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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.3
marcus (10752) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 12, 2015
On tap at California Craft Beer Summit. Pours light amber with a nice beige head and a sweet malty aroma. There is a medium-bodied mixed malt flavor with a carbonated finish.

3
Mark_Eck (1998) - - DEC 21, 2014
Pours a clear orangish color. Aroma and taste are bready, caramel, and some fruits.

4.1
944play (430) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 19, 2014
Draft at Belly. Just short of diamond bright with receding off-white foam. Preposterous aroma of straw and honey. Sweet and mellow, but a bit worty. Clean, soft finish, though just a shard more bittering would make things more interesting.

3.1
Stuedmaster (352) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 21, 2014
On tap at That Boy Good in Oceanside, CA. Looks good, amber/red pour with a decent beige head that leaves lacing. Well balanced flavor, fruity and sweet with a nice hop bitterness. A nice version of a German Oktoberfest, was a little above average, overall. Good for session style drinking.

3.1
rejtable (2849) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2014
Tap at carlsbad brewpub. Nose is malty sugar sweet. Flavours of syrup, plums English tea. Taste light bitter light sweet. Medium/light body with light carbonation.

3.1
slowrunner77 (12998) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
"More toasted malt aroma and roast than caramel in the nose and flavor than your traditional marzen. So not prototypical of the style, and a little weak in feel and finish. But...the malt profile is totally enjoyable, and this was a decent beer."

3
GarrettB (1665) - 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.

3.3
KansaiBeerLvrs (5389) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 5, 2014
US. Bottle from Antenna America. The color is more orange gold than nutty brown as I expect from a Märzen. The nose is pretty good though with caramel plus nutty & fruity notes. A fairly thin body with a grainy, malty sweet profile with honey and a mild graham cracker covered in a light caramel spread type of taste. Light for an Oktoberfest but a decently balanced fall seasonal.

2.9
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.

3.6
Fatehunter (2624) - 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.


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