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Ouisconsing Red Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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81
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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 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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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!

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.

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

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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