Octoberfest Lager
Central Waters Brewing Co.

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German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #447
Ranked #43,399
3.57 | pDev: 11.48%
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
Octoberfest LagerOctoberfest Lager
Notes: With an enticing, bready maltiness characteristic of Marzen-style lagers, Octoberfest is a radiant amber colored brew that finishes crisp and clean. Enjoy this fall seasonal as summer turns to autumn and the colors of the Northwoods are ablaze.
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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.21/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lighter copper with a decent light tan head that subsides slowly and leaves nice lacing.

The nose is pretty muted. Proper malt aromas balanced with hints of hop are there, but very faint.

The flavor follows the nose. This is a well-balanced take on the style, with a good mix of malts and hops, but it is fairly watered down.

The mouthfeel is a little thin and flat for the style.

This is one of my least-favorite versions of the style for 2019. Check the box flavors are there, but it is a thin bland brew.

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Photo of defunksta
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Porus a deep amber color that is moderately clear. A creamy white head. SRM of 16. (3.75)

Aroma: Aromas of dark fruit, cinnamon, and roasty for sure. Then followed by the primary milk chocolate cocoa and vanilla. Also some mild brown bread. (3.75)

Flavor: Flavor follows the nose with more brown bread, cream, vanilla, and a good presence of rich, but mild milk chocolate cocoa. Given all the sweeter flavors, it finishes relatively dry. Nice flavors, but light, crisp, and dry. (3.50)

Feel: Lighter body than I expected. Good carbonation. Actually quite crisp and fits the lager profile well. (4.25)

Overall: A very American Marzen. American, and not to traditional festbier style. Deep, rich, roasty, and nutty. Much darker and Americanized flavors. Has darker flavors than most Marzens, yet it maintains the light, crisp, and dry lager profile. The flavor is a bit light, but otherwise it's a pretty good American-style Marzen. (Final Rating: 3.70)

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Photo of German-Helles
4.01/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a 12oz. bottle, pours a very nice amber color, just a bit hazy, but clear enough to watch the carbonation.A very thin head of foam, so sad, I even poured a bit aggressively.
A very nice aroma of malt and yeast.
The taste is caramel, slightly bready, a crisp finish, but not bitter. I think this is a solid Oktoberfest, with a medium feel, plenty of flavor, an easy one to drink.

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Photo of mngermanshepherd
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a typical Oktoberfest colour, with a head that fades quickly.

Taste is balanced between malt and hops - it actually tastes a bit hoppier than I expected. Would try again. (On tap)

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Photo of cheeseheadinMinneapolis
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was one of my favorite Oktoberfest beers in 2015 and 2016. I didn't like in 2017. 2018 Was ok/good.
This year (2019) it's ok.
It's a very simple beer. a little toasted bread, some caramel, A micro amount of fruit. That's about it. fairly straight line. not much for Hop notes. smooth and easy drinking.

Brewed for the Point Bock drinkers. which is ok.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a fairly dark and clear brown color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like bready malt, light sweetness, and some light hoppiness at all.

This is alright, but it's kind of bland and very lightly flavored. Obviously this style is not going to be burly and flashy, but this is particularly light and boring for the style. There's very little malt richness, or much in the way of hop character. It's just bland.

This is light bodied and fairly crisp, and very drinkable. This section is the biggest plus of the beer.

This brewery does big BA beers very well. This doesn't seem to be as much of their forte.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Stamped on bottle neck is '20718'.
Clear, pale amber colored body. Initial pour brings on a half finger of creamy white head which sticks around. Leaves behind some scattered patterns of lacing.
Aroma is faint and smells of toasted malts.
Taste has a lot of toasted malts with the flavors of caramel and toffee. Any bread flavor is more of a darker bread.
Very smooth, yet crisp mouth feel. Good carbonation.
Lacks an enticing end on taste that would immediately bring on another sip. Is a little too sweet and lacks the bready backbone for a great session fest beer.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance was what you would expect, clearish amber. The smell and taste were clones, full of caramel malts and really full lager yeasts on aftertaste, a classic trait of wisconsin lagers. Feel was heavily carbonated which detracted from the rest of the feel and taste.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.24/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith nonic glass

A - 1 finger off-white, quickly-receding foam over a cloudy body of copper amber; sediment suspended evenly throughout the body, minimal visible carbonation

S - light caramel sweetness, suggestion of dark fruit

T - sweet caramel, fruity, light toasty backbone, touch of grassy bitterness

M - slick light body, low/medium carbonation

O - unimpressive

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Octoberfest Lager pours a copper color, with a smaller, but long lasting head. Nice rich caramel aroma, with hints of roast. Taste is rich, a little sweet, nice caramel and toasty flavors. Good body and feel. Overall, a very solid octoberfest.

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Photo of LeRose
3.96/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep orange/gold color. Clear, about 3/4 inch of dense foamy white bubbles that falls to a layer and hangs.

The smell is toasty and bready. Great sweetness that is like caramel. Some vague fruit aroma - apple, maybe pear, some lemon.

The taste follows in step. There is a bread/toasty taste, sweetness with a light layering of fruit on top. Just a hint of lemony citrus and a very faint spicy/peppery note well into the finish that I did not find in the smell. There is an earthiness at play. The fruit leans to the apple and pear with just that small lemon brightness.

The mouthfeel is pretty smooth and quite drying without being astringent. Medium body, middle of the road carbonation - certainly not overly carbonated.

