchase a tap of again, and possibly a 6-pack down the road. Better than most.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 18:33:57 | More by dhannes
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz, "bottled on December". Rigorous pour reveals a reddish-copper ale with a thin bubbly head that dissipates quickly and doesn't leave much for lacing on the glass. Aromas and tastes are similar: sweet, caramel malt, toasted grain, faint fruit. Mouth-feel is rather thin, ample carbonation. Finishes with a very slight earthy hop bitterness. Overall, good take on a red ale, but pretty average at best.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 03:57:16 | More by barnzy78
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

A. Lightly hazed coppery amber with a foam collar, no lacing.

S. Smells of biscuit dough with sprinkles of light floral and earthy hopping on top.

T. Flavor is significantly nuttier than I expected. Also has a bit of a toasted malt character and finishes with those earthen hops from the nose.

M. Lighter bodied yet smooth in texture.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 03:50:14 | More by WastingFreetime
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dankster

Colorado

3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thank you to Jamie for this beer.

A- deep red brown with fluffy white head that leaves good lace on glass

S- Big malts almost oktoberfest like. Bread and oily wood

T- Biscuit and bread malts forward with some lingering hops in the back. a little spicy herbs also tasted

M- very easy drinker. goes down with no problems

O- More like a Oktoberfest IMO. but a solid red ale. not something i would reach for on a regular basis but glad i got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 20:31:37 | More by dankster
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JayQue

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good refreshing session beer that meets the below 5 abv mark. Obtained from TMoney2591 in a trade. Pours into a pint glass, a hazy caramel color with a good size off white head and some lacing.

Smell is biscuity malts. Tastes good, a malty Red Ale....Biscuity and bready..no caramel or other flavors, a little grassy hops at the end for balance.

Mouthfeel is a hair light, still crisp and not too sweet. Nice malt forward balance. A good session beer. Would like to try it on tap.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 22:02:25 | More by JayQue
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

amber/reddish hue with a nice cream colored head. Smell was sweet caramel malts with a hint of a corn or grain in it. The taste was very much sugary malts with again a bit of a grain or earthy back to it. Very nice actually. This is very nicely carbonated and goes down smooth.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 05:00:55 | More by mikesgroove
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augustgarage

California

3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass. Bottled September, 2011.

SAE/ECE amber body with a vague smattering of beige foam that recedes to a mottled surface layer and a micro-collar. Poor retention, very little lacing.

Described as nutty and floral - not far off the mark. Also hints of sandalwood, leather, and cinnamon in the nose.

The palate follows the nose closely with a bit more depth of malt and a little more pronounced (though still restrained) hoppiness. Finishes dry with hints of rosewater and lavender as it warms.

Light-bodied, well carbonated...

Not bad, not great...

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 02:54:01 | More by augustgarage
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jsprain1

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Red, slightly orange, with a one finger offwhite head. Retention is decent. No lacing.
S- Aroma is disappointing. Nose in the glass and I'm getting very little. Pretty clean with just a bit of toasted biscuit.
T- Toast and sweet buscuity flavors up front. Not as caramely as most American Reds. The finish shows a nice finesse of grassy hops. Leaves a fresh flavor in the mouth.
M- I would like just a shade more body. A bit more carb would be nice too.
O- I almost gave it a four overall, but a couple of the aspects (nose, weight) made me round down. Close to being a very good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 03:33:39 | More by jsprain1
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hardy008

Minnesota

2.68/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours an amber color with a small off white head with fair retention and spotty lacing. The aroma has biscuit malt, a little caramel, and a some hops.

The taste is just like the aroma with biscuit malt, a little caramel, and some hops. Bready, slightly sweet, with a little hop bitterness. Somewhat bland, since the biscuit malt stands out the most.

Medium bodied, average carbonation, somewhat crisp. A bit disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 01:03:57 | More by hardy008
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vette2006c5r

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ouisconsing Red Ale pours a dark copper color, with a little but present white head. The smell is full, nice malty notes. The taste was very full, nice malty taste, very nice on the palette, a bit sweet. This beer is nice on the paletee, its not harsh, but not watery either. Overall this is a good beer, I found it suppior in comparision to other red ales.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 03:04:22 | More by vette2006c5r
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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean and clear copper tinted amber with little spots of head left after an aggressive pour. Scent is malt forward, light caramel with notes of earthy hops. Taste has a few more notes to add... biscuity and caramely malts are the star as the hops lean towards earthy with some flowery qualities. Would have liked the hops kicked up a bit. Overall very lightly sweet with touch of bitterness. Lower side of medium bodied. One of those occasions where nothing in particular about a beer jumped out at me as being completely fantastic nor completely off - just an easy drinker with some flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 16:34:35 | More by rfgetz
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plfahey

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance-Copper-amber in color with high clarity. Moderate beige head with decent retention.

Aroma-Sweet caramel and bready malts with just a hint of toast. Also a slight nuttiness. Low floral/grassy hops. Relatively clean aroma with just the slightest hint of fruit.

Flavor-Malt complexity is lower than in the aroma, though is still decent-caramel and bread up front fades to a slightly bitter toast and nutty finish. Some floral hops show through in the finish and hop bitterness is medium low. Aftertaste has notes of walnuts and grassy hops, and is mostly dry.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate to moderately high carbonation. Smooth with a slight prickle on the tongue.

Tasty, but not overly complex. A smooth, easy drinking red ale with enough malt complexity and hop character to keep me interested. Not outstanding, but excellent in its simplicity. Great cook-out beer or introductory craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 20:47:14 | More by plfahey
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a Mix & Match 6-pack of Central Waters beer at Star Liquor in Ashland Wisconsin for $8.99 in Spring 2011.

Pours a cherry amber color with a slight head of foam that leaves some lacing. Scent is that of carmal malts brewed to perfection. A slight nutty scent as well. The taste is rather mild of malts with a bold flavor. A very nice volume beer that drinks well and taste good at the same time. Nothing uber fantastic but you should enjoy drinking this.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 04:46:34 | More by Lemke10
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mooselvlt

Wisconsin

3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a very clear amber with 1 finger off white foam. Little retention, light lacing

S - Not picking up much here. Very faint malts

T - Malts up front, light hops at the back end.

M - Very light, carbonated, and crisp. Not much of an aftertaste. Its a drinker, sessionable for sure.

O - For the style, its good. One of better ones up here. Light, sessionable brew good for its purpose. Enjoyable, especially in the warmer months.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 05:04:57 | More by mooselvlt
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nrbw23

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a reddish orange color with a touch of haze and an egg colored head. Head turns into a handful of bubbles on top of this brew, and leaves not a whole lot of lacing, spotty at best.

S- Smell is pretty light overall. Picking up sweet floral hops, alonng with quite a bit of malts caramel and bready. A toffee and butterscotch smell also standout.

T- This one follows the nose pretty well. A good balance here between the hops and malts. Taste is caramel, roasted nuts, and toffee.

M- Medium in body and in carbonation.

O- A pretty easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 20:46:31 | More by nrbw23
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Ouisconsing Red Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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