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Shine On Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.

Shine On AleShine On Ale

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Ratings: 167
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 15.82%

Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WJVII on 08-08-2009)
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Photo of jwc215


3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours slightly hazed copperish amber with a thin lasting head. Little lacing sticks.

The smell is of caramel with a musty undertone.

The taste is of caramel with vague dried citric sour fruity aftertaste. Sweetish with a metallic dryness in the finish.

It is somewhat fizzy. Rather abrupt, slightly watery finish.

Because of the odd finish and things just not coming together greatly, I wouldn't "session" this.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 23:55:53 | More by jwc215
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Dark reddish orange tones with a tannish creamy-frothy like head that was lengthy in stay. Carbonation was healthy, strong, and quick paced. Lacing was moderate.

S: Gentle hay, fresh pale grains, green flowery hops mixes with some semi-dry apple and lemon peel.

T: Apple citrus flavor with some soft hay backing. Some background toastedness, caramel, just enough to give you an appreciation while still maintaining a pale, grainy and straw like taste. Green hops, leafy, warming flowers, almost nobel like.

M: Medium consistency, medium carbonation, syrupy texture and flowery pollen coats the tongue there-after.

O: Overall easy drinking, fresh grainy pilsner like feel with some caramel sweetness, light bodied, not heavily hopped, some nobel flower indications and goes down smoothly enough. Nice flowery fade that lingers gently behind.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 00:54:12 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled in Feb.
(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a crystal clear aged copper body with a slight density to it and a strong carbonation supports a thin wispy film that soon breaks up.

S- The soft dry roasted malt hint is all that really shows up in the clean aroma.

T- The light tart hint leads to a slightly toasted malt flavor with a soft copper hop note in the finish. The finish is pretty dry.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a gentle fizz note and no alcohol heat.

O- The nice malt flavor is a bit soft with some odd metallic notes in the finish and the tartness was a bit out of place.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 15:09:06 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of scaliasux


3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Medium amber. Slightly cloudy. Medium tall, off white, foamy head. Good persistence.

Smell - Medium roasted malts. Caramel, toffee. Not getting much in the way of hops.

Taste - Medium roasted malts. Not real sweet. A subdued chocolaty caramel. Grassy finish

Mouthfeel - Medium.

Overall - Hits most of the marks for an american amber. Not especially distinctive or tasty, though.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 04:09:51 | More by scaliasux
Photo of TheSSG


3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, 2-finger, soapy head. A spicy, Oktoberfest-like aroma with caramel hidden behind it. A straw-burnt sienna color. Starts off a touch hoppy, with nice, sweet malt tones. There is a mild, mild caramel aspect to the maltiness which blends with the hops to make an Oktoberfest reminiscent flavor. The finish is a nice, wonderful biscuit flavor.

Overall, I like this. It's like if Oktoberfest were an Ale. Quite sessionable and pleasing.
If you like a malty brew, this will not disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 02:31:52 | More by TheSSG
Photo of mvanaskie13


3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured into tall pilsner glass, color is opaque copper, head is about 1/2" thick then dissipates to a ring and froth, some lacing.

Smell is pretty neutral grain, some light a caramel and biscuit malt notes, no hop scents noted.

Taste is a little crisp, lightly over carbonated flavors leave them somewhat bland. biggest flavor noted is caramel and biscuit malts, minor hop grassiness noted.

Mouthfeel is slighty overcarbonated and strong on the tongue, which does not allow nice lingering malt flavors.

Overall, an average amber ale, slightly overcarbonated, malt profile is pretty solid.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 23:42:02 | More by mvanaskie13
Photo of WoodBrew


3.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Shine On is a decent session amber ale. The beer pours clear (cut off before bottle settlement could invade) with soft amber color. A 1/2 finger think head forms initially then settles leaving some lace. The really isnt much scent save for waffes of caramel malt. The taste is a basic amber ale, the sweet malt stars and the bittering hops provide a nice finish. The mouthfeel is medium to light body with decent carbonation. Overall it is a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 22:45:43 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of kojevergas


3.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Dick's Last Resort pilsner glass in me sister's gaff in low altitude Minneapolis, Minnesota. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average. Bottled in October.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger beige colour head of nice cream and thickness, and good retention. Colour is a semitransparent copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Smooth creamy malts, minimal floral hopping, caramel, and butterscotch. Sweet malts. a moderate strength aroma.