I think this ticks all the boxes for the style. It is sweet, a little rich, but not overly sweet. The lighter notes seem to linger pleasantly into the aftertaste. I like this beer. Recommended

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Photo of MNAle
3.34/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Lager aroma: yeast, bread, hints of fruit, maybe a little spice. Deep amber with lots of bubbles and a tall off-white head, receding within a minute or so to a thin cap. Mild flavor, with just a hint of bittering in the middle and a malty, relatively simple-tasting finish. In the mouth, it is a bit thin. Yes, this is a lager fall seasonal, but there is not much to recommend this beer against the other regional Oktoberfests, and it is completely outclassed by the Germans. Nothing too bad, it is just not remarkable.

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Photo of EMH73
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color with a half inch white head. Smells of sweet malts, caramel, toffee and a hint of spice. Taste follows the nose but is a bit too sweet IMO. Light bodied and carbonated. It does not stand out among other Octoberfests.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Amber, clear
S: Toffee, dark fruit, sweet, caramel
T: Sweet caramel, dark fruit, toasty, light toffee
M: Light, typical for style
O: Good but doesn't stand out. Maybe a little sweet for my taste

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Photo of bbtkd
4.06/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Central Waters Octoberfest Lager, 5.5% ABV, Marzen Oktoberfest. Pours thin to medium viscosity, golden, two finger head with light lacing, with malty bready nose, taste follows with not much bitterness other than a bit of burnt toastiness. Good mouthfeel, and overall an excellent beer from my favorite brewery. This would be a good session beer, this one is disappearing quick.

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Photo of tigg924
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear, orange-brown in color woith 1/2 inch head. Taste is toasted malt, caramel, and slight earthy hops in the finish that provide good balance. Above average tasty lager. I will get this one again come the fall.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

A: Pours a clear copper amber color with a thin layer of off-white head that lingers for a moment and leaves behind minimal lacing.

S: Scents of sweet bready malts, caramel, nuts, and toffee initially, then some subtle notes of spice from the hops come through.

T: Follows the nose with sweet malts, banana bread, caramel, toffee, and roasted nuts. As well a some subtle hop spiciness on the finish. True to style and quite good.

M: Light to medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation. Very smooth, slightly creamy, and surprisingly crisp on the finish. Goes down nice and easy.

O: Overall a nice easy drinking and enjoyable Marzen. Nothing special but still a good brew that is a lot better then some of the other Oktoberfest's I tried this year. If your a fan of the style I would recommend giving this one a try, it won't blow you away but you will find it pleasantly enjoyable.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.48/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Straight across the board for me with a "4.5". Sampled 2 nights ago on 11/10/15 after bowling. Comes in a 12-ounce bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a 10-ounce 'das boot'.

Brew pours a pretty copper-amber in color with a good 1-finger creamy off-white head. A decent amount of lacing was seen that stuck to the sides of the glass when sipped. Aroma is of caramel malts and yeast. Taste follows the nose with some toffee and biscuit also. VERY smooth and goes down easy. No bitter or harsh aftertaste at all unlike some of this style. Medium-bodied with the same for carbonation. Overall, really enjoyed this great seasonal brew!

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Photo of MorganJ
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: what you'd expect in a marzen - more red than brown. Virtually no head after poured into a glass

Smell: nose in glass - faint smell of lager with hints of malt

Taste: good and actually a little thin compared to some others in this style. Not overly anything -- sweet, Carmel or malty. Not hoppy at all. No surprise ingredients.

Feel: smooth and a little bite of at end of each drink.

Overall: drinkable and a decent microbrewery Octoberfest. Would drink more and like many other Central Waters beers. Bought a sixer of bottles. Not as good as I remember when I first had it in 2011.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.29/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Starts with a nice pour and color and a brief waft of malt and hops which doesn't stick around for the main event. Weak and un-differentiated taste with not much going on.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brilliant, brilliant reddish orange. 2” white cap, intricate grandma lace. Smell: Taste: Starts with sweet malt and then it gradually dries out and becomes more bread crusty as it moves through your mouth. Mouthfeel: Clean, creamy and smooth with a medium body and carbonation. Overall: A very drinkable malt driven Oktoberfest beer.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant, clear copper with a tan head and nice lacing.
The aroma is big on crackers and toffee with a hint of spice.
Tasty brew with a nice toffee and biscuit sweetness up front and a bit of spicy hops and a decent bittering finish.
Mouthfeel is very nice, smooth and nearly creamy.
This seems a well-done take on a traditional Marzen.

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Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear light orange amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short beige head that quickly died down, leaving delicate lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted malts are present in the nose.
T: Much like the smell, the overall taste is quit malty and has lots of toasted malt flavors with some hints of residual sweetness. Only a little bitterness is perceptible, but there are enough underlying hops to prevent this from being sweet.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied, a little clean, and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Although this beer is very malty, it's quite drinkable and is a good American representation of a German style.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Tone
3.26/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, caramel malt, hint of alcohol, hint of wheat, and hint of hops. Fits the style of a Marzen / Oktoberfest. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, caramel malt, hint of pale malt, slight hops, hint of alcohol, and wheat. Overall, body is too sweet and not well blended, below average aroma, and weak appearance.

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Photo of steveh
2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Found some of this on sale because the season is over.

A -- Good, clear, deep orange-amber with a light tan head that settles pretty quickly.

S -- Mild caramel nose with some vague spicy hops.

T -- Mellow caramel with some hop spiciness in-between and a light nuttiness in the finish. Ever so vague bitterness back.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and smooth to a crisp finish and a light-medium body.

O -- Another U.S. micro brewing, what amounts to, an Amber Ale or Brown Ale. It's not a bad drinker, but it just doesn't taste like a, malty, bready Oktoberfest.

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Octoberfest Lager from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 237 ratings