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RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - OCT 7, 2013
On tap at Woodstock's in Davis, CA. Pours and orange color with a decent sized head. Has a bready mouthful, with a little hop, and a solid malt background. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (11599) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 27, 2013
On tap @ Karl Strauss Costa Mesa. Amber/copper pour with a khaki head. Nose is pretty bread forward. Toasted malt, notes of toffee, floral and spicy hops. Nice sweet flavor. Bread, toffee, and toast. Floral and spicy hops. Some yeast, light esters, and maybe nuts.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
ElGaucho (2240) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2012
Draft at catamaran resort bar. Wheat and honey aroma. Mostly clear amber body with lots visible carbonation. Thin off white head. Wonderful bready mouthfeel and hint of hops. I was concerned with the low ratings but shouldn’t have been. Nice session qualities with enough hop in the finish for a little something distinctive.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
peteinSD (1406) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2012
Tap. Clear golden pour with a froth of white foam. Aroma is a light toasted malt smell with some sweetness and a generic, bland lager aspect. Taste is lightly toasted malt with sweet malt and perhaps some minimal hop bitterness. Doesn’t taste much like an Octoberfest or marzen - more like a generic lager with a bit of toasted malt.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AmEricanbrew (6008) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUL 1, 2012
Bottle. Clear amber color with lasting ivory sheen. Nice spicy caramel, pit fruit, dark bread aromas. medium body, creamy, average carbonation. Slim flavors of light pit fruits, spicy caramel, dark bread--decent

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
haddon90 (1492) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2011
Bottle. Pours a clear copper color with no head at all. Strong malty notes with a hint of hops. Dry taste with a strong sense of malt. Kind of lacking spice, and a little bland, but not terrible.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ADfan (616) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 25, 2011
Picked up a fresh jug from the restaurant. Poured a honey amber color with a nice head. Mild aroma of hops, pine and caramel. Taste was very smooth with some cedar and earthy notes. Smooth finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2011
Appearance: typical Märzen hues of rubies, garnets, and ambers brilliantly polished. Coppery head lingers as a collar and swirls thick, but no lace either way.
Nose: toffee breads crunchy and caramelized and just a smidge moist. Chestnuts and acorns roasting. Whole grains crunch. Red-hot embers and firewood in the back. Nutmeg. Bark, piles of leaves changing color for the season.
Palate: thin and clean, she is sweet in the middle, finishing dry and woody. Within her sweetness is crunchy toffee and pumpernickel crust glazed in said crunchy toffee. Smoke in the back of breath, red-hot and embers. Nutmeg mingles within the toffee crunchy while the essence of leaves changing is a subtle permeation – gives the impression of an autumn chill in the air. Chestnuts and acorns in the fire-hot smoke and toffee.
Final Thoughts: way better than I was expecting. The flavors were seamless and even though I call the sunny state of Florida home, I felt as though I was right there in the mountains painted in autumn hues. Fantastic.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
mrhoppy (1285) - Santa Clara, California, USA - DEC 22, 2010
A very sweet beer. Smells sweet and tastes sweet. One rater said it was like malt liquor-esque. I have to agree. I wish it had more bittering hops. I will have to do a mixing experiment with my other bottles. It’s clean crisp and flavorful. In your face malt. It’s just too sweet.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 17, 2010
Bottle. Clear, bright orange with quickly dissipating head. Nose is quite subtle hints of grains, nuts, toast. Flavor is surprisingly flavorful with a full range of rich sweet malts, toast, caramel, nuts with a backbone of grassy hop bitterness, finishes sweet. Medium body, light carbonation, watery texture. A very solid marzen for this big brewery chain, malts are well-showcased here.


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