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Ouisconsing Red Ale | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-03-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
107
Ratings:
266
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
21.07%
 
 
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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%

Ouisconsing. I assume that's a play on "Wisconsin".

Appearance (4) : 3 finger head. 70% opaque Sherry wine body.

Aroma (4) : Hops are the first thing you smell. Some woody, barrel aged notes of malt and barley. A little bit of anise candy. Malts are very sweet smelling...caramel-like, with a fresh clean chlorinated water smell. The bouquet is rich and strong.

Taste (3.5) : Malty presence with a serious punch of hop, bursting with red flavor and starchy grain. The taste is great but gets old fast. Bitter hop on the finish with more barrel aged wheat/malt mixture.

Mouthfeel (3.5) : Creamy and robust, zing of carbonation underneath. Ends lightly hopped with a slight dry finish.

Overall (3.55) : An impressive red ale but not one I could drink all the time. The taste is great, shows character, could even win awards - but after a few sips I'm pretty much done here. Overwhelming hop presence and not exactly easy to drink. A harsher, hoppier take on the red ale.

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Photo of billab914
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Alesmith pint glass. Poured dark amber and slightly orange in color. It had a small off-white head to it that lasted pretty well into drinking it.

The aroma has a malty and nutty flavor with a bit of caramel and toasted malts coming through. Some floral hops come through a bit in the nose as well. The taste shows more of the caramel and nutty flavors with some toffee coming through as well. Some hops come through towards the finish with a moderate bitterness.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with carbonation being moderate. Drinkability is decent, it had some good flavors and went down pretty easy this afternoon. It wasn't really outstanding in the flavor department but it was pretty decent overall and was an easy drinker.

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Photo of richkrull
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very cloudy amber brown color with very little head. Smell is pretty faint, some hops. Not a whole lot else coming through. Some light hops flavor as well with a bit of malt as well. Very smooth light bodied beer. Pretty good beer overall though.

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Photo of scaliasux
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Medium-dark amber. Short just off-white head with little persistence. Appears slightly hazy.

Smell - Light sweet malts and caramel. Only faint citrusy hops.

Taste - Begins sweet, though a little watery, with a touch of caramel or toffee. Finishes with a medium dose of citrus and floral hops that I wasn't expecting after the nose. Flavor is good, but comes across as a little thin.

Mouthfeel - Medium-light.

Overall - Not a bad tasting beer, reasonably to style, and certainly not something I'd avoid, but the dominant impression I get from this beer is that its a little watery.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a reddish orange color with a touch of haze and an egg colored head. Head turns into a handful of bubbles on top of this brew, and leaves not a whole lot of lacing, spotty at best.

S- Smell is pretty light overall. Picking up sweet floral hops, alonng with quite a bit of malts caramel and bready. A toffee and butterscotch smell also standout.

T- This one follows the nose pretty well. A good balance here between the hops and malts. Taste is caramel, roasted nuts, and toffee.

M- Medium in body and in carbonation.

O- A pretty easy drinking beer.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours like a typical amber. a touch hazy with fervent bubbles dancing through the toffee hued brew. a meager half-finger head wisps away to a thin collar leaving bits of froth.

aroma is clean and simple. crystal malt and pale malt. very toasted malt aroma. crackers. hints of sugar, a bit of green herbal hop earthiness. nothing fancy. but certainly doesn't smell bad.

malts up front. caramel and a bit of woodiness. then some hops. herbal and green. sweet and bitter, pleasantly balanced.

mouth is impressively creamy. the syrupy bitterness is washed away by the clean carbonation that leaves behind an almost refreshing hint of bitterness.

All in all, a solid amber ale. Nothing earth-shattering, but it's damn good. interesting and endlessly drinkable. If only I had another bottle.

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Photo of plfahey
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance-Copper-amber in color with high clarity. Moderate beige head with decent retention.

Aroma-Sweet caramel and bready malts with just a hint of toast. Also a slight nuttiness. Low floral/grassy hops. Relatively clean aroma with just the slightest hint of fruit.

Flavor-Malt complexity is lower than in the aroma, though is still decent-caramel and bread up front fades to a slightly bitter toast and nutty finish. Some floral hops show through in the finish and hop bitterness is medium low. Aftertaste has notes of walnuts and grassy hops, and is mostly dry.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate to moderately high carbonation. Smooth with a slight prickle on the tongue.

Tasty, but not overly complex. A smooth, easy drinking red ale with enough malt complexity and hop character to keep me interested. Not outstanding, but excellent in its simplicity. Great cook-out beer or introductory craft beer.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear light amber color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of caramel malt, with a hint of floral hops. It is a nice aroma, but a little on the weak side. The taste is stronger, and has a bigger hop presence. It is still very well balance though. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation that is slightly on the high side, and seems to get in the way a little bit. Overall, this is a very nice tasting amber. If only the aroma were on par with the taste, and the carbonation weren't so high this would be a very nice beer. As is it is simply mediocre.

