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
Ratings:
189
Avg:
3.52
pDev:
22.16%
 
 
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Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 189
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 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 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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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 TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

I think this'll finally be my last late O-Fest of this year... It pours a clear copper-amber topped by a finger or so of cream-white foam. The nose comprises light toffee, grass, and sweet flowers. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a nice bite of orange zest tossed in there for good measure. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a nearly dry finish. Overall, a solid, if not-wholly-memorable, traditional O-Fest. Not bad.

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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 Tone
3.26/5  rDev -7.4%
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 corby112
2.95/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden orange/amber color with pale golden orange hues when held to a light source and a one finger off-white head that quickly settles into a thin lasting ring.

Slightly earthy aroma with hints of toasty nutty malt, autumnal spice and earthy hops.

Thin watered down mouthfeel with a lot of spicy notes up front, mostly clove, cinnamon and brown sugar. Slight vanilla presence with lots of toasty malt, roasted nut and caramel malt. Crisp dry hops lasts throughout and are prominent in the dry earthy finish. I mean earthy is the most literal sense, as in tasting like soil. Kind of bland but easy drinking.

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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 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 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 sweemzander
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a hazed deep caramel color. Produced some good white froth with solid retention. Minimal lacing.

(S)- A nice amber grainy mild sweetness to it throughout. Ever so slight apple cider aroma as it opens up.

(T)- An underlying caramel sweetness throughout. Very minimal graininess meets a rather pale-like hop note.

(M)- A nice carbonation level. For me, its a bit sweet for the style, but what is here is well balanced.

(O)- It is pretty good, but again, its a bit sweet for me for a Marzen.

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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 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 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 BeerFMAndy
3.27/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint.
4.2% ABV

A - Central Waters Octoberfest pours a bright pumpkin orange color which lacks any sort of visible carbonation. A moderately retained cream-colored head leaves some delicate, patchy lacing on the pint but the thin skim left over allows the aroma to escape easily.

S - Toasty Vienna malt undertones and Munich sweetness capture the bready essence of an Oktoberfestbier but muted fruity notes of fig and dirty apricots take away from the overall crisp, malty presence of this lager.

T - Maintaining it's malt-forward profile, this Octoberfest offers an overarching bready characteristic that's smeared with light fruit jam; a reiteration of the aroma that shows promise for a malty lager but shouldn't suggest fruit.

M - This easily drinkable lager starts with a modest level of carbonation that leaves the beer smooth from start to finish where dryness finishes.

O - Central Waters Octoberfest has a lovely golden amber color that foreshadows it's malt forward aroma and flavor, which shine with bready characteristics but it's constant reminder of fruity undertones found in this lager distract from the core of the style. Smooth and drinkable, this fall beer does have it's place.

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

Golden bronzey brown casted with a large hazey body and some carbonation in the middle. Perfect medium cap of beige foam lifts firmly to top it and fades keeping a heavy skim. Moderate lacing is placed across the glass in droopy sheets.

Aroma is nearly non-exsistent at first with an openness to some slight nutty sweetness. As it sits and warms, a light, clean, round, doughy malt approaches the surface with a nice bready touch.

Nice, clean, malty forward profile in the taste that renders nutty sweetness and some slight bready doughyness. A tuft of grassyness and a pinch to some hops filter thru towards the finish.
Quite simple and just above average with a decent profile of clean tender taste. It just doesn't quite pull into a bigger roundedness and lasting tone.

Body is just under medium with a small tender smoothness to some softly nutty sweetness and pull to some carbonation in the midrange. Which I found took away a tad from what could be one very yummy, creamy, silken malted smoothness. It goes it favorable smoothness however as it warms.

Out of the style for O-fest this is good brew by Central Waters and drinkable much like any other O-fests out there. But comparatively it comes up shy and short to most others on the seasonal shelf for this time of year.

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Photo of morimech
2.69/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I am surprised by how few reviews of this beer there are and then I drank this beer and was surprised by what a poor effort Central Waters put out for their Oktoberfest. It is an attractive beer with its deep amber color and large, long lasting head, but it starts getting poor after that. The aroma is weak with just light notes of musty and cracker like malt. Has no qualities of a Marzen/Oktoberfest. It is more in line with a Munich Helles but that is not saying much for Helles beers. Has a slightly caustic flavor that I do not find appealling. Virtually no hop qualities or bitterness. For a beer with such a deep rich color, it lacks any good flavor. A medium-light body with good carbonation. Nice texture. Did not like this beer very much. Central Waters can do better.

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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 mfnmbvp
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with coded bottled on date of July 29, 2014 printed on the bottleneck. A new beer to me from Central Waters, acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. Expectations are good given the brewery.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours a burnt sienna orange color, typical of the style, with a half finger of khaki head that leaves behind some nice spotty soapy lacing. Looks nice for the style.

S - Aroma is typical of the style also - a rich nutty malty aroma, with notes of caramel, toast, brown bread, and some berry-esque fruitiness. Maybe some minor alcohol fumes noticeable on the end.

T - Taste follows the nose - toasty, nutty, bready, and malty. Notes of caramel, toffee, and raisins. Perhaps some very minor alcohol content noted.

M - The feel is extremely crisp and clean. Very easy drinking; light-bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, an average representation of the style from Central Waters. Nothing terrible, but nothing great either. I would place it firmly in the middle of the pack as far as Märzen / Oktoberfest beers go.

Central Waters Octoberfest Lager -----3.5/5

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Photo of gatornation
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours an amber color with a beige frothy head..smell is malts,toast caramel notes some vienna lager smells ..taste is kinda bland..its light on all the tastes that make a marzen good malts roasted malts sweey caramel all light..mouth feel is kinda creamy no problem drinking this ..its just not one i will reach for next year

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.84/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. A generous extra from boatshoes. Thanks, Fletcher!

A: Pours a hazy, translucent orange-copper body capped with a short-lived off-white foam. It does not leave any curtains or lace during sips.

S: Toasted grain, bread, apple cider, and nuts. Very pleasant.

T: A rustic, apple cider and multi-grain bread flavor. It is somewhat weak in flavor, on the watery side (I suppose that's a mouthfeel complaint).

M: Watery in flavor when cold. I let it warm up and it remained watery. Weak in flavor.

D: Hmmm... Disappointing. I guess I was hoping this would be as awesome as Staghorn.

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Photo of hardy008
2.5/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Amber color with an off white head which does not last very long. Smells of some hops and malt, nothing special. Taste of biscuit malt and some hops. has a bit of a sour taste which is unpleasant. The mouthfeel is thin and watery with decent carbonation.

Disappointing, but I would be willing to try this again and adjust my score if need be. Most Central Waters beers are really good. This one surprised me that it was not. Could have sat on the store shelf too long?

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Photo of spointon
2.68/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured this one from a 12ox brown bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This ale poured a bright copper amber color with a thin white head. The head dropped pretty fast and left little lacing. Very clear and nice to look at.

S= The aromas were pretty muted, especially for this style, and I found a bit too much sulfur and mot enough of the classic O-fest maltiness.

T= Things really went downhill in the flavor. Really odd mix of faint maltiness that should have been a lot sweeter and an odd dryness. There were some detectably grassy hops in the background too, which didn't fit the style too well. The worst thing though, was a tiny hint of sourness near the finish. Really strange.

MF= Light side of medium body. Average carbonation and crispness.

D= This was not a very good beer at all. It wasn't a drain pour, but it was a huge disappointment coming from a brewery this good.

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