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Ouisconsing Red Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 243
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.84%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-03-2002

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Ratings: 243 | Reviews: 111
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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Appearance: Pours brilliant reddish amber with a finely bubbled white merengue-like foam cap. Smell: Malty aromas with traces of grain and caramel. Taste: A malty caramel palate with a mild bitter accent on the finish. Mouthfeel: Medium light body and medium carbonation.

Photo of richkrull
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very cloudy amber brown color with very little head. Smell is pretty faint, some hops. Not a whole lot else coming through. Some light hops flavor as well with a bit of malt as well. Very smooth light bodied beer. Pretty good beer overall though.

Photo of cokes
2.67/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Overly murky copper with a short-lived bone-colored head.
Citrus hops overlay some mustiness on the nose.
Decent intially (and cold), as the hopping is in control. Somewhat sharpe and citric, though not very bitter. Touches of burnt crust, raisin and chocolate in the background.
Once this begins to warm, it udderly collapses. Becomes mushy, yet harsh and astringent. Gauze-pad like medicinals. Encroaching and invasive tartness. Earthy mud-like qualities replace the chocolate and the hops are muted.

Drink this fast and cold or feel its wrath. A let down from Central Waters.

Photo of augustgarage
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
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...

Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, Riley's

appearance: pours a clear dark copper...leaves a fluffy beige head behind with wonderful retention. strong looking amber

smell: very potent and distinct nose...freshly baked biscuit, very buttery, huge toasted malt, caramel, rosey/floral, sweet red apple....a rather delightful nose

taste: strong buttered biscuit flavors follow through from the nose, toasted grain, sweet caramel malt, lots of sweetness in the form of apple and mild plum flavours. This is a very good amber from central waters.

mouthfeel: medium body, smooth

drinkability: very drinkable

Photo of tempest
3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle stamped that it was bottled in March, picked up at Princeton Liquors. I have to say, this was a bit of a yawner. It's just another smooth and simple American red ale. It's sort of bready, sort of carmely, but not terribly interesting. It's good enough to drink and it's cleanly brewed, I just found it boring and without much depth of character.

Photo of plfahey
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of Kegatron
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark amber, with 1 ½ fingers of frothy off-white head. This sticks around with a smooth finger of creamy retention that skims the surface and leaves a rich foamy cascade of lacing back (which occasionally sticks to the sides of the glass). The aroma is floral feeling and a little citric, with caramel sweetness and buttered toast rising up underneath. This has a moderate depth to this. I like the flavors but just wish that there was a little bit more here.

The taste mirrors the nose, giving off notes of toffee, toasted bread, and a light diacetyl flavor that spreads out in to the mouth. Some green feeling hops tingle the roof of the mouth, as bitterness carries over into the finish with some dry earthiness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a soft creaminess that carries some sharpness that runs through the center of the feel and give this a crisp feel down the tongue.

Solid Amber Ale here from Central Waters. The butter character wasn't distracting, as this stayed well balanced and easy drinking during the duration of the glass. I would have another.

Photo of morimech
4.01/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish brown color with a large head that had great retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass. Has a sweet caramel malt aroma with some earthiness added in. I can just barely pick up on some citrus hops. Nice malt flavor profile in this one. Fortunately the sweetness is balanced with some nice hop bitterness. I do not pick up on much flavor from the hops but the bitterness is nice in the finish and prevents this beer from being cloying. The body is somewhere between light and medium. Has an active carbonation but stops short of being harsh. Nice overall and very sessionable at 4.8%. A nicely crafted beer.

Photo of KTCamm
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of dhannes
4.38/5  rDev +23.7%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.48/5  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.

Photo of akorsak
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from Al's. Central Waters arriving in PA is going to kill my trading.

A: The amber is, appropriately enough, an amber color, darker but still translucent. The murkiness, this time of year, could pass for a wassail. A half a finger of white head came with the pour and laced in minute quantities.

S: Grainy sweet malts waft out of the glass. A very simple aroma, grainy with little in the wat of hop bitterness.

T: The ale seems to revolve around all kinds of malts. Caramel and biscuit flavors appear throughout the ale, both grainy and bready. The flavors are full, better than I was expecting. For a red ale, the malts are spot on. Likewise, the relaxed hops play second fiddle throughout. The flavors, while they hang around pre-swallow, vanish once the ale goes down the proverbial hatch. Better than I was expecting.

M: The toasted biscuit and caramel flavors carry the ale. It's nothing fancy; just a comforting solid ale.

D: Quite drinkable, especially under 5%. My experience with CW beers (apart from stouts) has been so-so; this is a step in the right direction.

Photo of emerge077
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is reddish-amber, a generous head with irregular lacing. Foam stays for the duration of the glass.

Mildly malty, slight spiciness, cereal graininess, mild hop in the nose.

