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Ouisconsing Red Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Ouisconsing Red AleOuisconsing Red Ale

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107 Reviews
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Reviews: 107
Hads: 257
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 21.07%
Wants: 4
Gots: 13 | 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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Reviews: 107 | Hads: 257
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of mooselvlt
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear amber with 2 fingers of beige head.

S - Slight caramel and toasted grain with a subtle hop aroma.

T - Biscuit with a slight spicy hoppiness. Some caramel and toasted malt qualities but for some reason the flavors just don't seem to blend together well.

M - Light bodied and slightly creamy with a dry chalky finish.

D - There was nothing bad about this beer but there was really nothing that stood out either.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pint glass. Appearance is amber with a sligt off white head. Nose brings light pine and floral hops with some biscuit malt. Taste is mostly malt with a tad bit of earthy bread. Light to medium feel. Drinkability is pretty good, but this is pretty tame overall.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got this bottle in a trade with Grizzly Adams. Thanks Cole!

It pours a hazy red with a 1 finger head of foam that shrinks to a fine layer after a few minutes. It does have some good lacing.

The smell is very light. I just get some roasted malt, some hops, and a sweetish smell.

The taste has roasted/toasted malt and some hop bitterness up front witha slight sourness in thebackground. I like the way the roasted part of this Red Ale works, but the subsequent hoppy bitterness is a bit too grasy and I don't particulary like that sourness, all be it mild, peeking it's head out just before the finish. The finish itself is pretty roasty and that's ok with me. An interesting brew and I'm glad I got to try it but it falls short of some of the Reds I've had.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of jtinks
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

After a whirlwind weekend in Milwaukee, I had to stop by my favorite beer store across the state line to stock up on all the lovely brews unavailable in Illinois. I had never had any of Central Brewing's beers before, but I'm a sucker for packaging, and the utilitarian brown cardboard box intrigued me. They had three different ones, if memory serves, and I picked the Ouisconsing Red Ale.

Had a bottle later that night, straight from the neck. Overall...not bad...a bit hoppier than I like my beers, but not overpowering. I probably wouldn't buy it again, but I wouldn't turn one down if somebody offered it to me. I would try other beers from this brewery though.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
3.19/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy, rusty amber with a one-finger head that quickly fades to a thin rim of sticky lacing.

S: Subtle flowery nose with suggestions of caramel malt and honey.

T: Smooth and mellow with nut-like notes and hints of biscuit upfront. Aptly balanced between roasted malts and bitter hopping. Taste improves as it warms: caramel sweetness and honey tones eventually surface. Finishes slightly bitter.

Overall profile lacks a distinct personality. Kind of mild-mannered. Not as flavorful, complex, or interesting as other Central Waters' offerings.

M: Medium-boded and well-carbonated.

D: Sessionable, for sure -- just not compelling enough to consume more than one.

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Photo of dankster
3.17/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.11/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of LJArsenal
3.11/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer of this bottled on 1-23-09. Pours a deep red-brown with a half-inch head with little to no lacing. I'm underwhelmed with the smell of this beer - mostly malt - but not all that inviting. There really isn't a whole lot to speak of. Taste consists of caramel, malt, and hops. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium amount of carbonation. This one sticks to the back of the tongue and leaves a bit of the bitterness in the hops. Overall this an average red. I'm a big fan of Central Waters and had high expectations for this one, but in the end it comes up a bit short.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of svraines
3.07/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Went with a pint of CW Red on my way to a Badger hockey game, instead of a safer bet of porter that I hear is good.

Very little head on my pour, but carbonation sent up rings of foam after every drink. Dark, hazy amber color that didn't clear up as it warmed.

Metallic-malty smell, in store for some sweetness. Subtle floweriness, in fact very subtle after I consumed some of their IPA.

This one has an overwhelming crystal malt flavor (think of the note you get in SA Boston lager x10+). The sweetness doesn't linger or become cloying, but I just think it is too sweet.

Fairly thick in your mouth, but again doesn't get to a level where it is a bad thing. Pretty heavy for a beer under 5%, could be good or bad thing.

I was getting full by the end of the pint.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.06/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of gatornation
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
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

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Photo of yaegerje
2.96/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Small white head, copper/orange/red color, clear, not a bad looking beer
S - Mostly malt and hops, I can't detect any other notes, plain.
T - The only off-flavors I can detect are a little metallic taste that lingers a bit, nice malty bite with some trailing hops
M - Bright carbonation, yet smooth, pretty good
D - Bought a six-pack, probably the last I'll be buying of it. Tastes a lot like Killian's to me, and that's cheaper if I want an off the shelf Red Ale, pretty average microbrew. Sorry Amherst.

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Photo of JerUrbans
2.94/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

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Photo of abents
2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber bown with a thin white head with nice lacing. Aroma is stricly hops here as with most Central Waters brews. Slight citrus notes as well. Tastes of citrusy hops and thats about it.. not too impressive. Drys out the mouth but goes down smoothly. Pretty drinkable brew, but nothing too amazing.

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Photo of lampkins
2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I have been looking for Central Waters brews for quite awhile so I was pleased to discover this beer at a local store. However, after tasting this beer I was left unimpressed and hope that their other beers are better than this.

The beer poured a hazy copper color with no head of foam. The beer was rather bland ala Killian's red. No real malty taste and nothing spectaculor to speak of.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
2.79/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep amber body, topped by threee fingers plus of off-white foam, bubbling away.

Slight hay/grass aroam with ahint of bakery, but really nothing to speak of.

Semi-sweet beginning, balanced quickly by earthy hops. Slightly lingering malty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is halfway between light and medium. Ok drinkability as there are no flaws, but not particularly memorable either.

An ok red ale, one to accept when offered, but not one to feverishly hunt down.

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Photo of Atricapilla
2.74/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was a bit disappointing, considering I like reds so much...Pours a copper brown color, with a medium sized head. There was a predominately caramel and malt flavor to this brew, a little sweet (not cloyingly) with no hint of sourness. The aroma primarily consisted of malt and a little hint of floral tomes. Goes down okay, but I was just a bit disappointed...

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Photo of hardy008
2.7/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

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Photo of Skidz
2.7/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours out dark copper with a small head that fades fast to the sides. Smells of hops and some citrus. When put to mouth, this beer doesn't live up to expectations. The citrus tones combined with a slight bitterness rip through this leaving your tounge feel like it was just attached to a 9volt battery. I did like the way it ran around my mouth, as it was particularly smooth and refreshing. I could drink a couple of these at a time, but not many more.

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Ouisconsing Red Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.