Octoberfest Lager | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by cdkrenz on 12-09-2007

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57
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187
Avg:
3.52
pDev:
22.16%
 
 
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Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 187
Photo of chicagobill13
4.73/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fall and winter beer do change every year unless it comes from on of the mass produce companys, which is not a bad thing either. This one kind of takes pride with it. It says it on the label.

Color: nice amber color just like every other fall octoberfest beers.

Smeell: Not much smell but it is what it is. I can't smell very well.

Taste and Mouth: This beer taste like sitting arond a camp fire and getting graham cracks, mushroms, and chocalate. I really love this taste.

Overall: This beer just became my favorite fall beer and favorite from this brewery just far. I had their Shine On, Red Ale, Puppy Porter, Stout, IPA, etc. I really love this brewery. CHeers!

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.48/5  rDev +27.3%
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 MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a stein glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber orange with lot of rising bubbles. Solid two finger off white head which slowly settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A toasty, bready, and nicely sweet malt forward aroma with hints of caramel, biscuit, and fruit. Toasted barley malt with upfront hints of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, cracker, and lager yeast. Fruit hints of apple, pear, lemon, and a little fig. Subtle spice hints of cinnamon and pepper. Light earthy hop hints. A pretty solid smell.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely bready, toasty, and sweet malt driven taste with notes of biscuit, caramel, and fruit undertones. Toasted barley malt with bready notes of biscuit, caramel, toffee, toast, grains, cracker, and lager yeast. Fried fruit notes of apple, lemon, and pear along with a little fig. Subtle spice notes of cinnamon, clove, and pepper. Very light with the earthy hops. A pretty solid Marzen taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, crisp, and very smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a German style Marzen. Good mix of toasty malt and subtle fruit notes.

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Photo of knepper
4.06/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Malt bomb - yum. I thought this was the best Oktoberfest beers around Wisconsin this year. A deep orange hue with a clean malt aroma. Taste is bready, full of melanoidans and a slight spice from the noble hops. It's full but not filling, unlike this year's Staghorn which was thin and slightly less tasty. A perfect i'm-watching-football-eating-brats beer.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very sweet looking Oktoberfest. It has a 1/2 inch of head atop of a golden amber beer and some bubbly carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom to boot!

S - A nice kick German style I get strong toasted malts and almond with a caramel malts sweetness and an underlining hop profile.

T - Very good taste the hops come and go but the star of this beer is the toasted grain profile next to the caramel like malt sweetness. No skunky taste here and it's so smooth!

M - Great beer it is medium bodied and chewy but goes down like water. Tasty stuff.

Overall much better than the Imperial stout this beer was worth the mixed six price. Try it now! DO IT!

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Photo of ZAP
4.02/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Tan colored...a little too much haziness for my liking

S-Malty aroma...toasted malts...

T-I love the toasted maltiness of this....reminds me of the old Sammy ofest of a few years back in flavor...

M-Medium bodied....creamy texture..

D-A very enjoyable ofest with the toasted maltiness I really enjoy..

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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 mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another new one from Berkshire for me. I have had so many of their offerings when I stumble upon a new one I am always shocked. Served cold and poured into a tall pilsner glass, this one was consumed on 10/19/2009.
 
Nice pour with a golden and pale straw color coming through right away with loads of carbonation bubbling up toward the surface. Head of white capped it nicely but faded off very quickly leaving almost nothing in its wake. Light aroma, lots of grain and light bready notes, hints of wheat and a touch of light hops around the edges but nothing really jumping out at me here. The flavor was clean and crisp though, very light and refreshing it drank like water. Light bready flavor accented with a touch of piney hops that really did not go very far at all. It was a quick hitter and the flavor was gone almost before it started. Still more then a decent body on it and drank superb so you cannot really knock it for that.
 
Overall I thought it was good, just a touch forgettable for me. Needed just that extra little bit to really push it out and over the top.
 

