Ouisconsing Red Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 230
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-03-2002)
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Photo of Wasatch
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of storksonm
4.38/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint Glass

Dark amber to red, it poured a nice head and kept a nice blanket of froth on top. Smells sweet and rich just like it tastes with butterscotch notes to it. A very smooth red ale. Light hop tone in it mostly a bittering hop flavor. Very smooth mouthfeel you can kind of notice the alcoholds content but very smooth and balanced with a slight velvety feel to it. I love to drink this red, I think it really has to be one of my favorite red ales I buy it when I want something great to drink.

Photo of gatornation
3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a very dark red/rust color with a nice head and lacing thrru-out..the rest is just average.. the smell is malt and caramel with some spice and hop smell..the taste is malt forward with some caramel and some vanilla taste..not much hops in this one ..the mouthfeel is creamy and smooth..not bad here it kind of stays in your mouth awhile..overall just an average red not great but not bad..not reccomended but i will say give it a try

Photo of LJArsenal
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer of this bottled on 1-23-09. Pours a deep red-brown with a half-inch head with little to no lacing. I'm underwhelmed with the smell of this beer - mostly malt - but not all that inviting. There really isn't a whole lot to speak of. Taste consists of caramel, malt, and hops. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium amount of carbonation. This one sticks to the back of the tongue and leaves a bit of the bitterness in the hops. Overall this an average red. I'm a big fan of Central Waters and had high expectations for this one, but in the end it comes up a bit short.

Photo of hopdog
2.63/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium copper color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, floral, and buttery. Tastes of caramel, nutty, grainy and a light butteriness. That butteriness detracted from the overall experience. Bad bottle? I bought this while on vacation in WI and opened it the next day...

Notes from: 7/24/07

Photo of Atricapilla
2.73/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was a bit disappointing, considering I like reds so much...Pours a copper brown color, with a medium sized head. There was a predominately caramel and malt flavor to this brew, a little sweet (not cloyingly) with no hint of sourness. The aroma primarily consisted of malt and a little hint of floral tomes. Goes down okay, but I was just a bit disappointed...

Photo of CaptainIPA
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy, rusty amber with a one-finger head that quickly fades to a thin rim of sticky lacing.

S: Subtle flowery nose with suggestions of caramel malt and honey.

T: Smooth and mellow with nut-like notes and hints of biscuit upfront. Aptly balanced between roasted malts and bitter hopping. Taste improves as it warms: caramel sweetness and honey tones eventually surface. Finishes slightly bitter.

Overall profile lacks a distinct personality. Kind of mild-mannered. Not as flavorful, complex, or interesting as other Central Waters' offerings.

M: Medium-boded and well-carbonated.

D: Sessionable, for sure -- just not compelling enough to consume more than one.

Photo of Rennpferd
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a deep amber and gold hue with lite carbonation and a one finger head that quickly receded.

It smelled malty with a buttery undertone. No hops could be detected.

It was slightly hoppy up front. The flavor then gave way to roasted malt with a touch of butter. It had a medium body and a slightly bitter finish.

It is an ok beer to drink. Not quite my style but good none-the-less.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up while in Madison...

A nice red ale with an off white (almost tan) head. Large bubbles in the head and it faded slowly but surely back into the beer. Some modest lacing remained. The beer was a slightly hazy reddish color with some tan highlights.

Aroma was slightly sweet and also a bit of toasted malt. Slighty fruity and also some yeast.

Flavor was nice. Almost a burnt/caramelized quality to the malt flavor. Some fruits in the middle and some nice aggressive hop nature. Malt is the star but the hops let you know they are there. A little citrus note towards the end.

Medium bodied and nicely drinkable. Glad I tried it. A "good" beer.

Photo of WJVII
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
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!

Photo of MusicaleMike
4.18/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a six-pack of this from the local market in Madison, WI. I poured a 12oz. bottle of this into a pint glass. There is no freshness date. Currently listening to "The Air Force" by Xiu Xiu.

A: What a good looking beer! Two fingers of a fluffy cream-colored head sit atop a orange-red haze. The color of this red ale is perfect and a little light will bring out some beautiful highlights. As the head recedes, the foam remains stuck to the side of the glass.

S: The smell is mild. Definitely more malty than hoppy. The label reads that there is a "subtle flowery nose," which I could agree with, especially towards the end of the glass.

T: There is a very strong malt presence; toffee flavor, almost coffee-like roasted malt. The beer's flavor is well-balanced, however, with hop bitterness and a minimal amount of hop flavor coming in at the finish and lingering for a while after the swallow. The taste is definitely packed with flavor!

M: Medium to full body with stickiness from the hops. It coats the mouth and gums for some time afterward. Mellow carbonation means that this beer feels smooth, but the alcohol is present and stings the mouth with its warmth (despite its low ABV).

D: A delicious American Red! This beer has found a big, bold flavor without leaning too far left or right. Absolutely something to look at when searching for good examples.

Photo of GbVDave
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to neubernie for the hook-up!

Bottled on July 17 2008

A: Pours an awesome looking, cloudy, dark amber/orange color capped with a creamy, two-finger, khaki-colored head sporting excellent retention. Rings, ropes, and spots of sticky lace.

S: Strange, slightly off-putting "buttery" aroma at first. As it warms a large malty backbone dominates (sweet caramel, roasted/toasted malt) with considerable help from a distinct nuttiness (almond).

T: No butter here! Sweet caramel malt, dry and crisp toasted malt, and maybe a hint of spicy rye malt. Almond and hazelnut also play a big role here as does some tangy citrus hops.

M: Smooth and full with a sticky, dry, and tangy finish. Tart & tangy citrus dominates the finish. Decent chewy mouthfeel for only 4.8% abv.

D: Pretty sesssionable. Usually not my favorite style but this has a lot going for it. Another really good beer from Central Waters.

Photo of lowbrau
4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazel colored with low carbonation and a thin head. Left a fine lacing on the glass. Unexpected for a Amber/Red ale. It has the appearance of a nut brown.

Smell: Bright malt smell with notes of hazelnut, almond, and caramel. Very yeasty and sugary.

Taste: Again, notes of hazelnet, and an almost buttery character. Strong malt sweetness up front, but well balanced by hops in the finish. Finishes relatively clean for such a malty beer.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. The level of carbonation is perfect. The beer has a silky/buttery feel.

Drinkability: Definitely a session beer. Well balanced and smooth.

Photo of robbyc1
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Photo of ibashmuck
1.85/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured small head on a dark amber body. Smelled fruity and floral, with a snap of citrus at the end. Sadly, the only thing I could taste was the citrus, and it was much too strong for me.

Ouisconsing Red Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.