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Ouisconsing Red Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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219 Ratings
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Ratings: 219
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.84%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-03-2002)
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Photo of disastermouse
4.72/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Onward with my Central Waters reviews!

A - rusty brown orange. Head is moderate and only slightly lacing.

S - citrus-ey, nut-skins and yeast bread. Hops is most noticeable in the smell.

T - more hops than I was expecting, but very nicely balanced. Hops first, then nutty malts, finished with comingled malt and hops bitterness. Hard to overstate the balance of this beer. Very nice in a world of super-hopped, unbalanced beers.

MF - prickly, then quenching. Finishes with astringent burn. Ah, comfort..

D - for a guy who doesn't like o'er-hopped beers, this beer is a hoppier beer I could drink all day. Refreshing and quenching, this is a nice alternative to underhopped 'lawnmower' beers. It has great flavor and balance and could help me better appreciate lively, hoppy beers. This brewery is quickly becoming a trusted friend - like New Glarus has become. Sad that I'm moving out of the region again.

disastermouse, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of cdkrenz
4.55/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

$6.50 / Six Pack
County Market
Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Appearance - Dark brown with a hint at red. The head is about 1/2 inch and lasts for about a minute and a half. Good looking brew my friends!

Smell - Hops, but there's something more.

Taste - It rolls from a slight malt taste right into the real deal. Hops, but not just any hops. This flavor is smooth and as you'll find out, completely unabrasive. In my opinion there is no better tasting red ale.

Mouthfeel - Never had I enjoyed a smoother hop filled brew like the Ouisconsin Red Ale.

~ Thank you

cdkrenz, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of Renae
4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

Renae, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of jcmittag
4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

jcmittag, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of Bighuge
4.45/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer had an endearing glowing scarlet red appearance about it. Nice dirty white head sitting on top with good retention. Lacing was quite sufficient. Nose was very nice. Great caramel and toasted malts mingled with some spiciness coming from hops. The palate followed suit in a big way with the nose. Great caramel and toasted malt qualities. Spicy hops. A little citric. A little doughiness coming from the yeast quite possibly. This was one enjoyable amber ale. One of the best ones I've had in quite some time and one of the better ones I've had ever.

Bighuge, Aug 02, 2004
Photo of dhannes
4.4/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

dhannes, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of storksonm
4.38/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint Glass

Dark amber to red, it poured a nice head and kept a nice blanket of froth on top. Smells sweet and rich just like it tastes with butterscotch notes to it. A very smooth red ale. Light hop tone in it mostly a bittering hop flavor. Very smooth mouthfeel you can kind of notice the alcoholds content but very smooth and balanced with a slight velvety feel to it. I love to drink this red, I think it really has to be one of my favorite red ales I buy it when I want something great to drink.

storksonm, May 10, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.35/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Heavily bronzed burnt orange that becomes dusky sunset orange when backlit. The toasted tan cap is a feature-packed thing of beauty. It's rumpled, bubbly surface falls unevenly and is already beginning to lay down an outstanding array of cheese cloth-like lace. It looks as though there will be plenty of hops in this one.

Not so much if the nose is any indication. There's no question now but that Ouisconsing is a malt-dominant beer. I have no knowledge of the malt bill, but I'm guessing that it consists of pale, crystal and even a touch of Munich. The aroma is heavily toasted grain-like, caramel-like and earthy. German hops struggle to be appreciated.

Great news. Hops (Tettanang?) have made a much needed comeback on the palate. This is first and foremost a malt-driven beer, but there is now an impressive smack of resinousness that is welcome to this hophead. Heavily toasted flavors abound and there's even a little pecan nuttiness in the mix. Thankfully, the earthiness that I picked up in the nose is buried under more enjoyable flavors.

This fine Central Waters offering actually reminds me of an ESB. An Americanized, hopped to the eyeballs ESB, but an ESB nevertheless. There's a huge amount of ingredients (on each side of the scale) especially considering the stated style. Sweet fights Bitter tooth and nail with the lucky drinker coming out the clear winner. I never expected this beer to be this good and it's becoming even more delicious as it warms.

