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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
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 28, 2007
on draft @ my Charger party. A great beer for a big party that actually has flavor. Medium amber body with a creamy off white head. Everybody liked it.

2.1
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2004
I’m really not into this beer at all, i don’t know if its a skunked bottle or just not a very good brew. Pours gold with a small white head. Very light malt aroma and taste with an overwhelming skunked bitterness and cheap malt liqour taste. Very watery and had a foul aftertaste, a very unimpressive oktoberfest.

3.4
Block (2727) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 29, 2016
Backlog entry: I had this one at the brewery. It’s a solid beer, nothing too unusual or stand-out.

3.1
rejtable (2680) - 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.

3.6
Fatehunter (2567) - 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.

2.9
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2005
12 oz. bottle. Decent head on this golden pour. Aromas were some lemon and malt. Flavors were mostly malty with some hops in the finish, but not a lot. Not a bad Oktoberfest beer.

3.1
StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2008
Pint mug from tap at Chilis restaurant. Pours a dark amber/brown with a fair off-white head. This was served way too cold so there was very little aroma, just a whiff of barley. The flavor was mild with malted grains, nuts, a hint of molasses and some biscuit. The mouthfeel was light. The finish is short and dry with a bit of metallic aftertaste. Overall: This went rather well with dinner so I’m rating it generously.

3.4
ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2012
Draft at catamaran resort bar. Wheat and honey aroma. Mostly clear amber body with lots visible carbonation. Thin off white head. Wonderful bready mouthfeel and hint of hops. I was concerned with the low ratings but shouldn’t have been. Nice session qualities with enough hop in the finish for a little something distinctive.

2.7
SDalkoholic (2393) - Linda Vista, California, USA - OCT 1, 2004
Damn well if this was available the last friday of september then i got some fresh stuff. Miniature head that is almost not there and a light smell hard to pick up. Taste sour of grass/ and has a dunkelweizen malt flavor. Also the vienna is quite refreshing howevernot what id classify as a stand out Octoberfest brew.

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.


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