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Ouisconsing Red Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
81
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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 emerge077
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is reddish-amber, a generous head with irregular lacing. Foam stays for the duration of the glass.

Mildly malty, slight spiciness, cereal graininess, mild hop in the nose.

Taste is rye, cereal grain, mild hop bitterness toward the end. Reminds me of Fat Tire, but more sessionable. Not exactly my bag, but a decent session brew. Light in the mouth, fairly thin. Good for a summer session.

Big thanks to thefatkid13 for this one.

emerge077, Apr 29, 2007
Photo of Beertron
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

In a 12 oz. bottle from my place, poured into your standard pint glass.

A - Absolutely gorgeous! Deep copper red color. Light/medium head that dissipated very slowly, maintaining nearly through completion. Lacing was relatively significant and body showed steady carbonation. This beer looked healthy!!

S - Scent was strong with malts and yeast, akin to some fresh-baked rye bread. A light piny/floral note gives some insight into the hop content. It also has a mild off-scent, something along the lines of fresh-mown hay/silage or the resinous tones of cut timber.

T - Roasted malts are thick and prominent -- think toast. Suspicions were proven about the hops...they were heavier than normal for the style, adding a slight orange citrus taste. I'm telling you...take a slice of home-baked rye bread, put it in the toaster until it's just shy of burning, spread on a very thin layer of orange marmalade. That's the essence of this beer.

M - More watery/thin than expected, but typical for the style. Soft tingly bite from the yeasts linger on roof and back of mouth.

D - There's something about the combination of the thinnish mouth-feel and the yeasty dryness that don't just invite you to drink more...they demand it. I session the hell out of this bugger.

Overall, this is a pretty damn great red ale, a style that I wouldn't call myself the biggest fan of. While I like hops, there's a slight imbalance towards them that prevents this from being out-of-control good, but its still leagues above many in this style.

Beertron, Mar 19, 2007
Photo of brdc
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden beer with a reddish hue and a white head that dissipates quite fast, leaving almost no lacing behind.
It has a sweet smell that resembles burnt sugar and cracker jack, with hints of alcohol.
Taste is somewhat sweeter that expected as well, with the same sugar predominance but there are also some bitter hops to balance it a bit.
Light to medium body, easily drinkable.

brdc, Dec 24, 2006
Photo of terrabyte
4.33/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, brown-amber with a large white head.

The aroma was nutty grains, with a caramel sweetness.

Flavor is heavy in toasted malts and toasted nuts. There is a sweet caramel body tying it all together. Plenty of hops end this beer with a pleasnat bitterness.

Mouthful seemed creamy and slightly foamy.

After a long day working outside, this was the only bottle I had in the fridge that night. I mention this because this glass I poured barely lasted 5 minutes. Obviously I was quite thirsty. However, despite that, I believe this is the best Red I've ever had so far, and would definately have it again. Very drinkable. Wonderful beer.

terrabyte, Oct 30, 2006
Photo of brewcrew76
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear amber with 2 fingers of beige head.

S - Slight caramel and toasted grain with a subtle hop aroma.

T - Biscuit with a slight spicy hoppiness. Some caramel and toasted malt qualities but for some reason the flavors just don't seem to blend together well.

M - Light bodied and slightly creamy with a dry chalky finish.

D - There was nothing bad about this beer but there was really nothing that stood out either.

brewcrew76, Oct 14, 2006
Photo of evanackerman
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a bright red color with a sizable head, goog lacing.

aroma is dominated by toffee malt, not much else that i could detect.

taste is well balanced with sweet malt up front followed by bitter hops, not very fruity, but i like it like that.

mouthfeel is moderate viscosity, nicely carbonated.

drinkability is pretty high, definitely a good session beer.

overall, a very drinkable red ale, yet another nice offering from a Wisconisn micro. definitely worth a try.