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Photo of Schmaltzy
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got as an extra from Meagan, thanks for sharing some Wisconsin love.

A- Nice light amber with golden hues with a finger of head that dissapated quickly to a mild spotting.

S- Starts with a nice malt aroma finishes with a slight hop bite, but more floral/earthy hops not grapefruit/piney hops.

T- Again a carmel malt right away with a nice earthy hop finish, seems light and crisp. On the finish I do pick up a slight yeastiness as well as almost like a wet newspaper taste in my mouth. Interesting.

M- Light body with ample carbonation tingling your tounge. Average for the style but would like a little more body on this beer, just seems to start malty and finish hoppy with a watery absence in the mid pallete.

D- Not bad, sessionable red beer that should be in bars replacing things like Killians. Easy to drink and I'm sure that it would be a go to for Wisconsonians craving a red.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a brownish red with a little bit of beige head. No lace to be found. The aroma is malty with a caramel sweetness. I'm getting a bit of hop tartness as well. Maybe it's me but, the nose seems a bit muted. The flavor is balanced sweet malt and mild hop bite. A touch of coffee/tobacco.I'm tasting butter toffee as well. The medium to full body makes for a slightly robust beer. The carbonation is high. This is a very balanced amber ale. A decent offering from the CWBC.

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Photo of garcia2a
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice rusty copper color, with slight carbonation and a thin, lacey head/ This head is retained throughout the session. The beer is nicely opaque.

The nose has a nice balance between fresh grains, floral hops and a fair amount of malt. On the tongue I get less malt character than I expected with a bitter finish. I pick up hints of the hops, but none of the grain. The tasts is less complex than I was hoping for.

Mouthfeel is decent, but with only about 5oz consumed so far, I am getting some heavy cloying.

Overall a decent beer on this a 93 degree day. I found it refreshing, but the cloying could put a few folks off.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up while in Madison...

A nice red ale with an off white (almost tan) head. Large bubbles in the head and it faded slowly but surely back into the beer. Some modest lacing remained. The beer was a slightly hazy reddish color with some tan highlights.

Aroma was slightly sweet and also a bit of toasted malt. Slighty fruity and also some yeast.

Flavor was nice. Almost a burnt/caramelized quality to the malt flavor. Some fruits in the middle and some nice aggressive hop nature. Malt is the star but the hops let you know they are there. A little citrus note towards the end.

Medium bodied and nicely drinkable. Glad I tried it. A "good" beer.

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Photo of akorsak
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from Al's. Central Waters arriving in PA is going to kill my trading.

A: The amber is, appropriately enough, an amber color, darker but still translucent. The murkiness, this time of year, could pass for a wassail. A half a finger of white head came with the pour and laced in minute quantities.

S: Grainy sweet malts waft out of the glass. A very simple aroma, grainy with little in the wat of hop bitterness.

T: The ale seems to revolve around all kinds of malts. Caramel and biscuit flavors appear throughout the ale, both grainy and bready. The flavors are full, better than I was expecting. For a red ale, the malts are spot on. Likewise, the relaxed hops play second fiddle throughout. The flavors, while they hang around pre-swallow, vanish once the ale goes down the proverbial hatch. Better than I was expecting.

M: The toasted biscuit and caramel flavors carry the ale. It's nothing fancy; just a comforting solid ale.

D: Quite drinkable, especially under 5%. My experience with CW beers (apart from stouts) has been so-so; this is a step in the right direction.

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Photo of emerge077
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is reddish-amber, a generous head with irregular lacing. Foam stays for the duration of the glass.

Mildly malty, slight spiciness, cereal graininess, mild hop in the nose.

Taste is rye, cereal grain, mild hop bitterness toward the end. Reminds me of Fat Tire, but more sessionable. Not exactly my bag, but a decent session brew. Light in the mouth, fairly thin. Good for a summer session.

Big thanks to thefatkid13 for this one.

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Photo of KI9A
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured agressive into a tulip glass. Dark ruby, with tan head. Dissapates quick, into neat lace in a beer-clean glass.

S: Malty. Citrusy.

T: Rye. Sweet malts backbone, cinnamon, nice hop hit on back of the tounge. Not being a real hop-head, it is about perfect for me.

M/D: Bitter on the backside, but, balanced with sweet malts. A bit of a boozy feel, with it only being under 5%. Reminds me of a Fat Tire, but better. No doubt a session beer for me...if they sold them here in IL!

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Photo of ppoitras
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Skidz. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 3/4" of beige head over the slightly reddish copper brew. Aroma is well-balanced, seeming to end up a bit on the malty side. Taste is also well-balanced, still leaning towards the malt a bit, but I would expect a bit more hoppiness for a red. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good, and maybe drinkability is even a bit higher. Goes down smooth and easy.

