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Ouisconsing Red Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Ouisconsing Red AleOuisconsing Red Ale

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219 Ratings
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Ratings: 219
Reviews: 103
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 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.

storksonm, May 10, 2009
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

gatornation, May 03, 2009
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.

LJArsenal, Mar 15, 2009
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

hopdog, Jan 18, 2009
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...

Atricapilla, Jan 05, 2009
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.

CaptainIPA, Nov 30, 2008
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.

Rennpferd, Nov 08, 2008
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.

Reagan1984, Nov 07, 2008
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!

WJVII, Oct 19, 2008
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.

MusicaleMike, Aug 28, 2008
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.

GbVDave, Aug 23, 2008
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.

lowbrau, Aug 18, 2008
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.

robbyc1, Jul 17, 2008
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.

ibashmuck, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of wheatyweiss
4.33/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

wheatyweiss, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of KI9A
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
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!

KI9A, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of ejquin
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my first central waters beer (I'll be having the satin solstice stout later tonight).

Overall this beer was fine. Aroma is biscuits with malt and hops. Astringent/herbal smell as well. Taste was simlar to Sam Adams, or GI Honker's. Really eathly and malty with herbal notes and a metallic aftertaste.

ejquin, May 04, 2008
Photo of scruffwhor
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

jlukasik again with the hook up.

Very good lookng beer, ruby, copper, and amber notes with a good head right after the pour, and some sluggish lacing. Not to mention the colony of tiny bubbles quickly making there way to the surface. The aroma is minerally iscuits with just a touch of herbal hops. The taste is dry and gypsum, hard water biscuity with some astringent and herbal hops. Well put together. The palate is complex, but so much so that you have to sit down and relax. This is a great conversation beer. Not about the itself, but anything other than that. The kind of flavors you can enjoy without thinking about it.

scruffwhor, May 02, 2008
Photo of Bitterbill
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got this bottle in a trade with Grizzly Adams. Thanks Cole!

It pours a hazy red with a 1 finger head of foam that shrinks to a fine layer after a few minutes. It does have some good lacing.

The smell is very light. I just get some roasted malt, some hops, and a sweetish smell.

The taste has roasted/toasted malt and some hop bitterness up front witha slight sourness in thebackground. I like the way the roasted part of this Red Ale works, but the subsequent hoppy bitterness is a bit too grasy and I don't particulary like that sourness, all be it mild, peeking it's head out just before the finish. The finish itself is pretty roasty and that's ok with me. An interesting brew and I'm glad I got to try it but it falls short of some of the Reds I've had.

Bitterbill, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of svraines
3.08/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Went with a pint of CW Red on my way to a Badger hockey game, instead of a safer bet of porter that I hear is good.

Very little head on my pour, but carbonation sent up rings of foam after every drink. Dark, hazy amber color that didn't clear up as it warmed.

Metallic-malty smell, in store for some sweetness. Subtle floweriness, in fact very subtle after I consumed some of their IPA.

This one has an overwhelming crystal malt flavor (think of the note you get in SA Boston lager x10+). The sweetness doesn't linger or become cloying, but I just think it is too sweet.

Fairly thick in your mouth, but again doesn't get to a level where it is a bad thing. Pretty heavy for a beer under 5%, could be good or bad thing.

I was getting full by the end of the pint.

svraines, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of HumuloneRed
2.25/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I picked up this 12 oz. bottle with some others when my wife and I went on a 6 day road trip to Madison, WI for the Great Taste of the Midwest in '07.
The beer pours a slightly cloudy dark red with an off white head and silky lacing.
The nose not only hops and malt but also n some off-putting sour notes. The beer taste good. But it could taste a lot better. I can tell it had good hop and malt balance but the sourness from the aroma is there in the flavor as well. I did hang on to it to long but you would think a red ale that is well hopped beer like this one would up more than 5 months (most the time under refrigeration). I had a similar problem with another CW beer. Short shelf life could mean there were (or are) some issue at the brewery. I will try it again next time I find some.

HumuloneRed, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of Thanby
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber mahogany with minimal tan head (probably due to being too cold, the fridge was accidentally set too high). Smells slightly nutty but dominated mostly by sweet honey and caramel with a hint of the floral described by the brewery. Initial taste is a rich, round malt right up front. Nutty and floral as it progresses, and the sweetness from the caramel and honey emerge as it warms. Medium body, slightly lightened from the carbonation, good smooth drink. Potent malt makes it good for pairing with sharp cuisine. It didn't blow me away, but it's a solid amber in my book. Definitely worth a try.

Thanby, Jan 13, 2008
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 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 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
Ouisconsing Red Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.