The body/mouthfeel is a half notch more full than medium with a firm slickness that I find appealing. Both malt and hops make themselves known on the tongue and in the mouth; hardly surprising given the generous quantities of each. Rarely have I run across a more flavorful beer whose ABV is low enough to allow it to be sessioned.

Ouisconsing Red Ale (Ouisconsin is the French spelling for Wisconsin) is a more than pleasant surprise. The simple, tasteful labels on Central Waters beer don't prepare one for the often outstanding beer that lies on the other side of the glass. This one is killer stuff and is one of the best reds that I've had the pleasure to consume. I'm already planning my next trip to Wisconsin.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of terrabyte
4.33/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, brown-amber with a large white head.

The aroma was nutty grains, with a caramel sweetness.

Flavor is heavy in toasted malts and toasted nuts. There is a sweet caramel body tying it all together. Plenty of hops end this beer with a pleasnat bitterness.

Mouthful seemed creamy and slightly foamy.

After a long day working outside, this was the only bottle I had in the fridge that night. I mention this because this glass I poured barely lasted 5 minutes. Obviously I was quite thirsty. However, despite that, I believe this is the best Red I've ever had so far, and would definately have it again. Very drinkable. Wonderful beer.

terrabyte, Oct 30, 2006
Photo of wheatyweiss
4.33/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber color with no head retention. Opening the bottle yielded a huge foam tube, which makes me think my glass may be tainted. Nice lace ring left .

Smell is of toasted nuts and roasted malt. Sweet dark caramel and nuts. Grains are very prevalent on the nose.

Flavor is fresh fruity hops and grain. There is a nice floral note to the flavor. Grassy, lewisite like flavors prevail, like fresh mowed grass. Very deep caramel malt hits the back sweetly. I can't get over the grassy quality to this one...it is very refreshing. Very...juicy, sorry thats the only descriptor that hits me.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and sweet, not too dry, although there is a dryness that balances the sweet.

Very good, I like this one a lot.

wheatyweiss, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of ZAP
4.33/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great spicy nose...some caramel..looks the part...nice firm medium body....excellent mix of caramel and spiciness on the flavors...relatively complex...a great example of this style...I had a bad bottle of this a couple years ago but my most recent experience was fantastic...I'd love ot have a keg of this on tap...

ZAP, Aug 04, 2004
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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Metal4Breakfast, Mar 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

onlymurderers, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of wiscotim
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

wiscotim, Oct 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Bloody_Roddy, Oct 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Beerlover, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of botham
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pub glass. Pours a fiery reddish amber color with a single finger of tight off white head that has moderate retention and light lacings.

Aroma is of smooth caramel malts with notes of candy sugar and a nutty base. A mild earthy note in the background creates a very well composed profile in the nose.

Taste follows the nose with a very satisfying quality and a rich malty backbone. The nutty character is a bit more pronounced, with a touch of malty grain as well. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth malty texture and am even smoother finish of residual caramel and candy sugar.

Drinkability is good. An easy going red/amber ale with a tasty nutty character that suggests a nut brown without the chocolate and roasted malts. Cheers!

botham, Jul 03, 2009
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

blackie, Aug 25, 2006
Photo of MusicaleMike
4.18/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a six-pack of this from the local market in Madison, WI. I poured a 12oz. bottle of this into a pint glass. There is no freshness date. Currently listening to "The Air Force" by Xiu Xiu.

A: What a good looking beer! Two fingers of a fluffy cream-colored head sit atop a orange-red haze. The color of this red ale is perfect and a little light will bring out some beautiful highlights. As the head recedes, the foam remains stuck to the side of the glass.

S: The smell is mild. Definitely more malty than hoppy. The label reads that there is a "subtle flowery nose," which I could agree with, especially towards the end of the glass.

T: There is a very strong malt presence; toffee flavor, almost coffee-like roasted malt. The beer's flavor is well-balanced, however, with hop bitterness and a minimal amount of hop flavor coming in at the finish and lingering for a while after the swallow. The taste is definitely packed with flavor!

M: Medium to full body with stickiness from the hops. It coats the mouth and gums for some time afterward. Mellow carbonation means that this beer feels smooth, but the alcohol is present and stings the mouth with its warmth (despite its low ABV).

