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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 brdc
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden beer with a reddish hue and a white head that dissipates quite fast, leaving almost no lacing behind.
It has a sweet smell that resembles burnt sugar and cracker jack, with hints of alcohol.
Taste is somewhat sweeter that expected as well, with the same sugar predominance but there are also some bitter hops to balance it a bit.
Light to medium body, easily drinkable.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.34/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

As much as I’ve been impressed with other Central Waters beers, I was genuinely not impressed with this beer. An attractive appearance led to an indistinct aroma and odd flavor.

Appearance was a bright, clear, brilliant red. Aroma was virtually non-existent. Flavor was strangely metallic and liquorice-y, which was not what I expected. I did not detect the "nutty" flavor discussed in the original description. Mouthfeel was a bit thin, but not really remarkable one way or another.

Can’t say I’d recommend this beer...particularly not given that places that sell this also likely sell some of the various wonderful stouts from this brewery.

I picked up this bottle from 3 Cellars in Franklin, WI.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the fatkid13 for this beer.

A: Simple auburn toffee color with some haze to it. Head fell quick leaving a film across the top and a medium sized off white ring around the side of the glass. Fairly straight forward so far.

S: Cider, cooked carrots, minor caramel, cheap OJ and Lucky Charms

T: Starts with red fruits across the front of the palate with an eggy custard savory taste lurking under the surface. Quickly turns to your traditional caramel with spritzs of cinnamon and perhaps vanilla. Little bit of tree bark bitterness just a tad on the dirty side adds the next piece of the puzzle, but its blended in well. Finishes with cooked strawberries, watermelon and cotton candy.

M: Medium body and fairly hard across the palate

D: Overall this beer has nice flavor but too watery. It could use a jolt of flavor, but at the level its residing it remains quite quaffable.

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Photo of Lemke10
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of meatyard
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, deep amber with a 2-finger, whitish head that falls somewhat slowly but leaves no lace.

The smell is similar to CW Shine On though milder, being lightly grassy, a little bit of grain but with some malt sweetness.

The taste is malty with just a bare hint of grassy hops followed by a slight bitterness and finishes with lingering malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel is thin towards medium with a sharp crispness.

Drinkability: This is a very easy drinking Amber, even for me who is not a fan of many Amber ales. It's nothing special but it is satisfying, more so for me than Shine On. Why CW sends 2 such similar beers out is beyond me.

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Photo of u2carew
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.48/5  rDev +25.8%
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

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Photo of botham
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
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!

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Photo of Buebie
2.06/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The pour produces a decent sized frothy off white head, hanging out for a while leaving a good cap. Lace is sticky with great cling age. Color has some mild red in a caramel goldish amber. Transparent filtered looking. Could be a bit darker really as this resembles more of an amber ale then a true red.

Aroma has left me empty handed, it really smells like nothing. Except for mild grainy malt, and a very small grassy hop.

Mouthfeel is somwhat thin with just a light slickness and abundance of carbonation.

Taste has also left me high and dry. Very little flavor in here other then some cara 60 rasiny malt backing and a sharp cheese kind of hop funk.

Not pleased...

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%

Ouisconsing. I assume that's a play on "Wisconsin".

Appearance (4) : 3 finger head. 70% opaque Sherry wine body.

Aroma (4) : Hops are the first thing you smell. Some woody, barrel aged notes of malt and barley. A little bit of anise candy. Malts are very sweet smelling...caramel-like, with a fresh clean chlorinated water smell. The bouquet is rich and strong.

Taste (3.5) : Malty presence with a serious punch of hop, bursting with red flavor and starchy grain. The taste is great but gets old fast. Bitter hop on the finish with more barrel aged wheat/malt mixture.

Mouthfeel (3.5) : Creamy and robust, zing of carbonation underneath. Ends lightly hopped with a slight dry finish.

Overall (3.55) : An impressive red ale but not one I could drink all the time. The taste is great, shows character, could even win awards - but after a few sips I'm pretty much done here. Overwhelming hop presence and not exactly easy to drink. A harsher, hoppier take on the red ale.

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Photo of Strix
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber.

Bready, malty aroma.

Lots of malt in this one, with a nutty flavor. Nothing too extreme, but a nice caramel and bready note to it.

Medium mouthfeel, more substantive than some.

This was nothing particuarly notable, but it was better than I expected. I could drink more of this as an everyday-type beer.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Brick red, moderate cast but still mostly transparent. Moderate off-white head that dissipates quickly, leaving a ring. Significant lacing.

S - Mostly malts in the form of bread dough and floral and grass hits from the hops.

T - Add caramel to the nose, and you get the opening taste. The middle and end are a gradual increased hop bitterness, but the close fades back into the sweeter caramel and sugar flavors.

M - Light, brisk, with mild drying in the close.

O - A delicious and drinkable red, making the case for the gentle brew.

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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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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours and opaque and cloudy chestnut brown. Nice lacing and head retention.

S - Caramel malts, toasted grains, grass.

T - Low to medium bodied - malts, caramel, some hop presence in the back end with with a sharp bitter finish. Really nicely balanced and highly drinkable.

O -Very solid red ale - extremely drinkable and full flavored. This could be a nice session ale.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

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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 robbyc1
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of WJVII
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a growler of this last night from CW. Poured into a pint glass this brew has a great amber color that is semi transparent with a wonderful 2 inch cream white head. The nose was floral similar to an IPA but had a nice balance of malt as well. The flavor was extremely smooth. There is noticeable hops, but it isn't very bitter, almost a sweet note at the end. This was a fantastic brew. I am not one for a red ale, but nice work!

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Photo of Phocion
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Thin, fizzy white head with decent retention but minimal lacing. Copper-colored with little transparency.

Aroma is light grassy/floral hops with a healthy malt backbone; toffee/caramel, cookie, toasted, and very earthy.

The taste is significantly better balanced than the scent. Floral German hops take a step up to match the sweet and even somewhat nutty malts. Somewhat of a doughy finish.

Medium-bodied and overall a very smooth drinker. One of the better non-English session beers I've seen under 5%. Reasonably complex but subtle and in no way overpowering. It is, unfortunately, a little too much on the sweeter side, but still remains fairly drinkable if nothing special.

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Photo of scaliasux
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of KI9A
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured agressive into a tulip glass. Dark ruby, with tan head. Dissapates quick, into neat lace in a beer-clean glass.

S: Malty. Citrusy.

T: Rye. Sweet malts backbone, cinnamon, nice hop hit on back of the tounge. Not being a real hop-head, it is about perfect for me.

M/D: Bitter on the backside, but, balanced with sweet malts. A bit of a boozy feel, with it only being under 5%. Reminds me of a Fat Tire, but better. No doubt a session beer for me...if they sold them here in IL!

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Photo of plfahey
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of chickenflea
2.66/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
3.99/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber with a golden hue. Thin white head that fades quickly, leaving some patches.
Smell is assertive hops with some slightly bready malts. Some melon, as well as some faint burnt caramel and toffee.
Taste is bitter, grassy hops, with some faint malts. Good malt backbone on this one. Faint ginger comes in halfway through, and the finish is peppery malts.
Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, with a slightly dry finish. Medium-light body.
Good drinkablility. Very nice beer overall.

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