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Ouisconsing Red Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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220 Ratings
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Ratings: 220
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.84%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | 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 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 akorsak
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

akorsak, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of djeucalyptus
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

djeucalyptus, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Kegatron, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of hopjuicer
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy copper amber. A vigirous pour left only half an inch of head that didn't linger very long.

Smells of grain, mostly rye. Slight acidity in the nose. Hints of caramel.

The grain is much more pronounced in the taste. A slight tartness balanced with sweetness.

Feels a bit sharp from the bittering hops, not much happening as far as aromatic hops.

Not the most exciting red, but certainly enjoyable.

hopjuicer, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.28/5  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.

Thorpe429, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

BeerFMAndy, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of billab914
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

billab914, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of bevenson
3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle mark indicating it was bottled in March. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - Yup, it's amber. Clear with a lasting white head. Belgian lace clings to the glass. Very pretty.

S - Spicy, piney hop aroma with a hefty caramel, toasty and toffee malt aroma. Age on the bottle is showing a little with a slight sherry oxidation. Overall pleasant aroma.

T - Hop flavor and bitterness is much stronger than I expected from the aroma. Pine and a woody hop flavor with a coarse, lasting bitterness. Light caramel in background just to remind you that some malt was used in this beer. Malt flavor is a little one dimensional compared to the aroma.

M - Medium body and very dry with moderate carbonation. Lasting bitterness keeps this beer from being as smooth as I'd like.

D - A very refreshing amber. I'd prefer a little more variation in the malt flavor for an amber. Definitely a rougher hop bitterness than most ambers. However, it seems to hold up surprisingly well with a few months of age. I'd be up for having another.

bevenson, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of tempest
3.4/5  rDev -4%
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.

tempest, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +13%
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.

drabmuh, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of Schmaltzy
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got as an extra from Meagan, thanks for sharing some Wisconsin love.

A- Nice light amber with golden hues with a finger of head that dissapated quickly to a mild spotting.

S- Starts with a nice malt aroma finishes with a slight hop bite, but more floral/earthy hops not grapefruit/piney hops.

T- Again a carmel malt right away with a nice earthy hop finish, seems light and crisp. On the finish I do pick up a slight yeastiness as well as almost like a wet newspaper taste in my mouth. Interesting.

M- Light body with ample carbonation tingling your tounge. Average for the style but would like a little more body on this beer, just seems to start malty and finish hoppy with a watery absence in the mid pallete.

D- Not bad, sessionable red beer that should be in bars replacing things like Killians. Easy to drink and I'm sure that it would be a go to for Wisconsonians craving a red.

Schmaltzy, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of mynie
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

mynie, Jun 28, 2010
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 Parrotbeak
4/5  rDev +13%
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.

Parrotbeak, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of jtinks
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

jtinks, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of MPLS
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After feverishly trying the more limited seasonal beers Central Waters has to offer I am determined to try their full range. Interesting that Central Waters wasn't distributing to western Wisconsin until last fall/winter.

A: Color is a light amber with slight lighter accents and the most noticeable thing right away is the head of the beer. The cap is a big deformed asymmetrical beast that upon first observations was 4 cm thick. Head retention good and lacing is equally as impressive.

S: Clean caramel scented malts, toasted grain, a little earthiness from hops as it's not your citrus laden monster. The nose of this beer isn't impressive, but am hoping for clean grain on the palate.

T: Hit with the malt/grain from the nose, but there is an element of spice to it, thought it would have been cleaner. The finish of the beer is enjoyable: Faint citrus, a certain level of breadiness, and I'm picking up some nuttiness too.

M: Thick for the ABV IMO, medium-thick bodies with evident carbonation.

D: A really good looking brew from start to finish and the the price/ABV would make me inclined to drink it again. I find a lot of good taste in this beer, but doesn't get me very excited.

MPLS, Dec 01, 2009
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 KarlHungus
3.68/5  rDev +4%
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.

KarlHungus, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of morimech
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish brown color with a large head that had great retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass. Has a sweet caramel malt aroma with some earthiness added in. I can just barely pick up on some citrus hops. Nice malt flavor profile in this one. Fortunately the sweetness is balanced with some nice hop bitterness. I do not pick up on much flavor from the hops but the bitterness is nice in the finish and prevents this beer from being cloying. The body is somewhere between light and medium. Has an active carbonation but stops short of being harsh. Nice overall and very sessionable at 4.8%. A nicely crafted beer.

morimech, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of Wisconsin
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle to a pint glass

A - Pours a reddish orange body that is pretty clear overall. The head is white and frothy and about an inch before fading slowly to a lace. Faint signs of carbonation are also present.

S - Sweet floral notes along with malts and a bread/yeast smell. Caramel, toffee and butterscotch also standout.

T - Much like the smell, there is a good balance of malts and grains combined with caramel, roasted nuts, and toffee. Carbonation is decent, but could be a little bit better.

M - Entering the mouth there is an initial blast of sweet caramel, toffee and butterscotch with a medium body transition with decent carbonation. As the beer exits, there a nice malt and bread flavor that appears.

D - Pretty easy drinking but not something I would want constantly. I could have a few in a sitting.

Wisconsin, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of beerwolf77
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a brownish red with a little bit of beige head. No lace to be found. The aroma is malty with a caramel sweetness. I'm getting a bit of hop tartness as well. Maybe it's me but, the nose seems a bit muted. The flavor is balanced sweet malt and mild hop bite. A touch of coffee/tobacco.I'm tasting butter toffee as well. The medium to full body makes for a slightly robust beer. The carbonation is high. This is a very balanced amber ale. A decent offering from the CWBC.

beerwolf77, Aug 07, 2009
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 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 JackCass
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Clear rusty red and inch of foam good foaming.

Smell - Abundant hops and a little tangy malt like rye.

Taste - Hops most noticeable bitter and tart citrus. Good balance dry malt a touch of sweetness too. Bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and juicy nice co2 levels.

Drinkability - Session beer for a hop lover, still enoyable if hops isn't your thing, but one or two is enough then.

JackCass, May 26, 2009
Ouisconsing Red Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.