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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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - JAN 1, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2004 So good on tap at the brewery, so bad out of the bottle. I wonder why this is? At the brewery, it is a grainy Bavarian pale bock style, not a typical "marzen". As a matter of fact, I think Ratebeer.com has this one in the wrong category. Should be a Helles bock, no? Nice smooth maltiness that I like. I could drink this for hours.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
joshpiledean (315) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 23, 2004
Clear gold. No head. Armoa is some sweet malts, some weak hops. Boring flavor is all malt, sweet and grainy. Light/medium body is alright, but the rest is really uneventful.

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - OCT 8, 2004
not sure if this beer is just bad or if its gone bad but it tastes like shit. Skunky, clearest Bud looking Octoberfest I’ve ever seen.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
grimreaperguru (231) - santee, California, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Pours a light clear copper with a foamy off white head.Got a caramel aroma with hopy notes to it.Flavor is malty and a little hopy.Very easy to drink.Overall a good brew by Karl Strauss.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chickencoop (188) - California, USA - FEB 10, 2010
I’ve always wanted to like these guys and think they are one of the pioneers in the business, but the beer never really does it for me. Big caramel malty notes on this beer add to it’s smooth finish. This is very drinhkabe, and a well-crafted beer, like most of there’s, but they just seem run of the mill, nothing stands out,.

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - NOV 2, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2005 12oz bottle. Very malty aroma and taste. A thin and unremarkable drink. The lack of complexity that yields such a malt (almost malt liquor-esque) flavor didn’t please. Wouldn’t buy it again by any means.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
harbuck76 (134) - El Cajon, California, USA - SEP 7, 2009
12 oz bottle. Poured in weihenstephan dimpled mug. Pours a bright copper with medium off white head. Aroma is sweet caramel malts, toasted malts, Bread. Flavor is light caramel malts. mild citrus hops. Light bodied.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jjh19 (55) - California, USA - JUL 31, 2010
I tasted this from a 12oz bottle - bright in appearance and really nice carbonation. I got some toasted malts in the aroma. I initially got a good amount of malts on my first sip, but then got a fair share of crispness in the finish. Exactly what I’d expect from an Oktoberfest beer. Medium bodied, nothing out of the norm here. A very drinkable, clean Oktoberfest beer. I love that this is a locally brewed Oktoberfest that tastes really true to the actual style, not like a dated import from Germany. I’m a fan of this and would totally recommend it to a friend. Cool bottle label. Not your father’s Oktoberfest design.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerGeyser (37) - San Marcos, California, USA - OCT 4, 2009
On tap at the Carlsbad, Ca Karl Strauss brewpub. It poured as a clear amber and had a sweet malty aroma. It had a nicely balanced malty flavor. This beer had a flavorfull "biscuity" after taste which was very appealing. When you are not in the mood for a hoppy beer but would like one that goes with any food on your plate, try this one. You won’t be disappointed.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
kungus (15) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 19, 2004
Well, Strauss beers don’t usually do much for me. Nothing offensive, but nothing very interesting. That’s pretty much the story with this one. It had some of the mildly toasty malt character that I would expect from a Marzen but without any depth or complexity.


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