Ouisconsing Red Ale | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

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
Ratings:
277
Reviews:
109
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
13.2%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
20
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 277 |  Reviews: 109
Photo of Thorpe429
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pint glass. Appearance is amber with a sligt off white head. Nose brings light pine and floral hops with some biscuit malt. Taste is mostly malt with a tad bit of earthy bread. Light to medium feel. Drinkability is pretty good, but this is pretty tame overall.

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Photo of crobinso
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of adamranders
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brewcrew76
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear amber with 2 fingers of beige head.

S - Slight caramel and toasted grain with a subtle hop aroma.

T - Biscuit with a slight spicy hoppiness. Some caramel and toasted malt qualities but for some reason the flavors just don't seem to blend together well.

M - Light bodied and slightly creamy with a dry chalky finish.

D - There was nothing bad about this beer but there was really nothing that stood out either.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sprecher nonic. Bottled on APR notched.

A - Very clear amber brew pours with slivers of gold color around the edges. A low white head looks sad and sinks quickly into the beer. Lace adorns the glass nicely though.

S - Willamette hops add their signature stench to the aroma with a moldy pile of mulch - leaves and grass - while it's backed up slightly by amber malts, very lightly toasted.

T - Very toasted amber malts exhibit nutty qualities and some toasted biscuit as well. Better in flavor, it's a good amber malt backbone for the Willamette hops to play off of. Balanced level with lots of earthy notes going on.

M - Medium-bodied and smooth with a moderate to high carbonation level and a crisp, clean finish for an ale.

D - Not as bad as I was expecting honestly, Ouisconsing is definitely not one of my favorite brews from Central Waters. It definitely is better in fall than the early spring release though.

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Photo of mooselvlt
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a very clear amber with 1 finger off white foam. Little retention, light lacing

S - Not picking up much here. Very faint malts

T - Malts up front, light hops at the back end.

M - Very light, carbonated, and crisp. Not much of an aftertaste. Its a drinker, sessionable for sure.

O - For the style, its good. One of better ones up here. Light, sessionable brew good for its purpose. Enjoyable, especially in the warmer months.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Malty aroma mostly, that is a little sweet with some fruity aspects. Steady medium sized head with yellowish-brownish hue. Clear red-amber color. Lighter overall flavor, mostly a soft malt taste with some mild bitterness lingering on the front of the tongue. Nice smoothness overall, medium feel with carbonation in medium range too. Not an overwhelmingly good beer, but I tend to like this style with food and this would do fine.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.39/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz, "bottled on December". Rigorous pour reveals a reddish-copper ale with a thin bubbly head that dissipates quickly and doesn't leave much for lacing on the glass. Aromas and tastes are similar: sweet, caramel malt, toasted grain, faint fruit. Mouth-feel is rather thin, ample carbonation. Finishes with a very slight earthy hop bitterness. Overall, good take on a red ale, but pretty average at best.

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Photo of tempest
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle stamped that it was bottled in March, picked up at Princeton Liquors. I have to say, this was a bit of a yawner. It's just another smooth and simple American red ale. It's sort of bready, sort of carmely, but not terribly interesting. It's good enough to drink and it's cleanly brewed, I just found it boring and without much depth of character.

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Photo of SixPack6
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bpkrippner
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bevenson
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle mark indicating it was bottled in March. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - Yup, it's amber. Clear with a lasting white head. Belgian lace clings to the glass. Very pretty.

S - Spicy, piney hop aroma with a hefty caramel, toasty and toffee malt aroma. Age on the bottle is showing a little with a slight sherry oxidation. Overall pleasant aroma.

T - Hop flavor and bitterness is much stronger than I expected from the aroma. Pine and a woody hop flavor with a coarse, lasting bitterness. Light caramel in background just to remind you that some malt was used in this beer. Malt flavor is a little one dimensional compared to the aroma.

M - Medium body and very dry with moderate carbonation. Lasting bitterness keeps this beer from being as smooth as I'd like.

D - A very refreshing amber. I'd prefer a little more variation in the malt flavor for an amber. Definitely a rougher hop bitterness than most ambers. However, it seems to hold up surprisingly well with a few months of age. I'd be up for having another.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

A. Lightly hazed coppery amber with a foam collar, no lacing.

S. Smells of biscuit dough with sprinkles of light floral and earthy hopping on top.

T. Flavor is significantly nuttier than I expected. Also has a bit of a toasted malt character and finishes with those earthen hops from the nose.

M. Lighter bodied yet smooth in texture.

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Photo of Turbo
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beerthulhu
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A smoky orange pour looks a orangish-amber in the vessel with a dense clarity and good deal of micro-particles suspended about. A slight milky khaki head soon disipates leaving no visible window dressing.

S: Soothing caramel-flower aroma with a good deal of toasty caramel sweetness there-after. Small touch of spicy flowery hops.

T: Flavor wise loaded with caramel, soft flowery hops with a slight touch of spiciness, the center stage is the malt. Caramel-citrus hops come through late in tasting but is pretty dominate when they do. Light bready dryness, pie crust, some piney notes with an increased hoppy awareness that is slightly sticky with resinous oils give this a better appreciation deeper into the drinking experience.

M: Thick syrupy body, decent rate of carbonation, once again, big heavy body.

O: Overall a beer that seems to increase with interest deeper in the experience. Doesn't start out strong impression wise but its the subtle things that come that save this from a below par example. The body is quite full, the hopping seems just right, good for two or three, spicy, a solid good try. worth a six pack for a try. Light abv% ensures you won't be weighed down.

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Photo of meatyard
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, deep amber with a 2-finger, whitish head that falls somewhat slowly but leaves no lace.

The smell is similar to CW Shine On though milder, being lightly grassy, a little bit of grain but with some malt sweetness.

The taste is malty with just a bare hint of grassy hops followed by a slight bitterness and finishes with lingering malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel is thin towards medium with a sharp crispness.

Drinkability: This is a very easy drinking Amber, even for me who is not a fan of many Amber ales. It's nothing special but it is satisfying, more so for me than Shine On. Why CW sends 2 such similar beers out is beyond me.

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Photo of einman
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jsprain1
3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Red, slightly orange, with a one finger offwhite head. Retention is decent. No lacing.
S- Aroma is disappointing. Nose in the glass and I'm getting very little. Pretty clean with just a bit of toasted biscuit.
T- Toast and sweet buscuity flavors up front. Not as caramely as most American Reds. The finish shows a nice finesse of grassy hops. Leaves a fresh flavor in the mouth.
M- I would like just a shade more body. A bit more carb would be nice too.
O- I almost gave it a four overall, but a couple of the aspects (nose, weight) made me round down. Close to being a very good example of the style.

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Photo of circuitmonkey
3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice copper red color with a very full head with good head retention. There wasnt much of an aroma, but you could smell a little but of the hopps. Flavor was rather well balanced, leaning a bit twards the hopps. Overall I think this is a pretty decent example of this style of beer, would be willing to buy again the next time I'm looking for an American Red Ale.

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Photo of hopjuicer
3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy copper amber. A vigirous pour left only half an inch of head that didn't linger very long.

Smells of grain, mostly rye. Slight acidity in the nose. Hints of caramel.

The grain is much more pronounced in the taste. A slight tartness balanced with sweetness.

Feels a bit sharp from the bittering hops, not much happening as far as aromatic hops.

Not the most exciting red, but certainly enjoyable.

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Photo of jpwobbles
3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of pmcadamis
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Ouisconsing Red Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
3.56 out of 5 based on 277 ratings.
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