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RATINGS: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02/5   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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Chickencoop (188) - California, USA - FEB 10, 2010
I’ve always wanted to like these guys and think they are one of the pioneers in the business, but the beer never really does it for me. Big caramel malty notes on this beer add to it’s smooth finish. This is very drinhkabe, and a well-crafted beer, like most of there’s, but they just seem run of the mill, nothing stands out,.

2.6
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 8, 2009
Sampled on 12/8/2009. This marzen pours a medium orange gold color from a 12oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is caramel and floral. A medium bodied marzen. The malts are caramel, bready and sweet. The hops are floral and earthy. Kind of benign and inoffensive tasting beer, not a whole lot of flavor. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

3.9
grimreaperguru (264) - santee, California, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Pours a light clear copper with a foamy off white head.Got a caramel aroma with hopy notes to it.Flavor is malty and a little hopy.Very easy to drink.Overall a good brew by Karl Strauss.

3.2
bhensonb (15604) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 25, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2015 Bottle from the World Market Winter Beer Box! Poured in an AR-MEN glass. Light copper with an off-white head that went three-fingers. Nice caramel aroma with a hint of grassy hop. Not quite medium body - thinnish even - with frothy carbonation. It’s bready, and there’s a lot of flavor in it. Not much hop, so I guess the malt combo is showing its stuff. Not sweet though. Refreshing actually.

2.9
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - OCT 8, 2009
Very nice amber color. Smells about right for the style. Sweet but way too much corn notes in this. Could use some extra malt or some rye to balance.

3.3
BeerGeyser (37) - San Marcos, California, USA - OCT 4, 2009
On tap at the Carlsbad, Ca Karl Strauss brewpub. It poured as a clear amber and had a sweet malty aroma. It had a nicely balanced malty flavor. This beer had a flavorfull "biscuity" after taste which was very appealing. When you are not in the mood for a hoppy beer but would like one that goes with any food on your plate, try this one. You won’t be disappointed.

3.2
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - SEP 18, 2009
Appearance: Pours a dark amber that starts with a decent head that completely subsides. The body is rather clear. Aroma: Sweet and bready grain initially, also some caramel notes as well. Taste: Burnt sugars, bready grain and ever so slight bitter hops. Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a clean finish. Overall: A unique, yet really familiar Oktoberfest lager.

3.2
wetherel (1888) - Cupertino, California, USA - SEP 17, 2009
On tap Carlsbad location. Orange yellow color. Small caramel aroma. Leans dry. Easy to drink. Nice.

2.8
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.

2.6
ghawener (1608) - Santa Tecla, EL SALVADOR - DEC 19, 2008
Bottle: At Pat and Oscars to try the restaurant and by the way a new brew. Foods was good, and the beer ok.


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