peteinSD (1462) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
GarrettB (1462) - 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.
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 8, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Lagunitasfan (1323) - 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 (1288) - 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.
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.
J_man (924) - Tustin, California, USA - SEP 23, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nutty, dry leaves and a bit of salty air rise off a medium copper/gold body with a thin but persistent white head. Nice toasted malt flavor is front and center with some light hazelnut notes in the back. Body is lightly creamy with a little vanilla around the sides. Hops are appropriately restrained but nicely balanced, tasting like appropriate Noble hops. Taste is very to-style and authentically German. Finishes soft , light and refreshing. Excellent Oktoberfest from a brewery that knows a thing or two about German beer. Prost!
ADfan (852) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
greenhorn1 (850) - 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.