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%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
14
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 107 | Ratings: 266
Photo of CaptainIPA
3.19/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy, rusty amber with a one-finger head that quickly fades to a thin rim of sticky lacing.

S: Subtle flowery nose with suggestions of caramel malt and honey.

T: Smooth and mellow with nut-like notes and hints of biscuit upfront. Aptly balanced between roasted malts and bitter hopping. Taste improves as it warms: caramel sweetness and honey tones eventually surface. Finishes slightly bitter.

Overall profile lacks a distinct personality. Kind of mild-mannered. Not as flavorful, complex, or interesting as other Central Waters' offerings.

M: Medium-boded and well-carbonated.

D: Sessionable, for sure -- just not compelling enough to consume more than one.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
4.14/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a six-pack of this from the local market in Madison, WI. I poured a 12oz. bottle of this into a pint glass. There is no freshness date. Currently listening to "The Air Force" by Xiu Xiu.

A: What a good looking beer! Two fingers of a fluffy cream-colored head sit atop a orange-red haze. The color of this red ale is perfect and a little light will bring out some beautiful highlights. As the head recedes, the foam remains stuck to the side of the glass.

S: The smell is mild. Definitely more malty than hoppy. The label reads that there is a "subtle flowery nose," which I could agree with, especially towards the end of the glass.

T: There is a very strong malt presence; toffee flavor, almost coffee-like roasted malt. The beer's flavor is well-balanced, however, with hop bitterness and a minimal amount of hop flavor coming in at the finish and lingering for a while after the swallow. The taste is definitely packed with flavor!

M: Medium to full body with stickiness from the hops. It coats the mouth and gums for some time afterward. Mellow carbonation means that this beer feels smooth, but the alcohol is present and stings the mouth with its warmth (despite its low ABV).

D: A delicious American Red! This beer has found a big, bold flavor without leaning too far left or right. Absolutely something to look at when searching for good examples.

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Photo of dhannes
4.38/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into standard pint glass.

A=Rich red color with white foamy head.

S=More malt than hops.

T=A nicer red...robust, not too sweet nor too bitter; roasted malts come through with just a hint of hops.

M=Very nice...good body, rather robust.

O=A very nice red that I will definitely purchase a tap of again, and possibly a 6-pack down the road. Better than most.

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Photo of terrabyte
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, brown-amber with a large white head.

The aroma was nutty grains, with a caramel sweetness.

Flavor is heavy in toasted malts and toasted nuts. There is a sweet caramel body tying it all together. Plenty of hops end this beer with a pleasnat bitterness.

Mouthful seemed creamy and slightly foamy.

After a long day working outside, this was the only bottle I had in the fridge that night. I mention this because this glass I poured barely lasted 5 minutes. Obviously I was quite thirsty. However, despite that, I believe this is the best Red I've ever had so far, and would definately have it again. Very drinkable. Wonderful beer.

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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 evanackerman
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a bright red color with a sizable head, goog lacing.

aroma is dominated by toffee malt, not much else that i could detect.

taste is well balanced with sweet malt up front followed by bitter hops, not very fruity, but i like it like that.

mouthfeel is moderate viscosity, nicely carbonated.

drinkability is pretty high, definitely a good session beer.

overall, a very drinkable red ale, yet another nice offering from a Wisconisn micro. definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Rennpferd
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a deep amber and gold hue with lite carbonation and a one finger head that quickly receded.

It smelled malty with a buttery undertone. No hops could be detected.

It was slightly hoppy up front. The flavor then gave way to roasted malt with a touch of butter. It had a medium body and a slightly bitter finish.

It is an ok beer to drink. Not quite my style but good none-the-less.

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Photo of MPLS
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After feverishly trying the more limited seasonal beers Central Waters has to offer I am determined to try their full range. Interesting that Central Waters wasn't distributing to western Wisconsin until last fall/winter.

A: Color is a light amber with slight lighter accents and the most noticeable thing right away is the head of the beer. The cap is a big deformed asymmetrical beast that upon first observations was 4 cm thick. Head retention good and lacing is equally as impressive.

S: Clean caramel scented malts, toasted grain, a little earthiness from hops as it's not your citrus laden monster. The nose of this beer isn't impressive, but am hoping for clean grain on the palate.

T: Hit with the malt/grain from the nose, but there is an element of spice to it, thought it would have been cleaner. The finish of the beer is enjoyable: Faint citrus, a certain level of breadiness, and I'm picking up some nuttiness too.

M: Thick for the ABV IMO, medium-thick bodies with evident carbonation.

D: A really good looking brew from start to finish and the the price/ABV would make me inclined to drink it again. I find a lot of good taste in this beer, but doesn't get me very excited.

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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 Wisconsin
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle to a pint glass

A - Pours a reddish orange body that is pretty clear overall. The head is white and frothy and about an inch before fading slowly to a lace. Faint signs of carbonation are also present.

S - Sweet floral notes along with malts and a bread/yeast smell. Caramel, toffee and butterscotch also standout.

T - Much like the smell, there is a good balance of malts and grains combined with caramel, roasted nuts, and toffee. Carbonation is decent, but could be a little bit better.