evanackerman, Sep 25, 2006
Photo of blackie
4.18/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: The pour gives a 1" khaki colored head that gradually recedes to leave an appealing chunk of carbonation on top and a ring around the glass. Moderate lacing is left behind as I drink. The beer itself is a medium, reddish-brown in color.

smell: Toasted nutty grain upfront with notes of even more grain...quite grainy. Browned pie crusts and oxidized apple. Well balanced, somewhat spicy hop aroma.

mouthfeel: The carbonation and the body are both medium, with a sharp, dry feeling after the swallow.

taste: Big nutty, toasted malts with a light sweetness at first. After the swallow the flavor really dries out and becomes even more nutty and woody. There's a surprising, though somewhat pleasing hop bite and flavor.

drinkability: one of the more refreshing reds I've had...nothing groundbreaking, but and interesting take and a well done beer

single bottle purchased at Riley's and smuggled back from my trip to Madison

blackie, Aug 25, 2006
Photo of Redrover
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I sampled this at the Hilltop in Stevens Point, WI. This is a great place for a beer and some tasty food.

Served in a standard pint, the beer is a hazy redish copper with decent head and lacing.

Nice nose of caramel and pine.

Nice hopped up red. Pleasantly bitter with some sweet caramel counter points. The hops add a pine underpinning and some wheat cracker emerges late. Well-balanced and engaging beer.

This is a very easy session type beer. The mouth has pleasant carbonation and just enough heft. Interesting enough for a BA and it could be a cross over beer.

My first beer from this brewery and it will not be the last!

Redrover, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.35/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Heavily bronzed burnt orange that becomes dusky sunset orange when backlit. The toasted tan cap is a feature-packed thing of beauty. It's rumpled, bubbly surface falls unevenly and is already beginning to lay down an outstanding array of cheese cloth-like lace. It looks as though there will be plenty of hops in this one.

Not so much if the nose is any indication. There's no question now but that Ouisconsing is a malt-dominant beer. I have no knowledge of the malt bill, but I'm guessing that it consists of pale, crystal and even a touch of Munich. The aroma is heavily toasted grain-like, caramel-like and earthy. German hops struggle to be appreciated.

Great news. Hops (Tettanang?) have made a much needed comeback on the palate. This is first and foremost a malt-driven beer, but there is now an impressive smack of resinousness that is welcome to this hophead. Heavily toasted flavors abound and there's even a little pecan nuttiness in the mix. Thankfully, the earthiness that I picked up in the nose is buried under more enjoyable flavors.

This fine Central Waters offering actually reminds me of an ESB. An Americanized, hopped to the eyeballs ESB, but an ESB nevertheless. There's a huge amount of ingredients (on each side of the scale) especially considering the stated style. Sweet fights Bitter tooth and nail with the lucky drinker coming out the clear winner. I never expected this beer to be this good and it's becoming even more delicious as it warms.

The body/mouthfeel is a half notch more full than medium with a firm slickness that I find appealing. Both malt and hops make themselves known on the tongue and in the mouth; hardly surprising given the generous quantities of each. Rarely have I run across a more flavorful beer whose ABV is low enough to allow it to be sessioned.

Ouisconsing Red Ale (Ouisconsin is the French spelling for Wisconsin) is a more than pleasant surprise. The simple, tasteful labels on Central Waters beer don't prepare one for the often outstanding beer that lies on the other side of the glass. This one is killer stuff and is one of the best reds that I've had the pleasure to consume. I'm already planning my next trip to Wisconsin.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, Riley's

appearance: pours a clear dark copper...leaves a fluffy beige head behind with wonderful retention. strong looking amber

smell: very potent and distinct nose...freshly baked biscuit, very buttery, huge toasted malt, caramel, rosey/floral, sweet red apple....a rather delightful nose

taste: strong buttered biscuit flavors follow through from the nose, toasted grain, sweet caramel malt, lots of sweetness in the form of apple and mild plum flavours. This is a very good amber from central waters.

