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Ouisconsing Red Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Ouisconsing Red AleOuisconsing Red Ale

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BA SCORE
81
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224 Ratings
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Ratings: 224
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.84%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | 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 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 Big_Dave
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Big_Dave, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of BeerBelcher
2.3/5  rDev -35%
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.

BeerBelcher, Dec 12, 2007
Photo of ryanpj
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

ryanpj, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of derkfromwi
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

derkfromwi, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of Soneast
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, light copper color with a 2 finger, fluffy, off-white colored head, that recedes fairly slowly to a bubbly layer.

Quite a bit of malt character in the aroma, toasted grains, caramel malts and a somewhat spicy hop presence.

The flavor is earthy and heavy with caramel and toffee flavors, with an overall "toasty" quality and that spicy hop presence definitely makes an appearance.

The beer feels nice, with a good amount of carbonation, it packs quite a bit of flavor into it's 4.8% ABV package. Well rounded, with an earthy malt presence giving way to a spicy hoppiness. I thought this was quite a well done Red.

Soneast, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of HoistinBrews
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

HoistinBrews, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of lucasj82
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

lucasj82, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Westsidethreat, Jun 28, 2007
Photo of WastingFreetime
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

A. Lightly hazed coppery amber with a foam collar, no lacing.

S. Smells of biscuit dough with sprinkles of light floral and earthy hopping on top.

T. Flavor is significantly nuttier than I expected. Also has a bit of a toasted malt character and finishes with those earthen hops from the nose.

M. Lighter bodied yet smooth in texture.

WastingFreetime, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of TonyTalon
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

TonyTalon, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of RichH55
4/5  rDev +13%

RichH55, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of Rand_ale_Thor
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Rand_ale_Thor, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of meatyard
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

meatyard, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of u2carew
3.55/5  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.

u2carew, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of Lemke10
4/5  rDev +13%
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.

Lemke10, Jun 25, 2011
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 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 Zonian1
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Zonian1, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of Wobbly
4/5  rDev +13%

Wobbly, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of BrownAleMale
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

BrownAleMale, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of Buebie
2.05/5  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...

Buebie, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of gpawned
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

gpawned, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of MattSharpless
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

MattSharpless, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of Strix
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Strix, Feb 13, 2011
Ouisconsing Red Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.