Octoberfest Lager | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
centralwaters.com

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by cdkrenz on 12-09-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
205
Reviews:
60
Avg:
3.53
pDev:
11.9%
 
 
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2
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16
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Ratings: 205 |  Reviews: 60
Photo of BeerWithMike
4.48/5  rDev +26.9%
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 hkyplyr73
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of adamranders
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MorganJ
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
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 orcrist_cleaver
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Ob1wan
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sweffin
3.29/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Hendrick24
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NickSMpls
3.29/5  rDev -6.8%
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 EdwardK77
4.04/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of hoosier222002
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jpuetz
3.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rossracing
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +13.3%
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 +5.9%
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 ovaltine
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of arlingtonjoe
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
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 -7.6%
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 -16.4%
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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Photo of GeneralBurden
3.04/5  rDev -13.9%

Photo of IamBundy
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of EvanWilliams
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
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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Octoberfest Lager from Central Waters Brewing Co.
3.53 out of 5 based on 205 ratings.
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