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Photo of dfillius
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass

A: Aggressive pour yields 1/2 finger of ivory head with fair retention - better retention would be nice. Chill hazy orange copper liquid.
S: Noble Hops, some alcohol, some grain. Hard to get a read on it. Some off aroma unfortunately.
T: Mostly biscuity malt. Some slight hop. Some bright citrus. Tasty and very standard for an Oktoberfest beer.
M: Smooth, some brightness
D: Good. This is a session beer. I'd buy a sixer and order another.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Golden orange bodied beer with 1 full finger of head. locing is fairely spotty.

Smell: solid nose. nothing mindblowing. Mildly sweet malts and that nice hefty grain smell to it that I love from this beer style. Just a good smelling oktoberfest beer all around.

Taste: Really nice malt profile on this beer. A touch of malt sweetness. Nice toasted grain flavor. A touch of spicy hops that dont add much bitterness.

Mouthfeel: light end of a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Nice crisp and clean mouthfeel that lets ya know this is a well made lager.

Overall: This is a nice oktoberfest beer from Central Waters! This beer does a great job of representing its respective style very well; it has no frills and is all business. Its not New Glarus Staghorn, but Staghorn is the BEST Oktoberfest beer that is brewed within this beer style in my opinion! You surely wont be dissapointed if you buy a 6 pack of this beer because your in the mood for a great oktoberfest beer. It will deliver! Good seasonal offering by Central Waters!

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Photo of MorganJ
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
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 RoamingGnome
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A) It's a nice looking copper color. There was a half finger of head. The head dissolved pretty quickly, lacing was minimal.

S) Not strong in aroma, but pleasing. It's clean, with malt upfront. A little sweetness, touch of hops and light spice.

T) Lightly roasted malt and grain. A nice earthy quality. There's some bready sweetness. Nicely balanced flavors.

M) Medium/light body, well carbonated. A slightly dry finish, but ultimately this is really smooth.

O) Really enjoyed this beer. One of the better Oktoberfests I've had so far this fall. Central Waters has some pretty good brews, and if you haven't tried anything by this brewer yet, you should check them out. Tastes even better when your team is winning on Sunday.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

{Update made on 10/21/2008 and will be reflected by placing the updated information in brackets.}

Drinking local beer, and supporting local brewers.

Appearance - Amber in color with a hazy glow. The head faded quickly but started out at about 1/4 inch.
{Very nice lacing as I tip this pint back sip after sip.}

Smell - Malt and grain but the aroma is slight.

Taste - Bready flavor with a spicy midsection. Refreshing.
{The midsection really doesn't have any spice. This is a long malt favor throughout.}

Mouthfeel - Goes down easily with texture on the outsides of the back of my tongue.

~ I really enjoy this brew. Central Waters has a Brewer's Reserve Octoberfest as well. I'd like to give that a try sometime.
{I picked up three growlers on Saturday night from the CW Brewery Kegroom. I tossed the first one back Sunday night and this one I just started tonight. I think I'll be saving my Porter for Friday night. We'll see if it makes it that long.}

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Photo of Wisconsinality
3.81/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a stein.

A- Pours a nice orange copper that is pretty translucent. A decent finger worth of head that recedes quickly and leaves no lacing on the glass.

S- Nice sweet malts up front, a little bit of hops and a touch of cinnamon. A little bit of graham cracker on the tail end. Nothing too complex here.

T- The malt really shines through here like in the nose. Not overly sweet with a small hint of roastiness. A little bit of wheat and a creamy after taste. Also a little bit of a fruitiness in there as well.

M- Just about right for the style. Medium bodied that has nice carbonation but feels smooth on the tongue.

D- It's a marzen so it was meant to be drank in succession. Good flavors and a nice balance matched with a great mouth feel makes this another solid beer from Paul and Central Waters.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Central Waters Oktoberfest

Hazy orange coloration, slim head.

Aroma: dry, cereal grain husks, minor hops,

Taste: pleasantly sweet, malty flavor. Bright, and tasty. Nicely carbonated, Medium bodied, great malt profile.

Doesn't stand out to much, impress in any regard, except how danged delicious it is. And delicious, it is.
Ends a little dry, but stays tasty.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden straw in color, moderate cap of head. Scent is mild but breaddy with light sweetness and faint citrus rind, splash of fresh dried grain. Taste leads with freshly dried grain, backed by bready notes, finishes with faint citrus rind and floral hops. Medium bodied, good moderate carbonation. Nice beer all around, not as aggressive as some others in style, but more balanced.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
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 WastingFreetime
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a coppery amber with good clarity but a flash head that dies back to a scattered raft of floating bubbles in a minute, leaving no lacing behind. Light body and refreshing texture, medium carbonation strength, sessionable.