T: Pale malts, butterscotch, caramel, and minimal floral hops. Honey? Balanced but underwhelming. I like it, but there's no complexity or subtlety here. Tasty but lacking.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Nectary. Slightly overdone carbonation. Good thickness.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable but forgettable. I doubt I'd knowingly get this again unless the price point was incredible. Try it but don't expect greatness. A solid beer for the style but ultimately somewhat underwhelming.


Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 00:10:51 | More by kojevergas
Photo of vette2006c5r


3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Shine On pours a reddish color, lots of carbonation, but very little head. There is a very rich early roasted malty aroma. Their is of course a strong malty backbone, lots of earthy flavors, has a subtle candy sweetness to it. A bit too watery, and just doesn't sit to well, has a very stale aftertaste. Overall a rather mediocre beer. Rich in malty flavors, but that's it, its a bit too watery, and leaves an offensive taste. Drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 01:56:14 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of Ryan011235


3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Glarus glass on 8/14/12

Bottled on: Notched on the line between May and Jun

The appearance is a rustic honey-amber with brown singes. The head is just short of one finger. Though retention is a thinner layer, it does hold for quite some time. Very good wall of lace.

Malt has a sturdy presence in the aroma with notes of buttered bread, toasted grains, sweet crackers and biscuit dust. Faint lingerings of sweetness a la pollen or honey. I find it quite expressive for such a modest aroma.

The taste is similar, though more inclined toward a buttered, raw honey-drizzled biscuit. Lightly toasted overtones throughout. Ghost notes of light fruits drift about, rounding things out. There's a mild hop twinge, as well.

The feel is reasonably crisp, with a light-medium body. Average carbonation is well-weighted to the feel if the beer. The carbonation thins out very nicely over time.

Overall impression: An easy drinking, tasty beer. I had no idea what to expect with this one, but I've been pleasantly surprised.

Side note: While I was drinking it, I had no idea what style it was. Interesting to see that it's an amber ale. Huh.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 02:53:49 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of DavoleBomb


3.98/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Moderately hazed orange amber color. A little over one finger of frothy, off-white head. Retention is about average and a very small ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Toasty with a light floral hoppiness. A bit of dry nuttiness as well. Simple, but quite pleasant.

4.0 T: Like the nose, but even more well rounded. Plenty of toastiness, light floral hop flavor, nuttiness, and a balancing neutral malt sweetness.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Crisp with a light creaminess. Good here.

4.5 D: Super tasty, clean, and infinitely drinkable. This is a damn good amber ale despite how retarded the label is.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 02:43:29 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of Duff27


3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Half inch fizzy beige head on a clear light ruby red body. Leaves a color with a tad bit of head retention. No lacing.

S- Pale and caramel malts. Not a lot of hop presence.

T- Bready malt character with a hint of citrus and caramel sweetness. Again not much hop presence at all. Nothing off putting, but nothing to excite the palate either.

M- Prickly carbonation. medium to medium-thin mouthfeel.

D/O- Very drinkable and I'm sure refreshing on a hot day. I really think a BMC fan could get into this. Having said that, unless BMC was the only thing else available, I'll pass.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 03:08:27 | More by Duff27
Photo of Steasy66


2.2/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle into pint glass.
A- Golden, half finger dense off-white head.
S- Nothing to speak of here.
T- Strange, hard to describe, tastes somewhat like skunked ruthless rye maybe?
M- Fine, hard to get past the strange taste.
O- Won't be buying again.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 06:28:58 | More by Steasy66
Photo of drpimento


3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served at a cool temperatue with a nice sized, cream colored, foamy, slightly frothy head that settles down and plenty of lace. Color is a clear, honey amber with some bubble trails. Aroma is mild - malt, hints toffee, fruit, and hop. Flavor's like nose and just about as mild with good carbonic tang to balance the bitter and sweet. Body and carbonation are good. Finish is like flavor, of average length, and easy drinking. Not bad overall for a basic, malty amber.

