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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01/5   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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3.6
hopscotch (11451) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2010
Bottle… Clear, deep amber lager with a small, creamy, white head. Great retention. The aroma lures with NYC chestnuts roasting on an open flame, medium-roast malts, toasty notes and toffee. Light to medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. The flavor provides good balance among toasty, nutty goodness – maybe some date in here as well. Nutty, lightly sweet, toffee finish.

2.8
msante79 (2244) - 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.

3.6
Sledutah (7979) - Utah, USA - OCT 14, 2010
On tap at the La Jolla brewpub and the San Diego airport
Appearance: Poured clear yellow/gold with a nice big white head and good lacing
Aroma: Nutty, toasted malts
Taste: Sweet malts, caramel and nutty
A nice Oktoberfest, clean and refreshing. ** I had this beer again at the SD Airport, it was darker, sweeter and maltier. The bartender assured me the keg was correct, but it tasted more like their Amber Lager.

2.9
RedSox2004 (2000) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - OCT 2, 2010
Clear amber orange with a small rocky head with good retention but lttle lacing. Rich malt aromas feature bread and caramel. Toasted malt flavors with a caramel sweetness offset by lightly bitter hops. Light to medium body, gentle carbonation, and a dry malty finish. Very drinkable.

5
dbos (1) - California, USA - SEP 27, 2010 does not count
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.

4.4
DennisD (12) - USA - SEP 14, 2010
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.

3.1
jeremytoni (3085) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2010
From the tap poured a straw color with a fair amount of head. Light spicy malty sweet flavor with a quick finish.

3.5
Dogbrick (14344) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 24, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2010 Sample at the Universal City location. This beer pours a clear orange color with a thick and fluffy off-white head that diminishes to a film eventually. Sticky rings of lacing on the glass. Caramel malt aroma with mild hops behind it. Medium body with flavors of sweet caramel, biscuity malt and hops. The finish is sweet with a malty aftertaste. Decent overall.

2.2
daknole (11048) - 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.

4.3
jjh19 (63) - 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.


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