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RATINGS: 74   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.


1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 4, 2005
(12 oz bottle) Jesus Christ, is this an Oktoberfest, or a Miller High Life copy? This Oktoberfest is just flat out awful, nothing more than a lawnmower beer. Lightly sweet, kind of grainy, with a mild bitterness, but malty isn’t exactly the word that comes to mind while drinking this beer. This just might be the worst Oktoberfest I’ve ever sampled, seriously. Stinky, grainy, lightly sweet nose. Thin palate. Fizzy yellow beer with a small white head and lots of carbonation bubbles. I swear, it looks like Miller High Life too. I bought a six pack to send out in trades. What an idiot! Thank God I only sent out 1 bottle in a trade, and it was a bonus beer. My apologies, Derek! My ratebeer membership should be revoked as punishment.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 11, 2003
Appearance: This pours a dark golden color with a quickly disappearing white head. Aroma: There isn't much nose here, but I could detect a slightly malty smell Taste: It was smooth and a bit malty. This beer is subtle, with no strong flavors. Maybe 'benign' is a better word? In other words, it's certainly not world class, but it's not offensive.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeremytoni (2980) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2010
From the tap poured a straw color with a fair amount of head. Light spicy malty sweet flavor with a quick finish.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 28, 2007
on draft @ my Charger party. A great beer for a big party that actually has flavor. Medium amber body with a creamy off white head. Everybody liked it.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2004
I’m really not into this beer at all, i don’t know if its a skunked bottle or just not a very good brew. Pours gold with a small white head. Very light malt aroma and taste with an overwhelming skunked bitterness and cheap malt liqour taste. Very watery and had a foul aftertaste, a very unimpressive oktoberfest.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Blairgus (2593) - California, USA - OCT 20, 2013
20 Oct 2013, bottle light orange, clear, steady bubbles. nose is slightly sweet, maybe spicy malt with a bit of a tangy zest. med body and mildly fizzy. granola malt with some stale grass hops. certainly more enjoyable than many oktoberfests i’ve had. Still, it’s not my favorite style.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjg74 (2491) - La Mesa, California, USA - APR 30, 2005
Pours a medium golden color. Aroma is yeasty and somewhat malty. Tastes very much like a hefeweizen. Flavor consists of grains, yeast, malt and some spice. This has probably been sitting around for a good 6-7 months but I think it’s pretty good.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beersearcher (2334) - Glendale, California, USA - OCT 8, 2009
Very nice amber color. Smells about right for the style. Sweet but way too much corn notes in this. Could use some extra malt or some rye to balance.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2010
On tap at Karl Strauss Costa Mesa. Aromas of cereal grains, caramel, and a bit of nuttyness. Flavors of cereal grains and caramel. Drinkable oktoberfest.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
ElGaucho (2201) - 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.


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