Serving type: on-tap

02-29-2012 05:23:20 | More by drpimento
Photo of Greggy


3.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours an amber red with white head. Good lacing.

S- Faint biscuit and grains.

T- Starts with some graininess and some subtle biscuit. That's about it...boring.

M- Appropriate carbonation. Overall, smooth.

O- Very simple amber. Not much going on. Would love some complexity.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 06:01:14 | More by Greggy
Photo of charliedvrs


3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light copper amber with a slight, fizzy white head that leaves a bit of lacing down the side of the glass. The nose is mostly sweet, caramel malts with a bit of orange citrus hops. The taste follows suit with a biscuit malt flavor and a slight bit of hoppy bitterness rounding out each sip. The overriding bread flavor is reminiscent of a german helles. Mouthfeel is creamy and light body with a sweet, crisp finish. This beer threw me for a bit of a loop. It doesn't really come across as a red ale, or even a pale ale - but there's nothing that particularly stands out about it either. Overall, a solid though unspectacular brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 01:32:47 | More by charliedvrs
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy pale orange with a nice deep color to it. Lots of carbonation on this one was evident from the very start. Huge chains of bubbles just cascading from the bottom of the glass up towards the top, continually reinforcing the foam layer on top. There were a nice three fingers or so high layer of white foam that formed on the top almost immediately upon the pour, which was very nice to see. This settled after a few moments, but not before depositing copious amounts of side glass lace. Now, for an amber ale, I have to say this looked more like an IPA, which would suit me just fine.

The aroma was loaded down with rich hop notes. Lots of floral tones here coming off almost immediately, which again was very good to see. Rich orange and tangerine, were interlaced with a good amount of malted grain that gave it a little more depth in the overall scheme of things. Very nice blend of aromas, but still leaning heavily on the hops here for support. The flavor was spot on for an IPA, so I am not sure why it is called an amber. To be honest, I liked this one a good bit more then the IPA, as it had a nice balance to it. Some hints of cereal grains and a touch of what almost tasted like corn was floating around, but by far the most predominant flavors were that of the citrus hops. Light flavors of orange were quite sweet and light, not bending your taste buds, but definitely showing their strength here. Lots of complexity here, especially for an amber, and honestly one the easiest drinking ales I have had

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 05:02:52 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of jsprain1


3.15/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours amber with a pretty big white head. Good retention and some lacing.
S- Aroma is nutty, with some biscuity character. A fair bit of sweet caramel as well.
T- The flavors are good but they disappear too quick. Biscuit, nutty, and some light caramel.
M- Thin body. Medium light carbonation. Lacks the substance I would hope for from this beer.
O- It's an ok beer, but it lacks the substance I would hope for. Decent but disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 02:14:21 | More by jsprain1
Photo of lurpy1


3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle, poured into a, oh, I don't know what the hell it was, not a bottle though. Light amber pour with a little bit of head. Citrus and hops announce themselves in the smell. Very clean. Taste is also clean, but also meek. Could use a lot more flavor. Makes for an easy drinking beer but also seems to lack substance. My wife, who tends towards the farmhouse style, was quite impressed,but while it's a long way from drain pour, this beer underwhelmed me. Just too damn tame. I will pursue other CW beers but not this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 03:36:46 | More by lurpy1


1.85/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into a tasting glass.

A: Pours a frothy, two finger head, which is light white. The amber body, shows good levels of carbonation.