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Photo of crossovert
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. I got a free glass with it.

It pours into my new Central Waters pint glass a very nice color. It is a clear reddish amber that has a nice foamy slightly off-white head that recedes to some very nice lacing.

The smell is of caramel, toasted grain, and a hint of hops. Subtle, but nice.

The flavor is better than expected. I usually dislike red ales because they are mind-numbingly boring. This one is still pretty pedestrian but it is pretty tasty for a red ale. It is bready and toasty with a hint of metallic flavor, caramel sweetness, and a surprising bit of hops. The hops don't really bring much flavor just a very blunt, medium bitterness.

Central Waters makes something out of nothing.

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Photo of WJVII
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a growler of this last night from CW. Poured into a pint glass this brew has a great amber color that is semi transparent with a wonderful 2 inch cream white head. The nose was floral similar to an IPA but had a nice balance of malt as well. The flavor was extremely smooth. There is noticeable hops, but it isn't very bitter, almost a sweet note at the end. This was a fantastic brew. I am not one for a red ale, but nice work!

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Photo of KTCamm
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours reddish amber with 1/4 inch of white foam. Caramel nose. Light watery malty taste. Slight sweetness. Mild hop bitter at the close. Mild malty flavor, pretty typical red. Sure is good though. Nice Wisconsin offering.

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Photo of Strix
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber.

Bready, malty aroma.

Lots of malt in this one, with a nutty flavor. Nothing too extreme, but a nice caramel and bready note to it.

Medium mouthfeel, more substantive than some.

This was nothing particuarly notable, but it was better than I expected. I could drink more of this as an everyday-type beer.

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Photo of Thanby
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber mahogany with minimal tan head (probably due to being too cold, the fridge was accidentally set too high). Smells slightly nutty but dominated mostly by sweet honey and caramel with a hint of the floral described by the brewery. Initial taste is a rich, round malt right up front. Nutty and floral as it progresses, and the sweetness from the caramel and honey emerge as it warms. Medium body, slightly lightened from the carbonation, good smooth drink. Potent malt makes it good for pairing with sharp cuisine. It didn't blow me away, but it's a solid amber in my book. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Phocion
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Thin, fizzy white head with decent retention but minimal lacing. Copper-colored with little transparency.

Aroma is light grassy/floral hops with a healthy malt backbone; toffee/caramel, cookie, toasted, and very earthy.

The taste is significantly better balanced than the scent. Floral German hops take a step up to match the sweet and even somewhat nutty malts. Somewhat of a doughy finish.

Medium-bodied and overall a very smooth drinker. One of the better non-English session beers I've seen under 5%. Reasonably complex but subtle and in no way overpowering. It is, unfortunately, a little too much on the sweeter side, but still remains fairly drinkable if nothing special.

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Photo of mynie
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We need some sort of standardization for reds. And olds. And strongs. But first the reds, because they're so common and yet you never know what you''re going to get with them. Paying good money for something that might be anything is no fun. Surprises are rarely joyful, even more rarely anticipated. Forest Gump was full of shit. I'll bet he never actually met a single president.

Anyhow, what's this? A red. And it's from a brewer I admire deeply so I assume they know what they were doing. Bottled in February, so it's maybe not 100%.

This here is a medium beer. Pours reddish and hazy; more like a pale wheat than an amber. Smells and tastes mildly hopped, medium roasted. Flavor's a bit more effervescent than the aroma, getting all pleasantly PopRocky in the back end which brings some fruit into the biscuit'n'hop fold.

How's this within the style? Medium-good. Nice drinkin'. Something like this should replace Fat Tire and Shiner Bock as the "go-to" beers at places like Applebees, imho, because they're cleaner and don't leave any funk in your mouth. Reds like this are in the same spirit as the macro micro popular beers--medium flavor and easy drinking--but I always thought they'd be more appealing to the uninitiated because of their cleaner bodies.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours and opaque and cloudy chestnut brown. Nice lacing and head retention.

S - Caramel malts, toasted grains, grass.

T - Low to medium bodied - malts, caramel, some hop presence in the back end with with a sharp bitter finish. Really nicely balanced and highly drinkable.

O -Very solid red ale - extremely drinkable and full flavored. This could be a nice session ale.

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Photo of Soneast
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, light copper color with a 2 finger, fluffy, off-white colored head, that recedes fairly slowly to a bubbly layer.

Quite a bit of malt character in the aroma, toasted grains, caramel malts and a somewhat spicy hop presence.

The flavor is earthy and heavy with caramel and toffee flavors, with an overall "toasty" quality and that spicy hop presence definitely makes an appearance.

The beer feels nice, with a good amount of carbonation, it packs quite a bit of flavor into it's 4.8% ABV package. Well rounded, with an earthy malt presence giving way to a spicy hoppiness. I thought this was quite a well done Red.

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Ouisconsing Red Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.
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