M - Entering the mouth there is an initial blast of sweet caramel, toffee and butterscotch with a medium body transition with decent carbonation. As the beer exits, there a nice malt and bread flavor that appears.

D - Pretty easy drinking but not something I would want constantly. I could have a few in a sitting.

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Photo of abents
2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber bown with a thin white head with nice lacing. Aroma is stricly hops here as with most Central Waters brews. Slight citrus notes as well. Tastes of citrusy hops and thats about it.. not too impressive. Drys out the mouth but goes down smoothly. Pretty drinkable brew, but nothing too amazing.

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Photo of ejquin
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my first central waters beer (I'll be having the satin solstice stout later tonight).

Overall this beer was fine. Aroma is biscuits with malt and hops. Astringent/herbal smell as well. Taste was simlar to Sam Adams, or GI Honker's. Really eathly and malty with herbal notes and a metallic aftertaste.

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Photo of ibashmuck
1.98/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured small head on a dark amber body. Smelled fruity and floral, with a snap of citrus at the end. Sadly, the only thing I could taste was the citrus, and it was much too strong for me.

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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 dankster
3.17/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thank you to Jamie for this beer.

A- deep red brown with fluffy white head that leaves good lace on glass

S- Big malts almost oktoberfest like. Bread and oily wood

T- Biscuit and bread malts forward with some lingering hops in the back. a little spicy herbs also tasted

M- very easy drinker. goes down with no problems

O- More like a Oktoberfest IMO. but a solid red ale. not something i would reach for on a regular basis but glad i got to try it.

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Photo of Atricapilla
2.74/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was a bit disappointing, considering I like reds so much...Pours a copper brown color, with a medium sized head. There was a predominately caramel and malt flavor to this brew, a little sweet (not cloyingly) with no hint of sourness. The aroma primarily consisted of malt and a little hint of floral tomes. Goes down okay, but I was just a bit disappointed...

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Photo of HumuloneRed
2.29/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I picked up this 12 oz. bottle with some others when my wife and I went on a 6 day road trip to Madison, WI for the Great Taste of the Midwest in '07.
The beer pours a slightly cloudy dark red with an off white head and silky lacing.
The nose not only hops and malt but also n some off-putting sour notes. The beer taste good. But it could taste a lot better. I can tell it had good hop and malt balance but the sourness from the aroma is there in the flavor as well. I did hang on to it to long but you would think a red ale that is well hopped beer like this one would up more than 5 months (most the time under refrigeration). I had a similar problem with another CW beer. Short shelf life could mean there were (or are) some issue at the brewery. I will try it again next time I find some.

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Photo of lampkins
2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I have been looking for Central Waters brews for quite awhile so I was pleased to discover this beer at a local store. However, after tasting this beer I was left unimpressed and hope that their other beers are better than this.

The beer poured a hazy copper color with no head of foam. The beer was rather bland ala Killian's red. No real malty taste and nothing spectaculor to speak of.

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Photo of JerUrbans
2.94/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice amber red color with 1" white head with big foamy bubbles. Malt smell but nothing to big. Tastes of malt, some caramel, toast, a little bitterness and iron at the end. Mouthfeel is smooth and with a little carbonation, easy drinking.

Overall, an ok beer I would drink in a pinch but Central Waters has some way better offerings than this. Worth trying but don't go out of your way to get it.

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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 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 storksonm
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint Glass

Dark amber to red, it poured a nice head and kept a nice blanket of froth on top. Smells sweet and rich just like it tastes with butterscotch notes to it. A very smooth red ale. Light hop tone in it mostly a bittering hop flavor. Very smooth mouthfeel you can kind of notice the alcoholds content but very smooth and balanced with a slight velvety feel to it. I love to drink this red, I think it really has to be one of my favorite red ales I buy it when I want something great to drink.

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Photo of disastermouse
4.7/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Onward with my Central Waters reviews!

A - rusty brown orange. Head is moderate and only slightly lacing.

S - citrus-ey, nut-skins and yeast bread. Hops is most noticeable in the smell.

T - more hops than I was expecting, but very nicely balanced. Hops first, then nutty malts, finished with comingled malt and hops bitterness. Hard to overstate the balance of this beer. Very nice in a world of super-hopped, unbalanced beers.

MF - prickly, then quenching. Finishes with astringent burn. Ah, comfort..

D - for a guy who doesn't like o'er-hopped beers, this beer is a hoppier beer I could drink all day. Refreshing and quenching, this is a nice alternative to underhopped 'lawnmower' beers. It has great flavor and balance and could help me better appreciate lively, hoppy beers. This brewery is quickly becoming a trusted friend - like New Glarus has become. Sad that I'm moving out of the region again.

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Photo of yaegerje
2.96/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Small white head, copper/orange/red color, clear, not a bad looking beer
S - Mostly malt and hops, I can't detect any other notes, plain.
T - The only off-flavors I can detect are a little metallic taste that lingers a bit, nice malty bite with some trailing hops
M - Bright carbonation, yet smooth, pretty good
D - Bought a six-pack, probably the last I'll be buying of it. Tastes a lot like Killian's to me, and that's cheaper if I want an off the shelf Red Ale, pretty average microbrew. Sorry Amherst.

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