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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fatehunter (1178) - 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.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 4, 2006
Bottle. Sweet maltiness, but very thin. Metallic up front, but the bread and spice take over. Watery and plain.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
GarrettB (989) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 25, 2014
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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
greenhorn1 (803) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Bottle. Pours amber, thin head. Bread nose. Toffee and spiced flavor. Bitter finish. Typical Marzen/lager.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - OCT 7, 2013
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. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 17, 2010
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.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - OCT 23, 2004
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.

2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - SEP 23, 2007
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ADfan (539) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 25, 2011
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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - OCT 20, 2003
Light golden appearance with a good frothy head. I have hardly anything to say about this beer other than it is extremely uneventful. "Benign" is an excellent word to describe it.


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