Smells of caramel, toffee, nuts, and toasted malts as a Marzen should. The flavor reflects this but also has some nice leafy herbal and earthy hop tones as garnishes. My main complaint is that the beer overall seems too muted and restrained for it's own good. Some gentle amplification overall would be nice, especially to the thinner than typical toasted nut aspects.

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Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the eyncognito for this 12 oz bottle. Anyone know if this is the same as the Brewer's Reserve listing?

A: The lagerbier is a bright orange copper color, to bright to be a penny. The narrower base of my glass looks like the bright glow of an early morning sunrise. A finger and a half of head has laced for an entire finger above the top of the beer.

S: The nose has a toasted grain aroma, a combination of pale biscuit and caramel malts. An earthy hop aroma adds a balancing element.

T: The o-fest is a rather dry one, highlighted by a dark bready flavor, almost rye-like (but not quite as peppery). A formidable hop presence matches the malts and the carbonation scrubs the tastebuds with each sip. The only downside comes near the end of each sip, where a vegetal flavor emerges that tastes like a celery stalk. A dry malty flavor returns though, to save the day.

M: The malt body is generally robust but that odd flavor near the finish is unpleasant. Otherwise, this is a malty good brew.

D: I wasn't expecting much, so I was pleasantly surprised by this one. The o-fest has a decent malty flavor that has enough oomph to sustain a chilly Sunday afternoon.

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Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single dropped into a tulip. Crystalline amber orange with a bunch of racing carbonation. Tight cap of velvety off-white foam on the surface. Creamy surface texture. After awhile the head dissipates into a floating island of skim and a ring at the edges.

Soft bready aroma, nothing too out of the ordinary. Malt driven with a tiny bit of dried fruit esters, husky nutty grains.

Feel is smooth, mellow feel with a slight bite and more dried fruit in the end. Mellow bready grains upfront, balanced and not too sweet or bitter. Toasted grain husks and nuts. Easy drinking by the liter...

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Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
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 tigg924
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
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 htomsirveaux
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 26 Oct 2011. Courtesy of R&S, thank you! Served in the 0.3 L Spaten dimpled mug.

Medium sized tan head. Medium carbonation. Clear bright amber in color. Moderately malty aroma, caramel, mineral, sweet. Starts with some lightly toasted malts. Touch of nuttiness. Lightly sweet and bready. Medium to light body, moderate ethanol. A touch of mineral throughout. Lingering malty mineral aftertaste.

Would be good to have a few of these on a cool fall day.

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Photo of mjpolzin
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am admittedly a sucker for Central Waters beers although I have always that their regular and/or seasonal beers aren't as good as some of their specialty brews. The Octoberfest tasted very familiar because I think it is very similar to a lot of other brewery's takes on this style. Because of that, I wouldn't take my chances doing a blind taste test on this one hoping to pick it out over other Octoberfest beers but I would buy it again just because I do like to support Central Waters.

The taste was what I think an Octoberfest should be. It was very malty and a little more hearty especially after being used to lighter, summer beers. It was also easy drinking though and although I don't know what the abv is, it is low enough that this could be a good session beer.

Finally, something else I like about Octoberfest beers is that extra heartiness reminds you that the excellent stouts, porters and barleywines of winter will soon be upon us!

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Photo of mactrail
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pleasant sipping but some odd flavors for the style.

Color is a beautiful coppery amber, always a nice hue for a beer. Malt is quite modest. Seems to be missing the pleasing malty richness that I hope for in a Marzen German style. Just a hint of sweet malt, but there is an odd sourish taste. Not so noticeable after half a bottle. A hint of hops that seems appropriate and well balanced given the unassuming malt.

These Oktoberfest beers can be really good, but this one seems a little insipid and more sharp than mellow. Quite drinkable if you think of it as a lager with some malt taste.

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Octoberfest Lager from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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