D: A delicious American Red! This beer has found a big, bold flavor without leaning too far left or right. Absolutely something to look at when searching for good examples.

MusicaleMike, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of lowbrau
4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazel colored with low carbonation and a thin head. Left a fine lacing on the glass. Unexpected for a Amber/Red ale. It has the appearance of a nut brown.

Smell: Bright malt smell with notes of hazelnut, almond, and caramel. Very yeasty and sugary.

Taste: Again, notes of hazelnet, and an almost buttery character. Strong malt sweetness up front, but well balanced by hops in the finish. Finishes relatively clean for such a malty beer.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. The level of carbonation is perfect. The beer has a silky/buttery feel.

Drinkability: Definitely a session beer. Well balanced and smooth.

lowbrau, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of robbyc1
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful garnet red in a Duvel glass, clear ale, bit of a white head, some lacing left. I fell in love of this type at Flat Branch Pub in Columbia, MO. last month, wanted to try this one. Of course that one was on a cask, lovely. This one is from a 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Intriguing nose, is it deep red malts, with signals of deep cherries or even plums? Very nice.

Taste has solid malt, good body, smoothness, easy to drink, not a sign of hops to surround the malt, but not sweet at the end, just right. The flavor reminds of dark vegetables like a nice ratatouille, yes fresh mown grass, the good kind. Very intriguing, glad I bought a 6 pack when in WI, can't get this here in IL. Nice.

robbyc1, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of Redrover
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I sampled this at the Hilltop in Stevens Point, WI. This is a great place for a beer and some tasty food.

Served in a standard pint, the beer is a hazy redish copper with decent head and lacing.

Nice nose of caramel and pine.

Nice hopped up red. Pleasantly bitter with some sweet caramel counter points. The hops add a pine underpinning and some wheat cracker emerges late. Well-balanced and engaging beer.

This is a very easy session type beer. The mouth has pleasant carbonation and just enough heft. Interesting enough for a BA and it could be a cross over beer.

My first beer from this brewery and it will not be the last!

Redrover, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of vette2006c5r
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

vette2006c5r, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of Beertron
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

In a 12 oz. bottle from my place, poured into your standard pint glass.

A - Absolutely gorgeous! Deep copper red color. Light/medium head that dissipated very slowly, maintaining nearly through completion. Lacing was relatively significant and body showed steady carbonation. This beer looked healthy!!

S - Scent was strong with malts and yeast, akin to some fresh-baked rye bread. A light piny/floral note gives some insight into the hop content. It also has a mild off-scent, something along the lines of fresh-mown hay/silage or the resinous tones of cut timber.

T - Roasted malts are thick and prominent -- think toast. Suspicions were proven about the hops...they were heavier than normal for the style, adding a slight orange citrus taste. I'm telling you...take a slice of home-baked rye bread, put it in the toaster until it's just shy of burning, spread on a very thin layer of orange marmalade. That's the essence of this beer.

M - More watery/thin than expected, but typical for the style. Soft tingly bite from the yeasts linger on roof and back of mouth.

D - There's something about the combination of the thinnish mouth-feel and the yeasty dryness that don't just invite you to drink more...they demand it. I session the hell out of this bugger.

Overall, this is a pretty damn great red ale, a style that I wouldn't call myself the biggest fan of. While I like hops, there's a slight imbalance towards them that prevents this from being out-of-control good, but its still leagues above many in this style.

Beertron, Mar 19, 2007
Photo of scruffwhor
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

jlukasik again with the hook up.

Very good lookng beer, ruby, copper, and amber notes with a good head right after the pour, and some sluggish lacing. Not to mention the colony of tiny bubbles quickly making there way to the surface. The aroma is minerally iscuits with just a touch of herbal hops. The taste is dry and gypsum, hard water biscuity with some astringent and herbal hops. Well put together. The palate is complex, but so much so that you have to sit down and relax. This is a great conversation beer. Not about the itself, but anything other than that. The kind of flavors you can enjoy without thinking about it.

scruffwhor, May 02, 2008
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Ouisconsing Red Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.