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Ouisconsing Red Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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229 Ratings
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Ratings: 229
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.84%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | 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 nrbw23
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a reddish orange color with a touch of haze and an egg colored head. Head turns into a handful of bubbles on top of this brew, and leaves not a whole lot of lacing, spotty at best.

S- Smell is pretty light overall. Picking up sweet floral hops, alonng with quite a bit of malts caramel and bready. A toffee and butterscotch smell also standout.

T- This one follows the nose pretty well. A good balance here between the hops and malts. Taste is caramel, roasted nuts, and toffee.

M- Medium in body and in carbonation.

O- A pretty easy drinking beer.

Photo of garcia2a
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice rusty copper color, with slight carbonation and a thin, lacey head/ This head is retained throughout the session. The beer is nicely opaque.

The nose has a nice balance between fresh grains, floral hops and a fair amount of malt. On the tongue I get less malt character than I expected with a bitter finish. I pick up hints of the hops, but none of the grain. The tasts is less complex than I was hoping for.

Mouthfeel is decent, but with only about 5oz consumed so far, I am getting some heavy cloying.

Overall a decent beer on this a 93 degree day. I found it refreshing, but the cloying could put a few folks off.

Photo of Phocion
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of richkrull
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very cloudy amber brown color with very little head. Smell is pretty faint, some hops. Not a whole lot else coming through. Some light hops flavor as well with a bit of malt as well. Very smooth light bodied beer. Pretty good beer overall though.

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.

Photo of crossovert
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. I got a free glass with it.

It pours into my new Central Waters pint glass a very nice color. It is a clear reddish amber that has a nice foamy slightly off-white head that recedes to some very nice lacing.

The smell is of caramel, toasted grain, and a hint of hops. Subtle, but nice.

The flavor is better than expected. I usually dislike red ales because they are mind-numbingly boring. This one is still pretty pedestrian but it is pretty tasty for a red ale. It is bready and toasty with a hint of metallic flavor, caramel sweetness, and a surprising bit of hops. The hops don't really bring much flavor just a very blunt, medium bitterness.

Central Waters makes something out of nothing.

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.

Photo of RonfromJersey
2.83/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

Photo of yaegerje
3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

Ouisconsing Red Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.