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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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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeneugs (6144) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Block (2375) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Blairgus (4345) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4815) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
marcus (9571) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 12, 2015
On tap at California Craft Beer Summit. Pours light amber with a nice beige head and a sweet malty aroma. There is a medium-bodied mixed malt flavor with a carbonated finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
decaturstevo (5959) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wetherel (1871) - Cupertino, California, USA - SEP 17, 2009
On tap Carlsbad location. Orange yellow color. Small caramel aroma. Leans dry. Easy to drink. Nice.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
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
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bhensonb (14509) - 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.


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