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RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.96   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.


2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (11555) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 15, 2004
(draft) Clear amber body with beige head. Aroma is light -- medium sweet, some caramel, but not much else. Taste is medium sweet, bready, caramel, earthy, some herbal in the finish. Watery light-medium body.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bhensonb (11130) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 25, 2009
Bottle from the World Market Winter Beer Box! Poured in an AR-MEN glass. Light copper with an off-white head that went three-fingers. Nice caramel aroma with a hint of grassy hop. Not quite medium body - thinnish even - with frothy carbonation. It’s bready, and there’s a lot of flavor in it. Not much hop, so I guess the malt combo is showing its stuff. Not sweet though. Refreshing actually.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (11086) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2008
*071212-Karl Strauss Oktoberfest-12oz bottle-pours a foamy dissipating off white head and copper color. Aroma is medium malt-caramel, yeast. Taste is apple cider, medium malt-caramel, yeast, slight spicy/metallic hops. Light side of medium body, gluten free ‘like’. 2.2 *071213- had a different bottle-no gluten free character, there was some nutty. One drawback is the astringency. 3.0

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (11008) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9170) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2010
Bottle… Clear, deep amber lager with a small, creamy, white head. Great retention. The aroma lures with NYC chestnuts roasting on an open flame, medium-roast malts, toasty notes and toffee. Light to medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. The flavor provides good balance among toasty, nutty goodness – maybe some date in here as well. Nutty, lightly sweet, toffee finish.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
daknole (9127) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 1, 2010
Tap at La Jolla. Light yellowish pour. Aroma is very light and quite boring. Not much past some crackers and lightly sweet malts. Flavor is lightly malty, watery, quite boring. Meh.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopdog (8952) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2008
On tap inside Disneyland. Poured a medium to deeper amber color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of caramel and some toasted malts. Tastes of the same caramel and toasty. Both flavors and aromas on the subtle side and you really had to try to get anything outside of a generic sense.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (8149) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 24, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2010 Sample at the Universal City location. This beer pours a clear orange color with a thick and fluffy off-white head that diminishes to a film eventually. Sticky rings of lacing on the glass. Caramel malt aroma with mild hops behind it. Medium body with flavors of sweet caramel, biscuity malt and hops. The finish is sweet with a malty aftertaste. Decent overall.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ibrew2or3 (6926) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 2, 2006
12oz bottle. Clear golden color with no head. Aroma of sweet malts and maybe cereal too. Flavor is like the aroma with a bit of sweet malts and corn flakes. Some noble like hops round out the flavor.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 8, 2005
Bottle. Golden beer with a nice off-white head. Low spice/noble hop/malt aroma. Lighter bodied. Not as much malt nor as dark as a typical octoberfest. Clean - some malt, and some spice flavor.


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