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RATINGS: 84   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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2.8
bb (9268) - 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.

2.3
Ibrew2or3 (8614) - 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.

3.6
Sledutah (7526) - 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.

3
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUL 1, 2012
Bottle. Clear amber color with lasting ivory sheen. Nice spicy caramel, pit fruit, dark bread aromas. medium body, creamy, average carbonation. Slim flavors of light pit fruits, spicy caramel, dark bread--decent

2.8
Suttree (6385) - 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!

3.4
joeneugs (6371) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 6, 2016
Bottle. It pours a golden orange color with a small off white head. The aroma has solid toasted malt and hints of earthy, woody hops. Bready and toasted. The flavor is the same. Bready, toasted with hints of cooked squash. Very light hints of earthy hops and barely perceptible bitterness. Light bodied. Pretty standard, but well attenuated. A bit above average.

2.5
riversideAK (6261) - 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.

3.2
decaturstevo (6244) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 4, 2008
Deep copper/red pour w/light lace. Roasted malt aroma with a hint of caramel. A bit of light malt and a some kind of bitter I’m not sure if you would call it astringent or hoppy. Thin and over carbonated. A drinkable beer with some work to be done.

2.9
JohnnyJ (5562) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Pours a clear amber, with off-white head. Caramel malt, bread, grain, with a small amount of hops. Really easy drinking beer, but thats about all its good for.

3.4
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - SEP 10, 2007
350 ml bottle from Bevmo. Clear golden amber with a fizzy white head. Wheat bread aroma with a very grainy and bready taste. Decent.


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