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Ouisconsing Red Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
81
good

216 Ratings
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Ratings: 216
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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terrabyte

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +22.3%

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.

10-30-2006 15:10:13 | More by terrabyte
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

3.3/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

10-14-2006 00:05:41 | More by brewcrew76
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evanackerman

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +13%

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.

09-25-2006 00:40:26 | More by evanackerman
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blackie

California

4.18/5  rDev +18.1%

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

08-25-2006 04:36:03 | More by blackie
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Redrover

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +15.8%

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!

08-24-2006 16:00:16 | More by Redrover
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.35/5  rDev +22.9%

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.

08-13-2006 13:45:03 | More by BuckeyeNation
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dirtylou

Washington

4/5  rDev +13%

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

02-05-2006 03:28:43 | More by dirtylou
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circuitmonkey

Wisconsin

3.55/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

02-04-2006 19:42:08 | More by circuitmonkey
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +22.3%

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...

08-04-2004 04:49:30 | More by ZAP
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +25.7%

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.

08-02-2004 20:58:18 | More by Bighuge
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

07-19-2004 23:30:59 | More by ppoitras
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lampkins

Wisconsin

2.9/5  rDev -18.1%

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.

04-25-2004 12:54:35 | More by lampkins
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abents

Wisconsin

2.93/5  rDev -17.2%

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.

03-04-2004 17:36:36 | More by abents
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Skidz

Wisconsin

2.68/5  rDev -24.3%

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.

01-10-2004 19:22:55 | More by Skidz
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cokes

Wisconsin

2.65/5  rDev -25.1%

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.

03-24-2003 14:48:13 | More by cokes
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev -4%

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.

06-03-2002 20:12:23 | More by garymuchow
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Ouisconsing Red Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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