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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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2.6
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.

3.3
KansaiBeerLvrs (5101) - 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.

3.3
Blairgus (4537) - California, USA - OCT 20, 2013
20 Oct 2013, bottle light orange, clear, steady bubbles. nose is slightly sweet, maybe spicy malt with a bit of a tangy zest. med body and mildly fizzy. granola malt with some stale grass hops. certainly more enjoyable than many oktoberfests i’ve had. Still, it’s not my favorite style.

3.1
alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - OCT 26, 2008
On tap at Carlsbad location. Orange/amber in color with an off whitish head. Aroma of sweet malt, caramel and bread. Better smelling than the other beers I had there. Flavor was ok; fairly standard. Sweetish malt and caramel, with some cornbread elements.

2.6
Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, 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!

3.2
mjg74 (3093) - La Mesa, California, USA - APR 30, 2005
Pours a medium golden color. Aroma is yeasty and somewhat malty. Tastes very much like a hefeweizen. Flavor consists of grains, yeast, malt and some spice. This has probably been sitting around for a good 6-7 months but I think it’s pretty good.

3.2
john44 (3078) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2017
Draft Pint in USA in Oct 2015 - Amber Gold in colour. Toasty bready malts, caramel, hint of nuts. Grassy spicy hops. Sweet malty and lightly spicy. Easy drinking. I liked it (enough to have a second). (2015-10)

1.9
DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 4, 2005
(12 oz bottle) Jesus Christ, is this an Oktoberfest, or a Miller High Life copy? This Oktoberfest is just flat out awful, nothing more than a lawnmower beer. Lightly sweet, kind of grainy, with a mild bitterness, but malty isn’t exactly the word that comes to mind while drinking this beer. This just might be the worst Oktoberfest I’ve ever sampled, seriously. Stinky, grainy, lightly sweet nose. Thin palate. Fizzy yellow beer with a small white head and lots of carbonation bubbles. I swear, it looks like Miller High Life too. I bought a six pack to send out in trades. What an idiot! Thank God I only sent out 1 bottle in a trade, and it was a bonus beer. My apologies, Derek! My ratebeer membership should be revoked as punishment.

3.1
jeremytoni (3058) - 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
JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 11, 2003
Appearance: This pours a dark golden color with a quickly disappearing white head. Aroma: There isn't much nose here, but I could detect a slightly malty smell Taste: It was smooth and a bit malty. This beer is subtle, with no strong flavors. Maybe 'benign' is a better word? In other words, it's certainly not world class, but it's not offensive.


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