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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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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.

3.5
Dogbrick (13013) - 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.

3.5
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 17, 2010
Bottle. Clear, bright orange with quickly dissipating head. Nose is quite subtle hints of grains, nuts, toast. Flavor is surprisingly flavorful with a full range of rich sweet malts, toast, caramel, nuts with a backbone of grassy hop bitterness, finishes sweet. Medium body, light carbonation, watery texture. A very solid marzen for this big brewery chain, malts are well-showcased here.

3.5
ADfan (870) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 25, 2011
Picked up a fresh jug from the restaurant. Poured a honey amber color with a nice head. Mild aroma of hops, pine and caramel. Taste was very smooth with some cedar and earthy notes. Smooth finish.

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.

3.4
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 8, 2008
On-tap. Pours clearish amber with a moderate white head, specks of lace. Smells caramelly sweet malty, slightly cereal. Tastes the same, plus a little bit of metallic flavor. Thin, smooth body with good carbonation.

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.

3.4
brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - SEP 27, 2013
On tap @ Karl Strauss Costa Mesa. Amber/copper pour with a khaki head. Nose is pretty bread forward. Toasted malt, notes of toffee, floral and spicy hops. Nice sweet flavor. Bread, toffee, and toast. Floral and spicy hops. Some yeast, light esters, and maybe nuts.

3.4
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - OCT 7, 2013
On tap at Woodstock's in Davis, CA. Pours and orange color with a decent sized head. Has a bready mouthful, with a little hop, and a solid malt background. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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.


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