S: The aroma is light on the biscuit and nutty aspect, but very well balanced and low levels of hop. A bit of a butterscotch, diacetyl

TM: Body is nutty and very thin, ends way too quick. The flavor that is very light drops off so quick, that it makes the lingering finish or the lack of one a very poor aspect of this beer. Hop flavors are low and very mis-represented.

O: Overall, I thought that this would have not been half bad from the aroma, but this is a bland and low level of flavor that is truly a let down.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 22:36:05 | More by GDBEERMAN
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Sugar Maple. Some hop aroma. Light amber colour, three-quarters of an inch of retained head, light lace. Creamy mouthfeel, but lighter bodied. OK drinkability.Sweet malt with a little bitterness, herbal bitterness. Average beer overall.Little disapointing.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2011 13:06:58 | More by Sammy
Photo of Lemke10


3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a Mix & Match 6-pack of Central Waters beer at Star Liquor in Ashland Wisconsin for $8.99 in Spring 2011.

Pours a clear medium amber color. Doesn't have much of a head but does leave a nice layer of lacing on the top. Not too strong of a scent with a little wheat and sweet malts. Has a nice taste to it but it's rather weak compared to most other Central Waters Brews. Has some taste of roasted malts, a little nutty flavor, and a little hoppy spice to it. Can defiently tell this is a summer brew. Not terrible by any means but could use a littl improvment in the texture and taste category.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 03:54:06 | More by Lemke10
Photo of woosterbill


3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear copper body with a finger of coarse off-white foam. Mediocre retention but nice clingy lace.

S: Pleasant, balanced, restrained aroma of nutty malts, herbal hops, and a touch of stone fruit. Pretty good.

T: A little less dynamic than the nose, with emphasis on the sweetly nutty malts and some yeasty minerality. Light hops bitterness on the finish Solid, but not too exciting.

M: Fairly light body with moderate, fine carbonation. Enjoyable.

O: Nothing much to say about this one - it was tasty enough and drinkable enough, but pretty boring. I won't be buying it again, but I wouldn't caution anyone against it.


Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 20:09:49 | More by woosterbill
Photo of Fish113d


3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden-amber color with a thin bubbly white head that quickly dissipates to nothing more than a slight surface layer..a bit of lacing on the glass.

For an amber, not as hoppy as expected; in fact more malty with hints of caramel and lemon peel. Nothing flashy, but smells "clean".

Malty sweet caramel and biscuits hit my palate; sweeter than expected, but based on the nose, maybe not all that surprising. More clean and sweet than hoppy. A quick shot of sweet caramel up front gives way to a very simple, clean, maltiness with a hint of citrus fruits and biscuits. Lots of subtle flavors and decent all around taste.

Very spot-on for an amber ale. Short, quick carbonation up front that gives way to a nicely balanced swallow. Refreshing.

Very drinkable brew. Nothing flashy...just a good, solid session brew. I recommend!

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 01:01:42 | More by Fish113d
Photo of ommegoose


3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from "The Rookery" sample pack, bottled in May

Color looks rather pale for an amber. It's not an incredibly appealing start. The first pour didn't really yield much head, and a second, harder one did not do much better.

Smells a lot better. Hits the notes to style while being potent enough. Biscuit notes of course. Medium sweetness, low hop presence in the nose.

Malt-forward amber ale with some grassy hops at the end. Biscuit notes recall a certain ubiquitous amber ale. Pleasant dryness keeps this drinkable, but the hop profile almost seems more apt for a mild pilsner. By about halfway through my second bottle, musty grain is more apparent, and other flavors start to get muted.

Feel is average. Body and carbonation both seem medium-light. I'd be a little surprised if this beer broke 5% abv.

Will appeal to fans of Fat Tire. Solid local alternative. Pretty quaffable summer drink with enough flavor (barely) to keep my interest. Tempted to drop this another notch, but it seems to meet its goal just well enough. Better file this in before I drink any more. Seems to be the rare beer that is best in the first serving, and less so when you have more time to pick at it.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 03:00:13 | More by ommegoose
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Shine On Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.