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.
kungus (15) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 19, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
DennisD (12) - USA - SEP 14, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Picked up a six-pack. Poured golden, straw color. Aroma was pleasant with caramel, cereal, toasty. It tasted very balanced with a delicious malty flavor. Smooth.This is a great representation of Oktoberfest. I will be picking up a few more before the season is over.
jnageljr (10) - California, USA - MAY 25, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Karl Strauss Oktoberfest specialty brew is a smooth drinking that tastes of bananas and wheat bread. A nice special occasion beer.
Krawtschenko (4) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 8, 2004 does not count
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not KS’s best. Better when had on draft as opposed to bottled. Must agree that it is not what you expect when you hear Oktoberfest. Not much in the way of hop flavors.
dbos (1) - California, USA - SEP 27, 2010 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Perfect Beer to celebrate October!!!!!
This beer has a nice toasted malt aroma with a golden amber color. It is medium bodied and has a nice toasted malt & nutty taste with a crisp clean finish.
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