Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 21, 2008
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle. Thick, light cream head. Medium amder in color. Light malty fruityness on the nose. Taste is bleh. Sharp metallic and not a whole lot more. Not a drain pour, but not much positive to say either.
mrhoppy (1285) - Santa Clara, California, USA - DEC 22, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - OCT 10, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2004 Slightly hazy golden color. Small fast fading light blond head. Flavor starts light and sweet followed by a strange grassy hop bitterness similar to that found in DFH I.P.A and Mactarnahan's I.P.A. Drinkable, but nothing to write home about.
GarrettB (1090) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 25, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 4, 2006
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Sweet maltiness, but very thin. Metallic up front, but the bread and spice take over. Watery and plain.
greenhorn1 (819) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 9, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours amber, thin head. Bread nose. Toffee and spiced flavor. Bitter finish. Typical Marzen/lager.
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - OCT 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
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BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 17, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - OCT 23, 2004
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Poured straw color very small head, very light apple malt aroma. Quite thin for the style, some sweet malt but a bit of a metallic finish that put me off. Not a very good marzen at all.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - SEP 23, 2007
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Encinitas Oktoberfest. Nice white head with an amber hue. Minimal aromas but slight malt sweetness. Pleasant and thin on the palate. Not much depth of flavor or finish but pleasant for a warm beautiful sunny north county san diego day.