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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Bottle. Pours amber, thin head. Bread nose. Toffee and spiced flavor. Bitter finish. Typical Marzen/lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Suttree (5638) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 11, 2005
Dark gold, thin white head. Sweet aroma, with notes of i don’t know, pumpkin, maybe? Some caramel in the flavor, but not much. Dryish finish. Thanks to DarkElf for the trade!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bb (7644) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 8, 2005
Bottle. Golden beer with a nice off-white head. Low spice/noble hop/malt aroma. Lighter bodied. Not as much malt nor as dark as a typical octoberfest. Clean - some malt, and some spice flavor.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
msante79 (2216) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2010
On tap at Karl Strauss Costa Mesa. Aromas of cereal grains, caramel, and a bit of nuttyness. Flavors of cereal grains and caramel. Drinkable oktoberfest.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
mrhoppy (1289) - Santa Clara, California, USA - DEC 22, 2010
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SDalkoholic (2261) - Linda Vista, California, USA - OCT 1, 2004
Damn well if this was available the last friday of september then i got some fresh stuff. Miniature head that is almost not there and a light smell hard to pick up. Taste sour of grass/ and has a dunkelweizen malt flavor. Also the vienna is quite refreshing howevernot what id classify as a stand out Octoberfest brew.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (12440) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 15, 2004
(draft) Clear amber body with beige head. Aroma is light -- medium sweet, some caramel, but not much else. Taste is medium sweet, bready, caramel, earthy, some herbal in the finish. Watery light-medium body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - NOV 22, 2004
Gold body, thin offwhite head. Pretty bland aroma with a more defining characteristic then ’malty’. Decent hop balance for an Oktoberfest, but somewhat uneventful. A little too sweet for the style.

   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.

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