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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
We brew Oktoberfest in tribute to the world’s biggest beer party. Vienna and Munich malts produce the deep golden color, nutty undertones, and toasted malt flavors characteristic of this renowned Bavarian beer style. Perle hops imported directly from the Hallertau region of Germany give the beer a smooth balanced finish. This celebratory lager puts the ‘fest’ in the month of October.

Unlike most beers that begin with base malt and add specialty malts for flavor, Karl Strauss Oktoberfest is made from 100% specialty malts. A flavorful blend of Vienna, Munich, and Carahell malts create a toasty, nutty flavor that is characteristic of the style. To balance out the sweetness from the malts, the brewers stayed true to tradition using imported Hallertau Perle hops for a spicy finish.

After cold fermenting for several weeks, the golden hued lager is cellared at 50-degrees for an additional three weeks, creating an incredibly smooth finish. Weighing in at 5% ABV, this exceptional session lager is a great complement to traditional Oktoberfest fare, including grilled meats, burgers, and of course, sausages.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
J_man (834) - Tustin, California, USA - SEP 23, 2015
Nutty, dry leaves and a bit of salty air rise off a medium copper/gold body with a thin but persistent white head. Nice toasted malt flavor is front and center with some light hazelnut notes in the back. Body is lightly creamy with a little vanilla around the sides. Hops are appropriately restrained but nicely balanced, tasting like appropriate Noble hops. Taste is very to-style and authentically German. Finishes soft , light and refreshing. Excellent Oktoberfest from a brewery that knows a thing or two about German beer. Prost!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
marcus (7994) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 12, 2015
On tap at California Craft Beer Summit. Pours light amber with a nice beige head and a sweet malty aroma. There is a medium-bodied mixed malt flavor with a carbonated finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mark_Eck (1273) - - DEC 21, 2014
Pours a clear orangish color. Aroma and taste are bready, caramel, and some fruits.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
944play (380) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 19, 2014
Draft at Belly. Just short of diamond bright with receding off-white foam. Preposterous aroma of straw and honey. Sweet and mellow, but a bit worty. Clean, soft finish, though just a shard more bittering would make things more interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stuedmaster (315) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 21, 2014
On tap at That Boy Good in Oceanside, CA. Looks good, amber/red pour with a decent beige head that leaves lacing. Well balanced flavor, fruity and sweet with a nice hop bitterness. A nice version of a German Oktoberfest, was a little above average, overall. Good for session style drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rejtable (1924) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2014
Tap at carlsbad brewpub. Nose is malty sugar sweet. Flavours of syrup, plums English tea. Taste light bitter light sweet. Medium/light body with light carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (7860) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
"More toasted malt aroma and roast than caramel in the nose and flavor than your traditional marzen. So not prototypical of the style, and a little weak in feel and finish. But...the malt profile is totally enjoyable, and this was a decent beer."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
GarrettB (1278) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 25, 2014
September 28th, 2012 - Karl Strauss was one of the first breweries I "met" when I arrived in San Diego, but it hasn’t been around much. They’ve got a great commercial presence, but while the beer itself is fine, it’s nothing spectacular in a city filled with spectacular beer. Take their Oktoberfest, for example. It’s appreciably dark, has good wet malt notes, some peat and the scent of wet moss. Fine and good. And the taste is a palatable clone of the aroma, but all of it is thick, sweet, and like a lot of Samuel Adams beer, just too much. I feel like I’ve had a touch too much candy, and the beer goes down more as a cheap dessert than, well, a beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (3556) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 5, 2014
US. Bottle from Antenna America. The color is more orange gold than nutty brown as I expect from a Märzen. The nose is pretty good though with caramel plus nutty & fruity notes. A fairly thin body with a grainy, malty sweet profile with honey and a mild graham cracker covered in a light caramel spread type of taste. Light for an Oktoberfest but a decently balanced fall seasonal.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Bottle. Pours amber, thin head. Bread nose. Toffee and spiced flavor. Bitter finish. Typical Marzen/lager.

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