mouthfeel: medium body, smooth

drinkability: very drinkable

dirtylou, Feb 05, 2006
Photo of circuitmonkey
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice copper red color with a very full head with good head retention. There wasnt much of an aroma, but you could smell a little but of the hopps. Flavor was rather well balanced, leaning a bit twards the hopps. Overall I think this is a pretty decent example of this style of beer, would be willing to buy again the next time I'm looking for an American Red Ale.

circuitmonkey, Feb 04, 2006
Photo of ZAP
4.33/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great spicy nose...some caramel..looks the part...nice firm medium body....excellent mix of caramel and spiciness on the flavors...relatively complex...a great example of this style...I had a bad bottle of this a couple years ago but my most recent experience was fantastic...I'd love ot have a keg of this on tap...

ZAP, Aug 04, 2004
Photo of Bighuge
4.45/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer had an endearing glowing scarlet red appearance about it. Nice dirty white head sitting on top with good retention. Lacing was quite sufficient. Nose was very nice. Great caramel and toasted malts mingled with some spiciness coming from hops. The palate followed suit in a big way with the nose. Great caramel and toasted malt qualities. Spicy hops. A little citric. A little doughiness coming from the yeast quite possibly. This was one enjoyable amber ale. One of the best ones I've had in quite some time and one of the better ones I've had ever.

Bighuge, Aug 02, 2004
Photo of ppoitras
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Skidz. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 3/4" of beige head over the slightly reddish copper brew. Aroma is well-balanced, seeming to end up a bit on the malty side. Taste is also well-balanced, still leaning towards the malt a bit, but I would expect a bit more hoppiness for a red. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good, and maybe drinkability is even a bit higher. Goes down smooth and easy.

ppoitras, Jul 20, 2004
Photo of lampkins
2.9/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I have been looking for Central Waters brews for quite awhile so I was pleased to discover this beer at a local store. However, after tasting this beer I was left unimpressed and hope that their other beers are better than this.

The beer poured a hazy copper color with no head of foam. The beer was rather bland ala Killian's red. No real malty taste and nothing spectaculor to speak of.

lampkins, Apr 25, 2004
Photo of abents
2.93/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber bown with a thin white head with nice lacing. Aroma is stricly hops here as with most Central Waters brews. Slight citrus notes as well. Tastes of citrusy hops and thats about it.. not too impressive. Drys out the mouth but goes down smoothly. Pretty drinkable brew, but nothing too amazing.

abents, Mar 04, 2004
Photo of Skidz
2.68/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours out dark copper with a small head that fades fast to the sides. Smells of hops and some citrus. When put to mouth, this beer doesn't live up to expectations. The citrus tones combined with a slight bitterness rip through this leaving your tounge feel like it was just attached to a 9volt battery. I did like the way it ran around my mouth, as it was particularly smooth and refreshing. I could drink a couple of these at a time, but not many more.

Skidz, Jan 10, 2004
Photo of cokes
2.65/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Overly murky copper with a short-lived bone-colored head.
Citrus hops overlay some mustiness on the nose.
Decent intially (and cold), as the hopping is in control. Somewhat sharpe and citric, though not very bitter. Touches of burnt crust, raisin and chocolate in the background.
Once this begins to warm, it udderly collapses. Becomes mushy, yet harsh and astringent. Gauze-pad like medicinals. Encroaching and invasive tartness. Earthy mud-like qualities replace the chocolate and the hops are muted.

Drink this fast and cold or feel its wrath. A let down from Central Waters.

cokes, Mar 24, 2003
Photo of garymuchow
3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Malty aroma mostly, that is a little sweet with some fruity aspects. Steady medium sized head with yellowish-brownish hue. Clear red-amber color. Lighter overall flavor, mostly a soft malt taste with some mild bitterness lingering on the front of the tongue. Nice smoothness overall, medium feel with carbonation in medium range too. Not an overwhelmingly good beer, but I tend to like this style with food and this would do fine.

garymuchow, Jun 03, 2002
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Ouisconsing Red Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.