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RATINGS: 73   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.


2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Silphium (3158) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2006
Slightly hazy straw-colored body with suspended yeast sediment; thin off-white head. Toasty aroma with caramel and light hints of butterscotch. Cerealy, toasty body with plenty of grassy hops, tart at the front and finishing with an earthy bitterness. Thin-bodied. A bit too much sharp acidity to be called quaffable. Thanks fordest for the bottle!

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 28, 2007
on draft @ my Charger party. A great beer for a big party that actually has flavor. Medium amber body with a creamy off white head. Everybody liked it.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
riversideAK (5560) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 12, 2007
Smells of a regular imported pilsner. Actually reminds me of Heineken sans skunkiness. Appearance is of a blonde ale/lager. Flavor is the same. Easy to drink. It’s ok.

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.

2.4
   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.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ibrew2or3 (6530) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 2, 2006
12oz bottle. Clear golden color with no head. Aroma of sweet malts and maybe cereal too. Flavor is like the aroma with a bit of sweet malts and corn flakes. Some noble like hops round out the flavor.

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.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lagunitasfan (1313) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 21, 2008
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.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
daknole (8550) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 1, 2010
Tap at La Jolla. Light yellowish pour. Aroma is very light and quite boring. Not much past some crackers and lightly sweet malts. Flavor is lightly malty, watery, quite boring. Meh.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2004
I’m really not into this beer at all, i don’t know if its a skunked bottle or just not a very good brew. Pours gold with a small white head. Very light malt aroma and taste with an overwhelming skunked bitterness and cheap malt liqour taste. Very watery and had a foul aftertaste, a very unimpressive oktoberfest.


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