Taste is rye, cereal grain, mild hop bitterness toward the end. Reminds me of Fat Tire, but more sessionable. Not exactly my bag, but a decent session brew. Light in the mouth, fairly thin. Good for a summer session.

Big thanks to thefatkid13 for this one.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sprecher nonic. Bottled on APR notched.

A - Very clear amber brew pours with slivers of gold color around the edges. A low white head looks sad and sinks quickly into the beer. Lace adorns the glass nicely though.

S - Willamette hops add their signature stench to the aroma with a moldy pile of mulch - leaves and grass - while it's backed up slightly by amber malts, very lightly toasted.

T - Very toasted amber malts exhibit nutty qualities and some toasted biscuit as well. Better in flavor, it's a good amber malt backbone for the Willamette hops to play off of. Balanced level with lots of earthy notes going on.

M - Medium-bodied and smooth with a moderate to high carbonation level and a crisp, clean finish for an ale.

D - Not as bad as I was expecting honestly, Ouisconsing is definitely not one of my favorite brews from Central Waters. It definitely is better in fall than the early spring release though.

Photo of u2carew
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a two finger head then quickly settles. Fairly clear body. Amber to ruby in color. Nice thin lacing on the drink down.
S) Toffee notes. Toasty. I'm picking up a butter popcorn aroma... weird. Overall, not a very aromatic brew.
T) Mellow caramel malt mixed with some toffee and toasted grains. Just a subtle hop bite in the finish.
M) Fizzy then creamy. Medium body. Slightly dry in the finish.
D) A decent red, not to dry and very drinkable.

Photo of scaliasux
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours like a typical amber. a touch hazy with fervent bubbles dancing through the toffee hued brew. a meager half-finger head wisps away to a thin collar leaving bits of froth.

aroma is clean and simple. crystal malt and pale malt. very toasted malt aroma. crackers. hints of sugar, a bit of green herbal hop earthiness. nothing fancy. but certainly doesn't smell bad.

malts up front. caramel and a bit of woodiness. then some hops. herbal and green. sweet and bitter, pleasantly balanced.

mouth is impressively creamy. the syrupy bitterness is washed away by the clean carbonation that leaves behind an almost refreshing hint of bitterness.

All in all, a solid amber ale. Nothing earth-shattering, but it's damn good. interesting and endlessly drinkable. If only I had another bottle.

Photo of blackie
4.18/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: The pour gives a 1" khaki colored head that gradually recedes to leave an appealing chunk of carbonation on top and a ring around the glass. Moderate lacing is left behind as I drink. The beer itself is a medium, reddish-brown in color.

smell: Toasted nutty grain upfront with notes of even more grain...quite grainy. Browned pie crusts and oxidized apple. Well balanced, somewhat spicy hop aroma.

mouthfeel: The carbonation and the body are both medium, with a sharp, dry feeling after the swallow.

taste: Big nutty, toasted malts with a light sweetness at first. After the swallow the flavor really dries out and becomes even more nutty and woody. There's a surprising, though somewhat pleasing hop bite and flavor.

drinkability: one of the more refreshing reds I've had...nothing groundbreaking, but and interesting take and a well done beer

single bottle purchased at Riley's and smuggled back from my trip to Madison

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.11/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of GbVDave
3.91/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to neubernie for the hook-up!

Bottled on July 17 2008

A: Pours an awesome looking, cloudy, dark amber/orange color capped with a creamy, two-finger, khaki-colored head sporting excellent retention. Rings, ropes, and spots of sticky lace.

S: Strange, slightly off-putting "buttery" aroma at first. As it warms a large malty backbone dominates (sweet caramel, roasted/toasted malt) with considerable help from a distinct nuttiness (almond).

T: No butter here! Sweet caramel malt, dry and crisp toasted malt, and maybe a hint of spicy rye malt. Almond and hazelnut also play a big role here as does some tangy citrus hops.

M: Smooth and full with a sticky, dry, and tangy finish. Tart & tangy citrus dominates the finish. Decent chewy mouthfeel for only 4.8% abv.

D: Pretty sesssionable. Usually not my favorite style but this has a lot going for it. Another really good beer from Central Waters.

Photo of gatornation
3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a very dark red/rust color with a nice head and lacing thrru-out..the rest is just average.. the smell is malt and caramel with some spice and hop smell..the taste is malt forward with some caramel and some vanilla taste..not much hops in this one ..the mouthfeel is creamy and smooth..not bad here it kind of stays in your mouth awhile..overall just an average red not great but not bad..not reccomended but i will say give it a try

Photo of ppoitras
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Skidz. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 3/4" of beige head over the slightly reddish copper brew. Aroma is well-balanced, seeming to end up a bit on the malty side. Taste is also well-balanced, still leaning towards the malt a bit, but I would expect a bit more hoppiness for a red. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good, and maybe drinkability is even a bit higher. Goes down smooth and easy.

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Ouisconsing Red Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 243 ratings.