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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 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
21iceman40 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 11, 2001
The first taste of this was not good at all. But, after I became accustomed to it it was much better. A bold flavored beer. I bought this this the first week in september so i feel pretty special considering the commercial description says its not available till the last friday in september.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rejtable (1588) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
haddon90 (1559) - Costa Mesa, California, 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fatehunter (1521) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - OCT 23, 2013
Poured a finger and half of head on a hazy, medium straw colored body. The aroma is caramel candy and wet grain. On the bold side. The taste is caramel sweetness with mild pine bitterness. Nicely balanced. The texture is chewy with crisp edges and moderate carbonation. Enjoyable.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 15, 2008
Getting notebook online. Draft at SDFOB 2007. Poured copper with a small white head. Flavors were just not right. The bitter of the hops and and sweet malt fought. Or maybe the malt was just bitter. Not my thing.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ghawener (1518) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - DEC 19, 2008
Bottle: At Pat and Oscars to try the restaurant and by the way a new brew. Foods was good, and the beer ok.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 8, 2008
On-tap. Pours clearish amber with a moderate white head, specks of lace. Smells caramelly sweet malty, slightly cereal. Tastes the same, plus a little bit of metallic flavor. Thin, smooth body with good carbonation.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
peteinSD (1426) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RedSox2004 (1393) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - OCT 2, 2010
Clear amber orange with a small rocky head with good retention but lttle lacing. Rich malt aromas feature bread and caramel. Toasted malt flavors with a caramel sweetness offset by lightly bitter hops. Light to medium body, gentle carbonation, and a dry malty finish. Very drinkable.


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