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Ouisconsing Red Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 107
Hads: 252
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.85%
Wants: 4
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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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: 252
Photo of Thorpe429
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (296 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (443 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
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. (2,196 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
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. (277 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.06/5  rDev -14.3%
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. (676 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (1,122 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.25/5  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. (1,148 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet. Beer is dark ruby red with a thin off white head of small bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is mildly sweet with some maltiness and a shadow of some roast.

Beer is medium in body, mildly creamy in the mouth and has a nice finish. Forward sweet with some minimal bitterness at the back. no aftertaste, its a classic and easy red ale. (376 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Alesmith pint glass. Poured dark amber and slightly orange in color. It had a small off-white head to it that lasted pretty well into drinking it.

The aroma has a malty and nutty flavor with a bit of caramel and toasted malts coming through. Some floral hops come through a bit in the nose as well. The taste shows more of the caramel and nutty flavors with some toffee coming through as well. Some hops come through towards the finish with a moderate bitterness.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with carbonation being moderate. Drinkability is decent, it had some good flavors and went down pretty easy this afternoon. It wasn't really outstanding in the flavor department but it was pretty decent overall and was an easy drinker. (773 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (352 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to beerbeagle for this brew.

Pours a nice slightly hazy amber color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a nice little hop note, and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, hoppy, with some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a very nice brew, really enjoying it. (367 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (1,092 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.75/5  rDev +5%
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. (475 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (1,192 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (762 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.45/5  rDev +24.6%
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. (559 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.06/5  rDev +13.7%
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. (629 characters)

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +12%
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. (279 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +12%
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 (592 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (948 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.39/5  rDev -5%
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. (405 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.3/5  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. (599 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
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... (316 characters)

Photo of mynie
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We need some sort of standardization for reds. And olds. And strongs. But first the reds, because they're so common and yet you never know what you''re going to get with them. Paying good money for something that might be anything is no fun. Surprises are rarely joyful, even more rarely anticipated. Forest Gump was full of shit. I'll bet he never actually met a single president.

Anyhow, what's this? A red. And it's from a brewer I admire deeply so I assume they know what they were doing. Bottled in February, so it's maybe not 100%.

This here is a medium beer. Pours reddish and hazy; more like a pale wheat than an amber. Smells and tastes mildly hopped, medium roasted. Flavor's a bit more effervescent than the aroma, getting all pleasantly PopRocky in the back end which brings some fruit into the biscuit'n'hop fold.

How's this within the style? Medium-good. Nice drinkin'. Something like this should replace Fat Tire and Shiner Bock as the "go-to" beers at places like Applebees, imho, because they're cleaner and don't leave any funk in your mouth. Reds like this are in the same spirit as the macro micro popular beers--medium flavor and easy drinking--but I always thought they'd be more appealing to the uninitiated because of their cleaner bodies. (1,268 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear light amber color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of caramel malt, with a hint of floral hops. It is a nice aroma, but a little on the weak side. The taste is stronger, and has a bigger hop presence. It is still very well balance though. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation that is slightly on the high side, and seems to get in the way a little bit. Overall, this is a very nice tasting amber. If only the aroma were on par with the taste, and the carbonation weren't so high this would be a very nice beer. As is it is simply mediocre. (632 characters)

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